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Canine Forteana (Dogs' Weirdness & Wonders)

Swifty

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Nuneaton is the dump i was born and raised it. An utterly depressing hole.
I went to college in Nuneaton. It wasn't that bad in the early 90's from memory although I was stoned for a lot of it.
 

Trevp666

Don't blame me - I didn't cook it.
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I drove through Nuneaton once. I think it was closed for repairs.
 

Floyd1

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Nuneaton is the dump i was born and raised it. An utterly depressing hole.
When Richard Branson was doing the car/boat thing a few years ago, I had to deal with a very strange guy from Nuneaton. He looked like catweazle too.

But at least you had the great Larry Grayson!
 

maximus otter

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An afternoon with Shayna Maydele, possibly the most Jewish dog in New York

In my decades as a journalist, I’ve interviewed some pretty powerful, important and, yes, even famous people. But never before have I been so excited — starstruck, even — to meet a subject, and this one wasn’t even human.

I was positively giddy to visit the Upper East Side home last week of Shayna Maydele, a small, white dog who has captured the hearts of thousands of adoring fans on Instagram. Shayna Maydele’s popularity isn’t just owing to her adorable punim — though her punim is 100% adorable, as as this committed fluffy-dog lover can attest. It’s also because her Instagram is filled with charming, authentic expressions of Jewish pride, as well as humorous takes on life in New York City.

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Leaving aside the big question of whether or not a dog can be Jewish (I say yes!) — or even if owning a pet is a Jewish thing to do — every Friday, Shayna Maydele’s account features a heartwarming “Shabbat shalom” message. The Shabbat photos often include homemade challah, other times they might feature her “Papa,” or her owner’s dad. I always let out a squeal of delight when I see the posts, and I’m hardly alone: “I wake up each a [sic] Friday and await such good posts,” wrote one commenter on a Shabbat post earlier this month. “Shabbat Shalom, Shayna!”

“My Shabbat posts get the most likes out of everything,” Shayna Maydele’s owner, Heidi Silverstone, told me.

Since emerging on social media in 2019, Shayna Maydele (whose name means “beautiful girl” in Yiddish) has garnered nearly 9,000 (and counting) fans from all over the world.

https://www.jta.org/2022/12/15/ny/a...dele-possibly-the-most-jewish-dog-in-new-york

maximus otter
 

hunck

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This is well worth a watch: Snow Dogs on iplayer.

Wildlife film-maker Gordon Buchanan gets close to seven incredible huskies on a treacherous dogsled adventure through Canada’s spectacular Yukon wilderness, gaining a new appreciation for dogs and our place in nature.

Gordon arrives in Canada’s vast Yukon wilderness to try and master the ancient skill of dog sledding. Inspired by Jack London’s novel The Call of the Wild, it has been Gordon’s childhood dream to command a team of dogs out in the Yukon wilderness and follow in the footsteps of the historic Klondike Gold Rush explorers who used this trail. Gordon meets Pierre-Luc Fortin, expert musher and owner of 29 loyal Alaskan huskies, and is introduced to his seven-sled dog team.
He has trouble & makes mistakes to start with but after several days, bonds with & gets the trust of the dogs & gets the hang of it.

The dogs can cover an incredible 150km a day pulling a loaded sled.
 

ramonmercado

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A woof xmas.

A dog is believed to have started a fire after accidentally turning a hairdryer on.

Essex Fire Service said it was called to Hockley on Christmas Eve to find a smouldering blaze in a bedroom.


They believe the pet dog jumped on a bed and turned the hairdryer on, eventually causing it to set the mattress on fire.

The dog was waiting by the front door when the homeowner returned. Both needed treatment for smoke inhalation.

A dog in Hockley, Essex, accidentally switches on a hairdryer and sets a bed alight. Pic: Essex Fire Service

Image:pic: Essex Fire Service
Watch manager Gary Shinn said people should always unplug electrical appliances when they are not being used.


He said: "The homeowner was out and came back to find her house full of smoke.

"We believe the fire started because a hairdryer was left plugged in and on a bed.

https://news.sky.com/story/warning-...A dog is believed to,set the mattress on fire.
 

ramonmercado

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Give that dog a bone!

Mountain rescuers said finding a pair of lost walkers near England's highest mountain would have been "doubtful" without the team's dog.

Keswick Mountain Rescue were called out at about 17:30 GMT on New Year's Day to find a couple who had got lost while descending Scafell Pike.

The team's dog Isla found the walkers in a "steep-sided gully away from the paths" a spokesman said. It was an "excellent and impressive find", he added.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-64150018
 

ramonmercado

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Figuring out dog years.

The 7 dog years to 1 human year fallacy was empirically corrected when a research team published their 2017 Quantitative Translation of Dog-to-Human Aging by Conserved Remodeling of the DNA Methylome study in the journal Cell Systems, laying out new methodology using DNA Methylome to create an epigenetic aging clock for dogs and wolves in relation to a human year.

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Quantitative Translation of Dog-to-Human Aging by Conserved Remodeling of the DNA Methylome | Cell Systems

love how the above illustration points out that at human year 1, dogs are roughly 31-32 years old, so we're talking Tom Hanks in Splash (1984), The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) and Big (1988). Also of note in the above illustration, at around 4 human years, a dog is roughly Tom Hanks ala Charlie Wilson's War (2007), and at 9 human years is everything that comes afterwards; that's Angels & Daemons (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cloud Atlas (2012), Captain Phillips (2013), Bridge of Spies (2015), Sully (2016), Toy Story 4 (2019), A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (2019), Greyhound (2020), News of The World (2020), Finch (2021), Pinocchio (2022), A Man Called Otto (2022), some unnamed movies and everything to come till 2024; all of that and a bag of chips can be captured in 5 human years from 4 to 9. ...

https://boingboing.net/2023/01/15/dog-years-is-to-human-years-as-7-is-to-1-wrong.html
 

maximus otter

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Dog goes viral after ripping off letterbox and chewing through door

A dog has gone viral on social media after ripping off a letterbox and chewing through the front door of its home in Fife.

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A stunned passer-by snapped the pooch popping its head through the middle of a chewed door on Croftangry Road, Kelty.

The picture appears to show a hole where the letterbox of the uPVC door should be – and the animal attempting to make a break for it.

https://news.stv.tv/east-central/do...terbox-and-chewing-through-door-in-kelty-fife

maximus otter
 

Trevp666

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Was probably also responsible for the meter cupboard too.
 
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