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"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (8-16-10)

August 16th 2010 11:43 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 16th of August. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Today is "National Tell a Joke Day", "True Love Forever Day" and "Chinese Valentine's Day/Daughter's Day."

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Dog Gives Birth in the Back of Police Car

When animal control isn't available, police officers in Prescott Valley, Ariz. sometimes respond to calls about animals, but rarely do they nab one dog and arrive at the station with two in their squad car. Yet that's exactly what happened when Sgt. Brandon Bonney arrived to impound pit-bull mix Dutchess and hand her over to animal control.

When Sgt. Bonney arrived to pick up the dog, the woman caring for Dutchess said the dog wasn't pregnant. However, she was proved wrong when he arrived at the station to find not one dog in his backseat, but two. Shortly thereafter, animal control officials arrived and Dutchess gave birth to two more puppies in their vehicle on the way to take her to the Yavapai Humane Society shelter.

Yavapai Humane Society spokeswoman KayAnne Riley tells Paw Nation that Dutchess and her pups were "immediately transferred to one of our long time foster caretakers named Sue. At Sue's house, Dutchess had six more puppies." That's nine puppies over a three day period of time, six of which survived.

While foster pet parent Sue might not at first realized exactly what she was signing up for, Riley assures us that "pregnant foster dogs and puppies are her specialty." So at least Dutchess ended up in the right place.

According to Riley, "The real owner had to go to jail, so Dutchess kept getting passed around from friend to friend." Apparently, that's why the woman caring for Dutchess didn't know the pup was pregnant, much less going into labor. Eventually, the labor pains caused Dutchess to become aggressive and she attacked one of the woman's other dogs. That's why she called the police."

Luckily for Dutchess and her pups, the caring folks at Yavapai and their volunteers got involved and are now taking care of the new family. "She's nursing well, so they'll all be in foster care for some time," Riley says, "It'll have a happy ending. We'll place the puppies and place Dutchess."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Dawn is an eight-month-old female Jack Russell Terrier/Papillon (and Phalene) mix. She is adoptable within 30 miles of Red Bluff, CA. Dawn is very energetic and loves to go for walks, is cuddly and personable. She would do well with older children (7 and up). This pretty pup needs a loving, furever home. Let's hope that she finds it very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

The Amazing Sliding Chihuahua

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Who is this?

It's actor Bradley Cooper and his chow-retriever mix Charlotte hitting the New York City streets for a walk near the actor's hotel.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Squeaky Bra Chew Toy

Price: $13.99

Racy leopard print bra toy is plush with rope "straps." This well-endowed toy is 7 inches wide and has two squeakers. Yes, there.

Funstufffordogs.com

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Study Finds Women Confide in Their Dogs

f you have a deep, dark secret, whom do you tell? According to a recent study in the U.K. by dog-food company Winalot, nearly 20 percent of women confide in their canines, reports The Daily Express. The findings don't stop there. The same study found that 14 percent of women and 10 percent of men believe their dogs can read their minds. (Maybe that's how they always know when it's time to eat!)

What about you, readers? Do you whisper your most important secrets into your pets' silky ears? Do you think they know what you're thinking before you utter a word?

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That's it for this edition of the news. '60 Seconds' will return again soon. As always, thank you for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (8-11-10)

August 11th 2010 3:08 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 11th of August. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump day! Today is "Presidential Joke Day" and "Romance Day."

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Gina the War Dog Learns to Cope With PTSD

For her first two years, Gina was a typically happy German shepherd puppy. She loved going up to people with tail wagging and ears up. As she trained to be a bomb-sniffing dog, Gina enjoyed checking out new sites at her home on Peterson Air Force Base. But all that changed following her six-month tour of duty in Iraq from December 2008 to May of 2009.

"She was really withdrawn, she didn't want to see anybody," her longtime trainer and the kennel manager at the base, Master Sgt. Eric Haynes, says. "If I brought her in a building she would hide under the desk. When we took her out in public, she would lock up all four feet, to try to prevent herself from going into a building."

What Haynes discovered from a military veterinarian is that Gina suffers from a canine form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While in Iraq, Gina experienced stunning bursts of light and noise from flash-bang grenades used to disorient insurgents as she went door to door. Once, an explosive hit the vehicle she was riding in, creating a frightening noise and destroying the vehicle behind Gina.

"I knew there was something wrong with her," says Haynes, "and I knew there would be a lot of work to fix it."

Canine Cousin
Dogs and humans are genetically similar, sharing 95 percent of the same DNA, with brains similar in shape, size and structure, says Nicholas Dodman, head of the behavior program at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. In humans as well as animals, when extraordinary stressful moments occur, stress hormones flood the brain, causing the incident to be forever imprinted. "You can have this absolutely awful, paralyzing experience," Dodman says, "and you're never the same. When the dog is thrust into some horrendous, life-threatening situation, I am sure the dog is absolutely terrified."

"So the dog is anxious, pacing, frightened, nervous, hiding, spending the rest of its life trying to never get into that situation again," he continues. "Is it post traumatic stress? Yes. Is the dog stressed? Yes. You'd have to work very hard not to apply the definition of PTSD to her. "

Since Gina's return to the base near Colorado Springs, Haynes has worked diligently to help Gina overcome her trauma. At first, as Gina was led down the street, she laid down or tried to run, terrified of noise. She would not play with her toys and let treats just drop to the ground. She didn't want contact with anyone.

Long Road Ahead
Slowly, with the help of T-Bone treats, Gina's favorite, Haynes lulled her into a sense of security again. Says Haynes: "She's doing outstanding to what she was."

However, he admits Gina still has a long road ahead. "There is still work that needs to be done," says Haynes, "she is not 100 percent cured by any stretch."

And she most likely never will be, says Dodman. "I am pleased with what she is learning," he says. "But I think if they take her back to the theater of war, she'll melt down. You never forget. Fears once learned are never forgotten."

Barring another tour of duty, perhaps Gina's fears will continue to dissipate. "She's really friendly now, she loves hanging out on the couch, she loves to be petted," says Haynes. "She is acting like a puppy now. It's beautiful."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Lenny is a six-year-old neutered male Bulldog/Boxer mix. He is good with other dogs and kids. Lenny is very shy, but sweet. He was found as a stray near the Chattanooga airport. This sweet pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds it very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Fierce Puppy Goes After a Dandelion

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Who is this?

It's British pop singer Lily Allen enjoying some quiet time with loyal pup Mabel in Herefordshire, England.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Naughty/Nice Heart Tugger Toys

Price: $4.99

Dogs adore this combination of cozy plush and chewing rope. Great for tugging or carrying or snuggling. Squeakers inside. Now this popular toy is available in holiday colors! 5.5" wide.

Funstufffordogs.com

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Robert Pattinson to Adopt Dog From "Water for Elephants"

Robert Pattinson has found love on set, but we're not talking about his "Twilight" co-star Kristen Stewart. This time, it's a dog who's stolen his heart, reports ShowbizSpy. Apparently, Pattinson was so taken with the dog in his latest film, "Water for Elephants," that he's planning to adopt him. Pattinson's previous dog, Patty, passed away last year, and in March, Pattinson revealed that he was still grieving her death. We hope that this new furry friend will help mend the actor's heart.

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That will be all for today. '60 Seconds' will return again soon. Thank you for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (8-6-10)

August 6th 2010 2:39 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 6th of August. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy TGIF! Today is "Wiggle Your Toes Day" and "National Fresh Breath Day."

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Dogs dine out at new Chew Chew restaurant

IN a move that may make doggy bags redundant, the first restaurant especially for dogs has opened in Sydney.

The canine eatery, Chew Chew is at Wollstonecraft on the lower North Shore and has become a meeting place for dogs and their owners.

Founder and head chef Naoko Okamoto has created a regularly changing menu, including beef steak and mushrooms, fish soup, chicken wings and treats such as goat’s yoghurt jelly and lamb bones, there is something for even the fussiest canine.

And for the shy or not so social animals, there is take-away and home delivery.

Chew Chew only caters for dogs and cats, but their owners can bring in a coffee or something to eat from the cafe next door and join their pet at the table.

"A lot of people have told me they’ve been waiting for a place where they can bring their dog in instead of having to leave it outside,’’ Ms Okamoto said.

Peter Hasler regularly brings in his one-year-old Tibetan spaniel Princess Pinky, and said she enjoyed both the food and socialising with other dogs.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Snuggles is a two-year-old spayed female Chihuahua/Pug mix. She is adoptable within 100 miles of Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, IL. Snuggles has lots of energy, and is currently being fostered through Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois. This cute pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that she finds it very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Laps In A Pool

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Who is this?

It's actress Cassie Scerbo and her pup kicking back in a Teen Choice Awards gifting suite in Los Angeles.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Squirt Ball

Price: $9.49

Woo-Hoo! Squirt Ball delivers a refreshing squirt of water whenever your dog picks it up. Squeeze air out, fill with water, then toss.

Great summertime or party fun for dogs. The most refreshing fetch ball ever made.

Funstufffordogs.com

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Pit Bulls Save Chihuahua from Near-Fatal Coyote Attack

A regular morning romp through the yard turned into a nightmare for a young Chihuahua named Buster when he was suddenly attacked and taken by a wild coyote in the suburban town of Littleton, Colo. But thanks to two brave pit bull neighbors, the dog survived the frightening encounter and is on the road to a recovery.

Four-year-old Buster had just returned from his morning walk with mom Jodi Robinette on July 31, but wanted a little more play time outside. Having already checked the surroundings of her back yard, Robinette felt it safe to let Buster burn off some active energy while she kept an eye out from her living room couch. But not even 30 seconds later, Robinette was back on her feet.

"I heard him scream like I've never heard an animal scream before," Robinette says. "I instantly knew that an animal got him."

After spotting a tail turn the corner of her house, Robinette sprinted to the front of the yard and saw the coyote running off with Buster in his mouth. While Robinette was in pursuit, a pair of pit bulls were on neighborhood watch and ran toward the coyote, on a mission to rescue the poor dog from the vicious abductor. Realizing he was outnumbered, the coyote released Buster and ran off.

"The pits followed my dog underneath a bush, guarding him," Robinette recalls. "[They] lay next to him, licked him and protected him."

Robinette, a neurosurgery coordinator, wrapped the gravely injured canine in a towel and rushed him to Columbine Animal Hospital. Immediately treated for pain and shock, Buster was scheduled for surgery on Aug. 2 to repair damage to his chest wall on both sides. Dr. Lee Bregitzer performed the operation, and is happy to report that Buster is well on the road to recovery — thanks to the quick thinking of the neighboring dogs.

They were "guardian angels for her dog," Dr. Bregitzer says, "disguised as pit bulls."

Robinette has nothing but praise and gratitude for the heroic canines, who stepped in quicker than she ever could have.

"[They] were looking out for Buster's best interest against the coyote," Robinette says. "They were looking out for my dog."

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That'll do it for today's edition of the news. '60 Seconds' will return again soon. Be good, and enjoy your weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (8-3-10)

August 3rd 2010 12:37 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 3rd of August. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Tuesday! Today is "National Watermelon Day" and "National Night Out."

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Cocker Spaniel Survives 120-Ft. Tumble Off Cliff

Oscar the blue roan cocker spaniel has always been a bit nutty, according to owner Rupert Brown, 41. But whatever possessed the 5-year-old pooch to run off a cliff last Thursday near Dorset, England, is beyond comprehension.

The unleashed dog was on a walk with Brown's friend Laura Gardener and her puppy Dougie, when something set Oscar off and he ran over a rocky cliff some 120-ft. high. "My dog got a scent [of something]," Brown says. "And off he went -- he's mad."

Thankfully the pooch survived the seaside fall (which Brown says was not a straight drop, but more like a tumble at an 80-degree angle) remarkably unscathed. "He's absolutely fine, he's been given painkillers, he's bruised and has a slight limp," says Brown, who had the dog checked out by a vet. "He's sort of walking slightly on an angle at the moment because he is in pain ... he's doing well."

Brown, who runs an online pet products business called MuddyPaws.co.uk, is grateful that strangers stopped to help Oscar after his death-defying dive. "These canoeists checked he was okay, loaded him on and brought him back," he says.

Now back home recuperating, Oscar is still as wacky as ever. "I have to say he's been barking madly at things, so I think he might have brain damage, but it's very difficult to know with a cocker spaniel that is nutty anyway," jokes Brown. "No, I'm sure he's fine."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Bode is a one-year-old male Beagle. He is a sweet and quiet pup that loves to play with his toys. This handsome guy needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds it ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Sir Scratch-a-Lot the Doggie Deejay!

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Who is this?

It's actor Jerry O'Connell with his pooch on while out and about in Woodland Hills, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Wild Tail Ball

Price: $15.99

The Wild Tail ball is a big hit with dogs of all types. Six-inch faux fur "tail" is permanently secured to teh ball with a special adhesive. The ball has a thin rubber gasket that helps to grip the floor and make the ball turn and spin. Inside, a replacable 1.5 volt (AA) battery powers a small motor and counterweight which, when activated, makes the ball roll turn and tumble.

The hard plastic ball is 3" in diameter and unscrews for easy replacement of battery. The power switch is inside the ball. Play with your dog with the motor off, then turn the motor on and watch the fun. Although the Wild Tail Ball is made to last, it is not meant for aggressive dogs, is not a chew toy, and dogs should not be allowed to play with it unsupervised.

Funstufffordogs.com

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Pamela Anderson Helps Needy Louisiana Pups — And Takes Two Home!

Pamela Anderson had some major business to tend to in L.A. Sunday night: Roasting old pal David Hasselhoff for an upcoming Comedy Central special. But the blonde bombshell wasn't present at the after-party — instead, she was hopping a red-eye flight to New Orleans, where she helped prepare shelter dogs for relocation in the hopes of finding them forever families.

"We're going to go take them to Virginia and put them in good homes," Anderson said before the Hasselhoff special Sunday night. "There are hundreds and hundreds of animals at these [Gulf-area] shelters that people have surrendered because of not being able to look after them, sadly. They're just overwhelmed."

Anderson personally paid for all the dogs' local adoption fees, as well as spay and neuter surgeries and flea treatments. "I just thought it was something practical that I could do," she said. "This is something hands-on. I can actually go to the shelter, make sure they're okay and transport them somewhere and adopt them out."

On Monday, Anderson walked the dogs and prepared them for their RV trip to Virginia. And even though the actress promised sons Brandon and Dylan she wouldn't adopt any new pups, she took home two: Gina Lollobrigida and Bardot.

Once at PETA headquarters in Virginia, the 50 adult dogs and puppies will be made available to area residents through an adopt-a-thon at the Virginia Beach SPCA. "Everyone's fighting over them," Anderson said. "Everyone in Malibu wants them, too!"

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That will be all for today, pups. '60 Seconds' will return again soon. Thanks for reading, and have a great day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (7-27-10)

July 27th 2010 3:45 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 27th of July. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Tuesday! Today is "Take Your Pants for a Walk Day", "Walk on Stilts Day", and "Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day."

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Did a Cat Give Birth to a Puppy?

A cat in the European nation of Georgia may have given birth to a puppy. The cat's owner claims that the labor lasted two days. Scientists think the cause may have been radiation, not cross-species mating.

After watching the video below, you be the judge!

CatDog Born In Georgia

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Sasha is a three-month-old female Boxer mix. She is good with other dogs and kids, and is adoptable within 20 miles of Denham Springs. Sasha is a loving, energetic little girl. She deserves a loving, furever home. Let's hope that she finds it very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Adoption Entrance Dance!

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Who is this?

It's Twilight actor, Kellan Lutz, at the park in L.A. with his two dogs Kola and Kevin.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Zoey The Unicorn Plush Dog Toy

Price: $5.99

How sweet is this girl? Fuzzy unicorn has plopped down to play with your dog for a while. Sparkly horn and pink bow around her neck make her so adorable. Ultra-soft plush makes her the ultimate girly-girl toy. Rattle noisemaker inside. Fuzzy mane, feet and tail finish her off. Perfect for the sweet little girl dog in your life. 8" tall.

Funstufffordogs.com

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Family Finds Hope — and a Dog — While on Vacation

Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with its teal blue waters and soft sandy beaches, was an idyllic spot for a family vacation for the Pover family from Pennsylvania. But Evi Pover wanted her family to have more stimulating things to do besides just swim and get some sun, so she planned a visit to a local cat rescue for their Friday afternoon kitten cuddling hour.

Her 9-year-old son and her mother spent time petting the cats, and were about to head back to the beach when they were told that there was a dog in the shelter, and she was nursing a litter of newborn kittens.

Suddenly, the event turned from being a casual vacation activity to something that felt more like fate.

"The dog came right out from her crate, stopped at my son and looked up at him," Pover says. "She just flopped right on him and was very trusting. I asked right then and there if she belonged to anyone."

The pooch, a 1-year-old mutt with hints of corgi, beagle and Chihuahua in her appearance, was discovered by Coco's Cat Rescue at a kill shelter, where she had been nursing the kittens. The entire lot was about to be euthanized, and though Coco's Cat Rescue was really there to rescue the kittens, they took the dog with them.

"She saved her own life through being generous to these kittens," Pover says.

And when it came time to name the dog, Pover's son said that they should call her Hope. Pover agreed, but said that they should give her the Spanish name for hope, Esperanza.

"This dog has a really incredible spirit," Pover says. "Everybody who meets her falls in love with her. She seems really happy to be in a safe place now."

In about a month, after Esperanza gets all her vaccinations and finishes nursing the now 3-week-old kittens, she will be on a plane bound for the East Coast, and her forever home with her new American family.

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That will do it for this edition of the news. '60 Seconds' will be coming soon. Enjoy the rest of your day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (7-23-10)

July 23rd 2010 10:23 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 23rd of July. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today is "National Hot Dog Day" and "Vanilla Ice Cream Day."

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The Most Dangerous - and Safest - Airlines for Your Dog

These days, more and more family vacations include the family pet, even when it means catching a long-haul flight.

While most of the major U.S. air carriers are working to accommodate Fluffy and Fido as they experience the joys and pains of air travel, there are wide-ranging discrepancies between the policies, the creature comforts, and most importantly the safety records of the big U.S. airlines.

The vast majority of jet-setting dogs touch down safely at their destinations, but a significant number have been injured, lost, or killed in transit. According to the Department of Transportation, 224 dogs met one of the aforementioned fates between 2005 and 2009.

According to ABC News, U.S. airlines have been required to report pet-related problems only since 2005, and they don't necessarily keep detailed records of all of the pets that they transport successfully. But even though the records are by no means perfect, the data does give pet owners reason to to take a hard look at airline pet safety before booking a flight.

From the DOT records available, ABC News says that the airline with the most incidents was Continental, with 58 deaths, injuries, or lost dogs since 2005. (An airline spokesperson told ABC News that during those past five years, Continental has transported over 550,000 animals.) Delta came in second with 48 incidents, then Alaska Airlines with 36, American Airlines with 33, and United with 17. The size of the airline doesn't correspond to the number of pet-related accidents. Delta is the world's largest airline, carrying 65.2 million domestic passengers each year, over twice the number carried by Continental. However, Delta has come under scrutiny in recent months for pet related mishaps.

To better take care of the animals flying with them, some carriers place prohibitions on what dogs they accept and when. Many airlines won't take dogs in the hottest or coldest months, when cargo hold conditions can reach extreme temperatures. Continental's pet-safety record has improved since they've instituted a ban on breeds that naturally have breathing difficulties, like bulldogs, pugs, and Staffordshire terriers.

If you're planning to take your pet along on a plane trip, shop around to find out the different policies of different airlines, and find the one that will suit you best. One option for the concerned traveler is the animal only carrier Pet Airways, where all pets travel with the humans and not in the hold.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Panda is a four-month-old neutered male Australian Cattle Dog. He is good with other dogs and cats. Panda is afraid of people, but he will be a great dog for someone that can take the time to work with him on proper socialization skills. This sweet pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope he finds it ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dogs Eating Ice Cream

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Who is this?

It's former American Idol winner Jordan Sparks and her puppy, Miles, stopping by a pet product showcase at a New York City hotel.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Singing Birthday Cake Plush Toy

Price: $14.99

The musical plush birthday cake toy is one of our most popular for parties. It's the perfect gift for the birthday dog.

This adorable toy is the hit of the party. Fun and colorful, it makes quite an impression. Plays a musical rendition of "Happy Birthday to You." 6" wide with six plush candles.

Funstufffordogs.com

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Should You Shave Your Dog For Summer? Plus Other Grooming Questions Answered

As the summer heat escalates to oven-like temperatures, the thought of donning a fur coat may be unbearable. So how can you help ease your dog's discomfort during sweat-inducing heat spells? Here is advice from Beth Recchia, Owner and Director of Furry Tails Grooming Salon and School of Pet Grooming and Kathleen White, Owner of The South Carolina School of Dog Grooming about how to groom your dog's fur for optimal coolness.

Here is the question everyone asks: Should pet owners shave their dogs for the summer?
Some dog owners think their pooch would be more comfortable shaved, but many professionals insist that dogs' coats are already equipped to deal with hot temperatures. "I believe that all dogs should be left in their natural coat if possible," said White. "We sometimes have to give in to what the customer wants, but a dog's coat insulates them for hot and cold weather."

If the owner does prefer to pare down the fur, which type of haircut is best for dogs in the hot weather?
Hair styles do vary by breed, but Recchia recommends a generic "buzz cut" for her furry clients rather than shaving. "It's a very short cut which removes excess fur, thus preventing shedding," she tells us. "[Dogs] are much easier to bathe over the summer with less fur, and it's also great for preventing ticks and fleas. You can spot pests much more easily."

White advises her customers to allow the groomer to leave some fur for sunburn protection and insulation.

Are there certain areas on a dog's body that should be groomed shorter or kept longer during the summer?
Dog hair can grow in inconvenient locations, poking your pooch in the eyes, or another area that may become especially annoying in extreme heat. Cutting particular areas shorter during the summer is a personal preference according to Recchia, but she said "a lot of owners like the face taken shorter to prevent hair from getting in their pet's face and mouth."

What are some precautions pet owners can take to prevent sunburn?
Humans aren't the only ones who can suffer from a nasty sunburn! Take precautions to prevent your pet's skin from sun damage. "Avoid direct sunlight and keeping your pets outside too long in the extreme heat," said Recchia. "Baby suntan lotion works well on very [short-haired] breeds and hairless breeds. It also works well on the nose area."

Some people use sun protection designed specifically for animals such as Veterinarians Best Sunscreen for Dogs.

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

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (7-21-10)

July 21st 2010 4:23 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 21st of July. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump day! Today is "National Junk Food Day" and "Monkey Day."

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England Rolls Out Ice Cream Truck for Dogs

We already know pooches love ice cream, but if the freezer is bare, what's a hungry dog to do? Well in England, he just needs to listen for the sound — the Scooby Doo theme song, that is — of K99, billed as the world's first ice cream truck for dogs.

Debuting this Sunday at the Boomerang Pets Party in Regents Park, London, K99 serves up two dog-friendly flavors: Dog Eat Hog World (pork and chicken sorbet topped with a biscuit) and Canine Cookie Crunch (mixed dog biscuits and ice cream). Scoops cost just 99 pence (about one dollar), a fee that's donated to a local volunteer group, the Berkshire Search & Rescue Dogs.

According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, a team of scientists worked to create treats that were the right temperature, texture and taste — and safe for dogs to eat. "After a lot of research, a gammon (pork) and chicken ice cream and a mixed dog biscuit ice cream were the clear winners," K99 chef Ceric Nale tells the Daily Mail. "We hope they'll be flavors dogs simply can't refuse."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Gina is a 6-month-old female Rat Terrier. She is good with other dogs and kids. Gina is very sweet, and will make someone a great companion. This pretty pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that she finds one ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Sleepy Peke

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Who is this?

It's actress January Jones happily walking her pup around Los Feliz, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Lenny The Lion

Price: $5.99

King of the toy box! This adorable lion is ready to play with your dog. Big 8" size is good for any size dog. Sweet face and fluffy mane make him so adorable.

Funstufffordogs.com

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Dog Barking - How to Get Your Neighbor to Keep His Pet Quiet

It's 3 a.m., and the neighbor's dog starts barking. There's no end in sight.

You have to get up early, and this is the third time this has happened this week. You want to approach your neighbor, but you aren't sure how.

Animal behavior experts say that barking is like speaking for humans. Although their barking may be annoying, there's (usually) a reason for it. Bonnie Beaver, professor of animal behavior at Texas A&M University, tells Paw Nation that dogs can bark as a warning to alert other pack members. But dogs also bark out of boredom. In other words, sometimes they bark just to bark. "Dogs are a lot more vocal than their wolf relatives," Beaver says.

Carmen Buitrago, an associate certified applied animal behaviorist and certified professional dog trainer at Cascade Pet Camp in Hood River, Ore., says some common forms of barking are classified as alarm barking, socially facilitated barking (starting to bark when other dogs are barking), frustration-induced barking (when the dog is left alone) and territorial barking.

The key to getting dogs to stop barking begins with identifying the reason they're doing it in the first place.

According to Mary Burch, Director of the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Program and certified applied animal behaviorist (and Paw Nation's advice columnist), nuisance barking is one of the main complaints animal-control agencies receive.

"When dogs are left outside at night and they bark at every squirrel or noise, the suffering neighbors are left with a sleepless night. When left alone in the house or a hotel room, some dogs disturb the peace by barking for long periods of time," says Burch.

Knowing why your neighbor's dog is barking is helpful in understanding the situation, but getting your neighbors to find a solution for the problem starts with tactfully approaching them. A gentle, friendly conversation is the best way to get things rolling with the offending dog's owner.

"How you approach them depends on the personality of your neighbor," Buitrago says. Before the initial conversation, do your homework, she says. That means knowing your noise ordinances, the definition of your city or county nuisance ban, the hours you're supposed to be quiet, and the rest of the details.

"Approaching a neighbor can be scary, so come armed with some information about the law, a website on barking, a good local trainer on barking or all three," she says. "Let them know in a nice way, and show understanding, that you know what its like to be in their position."

Beaver says the owner may not even be aware that their dog is barking because it may happen when they aren't home. "If they aren't bothered by it, they don't have a strong desire to make any difference," Beaver says.

She recommends filming a video of the barking, where the owner can see a time clock of the incident, or recording just the sound of the dog barking. "Say 'I'm really sorry to bother you, this is something you don't know because you aren't here, but I need to sleep during the day because I work at night, and your dog is barking. Is it possible to put him somewhere not by my bedroom window, so he won't be disturbing me?' Sometimes the owner will be sympathetic, sometimes not."

If this approach doesn't work, Buitrago recommends going back to talk to the neighbors a second time, but this time with a firmer approach. For those who are a little more shy, or who are dealing with a neighbor they might fear, Buitrago says a polite note, followed by a more firm note will work as well.

If your neighbor is unresponsive after two conversations, it's time to get animal control or the police involved.

"Contact your local animal-control agency and ask how they handle nuisance barking," Burch says. "Some agencies will want you to file a complaint and others will send an officer to listen to the barking if it is a routine occurrence."

She says usually, animal control will begin by giving the owner a courtesy notice. If the barking continues, the owner will probably receive a fine.

The owner can try a variety of tactics for controlling a dog's barking. Beaver and Buitrago both advise that seeing a veterinarian or certified dog trainer to work toward a solution is usually the best approach.

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That will do it for today's edition of the news. '60 Seconds' will be back on Friday. Be good, and thanks for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (7-19-10)

July 19th 2010 3:10 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 19th of July. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Today is "National Raspberry Cake Day" and "National Get Out Of The Doghouse Day."

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First Class Airport Lounge Opens FOR PETS!

Flying first class is a luxury that few of us can afford but for those who can, there's now a chance to extend the high life to one's pets.

Animals can already have passports to travel with their owners and now they have been given a dedicated first-class lounge where they can relax before their flight.

Precious pooches and fussy felines will now be able to enjoy all the perks that their human counterparts can at Frankfurt Airport if they are travelling with Lufthansa Airlines.

The lounge is designed to offer state-of-the-art care and all the mod cons a discerning animal - from polar bears to tropical fish - might need.

Small animals will have their own boxes in the lounge while larger, exotic creatures are transported in the climate-controlled and pressurised cargo hold.

'Our animal lounge provides individual care, professional expertise and an environment designed to ensure ultimate comfort for 14,000 household pets and 1,500 horses and wild animals annually,' said Lufthansa general manager Kai Peters.

If a transfer or layover exceeds more than two to three hours, animals will be sent to the animal lounge where they can await their flight.

Vets will be on hand to ensure animals are healthy enough to continue their journey and deal with any problems.

They have already helped make the journey of one pet more comfortable - a pregnant dog.

'About thirty minutes before the plane landed, the dog started giving birth to several puppies,' said Mr Peters.

'A veterinarian from the animal lounge was called to the aircraft upon landing and the little puppies were safely delivered.'

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Nikko is a two-year-old neutered male Siberian Husky. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids, and is adoptable within 100 miles of Canton, GA. Nikko is very playful and loves to run. This handsome pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds one very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Hilarious Talking Dogs!

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Who is this?

It's actor David Duchovny (and wife Téa Leoni) kicking back on the beaches of Malibu with their pup (and kids!) by their sides.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Sonny Plush Sun Dog Toy

Price: $8.99

Super-soft plush and bright colors make this toy a hit with dogs who love fun in the sun. Double-stitched with embroidered face. Squeaker inside. Approx 7".

Funstufffordogs.com

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Carrie Underwood's Dog Wore a Pink Tux to Her Wedding

Months before Carrie Underwood's Southern wedding to hockey player Mike Fisher, the country superstar had indicated her pooch Ace was going to play an important part in the ceremony.

"He'll be one of the ring bearers — he's like my kid," she said in March. "Ace is such a big part of my life."

And Underwood made good on her promise last week when she and Fisher tied the knot at Georgia's Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation. As the newlyweds stood under a big white tent, 4-year-old Ace was there watching, dressed up in a custom, powder pink tuxedo, and wearing a custom white gold and diamond "A" designed by the jeweler Johnathon Arndt.

Ace's tuxedo, which was pink to match all the iterations of pink that were used throughout the reception, was worn with a sparkle-encrusted pink bow tie. "Mike was like, 'He's in pink! What are you doing?'" Underwood says. "But he looked so handsome."

Her wedding planner, Jayne Bubis, agrees: "Ace was the best-looking dog ever."

As a member of the wedding party, Ace got to walk down the aisle with the human ring bearer, Underwood's nephew, and the flower girl, who got to hold Ace's leash.

"He needed a little bit of coaxing along the way, but he did great," Fisher says. "It was cute — it was a cool moment. Everybody really loved it."

When asked in March whether Ace would get to carry the ring, Fisher thought he probably wouldn't.

"I don't know if I'll put the ring on him," she said. "I don't know if he'll run away with it or eat it or something!"

There was no ring-eating on the big day, so all in all, we'd say Ace's performance was a big success!

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That will be all for today, pups. '60 Seconds' will be back on Wednesday. As always, thanks for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (7-17-10)

July 17th 2010 2:23 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Saturday, the 17th of July. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Saturday! Since I didn't get to post the news like usual on Friday, I am making up for it now. ;-) Today is "Peach Ice Cream Day" and "Yellow Pig Day."

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E-Mail the President, Help Hungry Shelter Pets!

Many of you are helping our pals at Freekibble.com every day by playing their fun trivia game and, in turn, donating food to shelter pets in need. But now, you can make an even greater impact through the site by campaigning to President Barack Obama and asking him to declare April 30 National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

Simply visit freekibble.com/lettersforpets, and click on the icon to send a pre-written letter to the President. It's as easy as that! And there's a bonus: For the first 50,000 e-mails sent, Ellen DeGeneres's pet food company Halo will donate a meal to Freekibble.com for a hungry shelter cat or dog.

The campaign goal is to send 100,000 letters to the President by Sept. 30, and already, supporters have sent more than 40,000. According to Freekibble.com, the Obama administration is aware of the campaign — maybe Bo had a hand in that? Regardless, it's just further proof that when pet lovers work together, their voices are most definitely heard.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Coco is a one-year-old spayed female Chihuahua. She is good with other dogs and kids, and is adoptable within 700 miles of Killeen, Houston, Fort Hood, TX. Coco is the victim of divorce, and is in need of a loving furever home. Let's hope that she finds it ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Collie Puppy Party

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Who is this?

It's actor Kellan Lutz with pooch Kola on a walk in Van Nuys, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Soft Serve Plush Cone Dog Toy

Price: $4.50

Soft waffle cone with swirly soft-serve ice cream. It's a great toy all year long! 6.5" long. Squeaker inside. Five luscious colors!

Funstufffordogs.com

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Dog Trapped in Hot Car Honks Horn for Help

Stories about dogs trapped in hot cars don't typically end well. Happily, this one's different.

It was 90 degrees in Pennsylvania on the day that Max the chocolate Lab was accidentally locked in his owner's car, the AP reports.

Donna Gardner of Allentown was running errands and forgot that 11-year-old Max was with her. After she got home and unloaded her packages, she accidentally left Max closed up in the car, USA Today's Paw Print Post reports.

An hour later, Gardner heard a horn honk. She looked outside but didn't see anything, and went back to what she was doing. Then the horn honked a second time. She peered outside again, and saw Max sitting in the driver's seat. We don't know what the dog was thinking or how he happened to sound the alarm, but we like to imagine Max laying on the horn to say "get me out of here!"

Gardner rescued Max and immediately cooled him down with wet rags, gave him cold water, and rushed him to the vet, the AP reports. Fortunately, Max is doing fine.

This Lab is an incredibly lucky dog. Heat stroke can occur quickly on a hot summer day, and dogs can suffer problems after just a few minutes in an overheated car. Let this accident serve as a reminder to be aware of where your pets are and to never leave your dog in a car, even if it's parked in the shade.

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That will do it for today's news. '60 Seconds' will be back on Monday. Be good, and enjoy your weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (7-15-10)

July 15th 2010 3:06 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 15th of July. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Thursday! Today is "Tapioca Pudding Day" and "Cow Appreciation Day."

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Two Greyhounds In Fla. Test Positive For Cocaine

It's not just athletes of the human variety that are failing drug tests. Two Florida greyhounds tested positive for cocaine when they were randomly selected for testing before events earlier this year.

Their Jacksonville trainers face fines of up to $1,000 and possible suspension or revocation of their licenses. But they say there's a rule that put them at a disadvantage.

The trainers' lawyer, Leonard Chesler, said the dog trainers are held responsible for their dogs all day on race days, even though they have to surrender their dogs to track employees 1 ½ hours before a race.

"If you're prohibited from watching and caring for an animal, it's very difficult to protect them, if not impossible," he said.

Williams Lambert, the head of the Jacksonville-based Greyhound Owners Association, said the cocaine levels found in the dogs are so small they could've come from anywhere.

"If you love them, take care of them and feed them good, they'll give you 100 percent every time they go out," Lambert said. "There's nothing you can give them that'll make them run faster."

But it's positive drugs tests like these that have spurred groups like Grey2K USA to fight for the end of greyhound racing.

The cause got more attention about six years ago when widespread testing revealed more than a hundred positive cocaine tests among racing dogs in Florida.

A spokesman for the Jacksonville Kennel Club, Michael Munz, says animal welfare is its top priority. "Speaking in general, we would not tolerate anything that caused the health and welfare of the dogs raced at our facility any harm," Munz said.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Ginger is a six-year-old female Carolina Dog/German Shepherd mix. Her former owner was a dog trainer and had to move overseas. Ginger is very obedient and loves people very much. This sweet pup needs a new, loving furever home. Let's hope that she finds it very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Keyboard Dog vs. Keyboard Cat

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Who is this?

It's 2-year-old Levi McConaughey (son of actor Matthew McConaughey) keeping a handle on the family pooch during a stroll through Malibu.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Pheasant Dog Toy

Price: $7.99

This 16 inch long toy will look great with almost any decor. The unique sound-effect will keep your pet interested. Corduroy, plaid, fleece and plush make this multi-surface toy tons of fun!

Twelvesteppets.com

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Motorcycle-Riding Dog Racks Up More Than 11,000 Miles

What really gets Smudge the dog's engines revving? No, not treats, but fast-moving motorcycle rides on dad Rob Fuller's Triumph Tiger. The 3-year-old Jack Russell terrier has been tagging along on Fuller's trips for most of her life now, traveling more than 11,000 miles — with doggles on, of course.

Fuller, of Hull, England, started taking Smudge on short trips when she was just 3 months old. "From there she just went from strength to strength with longer journeys, and finally we started going [through] Europe," he tells the Hull Daily Mail. In fact, the pair recently returned from a 3,500-mile trek to the Czech Republic, and are gearing up for their next journey: a ride to Dordogne, France.

Though their trips are long, Fuller says Smudge enjoys the rides. "She loves watching farm animals as we bike through open fields, and you can see she's happy because she is always looking out at cows and sheep grazing." And, um, potty breaks? Not a problem! According to the paper, Smudge just taps Fuller's arm with her paw until he pulls over to the side of the road. Now that's teamwork!

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That's it for today, pups. '60 Seconds' will be back on Friday. As always, thank you for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 
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