Archive for February, 2013

Chuchi, Another Dog With A Human Face

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

A few weeks ago, The Huffington Post ran a story about Tonik, a dog with a human-like face, whose adorably strange mug won the Internet.

In response to that story, a reader sent us a photo of Chuchi, a Peekapoo (Pekingese and poodle mix) that looks and acts like a “grumpy old man,” according to Jane Pierantozzi, director of Faithful Friends Animal Society, the no-kill Delaware shelter that took care of the pup.

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According to Pierantozzi, Faithful Friends cared for Chuchi for eight months in 2012 before his foster family adopted him. Apparently, the Peekapoo was rather particular about whom he liked.

“[Chuchi] is a bit temperamental and only likes the few people that he wants to like — just like some people,” Pierantozzi wrote HuffPost in an email. “If you irritate Chuchi, he lets you know. He reminds us of an old man who can be grumpy at times.”

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Woman Kisses Lions: Juhi Agrawal Has The Best Moment Ever With Achilles & Jubatus (VIDEO)

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Pets can catch flu from humans

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Description:It’s best not to snuggle with your pet if you’re home sick with the flu. Renee Chenault-Fattah reports on the advice from one Veterinarian who’s researching whether your pet can catch the flu from you.

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Persistent Cat’s Hilarious Knock On Bedroom Door (VIDEO)

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

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Caffrey, 2-Legged Persian Cat, Recovers From Amputations (VIDEO)

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Watch. Pretty amazing.

Cat Snuggles Bunny (Video)

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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Being single can be healthier than being in a relationship

Monday, February 18th, 2013

First of all, as married people know, not all marriages are created equal. A happy one is sure to increase an overwhelming sense of emotional support and well-being, which is associated with lower levels of depression, cardiac death and other chronic and occasionally fatal diseases. But an unhappy marriage produces quite the opposite.

“A bad marriage can make a person feel more isolated than being single,” sociologist Eric Klinenberg, who wrote a book about trends in singledom, told the New York Times.

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Dogs understand human perspective, say researchers

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Dogs are more capable of understanding situations from a human’s point of view than has previously been recognised, according to researchers.

They found dogs were four times more likely to steal food they had been forbidden, when lights were turned off so humans in the room could not see.

This suggested the dogs were able to alter their behaviour when they knew their owners’ perspective had changed.

The study, published in Animal Cognition, conducted tests on 84 dogs.

The experiments had been trying to find whether dogs could adapt their behaviour in response to the changed circumstances of their human owners.

It wanted to see if dogs had a “flexible understanding” that could show they understood the viewpoint of a human.

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Rick Steves: Is Airport Security Helping Or Hurting?

Friday, February 15th, 2013

But these efforts may be costing us even more lives. According to Cornell University researchers cited in Bloomberg Businessweek, after 9/11, frightened travelers switching from flights to drives resulted in over 200 more traffic fatalities every month. In the long term, due to security hassles, about 5 percent fewer people fly than used to, resulting in even more road fatalities. In other words, far more people have died on the road as an indirect result of 9/11 than actually died on 9/11.

Maybe it’s time to come to grips with the risk of terrorism and finally put it in a rational perspective. Many will say, “If TSA and all the security saves just one life, it will be worth it.” The way I see it, wasting money wastes lives. Intimidating people into driving instead of flying wastes lives. A nation can reach a point where its passion for showboat security designed to make people feel safe actually kills them. Security is good, but a cost-benefit awareness is simply smart.

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Cats with heart-shaped fur

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

alentine’s Day is right around the corner and while it might be just a card company holiday, it’s always nice to take a day to tell those you love that they mean something to you. And it doesn’t have to be romantic love … there’s all sorts of love out there. There’s the love between friends and the love between family, the love you have for yourself (That’s very important!) and the unconditional, devoted love of your cats.

These 10 cats love you so much they’re wearing it loud and proud on their fur, or they’ve curled up into a heart formation. So go ahead, feel the love, and if you’ve got a heart-shaped cat we’d like to see her or him below!

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Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.

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