Edward: The Peg-legged Pug


Edward the pug was given birth to with 3 legs and a stump, however today walks on all fours following becoming fitted with a prosthetic limb.

The one-year-old rescue dog is one of the first animals in Australia to be provided with an artificial leg and can at last run and play with his friends at the Pug Rescue and Adoption center in Victoria.

Because of this, Ed has been selected as the face of a new Victoria State Government welfare fund that will give protection to prone pets like himself.

When he first showed up at Pug Rescue and Adoption Victoria, his saviors were informed that Ed had his leg bitten off by his mother as a small puppy, however it is more probable that he was born with the little stump.

Following a fairly ‘unsteady’ path to the rescue center, which included behind sold to as a breeding stud (in spite of missing a leg, a testicle and having a genetic skin condition) and then publicized as a ‘cheap way to own a pug’, Edward was lastly capable to obtain the care he required .

After a journey to Dogs in Motion canine rehabilitation center in Doveton, Victoria, the rescue center team started to focus on getting Ed back on his feet – all of them this time.

WATCH this VIDEO and see Edward taking his first steps:

His peg-leg and harness is designed by Martin Kaufmann, a specialist animal prosthetics expert who said he had numerous restless nights finding out the ideal design for Ed.

After a lengthy process which involved casts being obtained of Edward’s legs and special visits by Mr Kaufmann, who normally works in America, Ed’s distinctive leg showed up in June.

At first, the prosthetic had to be installed with an elastic band so Edward may find out to bring his leg forward as he walked – a thing which he had never discovered to do as a puppy.

Luckily it has been a success and with the harness maintaining the leg in place, Edward can at this point run and play without the help of the elastic band, and the centre hopes he will be adopted by a loving home.

The new $1.6 million fund Edward is endorsing will help not-for-profit animal care centers helping animals in identical circumstances.

The effort was launched by Edward and Victoria State Treasurer Kim Wells at Pug Rescue and Adoption Victoria and will be funded mostly from penalties, fines and seizures from illegal puppy farms with the Government guaranteeing $400,000 a year for the next 4 years.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Celebrities: “Theo” the Puppy and “Beau” the Baby


Last Christmas, the 3 Shyba youngsters sat on Santa’s lap in Manhattan and asked for a dog.

Mom and Dad said no.

However the family relocated to Santa Cruz this year and changed their thoughts. Previously this month, they adopted “Theo,” a cute boxer-Labrador-German shepherd mix.

All of a sudden, they’re celebrities.

Their story – recorded in pictures of Theo and the youngest Shyba child, Beau – has gone viral.

Mother Jessica Shyba’s blog, Momma’s Gone City, has got 200,000 clicks in the last 2 days, and she’s been given a shout-out by the Today Show, Ellen DeGeneres and a variety of other talk shows, all because she taken Instagram photos of her puppy and 23-month-old, blond-haired toddler sleeping together at naptime.

“It’s so weird,” Shyba told NBC Bay Area Monday morning. “But I’m just rolling with it.”

“Rolling with it,” meant waking up at 1:30 a.m. Monday to travel more than one hour to San Francisco, where she was a guest on Fox and Friends. Theo and Beau sat in Shyba’s arms, or instead, battled in her arms as she gave her interview, both clearly exhausted from the early morning drive and stress. At one point, Shyba gave up the puppy to a news crew member to maintain them apart. Later on, she took Beau to his doctor’s appointment and waited for an NBC Bay Area crew to show up at her house.

“It’s really hard for me to put into words how I’m feeling,” said Shyba, who has been working on her blog for 4 years. “I woke up the other night in a panic, so scared because this is my family, the most important thing to me.”

She just started taking photos of her son and puppy within the last week or so. However the story started out last Christmas in Manhattan. That’s when Shyba, who’d moved to New York City while her husband was in dental school, took her kids to see Santa at Macy’s Santa Land in Herald Square. The kids asked for a dog.

source: nbcbayarea.com

Dog Comes After Owner To Hospital To Ensure He’s OK


A doggy named Burke is definitely earning the nick name of man’s best friend.

Following an apparently drunk truck driver crashed into an Idaho home a week ago, wounding Burke’s family, the black Great Dane is thought to have followed an ambulance to a hospital looking for his owner, Jeffrey Groat.

Based on The Associated Press, Burke was located near the hospital’s emergency room and taken in by a local resident Thursday. It was not till the man observed a photo of the dog together with an article regarding the accident in a daily newspaper, that it became pretty obvious what took place.

“[Burke’s] been hanging out in the guy’s living room,” Brandi Bieber, a family friend, informed the Coeur d’Alene Press. “They picked him up Thursday night near the emergency room. We think maybe the dog followed the ambulance and sounds of the sirens.”

With the hospital only a mile away, it’s actual feasible that Burke tracked his owner to the facility. In fact, dogs have been known to travel substantial distances searching for their owners. A year ago, a 7-year-old husky named Zander sulked for days after his owner checked into a hospital, but the pet succeeded to trail the man down and waited with patience outside the building, which was Two miles away.

While hospitalized with a broken collarbone, shoulder and ribs, Groat consistently questioned about Burke, who he believed had gone missing soon after the truck plowed through his house. On Saturday, after the resident noticed Burke’s photo in the paper, Groat was lastly reunited with his beloved pup.

“It was unbelievable,” Groat said to the Press, talking about the surprise reunion arranged by his friends. “It made my day. I didn’t even feel my broken bones then.”

source: huffingtonpost.com

Dogs Originated in Europe More Than 18,000 Years Ago


Wolves probably were domesticated by European hunter–gatherers more than 18,000 years ago and slowly grown into dogs that started to be household pets, UCLA life researchers report.

“We found that instead of recent wolves being closest to domestic dogs, ancient European wolves were directly related to them,” stated Robert Wayne, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology in UCLA’s College of Letters and Science and senior author of the research. “This brings the genetic record into agreement with the archaeological record. Europe is where the oldest dogs are found.”

The UCLA researchers’ genetic study was published yesterday in the journal Science and highlighted on the journal’s cover.

In similar research last May, Wayne and his co-workers revealed at the Biology of Genomes meeting in New York the results of their assessment of the complete nuclear genomes of 3 recent wolf breeds (from the Middle East, East Asia and Europe), 2 ancient dog breeds and the boxer dog breed.

“We analyzed those six genomes with cutting-edge approaches and found that none of those wolf populations seemed to be closest to domestic dogs,” Wayne stated. “We thought one of them would be, because they represent wolves from the three possible centers of dog domestication, but none was. All the wolves formed their own group, and all the dogs formed another group.”

The UCLA biologists as well hypothesized at that conference that a now-extinct population of wolves was more straight associated to dogs.

For the latest study in Science, the scientists analyzed 10 ancient “wolf-like” animals and 8 “dog-like” animals, mainly from Europe. These animals were all more than 1,000 years old, many were thousands of years old, and 2 were more than 30,000 years old.

The biologists examined the mitochondrial DNA of the animals, which is abundant in ancient remains. By comparing this ancient mitochondrial DNA with the modern mitochondrial genomes of 77 domestic dogs, 49 wolves and 4 coyotes, the scientists confirmed that the domestic dogs were genetically assembled with ancient wolves or dogs from Europe — not with wolves located anyplace else in the world or even with modern European wolves. Dogs, they came to the conclusion, derived from ancient wolves that lived in Europe and are now extinct.

Wayne stated that that the domestication of wolves probably took place amongst ancient hunter–gatherer communities instead of as part of humans’ development of sedentary, agricultural-based groups.

“The wolf is the first domesticated species and the only large carnivore humans ever domesticated,” Wayne stated. “This always seemed odd to me. Other wild species were domesticated in association with the development of agriculture and then needed to exist in close proximity to humans. This would be a difficult position for a large, aggressive predator. But if domestication occurred in association with hunter–gatherers, one can imagine wolves first taking advantage of the carcasses that humans left behind — a natural role for any large carnivore — and then over time moving more closely into the human niche through a co-evolutionary process.”

The concept of wolves following hunter–gatherers likewise helps to clarify the eventual genetic divergence that contributed to the appearance of dogs, he said. Wolves following the migratory patterns of these early human communities would have abandoned their territoriality and would have been less likely to multiply with resident territorial wolves. Wayne mentioned that a group of modern wolves shows this process.

“We have an analog of this process today, in the only migratory population of wolves known existing in the tundra and boreal forest of North America,” he stated. “This population follows the barren-ground caribou during their thousand-kilometer migration. When these wolves return from the tundra to the boreal forest during the winter, they do not reproduce with resident wolves there that never migrate. We feel this is a model for domestication and the reproductive divergence of the earliest dogs from wild wolves.”

“We know also that there were distinct wolf populations existing ten of thousands of years ago,” Wayne added. “One such wolf, which we call the megafaunal wolf, preyed on large game such as horses, bison and perhaps very young mammoths. Isotope data show that they ate these species, and the dog may have been derived from a wolf similar to these ancient wolves in the late Pleistocene of Europe.”

In a study released in the journal nature in 2010, Wayne and co-workers revealed that dogs appear to share more genetic likeness with living Middle Eastern gray wolves than with any other wolf population, which suggested a Middle East origin for modern dogs. The fresh genetic data have persuaded him otherwise.

“When we previously found some similarity between Middle Eastern wolves and domestic dogs, that similarity, we are now able to show, likely was the result of interbreeding between dog and wolves during dog history. It does not necessarily suggest an origin in the Middle East,” Wayne said. “This alternative hypothesis, in retrospect, is one that we should have considered more closely. As hunter–gatherers moved around the globe, their dogs trailing behind probably interbred with wolves.”

Wayne views the new genetic data “persuasive” but said they have to be verified with an evaluation of genetic sequences from the nucleus of the cell — a considerably larger sample than that found in mitochondrial DNA (approximately 20,000 base pairs). This is tough due to the fact the nuclear DNA of ancient remains has a tendency to become degraded.

While Wayne plans to go after this followup study, he said he does not expect a nuclear genome analysis to change the central finding. Nevertheless, he stated, it will fill in more of the specifics.

“This is not the end-story in the debate about dog domestication, but I think it is a powerful argument opposing other hypotheses of origin,” he said.

There is a scientific discussion about when dogs were domesticated and regardless of whether it was associated with the growth of agriculture fewer than 10,000 years ago, or whether it took place much earlier. In the new Science research, Wayne and his co-workers estimate that dogs were domesticated between 18,000 and 32,000 years ago.

Roughly 80 percent of dog breeds are modern breeds that evolved in the last few hundred years, Wayne said. However a few dog breeds have ancient histories that go back thousands of years.

Wolves have been in the Old World for hundreds of thousands of years. The oldest dogs from the archaeological record come from Europe and Western Russia. A dog from Belgium dates back approximately 36,000 years, and a group of dogs from Western Russia is approximately 15,000 years old, Wayne said.

Source: UCLA

Female Boxer Enters Ring to Fight for Dogs


Golden Glove champion Christina Beckles has not battled in the ring for 3 years! These days, she is back again at Brooklyn’s World Famous Gleason’s Gym, home to historic prize fighters, the spot where Hilary Swank grew to become Million Dollar Baby and where numerous legends got their star. Beckles will go center ring not looking for a title but fighting so dogs don’t have to.

The Sato Project operates on Dead Dog Beach, and the name says it all. On Vacation in Puerto Rico, Beckles noticed countless numbers of left behind dogs, and it altered what she wanted to fight for.

“There are 250 thousand stray dogs with only 4 shelters and a 99% euthanasia rate,” states Beckles.

Beckles changed their individual circumstances, adopting two of the dogs for her own. She then gave up her New York City job to start up the Sato Project – getting forever homes for 400 dogs in her 1st year.

“Unfortunately between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s primetime dumping on Dead Dog Beach,” adds Beckles.

Beckles got Amy Freeze into the ring to offer her her first boxing lesson, presenting the fundamentals of a sport that has numerous parallels to her quest. The focus, the power and the intention, she claims, is that not every single fight is won with a knockout, but jab by jab. She is decided to alter these dogs and their title.

“We are rebranding these dogs, known as ‘sato’, which signifies ‘street dogs’,” states Beckles, “it’s not endearing, but we hope to turn that around and make them the resilient symbol of Puerto Rico as their national dog!”

It really is a continuous challenge, but getting into the boxing ring this time is symbolic of a prize really worth winning. When Beckles steps into the ring, that is what she’s fighting for – the dogs. The fight willl also be streaming at the Dumbo Kitchen in Brooklyn.

Beckles would like to help modify not only the plight of the dogs on an individual level, she likewise desires to alter their reputation, into a beloved dog of Puerto Rico and beyond – similar to the Chihuahua in Mexico.

Source: ABC

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