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Brilliant app for the furry ones and their owners

Now you and your furry pal can mark their turf, unlock badges and become top dog, with the latest version of the popular Dogbook app.

Poolhouse has launched a new and improved version of Dogbook which includes Foursquare for dogs. you check in at your favorite local haunts so why shouldn’t your dog? Dogbook, the popular canine social networking tool used by over 3.5 million members, has unveiled 15 new features that facilitate deeper connections between dogs – and their owners, too.

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Mongrels in New Zealand learn how to drive

If you are looking for a driver and live in New Zealand adopt a mongrel!!

"Porter" the driver dog behind the wheel

“Porter” the driver dog behind the wheel

To increase pet adoptions from animal shelters Auckland SPCA came up with the initiative of training three cross-breed rescue dogs to drive a modified mini car as a way of proving that even unwanted canines can be taught to perform complex tasks.

The motorized mutts — Porter, Monty and Ginny — were trained for three months to sit behind the wheel and operate with their paws the changing gear, accelerator and brakes.

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Viewing Cute Images of baby animals Promotes a Careful Behavior and Narrows Attentional Focus

MOTW came across a very interesting research that indicates that looking at pictures of baby animals could improve your concentration and focus. That is what a study by researchers at the University of Hiroshima in Japan published in PLOS ONE suggest. The Japanese researchers based his study on previous discoveries which suggested that people who looked at cute pictures of animals were able to focus on tough skill tasks better than people who hadn’t. The scientists who carried the earlier study showed that looking at something cute would cause people to behave more carefully – a natural response intended to make sure people handled babies safely.

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Mongrels of the World – Our contribution to the doggie world

Mongrels of the World would like to share with you, mongrel lovers, what we have been doing lately to help mongrels around the world.

When we created this blog, a year ago we did it with the aim of just sharing nice pictures and funny stories. But with time we started thinking that we wanted to do something good to help struggling dogs.

For this reason we designed a 2012 calendar which we sold to raise funds for Soi Dog, an organisation in Thailand which helps neglected dogs.

The sale of the calendars was a succes and we managed to raise £455/$715 profit in the US and the UK which we sent to them.

Soi Dog have acknowledged this here:

http://www.soidog.org/en/calendar/

Working for all the Mongrels of the World

Also, thanks to our beloved Macedonian friend Maya Epstein and her lovely dog Maxi Epstein, MOTW came across an organisation in Macedonia called Anima Mundi. We suggested to them to use the MOTW 2012 calendar to raise funds.

After translating the calendar into Macedonian and struggling to find a printer in Macedonia, Maya and Maxi kindly donated 100 calendars to them which they sold succesfully.

Here are some words from Anima Mundi:

As the first calendar featuring homeless dogs to be ever printed in Macedonia, it attracted a great deal of attention and helped change public perceptions of the homeless animals. Through the wonderful photographs, the calendar told the story of the lives of homeless animals over the world, highlighting the desperate need of these poor souls for a warm home where they will be loved and cared for.

With the help from the sales of the calendars we managed to collect funds to provide treatment and food for many street dogs as well as few cats – some of which are featured in the photographs below.

So along with the pictures of some of the animals that received a second chance in life due to your generosity, we express our gratitude to you – Juliana, Maya as well as to all other friends to MOTW, for having shown that where there is genuine, enduring and sincere desire, the possibilities to lend a hand to others are endless.

Enormous thanks from the animal lovers of Macedonia and the activists for protection of animals, Anima Mundi.

Letter from Anima Mundi in Macedonia

Mongrels of the World feel extremely happy for having helped the street dogs of Thailand and Macedonia. This doesn’t stop here. We want to keep working on ideas to raise money for more organisations around the world. Without you mongrel lovers this could not have been possible.

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Should more offices allowed dogs?

Nowadays more and more offices are realising the benefits of allowing dogs in the workplace.

A recent study from Central Michigan University revealed that benefits include increased morale and productivity, happier employees, lower absenteeism rates, and even improved relationships among co-workers.

MOTW recently visited the Huffington Post/AOL offices in London where lucky employees are allowed to bring their dogs into work.

Tilly at the Huffington Post/AOL offices in London

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Thanks to Sophy New Yorkers look forward to crossing the roads every day

These days New Yorkers have the pleasure of being helped by a mongrel to cross the street. Sophy a German Shepherd labrador mix, has the duty of  leading the way as kids cross a busy road. She and her owner, Clifford Mealy, are the Greenwich School District’s newest crossing guards. Equipped with her own stop sign Sophy carrys it proudly while kids follow her to reach the sidewalk harmless and happy.

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A great example of how far dog loyalty can go

This story has astonished Mongrels of the World. A stray dog in Russia remained beside the lifeless body of his female dog friend in temperatures below 50 degrees for more than two weeks.

The loyal dog refuses to leave his dead friend

The dog has been trying to warm up his friend’s body and he has been celebrated as a true hero on Internet forums.

Not long after the story was posted online, Animal lovers started bringing food to the dog. Later, they decided to take him to a shelter until new owners could be found, fearing he might die of cold.

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