Pet Scoop: Study Reveals How Dogs Can Walk on Ice, Animal Rights Groups Criticize Romney

January 17, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

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Not-So-Frosty Paws: Why Dogs Can Tread on Ice

It’s the only part of dogs that’s not covered in fur, so how is it that some dogs don’t seem to feel the cold in their feet when they hit the ice? Even though their paws have a high surface-area-to-volume ratio, scientists in Japan discovered that they have a system in their bodies that acts as a counter-current heat exchanger.

When blood gets to the paws, heat is transferred to the area, ensuring that the blood is warmed before it returns to the rest of the body. Of course this doesn't mean that your dog (and his paws) can't be harmed by the cold, but it is an interesting look into canine physiology. — Read it at Physorg

Actor's Dog Gets Red-Carpet Shout-Out

Uggie, the dog who starred in The Artist, may have stolen the show at the Golden Globes. But Jesse Tyler Ferguson gave his Maltese-Yorkie mix, Leaf, a funny call-out from the red carpet. "You be good, Leaf, and go to bed," said the Modern Family star. "That's what I'm going to say when I win. Oh, wait. I wasn't nominated." But the actor did make it onto the stage with the rest of the show's cast when Modern Family won best TV series, comedy. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to the microphone. — Read it at People Pets

Plus: Check out photos of celebrities, like Jon Hamm and Anne Hathaway, with their pets at People Pets.

Animal Rights Groups Trounce Romney Dog Story

The ASPCA and PETA are among those criticizing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for driving to Canada with his family’s Irish Setter strapped to the roof of his station wagon in a dog carrier. “Keep your pet secured in the backseat in a well-ventilated crate or a carrier that’s large enough for him or her to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in, or with a travel harness attached to a seat buckle,” advises the ASPCA’s Dr. Katherine Miller. — Read it at The Hill

Cameras Capture First Snapshots of Snub-Nosed Monkeys

Last spring, a conservation group set up camera traps to catch the “snubby” in action in the jungles of Myanmar. The species was just discovered two years ago. — Read it at National Geographic Daily News

Higher Wind Speeds Help Propel the Albatross

The albatross, which depends on wind currents to stay in the air, has been getting a bonus lift from increasing wind speeds over the Southern Ocean near Antarctica. A new study has found that greater winds have enabled the birds to make shorter trips to forage for food — as a result, their mass has increased over the years by an average of 2.2 pounds. — Read it at The New York Times

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