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A woman's dog died, and doctors say her heart literally broke

Joanie Simpson woke early one morning with a terrible backache. Her chest started hurting when she turned over.
Within 20 minutes, she was at a local emergency room. Soon she was being airlifted to a hospital in Houston, where physicians were preparing to receive a patient exhibiting the classic signs of a heart attack.
But tests at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute -Texas Medical Center revealed something very different. Doctors instead diagnosed Simpson with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a condition with symptoms that mimic heart attacks. It usually occurs following an emotional event such as the loss of a spouse or child. That link has given the illness its more colloquial name: broken-heart syndrome.
In Simpson’s case, the event that she says tipped her over the edge was the recent death of her beloved Yorkshire terrier, Meha.
“I was close to inconsolable,” she said. “I really took it really, really hard.”
Simpson’s 2016 experience is described this week in the New England Journal of Medicine — not because of the dog’s role, according to one of her doctors, Abhishek Maiti, but because hers was a “very concise, elegant case” of a fascinating condition that research has established as quite real and sometimes fatal. Although not the first published case linking broken-heart syndrome to stress over a pet’s death, it underscores something many animal owners take as a given: that grieving for sick or deceased pets can be as gutting as grieving for humans.

...more in The Washington Post - New England Journal of Medicine



Good samaritan rescued from Thames after saving struggling dog


A good Samaritan who jumped into the River Thames to help rescue a struggling dog also ended up being plucked to safety.
The RNLI responded to reports of a dog in the river near Westminster Bridge.
As the lifeboat neared the scene they were told a member of the public had entered the water to try to save the dog.
Footage shows the lifeboat arriving to see a man stood on the rescue chains with the dog in his hands.
...more in The Telegraph



Walnut the Whippet last walk in his 18 years of life


... more in BBC - The Telegraph - The Independent - The Guardian



Pet owners warned of deadly foxtail grass threat to dogs

Pet owners are being warned of deadly seed infections this summer as the changeable British weather has brought an abundance of long grass.
Foxtail grass has covered fields and parks after warm temperatures in May and June saw it seeding after being held back by cooler conditions in March and April.
The seeds - shaped like darts - can penetrate a dog's skin or enter body cavities and burrow deeper, causing painful, and potentially lethal, tissue damage and infection.

... read the full article in The Telegraph


All UK dogs must now be microchipped as new laws come into force

More than a million dogs in the UK are yet to be microchipped ... [+]

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Dog owners should ignore the new microchipping law, says senior vet: 'Most of the serious adverse reactions (including death) have been in puppies and small breeds' ... [+]



'Diesel' dies in heroic duty to catch terrorists in Paris suburb of Saint Denis


Authorities in France confirm that a Belgian police female dog was killed in Wednesday morning's raid targeting the suspected mastermind of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.
The National Police said in a tweet that a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois named Diesel, a SWAT team assault dog, was "killed by terrorists" during the raid in Saint-Denis. Also 5 policemen were injured...

...more information: Eyes Witness News - BBC - Le Parisien - L'Express - 'Diesel, morte pour la France'
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Así ayudan los perros a atrapar terroristas Una pastor belga ha muerto tiroteada en la operación de Saint-Denis. Los agentes caninos galos son los primeros en entrar en asaltos... [+]




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Pas de repas de réveillon pour les animaux
[Christmas food harmful for your dog and pets]

Chocolat, saumon fumé, foie gras, ail... Autant d'aliments festifs qui peuvent être très toxiques pour les animaux.
Si votre chien se lèche les babines devant du chocolat, «il faut résister à la tentation de lui en donner», prévient la vétérinaire Céline Moussour. Chocolat, marrons, saumon fumé dont nous nous régalons à Noël peuvent provoquer des intoxications chez les animaux et, dans les cas les plus graves, entraîner la mort. Il faut de même être attentif à certaines plantes décoratives qui sont elles aussi toxiques. Les vétérinaires alertent sur tous ces produits nocifs pour les animaux qui peuvent gâcher le réveillon.
...Les pancréatites sont aussi très nombreuses à Noël. Il s'agit d'une «grosse inflammation du pancréas due à la consommation de foie gras mais aussi des intoxications à l'ail, l'oignon et au raisin» explique Laurent Gouardo, vétérinaire urgentiste à l'École vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort (Val-de-Marne). «J'ai soigné un chien souffrant d'une pancréatite car sa maîtresse lui avait cuisiné un poulet à l'ail», se rappelle-t-il.
... more [in French] Le Figaro
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Dog theft needs government action, says parliamentary group: MPs and peers are urging the government to do more to tackle organised dog theft... [+]

DogLost.co.uk - The National Database for Lost and Found Dogs.

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Blind man credits dog Orlando with saving his life on NYC train tracks, but has no money to care for his dog


Gallant guide dog Orlando was just doing his duty.
The black Lab bravely leapt on to the tracks at a Manhattan subway platform Tuesday after his blind owner lost consciousness and tumbled in front of an oncoming train.
Cecil Williams, 61, and Orlando both escaped serious injury when the train passed over top of them - a miraculous end to a harrowing ordeal that began when Williams began to feel faint on his way to the dentist.
"He tried to hold me up," the emotional Williams told The Associated Press from his hospital bed, his voice breaking at times.
Witnesses said Orlando began barking frantically and tried to stop Williams from falling from the platform. Matthew Martin told the New York Post that Orlando jumped down and tried to rouse Williams even as a train approached.
"He was kissing him, trying to get him to move," Martin said.
... more in MNSBC - BBC - El Mundo - Time US



A dog survived the Oklahoma tornado that killed many people and destroyed a town


Barbara Garcia, a survivor of the massive tornado that struck an Oklahoma City suburb, found her dog buried alive under the rubble during her interview with CBS News' Anna Werner.
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Oklahoma tornado: Search for survivors nears end ... [+]

In Spanish: Un milagro en directo en Oklahoma ... [+]



Is your dog happy to see you? Look at its eyebrows to find out

While most dog owners will recognise their pet’s wagging tail as a sign of joy, they may also want to pay more attention to their animal’s face the next time they walk in through the front door.
Animal behaviour experts have found the animals’ emotions are betrayed by specific facial movements that can reveal whether your dog really is pleased to see you.
Using high-speed cameras, the researchers tracked the changes in the faces of dogs in the moments they were reunited with their owners or when meeting a stranger for the first time.
... [+]



new Pedestrian Bridge project over Ravensburne and Thames rivers junction


...more information at the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council



Dog owners warned to keep Easter eggs out of reach of their pets as chocolate could kill them ... [+]



Alaska annual Iditarod dog race along 1000 miles


... more in AlJazeera



Dog 'saved life' of missing Polish girl

Firefighters in Poland say a small dog probably saved the life of a three-year-old who went missing from her home overnight in freezing temperatures.
The child, Julia, vanished on Friday and was found lying in marshes several kilometres from her house on Saturday morning, with the dog by her side.
She is now in hospital in western Poland, suffering from frostbite after temperatures fell to -5C (23F).
Firefighter Grzegorz Szymanski said the dog kept the child warm enough to live.
"For the whole night the animal was with the girl, it never left her. Remember, it was 5 degrees below zero and the child was wet," he said, adding that the animal was the most important factor in the girl's survival... [+]



Whale vomit discovered by a dog could spell fortune for Briton
If proven to be ambergris, a valuable substance in perfumes, find could be worth thousands of dollars.

Ambergris, the more savoury term for whale vomit, has been used in perfumes for centuries and appears in the classic American novel Moby Dick.
Now this rare substance, produced only by sperm whales, could make one British beachcomber a lot of money

...more in AlJazeera



John Unger and his friend Schoep

'He saved my life... I just want to help him in return': Owner of sick dog whose picture touched the nation's hearts reveals how loyal companion stopped him from suicide...
The man pictured lulling his arthritic dog to sleep in Lake Superior has revealed that his dog Schoep saved him from the brink of suicide.
John Unger, 49, adopted the dog with his ex-fiancée 19 years ago, but after the relationship ended, Mr Unger fought a desperate despair.
The companionship of his trusty rescue dog gave Mr Unger the courage to go on, saying : 'I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t have Schoep with me. I just want to do whatever I can for this dog.'
The water soothes the animal's pain, Mr Unger said, allowing him to sleep.
Mr Unger's good friend Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, who is a professional photographer, captured the heartbreaking moment between the man and his aging rescue dog in Wisconsin when Mr Unger thought his best friend was at the end of his life.
But thanks to the generosity of strangers, the MailOnline can reveal that thousands of dollars have been donated to Schoep's medical care, allowing the pair more time together than they ever imagined.

...more in The Daily Mail - News.com.au - News Channel - La Nacion



Xiaosa, a stray dog who runs 1,700 Kms to Tibet with Chinese cyclists

A stray dog has completed a 1700km journey across China after joining a cycle race from Sichuan province to Tibet.
The dog, nicknamed "Xiaosa", joined the cyclists after one of them gave him food.
He ran with them for 20 days, covering up to 60km a day, and climbing 12 mountains.
Cyclist Xiao Yong started a blog about Xiaosa's adventures, which had attracted around 40,000 fans by the end of the race.

...more in the BBC



The Cutty Sark returns
to the Royal Borough of Greenwich
Opening by HM the Queen
Wednesday 25th April morning




Royal barge Gloriana launched on River Thames in London ... [+]



Enjoy nature & animals in the heart of London

Visit with your dog the London City Farms


...more information: Mudchute Farm - Hackney Farm - Kentish Town Farm - Vauxhall Farm - Surrey Docks Farm - Belmont Children's Farm - Lee Valley Park Farms - Spitafields City Farm - Stepney City Farm - Newham City Farm



A piece of propaganda for the UK Kennel Club:
"Dogs - A Healthy Future"
- when all is needed to protect dogs from reckless breeding is a law by Parliament


This film, narrated by Clare Balding, looks at the issues affecting dog health and wellbeing in the UK and what is being done in 2012 to help ensure that dog welfare stays at the top of the agenda.
'Dogs -- A Healthy Future', focuses on the main issues that affect dog health and welfare, including hereditary diseases, issues created by breeding dogs for the way that they look and the problem of cruel puppy farms that breed dogs for profit without regard for their health and welfare.
The film explores the steps that have already been taken to address these issues and the need for united action in order to ensure that the progress continues in 2012.



Why do people rush in to rescue their dogs from water?

The tale of dog owners taking extraordinary risks to save their furry friends from freezing or fast flowing water is a familiar story.
But the dangers of owners falling into distress after desperate rescue attempts are equally well documented.
"Woman and dog pulled from river", "Owner tried to save dog from sea", "Man dies after dog rescue attempt off Brighton beach" are headlines from the last couple of years alone.
And according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa), on average there are seven animal rescue-related deaths in the UK a year.

Animals are actually more resilient than humans believe - they can deal with cold for longer than humans, and in most of the cases when people have gone in to rescue a dog, it has got out safely a few minutes later, the charity says.

...more in the BBC
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Tillman the Skateboarding dog



A faithful dog keeps watch over dead owner's graveside

A dog in China who was the only companion to a single resident has refused to leave him even after his death.
Lao Pan, 68, died earlier this month in the village of Panjiatun.
His dog was found later at his grave, refusing to leave even after seven days without food.

Watch in the BBC's Xiaoyun Yao's report.



Loyal Dog stays by deceased owner's side



Liger cubs nursed by dog in China zoo

Two liger cubs - a cross between a male lion and a female tiger - are being nursed by a dog at a zoo in Weihai, eastern China.
Four cubs were born at the Xixiakou Wildlife Zoo earlier this month but only two survived.
The mother stopped feeding the cubs after a few days so the dog, which had recently had its own puppies, was enlisted to help.

...more in the BBC



Loyal Dog Won't Leave Injured Friend Behind


...more in GlobalAnimal.org



Husky sings with baby





This photo of me, Argos, was taken in 2008, when I was still a puppy,
living at Siddharta House,
while my new home was in the making.