The University of Washington and Texas A&M University have teamed up for a large-scale study called the Dog Aging Project. The project invites dog owners to nominate their pets to be part of the study.
The goal of the Dog Aging Project is to identify factors that are critical to improving healthy lifespan in dogs. The researchers are interested in finding out how genetics, lifestyle, and environment influence the canine aging process.
By analyzing the data collected, the researchers’ ultimate goal is to provide owners with evidence-based advice that will help owners increase their dog’s healthy lifespan.
If you are accepted into the program, you will be invited to fill out surveys about your dog’s health and life experiences. You will be asked to submit a sample of your dog’s saliva for DNA testing as well. Some owners will be able to perform special activities with their dogs and report the results to the study.
Interesting in getting started? You can learn more about nominating your dog HERE.
This amazing dog rescue story luckily has a happy ending, but it does serve as a timely reminder that it’s always a good idea to keep your dog on leash when out for a hike. A dog named Lucy was in the hills outside of Malibu when she feel down a deep well. It took the Los Angeles County Fire Department several hours to rescue her, but fortunately the rescue operation was a success. Here’s a local news video from the rescue scene:
Stella, a Maremma Sheepdog (a breed of livestock guardian dog from Italy), gave birth to a litter of 17 puppies at Napa Grass Farmer, a holistic, regenerative farm in California’s scenic wine country. This is thought to be the largest litter of puppies ever born in the state of California.
As adorable as these little bundles of fur look, none of the puppies will be a family pet. All will eventually make their way to farms around California and be trained as working livestock guardian dogs just like their mom Stella.
Maremmas look like the fluffy sheep they are bred to protect from predators. In fact, the puppies are often raised in barns with the livestock they will be guarding, forming a stronger bond with them than with their humans.
Want more cuddly cuteness? Check out this video about the puppies from CBS News in the San Francisco Bay area HERE.