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A Dog Named Cactus Is Dominating a Race Through the Desert

140.7 mile stage race made harder by heat.

Morocco, April 13, 2019: The most popular runner in one of the world’s most difficult races is, strictly speaking, not an official entrant. Or even human.

A dog nicknamed Cactus suddenly appeared on Monday during the Marathon des Sables, a 140.7-mile stage race made harder by the heat, wind, sand dunes, rocks, stony plateaus and dry valleys of the Sahara in southern Morocco, the rough equivalent of running 23.5 miles a day for six days.

Cactus skipped Sunday’s first stage, but ran nearly 15 miles on Monday, then completed the full 23 miles of Tuesday’s stage and the entire 47.4-mile stage on Wednesday, showing great resilience and a skittering ability to navigate the dunes.

While the nearly 800 human runners were given 31 hours to complete Wednesday’s ultralong stage, Cactus needed only about 11 hours 15 minutes, some of it in a sandstorm, which would have put him 76th in the stage results. Then he ran a couple of extra miles to cool down.

(A story by New York Times)

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Planning Trip to UK with Your Dog, then Probably You Need to Know the New Law

Owners will be held responsible if their pet behaves badly in public. 

London, April 11, 2019: With temperatures soaring up and summer vacations nearing most of the Indian families would be planning to migrate to cooler lands. Some of them would like to pack their bags for Europe as their dream destination for instant relief. Specifically those pet parents, who are planning to enjoy their summers in United Kingdom with their pooch, essentially need to know about UK’s stringent pet laws before their head up for their journey.  

Banned Dog Breeds

As per the Dangerous Dogs Act of the country, four dog breeds are banned in UK. The first of these is Pit Bull terrier. Originated in England, and was bred with fighting in mind. It was used in blood sports like bull and bear baiting , where packs of dogs were set against bigger animals in a pit. The Japanese Tosa is also banned in the UK. It too was bred specifically for blood sports, but came from Asia.The other two illegal breeds, the Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero, both came from South America.

Pets in Public

As an owner, you are responsible for the behaviour of your pet in public places. If your dog causes damage to other people’s property it is your duty as the owner to be held accountable. Keeping your dog on a lead when walking them will ensure they are kept under control.


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