Wildlife Control Dog at Michigan Airport

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Piper, the wildlife control dog

Meet Piper, the Border Collie who works 40 hour a week at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan.  The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) declared that the airport must have a way of keeping wildlife off the runways and taxiways.  This wildlife control dog was the perfect candidate for the job.

Notice what is happening in the above photo.  There is a noisy helicopter behind Piper.  There is also a snowstorm.  Piper was asked to sit and he did.

Planes can strike animals

In the past 5 years the airport has experienced 37 bird strikes and one skunk strike.  A collision with a loon left an 18 inch hole in a plane.  Fortunately it was still able to land safely.

At other airports passengers have been killed because of bird strikes.

Piper’s job

Piper spends most of his time chasing birds away from taxiways and runways.  Because Border Collies are natural herders, they are the ideal dog for Piper’s position.

When he gets a report of a bird on the airport, Brian Edwards, Piper’s owner, drives his red SUV to the area and tells Piper to go get it.  Recently the owls have become so aware of Piper that the dog does not even have time to get out of the vehicle.  When the owls just see the red SUV, they sometimes fly away immediately.

Piper also patrols the airport fence line.   Among other things, he seeks out ground hog holes for Brian Edwards to fill.

How this canine wildlife control job started

Brian Edwards had been the airport operations supervisor.  He read something about dogs being used for wildlife control.  He thought about his border collie and began to read and study more.

Edwards began training Piper on a 100 acre tract of land.  Then he took the dog to the airport to get him used to the loud airplane noises.  The rest is history.

Watch the Buzz60 news video about Piper.

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Tennis Ball Keeps Dog’s Memory Alive

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Tennis ball photo on Instagram

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After a San Francisco Bay Area man’s dog died, he posted the above photo on Instagram.   In order to keep the memory of his dog alive, he will send anyone a tennis ball.  All they have to do is promise to use the ball to play with their dog more.

He has sent hundred of tennis balls around the United States and even to foreign countries.  People mail him pictures of their dogs playing with their new tennis balls.  If they send him money to cover his expenses, he returns it.  All he wants to do is send a little love around the world.

His dog was “Everything” to him

Chris Stonag-Ratti had named his dog “Everything”.  It turned out that was a fitting name.  During tough times his dog was his constant companion.

He said that his dog was there to help keep him out of trouble.  He felt a responsibility towards Everything and kept on the straight and narrow for the sake of his dog.

Instant Instagram Interest

Chris’ Instagram post received 8000 “likes” in a single day.  He now has a tennis ball waiting list hundreds of dogs long.

Two years after Everything’s death, the pain is still there.  Knowing that he is encouraging other people to play with their dogs helps keep him going.

Go to the NBC Bay Area website to watch the news story about Everything and the Tennis Balls.

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Pit Bull Dog Rebuttal

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 Complaints about my blog

Pit bull dog 2In a recent blog post, I posed this question: With so many wonderful dog breeds, why would anyone get a pit bull?

I received lots of emails about that one.

One said that she was going to send an email to a bunch of dog shelters, etc. and tell them to boycott my granite pet memorial business.

These memorials have a photo of the pet laser engraved into granite.  They help people with the grieving process.

Stereotyping pit bull dogs

Some of them accused me of stereotyping pit bulls.  Think of the logic behind that one.  They were implying that stereotyping is always wrong.

What about a cop who pulls over a drunk driver?  Not all drunk drivers cause accidents.  Yet our legal system thinks it is okay to stereotype drunk drivers and punish them.  They may be sent to jail or fined because of the stereotyping of drunk drivers.

Severely mauled by pit bull dogs

Girl attacked by pit bulls pink arrowThe little girl in this photo was visiting her grandfather.  His pit bulls come into the room and attacked the girl

She will be permanently blind in one eye and requires tens of thousands of dollars worth of reconstructive surgery.

Read the complete news story.

A Time Magazine web post called The Problem with Pit Bulls has some interesting statistics.

♦ Pit bulls make up 6% of the dog population.
♦ Pit bulls are responsible for 68% of dog attacks.
♦ Pit bulls are responsible for  52% of dog-related deaths since 1982.

Pit bulls were bred to be violent.

Some of the complainers emailed me and said that pit bulls would not be violent if they were brought up properly.  That’s bad logic.  Every month over 33,000 Americans make a Google search for this phrase: pitbull puppies for sale.  It is ridiculous to assume that all of the people who buy pit bull puppies will know exactly how to raise a pit bull properly.

The owner of the pit bulls was charged with charge endangerment.  What will be his defence?  That the court is stereotyping his dogs?

Pit Bull story in Time

pit cull attacks girl textA Time Magazine website called The Problem with Pit Bulls has some interesting statistics.

♦ Pit bulls make up 6% of the dog population.
♦ Pit bulls are responsible for 68% of dog attacks.

Those statistics were compiled by Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7.

That editor has been twice attacked by dogs (one pit bull). He has been logging fatal and disfiguring attacks for 32 years. In that time frame there has never been a year when pit bulls have accounted for less than half of all attacks. A CDC report confirms that pit bulls are responsible for more deaths than any other breed.

Second-degree murder

Learn about how one couple was charged with second-degree murder because their dog killed someone.

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Pit Bull Kills Dog, Neighbor Fears for Safety

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pit bullNeighbor’s pit bull kills dog in Alice Murray’s yard

A pit bull dog came into Alice Murray’s yard and killed another dog while she watched.  The dogs have come into her yard a number of times.  She called police and animal control.  They have not helped much.

Ms. Murray is at her wit’s end.  She is really afraid for her safety and for the safety of the toddlers in her neighbourhood.  She has lived in the house for 47 years and feels like she has the right to safety.

So, she called Houston’s ABC 13 television station for help.  They came and then broadcasted a news story about the event.  While they were there, the police came again.  They cited the pit bull owner for not having a city license and for not having them vaccinated.

But, the pit bulls are still there.

It will be interesting to see how this story plays out.

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Pit Bull story in Time

pit cull attacks girl textA Time Magazine website called The Problem with Pit Bulls has some interesting statistics.

♦ Pit bulls make up 6% of the dog population.
♦ Pit bulls are responsible for 68% of dog attacks.
♦ Pit bulls are responsible for  52% of dog-related deaths since 1982.

Those statistics were compiled by Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7.

That editor has been twice attacked by dogs (one pit bull).  He has been logging fatal and disfiguring attacks for 32 years.  In that time frame there has never been a year when pit bulls have accounted for less than half of all attacks. A CDC report confirms that pit bulls are responsible for more deaths than any other breed.

Second-degree murder

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Dog Rescue Record, 33 Dogs in Burning Buildings

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Dog rescue part of the fireman’s job

Fireman mask over dog's snout textThis dog rescue number is one for the record books.  During a recent January 2016 24-hour period, the Sacramento Fire Dept. (known as Sac Metro) rescued a grand total of 33 dogs from buildings on fire. 

The fire department carries special equipment that offers first aid to dogs and cats suffering from smoke inhalation.  The equipment has several different sizes of masks.  They can deliver oxygen to animals as small as a house cat or as large as a Great Dane.

Also rescued in the same twenty-four hour period  were four cats and two birds.

Rescue yourself first

Remember that flight attendants will tell passengers to put the oxygen mask over their own mouth before helping children.  That way the adult can be the most effective.

In the same way, the Metro fire department recommends that people get themselves out of harm’s way first.  Then, when the fire department arrives, the pet rescue will be easier.  The pet owners will be able to give the firemen a description of the pet and possibly a location.

Sacramento Metro Fire employees understand how pets are an important part of a family.  They are dedicated to helping save the lives of both humans and pets.

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Dog rescued from fire, revived with oxygen

The delawareonline website has a story that includes a video of a dog being revived with oxygen.  Firefighters found the unresponsive pit bull on the second floor of a burning home.  They brought the dog to the front lawn, put the mask around its face, turned on the oxygen and revived it.

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Perfect Pitch Dogs Hear a Sound and Then Play the Piano

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What is perfect pitch?

Perfect pitch is the rare hereditary ability to be able to recognize the pitch of a note or to be able to produce any given note.  About one person in 10,000 has perfect pitch.  In the next paragraph you will learn about two dogs that can produce any given note.

Two Golden Retrievers have perfect pitch

Dogs Perfect PitchThese two dogs can play the piano by ear. They may not be playing a complete song.  However, they can find the right keys after listening to notes played to them on a keyboard. At first, each dog plays separately, then both play together, one octave apart.

Watch the YouTube video below.

Watch another YouTube video with one of the same Golden Retrievers and the same lady.  However, this time the dog is following the sounds on a flute instead of a keyboard.

Absolute pitch test

On this website you can test yourself to see whether or not you have absolute pitch (AP), (another name for perfect pitch).

Young boy with AP

Watch this YouTube video to see nine-year-old piano prodigy Gavin George demonstrate his AP.

Donald Grey Triplett, autism and AP

Donald Grey Triplett, the first person to ever be diagnosed with autism, had perfect pitch.  That may be one reason for all of the successes in his life.  Read his story.

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Blind Woman’s Dog Stolen and Sold on Craig’s List

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Guilty plea after stealing dog belonging to a blind woman

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A dog belonging to a blind woman was stolen from her back yard.  The man who bought it on Craig’s List saw a news story about it and alerted the police.

The culprit was later arrested.

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Bear Attack, Saved by Dog

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Remembered what teachers said after bear attack

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Leah Reeder was attacked by a bear.  The bear pawed, scratched and bit her.  Eventually she remember that her teachers told her to go limp and play dead in the event of a bear attack.

So, she did.

Then her dog started barking at the bear.  Eventually it ran into the woods.

She is very much alive because of the barking dog and remembering what her teachers told her about playing dead.  Read the entire story on the Life with Dogs website.

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Dog Overboard, Unexpected Rescue

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The ferry, the dog overboard and the rescue

dog overboard rescuedWhat would you do if you were a ship’s captain and there was a dog overboard? How valuable is the life of a puppy? Would it be worth the inconvenience to the passengers to stop a ferry for one dog?

A captain off the coast of Italy had to make that decision.  He assumed the puppy would drown.  So, he kept sailing like it was business as usual.

In the meantime, six sailors from an Italian yacht club were in the Mediterranean sea.  They saw a Labrador puppy frantically paddling towards their sailboat.

A sailor reached down, grabbed the puppy by the scruff of its neck and rescued it.

The ferry company later apologized for the incident.

 

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Dog jumps into water to play with dolphin.

 

Dog on boat almost touching dolphin

Dog overboard on dolphins back

 

The dog says “Hello” to the dolphin.

It ends up taking a ride on the dolphin’s back.  Watch the video below about an adventurous dog overboard.

 

Dog overboard in 10′ swells rescued

Amidst a sinking boat and huge winds, a helicopter crew attempts a rescue.  One at a time, the two people were rescued from the boat.  By this time, the dog is overboard in 10′ swells.  A crew member is lowered to attempt a rescue.

Watch the happy ending in the video below.

 

 

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Lost Dog Walks 200 Miles to Be with Friend

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Lost dog walks 2 weeks to find Good Samaritan

lost dog walks 200 milesTwo people found a dog that had been run over by a hit-and-run driver.  The lost dog, Shavi, had two broken legs.  They took Shavi to a veterinarian and then found Nina.  Nina offered to take the dog to her apartment to nurse her back to health.

After the Shavi was strong again, Nina realized that her apartment was just too small for the dog.  She gave it to friends 180 miles away.

In the meantime, Nina had moved to a new home.

One day she noticed a dog rubbing against her leg, it was Shavi. Shavi had dug under a fence and walked for two weeks to find the lady she loved.

Go to the Life with Dogs website to read the rest of the incredible story about this lost dog who found home.

Lost dog walks 15 blocks to hospital

Watch to video below of the miniature schnauzer who walked 15 blocks to be with her owner.

How do the lost dogs navigate long distances?

The Straight Dope website tries to answer that question.  It talked about one researcher who has a database of similar stories — 29 homing cats and 60 homing dogs. In most cases the pet was transported from its home to an unfamiliar location without having a chance to learn the smells or landmarks en route.  They were all able to find their master and they typically it followed a different route home.

The website goes on to say: The navigational abilities of homing pigeons are well known. Even more impressive are those of sea birds such as the albatross, which can fly home from as much as 4,000 miles away. Monarch butterflies, Sheldrake notes, annually migrate 2,000 miles from the Great Lakes to Mexico and back.

Individual butterflies don’t live long enough to make the round trip, but somehow the species as a whole knows which Mexican “butterfly trees” to return to every winter, even though three to five generations may intervene between one visit and the next.  In other words, they use something in their DNA  to find out from which butterfly tree their grandparents came. 

I believe that this homing ability at times has something to do with life beyond the fourth dimension. Theoretical physicists are already working on this.  It is only a matter of time before the truth will be discovered.

YouTube video talking about Shavi and homing ability in general

 

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