Friday, 8 March 2013

Dog



The domestic dog is a subspecies of the gray wolf, a member of the Canidae family of the mammalian order Carnivora. The term "domestic dog" is generally used for both domesticated and feral varieties. The dog may have been the first animal to be domesticated, and has been the most widely kept working, hunting, and pet animal in human history. The word "dog" may also mean the male of a canine species, as opposed to the word "bitch" for the female of the species.

DNA testing suggests an evolutionary split between dogs and wolves around 100,000 years ago, but no fossil specimens prior to 33,000 years ago are clearly morphologically domesticated dog. Dogs' value to early human hunter-gatherers led to them quickly becoming ubiquitous across world cultures. Dogs perform many roles for people, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and military, companionship, and, more recently, aiding handicapped individuals. This impact on human society has given them the nickname "Man's Best Friend" in the Western world. In some cultures, dogs are also a source of meat. In 2001, there were estimated to be 400 million dogs in the world.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Asimina

Asimina (the Pawpaw Genus) is a genus of eight species of small trees or shrubs with large simple leaves and large fruit, native to eastern North America. The genus includes the widespread common pawpaw Asimina triloba, which bears the largest edible fruit indigenous to the continent. Pawpaws are native to 26 states of the U.S. and to Ontario in Canada. The common pawpaw is a patch-forming (clonal) understory tree found in well-drained, deep, fertile bottomland and hilly upland habitat. Pawpaws are in the same plant family (Annonaceae) as the custard-apple, cherimoya, sweetsop, ylang-ylang and soursop; the genus is the only member of that family not confined to the tropics.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

VIDEO: The Terrifying Ride of Mitt Romney's Dog

Mr. Erik Mayer, a member of our Super Pack, created this incredible video reenactment of the ride Mitt Romney's dog experienced on the roof of the Romney family car. We've always imagined how terrifying such a ride would be, but this video really brings the reality of the experience to light. The callousness - the cruelty - of subjecting a family pet to this FOR 12 HOURS, even after the dog soiled himself in fear, is difficult to fathom.