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'For the dog, it's a game': sniffing out truffles in Italy

Nov 11, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Giovanni Monchiero is the dean of the unusual academy in Roddi in northwestern Italy where the graduates wag their tails. This is Italy's 'truffle dog university.'

DOGS GAME. Truffle hunter Giovanni Monchiero searches for truffles with his dogs in Verduno near Alba, northwestern Italy on October 24, 2018. Giovanni Monchiero is the heir of dinasty of rectors of the "University of truffles dogs", founded in 1880 by his great grandfather Antonio Monchiero. In three weeks, the University can train a dog to be a truffle hunter. MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

3 arrested for transporting dog meat in Batangas

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Over 600 kilograms of slaughtered dogs were seized from a van in Lemery, Batangas

CONFISCATED. A van-load of dogmeat confiscated by the police of Lemery, Batangas. Photo courtesy of Lemery PNP

The week in photos: September 29-October 5, 2018

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:46 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SURFER DUDES. Dogs ride a wave in tandem during the 10th annual Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach, California on September 29, 2018. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

How K-9 units helped in Naga and Itogon landslide search operations

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:43 PM

For the trainers, the story of how canines responded in the operations is a testament to the bond between dogs and humans – in life and in death

Pyongyang gifts dogs to South Korea President

Sep 30, 2018 - 5:08 PM

The Pungsan breed – a hunting dog with thick, creamy white coat, pointy ears and hazel eyes – is one of the National Treasures of North Korea

GIFT. This undated handout photo released by South Korea's presidential Blue House on September 30, 2018 shows a one-year-old Pungsan breed dog gifted from North Korea. Handout/The Blue House/AFP

Meet the other family members at Trillanes' homecoming

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Furry members of the Trillanes family steal the spotlight from the opposition senator

HOME AT LAST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is met by his dog, Bruno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PSG gets more bomb-sniffing dogs to protect Duterte

Sep 17, 2018 - 6:03 PM

The Presidential Security Group will get 18 new dogs under the 2018 budget

DINDO'S DUTY. Presidential Security Guard (PSG) Chief Sergeant Richard Parco plays with Dindo, a k9 Belgian Malinois dog, inside the Malacanang Grounds in Manila. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Want to adopt a K9? Look at these PDEA dogs

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Here's how you can adopt anti-narcotics dogs retiring from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

RETIREMENT TIME. The PDEA puts up its anti-drug dogs for adoption after deeming them as 'unoperational'. Photos by PDEA

How old is my pet in dog or cat years? A veterinarian explains

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:30 AM

There’s an old myth that one regular year is like 7 years for dogs and cats. There’s a bit of logic behind it.

DOG AGE. KikoStock/Shutterstock.com

This company is building a massive pack of robot dogs for purchase starting in 2019

Jul 25, 2018 - 8:30 AM

By the middle of 2019, the company hopes to reach a production rate of 1,000 units a year

ROBODOG. Award recipient SpotMini Boston Dynamics Marc Raibert's dog-like robot comes up stage during Genius Gala 6.0 at Liberty Science Center on May 5, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. File photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Liberty Science Center/AFP


The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

Dog gone: European canines replaced New World's ancient breeds

Jul 06, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'People in Europe and the Americas were genetically distinct, and so were their dogs,' says Greger Larson, senior author of the study

LOOK: Zsa Zsa the english bulldog is 'world's ugliest dog'

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:43 AM

That extra-long tongue is a little hard to ignore!

ZSA ZSA. The 9-year-old English Bulldog wins this year's ugliest dog contest. Photo from AFP

Tips for bringing your dog on outdoor adventures

Jun 23, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Want your dog by your side when you climb that summit or ride those waves? Here are tips for raising an adventure dog and how to keep them safe while they get stoked.

Dog parks (and dog-friendly parks) in Manila where you and your pup can hang out

Jun 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Go on a doggie date this weekend!

'Isle of Dogs' Review: More than just puppy love

Jun 03, 2018 - 3:41 PM

'There is more to Isle of Dogs than just puppy love. It is first and foremost a fable of its time.'

Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' screens exclusively at Ayala Cinemas

May 31, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Here's where you can watch the film that opened the 68th Berlin International Film Festival

Japan keeps word, gifts Akita dog to Russian skater Zagitova

May 26, 2018 - 7:58 PM

During a visit to Moscow, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe presents the puppy to Zagitova, who won gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics

French Bulldog's cute face exposes it to welfare risks – study

May 03, 2018 - 11:53 AM

'There is a worry that increased demand for the French Bulldog is damaging to these dogs' welfare because of the health risks associated with their extreme physical features,' says Dan O'Neill of The Royal Veterinary College

Japan's Akita dogs melt foreign hearts

Apr 20, 2018 - 6:39 PM

In recent years, foreign ownership of one of Japan's most famous indigenous breeds has skyrocketed, outstripping domestic demand for the fluffy, perky-eared pooches

CUTIE. This picture taken on April 3, 2018 shows an Akita dog in a kennel at a breeding centre in Takasaki, Gunma prefecture.  Behrouz Mehri/AFP

AI system predicts dog behavior by thinking like a dog

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The study reportedly opens up new research possibilities for AI systems and shows that animals could be new sources of its training data.

Dog dies in United Airlines overhead bin

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:28 PM

According to reports, the owner was told to put her dog in the compartment after boarding with two kids, including an infant

Why Barbra Streisand's cloned dogs aren't identical to the original pet

Mar 03, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Sad to say, cloning will not bring back Sammie, nor your own beloved pet

CLONE DOG. Barbra Streisand says in an interview with 'Variety' magazine that she had her dog Samantha cloned before she died. Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival/AFP

In year of #MeToo, women win big at Berlin filmfest

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:21 AM

The Romanian docudrama 'Touch Me Not' win the Golden Bear award

Romanian director Adina Pintilie holds her Golden Bear for Best Film she was awarded for the movie "Touch Me Not" during the awards ceremony of the 68th edition of the Berlinale film festival on February 24, 2018 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / Tobias SCHWARZ

Wes Anderson’s Kurosawa- and Miyazaki-inspired 'Isle of Dogs' opens 68th Berlinale

Feb 17, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The famous filmmaker's 'Isle of Dogs – Atari's Rise' is the first ever animated film to open the Berlin Film Festival

5 activities to do with your doggo in the Year of the Dog

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Bork if you love dogs!

The week in photos: February 10-16, 2018

Feb 17, 2018 - 5:46 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People throw talcum powder during the street carnival 'Los Indianos' in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma, on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN

Milk spas and manicures: A Hong Kong dog's life

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

As the city welcomes the Year of the Dog, pet owners are pushing out the boat more than ever to ensure their pooches are glossed and spritzed, with money no object

DOG'S LIFE. This picture taken on February 3, 2018 shows a dog getting a brushing and hair cut during a spa treatment session at a pet groomers in Hong Kong. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

WATCH: A scruffy doggo fights bad guys in the new ‘Benji’ trailer

Feb 15, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Add this to your Year of the Dog viewing list!

BENJI. The beloved dog returns to the screen in a new Netflix reboot. Screenshot from YouTube.com/NewonNetflix

5 feng shui pieces that will bring you luck this Chinese New Year

Feb 14, 2018 - 10:20 PM

These decorative pieces will help you out this Year of the Earth Dog

14 things you need to do for a lucky Chinese New Year

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Get ready for a lucky year ahead, regardless of your animal sign's horoscope!

Your horoscope for Chinese New Year 2018, the Year of the Dog

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Here's what the Year of the Earth Dog is set to bring

Dogs, cats slaughtered: 'Extreme' markets horrify activists

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Animal activists urge for the shut down of markets in Indonesia, where live dogs and cats are butchered and blow-torched alive

ANIMAL CRUELTY. A dog waits for slaughter at the Langowan market, before he was rescued by DMFI. Photo from DMFI

600 kilos of dog meat intercepted in Batangas

Jan 06, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Police say the dog meat trader pays P70 for each dog, then sells the meat to Baguio restaurants for P120 to P150 per kilo

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

WATCH: Woman keeps her dogs safe during Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 12:40 AM

Janet Romulon, an evacuee in Tacloban City, protects her 3 dogs in the middle of Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

Janet Romulon checks on one of her 3 dogs in their small home in a coastal village in Tacloban City as strong winds and heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Urduja pummels Eastern Visayas on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Dogs shield South Africa's youth from violence

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Project 'Funda Nenja' – Zulu for 'learn with the dog' – help to nurture kinship and respect between humans and their dogs in a township in South Africa

BEST FRIENDS. Boys sit against a wall with their dogs outside the Zamuthule Primary School at the Mpophomeni township in Kwazulu-Natal, on September 22, 2017. Children from the area of Mpophomeni in KwaZulu-Natal province take part in the Funda Nenja dog training initiative which seeks to teach children in the township dog handling skills. Photo by Tadeu Andre/AFP

Meet Cola, the Thai street dog with 'blade runner' legs

Dec 13, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Cola, the former street pup, nearly lost his life last year after a Bangkok man hacked off his front legs with a sword, now he has new sleek paws: curved "blade runner" prosthetics

BLADE RUNNER. This photo taken on December 12, 2017 shows John Dalley fitting Cola the dog with his new curved 'blade runner' prosthetic legs at Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket. Just over a year after he was brutally maimed for gnawing on a neighbor's boots, Cola the canine is romping across a Phuket beach on sleek new paws: curved "blade runner" prosthetics modelled after those used by Paralympian sprinters. Photo Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Sony's Aibo makes a comeback

Nov 01, 2017 - 4:09 PM

Pre-orders for the new Aibo robot are priced at 198,000 yen ($1,738)

SONY'S AIBO RETURNS. Sony's robotic pet is now being sold as an all-in one service with subscriptions. Photo from https://twitter.com/aibo_jp

Sony bringing back robot dogs as smart home devices – report

Oct 24, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The new robot dog from Sony will reportedly have internet connectivity, allowing it to control household appliances

A NEW AIBO? The toy robot dog Aibo in Dortmund's DASA - Arbeitswelt Ausstellung. Photo from Wikipedia by Sven Volkens

K-Pop star Choi Siwon apologizes over dog bite death

Oct 22, 2017 - 2:02 PM

'As a member of the family raising the dog, I feel greatly responsible,' says the Super Junior member over the incident

Pets for mental wellness: How dogs play a role in healing, therapy

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:10 PM

More than just the warm, fuzzy feelings that dogs bring, therapy dogs can help put patients at ease and encourage them to be more open to the treatment process

THERAPY DOG. Bubu the golden retriever works as a therapy dog at the Ateneo's office of guidance and counseling, helping students relieve stress and anxiety. All photos by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Sunday in the park with your dog

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Amid a boom in pet ownership and pampering – as well as rescuing and neutering dogs and cats – a dog trainer organizes a regular, supervised off-leash dog park

SAKSIKAN: Trailer film terbaru Wes Anderson, 'Isle of Dogs'

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:29 PM

Seorang anak lelaki bernama Atari Kobayashi memiliki misi untuk mencari anjingnya yang dibawa ke Trash Island

WATCH: 'Isle of Dogs' trailer released

Sep 22, 2017 - 12:29 PM

A young boy, Atari Kobayashi is on a mission to search for his missing dog that was taken to Trash Island

What's The Big Idea? How to make your dogs happy

Sep 21, 2017 - 6:46 PM

In this week's episode of 'What's The Big Idea?' with Coco Alcuaz, a canine behavior expert talks about what humans should do to keep dogs happy – making them man's best friend for life

MMDA trains 100 dogs in UP to help save lives during disasters

Sep 06, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Dogs undergo a life saving training every weekend for 8 weeks at the UP Vanguard grounds

SEARCH AND RESCUE. The University of the Philippines adopts the MMDA K9 Corps search and rescue training at the UP vanguard. Photos by Rupert Ambil/Rappler







WATCH: Corgis in capes! Netflix's 'The Crown' goes to the dogs

Aug 26, 2017 - 11:42 AM

If you re in need of a pick me up this video will do the trick

HER MAJESTY. Corgi Queen Elizabeth II commands her husband corgi Prince Philip to bend the knee. Screengrab from Facebook.com/Netflixph

WATCH: Tom Hardy reading a bedtime story to his dog will break your heart

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Tom s dog Woody died 6 months after the video was filmed

SEA Games organizers slam 'Singapore dogs' football chant during Malaysia game

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:12 PM

SEA Games organizers urged fans to behave themselves after Malaysia football supporters caused anger by chanting Singapore dogs during a game

CHANTING CONTROVERSY. Muhammad Syahmi Safari (L) of Malaysia vies for the ball with Qin Si Lee (R) of Singapore during their men's football match at Shah Alam Stadium on August 16. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP