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Pause for Paws » News http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk Entertaining and educating pet lovers Sun, 04 Oct 2015 23:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.20 Dogs bring smiles to children http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/12/dogs-bring-smiles-to-children/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/12/dogs-bring-smiles-to-children/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2005 15:26:01 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/12/dogs-bring-smiles-to-children/ The Arizona Republic tells the tale of the kids at a hospital whose time is improved by the presence of the hospital pets. “They need a little happiness because, let’s face it, the hospital can be boring, boring, boring.”

I’m not to keen on the idea of parading dogs up and down in costume. I think dressing up pets is odd. Another thing I disagree about in the article is: “Nobody had an illness cured. Nobody got to go home sooner. There were no miracles. But for a little while, a whole bunch of kids got to have a little bit of fun.”

I wouldn’t be too sure about that, I’m sure a happy child heals a lot better than they otherwise would.

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Noah’s Wish, helping disaster struck animals. http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/03/noahs-wish-helping-disaster-struck-animals/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/03/noahs-wish-helping-disaster-struck-animals/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2005 09:23:29 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/03/noahs-wish-helping-disaster-struck-animals/ Noah’s Wish started in March of 2002 to help animals in disaster struck areas. They have been involved in helping out in the Romanian Floods, the Asian Earthquakes and Tsunami – and more recently in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

They have a page that lays out how you can help them achieve their mission. Obviously money helps a long way, but so do items such as batteries, duct tape and dog collars. Also helpful are things like airline and gas station vouchers.

See what you can do to help them by visiting the Noah’s Wish website.

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Robot dogs to replace the real thing? http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/30/robot-dogs-to-replace-the-real-thing/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/30/robot-dogs-to-replace-the-real-thing/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2005 12:55:08 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/30/robot-dogs-to-replace-the-real-thing/ Over on a site called IdiotToys.com they highlight the latest sony toy dog called “AIBO”. The latest revision of the dog is “enabled with conversation with some 1,000 phrases suited to the “character” it develops while the owner cheers it up and strokes it”. Sort of like a real dog then?

According to AlertNet, the dog could well be connected by radio to the bathroom scales, a pedometer and a personal organiser in which the owner would note his daily food intake. It can then nag you to get out and exercise. Sort of like a real dog then?

Jim Landers, over a The Dallas News suggests that the toy animal is complicated enough to learn and develop patterns depending on your reactions and speech. This could lead to the situation where the owner get emotionally attached to pet dogs. Sort of like… I think you get the point.

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Parrot knows which side his cracker is buttered on! http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/29/parrot-knows-which-side-his-cracker-is-buttered-on/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/29/parrot-knows-which-side-his-cracker-is-buttered-on/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2005 12:24:09 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/29/parrot-knows-which-side-his-cracker-is-buttered-on/ At first he was trained to shout “Long live Laloo” in support of his owner’s political party in India. Now his owner has switched his political standing he now chants “Long Live Nitish”. This change came about without any teaching according to his trainer. Mr Kumar smugly announced that “Animals are very sensible. They have their own way to distinguish good and bad.”

Personally I’m very suspicious of the whole affair. You can find out more on the Female First website.

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Explosives dogs to receive award. http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/28/explosives-dogs-to-receive-award/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/28/explosives-dogs-to-receive-award/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2005 11:49:06 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/28/explosives-dogs-to-receive-award/ Never afraid of danger, the Springer Spaniels – Nash, Freddie and Lucy – work at Gatwick Airport and other venues for the safety of the people there. They are to receive bravery awards for their work. A spokesperson for the Sussex Police said:

“By giving these awards, we acknowledge the tireless efforts of police dogs and their handlers to keep us safe.”

Read the story in full at The BBC Newsround website.

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Poppy the Police dog is still going strong http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/17/police-dog-poppy-still-going-strong/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/17/police-dog-poppy-still-going-strong/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2005 12:35:44 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/17/police-dog-poppy-still-going-strong/ A dog with a nose for trouble… other peoples! At 13 years old, Poppy is a police sniffer dog who just seems to be getting better and better at her job. “Recently she discovered over a kilo of amphetamines with a street value of more than £10,000 hidden in some thick holly bushes at Bromsgrove,” her trainer Constable Les Freeman said.

He said she has no retirement plans, but when she does she’s coming home with him. And who can blame he Constable. Read more about it at The Shropshire Star‘s website.

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Benji the Manchester terrier loses through call of nature! http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/09/benji-the-manchester-terrier-loses-through-call-of-nature/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/09/benji-the-manchester-terrier-loses-through-call-of-nature/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2005 18:19:21 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/09/benji-the-manchester-terrier-loses-through-call-of-nature/ Benjamin, the Manchester Terrier, didn’t even make it through the first rounds at the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium when he was caught short and had to stop. Owner Paul Hartley was obviously disapointed at this performance and lost out on the chance of a £1000 first prize fund or even the year’s supply of McCoy’s crisps! Read more about this story at Luton Today

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Swearing Parrots taken in by TV vet http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/08/swearing-parrots-taken-in-by-tv-vet/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/08/swearing-parrots-taken-in-by-tv-vet/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2005 15:07:08 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/08/swearing-parrots-taken-in-by-tv-vet/ Pippa the sulphur-crested cockatoo and Barney the blue and gold macaw have been causing havoc with their love of foul language and ability to curse at authority figures. Owner Mr Grewcock said “He has a sixth sense. He does it when you don’t want him to. He loves people in uniform and is always telling them where to go.”

Find out more about their antics, and the vet taking them on the Coventry’s Evening Telegraph website

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Help the Dog’s Trust by searching. http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/06/help-the-dogs-trust-by-searching/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/06/help-the-dogs-trust-by-searching/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2005 14:12:23 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/06/help-the-dogs-trust-by-searching/ The Dogs Trust UK have a search engine on their site that helps them earn money for the charity. Essentially it is a meta search engine for Ask Jeeves, Yahoo and Google. Just by searching there as you would normally day to day, then can earn up to £50-£60 pounds a year.

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Non denominal services for pets! http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/05/non-denominal-services-for-pets/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/05/non-denominal-services-for-pets/#comments Mon, 05 Sep 2005 13:03:30 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/05/non-denominal-services-for-pets/ An Pastor in Orlando has come up with a solution for all the pet owners that avoid church because they don’t want to leave their animals behind. “A few dogs sing with us,” said Pastor Dee Renda, a former professional dog trainer who brings her Border collie, Maggie, to church. “I’ve never had a fight or trouble with the dogs.”

I hope she means between the dogs, and not that they’ve prevented breakouts that previously occurred there!

Read more about the Hymns and Hounds service at the Herald Tribune

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