Since we’re on the subject of Taylor Swift today, here’s her dog Bug, who is a minpin or Miniature Pinscher. Sorry, not a Doxie but still cute and pointy-faced.
As the sad news of the death of 21-year-old Chanel the Dachshund, who held the title of world’s oldest dog, spreads, the Daily Doxie regrets to inform you of the possible passing of Taffy Gayle, a 26-year-old poodle. Eric Shackle has the details.
Joseph A. Bauer, Ph.D., and colleagues described promising results with a drug called nitrosylcobalamin (NO-Cbl) in battling cancer in Oscar the Bichon Frise and three other canines without any negative side effects:
“The beauty of using a dog or a cat to test a cancer drug is two-fold. First, the animal can get the benefit of the most up-to-date drug in cancer medicine. Second, the NCI gets data on pets that are exposed to the same environmental factors their owners are. They breathe the same polluted air and drink the same polluted water that you and I do every day. If you can find an agent to treat cancer that occurs in a dog with success, there is a higher likelihood that you can take that to the human population and have a much higher response rate than with mice.”
Although NO-Cbl has been used in only a few dogs, daily treatments have led to promising results in each case. “In all four dogs, there has been a significant reduction in tumor size without any toxic side effects or discomfort,” says Bauer.
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Pigs are getting a pretty bad rap these days due to the swine flu scare, but let this not blind us to the many good qualities of porkers, one of whom recently adopted a litter of homeless Greek puppies.
This Mama pig’s story is the flipside of the heartwarming tale of Pink the piglet, who was nursed by Tink the Dachshund. Talk about global interspecies Karma in the time of influenza.
Our sister site, the Scottish Terrier and Dog News, has the scoop.
Thank goodness someone finally reported this situation. When the law is so ineffective, it’s really up to all of us to do what we can.
The Scottish Terrier and Dog News, which covers the politicians and dogs beat better than any other media organization, has not just this story on Jacques Chirac heading to hospital after getting bitten by his own little dog but also a complete archive on George and Barney Bush, the scoop on Vladimir Putin’s secret poodle, Pervez Musharraf’s hidden Pekes, Eliot Spitzer’s wheaten terrier and Bichon Frise, Jackie Kennedy’s Scottie and much more.
First Dog candidate canvases for votes.
President-elect Barack Obama has narrowed the selection of incoming First Dog to either a Labradoodle or a Portuguese Water Dog.
He told ABC’s This Week host George Stephanopoulos yesterday that his daughters Malia and Sasha will make the selection soon.
“We’re now going to start looking at shelters to see when one of those dogs might come up,” Obama said.
Moira at the Obama Dog Blog continues to follow all the twists and turns of this story. And here’s CNN’s report on Baby, Obama’s cover bitch:
Finally, it’s nice to see that the future president is reaching out to girly dogs after dissing them in that early post-election mis-step.
Okay, Bella, the special friend of Tarra, the 8,700 pound Asian elephant, isn’t a wiener dog, but this video’s still a winner. As the story of Tink the Dachshund and Pink the pig proves, readers love inter-species animal friendships. And this one’s a real tearjerker complete with happy ending.
Update: Here is more on the dog and elephant BFFs, a full magazine article (in PDF format) for those readers who can’t get enough.