"Under the new rules, breeders will be required to:
-- wait until dogs are at least 12 months old before breeding them;
-- keep puppies on premises until they are at least eight weeks old;
-- separate pregnant females at least three days before they give birth;
-- and provide nesting boxes for the moms and their pups."
From the NY Times, Forget the Treadmill. Get a Dog.
"If you’re looking for the latest in home exercise equipment, you may want to consider something with four legs and a wagging tail.
Several studies now show that dogs can be powerful motivators to get people moving. Not only are dog owners more likely to take regular walks, but new research shows that dog walkers are more active over all than people who don’t have dogs."Personally, I think that it's not the dog that makes people more active, but rather that people who are more active like to have a dog. If you are not an active person, I don't think that you should get a dog. You might have good intentions on walking that dog, but over time, your true sedentary personality will prevail. And that dog just won't get the exercise he or she needs.
$1.5 million paid for world’s most expensive dog
"An 11-month old pup named Big Splash (“Hong Dong” in Chinese) recently sold in the Chinese city of Qingdao for 10 million yuan — about $1.5 million in U.S. dollars."