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Canadian Shiba Inu Learns to Paint Happy Little Abstracts

Sherry Rucherman

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We all love our pets. Many animals have a capacity for forming bonds with humans. But dogs and cats are especially inclined to bond with us due- not just to centuries of selective breeding- but also because of many thousands of years of co-evolutionary development.

But, as much as it might irk cat purists- there’s something dogs have that cat simply seem to have no interest in matching. That is a keen interest in cooperating with us, and in particular, an outstanding ability and desire to attend to whatever our focus of attention is.

Humans are one of few creatures that have directionally indicating eyes. That is to say, the large whites of our eyes give us the agility to easily tack the gaze of other people. But having big eye-whites isn’t enough. You also need a brain that’s honed to track the movement of these eyes. As humans, we use this capacity for eye-communication to do many cooperative tasks like sports, for example.

But dogs share our ability to track the movements of human eyes. This has enabled them to be excellent hunting companions over the millennia. But in modern times, our K9 friends have used their unique social intelligence to do a number of surprisingly anthropomorphic things. Dogs have been known to ride skateboards, operate machinery, play musical instruments, and remember and sort hundreds of objects by name and description. All of that is pretty surprising.

But until now, we’ve never seen a dog paint- at least not on purpose. That’s exactly what the five year old Canadian Shiba Inu named Hunter does. Hunter will stand by a canvas, wait for his master to hand him a loaded paintbrush and will then stroke the canvas with the brush before handing it back and waiting for another.

So far, nearly 150 of Hunter’s paintings have sold online for around 50 Canadian dollars apiece.

Hunter has spent much of his youth as any healthy, young dog would on a big Canadian ranch. He plays with the other animals on the property, with the children, and gets taken on long walks through woodland trails. But in the evenings, Hunter would sit by his master, Mary Chenoweth, who loves to paint- mostly as a hobby. Mary would paint along with Bob Ross videos, and eventually developed a considerable amount of skill as well as her own style.

All the while, Hunter would lay on his bed and watch Mary’s brush move across the canvass. So, one day, when Mary saw Hunter standing next to an empty canvas, she handed him a paintbrush. She didn’t think anything resembling art would emerge. She just thought it was cute that Hunter appeared to share her interest. So she playfully handed him a brush and watched him flick it across the canvass. Then she dipped the brush in paint and handed it to him again and he did the same thing.

After a while, Hunter appeared to be developing a style of his own. He flicks the brush across the canvas, not in the same spot every time- not in exactly the same way. He spaces his strokes and varies his touch to create a textured pattern of color and shapes. He used dabs, checkmarks, and a range of strokes to fill out the blank canvasses Mary places in front of him. His paintings are all unique, and often seem to indicate a vaguely abstracted mountain landscape.

So far, Hunter has earned about $6,000 and has quite an extensive collection of high-end doggy beds and chew toys to show for it.

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Local Hero UPS Driver Saves Dog Trapped In Ice

Mackenzie Freeman

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What’s your normal work day like? For Ryan Arens, a UPS driver in Bozeman, Montana, a normal day would be delivering packages to people. He’s been working for UPS for 14 years, so his day is pretty routine and he likes to stick to a schedule. 

In January of 2019, he broke routine when he heard something strange during his route. He thought he heard a dog in distress. He could hear it yelping and crying, but it was getting dark so he couldn’t see it. There was a pond near the neighborhood he was in. He went around to the other side of it to get a closer look. That’s when he saw the dog. It was a wire-haired pointing griffon and it was in the middle of the pond. It had fallen through the ice into the cold waters and was trying to stay near the surface. He didn’t know how long the dog had been in the water, but he knew he had to do something.

There was another good Samaritan on the water in a rowboat that was trying to save the dog as well, but he was having no luck. Ryan always keeps a dry change of clothes in his backpack, so he would do what any rational person would do, jump in the freezing cold water and save the dog. 

Getting the dog out of the water was easy and the dog was very thankful. Ryan brought the dog to the good Samaritans house where they tried to get her warm. She had been in the water for a very long time and her legs were weak. She could barely stand when they put her in the tub in warm water. Ryan held her up while the homeowner gently bathed her in warm water to get her blood flowing properly again. They then dried her off and gave her food and Ryan showered and changed his clothes before heading back to finish his route. 

The next day, he thought about whether the good Samaritan was able to find the dogs owner. He thought about going by after work to check, when the dog he saved from the frigid waters came bounding over to his truck during a delivery. The package he was delivering belonged to the owners of the lucky dog and they were happy to thank the man who saved their Sadie, which is the dogs name.

Ryan Arens did want any person would do, especially one whose an animal lover. He has a dog himself, a 14 year old Malamute Shepherd mix. They love going on walks and snuggling on the couch together. His dog is his world and he hopes that if his dog ever got out and got themselves in a sticky and scary situation, that someone would be there to save her, like he did Sadie. 

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How to Name Your Male Dog in 2020: 10 ideas

Mackenzie Freeman

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Getting a dog is always exciting because you are adding a new member to your family. However, one of the biggest questions that most new dog owners have is “How to name him?”. If you are having trouble thinking of a name for your male four-legged friend, here are some ideas based on popular trends of 2020. 

Luke

If you are a fan of Star Wars, this name is familiar to you. In 2020 it is one of the most popular names for male puppies. Moreover,  Luke was also the name of Staffordshire Bull Terrier who acted in silent films at the beginning of the 20th century. 

Bailey

If you grew up in the 90s, you must be familiar with the Scott Wolf’s character in Party of Five named Bailey. Puppies named Bailey are characterized as strong, good-natured and loyal canines. 

Max

If you want to have not just a dog but a best friend, name your pooch Max. It was the dog’s name from the movie of the same name Max released in 2015. The movie was about the dog who has to relocate from Afghanistan to Texas after his owner passed away. 

Jack

It is another great name for a loyal dog. It is also a great choice if you have Jack Russel Terrier. Fans of the NBC drama This is Us might also want to name their male dog Jack after the heroic character played by Milo Ventimiglia. 

Milo 

It is a great name for a dog because it is classic, and is easy to remember and pronounce. Milo was the name of the orange tabby cat in the 80s movie Adventures of Milo and Otis that tells about the friendship between a cat and a pug. 

Toby

According to the statistics provided by PetPlace, dogs named Toby are loyal, friendly, and playful. Even though it is a human name, it is more known as a male dog name in 2020. 

Charlie

Charlie is the third popular dog name today. Charlie was also a dog character in the animated comedy series Looney Tunes produced by Warner Brothers in the period from 1930 to 1969. Therefore, if you are looking for a really old, classic name for your pooch, here is the one. 

Rocky 

If you have a large and strong dog, you can name him Rocky – after Rocky Balboa. You might also remember the animated comedy  The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle – one of the most iconic shows in the 1960s. Rocky was the name of one of the main characters – a flying squirrel. 

Jake

For those who do not like the name Jack but still want their dog’s name to start with J here is an option – Jake. It is among the top 10 most popular names in 2020. If you are a fan of animated television series Adventure Time,  you should remember its main four-legged character named Jake, who is a great example of a human best friend. 

Oliver

Being a classic name, this name is good for both dogs and babies. It is also capable to produce many different cute nicknames, such as Ollie, Olly, or Olley.  Most dogs named Oliver are active and curious pooches with a lot of energy. 

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How to Name Your Female Dog in 2020: 10 Ideas

Lea Lomas

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If you have just got a dog, one of the first things you need to think of is her name. Choosing the right name for your pooch is not easy – it should be easy to pronounce, have a positive meaning, and reflect your dog’s personality. If you are looking for some inspiration, here is the list of cute and popular female dog names of 2020. 

Bella

Bella has been a popular female dog name for several years already. The main reason for this is the popularity of the movie Twilight released in 2009, where the main female character’s name was Bella Swan.  Bella also means “beautiful” in French and Italian, which makes this name affectionate and loving. 

Lucy 

Lucy is an especially cute name for smaller breeds like a bichon frise, Maltese or chihuahua because in Latin it means “light”. According to the statistics, it is the second most popular female dog name in 2020. 

Sasha

If you are looking for a sweet, powerful, and strong name for your pooch, Sasha is a great choice. Think about Sasha Obama – an example of a strong and grounded lady.  Moreover, she is a dog fan and has two pooches named Sunny and Bo. 

Chloe

Chloe is another cute name for a smaller dog that started gaining its popularity in the 1980s. If you are a big fan of the Kardashians, you can also swap out the first letter C for a K. 

Ginger

If you are a lucky owner of a dog with a reddish coat, you can name her Ginger. You may also remember Geri Haliwell, who was known as Ginger Spice during her time in the Spice Girls. 

Bailey 

Even though this name is more popular among male dogs, there are more and more female pooches being named Bailey as well. Statistically, canines with this name are kind and very loyal. They are also quiet companions who like being around their owners. 

Sophie

It is a sweet and gentle name for a loving female pooch. In Greek this name means “wisdom”. So if you call you canine Sophie, you can be sure that she is smart and intelligent. 

Daisy

The acting dog in movies of the 1930s and 1940s made this name really popular. The funny thing is that dog was actually a male. However, Daisy has turned out to be a common name for female dogs and still remains one of the most popular names today. 

Ruby

Though this name sounds soft and sweet, it actually has a lot of power behind it. One of the most famous dogs with this name living today is a police service dog Ruby from Rhode Island State K-9 Division specializing in Search and Rescue

Leia

If you are a Star Wars fan, you may want to name your puppy Leia – after the phenomenal and talented actress Carrie Fischer who played Princess Leia in Star Wars. Moreover, she was a dog lover too, and had a dog named Gary.

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