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"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-16-10)

February 16th 2010 12:32 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 16th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Fat Tuesday - Mardi Gras! It's also Washington's birthday and "International Pancake Day."

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Let's all take some time out to think good thoughts and say some prayers for our pal, Banners. She is having surgery this morning to clear out the bulging disc that she has on her neck. Her surgeon believes that this will help her regain her ability to stand strongly on her back legs and to stop her from knuckling down in her front legs. After her surgery, Banners will be staying at the animal hospital until Thursday night, then she will have 6 to 8 weeks of recovery. Thankfully, her mom is able to be at home with her for two weeks while Banners recovers. Many prayers are being said for you, sweet Banners! May your surgery be successful and may you heal up nicely in the following weeks.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Lovey is a ten-year-old spayed female Beagle. This sweet pup is a former laboratory research dog who has spent the past 5 years with a family who has not had the time to completely house-train her. The family fell upon hard times and could not keep her. Lovey also is on medication for seizure activity. However, it is controlled, extremely manageable and very inexpensive. She is a healthy senior who just needs someone willing to love her, administer inexpensive meds, and take her outside on a schedule. Let's hope Lovey finds a furever home ASAP! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

"A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won't be too bad."
~Robert Wagner

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Who is this?

It's actress Jennifer Esposito and her pup at the Chef Michael's "Be My Valentine" Doggie Dinner Party in New York City.

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Pawsome pup fact

Dogs have 321 bones and 42 permanent teeth.

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5 Things You Don't Know About Westminster

When America's top dogs hit the ring at Westminster starting Monday, they'll have their eyes on the prize: the title of Best in Show. "We have 48 of the top 50 dogs in the country entered," Westminster announcer and communications director David Frei says. "And 88 of the top 100. It's the greatest dog show in the world."

But before any pups are deemed top dog, they experience a whirlwind weekend in N.Y.C. We coaxed Frei — who's celebrating his 21st year with the organization — into giving us the inside scoop.

Entry is exclusive. "To attend the show, your dog has to be an American Kennel Club champion, and has to make it through our entry process," Frei says. "Spots are in high demand — your application needs to be in the right place at the right time." The top five dogs from each breed are automatically invited, "so we know we're getting top dogs," Frei explains. This year, 865, or about one-third, will be from that pool, with the remaining dogs "coming right out of the mailbox."

You can play along at home. While judges have the final word, it doesn't hurt to root for your favorite pooch. "Our judges look at the dogs in terms of a total picture. They should be equal parts artists and engineers," Frei says. Judges first observe breed-type characteristics, like head shape, bone structure and eye color as an "artist," then as an "engineer," they get hands-on, feeling to determine if all the parts are in the right places and that the dog is properly groomed. "You put all that together, and that's how you get a great score," Frei says.

Visitors are allowed backstage. In true bench-show style, Westminster opens its backstage area to all audience members. "That's the heart and soul of the show," Frei says. "You can get up close and personal with the dogs, pet them, talk to owners and handlers about the breed," he says. "It's especially good if you're looking for a family dog."

Three breeds are debuting. The Irish Red and White Setter, Pyrenean Shepherd and Norwegian Buhund are appearing at Westminster for the first time. "We've added 25 new breeds in my 21 years, and we're adding six more next year," Frei says. As for ages? The oldest dog competing is a 12-year-old Shiba Inu, while the youngest is a 10-month-old bull terrier. "Remember, the oldest dog ever won last year," Frei says. "We'll see if we can keep that AARP crown going."

It's all for charity. Sure the days in the ring are intense, but at night, pups and their handlers let loose! "We did two events on Friday, which both benefited the ASPCA," Frei says. Saturday night was a benefit for Frei's own animal therapy charity, Angel on a Leash, which drew the five past Best in Show winners. And tonight, Take the Lead, an organization that supports purebred owners who face life-threatening illness, hosts an event at Madison Square Garden. "It's a tight-knit group," Frei says of the dog-showing world.

More than anything, though, Westminster is all about the dogs! Says Frei, "People aren't the stars here! The dogs show up to have fun, and that's what matters."

Learn more about Wesminster here. And be sure to tune in to the USA Network Tuesday night at 8 p.m. to see who wins Best in Show!

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Dog Owner Performs Surgery Himself to Avoid Vet Bills

A Rhode Island man who performed surgery on his own dog to remove a cyst on the aging Lab mix's leg is facing animal cruelty charges. So why does Alan MacQuattie blame it all on the economy?

The Vietnam vet told TV station WPRI he didn't have the money to pay a vet for the dog's care, but he didn't want 14-year-old Nakita to suffer. Using what he says was training from the Army, MacQuattie injected the dog with Lanacane to numb her pain and got to work removing a cyst on her hind leg.

When animal control and representatives of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) received reports of the at-home surgery, they showed up at MacQuattie's Barrington home and found Nakita with a wound on her right leg. The group's chief doctor told WPRI "poverty is no excuse" for what MacQuattie did.

The dog was taken to a local animal hospital where a second surgery was performed, while MacQuattie has pled no contest to charges of unnecessary cruelty to animals and unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine. But he maintains what he did was the humane thing -- and animal control has allowed him to have his best friend back.

Estimates from Consumer Reports put the average cost of a vet visit for an older dog or cat at $340, but there are options out there for pet owners suffering in this ailing economy. The Humane Society of the United States maintains a list of organizations that offer everything from pet-food assistance to offsetting medical bills.

Some veterinary schools also run low-cost clinics for pet owners. Check with the American Veterinary Medicine Association for one near you.

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That will be it for today's news. Thank you for your pmails, and for reading my news each day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-15-10)

February 15th 2010 12:33 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 15th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a nice Valentine's day. Happy President's Day! Today is also "National Gum Drop Day."

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Canine Cancer Awareness

Dear Friends,

I know times are tough for everyone, so we have come up with a way to support the fight against dog cancer without having to donate money or purchase a product.

FightDogCancer is a new site gathering dog cancer stories and treatment plans in one place so that those currently in battle can learn from everyone's collective wisdom. This site has offered to donate 50 cents to Canine Cancer Awareness for every story we get donated to their site. No matter how long your dog lived with cancer or continues the fight, your story will not only help those in need at CCA, but also those who can gain knowledge from your story.

Simply add your dog's cancer story and treatment plan to the site by clicking on this link: fightdogcancer.com. Of course, if you know anyone else that would be willing to share their story, please pass this information along, but be sure to tell them to use our special link so we can get credit for the story.

Also note that the program is limited to $5,000 and other non-profits are participating, so the quicker we can spread the word, the more money we can earn for CCA.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of CCA.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Ozzie is a 4-month-old male Chihuahua. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Ozzie came from a small breeding kennel in Kansas. He is currently in foster care waiting to get neutered. He is very timid and will need a lot of TLC. Let's hope this little guy gets his furever home in the very near future! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

My little old dog: a heart-beat at my feet.
~Edith Wharton

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Who is this?

It's Kelly Osbourne and her Pomeranian puppy, Sid, on their way to a NYC fashion show.

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Pawsome pup fact

Dogs take between 10 and 30 breaths every minute.

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Westminst er Dog Succumbs to Cancer Days Before Show

Paul and Vickie Saez gave the last feisty little girl in their litter of Dogue de Bordeaux a name that she lived up to and more: Gargoyles Hollywood Ambush. Nicknamed Holly, the 3-year-old pooch was a diva through and through.

"She was the first baby to toss her little bitty head back and howl because she wanted something," Vickie Saez says. "She was so wicked from the very, very beginning."

Many pounds smaller than her big brothers Ceasar and Brando, Holly still bossed them around, and "they did not dare challenge her." The Saezes are driving north from Miami to New York to show Ceasar and Brando at Westminster, but they travel with heavy hearts. Their champion and last year's Best of Breed winner Holly, who had been battling lymphoma for the past eight months and whom they anticipated showing along with her brothers, died on Monday.

Holly was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma, and the Saezes didn't expect her to make it longer than a few weeks. The illness was an educational opportunity for the family, who worked with veterinary oncologist David Lurie to provide Holly with a robust mix of treatment — radiation, chemotherapy, cocktail mixes of drugs.

In total, they spent upwards of $15,000, but it was never a question of money. "For my husband and I, the idea of losing the last girl in the litter, she was just a really special little girl — there was no way we could look at her and say, 'There are treatments available, but you're not worth the money,' " Saez says.

The Saezes plan to use the Westminster stage to speak about lymphoma, their Pawstrong Canine Cancer Foundation, as well as the variety of treatments that are available to pet owners. They will be supported and comforted by their friends in the dog show world, many of whom will be sporting pink and black ribbons in Holly's honor.

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West Hollywood Close to Ban on Sale of Dogs and Cats

How much is that puppy in the window? It's not for sale.

Those worried about the number of designer dogs ending up at California shelters will be heartened by the news that the West Hollywood City Council is moving closer to approving a ban on certain kinds of pet sales. According to DVM Newsmagazine, the city council members approved upon "first reading" an ordinance proposed by council member Jeffrey Prang that prohibits the sale of dogs and cats within pet stores. The ordinance must undergo a second reading next week and, if approved, will take effect in March.

The discussion was ignited after an investigation of a West Hollywood pet store, Elite Animals, uncovered evidence that the owner was not only allegedly selling puppy mill dogs, but also illegally importing animals for resale.

The ordinance, is full of troubling facts and statistics related to the sales of dogs and cats. One startling detail: "A review of state and USDA inspection reports from more than 100 breeders who sold animals to the nation's largest retail pet store chain revealed that more than 60 percent of the inspections found serious violations of basic animal care standards, including sick or dead animals in their cages, lack of proper veterinary care, inadequate shelter from weather conditions, and dirty, unkempt cages that were too small."

Carole Davis of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) told WeHo News that the "Companion Animal Protection Society assisted the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the City of West Hollywood in drafting the ordinance, as well as providing evidence." The ordinance rules that pet stores who currently sell cats and dogs have until Sep. 17, 2010 to "sell, offer for adoption, barter, auction, giveaway or otherwise transfer cats and dogs". The ordinance doesn't affect shelters or rescue organizations that often ask for an adoption fee when finding homes for their animals. It also doesn't affect actual breeders who sell or adopt out their litters on their own.

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That's it for this Monday's news. Be good, and enjoy the rest of your day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-12-10)

February 12th 2010 1:57 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 12th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF!! Today is also Lincoln's birthday and "Safety Pup Day."

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Let's all wish Huntington a happy "gotcha day!" Hope you have a fun-filled day where you are as spoiled as you deserve to be.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Vex is a two-year-old spayed female Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Vex is extremely toy driven, tug driven, ball driven, and disc driven. She loves to play fetch, run, herd, and play with other dogs. She is full of energy. She loves to cuddle and is the perfect size to do so. She knows some basic obedience and manners and is house broken. She is also crate trained. Let's all think positive that sweet Vex will soon find a furever home that she so deserves. ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

I am joy in a wooly coat, come to dance into your life, to make you laugh!
~Julie Church

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Who is this?

It's Elisabetta Canalis, George Clooney's ladylove, stepping out with her bundled-up pup in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

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Paws ome pup fact

Dogs judge objects first by their movement, then by their brightness, and lastly by their shape.

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Dog Rescued From Icy Baltic Waters Returns To Sea

WARSAW, Poland — Baltic, the Polish dog rescued from the frigid Baltic Sea after a long journey on an ice floe, is again braving those waters — this time safely onboard the ship that saved him.

Wearing a bright orange lifejacket, Baltic embarked Wednesday on a three-day mission alongside his new owner Adam Buczynski, a seaman who pulled him to safety from an ice sheet in the Baltic Sea last month.

Buczynski said the dog seemed stressed by the commotion of preparing for the trip. In footage shown on Polish TV, Baltic sat on his lap, his head nestled between Buczynski's legs.

Ewa Bardziej-Krzyzankowska, spokeswoman for the Sea Fisheries Institute in Gdynia, co-owner of the ship, said the crew had anti-nausea pills for Baltic in case he gets seasick.

She said the crew is also taking other precautions to keep the dog safe and comfortable during the voyage, whose purpose is to collect samples of fish and sea plants for an aquarium in Gdynia.

As for answering the call of nature while at sea, Baltic quickly learned that he was to only use one spot on an outdoor deck that gets hosed down regularly, Bardziej-Krzyzankowska said.

Buczynski and other crew members spotted the dog Jan. 25 floating 15 miles (25 kilometers) from land. The rescue was difficult because the frightened, shivering dog kept falling into the icy water.

Baltic was first seen two days earlier on the Vistula River, 60 miles (100 kilometers) inland, drifting on ice past the city of Grudziadz, where firefighters tried but failed to save him. It remains unclear where or when the dog's odyssey started.

Bardziej-Krzyzankowska said since his rescue, Baltic has shown a fear of water. Several days ago he resisted getting a bath that he badly needed to remove crusted salt from his thick fur.

So Buczynski took him in his arms and carried him into the shower.

"They showered together," she said. "This lifted the dog's confidence."

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Shou ld Dogs Go Everywhere With Their Owners?

Last week, the New York Times "Complaint Box" column took on a thorny issue: Are dogs too welcome in the city's public spaces?

After seeing dogs cavorting around Banana Republic, the Gap, furniture stores and even grocery stores, Barbara Rosenblatt wrote that she's had enough. "Animals are joining the ranks of small, bored children who must accompany their grown-ups just about everyplace," she wrote. "Perhaps what it will take to keep animals out of stores is a few too many paw prints on the merchandise, or a deposit by a dog that mistook a rug for a sidewalk."

Erica Manfred fired back, arguing that her 11-pound mutt deserves to go where she goes. "Well, I'm into my second adolescence and I've become a rebellious old lady. I take Shadow wherever I go because he makes my life bearable, and I don't care what anyone thinks," she wrote.

Whether or not Manfred cares if she's annoying other patrons with her canine cutie, plenty of readers were worked up enough to get into the fray. In fact, the Times received more than 500 comments from readers on both sides of the debate. One reader complained about health violations of dogs sniffing, licking and even pooping in food-service stores.

Another was more irritated by dog owners than dogs themselves. "Dog owners are worse than smokers in their inflated sense of entitlement," the reader commented. "Because they think their dogs are 'cute,' you should excuse their rude behavior."

Not surprisingly, there were dissenters. One commenter argued that most dogs are better behaved than most kids. "I don't like listening to wailing babies and whining children or their parents hissing at them," one reader wrote. "Leave the kids at home, please, and bring the dogs on!"

Clearly, New Yorkers are sharpening their claws over this contentious issue. Which side of the debate do you stand on?

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

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-11-10)

February 11th 2010 1:18 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 11th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Thursday! Today is "Satisfied Staying Single Day" and "White Shirt Day." %:D%

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Let's all wish my older fur sister, Sugar, a very happy "13th" birthday! She's like a fine wine... she just keeps getting better with age. Love ya, sis!

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Kirby is a two-year-old neutered male Pug. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Kirby was found as a stray, so no real background information is known about him. He is adoptable within 30 miles of London, Ontario, Canada. Let's hope this sweet pup finds a furever home in the very near future! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

Don't litter. Spay & neuter your pets.
~Unknown Author

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Who is this?

It's actor Mickey Rourke with his dog, out for lunch in New York City's meat packing district.

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Pawsome pup fact

The oldest known breed is likely the Saluki - originally trained by Egyptians to help them track game.

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Man's Best Friend Saves Diabetic Owner's Life After Fall

There was something special about the look on Wyatt Earp’s face five years ago when Don Callahan, 72, adopted him at a fair held for homeless pets at the Detroit Zoo.

"He seemed to look at me with love in his eyes, plus I saw he got along with a cat that was also there," Callahan says about his beloved mixed breed Airedale, now 6 years old. "I already had a cat and was happy to see they would get along. So I took him home, and he has become my best friend."

The 75-lb. dog had the chance to prove his love for Callahan last month when the retired police officer and canine handler, who is a diabetic, collapsed during one of their twice-daily walks around their hometown of Royal Oak, Mich.

It was pitch black outside and no one could see Callahan lying on the ground. Wyatt Earp stood by his side barking as loudly as possible.

Finally, a woman living across the street looked out the window. She thought she saw a duffle bag near the pup (it was actually Callahan) and only called the police to report an annoying dog.

"When the police arrived, Wyatt Earp wouldn't let the officer near me," Callahan was told later. "But when the fire rescue came to give me a shot of glucose, they tied him to a tree, and he seemed relieved that I was being attended."

Callahan's memory of the event is hazy: He remembers reaching out for a wall at a local condominium, but the next thing he knew it was a day later and he was in intensive care at a hospital.

His blood sugar level was only 18 when the emergency staff found him (anywhere between 70 and 120 is normal). The senior has an implanted glucose monitor to help regulate his sugar levels, but the sensor failed that night because Callahan, who lives alone on a fixed income of $1,200 a month, could not afford the $75 a week replacement cost.

"I was told that if 20 to 30 more minutes had gone by, I would have been a dead man," he says. "I owe my life to Wyatt Earp. He is my buddy. I love him as much as I love my kids."

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NYC Dog Gets Mugged for a Jacket

Here's yet another sign that the economy has gone to the dogs: A thief in New York City held up a West Highland white terrier this week and made off with the pooch's parka.

With a snowstorm set to wallop the New York metro area, the New York Post reports 10-year-old Lexie was tied outside the Ace Supermarket in Park Slope, Brooklyn while Lexie's owner Donna McPherson ran in to quickly buy some milk. When McPherson came out from the store, she found her white Westie shivering in the cold without his wool jacket. She canvassed the neighborhood looking for clues to who could have done this, but so far no luck.

Despite their double coat, Westies are used to spending much of their time inside near their owners, making it harder for them to tolerate the cold. The American Kennel Club recommends dogs with coarse coats -- including Westies -- wear a sweater when they're out and about in the winter. With temperatures in the 30s in New York City this week, the missing sweater meant Lexie was one cold canine.

McPherson is still hoping to catch the criminal, but she's happy it was a $25 coat that went missing and not her priceless best friend. McPherson gave two new coats to Lexie to make up for the mugging. By the looks of the forecast for the Northeast this week, he's going to need them.

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That's it for today's news. As always, 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 (2-10-10)

February 10th 2010 12:06 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 10th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump day, pups! It's the middle of the week, but the weekend is right around the corner.

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Top Ten Signs You Spoil Your Dog:

1. You think begging for table scraps is beneath him, so you let your dog eat at the table with you.

2. You take him to the store and let him pick out his own dog food.

3. Your husband comes home from work, looks at the stew on the stove and asks: "Is this people food or dog food?"

4. You bought matching His & Hers place mats for your dog and yourself.

5. At dinner parties you always have to double-check the butter for visible lick marks, before putting it on the table.

6. Your dog gets to vote on where to spend the next family vacation.

7. You don't care if you or your spouse are comfortable at night, as long as Fido has enough room on the bed.

8. You complain about the rising costs of groceries, but you don't think twice about spending a fortune on doggie treats.

9. Your dog always gets the best spot on the couch and sometimes he even gets to hold the remote.

10. He has his own e-mail address.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Mercadies is a 3-year-old female Rottweiler. She is good with other dogs and cats. This sweet pup has been abused in her past, and needs a loving, furever home that will be patient with her. Let's hope she finds it soon! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

When you leave them in the morning, they stick their nose in the door crack and stand there like a portrait until you turn the key eight hours later.
~ Erma Bombeck

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Who is this?

It's actor Ethan Hawke enjoying a wintry stroll with his pup in New York City.
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Pawsome pup fact

A dog who destroys your home when you're away is frustrated. His frustration has been displaced onto household objects.

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7 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe This Valentine's Day

Nothing's better on Valentine’s Day than getting flowers, truffles and those little heart-shaped candies with the cute sayings printed on them. But for pets, all that romance can be dangerous.

"Around Valentine's Day, it's the dogs and cats, rather than birds or other kinds of pets, that get into trouble from things such as lilies and chocolate," Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City, says.

Dr. Murray tells us about the most common pet-related dangers lurking on Valentine’s Day and how you can avoid them.

1. Lose the lilies.
"My biggest concern is flower arrangements because all lily flowers are extremely toxic to cats and will cause fatal kidney failure," says Dr. Murray. Even a tiny nibble of any part of the lily plant can be deadly to felines. If you have cats in your home, make sure that mixed arrangements of flowers do not contain any type of lilies and, if they do, pluck them out. "Cats can get almost anywhere," says Dr. Murray. "And as the lilies wilt the petals can fall off and I've seen cats get toxicity that way." If you think your cat has been exposed to any part of the lily plant, bring them immediately to the vet, Dr. Murray advises.

2. Give chocolates to your paramour, not your pooch!
Most of us know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. How toxic, depends on the kind of chocolate – baker's, semi-sweet, milk or dark — and whether it is mixed into cake or cookies. Generally, the darker and more solid it is, the higher the toxicity, says Dr. Murray. "The best thing to do is to call poison control because they can tell you by the amount of chocolate the dog ate, what product it was, and how big your dog is, how worried you need to be."

3. Keep sugar-free foods out of your pet's reach.
Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many types of sugar-free candies and baked goods, is toxic to dogs and can cause liver failure, says Dr. Murray. It's best to read the ingredients list on any sugar-free foods and keep any products containing Xylitol out of your pet's reach.

4. Toss the ribbon and string.
Gifts are a nice surprise on Valentine's Day, but make sure to throw away any pretty ribbons and string they've been tied with. "For some reason it's very instinctive for cats to eat it," warns Dr. Murray. "It gets caught in their intestines and can saw right through them and cause a perforation."

5. Dump or drink any leftover booze.
Be mindful of half-full glasses of champagne or wine left unattended for curious pets to explore. Even a little bit of alcohol can be very harmful to small animals, states the ASCPA, potentially causing "vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, central nervous system depression, tremors, difficulty breathing, metabolic disturbances, coma" and even fatal respiratory failure.

6. Blow out the candles.
The warm glow of candlelight is romantic and flattering, but open flames present obvious dangers. "You should never leave your pet alone with a lit candle or fire," says Dr. Murray. "They can knock over candles and harm themselves and your home."

7. Every rose has a thorn, so be sure to remove them!
Make sure the quintessential symbol of Valentine's Day is pet-friendly. "Biting, chewing or stepping on thorny roses can cause trauma, but there are also certain infections that can be passed by the thorn, too," says Dr. Murray.

Should your pet get into mischief on Valentine's Day, the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year at (888) 426-4435. (A $65 consultation fee may apply.)
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♥ Valentine's Weekend Travel: Take Your Dog With You ♥

Be honest, your (human) sweetheart isn't the only true love in your life. If you're taking a special trip Valentine's weekend, why not bring your precious pooch with you? Kimpton's Vero Beach Hotel & Spa in Vero Beach, Fla., is offering a new package that's sure to get your dog's tail wagging: The Pooch n' Smooch package, which, for the Valentine's Day weekend, starts at $368 per night. (For non-holidays, peak season rates begin at $288 per night and off season rates begin at $198 per night. The package will be available through December 22, 2010.)

While the hotel property is always pet-friendly, the Pooch n' Smooch package makes your "ménage à paw" extra special by offering a Pampered Pooch Picnic at the Dog Park (with a basket that includes a picnic blanket, two wine spritzers, organic treats for mom and dad, dog treats, ball, collapsible dog bowl, and a clean-up bag); turndown amenity of Champagne and homemade doggie treats from local pet boutique Hearth & Hound; and a $5 donation to Indian River County Humane Society. If that's not quite enough, you can purchase upgrades including a photo shoot with your pet on the beach ($75) and two Kimpton bathrobes and a dog bed ($300).

If this package doesn't quite tickle your fancy, don't worry; there are lots of other pet-friendly hotels available for you to choose from!

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That'll wrap things up for today. Thanks for reading! Have a furtastic day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-9-10)

February 9th 2010 12:10 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 9th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Tuesday! It's "Read In The Bathtub Day."

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Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is February 16th! If you want to pawty, celebrate and have beads thrown at you... stop by Bambi's thread!

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Spud is an 8-year-old neutered male Yorkshire Terrier. He is good with other dogs, is leash-trained and house-trained. This handsome pup deserves a furever home. Let's hope he gets it ASAP! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

Whosoever loveth me, loveth my hound.

~Sir Thomas More

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Who is this?

It's the Black Eyed Peas songstress, Fergie, and her husband (actor Josh Duhamel) with their delightful dachshund.

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Pawsom e pup fact

Dogs rely more on smell than taste to identify their food. In fact, dogs have less than one-fifth of the taste buds that humans have.

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8 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Dog

To have a happy home and a happy dog, it's critical to choose a pet that fits your needs and also the realities of what your household can accommodate. Here are 8 questions to consider as you decide what kind of dog you want:

1. What is your main requirement from a dog?
If it's important for your dog to help protect the household, make that a priority. Consider sticking with one of the bigger or more aggressive breeds that are known to make good guard dogs. If you are looking for a companion to sit in your lap, select a small breed of dog like a Chihuahua or Pomeranian.

2. What kind of family environment do you have?
If you have small children, for example, make sure to choose a dog that is less likely to react negatively if startled by noise or poked by little kids. Consider choosing a breed that has a calm nature and socializes well with children such as golden retrievers, collies, pugs and boxers. Other breeds like the Dalmatian and Kerry blue terrier are less tolerant to the excitement that comes with kids running around. If you have other pets, you want to select a dog that gets along with other animals. If you live alone, and have no other pets in your home, these questions may not be as important.

3. How much attention can you offer a dog?
Certain breeds of dogs, such as Portuguese water dogs, Shetland sheepdogs and border collies, are high energy breeds that require a lot of attention and exercise. Mastiff and Maltese breeds are calmer and require fewer walks to the park. All dogs do need a serious amount of attention and exercise and if you are rarely home, a dog might not be your best pet.

4. How much patience do you have for dog training?
Some dogs learn quickly and others seem as if they will never master the basics, so make sure to match the breed with the amount of time you can devote to training. Labradors and English springer spaniels for example, are easier to train than Boston terriers, which may test your patience.

5. What kind of living environment do you have to offer?
If you live in an apartment, a less active breed such as bulldog might be a better fit for you. If you have a large yard, you could consider a bigger dog as they require lots of space to run, play and yes, wreak havoc. Certain breeds, such as border collies, will demand constant exercise and stimulation, necessitating open spaces to run and play.

6. What do you know about the dog's breed?
According to Petplace.com, "Each breed has his own history and reason for being that has become part of his genetic code. The basset hound was bred to diligently track rabbits, deer and other game; the Great Pyrenees to protect livestock from foxes and other predators; the Labrador retriever as a hunter's helper; and the Old English sheepdog to drive sheep and cattle to market." Understanding why a breed was bred -- and how that will drive some of its daily behaviors -- will help you to find a dog with the correct temperament and agility that you desire.

7. Do you want a puppy or older dog?
Although puppies are unbearably cute, there are many benefits to adopting an older pet. They are often already house-trained and tend to be more tame and calm than a puppy. Of course one of the down sides is each breed has its own average life expectancy and if you want the maximum amount of time with your dog, a puppy is probably a better bet.

8. Do you have the financial resources to devote to your dog?
Pet expenses can add up and you need to anticipate what you can truly afford to spend. Account for food, boarding, grooming, walking and of course vet visits and medicines. Larger dogs eat more than smaller dogs, Chows require more grooming then pit bulls, and all dogs will need to have vet visits which can get quite expensive. Research the breeds in which you're interested to learn which conditions are more likely to afflict your dog, like the deafness that is commonly found in Dalmatians, or the hip dysplasia that often strikes older German shepherds and St. Bernards.

By answering these basic questions, you will be well on your way to finding the perfect dog to fit your lifestyle.

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A couple of suggestions for our humans on what to give us for Valentine's day:

Edible doggy greeting cards.

Gourmet dog bon-bons.

For Valentine's day - do something extra nice for your dog:

* take your dog out for a walk;
* play ball with your dog in the yard;
* give your dog a good brushing;
* give your dog an extra dog treat;
* pet your dog longer than usual;
* let your dog into the house more today;
* snuggle with your dog when you're watching TV;

Or you can read a story to your dog. Did you know that lots of public libraries now have dogs that you can read to? It's true! Call your local library and ask if they have a 'Read to a Dog' program. Or read a story to your dog at home.

A Valentine's Day Poem for You!

I Like The Way . . .

I like the way you wag your tail...

I like the funny things you do...

I like the friendship that we share...

I like my life with you .

I like the way you wag your tail...

I like the world you help me see...

And whether your muzzle's gold or gray...

There will always be a you with me!!

~Anonymous


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That's all for today's news, pups. Let me know in pmail if you think you have a story/idea for "60 Seconds." This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-8-10)

February 8th 2010 12:05 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 8th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! It's a new week. Today is "Boy Scout Anniversary Day" and "Laugh and Get Rich Day." It's also Smile Day!

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Congratulations to the Superbowl Champions - the New Orleans Saints! ;c; What a game it was. ;c; Did you enjoy the commercials? To see them again, check them out here.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Sassy is a two-year-old spayed female Dachshund. She was surrendered from a breeder, but luckily was never used for breeding and was kept as a pet instead. Sassy is sweet and likes to snuggle. Let's hope this pretty pup finds her furever home as soon as possible! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

If a dog's prayers were answered, bones would rain from the sky.
~ Old Proverb

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Who is this?

It's actress Kate Walsh and her two furry pals, taking a stroll in Caifornia's Griffith Park.

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Pawsome pup fact

Poodles originally had their extravagant haircuts to improve their swimming ability and keep their joints warm.

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Jake the Chug Captures MVP Title in Puppy Bowl VI

Sunday's Puppy Bowl pitted the underdogs against the top dogs in a showdown of skill and semblance. But in a paw-biting tail-wagger that kept us glued to our seats, it was a Chug (half-Chihuahua, half-pug) named Jake who ran circles around the 42 other furballs on the field at Animal Planet Stadium in Silver Springs, Md.

Though he never scored a touchdown (but really, who did?), Jake's ability to "break the sound barrier" with his speed earned him the title of Most Valuable Puppy.

The first quarter kicked off with a rush to the water bowl in the end zone, where a camera gave viewers at home an upshot of all the cute tongue action. Once everyone's thirst was quenched the game really got rolling as Fava, a 16-week-old cattle dog mix, scored two touchdowns within a matter of minutes. Later, she earned props for having the "drive of the game."

The second quarter was all about beagle Duncan, who completed a 30-yard run and scored — that is, until crazy-fast MVP Jake shot across the field (never mind that he didn't have a football in his mouth). No one could stop the little chug except for growing golden retriever Eenu, whose sheer size — and unfortunate ability to drip agua from the water bowl all over the field — put Jake on pause more than once.

Halftime couldn't come quick enough for the fuzzy felines who showed off what they do best — grooming themselves! The 20 kittens arrived on the field atop a mega-sized scratching post, taking over a playground of feathered toys where they rolled around in confetti, licked their paws or just, well, cat-napped.

By the third quarter, a few pups were just doggone tired, and took a cue from the kitties, sleeping on the sidelines. Pooch Tigger was called out for illegal grasping of the tail, while little Tonka received a foul for illegal use of paws. But all the dogs showed no love was lost when they shared a mandatory hydration break — and ended up in a three-way sloppy kiss. Aww!

The outstanding four-legged athletes returned to the field with the rush of a second wind. Yet things went downhill fast in the fourth quarter — a few pooches were booted for snoozing on the job (in front of the goal post, no less!). It all came down to a last-second touchdown, tying the genial game.

Still, some of the best action was off the field: Hyper hamsters watched the game from a blimp floating above the stadium; tailgating dogs barked for their favorites between brews and barbecues; and bunny cheerleaders twitched their noses with each touchdown.

The best part of the event? Knowing that all these shelter pups have found forever homes in recent weeks. That makes them all winners to us!

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Barking: Why Dogs Sound Off

Dogs have a lot to say, and they do it by barking. They bark to go out, come in, to tell you a stranger's in your yard, and at people, cars, and other animals. Too much barking or barking at inappropriate times can be a problem. You want to be respectful of your neighbors as well as local laws, so you need to get your dog's barking under control.

Reasons for barking

You may need to do some clever detective work to determine why your dog barks, especially if it occurs when you're not home. Ask your neighbors what they see and hear. Go around the block and watch and listen, or start a tape recorder or video camera when you leave for work. You should be able to find out which of the common problems discussed below is the cause of your dog's barking.

* Attention/Demand (Wants to eat, go outside or wants your undivided attention.)
* Boredom/Frustration (Left outside day and night, crated or confined to one room all the time)
* Fear (Afraid of objects, people, places, other animals, or loud noises such as thunder and fireworks.) Your dog's posture can tell you if he's barking out of fear. Typically his ears are back, and his tail is held low.
* Territorial/Protective (Barking in the presence of "intruders," which may include people and other dogs in adjacent yards.) If your dog is being territorial, his posture appears threatening with his tail held high and his ears up and forward.
* Play/Excitement (Playing, greeting people)
* Health (Age: he may have Canine Cognitive Dysfunction; or deafness—barks possibly because he's unable to hear himself bark.)

Dogs with health issues

Some dogs bark because of age-related dementia or deafness. Be patient with your dog. Keep his environment simple and orderly; don't make frequent changes. Talk to your vet about medications that may help the dementia. Teach your deaf dog the "quiet" command using hand signals or a flash of light or a vibrating collar (NOT a shock collar) as the cue instead of saying the word "quiet."

If you have multiple dogs

If you share your home and your life with more than one dog, you know how they can set each other off. The doorbell rings and deafening, out-of-control barking ensues. You must train each dog individually before you can work with them as a group. It takes a little more effort to settle your pack of wild hounds, but you'll be rewarded with a group of well-mannered dogs. And your friends and relatives will no longer dread coming to your house!

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That will do it for this edition of the news. Be good and have a great day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-5-10)

February 5th 2010 1:18 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 5th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF!! Today is "Wear Red Day", World Nutella Day and Bubble Gum Day!

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Dog Massage

Dog massage is really a great way to bond with your dog and help him relax at the same time. Dog massage involves the same techniques that are used on people. You can use long, slow strokes, percussion and kneading. You can massage the entire body or just focus on special spots.

How to massage your dog or puppy:

Have the dog lie down on a soft but firm surface.
Begin with soft, slow strokes from head to tail.
Then scratch behind the ears, rub along the cheeks and under the chin, over the nose, between the eyes. Always use light pressure and small, circular strokes.
Move to the neck, shoulders, and chest, continuing with nice, even strokes. You can also use three fingers on each side of the leg, rubbing softly in opposite directions.
Pay special attention to the dog's tail. Squeeze the base of her tail quite firmly for a few seconds, then move your hand down the length of the tail all the way to the tip. Maintain a firm grip as you slide your hand.
Avoid any wounds, bruises, lumps, rashes, or sore spots.
Take the opportunity to look for ticks, mats, burrs, or scabs.
Talk to your dog in a soft, sweet voice to add to the calming effect. If your dog resists a techique or a particular spot, move on to something he likes.
Keep your touch light and gentle. Deep massage should only be performed by a trained professional. Finish up with several soft, slow strokes from head to tail. You can massage your dog on a regular basis, if he enjoys it. And puppies like massage, too.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Sea Salt is a 3-year-old neutered male Beagle mix. There is no information about him on his page, but he does deserve a loving, furever home just like all dogs do. Let's hope that this handsome pup finds one ASAP! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
~Unknown

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Who is this?

It's Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy Osbourne (and America's Got Talent judge), and her pup Bella.
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Pawsome pup fact

Dogs turn in circles before lying down because in the wild this instinctive action turns long grass into a bed.

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6 Things to Know About the Puppy Bowl

On Sunday, two teams of fierce competitors will come face to face on the football field: puppies versus ... puppies. That's right, it's time for Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl VI, a fluff and tumble alternative to football's rough and tumble main show, the Super Bowl.

And while the puppy bowl cam is always a fan favorite (more puppy tongue shots, please!), the event — airing at 3 p.m. ET — has even more surprises in store this year. Here's what you need to know to prepare yourself for all the adorable that's about to take over your TV:

1. The puppies have all been adopted. From 11-week-old Papillion Patrick to Kori the 12-week-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, all 43 of the dogs competing in Sunday's game were recently adopted from shelters in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Missouri. Still, that doesn't mean all that cuteness can't be yours: We suggest checking out your local shelter or Petfinder.com if the show leaves you longing for your own little linebacker at home.

2. Filming takes five days. From setup to cleanup, the entire process is just short of a week. "We shoot roughly 18 hours of footage over the course of two days, which then gets squeezed into a two-hour show," Puppy Bowl producer Jessie Dinh says.

3. This year features new creatures. Bunnies will lead cheers from the sidelines (all but two have been adopted), while hamsters will provide "commentary" from a blimp above the field. "It was a stationary set piece affixed to the lighting grid in the ceiling," Dinh says. "The hamsters were then shot in front of a green screen designed to look like the interior of a blimp cockpit."

4. The referee secretly loves his job. Though he has to call penalties for "unpuppylike conduct" and "illegal use of the paws" — and even got a special "delivery" in Puppy Bowl IV — referee Andrew Schechter, appearing for the third time, has a blast making sure the puppies play a safe, clean game. "It's funny and cute — it's puppies!" he says.

5. Don't grab snacks at halftime. Instead, stick around for the show, performed entirely by kittens! All rescue cats, the 20 furry felines "dance" to music, and eventually end up rolling over each other on a confetti-filled 10-ft.-by-20-ft. field.

6. No animals were harmed during filming. For the sixth year in a row, American Humane sent a representative to watch over the action, ensuring the safety of all participating animals. The careful treatment of all the cuties — and the innocence of the show — earned the organization's official "No Animals Were Harmed" end-credit disclaimer.

Tune in to the Puppy Bowl at 3 p.m. ET this Sunday, Feb. 7, on Animal Planet.

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5 Tips to Stop Your Dog From Digging

How on earth do you stop your dog from digging holes in your garden, lawn and flower bed? The good news is that you don't have to live on a gopher hill. Use these tips to level the playing field!

Pay attention to the obvious. A bored dog will dig for the mere pleasure of expending energy. Exercise your dog, supply him with chew toys, and provide regular activities to deter him from digging. During warm weather, dogs dig for comfort. The earth is cool and they lie on it to reduce body heat. Make sure that your dog has fresh water and shaded rest area. By instinct, dogs will bury bones and treats. When you distribute these goodies, control the food supply and make sure that excess food items are not smuggled into the backyard.

Research the breed before you get a dog. If you're looking to adopt a dog and you're worried about digger damage, the solution is simple: Do some research and steer clear of breeds that are predisposed to digging. To some degree, all dogs dig, but some breeds are designed for the task, such as Border collies, cairn terriers, dachshunds and basenjis. As a general rule, smart dogs dig out of boredom, rodent hunters dig out of instinct, and bird dogs dig to bury food.

Catch him in the act. If you already own a dog and he's removing dirt from your backyard with the speed of a rototiller, catch him in the act and reprimand him by immediately going to the hole and firmly saying "No." Point to the hole and remove him, gently but firmly, from the area where he is digging. By repeatedly and consistently rebuking his digging activities, you will curtail such behavior. The important thing to remember is that dogs do not understand cause and effect in the context of time. If you don't catch him in the actual act of digging, your reprimand will mean nothing.

Create a designated digging area. Let's assume that your dog is a compulsive digger who disregards all commands to cease and desist. One solution is to restrict his digging activity to a particular section of the yard. Create a sandbox where digging will be permitted. If you catch your dog digging in another section of the yard, reprimand him on the spot and walk him to the sandbox. Encourage him to dig in the designated area and praise him for doing so.

Make it difficult and unrewarding to dig. If your dog repeatedly digs in a certain area of the yard, introduce some natural deterrents that will inhibit his efforts. For example, plant ground pepper or seed the soil with gravel. If you make it unpleasant and difficult to dig, your dog will usually lose interest. Some dog owners claim that chicken wire, laid horizontally just below the surface of the digging area, is a good deterrent. A proven, but less aesthetic solution, is to drop fresh dog feces in the current hole that your dog is digging. Dogs have no problem marking their territory with urine and feces but they definitely don't want to dig in it.

Remember, most of these solutions are effective but they require persistence and repetition. Be patient and be consistent!

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That will be all for today! "60 Seconds" will return on Monday. Enjoy your weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-4-10)

February 4th 2010 12:03 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 4th of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Thursday! Today is "USO Day", "Quacker Day", and "World Cancer Day." It's also my oldest hu-sister's "21st" birthday!

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Top 20 Selling Dog Toys Revealed

Dog toys have taken on a life of their own. The market for dog toys gets bigger and broader each year as modern dog owners look for the latest, greatest, best dog toy that is going to make their dog smarter, entertain them longer or simply draw a smile. US-based BestFriends General Store has been selling dog toys online since 2002 and they have put together their list of their biggest and best dog toys of the year.

First on the list are Egg Babies Replacement Eggs, by Kyjen; they make the list every year.

Second is the Oy Vey! Gefilte Fish by Multipet. This talking fish is fun for people as well as their dogs.

Third are the IQube Replacement Balls, by Kyjen. These dog balls are fun with or without the IQube dog puzzle.

Babble Balls come in three sizes and three different sounds; however, the small Talking Babble Ball, by Pet Qwerks, is fourth on the 2009 list.

Tyler Gobbling Turkey, by Multipet, is a fun voice chip dog toy, and it is fifth on the list.

Sixth is the 14-inch Push-n-Play Jolly Ball, by Jolly Pet. This is the largest-size durable dog ball on the market; plus, all Jolly Ball dog toys are made in the USA!

Sweet singing Awreatha the Christmas Wreath, by Multipet, is seventh on the list; it plays a music-box version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Eighth is the perfect Hanukkah dog gift, a singing Hanukkah Dreidel, by Multipet.

The Hide a Squirrel Plush Dog Puzzle, by Kyjen, always makes the list, and it is number nine for 2009.

Dogs who love noisy dog toys love the Deedle Dudes Cow by Multipet; that is why it is number ten this year.

Number eleven is REPLACEMENT Squirrels by Kyjen.

The BARKING Shaggy Christmas Dogs, also by Kyjen, bark Christmas carols and are twelfth on the list.

Numbers 13 and 14 are both by Party Pets; the Ball Jack and the Bungee Octopus are classic bright-colored dog toys.

Fifteenth on the list is Trap Mouse by Ty Bow-Wow Beanie Babies. Bow Wow Beanies are one of the best dog toy values — they are made from quality plush and not only have a squeaker, they have crinkle paper, too!

Another Multipet Look Who’s Talking made the list, at number 16: the crowing Rooster, which makes a realistic crowing sound.

A new plush dog puzzle, the Magic Hat with Rabbits, by Kyjen, is seventeenth on the list.

All Nina Ottosson Zoo Active dog problem-solving puzzles are very popular; however, the Dog Tornado is number eighteen on the list. One of the Dr. Noys’ Toys always makes this list.

This year the Extra Small Duckie Duck is number nineteen. Dr. Noys’ Toys have little or no stuffing, and they have replacement squeakers, too!

In at number twenty is the Sheep Bottle Buddies. Water bottle cover dog toys are so popular because they never stop their crinkly sound.

You can see all of these toys, as well as a video of them, HERE.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Lil' Fuzz is a 1-year-old female Labrador Retriever/Chow Chow. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids. This sweet pup deserves a loving home, let's hope she finds it in the very near future! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

"Never judge a dog's pedigree by the kind of books he does not chew."
~Anonymous

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Who is this?

It's actress Ellen Page and her dog, Patti, walking in downtown L.A.

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Pawsome pup fact

Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic - a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese.

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Doggon e Funny!

Q: Why did the poor dog chase his own tail?
A: He was trying to make both ends meet!

Q: Why do dogs bury bones in the ground?
A: Because you can't bury them in trees!

Q: What do you get if you cross a sheepdog with a rose?
A: A collie-flower!

Q: Why do dogs wag their tails?
A: "Because no one else will do it for them!"

Q: Why didn't the dog speak to his foot?
A: Because it's not polite to talk back to your paw!

Q: What is the dogs favorite city?
A: New Yorkie!

Q: Who is the dogs favorite comedian?
A: Growlcho Marx!

Q: What did the cowboy say when the bear ate Lassie?
A: "Well, doggone!"

Q: What happened when the dog went to the flea circus?
A: He stole the show!

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Pets Welcome at Stetson University

Ah, college. All those tough classes, the crazy parties, the dog walking, the flea-collar-purchasing...

That's right. Florida's Stetson University has tapped one of its dormitories to provide the first pet-friendly housing on campus starting next fall, reports WESH News in Orlando, Fla. School administrators say they believe that students bringing along pets will help relieve the stress of living away from home for the first time. According to Dean of Students Rina Tovar, "If they can bring Fido, or one of the Fidos, the family pet with them to school, it's going to help with that transition and really help with them feeling comfortable."

Stetson's Director of Housing and Residential Life, Justin Williams, says that the pet-friendly housing will be found in Nemec Hall. 36 of Nemec Hall's rooms will be included as part of the program, allowing residents to share space with hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, rats, cats, and dogs under 30 pounds. The building will even feature a dog park just outside its walls. A pet council will deal with any problems that may arise -- the animal residents fighting like cats and dogs, maybe? No word yet on whether the rooms will be connected by hamster tunnels or plain old human hallways.

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That's all for today, pups. Remember... if you have something for the news, feel free to send me a pmail! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

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

February 3rd 2010 12:03 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 3rd of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy hump day! 11 more days until Valentine's day, and 45 more days until the first day of Spring!

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Your Pet's First Aid Kit

Everyone who shares a home with a pet should have a basic pet first aid kit on hand. Keep a kit in your home and in your car if you travel with your pet. You can buy a first aid kit for people and add pet-specific items to it, or you can purchase a pet first aid kit from a pet supply store or catalog.

Pet-specific supplies

* Pet first aid book
* Phone numbers: veterinarian, nearest emergency veterinary clinic (and know how to get there!), poison-control center or hotline (such as ASPCA poison control center at 1-800-426-4435)
* Paperwork (in a waterproof container or bag): proof of rabies vaccination status, copies of other important medical records, current photo of your pet in case he gets lost
* Nylon leash
* Self-cling bandage (Stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur—available at pet stores and through pet supply catalogs)
* Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (as long as pet is not vomiting, choking, coughing, or otherwise having difficulty breathing)

Basic supplies

* Absorbent gauze pads
* Adhesive tape
* Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
* Blanket (foil emergency blanket)
* Cotton balls or swabs
* Gauze rolls
* Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting when directed by a veterinarian or poison control)
* Ice pack
* Non-latex disposable gloves
* Petroleum jelly (to lubricate thermometer)
* Rectal thermometer (your pet's temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
* Scissors (with blunt ends)
* Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
* Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
* Tweezers
* A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment
* A pet carrier

Additional useful items

* Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. Vet must specify correct dosage for your pet’s size.
* Ear-cleaning solution
* Expired credit card or sample credit card (from direct mail credit card offers) to scrape away insect stingers
* Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)
* Nail clippers
* Over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
* Penlight or flashlight
* Plastic eyedropper or syringe
* Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean thermometer
* Splints and tongue depressors
* Styptic powder or pencil (sold at veterinary hospitals and pet supply stores and your local pharmacy)
* Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact information on your dog’s collar when you travel)
* Towels
* Needle-nosed pliers

In addition to the items listed above, include any items recommended by your veterinarian specifically for your pet. Check the supplies in your pet first aid kit occasionally. Replace any items that have expired. For your family’s safety, keep all medical supplies and medications out of the reach of children and pets.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Skipper is a 2-year-old neutered male Shih Tzu mix. This sweet pup loves to get attention and affection. He is house-trained and leash-trained. Skipper does have some food aggression, but with some training, he should get better. This sweet pup deserves a furever home, lets hope he gets it ASAP! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

"Dogs and cats instinctively know the exact moment their owners will wake up. Then they wake them 10 minutes sooner." :q
~Anonymous

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Who is this?

It's singer (and American Idol winner) Carrie Underwood and her dog, Ace, in the L.A. airport.

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Pawsome pup fact

Dogs were first domesticated from wolves at least 17,000 years ago, but perhaps as early as 150,000 years ago.

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Pick Up an ITo Bracelet, Help Animals in Haiti

Wondering how you can contribute to animal relief efforts in Haiti? Check out the new Haiti Animal Aid bracelets from ITo.

One hundred percent of the profits from the new Haiti Animal Aid bracelets will go directly to the Best Friends Animal Society to help provide shelter, vaccines, food and medical care to the animals that are suffering due to the recent earthquake. Made from recycled tires and a recycled metal bead, the bracelets come in two sizes and sell for just $10. It's an easy way to make a statement - and a difference.

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Heather Rosenwald Helps Black Dogs Break the Color Barrier

While volunteering as an animal rescuer, Heather Rosenwald quickly noticed that black dogs seemed cursed: It was always difficult to find them homes. "Black dogs are truly such underdogs," says Rosenwald, who has three dogs with her husband, two of them black. Instead, potential owners gravitate toward pets "that are colorful and eye-catching." It's a phenomenon that's been dubbed Black Dog Syndrome. So, Rosenwald, who's from the greater Minneapolis area, decided to act. Nearly two years ago, she founded startseeingblackdogs.com, a Web site intended to raise awareness about the plight of black dogs by providing shelters and rescue groups with no-cost public relations, marketing resources and ideas (like using Yahoo Groups service to promote adoptions) to help them boost adoption rates for black dogs. Now there's a Facebook group, too, called Start Seeing Black Dogs.

The problem, Rosenwald says, is that black dogs and black cats are often considered plain or even threatening. Among lighter-colored dogs at a shelter, they are hard to notice. Rescue groups had so many "wonderful mixed-breed black dogs available, and adopters were overlooking them," she says. And for adoption Web sites, ink-colored animals are tough to photograph. Pictures often look like a "black blob," Rosenwald explains. To get the attention these dark dogs, and cats, deserve, she says rescue groups should photograph them in an unshadowed area with indirect natural light, or highlight dogs with colorful bandanas. The adoption problem doesn't extend to black purebred dogs, such as Portuguese water dogs, black Labrador retrievers or black poodles. Those dogs are often saved from shelters by breed rescue groups, Rosenwald says, but "mixed-breed black dogs don't have advocates the same way." Consequently, they face a greater threat of being euthanized. Rosenwald hopes her organization can change the way people perceive black animals. "They bring such happiness to us," she says of her dogs. "And I wanted to help other dogs find a happy home."

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