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A dog who disappeared about 17 months ago has been reunited with his family through the efforts of the West Windsor Police.
Miguel Cruz thought his family members were the target of a cruel April Fools Day joke when on Tuesday night they received a telephone call claiming that Wesley, their long lost yellow Labrador retriever, was safe and ready to come home.
Cruz said the family had just sat down for supper when the phone rang. But while his wife, Myra, listened to the caller, she said Wesley’s name and then started welling up with tears, Cruz said Thursday.
"We were all jumping up and down like we won the Super Bowl," Cruz said. "We’ve had him for four years, he’s back in the family and we’re all pysched."
Lt. Robert Garofalo of the West Windsor Police said that Officer Lee Brodowski was sent to answer a call Tuesday morning from a woman out walking her own dog when she spotted the yellow Labrador wandering around on his own.
Magic for Dogs part 2: What happens when the treat disappears? (by Jose Ahonen)
A half-century ago, dogs lived in barns or backyards, domiciled in shabby little doghouses. Now they have the run of our houses and apartments. They sleep in our beds (full disclosure). In some cases, they are considered by their owners to be like children, and possibly a bit cleaner.
So it is not so strange that the connected technologies that are creeping into the lives of humans are doing the same for pets. Wearable pet activity trackers keep tabs on Bella’s or Bear’s exercise. Some go further, monitoring dogs’ heart and respiratory rates and tracking locations in case they escape their homes.
Webcams allow people who are away from home to monitor, communicate and play games with their pets, breaking up the monotony of lonely days. Every Dog Has Its Data
The death of three dogs lead to the Japanese involvement in World War II.
While declining tax revenues and increasing costs mean that many municipalities have slashed spending on quality-of-life programs for people, domesticated canines fared quite well: The number of dog parks in the country’s 100 most populous cities surged from 353 in 2008 to 617 in 2013, according to new data provided to Newsweek.
“It’s just growing by leaps and bounds,” Peter Harnik, who directs the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence and compiled these statistics, told Newsweek.
There has been a steady increase in these recreation areas since Berkeley, California’s Ohlone Dog Park (billed as the world’s first) opened in 1979, but this recent surge reflects a shift in American attitudes about canines, who are often perceived as members of the family rather than mere pets.
The latest U.S. Census figures indicate that more households have dogs than kids – 43 million compared to 38 million, respectively– and the American Pet Products Association estimates that spending on pets hit at least $55 billion in 2013, a 4.1 percent increase from 2012.
Says Harnick: “It’s becoming like France.” [The rest of the story.]
Beagle-boxer-basset mix Walle was the victor at the 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog competition, but compared to past victors, many are skeptical that he is really the world’s ugliest dog. I mean, come on. He’s kinda cute! Those other two though…
Found dogs in Moore, OK
This is Myrtle. Myrtle is still missing. If you just so happen to live in New York City and have a spare hour this evening, perhaps consider joining tonight’s Find Myrtle-a-thon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn? Myrtle is a 6 lb, black chihuahua rescue that went missing on Oct 6th, and her human very much wants to wrap her up in a big blanket and “kiss her baby seal head.” We want this story to end that way too. Stay tuned here for updates. Reblog to signal boost.
Take that escaliers!
Go, dude. GO!