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Dog Spies

Explore the science behind the dog in your bed

Dogs and Cats in the Home: Happiness for All?

‘Dogs and Cats in the Home: Happiness for All?’ was a Finalist in the inaugural ScienceSeeker Awards* in the category Best Post About Peer-reviewed Research (winners and finalists listed here).

May 19, 2013 — Julie Hecht

The data is in: Adopt this dog

Erica Feuerbacher smiles when she talks, and why shouldn’t she? As a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida with the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab, she spends a lot of time with dogs (or at least dogs in the form of data).

May 15, 2013 — Julie Hecht

6 things dogs have in common with Susan Sontag

Since I’m still working out the difference between “procrastination” and “following leads,” I’ll tell you about a recent encounter with Susan Sontag and dogs.As a frequenter of Brain Pickings, an “online discovery engine...

April 30, 2013 — Julie Hecht

Are Dogs Funnier than Cats?

Fake laughter is the worst. When you notice it, fake laughter is a reminder that something, socially, is off. Contrast that with the way you laugh when you are with your dog.* It’s spontaneous, raw and honest.

April 29, 2013 — Julie Hecht

Dogs in pantyhose

Dogs in pantyhose Until recently, the only association I made between dogs and pantyhose would have involved an unfortunate trip to the vet. Of the inanimate objects pulled from pets’ gastrointestinal tracts -- from drywall and hearing aids to corn cobs and toy cars -- pantyhose, and their cousins, socks and underwear, top the list.But last week, dogs and pantyhose found themselves a new union.

April 11, 2013 — Julie Hecht

Four days left to play with your dog, for science

I was probably 12 years old (fine, 13) the last time I played with Barbies. School was closed for a snow day, and one of my best friends trudged over to my house for mac and cheese and Barbies.

March 28, 2013 — Julie Hecht

Spying on Dogs: Intrigue, drama and science

Taste-testing. © Julie Hecht Dogs don’t write. At least not in a way easily understood by people, and certainly not with a pen or pencil.

March 21, 2013 — Julie Hecht

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