Martha is big, ugly, lazy and gassy. And a world champion....In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.She was a favorite of the Northern California crowd from the start, often plopping down on her side on stage with her droopy face spread across the ground when she was supposed to be showing off. The judges didn't even need to hear her signature snore to give her the award.Martha lumbered away with $1,500, a flashy trophy and a trip to New York for media appearances, all things she could hardly care less about.The dog, from nearby Sebastopol, was rescued when she was nearly blind from neglect. After several surgeries, she can now see again.The only animal in this year's contest too big to be held by her handler, Martha beat out 13 other dogs, most of them the kind of older, smaller dogs who win here.The contestants were judged on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction.--------------
Would Your Dog Eat You if You Died? Get the Facts....Here are some of the most common misconceptions about post-mortem pet behavior and what the available forensic evidence reveals. Cats get a bad rap for being the most eager to eat their owners, and anecdotally, some emergency responders say it’s pretty common. When it happens, cats tend to go for the face, especially soft parts such as the nose and lips, says forensic anthropologist Carolyn Rando of University College London. Then again, in one case reported in 2010 in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, a woman died of an aneurysm and was found the next morning on the bathroom floor. Forensic testing revealed that her dog had consumed much of her face, while her two cats hadn’t touched her.Among the cases reported in forensic journals, most animal scavenging involves dogs, although that’s perhaps in part because forensic scientists are more surprised by the behavior when they see it.
Hunger Hypothesis“Dogs are descended from wolves,” says Stanley Coren, a psychologist who has written books and hosted television shows about dogs. “If we have a situation where the owner dies and there’s no source of food, what are they going to do? They’re going to take whatever flesh is around.”In 24 percent of the cases in the 2015 review, which all involved dogs, less than a day had passed before the partially eaten body was found. What’s more, some of the dogs had access to normal food they hadn’t eaten.The pattern of scavenging also didn’t match the feeding behavior of canines in the wild. When dogs scavenged dead owners indoors, 73 percent of cases involved bites to the face, and just 15 percent had bites to the abdomen. By contrast, canines scavenging outdoors have a well-documented pattern, opening the chest and abdomen to eat the nutrient-rich organs early on, followed by the limbs. Only 10 percent of those cases involve wounds to the head.
So What to Do? There’s no way to guarantee that your pet won’t eat you if you die, apart from not having any pets. Even hamsters and birds have been known to scavenge on occasion.The best way for pet owners to reduce the odds, Rando says, is to make sure you have people who will stop by if they don’t hear from you. And if you have neighbors who are elderly, sick, or vulnerable, you should check on them regularly.-----------------------------
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Woman charged with killing pet dog in botched do it yourself surgery ...Authorities say a dog died after an Iowa woman used tongs and a paring knife to perform surgery on it in her living room.Twenty-six-year-old Diane McMenamin, of Ames, is charged with animal neglect. Ames Police Cmdr. Geoff Huff stated that McMenamin reported that veterinarians had told her the dog needed surgery for an internal obstruction. She said she couldn’t afford the surgery and thought she could do it herself because she’d castrated pigs when she lived on a farm.A criminal complaint filed June 15 says the dog died seconds after the surgery.------------------------
For the fourth time, small Kentucky town elects a dog as mayor...When you drive into Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, you're thrust back in time. Porches are still hangouts for young guys to talk girls. The General Store is a one stop shop for anything you need. Every town, no matter how small, needs a leader. After a "ruff" election, the spot on the banks of the Ohio River has one.After pledging to sniff out the community's problems with a little help from her best friend, she won the election a few months back. The competition was stiff. There was a cat, the chicken, a donkey and a little boy.Believe it or not, the pooch is the fourth dog mayor to be unleashed on the city.It started in the late 1990s as a fundraiser. You are charged a dollar for your vote, You vote as often as you want. The town is so small it doesn't need a real mayor. Usually, the money from the election goes toward town improvements, but this time it helped to repair the General Store after a devastating fire last year.-------------
Kristen Bell, Charlize Theron and More Stars Gush Over Their Rescue Dogs....All the pet lovers, put your paws up!As the Annenberg Foundation prepares to celebrate the opening of the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista, Calif., this weekend, some of Hollywood's most famous dog owners are sharing their positive pet stories with fans.In a new video posted onto YouTube, Kristen Bell reintroduces viewers to her dog Lola who she rescued at a shelter 13 years ago."I wanted a dog for my birthday, which was like my first dog as an adult and she was just staring at me from inside her kennel and I felt this instant connection and the woman at the pound said, 'You may not want that dog. She's been returned by two other families,'" Kristen recalled. "And I said, 'Nope. That's my dog. That's the dog I want.'"The rest, as they like to say in Hollywood, is history.Charlize Theron also stars in the video with her two beloved pooches Johnny and Berkley. The Hollywood actress couldn't help but emphasize how much pets can become part of the family."My children absolutely adore them and they adore my children and I cannot imagine my family without them," Charlize shared. "What's better than opening your door and two friendly faces are just happy to see you no matter what? That's what Berkley and Johnny do."She added, "They're strays, they look weird but they're so beautiful. You don't need a purebred dog."The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is described as a community service and pet adoption center that includes veterinary care and animal education.In fact, the center also focuses on "the celebration and study of the relationship between people and their pets — and the important and beneficial impact of the human-animal bond.""Looking out for another living thing is a way of learning how to look out for yourself, learning to have empathy and love and I think that's brilliant for kids," Stephen Moyer shared. "It's a great reminder for us."