Dogs & Cats in the News
Looking for current resources to use in your Mutt-i-grees lessons? Dogs & Cats in the News provides a compilation of news stories featuring dogs and cats that may inspire students to put empathy into action.
While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools.
Whole families were pressed up against the railings at Largo Argentina, the square in Rome, craning their heads toward ... a hole in the ground. Rome is full of holes in the ground, many of them historically significant, but this one was extra special. It contained the remains of the theater and temple where Julius Caesar was assassinated. But the kids weren't there for the ancient general-turned-emperor, murdered by treacherous senators in 44 BC. They were there for the cats.
A German Shepherd called Chance is living up to his name. Chance was found in a too-small kennel outside of a house in Bradford, England, with no food or water, according to BBC News. Even after the local RSPCA took him away from his former owners, his mistreatment left him with defensiveness issues that made his chances of adoption slim. But that just meant his true calling was still waiting for him.
People love their pets. Unfortunately it’s impossible to be with them all the time and many pets spend hours alone in a home or apartment, pining over their missing owner, bored out of their minds and possibly destroying everything in sight. This is the problem that recent crowdfunding champion Petcube Inc. intends to solve.
When dogs wag their tails, they can convey not just happiness but a wide array of emotions. As Italian researchers reported in 2007, a wag to the left indicates negative emotions; a wag to the right indicates positive ones. Now the same team of scientists has found that no one knows this better than other dogs.