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Did You Have A Good Pee, Mr. Rhino?

Did You Have A Good Pee, Mr. Rhino?

Thanks to a recent study on the urine flow of differently sized mammals (yes, small mammals “drip” and large mammals “jet”— more here), I came across a gem of a YouTube video where three out-of-frame tourists on safari observe and narrate the public urination of a rhino.

November 26, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Only You Can Show Us The Poo

Only You Can Show Us The Poo

Welcome to Day 1 of the “Poo Power! Global Challenge.” This is your citizen science mission, should you choose to accept it (and for the sake of the bottom of your shoes, the spread of disease and embracing new energy, I hope you will put on your Mission Impossible hat).

November 25, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Three Ways Dogs Fail At Halloween

Three Ways Dogs Fail At Halloween

Halloween is a peculiar holiday, especially for dogs. We two-legged beings all look different, and what’s with the constant doorbell-ringing?

November 5, 2013 — Julie Hecht

Woman's Best Friend

Compared to many other species, dogs as a whole are relatively privileged. Most of us don’t eat them, nor do we specifically breed them to be eaten.

October 15, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Dog-Eared Reading (Volume 1)

Dog-Eared Reading (Volume 1)

I recently saw a clip of Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 2013 Emmys. He was doing a bit about Google Glass and said he was watching an episode of American Horror Story on his contacts while hosting the show.

September 29, 2013 — Julie Hecht

One Day, You Will Smell Like a Dead Chicken

Unfortunately, this is true. I’ll explain. Dogs are trained to sniff out a lot of things, and some of those “things” are human remains. Human remains, except those in a cemetery, are usually not out in the open; someone doesn’t want them found or there has been an accident.

September 25, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Video Blogging: How Do Dogs Experience Time?

Video Blogging: How Do Dogs Experience Time?

As we enter the final weekend of summer, maybe you and your dog are going to spend the weekend gallivanting in nature. That’s what I’ll be doing at Camp Unleashed in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts, where I’m giving a talk on Saturday night.

August 30, 2013 — Julie Hecht

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