Dogs

K-9 Search and Rescue
6:15 am
Fri February 28, 2014

When You Need A Helping Hand How About A Nose?

German shepherd Kia lifts her nose in the air, sniffs, and takes off. She’s searching for missing hikers.
Credit Courtney Flatt

If you get lost hunting or wander off a hiking trail, a select group of volunteers may come to look for you. K-9 search and rescue teams spend countless hours training to make sure they can find you when you’re lost.

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Prohibited Dog Breeds
6:14 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Move To Ban Pit Bull Bans

Zak Thatcher and her bull terrier Ozzy drove four hours to show their support for breed-neutral legislation.
Credit Taylor Winkel

Payette County, Idaho bans pit bulls. Medford, Oregon is considering a ban of its own. But some Washington state representatives want to ban the bans.

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Oregon Dog Tethering Law
6:24 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Oregon Dog Tethering Law Takes Effect In January

Juventino Guijosa and his dog, Sisi.
Credit Chris Lehman

Oregon canines will be howling an unchained melody starting in January. That's when a new law takes effect that makes it illegal to tie up your dog too long. One volunteer organization is helping dog owners avoid the upcoming penalties by building fences to give dogs room to roam.

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Commentaries
12:36 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Rock Doc: The Longevity of Dogs

Dr. Kirsten Peters, the "Rock Doc" musing on why our beloved canine companions don't live longer.
Credit nwpr.org

If you live in the U.S. there’s a 47% chance that you have a dog.  That number goes up to 56% if you live in Canada. When your dog goes on a walk with you, snuggles up next to you on the couch or tilts her head at something you say the bond between you deepens.  Here comes the heartbreaking aspect of having a dog.  They just don’t live long enough.  Dr. Kirsten  Peters, the “Rock Doc” offers some insight into why.

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Dog Salmon Poisoning
4:48 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Bumper Salmon Runs Don't Mix With Dogs

Colby Otero Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:46 pm

Fishermen around the Northwest are enjoying some exceptional salmon runs this autumn. Puget Sound is teeming with pink salmon and there's a record-breaking fall Chinook run in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

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Commentaries
11:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Talking with Fido

Dr. Kirsten Peters, the Rock Doc, does commentary for Northwest Public Radio.

A Border Collie named Chaser understands far more words than the usual “sit,” “stay” and “down” that most of us teach our dogs. Trained by retired psychology Professor, Dr. John Pilley, Chaser has demonstrated comprehension of over 1,000 words.  Whether your dog is a latent genius or not remains to be seen, but the subject of language acquisition in canines has sparked the curiosity of a number of people including Dr. Kirsten Peters, the Roc Doc.

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Dogs and Humans
11:05 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection

Should we say Germ-an shepherd? Mango Doucleff, of Washington, shows off the bacteria living on her tongue, which also flourish on her owner's skin.
Michaeleen Doucleff NPR

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:43 am

Well, it looks like there really is such as thing as a dog person.

Humans who share their homes with canines also share the similar bacterial houseguests on their skin, ecologists reported Tuesday in the journal eLIFE.

In fact, two dog owners who don't even know each other have about as many of the skin bacteria in common as a married couple living together.

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Truffle Dogs
6:36 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Local Dogs Earn Their Keep Sniffing Out Truffles

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 7:36 am

TURNER, Ore. - When a dog finds its first truffle -- the fungus, not the chocolate candy -- the sound you hear will most likely be the voice of a very excited dog handler.

And you might be as excited as Mia MacCollin of Bend if your pet showed an aptitude to find buried treasure. And treasure it is. The native Oregon white truffle can fetch several hundred dollars per pound at retail.

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Dog Fur Knitting
5:45 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Dog Fur Knitting New Craft, Old Northwest Tradition

Sweaters knitted from dog hair.
Credit Northwest News Network

As the cold winter weather rolls around, you may pull your warm wool sweater from the back of the closet. But these days, some people are knitting sweaters out of a different animal: dogs. It's a new craft movement that is actually part of a very old Northwest tradition.

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Commentaries
8:43 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Fetching for a Living

Border Collies are consistently named the most intelligent of all dogs. Is their intelligence simply a matter of nature, or is there some nurture involved as well? Dr. Kirsten Peters wonders about the answer.

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