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"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-24-10)

May 24th 2010 12:32 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 24th of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Today is "Brother's Day" and "Morse Code Day."

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Cher Bedazzles a Dog to Help Homeless Pets

The one and only Cher stepped up to help homeless animals this weekend in the best way she knew how: with outrageous fashions and lots of sparkle! The pop diva donated this crystal-studded ceramic dog to the Animal Foundation's Seventh Annual Best in Show event. Decorated with 11,520 Swarovski crystals, the dog was available for auction, with proceeds going to charity.

The flashy canine was all the singer's idea, inspired by the glittery, sequined costumes of her current Las Vegas show. And though many Sin City headliners were donating similar works to the auction, Cher was by far the biggest name to participate.

Best in Show is a fund-raiser that showcases 60 dogs available for adoption from the Lied Animal Shelter in Las Vegas. Though it didn't happen last year, in 2008, the event raised more than $250,000 for charity — and placed 60 pups in loving homes. This year, the event was hosted by ventriloquist and America's Got Talent winner Terry Fator, with famous Vegas locals like Holly Madison scheduled to appear.

The Animal Foundation's Lied Animal Shelter welcomes more than 50,000 animals annually. This year's fund-raiser focuses on the organization's spay/neuter program, which costs more than $250,000 per year to fund. We hope this dazzling dog commanded some hefty bids over the weekend!

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Marnie is a one-year-old spayed female Boxer. More info will be provided on Marnie if one fits the criteria of being her new owner. To find out more, go to www.blueridgeboxerrescue.com. Let's hope that Marnie finds her furever home very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dog Singing Duet With Bird

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Who is this?

It's actor Adrian Grenier and his petite pup walking through Beverly Hills.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Hyper Gnaws - Boomerang

Price: $8.98

Non toxic chewable dog toy with squeaker - Heavy duty and durable - Great for training exercise and fun with all size dogs.

Amazon.com

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Police Dogs Receive Bulletproof Vests from 'Guardian Angel'

Three police dogs in Palo Alto, Calif. are the latest crime-fighting canines to receive a special gift from Susie Jean of Socorro, N.M.: bulletproof and stab-proof kevlar vests.

"Palo Alto officers said they had coveted the vests for years but couldn't afford them at retail prices of more than $1,500 each," reports the San Jose Mercury News. But last fall, a resourceful police dispatcher wrote to Jean and her non-profit organization, Vest 'N P.D.P., which raises money to buy bulletproof and stab-proof vests to donate to police dogs across the country.

"It's my passion, and I just really believe in this cause, and I just do what I can to protect as many police dogs as I can," Jean tells Paw Nation. "I have a supplier who sells the vests to me at cost for $700 each, so I can protect two dogs at the price of one."

After several months of fundraising, Jean -- who's been called "guardian angel to canine cops" -- was able to procure the vests for the dogs. Last week, she traveled to Palo Alto to present German shepherd police dogs Aris, Amigo and Ilan with the protective vests, stitched with their names, reports the San Jose Mercury News. "Two of the dogs jumped up on me like they knew [what I was doing there] and were saying, 'thank you.'" Jean says.

Jean started Vest 'N P.D.P. eight years ago after watching a television program that depicted a police dog being killed in the line of duty. "I had two German shepherds -- Max and Shadow -- and I had lost them to cancer about a year apart," recalls Jean. "A couple of months after Shadow died, my husband and I were watching 'America's Most Wanted,' and they showed video of a K-9 police dog who was going after a guy with a gun, and the criminal shot the dog. What just devastated me is that the dog fell over after the gunshot, but he got back up and knocked the criminal down. Then the officers rushed in and the dog fell over again and he died right there in the officer's arms. Of course, with me losing my dogs, I just started crying."

Jean, then living in Georgia, called her local police department and learned that her town's three police dogs did not have protective vests; they were too expensive. "It just struck me wrong," says Jean. She raised enough money to buy three vests. "The next town over heard about it and asked me to help them. Then I started getting out-of-state requests," recalls Jean. "I moved to New Mexico in 2006 and kept getting more requests. I just couldn't turn down any police departments. And here I'm doing it my eighth year."

From time to time, Jean hears stories about a police dog she has helped, such as the one in Indiana who had been wearing the vest only a month when he was savagely kicked by a hulking suspect. "They took the dog to the vet, and the vet said if [the dog] didn't have that vest on, it would have been fatal or he would have been severely injured, but the dog was just bruised," says Jean.

To date, over 500 police dogs in 39 states have received vests from Jean and Vest 'N P.D.P., but it's not enough. "I get a lot more requests than I get donations, and I can only do so many," says Jean. "I have 65 dogs on my list who need vests now."

Still, she finds a way to stay motivated. "When an officer calls and says, 'You just saved my dog's life; can I tell you my story?' That just keeps me going," says Jean. "I hope that all police dogs will be protected someday."

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That will be all for today, pups. '60 Seconds' will be back on Wednesday. Have a good day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-21-10)

May 21st 2010 12:04 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 21st of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today is "American Red Cross Founder’s Day", "I Need A Patch For That Day", "National Bike To Work Day" and "National Endangered Species Day."

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Abandoned Dog Digs Deep to Give Birth in Quarry

Stuck in a rock quarry for four weeks, a pregnant dog named Pebbles did what any mother would do: She stepped up to save her newborns. The dog, thought to be dumped by her owners, gave birth in the quarry a few weeks ago and dug a 4-ft. den to protect her eight little ones from harm. Now, the little family is safe, healthy and will soon be ready for adoption in Southern Florida.

Abandoned animals aren't an unusual sighting at the Cemex rock quarry near Miami, but when employees spotted the expectant mother among the rock, they did what they could to keep her alive.

The Shiba Inu, named Pebbles because she was found in the quarry, was so frightened that employees and guards were unable to coax her out, but they kept a watchful eye, giving her food and making sure she steered clear of the moving cement trucks.

Once the puppies were born, the rescue efforts kicked in.

"When they started seeing the puppies come out, everybody got really concerned because of the trucks, and didn't want anybody to be hurt," says Sheila Satterfield, a nurse from Coral Springs, Fla., who helped rescue the bunch.

According to Satterfield, whose husband is a Cemex employee, the mother dug a 4-ft. den to shelter her puppies. Employees attempted to grab the puppies from the den, but sensing danger, the mother began to relocate them—conveniently to a bushy area that was close enough for employees to reach. Satterfield's husband brought their dog crate, and one by one the puppies were pulled to safety. The concerned mom soon followed.

Satterfield and her husband cared for them overnight before taking them to the Tri County Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in Boca Raton, Fla.

"They're precious," she says of the puppies. "If we had the space we would have kept them all. The puppies are cute and the mother was so sweet. She got up in my lawn chair, and just laid her head on my lap."

At the Tri County Humane Society, founder and CEO Jeannette Christos says that the eight pups and their mother, who were infested with fleas and parasites, were bathed, treated for worms, and allowed to eat "like little pigs."

When the puppies' story aired on a local news station, Christos says people practically lined up to fill out adoption applications. Although they are still too young to receive their shots and microchips, and can't go to forever homes until they reach eight weeks old, they will be available for adoption in about four weeks.

"They're doing great," says Christos. "They're in the puppy nursery, and Pebbles is with her puppies. They're so cute. They're just little fluff balls."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Mahaska is a 9-year-old neutered male Cairn Terrier. He is good with other dogs and cats. Mahaska was used as a breeder dog. When he was no longer needed, was dropped off at the shelter. Despite being ignored and treated badly for most of his life, this sweet pup loves people! Mahaska needs a loving furever home. Let’s hope that he finds it ASAP!

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Howling Emotional Pup

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Who is this?

It's actress Ashley Greene (Twilight) arriving at New York City's JFK Airport with her toy fox terrier Marlo.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Hugglehounds Little Feller Squirrel

Price: $10.99

The world's tuffest stuffed squirrel is perfect for the large breed dogs! Features Tuffut Technology lining to insure even the toughest chewers will stop and pause.

Great realistic plush fur and body shape. Under-stuffed to allow pet ease of play, carrying and tossbility.

Toy has two squeakers inside. Squirrel body is 5" long, his tail is also 5" long. Total toy length is 10".

dogtoys.com
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Postal Service to Honor National Dog Bite Prevention Week

The annual event is designed to provide consumers with information on how to be responsible pet owners while increasing awareness of a public health issue. From nips and bites to actual attacks, violent dog behavior continues to pose a serious threat to postal employees.

It's estimated that 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year, and last year, nearly 3,000 Postal Service employees were victimized by dogs.

Those statistics are part of the reason the Postal Service recognizes National Dog Bite Prevention Week. The annual event is designed to provide consumers with information on how to be responsible pet owners while increasing awareness of a public health issue. The Postal Service continues its tradition of calling attention to one of the nation's most commonly reported public health problems -- dog attacks and bites.

As letter carrier Juan Rodriguez walks the streets of Oildale, he sees a lot of dogs running loose. In fact, a crew from ABC 23 saw an unrestrained pit bull on the street approaching the mail truck. Rodriguez waited to make sure the coast is clear before he stepped away from his truck to deliver the mail. Everyday while he in on the job, Rodriguez follows some personal guidelines to be safe.

"To be always aware of my surroundings and observe what dogs are loose. I look for gates that are left open and look for holes in fences that a dog can escape from." said Rodriguez.

The postal service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. Letter carriers fearing for their safety due to an ominous looking unrestrained dog will not deliver the mail to that house.

"If there is a dog problem with a curtain home, their mail will be held at the post office and if the problem continues, they could be asked to get a P.O. Box or have their mail forwarded somewhere else," said Carmen Castillo of the U.S. Postal Service.
In cases where carriers see the dog roaming, delivery could be curtailed to the neighborhood. Post office officials said neighbors of an unrestrained dog may not get their mail either.

The USPS is offering these tips for avoiding dog bites.

How to Avoid Being Bitten.

Don't run past a dog. The dog's natural instinct is to chase and catch prey.
If a dog threatens you, don't scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.
Don't approach a strange dog, especially one that's tethered or confined.
While letter carriers are discouraged from petting animals, people who choose to pet dogs should always let a dog see and sniff them before petting the animal.
If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.

How to Be a Responsible Dog Owner.

Obedience training can teach dogs proper behavior and help owners control their dog in any situation.
When a letter carrier comes to your home, keep your dog inside, away from the door, in another room.
Don't let your child take mail from the letter carrier in the presence of your dog. Your dog's instinct is to protect the family.
Spay or neuter your dog. Neutered dogs are less likely to bite. HSUS statistics reflect that dogs that have not been spayed or neutered are up to three times more likely to be involved in a biting incident than neutered or spayed dogs.
Dogs that haven't been properly socialized, receive little attention or handling, or are left tied up for long periods of time frequently turn into biters.

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That'll do it for today. '60 Seconds' will be back on Monday. Have a fantastic weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-19-10)

May 19th 2010 1:18 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 19th of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump day! Today is "Turn Beauty Inside Out Day", "National Employee Health And Fitness Day" and "May Ray Day."

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Dog's Rattling Belly Reveals 10 Large Rocks

Vivian Cooper went out last week to go to a tea party with her daughter and grandchildren, and left her husband in charge of the three dogs. Two hours later, Cooper came home and found Mia, her 2-year-old German shepherd-greyhound mix, sunning in the back yard.

Mia doesn't usually get to hang out in the yard unsupervised — she's tall, and could potentially jump the fence into a neighbor's yard, but she seemed fine. That is, until later that night, when Cooper tossed a ball down the hallway for Mia to fetch and heard a noisy rattle.

"The sound was really quite loud, like she had marbles in her pocket," Cooper says. "I leaned down and put my head near her ribcage and shook her. Inside it went, clunk-clunk-clunk-clunk-clunk."

The next day, Cooper took Mia to the Willakenzie Animal Clinic in Eugene, Ore., where X-rays revealed 10 rocks in the dog's stomach! She had swallowed the stones from inside the backyard water fountain.

"We're not talking small rocks — the biggest one is the size of a chicken egg," Cooper says of the stones her husband had collected and polished for her.

Even with the weight in her belly, Mia was acting normally, eating and drinking as she would have any other day. "Just a wiggly, happy dog!" says vet tech Sue Griffith. Because the rocks were smooth, they didn't hurt the lining of her stomach, and because they were so large, they didn't make her sick.

"She's what I would call an overachiever when it comes to swallowing rocks," says the vet, Dr. Jon Duncan. "The smaller ones actually do pass into the gastro-intestinal tract more easily, and those dogs come in quite ill. I guess swallowing big ones does have some advantages!"

Duncan made an incision in Mia's stomach and removed the stones one at a time. Now she's recovered fully, having had her first solid meal on Friday. And she's going back to being supervised while she's out in the yard — where all the rocks have since been removed from the fountain.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Bristol is a three-year-old spayed female Beagle mix. She loves people. Little information is said about this sweet looking pup. Bristol needs a loving furever home. Let's keep our paws crossed that she finds one very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dog Watching TV

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Who is this?

It's singer/actress Hilary Duff and her fluffy pup walking side-by-side during a coffee run in Toluca Lake, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Nite Dawg L.E.D. Pet Leash

Price: $17.99

The Nite Ize L.E.D. Pet leash can be switched from a bright flash to a bright glow mode. The Flexible, light-up polymer core is surrounded by strong nylon webbing. L.E.D. Leash is 5 feet long total and the glowing polymer extends 18 inches down from switch. The rotating spring clip is strong and easily acessible. The leash is also weather resistant, as the switch is enclosed in strong nylon fabric. Best of all, it is visible up to 1000 feet in the dark.

A 150 hour replaceable battery is included.

dogtoys.com
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Pill-Popping Pitbull Needs Viagra to Live

Meet Ingrid, a pitbull perhaps taking more Viagra than any man could afford to take on Long Island.

"It saved Ingrid's life. Without Viagra we wouldn't have her with us today," said Jodi Record.

Ingrid has to pop the blue pills just to stay alive, according to her caregiver Record.

"She takes two pills twice a day," said Record.

Ingrid, who takes her time getting around, was rescued by workers here at Little Shelter in Huntington, NY some two years ago.

"She spent her life tied to a fence and when we found her she had 14 pounds of fluid on her abdomen," said Record.

The pup, whose cheery disposition defies her hard luck, was used as a "bait" dog to incite dog fights, according to her profile on Little Shelter's website. In addition, Ingrid was diagnosed with heartworm and a severe heart condition that needed immediate regulation to keep her alive.

A veterinarian would suggest Viagra as a solution to keep the small pooch up and running, saving her life. And it appears to be working.

"Viagra opens up the blocked vessels that go to the heart so it allows the blood to flow through the body," said Record.

Who keeps the supply of Viagra pouring in? A list of generous guys in the area.

"If every man in America that has Viagra sends one pill to Ingrid that will be keeping her alive for several years," said Record.

Ingrid is now searching for a place to call home. And whoever chooses to adopt the dog will receive a lifetime supply of Viagara pills to care for the pooch.

A good home and loving family would be nice to add to that prescription.

If you are interested in adopting Ingrid call 631-368-8770 or find out more online.

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That will be it for this edition of the news. '60 Seconds' will be back on Friday. Have a great day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-17-10)

May 17th 2010 12:47 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 17th of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Today is "World Telecommunications Day" and "World Information Society Day."

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Puppies Sealed in Duffle Bag Are Now 'Bundles of Energy'

The woman easily could have run over the black bag as she drove her car down an alley in Middletown, Ohio, on April 28 — but she stopped cold when she saw something dark and moving.

That something was "a duffle bag containing five six-week-old puppies zip-shut so they could barely breathe," Meg Stephenson, executive director of the local Animal Friends Humane Society, says. "She immediately called the police."

The puppies, all German shepherd mixes, were brought to Animal Friends Humane Society by animal control Officer Liz Lucas, and put under quarantine by the shelter's vet. Though they were discarded like trash, they are now in fine shape and don't appear to have been abused in other ways.

"I think they are doing well, and we will be able to put them up for adoption in a week or so," Stephenson says. "The puppies have become little bundles of energy. They are playful and happy, typical little puppies."

Meanwhile, their onetime caretaker now faces jail time. She had dumped the five puppies from a litter of seven after giving one to her cousin and keeping one for herself. After a May 6 arrest, Beth Deaton of Middletown pleaded guilty to five counts of cruelty to companion animals, a first-degree misdemeanor, and five counts of abandoning animals, a second-degree misdemeanor.

She was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a suspended fine of $600, in exchange for 10 days of community service. She is also not able to own or live in a residence with animals for two years.

Roxanne, the 2-year-old mother of the puppies, who authorities believe was also dumped in a different part of town, was picked up April 23 and brought to the same shelter. She was not reunited with her brood since they were all too old to be nursed, but she is now headed for a forever home.

One of Roxanne's pups will stay with Deaton's cousin, while the remaining six will be up for adoption soon.

Stephenson is "thrilled" that Deaton has been held accountable.

"Acts of cruelty to animals should not go unpunished," he says. "It is unacceptable to dump an animal, period."

If you are interested in adopting one of the pups, call Animal Friends at (513)867-5727.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Doc is a seven-year-old male West Highland White Terrier. He is good with other dogs and cats. He was given up by his owner, she was moving and couldn't have a dog at her new place. Doc likes playing and running around in the yard. This sweet pup needs a new, loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds it ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Doggy Squats

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Who is this?

It's actor Orlando Bloom with his girlfriend's dog, Frankie, while toting leftovers through West Hollywood.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Multipet Nobbly Wobbly Ball

Price: $6.99

* Rubber ball for dogs
* Tough Rubber Interwoven Ball

Amazon.com

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What Your Vet Thinks About Your Pet's Name - And About You

What do veterinarians think of the names we give our pets? Do they snicker or roll their eyes when they meet a cat named Meatball Jesus or a dog named Hannah Montana? Do they find the choice of Snowball or Fluffy to be a bit boring?

The answer appears to be yes.

In the recent USA Today article, "Less-than-fetching pet names can reflect back on owners," Florida-based veterinarian Dr. Patty Khuly says that what a cat or dog is named can reveal quite a bit about the pet parent.

"Pet owners always seem to go with dramatic names for their pets," writes Dr. Khuly, citing such gems as Ghetto-Fabulous, Shrapnel and RazzleDazzle. "Maybe they represent names they are unwilling or unable to name their children," she muses. Not that the good doctor is above getting creative with her own pets' monikers, including one named Slumdog. (Her only explanation in the piece was that he "came by his name honestly, I can assure you.")

We were curious whether other vets felt the same way, so we asked around. As it turns out, pet names are a big source of conversation around the animal hospital water cooler.

Tags to Avoid
"There's all this lore in veterinary medicine about pet names," Dr. Tony Johnson, clinical assistant professor at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, tells Paw Nation. "The first one is, never name your pet Lucky. That almost guarantees your pet will get hit by a car or get some crazy disease that's only been seen twice since the Middle Ages."

Another no-no is when owners recycle pet names. In fact, it is a "humongous red flag," according to Dr. Johnson. When a person gives successive pets the same name, like Fluffy II, says Dr. Johnson, "I always wonder, 'what happened to Fluffy I?"

Pop Culture Motivations
Movies and television are also rich sources of pet names. It's what Dr. Johnson calls the "Disney effect." "I've met pets named Simba after 'The Lion King,' Pikachu after the Pokemon character and even a Labrador retriever named Hannah Montana," Dr. Johnson says. "Whatever is in popular culture will trickle down to pet names." But whether any of these names will stand the test of time is debatable.

On the other hand, tried and true names can be considered dull. "A white dog named Snowball or a gray cat named Smoky isn't all that creative," says Dr. Johnson.

Real Life Inspirations
"I enjoy it when a pet isn't named Princess or Gizmo or Benji," says Dr. Judith Schwartz, a veterinarian at the Humane Society of New York City. "It shows the owners have thought about the name." Assuming there's a story behind a flamboyant moniker, Dr. Schwartz will use it as an opportunity to establish a connection when speaking to a pet owner. "I'll ask, 'how'd you name your pet?" she says.

Many pet names do have interesting backgrounds. For example, Dr. Johnson and his wife, Dr. Gretchen Statz, also a veterinarian, have two cats named after the trauma that befell each of them. "One of our cats was rescued after someone set him on fire and we named him Crispy," says Dr. Johnson. "Our other cat was found after it was shot with an arrow and we named her Cupid." But isn't it a little sick to name your cat Crispy? "It's not sick, it's funny!" insists Dr. Johnson. "We love him."

From the Truly Troubling to Comic Relief
Dr. Judith Schwartz, a veterinarian at the Humane Society of New York City, tells Paw Nation that she has encountered pet names that are "unprintable." "You have no choice but to infer there's something strange with the owner," she says. Dr. Khouly agrees. "I always worry when I see a pet named something rude, demeaning or devised to congratulate the owner on his dry wit," she writes. "Infidel, Saddam, Fidelita and Stalin are all names I've seen come out of the label machine. What does that say about your relationship to your animal?"

Fun and colorful names, however, can provide a much-needed chuckle in the midst of a vet's hectic day. At the Humane Society of New York -- which provides low-cost veterinary services to the public seven days a week, as well as an adoption center -- staff keep a running list. "We write them down if they're extraordinary," co-executive director Sandra DeFeo tells Paw Nation, rattling off some names: a dog named Chicken Arnold, a cat named Meatball Jesus, another cat named Cinnamon Toy of Tudor Mr. President, and a dog named Coco Henry Howard Meow. "One of the weirdest names we ever heard was a cat named Algebra," says DeFeo.

An unusual pet name can be hard to forget, agrees Dr. Johnson, who once treated a dog named Delicious Sausage. "That was bizarre," he says.

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That's all for today, pups. Thanks for reading! '60 Seconds' will be back on Wednesday. This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-14-10)

May 14th 2010 12:45 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 14th of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today is "Stars and Stripes Forever Day" and "National Chicken Dance Day."

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Precious Luggage Lost: Passenger's New Dog Goes Missing on Delta Flight

We've all been through the annoyance of luggage lost by an airline, or at least know someone who has. But this month Delta Air Lines lost Paco, a stray dog rescued by two young Canadian passengers. Eleven days later, the dog is still missing, somewhere near Mexico City.

Josiah Allen, who recently adopted the dog, isn't buying Delta's explanation of what happened to his new BFF. Delta told CNN that Paco, a sickly dog, somehow broke out of a hard plastic pet carrier with two locks and a metal wire door. He is then said to have run away on the tarmac and through a fence.

It all started on April 24 when Allen, 19, a student at the University of Waterloo, visited family friends in Puerto Vallarta. His girlfriend, Erin Docking, 18, accompanied him.

One evening, a skinny dog, who seemed to be part "wiener dog" and part Jack Russell terrier, followed Josiah and Erin on the beach and curled up at their feet.

"Me and Erin went swimming and he was still there waiting," Josiah recalls. They named the dog Paco.

The stray was covered in ticks and had an infected eye. Still, Erin wanted to take the dog home to Canada.

So, the couple took the dog to a local veterinarian. Paco was checked for worms, his eye treated, and given two baths to remove ticks. The vet gave Josiah a certificate of health that he could show customs officials.

Josiah bought a pet carrier for Paco, who is a little larger than a briefcase, and paid Delta the $200 pet transport fee.

The Aero Mexico flight from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City seemed uneventful, so did the Delta flight to Detroit, where Erin and Josiah were then going to drive to their hometowns in Ontario. But when they went to Delta's pickup area for pets, there was no Paco. Two hours passed. Finally, they were told he was still in Mexico City. The dog would be flown on the next available flight and then taken to Josiah in Seaforth, his hometown.

Several days passed. Still no Paco. Delta offered compensation but told Josiah little, he says. So, he started a Facebook page called "Delta Loses Dog" and told The Consumerist website and The Detroit News about Paco.

On May 12, CNN’s Anderson Cooper covered the story and quoted "a source with the airline" who said that the dog escaped on the tarmac. Ramp agents chased him but he escaped through a fence. Employees "then drove for several hours through a neighborhood near the airport attempting to locate the dog."

Josiah is furious. "They told that to CNN but they have not been in contact with me," he says.

Susan Chana Elliott, a Delta spokeswoman, confirmed that Paco escaped, whereabouts still unknown, and that Delta customer service officials "have been in contact with Mr. Allen every day."

Could Paco have run away? "It doesn't seem like him, no," Josiah says. "And he's not a big dog, you'd think he'd be easy to catch."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Dragon is a three-month-old female Belgian Malinois. She is good with other dogs and is very well trained already. Dragon is very sweet and is a fast learner. This sweet pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that she finds it very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Puppy VS Cat

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Who is this?

It's actor Jerry O'Connell going for a run with his extra-fluffy pup near their Los Angeles home.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Kong Platy Duck Dog Toy

Price: $4.99

The Kong Platy Duck will provide your pet with hours of tail-wagging fun. The safe, non-toxic Platy Duck contains an entertaining squeaker within an inner fleece pouch that will have your dog jumping. A replacement squeaker is included. Just pull the inner tabs on the outside of the Platy Duck, remove the fleece pouch, and pop the new squeaker in. Great for dogs 10 to 25 pounds. No messy filling keeps your home clean too.

Amazon.com

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More choosing shelters over pet stores

More than half of people in an Associated Press-Petside.com poll said they would get their next dog or cat from a shelter, nearly seven times the number who said they would buy their next pet from a store.

And more than four in 10 said they thought store pets could have hidden medical or psychological problems. That's significantly more than those who expressed the same concerns about pets from animal shelters or breeders.

"I believe they overbreed the pets. I believe they couldn't care less about the pets, they're really in it for the money. I think you are more likely to get a pet at a pet store that is ill or has problems," said Sandra Toro, 62, of Colton, Calif.

Just 8 percent of those polled said they would get their next cat or dog at a store, while 13 percent said that's where they got the pet they have now. Fifty-four percent of those polled said they would probably get their next pet from a shelter, while 23 percent went for a breeder.

Toro, who has a 14-year-old rescue terrier mix named Dancer, said she doesn't understand how anyone can buy a pet from a store or a breeder.

"There are so many wonderful pets out there that will be euthanized," she said. "There's no reason for it."

When asked where their present pets came from, 26 percent said breeders and 30 percent said shelters — a much smaller number than said they would go to a shelter for their next pet. More than half of those polled said their dogs or cats came from places other than shelters, breeders or stores. They might have been strays, gifts from friends or favors for neighbors. Since some people have more than one pet, the numbers add to more than 100 percent.

"I've probably had 50 dogs and all but two came walking up our driveway," said Colleen Campbell, 71, of Fairview, Texas.

The poll showed that dog owners (35 percent) were likelier to have gotten their current pets from a breeder than cat owners (5 percent).

Forty-seven percent of those polled said they were strongly concerned that an animal from a pet store would have medical issues they didn't know about, 38 percent had similar worries about animals from breeders and 32 percent were concerned about shelter pets.

As for psychological problems, 44 percent said they had significant worries about pet store animals and 33 percent worried about both breeder and shelter pets.

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That will do it for this edition of the news. '60 Seconds' will be back on Monday. Enjoy your weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-12-10)

May 12th 2010 12:42 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 12th of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump day! Today is "Hug Your Cat Day", "Limerick Day", "National NUTTY Fudge Day", "National School Nurse Day", "Receptionists Day" and "National Night Shift Workers Day."

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Marcel the French Bulldog Becomes New Face of Nars Cosmetics

If he isn't undergoing some kind of pampering in between costume changes, Marcel the French bulldog is working it for the cameras as the new face of Nars Cosmetics line of Pro-Prime skin-smoothing face products.

Marcel, whose owner Francois Nars has an equally busy and chic lifestyle as creative director of the company, certainly looks like a million bucks. But, at 13, his age is starting to catch up to his skin. The pooch can only keep up with a little help.

"With all the world traveling, I started to really show all of my wrinkles," the fabulously busy dog — in a moment away from the cameras — told PEOPLEPets.com via e-mail. "It's painfully unbearable being so handsome, and I get a lot of problems because of my natural pout. Photographers are always telling me to stop pouting, but it’s just me."

Before he took on his new role as the face of Pro-Prime, the multi-talented Marcel was something of a mascot for Nars, dressing up in elaborate costumes for holiday greetings to friends (a matador one year, a sailor the next).

"The costumes have all been tres chic, naturally. I’ve had the best of the best styling me behind the scenes," Marcel says. "I emulated marine chic before it was even a concept. All-American is obviously inherent."

Obviously. For a pooch at the forefront of style, beauty and fashion, Marcel can bark the bark, but he walks the walk, too.

"Find your own beauty, and enhance it," he offers as a tip to both dogs and their humans. "But always, always take care of your skin."

NARS Cosmetics are sold at narscosmetics.com. PRO-PRIME is available in stores and online at Sephora.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Spud is a three-year-old male Chihuahua mix. He is a sweet pup who loves going for walks in the park. Spud had a bad life up until recently, so he still cowers when people pick him up and he is frightened of loud noises. This little guy needs a loving furever home. Let's hope he finds one ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Cute Dog Rides A Turtle

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Who is this?

It's actor Joaquin Phoenix and his dogs, hiking through Los Angeles.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Vroom Around the Room Doggy Laser Toy

Price: $7.19

No doggy can resist the wildly wondrous powers of our Vroom Around the Room Doggy Laser. Designed to drive even the most bored barkers into a downright undignified state of frolicsome frenzy, one glimpse of that darn laser beam, and all doggy-dignity is lost. So jump back, Jack (and grab a snack)! Time to enjoy the show!

Caution: May attract swarms of low-flying doggies! How's it work? Just hold the button down, point the laser and your doggy will follow!

Careful not to shine it near the eyes! Run outta juice? It's easy! Just replace the batteries and keep on Vroomin'!

Imported. Dog shaped laser toy is only 3.25" long. Uses 2 LR44 button cell batteries. (included with toy)

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Pet Nail Biting - Is This A Necessity or Worrisome Behavior?

While most pets don't indulge in vices such as smoking or drinking, some animals share one seemingly unhealthy behavior with humankind: nail biting. Whether your pet is a chronic nail muncher, or just takes an occasional chew, here's what you should know.

Why Pets Chew Their Nails
According to Christina Shusterich, Canine Behavior Counselor and president of NY Clever K9, Inc. cats bite their nails as part of a grooming routine. They do this "in order to clean them, as well as to get rid of the older, outer sheath of the nail." This often occurs when a cat's nails are overgrown and could use a trim.

Nail chewing in dogs, however, is not normal. They may bite their nails "from itchiness due to allergies or an infection. They could also be biting out of boredom or anxiety." Excessive nail biting by either cats or dogs can be harmful, as it can "cause bleeding, irritation, and infections," says Shusterich.

Dealing With The Problem
There are several steps you may want to try to take care of excessive nail chewing.

Diagnosing the Cause: It's always good to check with the vet when your animal exhibits obsessive behavior to see if there could be an underlying medical cause. But if you think your dog or cat is bored, anxious or has simply irritated his skin so much that he can't stop working it, then there are a few things you might want to try.

Deterring the Behavior: An anti-itch spray paired with a head cone can help ease skin irritation and keep the pet from further abrading it, giving the skin time to heal. "A good over-the-counter anti-itch spray with a taste deterrent is called Lido-Med," says Shusterich.

Distracting the Pet: Bored nail biters can benefit from interactive puzzles and toys to keep their minds off their chewing. According to Shusterich, "Providing catnip for cats and hiding it in several toys can help entice them to search and play." Similarly, hiding a peanut-butter-filled Kong toy keeps dogs busy and "reduces anxiety by boosting your dog's confidence in providing a regular activity in line with his nature, and a job he is performing successfully on a daily basis."

Diminishing the Anxiety: Aerobic exercise is an essential component to reducing stress and this may also help reduce nail biting. Shusterich recommends "15 minutes of playing with your cat and 15 minutes of aerobic activity in addition to your dog's walks" to keep your pet calm throughout the day, thereby reducing their anxious impulse to gnaw on their nails.

And If Your Pet Is Still Biting?
If you haven't consulted your veterinarian yet, go ahead and call. There may be easily treatable allergies or even serious medical issues that the vet can help resolve.

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That's all for today, pups. Thanks for reading. The next news will be on Friday! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-10-10)

May 10th 2010 12:18 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 10th of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Today is "Windmill Day" and "Lupus Day."

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When Opposites Attract! Dog and Leopard Fall in Love

Tommy the golden retriever and Salati the leopard grew up together. Raised by humans at the Glen Afric Country Lodge, the pair are now inseparable.

The owners of the lodge, a country retreat located in Pretoria, South Africa, rescued Salati as an orphaned cub when she was just 10 months old. They had previously helped to rehabilitate other injured animals, including elephants and giraffes, so they took Salati in and walked her along with their family dog, Tommy.

"Wherever you see one, the other is right behind," animal wrangler Richard Brooker told the photo agency.

Salati spends her days chasing after Tommy, and they find themselves snuggling up to each other after their walks. For this dynamic duo, love knows no bounds.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Iris is a three-year-old spayed female Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler. She was picked up as a stray. Iris is an active, but gentle, girl. She would be a great running or hiking partner. Pretty Iris needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that she finds one very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dog Passing Out

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Who is this?

It's singer John Legend (with girlfriend Danielle Abreu) and his bulldog, Putty, going for a stroll in N.Y.C.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Bone Pick-Up Pak

Price: $5.99

The bone-shaped pick up pack is both attractive and functional. Roll of bags inserts easily into Pik-Up-Pak. With a quick pull, bags dispense one at a time. Pik-Up-Pak conveniently clips onto belt or leash to keep bags handy.

The Pick Up Pack:

* Is a convenient pet waste disposal system.
* Includes a roll of 12 bags.
* Replacement bags are available. Be sure to get extras.
* Clips to belt or leash.

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American Parents Going to the Dogs After Human Kids Leave the Nest

CANTON, Ga.—Ever the doting mother, Christina Stafford exposes her little one, Lilly, to a full program of enriching activities. There are swimming lessons, a twice-a-week agility class and, on a recent Saturday, a sheep-herding course.

It's a busy schedule for her white poodle.

Ms. Stafford, a 59-year-old retired banker and mother of two adult children, is one of many baby boomers who drive their pets from activity to activity as they once did their human offspring. "I believe dogs, like children, should be exposed to things," says Ms. Stafford, a cheerful woman who carries a fanny pack of treats for Lilly.

At Canine Ranch, on a picturesque country road, Ms. Stafford and more than 100 others set up lawn chairs and coolers to watch their pets compete in dog sports.

The house pets chased sheep in the herding ring, practiced swimming in "Pool Parkway," caught flying disks in "Frisbee Fairway" and leaped tiny hurdles in "Agility Alley." There also is "dock diving," in which dogs, chasing a rubber toy, compete to see who can jump the farthest off a dock into a pool of water.

Such weekend gatherings are popping up around the country, and organizers say they are dominated by empty nesters who no longer have children at home whose time they can schedule.

At Canine Ranch, which opened in 2008, owner Chris McLeod says about 80% of her business is from empty nesters. "This is like their kids' softball or ballet, but now it's their dogs," she says.

"They transfer the kids' activities to the dog," says Annie DeChance, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Dog Agility Association, which holds events nationwide.

DogSport Magazine says 92% of its readers are between the ages of 45 and 54, and many of them are women. Among dog-owning households, parents over the age of 45 are by far the largest group, at 24% of the total, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, which polled 80,000 families in 2007.

In Seattle, a similar clientele frequents University Canine Learning Academy (UCLA), which offers 12 classes a week in dog sports. "Almost all of them have either high-school-age kids or kids that are going into college," says owner Linda McVay. "Their lives are changing, and they are looking for something to fill the gap."

Ferrying loyal canine companions around in the minivan has distinct advantages over carting whiny teenagers to and from Little League, dog sports insiders say. "When your child doesn't do well, he knows it. And you have to deal with that," said Pam Hanley, a 58-year-old former self-styled soccer mom. She now happily chauffeurs her two dogs between a dog Frisbee league, sheep herding and "canine freestyle," in which pet owners learn to dance with their pets.

She pointed to her mutt Sully, gleefully digging in the dirt. He's happy whether he wins or loses, as long as he gets a treat, she said. "He's always smiling—that's the difference."

Four of the six people who showed up at the ranch on a recent Sunday morning for one-on-one instruction in dock diving and "novice swimming" said they had turned to dog sports after their children left home.

Evie Bronikowski, who is 56, said that as a stay-at-home mother, she took her children to sailing, rowing, swimming, soccer, tennis and water-skiing lessons. After they left, "I thought, 'Holy Toledo, I've got a lot of time,'" said Ms. Bronikowski.

Her new passion: her three dogs, Tebow, Annie and Buzz.

Once a week, each pooch takes an agility class—separately since each is at a different level—learning to jump hurdles, navigate teeter-totters and run through tunnels.

Ms. Bronikowski had driven an hour to Canine Ranch to try dock diving.

"People think I've lost my mind," she said, rubbing Tebow's soppy head, "but these are my new children, my furry children."

On the big crowded "fun day" at the ranch, the poodle Lilly, with her fluffy white curls, blended in with the sheep in the herding ring. Instead of rounding up the livestock, she kept stopping to gaze longingly at Ms. Stafford.

"She's worried about mom," said Ms. McLeod, the ranch owner.

"I know it; I love her, too," Ms. Stafford said softly.

Many in the friendly crowd were from a 53-member Jack Russell Terrier club, on an outing from Atlanta. Rick Davis, a 57-year-old retired fireman in a floppy hat, waited with his Jack Russell, Buddy, for a turn at the lure course, in which dogs chase a plastic bag across a field. The bag is on a battery-operated pulley. Buddy howled and tried to jump out of Mr. Davis's arms while other dogs were running the course.

"He gets so crazy waiting his turn," Mr. Davis said. He put his hands over Buddy's face. "I have to cover his eyes and turn him away."

Mr. Davis used to spend free time coaching his daughters' softball teams. "We did that for ages. Now it's the dogs," said his wife, Vicki, who is 52.

Along with Buddy, who "likes chasing a white paper bag across a field," the couple has Annie, who "likes to hunt critters," Mr. Davis said. "One is quiet and orderly and will listen to you; the other is more rambunctious—just like our kids. We always say, we ended up with dogs just like our kids. How about that?" Mr. Davis said.

On weekends, they drive as far as 150 miles in their camper so Buddy can enter lure-course competitions. Buddy won first prize at one in November. "Every time someone comes over, I show them the ribbon like a proud papa," said Mr. Davis.

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That will do it for this edition of the news. Thanks for reading. Enjoy your day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-7-10)

May 7th 2010 12:03 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 7th of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today is "No Pants Day", "Tuba Day", "No Socks Day" and "World Asthma Day."

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Pop Star Ke$ha Donates 1,000 Pounds of Food to Nashville's Homeless Pets

Nashville resident Ke$ha was heading home for her first two-day break in months. She had heard about heavy rains and flooding, but it wasn't until the "Tik Tok" singer's plane was flying over the devastated city that she saw it was literally awash.

"Places I used to hang out, parks I would go to, schools I've been to, they were all underwater," Ke$ha says. "All you could see was a roof in the middle of a lake."

Her mother, Pebe Sebert, picked Ke$ha up from the airport and heard on the radio that the local animal shelter had been overwhelmed by abandoned pets.

"The pets were left alone [in flooded homes]," Ke$ha says. "A lot of them unfortunately died, but a lot of them were left stranded without food."

The pop star, a longtime animal lover who has five dogs she's rescued from places like Honduras and Mexico, felt the need to act. Without stopping home, mother and daughter went straight to Sam's Club, and loaded up the minivan with a thousand pounds of dog and cat food, and headed over to the Nashville Metro Animal Shelter.

"I was wheeling massive amounts of dog food and I was with my mom and we both got a little emotional," she says. "Sometimes animals get left behind when people are going through tragedy."

The pop star will be helping the people of her beloved hometown, as well, with a benefit concert. "It's one of the best cities in the world. It has such a history with music, and it's made me who I am. It's going through such a huge tragedy right now and I just want to be here to help rebuild."

To learn about ways that you can help, visit the Nashville Humane Association online or Nashville's Metro Animal Care and Control.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Beau is a two-year-old male German Shepherd. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Beau is microchipped. He needs a loving furever home ASAP. Let's hope he finds it very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

The Amazing Talking Dog

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Who is this?

It's actress Katherine Heigl and her rescue pup Apollo in Los Angeles. There, Heigl pledged to support Last Chance For Animals in their fight against pet abuse.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Dog Body Brush With Shampoo Applicator

Price: $8.99

2-in-1 brush for wet or dry use.

Ideal for wet or dry use, the Body Brush is ergonomically designed with soft rubber nubs that clean and massage coat and skin.

Tines are soft and specifically designed for dogs. Use it on wet dog to thoroughly penetrate coat and massage the skin during bath time. Use it on dry pet to collect loose hair and reduce shedding.

Integrated soap bottle is designed for one-handed operation, leaving the other hand free to hold pets during bathing, and can be filled with a groomer's or pet owner's favorite pet shampoo.

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Stella the Dog Thinks She's a Wedding Planner

When prospective brides walk through the doors of Gina's Bridal Boutique in Milford, Mich., they are often greeted by the resident gown consultant and bridal therapist, a Chihuahua mix named Stella.

Stella, a 14-year-old rescue, follows mom Gina Salaski to work most days of the week, and usually spends her days where she's not supposed to —on top of the train of a gown displayed on the mannequin in the center of the salon.

"That's where she likes to be, right in the middle of the action," Salaski says. "She's constantly getting shoo'd off that spot, but she likes the big trains."

Salaski guesses that Stella may be the only bridal boutique dog in all of Michigan, and her presence has definitely given her shop a reputation. Clients will refer friends to Salaski's store by telling them about the dog.

"Stella is really calming when the girls are having nerves or anxiety about wedding planning," Salaski says. "She'll sit on their laps, their mom's laps. Whoever is in need of emotional support, she can just sense that."

The mellow pooch, an only child, mostly stays out of trouble, though she can occasionally be found secreting her way back to the section of dresses with lots of tulle (she likes to rub her back along the material).

Honey, say yes to the dress. Stella knows this is the one.

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That's all for today, pups. '60 Seconds' will be back on Monday. Be good, and have a great weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-5-10)

May 5th 2010 12:23 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 5th of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump day! Today is "Cinco de Mayo", "Cartoonists Day" and "Great American Grump Out."

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New Show to Watch: 'My Dog Ate What?'

We all know our dogs will eat just about anything — anything! — we leave within their reach. But sometimes, it can be a little disgusting … and even deadly. In a new National Geographic Wild series, My Dog Ate What?, families and veterinarians discuss the crazy things their dogs have ingested — from brownies and cash to engagement rings and spoons, it's amazing what our dogs find appetizing.

In the series premiere, we meet Lola, a clever Labradoodle with a taste for underwear (ick!). Only after some laundry goes missing does the pup's family realize her dirty little habit — and see the aftermath. Check out the site to hear more about Lola's penchant for underpinnings, and an incident that may have cost the curious dog her life.

Tune into My Dog Ate What? every Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on Nat Geo Wild.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Penny is a three-year-old spayed female Border Terrier/Jack Russell Terrier mix. Penny is a quirky, complex little pup with a big personality! She needs an experienced, adult family that has a sense of humor and doesn’t mind a challenge. Let’s hope this sweet girl finds a loving furever home ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Corgi Does The Kibble Dance

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Who is this?

It's actress January Jones (Mad Men) walking her pup through Los Feliz, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Yuppy Puppy Treat Machine

Price: $39.99

Yuppy Puppy® Treat Machine is made from cherry red cast metal with glass globe. Watch your dog push the handle down to dispense treats or food. Vends most dry pet foods.

Training instructions included with the machine (if you really need them). 13" high.

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Service Dogs - Why Do Some Quit on the Job?

In January, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine quietly embarked on an important new study to investigate a curious phenomenon: trained service dogs suddenly quitting early on in the job for no apparent reason. Until now, the issue had not been examined.

"We're studying seeing-eye dogs and a population of assistance dogs to try to find out why they don't seem to want to do it anymore," the study's lead researcher, Dr. James Serpell, tells Paw Nation. "They just seem to stop working, meaning they stop doing what they're trained to do."

The study will take three years and is funded by the Morris Animal Foundation. "We are working very closely with three organizations," says Dr. Serpell. "The sample size we're aiming for is a total of 800 dogs that are already out working as guide or service dogs." The breeds of dogs being studied include Golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, German shepherds and Labrador/golden-retriever mixes.

The rates at which service dogs stop working vary by organization. "Twenty percent is the highest figure I've seen, yet not all organizations would say 20 percent," says Dr. Serpell. "But all have early-retiring dogs that return within the first year or two or three years."

At Pilot Dogs, a guide-dog training foundation in Columbus, Ohio that is not a part of Dr. Serpell's study, director Jay Gray says it's difficult to provide a figure of how many of his group's guide dogs have to be taken out of service in the first year or two of work. "We place 150 guide dogs per year," Gray tells Paw Nation. "Maybe between five and 10 return each year, but the figure changes so much depending on the year."

Gray says their guide dogs are placed at two years old, work for an average of 8.8 years, then retire when they are 10 or 11 years old. Sometimes, a guide dog has to retire early due to health problems, such as arthritis, and Gray refers to these as "career change" guide dogs. (Betty White's Golden Retriever, Pontiac, is one such career change dog. "He had a bum knee and couldn't go into regular guide dog training," White said in an interview earlier this year.)

Right now, it's a mystery why some service dogs suddenly stop working. "One theory," says Dr. Serpell, "is that the work is too stressful and some of the service dogs just can't handle the pressure. In a pilot study that was conducted, we did find an association between signs of stress-related behavior as a puppy and a service dog that retired early later on."

They do know that sometimes service dogs start to develop behavioral problems or stress related medical problems that aren't life threatening, but might prevent the dog from performing. Would you call it service dog burnout? "We don't know what we'd call it. It's too early," says Dr. Serpell. "Our goal is to find out why it's happening, and the causes and reasons for why some guide dogs seem to give up."

As the study progresses, Dr. Serpell and his team will evaluate the behavior of puppies at 6 and 12 months, review how the dogs perform in training, and inspect their complete health records. "Some dogs," says Dr. Serpell, "may be more predisposed to stress."

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That’ll do it for this edition of the news. Have a wonderful day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-3-10)

May 2nd 2010 11:53 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 3rd of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! It's the first Monday of May, 2010. Happy "Lumpy Rug Day", "National Two Different Colored Shoes Day", "World Press Freedom Day", "Garden Meditation Day", and "Paranormal Day."

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Dog tired after adventure on expressway

One day, when "Ike" is milky-eyed, grizzled and wobbly, he'll be able to tell his grandpups: "I didn't just settle for a dog's life -- I sucked the marrow out of life."

That's providing the young pit bull doesn't continue to get his kicks from darting in and out of rush-hour traffic on the Eisenhower Expy -- as he did Wednesday and Thursday, nearly getting flattened by a semitruck in the process.

Broadview cops finally collared Ike -- the name given to him by the various police agencies that spent hours trying to catch the pooch -- Thursday morning at 25th Avenue near the Eisenhower.

"I didn't say anything," said Broadview police officer Antonio Santucci, who caught the dog. "I was just hoping he wasn't going to turn violent and bite on me."

After hours of running, Ike had no more fight left in him.

"He was very tired and happy somebody finally got to him," Santucci said. "As soon as he lay down in the back of my car, he fell asleep."

Thursday, Ike was sprawled out on a gurney with an IV attached to his right front leg, at Hillchester Hospital For Animals in Hillside. The vacant expression on his face suggested he'd grown weary of freeways and TV cameras.

"He's worn out -- he's done a lot of running," said Hillchester veterinarian Tracy Garza, adding that Ike didn't appear to have any serious injuries.

Hillchester staff spent the day fielding "countless" calls from the media, people wanting to adopt Ike and others claiming Ike was their long-lost doggy.

But by Thursday evening, the story of how Ike came to be weaving in and out of traffic on the clogged expressway remained a mystery. The true owner had not come forward. Ike has no tags and no embedded microchip.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Jensen is a two-year-old neutered male German Shorthaired Pointer. He is good with other dogs and kids. Jensen was found as a stray, and is full of energy. He is a friendly, well behaved and happy boy. Jensen is in need of a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds it very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Rescued Dog Dancing With Joy

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Who is this?

It's actor Josh Hartnett and his pooch, posing prettily on a stoop in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Walter The Farting Dog Book

Price: $9.99

Walter the Farting Dog is based on a true story. The book tells of Walter, a dog adopted from the pound who has a problem with flatulence.

After various cures are tried, including low-gas doggie biscuits, the family's father declares that Walter has to go back to the pound the next morning. How does Walter escape his fate? Read the book to see, 40 pages, Hardcover. By Kotzwinkle, William; Murray, Glenn

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Should You Become a Pet Foster Parent?

Thinking about getting a dog or a cat but not sure if you can handle the commitment? You might make the perfect foster parent. As Sarah Oren of Foster Dogs in New York notes: "So many people don't know what they'll be doing next year, let alone let week, so it's a wonderful option for some to foster rather than adopt."

Ranelle Black, a Los Angeles foster mom who works with Linda Blair's World Heart Foundation says "It's possibly the most rewarding thing I've ever done. First, you are involved in saving a dog's life. Then, you get to help bring the dog out of its shell. You can imagine how shut down they become living in a shelter, frightened and alone, fighting for their share of food." The love of a foster home can transform a dog and make them more adoptable.

The basics of foster parenting. While every situation is different, rescue groups with homeless animals are looking for temporary parents to provide love and care until a permanent home can be found. Every group handles fostering in their own way, but many provide basic food, and cover all medical costs for the foster dog in your care. You may need to invest in a collar, leash, food bowl and a few toys or treats. If you can't afford these things, there are many groups that will provide them for you. Web sites such as FosterDogs.com, Dog Foster Mom, and The Foster Dog Blog have lots of valuable information for the potential foster parent.

What organizations look for in a foster parent. Lee Goldberg of The Animal Advocates Alliance says, "Our ideal foster parents are those that are committed to providing an animal with a stable loving environment, which includes proper nutrition, exercise and socialization." You may need to take your foster to the vet, the dog park, on hikes. You may have to potty train your foster dog, leash train, and help to socialize the animal.

How to get started. If you're interested in fostering, contact a local shelter or rescue group. You can find one near you on Adopt-a-Pet.com and Petfinder.org. If you have experience with a particular breed of dog or cat, there are breed-specific rescues you can contact. Tamar Love Grande, a foster mom and writer for the L.A. Dachshund Examiner fosters dachshunds exclusively, for example.

The process usually starts with an application and an orientation. Marlys Stanley of the Circle Tail Rescue in Cincinnati, Ohio explains their foster parent process: "First you come to a volunteer orientation and fill out an application. Then we do a home visit. We're checking to make sure that the dog fits into the foster parent's lifestyle. After that, you sign an agreement and you're clear to start."

Every rescue organization is different, with different requirements and guidelines. Some require previous pet ownership; others will teach you everything you need to know. So if you contact one and it's not a fit, simply reach out to a few more. You'll find one that fits with your lifestyle and experience level.

Average length of assignment. The typical foster situation will last about a month or two, though it can vary dramatically. Stanley even offers a weekend foster program, "We have people who just foster on weekends. They pick the dog up after work on Friday and bring it back to the rescue on Sunday night. It's great for people who travel because we will take care of the dog when they go out of town. All we need is a few days notice."

The need for foster parents is so great that even some local governments are working to support foster-pet programs too. The Bark reports that Lafayette, Ind. is introducing legislation to increase the limit on foster pets allowed in a home, which "might actually lead to more foster homes, which is almost always better than a shelter." If you already have a houseful of pets, be sure to check laws surrounding pet fostering in your area.

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