Elizabeth Taylor’s all-time favorite canine companion was a Maltese terrier named Sugar.
Dogs sometimes pee in or near their food bowls because they’re marking territory, according to Leticia Fanucchi, an animal behaviorist at Washington State University. Feeding pets in separate areas can help stop it, and so can using ceramic or stainless steel bowls instead of plastic.
Humans aren’t the only ones affected by influenza Type A subtype H3N2 — dogs can get it, too, and there’s increase of “canine influenza” in the Bay Area.
The AKC recently recognized two new dog breeds — the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is an energetic, spaniel-type dog that originated hundreds of years ago in Europe as a duck hunter, while the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a laidback, intelligent, friendly pack hound that gets along well with other dogs.
Colusa “Lucy” Brown, California’s first dog, is mostly corgi with some border collie mixed in. Her pet projects include encouraging Californians to sniff out water waste.
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