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Annandale civic association elects dog as president

The Washington Post reported today that the Annandale Civic Association elected a dog as president. Candidates were only required to submit a name and brief description of qualifications.  The winner’s qualifications included helping ‘manage a 26 acre estate in Maine.’ 🙂

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An Interview with Patrick Mahaney of Cardiff’s Blog

Dr. Patrick Mahaney of California Pet Acupuncture & Wellness (CPAW), Inc is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA).  He is the author of Cardiff’s Blog and Patrick’s Blog on PatrickMahaney.com and shares his pet care knowledge on his Los Angeles Pet Care Examiner column.

VP: Your initial veterinary training was in the standard western approach to animal care–you’re a graduate of the Univ. of Penn. School of Vet. Medicine.  What led you to pursue your expertise in veterinary accupuncture?

PM:  I became interested in the integrative approach to medicine after suffering a series of back injuries. This led to an MRI diagnosis of inter-vertebral disc disease (IVDD).  My chronic discomfort is now under control through a multimodal approach to pain management, including dietary modification and supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic, and (as needed) Western medication.

Since IVDD is a condition commonly seen in both dogs and cats, along with other musculoskeletal diseases that negatively affect a pet’s day to day discomfort, I feel a true connection to many of my patients’ problems. This is why I offer the same level of care to my clients’ pets that I pursue for myself.

VP:  You are a Certified Veterinary Accupuncturist (CVA).  What training was required to achieve this certification and what standards of expertise need to be met?
PM: I attended the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) course in 2005-2006.  IVAS offers the course exclusively to veterinarians, so it is a very specific training that teaches veterinarians Chinese medicine principles and treatment.  In order to achieve my certification, besides taking the IVAS course, I had to pass a rigorous written and laboratory testing process, write a publishable case study, and complete an internship with another IVAS certified acupuncture practitioner.
VP:  Your Welsh Terrier, Cardiff, suffers from IMHA.  Your treatment for Cardiff involves an integrated approach that combines both western and eastern remedies.  What does each remedy contribute to Cardiff’s overall health?

PM: I use Western treatments, such as immune system modifying drugs and blood transfusions, to treat Cardiff’s IMHA in the acute, hemolytic period.
I use TCVM treatments, such as Chinese herbs and food energy, dietary supplements, and acupuncture to manage his illness on a day to day basis. 

VP: What are some of the more common conditions that should prompt pet owners to consider accupuncture?  And are there any common misconceptions among pet owners that prevent them from pursuing accupuncture?
PM: The most common conditions I treat with acupuncture are those that cause pain, such as arthritis, degenerative joint disease (DJD), intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), obesity, metabolic and immune system diseases, and cancer.Misconceptions about acupuncture that may prevent them from pursuing treatment are that it is painful to a pet.  In my experience, minimal pain is cause by needle placement.  The majority of patients rest deeply treatment and and sleep very well after treatment.
See comfortable animals during treatment:

Pit Bull Saves Woman, Child from Attacker | Life With Dogs

Life with Dogs had a post about an amazing story of a lost pit bull defending a woman and her child (whom the dog did not know previously!) from an attacker with a knife.  Once the attacker had fled the scene, the woman got in her car with her child to ride off, but the dog jumped in the backseat to wait with them for police to come!  Not too shabby.

On the subject of heroic pit bulls:

In March 2007 a pit bull in the Philippines gave his life to  save two women from a deadly cobra.

Here’s the story of another pit bull coming to the rescue in 2009, defending a woman in a domestic disturbance:

And here’s another video of another heroic pit bull.

Defying the stereotypes.  Nice.

George G. Vest & A Eulogy of A Dog | Full Cry: A Hound Blog

Bedtime Stories: George G. Vest | Full Cry: A Hound Blog.

Last week Full Cry made us aware of the story of the “Eulogy of the Dog.”

Full Cry, in more detail, tells the story of Missouri lawyer George G. Vest (who would later become US Senator George G. Vest, above) and how he came to represent a client named Charles Burden in his lawsuit regarding the death of his best foxhound, Old Drum.

Vest’s closing argument, delivered on Sept. 23, 1870,  on behalf of his client and his dog quickly became famous among dog lovers.  Here it is, in full:

“The best friend man has in the world may turn against him and become his worst enemy. His son, or his daughter, that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and good name may become traitors to their faith. The money a man has he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our head.

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground when the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only to be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince.

When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wing, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune dries his master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege that that of accompanying him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when that last scene comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there, by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful, and true, even in death.”

Well said.

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Dog Might Provide Clues on How Language Is Acquired – NYTimes.com

An article in the NY Times today tells the story of Chaser (above), a border Collie in Spartanburg, SC that knows 1,022 nouns.  She was taught the words by a retired psychology professor, John W. Pilley,  who worked with her up to five hours a day.  When he got tired of teaching nouns, they moved on to grammar!

What is perhaps most interesting about this story is that the journal Behavioural Processes has accepted Prof. Pilley’s article on his experimentation with Chaser, believing that the work was not tainted by a Clever Hans effect.   If you don’t know the story of this famous horse (below, being clever), check it out here–it’s definitely worth the read.


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