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  • Thursday, January 29, 2009

    What Jack Russell Terrier Owners Have Known All Along: Improve Your Health, Become a Dog Owner

    Owning a dog is good for your mental and physical health, more so even than cats, researchers claim today.

    Dr Deborah Wells, a senior lecturer at the Canine Behaviour Centre of Queens University, Belfast, found that dog owners have lower cholesterol and blood pressure, fewer minor physical ailments, and are less likely to develop serious medical problems.

    In a paper published today by the British Psychological Society, she said "It is possible that dogs can directly promote our well being by buffering us from stress, one of the major risk factors associated with ill health. The ownership of a dog can also lead to increases in physical activity and facilitate the development of social contact, which may enhance both physiological and psychological human health in a more indirect manner."

    She found that people who took cats and dogs from animal rescue shelters noticed a decrease in minor ailments such as headaches, colds and dizziness a month after the rescue visit. But only dog owners maintained the improvements ten months later - cat owners did not.

    The research, published in the Health Psychology Journal, found that dogs could also act as 'early-warning systems' for more serious illnesses including cancer and epilepsy.

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    Poor Spanky Panicks Every Time He Goes to the Vet for a Check-Up

    Bless his heart! Poor Spanky is panicky, and always does his best to make himself invisible in the car when it's time to get out and go into the vet's office for a check-up. He also starts serious hyperventilation when we make the turn onto the road that inexorably (in his mind) leads to the veterinarian's office.

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    This Doesn't Happen Very Often - Maggie and Sadie Belle Sleeping Peacefully Close Together

    I took this photo because it is very rare for Maggie and Belle to sleep this close together, but here they are, side by side, tucked in their blankets and in their cozy beds. Usually, they are too annoyed with each other for this much togetherness, but this night they just put it all aside and fell asleep peacefully.

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    Just an Adorable Photo of Sadie Belle on the Alert in the Woods

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    Sadie Belle Goes for Her Yearly Check-Up

    It's time for Belle's yearly check-up, so off we went to the vet's office.

    But not so fast. Before we went to the office, we had to go for a long walk in the woods because Belle has the unpleasant (for the vet's staff) habit of becoming so nervous that she empties her bowels all over the place when they take her back to the examining area to weigh her and take her vitals.

    So we walk in the woods beforehand to clear her out and make things easier on the staff. This helps, but not always. On this occassion, I asked the technician how Belle did in the back, did she poop on them, and learned that happily, she had not pooped, but, not so happily, did release her anal glands which had almost the same effect. Win some, lose some, we always say.

    Here's Belle in the room waiting for the technician to come take her back to the exam area. She looks fairly calm.

    Getting a little anxious now - notice that her tail is down and her brow is furrowed.

    Belle keeps an eye on the door, anticipating the arrival of the vet and the technician.

    This is the door we go through to get to the waiting room, pay the bill, and then to our car and home. Belle weighs her options for making good her escape to freedom.

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    Saturday, January 24, 2009

    Heroic Dog Tries to Save Injured Buddy from Busy Highway by Pulling Him to The Roadside

    Such a touching and sad video of a heroic dog who risks his own life to pull an injured dog, presumably a friend, to the roadside of a busy highway. What an act of love.

    This amazing video is from a traffic cam in Chile.

    Reminds us of George, the Jack Russell Terrier, who saved five children from a pit bull and lost his own life in a supreme act of heroism.

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    Adorable Video: How to Sing Puppies to Sleep - Dog Whisperer Can't Match This

    Watch this video from as man sings lullaby to puppies as they fall asleep. So sweet - enjoy!

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    Three Week Old Jack Russell Terrier Puppies, Barking and Squealing

    Just a fun video of JRT puppies trying out their new-found barking skills!

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    Watch Kate and the Amazing Gin Perform on 'Britain's Got Talent'

    Sixteen year-old college student Kate Nicholas and her six year-old border collie Gin take 'Britain's Got Talent' by storm with their canine freestyle performance. Watch and enjoy as they bring the house down.

    The video above is their first performance on the 'Britain's Got Talent' competition, and which earned them a slot in the semi-finals and ultimately the finals.

    And below is the Kate and Gin semi-final performance which is almost as amazing as their final performance. Watch and enjoy the show!

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