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Dogs are better pets than cats, by a Whisker, study finds

Study: Dogs Are Better Than Cats

The New Scientist is resorting to science to try to find the truth about cats and dogs.

Using a wealth of recent research to measure pets in 11 categories, the magazine has come to the reluctant conclusion that dogs are better pets than cats, by a whisker.

The four-legged tug of war was tied going into the last category: utility. A British Journal of Health Psychology study that heralded dog walking as good exercise and a good excuse for social contact put dogs over the top.

Here’s a breakdown of the categories and the rationale:

1. Brains. Cats are smarter, with 300 million neurons compared with a pooch’s 160 million.

2. Shared history. Dogs were domesticated from 16,000 to 50,000 years ago, according to two studies, long before the discovery 9,500 years ago of a kitten buried with a human on Cyprus.

3. Bonding. An Eotvos University study in Budapest found dogs became distressed away from their owners. Scientist Adam Miklosi said he thought cats might react similarly, but he couldn’t persuade them to take the test.

4. Popularity. There are 204 million cats in the top 10 cat-owning countries (the top 3 are the United States, China and Russia), but only 173 million dogs (top 3 are the U.S., Brazil and China).

5. Understanding. Dogs over cats, for their larger vocabulary and their instinct to get humans to help them find hidden food. Cats, says Miklosi, will try to figure it out themselves.

6. Problem solving. Hard to determine, the magazine admits, because dogs have been tested frequently. Cats, not so much. But a Seeing Eye dog’s ability to take over and solve problems when his master can’t, gives this point to dogs.

7. Vocalization. Cats, mostly because of the finding this year that they have a specially pitched purr when they want food.

8. Tractability. Dogs, because they play by the rules.

9. Supersenses. While cats can sniff things out just as well as dogs, cats can see clearly in lower light and hear in a far wider range.

10. Eco-friendliness. As anyone who has to lug bags of dog food home will agree, cats have far less of a ecological footprint. Even a chihuahua has twice the footprint of a cat, the magazine contends.

Just One More Pet feels that choosing dogs, over cats, over birds, over reptiles, over fish, over amphibians, over pocket pets, over rodents, etc etc is completely subjective.  Pets and which ones are the best really depend on the their human’s perspective.

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animals, Just One More Pet, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , | Leave a comment

Movie inspires Petfinder’s Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays Program


Hallmark’s CBS special, A Dog Named Christmas DVD (Hallmark Hall of Fame) inspires holiday pet fostering

‘Tis the season … of Christmas re-runs. But there’s a new movie I bet will be on your seasonal favorite list from now on — and a brand new Petfinder program to go with it.

The show is Hallmark Hall of Fame’s presentation of A Dog Named Christmas DVD (Hallmark Hall of Fame).

Based on a great little book by author and Petfinder blogger, Greg Kincaid, the story follows a developmentally challenged young man who fosters a dog from his local shelter during the holidays and he gets the whole community involved. It’s a feel-good story with a great message.

The idea inspired Petfinder to start the Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays program, and we hope you will invite a shelter pet into your home for this special time of year.

By contacting a participating Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays shelter or rescue, you’ll be helping a shelter during a season when it’s short-staffed or when the pet’s regular foster “mom” or “dad” needs some respite time. Plus, you’ll be making a difference in some little (or big) critter’s life. You can hardly top that for imbuing yourself with Christmas spirit!

Fostering doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment — just a few days or a week. And if you’re thinking of adopting, this will be a great way to see how adoption might work out.

If you missed the movie on Sunday, November 29, on CBS, go to Hallmark.com and then find a participating shelter in your area and give them a call.

See if you can help. It will be a case of life mimicking art where everyone has a very happy holiday season.

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Did you see “A Dog Named Christmas” on TV? We have our own share of pets named Christmas. Like the TV dog, they all need forever homes. How about yours?



December 15, 2009 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal Rescues, animals, Change Number of Pet Restrictive Laws. Ordinances and Rules, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Pet Adoption, Pets, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Save the African Painted Dogs

Project Update October 2009

Rotating image of painted dogs

Nov 11, 2009

I find it hard, it’s hard to find words, which can adequately express the emotions we are feeling at this moment.

Mashambo is dead.

I don’t know if my sense of loss or despair reaches a greater depth than that felt by Jealous, Xmas or Mk, the other people who worked most closely with Mashambo. I gave the instruction to capture him when he was only ten months old, when he turned up at our Rehab Facility on his own; they are the ones who carried out the capture. They were with me during the days on Starvation Island, when he, Mashambo, came of age, his hunting prowess keeping his pack mates alive.

It’s not the effort, the emotional investment and certainly not the financial investment that make the tears fall. It’s the absolute senselessness of the loss of a life that had already delivered so much and promised so much more. Mashambo was magnificent. A shining example of a species with so many commendable characteristics.

He died in a snare set in the Gwayi Conservancy. The snare that killed him was a seven strand woven cable, the type used for a vehicle handbrake or similar. It was set by someone perhaps hungry for food, someone looking for a way to ease his own personal existence. We don’t know the exact location that the snare was set, because Mashambo broke the snare in his struggle for life. If you know or are familiar with the type of cable I am talking about, you will know how strong it is. You need a seriously good pair of side cutters to cut through such a cable. Mashambo broke it, aided by his protective collar and certainly a will to live. The agony he must have suffered as the cable cut through his throat is impossible to imagine.

Jealous had been searching frantically for Mashambo and the rest of the fragmented Bambanani pack. The female, Vusile, was missing and we only had a decent handle on Sithule and Sibuyile, her two brothers and their cohort, Lobels.

Our Phd student, long time friend and supporter, Ester van der Meer, was helping Jealous. She called upon some pilots for help, who were in the area for a bit of a holiday and they responded by letting her fly with them to locate the missing dogs. Ester found the dogs quickly from the air, however when she came back to the PDC office, the concern on her face spoke volumes. The two brothers were north of the airfield, Lobels was far to the east and Mashambo was in the north-east. Njiva, who had been moving with Mashambo, was also missing and there was still no sign of Vusile. This wasn’t the worst of it. The signal from the collars worn by Lobels and Mashambo indicated that they were not moving.

Lobels was the easiest to locate and his body was recovered on Saturday. His desiccated remains were still attached to the tree by the snare that had killed him. His snare was made from copper telephone wire. I met with Xmas and Mk at our Rehab Facility on Sunday morning as they dug Lobels grave, we talked openly of our frustrations and the sadness felt at his loss. We had become familiar of course with Lobels, but that relationship was nothing compared to the one we felt we had with Mashambo.

It was fitting that Jealous came alone to my office with the news I was expecting about Mashambo. I walked to my land rover with him and we drove the short distance to the Rehab together, in silence. It was hard to hold the tears back and we arrived at the Rehab as Xmas and Mk dug the second grave of the day. Ester and her husband, Hans, stood in silence as I crouched down to inspect what was left of Mashambo. Uncertain of my voice, I silently apologised for letting him down, as I teased the seven strands of the cable snare apart.

He was buried without words from us, the raucous, somehow sinister chorus of calls from five pied crows provided a back drop of sound on a suitably, dismal, grey, over cast day.

Sithule and Sibuyile are still alive.

The Bambanani had been released on August 28th. Only two months have passed and the pack no longer exists in any real sense of the word. Sithule and Sibuyile were still alive for now, Vusile and Njiva are missing. This shows the enormity of the situation we are fighting against. A country ravaged by political and subsequent economic turmoil, which has impacted so devastatingly on many sectors, wildlife preserves being one of the most severely affected.

The Children from Gwayi Primary School learn about the life of Painted Dogs.

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December 15, 2009 Posted by | animals, Just One More Pet, Political Change, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , | Leave a comment