Dogs

Forget Westminster, Here Are The Dogs of NHPR

Feb 11, 2013
R. LaVoie

The Second Annual Dogs of NHPR is upon us, just in time for the 137th Annual Westminster Dog Show. We have a lovely selection of various breeds, and even a few other pet species thrown in for good measure. So without further ado, we present with minimal editorial input  substantial editorial input, the Dogs [and other critters] of NHPR.

Not Spoiled. Well Trained

Feb 6, 2013
Photo by Kate Lacy Photography, courtesy of petside.com

On Monday, Westminster kicks off its 137th contest in front of a packed house at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and no shortage of bemused TV spectators on America’s couches.  For most, the world of competitive dog handling is a mysterious one – we at Word of Mouth were forced to admit while prepping for this segment that the bulk of our show-dog knowledge stems from the 2000 Westminster mockumentary, Best in Show, directed by Cristopher Guest. 

High Tech Ways To Track Pets

Jan 22, 2013
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Today when dogs do a disappearing act, infrared cameras, tracking devices, and social media help owners keep tabs on wandering pets. These security technologies are a growing part of the 56-billion dollars spent annually on America’s pets.

gryhrt via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s not often that we stumbled across a story like the one we found in the latest edition of one of our favorite magazines, Mental Floss. It’s a profile of Alexandra Horowitz, who earned her PH.D. in cognitive science and teaches psychology at Barnard College.

Word of Mouth 09.29.2012

Sep 27, 2012
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Part 1: The Bad Science of the Left/Tweeting Political Poems

Think the right has cornered the market on denying science? No way, says Alex Berezow. He has a Ph.D. in microbiology and is co-author of the book Science Left Behind: Feel Good Falacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left. 

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The New Dogs of War

Sep 17, 2012
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When we call dogs ‘man’s best friend’, we’re typically referring to their value as companions and protectors - but canines have a long history of helping people with affairs far more solemn that playing fetch.  For centuries, dogs have played a pivotal role in aiding the disabled, in hunting, for search and rescue operations, and for their service in police and military applications.  After a long hiatus, U.S. bomb-sniffing dogs were re-introduced to the battlefield in 2007.  There are now some six-hundred military dogs deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Granite State Disc Dogs

What's a "disc dog"? Wanna do the skateboard slalom course? Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the story of two unusual events in the Granite State this weekend.

Read the Hippo story on the Granite State Disc Dogs here. 

Read about the Antrim Home & Harvest Festival featuring the Can/Am Slalom Championship here.

Word of Mouth 6.23.2012

Jun 22, 2012
(Photo by Chris in Plymouth via Flickr Creative Commons)

Part 1: Guerilla Weddings and Why Dogs "Like" Facebook

Produced with Emma Ruddock

An inherent danger?

May 29, 2012
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A note to listeners: This interview was supposed to include Jim Gorant, a Senior Editor for Sports Illustrated, and author of The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption. Unfortunately, we lost our connection with him shortly after his part of the interview began.  /RL

We love dogs. So we can't resist passing along word that later today All Things Considered plans to catch up on the story of Andy, a tan and white Pembroke Welsh Corgi who has been missing since New Year's Eve.

Management consultants are often ridiculed for using words like “bandwidth,” “capacity,” and “low-hanging fruit.” When Word of Mouth noticed a consultant tweeting as @PeopleSense following our Twitter account, we thought…hmmmm…nice alternative to “out of the box thinking.

To the Top of Mount Washington, By Dog Team

Mar 1, 2012

The winter storm was a change of pace for just about every part of New Hampshire, with the exception of Mount Washington. The forecasters who work at the Mount Washington Observatory say they’ve been getting snow all week, and at night winds of over 100 miles per hour.

It's the story that continues to, well, dog Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney. And, according to some experts, it could jeopardize his standing with voters who care about animals. And yes, it turns out, that is not an insignificant voting bloc.

The incident happened back in 1983, and it's been public since 2007. But it seems that only now a critical mass of voters is hearing it for the first time.

He took on competition that was much bigger and much faster, but in the end the judges decided Malachy, a Pekingese with a long mop of fur framing his funny little pushed-in face, was the top dog in the land and gave him top honors at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York.

The New York Times describes his win thus:

The Dogs of NHPR

Feb 10, 2012

Inspired by the numerous dog stories which graced our air waves this past week, it got us thinking of our own K-9 pals back home. That said, we've fetched some fabulous snapshots of our very own lovable pooches. We're marking new territory here on NHPR.org, and this one's going to the dogs. This is NHPRuff.

Bridey Lavoie-Flynn
Owner: Rebecca Lavoie
Breed: Cockapoo
Age: 2 ½
Interests: Eating fastidiously, watching Teen Mom 2, staring out the window 

Word of Mouth 02.11.2012

Feb 10, 2012
Photo by chrisinplymouth via Flickr Creative Commons

Part 1:

Building a Better Best Friend

Feb 8, 2012
Photo by golbenge, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Writer Evan Ratliff looked into the science behind breed development of the most diverse animal on the planet – the beloved dog. By combining and accentuating traits, breeders have leap-frogged evolution, developing hundreds of breeds in a few hundred years. Evan joins us with more on the findings of Can Map -- a project that’s revealed the genetic makeup of canine traits, and may help scientists better understand human diseases and disorders.  

Northward Hound: Big City Dogs Live Leash Free Or Die

Jul 12, 2010
Photo courtesy Northward Hound

New Yorkers love their dogs. The proliferation of public dog runs, grooming centers, and dog-sitters and walkers in recent years point to the lengths Manhattanites will go to keep energetic canines despite living in apartments.

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