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Animal Care Company Acquired

Mason Co. is an animal boarding and containment solutions firm.

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DAYTON, OH — Midmark Corp., a provider of medical, dental and veterinary equipment, technology and services, announced it acquired Mason Co., an animal boarding and containment solutions company located in Leesburg and Lebanon, OH.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition adds to Midmark’s growing portfolio and expands the company’s ability to work closely with channel partners and customers in animal health, according to a press release.

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With the addition of Mason’s architectural and design expertise, along with its product offering, Midmark will “provide solutions designed for comfortable and aesthetic accommodations for long-term boarding of companion animals,” the release states.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Mason Company to the Midmark family,” said John Baumann, president and CEO of Midmark. “The expertise Mason brings to Midmark enhances our position to design better care environments for our customers. It also strengthens Midmark’s position as a leader of the animal health space that continues to bring our customers innovative solutions and new ideas as they strive to improve the quality of care.”

According to the release: “Pairing well with Midmark’s stainless-steel offerings and Synthesis cabinetry, the Mason product is a preferred solution for animal health facilities that offer overnight accommodations to their clients. This brings new opportunities to Midmark through involvement in early discussions of new construction.”

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The designs and materials that make up Mason’s products complement the “fear-free” trend that is prevalent in the animal health space, according to the release. Fear Free Certified Practices promote quiet and calming environments by carefully considering the workflow and the acute senses of the animal patients, fostering better outcomes for pets and their owners.

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Video: Brave Housecat Fends Off 3 Coyotes

This feline showed moxie.

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A cat in the Highland Park neighborhood could have been in serious trouble when three coyotes came along.

But Max, who belongs to Maya Gurrin, showed amazing courage, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Max was surrounded, and the coyotes were nipping at him. But Max showed no fear. He even caused one of the coyotes to back away and jump onto a nearby wall.

“He’s always been crazy,” Gurrin said. “Like, if this were to happen with any cat, it would be him.”

The entire scene was captured on security camera.

As tough as Max may be, his owners have nonetheless decided not to let him roam outdoors anymore.

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Dogs May Be More Perceptive Than We Ever Realized, Study Finds

Even untrained strays can read human gestures.

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Dogs seem to be able to interpret human gestures even when they’ve had no training, a new study has found.

As any dog owner knows, pet canines understand commands and gestures with ease. A group of researchers set out to determine whether these capabilities are innate or require training, according to a report from Frontiers Science News.

The researchers looked specifically at pointing, with Dr. Anindita Bhadra of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India, and colleagues studing stray dogs in several Indian cities.

“The researchers approached solitary stray dogs and placed two covered bowls on the ground near them,” Frontieers Science News reports. “A researcher then pointed to one of the two bowls, either momentarily or repeatedly, and recorded whether the dog approached the indicated bowl.”

About 80 percent of participating dogs successfully followed pointing gestures.

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“We thought it was quite amazing that the dogs could follow a gesture as abstract as momentary pointing,” Bhadra was quoted saying. “This means that they closely observe the human, whom they are meeting for the first time, and they use their understanding of humans to make a decision. This shows their intelligence and adaptability.”

The research was published in Frontiers in Psychology.

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

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