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                                  February 2013     

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  Hungry Dog Dash

Sun., Feb. 3, 2013, 8 a.m. -- 2013 Hungry Dog Dash, the 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Point Loma High School Cross Country Team, at NTC Liberty Station in Point Loma.
Registration is $30 for under 18, and $35 for adults.  Dogs and strollers are allowed and encouraged.   



Sat., Feb. 9, 2013, 9 to 11 a.m. -- Dog Beach Cleanup, with Friends of Dog Beach, at the pawprint entry to Dog Beach.  Bags & gloves, plus toys & treats will be provided for you and your friendly dogs

  Puppy Love

Sun., Feb. 10, 2013, 7 a.m. -- 4th Annual Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center, at Via de la Valle & Coast Highway 101 in Solana Beach.  Registration is $45, and dogs are welcome on the course and event area.  Pre-registration is encouraged: 


Westminster Dog Show  

Mon. & Tues., Feb. 11 & 12, 2013 -- 137th Westminster Kennel Club's All Breed Dog Show, with 3,200 dog entries among 187 breeds, including two new breeds:  The Treeing Walker Coonhound and the Russell Terrier.  Judging will be at Madison Square Garden, and televised in San Diego on Monday eve. 8-11 p.m. on CNBC, and Tues. eve. 8-11 p.m. on USA.  This year's top judge for Best in Show on Tues. eve. will be Michael Dougherty, who runs the Windsong Resort for Pets in Escondido.

Tues., Feb. 12, 2013, 11 a.m.-12 Noon -- 1st Annual Mardi Paws Parade, with costumed animals and floats ($10 per entry) to benefit adoptions at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Awards for Best Dressed Mardi Paws King & Queen, and Best Carnival Caper, along with an Opportunity Drawing and Refreshments.   



Bark in Park7
Sun., Feb. 17, 2013, 2 p.m. -- Bark in Balboa Park 7, free animal themed concert & pet parade at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, with civic organist Dr. Carol Williams and her rescue Airedale Dietrich Buxtehude Bell.  Families and dogs on leash welcome, to benefit the San Diego Humane Society.
BestinShow 2011
Sat. & Sun., Feb. 23 & 24, 2013, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. -- 2013 Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show, one of the nation's largest dog shows, including conformation, obedience, rally & agility competitions.  Free admission, parking $10.  Only dogs participating may attend, so please don't bring your pets.  In the O'Brien, Bing Crosby and Exhibit Halls at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
RCHumane & SD Botanic Garden
Sat., Feb. 23, 2013, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. -- 1st Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden, sponsored by the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens), with pet products, food & treats, and information, at 230 Quail Gardens Dr. in Encinitas.  Adult registration is $24, and youth under 18 is $12.

K9 Cancer Walk in San Marcos
Sat., Feb. 23, 2013, 9 a.m. -- San Diego K9 Cancer Walk to benefit the Morris Animal Foundation, at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Dr., San Marcos.  The goal of the 1.5-mile walk is to raise $65,000 to fight canine cancer, the no. 1 cause of death in dogs over 2 years old.  Adult registration is $30, and children $15.

Ugly Dog Contest
Sunday, March 10, 2013, 10 a.m. -- 18th Annual Ugly Dog Contest, sponsored by the Del Mar Kiwanis Club & San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce, at the Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center, CA.  If you don't have an ugly dog, you may enter in nine other categories, including Cutest, Most Beautiful, Most Handsome, Best St. Pat's Costume, Dog Who Looks Most Like Its Owner, or Best Trick.  All proceeds given to charity.  Admission $6 to $12, and contest entries $10.
Escondido Humane Soc. Paws in the Park
Sat., March 24, 2013, 8 a.m.-12 Noon -- Paws in the Park, sponsored by the Escondido Humane Society to benefit animals in need, at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido.

Sat., April 13, 2013, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. -- emBARKadero:  Run.Walk.Roll.Wag.  A 4-Legged 4K Run/Walk/Roll is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. ($25 adult registration, $10 for children under 12) at the Embarcadero Marina Park South, near the Convention Center, to benefit Canine Companions for Independence.  The festival begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public with free admission, and features Flyball, a K9 Agility Playground, Dog Yoga, food, shopping and games and crafts for kids.
Creek 2 Bay
Sat., April 27, 2013, 9 a.m.-12 Noon -- 11th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup, sponsored by I Love a Clean San Diego, at more than 80 coastal and inland sites throughout San Diego County.  Last year, 6,000 volunteers collected more than 150,000 lbs. of trash from entering our creeks and ocean. 
Join us at Ocean Beach-Dog Beach!

19th Annual Walk for Animals
Sat., May 4, 2013, 7 a.m. to 12 Noon -- 19th Annual 2013 Walk for Animals, sponsored by the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, featuring a pancake breakfast, a scenic 2-mile (or 1/2-mile) walk, and doggie activities, to celebrate our love for animals while raising the vital funds needed to ensure that every homeless animal can find a loving home.  At a NEW location at NTC Park at Liberty Station (with ample parking). 

Celebrating 20 Years!

   Dog Beach Dog Wash will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary from February 1 through February 18, with our annual Anniversary Sale.  Everything will be on sale, at least 20% off, and Coupon Books for dog washes (5 for $50) will also be available.

   The first 500 washes will also be honored with a free gift of our new custom Pride Bite toy, valued at $11.95. 
Anniversary Toy
   This light-weight toy is made of two layers of soft durabite fleece with a rip stop technology sewn between the layers.  Two squeakers are encased in pouches and sewn into the toy for safety.  Your dog can play with it indoors or out, and it floats.  It is machine washable and retains its shape.

   Stop in for a wash soon to receive your free Dog Wash Anniversary Toy!  We love our customers!  And we want to thank you with lots of other Valentine specials and gifts too.   

Do Dogs Feel Love?

Dog & Kitten bonding
   Do dogs have the same emotions as humans?  Most people believe they can read emotions in their dog very easily.  Your dog dances around and wags its tail when you come home, and you know your dog is happy to see you, and you think, "My dog loves me."  Or you're out on a walk, and your dog sees another canine approaching. Your dog freezes in place, his hackles rise and he emits a low growl.  You think, "My dog hates that dog." 

   Is your dog experiencing these emotions, or are you anthropomorphizing?  Dr. Stanley Coren, Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of Psychology at the Univ. of British Columbia, has noted that the existence of emotions in dogs is a point of scientific controversy.

   Coren notes that up until the last couple of centuries, dogs were viewed as machines that were unable to think or feel, but could be programmed to do certain things.  Early church scholars believed that only humans had souls, consciousness and feelings.  Animals, including dogs, did not have the "divine spark," and therefore did not have the ability to experience true feelings.

   More recent scientific discoveries show that dogs have the same brain structures that produce emotions in humans.  Dogs have the same hormones and chemical changes as humans do during emotional states, including the hormone oxytocin, which is associated with feelings of love and affection for others.

   Coren says that recent research done on infants and children show that they have a limited range of emotions.  It is over time that these emotions begin to differentiate and develop, so that by adulthood, their range of emotions is quite broad.

   He notes that researchers believe the mind of a dog is roughly equivalent to that of a human child who is 2 to 2 1/2 years old.  This reflects mental abilities as well as emotions.  According to Coren, our dogs clearly have emotions, but many fewer kinds than found in adult humans.

   At birth, a human infant has an emotional state of excitement, and within weeks this develops into contentment or distress.  Over many months, the more complex emotions of fear, anger, joy, shyness or suspicion, affection Puppy Love and love appear.  Coren says that dogs develop a similar sequence of emotional development, but much more quickly than humans.  Dogs will have all the emotional range that they will ever achieve, according to Coren, by the time they are six months old.  He states that dogs will never feel shame, pride or guilt (which are emotions that children may develop between 3 and 5 years of age).

   Guilty looks that your dog may display after leaving an unwelcome deposit on your living room floor is, according to Coren, simply a feeling of fear -- of punishment.  Or, as others suggest, your dog may be reading your displeasure in your body language and energy level.

   If you have more than one dog, you may wonder if your dogs feel jealousy.  Friederike Range, a researcher at the University of Vienna, discovered that dogs do have a sense of "fair play."  Her team worked with a group of dogs that would "shake," or give their paw.  When some of the dogs received a food reward for giving their paw, the dogs not getting the treat would stop participating.  Is this jealousy, or distress at being left out, and feeling isolated or abandoned?

   Grief may be another emotion that dogs share with humans.  Greyfriars Bobby is the well Greyfriars Bobby known story of the Skye Terrier in 19th century Edinburgh that spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner, John Gray, although many now believe the story is fantasy.  Dogs don't grieve in the same way humans do, but they do experience sadness when a pet companion dies.  In 1996, the ASPCA conducted a Companion Animal Mourning Project that found that 66% of dogs exhibited four or more behavioral changes after losing a pet friend.  The study also found that most dogs returned to normal after two weeks, but some took as long as six months. 

Military dog bonding

   Many of us treat our dogs as "family" and perhaps expect too much from them, to the point that the animal's health and well-being is negatively affected.  Refusing to spay or neuter your pet is one of the most common destructive effects of anthropomorphizing dogs and cats.  But treating them with love and respect is noble and the rewards are limitless.  Yes, your pet deserves a Valentine -- just don't give it with chocolate (it's poisonous to dogs).


Here are some other reflections on dog emotions:



We think your cat deserves a Valentine too.

Happy Valentine's Day!
We're celebrating 20 Years!
Mindy & Jane (with Juno, Zydeco & Chipper, and their new favorite toy)

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive." 
~Gilda Radner 

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