Cartoon dog trains humans in life lessons

Cartoon dogs aren't just for entertainment anymoreThe benefits that pets provide to humans are well-documented: they give companionship, encourage exercise, offer protection and sniff out crime. One author is even using the lovable creatures to advance a narrative on the wonder and joy entrenched in life’s smallest moments.

Eckhart Tolle, an experienced author who writes in a spiritual context teamed up with the cartoonist Patrick McDonnell to write the new book, Guardians of Being. The book, which is set to release this month, includes McDonnell’s illustrations which are recognizable from his acclaimed comic strip, MUTTS.

According to a ZooToo column, the book reflects on the moment-by-moment outlook of a fictional dog and reinforces the ways that dogs can gratify their owners through friendship and loyalty. Guardians of Being furthermore insists that through pet care, humans can learn about the methods of simple living that dogs pursue.

One reviewer from the Inspired Retailer said that "though such as "Allow your dog to take you for a walk every day, it’s good for the body and it’s good for the soul’ make the book a great gift" for animal lovers.

Dating back to Aesop’s Fables in 620 B.C. writers and thinkers have contemplated the lessons that wildlife imparts.

Dog Whisperer shouts in support of humane education

Ceasar Millan advocates for the fair treatment of animalsCeasar Millan, host of the hit National Geographic Channel show Dog Whisperer, announced today his intention to donate to a program that promotes and educates on the humane treatment of animals.

Millan and his wife, Ilusion, plan to give $250,000 to the North Shore Animal League America to help launch the Mutt-i-grees humane education curriculum.

The program, which collaborates with Yale University’s School of the 21st Century, approaches lessons in humane animal treatment by viewing the subject through the lenses of emotional intelligence and social skills. Though a trial curriculum is being tested in pre-kindergarten through third-grade classrooms, the full program will begin in 2010.

According to Millan, "The unique program shows children how to treat animals while teaching important social and emotional skills – skills such as empathy, collaboration and caring – so kids will grow up and become pack leaders in the animal world as well as the human world."
The quarter-million dollar endowment is the largest gift donated by the Ceasar and Ilusion Millan Foundation to date.

The U.S. Humane Society, an organization that provides insight on pet care and helps prevent animal cruelty, encourages responsible pet owners to consider adopting a homeless animal from their local shelters.

Dogs test their moves on the catwalk

It's become more common for dogs to find expression through fashionSometimes pet care can mean keeping a hamster healthy, ensuring a cat is well-fed or housebreaking a puppy. Occasionally, however, the responsibilities of a pet owner entail indulging one’s dog in the latest fashions and waiting beside the dressing rooms as French poodles and German Shepherds sample the latest in European fashions. Canine dress has become a recent fad that’s grabbed the attention of the most upscale boutiques.

For most of the year, Henri Bendel provides chic loungewear, cosmetics, lingerie and fashion accessories to women around the country. For one weekend this summer, the boutique held its second annual luxury shopping event for fashion-forward dogs and their owners.

The Dog Days of Summer event was held at the Henri Bendel location in New York City, and featured more than one dozen vendors displaying dog fashions, toys and accessories. Ranging from urban to couture styles, the selection finally gives dogs a chance on to strut their styles on the catwalk.

Dog fashion designer Guylynn Gia addressed the inherent difficulties of the budding industry, saying "To fit a dog is much more difficult. He understands English to an extent, but he gets impatient and wiggles around."

Other retailers of dog apparel include Wagwear, Ruff Luv, Best Friend NYC and Fatboy USA.

Springer spaniels recruited to British police forces

Springer spaniels have become part of some police forces in the UKA police department in Great Britain has begun a recruiting process aimed to bring a friendlier image to the force.

Police in Devon and Cornwall say they will add a class of Springer spaniels as search and rescue dogs because the breed is perceived as less frightening than the German Shepherds that currently fill the role.

Andrew Lilburn, the dog inspector for the Devon and Cornwall force commented, "Our existing general purpose dogs are fantastic at what they do but vulnerable people are often scared when confronted by a German shepherd dog."

Three spaniels were obtained by the police from local breeders in July and trained to recognize and find a human scent. The young dogs were taught to bark when they find a missing person and lead their trainer to the person by running back and forth between the two.

According to Lilburn, the dogs have already made several rescues, including that of a young man found in the countryside after running away from home. The officer summarize, "These dogs are a real asset to the force."

Because of the risks posed to police dogs in the U.S., the North American Police Work Dog Association warns police forces that if the law enforcement agency owns the canine, home owners insurance for dogs will not cover the animal’s liability.

Obama’s dog stages government coverup?

Obamas dog may have inspired a government coverupSome pet owners may cause a neighborhood nuisance if they fail to develop a polite way to take their dogs to the bathroom; but when the dog belongs to President Barack Obama, the repercussions of potty pet care could become a national scandal.

Flight attendants aboard the president’s Air Force One told the Wall Street Journal that they had seen the U.S. first-dog, Bo, ambling around the famous airplane this summer. On one occasion, a member of the flight crew described how the dog failed to squeeze itself into the tiny on-deck bathroom, and relieved itself right in the aisle.

The attendant told the news source, "You can imagine the horror on board when they discovered what it had done."

Although a White House press official claimed that the event never occurred, one Walls Street Journal blogger cheekily suggested that a government cover-up was underway.

Evidence suggests that Bo has irreverently chosen bathroom locations in the past. Obama commented in an interview with NBC, "We go out and we’re walking and I’m picking up poop, and in the background is the beautifully lit White House. It’s quite a moment."

As the Journal reporter notes, Bo is declining to comment.

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