Rise of the ‘Coyowolf’ — Part Wolf, Part Dog, Part Coyote

The Economist reports: Like some people who might rather not admit it, wolves faced with a scarcity of potential sexual partners are not beneath lowering their standards. It was desperation of this sort, biologists reckon, that led dwindling wolf populations in southern Ontario to begin, a century or two ago, breeding widely with dogs and […]

What Domesticating Siberian Foxes May Tell Us About Dogs

I recently watched a fascinating segment of the 2009 BBC show “The Secret Life of the Dog”. I’d never seen it, and wanted to share it here. It’s about domesticating foxes in Siberia. The gist: Over the course of more than 40 years, scientists took normal foxes, which were aggressive toward humans, and looked for […]

Here’s a Completely Gratuitous Photo of Our Dog Ashley

File under: Just because. Here’s a recent photo, supplied by our friend P, of our beloved adopted street dog, Ashley, previously discussed here and here. Ashley turns five in August, so she’s technically a middle-aged pooch. But, as you may be able to tell in this image, she still has a youthful face and many […]

Spotted on NYC Subway: (Fake) Ad for ‘Canine Plastic Surgeon’

I spotted this “ad” for a “canine plastic surgeon” recently on the 1 train here in New York. Despite the silliness of the concept, the ad is pretty convincing, since it’s done very much in the style of many local NYC subway ads. (Dermatologist Dr. Jonathan Zizmor‘s ads come to mind.) However, a quick visit […]

Second anniversary with Ashley, our adopted Bangkok street dog

File under: The adopted soi dog chronicles… I am late in noting this, but August 15 was the second anniversary of our adoption of Ashley, our rescued street dog. As I mentioned in my post last year providing the back story, we got her from the fine folks at SCAD Bangkok. SCAD stands for Soi […]

One year ago today: The story of adopting our Bangkok street dog

One year ago today, we adopted Ashley, a rescued street dog. Just a puppy, she was found in poor condition indeed. But she was rehabilitated by the fine folks at SCAD Bangkok. SCAD stands for Soi Cats and Dogs — soi being the Thai name for alley or small street. There are many thousands of […]