“Is it OK to eat dogs?,” asks Julian Baggini at the Guardian, telling us to “consider that eating man’s best friend is a matter of cultural tastes, not moral worth”: Whenever western meat-eaters…

A dog in Spain has given birth to green puppies (see photo below). Did the bitch mate with an alien dog from Mars, or is there a more sensible explanation? More details…

Are other species engaging in advanced behaviors related to Earth’s magnetic field to which we are oblivious? Will humanity’s pooping without regard to planet-level electromagnetic fluctuations eventually be our undoing? Motherboard writes:…

There is a cable television network for seemingly every human interest, from motocross to knitting, so how about expanding the choices to include animal interests too? Variety reports that DogTV is coming…

Cannabis can have tremendous benefits for sick creatures, but veterinarian Dr. Andrew Springer Browne, who has treated numerous pets that got a hold of their owners’ pot brownies, warns that animals should…

Continuing the media assault on cats, the Wall Street Journal says that canines outsmart felines: With half as many neurons in their cerebral cortex as cats—and half the attitude, some would say—dogs…

070213-F-7234P-002There is no shortage of people looking to adopt these dogs. Reports Scott MacFarlane on WSB-TV:

They survived running toward death and danger, but some locally trained military dogs of war are not making it home.

Instead, they’re being euthanized.

Channel 2’s Scott MacFarlane learned of an obscure U.S. law that is making it tough for military dogs to be adopted after their service is over.

Army Sgt. David Varkett survived his tour of duty in Afghanistan, because his unit included Nooshka, a 5- year-old dog that sniffed out an improvised bomb before it exploded. “This dog has saved my life and many others,” Varkett said. “She became a little local hero, finding those IEDs.”

Photo: Ildar Sagdejev (CC)

Add one more expensive and unnecessary expenditure to the many made by obsessive dog owners: an MRI scan to reveal their innermost thoughts. Via LiveScience:

Fido’s expressive face, including those longing puppy-dog eyes, may lead owners to wonder what exactly is going on in that doggy’s head. Scientists decided to find out, using brain scans to explore the minds of our canine friends.

The researchers, who detailed their findings May 2 in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, were interested in understanding the human-dog relationship from the four-legged perspective.

“When we saw those first [brain] images, it was unlike anything else,”…

Could Tegon, the glowing dog, be the key to finding cures for many human diseases? Via Reutuers:

South Korean scientists said on Wednesday they have created a glowing dog using a cloning technique that could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Yonhap news agency reported.

A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) said the genetically modified female beagle, named Tegon and born in 2009, has been found to glow fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline antibiotic, the report said.

This article in the Washington Post raises a very interesting question: A meeting of anarchists, progressives, a self-described “surly feminist” and others on the far left of the political spectrum is underway….

Kudos to San Francisco for its decision to crack down on an industry based on animal misery. The San Francisco Chronicle reports: San Francisco’s ever-active Animal Control and Welfare Commission has renewed…

Reports Agence France-Presse via the Raw Story:

JERUSALEM — A Jerusalem rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a dog it suspects is the reincarnation of a secular lawyer who insulted the court’s judges 20 years ago, Ynet website reported Friday.

According to Ynet, the large dog made its way into the Monetary Affairs Court in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, frightening judges and plaintiffs.

Despite attempts to drive the dog out of the court, the hound refused to leave the premises.

One of the sitting judges then recalled a curse the court had passed down upon a secular lawyer who had insulted the judges two decades previously.

Their preferred divine retribution was for the lawyer’s spirit to move into the body of a dog, an animal considered impure by traditional Judaism.