WARNING! Puppy Adorable-ness Inside.

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  1. JRakes

    JRakes NOT your Average Joe

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    Thanks - I'll get there eventually. What I'd really like is to get a black sphinx kitteh to snuggle up with. :D

    Won't happen any time soon, though... ;)
     
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  2. scjjtt

    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    She is a Saint - that you can tell for sure. It is amazing how fast they grow up. You have to enjoy them while they are puppies because they don't remain small for long - especially Annabel!
     
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  3. EdmundDantes

    EdmundDantes Mobile Deity

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    Yeah, but they take about 18 months-2 years to fully grow too.
     
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  4. namerif

    namerif Zero Defects

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    Here's Annabel thinking, "I'm almost large enough now to knock that big goober over..."

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    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    Mrs scjjtt had some help doing the laundry on Saturday.

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    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S4 using Tapatalk.
     
  6. namerif

    namerif Zero Defects

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    So THATS where all those missing socks go. :)
     
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  7. BAB2000

    BAB2000 An "Olde Moderator" #2 Super Moderator

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    Yes, they are still puppies till then, maybe acting like teenagers.
    My son had a boxer that acted like a puppy till almost two.
    My daughter has a Great DAME, just turned two, yet handles commands very well and is the most gentle large dog I have been around, unless he is wagging his tail, then watch out.


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  8. namerif

    namerif Zero Defects

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    18 weeks of age and weighing in at 50lbs - the always glamorous - Miss Annabunny!

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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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  10. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Hey! Stop looking at my dog!

    The power of puppy eyes: Dog gazes trigger bonding response in owner's brains, study says
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    NEW YORK — Oh, those puppy eyes.

    Just by gazing at their owners, dogs can trigger a response in their masters' brains that helps them bond, a study says.

    And owners can do a similar trick in return, researchers found.

    This two-way street evidently began when dogs were domesticated long ago, because it helped the two species connect, the Japanese researchers say.

    As canine psychology experts Evan MacLean and Brian Hare of Duke University wrote in a commentary on the work, "When your dog is staring at you, she may not just be after your sandwich."

    The new work is the first to present a biological mechanism for bonding across species, said researcher Larry Young of Emory University.

    Neither he nor the Duke scientists were involved in the study, which is reported in a paper from Japan released Thursday by the journal Science.

    The brain response is an increase in levels of a hormone called oxytocin (ahk-see-TOH'-sin). Studies in people and animals indicate this substance promotes social bonding, such as between parent and infant or between two lovers.

    One experiment in the new research involved 30 owners and their dogs. Oxytocin levels in the urine of both species were sampled before and after the owners and their dogs spent a half-hour together.

    Analysis showed that owners whose dogs looked at them longer in the first five minutes had bigger boosts in oxytocin levels. Similarly, dogs that gazed longer got a hormone boost, too. That's evidently in response to being touched by their owners during the session, one of the study authors, Takefumi Kikusui of Azabu University near Tokyo, said in an email.

    No such result appeared when researchers tried the experiment with wolves. The animals were paired with people who had raised them, although not as pets. The difference suggests dogs started gazing at owners as a social strategy when they became domesticated, rather than inheriting it from their wolf ancestors, researchers said.

    Another experiment with dogs found they looked at their owners longer if they were given doses of oxytocin, and that the hormone's levels then went up in their owners. But these results appeared only in female dogs; the reason isn't clear.

    An oxytocin researcher not connected to the study said previous work had provided bits of evidence that the hormone plays a role in bonding between species, but that the new work is more comprehensive.

    "It makes very good sense," said C. Sue Carter, who directs the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.

    But Clive Wynne of Arizona State University, a psychologist who studies interaction between dogs and people, said he thinks the link to domestication is "barking up the wrong tree." The study doesn't provide convincing evidence for that, he said.

    Emory's Young, who studies bonding behavior, said the relationship between people and dogs is special. Human love can lose its initial exhilaration over time, he said, but he hasn't seen that with the dogs he has owned for 10 years.

    "When I come home from work every day, they are just as excited to see me now as they were when I got them," Young said.
     
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