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  • Hollywood stars to shine on Venice

    Hollywood stars to shine on Venice

    Hindustan Times, India Aug 27 2014 Hollywood stars to shine on Venice Hindustan Times Gautaman Bhaskaran, August 27, 2014 Some of Hollywood greats like Al Pacino, Ethan Hawke and Jennifer Aniston will illuminate the 71st Venice International Film Festival that opens on Wednesday on the Adriatic-swept, lagoon-washed Lido Island.

  • Stars flock to Venice as world's oldest film fest begins

    Stars flock to Venice as world's oldest film fest begins

    The Venice film festival kicked off Wednesday with the arrival of international stars for a fortnight dominated by art house tales of war, poetry and the mafia.

  • Reservoir Dogs-inspired beer dinner at Alamo Drafthouse tonight

    Reservoir Dogs-inspired beer dinner at Alamo Drafthouse tonight

    Reservoir Dogs , Quentin Tarantino's debut film, features a colorful cast of characters and some iconic scenes that the culinary team at the Alamo Drafthouse have translated from film to the language of food for a a four-course beer dinner accompanying a screening at 7 p.m. tonight.

  • Ray-Ban Clubmasters Have Stood the Test of Time

    Ray-Ban Clubmasters Have Stood the Test of Time

    The Clubmaster name may not be familiar to you, but chances are you have seen them countless times on TV or on the silver screen In the 1950s and '60s ' browline ' style glasses were the most popular style in the USA.

  • What makes a great movie soundtrack?

    What makes a great movie soundtrack?

    So the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack has now been the No. 1 album in the country for two weeks .

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  • Since my life changed with the birth of my daughter I have not had the time to devote to blogging. While the sites in the portfolio have remained online and I hope people have found the content helpful, I have not been able to give the sites the attention they deserve and therefore have decided […]
 
 
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  • Miley Cyrus? Prison-Quality Dog Tattoo: I Just Spit Out My Coffee

    Miley Cyrus? Prison-Quality Dog Tattoo: I Just Spit Out My Coffee
    Miley Cyrus Gets a Prison-Quality Tattoo of her dog – That crazy Miley is at it again with another questionable decision, this time getting a poor-quality tattoo of her late dog, Floyd under her left arm. (Floyd was unfortunately killed by a coyote a few weeks ago) Yes, it says, “With a little help from […]
  • Lady Gaga & Her French Bulldog, Asia

    Lady Gaga & Her French Bulldog, Asia
    Lady Gaga’s Dog: A French Bulldog Named, Asia: “It doesn’t matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M Just put your paws up ’cause you were born this way, baby” - Lady Gaga, Born This Way Not sure if Lady Gaga was inspired by her female French Bulldog puppy, Asia, when she wrote that song, […]
  • Most Expensive Dog Wedding Ever: Guinness Book of World Records

    Most Expensive Dog Wedding Ever: Guinness Book of World Records
    The Most Expensive Dog Wedding Ever occurred last year between Baby Hope Diamond (a Coton de Tulear, right) and Chilly Pasternak (a poodle, left) to take the Guiness Book of World Records spot for the most expensive pet wedding ever at over $250k. The dog wedding took place at the Jumeriah Essex House Hotel in […]
  • Duck Dynasty Gets a New Dog (Doesn?t Look Like a Retriever!)

    Duck Dynasty Gets a New Dog (Doesn?t Look Like a Retriever!)
    Dog Dynasty? With all of the controversy swirling around Duck Dynasty, (Phil Robertson’s anti-gay remarks) it’s nice to get a happy distraction. Jep Robertson, and his wife Jessica introduced a new member of the family this month; a puppy named, “Gizmo.” (Maybe named after that fuzzy Gremlin?) From this photo, it looks like Gizmo is […]
  • Justin Long Loves Amanda Seyfried?s Dog, Finn

    Justin Long Loves Amanda Seyfried?s Dog, Finn
    Justin Long Loves Amanda Seyfried’s Dog, Finn – Amanda Seyfried and boyfriend Justin Long were first spotted as an item over the summer, but now it looks like things have heated up between Justin and…. her dog, Finn. Well, good for the three of them. Looks like they are all happy. Here’s a photo that […]
 
 
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  • Coonhound convention draws thousands

    Coonhound convention draws thousands
    Thousands of coonhounds and about 25,000 humans will pour into Richmond, Indiana for the third largest coonhound convention in the country this weekend. So what is a Coonhound convention? What is isn't is a place for ?toothless, overall wearing, tobacco spitting backwoods folk," according to the Indy Star. Some of the participants are rich, very rich, six figure and seven figure earners. Some are women. Some of the dogs are worth $40,000. During the weekend...
  • Tommy Tucker, the famous cross-dressing squirrel of the 1940's

    Tommy Tucker, the famous cross-dressing squirrel of the 1940's
    These selections from a series of photographs by Nina Leen were featured in Life Magazine in the 1940s. A Mrs. Bullid of Washington, D.C. adopted a baby squirrel whose mother was dead and whose eyes had not yet opened. Instead of turning him over to a wildlife rehabilitation center as people today are encouraged to do, she made him the family pet, bathing, dressing and putting him to sleep in a tiny bed. She had...
  • I have a theory that the entire universe is speeding up

    I have a theory that the entire universe is speeding up
    Of course I have no empirical evidence. There couldn't be any because it's, you know...the whole universe. It can't be relative to anything. But... help me out here. How many times have you heard or said... I can't believe summer is almost over. September is coming already? Where did the weekend go? Your child is old enough to go kindergarten? I just found out that my ?puppy? is now considered a senior dog. It seems...
  • Firefighters rescue Poodle wth paw stuck in drain

    Firefighters rescue Poodle wth paw stuck in drain
    No two work days are the same for a firefighter. They may be called on for their courage one day and their resourcefulness the next. In Albuquerque, when Morinita the Poodlle got her paw stuck in the bathtub drain she started screaming. Her family called their veterinarian, a plumber and then 911. The 911 dispatcher called animal control and they called the fire department. Firefighters tried using lotions and oils but eventually had to cut...
  • Does your car smell like DOG? Purrgo to the rescue

    Does your car smell like DOG? Purrgo to the rescue
    A few weeks ago I got an email from a charming and enterprising young man named Mark Zhang. Since I had a dog blog he wanted to know if I had dog odors in my car or home. After an indignant sniff I realized that when people are subject to the same odor, they lose the ability to smell it. I remember as a child passing through a part of a nearby town that had...
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  • In Case You Were Worried, Snoopy Is Officially a Dog

    In Case You Were Worried, Snoopy Is Officially a Dog

    Just in case you were wondering, we can put your mind at rest: Yes, Snoopy is a dog.

    We have official confirmation of that via the Peanuts Twitter account. On Thursday, Peanuts sent out a tweet to put nervous fans' minds at rest and said unambiguously: "We can confirm, Snoopy IS a dog."

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    Normally, this wouldn't be an issue, but this has been kind of a weird week. The Internet ran completely amok over the official statement by Sanrio that Hello Kitty is not a cat. If that can be true, what can we be certain of?

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    So, it's not unreasonable for Peanuts fans to be a little bit concerned. Just this morning, there was anxious (if somewhat tongue-in-cheek) discussion about the topic on Snoopy's Facebook page, even though the official word had gone out via Twitter.

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    On the other hand, I wouldn't blame anyone for questioning non-doggy nature. In some ways, it's easier to understand than Sanrio's claim that Hello Kitty is not a cat. At least one of the characters within the strip took a while to get it: For years, the character Peppermint Patty didn't understand that Snoopy was a dog. She referred to him as "That funny-looking kid with the big nose," and thought that his dog house was a guest cottage. It was only in 1974 (eight years after she made her debut) that her friend Marcie forced her to face up to the facts.

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    Also consider this: Snoopy seems to have a more active interior life than any of the other characters in Peanuts: He's a novelist, a World War I flying ace, a doctor, a lawyer, a beatnik, and whatever else he wants to be. According to the rules of reality, he's more human than dog.

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    Snoopy statue at Harbour City in Hong Kong.

    But the reality in Peanuts, as in other comic strips, is cartoon reality rather than the reality that we know. The boundaries of species, identity, and the very laws of nature are rubbery and unpredictable. Maybe that's why I fell in love with comics so early as a kid. Actual reality was rigid, unforgiving, and dull, and I particularly identified with Snoopy's flights of fancy.

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    But no matter what we think about how Snoopy compares to real-life Beagles, he and everyone around him (except for Peppermint Patty of course) was very clear about the fact that he was a Beagle. He was born and grew up at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, and had several brothers and sisters who were also Beagles. In our hearts, I think that most of us knew that Snoopy was a dog, and he would continue to be so no matter what the official Peanuts people said.

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    The lesson? Dogs, cats, and children look and act very different in cartoon reality than in our reality. Sometimes that's a good thing, but as an adult, I think I'd rather visit cartoon reality than live there. Reality can still be unforgiving, and even brutal, but I find it a lot less dull than I used to.

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  • Is Your Dog a Candidate for Doggie Daycare?

    Is Your Dog a Candidate for Doggie Daycare?

    It?s the time of year when children go back to school, and many dogs get the blues because they miss their playmates. Unfortunately, these feelings can play out in the form of separation anxiety, and your house and your furniture can suffer from the effects of your overly anxious dog. Doggy daycare could be a good way to provide your dog some relief from boredom and separation anxiety. 

    However, not all dogs are cut out for a group environment. Good candidates for doggy daycare are healthy, spayed or neutered and well-socialized dogs who ?enjoy other dogs and seek interaction with them at every opportunity,? according to the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). And younger dogs seem to adjust better to the daycare environment than older dogs. As much as I would love to take my dog, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix, I believe her introverted personality would not be a good match. But if your dog is a social butterfly, read on to see if doggy daycare is a good option for the two of you.

    Pros:

    • The opportunity to socialize with other dogs.
    • Exercise! A tired dog is a happy dog.
    • Your dog gets more mental stimulation.
    • It provides relief from boredom.

    Cons:

    • Not all dogs are suited to a group environment.
    • Your dog could either get bit or bite another dog.
    • You run the risk of exposure to contagious diseases. Be sure the facility has a vaccination policy.

    What to look for in a daycare facility

    Many daycares conduct an initial behavior assessment to determine how a dog behaves around other dogs and people. You will also want to assess the daycare to decide whether it?s a fit for your dog. Look at how the playgroups are structured. Dogs should be grouped by size, and the safest number of dogs in a group is no more than 10. Dogs also need times for rest between play sessions.

    There aren?t any national standards for canine daycare facilities; however, the ASPCA says a good rule-of-thumb for staffing is one employee per 10 to 15 dogs. The staff should be well-versed in handling dogs and managing canine behavior. The ASPCA recommends dog parents ask details about the facility?s dog handling and training methods, such as, ?What would you do if another dog keeps bothering my dog?? and ?What would you do if my dog barks too much?? in order to get a better idea how they would handle situations.

    Check out the facility. Is it clean? Visit the daycare more than once to get a more accurate picture of what?s normal. The facility should be cleaned once or twice a day with adequate ventilation, and there shouldn?t be any lingering odor. Also, is the space large enough? Overcrowding can lead to aggression with most animal species. The ASPCA recommends a play area be 75 to 100 square feet per dog.

    Ask about the daycare?s vaccination policies and flea-prevention plan. Most veterinarians recommend puppies have at least two rounds of their vaccination series before going into daycare. Most veterinarians also recommend that dogs who go to daycare facilities get vaccinated for Bordetella (aka kennel cough) at least one week in advance. Ask about the daycare?s protocol in the event of emergency illness or injury. Does someone on staff know how to administer first aid? Will your dog be taken to a veterinarian or emergency hospital if necessary?

    If you decide your dog might be a good fit for daycare, you should visit the facility a couple of times and observe how your dog interacts with the others before leaving him or her for an extended period of time. And pay attention to how your dog seems when you pick him or her up from daycare. Does she seem stressed? A fearful or anxious dog will pant, have his ears and tail tucked down, and might have a wide-eyed look. For more information, read about a dog?s body language here

    Do you take your dog to daycare? Tell us your experience in the comments!

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  • Is Automating Sheepdogs the First Step to the Robot Apocalypse?

    Is Automating Sheepdogs the First Step to the Robot Apocalypse?

    While surfing Netflix a few months back, I came across the 1982 movie Blade Runner and realized that it's set in the year 2019 -- five years from now. While it now seems prophetic in its depiction of employment opportunities and the economy, it seems pretty clear that five years from now I will not have a flying car, and sentient androids will not run around the city. The Jetsons was set in the 2060s, so there's a slight chance that we all might have robot maids by then, but by that point, I'll probably be too old to appreciate how cool the future is.

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    2019 will most likeely not look like Blade Runner. For the most part, this is a good thing.

    The possibility of making robot dogs before then looks a little more likely, especially after an announcement earlier this week. Scientists from Swansea University in the U.K. believe they've figured out how sheepdogs round up sheep, and that they've developed a mathematical model that could be used to automate the process.

    It wouldn't apply only to sheep if it works out; the team says that the same algorithm could be applied to crowd control or cleaning up oil spills.

    According to the scientists, it turns out that the dogs don't focus on the sheep themselves. Instead, they see the gaps between the sheep, and try to close them by herding the animals together. Once the sheep are in one big crowd, they can be driven forward to wherever the shepherd and the dog want.

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    Border Collie herding sheep by Shutterstock.

    "What's so interesting about this is how simple the rules are," Dr. Andrew King said in an interview with the BBC. "At the beginning we had lots of different ideas. We started out looking from a bird's-eye view, but then we realized we needed to see what the dog sees. It sees white, fluffy things. If there are gaps between them or the gaps get bigger, the dog needs to bring them together."

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    Herd of sheep by Shutterstock.

    The sheep gather into one group because of something called the "selfish herd theory," according to King: "One of the things that sheep are really good at is responding to a threat by working with their neighbors. It's the selfish herd theory: Put something between the threat and you. Individuals try to minimize the chance of anything happening to them, so they move towards the center of a group."

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    Start with a cuddly robot dog, end with the robot apocalypse.

    The hows and whys are fascinating, but not quite as interesting as the technological possibilities and the implied questions. The press and the scientists have talked about how this development might ultimately put Border Collies out of work, replaced by 'droid dogs. That, of course, begs the question: What kind of robot dogs would we get from such an algorithm? Would they be plucky and loyal, ready to defend us from invading hordes of space aliens like K-9 on Doctor Who? Or would they be more like the machines in Terminator and The Matrix, destined to run amok and slaughter the human race, enslaving the few survivors?

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    A more cheerful option: always ready to outsmart Daleks and Cybermen, K9 is a much more benign robot. No apocalypse included.

    Neither the BBC nor the Telegraph consider these questions, but when designing robot dogs -- or any other robot -- they're important to consider. What do you think? Could machines replace sheepdogs, and if so, would that bee a good thing?

    Via BBC and The Telegraph

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  • Mars Recalls Pedigree Dog Food After Finding Metal Fragments

    Mars Recalls Pedigree Dog Food After Finding Metal Fragments

    On Wednesday (Aug. 27) Mars Petcare US announced a recall of 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the presence of a ?foreign material.? 

    That foreign material is small metal fragments, which may have gotten in there during some production mishap -- the company isn?t quite sure. It has shut down the production line in that facility to investigate.

    Mars says the metal is not embedded in the food, but is loose in the bags, and says it ?may present a risk if consumed.?

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    The 22 15-pound bags were shipped to 12 Dollar General stores in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana, and they were sold between Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. The company has not received any reports of illness. Customers are encouraged to return the bags for a full refund. 

    Affected bags have the following information:

    Lot code: 432C1KKM03

    UPC code: 23100 10944

    Best Before date: 8/5/15

    Pet owners can call 1-800-305-5206 or visit www.pedigree.com/update for more info.

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  • The Worst Person in the Dog World This Week Is This Abusive CEO

    The Worst Person in the Dog World This Week Is This Abusive CEO

    The CEO of a large catering company has put himself and his firm in a lot of trouble after a video showing him kicking a dog and yanking it into the air by the leash has surfaced.

    Des Hague is the CEO of Centerplate, which contracts with large venues including sports arenas to provide food services. Centerplate appears to be a potential rival to Aramark, the firm that dominates the market. But the video showing Hague kicking and pulling the dog may threaten Centerplate's steady climb, or at least delay it for a while.

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    Des Hague from behind in the elevator with his friend's dog, Sade.

    The video, believed to be from July, shows Hague in the elevator of an apartment building in downtown Vancouver. He has a Doberman Pinscher on a leash, and as soon as the elevator doors close behind him, Hague begins to kick the dog repeatedly, then uses the leash to yank the dog into the air. Someone emailed the video to the British Columbia SPCA, which has taken the dog into custody and started an investigation into the incident.

    The video exacted immediate consequences for Hague and the company. GlobalNews reported that people going into Vancouver's BC Place stadium for a football game said they wouldn't buy any food during the game and that the stadium should break off its contract with Centerplate.

    "To see that fellow pull that dog and do that to that animal was an absolute disgrace," said one fan, John Kinney. "And it goes further than that -- the company that that gentleman worked for that's a black eye to everybody. That's a black eye to his friends and that's a black eye to society. Cruelty to animals is absolutely unacceptable. I'm not buying anything that this guy sells here -- it's a disgrace."

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    The face that Desmond Hague shows as a corporate CEO.

    Hague has already tried to handle the problem with an apology issued through his attorney.

    "I take full responsibility for my actions," Hague said. "This incident is completely and utterly out of character, and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed. Under the circumstances of the evening in question, a minor frustration with a friend's pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. Unfortunately, I acted inappropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that and am very grateful that no harm was caused to the animal. I have reached out to the SPCA and have personally apologized to the dog's owner. At this time, I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them."

    A lot of Hague's problems -- and by extension, those of Centerplate -- can be seen in that official apology. First, there's the problem of apologizing through his attorney, rather than stepping forward and trying to take personal responsibility. It seems like a very bureaucratic form of morality, and the bland, generic nature of the apology only strengthens the impression of someone who's going through the motions for the sake of the public.

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    BC Place Stadium is one of Centerplate's big contracts. Fans outside said they wouldn't be buying food after hearing about the CEO's abuse of a dog. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Naturally, the company has tried to distance itself from the whole issue by putting out a statement that basically says it's all Hague's problem. "This is a personal matter involving Des Hague," the statement said. "Centerplate in no way condones the mistreatment of animals and since learning about the situation late Friday night ha[s] reached out to local authorities to better understand the facts and circumstances related to the incident. As this is an ongoing review, we cannot comment further at this time."

    Nonetheless, as CEO, Des Hague is the public face of the company, and people identify him with Centerplate's corporate culture and ethics. Fortune Magazine quotes crisis management expert Steve Paskoff on the issue, and he sums up what a lot of other people are thinking: "My immediate reaction to this news was, this is a guy who will kick and drag a friend's dog -- what else is there to say about him? And if he treats defenseless dogs this way, how is he treating people? Is Centerplate going to be comfortable saying he represents our values, which state [on its website] that the company is 'a positive force in our communities?'"

    Hague has deleted his Twitter account since the video came to light, but people continue to talk about the incident, using the hashtag #DesHague. Many of them ask variations of Paskoff's questions. Some speak in much harsher terms, demanding that he be fired. A few examples:

    .@centerplate 's CEO kicking, abusing dog - if he treats defenseless dogs this way, how is he treating people? --@rafaelhuezo.

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    #deshague You need to go to jail Centerplate - just do the right thing. You saw the video/ what r u waiting for? --@noradelaney

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    Congratulations @centerplate. Your CEO abuses and mistreats animals. Quite a leader you have there. #DesHague --@maxflipper

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    If that is how #DesHague treats a friend's puppy, how does he treat his colleagues? Business partners? Other human beings? -- @GabbyBuona

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    It's hard to imagine anyone wanting Hague for a friend, neighbor, or employer at this point. What do you think? Should Centerplate hold their CEO responsible for his behavior at home? Can he continue as CEO? And what does this say about them as a company?

    Via Fortune and GlobalNews

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  • News Channel 4 - KFOR.com and K9 University Partner to Help Dog Owners

    News Channel 4 - KFOR.com and K9 University Partner to Help Dog Owners
    In order to better help clients with canine behavior issues, K9 University, provider of dog behavioral training has announced a partnership with News Channel 4 - KFOR.com. [PR.com]
  • Details offered on Valley dog?s shooting death - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 PST

    Details offered on Valley dog?s shooting death - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 PST
    A Spokane County sheriff?s deputy who fatally shot a Spokane Valley man?s dog on Wednesday said he thought the animal was restrained by an invisible fence. Deputy Ryan Smith killed the dog after it bit him twice, once on the left bicep and once on the right hamstring, a news release from the sheriff?s office said. The bicep wound required stitches.
  • Deputy did not trespass, critical sign missing at Greenacres home

    Deputy did not trespass, critical sign missing at Greenacres home
    GREENACRES, Wash.? A deadly dog shooting and deputy attack in Spokane County sparked debate Wednesday night online as KREM 2 News viewers wondered whether the deputy was trespassing. A Spokane County Sheriff?s Office deputy was bit twice by a pit bull in Greenacres. The dog was shot and killed during the struggle. The encounter happened when Deputy Ryan Smith says he was trying to return a set ...
  • Guide dog endures stabbing in silence

    Guide dog endures stabbing in silence
    Guide dog endures stabbing in silence By News Desk in Saitama/Yomiuri Shimbun/30 August 2014= Saitama (Yomiuri Shimbun/ANN) - A male guide dog was stabbed in Saitama in late July while assisting a 61-year-old man commuting to his office in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, it has been learned
  • Deputy who shot dog thought animals were restrained - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 PST

    Deputy who shot dog thought animals were restrained - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 PST
    A Spokane County sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a Spokane Valley man's dog said he thought the animal was restrained by an invisible fence.