Not only is this pup getting a workout in his sleep, as dogs often seem to do, but, in the process, he’s giving his sleeping littermate a nice chin rub.
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Even sleeping dogs can be controversial.
Bizkit — possibly the most viewed sleeping dog ever — carried on to such extremes in her sleep that many, including her owners at one point, suspected she might have something seriously wrong with her.
Among the episodes her owners videotaped was one of Bizkit flailing on the floor, getting up, and running into a wall — all seemingly in her sleep.
Some viewers found that funny, some did not. Some comments on the videos urged her owners to get her treatment, and speculated she might have a neurological disorder.
Some commenters even suggested she was in need of an exorcism.
According to this feature on Bizkit on Animal Planet (below), Bizkit’s owners — in addition to getting her a sleep helmet — did get her medical attention.
They say their veterinarian told them nothing was wrong with Bizkit and that she was simply sleepwalking.
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Posted by jwoestendiek January 14th, 2013 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animal planet, animals, biskit, controversial, disorder, dog, dogs, funny, habit, pets, running, sleep, sleeping, sleeping dogs, sleepwalking, videos, wall, zzzzz
Who among us hasn’t poked and prodded the paw pads of our peacefully slumbering pooch – pesteringly proving in the process that, when it comes to annoying behavior, humans are much more evolved than dogs?
This Great Dane seems pretty used to it, managing to sleep through a couple minutes of his paws being tinkered with before waking up and giving his owner that “What the hell? Get a life” look.
Watching a dog sleep is a comforting thing. It generally brings us, or at least me, a peaceful easy feeling. But it can also bring out our inner imp, leading us to tickle paws that would probably rather be left alone.
Are we jealous of all that sleep they’re getting? Or is it a cry for attention, our way of saying, “Let’s play?”
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Posted by jwoestendiek November 19th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, annoying, behavior, dogs, dreams, great dane, humans, paw, pets, poking, running, sleep, sleeping, sleeping dog videos, sleeping dogs, tickling, videos, zzzzz
Leave it to us humans to introduce dogs to the joys of working hard and getting nowhere.
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) reports that about 3 million dogs across the country were using treadmills in 2010.
Given widespread obesity in the species (I think we taught them that, too), it’s not an entirely bad thing for dogs to be getting workouts on treadmills.
But there is a monotony to it that strikes me as running counter to what dogs are all about. Show me the dog that prefers a treadmill to running outdoors — in nature, free to veer this way and that, to stop and sniff when the spirit moves him — and I’ll show you a dog that, quite possibly, has become too human.
On the other hand, if the treadmill is the only exercise a dog is going to get, I guess we’ll just have to accept that the times are changing.
According to the Associated Press, the latest APPA survey of pet owners marked the first time the treadmill question was included, based on reports that doggie treadmills were selling briskly. The survey found 3 million dogs made use of them, which is about one of every 25 dogs in the country.
The reasons for resorting to a treadmill are many, and often valid – when it’s too hot out, too cold out; when a pet’s human has become temporarily, or permanently, immobile; when an injured dog needs a controlled form of exercise.
While the AP article explored only the upside of dog treadmills, it strikes me that — like most technology — they carry a high probability of being misused.
Putting your dog on the treadmill could become the equivalent of putting your child in front of the TV set — a way to keep them occupied and quiet. All us folks who seem to think we’re too busy for a walk in the park could come to over rely on them.
The argument could be made, and maybe will: If you don’t have the time and energy to walk a dog, don’t get one — at least not one that requires a lot of exercise.
The AP article mentions one woman in Las Vegas whose rescued dog had dropped from 115 pounds to 80 using a treadmill. That impressed her so much that she bought her own dog treadmill, which is now used by all four of her dogs — too many, she said, to walk at one time.
“I want to make sure the rest of their lives are the healthiest we can make them. If the treadmill promotes a longer life, then it’s easy to do it each day … Whatever we can do now to help them lead a healthier, better life is worth it,” she said.
All that’s true, as long as its not the only activity the dog is getting. Frolicking in the grass and socializing with other dogs also makes for a healthier dog. So while I don’t want a doggie treadmill in my home, or, worse yet, a human one, it’s clear they do have their place.
Dog trainer April Suhr of Las Vegas believes shelters across the country could make good use of them. Getting out of their kennels and onto a treadmill a few times a week could keep shelter dogs from going “cage crazy” and make them healthier, happier and more adoptable, she says.
Suhr has a treadmill at home for her three pets and her foster dogs. Giving them the same amount of exercise by walking and running with them would take several hour and many miles, she noted.
Doggie treadmills, which are built smaller than human ones, come in a range of sizes and prices, starting at nearly $500.
DogPacer, maker of one of the newest and least expensive on the market at $499, has plans to start producing a less costly treadmill for toy dogs in September. Pennsylvania-based GoPet sells canine treadmills and a treadwheel, ranging from $475 to $1,225.
Interestingly, dogs being forced to run on treadmills was one of the first causes taken up when America’s animal welfare movement was finding its footing.
Until the late 1800s — and here’s where we get to the ugly part – dogs were bred and put to work at many a restaurant and inn as turnspit dogs. They were placed in wooden wheels, similar to that you’d see in a hamster’s cage, and encouraged to walk. The wheel powered a chain drive that rotated a spit above a fireplace, ensuring that the meat on the spit cooked evenly.
The short-legged dogs, bred small enough to fit in the wheel, would often be leashed in a way that made them choke if they stopped. Often, a hot coal would be tossed into the wheel to speed a dog up.
When Henry Bergh established the ASPCA in the 1860s, one of his first campaigns was to end the practice.
That a device similar to one once used to enslave and abuse dogs is now being sold — for $1,000 and more — to pamper them and keep them healthy is ironic to say the least. Though it’s with kinder, gentler intentions, we seem in a way to be, after 150 years of stepping forward, back in the same place.
I think that says something; I’m just not sure what.
(Photo: A Belgian Malinois works out on a treadmill at LA Dog Works in Los Angeles; by Grant Hindsley / Associated Press)
Posted by jwoestendiek August 21st, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: american pet products association, animal welfare, animals, appa, benefits, concerns, dog, dog treadmills, dogs, equiipment, exercise, health, humans, increasing, pet products, pets, products, running, sales, survey, treadmills, turnspit dogs, use, walking
Every boxer — and we’re speaking here of the human kind who puts on gloves and climbs into a ring — needs a trainer.
Manny Pacquiao needs a terrier.
“He’s part of my team,” the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion told the Wall Street Journal. “He’s a special dog.”
Pacquiao’s Jack Russell terrier, who goes by Pacman (the boxer’s nickname), is helping him train for Saturday’s welterweight bout against Timothy Bradley. The dog normally runs off leash, setting a speedy pace for Pacquiao on streets and trails around Los Angeles.
Pacquiao hasn’t lost a fight since Pacman came into his life.
The dog lives most of the time in Los Angeles, where Pacquiao trains, and he often travels to the Philippines when his owner works out there. He’ll also join the boxer for fights in Las Vegas, where he stays at the pet-friendly Mandalay Bay.
Pacquiao, whose childhood dog was reportedly cooked and eaten by his estranged father, slept with Pacman at first, until he realized he was allergic to dog hair.
Pacman has nearly passed out from climbing the hills in Baguio City and scurried after coyotes while sprinting ahead of Pacquiao in their frequent jogs up to the Hollywood sign, the article reports.
Pacquiao, since his last fight in November, has been working to sharpen his focus and eliminate distractions like gambling and drinking. Pacman, while he may or may not help with that, does serve to encourage the boxer — both by setting the pace and through the enthusiasm that, being a Jack Russell terrier, he brings to the job.
“I kind of feel like he’s now the Woody in ‘Toy Story,’” said Brian Livingston, a marathoner who paces Pacquiao. “He’s become part of the menagerie.”
Other fighters have relied on dogs over the years, according the Journal story. Floyd Patterson went on 4 a.m. runs with two German shepherds named Charlie Brown and Whitey. George Foreman brought his German Shepherd to Africa to help train for the Rumble in the Jungle with Muhammad Ali.
While Pacquiao trains in California, Noel Lautengco serves as Pacman’s dog-sitter. He stays with the dog at a Hollywood motel, where Pacman sleeps on a bed with a pink spread. As a puppy, Lautengco says, Pacman scratched and clawed through three hotel couches that Pacquiao replaced.
Pacman is more than just a mascot, Pacquiao’s people say. He drove the fighter to train harder than ever by running ahead of the pack. “Nobody could keep up with that dog,” said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer.
In recent months though, the dog has put on some weight.
“He’s getting old. He’s become fat,” Pacquiao said.
(Photos: Top photo from Manny Pacquiao’s official website; photo of Pacman the dog by Dan Krauss, for the Wall Street Journal)
Posted by jwoestendiek June 5th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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For years, man’s best friend has been the running partner of choice for many endurance athletes. Their strength, loyalty and enthusiasm make them perfect to hit the roads or trails with.
While dogs are natural running partners, there are a few things to keep in mind when taking your pooch out for your run. Keep in mind every dog is different when it comes to endurance and speed and what works for one dog may not work for another.
To start with, make sure your dog is properly leash trained and the two of you have established commands when it comes to sit, stay, etc. Even though you are running as opposed to walking, your dog still needs to be attentive to you and obey your commands.
As far as gear is concerned, just a regular leash and collar can work for some dogs. If your dog has a tendency to pull, either a regular or sport harness can prevent your dog from choking. A running specific leash can also help by absorbing some of the shock from your dog pulling suddenly. These leashes are made like a bungee cord and are sold at some pet stores, camping supply stores and of course online.
Even though dogs are natural endurance athletes, not all dog breeds are made to run long distances. Breeds like the Rhodesian Ridgeback, Alaskan Malamute and Golden Retrievers are naturally good distance runners because of their body structures and stamina.
While some bigger dogs make good runners, not all big breeds are good for running. A Great Dane, for example, is in fact a very lazy breed and is discouraged against running.
On the other side, small breeds like the Whippet, Jack Russell Terrier and Boston Terrier are considered to be good running dogs because of their endurance and ability to run fast with shorter legs. Regardless of breed, a running dog has to be healthy and free of injuries. If you have any reservations about taking your dog on a run, consult your veterinarian.
Now that you have your mutt healthy and geared up to run, the most important thing to keep in mind is yours and the dog’s safety. If you do more road running, always run on the sidewalk and be aware of other pedestrians and dogs using the same path. If your dog gets very excited around other dogs, it’s a good idea to always make him sit/stay when you encounter another dog on a run. Not only does this discipline him, it reduces the chances of him suddenly lunging for another dog which can actually cause injury to the runner.
Probably the most important thing to remember when road running with a dog is to watch out for drivers at all times. Always use the crosswalk and wait for the pedestrian signal to cross a busy street. Although it seems like common sense to most of us, unfortunately most drivers do not look out for pedestrians on the road.
Off leash trail running with a dog is another great way to exercise your dog. However, before you unhook that leash, make sure your dog is a good listener and responds to your commands. While dogs love to run free, they are unaware of certain dangers on trails such as other animals or uneven surfaces. As an owner, it is your responsibility to look ahead and anticipate anything your dog could get in to trouble with. When out on the trails, always turn off your music and turn on your senses. The trails are full of wildlife that could potentially harm your dog, so it’s better to spot these dangers before he does.
Depending on the distance and weather, bringing water for your dog is sometimes necessary. There are many different kinds of portable water dishes on the market which can fit easily in a hydration pack. Also, if you are going for a longer distance, you might want to bring some kind of food for your pooch to snack on mid run. Dog treats or regular food work well for some but some runners just give their dog what they’re eating.
Although this seems like a lot of information about something so simple as running, it’s important to be prepared when logging miles with your four legged friend. If you want your dog to have a long, healthy running career you need to take a of different things into consideration.
Just like a new runner, dogs have to work up their endurance over time too. Be sure you don’t do too much too fast with your dog to help prevent injury. Also, make sure your dog has enough time to rest and recover just like you. By being careful and starting out slowly, you and your dog can enjoy a long, happy lifetime of distance running.
Emily Cebulski is a long time distance runner, employee of the San Diego Running Institute and mom to Rio, the official SDRI shop dog.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 5th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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A dachshund mix who police thought might have been fed LSD by his owners turned out not to have drugs in his system.
The dog was hit by car, and later had to be euthanized.
Necropsy results show Oscar had a broken back, but his body showed no traces of drugs, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Police in Snellville, Ga., arrested the dog’s owners after complaints that they were running naked through their neighborhood on Oct. 29. Officers said the couple told them they had taken LSD and also given some to their dog, who was missing.
Nicholas Modrich and Jamie Hughes, both 25, are awaiting trial on drug charges.
(Photo: Channel 2 Action News)
Posted by jwoestendiek November 30th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal cruelty, animals, car, dachshund, dog, dogs, drugs, euthanized, georgia, hit, lsd, naked, necropsy, oscar, pets, running, snellville
UPDATE: Oscar, the dachshund who was hit by a car after being fed a gummy worm laced with LSD, has been euthanized
A dog who police say was fed LSD was hit by a car in Snellville, Georgia, Sunday night.
Police questioned a couple at their home after recieving reports that they had been running naked through the neighborhood.
The man and woman were taken to a hospital, and, on the way, told EMT’s that they had taken LSD and had given some to Oscar, a long-haired dachshund, according to a police report about the incident, reprinted on The Smoking Gun website.
Police later learned the dog had been hit by a vehicle on a nearby road.
Snellville police Capt. Harold Thomas said Nicholas Modrich and Jamie Hughes, both 25, will face drug charges and possible animal cruelty charges.
“They were tripping pretty hard,” Thomas told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Two family members were bitten by Oscar when, after getting word he’d been hit by a car, they went to recover him.
He was later picked up by Gwinnett Animal Control, then transferred to an animal hospital. The extent of his injuries wasn’t known.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 1st, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: acid, animals, arrest, car, dachshund, dog, dog fed lsd, dogs, drugs, euthanized, fed, georgia, injured, law enforcement, lsd, naked, oscar, pets, police, running, snellville, struck
In court on Monday, Joan Renee Zalk said she was pet-sitting for the dog. She told police officers the dog, named Cooper, needs to walk at least three miles a day or he goes “ballistic.”
Zalk, 29, also faces a charge of felony menacing after a witness who confronted her about the dog told police she was threatened, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.
Zalk, who is also an acupuncturist, told the newspaper there was no abuse involved.
Several witnesses called police Friday after seeing the leashed dog running alongside the car.
“That poor dog was running its guts out trying to keep up,” said Elizabeth Whaley, who followed the car, pulled up alongside it and issued a scolding.
Another woman, Debra Baros, later confronted Zalk, who, according to police, told her, “Excuse me, I have a gun in my car. Do you want me to get it?”
Zalk told police she didn’t really have a gun, but made the remark because she felt threatened by Baros.
Zalk was taken to the Boulder County Jail. She was released on bond on Monday.
Officers observed cuts, scabs and blood on the neck of Cooper, who was taken to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. He was later released to his owner.
Zalk told police that the owner, Erin Livers, knew that she sometimes ran the dog from her car or her bike. But police say Livers, when contacted, denied that was the case.
Zalk is scheduled to appear in court again today.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 21st, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: acupuncture, alongside, animal cruelty, animals, boulder, car, chihuahua, colorado, cooper, dog walker, dogs, exercise, joan renee zalk, leash, pet sitter, pets, police, running, threats, yoga
A Maryland dog is going to be featured on ABC News tonight, and rightly so — he has raised $17,000 for cancer research.
Dozer, a Goldendoodle, was the only pup left in the litter when his new family adopted him in 2008 – “the dog no one wanted … but he’s got a great heart,” said his owner, Rosana Dorsett.
Three years later, he was participating in the Maryland Half Marathon, a 13-mile race for cancer research — by accident. Dozer escaped from the electric fence surrounding his yard as the marathon runners passed by and tagged along for the rest of the race, with people snapping his picture all along.
Unlike the human contestants, running for pledges, three-year-old Dozer’s fund-raising began after the race, according to World News With Diane Sawyer.
Back home, his owner put together a Facebook page in his name to raise money for cancer research at the University of Maryland’s Greenebaum Cancer Center. Donations came pouring in. He now has 2,500 friends on the social media site and has raised more than $17,000.
Posted by jwoestendiek July 28th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: abc, cancer, cancer research, dozer, golden doodle, goldendoodle, greenebaum cancer center, marath, marathon dog, maryland, maryland half marathon, news, research, rosana dorsett, running