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DOG is my co-pilot

“In dog we trust”
“You have a god, I have a dog”
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A group for atheists who are owned by dogs, or for those who just love dogs.

Location: #life
Members: 29
Latest Activity: Jul 6, 2018

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Where doe the Dog come from??

Started by Davy Nov 20, 2013. 0 Replies

A new comparison of DNA from modern canines and ancient fossils suggests that today's pets are descended from now-extinct populations of wolves in Europe.They likely scavenged bones from scrap piles left behind by hunter-gatherers, say researchers…Continue

Tags: Wolf, canines, evolutionary, China, Europe

Do Humans Think?

Started by Doone Jul 11, 2013. 0 Replies

Do Humans Think?by A DogJuly 10, 201311:54 AMiStockphoto.comI post regularly here at 13.7 about animal cognition, crediting a variety of animals — including some of our daily companions — with the ability to think. So I'd forgive anyone for…Continue

Tags: Think?, Humans, Do

The heartbreaking stories behind 5 adorable bionic dogs

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Marianne May 6, 2013. 1 Reply

Tortured, shot at, or left to die, these brave pups each got a new lease on life with the help of artificial limbs…Continue

Tags: prosthetics, artificial limbs, animal cruelty, pets, dogs

Why Is Your Dog Laughing?

Started by A Former Member Mar 24, 2013. 0 Replies

Does your pet talk to you? Probably, but there's a problem. You don't speak the same language.That's a little inconvenient when it comes to the family mutt, but it could pose a major problem for researches around the world.The workhorse in…Continue

Tags: animal communication, pets, dogs

Dogs and "theory of mind"

Started by Adriana Feb 17, 2013. 0 Replies

Those of us who are owned by dogs suspect that our dogs know that we have…Continue

Tags: psychology, behavior, cognition, dog

The brilliance of dogs

Started by Adriana Feb 5, 2013. 0 Replies

Brian Hare (with his dog Tassie in the picture), a scientist who studies…Continue

Tags: evolution, canine, behavior, cognition, intelligence

What do you feed your dog??

Started by Jean Marie. Last reply by Adriana Feb 2, 2013. 17 Replies

Did you know, what you feed your dog affects their health?  Did you know, if you buy your dog food in the grocery store, there is a 99% chance it is terrible dog food?  And most grocery store dog foods contain PROVEN carcinogenic preservatives that…Continue

Tags: food, dog

Dogs evolved to eat pizza and pasta!

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Adriana Jan 23, 2013. 9 Replies

No, it's not my dog Lola who says that, although she vehemently agrees,…Continue

Tags: starch, adaptation, genes, evolution, dog

Pit bulls maul California man to death, officials say

Started by Neal. Last reply by Neal Dec 14, 2012. 3 Replies

Bad news once again for the breed. No data on how they were raised yet, but four adults and six puppies makes me think they weren't pets.A California man was mauled to death in a driveway by four pit bulls belonging to a neighbor. KSEE's Angela…Continue

Tags: to, death, man, california, bulls

This morning I met two biker dogs

Started by Michel. Last reply by Neal Dec 14, 2012. 20 Replies

On my way home from Quebec City this morning, at a picnic area on route 138, I met two biker dogs. The black dog is just a year old and she rides on a platform setup on the back of a Spider trike. She never wants to lie down and always likes to sit…Continue

Tags: motorcycle, dogs

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Comment by Stephen on July 6, 2018 at 6:04pm

First dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contact

Comment by Stephen on October 13, 2017 at 3:11pm

Comment by Chris on April 15, 2017 at 12:23am

I heard that there was a request to change the name of this group.

Maybe "Nature' is my chuch" would be a good title.

Comment by Chris on April 13, 2017 at 2:37am

4000 characther limit prevents me from posting.


The image you posted of Gervasis 46,475 bits.

What's up with this? Sometimes I can post images, other times I can't.

I have an image of a grey foy that had surgery @ 13.434 bits that doesn't post.

The text and image is from

This gray fox was the star in one of our most dramatic mammal rehabilitation/release stories in recent times.   He came to us late last year, with an eye that couldn’t be saved, the likely outcome of a car strike. Dr. Jeff Northrop our Vet and Board Member had to remove it.  The wound was treated, stitched and allowed to heal.  All went well and when it was time, the stitches were removed.  He had a different profile on the outside now, but the physical recovery was just the start of the rehabilitation process.   Foxes are predators.  He still needed to prove he could be effective in the wild.  In the process, we ultimately learned that on the inside he was all heart.

And so the testing began.  The first, was to see if he could navigate a challenging environment - meant to present similar obstacles to ones he would be encounter in the wild, but now with only one eye, instead of two.  It was a nail biter, but incredibly he proved he could.  In fact, his performance going under, over and around at high speed could only be described as a blur.  He even successfully jumped to a branch suspended by rope at each end (think swing), and managed to maintain his balance.  The fans (there were 3) were on their feet.

Finally, there came the even tougher test. Could he hunt?  Live prey was added to the mix.  Again he passed with flying colors.  He was a champion, he had adapted.   After over two and 1/2 months in rehabilitation, he was ready to go home.

So we took a long ride down a closed road, to the secluded area where he had been found.  You could see his nose twitching as the carrier was put on the ground.  We wondered if he recognized where he was.  As the door was being unfastened, he began to coil like a spring.  Then, the door was opened, and he once again became a blur.

Comment by Stephen on April 5, 2017 at 6:38pm


Comment by Davy on January 9, 2014 at 3:29pm

Canine Einsteinchen!

Comment by Doone on January 8, 2014 at 6:39am
Comment by Davy on November 5, 2013 at 1:14pm

Left wagging tails make you dog nervous!

A dog's heart rate and anxiety levels increase when they see another dog wagging their tail to the left, new research has found.

Read the full article here @

Comment by Doone on November 3, 2013 at 2:09pm

Humans and Canines from the Daily Dish

Reviewing Gary Borjesson’s Willing Dogs and Reluctant Masters, Diana Schaub suggestsit’s possible. Reaching back to ancient philosophy, she points to one reason why – the “spiritedness of dogs”:

This spiritedness, which the Greeks called thumos, is the key to their higher capacities. According to Plato, spiritedness figures in our souls as well, situated between appetite and reason. In the well-ordered human soul, spiritedness allies itself with reason in order to govern desire (as when you muster your willpower to keep to your wise New Year’s resolutions). Aristotle says that spiritedness “is the capacity of soul by which we feel affection,” and also anger, for spiritedness is quick to defend what it loves against attack or injustice. Spiritedness can lift the self out of its narrow confines, expanding the boundaries of “one’s own.” Thumotic individuals will risk their self-preservation for the sake of larger goods: one’s property or territory, one’s family, one’s fellows, even intangibles like dignity and honor that have become integral to one’s self-conception. Spiritedness is precisely the dog-like part of the soul: loving, loyal, and fiercely protective. Because spiritedness is only fully itself when “it stands in a twofold relation, above appetite and below reason,” Borjesson concludes that wolves and higher primates are at best “proto-spirited.” Of the brute creation, only dogs — by virtue of their alliance with us — can experience the spiritedness that listens to reason and rises above the promptings of pleasure and pain. Dogs become ethical beings through their capacity to pay attention, to care about praise and blame, and to obey. While not themselves rational, they are willing to follow our lead. Man and dog together instantiate the tripartite soul.

Comment by Doone on July 11, 2013 at 6:30am

Do Dogs Think?

July 10, 201311:54 AM
A dog stands on a beach with a stick in its mouth.

I post regularly here at 13.7 about animal cognition, crediting a variety of animals — including some of our daily companions — with the ability to think. So I'd forgive anyone for wondering if my headline today is of the straw-man (or straw-dog) category.

Do dogs think? Of course they do!


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