April 30th 2010 1:03 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 30th of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.
TGIF! Today is "National Hairball Awareness Day", "Hairstylists Appreciation Day", and "National Honesty Day."
Firefighters Free Trapped Pup from Under a Recliner
Ken Makris was going about his regular routine, preparing to settle into his electric recliner for the night with terrier pup Ebonyzer near his feet. But when he pushed a button to adjust the footrest, the 88-year-old, a resident at the Sunrise assisted living center in Naperville, Ill., knew something wasn't right.
"Suddenly I heard little whimpers, looked under the chair, and there he was," Makris says. Somehow, Ebonyzer had become lodged below the base of the chair. Makris tried to pull his 5-year-old pooch out from under the recliner, but his leg was caught behind a metal bar. "There was nothing I could do — I felt worthless," Makris says. When staffers failed to free Ebonyzer, they called the fire department for help.
After five minutes of sawing an arm off the chair to gain access ("the jaws of life didn't work," Makris shares), firefighters released Ebonyzer. "He didn't bark or whine or anything," Makris recalls. Though the brave pup suffered some nerve damage as a result of the incident, he escaped without any broken bones.
Sadly, the recliner didn't fare as well. "It was a comfy chair," Makris says. "Since I have a bad shoulder, I always slept in it." But it's a small price to pay for his pup's good health. "He seems to be fine now, but if I push the button on the new chair he takes off," Makris laughs. "He doesn't want any part of it. He learned his lesson."
60 Second's adopted dog of the day
Tara is a 6-month-old female Miniature Pinscher mix. She recently arrived in Calgary from Texas and is very shy. This sweet girl needs a loving furever home. Let's hope she finds it ASAP! ♥
Cute Dog Video Of The Day
Who is this?
It's actress Penelope Cruz with her injured pooch outside an animal hospital in Los Angeles.
Dog Gift Idea Of The Day
Seat Belt Spider Dog Toy
The world's only soft dog toy that features real seat belt material (nylon) and Tuffut Technology lining! Seat Belt Spider's legs are actually constructed of 3 long pieces of seat belt material (strong nylon) that is used in the manufacturing of a vehicle's seat belts…super strong and tightly woven. Squeaker inside for added interest.
The Next Governor of Texas Could Be a Dog
In the annals of Texas political candidates, surely all of them have been human. Until now.
A 5-year-old rescue mutt from Austin is running as a write-in candidate for governor of Texas.
His name is Woodrow, as in Wilson.
His owner, Lorri Michel, says that Woodrow is a political independent, so he couldn't run in the Democratic or Republican primaries that happened in March. But, the Nov. 2 general election is open to all, and Michel wants Woodrow's name to be written-in on ballots.
It all started when 43-year-old Michel, an Austin attorney, watched her pooch frolicking off-leash one day in nearby Pease Park last summer. She watched in amusement as Woodrow would stride purposefully from one park visitor to another.
“He would go up to every dog, child and adult, and it was as if he was saying, 'Hi, how are you? Don’t you look so nice today?'” Michel says. “And then he would just move on.”
A friend, who was also watching, remarked at the time, “Oh, my God, Woodrow is mayor.”
And so a campaign was born. It was partly Michel's way of expressing frustration over Texas politics, but knowing that Woodrow's votes would be statistically insignificant, Michel is using the Woodrow bandwagon to publicize the many thousands of sick or unwanted dogs that are being euthanized in Texas.
The Woodrow groundswell caught the eye of the Austin American-Statesman, the local newspaper, and the publicity is also helping to raise money for Austin Pets Alive, which takes animals to be euthanized and places them up for adoption. Woodrow has raised — through the sale of T-shirts alone — $2,000 so far.
All the campaigning is a surprise given that Woodrow started out as a timid little puppy. When Michel adopted him in 2006, he was found curled up in a fearful ball, even though he wasn't sick. She had to carry him to her car.
When she took him for walks, Woodrow would dash for bushes and hide. Time and the company of Ms. Michel’s other pets — the dogs, Remy and Francis, as well as the cats, Orangy, Purlie Stars, and Cornelius — have helped, Michel says.
Woodrow, about 70 lbs. and the size of a suitcase, may be an unconventional candidate, but in some ways, he is qualified to be one. According to Article 4, section 4 of the Texas Constitution, a candidate must have been a state resident for at least five years. Check. And he must be at least 35. Double check. (In dog years, anyway.)
Still, voters expect their governor to be able to write as well as speak, if not belong to the same species as that of his constituents.
Whatever the case, Texans can see Woodrow at his first campaign stop Saturday, May 1, at the Canine Hilton in Austin. As his slogan goes, How ruff could it be?
That will be all for today! '60 Seconds' will be back on Monday. Have a pawsome weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.
Peanutty- Thanks for keeping us informed...Love you news stories..
Whew! Sure glad we don't have any recliners in this house.......
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