15 percent less chance of getting asthma. According to one study. Significant to some. Not to others.
Probably 15 percent less chance of your teenage daughter of coming home with a dirty guy or a unwanted little human pooper because she needed something to hug and hold. That's my theory.
The bible doesn't talk about the age of dinosaurs either. It's not because it's ridiculous. Animals ruled the earth first with angels as guardians. No dogs. Just Dino. No Freds. My dog siblings were originally named after the Flinstones. Ridiculous.
I agree there's very little need for working dogs today.
Studies come to all sorts of erroneous conclusions. At one time, there were studies that found smoking didn't cause health problems and that "black lung" in coal miners prevented cancer. There was a much lower percentage of asthmatic children before people started keeping dogs in the house. How do you explain that?
There are no studies indicating that girls who wallow around with dogs are less likely to get knocked up. It's probably the other way round: Girls who wallow around with dogs can't take their fleabags to school with them, so they start wallowing around with boys as a substitute.
My dog siblings were originally named after the Flinstones.
Unless you have 4 legs and a tail, you don't have any "dog siblings."
Because there's very little need for working dogs today, dogs are superfluous.
Nature Strikes Back: Four Dogs Die from Blue-Green Algae Poisoning
A common problem in many lake and pond communities is dog waste. Because of their diet, the excrement of dogs does not break down like that of wild animals and livestock and it accumulates quickly. Then when it rains, the waste washes into water, polluting it, causing algae growth and killing marine life. Humans who come into contact with the water, even from wading in it, comes into contact with numerous harmful bacteria, including E. coli, as well as parasitic worms and cryptosporidium. Cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, are a growing concern in bodies of water where there are a lot of dog-owners. The toxic algae renders the water unfit for drinking, unsafe for swimming and other recreational activities and kills fish, frogs, turtles and anything else that comes into contact with the poisonous blooms.
Now nature is striking back. The three dogs pictured above took their last swim in a North Carolina pond. According to their owner, Melissa Martin of Wilmington, N.C., all three died within a matter of hours after playing in the water. After their final swim on Thursday (August 8), Martin said Abby, Izzy and Harpo “contracted blue green algae poisoning.” Martin immediately took to Facebook, writing, “We are gutted. I wish I could do today over. I would give anything to have one more day with them. What started out as a fun night for them has ended in the biggest loss of our lives. We need your prayers.”
According to Martin, her dogs quickly deteriorated. She initially thought her dog Abby had been stung by something. Then Izzy started “seizing,” she wrote, adding that when she contacted a veterinarian she was told to bring her dogs, but by the time she got Izzy to the vet’s office, she “was almost lifeless” and “Harpo was just beginning to seize. The Westies were really out of it, constantly seizing and unable to breathe well, so we decided we would let them go together peacefully,” she continued. “In the process, Harpo started to go down hill soon after. The vet said that he was suffering and his chance of survival with no liver failure and internal bleeding was very low. I held him and told him how awesome he was and reminded him of all the lives he touched. Then we let him go. The hardest thing I have ever done is hold these incredible animals and watch their lives slip away.”
Now, Martin claims, her goal is to warn others of the dangers of “this deadly bacteria.”
Some blooms of blue-green algae can produce chemicals toxic to animals and humans who drink the untreated water, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The department added the algae blooms may turn the water neon green, blue-green or reddish-brown, can cause a foul smell and taste in the water and sometimes it forms a foam or scum on the surface. The algae also kills fish and can cause skin irritation or breathing irritations in humans who get into the water or handle the algae.
On her Facebook page, Martin shared a post from Morgan Fleming of Marietta, Ga., on Sunday, who said she also lost her dog after allowing her to swim in a lake. According to Fleming, she took her dog Arya (above) to a lake on Saturday morning and around 30 minutes later on the drive home, she “noticed her making weird noises and she threw up and pooped in the car.” Fleming called a veterinarian who told her to bring in the dog. “By this point our girl couldn’t even stand,” Fleming wrote, adding that veterinarians told her Arya was in critical condition so she took her to the emergency room. “By the time we got there, she was brain dead,” Fleming continued. “We lost our fun, loving and crazy girl to what we can only assume was a lake toxin such as blue green algae.”
In response to Fleming’s post, Martin wrote, “And here we go again! It’s a traumatic, excruciating death. We are heartbroken for them, and unfortunately, we know how they feel, times three.”
Last week in Austin, Tex., two dogs died after swimming in Lady Bird Lake, which contains scum that officials say is likely blue-green algae.
Sources: Talia Kaplan, Fox News, August 11, 2019; Bettie Cross, KEYE, August 5, 2019; and "Dog Waste Is Destroying the Environment," WhatLiesBeyond, April 21, 2018.
Last Edit: Aug 13, 2019 18:08:05 GMT -5 by JoannaB
How the hell do you tell if something as stupid as a frigging dog is "brain dead"?
When I read that, I thought the same thing. In one of our old groups, someone posted an article about how dogs are becoming even dumber since people have started treating them like little pieces of Jesus. There was a great image of a little dog with its entire head stuck into a big dog's ass with the story. If anyone can find the photo, please post it. It will come in handy when I'm arguing with some dog-obsessed freak online.