Dog Do Right Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:33:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dog Do Right 32 32 Canine-assisted therapy program helps children undergoing medical treatment in Malaga’s Axarquía Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:33:36 +0000 The dog-assisted therapy program helps children undergoing medical treatment in the Axarquía of Málaga. Photo credit: SATSE

The dog-assisted therapy program, offered at a hospital in Axarquía, province of Málaga, helps young patients cope with medical treatment.

The Malaga branch of the nursing union SATSE has contributed to the implementation of a dog-assisted therapy program in the children’s department of the Comarcal de la Axarquia Hospital.

In a statement released on September 16, SATSE explained that dog-assisted therapy can be used in a variety of ways, both for children who remain hospitalized and for those attending general consultations or treatment sessions.

According to SATSE, having a dog present during certain medical procedures can help keep patients calm, allowing professionals to more easily perform procedures like injecting insulin.

This project is the result of the collaboration between the team of humans and dogs of the organization Perruneando, specialized in dog-assisted interventions, the medical professionals of the hospital in Axarquia and the nursing union SATSE.

“SATSE will always contribute to projects aimed at improving the quality of healthcare for users and facilitating the work of healthcare professionals,” they said.

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ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. plans quarterly dividend of $0.23 (NASDAQ:SFBS) Wed, 21 Sep 2022 21:46:18 +0000

ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFBS – Get a rating) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, September 21, the wall street journal reports. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 3 will receive a dividend of 0.23 per share from the financial services provider on Friday, October 7. This represents an annualized dividend of $0.92 and a yield of 1.09%. The ex-date of this dividend is Friday, September 30.

ServisFirst Banc shares down 0.9%

Shares of NASDAQ SFBS were down $0.80 midday Wednesday, hitting $84.38. 122,500 shares of the stock traded in hands, compared to its average volume of 173,680. The company has a market capitalization of $4.58 billion, a PE ratio of 20.53 and a beta of 1.01. ServisFirst Bancshares has a one-year minimum of $72.55 and a one-year maximum of $97.25. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $85.35 and a two-hundred-day moving average price of $84.05. The company has a debt ratio of 0.05, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a current ratio of 0.93.

ServisFirst Bancshares (NASDAQ:SFBS – Get a rating) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 18. The financial services provider reported EPS of $1.14 for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.06. ServisFirst Bancshares achieved a return on equity of 19.30% and a net margin of 46.52%. The company had revenue of $125.87 million in the quarter, versus a consensus estimate of $120.00 million. In the same quarter a year earlier, the company posted earnings per share of $0.92. On average, equity analysts expect ServisFirst Bancshares to post 4.63 EPS for the current year.

Insider buying and selling

In other ServisFirst Bancshares news, Chief Financial Officer William M. Foshee sold 3,000 shares of the company in a trade dated Tuesday August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $92.89, for a total value of $278,670.00. Following the transaction, the CFO now directly owns 265,747 shares of the company, valued at approximately $24,685,238.83. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, available via this hyperlink. 8.31% of the shares are currently held by insiders.

Hedge funds weigh on ServisFirst Bancshares

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have been buying and selling stocks recently. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd increased its position in ServisFirst Bancshares by 1,043.6% during the 2nd quarter. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd now owns 2,230 shares of the financial services provider valued at $176,000 after buying an additional 2,035 shares last quarter. Jane Street Group LLC increased its equity stake in ServisFirst Bancshares by 17.8% in the second quarter. Jane Street Group LLC now owns 2,973 shares of the financial services provider worth $235,000 after acquiring an additional 449 shares during the period. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. increased its equity stake in ServisFirst Bancshares by 110.2% in the first quarter. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. now owns 2,457 shares of the financial services provider worth $253,000 after acquiring an additional 1,288 shares during the period. Evergreen Capital Management LLC increased its equity stake in ServisFirst Bancshares by 9.1% in the first quarter. Evergreen Capital Management LLC now owns 3,128 shares of the financial services provider worth $298,000 after acquiring an additional 261 shares during the period. Finally, Millennium Management LLC purchased a new position in ServisFirst Bancshares during the second quarter worth approximately $517,000. 64.14% of the shares are currently held by institutional investors.

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6 Reptiles That Experts Say Make Great Pets Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:39:19 +0000

For many aspiring pet owners, the idea of ​​snuggling up on the couch with a furry friend is usually the incentive to start looking for an animal for adoption. However, some people just don’t have the time to care for the low maintenance dog or cat. And some smaller animals that can live in enclosures may not be the best choices for other owners either. Luckily for everyone there are still plenty of options for a non-mammal companion on the market. Read on to see which reptiles make great pets according to experts.

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Reptiles may not be known for having loving personalities like dogs or cats. However, experts say that an entry-level lizard can be a very attentive friend.

“Bearded dragons are hardy reptile pets that can also be great for kids,” Pierre CabFounder and owner of Reptile Craze, tells best life. “They are easy to care for once their enclosure is properly set up. Surprisingly, they love to cuddle and go for walks. You can watch TV or play video games with your bearded dragon sitting on your lap!”

Cab adds that their omnivorous diet also makes them easy to feed, usually consisting of insects, fruits and vegetables.

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There’s nothing quite like having a pet so carefree you never have to chase them around the house. Before you go out and pick up a turtle, though, experts say certain types of shelled reptiles are easier to care for than others.

“Turtles are often one of the first pet reptiles that come to mind, especially aquatic turtles like red-eared sliders. But maintaining an aquatic enclosure can be difficult… and smelly,” she says Georgina Ushi Phillipstells DVM, a practicing veterinarian and Florida-based author of The Reptile Room best life.

“Box turtles don’t need water, and these terrestrial reptiles require substrates that are much closer to what you would use for other terrestrial reptiles,” she explains. “However, box turtles need more space compared to other reptiles. And be prepared for a lifetime pet as these box turtles can live up to 50 years!”

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Portrait of a beautiful corn snake

Snakes are arguably one of the most misunderstood members of the animal kingdom. However, the slithering reptiles actually make fantastic pets—especially a colorful variety.

“Corn snakes are one of the most popular snakes, even for novice and professional reptile owners,” says Cab. “They come in a variety of colors and patterns, and they are gentle snakes that take very well to handling.” Some corn snakes will even come to their owners when they approach their enclosure.”

They’re also pretty low maintenance when it comes to mealtimes. “They are low-maintenance snakes and not fussy eaters, so you can feed them live or frozen and thawed food.”

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Some owners worry that adopting a reptile as a pet may mean spending a significant amount of real estate to house it. But a low-maintenance lizard can save space while making a great companion.

“Schaubergeckos are arboreal lizards — which means they like living in trees — and their enclosures are often taller than they are wide,” says Phillips. “Not only can this be great for saving space, but it also allows you to create beautiful enclosures that your crested gecko will love too!”

“They are relatively low maintenance, and while some live insects do best, they can make up a smaller portion of their diet compared to many other reptiles,” she adds.

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Oversized animals can mean a lot of maintenance, no matter the species. But depending on how comfortable you are with them, experts say some larger snakes can make worthwhile pets.

“Ball pythons are not small snakes, and adults can grow up to 6 feet long. While that size may sound a little intimidating, they still weigh less than 10 pounds, and their extra size makes them a lot easier to manage compared to smaller snakes,” says Phillips.

And similar to turtles, you probably never need to chase after your pet. “These snakes are also docile and slow moving, making them even easier to manage. It also helps that caring for them is relatively easy, as long as you’re content feeding them small mammals as they grow larger.”

Leopard gecko on a branch

Anyone in the market for a lizard might be put off by how large familiar species like iguanas can get. But for anyone new to reptile care, some species remain manageably small while still making great additions to the family.

“Leopard geckos are one of the most popular pet reptiles, and for good reason: They’re hardy, widespread, and easy to set up,” says Phillips. “They’re a bit smaller than some other reptiles, which can be a bit difficult to handle, but their docile demeanor more than makes up for it.”

Because the creatures are nocturnal, leopard geckos also require less UV light than other lizard species, according to The Spruce Pets. And while they should still get plenty of attention, their cage also requires less maintenance than many other reptiles.

UBC researchers are looking for open-minded canine participants Wed, 21 Sep 2022 03:14:16 +0000 Researchers at the University of British Columbia’s newly opened Human-Animal Interaction Lab are looking for four-legged participants. The goal: to understand the psyche of dogs, including what makes them happy

Researchers at British Columbia’s largest university want to tap into dog owners in a study designed to show what dogs are capable of.

This is the first time the University of British Columbia (UBC) has called on the public to bring their four-legged friends to the Human-Animal Interaction Lab, which opened Tuesday.

Dogs are believed to have lived alongside humans for tens of thousands of years, and during that time have developed remarkably strong habits of searching their handlers for various social cues, said Alexandra Protopopova, head of the lab and assistant professor in the Animal Welfare Division of the UBC program at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

“People definitely know that dogs look out for us. But I think they really underestimate how much,” she said. “We will ask the dog questions ourselves. We really want to know how they respond, regardless of the person.”

UBC animal welfare researcher Alexandra Protopopova interacts with students. about Alexandra Protopopova

Protopopova and her colleagues will ask these “questions” through a series of cognitive games and puzzles, often involving food.

The researchers hope to find out how receptive dogs are to learning new rules of the game and how mood affects their ability to navigate their surroundings.

As Protopopova put it, “How do you see the world solely from the dog’s perspective?”

What should dog owners expect?

The newly opened UBC lab has recently been refurbished and now includes special flooring, 360 degree cameras and two-way mirrors for observing the canines.

The experiments will never last more than an hour, and the researcher says they will never attempt to alter the human-animal bond.

Instead, dog owners stay alongside their pets at all times as they move through the lab.

A few lucky dogs are offered a plethora of toys, games, and treats to see how mood affects their cognitive abilities. Others are left in a basic environment. Protopopova, who is also a certified applied animal behaviorist, has spent her career studying domesticated animals, including how pets adapt to a changing climate.

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The new Human-Animal Interaction Laboratory at UBC includes two-way mirrors to observe dogs as they go through multiple non-invasive cognitive experiments. Lexis Ly/UBC

Protopopova said the dogs would never be put in any uncomfortable situations.

“We will never add negative experiences with dogs,” she said. “We take this very, very seriously.”

In the future, canine cognition research should help improve the operations of animal shelters and provide insights to pet owners.

If everything goes according to plan, Protopopova and her colleagues hope to understand what triggers a good mood in dogs, why a good mood can be useful, and the best way for animal rights activists to ask dogs if they’re in a good mood.

Studies will also look at the use of trained therapy dogs and how to make the parenting relationship between children and dogs more comfortable for all involved.

What type of dogs are you looking for?

Protopopova said all dog breeds and sizes are welcome to apply to participate in the study, as long as the dogs are vaccinated and comfortable in new environments and novel situations.

Researchers will constantly monitor the dogs to look for signs of discomfort, and if a dog stops engaging in a game, they’ll take a break.

As the UBC team will conduct a series of non-invasive experiments, some participants will be asked to come for a session and others will be invited to return for multiple visits to the lab.

As the research progressed, Protopopova said they will ask owners of certain dog breeds to participate in the experiments to understand how this might affect dog cognition.

All dogs participating in the study will receive a certificate of participation and a photo with “canine graduation cap and sash if requested”.

“We want to make sure this is really fun,” she said.

Dog owners interested in doing research at UBC’s Human-Animal Interaction Lab are asked to fill out a questionnaire.

I’m a vet – the dog accessories we all hate are dangerous for a number of reasons Tue, 20 Sep 2022 10:08:05 +0000

According to a veterinarian, YOUR dog could seriously go without an accessory as it is dangerous.

It can harm you and your furry friend, and even cause others to get hurt, says Dr. Katrina Warren.


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It can harm you and your dog


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“Animal and dog trainers tend to hate retractable devices [leashes]. And here are my reasons why,” began Dr. Warren in a social media video.

“First, you’re not teaching your puppy or dog to walk well on it [leash].

“You may feel like you’re giving them some freedom, but you’re teaching them to pull their feet [leash] it’s actually okay.”

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She said: “[Retractable leashes are] really dangerous. It’s very easy to get tangled in and most of them have a nylon cord that can easily cause deep cuts and lacerations if you get caught in it, like a rope burn.

“They also allow your dog to get into danger. So if you’re not fast enough, your dog could build on it [leash] and run into a street. There are many examples of dogs being hit by cars.”

dr Warren explained that you could also injure your dog’s neck.

For example, if your dog runs to the end of the leash, but then the leash suddenly stops, your dog could jump backwards and seriously injure himself.

“After all, they can be extremely stressful for other dogs and their owners, especially when someone is walking an active dog,” she concluded.

Many people supported Dr. Warren’s advice in the video’s comments, some saying if used properly, retractable lines shouldn’t be a problem.

“One hundred percent with you! Makes those friendly ‘hellos’ a muddled mess,” one person wrote.

dr Warren replied, “Nightmare! And since [are] many tales of men losing fingers and dogs losing their tails when the cord cuts!”

Someone else who didn’t see too much of a problem with retractable lines said, “I’ve been using them for 20+ years and never a problem. However, my dogs are well behaved and I live out of town.”

Another user shared that unfortunately he was hurt by one.

They wrote: “Just behind my knees they were slashed open by one of them. Couldn’t walk while they were healing, such pain.”

Another person chimed in: “Yes, I work in a pet shop and I try to talk people out of it, but some people just don’t listen.”

Others shared unfortunate stories of hurting themselves or their dogs.

“Retractable [leash] is the reason I got bitten by a reactive dog. [The] Owner unlocked it before we were far enough away – [the] Dog attacked my legs. Need surgery,” wrote one.

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“My dogs were attacked by some dogs on a retractable vehicle [leash] because it tore,” said a second.

A final person suggested: “If you use it properly and focus on your dog and the walk – no problems. Happy dog, happy owner. Handle the situation responsibly and no problems.”

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Retractable leashes can cause injuries to your dog’s neckCredit: TikTok/drkatrinawarren
Bank of Hawaii Co. (NYSE:BOH) Interest Update Mon, 19 Sep 2022 21:46:54 +0000

Bank of Hawaii Co. (NYSE: BOH – Get a rating) was the target of strong short-term interest growth in August. As of August 31, there was short interest totaling 2,050,000 shares, a growth of 10.8% from the total of 1,850,000 shares as of August 15. Based on an average daily trading volume of 168,000 shares, the short interest ratio is currently 12.2 days. Currently, 5.2% of the stock’s shares are sold short.

Insiders place their bets

In related news, CEO Peter S.Ho sold 5,500 shares of Bank of Hawaii in a trade dated Wednesday, August 10. The shares were sold at an average price of $81.67, for a total transaction of $449,185.00. Following completion of the transaction, the CEO now directly owns 239,181 shares of the company, valued at approximately $19,533,912.27. The transaction was disclosed in an SEC filing, which is available via the SEC website. Company insiders hold 2.06% of the company’s shares.

Institutional entries and exits

Major investors have recently changed their stake in the company. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its position in Bank of Hawaii by 39.8% during the second quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 2,167,240 shares of the bank worth $161,242,000 after purchasing an additional 617,432 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its stake in Bank of Hawaii shares by 10.9% in the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,777,119 shares of the bank valued at $149,136,000 after acquiring an additional 174,889 shares in the last quarter. Grandeur Peak Global Advisors LLC increased its stake in Bank of Hawaii shares by 175.2% in Q1. Grandeur Peak Global Advisors LLC now owns 191,968 shares of the bank valued at $16,110,000 after acquiring an additional 122,215 shares in the last quarter. Country Club Bank GFN bought a new stake in shares of Bank of Hawaii in Q1 worth $10,039,000. Finally, Northern Trust Corp increased its stake in Bank of Hawaii shares by 25.8% in the 1st quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 447,658 shares of the bank valued at $37,568,000 after acquiring 91,791 additional shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors hold 74.84% of the company’s shares.

Bank of Hawaii trades up 1.4%

BOH traded $1.13 on Monday, reaching $80.50. 143,208 shares of the company were traded, against an average volume of 188,264. Bank of Hawaii has a one-year low of $70.89 and a one-year high of $92.38. The company has a fifty-day simple moving average of $79.07 and a two-hundred-day simple moving average of $78.71. The company has a market cap of $3.23 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.95, a price-to-earnings growth ratio of 1.76, and a beta of 1.10. The company has a quick ratio of 0.64, a current ratio of 0.64 and a debt ratio of 0.01.

Bank of Hawaii (NYSE: BOH – Get a rating) last reported quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 25. The bank reported earnings per share of $1.38 for the quarter, beating consensus analyst estimates of $1.35 by $0.03. Bank of Hawaii had a net margin of 33.63% and a return on equity of 17.98%. In the same quarter last year, the company posted earnings per share of $1.68. As a group, equity research analysts expect Bank of Hawaii to post earnings per share of 5.64 for the current year.

Bank of Hawaii announces dividend

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 15. Shareholders of record on Wednesday August 31 received a dividend of $0.70. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 30. This represents an annualized dividend of $2.80 and a dividend yield of 3.48%. Bank of Hawaii’s dividend payout ratio is currently 48.53%.

Analyst upgrades and downgrades

A number of stock analysts have recently commented on the stock. Jefferies Financial Group lowered its price target on Bank of Hawaii shares from $87.00 to $79.00 in a Monday, July 11 research note. downgraded Bank of Hawaii shares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 13.

Bank of Hawaii Corporate Profile

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Bank of Hawaii Corporation operates as a bank holding company for Bank of Hawaii which provides various financial products and services in Hawaii, Guam and other Pacific Islands. It operates in three segments: Consumer Banking, Commercial Banking and Treasury and Others. The Consumer Banking segment offers checking, savings and term deposit accounts; residential mortgages, home equity lines of credit, auto loans and leases, personal lines of credit, installment loans, small business loans and leases, and credit cards; banking, investment, credit and trust services to individuals and families, and high net worth individuals; investment management; institutional investment advisory services to corporations, government entities and foundations; and brokerage offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, life insurance and annuity products.

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Food waste on streets is the leading cause of stray dog ​​threat in Kerala, experts say Mon, 19 Sep 2022 06:22:40 +0000

The Disaster Management Act 2005 defines a disaster as any disaster, accident, catastrophe or major event occurring in an area, due to natural or man-made causes, and of such a nature or magnitude that it affects the ability of the population to cope Community exceeds the affected area. A few days ago, the Kerala government decided to invoke the provisions of this law to deal with a “disaster” – the increasing conflict between stray dogs and people in the state. The government has decided to take over vacant buildings belonging to its various departments to set up makeshift shelters for “stray dogs”.

An alarming number of dog bite cases have been reported in the state this year. In the first seven months, people suffered nearly 1 lakh of dog bites and there are now around 170 dog bite hotspots in the state. In the last two to three weeks this has turned into mass hysteria as the issue has received more attention in mainstream media and social media. For many in the state, dog culling is the only permanent solution. But is the mass culling of “stray dogs” the answer to the problem? Experts say no.

The root cause of the disaster

dr Narayanan MK, Director of Entrepreneurship at Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, says this entire problem is man-made. “The changes in our attitudes and social system have led to this crisis,” he says. “Dogs never had a life without humans. They always depended on us. And it was a brave animal in the animal population to follow or guide man during his nomadic times. Dogs have never left humans. However, the people left the dogs in between. They are all community dogs. They were dogs that lived with humans. However, we have separated them from the human community and eliminated the socialization aspect of dogs. So they wander around in places we call streets. We dumped trash on the same streets, and dog populations increased in and around such food sources. There is no dog that is referred to as a “street dog”. If there is no food on the street, then there are no street dogs.”

The number of stray dogs is around 2.89 lakhs, according to official records. However, NGOs and animal rights organizations say that is a gross underestimate and that the number of dogs roaming free can be anywhere from 6 to 8 lakh. “The increase in the dog population was the result of natural selection,” says Narayanan. “They have all the favorable conditions for their breeding on the street. The capacity of the food – the food available for a group – determines the number of dogs. If the holding capacity is greater, they have more chances of breeding.”

A study published in 2021 by researchers Shireen Jagriti Bhalla, Roy Kemmers, Ana Vasques, and Abi Tamim Vanak also supports this view that the densities of homes, bakeries, and garbage heaps were significant predictors of dog population size. And the solution the study suggested for reducing the dog population was to “reduce the carrying capacity of the environment by targeting these food sources.”

Because the population increase was the result of natural selection, mass culling of dogs won’t solve the problem, Narayanan says. “We cannot destroy all dogs. It’s against nature. Nature will then find other alternatives,” he says. “If our approach is to kill the community dogs by poisoning them, other dogs [that are less socialised with human beings] would replace her. And these dogs could be ones with unnatural and non-socialized behaviors. And that would lead to more conflicts.”

Problems with the existing approach

Vanak, an animal ecologist and conservation biologist and senior fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, says human-canine conflicts have increased in the country due to flawed and unscientific policies from successive governments. Interestingly, the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules of 2001 – intended to control the dog population – were introduced by the Ministry of Culture. “This was a unique example of a ministry that had nothing to do with the stray dog ​​problem and issued a set of rules about it,” says Vanak. “If dogs were carriers of disease, the rules should have come from the Department of Health. But the rules were put in place by the Ministry of Culture because Maneka Gandhi was in charge at the time.”

Vanak adds that the ABC rules themselves are based on a flawed assumption. “It is believed that if you neuter the dog population, reproduction will decrease and the population will decline over time. That works when you’re on an island where new dogs aren’t coming in all the time,” he says. “But if you have a country with over 60 million free-roaming dogs, how are you going to sterilize enough animals for the population to decline? Even after sterilization, we put them back on the same streets where they were caught. Her behavior hasn’t changed. You are still the same animal. They can still bite and they can still hunt humans. So none of these problems will be eliminated by sterilizing these animals.”

A major problem with the implementation of the ABC rules is that the government has to spend around Rs 70,000 per year on a single ABC center if all of its specifications are to be met. According to the Animal Welfare Board of India ABC Rules and SOP, each ABC center shall have a fully equipped and air-conditioned operating room, a surgical preparation area, a room/area for cleaning and sterilizing instruments and a storage room for medicines and equipment, as well as 24- Hourly water and electricity supply. It should also have the capacity to house at least 50 dogs and there should be separate kennel arrangements for dogs brought in pregnant, wounded, sick or suspected of having a communicable disease such as rabies. Also, the ABC center must have a team consisting of at least one full-time vet, two para-vets, and three keepers and catchers. A para vet must be on site 24/7 to ensure post-operative care.

However, many of the ABC centers in the state did not follow all of these reasonable measures. Kudumbashree – a community organization of neighborhood groups of women in Kerala – also used to solicit bids for ABC programming. In December 2021, the Kerala High Court ordered the state government to ban Kudumbashree entities from conducting ABC procedures in the state as none of its employees were qualified to conduct the procedures. When Kudumbashree was prevented from doing so, the ABC program itself ground to a halt at many points.

dr Sushma Prabhu, a pediatrician and president of an NGO called People for Animal Welfare, says there has also been an ongoing outbreak of distemper – a highly contagious disease – since 2021, which also caused ABC programs to grind to a halt. All of this had a cumulative effect on the increase in the state’s canine population.

Capture, record keeping, surgical sterilization, postoperative care, release at the captured site, etc. are the practical issues that complicate the implementation of the ABC rules. It has also been observed that the released dogs are exposed to the same unsafe environment in addition to the stress caused by the operation. Another important observation is that feral dogs or non-socialized dogs are out of reach of dog catchers. And in many cases, the dog catchers have to use inhumane trapping methods. Vanak points out that current ABC rules are designed to allow for dogs on the street. This violates the Animal Welfare Act.

He is also against feeding dogs in public places. “By feeding dogs on the street you’re only increasing the population because they have the resources now,” he says. “Some would say that you have to feed them so that we can catch and sterilize them. Our studies have shown that most people don’t. Most people just feed the dogs. They do not take action by sterilizing or vaccinating them. So then all these ‘compassionate’ people add to the problem.”

dr Prabhu says animal lovers should get help from the government to spay and vaccinate. “Now the animal lovers have to pay out of their own pockets to vaccinate the dogs,” she says. “It’s not affordable for a lot of people. But if the government provides support, there will be many people helping with sterilization and vaccination.”

What is the solution?

Both Narayanan and Vanak point out that improving human-canine interactions is the first step in resolving the “disaster.” “Dogs are companion animals. They are not wild animals. You shouldn’t mistreat them,” says Vanak. “If you love dogs, find them a home. adopt her Keep them indoors. Enforce strict rules for admitting and registering dogs. Also, make sure there aren’t many dogs on the streets. Build a shelter and take care of them in the shelter.”

Narayanan says only a local and decentralized approach can help solve the problem. “There are around 20,000 local self-governing districts. If we split up, we would see that each station has to deal with a small number of dogs,” he says. “The ABC rules say there should be a committee. This committee can also be replicated at the community level. The committee would identify where all food waste is thrown and where all street dogs are found. The number of dogs the station will have to deal with will be small. It will be easy to identify problem dogs that need protection. If our approach is to kill all of these dogs by poisoning them, other dogs would replace them. And these dogs could be ones with unnatural and unsocialized behaviors.”

Narayanan is a proponent of Early-age Neutering of Dogs (END), an approach that can be implemented along with ABC rules. Here’s the idea of ​​having puppies spayed and put up for adoption when they are two to three months old. “It’s a puppy-centric, long-term strategy,” says Narayanan. The END process is performed by keeping the testicles in men (vasectomy) and the ovaries in women (hysterectomy) under injectable or inhalation anesthesia. The puppies are then put up for adoption, resulting in better housing, food and vaccinations.

The researchers hope that the active reproductive age of dogs will average six years and the systematic implementation of END for at least five years will stabilize the canine population. The biggest advantage of the END program is that catching and controlling the animal is easy here. In addition, it is more economical since fewer resources are required. Studies show that the process is less traumatic for the dogs and there are fewer postoperative complications.

Dogs of Ferndale: A data-driven look at the most popular names and breeds Sun, 18 Sep 2022 13:02:40 +0000

Dogs of Ferndale: A data-driven look at the most popular names and breeds

(Kurt Metzger, 09/18/2022)

Ferndale, MI – Today we begin a regular feature on The Dogs of Oakland County. I submitted a FOIA to Animal Control/Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center to obtain a list of licensed dogs in Oakland County, including dog name, dog breed, city, and zip code. That first attempt, earlier this year, produced a list that seemed oddly small — just over 29,000 records. Further discussion revealed that many dog ​​owners had delayed renewing their licenses due to COVID lockdowns. We decided to revisit this FOIA request later in the summer after the county completed its “dog census.”

I now have a revised list that includes almost 54,000 records – an 83 percent increase over the previous list. The list excludes communities that administer their own licensing programs, including Berkley, Bloomfield Township, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Rochester, Royal Oak, Southfield City, and Southfield Township (Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, and frankline).

Our first community of interest will be the City of Ferndale which has 1,374 licensed pooches.

While there are some interesting variations (and spellings) in breed names, I’ve done my best to bring some consistency to the records. Figure 1 shows the top 10 ‘races’ (mixed breeds are a big problem) living in Ferndale.

It’s no surprise, judging by national rankings, that the Labrador Retriever is the No. 1 breed, doubling its closest rival, the Golden Retriever. I must note that there was an intruder between the two retrievers and that was the mixed breed.

Personal experience has shown me that there are mixed breeds that are ‘designed’ and commonly named, like the Cockapoo (of which there are 3) and then those that arise from run-of-the-mill meetings ‘in the neighborhood’ – affectionately called mutt.

The German Shepherd follows close behind the Golden, with the Chihuahua hot on his heels. While we see the generic “Terrier” with 38 answers, you should know that there are a number of specific terrier breeds that appear in the list. Pit bulls do well, and the Staffordshire bull terrier is just retiring at 28.

A total of 120 different breeds have been mentioned, some of which – Shiba Inu, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Plott, Mountain Cur and Blue Heeler – may not be as popularly known.

Each year, the Social Security Administration publishes a list of the top names for boys and girls born in the previous year. I have always enjoyed watching these lists and have been fascinated by these names that rise and fall in popularity from year to year. In addition, I’ve found the different spellings of similar-sounding names to be a never-ending source of amusement. Listing Ferndale dog names (as I’ve come to expect for other communities) has brought me almost as much joy.

I have to say that Ferndale dog owners have some unique and wonderful names such as Butterbeer, D’Artagnan, Drizzy, Fatty, Gin Gimlet, Hugo Frankenstein, Mr Chunks and Sir Frances Maple Bacon. However, I decided to give you the 8 names that came up 10 or more times. (See Figure 2)

Cheers to the 16 Charlies, 13 Zoeys and a dozen each of the Buddies and Bellas out there.

The next article is about the Dogs of Holly, all other communities will follow in the coming weeks. If you have a specific community of interest please let me know. Join the conversation on the Oakland County Times Facebook page and share your pup’s picture. And don’t forget to get your pet’s vaccinations and driver’s license, which can be done through the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center.

For more stories about population shifts, turnout and other election trends, and other interesting numbers, visit the Oakland County Times Data-Based Stories Archives. Thanks to data expert Kurt Metzger for this work!

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Alabama man reunites with dog after being swept away in carjacking: He’s my ‘little pal’ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 11:30:36 +0000

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An Alabama man has been reunited with his four-legged best friend after his car was hijacked.

Phillip Lewis of Cullman County was held at gunpoint August 28 while pumping gas at Dodge City’s Chevron gas station.

Speaking to Fox News Digital over the phone as he recounted what happened, Lewis said he was forced to hand over his keys to the gang of robbers, including a woman – who then drove away in his vehicle.


“She said, ‘I don’t play,’ and pointed the gun at my head,” he said, referring to the person he was interacting with during the incident.

“And at that point I gave her the keys.”

When the perpetrators jumped out, Lewis found his five-year-old shih tzu poodle mix, Little Dude, still in the car.

“So I yelled, ‘Wait! Let me get my dog!’” he said.

“But she ran away.”


“She had the jump on me, so I feel like there wasn’t much I could have done.”

Lewis immediately took to Facebook to spread the word about the incident and asked the public to keep an eye out for Little Dude.

He also got involved with animal rescue and charities Two by Two Rescue and Croonin’ for Critters – who donated for the $2,000 reward offered for the dog’s safe return.

Two weeks later, on September 11, 2022, Lewis received a tip from an anonymous source that a few days earlier a neighbor had come home with a dog that looked exactly like Little Dude.

“I was 99 percent sure it was my dog,” he said.

After Lewis shared the tip with investigators, the Cullman County and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Departments teamed up to find the dog –– and reunited him with Lewis.

Cullman County and Jefferson County officials take a selfie with Phillip Lewis after rescuing his dog, Little Dude.
(Philipp Lewis/Facebook)

“My first thought was that the robber probably liked it and wanted to keep it,” he laughed.

“He’s a super sweet dog.”

Ultimately, the great “power of social media” brought the Alabama-bred duo back together, which Lewis says wouldn’t have happened without all the “extra eyes” on the case.

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Celebrating Little Dude’s return, Lewis said the dog is “so excited” to finally be home.

“His little tail just wobbled,” he said.

“He saw his other adopted brother — I have another dog named Jack Jack — and they played and played and played.”

Lewis had rescued Little Dude as a young pup after the animal wandered onto his property with no sign of a previous owner.


“He was in really bad shape,” he said. “He was all matted.”

After nursing the dog back to health, Lewis said he and Little Dude have been “best friends ever since.”

Phillip Lewis lounges with his "best friend" little guy.

Phillip Lewis is lounging with his “best friend” Little Dude.
(Philipp Lewis/Facebook)

“God sent him to me that day,” he said.

“He stole my heart when we met.”

Lewis, who suffers from adult-onset asthma, said Little Dude once saved his life.


“There was one night before I was diagnosed that I was hyperventilating and passed out — and he licked me until I could wake up and call for help,” he said.

Lewis is currently enrolled in the mechatronics program at Wallace State Community College and said he plans to “get on with life” alongside his “little adventure buddy.”

The perpetrators of the car theft have not yet been caught, but Lewis said they are facing a “list of charges”.

Police recovered the car but are still working on the case. There are many unanswered questions including how and when Little Dude was released or escaped from the carjackers.


Lewis said he hopes “that investigators can find out who did this and get them off the streets before they do it again,” he said.

Banco Macro SA (NYSE:BMA) Declares Monthly Dividend of $0.08 Fri, 16 Sep 2022 22:25:01 +0000

Bank Macro SA (NYSE: BMA- Get a rating) announced a monthly dividend on Friday, September 16, the wall street journal reports. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 26 will receive a dividend of 0.0821 per share from the bank on Monday, October 3. This represents a dividend of $0.98 on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 6.02%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 23.

Banco Macro has a dividend payout ratio of 1.6%, indicating that its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Stock analysts expect Banco Macro to earn $3.00 per share next year, meaning the company should continue to be able to cover its $0.08 annual dividend with a payout ratio expected future of 2.7%.

Performance of Banco Macro shares

BMA traded $0.03 on Friday, reaching $16.36. The company had a trading volume of 193,045 shares, compared to an average volume of 255,579. Banco Macro has a fifty-two-week low of $9.72 and a fifty-two-week high of $19.92. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.05 billion, a P/E ratio of 3.87 and a beta of 1.39. The company’s fifty-day moving average is $13.24 and its 200-day moving average is $14.35. The company has a debt ratio of 0.16, a quick ratio of 0.84 and a current ratio of 0.80.

A Wall Street analyst gives his opinion

A number of brokerages have recently commented on BMA. Grupo Santander upgraded Banco Macro shares from a “hold” rating to an “outperform” rating in a Monday, June 13 research rating. upgraded Banco Macro shares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 27.

Banco Macro Institutional Negotiation

Several large investors have recently changed their positions in the company. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in Banco Macro by 3.7% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 20,798 shares of the bank valued at $360,000 after purchasing an additional 747 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its stake in Banco Macro shares by 456.9% in the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 6,298 shares of the bank valued at $109,000 after acquiring 5,167 additional shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its stake in Banco Macro by 15.7% during the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 51,354 shares in the bank worth $888,000 after buying an additional 6,963 shares in the last quarter. UBS Group AG increased its stake in Banco Macro by 3,316.4% during the first quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 12,299 shares in the bank worth $213,000 after buying an additional 11,939 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC bought a new position in Banco Macro during the second quarter worth $134,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds hold 5.52% of the company’s shares.

About Banco Macro

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Banco Macro SA provides various banking products and services to individuals and businesses in Argentina. It offers various retail banking products and services, such as savings and checking accounts, term deposits, credit and debit cards, consumer loans, mortgages, auto loans, overdrafts , credit-related services, home and auto insurance coverage, tax collection, utility payments, automated teller machines (ATMs), and money transfers.

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