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Let sleeping dogs... Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 October 2017 14:22
Most of us have experienced the misery of a night of tossing and turning - usually after a stressful day. But Hungarian researchers have found that dogs can also suffer! In a study of 16 dogs, the team found that good or bad experiences prior to sleep affected its quality. In one group the dogs were played with by their owners and generally made a fuss of while the other group were left alone and ignored. The "lucky" group enjoyed a good hour of sleeping normally while the "unlucky" ones slept less and more restlessly. Admittedly this is a very small study but it could have interesting implications: if a dog regularly sleeps badly will it become more aggressive? In the same way that humans become more irritable with lack of sleep?
 
One of the family Print E-mail
Monday, 16 October 2017 10:05
Most of us owners regard our dog as a dearly loved member of the family - but how many bosses would allow time off work to care for a poorly pet? Perhaps Italy is leading the way. An Italian court has granted a dog owner sick pay to look after her dog which was recovering from surgery. The judge accepted that her employer should count the two days that she took off under an allowance for absence related to "serious or family personal reasons" rather than having to use her annual leave. This case - the first of its kind - is important in that it paves the way for a dog to be recognised as part of the family.
 
Full tummies! Print E-mail
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:19
Apropos our previous post about greedy Labradors, have you heard about the one who not only enjoyed a kebab - but also the stick it was on! She was lucky in that it was spotted in time... The Dobermann who ate 25 golf balls was also a lucky survivor. Both dogs are important reminders to us all to keep an eye on not only what our dog is eating - but also what is missing!
 
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