Aesop tells a tale of a crow who couldn’t reach the water in a pitcher. According to the New York Times, researchers at New Zealand’s Auckland University have recently proved Aesop was onto something.
Miracle Yorkie Toby with X-ray showing three inch needle lodged in spine (Image: University of Edinburgh/Alexander Jamieson) The three-inch steel needle had left 13 year old Toby displaying the worrying signs of a deadly brain disease.
Reported by Alan Boyle of NBC News , the researchers looked at three groups of 18 dogs and their guardians. In the first group, when the guardian asked for help, the stranger refused.
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Pets can be a source of infection, and newborns, the elderly, children with leukemia and adults with cancer are especially vulnerable, according to a new review of data from previous research.
Buck was taken in by the charity Team Edward Labrador Rescue before his story was spotted by University of Nottingham vet and teaching associate, Emma Drinkall. (Picture: Emma Drinkall / SWNS.com)Buck weighed only 17kg (37.4lbs) when he was taken in by the charity Team Edward.
A study by the University of Sydney has found that Labradors of certain colours have shorter life expectancies, and also suffer from more health problems. Breeders targeting this colour may therefore be more likely to breed only Labradors carrying the chocolate coat gene.
In some bad news for chocolate Labrador Retriever lovers everywhere, new research shows that they have shorter life spans than their black and yellow cousins.Not only that, but they also have higher rates of skin disease and ear infections.For the study, researchers analysed data from more than 33 000 Labradors in the United Kingdom.
The dogs may show greater brain activity in response to a new word because they sense their owners want them to understand what they are saying, and they are trying to do so, the researchers suggested."Dogs ultimately want to please their owners, and perhaps also receive praise or food," said study senior author and neuroscientist Gregory Berns.
There were also various other tasks looked at in the journal of Learning & Behaviour, such as releasing food with a string and being able to recognise human faces.
(Picture: CASEY BRUNO/CATERS NEWS )Paisley the dalmatian got an honorary mortar board and diploma for helping her owner graduate from university. (Picture: CASEY BRUNO/CATERS NEWS)Despite her ongoing battle with mental health issues, Casey graduated from the University of Central Florida in August with a degree in veterinary medicine.
A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior says that it’s not just dogs which imitate human behaviour – cats do the same.
Through the power of genomics, scientists at the University of Michigan compared the DNA of a dog and wolf to identify the genes involved in domestication. The researchers used statistical methods to tease out genetic changes of ancient dogs and wolves, found at burial sites from around 5,000 years ago.
George the therapy dog has been made redundant at Curtin University. I get nothing from this apart from the joy of making students happy.”Originally published as Uni sacks therapy dog during exams
Picture: ThinkstockSource:ThinkStock“I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience,” neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel from Vanderbilt University says.Dogs had the most neurons of any carnivore — even though they didn’t have the biggest brains.