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November 11, 2019
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How one senior dog's joy sparked a rescue movement
Alice Mayn's chance meeting with 12-year-old golden retriever Lily in 2007 taught her the joy that comes from caring for older dogs, no matter how brief the time together turns out to be. The relationship led Mayn to found Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, which earlier this month brought together 10 other senior dog rescues to highlight the benefits of adopting older dogs.
Today (11/6) 
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What Are The Top 3 Drivers Of Veterinary Purchasing Decisions?
Clients see the veterinarian as the face of the drug or equipment their pet is using. In this paper learn how quality, cost, and trust guide most of the purchasing decisions that lead veterinarians to a sale. Read the full report.
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Reward training best for dogs, study suggests
Reward training best for dogs, study suggests
Using negative reinforcement or punishment as a training method for dogs could have long-lasting effects on their mental health, a study published on preprint server bioRxiv suggests. "Our results show that companion dogs trained using aversive-based methods experienced poorer welfare as compared to companion dogs trained using reward-based methods, at both the short- and the long-term level," researchers say.
ScienceAlert (Australia) (11/7) 
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Smartphone videos can help veterinarians diagnose pain in cats
Pain may be even harder to diagnose in cats than in dogs because hormones released during veterinary exams, when cats tend to be nervous or frightened, temporarily relieve pain, writes veterinarian Perry Jameson. Cat owners should tell their veterinarian if they notice any changes in their cat's behavior or habits, but it can also be helpful if owners capture and share smartphone video of the suspect behavior with their veterinarian, Dr. Jameson writes.
The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (11/8) 
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Speech pathologist's dog communicates words with sound board
Speech pathologist Christina Hunger developed a sound board that her Catahoula and blue heeler mix dog, Stella, uses to communicate. The dog presses buttons with her paws to indicate her owners' names, different activities and basic emotions, and Stella can string words together to form short sentences.
The Daily Dot (11/6) 
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Top Trends and Product News
Mark Cuban makes another pet product investment
Mark Cuban makes another pet product investment
Cuban (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban has agreed to invest $250,000 for a 25% stake startup Dog Threads, whose founders Scott and Gina Davis make Hawaiian shirts, sweaters and flannels for dogs. Earlier this year, Cuban invested $550,000 in Wild Earth, which makes vegan dog treats.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (11/11) 
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Texas woman wins $35,000 "Unsung Hero" award from Petco
Kayla Denney has brought the euthanasia rate at an animal shelter in Taft, Texas, from nearly 100% to zero since taking over management a year ago. Petco named Denney its 2019 National Unsung Hero and awarded her $25,000 on top of $10,000 awarded when Denney made the list of finalists.
KZTV-TV (Corpus Christi, Texas) (11/6) 
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Nonprofit teams veterans with support dogs
Maine-based nonprofit K9s on the Front Line pairs veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries with service dogs who offer both practical physical help and emotional support. Veterans and the dogs they're paired with take weekly training classes taught by police offers who also train police dogs.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (tiered subscription model) (11/10) 
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Regulatory & Government Issues
More tigers live in captivity than in the wild
More tigers live in captivity than in the wild
The US Fish & Wildlife Service reports that there are between 3,200 and 3,500 tigers in the wild around the world, but at least 5,000 in captivity in the US. A patchwork of federal, state and county laws govern ownership of dangerous animals, and there's no way to know exactly how many wild animals are in captivity or where they're located.
The Guardian (London) (11/10) 
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Pet Break
The Dallas Cowboys add a black cat to the team
The Dallas Cowboys add a black cat to the team
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The cat that halted the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game last week is now the "MVP Rally Cat" according to the Cowboys' Twitter feed. The tweet announced the black cat as a starter in their next game against the Vikings, but it didn't bring Dallas any luck.
CNN (11/10) 
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