Posts Tagged ‘dog lovers’

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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Adopt a Mutt: Why Mutts Are Awesome!

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

mutt portrait If it is that time in your life when you are ready to expand your family by adding a furry companion, one of the most overlooked and forgotten options is considering the faithful mutt!

Don’t get me wrong. As a diehard animal lover, I love and adore all dogs, from a stout Alaskan Malamute to a stumpy little Corgi! However, adopting a cross breed into your family has many benefits, and here are a few reasons why I think mutts make amazing candidates for filling the position of your newest family member. (more…)

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5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

halloween pumpkin Given the three mystery books I’ve written with the help of my menagerie, our family obviously loves mysteries. But when it comes to Halloween, we should all strive to keep the spookiness and hazards away from our cats and dogs. Halloween can be a very confusing event for many of them. Yes, there are some adorable pet costumes for you (and perhaps them) to enjoy, but from endlessly opening the door for trick-or-treaters, to all that candy lying around, to too many Halloween pranksters, there can be some perils as well.

Help remove danger and stress this year by remembering these five easy tips. (more…)

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Volunteer with Your Pet: Charity Runs, Pet Therapy, More

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

photo of a therapy dog Ms. Spunky here. We all know that a pet brings you joy and enriches your life. So can volunteering. Think what can happen when they are combined!

I absolutely love volunteering with my human. Recently, we’ve been exploring new opportunities for pets to get involved with helping others. Whether your furry companions participate in a charity walk, visit hospital patients, or donate blood, one thing is for sure, with a little help from you, we can make another person’s day better.

Here are five simple ways you can volunteer with your pet. (more…)

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10 Ways to Tell You’re a Dog Lover

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

dog lover Dogs are man’s best friend for quite a few reasons. These are loyal companions who love you unconditionally. Doesn’t matter how angry your partner is with you, if you come home to a house with a dog, there is always somebody happy to see you. Is someone in your life feeling sad? Show them a picture of a few fluffy puppies and problem solved! Messy, dirty, sloppy and drooly canines are much loved by all, but some of us take it to a whole new level. Here are ten ways to determine if you are one of those people. (more…)

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Spunky’s Free Advice: Now You Too Can Get Our Wise Counsel

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Hi there – Spunky here.

Our newest book, An Army of Noses, is marching right along.

In our books, we often help humans, and we have decided it is time to reach out and try to help some of our other two-legged friends — the ones who visit us here!

If you have a problem, post it in the comments section below. You can do it anonymously if you want. The boys and I will read them all, put our heads together and send answers to as many as we can. (I will not be insulted if you specify that you would prefer cat advice — some people do prefer a cat’s viewpoint.) If you want to keep it all hush-hush, then go to our contact page and send us a private email. We will get back to you as soon as we can. 

Please Remember: We are not professionals and we are only giving our opinion. This should not be construed as professional counseling. We are, after all, wise — but not human.

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Only Days Away!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

We just got the manuscript back from the proofreader! She found a few errors, but not too many – I think that’s because we have a great editor. His name is John Daniels and he too is an animal lover. I think that is why he loves it every time Mom sends him a new book. He has become one of our biggest fans! Why not join the club? Start with our first adventure, The Nose Knows.

We’d love to hear what you think. Write a review here or on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at AuthorHouse. It’s not hard and it doesn’t have to be fancy – short – sweet or sassy – will be just fine.

Thanks for coming to our blog to visit us. We love it when people pop in.

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Cat Lovers – Mystery Lovers – Dog Lovers

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Do you think we should start giving people clues to what our next adventure is about? Fearless says “No” -we need to protect our secrets. But Bobby is is busting to blurt out a few tidbits. But Spunky says, we should let our readers decide. So tell us what you think. If you have not yet met all of us, click on the title of this blog and it will take you to meet us.

That would be the cat’s meow!

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Attention – Mystery Dog Lovers (cat lovers too, of course)

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Our next adventure is currently under the watchful eye of the proofreader.  The felines and I don’t want you distracted by foolish human mistakes. We wanted you to know that this new mystery gave a bunch of noses a work out. Can’t wait for all of you to meet “An Army of Noses!”  While you wait, why not read our first two adventures – The Nose Knows and The Nose Sees All. We’d love to hear about some of your critter’s  “nose” adventures, so share a few “tails” with us.

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