Netvibes For Poop: Berlin Veterinarians Find Dogs Getting High On Drug User Feces
In case you did not know, iGoogle is shutting down in a few days. As a loyal fan to the little fox in the Teahouse theme, I was very sad to hear the news. Yes, I can keep my Gmail account open to see the theme, but it would be nice to find a new browser home page that hosted the theme. It was during a search for a new homepage and organizer that I stumbled across Netvibes. This device application allows the user to collect information on different topics or interests by simply typing those interests into a search bar. Better, Netvibes allows the user to link all of his or her devices: computers, laptops, tablets, iPods, and even phones.
Even though I found Netvibes originally as a new supporter of the Fox Teahouse theme, I quickly realized that I could use the application for poop news. I went to the Netvibes English homepage and clicked the "Get Started" under the "I'm just me" option. Doing so took me to this page here, where I clicked "Get Started" under the Basic option. When I did, a mini screen appeared asking me to enter a topic I'd like to track. I typed "poop" and clicked on "Dashboard It." Finally, I was asked to pick a thumbnail for personalization (I chose the cute little poopie cartoon). And there it is now -- a entire, self-updating search result page on poop. News, videos, blogs ... my new poop page offers me poop on these and other types of media, all of which I can configure, add to, or delete from.
So what's happening today on the internet involving poop, according to Netvibes? We're being told that despite Chinese food vendors have been caught using sewage-tainted gutter oil to fry food for human consumption, we should not cancel our travel plans. I can also click on a video to see a baby's poop face and read a discussion between two people on a forum about pooping at a significant other's house.
The story that caught my eye today the most, however, involved our best friends: dogs. Pet owners from Berlin are mortified to find that their four-legged companions are getting sick from human poop left at their local dog parks. According to veterinarian Reinhold Sassnau, dogs are being brought in shaking, unable to sleep or ambulate, severely dehydrated, and presenting with rapid heartbeats. When tested, their blood shows positive for heroin, and the source of the heroin is drug user poop.
The dogs all were visitors to local dog parks known to be frequented by drug users, yet the article does not state if the dogs were let off leash or not. I would have to imagine the parks would be off-leash parks, or else I am supposed to believe that Germans stand around and let their dogs eat crap while they watch.