For thousands of years, the debate has raged on: cats vs. dogs. Which is supreme? Two Daily Wildcat columnists attempt to end the argument once and for all. Doggo for the win You pull up into the driveway after a long day of lectures. There sits your happy-faced floofer friend in the window, tail going crazy. The whimpering excitement gets louder as you approach the door. “OMG ITS YOU! FINALLY YOU’RE HOME,” says doggo, not with actual words, but with uncontrollable prancing that prevents getting a pet in. Heavy breathing, whimpers continue, maybe doggo flashes a toothy smile that is as terrifying as it is endearing. It is the same, consistent, reliable abundance of enthusiasm you are greeted with every time you walk through that door, regardless if you’ve been out for five years or five minutes. Just seeing your smiling face, no matter how ugly it may be, makes doggo happy. Nobody, not even your own mother, is ever that happy to see you. Ever. Egg their … [Read more...] about OPINION: Dogs vs. cats: which is better?
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Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the U.S. every year, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The University of Arizona’s Evan MacLean, director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center, studied hormone levels of dogs to try to discover where this aggressive behavior comes from. He did this while he was the co-director of Duke University's Canine Cognition Center. Currently, a common solution for dog aggression is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, that are prescribed to balance levels of hormones that cause problematic behavior, according to the Mayo Clinic website . “SSRIs are only effective in a subset of cases of dogs,” MacLean said. “We weren’t looking at dogs where SSRIs didn’t work.” RELATED: The environmental cost of an iPhone The dog hormone experiments were conducted at the Veterinary School of North … [Read more...] about The hormones that may be making your dog aggressive
It’s morning and you’re walking your dog, with a bag in hand, on the lawn outside of your apartment so that Fido can do his business. As you walk, you hear that dreaded squish beneath your Crocs. Your neighbors didn’t pick up after their dog — again — and you haven’t even had your morning coffee. The bad-acting dog owner not only ruined your morning, but that of your landlord’s, too. Littered lawns are bad form, and bad for business. But in 2019, apartment owners have a high-tech tool in their toolbox to make sure everyone is following the rules. It involves some pet detectives and technicians in lab coats. Apartment complexes used to be notorious for their stiff, anti-pet rules. Once the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1991, landlords had to accept tenants with service animals like seeing eye dogs. The definition of service animals has broadened to include emotional support animals. This trend picked up about 20 years ago, Drew … [Read more...] about From the lawn to the lab: Apartment complexes use DNA testing to keep bad dog owners in check
Daniel Groover Daniel Groover Photo: HFD Photo: HFD Image 1 of / 34 Caption Close Image 1 of 34 Daniel Groover Daniel Groover Photo: HFD Firefighter dies in house blaze 1 / 34 Back to Gallery The Houston Fire Department is mourning the loss of another veteran firefighter, who collapsed and died Wednesday after battling a fire in a vacant home in Kingwood. Daniel Groover, 46, a 21-year veteran of the Houston Fire Department, was the fifth firefighter to die in the line of duty in the last 13 months, bringing more grief to the department. He apparently collapsed while in the empty two-story house and never recovered, said Fire Chief Terry Garrison. "We consider this a big family. The fire service … [Read more...] about Firefighter dies in house blaze
FILE- In this Jan. 29, 2016 file photo shows the entrance to the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla. The US Navy is confirming that an active shooter and one other person are dead after gunfire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Area hospital representatives tell The Associated Press that at least 11 people were hospitalized. The base remains locked down amid a huge law enforcement response. less FILE- In this Jan. 29, 2016 file photo shows the entrance to the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla. The US Navy is confirming that an active shooter and one other person are dead after gunfire at the ... more Photo: Melissa Nelson, AP Photo: Melissa Nelson, AP Image 1 of / 14 Caption Close Image 1 of 14 FILE- In this Jan. 29, 2016 file photo shows the entrance to the Naval Air … [Read more...] about Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting