Dog given days to live shocks everyone by still being alive 18 months later

Dog given days to live shocks everyone by still being alive 18 months later

Tilly has recovered against all odds (Picture: Caters News Agency)An sweet Jack Russell dog has defied the offs, after being given less than a week to live – and still being alive and kicking over a year later.

Scientists found something weird when they scanned dogs’ brains

Scientists found something weird when they scanned dogs’ brains

(Credits: Eötvös Loránd University / SW)When a dog looks at you, they are ‘seeing’ whether you are from the same species as them, whereas humans look to the face of whatever animal they gaze on, a new study shows.

Dogs’ brains ‘not hardwired’ to respond to human faces

Dogs’ brains ‘not hardwired’ to respond to human faces

By contrast, regions of the human brain showed different activity depending whether a face or the back of a head was shown, with faces generally generating a stronger response.

Best friends: why is the love we have for our dogs so special?

Best friends: why is the love we have for our dogs so special?

A sense somehow that – real as it is – it is wrong to be feeling grief for a dog at a time when so many others are losing friends and family.

Toxic kitty? Researchers ponder link between rare venom and cat allergies

Toxic kitty? Researchers ponder link between rare venom and cat allergies

The paper also contained no evidence that the protein in the slow loris toxin is what causes reactions to the venom or the anaphylactic response.

Men wrote a note asking to walk neighbors' dog — and the dog responded

Men wrote a note asking to walk neighbors' dog — and the dog responded

Jack McCrossan and his three housemates aren't allowed to have a pet in the home they recently began renting in Bristol, England, so they decided to write a letter to their new neighbors asking if they could walk or play with their dog sometime.

Your old bra can help an injured turtle — here's how

Your old bra can help an injured turtle — here's how

A couple of animal and wildlife rescue groups that help treat injured turtles have a special donation request: They're asking for bra clasps, which can be used to repair damaged shells.

How canines capture your heart: scientists explain puppy dog eyes

How canines capture your heart: scientists explain puppy dog eyes

The sad, imploring expression held such power over humans during 33,000 years of canine domestication that the preference for dogs that could pull off the look steered the evolution of their facial muscles, researchers have said.

Cats able to recognise their own names, study finds

Cats able to recognise their own names, study finds

“Some owners insist their cats can recognise their own names and words related to food.”. The team therefore proposed that cats may be able to discriminate between different words, particularly their own names.

Does your dog really understand you?

Does your dog really understand you?

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.

Letters

Letters

When Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, says that Hamas “pile up as many civilian dead as they can” to make Israel look bad, he is speaking from a mind-set that has informed the political attitude of Israel’s leaders for many years.