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"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (7-12-10)

July 12th 2010 1:14 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 12th of July. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Today is "Different Colored Eyes Day" and "Pecan Pie Day."

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Pet bathrooms open at D.C. area airports

WASHINGTON - Now your pet can make a pit stop too before getting on the plane with you at two D.C. area airports.

Dulles and Reagan National Airports have opened "pet relief areas" to give dogs a place to go to the bathroom at the airport.

The pet areas were created because of federal rules requiring "service animal relief areas" for service animals that accompany passengers on trips, but the areas are also open for families traveling with pets.

Each fenced-in dog bathroom at Dulles has a fake fire hydrant, artificial grass, and bags so the owners can clean up after their pups. There are three pet areas outside the main terminal and two inside the concourses. The indoor locations have ventilation and flushing systems to keep everything clean.

Reagan National has all four of its pets areas outside on natural grass before you get through security.

Click for the full list of pet areas at Reagan National Airport and Dulles Airport then look under the "Airport Services" tab.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Shelby is a four-year-old neutered male Yorkshire Terrier. He is good with other dogs and is adoptable within 100 miles of Reading, PA. Shelby is a wonderful little guy who just wasn't getting any attention in his previous home. Despite that, he loves people! This little guy deserves a loving, furever home. Let's hope that he finds it ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

How to Feed a Pack of Dogs

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Who is this?

It's actress Amy Smart getting a grip on her playful pup's leash while attending the third annual Eco-Fest in Venice Beach, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Summer Hat For Dogs

Price: $3.99

Adorable Summer hat for dogs. One size fits most, though it was too small for a 70 pound pup. Cute Summer print. Leaves ears free, fastens under chin with velcro.

Twelvesteppets.com

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Rescued Pit Bull Defies Deformity Through Therapy Work

Lion Dog, Cody Calvin Klein or just Cody: These are the names Barbara Sulier calls her 61-lb., 2-year-old pit bull mix. But don't call him Claude, his pre-adoption name, because, well, that's kind of mean.

When Cody was a pup, he was diagnosed with a congenital deformity called ectrodactyly — or "lobster claw syndrome." Abandoned at a shelter, he was rescued by Even Chance, a San Diego-based pit bull advocacy center, which paid for surgery to help correct the deformity by fusing his two toes together.

Now, Cody lives happily with what's called a "mitten" paw — and he's found a forever home with Sulier.

"I am one of those people that feels like pets choose me more than I choose pets," Sulier explains of first seeing Cody's photo on Even Chance's website. "Deep in my heart, I was worried that people wouldn't take him in because he wasn't a 'normal dog' or that people would reject him."

Thankful to have been rescued, Cody is returning the favor — as a therapy dog. And the pit bull is making history at the New Leash on Life Animal Rescue's Lend a Paw program: He's the first of his breed to be certified as a therapy dog through the organization, which Sulier hopes will set the record straight about other dogs of his kind.

"Pitties are sweet, loyal dogs, and the reason they become mean dogs is because they're so loyal, they will do anything you ask them to," she says. "People need to see that they really are extremely loving dogs."

Every other week, Sulier and Cody head to the Jewish Home for the Aging in their hometown of Los Angeles. They go up the elevator — which took a little training for Cody — and visit those in the assisted living center. It's been their routine since the pooch was certified in May.

But Sulier remembers their very first visit. As she walked into the lobby of the building, a resident with Alzheimer's disease, Jenny, sat alone. "I stopped and said, 'Would you like to see the dog?' And she said, 'Come to Grandma Jenny!'" Sulier recalls. "They can't have dogs where they're living, so they're so happy to see the dogs."

Sulier feels Cody, who walks with a slight limp, has a personal connection to those he comforts. "We talk about how he needed therapy and how they're in [the center] for their therapy," she says. "We joke that he doesn't need a wheelchair anymore because a lot of the people are in walkers and wheelchairs [at the center]."

But there's one thing she won't joke about: Her love for the dog whom she now describes as her "2-year-old kid."

"He's been pretty special ever since [I adopted him]," she says. "For some reason, from the bottom of my heart, I know I'm supposed to have Cody."

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That will be all for today's news. '60 Seconds' will be back on Wednesday. Thank you for reading! Have a great day. This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (7-9-10)

July 9th 2010 2:53 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 9th of July. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today is "National Sugar Cookie Day!"

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It's HOT! How to Help Your Pets Beat the Heat

There are simple ways to offer your pets relief from the heat. We recently spoke to Heather Tobey Anderson, PetSmart's resident cat expert, who gave us her advice on keeping cats and dogs cool.

Groom that fur! "Keep their hair at a minimum," Anderson says. "Help them de-shed and de-mat." She recommends regular trims, and good brushings with a tool like the FURminator to help hair stay light.

Wet them down. "The saliva cats use when they groom themselves evaporates, cooling their body temperatures," she explains. "So take a wet towel and wipe them down, to stimulate licking."

For dogs, consider pulling out plastic baby pools for some backyard fun. "They love sprinklers, too," she adds. Toys that can be popped in the freezer — like the chilly bone toy — also make a nice summer treat.

Make cool spots available. Since animals generally gravitate toward areas of the house that stay cooler, make sure there are clean, safe areas available to them on tile floors — or for cats, even in the bathtub!

If your pet prefers its bed, try sticking a cool towel or ice pack under the cushion to offer a bit of heat relief.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Though it's obvious, Anderson urges pet owners to keep water available to animals at all times, and in multiple locations throughout the house, just in case.

A water fountain can also help, since the sound often encourages drinking, and the apparatus itself refreshes hours-old water.

Keep Them Safe. Finally, the cardinal rules of pet care: Don't ever leave your pet in a car when the temperatures rise, and try to keep the air conditioning running for your dog or cat when you leave the house. Consider pet daycare if you're away from your furry friends all day — they'll thank you later!

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Daffodil is a three-month-old female Australian Cattle Dog. She is a cute girl with a great personality to go along with it. Daffodil needs a loving, furever home. Let's hope that she finds one very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Puppy Teaches Baby To High Five

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Who is this?

It's actor Stephen Dorff his pup play fetch along the beaches of Malibu, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Green Snake Dog Toy

Price: $8.03

These fuzzy fun-loving snakes are the first of their kind -- always up for a good toss or a tug, and able to keep squeaking after being bit, bullied, and beat up by your dog!

Each "Invincible" contains three virtually indestructable squeakers inside. They just keep squeaking, even after your dog's teeth puncture the squeakers.

It's truly an amazing product like you've never seen before!

Size: About 16 Inches Long

Dogsupplies.com

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Teddy the Pomeranian Puppy Escapes Clutches of Coyote

If you had any doubt that some dogs are just luckier than others, meet Teddy.

The 5-1/2 lb. Pomeranian puppy was snatched from his front yard by a coyote around 1:30 a.m. on June 29 and disappeared into the darkness. Miraculously, after a fruitless, frantic search, Teddy returned home several hours later.

"He's a wonder dog," his relieved owner, Andrea Doyon, 21, of Strafford, N.H., says. "I love him even more now."

It all happened in a split second, just feet away from Doyon's boyfriend, Ben Demers, 23, during the 9-month-old dog's final outing of the night as he was off leash in the yard. Doyon was already in bed. "Ben ran in and said, 'Oh my God, a coyote grabbed Teddy,' " she recalls.

Demers, who said the coyote was gray and about the size of a German shepherd, grabbed his shot gun on his way back out with Doyon, and blasted a shot into the air, hoping he'd scare the coyote into dropping Teddy.

"I heard Teddy screaming and it stopped," says Doyon. "It was very, very quiet after Teddy stopped screaming. I figured he was dead right then and there."

Doyon, Demers and a friend searched tirelessly for two hours through the nearby pitch-black farm fields. The search ended in despair. "We went back home and we told our family and everyone was up crying, our parents were crying and were up all night too," says Doyon. "Our parents were saying there is nothing you can do, try to get some sleep."

With the aid of some Benadryl, Doyon dozed off around 4:30 am. An hour later, she awoke to miraculous news. "Our landlords had come in the house and said, 'We found Teddy,' " she says. "We thought they meant they found his body."

But the light-brown furball had made his way home, barking until the landlord woke up. "I could not believe it, I was the happiest person alive, and I thought I was going to be depressed for weeks," says Doyon, a senior psychology major at the University of New Hampshire. "I was in complete shock."

An ecstatic Teddy jumped and shook, and couldn't stop kissing Doyon and Demers. Surprisingly, the only wounds were a dime-sized, bloody puncture on his lower jaw, and another small wound on his cheek.

"The vet couldn't believe it," says Doyon of their visit later that day. "Usually coyotes snap necks, but Teddy has so much hair, that could've helped."

A celebration of Teddy's life followed with pigs ear treats and food from a human dinner that night. "I never feed him from the table but I said, 'You're back, you can have some,' " Doyon says.

Doyon thinks the same coyote killed a neighbor's cats recently, and she knows he could strike again. Now, Teddy is always on a leash with mom and dad while outside. "I knew I loved him," Doyon says, "but I didn't realize how much."

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

 

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

July 7th 2010 4:40 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 7th of July. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump Day! Today is "Chocolate Day" and "National Strawberry Sundae Day."

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Puppy Rescued From 350-Foot Slot Canyon

Rescuing puppies isn't for the faint of heart. Case in point, the daring puppy rescue that Zak Anderegg carried out while rappelling into one of Utah's slot canyons.

Two weeks ago, Anderegg set out to explore the scenic Arizona-Utah border when he came upon a shocking site: an animal trapped at the bottom of one of the region's famous deep and narrow canyons. Looking over the canyon's edge, Anderegg thought the animal might have been a small calf. "And then the longer I looked at him, I realized he's actually a dog," Anderegg told "Today." An animal lover, Anderegg was exactly the right person at the right place and time to help save the pup's life.

Anderegg called his wife and told her his new mission. "When I saw him, my heart just absolutely broke," Zak said. "Within about 10 seconds of realizing what he was, my plan shifted from vacation to rescue." Without hesitation, Anderegg left the canyon to round up some help in a nearby town. He returned with food, water, and a cat carrier donated by the local animal hospital.

Anderegg rappelled back down the canyon to feed the stranded dog, but it seemed unable to even eat. Estimating that the stranded animal was only "24 to 48 hours away from death," Anderegg placed the puppy in the borrowed cat carrier and hoisted him all 350 feet up and out of the canyon, using his climbing ropes and a pulley.

While nursing the puppy back to health at the animal hospital, veterinarians noticed that the its survival had been even more miraculous than they'd imagined. Not only had the dog escaped starvation in the inescapable canyon, but vets found that it also had survived canine distemper, which is fatal to 95 percent of dogs it infects, reports NBC.

Nobody is sure how the dog ended up at the bottom of the canyon, but its lack of broken bones suggest that he was put there rather than having fallen in.

Now that he's been discharged from the hospital, the dog is staying with the Andereggs, but since they already have pets, they're searching for a permanent home for him. Not wanting to get too attached, Anderegg and his wife simply call the dog "Puppy."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Apple is a two-year-old neutered male Chihuahua. He is good with other dogs and kids, and is adoptable within 100 miles of Ontario, CA. Apple is sweet, and loves to cuddle. This handsome pup deserves a loving, furever home. Let's hope that he finds it very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dogs Who Heart The National Anthem

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Who is this?

It's actress Pamela Anderson and her pooch enjoying a shoreside stroll in Malibu, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Henrietta The Chicken

Price: $5.76

There's a new chicken in town!

Henrietta is a very hormonal, range free, boneless latex squeaker toy.

She contains no MSG and has been de-feathered for canine pleasure!

Poly filled latex.

Dogsupplies.com

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"Drano the puppy" Rescued By A Plumber

A plumber comes to the rescue after a newborn puppy falls down a drain.

It happened at a humane society in California, just after the little one was born. Apparently, during the birthing process, a mother cocker spaniel disconnected the drain screen.

When workers heard a whimpering coming from the drain, they called the plumber to save the day. Now that plumber is hoping to adopt the pup, who they've nicknamed "Drano."

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

 

I apologize....

July 6th 2010 3:11 pm
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Because of the holiday weekend, '60 Seconds' news wasn't posted yesterday (Monday, July 5th). The news will be back tomorrow, Wednesday, July 7th. To my faithful readers - thanks for understanding! ;-)

Nutty~

 

""60 Seconds" - Dogster News (7-2-10)

July 2nd 2010 5:50 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 2nd of July. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today is "I Forgot Day" and "World UFO Day."

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Dog Swallows Shish Kebab, Skewers His Tummy

A cautionary tale for anyone thinking of letting pets near the grill at a Fourth of July barbecue this weekend:

Late last November, Kevin O'Hern was cooking a few teriyaki-flavored shish kebabs for his family when his dog, Jax, got a hold of one and swallowed the whole thing — including the 6-in. wooden skewer.

Various members of the Minnesota household rushed to pull whatever they could out of the 1-year-old Siberian Husky's mouth, but by then, the kebab has made its way down Jax's throat. O'Hern assumed that the skewer stick would pass through Jax's system and be excreted, just as bones had in the past.

A few hours later, Jax began to yelp, but the cries soon subsided. Then, a few days later, the dog began to scream in pain. When O'Hern took Jax to the vet, X-rays didn't capture a stick in Jax's body, and the vet told the family that the pooch was likely dehydrated and had a cold. Days passed, and Jax continued to make pained cries.

"It was the most awful noise ever," says O'Hern's wife Diane. "He would scream like a person. He would be fine and just doing his thing, and then all of a sudden, he would turn the wrong way, it would poke him just the right way, and he would cry and cry."

Three vet visits and three X-rays still yielded no clues, and doctors finally suggested exploratory surgery on Jax's stomach. A month after he had swallowed his shish kebab, Jax went in for his procedure, and the doctor found that the shish kebab skewer had pierced straight through the dog's large intestine. "They were so surprised that not only did the skewer go through his large intestine, but fluid didn't seep out of it," Diane says. The hospital staff were amazed that Jax went for so long in relatively good condition, but it seems as though Jax isn't just any dog.

"They say they cannot believe it — he was eating two hours after his surgery," Diane says. "They don't know our Jax!"

The now 2-year-old pooch, who is just as cute and energetic as ever, has since been sprayed by a skunk and bitten by ticks and gotten Lyme disease, but he's a "survivor," according to Diane, who will never put a shish kebab near her beloved Jax again if she can help it.

"I told my husband, 'No shish kebabs or skewers of any nature allowed anywhere around him ever again!"

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Charms is a one-year-old spayed female Beagle. She is good with other dogs and kids, and is available for adoption after 07/10/2010. This sweet pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that she finds it ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Rage Against The Pug

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Who is this?

It's actress Brooke Shields (with daughter Rowan and a pal) playing with an extra-large pooch during a trip to the dog park in Brentwood, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Patriotic Ruff Ropes with Tennis Ball Dog Toy

Price: $10.95

* 100% Cotton Premium Quality Play & Chew Dog Toy
* Cleans Pet Teeth & Gums while playing
* Perfect for Medium Sized Dogs

Amazon.com

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Scuba Dooby Doo: Meet the deep sea diving Dachshund with a taste for adventure

A Russian diving team has a brand new recruit - in the form of a miniature Dachshund.

The maritime mutt is seen here taking the plunge with his owner in a specially-built wet suit and breathing mask.

Boniface was kitted out with the suit by his owner Sergei Gorbunov, who is a professional diver.

Gorbunov claims that whenever he went diving without Boniface in the past, the dog would become upset, so he decided to solve the problem by taking him too.

A South Korean company agreed to make the purpose-built suit and now the intrepid divers are set to spend hours under the waves near Vladivostok, Russia.

Complete with oxygen tank and plexi-glass mask, Boniface has so far worn the suit in a series of trials in deep water pools - with a little encouragement in the form of sausages.

Gorbunov, who is director of diving at Vladivostok Maritime College, said: 'We created the suit for my pet Boniface.

'He always worries when divers disappear under the water so for his sake we have had a special doggy diving suit made, complete with an oxygen tank.

'We think the experiment has been a great success, Boniface felt comfortable under the water but maybe or maybe not because we fed him sausages before and after.'

Sergei said Boniface will be ready soon to dive in open water with the team at depths of up to 45 metres, which is the maximum depth for human divers.

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That will be it for today, pups. '60 Seconds' will be back on Monday. Thanks for reading, and have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

""60 Seconds" - Dogster News (6-30-10)

June 30th 2010 5:58 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 30th of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump day! Today is "Meteor Day" and "Leap Second Time Adjustment Day."

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Viewer Tip Reunites Stolen Puppy With Girl

A young girl and a 10-week-old puppy were reunited Tuesday after Roseville police arrested a teenager and a woman who allegedly stole the puppy from a Roseville park.

Roseville Police got a tip late Monday night from a CBS13 viewer who had just seen eight-year-old Angela German talking about how Rex, her German shepherd/pit bull mix puppy, was taken from her.

Angela had been playing in Maidu Park on Friday evening in Roseville when a teen approached and asked to pet the leashed puppy. The teen allegedly unclipped the leash and ran away with Rex in his arms, jumping into a waiting van.

Neither Angela nor her father, who was playing soccer just a few feet away, could catch up to the suspects.

Angela tearfully pleaded for Rex's safe return, fearing for the puppy's safety and promising she "would hug him and make sure that doesn't happen anymore" if she ever saw him again.

Joan Keenan saw the story on the CBS13 News At 10 on Monday night and called her granddaughter, 16-year-old Megan Keenan, to come watch.

"And then Megan tells me, 'Oh, I think I know who has the dog,'" Joan said.

Megan said she had heard from a friend about the dog. "I was like, whoa, that's crazy. I know him," she said.

Joan urged Megan to call police, and within minutes of the story airing on television, Roseville police were acting on the information.

That tip led them to a house on the 1200 block of Sheffield Way. Officers found Rex and they arrested a 13-year-old male for the theft of the puppy.

Officers also arrested 37-year-old Jean Merrill for grand theft and receiving stolen property. Officers believe Merrill, who is not the teenager's mother, drove the teen to and from the park when the puppy was stolen and was aware of what the teen suspect had done.

Police brought Rex back to the family after midnight Tuesday morning, and the family stayed up late playing with the dog.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Grizzly is a six-month-old neutered male Labrador Retriever mix. He is partially feral & does not trust people but is starting to get better. He will let you stay in the room with him & he will be his goofy self & make you laugh but he won't let you pet him. He does LOVE other dogs and would do amazing in a home with one or two other dogs. Let's hope that Grizzly finds his furever home very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Cat Is Stuck On Dog

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Who is this?

It's singer/actress Miley Cyrus (and boyfriend) walk growing pup Mate through Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Walter The Farting Dog Plush

Price: $11.46

WALTER THE FARTING DOG 8" LONG PLUSH from WILLIAM KOTZWINKLE, GLENN MURRAY and AUDREY COLEMAN'S HILARIOUS BOOKS. Squeeze him and he farts!

Amazon.com
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Myron the Blind Dog Is a Star Down Under

Myron the dog dives into the backyard bushes on the hunt for hidden treasures, and hits new heights when jumping for flying discs and tennis balls. Sound like every other pooch you know? Not exactly. The boxer-border collie mix is completely blind and has become a celebrity for his community outreach in his home of Sydney, Australia.

"He amazes me constantly," owner Raquel Wood says. "There's nothing he can't do."

And that means using his disability to raise awareness for matters that are important. Earlier this month, Myron was the guest of honor at Narellan Library's 10th Annual National Simultaneous Storytime event in Australia. For the kids' reading campaign, Myron performed a few of his famous party tricks — like doing a spot-on impression of a frog with all four limbs splayed out.

Blind since birth, the talented dog found a forever home four years ago with 41-year-old Wood and her husband, Terry. After Wood lost a previous dog to cancer, a friend told her about a "dumped dog" that had just given birth, so Wood decided to rescue a puppy and picked Myron "because he looked cross-eyed."

But after just two weeks of getting to know her new guy, Wood learned that Myron was blind. Within three months, Myron developed glaucoma and his eyes began to swell to the size of golf balls; surgery to remove his eyeballs was Myron's only option to alleviate his pain.

After the operation, "he was very happy," Wood says. "His confidence came back tenfold."

Wood recently wrote a memoir of her dog's life called The Magic of Myron, which she hopes to publish and release soon. Until then, Wood keeps her days filled by maintaining Myron's own Facebook page – which has more than 3,000 friends and continues to grow every day. But most important, Wood wants to share Myron's story with the world, and show how he uses his life as an example for others.

Myron can fetch and play, sit, stay and shake, just like any other dog. But his signature trick is his frog impersonation, in which he stretches his fore legs out front and his hind legs behind him so that he's flat on the floor. It's a trick he can perform on command. "He likes to show off!" Wood says.

Though Myron is living his life to the fullest, he has a few obstacles ahead of him. Not only does he struggle with environmental allergies – thankfully under control with the help of a personally formulated serum – Myron also suffers from epilepsy, enduring a seizure once a month. With no cure or treatment for this illness, Wood and her husband do everything they can to ease his pain and keep their baby comfortable, and try not to think about the things they can't control. Instead, they focus on Myron's future.

"No matter what situation you're in, you can always do something for someone else," Wood shares. "Myron shows people that you can have joy in life, even though your own health might be suffering."

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That's all for today's 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 (6-28-10)

June 28th 2010 3:17 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 28th of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Today is “Insurance Awareness Day”, “Paul Bunyan Day” and “Please Take My Children To Work Day.”

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Mark McGrath's Dogs 'Protect' His Newborn Twins

Rocker Mark McGrath and fiancée Carin Kingsland sure have their hands full. Not only are they adjusting to life with their eight-week-old twins, Lydon and Hartley, but they're also caring for three disabled dogs: Lola, Ruby and Chopper.

Lola, a 12-year-old Brussels Griffon is no longer able to walk. Ruby, 10, is a Japanese chin who lost an eye in a fight with another dog. And Chopper, the 7-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, is deaf.

"Lola is my original baby; I have her tattooed on my arm," says McGrath, 42, who will host Don't Forget the Lyrics! this fall. "We have to get up every couple of hours at night to take her to potty, so she's prepared us to have children."

Adds the Sugar Ray singer: "She's a huge part of the family, man. She's given us some great years, so I hope she can stick around a little more to enjoy the kids — and so they can pull her ears!"

Ruby has been the boldest with the little babies. "She just wants to lick them to death — it's weird," he says. "So we have to keep her away. I once fell asleep with [my son] on my chest and woke up to her bad breath licking the top of Lydon's head and go, 'OK, this has got to not happen.' "

But overall, the dogs have adjusted well to the infants, who were born on April 29. "The dogs have been amazing. They know not to go into the nursery — they stop just short of the [door] and just lay on the ground quietly," says McGrath. "They'll leave the area to bark. They're really very intuitive. They know that they're supposed to protect them."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Minnie is a five-year-old spayed female Anatolian Shepherd/German Shepherd mix. She is good with other dogs and cats, and is adoptable within 150 miles of Marina Del Rey, CA. Minnie is a very sweet, loyal girl who loves to give kisses and rub her face up against your leg. This pretty girl needs a loving, furever home. Let’s hope that she finds one ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Rooster Angers Puppy

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Who is this?

It's actress Ellen Pompeo and her feisty toy poodle in L.A.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Rag Rope Ball Dog Toy

Price: $12.99

This is definitely a toy for those pups that love to play fetch. Great for young and old, agile and slow, this ball will keep all parties entertained.

The rope & denim arms slow the speed of the ball down allowing even the less agile dog to site and retrieve, while it is also easy and fun to throw for more vigorous interaction. You can be sure that this toy is not only fun and entertaining, but that it is durable and safe as well. Rope ball is approximately 4" in diameter. Imported.

Dogtoys.com
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Understanding 'A Dog's Purpose' - An Interview With Author W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog's Purpose written by W. Bruce Cameron (author of the book "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" which became the hit TV show) is a novel for humans from a dog's point of view. It tells the story of a dog that continues reincarnating and realizes he'll keep coming back until he fulfills his purpose. But first he has to figure out what that purpose is.

The dog's experiences give us a compelling view into subjects like puppy mills, police dogs and, most significantly, the incredible bond a dog forms with his humans. Cameron is a syndicated humor columnist, but this isn't a breezy summer read. It’s funny and heartwarming, but also gut-wrenching at times.

After reading "A Dog's Purpose," here are a few questions for Cameron:

You were inspired to write the book when a dog reminded you of your childhood pet Cammie. Could you tell us more about that?
I was taking a bike ride in the mountains and I passed by a dog on a chain outside a house, behind a fence. He barked at me once and then just sort of sat down and stared at me. I got off my bike, and I walked over and looked at him, and we just locked eyes. He was a dark-colored mutt, and he really reminded me of Cammie, and the way she used to look me in the eye.

This dog seemed really excited to see me, but I couldn't get close because of the fence. I stayed there and talked to him for a little while, and it really struck me as I rode away that it felt like I had interacted with my very first dog, as if my dog had come back and I had stumbled across her.

That got me thinking, when our canine friends die, we don't really let go of them. At least I don't. I feel like I always will have my dogs with me. The bond between a person and their dog never dies. I started thinking, "What would happen if the dog was reincarnated? What would that be like for the dog?"

How did you learn the information about search and rescue dogs that you included in your book?
I'm basically a lurker on some search-and-rescue chat boards. I don't ever post because I don't have anything to say that would be of value to them, but I read about what's going on.

I read the search-and-rescue training manual, which is quite detailed. That gave me real insight into not just how they trained the dogs, but how they -- the people who are involved in this -- perceive the dogs' sense of smell, how strong it is, how they track and how it all comes together.

Was any part of the book particularly hard for you to write? (Warning, spoiler alert!)
It was pretty difficult for me to write about the end of Bailey's life, when the dog is on the table and understands there's a rising sense of urgency in the room and because of that, he won't let go. Because of that, he stays alive. It's something a dog would do; they have such a strong sense of what's going on inside of us, and it would be so like a dog to think, "Oh, whatever's going on, I need to be here for it. I can't go now." That was really emotional for me.

Who do you most want to read this book?
I think this is a great book for someone who has lost a dog. I really believe that the central theme is that true love never dies and that if you're aware, if you keep your eyes open, your dog might find his way back to you in one way or another. I think that's a powerful message that can give you a sense of hope and completion. There's a great message about love and life and it's tied to the dog.

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

 

""60 Seconds" - Dogster News (6-25-10)

June 25th 2010 3:30 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 25th of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today is “Take Your Dog To Work Day”, “National Catfish Day”, and “Log Cabin Day.”

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Sophie the Dog Thinks She's a Renaissance Pooch

Has Leonardo Da Vinci come back to life in the form of a dog? If he has, then surely the dog is Sophie, a stage performer and retired painter who has been doing tricks, creating expressionist art and wowing audiences since she was a wee 2-month-old puppy.

Her owner, Jacquelyn Brady, says that her 11-year-old pooch is the most intelligent dog she has ever met. "Ever since she was little, everyone told me how much personality she had," Brady says. "She's just been a favorite wherever she goes."

During her painting phase, Sophie would create art by holding a paint-covered brush in her mouth. She created about 15 pieces that are hanging around Brady's home. Though Brady has received inquiries from interested buyers, she says that they aren't for sale.

Sophie makes money in other ways, as it turns out. From her work performing at birthday parties and other events, the dog brings in four figures each year, according to Brady. "Pretty good salary, huh?" For a dog that puts together puzzles and plays basketball on stage, we'd have to agree.

One trick that Sophie wasn't taught is her innate need for rapt attention from her audience. On multiple occasions, Sophie has stopped in the middle of her act to quiet noisy children disrupting her performance. "She has stopped in the middle of a puzzle to go over to a kid and bark at him," Brady says. "Once, the kid did it again just to see what she'd do, and she stopped, went back and barked at him again. That's not something you could teach a dog — it's just her personality."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Tiger is a neutered male Yorkshire Terrier. Tiger was given to rescue because his owners could not handle him. They said he was a biter, would bark non-stop, would try to dominate everybody and dug in the backyard. Tiger was with his family for 5 years. Since he has been at the rescue, he was neutered, which changed his behavior. Tiger now gets along well with other dogs, he is playful, affectionate and happy. He rarely barks now and he is extremely smart. Tiger does not bite, nor he is aggressive with the other dogs or people. This sweet pup needs a new loving, furever home. Let’s hope that he finds one very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Incredible Doggie Acrobat Climbs Tree!

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Who is this?

It's singer Ciara with maltipoo Tyson, while shopping her way down West Hollywood's Robertson Boulevard.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Fat Cat Sooper Dooper Flip Flop Yankers

Price: $9.59

We're not talking about flimsy footwear here, folks. Nope, the Sooper Dooper Incredible Strapping Flip-Flop Yankers are mighty strong and fabulously floppy fun for you and your dog.

Fat Cat has artfully fused the technology your dog loves to create this toy that's both strapping strong and outrageously floppy.

Each toy measures 16" long. Imported.

Dogtoys.com

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Dog Saves Canine Pal from Busy Intersection

For a dog named Brawn, his best friend, Brains, is his hero.

Brains earned her name after leading Brawn, an emaciated male pit bull with a 20 lb. chain wrapped around his neck, through a busy intersection in downtown West Palm Beach, Fla.

"They seemed to be friends," David Walesky of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control says. "She was nudging him, telling him to get out of the road. They were crossing traffic. He was worn out and she was in front of him saying, 'Let's get across this together. I'm waiting for you, buddy—let's go.' "

On June 14, two construction workers spotted the skinny orange male pup, who weighed about 40 lbs, stumbling as he tried to maneuver his way through a busy street. When Brawn stumbled, Brains, a black pit bull mix (above), waited for him.

"She was giving him encouragement and getting him through traffic," says Walesky. "He was up and moving, but it is difficult to drag that heavy of a chain."

The construction workers scooped up the dogs and brought them to a nearby animal shelter. Soon, Kay-Lynette Roca, founder of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary heard of their plight, and immediately called to inquire about them.

"I asked for the dogs because they were going to put them down," says Roca. "It's so crappy for them to survive all of that and [then be euthanized]. They have gone through too much, they're obviously friends, and we are the only shelter in South Florida that takes pit bulls."

So on Tuesday, off Brains and Brawn went to the Jupiter, Fla., sanctuary, which never euthanizes animals. "They're settling in very nicely," says Roca. "They're doing very well; they need to put some weight on."

The pair are now resting comfortably together at the sanctuary's state-of-the-art, charitable veterinary hospital, where Brawn is being treated for heartworms. Next stop: the sanctuary's newly-opened, 28-acre ranch in Palm City, where they'll "acclimate and chill out," Roca says.

The West Palm Beach neighborhood in which dogs were found is known as a breeding ground for fight dogs, Roca says. "A lot of these guys will put weights and chains around their neck to build up muscles."

Roca believes Brains and Brawn broke loose from the same abusive situation. "They seem to know one another," she says. "She is protective of him, and she seems to be the leader." Thankfully, the pair don't show any aggression to other dogs or to humans. "They're very sweet," she adds. "We see no problems with them."

These best friends will now remain so forever, as they'll only be adopted out to a family willing to take both. Roca promises: "I will absolutely make sure they stay together."

If you would like information on how to adopt Brains and Brawn, or make a donation for their medical care, call (561) 747-5311 or visit the sanctuary's website.

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

 

""60 Seconds" - Dogster News (6-22-10)

June 22nd 2010 6:59 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 22nd of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Tuesday! News will be posted today instead of Wednesday, due to my mom going out of town for a few days. Today is “National Chocolate Eclair Day”, “National Columnists Day”, and “Perigan Spring Tides Day.”

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Ouch! Dog Swallows Five Ceramic Cat Toys

Leave it to a cat to give a dog some trouble! When Snowy, a 1-year-old West Highland terrier, stopped eating several weeks ago, her owners feared the worst. Numerous trips to the local veterinarian in Wyton on the Hill, England, didn't seem to help — whether they were changing her diet, checking her kidneys or giving her a full medical exam, doctors couldn't pinpoint the problem.

Then one X-ray changed everything. "The vets phoned to say Snowy had swallowed five cats," owner Samantha Reed tells the Daily Mail. "I thought they meant real ones!" But no, Snowy had somehow ingested five small cat-shaped ceramic toys, which appeared in films — ears, tail and all.

Veterinarian Nigel Belgrove says it was "one of the must unusual X-rays" he'd ever seen. "We could clearly see the biggest cat (which was 2 in. tall) inside her stomach."

Luckily, Snowy naturally passed the cats — a dad, mom and three kittens — without problem, and is recovering at home. "She's a different dog, very sociable, happy and full of energy," Reed says. "We're relieved she's OK and that we found out what was wrong with her, even if it was a huge surprise to us!"

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Karly is a two-year-old spayed female German Shepherd. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids, and is adoptable within 100 miles of Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, IL. This sweet pup was surrendered to the shelter because her previous owner could no longer afford to care for her. Let’s hope that pretty Carly finds a new, loving furever home ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Pug Puppy’s Slumber Party Of One

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Who is this?

It's actor Seth Rogen and his pup taking a casual stroll through his West Hollywood neighborhood.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Kong Red Rubber Flyer

Price: $6.29

Fetch has never been more fun. Enjoy many hours of outdoor exercise with the Kong Flyer. The flexible rubber flying disc features accurate flight and soft catch that lets your dog run and run. The non-toxic natural rubber Flyer is perfectly safe and easy on your pet’s teeth and gums. For dogs up to 85 pounds. 9 inches in diameter. Made in the U.S.A.

Amazon.com

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Med Center's Trash Becomes Animal Shelter's Treasured Dog Bed

The West End Shelter for Animals in Ontario, Calif., used to line its dog kennels with sheets of newspapers. Pups would tear the paper to shreds, and the staff would be left with two messes: finding the dogs homes and picking up the pieces.

But one local hospital's efforts to go green gave the dog kennels a much needed makeover — in the form of a blue, cloth-like fabric that the medical center normally disposed of on a weekly basis.

Since April, the Kaiser Permanente Ontario Vineyard Medical Center has put this scrap material to use at the shelter — 850 lbs. of it (and counting!). The West End folks pick up these plushy "wrappers," which are used to line surgical trays, from the hospital each week. Once sanitized, this material becomes bedding for the hundreds of dogs at the no-kill, non-profit animal shelter.

"I think it's more comfortable for [the dogs]," Shannon Cox, West End's office manager says. "It's a very stressful time for them. They're often going from being in a home to a completely new environment when they first come in."

And since it's quite an upgrade from the messy, shredded newspaper the shelter had used previously, the new bedding is just as beneficial to the staff as it is to the pups. Cox says the dogs do notice the cozy addition to their kennels, which is the closest thing the animals have to a home until they are adopted. "They see the difference," she says. "I think the newspaper felt dirty."

The donation of the material is part of the medical center's initiative to reduce its carbon foot print, and its "Go Green Team" is the brain — and heart — behind the operation.

"This area has been hit really hard with the loss of homes due to the economy," Monty Bennett, the department administrator for the surgery center, says. "There are a lot of pets that are homeless. Anything we can do to contribute — we're just glad to do."

This project also means less trips to the landfill — the hospital throws away about 200 lbs. of the wrappers a week. But for Bennett it's truly about the furry little friends who are just looking for a place to call home.

"Of all the initiatives, this one has really left a paw print on all of our hearts," Bennett says. "Seeing the animals use the products, it really hits you."

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

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (6-21-10)

June 21st 2010 12:00 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 21st of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Today is “Summer Solstice”, “National Daylight Appreciation Day”, “Go Skateboarding Day”, “World Handshake Day”, and “World Humanist Day.”

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Delta Loses 8-Week-Old Puppy -- Sends Dog to California not Maine

Just a week after Delta Airlines made news for putting two children on wrong flights, and a month after the airline lost a dog that a vacationing couple had rescued, Delta misplaced another passenger: An 8-week-old puppy. The pooch was sent to California instead of Maine, reports MyFoxMaine.com.

The puppy belongs to Cyndi O'Brien, who had purchased the dog from a kennel in South Carolina. The breeder put the little guy on a flight to Atlanta, and Delta was supposed to transfer him to a flight headed for Portland, Maine which landed around 11 that night. Instead, he ended up in San Jose, Calif., a fact O'Brien wasn't able to get from Delta until the next day. Once Delta was aware of the mistake, they put the dog on a red eye to Portland, but that didn't change the fact that he was stuck in his crate for nearly 24 hours, according to MyFoxMaine.com.

Upon arriving at his new home, the puppy cowered, then vomited and had diarrhea -- he was later diagnosed with dehydration and pneumonia by O'Brien's vet. O'Brien says Delta has been unable to answer whether he was fed, watered, walked or kept company for any portion of the ordeal. She has yet to receive an apology from the airline.

O'Brien says that Delta told her to fill out a complaint and fill out an email, and not to call them back -- something she felt was offensive and showed a serious disregard for her puppy's life. Regardless of how Delta responds, O'Brien is just glad to have her puppy at home with her.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Buster Bacon is an 11-year-old male Miniature Schnauzer. He was surrendered to the shelter by his family because they were moving. This senior pup is a curious, friendly little guy that loves affection. He is also house-trained and easy to please. Buster needs a loving furever home. Let’s hope that he finds it very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dog Falls For Cat

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Who is this?

It's actor Gerard Butler and his pug, Lolita, on an outing to L.A.'s Griffith Park.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Top Performance Collapsible Storage Cube

Price: $12.95

In the shop or on the go, use this handy collapsible storage bin to hold towels, toys, leads and other groomer equipment. Then fold it flat and hide it away! Made of easy-clean polyester, it features a cute pawprint decal to coordinate with other Top Performance accessories. It has a tough sewn-on handle and solid fold-down bottom.

Amazon.com

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Dog Is Saved Twice By Same Animal Rescue Worker

Scruffy the canine escape artist is giving Welsh animal welfare officers a run for their money.

The 12-year-old trouble-making terrier has been rescued twice this year by the same inspector from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), in two different parts of of the U.K., BBC News reports.

Earlier this year, RSPCA inspector Julie Fadden helped to save Scruffy from a bad home situation in the town of Merthyr Tydfil. "The dog was living in very poor conditions, so I rescued him," Fadden told the South Wales Evening Post.

Last month, Scruffy was adopted by new owners in Swansea, some 60 miles away.

But just two days after moving in, Scruffy managed to escape his new digs and go for a wander. He apparently squeezed through a cat door, jumped over a wall, and made his way through a dense hedge before wandering down a busy road, BBC News reports.

Fadden was called in to rescue the dog, and was surprised when she recognized him as the pooch she'd saved from the other side of South Wales. Fortunately, Scruffy wasn't injured, and he'd already been microchipped by his new owners.

"We had everyone out searching and scouring the area looking for Scruffy," his new owner, Sue Overment, told BBC News. They were thrilled to be reunited with the pooch later that night.

"He looked really laid back without a care in the world," Overment told BBC News. "He's such a determined little mutt. We should rename him Harry Houdini."

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That will do it for this edition of the news. '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.

 
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