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Dogs enhance the immunity system in children

21 Jul


I cannot resist to post those two links toward scientific articles with the aim of giving a little advertisement for the benefit of our four legs companions!


Reference: Hölscher B, Frye C, Wichmann HE, Heinrich J. Exposure to pets and allergies in children. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. 2002;13(5):334-341. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1034/j.1399-3038.2002.02063.x.


Reference: Bergroth E, Remes S, Pekkanen J, Kauppila T, Büchele G, Keski-Nisula L. Respiratory Tract Illnesses During the First Year of Life: Effect of Dog and Cat Contacts. Pediatrics. 2012 Jul;Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2011-2825.




Dogs like humans are wired to run

27 May

As we do, dogs experience a « runner’s high » i.e. a jump of their endocannabinoid blood level after running.

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It appears that we and our dogs are wired to run, a scientist says, as a consequence of the brain production of endocannabinoid that triggers our shared appetite for running.
Prof Raichlen and colleagues wanted to “to test the hypothesis that neurobiological rewards are linked to high-intensity exercise in cursorial mammals” (quoted). Their results just confirmed their hypothesis: “We show that humans and dogs share significantly increased exercise-induced eCB signaling following high-intensity endurance running” (quoted).

There are many similarities between the dogs and us, beside being mammals, loving our babies, loving to play (especially with balls or balloons), having a great sense of property, we also share, as I just have discovered it, thanks to Professor David Raichlen, the delights of the runner’s high.

As for us, human beings, running is for dogs a necessity, be it for hunting and chasing their prey or fleeing a danger such as a mightier predator.

So the evolution made the fact of running a real pleasure for our two species using for that purpose a little molecule secreted by our brain: the endocannabinoid. It acts as a reward for the individuals who manage to train and maintain their running capacities.

Professor Raichlen’s merit, as an anthropologist, stands in the fact that he demonstrates the phenomenon is not a human specificity but exists also for some other mammals close to us like dogs. (Note that non cursorial mammals like ferrets are excluded from this encouraging, rewarding mechanism).

Photos credits and writting by Philippe Ha-Vinh

More information and content:


Raichlen DA, Foster AD, Gerdeman GL, Seillier A, Giuffrida A. Wired to run: exercise-induced endocannabinoid signaling in humans and cursorial mammals with implications for the ‘runner’s high’. The Journal of experimental biology. 2012 Apr;215(Pt 8):1331-1336. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.063677.

Dogs invest in affection, not in financial assets

9 Apr

Can we judge the moral degree of a man by the way he treat an animal?

These photographs testify that a master can be poor financially but very rich viewed by  his pet. The loyalty of the heart of their dog is their only  and most precious good.  If we trust what Gandhi said [1] we can state that those three men in the photographs, although facing the highest distress, managed to maintain a high degree of moral values.

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[1] ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress

can be judged by the ways its animals are treated

~ Mahatma Gandhi’

(1869-1948. Spiritual leader of India)

Other quotations on animal welfare are available here and further comments on the Mahatma Gandhi sentence here

the outburst of spring

1 Apr

The lilac has just erupted with flowers on my balcony.
Bees are flying all around. The cherry tree is also in flower. Smell like spring is really on time this year! And the Cockers participate to the fest, as always, enthusiastically.
The cycle of the year is reaching a summit in April in my view.

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Dogs are crazy when they are playing with a ball

18 Feb

That’s why I love them!  But as you know I’m a crazy  dog person…

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via “Ruff Water” – Los Angeles, CA – Seth Casteel – Featured Photographer.

Such a commitment for a simple piece of plastic will always astonish me. They live their life fully with no half measure, especially when it comes to toys and swimming pools.

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when a man rescues his dog

17 Feb

It shows how the bonds between dogs and their owners are!

How certain men can risk their life to rescue a dog while others don’t even understand how one can think even to adopt one?

The man crawling across the river

In fact adopting and rescuing belong not at all to the same context.
From my point of view, a man decides in a few minutes if he can rescue a living being be it member of his family or not, a pet or a human.

Genetically, from the cavern ages we, men, are programmed to protect the clan from dangers from outside when men lived in the wilderness. And I think, at least in some of us, those old reflex are still present.

As far as I am concerned, the same situation occurred one year in winter (month of February) when one of my cockers crossed a river chasing his ball and trapped his ears (which cockers have very very long as it is well known) in the brambles of the other bank of the river. Evaluating rapidly the situation (he would rapidly drown) I put my self  in the same dress code like the man in the picture (only in under-wears) and I dived  for a quick rescue.

I must have keep the gene of the protector of the clan.

But you should know it can be very dangerous; each year men die doing those sort of things for rescuing an animal (on average seven death per year  in the UK).

Safe: Bentley back home in the warm with Mr Jarvis

Bentley the rescued and Malcom his master who saved him.

Congrats Malcom!

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Police dog or riot dog, no difference

22 Jan

Dogs are on the side of humans be they protesters or policemen.

Dogs do not make politic.
Their master does.
So they follow or, most of the time, precede him when comes the time of physical confrontation. I told you a few post earlier of Sausage the courageous Greek dog standing always in the front line of the Athens’s unrest last year. He was on the side of protesters, only because the human he trusted was one of them. And now comes the turn of Lyon and Dox, two valiant Brazilian dogs who have heroically fallen and passed away in Rio de Janeiro unrests, but this time on the side of the police. Why? Not at all because of politic beliefs nor because it was their job but only because they stood by or preceded their beloved masters, like Sausage in Greece. And anyway there is no difference between police dog and riot dog.
And here is their complete story that you can read on Motley News. Thanks to him for having revealed the story.

Three dogs

14 Jan

Looking at my dogs puts me in an introspective mood

I have the chance that three dogs consider me as their master. I did very little to deserve this non academic distinction: I only bought them at a very high price to a dog breeder of pure race cocker, I give them very expansive croquettes twice a day and I’m out with them in the cold in winter and in the suffocating warm air in summer four times a day, the last walk occurring at night with some time strange people wandering around. But anyway I accept the distinction that they gave to me in considering me as their master.
Living under the same roof with my three dogs (cockers) taught me some fundamental things:
The following behaviours or spirit features are far from being specifically human: a) sense of property, b) jealousy, c) loose of all rationality when it comes to sexual temptation (especially when a female dog urinated around), d) will of making other congeners envious (my bone is bigger than yours, I have a toy that you do not possess, watch it), e) to be careful with young baby or the elderly but without mercy with potential concurrent, f) barking loud but not much acting if the danger approach and if necessary not being ashamed of fleeing if there is any doubt on his own capacity to win.
And these thing are a pale outlook of how near from other mammal the human behaviour of every days living is.
Having been chosen as his master by a dog brings modesty and a great insight on human nature.

The dog and the fisherman

11 Jan

Sometime fishermen are the dog’s best friend.
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Humans and dogs share affinity since thousand of years from now. Perhaps their love story began in the caverns ages when for the first time a wolf was rescued by a lonely dear hunter. But the scene we witness here must have been quite unusual until now. Indeed it is rare that a fisherman encounters a dog swimming alone and urging into his boat. They look both (the man and the dog) very sympathetic. And you can notice that they have in common the same slender profile. If the fisherman is searching a name for his brand new friend I advise him to call the dog Noah, because his boat looked like a little Noah’s Ark 😉

Occupy the world

16 Oct

Last saturday, october 15, it was the Occupy the world day. Thousand of places have been occupied by the 99% of people who sees themselves as forgotten by their own politicians. They wanted to show them what democracy looks like with peaceful protest. One place, although not representative of the global financial trade, have participated to the Occupy the world day: Betel, Alaska. There was four resolute looking activists: One woman named McEachern, assistant professor of the University of Alaska, and her three dogs. One of them is named Seabiscuit. Indeed he is a colleague of Saussage the courageous Athenian dog we presented in a precedent post. The Los Angeles time made an article of their story.

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