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schim:

Cats who can’t figure out walls [x]

PLEASE TAKE YOUR CAT TO THE VET IF YOU SEE THEM DOING THIS BEHAVIOR OVER TIME.

It’s called “head pressing” and it occurs in dogs and cats. 

Head pressing is characterized by the compulsive act of pressing the head against a wall or other object for no apparent reason. This generally indicates damage to the nervous system, which may result from a number of varying causes, including prosencephalon disease (in which the forebrain and thalamusparts of the brain are damaged), or toxic poisoning.

http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/neurological/c_ct_headpressing

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/health_resources/toxoplasmosis.cfm (head pressing is listed as a symptom)

http://sevneurology.com/patients/clip-multilobular-osteochondroma (About a dog’s brain tumor but head pressing is listed as a symptom)

11 hours ago on April 15th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Missing Czechoslovakian Wolfdog in Los Angeles. Typo on the flyer: She went missing on the 14th, not the 4th.
She looks remarkably like a coyote, which doesn’t bode too well. Anyone in the area please keep an eye out. 

Missing Czechoslovakian Wolfdog in Los Angeles. Typo on the flyer: She went missing on the 14th, not the 4th.

She looks remarkably like a coyote, which doesn’t bode too well. Anyone in the area please keep an eye out. 

1 day ago on April 15th, 2014 |J

dapper-punk:


the—blonde-assassin
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sarcasticmisanthropicvegan:

they were rescued from a testing lab, they’ve never walked on grass before

they look so nervous :(

Look at the tail wag in the last gif.

2 days ago on April 13th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
plays

fyanimaldiversity:

bochelly:

fullpelt:

How to behave when confronted by a livestock guardian dog.

Very interesting, and check out the piebald brown bear with a nifty white collar! Ahhh I’m in love!
Reblogging this from my personal to add that the piebald bear pops up at 4:05, and I am still in love with it, such a cutie! And if anyone can gif that bear, I’d be very grateful!
2 days ago on April 13th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #livestock guardian dog #great pyrenees 
menandtheirdogs:

peerintothepast:  Johnny Johnson (Wing Commander James E Johnson): The top RAF fighter ace, shooting down 38 German planes. Seen here with his pet labrador Sally - Battle of Britain 1940

menandtheirdogs:

peerintothepast:  Johnny Johnson (Wing Commander James E Johnson): The top RAF fighter ace, shooting down 38 German planes. Seen here with his pet labrador Sally - Battle of Britain 1940

2 days ago on April 13th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
According to a Native American myth, dogs with different colored eyes can see both heaven and earth
- (via wolveswolves)
2 days ago on April 13th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Do wolves see in black and white or colour? I'd have thought that since dogs see monochrome, wolves would too. And that they rely on scent and sound more than sight. But I'm not sure.


howtoskinatiger:

wolveswolves:

Wolves can see some colour. We don’t know much about it yet, but it is believed that wolves may be only partially color blind. Wolves have only red and blue photo receptors in their eyes, and are green colour blind. Unlike humans, who have red, green, and blue photo receptors.

It’s actually a myth that dogs are color blind. This is the actual color range dogs have; 

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(Source)

Wolves and other canids are believed to have a similar range. 

This is why I find it incredibly strange that a lot of dog-oriented things are colours on the warmer end of the spectrum… In fact, I’m almost positive that dogs have a preference for toys that have a lot of contrast. 

2 days ago on April 13th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
thedailypibble:

PSA from Manchester Animal Shelter (FB):

Is this a cute picture? Do you see “cute” pictures of your friends’ kids on FB? No it isn’t cute, it’s an accident waiting to happen. That is not the look of love in that dog’s eyes, it’s the look of stress. Everything about this dog’s body language says he wants some space. The wide eyes (known as whale eye), the ears back and the tense body are all indicators that the dog doesn’t like what’s being done to him.
A relaxed dog would have soft eyes, ears in a neutral position and body would be loose. Placing your dog and your child in situations like these are not only dangerous but setting your dog up for failure - it’s not just “aggressive” dogs that bite. Even non-aggressive dogs can get scared or lose patience. 
Let’s be clear this can be ANY breed dog. 
As ambassadors of bully breeds it is our responsibility to protect our dogs (and the children of course) from situations that could affect their livelihood. One bite regardless if accidental only adds to the stigma we all fight so hard against. Teaching children how to respect a dog’s space is the first step in teaching bite prevention. Remember all dogs have their limits, why test it?

thedailypibble:

PSA from Manchester Animal Shelter (FB):

Is this a cute picture? Do you see “cute” pictures of your friends’ kids on FB? No it isn’t cute, it’s an accident waiting to happen. That is not the look of love in that dog’s eyes, it’s the look of stress. Everything about this dog’s body language says he wants some space. The wide eyes (known as whale eye), the ears back and the tense body are all indicators that the dog doesn’t like what’s being done to him.

A relaxed dog would have soft eyes, ears in a neutral position and body would be loose. Placing your dog and your child in situations like these are not only dangerous but setting your dog up for failure - it’s not just “aggressive” dogs that bite. Even non-aggressive dogs can get scared or lose patience.

Let’s be clear this can be ANY breed dog.

As ambassadors of bully breeds it is our responsibility to protect our dogs (and the children of course) from situations that could affect their livelihood. One bite regardless if accidental only adds to the stigma we all fight so hard against. Teaching children how to respect a dog’s space is the first step in teaching bite prevention. Remember all dogs have their limits, why test it?

2 days ago on April 13th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE

woofhoof:

b3lugas:

Does anyone have any good suggestions for documentaries (edit: hehe dogumentaries) or something to watch about dogs?

dogs decoded

and man created dog

the wonder of dogs

secret life of a dog

pedigree dogs exposed [personal fave]

pedigree dogs exposed - three years on [followup to first one, still good]

3 days ago on April 13th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE

raw-fed-pets:

The Dog’s Dentition: Each maxillary (inferior and superior) has six incisive and two canine teeth. The superior arch has 8 premolars and four molars, and the inferior arch has eight premolars and six molars, in total the dog has 42 teeth. The incisive teeth are used to cut and rip food, while the rest help grind the food (Wang. X Tedford RH. 2008).

The fang-canine teeth are there to grab (the big ones on top and bottom) hold and tear. The front teeth scrape meat off of bones (whether real or fake). The incisors (small saw like teeth) grab and hold. The big incisors cut—acting like a pair of scissors. The molars—larger back teeth are there to crush, very much like us human. The jaws are long most dogs, (except for breeds that have been deliberately manipulated by human breeding to provide a shorter, more human-like face), enabling the fang to grab large objects. The muscles that control the jaws are some of the most powerful muscles in the dog’s entire body; just ask Pit Bull or Rottweiler. They can grab and hold, hold and hold some more.

The dog cannot move its jaws sideward. Observe this—it’s amazing, just as is a dog taking a drink. The tongue tips backwards, not frontwards. We can move our lower jaw from side to side, enabling a grinding process when we chew. Your dog cannot. The fang teeth make it impossible. The jaw joint is a stiff hinge joint, like our knee joints—it does not allow any flexible movements other than up and down. If your dog trusts you, it might allow you to test this by trying to gently move its lower jaw from side-to-side.

Source Article Here. If anyone tries to tell you that dogs need the plant material and carbohydrates in processed pet food, point them toward some basic physiology.

4 days ago on April 11th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE