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Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered: Six things that confuse puppies

September 8, 2022

There’s arguably nothing cuter than watching a puppy encounter objects and experiences for the very first time.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) there are six things that discombobulate almost all puppies in the most adorable way:

  1. Vacuums: It is most likely the noise of the vacuum that confounds puppies —and maybe the fact that we humans are pushing this giant “beast”v for no apparent reason. Most puppies will bark and growl at a vacuum—and, if they do not become desensitized, you might find yourself stuck in the middle of a lifelong battle between pup and machine.
  2. Mirrors: Watching a puppy look at himself in a mirror is always entertaining. Some young dogs lose interest immediately, but others try to figure out where the other dog they see is located. They may offer appeasing behavior or even circle around behind the mirror (if possible) to try and find the other canine.
  3. Television: Some pups can’t help but be intrigued by this strange device, which emits sound and moving images. Their curiosity is often heightened when they hear or see another dog on the screen. Try watching a dog show with your canine companion in the room. It’s one fascinating experience.
  4. Ice cubes: There’s something about ice cubes that confuses but also excites a puppy. Ice is cold and slippery, sending many puppies into a play-bow and barking frenzy when they joyfully discover that it’s edible. If your puppy is bored or teething, an ice cube is a cheap toy that will soothe and entertain him. However, you should never let your pup chew on an ice cube unsupervised, as they can present a choking hazard.
  5. Brooms: The fast action of a broom baffles many puppies, so they will often react in the same way they do to a vacuum: either running from it or attacking it. But some canine companions may view it as a new toy. Getting puppies used to our weird cleaning devices will definitely make for happier adult dogs.
  6. Phones: Admit it: you’ve asked your pet sitter to hold the phone up to your puppy while you’re away, so that you can tell him what a good boy he is. Hearing a voice, especially a familiar one, come from “nowhere” is enough to confuse any young animal. Some puppies respond with the all-too-adorable head tilt. Others may start looking for you or try to paw the phone.

Most of the time, puppies’ reactions are cute and exploratory—a surprised bark or growl when they first see something that’s quickly replaced with a confident play-bow when they realize the new item is not a threat. However, you should always watch your puppy for signs of nervousness or fear, so that you can quickly turn a negative situation into something positive. This will help ensure that your puppy grows up confident and relaxed. If you still find yourself with a fearful puppy, speak to a professional dog trainer about what methods to try next.

Research contact: @akcdoglovers

Battle royal: Thomas Markle’s plans new documentary on his split from Meghan

January 20, 2021

In January 2020, Meghan Markle’s father Thomas Markle, starred in a Channel 5 British documentary in which he tried to set the record straight about the seemingly strained relationship between him and his daughter. However, Markle has since revealed to The Sun that he wasn’t happy with the finished product, and intends to release a new film; which will chronicle his life from his career in television and raising Meghan to more recent event—including his absence from the royal wedding.

Now, Good Morning Britain has aired “everything we know about Thomas Markle’s new documentary”—and Bustle has reported the details.

Hoping to have the documentary “completed later this year,” Markle told the Sun that he hopes the project will help him to “figure out what went wrong” in his relationship with his daughter. “It begins with my life, my family, and my love of theatre and television and how I got there,” Markle explained. It will follow his “life with Meghan, growing up, her school days until she went off to college, and when her career began.”

Featuring unseen home footage of Meghan’s upbringing, Markle wanted to portray what he believes to be a truer version of events than what was shown in the previous documentary. “It was not edited in the correct order, dates were wrong, and it had too much generic public domain film added,” he told the Sun. “My documentary will have some new videos and my favourite photo of my ‘baby girl’ […] I think we will do a good job.”

The former Channel 5 version, titled Thomas Markle: My Story, saw Markle set the record straight in a one-on-one interview with the broadcaster. It covered the “staged” paparazzi photos that were released prior to Meghan and Harry’s wedding, as well as Markle not being able to attend the wedding due to serious health problems. The documentary also covered the publication of Meghan’s private letter to her father, and why Markle decided to publish part of it in British tabloids.

Research contact: @bustle

It’s #Team Fluff vs. #Team Ruff in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV on February 3

January 16, 2019

If tail-wagging were a competition, all 93 puppies chosen for the Pedigree starting lineup in the 15th Annual Puppy Bowl would take the top prize—a “Lombarky” trophy from

Prepare to fall in “puppy love” as the baby bow-wows—sourced from animal shelters throughout the United States and Costa Rica—take to the gridiron for two hours of tumbling and fumbling at Geico Stadium in Steubenville, Ohio, starting at 3 p.m. (ET) on February 3 on the Animal Planet in your area.

Even if they don’t “go big,” they are almost sure to “go home”—because the Puppy Bowl also serves as an adoption event. Indeed, fully 100% of the puppies that have run riot in previous years have been embraced and taken in by forever families.

This year, Animal Planet worked with over 50 dedicated animal shelters and rescue organizations from over 20 states and territories in the U.S. and made an international stop to Costa Rica, to get these puppies set for the big game.

With a bigger game in store for viewers later in the evening—Super Bowl LIII—audiences will be sure to find their favorite elements returning to the fluffiest game of the year; including a front row seat to the pregame rituals of these special pups via the locker room camera.

Viewers also will get an “pup-close and personal” look at the game through the famous water bowl cam, the fan favorite kiss cam, aerial shots of the field from the Temptations Sky Box, and a look at the touchdowns through the Sprint cameras in the end zones.

What’s more, this year, the audience will find out what these adorable puppies are really made of, with a Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Test. What genetic traits are giving them those advantages on the field? The organizers tested them all to find out!

The game will feature “aww-nalysis” from sports correspondents, including the infamous Rodt Weiler with James Hound and Sheena Inu serving as pre-game show analysts. “Rufferee” Dan Schachner returns for the eighth year in a row to call the puppy penalties, furry fumbles,and terrier touchdowns

The first half of the event will be sponsored by STXfilms’ Ugly Dolls, with the second half sponsored by Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 from Universal Pictures.

Midway through the exciting game, get ready for a purr-fect surprise during the Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Kitty Half-Time Show

All of the pups also will compete for the individual Bissell MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) by scoring the most touchdowns.

And finally, don’t forget to check out the spectacular group of baby kangaroo cheerleaders who root for their favorite team from the sidelines!

Research contact: @puppybowl19

Say what? The cost of poorly-chosen words

June 11, 2018

The level of discourse in our nation didn’t need to go any lower—but it did in recent weeks, as two female comics with eponymously named TV shows—Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee—spewed racist and vulgar sentiments about other women in the public eye.

Roseanne’s show was cancelled immediately by ABC-TV. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee remains on-air at TBS —and subject to both ratings, as well as sponsors’ opinions. Based on findings of a YouGov poll released on June 8, neither of them has come out unscathed: 55% of Americans say that Roseanne’s comments about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett were offensive, while 43% believe that Samantha’s jab at First Daughter Ivanka Trump was out of line.

The reason for the different amounts of outrage simply may be TV viewership. First, Roseanne had the highest-rated new show of the season—and fully 49% of the poll respondents said they had heard “a lot”  about the comments on her Twitter account, while Jarrett show is lesser-known and just 32% of the American public was immediately aware of her reference to Trump’s favorite child

Second, Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee have very different audiences. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to have watched the Roseanne reboot, which was the highest rated new show of the season; fewer Americans watch Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, but those who do tend to be more Democratic than not.

The two audiences don’t overlap all that much. Most of those who have watched Full Frontal have not watched Rosanne, and vice versa. There are large partisan differences in opinion about the two women, although overall opinion of both is more negative than positive. Democrats have a favorable view of Bee (39% to 13%), while Republicans are overwhelmingly negative (65% to 9%). Conversely, 51% of the country has an unfavorable opinion of Barr, with Democrats even more negative towards her (69% unfavorable to 18% favorable). Republicans in this week’s poll are narrowly favorable toward Barr; although the percentage of Republicans with an unfavorable opinion of her has increased by 14 points since early April, before the controversy.

Large majorities believe both women did the right thing by apologizing, Barr to Jarrett and Bee to Trump. But both apologies are not being taken at face value. More than twice as many people think Bee’s apology was not sincere as say it was; just under twice as many say Barr’s apology lacked sincerity as think it had it. 

Viewers of both shows remain supporters. Nearly six out of ten (58%) Roseanne viewers still would like to tune in to the show; while a full 64% of Samantha Bee’s fans still enjoy Full Frontal.

YouGov points out that the policy issue that Samantha Bee was discussing when she used the vulgar description was an immigration policy that separates children from their parents if they are caught crossing the border illegally. Americans take a hard line on illegal entry to the nation. By 50% to 35%, they approve of jailing all those who cross the border illegally. A majority agrees with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ statement: “If you don’t want your child to be separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally.”

However,t both Republicans and Democrats would prefer to keep families together, either by releasing them with a date to report back (the Democrats’ preference), or housing families together in a detention center (the GOP choice).

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