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Find a Dog on Vacation

Take One Home

Wouldn’t it be great if a vacationing family between dogs found the pooch of their dreams at their posh hotel? That very notion is happening in Rancho Mirage and driving a partnership between the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa and Palm Springs Valley no-kill shelter Animal Samaritans in the Good Samaritans Adoption project, reports Travel + Leisure.

The hotel lobby has become a temporary home for adoptable dogs whose caregivers introduce them to guests and see to their needs. The organizations, working together for more than a year, have placed about 50 dogs and are celebrating on Aug. 26, National Dog Day, with a “Yappy Hour” for the public.

 

Cute Concierge

The Park Hyatt hotel in Chicago has a new concierge, and it’s one of the furry variety. She is Parker, the one-eyed pug. The happy pooch wears a uniform, a Burberry bandana, and is all wags, kisses, and snorts when she greets new guests at the Michigan Avenue hotel. An instant hit, Parker was rescued from Tennessee with the damaged eye.

 

Oooh, Gross

It’s a good idea to avoid dog kisses on the face, Business Insider reports.

Those slobbery licks, according to Leni K. Kaplan of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, are pretty icky and full of zoonotic pathogens like Clostridium, E. coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter that can make you sick by getting into your body through your eyes, nose, or mouth. Same goes for hand licking, thanks to dogs excreting the nasties into their poop, eating that poop, and then licking you. For most people with healthy immune systems, it’s no big deal but could be deadly for those with compromised immune systems.

 

Lab Saved

Firefighters rescued a Labrador retriever from a burning house on the 1900 block of Tortoise Place in Walnut Creek in July. The fire at the one-story house began in the garage and spread to the attic. Firefighters found the dog inside upon entering after they had secured the perimeter to keep other houses in the neighborhood safe.

 

Hot Hiking Banned

Phoenix dogs owners cannot take their dogs hiking on the city’s 41 trails when the temperature reaches 100 degrees or higher.

The city had considered banning people and their dogs from hiking in extreme heat after a recent heat-related death and several heat-distressed rescues in the city. The people portion was nixed, but the dog ban, which was supported by the local human society, was allowed.

“The dogs can’t speak for themselves, and they’re wearing fur coats,” Phoenix resident Steven Douglas told the Associated Press.

 

Movie Dogs to Love

In honor of the summer release of The Secret Life of Pets, LA-based media strategist and planner Christopher James, also a longtime movie observer, came up with his top 10 list of best dogs in movie. Can you guess them?

They are: all the Best In Show competitors, Jack from The Artist, Toto from The Wizard of Oz, Puffy in There’s Something About Mary, Skip in My Dog Skip, Copper from The Fox and the Hound, Lady and Tramp from Lady and the Tramp, Bruiser Woods of Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Dug in Up, and, finally, all the Dalmations in 101 Dalmations.

 

Technological Advance

A remote control for TV-addicted dogs is in the trial phase with pet food maker Wagg leading the way. The remote control is a waterproof plastic pad with huge, raised buttons that look like a bone, a paw, and a ball, and they emit low-frequency squeaks when the dog touches them.

“Our studies shows the average dog now watches more than nine hours of TV a week, showing technology is already playing a huge part in our pets’ lives,” Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas told Sunday People. The product is being developed with the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

 

Technological Advance, II

The Australian Center for Field Robotics has invented the world’s first herding robot, SwagBot, and reported a successful field test with the automaton moving cattle and maneuvering around obstacles in the bush.

It’s strong—able to pull heavy trailers over tough terrain. But it’s not cute at all. And researchers are still working out how to enable it to assist sick or injured livestock.

 

Unpatriotic Pups

Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco apologized for posting an unpatriotic photo of her dogs sitting on an American flag on Instagram on Fourth of July.The star said her dog sitter had taken the photo while she was out of town. The original posting drew hundreds of negative comments.

 

Pup Planning

Millennials are now the largest pet-owning generation, and Northwest Mutual’s “young person market director,” Emily Holbrook, has a few words of advice for that pet guardian generation. First, budget before adding a new best pal to the household. Also, establish some savings for unexpected events, such as unknown medical costs. And finally plan for the future in case of an untimely demise that could leave a fur baby alone.

 

A Good Idea

USA Swimming joined up with Domesti-PUPs to make therapy dogs available to de-stress competitors at the recent U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb. An athletes-only lounge at CenturyLink Center included about 30 four-legged companions like Holly, a Havanese, and Larry, a goldendoodle, to distract, calm, and comfort the high-pressured swimmers.

“Anywhere there’s an elevated level of stress, we can take our dogs and try to de-stress them,” said Sandy Ludwig of the Lincoln-based Domesti-PUPs. “These dogs are just lying there, waiting to have their bellies rubbed or their ears scratched.”

 

Forget These Foods

Dogs cannot eat the same things humans do. In fact, some foods have downright disastrous effects, from heart damage, seizures, and kidney failure to comas, anemia, hind limb weakness, or even death. Don’t feed your canine chocolate, grapes and raisins, sugarless gum, onions and garlic, and Macadamia nuts.

If you think your dog has eaten something dangerous, contact his vet immediately. If he shows signs of poisoning, get him to the vet ASAP.