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May 26, 2017
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Were humans breeding sled dogs 9,000 years ago?
Were humans breeding sled dogs 9,000 years ago?
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Research scheduled for publication in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports suggests that the hunter-gatherers of Zhokhov Island, which was once connected to mainland Siberia, may have been breeding dogs to pull sleds 9,000 years ago. A team from the Russian Academy of Sciences compared skulls from that era with those of Siberian huskies and wolves, finding the hunter-gatherers lived alongside dogs and as well as a probable wolf-dog hybrid, and they say their work suggests the dogs were bred for sledding, while the hybrid may have been used to hunt polar bears.
Science online (5/26) 
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Veterinarian partners with ZenCrate for clinical studies
Veterinarian partners with ZenCrate for clinical studies
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Veterinarian Lisa Radosta, who is also a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, has partnered with ZenCrate to study the company's product for dogs that experience noise- and storm-related anxiety. The crate includes an orthopedic bed, music, sound insulation and a fan, and it is Wi-Fi-enabled so owners can check on their pets.
Pet Product News (5/25) 
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Marmoset vocal development parallels that of humans, study finds
Princeton University researchers published a study in Current Biology showing that vocal development in marmoset monkeys, a species that primarily relies on vocalizations for communication, parallels pre-linguistic development human infants. As with humans, the marmoset infants that received consistent vocal feedback developed calls that resembled adult vocalizations more quickly than marmoset infants that did not get as much feedback.
ScienceDaily (5/25) 
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Animal News
Japanese yew: Lovely to look at, but deadly for animals
Veterinarian Jennifer Ramsey, who works for the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department, says the Japanese yew is a potentially deadly addition to landscaping, and it often tempts wild animals in poor condition when food is still sparse after a rough winter. The plant rapidly kills even healthy animals, and some landscapers have stopped using the plant in their work.
WHYY-TV/WHYY-FM (Philadelphia) (5/25) 
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Shelter dog with no adoption prospects becomes first pit bull K9 in Ohio
Leonard, a sweet, active 1-year-old pit bull, was found as a stray and taken to the Union County Humane Society in Marysville, Ohio, where staff determined his focus on finding items made him an unlikely candidate for adoption. However, Executive Director Jim Alloway thought the dog's search drive would make him perfect for police work, so Leonard was trained and recently became the first pit bull in the state to be certified as a K9 officer, and he'll work alongside Clay Township Police Chief Terry Mitchell to keep the area drug-free.
CBS News (5/24) 
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Why a dog is pictured in this high school's yearbook
There's a photo of a Labrador retriever among the student pictures in a Fredericksburg, Va., high school's yearbook. Alpha the diabetes service dog monitors 16-year-old AJ Schalk for dangerous spikes or drops in blood sugar thanks to a community effort to raise the $25,000 needed to train the dog, and school principal Joseph Lewis said the dog "is just a part of everyday school life here at Stafford High School, as much as any student is."
ABC News (5/25) 
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How to make difficult conversations less difficult
Avoiding difficult conversations with employees or colleagues can only lead to further problems. Leadership coach Joel Garfinkle offers pointers on how to lessen the discomfort, emphasizing the need to show respect and listen to the other person.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (5/24) 
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AVMA Today
Cancer in pets: Know the signs
Pets today have a better chance of being successfully treated for neoplasia and cancer than they did before, thanks to advances in early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. Do you know the signs? View AVMA's "Cancer in pets" webpage.
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