Category Archives: Other dog news

Treating cancer in dogs


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.

Read the complete article.

French president mauled by his maltese lap dog

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.

The latest Obama puppy news roundup

obama with dog on magazine cover
It’s been a while since we’ve mentioned the first puppy to be. And no, it’s not Baby, the dog shown above.

The Christian Science Monitor reported today:

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.

Elephant and Dog make special friends

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.