February might be a short month, but like every month, it was packed with a healthy dose of dog studies and dog news. In case you were hibernating, working, catching up on a good book (or True Detective!), taking care of a sick loved one or just not reading dog news, here’s what you should check out:
Part 1. On Spot’s Terms
What’s on Spot’s Mind?
Oodles of coverage of a new dog fMRI study out of Hungary.
-> Your dog can tell from your voice if you’re happy or sad, Joseph Stromberg (@josephstromberg)
-> Brain scans show striking similarities between dogs and humans, Brandon Keim (@9brandon)
Part 2. Spot’s Identity Crisis
Spot = Place for Nuts?
-> A squirrel attempts to hide a nut in the fur of a Bernese mountain dog (HT @mikel_maria of Cats and Squirrels for pointing this out)
Part-Wolf Spots Need Help
-> Scientific approaches to enriching the lives of sanctuary wolves and wolf-dog “hybrids”, Lindsay Mehrkam
Part 3. Our Relationship With Spot(s)
Quantity or Quality of Relationship With Spot?
-> Is caring for animals good for young people’s social development? Zazie Todd (@CompAnimalPsych)
Spot #2: Second-Dog Syndrome
->My dogs do sensitive work. Will my new one let me down? Cat Warren (@Cat_Warren)
Maybe Spot Shouldn’t Drink That
-> Making antifreeze less deadly for pets, and people, Deborah Blum (@deborahblum)
Part 4. Spot Would Really Like These Products
-> The Foobler: What it is and why you might want to get one, Sophia Yin (@SophiaYin and @Foobler)
Part 5. Competitive Spots
And finally bunnies doing agility, because bunnies!
See you in March!
Photo: Sukanto Debnath via Flickr Creative Commons