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Friday, October 17th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

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The rest is, as you might expect, a farce of unintended consequences.

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cross-posted from Vodkapundit

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Shark Feeding Frenzy at the Beach in North Carolina

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

Via News Channel 3

PJ Lifestyle begins a new feature in the style of PJ Lifestyle Sunshine, another byline collecting and organizing images and videos around the web. The series now upgrades to a global approach, beginning a series of lists organized by animals and location. Please send in pics and videos of your pets and online favorites to DaveSwindlePJM [@] gmail.com or tweet to @DaveSwindle 

The collection so far, future installments will strive to match up videos with their locations:

Pets

Dogs

Sweet

Dog-Based Pranks

Funny

Military Dogs

Pit Bulls

Siberian Huskies

Border Collie

Vizsla

Pomeranian

Chihuahua in Rome

Maura the Siberian Husky in Los Angeles

Cats

Dogs and Cats Together

Bunnies

Ferret

 

Wild Animals

Porcupines

Birds

Peregrine Falcons

Hawk

Penguins

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Army Sergeant Permanently Reunited With Bomb Sniffing Partner

Monday, October 13th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

PJ Lifestyle begins a new feature in the style of PJ Lifestyle Sunshine, another byline collecting and organizing images and videos around the web. The series now upgrades to a global approach, beginning a series of lists organized by animals and location. Please send in pics and videos of your pets and online favorites to DaveSwindlePJM [@] gmail.com or tweet to @DaveSwindle 

The collection so far, future installments will strive to match up videos with their locations:

Pets

Dogs

5 Dogs on Youtube Who Really Need to Get it Together

Sweet

A Formerly Blind Dog Squeals in Delight When Seeing His Owners After Surgery

Super Cute Slow Motion of Dogs Shaking Off

Dog-Based Pranks

Hilarious Mutant Giant Spider Dog Prank

Funny

A Dog Wearing an AT-AT Walker Costume From Empire Strikes Back

VIDEO: Cute Dog Vs Darth Vader

Pit Bulls

This Sweet Video Shows The Truth About Pit Bulls

Siberian Huskies

Baby and Siberian Husky Have Conversation

Lakota Gives A Dog-Hug To His Dad Every Night

You Won’t Believe What This Husky Says When It’s Time to Go in His Kennel…

Is This Shoplifting Dog A Siberian Husky?

VIDEO: Siberian Husky Gymnastics

Border Collie

VIDEO: A Very Determined, Hilarious Dog Wants to Play Fetch With a Statue

Vizsla

VIDEO: Meet the Colorado/Wyoming Vizsla Rescue Group

Pomeranian

The Ice Shaking In the Cup Makes The Pomeranian Want to Play

Chihuahua in Rome

Funny Chihuahua in Rome Trying to Dig Into the Sofa

Maura the Siberian Husky in Los Angeles

The Siberian Husky has Found a New Spot to Troll for Hidden Treats & Lost Treasures…

3 Siberian Husky Playtime Hyperlapse Videos Set to Classic ’60s Songs

What Should I Film The Siberian Husky Maura Doing?

Close-Up of Siberian Husky Squeaking Her Ball

No! It’s My Ball! You Cannot Have It!

The Siberian Husky Can Be Very Persuasive When She Wants to Run At the Park

A Siberian Husky Listening to Ann Coulter on Dennis Prager Last Week

‘Little Puppet Made of Pine, Awake. The Gift of Life is Thine.’

A Siberian Husky Frolics At Laguna Beach

A Siberian Husky Snoozes in the Sun on Sunday Morning

Siberian Husky Maura Wants to Play With This Ball We Found On Our Morning Walk

Cute Animal Video: Maura the Siberian Husky Vs 3 Birds at the Park

Cute Animal Video: An Installment of Siberian Husky Batman Ear Vision

3 Videos of Siberian Husky Maura Running at Noon, Evening, and Before Sunrise

4 Videos of Maura the Siberian Husky Inaugurates a New Feature

I Suspect Some Tasty Food Still Remains On Your Fingers

Siberian Husky Whines and Complains At Bath Time

Cats

What Ivan The Cat Used to Do When I Needed to Get My Work Done

3 Kittens Sucking on Their Bottles

Dogs and Cats Together

When Dogs Annoy Cats With Friendship

Bunnies

A Bunny Chews His Pellets

Ferret

The Ferret Who Ate Too Many Christmas Cookies

 

Wild Animals

Hilarious: Animals Talking With British Accents

Stay Warm with ‘Awwwwwww’: 5 Cute Baby Animal Photos

Porcupines

The Talking Porcupine Likes Pumpkins

Birds

Peregrine Falcons

Video From Flying on the Back of Dora, a Peregrine Falcon

A Bird’s Eye View As a Peregrine Falcon Strikes

Hawk

Hawk Takes Out a Drone

Penguins

I Challenge You Not To Laugh At These Penguins On The Ice

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Hawk Takes Out a Drone

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

Hat tip to Coed.com.

PJ Lifestyle begins a new feature in the style of PJ Lifestyle Sunshine, another byline collecting and organizing images and videos around the web. The series now upgrades to a global approach, beginning a series of lists organized by animals and location. Please send in pics and videos of your pets and online favorites to DaveSwindlePJM [@] gmail.com or tweet to @DaveSwindle 

The collection so far, future installments will strive to match up videos with their locations:

Pets

Dogs

5 Dogs on Youtube Who Really Need to Get it Together

Sweet

A Formerly Blind Dog Squeals in Delight When Seeing His Owners After Surgery

Super Cute Slow Motion of Dogs Shaking Off

Dog-Based Pranks

Hilarious Mutant Giant Spider Dog Prank

Funny

A Dog Wearing an AT-AT Walker Costume From Empire Strikes Back

VIDEO: Cute Dog Vs Darth Vader

Pit Bulls

This Sweet Video Shows The Truth About Pit Bulls

Siberian Huskies

Baby and Siberian Husky Have Conversation

Lakota Gives A Dog-Hug To His Dad Every Night

You Won’t Believe What This Husky Says When It’s Time to Go in His Kennel…

Is This Shoplifting Dog A Siberian Husky?

VIDEO: Siberian Husky Gymnastics

Border Collie

VIDEO: A Very Determined, Hilarious Dog Wants to Play Fetch With a Statue

Vizsla

VIDEO: Meet the Colorado/Wyoming Vizsla Rescue Group

Pomeranian

The Ice Shaking In the Cup Makes The Pomeranian Want to Play

Chihuahua in Rome

Funny Chihuahua in Rome Trying to Dig Into the Sofa

Maura the Siberian Husky in Los Angeles

The Siberian Husky has Found a New Spot to Troll for Hidden Treats & Lost Treasures…

3 Siberian Husky Playtime Hyperlapse Videos Set to Classic ’60s Songs

What Should I Film The Siberian Husky Maura Doing?

Close-Up of Siberian Husky Squeaking Her Ball

No! It’s My Ball! You Cannot Have It!

The Siberian Husky Can Be Very Persuasive When She Wants to Run At the Park

A Siberian Husky Listening to Ann Coulter on Dennis Prager Last Week

‘Little Puppet Made of Pine, Awake. The Gift of Life is Thine.’

A Siberian Husky Frolics At Laguna Beach

A Siberian Husky Snoozes in the Sun on Sunday Morning

Siberian Husky Maura Wants to Play With This Ball We Found On Our Morning Walk

Cute Animal Video: Maura the Siberian Husky Vs 3 Birds at the Park

Cute Animal Video: An Installment of Siberian Husky Batman Ear Vision

3 Videos of Siberian Husky Maura Running at Noon, Evening, and Before Sunrise

4 Videos of Maura the Siberian Husky Inaugurates a New Feature

I Suspect Some Tasty Food Still Remains On Your Fingers

Siberian Husky Whines and Complains At Bath Time

Cats

What Ivan The Cat Used to Do When I Needed to Get My Work Done

3 Kittens Sucking on Their Bottles

Dogs and Cats Together

When Dogs Annoy Cats With Friendship

Bunnies

A Bunny Chews His Pellets

Ferret

The Ferret Who Ate Too Many Christmas Cookies

 

Wild Animals

Hilarious: Animals Talking With British Accents

Stay Warm with ‘Awwwwwww’: 5 Cute Baby Animal Photos

Porcupines

The Talking Porcupine Likes Pumpkins

Birds

Peregrine Falcons

Video From Flying on the Back of Dora, a Peregrine Falcon

A Bird’s Eye View As a Peregrine Falcon Strikes

Penguins

I Challenge You Not To Laugh At These Penguins On The Ice

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Super Cute Slow Motion of Dogs Shaking Off

Friday, October 10th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

PJ Lifestyle begins a new feature in the style of PJ Lifestyle Sunshine, another byline collecting and organizing images and videos around the web. The series now upgrades to a global approach, beginning a series of lists organized by animals and location. Please send in pics and videos of your pets and online favorites to DaveSwindlePJM [@] gmail.com or tweet to @DaveSwindle 

The collection so far, future installments will strive to match up videos with their locations:

Pets

Dogs

5 Dogs on Youtube Who Really Need to Get it Together

Sweet

A Formerly Blind Dog Squeals in Delight When Seeing His Owners After Surgery

Pranks

Hilarious Mutant Giant Spider Dog Prank

Funny

A Dog Wearing an AT-AT Walker Costume From Empire Strikes Back

VIDEO: Cute Dog Vs Darth Vader

Pit Bulls

This Sweet Video Shows The Truth About Pit Bulls

Siberian Huskies

Baby and Siberian Husky Have Conversation

Lakota Gives A Dog-Hug To His Dad Every Night

You Won’t Believe What This Husky Says When It’s Time to Go in His Kennel…

Is This Shoplifting Dog A Siberian Husky?

VIDEO: Siberian Husky Gymnastics

Border Collie

VIDEO: A Very Determined, Hilarious Dog Wants to Play Fetch With a Statue

Vizsla

VIDEO: Meet the Colorado/Wyoming Vizsla Rescue Group

Pomeranian

The Ice Shaking In the Cup Makes The Pomeranian Want to Play

Chihuahua in Rome

Funny Chihuahua in Rome Trying to Dig Into the Sofa

Maura the Siberian Husky in Los Angeles

The Siberian Husky has Found a New Spot to Troll for Hidden Treats & Lost Treasures…

3 Siberian Husky Playtime Hyperlapse Videos Set to Classic ’60s Songs

What Should I Film The Siberian Husky Maura Doing?

Close-Up of Siberian Husky Squeaking Her Ball

No! It’s My Ball! You Cannot Have It!

The Siberian Husky Can Be Very Persuasive When She Wants to Run At the Park

A Siberian Husky Listening to Ann Coulter on Dennis Prager Last Week

‘Little Puppet Made of Pine, Awake. The Gift of Life is Thine.’

A Siberian Husky Frolics At Laguna Beach

A Siberian Husky Snoozes in the Sun on Sunday Morning

Siberian Husky Maura Wants to Play With This Ball We Found On Our Morning Walk

Cute Animal Video: Maura the Siberian Husky Vs 3 Birds at the Park

Cute Animal Video: An Installment of Siberian Husky Batman Ear Vision

3 Videos of Siberian Husky Maura Running at Noon, Evening, and Before Sunrise

4 Videos of Maura the Siberian Husky Inaugurates a New Feature

I Suspect Some Tasty Food Still Remains On Your Fingers

Siberian Husky Whines and Complains At Bath Time

Cats

What Ivan The Cat Used to Do When I Needed to Get My Work Done

3 Kittens Sucking on Their Bottles

Dogs and Cats Together

When Dogs Annoy Cats With Friendship

Bunnies

A Bunny Chews His Pellets

Ferret

The Ferret Who Ate Too Many Christmas Cookies

 

Wild Animals

Hilarious: Animals Talking With British Accents

Stay Warm with ‘Awwwwwww’: 5 Cute Baby Animal Photos

Porcupines

The Talking Porcupine Likes Pumpkins

Birds

Peregrine Falcons

Video From Flying on the Back of Dora, a Peregrine Falcon

A Bird’s Eye View As a Peregrine Falcon Strikes

Penguins

I Challenge You Not To Laugh At These Penguins On The Ice

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Funny Chihuahua in Rome Trying to Dig Into the Sofa

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

Today PJ Lifestyle begins a new feature in the style of PJ Lifestyle Sunshine, another byline collecting and organizing images and videos around the web. The series now upgrades to a global approach, beginning a series of lists organized by animals and location. Please send in pics and videos of your pets and online favorites. 

The collection so far, future installments will strive to match up videos with their locations:

Pets

Dogs

5 Dogs on Youtube Who Really Need to Get it Together

Sweet

A Formerly Blind Dog Squeals in Delight When Seeing His Owners After Surgery

Pranks

Hilarious Mutant Giant Spider Dog Prank

Funny

A Dog Wearing an AT-AT Walker Costume From Empire Strikes Back

VIDEO: Cute Dog Vs Darth Vader

Pit Bulls

This Sweet Video Shows The Truth About Pit Bulls

Siberian Huskies

Baby and Siberian Husky Have Conversation

Lakota Gives A Dog-Hug To His Dad Every Night

You Won’t Believe What This Husky Says When It’s Time to Go in His Kennel…

Is This Shoplifting Dog A Siberian Husky?

VIDEO: Siberian Husky Gymnastics

Border Collie

VIDEO: A Very Determined, Hilarious Dog Wants to Play Fetch With a Statue

Vizsla

VIDEO: Meet the Colorado/Wyoming Vizsla Rescue Group

Pomeranian

The Ice Shaking In the Cup Makes The Pomeranian Want to Play

Maura the Siberian Husky in Los Angeles

The Siberian Husky has Found a New Spot to Troll for Hidden Treats & Lost Treasures…

3 Siberian Husky Playtime Hyperlapse Videos Set to Classic ’60s Songs

What Should I Film The Siberian Husky Maura Doing?

Close-Up of Siberian Husky Squeaking Her Ball

No! It’s My Ball! You Cannot Have It!

The Siberian Husky Can Be Very Persuasive When She Wants to Run At the Park

A Siberian Husky Listening to Ann Coulter on Dennis Prager Last Week

‘Little Puppet Made of Pine, Awake. The Gift of Life is Thine.’

A Siberian Husky Frolics At Laguna Beach

A Siberian Husky Snoozes in the Sun on Sunday Morning

Siberian Husky Maura Wants to Play With This Ball We Found On Our Morning Walk

Cute Animal Video: Maura the Siberian Husky Vs 3 Birds at the Park

Cute Animal Video: An Installment of Siberian Husky Batman Ear Vision

3 Videos of Siberian Husky Maura Running at Noon, Evening, and Before Sunrise

4 Videos of Maura the Siberian Husky Inaugurates a New Feature

I Suspect Some Tasty Food Still Remains On Your Fingers

Siberian Husky Whines and Complains At Bath Time

Cats

What Ivan The Cat Used to Do When I Needed to Get My Work Done

3 Kittens Sucking on Their Bottles

Dogs and Cats Together

When Dogs Annoy Cats With Friendship

Bunnies

A Bunny Chews His Pellets

Ferret

The Ferret Who Ate Too Many Christmas Cookies

 

Wild Animals

Hilarious: Animals Talking With British Accents

Stay Warm with ‘Awwwwwww’: 5 Cute Baby Animal Photos

Porcupines

The Talking Porcupine Likes Pumpkins

Birds

Peregrine Falcons

Video From Flying on the Back of Dora, a Peregrine Falcon

A Bird’s Eye View As a Peregrine Falcon Strikes

Penguins

I Challenge You Not To Laugh At These Penguins On The Ice

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The Siberian Husky has Found a New Spot to Troll for Hidden Treats & Lost Treasures…

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

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What Should I Film The Siberian Husky Maura Doing?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

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Do You Prefer Cats Or Dogs? Or Does Another Pet Bring You More Joy?

Friday, September 26th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

From yesterday’s discussion question, “What Is Your Favorite Candy?“:

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Baby and Siberian Husky Have Conversation

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

Via PetFlow Blog, hat tip to Kathy Shaidle.

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The Returning Soldier Initiative: Matching Vets and Rescue Dogs

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

DOG STORY

I love love love love love this:

The Returning Soldier Initiative matches the experience and training of our returning military veterans with the nose of a search and rescue dog. SAR dog teams volunteer in your community to save lives. Together with Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States our returning soldiers are given prospective search dogs that are then trained to look for lost and missing people. Many of our returning veterans are former military dog handlers that are wanting to continue to work with dogs as they transition back into civilian life. These special men and women still want to find a way to serve our communities.

We need your help to fund the launch of this project. Crowdsourcing works when many give as little as $30. Help us put a puppy in the hands of a soldier, help us train them to find missing people and help us support our soldiers as they come home.

I’m kicking in just as soon as I’m done writing this post, and I hope you’ll consider doing the same.

If you need a reminder about how important programs like this are, check out this 2012 piece about a wounded Marine and his dog.

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cross-posted from Vodkapundit

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The 10 Most Amazing Pet Home Birth Videos

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

[WARNING: Graphic videos below!! Nature isn't always pretty.]

Public service announcement: If you’re considering an exotic pet, please do your research. There are millions of pets in rescues because of impulse purchases by owners who had no idea what they were getting into. If you’re still set on getting an exotic pet after you’ve done your research, consider adopting one from a rescue organization.  

The miracle of birth — it’s awe-inspiring and at the same time terribly gruesome. Anyone who has ever witnessed a live birth must at some point wonder how any thinking creature can choose to go through such an ordeal. Fortunately, our animal friends, including our beloved pets, spend exactly no time contemplating whether childbearing is worth the time and effort. As much as we’d like to imagine a more cuddly, loving narrative, they procreate because they must, not because they desire to create a beautiful family. Those same powerful instincts allow them to (mostly) give birth without human intervention. However, as evidenced by most of these home videos of pets giving births, the humans can almost never resist the urge to lend a hand. Nevertheless, despite their midwifery duties, many individuals have managed to capture some excellent footage of their pets giving birth.

Here are the 10 Most Amazing Pet Home Birth Videos:

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3 Videos I Shot This Morning Of Our Siberian Husky Transfixed By Squirrels

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

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A Formerly Blind Dog Squeals in Delight When Seeing His Owners After Surgery

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

Hat tip Eonline.com / April

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This Sweet Video Shows The Truth About Pit Bulls

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

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Hat tip: Petflow Blog and April.

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Lakota Gives A Dog-Hug To His Dad Every Night

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

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Hat tip to PetFlow and April

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3 Adorable Photos of Our Beloved Siberian Husky Taking Her Afternoon Nap

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

The #siberianhusky #maura takes her afternoon nap.

Dennis Prager’s column of course hit close to home today: “Pope Francis: Pets Can’t Replace Children“:

Pope Francis said something so important last week that it will either be widely ignored or widely disparaged.

The pope criticized “these marriages, in which the spouses do not want children, in which the spouses want to remain without fertility. This culture of well-being … convinced us: It’s better not to have children! It’s better! You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside; you can be carefree. It might be better — more comfortable — to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog.”

He is right. More than ever before, young men and women in most affluent Western countries (and Russia) have decided not to have children. Instead, many shower love and attention on dogs and cats. Ask many young women — married or single — if they have any children, and if they do not, you are likely to be told, “I have two cats” or “I have two dogs.” There are authors whose book jacket photo shows them with their dog or cat.

In much of the West, animals are the new children.

He’s right. Read the whole thing.

My wife and I are of course guilty as charged. But there’s another way to look at it too.

Not that pets have to necessarily be a permanent substitute for children, but rather, a kind of kids-training wheels. My friend and colleague Rhonda Robinson suggested this to me years ago when we were first beginning our collaborations. Rhonda’s a super-mom with 10 (it’s 10, right, Rhonda?) kids and I don’t recall how many grand-kids so far and she’s just full of wisdom and life observations.

And she very much got it right, here. Our Siberian Husky Maura turned five this year (easy to remember since she’s the same age as our marriage.) Over the years Maura has been a strong factor in shifting me from the “kind of maybe want to be a parent” to the “YES. Need to be a dad” mindset.

I just don’t think there’s a rush. Better to wait until after the war is won before starting a family. Today is akin to 1938 and I’d rather wait until 1951 or so and would be more than content to adopt…

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Do Medical Experiments on Animals Really Yield Meaningful Results?

Monday, June 9th, 2014 - by Theodore Dalrymple

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As long as men have experimented upon animals to gain knowledge of physiology or pathology there have been others who have decried the practice. Among them was Doctor Johnson, who said of vivisection that “if the knowledge of physiology has been somewhat increased [by it], he surely buys knowledge dear, who learns the use of lacteals at the expense of his humanity.”

Doctor Johnson argued that the cure of not a single medical condition had been discovered by the use of animal experimentation, and even if that is no longer the case there are nevertheless those who maintain that the benefits of animal research are small by comparison with their cost in the suffering of sentient beings that such research entails.

Two authors in a recent edition of the British Medical Journal, one of them an eminent epidemiologist and the other a sociologist, attempt to answer the question of whether or not animal research is a boon to medicine. Their conclusion is that it is much less so than is commonly supposed, and in some cases it is actually harmful. Since the only possible moral defense of vivisection is that it promotes medical advance, it should be stopped if it does not.

The authors point out that, according to a survey of medical scientists who perform animal experimentation, more are motivated by a desire to advance knowledge or careers than by a desire to help suffering humanity, and are actually rather indifferent to the practical use or otherwise of their work.

This is perhaps just as well, at least for their own peace of mind, because the practical value to patients of most animal experimentation is nil. This is for more than one reason.

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VIDEO: A Very Determined, Hilarious Dog Wants to Play Fetch With a Statue

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

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You Won’t Believe What This Husky Says When It’s Time to Go in His Kennel…

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

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10 Cute Siberian Husky Videos From My Collection

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

My wife does a better job of translating Huskyese than me but I’ll attempt to offer approximations of what Maura seems to be saying in each of the videos…

April 27, 2014:

1. “I love you.”

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When Dogs Annoy Cats With Friendship

Monday, April 28th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Global Cute Animal Videos

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A Cute Kitty Inspires Pluto to Listen to His Inner Demon

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

From Jaynie 1 commenting on yesterday’s cartoon:

The pirate attack on the teeny little mermaid was nasty indeed.My suggestion, not Silly Symphony, is Disney’s Lend a Paw (1941 I think) in which Pluto is coached by his devil self and his angel self whether to “save that kitty!”

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Have Dogs Replaced Children For Today’s Women?

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - by Helen Smith

What?!

I saw this NY Post article (via Drudge) about women having dogs instead of having kids:

America’s next generation of youngsters should be called “Generation Rex.”

If you’re wondering why playgrounds around the city are so quiet and dog runs are packed, a new report has an answer: More and more US women are forgoing motherhood and getting their maternal kicks by owning handbag-size canines.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that a big drop in the number of babies born to women ages 15 to 29 corresponds with a huge increase in the number of tiny pooches owned by young US women, reports the business-news site Quartz….

“I’d rather have a dog over a kid,” declared Sara Foster, 30, a Chelsea equities trader who says her French bulldog, Maddie, brings her more joy than a child.

“It’s just less work and, honestly, I have more time to go out. You . . . don’t have to get a baby sitter.”

The federal data behind the report show that over the past seven years, the number of live births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 29 in America has plunged 9 percent.

Given that fewer and fewer men want to marry, I wonder how much of this dog substitute for a child is because fewer men want to marry and there are fewer choices for partners for women? Or have women just bought into the feminist propaganda that life with a dog is just better? Maybe it is for now, but will it always be?

This article says that “in the U.S., 40 percent of women near the end of their childbearing years have fewer children than they would like”:

So what’s driving this gap between ideal and actual family size? Among others things, delays in childbearing, which may be caused by increases in educational attainment, or by the lack of a suitable partner, may play a role. Starting childbearing at a later age means that there are fewer years for a woman to meet her fertility ideals, plus it increases the risk of age-related infertility.

Are women really happy being dog owners for life or is it a phase? What about when they are 40? Will Fluffy be enough?

A spoiled #siberianhusky #maura and her defeated #yoda #starwars toy this morning after a good run.

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Cross-posted from Dr. Helen’s blog

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