The Moving Cells that Make Our Pups the Pups They Are Today

What makes dogs so doggy? You might have noticed that your dog has traits, like floppy ears, a curly tail, speckles or patches, or a cute, short nose,  that make it look pretty different from the wolf it’s descended from. For more than a century, scientists have wondered why so many domesticated animals, ranging from cows to pigs to mice, share traits like these that don’t exist in the wild animals they’re related to. Continue reading “The Moving Cells that Make Our Pups the Pups They Are Today”

Truffles, Dogs, Pigs, and Us

Today, the truffle is one of the world’s most expensive and extravagant foods, reserved for foodies’ special occasions.  They present a musky, earthy, pungent aroma, and are often added as a flavor agent or garnish.  They’re a delicacy on the dish because they’re notoriously difficult to grow and have baffled farmers for decades.  Other crops, such as corn or soy beans, have been monitored, adjusted, and genetically modified extensively to benefit consumers.  You can drive all over the Midwest and see rolling fields of corn and soy beans in excess.  However, truffles are difficult to monitor during their formation since they grow entirely underground near tree roots, and only in very specific soil conditions.

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Training your Dog with Science

Dogs and their human family members have always shared a special bond. It’s no mystery to a dog owner where the phrase “man’s best friend” came from. While it’s tough to know exactly what your pet is thinking, it is possible to train them and communicate with them to foster a loving relationship. Lynn Meador is an expert dog trainer who works for Constant Companion Dog Training. Lynn’s goal is to work with dogs and their human family members to teach the two species how to communicate with each other and cohabitate in a supportive, loving manner. Continue reading “Training your Dog with Science”