You have spoken, people of America: For an astounding 24th consecutive year, the most popular breed of dog in the United States is the Labrador retriever, according to rankings released by the American Kennel Club today. Nipping at the Lab’s heels, however, are the bulldog—ranked fourth, its highest position ever—and the charging French bulldog, which slid in at #9 and bounced the dachshund from the top 10 in 2014.
For those who made it to the creme de la creme of canine competitions, the pressure began immediately. Here’s what happened to those dogs before, during and after Miss P, a beagle whose full name is Ch Tashtins Lookin for Trouble, won Best-in-Show Tuesday night.
A beagle named Miss P won the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, the second of its breed to take the title in the past decade. Continue reading
Some 2,500 dogs have accompanied American warriors on patrol and in close combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tasks like bomb detection and protection demand dedication to their human handlers, with whom they often form a special bond in the face of danger. Margaret Warner talks to Rebecca Frankel, author of “War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History and Love.” Continue reading
The crucial link for an effective war-dog-and-handler team in battle zones is the psychological bond between the two. They depend on each other for their lives. And if their assignment is detecting deadly IEDs — as it was for many of the 2,500 canines in America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wars — so do every soldier or marine in the unit they lead on foot patrol. Continue reading
The United States Secret Service Thursday tweeted out photos of the two dogs that sustained minor injuries from Wednesday’s White House fence jumper.
You might know that golf, Scotch and haggis come from Scotland, but did you know the blockbuster video game “Grand Theft Auto” does as well? As Scots go to the polls today to vote on whether to stick with the United Kingdom or splash out on their own, politicians from both sides have used a long list of Scottish inventions to inspire the electorate. Here are just 10 Scottish exports to the world.
At the Penn Vet Working Dog Center in Philadelphia, service dogs go through a rigorous training course, including search and rescue, obedience and agility drills in order to eventually fill a variety of jobs helping people. Continue reading
For the past few decades, researchers have been exploring the possibility that cancer, possibly created by the growth of tumors, actually has a particular odor — and dogs can pick up on that smell. Some doctors believe this area of research may lead to more efficient screening methods and cancer treatment procedures. Special correspondent Dr. Emily Senay reports. Continue reading