April 1st 2010 12:02 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 1st of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.
It's a new month! Today is April Fool's Day, "National Fun At Work Day", "Poetry and Creative Mind Day", and "Sorry Charlie Day."
Pixie the Poodle Takes In Homeless Baby Squirrels
With their long, long tails and hand-like paws, the three babies nursing on Pixie the poodle definitely didn't look like they belonged to her, but Pixie acted like they did.
The babies were orphaned squirrels, brought to Gail Latta three weeks ago after a neighbor chopped down a tree and inadvertently rendered them homeless. Latta, a nursing assistant in North Carolina, loves animals and has something of a menagerie at home, so he said, "If anybody can give them a chance, she can do it."
Latta tried feeding the babies puppy and kitten formula using kitten bottles, but the squirrels didn't take. Afraid she would lose them, Latta put them on Pixie, who had recently had a litter of puppies. The poodle accepted them right away, nursing them as though they were her own. Latta, fascinated, would spend each morning just watching Pixie and the babies.
"All three of them had their eyes shut," Latta says. "They were in a velvet stage, didn't really have their fur yet. Gorgeous."
As the squirrels got stronger and their eyes opened, they grew very affectionate, climbing over Latta and her grandchildren, snuggling with them and getting tangled in their hair. Afraid she would grow too attached to the squirrels, which she hoped eventually to release, Latta didn't name the creatures.
But she was soon told that she would be breaking a law if she kept the squirrels any longer, so Latta turned them over to a wildlife rehabilitation center. She has since learned that the female squirrel is no longer doing well, and has not been able to keep her formula down.
"It's really upsetting because they were doing good on Pixie," Latta says. "You would've thought somebody would have called asking to bring her back."
Pixie missed the squirrels at first, going over to their box to sniff and whine for them, but she's since been diverted with a few dog biscuits.
"She seems to have gotten over it okay," Latta says.
60 Second's adopted dog of the day
Chocolate is a three-year-old neutered male Miniature Dachshund. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Not much information is given about this handsome pup. Chocolate needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds one ASAP! ♥
Cute Dog Video Of The Day
A Piggyback-Riding Dog!
Who is this?
It's actor Bradley Cooper and chow-retriever mix Charlotte, enjoying a quiet stroll in NYC.
Dog Gift Idea Of The Day
K-9 Meteorlight Ball
The Meteorlight ball is a fun exercise toy for you and your dog to play with together! The ball is water resistant and it floats, and it's made of extra durable rubber to ensure a strong toy.
The Meteorlight ball is the size of a tennis ball (diameter measures 2.55"). It can be turn on and off by pressing and holding the switch. It is NOT intended as a chew toy, and as with any dog toy, playtime should be supervised.
Dog Owners Get Activities, Quality Time With Pets At Camp
Summer camp is veering in a new direction — toward grown-ups and their dogs.
Nature walks, swimming and memory-making campfires (all dog-focused) are being augmented with agility training, cooking-for-canines instruction, bury-the-bone competitions and dozens of other activities for pooch-loving participants.
"It's a great way to have 100% together time with your dog, enjoying nature and activities, instead of just feeding them and walking them," says Margaret Rapp of Arlington Heights, Ill. She attended Camp Dogwood in Ingleside, Ill., last year with Danny, her spaniel mix, and Ollie, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who was a recent puppy mill rescue.
"Camp also gives you a chance to try many different things — without paying for eight sessions, as is the case at home," she says. She was surprised to learn at camp that Danny wasn't interested in flyball, though he did embrace other active-dog stuff. Ollie, on the other hand, preferred laze-about activities like massage (but he did work hard to pass his Canine Good Citizenship certification while there).
Camp Dogwood ($420 to $700 for three nights and four days, depending on the accommodations), held three times a year at an overnight camp for kids (when kid camp's not in session), is among a growing number of canine-and-owner retreats for active and inactive dogs and their people.
"We keep some things the same every session," says Alysa Slay, a clinical psychologist who co-founded the Camp Dogwood sessions in 2001, "but we're always adding new things."
The scores of activities and lectures include water sports, herding, dog fur spinning and ask-the-vet sessions.
Most canine camps are held at waterfront facilities — rustic cabins and/or tent or RV sites — that serve as kid camps, music workshops or couples-counseling retreats most of the time but that occasionally go to the dogs.
Most limit participants to 20 to 100 humans plus their dogs (some allow two dogs per person), and many exclude kids younger than 18 on the grounds that a person keeping track of children isn't as able to bond with a dog in the ideal way.
Some campers partake of every offering they can cram in. But if the two- and four-legged clients just want to chill, that's fine. "If someone wants to sit under a tree with her dog or go for a stroll, just the two of them, that's just fine," says Lory Kohlmoos, director of Camp Winnaribbun, a three-times-a-year week-long camp in Stateline, Nev., on the shores of Lake Tahoe ($1,300 for lodging, meals and activities).
"Everyone learns a lot about themselves and about their dogs," Kohlmoos says, even if the humans skip some of the dozens of activities, which range from tracking to crafts to homeopathy sessions.
Camps that have been around for a while have a huge return rate — 60% to 75% of their clientele each session are return campers, they say. The humans make friends they enjoy seeing again, and so do the dogs.
"Some of the dogs came for the first time as puppies," says Kohlmoos, whose Camp Winnaribbun celebrates its 16th season this year, "and then they're brought back when they are old and pulled around on a wagon so they can have one last time to enjoy the sunshine and water."
That will do it for this edition of the news. Thank you for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.
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