My name is Tanner the Pit Bull. I was living on the street when a kind lady took me to the shelter, the jail for dogs. I was supposed to 'go to sleep', but then Lou and Eugenie showed up and took me home. We've written a book about it, GIMME SHELTER. We're hoping you'll drop by from time to time to learn what's new with us and our friends. We'll be talking about rescue dogs, especially Pit Bulls, anger issues, and things we love, like movies, books, travel and karate.
B.R.A.G. MEDALLION WINNER
B.R.A.G. MEDALLION WINNER
Sunday, July 27, 2014
DO JEALOUS PIT BULLS DREAM OF ELECTRIC CATS?…HONORING A 'JERSEY BOY'
I sometimes overhear Lou & Eugenie saying that I was running
in my sleep and having another 'doggie dream'. Until recently, the idea of canine dreams was
largely dismissed as another case of humans anthropomorphizing their pets. New
research, however, suggests that we may,
indeed, be doing just that. In a recent Parade Magazine article, Your PetExlained: The Truth About Cats & Dogs, veterinarian Melissa Bain,
associate professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, says that
"we don't know…but we think they dream.” That’s because their brain-wave
patterns resemble those seen in people. “Dogs go through sleep cycles very
similar to humans’, with periods of deep sleep and periods of rapid eye
movement, or REM, sleep,” says Stephen Zawistowski, Ph.D., an applied animal
behaviorist and science adviser to the American Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals. “Dreaming happens during REM sleep, which is also when
dogs twitch their legs, move their lips, or vocalize.” Wonder when your own
dog might be dreaming? As a dog starts to doze, and his sleep becomes deeper,
his breathing will become more regular, says canine behavior expert Stanley
Coren in his book How Dogs Think. “After a period of about 20
minutes,” Coren writes, “his first dream should start.” (read the entire article).
Tanner and his newest 'baby' (Thank You, Aunt Robby)
Not only do we dream like our two-legged partners, it
seems we get jealous like them, too. As reported by CNN online, "a study by scholars at the
University of California, San Diego found that dogs showed jealous behaviors
when their owners displayed affection toward an animatronic stuffed dog that
barked, whined and wagged its tail. The dogs snapped at and pushed against the
stuffed dog and tried to get between it and the human. This may come as no
surprise to any owner of multiple pooches who has seen them jostle for space on
Joe Long, far right
Thanks to the billion dollar stage hit and recent movie, JERSEY BOYS, millions of younger Americans now know the music, and tumultuous story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a quartet of street smart 'goombahs' who mixed music with the Mob. Well, it turns out that Lou has a personal connection to one of the Seasons, #5, Joe Long (photo, far right). Joe was born Joe LaBracio, in Elizabeth, NJ. His mom and dad, Mary and Joe, lived on High Street, a scant half-block from Spirito's Restaurant, the landmark eatery founded 80+ years ago by Lou's grandfather. They were such close friends that Lou's mom and dad chose Mary & Joe to be Lou's godparents, a big deal for Italians. When the Seasons tabbed Joey, a talented, classically trained bass player, to replace the disgruntled Nick Massi, Joey became an instant hero in the city's Italian Peterstown neighborhood. Fifty years later, Joe's hometown has decided to honor him by renaming High Street Joe Long Way. It couldn't happen to a nicer, humbler or more deserving guy. (listen to the interview).