How to play the peanut butter tree game with your hounds

Milligan is a beagle triathelete: he jumped right on this stump to get peanut butter, he sings and he charms his way into many treats.

Beagles will climb a tree if you smear it with peanut butter.

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Gifts of the Crow: brain scan proof these birds are devious, silly and smart

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Biologists use brain scans (and entertaining experiments and anecdotes) to show that crows, ravens and other corvids think like people.

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How to find a dog-sitter online, sorting through the DogVacay, Care.com and Yelp options

Gratuitous adorable picture of my beagles, Moxie and Huck, killing Barney

A ton of new websites promise to find you a local dog sitter. Care.com and its ilk end up inundating you with a depressing number of emails. DogVacay lets you find local dog lovers who open their homes. But I found a dog sitter I love on Yelp.

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Russians will send you a tame fox puppy for $4k–or $7k if they handle the paperwork

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For $7,000, a company will get you a tame fox, product of a famous Russian breeding experiment into domesticating animals. You can get one directly for $4,000, but you have to manage all the exotic animal licenses.

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Buy your own pet fox puppy–and help save an important experiment

Tame fox pups for sale from Sibfox

For about $3,700 you can buy a tame fox puppy from Russia. You’d support important research on domestication and save the pup from a fur farm.

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Two months with two laboratory beagles

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Rescued for an NC research lab, Moxie and Huckleberry are sometimes bewildered by NYC civilian life, but they are becoming excellent cuddlers.

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Welsh cat claims to be 39, making it world's oldest

A tabby in Wales inherited from a relative turns out to be 39–and still playful but deaf.

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3 Guys Vie for title of “Buffalo Whisperer” in Canada, US and S Africa

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Canada’s Buffalo Whisperer takes Bailey for a ride in a convertible. The US and South Africa have their very own Buffalo Whisperers, too. Here are each of their cases to be the real Buffalo Whisperer.

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We adopted 2 beagles from the NC research lab Peta closed

Pop, left, versus Huck

This weekend my husband David and I adopted two of the 200 beagles sprung from a NC medical research lab shut down after Peta produced and unwatchably disturbing undercover video that shut the lab down.

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Why Dog-Haters Should Be Banned Instead of Dogs

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Gratuitious Picture of Jolly and Shadow,courtesy ofAnimalTourism.

Are people who hate dogs mean and maladjusted? Yes! That’s the highlight for me of a New York Magazine story on The Rise of Dog Identity Politics. The John Homans piece sprawls over many peculiar developments in the evolution of the urban dog, but the most interesting to me was this finding:

A 1999 study found that people who strongly dislike dogs score significantly higher on the measure of anal character and lower on the empathy scale of the California Psychological Inventory, indicating “that people who liked dogs have less difficulty relating to people.”

Haven’t dog- and animal-lovers always known that? On the extreme side, we’ve connected for a long time how serial killers get their start torturing animals. But we haven’t seen so clearly how misanthropes may start as dog haters. But any urban dog person knows the type: They jump back from your dog on the street, talk up their allergies, complain about dogs being dirty, then frequent dog-friendly places and whine.

Another thing about dog-haters? They love signs banning dogs. Maybe it’s part of their inability to communicate with other humans. A woman down the street from me has made it her one woman crusade to turn a public area into a no dog area, with wordy signs, which are frequently defaced. (My household, let us say, is not completely innocent.)

Since my own dog Jolly died in August, I don’t even have a dog in this fight

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