Dogs Now Have Their Own TV Channel... and, it's designed to help with anxiety and boredom....
Dogs can now watch a subscription TV channel made just for them.DogTV is designed to keep dogs happy at home while their owners are away. The company says its programming helps alleviate anxiety and boredom.It's available for under $10 a month via TV packages or through an app.On its website, DogTV explains that its programming includes "relaxing and stimulating content as well as positive behavioral reinforcements."The relaxing content includes "relaxing sounds and music." The stimulating content includes "invigorating images, animation and exciting real world sounds to keep the dog up and running."DogTV doesn’t play cartoons, but explains programs have modified sound and video only your pup can pick up on. And with the average American dog staying home alone roughly 6 hours per day, the idea is taking off.A testimonial on DogTV’s YouTube page suggests dogs in a California animal shelter appear more calm and ‘show better’ since they installed flatscreens playing DogTV.Still... Much like the toddlers with iPads debate, the question for pet parents might be ‘how much screen time is too much time?’---------------------------
This Car Was Designed Especially for Dogs and Their Owners... It's a dog person's dream....Nissan recently showed off the Rogue Dogue, a car decked out especially for dog owners.It has features ranging from food and water dispensers to a dog bed to a poop-bag dispenser. There's even a canine shower.The compact crossover is based on a version of the Rogue SL retailing for about $33,500.Unfortunately for dog lovers, the Rogue Dogue isn't available in mass production at this point. It's a concept vehicle that debuted at the New York Auto Show.The concept was designed by Dennis McCarthy, auto coordinator for Fast & Furious.-------------------------
Calf born at North Dakota ranch has 2 extra limbs...A calf was born with an extra set of limbs but seemingly healthy at a North Dakota ranch.Rancher Gerald Skalsky said he was surprised when the calf was born with two small limbs hanging off one side of its neck. Skalsky, whose ranch is south of Beulah, notes the condition isn't fatal.State Veterinarian Susan Keller said the calf may have been born with one of two disorders: polymelia, where extra limbs are often smaller or shrunken, or polydactyly, which is the result of genetic combinations involving recessive genes.Keller said such defects are an "important topic that producers should not be afraid to report to their veterinarian and to all breed associations."Sheridan Animal Hospital veterinarian Gerald Kitto, a member of the North Dakota Board of Animal Health, said he's seen only three or four calves with an extra limb during his 42 years of practice. Skalsky said he plans to have the calf's extra limbs surgically removed.------------------------
Scorpions on a plane... and not the 80s rock band... A United flight from Houston to Ecuador was delayed after a scorpion was spotted aboard.United says Flight 1035 returned to the gate after a scorpion "reportedly emerged from a customer's clothing." Paramedics examined the man and determined that he hadn't been stung. It's unclear whether a scorpion was found.United says it found a new aircraft for the flight and all passengers were given a meal voucher for the inconvenience.The flight eventually got underway 3½ hours late.Another man was stung by a scorpion on a United flight from Houston to Calgary, Alberta, last month.
Bear Honks Horn... Stuck... but not in traffic... bears dont drive silly...The young black bear was probably looking for treats when he climbed inside a car in Virginia, but it managed to honk the horn.Roanoke police say the 200-pound animal got stuck and blew the horn, rousing the car's owners very early in the morning.An officer was able to open the car's back door, and the bear ran into the woods.Police say snacks were inside the car and reminded people to keep their cars locked.Lee Walker of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said residents shouldn't be alarmed about the multiple bear sightings. He says bears are more afraid of people than the other way around.---------------------