At the start of her career, NIH immunologist Polly Matzinger disliked writing in the passive voice and felt too insecure to adopt the first person. So she listed her dog, Galadriel Mirkwood, as a coauthor.
Their paper was published in 1978 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. When the editor learned Galadriel’s species, he barred Matzinger from his pages for the rest of his life.
From Futility Closet. Also, Wikipedia.
Two pet stores on Christopher Street in Manhattan have to watch out for drunk people coming in from local bars, ready to buy puppies.
Christopher Street’s Citipups also forbids intoxicated customers from purchasing puppies after watching too many booze-fueled purchases go bad.
Moritz recalled selling a Chihuahua some years ago to a woman she thought might have been drunk, only to have the dog returned the next day — in a near-dead state.
“We took it to the vet and he found five pills in the dog’s stomach,” she said. “It almost overdosed.”
The Chihuahua’s stomach was pumped, and it survived.
From DNAinfo.com, via Daily Intel.
A blind man’s guide dog had his eyes removed, so he retired and was replaced by another guide dog. The new dog now guides both the blind man and the blind dog.
Via Daily Intel.
In Almost Every Picture #9 is a book that catalogs one family’s attempts to photograph their black dog.
His owners’ persistence is admirable, with the non-dog not showing up all over the house, from not posing proudly in the garden to not being dried by his mistress on the kitchen counter.
Only on the last page is the subject revealed:
Via The Morning News.
During World War II, a Finnish man named Tor Borg had a dog named Jackie, who Borg’s wife nicknamed Hitler. Jackie would respond to the command “Hitler” by raising her paw, which infuriated the German government.
Mr Borg was called into the German embassy for questioning, where he admitted that his wife Josephine – a known anti-Nazi German – had called the dog Hitler, but denied being involved in anything “that could be seen as an insult against the German Reich”.
The Germans didn’t believe Borg but couldn’t get any witnesses to testify against him and his dog.