Twilight Star Kellan Lutz Supports North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty

Actor Kellan Lutz, who will soon be seen on the big screen in the final installment of the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn- Part Two, is helping the effort to create the dawn of a new day in animal…

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Measuring Intelligence in Dogs

Everyone wants to have smart kids, right? And most dog owners would like to have smart dogs. But understand that measuring intelligence in dogs is not a simple task.

Whether a dog is considered to be smart or dumb depends upon certain characteristics of the animal’s behavior. Obviously Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein was intelligent. He had to be or he could not have developed his Theory of Relativity which required mathematical brilliance. Yet he was so bad at simple arithmetic that he could never balance his own checkbook.

Intelligence can be measured in many ways. In human beings, verbal ability, numerical ability, logical reasoning, and memory are considered measurable degrees of intelligence. Intelligence in dogs also can be determined in measurable degrees. Instinctive intelligence refers to what a dog was bred for. For example, herding dogs were bred to herd animals. Their ability to round up sheep or cows, keep them grouped together, and drive them in a specific path is inborn. Human intervention is only required to keep the dogs under control and give them direction.

Different dog breeds have different types of inherent intelligence. Guard dogs are bred to guard people or things; retrievers retrieve; hounds track; pointers sniff out birds and indicate their location by pointing; and companion dogs are attuned to human moods. Every dog has an inbred intelligence of some sort, and to make comparisons of which is the smartest breed is really not possible because each breed has different abilities.

Another measure of intelligence in dogs is called adaptive intelligence. This is an indication of what a dog can learn to do for itself. Adaptive intelligence includes learning from experience with the environment and using that information to solve new problems. This type of intelligence can vary among individual dogs of the same breed. For example, all German Shepherds have the same instinctive intelligence, and most are quite intelligent but occasionally you will find one that seems totally clueless and continues making the same mistakes over and over again. The difference between a “smart” dog and a “dumb” dog of the same breed is the difference in adaptive intelligence.

When humans think of dog intelligence they think of highly trained animals like police dogs, guide dogs for the blind, hearing assistance dogs, or search-and-rescue dogs. A dog that responds properly to its master’s commands leads us to believe that we are viewing the peak of dog intelligence. When a dog responds to a command and appears to understand what a human is communicating, it is simply demonstrating one of the important characteristics of its intelligence. If dogs did not respond to human instructions, they wouldn’t be capable of performing the tasks that we expect of them and they would never have been domesticated. This type of intelligence is referred to as “working and obedience” intelligence. It’s the closest thing to what we as humans consider to be school-learning ability.

The top 10 dogs in terms of “working and obedience” intelligence are, in order: Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Shetland Sheepdog, Labrador Retriever, Papillon, Rottweiler, Australian Cattle Dog.

While a smart dog will learn everything that you want it to know, it will also learn everything that it can get away with. This means you may have to spend much more time “civilizing” your clever dog so it will learn and remember the limits of behavior you have set for it.

When it comes to measuring intelligence in dogs, every dog has an instinctive intelligence for which it was bred, and some dogs considered lower in intelligence have other qualities. Every year People magazine has a special issue featuring “The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” They have never had an issue featuring “The 50 Most Intelligent People in the World.” If we consider “beautiful” to be one of the most important characteristics of humans, then the same should apply to dogs. And beauty is always in the eye of the beholder – in this case – the one who owns the dog.

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Get your puppy and kitten fix here. One day only.

Every little kid who wants to be a vet someday says it’s because they love puppies and kittens and think we get to play with them all day. And then we smile, trying not to look too discouraging, as we encourage their dream while thinking of all the cancer euthanasias, anal sac abscesses, and “it-just-started-yesterday-I-swear” 10 centimeter pedunculated, bloody masses.

Some people thrive on all that stuff. Me, I never got beyond the 10 year old version of being a vet. I like preventive care. I like seeing and maintaining health more than I do fixing it once it’s broken. That is boring to some, but it’s what I enjoy. And when I was in Granada with World Vets, my favorite afternoons were the ones we spent doing impromptu street clinics for the outlying neighborhoods, because guess what we got to see?

Healthy pets. Puppies and kittens galore. And we got to do treatments to keep them healthy, and this made me very happy. Preventive care and humane education are crucial to this type of program’s success, and they give us an excellent excuse to go and interact with gaggles of fluffy awesomeness.



Teensy, tiny tongues slay me.


Yeah man, it’s cool, just getting a rabies vaccine. It’s all good.


Why yes, I did know rabies was a zoonotic disease. This is good to know.


All right, who ate frijoles for breakfast?


Lion King auditions are next week, ok, Simba? Simmer down.


Thanks, Dr. Lester.


Let me reward you for your service by being exceptionally adorable.

Yes, I agree, it’s weird that we haven’t seen any- hey, what’s in the bag?


Kittens, that’s what.


No one can resist a kitten. This is why they rule the universe.

Stare deep into my eyes….yes, you’re getting sleepy….yes, you reach for that can of tuna….

I’ll be just as cute in the States as I am here. Thank for adopting me.


Now excuse me while I go take a nap in your pocket.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Tick-Tock vs. Louis (260/365)

A few nice Tick images I found:

Tick-Tock vs. Louis (260/365)

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Tick-Tock: Hungry crocodile in Neverland who swallowed a noisy alarm clock and the hand of the pirate Captain Hook and who spends his time tracking Hook’s ship, the Jolly Roger.

Louis: Frustrated musician and alligator from New Orleans who wants to play trumpet in a jazz band and who helps the frogs Prince Naveen and Tiana on their journey to become human again.

If they had to fight, who would win?

#260 in the Duel 365 series.

Deer Tick Bite 3

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The Bite after the doctor removed the tick head.

Blacklegged Tick

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The black-legged or deer tick (pictured above) is the only tick that transmits the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Tick activity is seasonal, with higher tick activity in the spring and summer.

Ticks can attach to any part of the human body but are often found in hard-to-see areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36-48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted.

Conduct tick checks after working or playing in tick-infested areas and remove any ticks you find promptly. Only infected ticks transmit disease and not all ticks are infected.

Learn more about ticks and Lyme disease at

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Feb 19, Dog Digestion Differences to Chew On | Best Dog Food Guide

Chew on some important differences in human versus dog digestion systems. An understanding of these can help you making a difference from surviving to thriving of your canine companion.
Dog Food Blog | Best Dog Food Guide

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Dog Takes Cat-Sitting Job Quite Seriously [PHOTO]

Dog takes cat-sitting too literally

The Daily Treat: Animal Planet

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Help Pets for Vets on Labor Day

Looking for a chance to do something good for our countries veterans and their dogs? Here’s a simple way to help. Pet Peeps, a pet sitting company in Washington DC, will donate $ 500 to Pets 4 Vets, who provide service dogs to veterans, if 250 likes for the Pet Peeps Facebook page are gained on [...] Dog Blog

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No Box Is Too Small For Bo The Box Sitter [VIDEO]

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We know cats, like Maru, love fitting into tiny boxes. But bulldogs?! Bo is one bold bulldog who doesn't let his size get in the way of his box sitting ventures. To Bo, every box is one size fits all.

Watch Bo contort, pull, and wiggle his way into a teeny box. Totes adorbs!



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