Hugs and Hostages?

  2014 It's National Hug Your Dog Day!  Let's dig deep into the science of hugs! I will be the first to admit: Sometimes I want to hug our dog and cats (and other animals) like the Abominable Snowman in the bit from "Daffy Duck's Quackbusters" cartoon.   But I don't.   I know they don't …

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Nothing Happens “Out of the Blue”

Myth:  Animal bites happen "out of the blue." Truth:  Animal bites are provoked in some form, and they can be prevented.   When I think of common animal bites, three companion animals first come to mind:  dogs, parrots, and cats.  All three of these are social animals. Why does this fact matter?  Well, social animals use …

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