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

February 2nd 2010 12:03 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 2nd of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Tuesday! Today is Groundhog Day - will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or won't he? Will winter continue for another six weeks? Inquiring pups want to know!

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Teacups are in your cabinet, not on your leash!

Despite what you may see in many online advertisements and in your local newspaper, there is no such thing as a teacup dog of any breed. This term is often used to describe such breeds as the Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier and the Poodle. All three of these breeds are normally very small dogs, and those who deliberately breed them down in size for the purpose of simply selling tiny puppies are not doing these breeds justice at all.

Considering the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the first place, weighing at a maximum of only six pounds, intentionally breeding them down in size can cause a great deal of health disorders. Many small breeds can easily succumb to low blood sugar if not fed every few hours as puppies, breeding them down in size only increases the risk of coma or death due to hypoglycemia.

Even reputable breeders will have the occasional small dog in litters, however they do not intentionally breed for this and take special care for these small puppies. They will also not tag them with the term "teacup" in order to rake in a higher profit, but will be even more selective on who they sell the smaller puppies to in order to protect the health of that puppy.

The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America states that the small "teacup" Yorkies are susceptible to hereditary and non-hereditary health problems including diarrhea, vomiting, severe reactions to anesthesia, easily injured by falls or being stepped on causing large veterinary bills.

The Poodle Club of America also discourages breeders from promoting the sale of "teacup" puppies and states that it is simply a marketing ploy to sell Poodle puppies for an increased price.

Another thing to consider is the lengths that some breeders will go to assure that they have these smaller sized dogs. Some have been found to deny adequate nutrition in order to stunt the puppies growth so that they can show you a very tiny dog with a high price tag.

If you're interested in a smaller sized dog, contact a reputable breeder and express your interest in a smaller dog. The breeder will help educate you on the extra care that may be needed with the smaller puppies and help guide you on what all you will need to do. Reputable breeders do not breed for tiny dogs, but there are occasionally smaller dogs that happen naturally in litters. A reputable breeder would never use these smaller dogs in their breeding programs in order to keep the size down, but will sell the puppy as a pet to a family who is aware of the extra care needed and has the ability and desire to provide that extra care. These puppies will be sold on a strict spay/neuter contract as well.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Saya is a 7-month-old female Labrador Retriever mix. She is good with other dogs and kids. Saya's owners were never found, and she almost was hit by a car. This pretty pup needs to find a furever home, let's think good thoughts that she gets one very soon! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

"A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours."
~Anonymous

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Who is this?

It's actress Jessica Biel and her pit bull, Tina, on an outing.

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Pawsome pup fact

If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!

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10 Reasons Why It's Great to be a Dog

1. If it itches, you can reach it. And no matter where it itches, no one will be offended if you scratch it in public.

2. No one notices if you have hair growing in weird places as you get older.

3. Personal hygiene is a blast: No one expects you to take a bath every day, and you don't even have to comb your own hair.

4. Having a wet nose is considered a sign of good health.

5. No one thinks less of you for passing gas. Some people might actually think you're cute.

6. Who needs a big home entertainment system? A bone or an old shoe can entertain you for hours.

7. You can spend hours just smelling stuff.

8. No one ever expects you to pay for lunch or dinner. You never have to worry about table manners, and if you gain weight, it's someone else's fault.

9. It doesn't take much to make you happy. You're always excited to see the same old people. All they have to do is leave the room for five minutes and come back.

10. Every garbage can looks like a cold buffet to you.

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Puppy found nearly frozen in jet's cargo bay at JFK Airport is rescued

A puppy found nearly frozen in a jet's cargo bay at JFK Airport was revived by U.S. customs officers who performed mouth-to-snout resuscitation, officials said Thursday.

The 6-week-old pooch was clinging to life when it arrived in New York Saturday on a commercial flight from Mexico, officials said.

Another puppy packed in the same portable kennel in the pressurized cargo bay died during the flight.

Three U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers responded to the call of the popsicle pups because of a suspicion they might be drug mules.

"No matter how uncommon the call, CBP Officers are always willing and ready to assist," said Robert Perez, director of field operations for the CBP in New York.

When the officers determined one of the dogs was still breathing, they went into rescue mode, wrapping it in blankets and heating pads, said CBP spokesman John Saleh.

"One of the officers did mouth-to-snout resuscitation," said Saleh, explaining the officer had been studying veterinary medicine.

The tan puppy with a white stripe down its snout was evaluated by a veterinarian and reunited with its unidentified owner Wednesday, Saleh said.

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That'll wrap things up for now. I hope you all have a furtastically pawsome day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (2-1-10)

February 1st 2010 12:23 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 1st of February. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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New week, new month! February is American heart month, adopt a rescued rabbit month, National black history month, National pet dental health month, responsible pet owner's month, and National weddings month just to name a few. Pssstt.... today is 'Working Naked Day'! Don't let the humans know.

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Oprah Gets Two New Dogs for Her Birthday!

Oprah sure knows how to treat herself — she celebrated her 56th birthday on Jan. 29 with two new family members, 14-week-old springer spaniel siblings Sunny and Lauren!

Introducing them to her studio audience, the daytime doyenne said, "I did decide, though, to get myself a little birthday gift this year. Actually, I thought I'd get myself two," she said. "I want you to meet my two new babies."

And babies make five for Oprah, who has long been a loud and proud mom to her furry loved ones. She told her audience that Sunny and Lauren were the first springer spaniels in her brood.

The pups came from Chicago's PAWS, a no-kill shelter where she also met Sadie, a blonde cocker spaniel she adopted last year. She asked the shelter for help finding the springer spaniels. "They just arrived in time for my birthday," Oprah said. "They could have been euthanized if they weren't adopted. Can you believe that? And now they're gonna go home with me."

The world's luckiest dogs not only found a fabulous new home, but they also got special gifts to celebrate Oprah's birthday and their homecoming — sparkly crystal pink collars!

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Ty is a 2-year-old male Pomeranian. He is good with other dogs and cats. Ty needs a home with an experienced pet owner and possibly a single woman as he does not get along with young kids or men. Ty has been neutered and is up-to-date on shots with papers from his previous owner. He's been bounced around from place to place, so let's all hope this sweet pup finds a loving, furever home ASAP! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
-Ben Williams

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Who is this?

It's actor Adam Brody and pit bull mix Penny Lane walking down the streets of L.A.

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Pawsome pup fact

Bingo is the name of the dog on the side of the Cracker Jack box.

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New contest alert! The Hounds of Bassetville +2 are hosting a fun contest in the Plus Contest forum called "My Favorite Things." Stop by and check it out and tag a picture!

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New Mommy Chihuahua Adopts Orphaned Kittens

Love is blind, and so are these kittens. To them, Tinkerbell the Chihuahua is just Mom.

According to Australia's The Mercury, Tinkerbell was at an animal hospital giving birth via C-section to her own litter of four puppies when a man walked in with three orphaned newborn cats. To save them from being put down, Tinkerbell's owner, Angie Reynolds, decided to take the kittens in and hand-rear them.

"When we got home, I put the kittens with the dog to see if she accepted them," Reynolds told the newspaper. "Not only has Tinkerbell accepted them, she cleans and snuggles the kittens and gets frantic if I pick one up."

New mom of seven won't have a full nest much longer. Reynolds plans to adopt the kittens out and to sell her purebred puppies, once they're all old enough to be separated. Babies ... they grow up so fast!

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That will be all for today, pups. Remember to pmail me if you have any ideas/thoughts for future news stories! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (1-29-10)

January 29th 2010 1:13 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 29th of January. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF!! We made it through another week. Today is also "Fun At Work Day."

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ASPCA's Top 10 Pet Poisons of 2009

Sometimes it seems like our trouble-making pets will eat anything. Their hoovering ability comes in handy when you spill chicken soup on the floor (tongues being just as good as mops). But unfortunately, it's all too easy for our pets to get into substances that can harm them.

The ASPCA Poison Control Center recently released a list of the top 10 poisons that affected cats and dogs in 2009. So take note, and be sure keep these toxic substances far away from your pets in 2010!

Human Medicines
Human drugs were the top cause of pet poisoning in 2009, the ASPCA reported. Last year, the Poison Control Center managed more than 45,000 calls from people whose pets had swallowed pills such as pain relievers, cold meds and antidepressants.

Insecticides
One of the most common insecticide problems was misuse of flea and tick products. Make sure to talk to your vet about how to properly use these products.

Human Food
Most people know chocolate is dangerous to dogs. But did you know that grapes, raisins, avocados and products containing xylitol (like sugar-free gum and candy) can also be harmful to your pets?

Plants
Dozens of common houseplants, including azaleas, rhododendrons, sago palm and kalanchoe are dangerous for pets. Lilies are particularly toxic for cats, and can cause deadly kidney failure.

Vet Medicines
Almost 8,000 cases of pet poisonings in 2009 involved pets that were given medicines incorrectly. Make sure you follow instructions and talk to your vet about how to safely apply over-the-counter and prescription medicines for your cat or dog.

Rodent Killer
Poisons that are attractive to mice and rats can also smell tempting to dogs and cats. Be sure to keep your pets away from potentially deadly rodent poisons.

Household Cleaners
Bleaches, detergents and disinfectants can cause serious gastrointestinal and respiratory problems. Keep cabinets locked to prevent your pets from swallowing or sniffing the harmful substances.

Heavy Metals
You know lead poisoning is bad for babies, but it's just as dangerous for your furry friends. Keep your pets away from paint chips, linoleum, and the dust produced when you sand the walls in older homes.

Garden Products
Fertilizers and other garden chemicals can cause severe stomach upset in dogs and cats. So let your dog stop to sniff the roses, but not the fertilizer, please.

Household Chemicals
Our homes often contain a lot of chemical substances, from antifreeze to paint thinner to drain cleaner. Such substances can cause stomach upset, respiratory problems and chemical burns in dogs and cats.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Bowzer is a 1-year-old neutered male Basset Hound. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. This handsome pup is in need of a furever home, let's keep our paws crossed that he finds it very soon! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog."
- George Graham Vest

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Who is this?

It's singer/actress Miley Cyrus and her new four-legged friend, named Mate, during a shopping trip to Maxfield in West Hollywood. The 9-week-old shepherd puppy was a gift from the singer's parents.

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Pawsome pup fact

The average city dog lives 3 years longer than country dogs.

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Gimmie Paw!

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Top Dog! AKC Names Labs As Most Popular Breed

Everyone considers their own pup top dog. But today, the American Kennel Club announced the real top breeds of 2009 — those that had the most registrations with the organization.

For the 19th year in a row, the Labrador retriever took the No. 1 spot, edging out German shepherds and Yorkies, which came in second and third, respectively. "The Lab has topped the chart for years because it's such a versatile breed," AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson says. "They're excellent working canines, search and rescue dogs, hunting companions. But most importantly, they make a great family pet. Their loyalty really makes them the most popular breed."

The big news was the rise of the German shepherd, which Peterson says hasn't been in the No. 2 slot for almost 30 years. "They've had more visibility as a breed in the last year since they're favored by law enforcement and the military," she says. "But they're also great family companions, and easily trained. They have similar qualities to the Labs."

Other surprises included the bulldog's steady climb to the seventh slot. Conversely, the dachshund is slipping a bit, falling to eighth place from an all-time high of fifth.

The least popular of the AKC's 164 registered breeds? The English foxhound, according to Peterson. "They've been at the bottom for a while," she says. "But they are a rare breed, and have a very dedicated following."

Rounding out the top 10 were golden retrievers in fourth, then beagles, Boxers, poodles and, in 10th place, Shih-Tzus.

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That will wrap things up for this Friday! "60 Seconds" will be back on Monday. Be good and have a pawsome weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (1-28-10)

January 28th 2010 12:39 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 28th of January. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Thursday! We're winding down in the week, getting closer to the weekend. Today is also "Daisy Day" - celebrate the beauty of daisies! It gives us hope that Spring is not too far away.
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Sweaters for Shelter Dogs: You Can Help!

Save the Dogs from the Chill Project

The Save the Dogs From the Chill Project takes donations of old sweaters and repurposes them for dogs in shelters, something that's particularly important this winter when temperatures all across the country are reaching record lows. Even the southern states are seeing below-freezing temperatures, and not all shelters have indoor areas for all their dogs.

You can keep tabs on the project's progress on their blog -- at the present moment, the project says, "We have received so many donations that boxes are starting to pile up to the ceiling. It's crazy! We want to try and have everything mailed out by the end of next week."

And, of course, you can send your own used sweaters (or check your local Goodwill to scoop some up on the cheap) to the address on their site. Come on, you're never going to wear that ugly Christmas sweater again, are you? Lend a paw to a dog in need!

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Teeth is a 3-year-old female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Her favorite food is tofu! This sweetie needs a furever home. Let's hope she gets it ASAP! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
-Phil Pastoret

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Who is this?

It's actress Sienna Miller and her two mixed-breed pooches Porgy & Bess in London.

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Pawsome pup fact

Dogs have two times as many muscles to move their ears as people.

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Gimmie Paw!

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Jiffy the Dog Loses the Fat that Saved His Life in Freezing Temperatures

Call it a success story: Jiffy, a Wisconsin border collie who once tipped the scales at 120 lbs., is down to a slender 76 lbs. But his road to weight-loss wasn't fun; rather, it was marked by tragedy.

In December 2008, the then-portly pup was found stuck to a sidewalk in Sheboygan, Wis., his fur matted in the ice. When authorities investigated the situation, they discovered the dog's owner had left him outside because she couldn't get him into her house. Jiffy was turned over to the local Sheboygan Humane Society, where he awaited a happy home — and met Patty Geise.

Geise, then a new volunteer at the Humane Society, was unaware of Jiffy's plight. "We had our own border collie at home," she says. "When I heard he was a border collie, and found out how much he weighed, I was shocked — that breed doesn't get to be the size he was!" At the time, Geise wasn't working, so she offered to take the pup in. "I figured, I have a nice home I could provide for him, and I could walk and help him."

After several months — Jiffy had to remain at the Humane Society for the duration of his former owner's criminal investigation — Geise was able to take the pooch home to her husband and two daughters that April. And he was already 30 lbs. lighter! "He lost a lot at the Humane Society in those first four or five months because we regulated his food intake and walked him a lot," Geise says. "Then when he came home with me, he shed extra pounds by walking more — I'm a walker."

Though considered a foster dog at first, the Geise family adopted Jiffy last spring, and it's been smooth sailing ever since. Luckily the pup, who Geise estimates is 10 to 13 years old, didn't suffer any long-term health effects from his night in the cold. "He likes to roll around in the snow, and doesn't seem to be bothered about going outside," she says. "It's impressive."

He's also getting along with his younger sibling, Sneakers. "They don't necessarily play together, but they'll sleep near each other," Geise shares. As for Jiffy's former owner, a court order prohibits her from interacting with the dog or the Geise family. But with the way things are going, that may be for the best. Says Geise, "Right now, we all coexist pretty well. It's nice to have him here."

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That is it for today, pups. Have a great day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (1-27-10)

January 27th 2010 12:02 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 27th of January. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump Day! Today is Chocolate Cake Day (my mom's mouth is watering right now), "Compliment Day" and "Holocaust Memorial Day."

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A Chastity Belt for Dogs: Creative or Crazy?

Bob Barker's signature sign-off as host of The Price Is Right was "Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered." For Dexter Blanch, the phrase is "Stop it. Block it. Lock it." It's also the tagline for his new product, the Pet Anti-Breeding System (PABS), a kind of chastity belt for dogs whose owners opt out of spaying and neutering but want to avoid unintended pregnancy.

Blanch, a former carpenter and animal trainer, had been thinking about a better way to help intact females when they were in heat. He felt that diapers and caging were inhumane methods, and wanted a better option for "breeders and very responsible pet owners."

"It's such a catch-22 situation," Blanch says. "I want to do what's best for our four-legged loved ones. But I know it fits into the scheme of things. It's needed. There are so many people that refuse to spay and neuter."

He designed PABS, a lightweight harness with a mesh covering for the — um, private parts — and an eight-buckle system to help everything stay in place. PABS (systems range from $65-$95) comes with sanitary pads for canine menstruation. "This way, she can urinate and defecate, but can't let them penetrate to copulate and overpopulate."

It's hard to keep a straight face about the idea of a chastity belt for dogs, and something that looks the way PABS does ... Well, mockery is probably the first response to something that seems so humiliating and uncomfortable. But Blanch, a "150 percent" supporter of spaying and neutering, has heard from many satisfied customers who say that this is just the thing they were looking for.

Dr. Kathleen Makolinski, the Director of Veterinary Outreach for ASPCA Animal Health Services, says that to her knowledge, no similar products exist for preventing breeding accidents, just "individual client responsibility. But I can tell you that there are physical benefits to spay and neutering for the animal, not only the benefits to the community." As far as that goes, it seems Makolinski, Blanch and Bob Barker are all on the same page.

What do you think of PABS?

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Prince is a 5-year-old male Miniature Poodle. This sweet pup is in foster care at the moment, but is in need of a furever home. Let's keep our paws crossed that he finds one very soon! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.
-M. Acklam

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Who is this?

It's actor Adam Sandler and his pup, Babu, walking on the beach.

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Pawsome pup fact

Earliest fossils of dogs date back to 10,000 B.C.

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Gimmie Paw!

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New Wedding Trends Have Gone To The Dogs

The wedding march begins, the doors open, the guests rise and here comes . . . Fido, Bowser and Snowball wagging down the aisle.

For better or worse, dogs are becoming the new nontraditional members of wedding parties. Many couples wouldn't dream of leaving their favorite dog out of that special day. Although not as common, some couples have their cats and birds take part in wedding celebrations.

Dogs can serve a number of roles in weddings, such as being ring bearers, bridesmaids or groomsmen. Some people just want their dogs present to witness the nuptials or to be in wedding photographs.

But is having the family dog in a wedding a good idea?

Jennifer Burgess, a clinical instructor of animal behavior and welfare and the human-animal bond at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, said couples must do some serious thinking before signing Fido up to be the ring bearer.

“Dogs, depending on their personality, can do fine at weddings. But there is more than just personality affecting how a dog will behave at this type of event,” Burgess said. “A friendly good natured dog can disrupt a wedding as easily as a fearful aggressive one. Picture a 70-pound, 11-month-old Labrador retriever jumping on the cake table or racing around the guests.”

Burgess recommended couples carefully consider the following questions before including dogs in wedding celebrations:

• Does the venue allow dogs?
• Is the dog comfortable around large groups of people and loud noise?
• Is the dog comfortable around children?
• Will the dog wear a costume?
• Will the dog have access to water, food and a place to relieve itself?
• Who will be responsible for caring for the dog before, during and after the ceremony?
• Will guests be uncomfortable around the dog?

“Some dogs get scared or aggressive in the midst of a lot of people and activity,” Burgess said. “A dog may be able to handle a crowd, but then add loud noises, strangers, children and a costume, and it may be pushed over the edge.”

The key is to have a plan for the dog and make sure its needs are attended to before, during and after the festivities.

“Brides and grooms should designate someone to supervise their dogs,” Burgess said. “This should be someone they trust and someone the dog already knows.”

Close supervision is not only good for the pets, but also for the guests. Some animals can easily damage property or sneak food set out for the reception.

“During the festivities, dogs need to be supervised 100 percent of the time,” Burgess said.

Randall McMillen, a graduate student at MSU, played the role of dog handler in a recent Starkville wedding.

“My friends really wanted their dogs there as part of the wedding,” McMillen said. “After the groom walked down the aisle with the dogs, my job was to accompany them to my seat and make sure they behaved during the ceremony.”

McMillen brought treats to reward the dogs' good behavior and to use in case he had difficulty getting them to respond to his commands.

This is a practice Burgess recommends.

“If dogs are expected to do something, such as walk down the aisle or perform a trick, practice it with them several times beforehand, and reward their positive behavior,” Burgess said.

This technique worked for McMillen. He attended the rehearsal to practice with the dogs, so they were ready to follow him on the big day.

“Things went smoothly because my friends' dogs are well-behaved and familiar with me,” McMillen said.

After the ceremony, McMillen took the dogs back to their home and fed them. Once the dogs were settled, McMillen left them to relax while he attended their owners' reception.

“Being around so many new people can be tiring for pets. Making sure they get rest and breaks from the excitement helps them cope,” Burgess said.

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That will wrap things up for today, pups. Please keep the pmails coming! I love your ideas for future news stories. This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (1-26-10)

January 26th 2010 12:31 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 26th of January. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Tuesday! Today is "National Peanut Brittle Day" and "National Speak Up And Succeed Day". We'd also like to wish all of our Dogster pals 'down under' a very happy Australia Day!

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Pup Tweets!

Social networking is going to the dogs.

In its first-ever toy created for the canine community, Mattel is introducing a product called "Puppy Tweets" that meshes the hugely popular Twitter with consumers' love of pets.

Puppy Tweets is a plastic tag with a sound and motion sensor that you attach to your pet's dog collar and connect its USB receiver to your computer. Then you create a Twitter account for your dog and enjoy updates all day from Sparky or whatever its name is on your computer or smartphone.

The tag is set with several pre-recorded tweets that are triggered by the dog's activities. So if he's running around, you might get a tweet that says "I finally caught that tail I've been chasing and...OOUUUCHH!"

If Sparky is napping, he'll tweet "Somedays it feels like my paw is permanently on the snooze button!" If he's making a ruckus, his tweet will let you know that as well, saying"YAHOOOOOOO! Somedays you just gotta get your bark on."

"Puppy Tweets capitalizes on two popular trends - the use of social media and real time communication, as well as peoples' extreme love for their dogs," said Susan Russo, Mattel's director of marketing.

Puppy Tweets is part of the No. 1 toymaker's line-up of new products for 2010 that it showcased to members of the media Thursday ahead of the industry's annual Toy Fair in New York next month.

Jim Silver, a toy industry analyst and editor-in-chief of TimetoPlayMag.com, said he was "curious" about Puppy Tweets when he first saw it.

"I thought that a 5-year-old doesn't know about Twitter," he said. But he said that Mattel is going after an entirely different market and "expanding beyond kids" with Puppy Tweets. "This is a product for adults."

Does it make sense?

Said Silver,"It's a good thing to try especially since no one else has come up with a pet product quite like this."

Puppy Tweets will be available at retailers in the fall, and will carry a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Lola is a three-year-old spayed female Pug. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Lola has been moved from home to home in her short life, therefore has some potty training issues. This sweetie needs a furever home, and let's home she gets it ASAP! ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

"In a perfect world, every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog."

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Who is this?

It's actress (and animal-rights activist) Charlize Theron and her dog, Tucker, playing in the waves.

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Pawsome pup fact

Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.

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Gimme paw!

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Tiny Chihuahua-Pug Survives Coyote Attack

A nine-pound Chihuahua-Pug mix named Tina from Seattle, Wash. wrangled with a coyote and lived to tell the tale.

The incident occurred Monday afternoon (Jan. 11th) when Tina's owner LaQuita Fenton was outside with her dog waiting for her children to come home on the school bus ," reports the Seattle Times. Two-year-old Tina was like a family member to Fenton and her two children, ages 8 and 6, who had inherited the small dog from Fenton's grandmother, who passed away three months ago.

On this particular day, as soon as Fenton set Tina down, the tiny dog spotted a coyote lurking in a wooded park across the street and ran up to the animal for a friendly sniff. "Suddenly, the coyote snapped at her and started shaking Tina in his mouth like a rag doll," says Fenton, who was horrified.

As the coyote mauled Tina, Fenton was screaming, throwing rocks at the coyote as her children and the other kids on the bus witnessed the whole incident, screaming. "They had to restrain my children from running off the bus," Fenton told Paw Nation.

Local TV reporter Chris Legeros happened to be on the scene and threw a stick at the coyote, who dropped the dog. Legeros then went into the woods to retrieve Tina. "To be honest with you, I thought she was dead," Legeros says. "It was very still, its tongue was sticking out of its mouth, it was breathing but very slowly and its eyes were wide open."

Fenton took Tina to the Seattle Animal Shelter, where she begged the staff to save her dog. They said they would try, but that the surgery would be expensive -- about $1,000. Fenton, a welder who is unable to work due to burns and nerve damage to her arms, couldn't afford it. "They said I would have to surrender her to them," says Fenton. "Me and my kids were crying, but I told the shelter to do what they needed to do to save her."

Tina was taken by shelter staff to Animal Critical Care & Emergency Services, who performed surgery to repair Tina's torn neck muscles and puncture wounds.

That Monday night, Fenton received an anonymous phone call from a woman who said she wanted to help pay for Tina's surgery, and the Seattle Animal Shelter agreed to let Fenton reclaim her dog. "The staff here are pretty excited that we made the decision to give Tina a chance and that we did the right thing by returning her to her family," the shelter's director, Don Jordan, tells Paw Nation.

"Tina is doing great," Fenton tells Paw Nation. "She's on pain medication and waiting to get the tubes removed from her neck."

Still, Fenton isn't home free, yet. Tina, who had belonged to Fenton's grandmother, wasn't spayed, microchipped or licensed. The shelter also wants Tina to get all her shots -- all of which costs money that Fenton, a single mother, doesn't have.

If you'd like to make a donation for Tina's medical costs, you may contact the Seattle Animal Shelter.

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That'll be all for this Tuesday. Have a furtastic day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (1-25-10)

January 25th 2010 12:27 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 25th of January. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! The last Monday of January. Today is "Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day." In honor of that, check this out. It's addicting!

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Let's all keep Bonzer's hu-sister in our thoughts (and prayers).
POTP really seems to work wonders! If you're unsure of what I am barking about, please go to this thread.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Raider is a 2-year-old neutered male Alaskan Husky. He is a very playful pup who is good with kids and other dogs. He has one blue eye and one brown eye. Raider needs a loving home! Let's hope he finds it ASAP. ♥

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Dog Quote Of The Day

"Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart." - Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

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Who is this?

It's actress Jennifer Garner and her stunning white Lab, Martha Stewart.

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Pawsome pup fact

A Dog's normal temperature is 101-102. A Human's is 98.6

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Gimme paw!

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PetSmart Employee Fired for Bringing Dog to Work

PetSmart encourages customers to bring their pets to the store when they shop. But when it comes to employees' pets? Not so much.

PetSmart gave New Jersey resident Eric Favetta the axe after he brought his 3-year-old Belgian malinois, Gizmo, to work with him one night, the (Newark) Star-Ledger reported.

According to the Star-Ledger, Favetta, a former dog handler at military units in Afghanistan and Bahrain, had worked as an operations manager at PetSmart since July 2008. Last spring, because of his success cleaning up the Wayne, N.J., store, he was transferred to the busy Seacaucus, N.J., store to help make improvements.

One night in December, PetSmart staff asked Favetta to work a special overnight shift to get the store spiffed up for a viewing the following day by potential business partners. "I brought my dog with me because I knew if I didn't, he would have been home alone all day and all night until I returned home at 6 a.m. the next day," Favetta told the Star-Ledger.

Favetta put Gizmo in the store's empty daycare facility and got to work. Two weeks later, he was fired for "theft of service."

PetSmart spokeswoman Jessica White told the Star-Ledger that the daycare service is an item the company charges for, just like the toys and treats on the store shelves. Using the facilities for free, she said, qualified as theft.

But Favetta, who had a spotless record, was shocked. He believed it was an excuse to get rid of him, since he butted heads with his manager. "It makes me sick that because I brought my dog to work with me when the store was closed to do the company a favor, I was called a thief and terminated," he told the Star-Ledger.

The day after the Star-Ledger started asking questions, PetSmart's human resources director called Favetta to discuss the story, the newspaper reported. Two days later, she offered Favetta his job back. He accepted, but soon after was offered a job as a dog handler for a company that uses dogs to sniff out hazards. He decided to place his bets with the new company rather than return to PetSmart.

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That's all for today, pups. Keep those pmails coming! I always welcome them. This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (1-22-10)

January 22nd 2010 1:18 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 22nd of January. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today's report will be a little shorter than usual due to the crazy weather that Southern California has been experiencing lately, which also happens to be causing my internet to act up. Today is "Celebration of Life Day" and "Answer Your Cats Questions Day".

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Dog Quote Of The Day

"They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation." - Jerome K. Jerome

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Who is this?

It's actor Matthew Broderick and his pup going on a walk through New York City's West Village.

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Pawsome pup fact

A dog’s mouth exerts 150-200 pounds of pressure per square inch, with some as high as 450.

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Best Pet-Friendly Hotels

f there's one thing that can sour a vacation, it's thinking about your furry friend caged up in boarding while you're laid out on the beach. In the past, it was hard to find a pet-friendly hotel, but these days it's hard not to find accommodations that welcome pets. According to an American Hotel & Lodging Association survey of 8,000 hotels in the U.S., 60 percent welcome pets. Here's a roundup of ten of the most easily found pet-friendly hotels in America.

Best Western: With more than 1,000 hotels nationwide that accept pets as overnight guests, you'll have no problem housing Fido at your next destination. Each has its own pet fee, ranging anywhere from free to $50 a night. Check with individual locations to find out what their fee is and if they have any size restrictions.

Choice Hotels: 2,500 accommodations within the Choice family, which includes Comfort Inn and EconoLodge, allow pets in their rooms. Since each hotel is individually owned, make sure to visit Choice's website for pet-friendly franchises.

Kimpton Hotels: For those with large dogs, this series of boutique hotels in 16 U.S. cities has no size or weight limits, plus there aren't any extra fees for bringing your pet with you. Some Kimpton properties host special events like pet costume parties and meet-and-greet cocktail hours. All hotels offer dog walking services and chew toys, and if you don't have a pet, they'll loan you a goldfish for your stay (housekeeping makes sure your new friend is well fed).

Hilton: Felines and canines are welcome at most Hilton Hotels & Resorts throughout the U.S. and Canada for a flat fee of $75. Only one pet is allowed per room and it must be under 75 lbs. At check-in, your four-legged friend will receive a Creature Comfort welcome package that includes organic treats and bio-degradable poop bags, and once in your room, your pet can cat nap on a Crypton Clean Pet Pillow designed by William Wegman. Concierge desks have lists of local pet-friendly activities including walking trails.

Holiday Inn: Nearly half of all Holiday Inns welcome pets. The 6th Ave., Manhattan location in New York City offers treats and a chew toy for dogs, and treats and a catnip toy for kitties. Walking services are available as well, along with Wee Wee pads and litter boxes on loan.

Hotel Indigo: All 34 U.S. properties accept pets, though each sets its own size limits and fees. Several locations host weekly Canine Cocktails Happy Hours -- Atlanta's Midtown weekly event was even featured in the book "Must Love Dogs." Four of the hotels have in-house dogs to greet you when you check in.

Loews Hotels: A one-time $25 fee covers your pet's entire stay. There's a special pet-friendly room service menu that the hotel developed with a licensed veterinarian which includes foods designed to help pets deal with travel stress such as jet lag and altitude adjustments. You can also borrow litter boxes, leashes, collars, and pet beds. Loews Hotels also offers dog walking and pet sitting, and even has a "Puppy Pager" service, which gives guests a pager or cell phone that hotel staff can ping if there's a pet-related emergency.

Marriott: Over 1,080 of the residences within the Marriott family accept pets. Each has its own fees, so check with the hotel before you book. You can search for pet-friendly Marriotts via the company's reservation site.

Motel 6: Each of the 1,000+ locations accept one pet per room. There are no frills here, but you also won't have to pay extra to bring your furry friend with you.

Starwood Hotels: The W, Westin and Sheraton hotels accept dogs and cats. The Westin offers a special pet bed complete with oversized pillows and a mini duvet. Every hotel in the Starwood family offers food and water bowls as well as personalized ID tags with hotel contact information.

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That'll be it for this Friday's news. "60 Seconds" will be back on Monday. Have a pawsome weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (1-21-10)

January 21st 2010 1:10 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 21st of January. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Thursday! Today is "National Hugging Day", so this
is for all of you...

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Do you love toys? Do you love to shop? If you said yes to either of those questions, then you may want to stop by Fungi's "Plus Friendly Mall" thread in the Plus Friendly forum. It's a great place to share knowledge on toys or any dog items, and of course to cyber shop!

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Dog Quote Of The Day

"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does." - Christopher Morley

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Shaney is a 2-year-old spayed female Red Heeler. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Shaney is patient, sweet and intelligent. She has been through some tough times and would love to find her furever home ASAP! ♥

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Who is this?

It's pro ballroom dancer ("Dancing with the Stars") Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his 4-month-old English bulldog Sir Sleep-A-Lot. Maks recently adopted the puppy after researching the breed.

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Pawsome pup fact

A dog can suffer from a poor self-image, just like humans. Bolster self-esteem with praise, affection and rewards.

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Today's website-plug-of-the-day is for.....

omidog.com

A site that is a blog for pet owners and animal lovers that goes beyond just cats and dogs! Here you will find pet news, educational resources, pet pictures, and more.

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Deaf Dog Returns Home Nine Days After Escaping Hospital

Luna, a deaf American bulldog mix, was found and returned to her owners in good health after she escaped her boarding pen at Shaker Veterinary Hospital in Latham, N.Y. on January 2nd.

When the rescue dog ran away, Ralph and Shelley Rataul feared the worst for the family pet. Shelley posted an $800 reward, which consisted of their money, donations and a contribution from the Veterinary hospital, reports Albany's Times Union.

The 4-year-old dog was found when a couple discovered her in their backyard and recognized her from a story that appeared in the Times Union the previous week. They called the hospital after the frightened dog refused to go into their house.

The couple who found Luna refused both the money and recognition for their good deed. They said they'd like the reward to go to charity instead.

Rataul told the Times Union that half of the money will be donated to the ASPCA and the other half to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in the name of the couple who found Luna.

While it took a while for Luna to recognize Rataul when he came to the couple's backyard, once she realized it was him, the pooch leaped into the arms of her joyful owner.

"She's not an outdoors dog, not a hunting dog, but some instinctual stuff must have kicked in," Rataul told the Times Union about his dog's survival. Vets said Luna lost about 12 pounds during her nine-day flee.

Luna's escape didn't just affect her worried family. When word got around town that Luna disappeared from the hospital, 200 volunteers devoted their lunch breaks and after work hours to searching for her in woods, parks and even via Facebook.

Dee Deen's Tavern, a nearby eatery, left prime rib outside when they heard about the missing dog, reports the Times Union.

Security footage in the hospital revealed that Luna pushed open her crate and made it past three doors. Ken Wolfe, assistant director of the hospital told the Times Union it was the first time a dog has ever walked out the hospital door before. Wolfe says the hospital has now changed their locks.

As for Luna, the wandering dog will now sport her very own dog GPS.

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That's all for today, pups. Drop me a pmail anytime if you have news. Enjoy your day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (1-20-10)

January 20th 2010 12:50 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 20th of January. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy hump day! Today is also "Camcorder Day", "National Disc Jockey Day" and "Penguin Awareness Day."

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Miss Ella has a thread in Plus Fun - Hangman! If you're good at guessing (and even if you're not), you should stop by and join in on the fun.

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Dog Quote Of The Day

"A dog has lots of friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue."
- Anonymous

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Lasko Schnauzer is a 4-year-old neutered male Miniature Schnauzer. He is good with other dogs and kids. Lasko is available for adoption now. Let's hope that this handsome pup can find his furever home in the very near future! ♥

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Who is this?

It's American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi and her Chihuahua, Tiki, going for a jog in Los Angeles.

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Pawsome pup fact

People have been keeping dogs as pets for the past 12,000 years.

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Today's website-plug-of-the-day is for.....

usadogparks.com

USA Dog Parks! Off leash fun for dogs big and small. Find a bark park near you at this site! They also have a list of dog park tips.

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22-Year-Old Spirited Cocker Spaniel Could Be the World's Oldest Dog

Uno the cocker spaniel has spotted something good to eat. "When he smells the food we're bringing home, he bounds up and down and runs like he's crazy," says his owner Cherie Gigliotti of Sherman Oaks, Calif. "It’s so fast you can’t catch him. Both paws are up in the air. To watch him it's hysterical."

This isn’t news to anybody who has a "food-motivated" dog, but Uno isn’t just any other young, spry thing. He's believed to be 22, which makes him a year older than the oldest living canine on record at the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records (a 21-year-old Dachshund mix named Chanel). And while he lacks birth records validated by the American Kennel Club, Uno’s unofficial title as the world’s oldest dog is turning heads. For a cocker spaniel who would be about 110 to 154 years old in human years, Uno can still remarkably act "like a puppy."

Uno was adopted by Gigliotti’s boyfriend, optometrist Norman Steinberg, in 1990 from two women in Valencia who couldn’t keep him because they were opening a day care. They claimed he was born on Jan. 1, 1988. Over the years, Uno has enjoyed a steady nutritious diet prepared by Gigliotti, who began caring for him in 2005. She grinds up Kibble and purees food like chicken breasts, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots and ground turkey so that it’s "easier on his digestion."

Another factor keeping Uno healthy: a built-in step-exercise regime from the three flights of stairs in their four-level townhouse. Every time Uno wants to use his "potty area" when he's home alone, he must climb stairs. And while Steinberg and Gigliotti will carry him whenever possible if he has trouble, there are times when "he doesn’t wait for us and just goes" all the way up the roughly 49 steps himself.

Years of receiving loving care and living healthy life styles – plus some apparently excellent genes – have helped make Uno "very beefy, very muscular" even in his ripe old age, says Gigliotti. "I would not have predicted him doing this well this long … For a guy pushing 110, he's phenomenal," his vet, Dr. Robert Clipsham, tells the Los Angeles Daily News. Aside from a few health problems – loss of hearing one year ago and some joint/arthritis problems that Gigliotti says is alleviated by adding the powder Jointstrong in his food – Uno seems to be thriving. "He can see. His sense of smell is fine. He gets a renewed energy when he thinks about food."

Most of all, Uno continues to bring immense joy to his owners. "When he sees you, his tail spins like a helicopter," says Gigliotti. She and Steinberg only go on vacation to places where they can take him. "I don’t have children," Gigliotti says. "He is my child." Uno’s even led her into a new career: "I purchased Biju Pet Spa because of him. I was bringing him here to groom, and I was also making gourmet dog treats … until one day I was told Biju was up for sale. He’s changed my life."

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That'll do it for this Wednesday. Thanks for reading and have a great day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 
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