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The Canadian TV show ‘Hudson & Rex’ features actor John Reardon playing Det. Charlie Hudson and German shepherd Diesel vom Burgimwald as Rex. Images courtesy Beta Films.

My favorite police officer on television is smart, empathetic, attentive and brave. He’s also incredibly handsome.

I’m talking about Rex, the fictional police canine played by the German shepherd Diesel vom Burgimwald who co-stars on CITY TV’s hit show Hudson & Rex. It’s not prestige TV, but it is a well-made, diverse, thoughtful and unapologetically Canadian police procedural with an impressive four-legged officer.

As the show wraps up its second season, it’s clear that Rex/Diesel has charmed audiences. His work also invites us to think more about animals’ minds, work and contributions to our shared communities.

It’s a win for dogs, but people need to be smart about it

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are working from home or not leaving home at all. Though that’s distressing in various ways, it’s undeniable that it’s a win for dogs to have their people home all day. I urge everyone who suddenly has unlimited time with their best friend to take advantage of it, but also to be aware of the challenges this change presents. Here are some specific things to keep in mind.

Lulu loves to visit her grandparents to help cheer them up with her goofy smile. She plays ball often and loves to go to the park to watch the ducks.

Dixie loves meeting new people and their dogs while out for a good walk. Her short legs don’t keep her from galloping down the walking trail…it is quite a sight to see! She also enjoys taking frequent breaks on her walks to sniff just about everything.

It was late January when the Mesa Fire Department in Arizona rescued two Shar Pei puppies from a car that crashed and caught fire. According to news reports, the crash happened at gas station just before midnight on January 29. After losing control and slamming into one of the pumps, the driver fled, leaving the two pups alone in the burning vehicle.

Mesa Fire Department was able to rescue the two puppies and put out the fire. After the rescue, Mesa Police seized the two dogs who were transferred to an overnight clinic before being sent to the Arizona Humane Society’s Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ for further evaluation.

AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ and Cruelty Investigators performed more than 7,700 cruelty investigations last year. Almost 12,000 animals a year receive medical care and treatment in AHS’ Trauma Hospital.

Analysis of 13,000 Finnish pet dogs offers insights into behavior

If your dog exhibits behavior problems, she is in good company. A recent study of over 13,000 pet dogs in Finland found that nearly three-quarters of dogs have a behavioral issue. The study almost certainly underrepresents the percentage of dogs with a behavior problem because this study focused on just seven of them: noise sensitivity, fearfulness, compulsion, fear of surfaces or heights, inattention/impulsivity, separation related behavior and aggression. It did not investigate destructive chewing, jumping up, digging, counter surfing and many other behaviors that are common and considered problematic to the people in their lives. Additionally, because the data came from guardian surveys, assessing its reliability is challenging. It is notoriously difficult to collect accurate information from surveys.

…and Make Life Harder for People Like Me Who Rely on Service Dogs

In 2017, Marlin Jackson boarded a cross-country flight. When he got to his row, another passenger was already in the middle seat with an emotional support dog in his lap.

According to Mr. Jackson’s attorney, “The approximately 50-pound dog growled at Mr. Jackson soon after he took his seat…and continued as Mr. Jackson attempted to buckle his seatbelt. The growling increased and the dog lunged for Mr. Jackson’s face…who could not escape due to his position against the plane’s window.” Facial wounds requiring 28 stitches were the result.