Archive for the ‘Spunky Murder Mystery Series’ Category

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Valentine stuffed (640x427) LOVE YOUR PET!

MAKE IT A SPECIAL DAY FOR THEM TOO!

BUT – REMEMBER –  NO  Chocolate for any of your  four-legged best friends.

 But an extra treat would be quite devine.

Spunky and the Fabulous Felines wish you all a very Happy Valentines Day.

PS – We have a special surprise planned for our mom – Dr. Hannah Richards – and it is not a new murder mystery for us to solve  –

at least not today.

But you never know what tomorrow may bring….

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DOGS HAVE FEELINGS TOO!

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

puppy running  .Hi, Ms. Spunky here.

I want to talk to you about doggie feelings.

Dogs have feelings?  Of course they do.

Plus we not only understand our own feelings we also understand yours!

When Dr. Richards is sad, I put a paw on her leg or nuzzle my nose against her arm. I might even hop into her lap. Dr. Richards has always known that I know when she needs some extra love, but recently she actually found an article that tells her why. Researchers in Hungary have confirmed that canines understand humans’ feelings. They trained a dozen brave dogs to sit still long enough to be placed in an MRI scanner – personally, I start to wiggle just thinking about it – but these dogs tolerated it and the scientists discovered how similar a dog’s brain is to that of a human.

While the dogs were in the scanner, they listened to 200 everyday people noises as well as noise made by dogs. The scientists then looked at what parts of their brains lit up. Apparently, a little patch of our brains is devoted to figuring out emotions. The dogs’ brains light up when they hear happy barks or giggles and it doesn’t respond to sad growls or whines. 

They then put headphones on each dog and let them listen to three types of sounds: human voices, dog sounds and environmental noises, such as a hammer hitting a nail or a phone ringing. The team then looked to see which parts of the brain responded.

Just like humans, the dogs have a little patch of neurons that light up when they hear voices of their own species — other dogs barking, growling or whining. Plus they also have a region located in the same place as people (near the ears) that is sensitive to emotional tones in both human and dog voices.

No wonder Dr. Richards and I love each other so much. I bet our brains light up at the same time! Plus a good doggie detective like me knows a person’s voice tone might just be the final clue that breask a case wide open.

Details of the study were published in the journal Current Biology in February 2014. You can also watch a video of the dogs in the scanner.

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The Best Fictional Animal Characters of All Time

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

lassie Some of our most beloved fictional characters are animals. Many a great film or book has an animal taking center stage, just ready to steal the hearts of the audience. Think back to your favorite childhood movies and you will probably think of Bambi and Old Yeller, Puss in Boots or Donkey, Dumbo or Tom and Jerry.

Whether it is crime fighting, child rescuing, or mystery solving, these fictional animals are making friends and defeating the bad guys wherever they go, and, in the process, touching our hearts so much that sometimes we care more about their outcome than that of their human companions.

In honor of all animal characters, Spunky, the beloved protagonist of the Spunky Murder Mystery Series, and I celebrate ten of the best, with a special focus on those ones that kick some serious bad-guy butt! (more…)

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Cat and Dog Body Language Can Tell You A Lot!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Spunky and Fearless, Spunky Murder Mysteries Hi there, Ms. Spunky here. Did you know dogs are great interpreters of human body language? That’s because we study you very carefully. Well, I shouldn’t speak for the cats, but humans have always fascinated me. How can I put it…humans are better than a flying stick, and more special than a bouncing ball! Now, I wouldn’t say all humans are better than a lamb chop, but they all are certainly a very special breed.

Did you know that dogs and cats also have their own body language? We are always showing you when we are happy, scared or angry. If you are observant, you can decipher what we are trying to tell you by our body language and the sounds we make.

Come. Sit. This great doggie sage will gladly teach you. (more…)

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Chippy Wants to Know What You Think

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

CLICK on the link below to see Chippy. Make sure your sound is turned on so you can hear what she has to say.

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