Woman runs into burning home to save dog


A St. Cloud woman is recovering Monday after she tried to rescue her dog from a house fire.

Fire crews said the woman, who lives in this home on Robinson Court, received second-degree burns from the fire.

Crews said she rushed inside to save her dog from the flames, and then a neighbor, Charles Mendez, helped get the pair out of the burning home.

“As I come around the bend, I grabbed her. She had a dog on a chain, so, I grabbed her but she was bleeding,” said Mendez.

The state fire marshal is trying to figure out what caused the blaze.

The woman suffered non-life-threatening burns, according to officials. She was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated. The woman’s dog was not injured.

“I’m just happy for the lady, she’s alive,” Mendez said.

Firefighters said the home is a total loss.

The Brilliance of the Dog Mind

New science reveals the multiple intelligences of mankind’s best friend

Just about every dog owner is convinced their dog is a genius. For a long time, scientists did not take their pronouncements particularly seriously, but new research suggests that canines are indeed quite bright, and in some ways unique. Brian Hare, an associate professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology and the , is one of the leading figures in the quest to understand what dogs know. The founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, Hare has now written a book, “The Genius of Dogs,” with his wife, the journalist Vanessa Woods. Hare answered questions from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook.

Cook: What is the biggest misconception people have about the dog mind?
Hare: That there are “smart” dogs and “dumb” dogs. There’s still this throwback to a uni-dimensional version of intelligence, as though there is only one type of intelligence that you either have more or less of.

In reality there are different types of intelligence. Different dogs are good at different things. Unfortunately, the very clever strategies some dogs are using are not apparent without playing a cognitive game. This means people can often underestimate the intelligence of their best friend. The pug drooling on your shoe may not look like the brightest bulb in the box, but she comes from a long line of successful dogs and is a member of the most successful mammal species on the planet besides us. Rest assured – she is a genius.

Cook: What are the “different things” that dogs are good at? What are the areas of dog intelligence you have studied?
Hare: We know that as a species, dogs are remarkable in certain areas, like taking someone else’s visual perspective, or learning from someone else’s actions. In particular, I’ve been interested in how dogs recruit help and how they take someone else’s visual perspective. However, most of my research with dogs has been about the cooperative way they use human communicative gestures. Or put more simply, how they can interpret our gestures to understand us or get what they want.

Cook: But other animals are intelligent, right? What makes dogs unique?
Hare: Absolutely. Other animals have their own unique genius that was shaped by nature. In the case of dogs it happens to be their ability to read our communicative gestures. We take it for granted that dogs can effortlessly use our pointing gestures to find a hidden toy or morsel of food, but no other species can spontaneously read our communicative gestures as flexibly as dogs can. It allows them to be incredible social partners with us, whether it’s hunting, or agility, or just navigating every day life. Their ability to interpret our gestures also helps them solves problems they can’t solve on their own.

Cook: I see you have created a new website, Dognition. Can you tell me about it?
Hare: Dognition is about helping people find the genius in their dog. The only way to find their genius is to compare them to other dogs who all play the same cognitive games. As I said, different dogs use different strategies to solve problems. Does your dog rely on you to solve problems, or are they more independent? Do they pay attention to where you are looking before they decide to sneak food off the coffee table, or are they unaware when you are watching — making it hard for them to be sneaky?

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Jogger suffers serious injuries in dog attack, police say

A woman who was jogging in Yorkton Thursday morning was seriously injured when a dog, loose in the streets, allegedly attacked her, RCMP say.

The Yorkton municipal RCMP said the woman was on Darlington Street when the dog attack happened.

She was taken to hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries. The dog was apprehended by RCMP officers and bylaw enforcement officers for Yorkton.

The case was under investigation and no charges have been laid, for now.

Dogs & More Dogs CBC VIDEO:

Explore the science of dogs, their origin, evolution, and the special relationship they’ve developed with humans. Were Stone Age people the original dog trainers? Did “scraps” under the proverbial table encourage wolves to domesticate into man’s best friend? Theories abound as to how wolves became the face licking puppies of today, so we go to the dogs to find out the truth on Dogs and More Dogs.

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Narrated by John Lithgow, Dogs and More Dogs travels from a wolf research facility in rural Indiana to the Westminster Dog Show in New York’s Madison Square Garden, with a fascinating detour to the city dump in Tijuana, Mexico, where viewers get surprising insight into the origin and evolutionary strategy of their canine companions.

The program also investigates dog genetic diseases — how they reflect misguided breeding practices and surprisingly, what they tell us about our own genetic disorders.

Along the way, viewers will learn about the biological mechanisms behind floppy ears, curved tails, spotted coats, short legs, long snouts and the countless other traits that make dogs so doggone different.

Dog evolution is simpler than most people think, contends Raymond Coppinger, professor of biology at Hampshire College and coauthor of Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior & Evolution.

Coppinger is convinced that, contrary to the traditional theory that humans actively domesticated wolves, wolves themselves chose domestication because of the easy pickings in Stone Age refuse dumps, where those animals that weren’t scared off by people had a better chance of finding food and surviving.

It’s “natural selection in action,” he says. “Any one wolf that’s a little tamer than the other, who can stay there longer, gets more food. He’s the one that’s going to win that evolutionary battle.

“The idea that Stone Age people could tame and then train and then domesticate a wolf is just ludicrous,” he observes.

Coppinger also thinks it’s unlikely that early humans consciously bred dogs for ear shape, coat color and other traits. Suggestively, these characteristics appear naturally in foxes, a cousin of wolves and dogs, as their hormone levels change with increasing tameness.

Coppinger further postulates that typical dog behaviors such as tracking, pointing, retrieving and herding are aspects of a wolf’s unvarying hunting routine that have been isolated in a dog’s genes.

Also participating in the program are James Serpell, director of the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine; Elaine Johnston, president of the Empire Saluki Club of New York; and geneticist Robert Wayne of the University of California at Los Angeles, who authored a controversial study of canine DNA in which he suggested that dogs are far more ancient than previously thought.

Another researcher in the show is geneticist Mike Levine of the University of California at Berkeley, who is filmed at home with his first dog ever, Taxi, acquired after intense family pressure.

“There is one cool thing about dogs,” he says with a scientist’s appreciation for his new best friend. “It’s all the varieties — different shapes, different sizes, different colors. It’s an extreme example of evolutionary diversification.”

Producer: WGBH Science Unit. Senior executive producer: Paul Apsell. Read more on the NOVA website.

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Ontario sheriff’s office investigating Honeoye dog shooting

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in its investigation of a dog found shot in Honeoye.

The Sheriff’s Office says Shasta, a white and tan colored female Siberian Husky, got loose from her Main Street home on June 20. When the dog returned home the next morning, it was bleeding from the face and front legs.

The Sheriff’s Office says the dog’s owner took Shasta to a veterinarian who indicated the injuries were caused by a shotgun. The dog was treated for her injuries and is recovering.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (585) 395-4560 or the Ontario County Humane Society at (585) 396-4590.

Steve Barnhoorn, a Town of Richmond councilman, was with a group of three other people in the town hall parking lot about 8:30 p.m. following a meeting of the town’s hydrofracking focus panel, when they heard what sounded like gunfire.

“We also heard an animal-type yelp, in distress,” said Barnhoorn, chairman of the panel. “It seemed to be coming from the south of us. We didn’t know what to make of it because it was in the distance. The sound was distinct.”

Barnhoorn said he spoke the next morning with the Humane Society, which indicated it was in the area, pursuing leads.

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Man diagnosed with terminal cancer reunited with lost Chihuahua

June 27, 2013:
Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, John Simpson of Holiday, Fla. doesn’t have long to live. He wanted to see his Chihuahua Mr. Cutie one last time. Thanks to some Good Samaritans, his dying wish was granted.

A Vietnam veteran dying of cancer has been hanging onto life for the past week with one last wish — to see his lost dog just one more time.

On Friday, that wish was granted.

The joyful reunion of man and pup took place in John Simpson’s hospice home in Holiday, Fla. Simpson’s rescue Chihuahua, Mr. Cutie, slobbered his owner with kisses while the Good Samaritans who brought the pair together looked on.

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Simpson is in hospice care after beign diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last Thanksgiving.

“I love you too, buddy,” the man told his dog.

Simpson’s body has lost its fight against pancreatic cancer. Doctors say that every new day could be his last.

Through all the treatments and the pain, Mr. Cutie has been by his side.

When Simpson moved into hospice care, it was hard to let his friend go.

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Missy Figueroa located Mr. Cutie after looking through FidoFinder.com.

“That’s what I was living for, to go see him,” he told Fox 13 .
Family friend Ann Marie Gemmel has been taking care of Mr. Cutie. Last Saturday, she took the dog to see his owner at the hospice center for the first time.

The very next day, Mr. Cutie made a break for it. He sneaked out of his doggy door and dug a hole underneath the home’s fence.

“That dog’s never tried to dig a hole,” Gemmel said. “I really think he was looking for John.”

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Simpson told Fox 13 that Mr. Cutie was his “spark of life.”

Mr. Cutie was missing for nearly a week. Friends posted flyers in the neighborhood and local media broadcasted the story. In the meantime, Simpson turned to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes.

Then, a Chihuahua that looked suspiciously like Mr. Cutie was spotted running around the neighborhood. The people who found him posted his photo on FidoFinder. Missy Figueroa, a Fox 13 viewer, noticed the photo and began to connect the dots. Still, she wasn’t sure if this Chihuahua was the right one.

The mystery was solved when Mr. Cutie was reunited with his owner. The dog burrowed into him immediately and then energetically jumped around on his lap.

“Seeing this person that I don’t even know so excited to see his dog it just makes me happy that I actually got to be here for that,” Figueroa told Fox 13 through her tears.

Simpson is planning to work with his hospice center to make sure that he gets plenty of Chihuahua time in the future.

He’s realized that Mr. Cutie is his “spark of life.”


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Fireworks worry dog owners

ST. JOHN’S — As Canada Day approaches, many people are gearing up to set their own fireworks off to celebrate the holiday, while others like dog owners Lisa Janes and Lynette Collins, are preparing to help their panicky dogs weather the storm.

According to Dr. Heather Hillier, veterinarian for the City of St. John’s Humane Services, it is common for dogs to panic during fireworks.

“We actually kind of prepare ourselves. We’ll get a large number of stray animals and loss reports come Tuesday for animals that got spooked with the fireworks and happened to be outside at the time,” Hillier said.

“We don’t like New Year’s or Canada Day. And of course now, with fireworks being so readily available, what we’re seeing is that even though people are prepared for the evening, if somebody has small kids they’re setting them off at supper time, before the kids go to bed. There’s a lot less predictability as to when and for how long (the blasts will take place), because a lot of people take the whole weekend setting off fireworks and that sort of thing. So the poor dogs don’t have a prayer.”

Lisa Janes, a dog owner living just outside St. John’s, worries about her beagle Louie during prime fireworks times.

“Last New Years, for example, I was out picking up my daughters, my husband was home,” Janes said.

“Fireworks went off, my beagle got under my shed in the backyard. You know, he was out to pee, and it took me hours to find him. He knows my voice, and I was out there calling for him but he would not come out. We had to physically dig a hole and crawl under the shed to see if he was in there, and he was, and grab hold of him to haul him in. If we never had to look under the shed, he wouldn’t have come out. And that’s not him. It’s only for fireworks that he becomes that withdrawn and traumatized that he’ll hide and not respond to anybody.”

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12-year-old girl raises $1,700 for new SPCA shelter

CORNER BROOK — Sophie Taylor loves animals and doing things to help them.

Just recently the caring 12-year-old presented the NL West SPCA with $1,700 that will help the organization provide shelter to animals in need.

The daughter of Shelley and Mark Taylor of Christopher’s Cove just finished Grade 7 at Templeton Academy in Meadows. In a phone interview last week, Taylor said she’s not quite sure why helping animals is so important to her.

“Just the way they are,” she said. “They’re just special.” Dogs, cats and horses are among her favourite animals.

Her family has three pets, two cats and a dog. Momma cat Ariele is eight and her baby Jake is three and the family’s boxer/rottweiler Alli is six. Taylor laughs as she agrees with her mom’s comment that they’d have more if mom would say yes, but adds that she loves all her pets the same.

“I let them out, and I feed them and play with them,” she said of her involvement in their care. “And mom and dad does the poop.”

When asked why she collected the money for the SPCA, Taylor said “because I knew that they were moving and they still didn’t have enough money to move in yet.”

The group has purchased a building on the north shore highway and is in the process of preparing it for occupancy. Taylor and her family drive by the new shelter location quite regularly, so the need is pretty visible to her.

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Frozen Dog Food Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

New York-based Robert Abady Dog and Cat Food Corporation is voluntarily recalling two “limited specialty products” of frozen pet food due to Salmonella contamination:

1. Abady Frozen High Stress/High Performance Dog Food — 3 lbs.

2. Abady Frozen Growth Formula for Puppies of the Large & Giant Breed — 3 lbs.

The products were found positive for Salmonella during testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Humans may contract Salmonella from handling contaminated pet food or infected pets without washing their hands.

No illnesses have been connected to the product, but given the time involved in tracing illnesses to a specific product, it is impossible to say if any cases will surface.

“Our first priority is to produce foods with great care and keeping in mind the safety of pets and their owners,” the company said in a statement posted on their website. “We have many safety measures in place, and continually search for the best technologies and procedures to ensure product safety.”

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Amanda Bynes was spotted walking around New York City, only this time she had a brand new puppy with her.

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