Vol. 10, No. 2 – October 26 – November 8, 2016 – Professor Scamp PhD

Scamp-hs•  Paws for Reading presented at Foster Library is a great way to get children reading, especially ones having a difficult time with their reading when they read aloud to registered therapy dogs.

Saturdays from noon to 1:00 on the second floor in the children’s area.

Sign up is required. For more information on the program or to schedule an appointment please call Phillip 648-2716.

•  Storyfest is a wonderful event held at the VUSD facility on Stanley Ave. on the very large grass area. Because it is on school grounds no dogs (except service dogs) are allowed at the event. I’m sure that all of the families and kids attending would love to bring their dogs so maybe an exception could be made for this one event (by insurance company and attorneys?).

•  I have heard Donald Trump say, “he begged like a dog, he is sweating like a dog, he choked like a dog and he was fired like a dog.” He is obviously concerned about me running for president so is disparaging dogs. I would never say a person “snorts and sweats like a Trump”. Or think that the election is rigged in favor of humans over dogs.

•  by Victoria Usher

A new California bill has passed which states that if a person witnesses any animal in danger of serious injury or death because of being left in a vehicle then that person is legally allowed to break into that vehicle in order to save the animals’ life. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the Humane Society of the United States are both big supporters of this new bill because even though we teach people not to, the amount of animals that continue to be left in vehicles unattended and in horrible weather is astounding. Senator Steve Glazer has also said that this bill is important because heroic actions such as saving an animal in danger of serious injury or death should not be sued.

•  Ever wonder why us dogs lick things? Licking is related to smell said Dr. Horowitz a professor of cognitive science who runs the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College. Dogs have a second smell system called the vomeronasal organ (VNO). Sniffs pick up airborne odors, but the sensitive VNO can detect the smell of molecules that have been absorbed in tissue. Now Isn’t that interesting?

 

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