Archive for January, 2013

10 health benefits of buckwheat

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Contrary to its name, this fruit seed is not in any way related to wheat.
Buckwheat is a gluten free power food!

It is becoming very popular for many good reasons.

It is a highly nourishing, energizing and tasty food that can be eaten instead of rice or the usual porridge.

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Meet 5 of the World’s Rare Cat Breeds

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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Ann Brenoff: The Universe Spoke To Me

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

It was a beautiful crisp day in Los Angeles and I took a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains with my long-time friend, Vani. The sun was bright, the vistas of the Pacific spectacular; we saw birds, deer and virtually no other hikers on the trail — bliss in my book.

And then we came upon a little makeshift memorial, constructed in a small clearing that overlooked the ocean. It was a cross made of sticks supporting a photo of someone’s beloved cat. The kitty’s favorite toys were laid out in memoriam, along with some fresh flowers, a paperweight rock picturing a curled-up cat, and a few quarters that I’m hard-pressed to explain. Then we spotted it: Hanging on one end of the cross was a carved wooden fish ornament carved with the words “Culebra, PR.”

Now, coyotes are a fact of life in the mountains where I live and hike. I frequently drive past “missing cat” flyers stapled to trees and assume the worst when the flyer isn’t taken down after a few weeks. Nature’s food chain is often cruel to our pets.

But it was the fish ornament with the words “Culebra, PR” that stopped us in our tracks.


Polite cat fight

Monday, January 28th, 2013

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Golden Retrievers Key To Longest, Largest Dog Cancer Study Ever Conducted

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

For Louie and 2,999 other purebred goldens, it will be the study of a lifetime. Their lives – usually a 10-to-14-year span – will be tracked for genetic, nutritional and environmental risks to help scientists and veterinarians find ways to prevent canine cancer, widely considered the No. 1 cause of death in older dogs, said Dr. Rodney Page.

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study will be the largest and longest dog study ever conducted, said Page, the study’s principal investigator, a professor of veterinary oncology and the director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University.


Chimpanzees Successfully Play the Ultimatum Game: Apes’ Sense of Fairness Confirmed

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

In the study, researchers tested six adult chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and 20 human children (ages 2 — 7 years) on a modified Ultimatum Game. One individual chose between two differently colored tokens that, with his or her partner’s cooperation, could be exchanged for rewards (small food rewards for chimpanzees and stickers for children). One token offered equal rewards to both players, whereas the other token favored the individual making the choice at the expense of his or her partner. The chooser then needed to hand the token to the partner, who needed to exchange it with the experimenter for food. This way, both individuals needed to be in agreement.
Both the chimpanzees and the children responded like adult humans typically do. If the partner’s cooperation was required, the chimpanzees and children split the rewards equally. However, with a passive partner, who had no chance to reject the offer, chimpanzees and children chose the selfish option.
Chimpanzees, who are highly cooperative in the wild, likely need to be sensitive to reward distributions in order to reap the benefits of cooperation. Thus, this study opens the door for further explorations into the mechanisms behind this human-like behavior.


Cat fed with chopsticks video

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Eating food from a dish looks to be old hat for this cat who’s fed treats with chopsticks. In reality, the method actually keeps kittens from biting or scratching for treats during training. The chopsticks allow the human to help their cat learn patience while honing muscles and balance.

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Cute Animal Video of the Day: Super Sleuth Cat Plays Guessing Game

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

This cat is in training to become the first Sherlock Holmes of her kind. Watch the show of stunning concentration and accuracy as she chooses which shell hides a piece of foil:

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I laughed and marvelled at how smart this cat is.

Plant-Based Diets for Metabolic Syndrome

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Metabolic syndrome, also known as syndrome X, is a medical disorder characterized by the so-called “deadly quartet”: abdominal obesity, high fasting blood sugars, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome can set people up for liver disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. It’s been estimated to afflict about a quarter of the American population. How do we stop it and how can we prevent it?

Well, if it has to do with obesity, the level of fat in the blood, and high blood pressure then that would seem like a job for plant-based nutrition. But we didn’t know for sure until recently.

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10 Dog Training Tips

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

anuary is National Train your Dog Month. My readers know that I’m an advocate of humane, positive, science based dog training. So, every Tuesday on the Through a Dog’s Ear Facebook page is “Training Tip Tuesday”. I ask fans and training experts to chime in with their training tips. Here are some of my favorites:

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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.