Will Alaska's Biggest Sled Dog Race Continue Without Snow?

The Iditarod, a 900-mile sled dog race across Alaska, goes on no matter what the weather, which can range from whiteout blizzards to hazardously frosty temps. But what happens when the racers show up and the snows don't? This year, we found out. » 4/15/14 10:15am Tuesday 10:15am

How Do You Get People To Care About Dogs Pooping Where They Shouldn't?

The answer, some scientists hope, is to tell them how much everyone's dogs' poop weighs, and how much it costs to clean that shit up when it lands where it shouldn't. For instance: There are 8-million dogs in the UK. Guess how much crap they produce on a daily basis. A ton? Fifty tons? Five-hundred tons? No. More. Keep … » 4/13/14 7:00pm 4/13/14 7:00pm

Dogs Recall Their Owners' Scent Like You Remember Your Mom's Perfume

Ever worry that your puppy is just in it for the kibble? Well, be reassured: A new study suggests that your dog remembers your scent just the way you can't catch a whiff of fresh-baked cookies without thinking of your grandma. (Or Shalimar, depending on the type of grandma you had.) » 3/19/14 5:19pm 3/19/14 5:19pm

Why the Brains of Dogs and Humans Are More Similar Than You Think

As any dedicated dog owner will tell you, canines often appear to grasp the emotional content of what's being said to them. An unprecedented brain scanning study now shows this is likely true — and that this capability pre-dates domestication. » 2/21/14 8:00am 2/21/14 8:00am

Dogs that look more like puppies have an evolutionary advantage

In many ways, dogs appear and behave more like wolf puppies than wolf adults. Scientists have theorized that these "paedomorphic" features are the byproduct of selecting dogs against aggression. But a new study suggests this is no byproduct at all, but rather the result of a human preference for puppy-like facial… » 12/27/13 1:43pm 12/27/13 1:43pm

The Heroic Parachuting Dogs of D-Day

On the eve of the Normandy invasion, three planes carrying the members of Britain's 13th Battalion took off for France. In addition to the 60 men aboard, each plane carried one dog. The story of how these paratrooping canines got there — and what happened next — is nothing short of remarkable. » 12/18/13 2:56pm 12/18/13 2:56pm

This dog and cheetah are best friends and it is the best thing

What's more fun than watching a cheetah romp around in freshly fallen snow? Watching a cheetah romp around in freshly fallen snow with her best friend WHO ALSO HAPPENS TO BE A DOG. Oh wow, am I seriously tearing up right now? » 12/13/13 12:45pm 12/13/13 12:45pm

To bring a puppy home is to initiate a "countdown to sorrow"

Or so says Louis C.K. Parents, after all, rarely expect to outlive their children – but most pet owners acknowledge on some level that they will probably live to see their animals pass away. Still, many of us sincerely regard our pets as family. How, then, do we cope with the loss of these loved ones? » 11/21/13 2:40pm 11/21/13 2:40pm

Left and Right Tail-Wags Trigger Different Emotional Responses In Dogs

Dogs communicate a lot through their tails, whether it be through furious I’m-so-freakin-happy-to-see-you wagging or the I’m-scared-shitless tail between the legs. But a new study from Italy shows that canines also recognize and respond to wagging in surprising ways, including whether the wagging happens on the left… » 10/31/13 1:00pm 10/31/13 1:00pm

Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children

By specially training dogs to lie motionless in an fMRI scanner, neuroscientists have finally taken a look inside the mind of our favorite companion animal. And to no dog lover’s surprise, they exhibit a level of awareness that will force us to reconsider the ways in which they’re treated. » 10/07/13 9:20am 10/07/13 9:20am