Gee, I’ve left this segment for a little too long, and now we have oodles of awesome links to get through. For those unfamiliar with this segment, it’s where I share links that were posted on my twitter. It’s a big post (even in good times) and provides a few hours of good reading with a cuppa.
Tweet of the Week
The Tweet of the Week (the ‘must read’ post) was very hard to find this week amongst some really awesome content. There were oodles of really good posts to read, and I’d urge you to look at more than just this one.
BUT! I did choose one, and that was Ruffly Speaking’s “What is a “sound” dog?“. This is a really great explanation to dog anatomy, and will make for good reading. It is simple enough and illustrated to be extra helpful. A must for showies, but others in the dog world will find it of value, too.
Free cat microchipping and desexing program in Victoria run by the RSPCA.
From Saving Pets: “What walking in the Million Paws Walk is really supporting” (a must read), “RSPCA NSW announces support for Companion Animal Task Force recommendations“, and “Not so precious: When an ear infection proves fatal“.
Hunter RSPCA kill rates “too high”.
And in response to RSPCA SA’s raid on Moorook Animal Shelter: A news segment on Channel 7 and, from Mark Aldridge’s blog, “RSPCA, do they protect all animals in need?“.
Rescue and Sheltering
This one was close to being the Tweet of the Week. The Dogged Blog is fast becoming one of my favourite blogs! We tweeted their post, “Know the opposition: Why are you blaming the shelters?“.
And this one was up there in Tweet of the Week competition too: “To save animals, you have to like people“.
And this was a really good article too: “Ripples in the Rescue World“, about the damage that rehoming inappropriate dogs does to rescue and adopters.
A plea to the rescue community.
The problem with dandelions (on common breeds who become lost).
Council told fewer pets killed at animal shelter.
From SavingPets: “Is Albury pound about to kill your cat?” and “An easy trick for less adoptions“.
Arrest sheds light on ‘dog flipping’ issue.
From YesBiscuit!: “AL Pound Kills Freshly Bathed Cat Upon Arrival” and “The Irresponsible Public Helps Reunite a Family in Memphis“.
Select Committe on Dogs and Cats as Companion Animals Submission by CAWS.
‘Frantic’ search for dogs lost in Hume crash.
16 incredible transformation photos of shelter dogs (really sweet post).
Dog detective examines fatal dog attacks.
Poll: Dog attacks terrorise family a second time.
Police under investigation over ‘dog’s’ witness statement.
‘I don’t want my dog on death row’ (breed specific legislation).
I Speak Doggie – a video for children on dog safety.
From Canine Aggression Blog: Dogs, Police and Use of Force – Part 1 of 3 and Part 2 of 4.
Why dogs bite and how they warn us.
From the ‘For the Animals’ blog, which posts a lot on violence towards dogs from police: “Campaign Police Will Receive Training After Shooting Up Neighborhood“, “Star shot by police ready for adoption“, and ”Police Shootings of Dogs“.
Lean Dog = Longer Living Dog.
Limited Vaccine Protocol.
Are Omega-3 and Fish Oils Essential for Dogs?
Canine Theriogenology for Dog Enthusiasts.
From Terrierman: “Wash Your Dog for Healthy Canine Skin” and “Knuckles as Weight Gauge“ (with pictures!).
How a kong toy nearly killed my dog.
Environmental Factors Can Affect the Incidence of Hip Dysplasia.
Impact of environemtnal factors on the incidence of hip dysplasia.
Dog Health – Desexing
Why tubal ligations and vasectomies for pets can be like pulling teeth.
Question, quesiton, question! New insights in the health effects of spaying and neutering.
Intratesticular bupivacaine injections make nuetering less painful in dogs.
Rethinking spay and neuter.
Golden Retriever study suggests neuteirng affects dog health.
On a week with less competition, this would’ve ranked up there for the tweet of the week. An excellent video: “The pitfalls of negative reinforcement“.
Leadership: One size does not fit all.
I’m Mean to Dogs.
Taking Food Away (video).
Food Bowl Training (video).
From Dog Spelled Forward: “Counter-Conditioning and Desensitization for Dogs” and “On leash aggression: no greetings!“.
The ultimate guide: How to stop a puppy from biting and nipping.
Avidog: Inspiring and empowering dog breeders and puppy owners.
Is planet earth round?
From Eileen and Dogs: “Errorless” Learning and Pack Leader.
The Dog Whisperer: FAQ.
To those that defend Cesar Millan.
Understanding Thresholds: It’s more than under- or over-.
Learn to Earn Scavenger Hunt: Super Fun Dog Class Game for Training Dogs Self Control.
Puppy training – Help your pet do their best.
Ready for Baby Mini-Series: Routines and Spaces.
Fear of loud noises: A common problem in domestic dogs?
From Reactive Champion: “Thank-you for not shaming me” and “Why punishing anxiety doesn’t work“.
Clicker Expo – Kay Laurence Connect Walking.
Grow the Value.
Glenn Miller Routine – Hooke on Swing (video).
Eight things to do with a set of cones (and your dog!).
Talking Clicker Training.
Evaluating Your Dog’s Stress Level.
Zoom Room Guide to Dog Body Language (video).
What does my dog’s bark mean? A dog bark translation guide.
Agriculture and parting from wolves shaped dog evolution, study finds.
Dogs understand intimacy.
What the Dog Knows.
Ancient skull holds clues to dog domestication.
The truth about cats and dogs.
How do kenneled dogs react to familiar and unfamiliar dogs?
From mastiff to miniature poodle, dogs know each other by sight.
Dog Breeds and Breeding Pedigree Dogs
Points win prizes – but wreck dogs.
From Terrierman: “The Kennel Club Freak Show“, “A pictorial history of terriers; their politics and their place“ and “Genesee Valley Beaver Dog“.
From Pedigree Dogs Exposed: Bravo Mr Foote and Bullmastiffs – as “gud” as it gets?.
From Retrieverman: “Historians believe they have found the earliest modern purebred dog on record” and “Jock of the Bushveldt“.
Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound.
I Have a Headache.
ASPCA criteria for responsible breeding.
I love dog breeders.
Our dogs are beloved companions 98% of the time.
Health Tested Puppies from Conscientious Breeders.
What is a breeder?
Other Dog Stuff
A Dog Named Migaloo.
‘Genius’ Misses the Mark.
Pet Pointers: How to include your dog in your wedding.
Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership
My Dog: The Paradox got turned into a book.
SlimDoggy Resource Links.
Other Animal Stuff
This could’ve easily been a tweet of the week, too!: Underground Supermodels.
Are you an environmentalist or do you work for a living?
Beloved “Bozo” the black bear shot dead, town mourns.
Why do cats purr?
Isolated tribe man meets mdoern tribe man for first time – I find the human behaviour interesting, and I liked watching the dogs, too.
Social interactions get female cockroaches in the mood.
World’s rarest whale seen for the first time.
Mice mothers inspire mice fathers to take care of their children.
Two kitties looking for a new home, currently located in SA: Laura and Mercy.
Nurturing nests lift theste birds to a higher perch.
Those inbred lab mice.
Zombie ants have fungus on the brain, new research reveals.
Cosmo Talks: Animals are capable of emtoional suffering by Betty Jean Craig.
Adelaide Animal Expo.
Winnie and Myrtle… Myrtle demonstrating comfort, Winnie demonstrating normal.
Our new puppy, Breaker!: Sniffing the plants, Police horse catches Breaker, Breaker’s face, Breaker at 8.5 weeks.
Winnie’s litter: There’s always one, Cute face on side of puppy pile, Cute face on top of puppy pile, Winnie and puppies, Sleeping upright puppy.
Myrtle and Digger. Digger sleeping, Myrtle chewing stuff up.