A hockey-loving good dog sat rinkside during the Predators-Blackhawks game....Everyone is stoked about the new NHL season. If you weren’t pumped before the season started, then Auston Matthew’s debut performance where he scored four goals surely did.But when we say everyone, we have mostly meant every human. We neglected the very good dogs that are also hockey fans, like the attentive canine catching the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks game this week.According to photographer and Predators reporter Jim Diamond, the dog’s name is Annie. She is a service dog: “The game was Annie’s first hockey contest, and Ray said that she handled the noise and excitement like a champ. Service dogs are trained to handle all kinds of different circumstances, and with more than 17,000 yelling fans, loud music, and goal horns Annie just took it all in stride.”We hope she enjoyed P.K. Subban’s first shot with Nashville! Of course she did. She’s such a good hockey-loving dog! Wanna see the picture - check out our facebook page. Links to all of the TPR social media channels on talkinpets.com. t-a-l-k-i-n pets.com.
What Is Your Cat or Dog Dreaming About? A Harvard Expert Has Some AnswersWe all know the silly scene of a dog, deep in slumber, energetically scuffling its paws in the mime of a fast run. Looking from the outside, it’s hard not to wonder what’s going on in their heads. Dr. Deirdre Barrett, who is a teacher and a Clinical and Evolutionary Psychologist at Harvard Medical School knows all about what humans know when it comes to animal dreams. Anything about what animals dream, or even if they dream, is speculative. The only two animals even suggested to have ever told their dreams to a human are the signing gorillas Koko and Michael. Researcher Penny Patterson reports that Koko occasionally signs about fantastic events, people and places she has not seen recently only upon awakening. Michael, who is known to have been captured when poachers killed his entire family, sometimes wakes up and signs “Bad people kill gorillas.” What we do know for sure is that most mammals have a similar sleep cycle to humans, going into a deep sleep stage, in which the brain is much less active, and then into periods of activity called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, in which dreams occur for humans. That certainly makes it the best guess that other mammals are dreaming, too.In terms of potential differences, we know that small animals, like mice, go through the sleep stages much more quickly so they would likely be having shorter, more frequent dreams. Elephants have a cycle that is longer than ours, so they would be in deep sleep longer between their dreams. Reptiles and fish don’t have the REM/non REM cycles, so they probably have dreamless sleep. What do dogs experience when they dream? Humans dream about the same things they’re interested in by day, though more visually and less logically. There’s no reason to think animals are any different. Since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it’s likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you.How about cats? We actually know more about cats dreams, because one of the earliest sleep researchers, Michel Jouvet, destroyed the tiny area in cat brains that inhibits movements during REM sleep. Cats lay quietly through the other stages of sleep, and when REM began, they leapt up, stalked, pounced, arched their backs and hissed. They looked like they were hunting mice in their dreams.What does it mean when my pet is asleep and its legs start moving like they are running? They may well be dreaming they’re running. Common sleep-walking doesn’t occur during dreaming sleep, but a much more vigorous “REM behavior disorder”— a spontaneous version of what Jouvet’s experiments did, is accompanied by dreams, so the more pronounced and fast the movements, the more likely they’re acting out a dream.Is there any way to give your pet better dreams? The best way to give ourselves or our children better dreams is to have happy daytime experiences and to get plenty of sleep in a safe and comfortable environment. It’s a good bet this is also best for pets’ dreams--------------------
Service dog protects his little boy from nightmaresShortly after turning two, Tupper Dunlop was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. But his parents noticed something was wrong when he was just an infant. Not only would the little boy not make eye contact or respond to his name, his response to sound seemed skewed. So, he would often react dramatically to the slightest of sounds and not at all to very loud ones.There was also the sleeping... or rather, lack thereof. Tupper was incapable of sleeping more than 45 minutes at a stretch, or more than 3-6 hours a night. He would simply grow too restless... tossing and turning... crying in his sleep... even thrashing around. And until December of last year, he was nonverbal, so he couldn’t even articulate the discomfort he was in.Then, last year, Nancy and her husband made a decision that helped Tupper more than words can describe. The Winnipeg, Canada, couple got him an autism service dog... a two-and-a-half-year-old yellow Labrador, named Lego.
Boy were they right. Since working with Lego, Tupper has become more calm and very verbal. He can now go to the mall, the grocery store and on family walks without having to be carried or buckled into a stroller.
“We used to have to fight with him constantly to hold our hands,” explains Dunlop of her son. “Now, he is most often willing to hold the handle on Lego’s vest and walk with us.”And the bedtime issues? They’re all but gone. Where it used to take Tupper’s parents between one and two hours to put him to bed, it now takes them only 15-30 minutes. And Lego sleeps right next to his little boy, cuddling up tight, to protect him from those big, bad nightmares. As a result, Tupper now sleeps between eight and ten hours a night.
The bond between Tupper and Lego is still quite young, maturing with each passing day as they learn to meet each other’s needs. But one thing is already quite clear: The little boy and his service dog were meant to be together.----------------
Jennifer Lopez Is Totally Fine With the Fact that The Rock Named his Rescue Dog After Her...Last week, noted good guy and actor Dwayne ‘The Rock‘ Johnson discovered two stray dogs on the road while driving to work in Hawaii. He cleaned them up and posted about them on Instagram, asking his legion of devoted fans to potentially adopt the duo of lady pups. He also nicknamed them: Beyoncé and JLo, paying homage to two of music’s great modern divas—and two of The Rock’s “fav gorgeous ladies,” as he noted in his caption. “Now they’re famous and licking the sweat off my face,” he added in the Instagram video (and, indeed, Beyoncé seems to be quite keen on his post-workout look).“Who wouldn’t want Beyoncé and JLo in their home? Now it’s getting a little creepy,” he ends the video.Then, timeless star Jennifer Lopez herself re-posted the video of the adoptable dogs, and the verdict was in: “You could never be creepy,” she said in her caption to The Rock.----------------
Crazy cat lover Howard Stern has fostered over 300 kittens...“King of All Media” Howard Stern is worth $600 million but when he comes home to his beautiful wife, Beth, he’s on his hands and knees — cleaning up cat litter and fur from their dozens of rescue animals.The couple have so far fostered more than 300 cats and kittens in the past three years alone in their Upper West Side apartment and Hamptons home.“He’s the one who wants us to foster more cats even after I say no. Howard helps me socialize the kittens and he has been known to clean litter boxes. The kittens love his hair!” Beth Stern says.It may come as a surprise to those who know Stern just from his raunchy Sirius XM radio show that “Howard was always a huge animal lover — but marrying me has taken it to a whole other level,” Beth says.As far as the rescue animals the Sterns take into their home, “Howard names them,” Beth says — like Honey Nut and Cheerio for two kittens that they wanted to keep together. And after seriously vetting adoptive families, Beth delivers the cats and kittens to their new homes.“I’m really good at matching cats and kittens to their ‘forever families,’” she says. She just matched Jerry Seinfeld and his family with a foster kitten. Now she’s looking for Rosie O’Donnell as well as David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris.
The Sterns currently have six resident cats at home and are currently taking care of seven fosters, including Tiki, which Howard has talked about on his radio show.