Don’t let your dog park the car: Fido will forget 2 minutes later

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Hachiko greets his master at the station in a statue to be erected at the University of Tokyo next month to honor the world's most faithful dog on the 90th anniversary of the professor's death.

Hachiko greets his master at the station in a statue to be erected at the University of Tokyo next month to honor the world’s most faithful dog on the 90th anniversary of the professor’s death. Photo courtesy of the University of Tokyo.

If your dog goes berserk with joy every time you walk through the front door — even if you’ve been out of the house for only two minutes — there may be a very good reason for that, National Geographic notes.

He’s got a lousy memory — at least of certain events. Continue reading

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There’s room in heaven for dogs, pope assures little boy

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Pope Francis blesses Asia, the guide dog of Italian radio journalist Alessandro Forlani. Photo by L’Osservatore Romano / Associated Press Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/198635092.html#PeYuADtyC0JYHEpR.99

In his first meeting with the media as pope in March 2013, Francis made news by blessing Asia, the guide dog of Italian radio journalist Alessandro Forlani. Photo by L’Osservatore Romano / AP

Well, it wasn’t by accident that he chose the name Francis, the patron saint of animals.

During a papal audience in November, Pope Francis tried to comfort a boy whose dog had died, the New York Times reports, by telling him: “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all God’s creatures.” Continue reading

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