Labrador puppy stolen by thieves returned to ‘devastated’ little girl

Eight-week-old labrador puppy, Sasha, was stolen from a family.
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An eight-week-old puppy that was stolen from a house in Melbourne, Australia, has been returned to a “devastated” family after local police launched a public appeal.

A number of items including a laptop, an iPad and jewellery were also stolen from the home on Monday. 

Yet it was the missing labrador, Sasha, that distressed the family most — especially the daughter of the dog’s owner, four-year-old Maia.

“We’ve only had her a week, but she’s part of the family. She was my daughter’s best friend, and those two spent each night falling asleep together in the dog bed,” Sasha’s owner, Ryan Hood, told Today.

Police failed to find the dog anywhere in the home or in the neighbourhood, and a investigation was launched. But on Thursday, Sasha mysteriously returned to the family’s home. 

Hood’s wife woke up to make a coffee, when she noticed a moving figure by the kennel. It turned out to be their missing dog.

“We think that whoever took her had either a conscience, or got scared and dropped her over the fence … we don’t care to be honest. We’re happy to have her back,” Hood told Today on Thursday.

Hood said his daughter, Maia, was “ecstatic” as was the dog. The dog appeared to be unharmed and in good health, although has a fascination with shoes now.

None of the other stolen items were returned, and Victoria Police said it’ll still be investigating the burglary. 

Through all the bad, fortunately there’s still a little bit of good left in this world.

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Professional Dog-Groomer Hits Back At Claims She’s Embarrassing Her Dog

We all know that people love to take their pups to the groomers. They come back looking relaxed, adorable and ready for anything. Groomers are told how to style dogs and you trust them. You trust them to be patient and attentive to your best friend. They are trained professionals. So when owner and dog-groomer got accused of “embarrassing” her dog by the Kennel Club, she hit back.

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    Vikki Pearman, 41, of Hatfield, Hertfordshire is a professional dog groomer who regularly spray-paints her pooch. Recently Kennel Club had made claims that painting pets funny colors could leave them feeling like an ‘accessory’. However, Pearman begs to differ. Claiming that animals love all the attention. The proud owner of four dogs – including white standard poodle Lacie. Lacie is regularly entered in creative dog grooming competitions. This are mainly popular in the US, but was new to the UK. Lacie and owner Vikki have won an exciting six times.

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    ?Vikki, who teaches dog-styling to other pup owners and has been a professional dog groomer for  more than ten years, even has her own grooming book ‘Creative Styling from Beginner to Winner’. More surprisingly, this is the only dog grooming book in all the UK. In her ten years of experience in the grooming world she’s stated, ‘In that time, I’ve very successfully competed in creative grooming competitions, earning the title ‘Creative Stylist of the Year’ […] I love it. It’s great fun, there is a real community among creative groomers.”

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    ?Vikki took a stand when Kennel Club went after her saying that her dogs will feel embarrassed. She said, “And, as for dogs feeling embarrassed – it’s rubbish. If Lacie experiences any emotion when she’s dressed up, then it’s sheer joy.”

    Vikki, runs the grooming salon Pedigrees ‘n’ Pooches, in Hatfield, first started showing Lacie in competitions a decade ago. Since then, she has entered the proud poodle in 13 competitions, becoming increasingly adventurous with her designs and even incorporating props! She spends hours on hours preparing Lacie with painting and pruning to look amazing. She even dresses identically so they match. It might seem like a lot for a dog to handle but Vikki swears that Lacie’s full appearance

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    Ahead of a competition, she spends days planning on the painting and pruning for Lacie, so she looks tip-top – even dressing identically, so they match. But Vikki swears Lacie’s outlandish appearance takes no longer to achieve than normal dog grooming. 

    But Vikki also knows the boundaries, ‘Of course, there are times when I would not use color on a dog, for example, if they had any health or skin conditions […] ‘Also a dog has to be mentally stable and needs to love attention. But education is the key.’

    She also emphasizes that ‘All products used are safe for pets, as they are specially made for them, with no harmful chemicals. They can either be a temporary wash out color, or there are longer lasting products that fade, but have to grow out. They still don’t damage the coat in any way.’

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    However, the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest organization dedicated to the welfare of dogs, has claimed creative grooming can hurt an animal’s feelings. Oh oh! Vikki, as a dog lover herself, completely dismissed what the Club has said as “utter nonsense”. She said: ‘Creative dog grooming is not for everyone and I happily respect that, but dogs don’t see color like we do. They don’t feel embarrassed…these are human emotions[…]’My girl only knows that she gets lots of attention and fuss, which she loves, and I take her everywhere with me – including on nursing home visits, to dog shows and I even took her to a zoo once.”

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    Bill Lambert, Kennel Club Health and Breeder Services Manager said: ‘Anyone who owns a pet needs to remember that it is a living thing and not a toy to be dressed up or dyed different colors, purely to please its owner […] If extreme grooming begins to become more normalized then there is a risk that animals will start being seen as accessories, which is concerning, because their welfare could be jeopardized […] Pampering should only ever go as far as keeping your pet happy and in good condition. 

    Kennel Club does make a point on the importance of making sure the dogs well-being is placed first, yet Vikki is a trained professional in the grooming industry…hmm

     What do you guys think?

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These Animals Love To Dance! (15 Hilarious Memes)

I guess we all just gotta shake it when we hear that beat! 

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10 Human Foods You Can Safely Give Your Dog

Before we start, remember it’s always best not to feed your dog human food unless your veterinarian advises you otherwise. But if you are having trouble saying “no” to those adorable little faces, then there is a list of the are healthier things you can feed your dog.
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    Liver is chock full of vitamins like iron and vitamin A. Just be sure not to give them too much because too much vitamin A can be harmful to them. Eight ounces or less for a medium dog and a half ounce for small dogs is just fine.

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    Coconut Oil

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    Adding unsweetened coconut flakes to your dog’s food or a scoop of coconut oil can benefit their skin, fur and provide them with an extra boost of protein

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    Lean Meat

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    Lean meats are packed with protein that provides your dog with energy and they also contain vitamin B and amino acids that help boost energy and their metabolism. Just make sure that you are giving your dog meat that doesn’t have any visible fat on it and stay away from ground meat which is higher in fat. Also, raw chicken bones are OK for dogs while cooked ones can splinter and cause your dog to choke.

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    Salmon and Tuna

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    These fishes contain omega-3 fatty acids that promote a shiny fur coat, improve brain function, and boost immunity.

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    Yogurt and Cottage Cheese

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    If your pup needs a boost of calcium putting some unsweetened yogurt that doesn’t contain fruit in their food is always a good way to go. The calcium helps support their teeth and bones.

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    Seaweed helps to provide your dog with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin E and chlorophyll which helps to boost your pup’s metabolism.

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    Carrots help keep your dog’s teeth healthy by scraping away plaque when they chomp down on it. It also has lots of vitamins.

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    This whole grain helps with digestive issues in older dogs and is an alternative for dogs who have wheat allergies

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    Dog your dog have bad breath? Chop up some parsley and add it to your dog’s food. Not only will it freshen their breath but it will also deliver some potassium and calcium to their system.

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    Putting a handful of peas in your dog’s food to your dog’s meal will pump it up with phosphorous, as well as vitamin B.

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Professor gets his dog a position at 7 academic journals

For scientists and researchers, getting papers published in respected journals is critical for their careers.

So it’s a good thing that Dr. Olivia Doll, respected authority and academic, is intimately involved in curating journals within the medical community. She sits on seven different editorial boards for journals focused on everything from drug abuse to respiratory medicine.

She also looks like this.

Yes, Dr. Doll is a 5-year-old Staffordshire terrier whose real name is Ollie.

Mike Daube, Ollie’s owner, is a public health expert and professor at Curtin University in Australia. He decided to create a fake academic background and persona for his dog, and use it to apply for positions on editorial boards because he wanted to draw attention to the plethora of sham academic journals that exist.

“Every academic gets several of these emails a day from sham journals,” Daube told Perth Now. “The more I saw of it, the more I thought that you need a light shining on these things.”

Why are these sham journals so problematic?

“There are young academics, there are people in developing countries who are being conned by this,” Daube explained. “They think that if they send papers to these journals, it’s a decent publication … and they are being charged for it.”

The fact that Daube was able to get a dog with a fake doctorate and background (senior lecturer at Subiaco College of Veterinary Science, associate to the Dog’s Refuge Home) onto the editorial board of these publications shows just how illegitimate they are.

Every academic gets several of these emails a day from sham journals

As Daube points out, just one click would have allowed any of these journals to discover that Dr. Olivia Doll was completely fake. And yet none of them took the time to properly vet Dr. Doll, and that’s probably true of all applicants they receive.

In case you’re interested in the rest of Dr. Doll’s illustrious career, Perth Now reports that she has research interest in “the benefits of abdominal massage for medium-sized canines and the role of domestic canines in promoting optimal mental health in aging males.” She was on track to become the associate editor of the Global Journal of Addiction and Rehabilitation Medicine. She was also recently asked to review a paper on the management of tumors.

It sounds like Dr. Doll has done pretty well for herself. She also has some advice for young academics, which she told her owner to pass along to you.

“She said to me that she hopes that any academics who think of responding to these will have paws for thought,” Daube dutifully relayed, “and that if they do send their papers to any of these sham journals, she reckons they’re barking mad.”

Wise words from a wise dog.

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The Farmers Dog, a customized pet food subscription service, scoops up $8.1 million

The Farmers Dog wants to fill the bowls of canines everywhere with fresh food made especially for them. Based in New York City, the startup plans to expand its dog food delivery service after closing a $8.1 million Series A round led by Shasta Ventures. Returning investors Forerunner Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and SV Angel also participated.

This brings the total The Farmers Dog has raised so far to $10.1 million. Founded in 2015 by Brett Podolsky and Jonathan Regev, the company claims to have delivered over one million meals already and is the latest subscription-based startup backed by Shasta Ventures, whose success stories include Dollar Shave Club and Warby Parker.

Pet food is a big businessglobal retail sales were about $70 billion in 2015 ($24 billion in the U.S. alone), according to GfK market research, and have grown steadily despite the slow economy. In fact, the pet care industry is considered relatively recession-proof because people are willing to continue spending money on their furry companions even if they have to cut expenses elsewhere.

The idea for The Farmers Dog was formed after Podolsky began feeding his dog, a Rottweiler named Jada, home cooked meals on her vets recommendation. Jada suffered from chronic stomach issues since she was a puppy and Podolsky had already tried many types of commercial pet food to help her, but he says she wasnt cured until he started making all her food.

It got us looking into the pet food industry. We noticed that while all of the marketing revolved around healthy buzzwords like real and natural, the products inside the bag were generally the same highly processed mystery food left on the shelf for a year or two, Podolsky and Regev told TechCrunch in an email.

We thought if we could create a subscription for each dogthen why wouldnt we? They eat the same thing everydaywe could make the food fresh, skip the middlemen, and deliver a product thats truly healthy, affordable, and simply not available in traditional retail channels.

Since dogs are usually happy to eat the same thing, unlike their more finicky human family members, The Farmers Dog is able to send multiple weeks worth of food at a time, instead of just a few meals, and save on delivery costs.

Our system is very unique in that it optimizes the amount we send depending on the cost to ship and the dogs needs, said Regev. This way our cost to deliver is far less than what wed be paying to a distributor or retailer, and we can invest those savings back into product quality.

The foundersbootstrapped the company for a year while cooking dog food in a small commercial kitchen in Brooklyn. The companys meal plans currently start at $11 per week and are customized based on each dogs age, breed, size, activity level, and health needs. Before delivery, The Farmers Dog divides food into individual servings based on each animals caloric needs, since the recommended portions on many commercial pet food packages are often too big.

Podolsky and Regev say their products are sourced and produced to human-grade standards, using USDA and FDA-inspected ingredients that are prepared in facilities with safety standards usually reserved for human food.

The commercial pet food industry is plagued with recalls, so quality is something we take seriously, they said. We only use human-grade ingredients and facilities, and have traceability to know where each ingredient ends up. We manufacture food on demand so nothing ever sits in a store or deep freezer for months, which reduces any chance of foodborne diseases.

In order to scale up, the startup relies on a proprietary algorithm to customize meal plans while keeping costs down. It also collects data and tracks improvements from customers whose dogs have similar profiles to improve its products. The Farmers Dogs new funding will be used to develop new products, hire more people for its customer support and tech teams, and grow the startups production capacity.

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