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"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (3-2-10)

March 2nd 2010 12:08 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 2nd of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Tuesday! It's also "Namesake Day!"


How to Stop Your Dog From Begging

It's important to keep in mind that even if a dog is not jumping and whining, that loving stare is considered "begging."

Begging is a learned behavior which is usually unconsciously reinforced. Many of us see our pets as members of the family, so it's extremely natural for us to want to share with them. Although it gets annoying to have a pet begging at the dinner table, we have a tendency to block it out and let it continue. One minute we might yell, "Stop begging!" at the guilty dog, but the next minute we feel bad and feed him something. This is exactly where the problem begins.

The moment you give in and offer your pet even a morsel of food, you're reinforcing begging behavior by teaching the dog that if he hangs in there and has the patience to wait, he will be rewarded with a taste. Dogs can be very patient: some will jump and whine and carry on, but many will just sit, stare and wait.

Dogs are pack animals, and in their natural habitat the social order would be ranked in a hierarchy with the leader of the pack -- known as the "alpha dog" -- dominating. Pet owners should be aware that "the pack" instinct remains intact even in domesticated dogs, and that they must take on the alpha role in order to discipline their pets. Once you firmly establish that role, you can more easily take control of bad habits.

So how do you stop the begging? The easiest way to stop your pooch from begging is to not let it begin in the first place. If you are bringing a new pet into your home, establish rules and stick to them, eg don't let that cute little face get the best of you. It's natural to want to spoil a new pet, but instead of table scraps give him food and treats formulated specifically for him. If your toddler wanted to eat a puppy treat, you would redirect him to an appropriate snack. Do the same for your pup. Some human food can even be harmful to dogs.

If your pet is already begging it will be harder to break the habit, but it can be done. Start by feeding your dog at the same time you eat your meals and removing him from the kitchen or dining room while you eat to eliminate temptation. Before you sit down to eat, put your pet in another room where his food has been set up. He might resist at first, but if you stick with it, you will establish habits that will make dining much more pleasant for both of you.

If you want to stop the begging for good, eliminate human food from your pet's diet entirely. When you are snacking, avoid sharing with him no matter how much you want to and give him a doggy treat instead. It will satisfy him, and it's much healthier in the long run.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Chukchi is a two-year-old spayed female Siberian Husky. She is good with other dogs and kids, and will be available for adoption after 04/04/2010. Chukchi was rescued on December 29, 2009 from a neglectful owner who left her tied up outside for days at a time with little food and sometimes no water. Let's hope this beautiful pup finds a loving furever home very soon! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"Let's examine the dog mind: Every time you come home, he thinks it's amazing. He can't believe that you've accomplished this again. You walk in the door. The joy of it almost kills him. "He's back again! It's that guy! It's that guy!"

~Jerry Seinfeld


Who is this?

It's actress Brooke Burns walking her two pups through her Los Angeles neighborhood.


Pawsome pup fact

Some signals dogs do such as inclining themselves and bending their front legs are seen in all dogs around the world. These types of universal signals do not need to be learned because dogs everywhere understand them.


Charlie's Journey: More on the Dog Who Traveled 1,200 Miles and Found Its Owner

Those stories about dogs traveling hundreds of miles to be reunited with their owners are always pretty unbelievable, but this one takes the cake. Just a few days after 26-year-old musician Stephan Soleas hitched a ride from his home in Taos, N.M. to New Orleans, his 6-year-old Lab mix went missing. On Feb. 5, Soleas heard that his dog, Charlie, had reappeared about 50 blocks from where Soleas was staying, over 1,200 miles from their home. Turns out Charlie really, really, really didn't want to miss Mardi Gras.

Charlie's journey "home" began when a New Orleans couple vacationing in Taos spotted him running down the street. He wasn't wearing a collar, so they assumed he was a stray. The couple fell in love with the white dog, who jumped into their car as soon as they opened the door. As Soleas told Paw Nation, "It is very common for Charlie to run off because he is very cute and he understands his affect on people. He is the most free willed dog I have ever met." And if this doesn't blow your mind, nothing will: By coincidence, the couple even named the dog Charlie.

After spending a few days trying to locate Charlie's owner, the vacationers decided to keep him, driving with him for three days to their home in New Orleans. But when a vet at Magazine Street Clinic scanned Charlie's chip, they discovered that not only did the dog have an owner, but that owner was staying nearby. Soleas told Paw Nation, "It blew my mind when he showed up. I thought I was dreaming. People didn't even believe me because the story is so crazy!"

He went on to say, "Charlie is the same as ever. The craziest part of all this to me really was that I was having a hard time in NOLA. Ever since I rolled into town, things just were not right, and the moment I picked up Charlie, things got increasingly better. That's how I know Charlie came down there for me."


Little Miracle: Owner Dies in Plane Crash, But Dog Survives

James "Jim" Trefz had recently rescued a dog from a shelter, a white terrier mix named Zulu. Trefz, an avid pilot who liked to fly his plane several times a week, took Zulu with him on every trip.

"He and the dog became instant companions," Trefz's friend John Amundsen (pictured above) said.

Last Thursday, tragedy struck, when shortly after taking off from the Winter Haven airport in Florida, the single-engine plane lost power and crashed into a tree. Trefz and his passenger, George Azize, both died, but incredibly, Zulu survived, without sustaining any injuries.

"We were stunned, to be honest. He's just a little, small white dog," says Amundsen, who runs Accelerated Flight Training at the airport. "We've been to too many wrecks over the years, and we were stunned to find the dog still alive."

Hardly anybody at the scene of the crash was thinking about Zulu given the two human lives at stake, but as members of the Polk County Sheriff's Department spoke with a group of reporters, pubic information officer Carrie Eleazer spotted a white dog crossing into the scene of the crash.

"I walked over to him thinking he belonged to one of the bystanders," Eleazer says. She checked his tag and confirmed that he had belonged to the pilot. "He wasn't scared. He didn’t seem traumatized. He was just trotting around like he knew where he was, like he belonged there."

Eleazer handed Zulu over to Amundsen, who carried the dog back to the airport. He says that Zulu was searching for his owner, and at every sound of a plane, Zulu would run around looking for Trefz, who wouldn't be coming back for him. Amundsen then returned the dog to Trefz's girlfriend and 2-year-old daughter.

"It can't make up for everything that happened, but to me, he's the only good thing that came out of this," Eleazer says. "Without a broken bone on his body. It's just amazing. It's a tiny little miracle. They should change his name to Miracle."


That's it for this edition of the news. Thanks for being a faithful reader! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (3-1-10)

March 1st 2010 12:18 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 1st of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Monday! Happy first day of March! Today is also "Beer Day", "Peace Corp Birthday", "Pig Day", "Plan a Solo Vacation Day", and "Refired, Not Retired Day."


If you haven't stopped by my family's Pay It Forward thread in Plus Fun, hopefully you will soon! All throughout the month of March, pups can post random acts of kindness they are doing for other Dogsters in the thread, and at the end of the month.... the pup that pays it forward the most will win 50 zealies and a winning picture! Rosettes will also be randomly given out to those that post often.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Ditto is a 6-month-old male Jack Russell Terrier. He is good with other dogs. Ditto was rescued along with his litter-mate when they were living in a cage outdoors in extremely cold temperatures. This sweet pup deserves a loving furever home. Let's hope he finds one ASAP! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"He that lieth with the dogs, riseth with fleas."


Who is this?

It's actress Rebecca Gayheart and her two pups heading to a West Hollywood dog groomer.


Pawsome pup fact

A German Shepherd guide dog, named Orient, led her blind hiker the entire 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail.


Bomb-Sniff ing Dog Awarded U.K.'s Highest Honor

Treo's deep brown eyes are beautiful — and knowing — but for the soldiers in Afghanistan whose lives he saved, it's his nose that really sets the dog apart.

On two separate occasions in 2008, the 8-year-old black Labrador, an Arms and Explosives Search dog, sniffed out improvised explosive devices placed on the roadside by the Taliban.

Now, Treo has received the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Dickin Medal, the highest award given to an animal in the U.K. for "conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving in military conflict."

"Treo truly is a wonder dog," handler Sgt Dave Heyhoe said in a statement. "Without his work in Afghanistan, there is no doubt soldiers would have suffered serious injuries and could have died if the IEDs had exploded." Heyhoe called Treo a "loyal, obedient and devoted dog."

Treo, now retired, sat quietly during his award ceremony, but jumped up on his handler when he saw the medal. The cheerful pup gave Heyhoe a high-five and flipped over on his back to receive a congratulatory belly rub.

"Treo's nose kept my soldiers safe from the roadside bombs planted by the Taliban," said Maj. Graham Shannon of the Royal Irish Regiment. "The dogs themselves show enormous amounts of courage doing this work every day, and on many occasions, under attack."


Missing Virginia dog turns up in Florida

A German shepherd who went missing in Virginia turned up in Florida.

Deacon was spotted weaving in and out of traffic with another dog in a DeLand neighborhood — more than 600 miles from his home, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Deacon had been missing since two weeks before Christmas and his owners were convinced the 18-month-old dog was dead.

“My husband and I had grieved and had moved on. We had decided we were not going to get any more dogs,” said Pamela Holt of Stuart, Va.

In Florida, a convenience store clerk spotted two dogs in traffic and coaxed them into the store for their safety. Later they were placed in the city run Second Chance Kennel, where Deacon was checked for a microchip. He had one.

DeLand Animal Control Officer Gary Thomas contacted the agency that issued the microchip, which connected him to Holt.

“He asked me if my dog was missing and I told him that he is missing but that I am pretty sure he was dead,” Holt said. “He said, ‘No he is not dead. I am looking at him.’ ”

The Holt’s adopted Deacon last year from a shelter in Statesville, N.C.

They reunited last weekend.

“It remains a mystery about how Deacon traveled to Florida and how he survived until he was found,” DeLand police Deputy Chief Randel Henderson said.


That will be it for today, pups. Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-26-10)

February 26th 2010 12:26 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 26th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


TGIF! We made it through another week. Today is "For Pete's Sake Day" (just who is Pete?), "Levi Strauss Day", and "National Personal Chef's Day."


Lab found after 40 days in wilderness

Buck, a black Labrador Retriever whose owners lost him during a recent rain storm in Northern California, somehow survived 40 days in the freezing temperatures of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Think about that. Forty days and forty nights without food or shelter or family. Forty days and forty nights alone in the cold. Forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, where he could be preyed on by mountain lions.

"We figured he was probably dead or what not," Terina Held, Buck's owner, told CBS-5 TV in San Francisco. "Or someone fell in love with him and (they) weren't going to give him back."

Not so. Buck, who was probably swept away in a nearby swollen river on Jan. 6, was rescued last week by neighbor Mark Smith, who heard him whimpering in a dry river bed not far from where he had been lost.

Smith picked up Buck and carried him 200 yards through an ice-cold creek to safety. Buck had lost 50 pounds but is slowly gaining them back and is clearly happy to be home.

"I would think that anybody who loves animals and was walking and seeing what I saw probably wouldn't have hesitated to do what I did," Smith said.

Smith's actions saved Buck's life. Buck's resilience and strong will make him a very special pet.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Sadie is a one-year-old female Labrador Retriever. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids. This gorgeous girl would love to find her furever home, let's hope that happens ASAP! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses."
~Elizabeth Taylor


Who is this?

It's singer Nick Jonas (Jonas Brothers) with one of his pups at home.


Pawsome pup fact

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire Terrier in Great Britain who, at the age of 2, weighed just 4 ounces.


Friday's Funny Video - Shiba Inu Watches Puppy Cam

Watch The Video Here

A Shiba Inu named Kimiko watches a puppy cam as it streams on a laptop.


Dog Survives 300-Ft. Jump Off Cliff

A "remarkable" dog had a lucky escape after jumping off a 300ft cliff to chase a seagull and landing in the sea below.

Poppy the springer spaniel ran over the edge of the clifftop during a walk at a beauty spot in East Sussex.

She plunged into the water but survived and managed to swim to shore where she waited until a RNLI crew arrived.

The three-year-old's owners - Kelly Ixer, 26, and Ben Markwick, 31, said they were "indebted" to the lifeboat team.

On the day of the accident, the couple - who have a three-week-old son, Henry - had suggested Mr Markwick's sister and her partner, who were staying with them in Ansty, West Sussex, should take Poppy out for some exercise.

Mr Winslade, 31, said: "She ran to the edge and just disappeared.

"She is really well trained and well behaved but I think she ran so fast there was no chance of her stopping.

"I threw myself down and looked over the edge and saw her paddling.

"I could see there was a beach she was heading for."

Amid the panic, he raised the alarm on his mobile phone while Miss Markwick, 29, called down to Poppy.

The spaniel suffered a shock and a partially collapsed lung but looked in good shape.

Volunteer lifeboat crew member Gavin Butcher was part of the crew that rescued the spaniel from the beach underneath the cliff.

''She was shivering — she was cold and nervous, but apart from that she was as good as gold," Butcher told the Telegraph.


That will be all for this edition of the news. "60 Seconds" will return on Monday. Hope you have a furtastic weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-25-10)

February 25th 2010 1:25 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 25th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Thursday! The weekend is almost here. Today is "National Chili Day" and Cuddle Day!


Does your dog gobble food?

Food gobbling by a dog can cause choking, as well as digestive upsets and obstructions. It's common in short-snouted dogs such as pugs and bulldogs. This behavior is also common in dogs who have stayed in a kennel, or if there is more than one pet in the household and they're fed at the same time, as it causes a sense of competition. It's a natural reaction from their days as wolves when they didn't know when they would get their next meal, and eating fast was necessary for their survival. It's very common for a dog that was forced to wander the streets to feel he never has enough food. Even well fed dogs will steal food or raid garbage cans as they are natural scavengers of food left from other predators, and there's no such thing as too much food to a dog.

Obedience training can be very helpful for this behavior. You can also help by not reinforcing the bad behavior. If your dog begs when you're eating, don't give him any food from the table. Food stealing can be stopped by putting groceries away promptly, clearing the table immediately after eating, securing the dog in another room while eating, along with securing trash can lids tightly.

Many dog owners have had success with spreading the food out on the floor or on a cookie sheet, as it forces the dog to slow down and eat each piece individually. Another idea is to spread the food on the grass outside, as it stimulates them mentally and fulfills their hunting instinct. Yet another suggestion is to place a large rubber ball or Kong toy in the dish before adding the food, as the dog must slow down to eat around the object.

Treats are another area of concern for a gobbling dog. If your dog grabs his treats, try saying "easy", and hold it securely. You can also growl at him like his mother would do until he settles down and takes it nicely. For chewing, rawhide isn't a good idea as the dog can break off large sections and swallow them whole. You can try a chicken or beef flavored nylon bone, as they don't break off as easily, but the dog can possibly still gnaw off and swallow some chucks. Pig ears or bully sticks seem to be the best choice, as the taste is appealing to dogs, they are the right size to avoid the dog swallowing it whole, and they hold up to even the strongest pair of jaws, providing hours of chewing enjoyment.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Ernie is a five-year-old neutered male Vizsla. He is good with other dogs and cats. Ernie is full of energy and love, and would do best living with an active person or couple (lots of hiking, swimming, catch) or with a family with older children who are old enough to understand how to interact with dogs. Let's hope this handsome pup finds a furever home very soon! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

A dog is like an eternal Peter Pan, a child who never grows old and who therefore is always available to love and be loved.
~Aaron Katcher


Who is this?

It's actor Sylvester Stallone (with daughter) and their Pomeranian, cruising around Bel Air, CA.


Pawsome pup fact

Franklin D. Roosebelt once spent $15,000 to have a destroyer return to the Aleutian Islands and retrieve his Scottie, Fala, who had been accidentally left behind.


Canine Cancer Vaccine Helps Dogs Like Ebony Live Longer

For a dog owner, there's almost nothing scarier than a cancer diagnosis. Once considered an almost certain death sentence, now dogs with canine oral melanoma — and their owners — have new hope, thanks to a groundbreaking new therapeutic vaccine recently granted full licensure from the USDA.

Oncept is the first therapeutic cancer vaccine the USDA has approved for any species and its success rate is staggering, Dr. Philip Bergman, the primary veterinarian behind the vaccine, says. In the past, dogs diagnosed with stage II or stage III oral melanoma survived less than six months when treated with surgery alone. But when Oncept was added into the treatment dogs responded so well that median survival time cannot be determined because many of the dogs are still alive today or died of an unrelated illness.

"We've been overjoyed with the results," says Bergman. "I get letters out of the blue and it's been very gratifying. We're starting to see patients having survival times of years."

A Puppy Reborn
Jean Mann couldn't be happier with how her 11-year-old black Labrador, Ebony, is doing with the help of Oncept. The dog was first diagnosed with oral melanoma in the fall of 2008 after a vet discovered a mass in the back of his throat that proved malignant. Ebony was treated with both surgery and multiple doses of Oncept — he got his last vaccine just last month — and is now doing amazingly well.

"I am beyond ecstatic at how well he's done," Mann says. "There are times he's kind of puppy-like. His world revolves around food and peeing on every blade of grass."

Dogs like Ebony initially get four doses of the vaccine — one every two weeks — followed by a booster shot every six months. The vaccine is inserted into the inner thigh muscle of the dog with a needle-free canine transdermal device and each time dogs receive a dose of the vaccine, their immune response becomes stronger in the fight against melanoma.

Unlike traditional vaccines that are given before a disease develops, Oncept is considered a therapeutic vaccine and only given once the disease is diagnosed. Bergman says it's most effective when first given soon after the diagnosis is made.

There can be minimal side effects to the vaccine, like infection at the injection site, though Ebony hasn't had any problems.

"He never had any reaction to the vaccine, never changed his attitude or his demeanor," says Mann. "He never displayed ill symptoms."

Help for People, Too?
The vaccine is especially significant because many in the medical community feel it might eventually lead to a cancer vaccine for humans. In fact, Bergman teamed with Dr. Jedd Wolchok of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center more than 10 years ago to develop the vaccine and study its impact in both dogs and people.

"We're very excited about continuing research into this vaccine to explore the potential implications it has for humans," Wolchok said in a statement. "We hope this will result in improved cancer treatment for all."

In the meantime, dogs and their owners can reap the benefits of this remarkable treatment, which should now be available in many veterinary oncology offices throughout the country.

Mann says she would not hesitate to recommend it to other dog owners and is just thrilled that it's helped Ebony live a longer life — with gusto.

"He's the happiest dog on the planet," says Mann. "And he’s doing really well."


3-Legged Shelter Dog Wins Talent Competition

Westminster-winning Sadie's got nothing on Prince. The three-legged pit-bull mix won "Best in Show" at a shelter dog talent competition at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The two-year-old wowed the crowd at the New York City event by catching three baseballs thrown by his handler/pitcher.

Prince's major league talent won over the judges, who included singer-songwriter Roberta Flack, actress Bernadette Peters, ballroom dance champion and So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Melanie LaPatin, and Assistant Director of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Joseph Pentangelo.

Prince lost his leg after being hit by a car, but Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA Adoption Center, said Prince's disability doesn't hold him back. "The talent show demonstrates the resilience of these wonderful dogs," Buchwald also said, "but the real prize will be finding their two-legged soul mates and homes to call their own." Yes, Prince and the other competition contestants are up for adoption. Visit to learn more about adding him to your team!

Best In Show Video


That's it for today, pups. Enjoy the rest of your day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-24-10)

February 24th 2010 12:15 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 24th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy hump day! Today is also "Inconvenience Yourself Day."


Dog leads cops to his hidden master

A German man on the run from police was arrested after his Jack Russell terrier gave away his hiding place, authorities said on Monday.

When police called at the 52-year-old man’s home near Cologne in western Germany on Friday, an acquaintance answered, holding the suspect’s dog.

“The man claimed not to know where the wanted man was. When he put the dog down, it proceeded with a wagging tail to a small cupboard… and stood expectantly in front of it,” police said.

Officers opened the door of the small cupboard and found the man they were seeking ”hunched up inside,” according to AFP.

A police spokesman was not able to say what the man was wanted for, but that it was “not a capital crime.” He declined to give the man’s name,or that of his tell-tale dog.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Phebe is a two-year-old female Rottweiler/Saint Bernard. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Phebe is adoptable within 60 miles of Dallas, Ga. This sweet girl deserves a loving, furever home. Let's hope she finds one ASAP! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"A piece of grass a day keeps the vet away"
~Unknown Dog


Who is this?

It's actress Amanda Seyfried and her lovable pooch in Los Angeles.


Pawsome pup fact

Former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson howled with his favorite dog, Yuki, a stray rescued by his daughter, Luci, at a Texas gas station. He also had two Beagles named Him and Her.


Scam Alert: "Global Pet Relocators"


There is a company called Global Pet Relocators that claims to be handling pet relocations. These people are scam artists, so DO NOT send them any money.
Many times they will advertise bull dog or yorkshire puppies for sale or free to good homes. They will request small amounts of money and keep asking for money for you to retrieve your "pet."

There is no pet.

Please do not fall for this scam. You can read more about these scams by Googling puppy scams.


German Shepherd Shot Twice While Protecting Mom and Baby

At 3:20 a.m. on Feb. 15, Michelle Pryor of Kelloggsville, Ohio, was awakened by the aggressive growling of her 98-lb. German shepherd Sirus.

"I was asleep on the couch with my new 8-week-old baby Elizabeth, and I asked Sirus to be quiet, but he would not stop growling, which was unusual for him," Pryor, 21, a Kent State University student in the Ashtabula County campus, says.

Her fiancé, Michael Hommes Jr., was asleep in the bedroom and got up to let the 4-year-old dog outside while he poured some milk in the kitchen.

Soon they heard three gun shots. Hommes told Pryor to run to the back of the house and protect the baby. The new mom then wrapped her newborn in a blanket and placed her atop the laundry basket, but worried about the safety of her pet.

"Sirus was shot in the nose with a .22-caliber and in the chest with a .45-caliber," Pryor says. "The bigger bullet went in one shoulder and came out the other."

Hommes brandished his own gun in defense, shooting around the area of the intruder, who knocked out the front porch light and kicked the door down.

"When the intruder came in through the door he had a gun in his hand and finger on the trigger," she continues. "When my fiance shot his gun, he hit the wall and microwave."

Pryor believes two or three burglars with at least two guns, who left marijuana on their lawn, had followed them home from Sears where she had just cashed a tax refund check.

"I think they were looking for money," she says. "And they seemed pretty shaken when they saw my fiancé with a gun. So they left quickly in a white, four-door Buick. They are still at large."

Wounded Sirus, a hero by all accounts, was hiding under the porch and unable to free himself following the scuffle. The couple had to take apart the wood to get him out and to a vet.

The pooch is back home now, doing fine and "running around like always," says Pryor. She credits her companion for having the tenacity to growl until someone noticed trouble lurking in their yard.

"Sirus often barks at other dogs, but it is rare that he would continue growling in such an aggressive and angry manner," Pryor says. "He is an angel. He saved our lives. We love him so much."

That will wrap things up 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 (2-23-10)

February 23rd 2010 12:30 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 23rd of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Tuesday! Today is "Curling is Cool Day", "IHOP National Pancake Day", "Spay Day USA" and "Banana Bread Day."

Canadian Docs Say Airlines Should Ban Pets From Cabin

Due to the allergy risks they pose, pets should be banned from airline passenger cabins, some Canadian doctors say.

In an editorial in The Canadian Medical Association Journal, the physicians called for restricting pets from airplane passenger cabins, warning that exposure to animals can lead to discomfort, asthma attacks or even life-threatening reactions in some.

The editorial was in response to Air Canada’s decision last summer to start allowing small pets, including cats, dogs and birds, to travel in the passenger cabin, the New York Times reports.

One in 10 people have allergies to animals, and for some, exposure to dogs and cats can set off an asthma attack or a life-threatening reaction like anaphylaxis, said Dr. Matthew B. Stanbrook, the journal’s deputy scientific editor and an asthma specialist.

“Pets can be accommodated comfortably and safely in airplane cargo holds, which is where they belong,” the doctors wrote.

I know all the airlines say that, but, in addition to the cases in which that has proved not to be the case, I have one more reason to doubt it: If it were true, I’m sure they would be squeezing us human passengers in there as well.

60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Tiny is a ten-year-old male Chihuahua. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Tiny is a bit shy, but loves to be held. He's also good in the car and on a leash. Tiny's owner passed away, which is how he came into foster care. Let's keep him in our thoughts, and hope that he finds his furever home very soon! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"In a dog-eat-dog world, it is the dogmatic domain of dog lovers
to offer dogdom a dog's chance to rise above the dog days for a doggone good time."
~AKC Gazette August 1991


Who is this?

It's singer Kellie Pickler (American Idol) and her pup, Pixie.


Pawsome pup fact

Toto's role in The Wizard of Oz was played by a female Cairn Terrier named Terry.


Celebrate Spay Day 2010!

If you thought Bob Barker was the only celebrity champion of spaying and neutering pets, you'd be wrong. Movie star Doris Day was also a major animal advocate, and 16 years ago, her foundation started Spay Day, an annual effort by the Humane Society to encourage the spaying and neutering of pets.

Spay Day seeks to bring attention to the plight of homeless animals in the U.S., where there are an estimated 8 million new animals in shelters every year. Over 3 million of those dogs and cats are euthanized, but spaying and neutering your pets can help solve the problem of overpopulation.

This year's Spay Day is Feb. 23, and the Humane Society is staging lots of events, including an online pet photo contest through the end of the week. Grand prize winners could receive a weekend trip to Hollywood or a studio session with professional pet photographer Amanda Jones.

On Spay Day, many local shelters offer discounts on the procedure, so check your area listings to find out more.

For help with finding free or low-cost spay/neuter clinics around the country (no matter the day of the year), check out the following Web sites' databases.


Spay USA


Chihuahua Cares for Newborn Orphaned Kittens

Tinkerbell the Chihuahua may be a tiny dog, but she's got a big heart. Not only is she nursing her own four newborn puppies, she has extended her maternal instinct to care for three orphaned newborn kittens, the (U.K.) Daily Mail reported recently.

"Tinkerbell was delivering her puppies by Cesarean section at Hobart Animal Hospital when a man brought in three abandoned kittens," Angela Reynolds tells Paw Nation from her home in Tasmania, Australia. The tiny kittens were just days old and very wet and cold. They had been found under the man's house. When Reynolds learned the hospital was going to euthanize the kittens, she intervened. "I said, 'No, I won't allow that. I'll take them home,'" Reynolds told us.

When Tinkerbell awoke from her surgery, Reynolds rolled the newborn puppies and orphaned kittens in a towel together and presented the bundle to Tinkerbell. "She accepted them straight away," says Reynolds. "Tinkerbell is a wonderful mother. She treats them all the same. If a kitten cries, she runs to them. If a puppy cries, she runs to them."

Reynolds is unable to work due to disabilities but has chosen to share the the little money she gets from public assistance with the animals she rescues. Tinkerbell, in fact, was rescued by Reynolds 18 months ago. "Various people had used her for breeding and gotten rid of her once they got a litter out of her," says Reynolds.

Unable to afford the $450 surgery to get Tinkerbell spayed, Reynolds was dismayed to learn Tinkerbell had gotten pregnant while visiting a friend's house. Tasmania, explains Reynolds, has no discount for animal care, nor the kind of low-cost spay-and-neuter clinics available in the United States. "When one of the three kittens got really sick and started having seizures, he had to be put down and I was crying my eyes out," says Reynolds. "The hospital charged me $30 to put the kitten down."

The two remaining kittens are thriving and have begun playing with the puppies. "The kittens attempt to feed from Tinkerbell, but they can't feed off her too well," says Reynolds. "But Tinkerbell doesn't mind and lets the kittens suckle, and she'll bathe their necks and snuggle with them."

Reynolds has been bottle-feeding the tiny felines every four hours and feeding them colostrum supplements -- all of which are expensive. "I plan to find good homes for the puppies and female kitten," says Reynolds. The other kitten, a male who is gray and white, has already found a home and will be ready to leave in a few weeks.

Reynolds estimates she has already spent $500 on food, medicines and vaccinations for the kittens, as well as $1,000 for Tinkerbell's surgery. As soon as Reynolds can afford it, she plans to have Tinkerbell spayed.


That's it for today's news, pups. Thanks to those that read "60 Seconds" faithfully! I'll continue doing this for you. This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-22-10)

February 22nd 2010 12:10 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 22nd of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Monday! Today is "Washington's birthday" and "World Thinking Day."

Howlin' Hound Humor

Changing grades

Spot me

Twisted procedure


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Rosy is a 4-month-old spayed female Border Collie. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Rosy is full of spunk and has a great personality! She is also sweet, loving and very smart. Let's hope that this cutie finds her furever home ASAP! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"Maybe you've been looking for love in all the wrong places. A dog will treat you better than anyone you'll meet at happy hour. Trust me. I've been to happy hour."


Who is this?

It's actress Melanie Griffith and her pup at a Los Angeles restaurant.


Pawsome pup fact

Zorba, an English Mastiff, is the heaviest dog on record, weighing 343 lbs at the age of 8 in 1989.


Are We Trying To Turn Our Dogs Into Humans?

We love our dogs. They soothe us, entertain us, and their devotion and affection brings an enormous amount of joy into our lives. For all that we are appreciative.

Some of us show our appreciation by buying luxury items that range from the frivolous (designer clothes and custom-made collars) to the more practical (organic dog food and orthopedic beds). When our hectic lives mean we have to leave our precious pooches behind, we put them up at fancy dog hotels with socialization hours and individual walks. Many of us avoid that problem entirely by bringing our dogs everywhere we go -- showering them with non-stop affection.

Is all this the least we can do for the pets that bring us so much happiness? Or, at some point does this 21st century lifestyle begin to take something away from the dog's essential animal nature? And are we somehow giving other humans less than they deserve because we are showering all this attention on our pets? These are some of the questions pondered in the New York Magazine article "The Rise of Dog Identity Politics" in which the author John Homans describes some of the conflicts we – and others, including academics, psychiatrists, and dog trainers -- feel about the way many of us choose to parent our pets.

"The dog is more and more an urban species. Even in the suburbs, the dog's unleashed, unfenced, carefree outdoor life is largely at an end. The dogs are in the house, even in the bed. (The doghouse is now mostly for husbands.) There are no rules to this evolving, increasingly intimate arrangement, and it can give rise to a kind of canine identity crisis. Outside of its country context, the dog plays an ever more human role. Which can make things very confusing," says Homans.

What do you think? By giving our dogs the cushiest, most comfortable lives possible, are we somehow invalidating their essential "dogness?" Do you personally feel that you have ever gone over the line in your devotion and care for your pet?


Top Reasons Dogs Visit The Vet

Your dog's ears may be better at hearing than yours will ever be --- but taking care of them comes at a price.

According to an evaluation of veterinary claims filed with the Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), canine ear infections were the leading cause of vet visits in the United States. In 2009 alone, VPI -- the company that insures almost half a million American pets -- received about 68,000 claims for ear related vet visits. The average cost per visit was $100.

Also among the company's top reasons for doggie vet visits were skin allergies at number two, followed by skin infection/hot spots, gastritis/vomiting and enteritis/diarrhea.

The good news for pet owners? The most expensive conditions for dogs fell below the top five. Treating non-cancerous tumors cost an average of $335 per visit for dog owners, but was number nine on the list.

Many pet owners rely on the Internet to gather information about their pet's health. Following are the top 10 most-searched pet health conditions, according to AOL Search.

Top Searched Pet Health Conditions

1. Pet Skin Allergies
2. Pet Ear Infections
3. Pet Diarrhea
4. Pet Diabetes
5. Pet Skin Infections
6. Pet Rabies
7. Pet Hyperthyroidism
8. Pet Tumors
9. Pet Urinary Tract Disease
10. Pet Chronic Renal Failure


That'll be all for today. Keep those pmails coming! I always appreciate suggestions and ideas for future news stories. This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-19-10)

February 19th 2010 1:30 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 19th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


TGIF!! Today is "Chocolate Mint Day", "International Mother Language Day", and "Temporary Insanity Day!"

Howlin' Hound Humor

Fifi gets even

Get a load of that

No vacuum


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Scuba Steve is a one-year-old male Shiba Inu. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Steve is very sweet and lovable, yet has lots of energy and likes to play. Let's keep our paws crossed that this handsome pup finds a furever home very soon! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down."
~Robert Benchley


Who is this?

It's West Coast Chopper boss, Jesse James, and his pup CinnaBun. They were recently reunited after the pup went missing on Jan. 25th.


Pawsome pup fact

Rin Tin Tin was the first American dog movie star and signed his own contracts for 22 movies with a pawprint.


Jeff Probst's Dog Could Take On Any 'Immunity Challenge'

Each Thursday night, Jeff Probst has been doling out reward challenges to highly motivated contestants on CBS’s Survivor, now in its 20th season with Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. But did you know that he challenges his dog Bear in much the same way?

His canine companion begs for "nothing," he happily reports. "We trained her to earn her treats by doing tricks. It's much more fun!"

All that training has really paid off. So far Bear can shake, roll over, sit, stay and even dance! "Which cracks me up," Probst says.

The TV host is turning more of his attention to the canine kind in a new series of videos for Purina Pro Plan called "Doing More for Pets." "I got involved because I love pets and agree with their philosophy about trying to give your pet the most out of any experience," Probst says, who in the videos, shows how owners can get active outdoors with their dogs in a safe way with a canine costar named Cooper and a feline named Zoey.

"We had a blast shooting the videos," he adds. "We went hiking and drove around in a Jeep, we got the tent out and she fetched toys out of a lake. It was a very fun shoot over five days. While the dog in the video is not my dog, I spent enough time with Cooper that by the end it seemed like she should be my dog!"

Probst rescued Bear a few years ago, but because of his demanding schedule the dog ended up finding a permanent home with a friend.

"I found out she needed open-heart surgery," Probst recalls. "It cost $5,000, but it saved her life. I shared custody of her with a friend while I would go away to shoot Survivor, but after a while, she fell in love with Bear and now takes care of her almost all of the time."

How does Probst reward his ever-so-talented pooch? With "expensive organic treats that probably make me feel better than her!" he says.


Community Says Goodbye to Heroic Police Dog Ricky

He prepped hotel rooms and venues for George W. Bush and Barack Obama, helped secure Philadelphia after the Sept. 11 attacks and tracked down missing children. He did demonstrations at elementary schools and Cub Scout meetings. And after 11 years, a family, a police department and a community has had to say goodbye to their hardworking police K-9, Ricky, who was euthanized after doctors discovered a large tumor.

The German shepherd and his partner, Chief Curt Martinez of the West Caln police department, even made it to the pages of People magazine in 2002, when an area school district tried to sell Ricky to cut costs. Martinez, with the help of donations from the community, was able to buy the dog back for $4,000.

Veterinarian Jeffrey Godfry offered up a lifetime of free vet care, and kept his word for the next eight years. Godfry says, "This dog is worth its weight in gold."

Up to a week prior to his death, Ricky was rolling around in the heavy Pennsylvania snow and performing bomb sweeps on the job. But on Feb. 11, doctors discovered a softball-sized tumor in Ricky's spleen, and Martinez had to make the heart-wrenching decision to let him go. Godfry "broke down," Martinez says. "I broke down. A grown man crying. Ricky always had my back."

Martinez has received hundreds of condolence messages via email and Facebook, and one resident gifted him with a blanket picturing the dog. Martinez doesn't know how he will fill the void.

"Ricky was a great partner, that's for sure," Martinez says. "He never complained. When we would go onto calls, he was my second siren, because that's all he would do, is bark. When I put my uniform on he was ready to go to work, at the door waiting for me. He touched a lot of peoples lives."


That's it for this edition of the news. "60 Seconds" will return on Monday. Have a furtastic weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-18-10)

February 18th 2010 12:11 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 18th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Thursday! Today is "Pluto Day" (the planet) and "Chocolate Mint Day."


Huntington is hosting Secret Leprechaun Game in the Plus Friendly forum. It's similar to the Secret Santa and Secret Valentine games from before. Stop by if you think you'd like to join! The deadline for signing up is February 25th.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Dolly is a 5-year-old spayed female Boxer. She is good with other dogs and is adoptable within 100 miles of North Carolina, South Carolina. We hope this sweet girl will get a furever home in the very near future! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
~Ann Landers


Who is this?

It's actress Michelle Trachtenberg and her pet pooch, Mya, walking in New York's SoHo neighborhood.


Paw some pup fact

Fearful dogs tend to have problems capturing and communicating messages to other dogs and this often times leads to a fight.


3.5 Million U.K. Dogs Are Too Fat

A third of Britain's pet dogs are overweight, a study has found.

Pet charity PDSA has warned dog owners are killing their animals with kindness.

Too many fatty treats and a lack of exercise, which can slash pets' life-expectancy and cause them serious health problems, have been blamed for the obesity epidemic.

The proportion of fat dogs has jumped from a quarter two years ago. More than 3.5 million dogs are now thought to be too fat.

In Glasgow more than half were found to be overweight.

Northern Ireland had the UK’s healthiest dogs with fewer than one in five judged too big.

Cats are also getting bigger with one in four now overweight, compared to one in five three years ago.

And vet Sean Wensley said the ‘steady increase’ in pet obesity was even affecting hamsters and other small animals.

He said: ‘As people's waistlines increase, so too our pets' vital statistics seem to be mirroring that trend.

‘Many owners get into the habit of feeding scraps and fatty treats to pets.

'It's not good for them and the onset of Lent is an ideal time to make a fresh start.’

The charity PDSA said excessive feeding was the main problem.

Mr Wensley added: ‘Ultimately, it is the owners who are in control of their pets' food intake.

'Often they inadvertently feed an inappropriate diet and excessive calories.’


Pass the Tissues! Joey the Dog Is Allergic to Everything

When it comes to allergies, most pets have one or two pesky problems. But for Joey, a 5-year-old Alsatian and border collier mix, almost everything edible and environmental is off-limits.

"He's the most severe of any case that we've ever seen," Adele Bates, a surgeon for Taylor Veterinary Practice says. "The only things he's not allergic to, with regards to food, is potato, egg, oats and barley. He's allergic to everything else."

In addition to most meats (beef, chicken, pork, lamb, duck, turkey), wheat and cow's milk, allergens in the atmosphere affect Joey as well. Weeds, like daisies, dandelions and ragweed tested positive, as did various tree species and mites. Not to be left out, a canine's arch-nemesis, cats and fleas are itch factors, too.

"He couldn't walk down the street without reacting to something in the environment," Bates says. "Even when he's in the house, he's allergic to house dust mites."

It started in late 2008, when the normally healthy and lively Joey began to develop skin rashes and lumps. His owner, Lisa McCormack, noticed a change in his personality and lack of energy and motivation at home.

"He was a totally different dog," says McCormack. "He seemed really quite miserable."

She took Joey to their local veterinary office, where his condition was treated with steroids and antibiotics. The routine kept the irritation at bay for a bit, but McCormack feared the long-term side effects, like liver damage.

So last summer, McCormack and her partner Scott Muirhead — who live in Hamilton, near Glasgow, Scotland — brought Joey to the Taylor Veterinary Practice in Cathkin, where doctors began a series of blood panels and allergy tests to figure out exactly what was bugging him.

Both the doctors and Joey's parents were stunned with the results: a shockingly long list. After identifying all the elements that caused an allergic reaction, Bates started Joey on a prescription-only hypoallergenic diet to combat the issue from the inside out. Joey was also prescribed a drug called Atopica, which will help alter the way his immune system works, and fight the environmental factors.

But this new food and medication doesn't come cheap. Because of Joey's size (he weighs about 88 lbs.), he will need to take two capsules a day for the first two months, which costs about $15 a day. McCormack and Muirhead have pet insurance, but the blood tests alone exhausted most of the approved allowance, which doesn't leave much for medication. In a generous move, the drug provider Novartis is supplying Joey with two months of free pills. Bates hopes that Joey will respond well to the treatment, so he can taper off to a lesser daily dose.

Having started this new routine just a few weeks ago, Joey is already showing signs of improvement. "He's a lot happier now," McCormack tells us. "He's back to being playful and happy, and has a lot more energy."

Regardless of the potential financial strain and Joey's restricted eating habits, McCormack keeps a positive outlook on life.

"We love him so much," McCormack says. "[As a parent], you do whatever you can just to make sure you get him back to health again. Make sure that he's happy."


That will wrap things up for today. Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-17-10)

February 17th 2010 1:10 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 17th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Hump day! Today is "Ash Wednesday" (the beginning of Lent) and "World Human Spirit Day."


Miss Ella is hosting a St. Patrick's day photo contest in the Plus Contests forum. Both edited and non-edited are allowed. Winners will be chosen on March 20th.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Buck is a one-year-old neutered male German Shorthaired Pointer. He is good with other dogs and kids. Buck was left at the shelter by his previous owners, and is now waiting for a loving, furever home. He is sweet, shy and not very well socialized. Buck will need to be an indoor pet where he can be loved, socialized and spoiled! Let's hope he finds his furever home soon. ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"You do not own a dog, the dog owns you."


Who is this?

It's Twilight actor Kellan Lutz and his two dogs, Kevin and Kola, at an L.A. dog park.


Pawsome pup fact

The breed Lundehune has 6 toes and can close its ears.


Sadie the Scottie Wins Best in Show at Westminster

A confident little Scottish terrier named Sadie, a crowd favorite with 112 career best in shows under her belt, was named Best in Show at the 134th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

There were muted cheers when judge Elliott Weiss announced that the 4 1/2-year-old silky black pooch, who had been a predicted winner, received the prestigious title. But die-hard fans held signs that read "Sadie Rocks" as photographers barked in hopes of getting her attention for photos.

"She's very special. She's a total package," said Weiss immediately after the announcement. "A dog of this quality comes along about once every 10 years. She's pleasing to the eye at any angle, and she's beautiful to the hand."

Formally known as Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, Sadie was selected from some 2,500 competing dogs, and beat out a whippet, a doberman pinscher, a brittany, a French bulldog, a puli and a poodle for Best in Show.

"She was perfect. I couldn't ask for anything else," Gabriel Rangel, the dog's handler, told reporters. "She was gangbusters." Joking that the Sadie, who lives with him (and 15 other terriers!) in southern California, is like his wife, Rangel said he felt "happily married" after the big win. "It's all 'yes dear' from here."

Spooked by moving floorboards at Madison Square Garden during competition two years ago, Sadie, who's generally a "very happy dog" according to Rangel, has faced challenges during her show years. And this year wasn't any different: since the Terrier group was the last to compete, Sadie and Rangel had just a commercial break's time to mentally prepare for the Best in Show competition. But a lucky lead made from whale skin — and a weekend's stay in a balcony suite at the luxe New Yorker hotel — definitely helped.

The Scottish terrier originated in the Scottish highlands and is known for its power and independence, despite its diminutive size, the Westminster Kennel Club says. The breed's personality can be stubborn but also sensitive. This is the eighth Westminster win for the Scottie.

Owner Amelia Musse of Mackinac Island, Mich., was moved to tears by the victory. "It was her time. It was her moment," she told reporters. Asked about future plans for her pooch, Musse said breeding with a Swedish suitor was in the cards. As for retiring? "I don't call anything retiring," Rangel said. "But she's won everything she had to win."

The Westminster Dog Show was established in 1877 and is the second longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., just a year behind the Kentucky Derby, the club says. This year the Irish Red and White Setter, Norwegian Buhund and Pyrenean Shepherd were eligible for competition for the first time. The show, which aired live on the USA Network Tuesday, has been televised since 1948.


Charles Dickens' Dog Collar in NYC Dog Art Auction At An Estimated $4,000 To $6,000

NEW YORK (AP) -- A dog collar that belonged to Charles Dickens will be auctioned at a sale of dog art in New York City.

The leather and brass collar is inscribed with Dickens' name and carries an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. Like many Victorians, the author of "David Coppperfield" and "A Tale of Two Cities" was fond of dogs.

An ivory and gold toothpick that belonged to Dickens sold for $9,150 at auction last year.

The collar will be part of the auction house Bonhams New York's 28th dog art sale on Tuesday. The auction features paintings of dogs by well-known artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.


That's it for today, pups. I always appreciate hearing from you in pmail, and here in this thread! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

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