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SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! The first sequenced carnivore genome shows complex host-endogenous retrovirus relationships. ONE note of dismay: They did not include a picture of the boxer they sequenced. WTF??? Substitute picture: see more dog and puppy pictures Fun quickies! Despite Arnies love of getting into the garbage, dogs have much less junk DNA via proviral ERVs than…

Im not really a ‘charity’ kind of person. I feel I do my part to help society with my time and knowledge, and I quite frankly dont trust most organizations with cash. Even the ones run by us can have problems. There is a way to ‘get me’, though. The charity wanting funds must meet…

ERV approved spam

I get a ton of spam in the comments of ERV. Happily, we have a really good spam filter (too good sometimes, as most of us, even me, have gotten comments sent straight to spam for no discernible reason), but still, a bit of Turkish spam or STD dating site spam or steroid spam gets…

“It made you ashamed to be human”

Friday, I was walking down the hallway when a professor friend waved me down– PF– Hey! Are you still involved with that pitbull rescue? Me– LOL! That wasnt a ‘rescue’… I just sorta find pitbulls and find them homes… LOL! PF– I know a family that wants to adopt. Me– O.o (I figured she found…

Pit Bulls as therapy dogs

The Plan for Arnie, since Day 1, was for him to be a therapy dog. I love volunteering for hospitals/hospice/retirement homes, I live right next to a VA/childrens/regular hospitals, and Arnie is an incredibly happy, social dog. Its a natural fit. But when Arnie was a puppy, it became clear that he wasnt just social.…

Pits on PARADE

PARADE magazine has published a series of articles on pit bulls recently: Michael Vick’s Pit Bulls: Where Are They Now? Can You Teach a Bad Dog New Tricks? Top 5 Myths about Pit Bulls Hehehehe. Amazing how many pit owners have the same “HE/SHE DESTROYED AN ENTIRE SOFA!!!” story. PRO-TIP– Pits that get walkies every…

Star-crossed puppies

The worst part of visiting my parents is driving home. Yes, I will miss Moms cooking/baking. Yes, I will miss having real food (weird how the totally not organic food we get from local farmers is still good). Yes, Focus on the Family and AFA make a long drive longer (today they passive-aggressively ignored the…

Chicks can do stupid sexist things too

Yes, we are very socially aware at ScienceBlogs. But I just did something very, very stupid, and I feel terrible about it, so Im going to confess on the internet so hopefully other people dont make this same mistake. Remember Giant Schnauzer? About a week ago, Giant Schnauzer and his owner moved into my apartment…

Dog Whisperer: Most Aggressive Breeds

Our partners at NatGeo currently have a special episode of ‘The Dog Whisperer’ up on Hulu*– The Most Aggressive Breeds. 45 minutes and 59 seconds of me bawwwing. There are no bad dogs. Just bad owners. Reminded me of the UFC pitbull vs rottie/germie fight I had in my apartment this time last year (weenie…

Arnies long-lost cousin

Since Arnie was a street dog when I found him, his parentage has always been in question. It doesnt help that he is a ‘pit bull’, which could mean any number of things– line up 50 ‘pit bulls’ and you will get short-and-stout to long-and-lean and everything in between. Black, white, red, big spots, small…