Senate Aging Committee to Showcase Virtual Talking Dog

As you’ve probably noticed, congressional events increasingly seem to feature movie stars such as Harrison Ford and other celebrities as a way of gaining public attention for an issue. But at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Healthy Aging Forum, scheduled for May 23 on Capitol Hill, there will be an even more unusual guest: GeriJoy, the talking virtual dog developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. GeriJoy is specifically designed to give older people with dementia …

Miracle In Oklahoma: ‘I Know He’s In Here Somewhere’

Amid the devastation of the Oklahoma tornado, Barbara Garcia simply proceeded according to plan. As the sky darkened and the funnel cloud approached, she headed to her small bathroom with her dog. She hoped they’d be safe there. (If you can’t see the video embedded below, try reloading the page or view it here.) The reunion of Garcia and her dog is just one of the wonderful things about this report. For our money, even better is her matter-of-factness and …

FDA to Pet-Treat Maker: Recall Products or Else

We’ve warned you once, twice – now it’s time to “voluntarily” pull those tainted products before we make you do it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told a pet-treat maker last week. The federal agency was using its new power to demand mandatory recalls of contaminated food products. The threat was aimed at Kasel Associated Industries, which subsequently pulled all pet treats manufactured at its Colorado facility from April 20, 2012, through Sept. 19, 2012, because the products …

Hypoallergenic Dogs? No Such Thing, Study Says

This could be bad news for Bo, the Obamas’ supposedly hypoallergenic Portuguese Water Dog: A new study says it’s a myth that certain dog breeds are less likely to aggravate allergies. The research, published last week in the Journal of Allergy Clinical Immunology, finds that there is “no evidence for the classification of certain dog breeds as being “hypoallergenic,” Dutch researchers wrote. In fact, as Reuters reports, scientists found that “hypoallergenic” canines had more allergy-causing protein in their fur than …

Beware of Dog Food: This Kind Can Make You Sick

Despite a recall of 11 brands of contaminated dry dog food — including brands sold at Costco — two more people have become sick after handling the salmonella-tainted kibble, bringing the total to 16 in nine states, federal officials reported. Five people have been hospitalized. No dogs have been sickened in this incident, only pet owners who bought pet food manufactured at a South Carolina plant owned by Diamond Pet Foods, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

And the AARP Mutt Madness Winner Is …

KODY! Out of 59 dogs, this gorgeous Great Pyrenees outlasted them all. Kody was the front-runner from the very beginning as his human, Vicki, masterfully promoted him and garnered tons of “Likes” from her friends and family in each round. Kody gets to boast for a year that he’s the Mutt Madness Top Dog. Good on him! Let’s not forget about the runner-up: the lovable Indi, who’s owner submitted her picture in memory of the playful yellow lab. Indi died from cancer in February. We congratulate …