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"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (6-18-10)

June 18th 2010 12:27 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 18th of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today is "National Splurge Day", "Go Fishing Day" and "Work At Home Father's Day."

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Man Finds $58 in Dog Poop, Returns It to Owner

Steve Wilson was on a routine call to a home in St. Louis, Mo. It was a regular May day in the yard of his client, Karen Linn. A regular day picking up dog poop, that is.

Wilson, 58, works for a company called DoodyCalls Pet Waste Removal, and as a waste management specialist, he was just going about his job picking up the droppings on Linn's property. It all seemed rather normal, until he spotted something strange poking out of one of the piles of stool. Wilson inspected further, because all DoodyCalls employees are trained to look closely for signs of illness or worms.

"When I looked down, I'm like, 'Why is there a bright green and pink color here?'" Wilson says. "I said, 'Wait a minute,' and moved it around. 'That's a $5 bill. A $20. Another $20. Two more five and three ones.' There was $58 in there."

Wilson gathered up all the bills (or pieces of bills), put them in a spare plastic bag he had in his car, and took them home to try and clean them off. Not before leaving a note for Linn, however, telling her that he wasn't sure if she'd misplaced some money, and that he had found some in her golden retriever-standard poodle mix Fozzie's poop.

When he got home, he handed over the bag of money, along with his soiled work clothes, to his wife, who takes care of the laundry. Wilson's wife put the bills in a mesh laundry bag and washed them three or four times, enough to make sure that they were in good enough shape to return to Linn.

"It's my job!" Wilson says about why he returned the money, most of which is still valid currency. "As tight as times are, I figure she could use the money as much as any of the rest of us. It was the way I was raised —you be honest, you do a diligent job. You return things that aren't yours to the person it does belong to."

Linn, for her part, was confused and surprised when she got Wilson's note explaining that he'd found money.

"I had gone out of town, and if you leave change or money on the counter, your kids or husband will pick it up and take it," Linn says. "I figured my husband must have taken it, and I didn't think a second thing about it."

When she discovered that it was her 3-year-old dog, she wasn't so surprised. Fozzie has a history of eating things that aren't meant to be eaten, like paper and, once, even an undergarment.

"He didn't feel good, and we weren't sure why. We had a series of x-rays done, and we weren't certain what these little metal things were," Linn says.

Linn's husband took the x-rays to work, where a receptionist walked by and said, "Oh, that looks like a bra!" Fozzie had eaten the entire bra (no underwire) in one piece, and ended up passing it through his system in one piece.

"He's a lucky dog," Linn says. "The one good thing that can come out of this is that people should be very cognizant about what their pets eat. It's an important thing to keep up, and now we do."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

SnowDrop is a 10-month-old spayed female Boxer. She is adoptable within 100 miles of North Carolina, South Carolina. This pretty pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that she finds it ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Mishka the Talking Dog Sings for Cake on Her Birthday!

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Who is this?

It's Sharon and Kelly Osbourne strolling the beach in Malibu, Calif., with two of their Pomeranian pups.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Puzzle Plush Egg Babies Platypus Dog Toy

Price: $7.59

Your dog will have a blast with the Kyjen Egg Babies. It’s a fun plush toy with an elastic opening underneath. Insert 3 squeaking eggs inside the opening. When your dog hears the squeaking, he’ll have a good time exploring the Egg Baby and discovering the removable eggs inside. He’ll learn to remove the eggs without destroying the plush toy for years of good times. Includes 5 eggs. Toy measures 9 x 9 x 10 inches.

amazon.com

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'Small Dog, Big Dog:' Canine Odd Couples Get Their Own Book

"Dogs don't mind being photographed in compromising situations," the photographer Elliott Erwitt once said. And while a sidewalk encounter between a pit bull and a Chihuahua might not turn out so well for one of the parties, in acclaimed photographer Barbara Karant's new book, there they are, posing calmly next to each other.

Compromise? Maybe not. It turns out the 192 dogs snapped for Small Dog, Big Dog were all well-behaved, and — don't spread this around too much — got along happily together. And nothing was digitally altered!

"They're all there," Karant says. "Admittedly, some of the combinations are really crazy, but they're really funny and fun. It's kind of amazing that the dogs all got along."

Karant, whose first book of dog photographs, called Greyhounds, was an ode to the breed that stole her heart years ago, is actually an architecture and design photographer. She applied some of that same training and aesthetic to her six-month project with her small and large dogs, looking for unique structural compositions.

Most of the photographs in the full-color book were "choreographed to within an inch of our lives," Karant says. She planned out her vision in advance (a greyhound with pugs, hairy dogs with not-so-hairy dogs), and waited and waited until the dogs could work with her to execute each shot.

"I'm really patient," she says. "I make a lot of noises and talk a lot of baby talk."

The book's proceeds will benefit the Morris Animal Foundation's Canine Cancer Campaign, which aims to find prevention and treatments, and ultimately, a cure. In part, the gesture is in memory of one of Karant's subjects from this project, a sheepdog that succumbed to the disease.

After shooting 60 breeds, Karant learned quite a lot about all the different dogs she met — but her heart still belongs to the greyhound.

"They have these long legs that I'm never going to have in this life, you know? I'm a short woman."

Small Dog, Big Dog is on sale June 29. Pre-order your copy on the book's website.

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That'll be it for today, pups. '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 (6-14-10)

June 14th 2010 12:27 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 14th of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Today is "Flag Day", "Family History Day", "(World) Blood Donor Day", and "Pause For The Pledge Day."

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Burned Dog Bounces Back to Win Photo Contest — And Hearts

Two years ago, Tivi's future wasn't looking so bright. The Shar-Pei mix was found alone on the side of an Oregon road, his muzzle taped and his skin doused with gasoline — he'd been set on fire and left for dead.

After two years of intensive therapy for burns and trauma at the Humane Society of the Ochocos, an Oregon-based no-kill shelter, Tivi was adopted in March and given a new lease on life. And now, because of his heartbreaking story and amazing perseverance, the 7-year-old is gaining friends and fame.

Recently, Tivi nabbed the title Director of Barketing at Oregon's Sunriver Resort after winning an online competition by a landslide. "It was a simple photo contest, initially conceived as a way for us to convey the fact that we have pet-friendly accommodations," Sunriver's interactive marketing manager Daryl McCarl says. "We had never heard of Tivi, but as it turns out, he has quite a following."

In fact, the resilient pup has a Tumblr and Facebook, where he has 350 fans who helped him beat 300 other dogs to nab Sunriver's title. As the winner, he'll appear in the resort's pet-friendly marketing campaign, receive some fun prizes and enjoy a relaxing getaway with his dad, Jonathan Elwing.

While McCarl thinks the resort will plan a similar competition for 2011, he knows they'll be hard-pressed to find a pooch with a story as compelling as Tivi's. Says McCarl, "He really is a special dog."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Razzmatazz is a two-year-old male Pug mix. This sweet pup went from a high-kill shelter to a foster home. Razzmatazz is very sweet, and he loves other dogs and people. He is also calm, well-mannered and house-trained. Raz needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds one very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Baby Headrest For Bulldog
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Who is this?

It's singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth playing at a New York City park with her pup.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Nobbly Wobbly Ball on a ROPE

Price: $3.99

It is a series of interwoven loops of Cressite rubber (that is the rubber that smells like vanilla) -- this one has a small ball with a bell in the middle. PLUS this Nobbly Wobbly has a rope handle so that you can launch it far�or so your dogs can play tug. This seems to be one tough ball and is about 4inches in diameter and the rope handle is 14 inches long.

bestfriendsgeneralstore.com

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Experts Claims Dogs Really Are Better Than Cats

The cat is finally out of the bag – dogs make better pets than our feline friends.

Experts claim to have put an end to the age-old debate between cat and dog lovers.

Cats and dogs were judged in 11 categories ranging from eco-friendliness and bonding to ease of training and popularity.

The study by New Scientist magazine found that in many categories cats excelled.

They eat less than dogs, equating to a smaller ecological footprint – the area of land required to farm their food.

They have bigger and more complex brains. They are also the most popular pet, with 204 million living in the top 10 cat-owning countries, compared to 173 million in the top 10 canine countries.

A purr-fect pet is though to be one that can capture your attention.

Dogs have better “vocal flexibility” using length, range, pitch and frequency of their barks to tell their owners if they are lonely or happy.

But a simple miaow can capture our attention without raising the err of neighbors.

Owning a dog has more health benefits keeping their owners fit with daily walks.

In terms of utility, dogs are considered more useful, hunting herding and guarding.

“Cats are good if you have an infestation of rodents,” the study’s author found.

Cats have superior hearing and the ability to see at low light, but dogs have a legendary sense of smell.

But when it comes to which animals interacts better with humans it’s a dog eat dog world.

Dogs have had a longer shared history with humans and a better ability to bond with their masters.

They can also understand us better than cats.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but dogs are paws down the easiest pets to train.

So it seems that for cat owners, it really is a dog’s life.

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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.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (6-11-10)

June 11th 2010 12:39 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 11th of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today is "Corn On The Cob Day."

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How Much Would You Spend on a Sick Pet?

How much is your pet’s health worth to you?

Most pet owners say that cost is a factor when deciding whether to seek medical care for a sick dog or cat. And about 40 percent worry they won’t be able to afford care when it’s needed, according to a new survey from the Associated Press and the Web site Petside.com.

Most pet owners (62 percent) said they would likely pay for pet health care even if the cost reached $500, but that means more than a third of pet owners said that might be too much to spend on an animal.

What if the bill for veterinary care reached $1,000? Fewer than half of pet owners said they were very likely to spend that much at the vet. Only a third said it was very likely they would pay a $2,000 vet bill.

Once the cost of saving a sick pet reached $5,000, most pet owners said they would stop treatment. Only 22 percent said they were very likely to pick up $5,000 in veterinary costs to treat a sick dog or cat.

The poll, conducted in April, involved phone interviews with 1,112 pet owners around the country.

Cat owners were more likely to quit on a pet sooner than dog owners. Among those unwilling to spend $500 on veterinary care, 26 percent owned dogs and 54 percent had cats. But once costs exceeded $500, there was no difference between dog and cat owners and their willingness to seek medical care for an animal.

Notably, income level didn’t seem to influence feelings about how much to spend on veterinary care. Pet owners who earned less than $50,000 answered about the same as those earning more money.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Cookie is a one-year-old spayed female Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Cookie has a happy-go-lucky attitude. She loves making new friends, and really likes being a part of a family. This pretty pup deserves a loving, furever home. Let's hope that she finds it very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dog Makes Baby Laugh, and Laugh!

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Who is this?

It's actor Luke Wilson going for a jog with his pup in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Mighty Toy - Farm Cow

Price: $18.99

Veterinarian Recommended and Approved

Mighty Toy Construction: Durability is created for each toy with multiple layers of flexible materials. Compared to other toys, Mighty Dog Toys have no hard edges. The result is that these toys do not promote chewing - great when you're trying to discourage chewing habits. These toys may seem plush on the outside, but all the durability features are internal making these toys soft, yet MIGHTY strong. These toys are machine washable (air dry) and float.

k9tuff.com

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Dog Left Out with Trash Recuperates with Physical Therapy

The dog was left in the yard next to large, black garbage bags, his crate covered by a blanket. Dillinger, a 1-year-old puppy in Florida, had been put outside to be collected along with the trash.

He was covered with fleas, and had bald patches from the resulting dermatitis. His crate had no food or water, and he looked out, standing on three of his good legs, lifting a back leg that was broken.

His owner, who is being investigated by the Orange County Sheriff's Office on animal cruelty and abandonment charges, had left the dog outside a stranger's house, and residents there had no knowledge of the dog until he was found.

Dillinger's rear leg, broken after he was hit by a car, had been left untreated from anywhere between 30 to 60 days. It had been damaged for so long that the muscles in that leg atrophied and he carried it around instead of putting it on the ground. His right front leg was also deformed, likely due to the accident.

But there is good news. Now, with the help of a local shelter called Pet Rescue by Judy, Dillinger is doing and feeling much better. Doctors performed surgery on the broken limb, and removed the bone pieces that were stuck in his ligaments. He has been undergoing physical therapy to regain muscle strength, and is now using his injured back leg 70 percent of the time.

"He is like a different dog!" his foster caretaker, Jessica Chapman, says. "From the start, he's just been really sweet, but you can tell he's feeling better. He's talking all the time to me, making growly noises and barking and wanting to play. To see that come out is amazing."

Despite his likely horrific year with his previous owner, Dillinger is surprisingly well-tempered. Chapman says he gets along well with people, especially children, and loves other dogs.

"He walks right up to other animals and rolls on his back," Chapman says. "He absolutely holds no grudges. When you meet him and see him, his whole back end wags when his tail wags."

With his puppy energy back to normal and his back leg far along in the healing process, Dillinger has one more step before he will be ready for adoption. Vets will operate on the deformed front leg and give Dillinger a few more months in physical therapy to get full use of all his legs back, and then he will have a chance to find his new forever home.

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

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (6-9-10)

June 9th 2010 1:04 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 9th of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump day! Today is "Profess Your Love Day" and Donald Duck Day!

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Musical Concert for Dogs in Sydney

There's a saying "It's a dog's life." Well it was on Saturday when the Sydney Opera House came alive to the sound of high-pitched music and howling dogs.

K-9 lovers walked their pets to an open-air concert for dogs.

Organizers estimated about 1,000 dogs showed up to enjoy the free music concert.

Acclaimed American musician Laurie Anderson wrote a 20 minute piece for the occasion.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes were there.

"I'm a music lover and I go to lots and lots of concerts and I thought he might as well too."

Anderson performed with fellow musicians at the free concert as part of the Vivid Live festival in Sydney.

While dog owners could hear the music, some of the strange tones and high pitches were certainly geared for the dogs to appreciate rather than their two legged owners.

[Dr. Geoff Golovsky, Veterinarian]:
"It's fantastic, it's great! It's a testament to Laurie and her reputation and the organizers of the event. It's fantastic and there's been no problem with the dogs. Everyone's been responsible."

Anderson appeared to enjoy the day and was very happy with the turn out, especially as it was a special occasion - her birthday.

[Laurie Anderson, Musician]:
"We chose the steps of the Opera House and it was so fantastic all the dogs were really grooving on the music, they really seemed to enjoy it."

The vivid live festival runs until June 20th.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Mario is a five-year-old neutered male Miniature Pinscher. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Mario was found as an ill stray. A trip to the vet revealed rat poisoning. This sweet pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds one ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Talking Dogs

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Who is this?

It's model Miranda Kerr and her Yorkie, Frankie, at LAX airport.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Kibble Nibble Dog Toy

Price: $10.78

Help your dog shed some pounds and stay in shape with the Premier Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble. Place food or treats inside the toy, and watch your pet exercise mentally and physically to try to get the food our of it. The safe activity ball features customizable dual Treat Meters that randomly dispense kibble and treats as the ball tumbles around. Rubber bumpers save your walls and floors from marks. Unscrews for easy loading and cleaning. Holds about 2 cups of food. For medium and large dogs over 20 pounds, such as spaniels, shelties, labs, and Rottweilers.

Amazon.com

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Man Saves Dog from Choking to Death on Spare Rib

It's any pet owner's worst nightmare: Your dog starts choking right in front of you, helplessly gasping for air. But instead of falling paralyzed with fear, Chris Mallett sprang to action when it happened to his pup recently — and thanks to his quick thinking, she's still alive today.

Mallett's 7-year-old bulldog Stella had stolen a spare rib during a family barbecue in Essex, Britain, last week. After finishing her snack, she somehow ended up inhaling the bone — and obstructing her airway, RexUSA.com reports.

Mallett, a former Army aid, noticed Stella struggling for air. He pried the pup's jaw open and was able to retrieve the 5-in. bone, but because she'd been deprived of oxygen, Stella soon fell unconscious. So Mallett performed rescue breathing, first blowing into the dog's snout before performing mouth-to-mouth. He also rubbed her belly, encouraging her to breathe.

After a few harrowing moments, Stella thankfully came to. "She lifted up her head and looked like she'd had 15 beers, but eventually she got up," Mallett tells RexUSA.com. Following some recovery time, Stella was up and running again — and will hopefully steer clear of spare ribs!

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That's all for this edition of the news. '60 Seconds' will be back on Friday. Thanks for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (6-7-10)

June 7th 2010 12:20 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 7th of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Today is "Daniel Boone Day" and "VCR Day."

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After Four Years Missing, Family Dog Returns, Thanks to Chip

Used to be dogs who got lost would use their instinctual GPS to find their way home, even across great distances. Now, thanks to technology, lazy hounds can just wander aimlessly around until someone with a scanner picking reads the microchip embedded in their flesh. Which is how a Long Island dog who went missing back in 2006 found his way back to his owners earlier this month.

The dog, a coton de Tuléar (a small, hypoallergenic breed native to Madagascar) named Cooper, was found by an shelter supervisor wandering the streets 17 miles from Gwynne Wicks's Lloyd Harbor home. Back at the shelter, they found the microchip, traced its ownership to Wicks and called her up. She was understandably shocked, and tells Newsday, "I said, 'Wait a second, what are you telling me? You found my dog from four years ago?' "

When Wicks arrived at Cooper's cage in the shelter, she says, "He turned around and looked at me and gave me a big lick," she said with a laugh. "I said, 'That's him!' " Miraculously, Cooper was found with matted fur but was otherwise healthy.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

China is a one-year-old spayed female German Shepherd/Newfoundland mix. She is good with kids and is adoptable within 100 miles of Jacksonville, FL. China loves attention and playing outside. This big, beautiful pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope she gets one very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dog Scared Of Snow

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Who is this?

It's model Gisele Bundchen, her baby, and pups Vida and Lua, walking through Boston.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Pet Megalast Ball w/ Rope

Price: $11.99

The double has a colorful twisted rope figure eight with a wrapped rope handle on one side and a Megalast medium ball on the other for fun tug games with your dog.

Megalast Balls and Bones are made in the USA. They are 100% recyclable, plus they are made in an eco-friendly facility that utilizes solar power to make the balls!

The new TPE material floats, bounces and holds up to some tough play.

Megalast Ball with Rope Double (Medium) has an 11" rope figure eight and 3" diameter ball.

Dogtoys.com

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10 Things You Should Know Before Getting Your Own 'Marmaduke'

The movie Marmaduke hit the big screen this weekend and pet experts and Great Dane breeders are bracing for a "101 Dalmatians" style run on the pony-sized dogs.

The live-action movie tells the story of Marmaduke as an awkward teenager who has trouble fitting in when the family moves from the Midwest to Southern California. (One of the plot points naturally involves a surfing competition.) Actor Owen Wilson voices the dog and Lee Pace, Judy Greer and William H. Macy star as several of the humans.

Even though the original comic strip and the new movie show the trouble the big dog gets into, breeders and rescuers expect that the film will spark a huge interest in Great Danes. The concern is that while at first, people will adore these amazing animals, once the new owners realize how large the dogs can get and how expensive they can be, they'll dump the unwanted pets in shelters. Serious breeders also fear that opportunists with little knowledge of the dog will race to breed the next hot commodity.

The American Kennel Club and the Great Dane Club of America urge movie-goers "not to get star struck" by the breed and make an impulse purchase.

"Everything is bigger when you own a Great Dane," says Dave Miller, President of the Great Dane Club of America. "They eat a lot of food and take up a lot of space in your home and car," he adds. Families interested in adopting one of the dogs should spend time with several grown adult Great Danes "to make sure they understand how large the breed is," Miller says.

What else should you think about before getting your own Marmaduke?

Arlene Scarbrough, a longtime Great Dane breeder in Atlanta, recommends you consider that:

1) Great Danes generally weigh 150 to 200 pounds at adulthood.

2) At 6 months old, a Great Dane can knock you down the stairs if it jumps on you.

3) The dogs can be destructive. They'll chew on furniture, clothing and even sheet-rock. "We call them termites," Scarbrough says. If they aren't properly trained, she notes, "They can eat your house."

4) They consume two 40-pound bags of dog food per month.

5) The breed is prone to health problems that often require expensive surgeries.

6) Great Danes need constant companionship. Scarbrough recommends a second dog of the opposite sex if an adult is not at home with them.

7) Even when they're young, you can't leave a Great Dane puppy loose in the house and go to work, says Scarbrough. They will get into too much trouble. But puppies are also unhappy if you crate them. This puts new owners in a tough bind.

8) If the dog is accustomed to being in air-conditioning, he or she can be very susceptible to heat stroke. Scarborough notes that you can't leave the dog outside on a hot day for longer than it takes to go to the bathroom without risk.

9) Although the dogs are big, they aren't athletic. "They can't jog; it will tear up their hips," Scarbrough explains.

10) Finally, before you welcome a Great Dane into your family, contact a breeder or another Great Dane owner and get to know the breed to make sure it's right for you. "We don't mind people coming here and not buying," Scarbrough says. "If I get too many after the movie, I'll just set up an hourly tour."

David McCarthy, an Atlanta musician and long-time Great Dane owner, clearly adores the breed but agrees there are challenges. The dogs sleep on a queen-sized mattress in the master bedroom and he admits that they pretty much run the place.

"They let us stay in our house so long as we feed them," McCarthy says.

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

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (6-4-10)

June 4th 2010 12:51 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 4th of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today is "Audacity To Hope Day" and "Donut Day!"

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Former World's Ugliest Dog Miss Ellie Dies at 17

After a decade-long career in show business, former World's Ugliest Dog winner Miss Ellie has died. The 17-year-old hairless Chinese crested, who lived and worked with owner Dawn Goehring, died of natural causes.

Goehring's troop of 14 rescue dogs perform shows at Tennessee's Comedy Barn Theater, as well as local schools, libraries and senior centers. Miss Ellie, equipped with little other than the ability to sit and shake, acted as the mascot during shows and thrived when there were plenty of laps to sit on.

"She was especially great in pet therapy, and would go from lap to lap to lap," Goehring says. "Seniors would argue over who got to hold her."

Goehring was looking for a hairless dog when her local shelter contacted her about Miss Ellie. Before being rescued, Miss Ellie had lived in a garage with no attention or outside contact. "She was basically a throwaway dog," Goehring says.

When Miss Ellie first saw Goehring, all she did was sit, with her tongue hanging out of her mouth. It was love at first sight for Goehring, and for most others who met the canine.

"People fell in love with her immediately. Everybody wanted to touch her, and the minute somebody would hold her, they would melt."

Though she loved people, Miss Ellie had little interest in other dogs, all except one, named Dallas.

"She had one strong buddy. Out of all the dogs, Dallas was the only dog she would ever play with. He's gone over to her crate a couple times and looked for her, " Goehring says. "He looked after her."

In the past few years, Miss Ellie had become something of a local hero in Tennessee, with her own official day and fans that recognized her at the airport. Through Miss Ellie's participation in the Ugliest Dog and Cutest Dog contests, which helped get her story on Animal Planet's Dogs 101, Goehring was able to raise funds to donate to animal rescue efforts. She is starting a new campaign to raise a million dollars for her local animal shelter by the end of the year.

"If everybody just gave $1," Goehring says, "it would help animals, keep animals alive, keep animals off the street."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Homer is a three-year-old neutered male Basset Hound. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Homer is adoptable within 200 miles of Farmington, MN. He was given up due to loss of family home. Let's hope that Homer finds a loving furever home ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Confused Dog Watching Video

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Who is this?

It's actress/singer Ashley Tisdale toting her dog Maui through the Los Angeles International Airport.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Dog's Delight Pet Grass Kit

Price: $7.99

Grow your own tasty and healthy treat for your pet! Wheat grass sprouts quickly and grows quickly. Wheat Grass has a sweet taste your dog won't be able to resist.

All the while, your pet will be getting vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes that they need. Wheat Grass will give your dog fresh breath and aid in digestion.

Great for both dogs and cats! The box might say "Dog's Delight" but we know cats love to nom on grass as much as dogs do.

Made in the USA. Safe for kids and adults ages 4 and up.

Dogtoys.com

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Homeless Man Rescues Dog Dumped in 6-Foot Oil Pit

It was a call Sheila Zachar won't soon forget. Her friend, James Beavers, a homeless veteran living at an abandoned car wash in East Memphis, Tenn., had just rescued a 40-lb. dog from a 6-ft. pit of oil, and desperately needed Zachar's help getting her out of the disturbing—and messy—situation.

Earlier that day, Beavers had noticed a truck speeding away from the car wash, followed by the sound of a dog in distress. He couldn't pinpoint where the wails were coming from, but as the whimpering continued, he kept up the search.

That's when he found the 8-year-old German shepherd mix struggling for her life amid oil, stagnant water and trash. The dog had just recently given birth, and her abuser used the pit, formerly a hole for dumping runoff oil and water, as a cruel grave.

Left for Dead
Beavers yelled for help, but when no one responded he took matters into his own hands, using rope to pull out the dog. He then called his friend Zachar from a payphone. The retired respiratory therapist, who rescues animals with her husband, threw on some old clothes, grabbed a few blankets and drove out to the scene. When she arrived, she saw the dog drenched with oil.

"When we got there, Mr. Beavers had already gotten her out of the pit," Zachar says of the May 13 rescue. "He had a blanket on her, and he was just beside himself. ... It's so strange how God works. Here's a man that most people would consider has been thrown away, living in a thrown away area, and rescues a dog that has been thrown away. I really think it was divine intervention that allowed him to save her."

Although the dog couldn't stand, Zachar says the shepherd was strong enough to hold her head up and peer out the window on the ride to the shelter. "We just scooped her up and put her on the floor in the back of my car," Zachar says. "Oil was globbing off of her. Everything we used, anything that oil touched, had to be thrown away. It took a couple of days to get the stench out."

John Robinson, a manager at the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, helped welcome the dog to the shelter. "When I went out to the truck to get her, before I even crossed the parking lot, you could smell how much she was covered in the oil and stagnant water," he said

One Tough Dog
The dog had to be rushed to animal emergency care due to the amount of time she spent submerged in the toxic pit, yet she remained strong. "Usually dogs like that are almost laying on their side," Robinson says. "They can't lift their head, and they're very out of it. She was not. She was still alert, still holding her head up. She's a fighter. She's tough."

To remove the thick, sticky substance from her coat, doctors had to bathe her repeatedly. Robinson says the resilient canine is now doing much better than when she arrived, yet she still needs two or three more baths to remove the oil residue from her coat.

Since the incident hit the local news, her owners have come forward to claim the dog, whose name is Harley. They brought pictures of the shepherd with them to the shelter, and Robinson could tell by the dog's excited reaction that they were her family.

The owners say they let her go out into the front yard, and they believe that someone in the neighborhood picked up Harley and threw her into the pit. She had already given birth, so her puppies were safe — but the family will soon surrender all five of the pups to the shelter, where they will be spayed and neutered and put up for adoption.

Harley is also being spayed and microchipped, and will go back home June 4 after Robinson and his team talk to the family about how to safeguard their pets.

"She's a whole different dog," says Robinson. "She's got a lot of energy ... (and) there's not an aggressive bone in her body. She's kind of the star of the show up here."

The cruel act is still being investigated. No reward is set at this time, but anyone with information can contact the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County.

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

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (6-2-10)

June 2nd 2010 12:30 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 2nd of June. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump day! Today is "Leave The Office Early Day", "National Running Day" and "National Tailors Day."

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It's A Dog's Life In Afghanistan Patrol Base

His large red and white blanket has pride of place under the main operations-cum-dining table in the Patrol Base. He's had his jabs, and he dines on leftover rations.

The scruffy white and brown dog is only about nine months old but has already been through the mill.

As a puppy, he was destined to be trained up as a fighting dog.

This meant grooming him according to Afghan rules, including cutting off his ears and tail.

As it turned out, he just wasn't aggressive enough, so his career ended and he was left homeless.

Cue the arrival of the boys from 1 Scots.

Sgt Jamie Campbell arrived ahead of the rest of the soldiers who would call this small patch of land on the edge of the Green Zone home for the next six months.

He found cockroaches and rats, and one mangy, lonely dog with no ears and no tail.

Ridding the place of pests and turning it into a liveable hygienic base was a priority. Along with the rats and the cockroaches, the mangy dog had to go.

But the disfigured, mournful looking mutt won his first battle - the animal was spared and Christened Frankie.

Just under three months later, Frankie is part of the furniture.

So much so, that he insists on following the soldiers on patrol into the Green Zone.

Despite being firmly instructed to stay on the Patrol Base and left with his water bowl and snacks, he occasionally manages to escape.

Blissfully unaware of the improvised explosive device threat and the serious job the men are here to do, he bounds towards the gate of the Patrol Base, before being shooed back to safety.

Sgt Campbell has taken a particular shine to the camp mascot and plans to take him home as a family pet.

It'll mean jumping through a number of administrative hoops and raising money - but with the process already under way, this is one 'rescue' dog that looks set for a loving home in Scotland in a few months' time.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Karma is a 5-year-old female Pug. She is a lovely white-fawn pug, with a gorgeous face. She is a "wash-n-wear" pet... already house-trained, friendly, and loving. She gets along well with other small dogs but is fearful of larger ones. Karma needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that she gets one very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dog Fetches Beer

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Who is this?

It's actress Nicollette Sheridan and her dog at the beach in Malibu, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

3 in 1 Dog Grooming Glove

Price: $10.99

Two sided grooming glove can be used on wet or dry fur. Soft, flexible nubs in different sizes allow you to massage and wash pet at the same time.

* Use to remove hair from pet, clothes, and furniture
* Mesh allows water to flow through and dry quickly
* Different sized nubs allow for deeper cleaning
* Hangs for easy storage

Amazon.com

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Dog Walk Workouts - Cardio for Both of You

It's not the end of the world for most of us when we put on a pound or two over the winter, but for dogs, it's a much bigger deal and definitely detrimental to their health.

Fortunately, there are tons of fun ways to get fit with your favorite furry friend, and in this column, we're looking at some cardio options. If none of these ideas inspire you, think about what it is that you really like to do, then talk to your vet, a dog trainer, or a few puppy-loving pals to come up with ways to involve your four-legged friend in your exercise routine.

Pre-Workout Prep
Before you start on any exercise program with your dog, you need to make sure your pup is ready to perform.

"Be sure to first visit your physician and veterinarian to make sure you are both healthy enough to begin a regular fitness training program. It is important to speak with your doctor and vet about the ideal weight and body shape for you and your dog so you can work towards those goals," recommends Canine Fitness Expert Gail Miller Bisher. She developed the Super Fit Fido Club, based in New York City, to help owners and their dogs shape up, so she knows a thing or two about how to get started.

In addition to what your vet looks for (like arthritis, heart murmur or other potential problems), Bisher has a few other things you'll need to be on top of before you begin.

- Short Nails Are Essential: "This is a must for a dog about to begin an exercise program. If your dog's toenails are too long, exercising could injure feet. Be sure to have them clipped before beginning and then regular exercise will help keep them short."

- Focus On Obedience: "It's always good to brush up on basic commands such as sit, stay, wait, come, down, heel, etc. These commands can be integrated into your walking workout routine once your dog has adjusted to going out with you on a regular basis. It is important that you have control of your pet when doing a brisk walking routine."

- Keep Fido Close: "For a controlled workout, your dog should be no more than three feet away from you, and you should have complete control of him. Remember, this time is for controlled exercise, not free wandering or social time. They can injure themselves or you if they suddenly lunge in front of you or abruptly chase after something.

- Gear Up: You will need to carry water for both of you, and a collapsible bowl for your pet (if there aren't doggie watering holes on your route), poop bags and your cell phone, in case of emergency."

Hitting the Road
Once you're ready to get sweaty, here are few things that you both might enjoy.

- Walking: A brisk pace makes this an easy and effective way to burn calories while bonding with your pet -- and something you can start immediately..

- Running: This is a good option for many dogs and dog owners. Check out Paw Nation's article on running with your pooch for things you should know.

- Interval Training: When it comes to making the most of your exercise time, interval training (high intensity exercise alternating with low intensity periods) is a smart choice, according to That's Fit. This kind of training is challenging and fun and is great for people who want to give their dog a little more to do than just run beside them.

Nolan Ferraro, founder of Salire Fitness in New Orleans, has come up with a fun 40-minute interactive, interval-based workout to do with your dog.

1) Warm up with a five-to-10-minute jog from your house or car.

2) Play fetch for 15 to 20 minutes. Ferraro recommends that you toss a Frisbee to your dog and sprint or jog to another spot where your dog will return the Frisbee. Consider using cones or other markers set far apart to help you challenge yourself and make it easier for your dog to meet you at a specific spot.

3) Work in 20 push-ups, 20 ab crunches, and if you can bring light weights, do biceps curls as well. Consider incorporating other types of strength training by doing lunges and leg scissors while you wait for your dog to catch up to you.

4) Jog back afterward.

If you do all this, says Ferraro, "You'll have a 40-minute workout and the whole time, your dog is stimulated and happy!"

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

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-31-10)

May 31st 2010 12:11 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 31st of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Monday! Today is Memorial Day, "What You Think Upon Grows Day" and "World No-Tobacco Day."

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Weekend Project: Install Your Own Doggie Door!

It's one of the givens of having a pet — when they've gotta go, they've gotta go, which means making the trek outside to take the occasional potty break. But when it's freezing cold, or in the middle of the night, those breaks are hardly a pleasant task for the owner, which is why someone out there thankfully invented the doggie door.

Don't have one? Turns out, it's an easy project you can do yourself, and our pals over at MyHomeIdeas.com have a simple, six-step guide on how you can do it. You likely have most of the stuff you'll need already: a door (you do have that, right?), a pencil, a level, tape. You'll just need a pet door kit, which you can get for less than $100 from places like Home Depot or Lowe's, and you can rent power tools from those stores to help cut through the door, too.

So with your future convenience in mind, on a weekend, or some upcoming warm weather day to cut a rectangle right through the bottom of your door so your pet can step out to the outdoor bathroom and give you some peace of mind. Check out MyHomeIdeas.com for the step-by-step instructions, and to get ideas for other fun home projects.

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Roger is a 4-year-old neutered male Labrador Retriever mix. He is good with other dogs and kids. Roger is in desperate need of a loving foster or furever home. Let's hope that he finds one very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dog Plays Dead

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Who is this?

It's actress Rachel Bilson toting her sweet pooch while out and about in Los Angeles.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

LOL Dog Toy - Devil

Price: $4.99

LOLdog™ are plush, squeaky balls with faces that resemble the ever popular emoticons used for texting, chat and e-mail, and gives your dog a little computer humor all his own.

Each toy has a squeaker inside and measures 4.5" in diameter.

LOLdog emoticons dog toys include such internet favorites as angry, lovestruck, devil, zonked, angel, caffeinated (crazy), sly, nauseous, ninja and skull! Why not collect them all!

dogtoys.com

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Sniffing Out Dog-Friendly Accommodations for Summer Travel

Summer is fast approaching, and it's time to make your travel plans for the family, four-legged members included.

It's easier than ever to find dog-friendly hotels, bed-and-breakfast inns, resorts and more with so many websites dedicated to pet travel and chains that have declared all of their hotels pet-friendly. The sites listed here can help you find accommodations that not only allow dogs of all sizes, but actually cater to them with special services and amenities too. We've also included information about pet-friendly hotel companies and specific hotel and resorts offerings.

Helpful Websites

Start out by hitting the Internet to find all the details you need, such as information about any extra fees that may be required, dog weight restrictions, and more. Once you decide on your accommodations, do confirm the pet policy directly to be sure it hasn't changed. Here are good sites to use to begin your research:

At GoPetFriendly.com, search by city and state to get pet policy details and rates. There's also a road-trip planner to find pet friendly accommodations along your travel route.

While Pets Welcome lists pet friendly accommodations of all types, including campgrounds and B&B locations, what's most impressive is their comprehensive listing of nationwide hotel chains. Along with the chains' general pet policies, you can search for specific properties. The site also has a special category to help you find those accommodations which welcome large dogs, which is often a challenge.

At Vacation Rentals by Owner, search over 140,000 rental properties worldwide, and look for the purple paw icon within your results to find those that are pet-friendly.

Search for accommodations by city, state and country at PetTravel.com then view results with detailed descriptions and, in most cases, the option to book directly online.

Trips with Pets and DogFriendly.com are two more sites to bookmark as pet travel resources.

Dog-Friendly Hotel Chains

Pet guests welcomed at most Westin Hotels get to indulge in their very own "Heavenly Dog Beds." They'll also receive a welcome kit with information on nearby areas for exercise and other goodies like treats, and food-and-water bowls. There are no pet fees, and the individual properties vary on whether pets under 40 or 80 pounds are permitted.

At Lowes Hotels' "Lowes Loves Pets" program, your pup will be waited on hand and paw, with gourmet room-service menus, pet-walking and pet-sitting services amenities, treats, specialized bedding and more.

Any number of pets are welcome to stay with you at all 39 Kimpton Hotels without any size or weight restrictions and at no extra charge. Add this to the special attention and pet-friendly services and amenities they offer, and you're all set.

At select Hilton Hotels, furry guests receive a travel tote filled with organic treats and other goodies, and in-room amenities like a Hilton pet bed, food-and-water bowls and a listing of local pet services and activities.


Dog-Friendly Resorts and Bed-and-Breakfast Inns

Austin, Texas
Vacationing pets and their owners will love the Victorian beauty and Texas hospitality of the Driskill Hotel. The Driskill's "Pampered Pet Program" offers doggie guests a custom Driskill pet bed, gourmet treats, Driskill logo leashes and collars, a souvenir toy, downtown maps with designated pet-friendly areas and more.

Boston, Mass.
City pups that want to explore Boston choose the Liberty's "Paw Prints Package." While it includes a welcome gift at check-in, in-room amenities like a comfy bed and food-and-water bowls, and close proximity to a dog park, the bonus is the complimentary professional pet portrait sitting with an award-winning photographer.

Wallkill, N.Y.
Hudson Valley's Audrey's Farmhouse is the epitome of a dog-friendly bed and breakfast, and has been welcoming pets and their owners for over 27 years. You'll enjoy its country charm and comfort, and so will your pup, right along with his special doggie gift bag, nightly bedtime snacks and acres of woods to explore with you.

Santa Barbara, Calif.
Dogs of all sizes are welcomed at the spacious accommodations at Fess Parker's Double Tree Resort, with pet-pampering goodies like organic treats and in-room amenities including a special pet bed and room service. And all dogs will agree, it's not just the pet perks that make this their favorite getaway, it's the miles of beachfront landscaped walking paths just across from the resort, and the nearby hiking trails, off-leash beaches and outdoor dining spots.

Scottsdale, Ariz.
Complete with its own director of pet relations, a cocker spaniel named Bosco, the Firesky Resort & Spa welcomes pets of all kinds and sizes at no additional cost. With the "Bone Appetite" package, canine guests are welcomed with gourmet doggie treats, a chew toy, leash and other surprises, including a pet bed and food-and-water bowls for use during their stay. Dog walking and sitting services are available if needed.

Crescent Beach, Maine
Slip away with your pup for serious pampering at the luxurious Inn by Sea. Indulge your dog with the "Inncredible Pets" package, featuring a 30-minute in-room doggie massage, an evening gourmet entree selection and nightly pet turndown service which includes a locally made seasonal dog treat. Your pup can even bring home a memento of his vacation with the personalized L.L. Bean dog bed included with the package.

Bone Voyage!

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

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-28-10)

May 28th 2010 1:37 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 28th of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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TGIF! Today is "Sierra Club Day" and "Slugs Return From Capistrano Day."

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56-Year-Old Woman Wrestles 8-ft. Python to Save Dog

Brenda van Bovene's Monday was punctuated by screams. First, the screams of her 11-year-old Australian silky terrier Tammy, then by her own shrill cries — so loud that a neighbor across the street heard them through his ear buds as he listened to his iPod.

Van Bovene heard Tammy crying in a terrible, distressed way from the backyard that afternoon, which prompted the 56-year-old woman to rush outside to see what was wrong. She was shocked to find her 15-lb. dog caught in the stranglehold of an 8-ft. python, which was slowly coiling itself around Tammy in a bid to kill her.

And that's when van Bovene started yelling for help.

"Nobody was responding to my screaming, and in a split second, I just knew I had to get the snake off my dog," van Bovene, of Bushland Beach, Australia, says. "I literally pulled and pulled and pulled on the snake's tail. I didn't stop to think of my own safety, I just knew there was no way in hell was I letting this python eat my dog!'"

Somehow, without any tools or aid, just her own adrenaline-fueled strength, van Bovene wrested the cold snake off of her yelping dog. She can't say how long it took because the experience seemed to happen in a blur.

"When I pulled that final pull, it sounded like fabric ripping," van Bovene says. "When I went to the vet, the snake's tooth was lodged in Tammy's chest. I ripped the snake's tooth out! After I did it, my whole body just shook."

The stunned reptile initially flung backward behind van Bovene, then slithered quickly under a grill she had on the patio. Her other dog, a Bichon Frise, became curious about what was happening in the backyard. Immediately, van Bovene took both dogs into the house and ran around locking all the doors to ensure their safety.

Now what to do about the snake? Van Bovene began calling everyone she knew for help, but no one was answering her calls ("Isn't it annoying when all you get are people's mobile messages?"). Then, two neighbors from across the street, after hearing the commotion, came to check on her. The men caught the snake, put it in a pillowcase, and drove it to the bush, far away from any residential areas.

Snakes have been showing up more frequently on residential properties in Australia recently, in what might be comparable to the growing number of coyote sightings and attacks in the U.S. Van Bovene has seen 13 snakes on her property in the past six weeks, though only one of them as large as the one that tried to take Tammy. She plans to be more vigilant about addressing the issue with her local council.

Meanwhile, Tammy, who is bruised, is feeling better and recuperating with antibiotics.

"She's a lady of leisure," van Bovene says. "We don't own the house, the dogs do. She's my best friend and I didn't want to lose her in that way —I wasn't going to let no python get my dog!"

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Trixie is a young female mini Australian Shepherd. She is very timid and frightened by grown ups, so will need a patient loving home. Let's hope that sweet Trixie finds her furever home very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Silly Dog Attacking Himself

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Who is this?

It's actress January Jones and her pooch on a shopping trip through downtown Los Angeles.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Chilly Bone Ring

Price: $6.99

Freezable chew toy, Chilly Ring contains a unique non-toxic water absorbing sponge that can be frozen again and again! Rugged canvas material holds up to teething puppies. Recommended for Senior dogs too.

Promotes healthy teeth and gums. Just wet it and freeze it hours of cooling fun. Comes with a resealable bag.

Measures 4" in diameter. Imported.

dogtoys.com

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Good dogs live longer, study finds

Personality might play a big role in how long dogs live. Live fast die young might also apply to dogs, a study in the June issue of The American Naturalist suggests.

Vincent Careau, of the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, and his colleagues came to that conclusion by comparing numerous dog breeds based on their personalities. For example, poodles are ranked as 29 percent more docile than boxers, and Careau's team found that poodles are four times more likely than boxers to live past age 10.

Beyond simply looking at aggressiveness, the researchers also found that the most obedient breeds, such as German Shepherds, Poodles, and Bichon Frises, live considerably longer than hard-to-train dogs such as Beagles and Pomeranians. Careau used personality data based on a 1995 psychology study that ranked dog personalities and also compared dogs of similar size.

Call it karma, or a mere accident of selective breeding, but for dogs, it seems, it pays to be good. Peaceful dogs like Newfoundlands and Labradors tend to burn less energy per kilogram than do aggressive dogs like Fox Terriers and Great Danes. Presumably, the people who created these breeds were selecting dogs based on personality, not on how much they ate or how long they lived, says Careau. He also thinks that personality and metabolic demands are somehow genetically linked.

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That's all for today, pups. '60 Seconds' will be back on Monday. Be good and have a pawsome weekend! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 

"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (5-26-10)

May 26th 2010 1:35 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 26th of May. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump day! Today is the "Scripps National Spelling Bee" (26th & 27th)and "National Senior Health & Fitness Day."

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Pooch Has Her Own Guide Dog

A BLIND dog has got her very own dog LEAD - a guide dog named Leo.

King Charles Spaniel Ellie has cataracts and can only see shadows.

But best pal Leo, a German Shepherd, understands her plight and has started taking her everywhere with him - even fending off any unwanted attention from other mutts.

Owner Julie Lander said: "I take them for walks in the park and Leo guides Ellie around.

"He is so protective and herds the more boisterous dogs away from her."

Julie, from Oldham, is trying to raise £2,500 so vets can operate and restore her sight.

She was one of a litter of five puppies rescued by RSPCA inspectors.

Julie, an RSPCA volunteer, said: "As well as having cataracts, Ellie's eye muscles haven't developed as they should because she'd been kept in the dark.

"The puppies had no light or heating. I felt so sorry for her when she arrived here and knew she'd need a special home.

"But I also knew she would be all right with Leo as he just loves little dogs and they took to one another straight away."

Jean Spencer, manager of the Rochdale RSPCA shelter, said: "Leo has become her eyes. It's touching to watch them together - she follows him around and snuggles up to him."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Barlow is a 5-year-old neutered male Great Pyrenees. He is playful and one handsome pup! Barlow is in need of a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds it ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Crazy Long Tongue

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Who is this?

It's reality star Bethenny Frankel (Real Housewives of New York City) and her husband Jason Hoppy, with their pooch Cookie, going for a stroll through Manhattan's West Village.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Tuff Zoom Flyer

Price: $9.79

This super soaring disc is hard where you need it and soft where you want it. Planet Dog's dual density technology allows incredible distance with each toss, and unbelievable softness with each catch.

ZOOM has a minty scent and buoyancy that sets it apart from all other toss toys.

Although this toy is also built for durability, it's intended for tossing, not chewing.

9.5" diameter. Made in the U.S.A. Recyclable, non-toxic and rinses clean.

dogtoys.com

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'My Dog' Documentary Has Celebrities Gushing About Their One True Love

What is it about people and their dogs?

It was a question playwright Mark St. Germain asked the day he had a meeting with Richard Gere. The actor had called St. Germain to meet about a project, and communication felt stiff until the minute Gere's dog walked into the meeting room.

Gere got down on the floor to play with his dog, and then he started opening up to St. Germain.

Afterward, St. Germain called Daryl Roth, a longtime friend and theater producer in New York. He thought Roth, a "crazy dog-lover," would have some answers for him: What is it about people and their dogs?

"People that are very public figures, in their private lives, the time they spend with their dogs is the most honest, and wonder, and unconditional love," Roth told him.

Suddenly, the notion of celebrities and their dogs became compelling enough for the friends to produce a documentary. Using their deep connections in the acting and arts communities, St. Germain and Roth started calling people like Glenn Close, Isaac Mizrahi, Edie Falco and Chris Meloni, who all agreed to participate in the project.

All they needed to give was two hours of their time, in whatever environment they wanted —and they would only have to talk about their dogs. Proceeds from the documentary, which the filmmakers decided to call My Dog, would go to the animal welfare charity of each subject's choice. The resulting film is a very intimate, personal look at how dogs bring out people's humanity, no matter how famous they are.

"It was just a moment with their dogs," Roth says. "These are people that are always asked for things, but dogs don't want anything other than love from their masters. These are people who really need that quiet and private time, where they can just be themselves."

St. Germain, who directed the film, says that the celebrities were all very happy to participate and talk about their pets. The pets were happy, too.

"There was not one unpleasant, unfriendly dog we dealt with, period," he says. "The same goes with their owners."

Sadly, one of the subjects, Lynn Redgrave, died after a long battle with breast cancer a week before the film's New York screening. Roth considers the film to be a tribute to the actress, whose dog Viola is now living with Redgrave's daughter, Annabel.

"There was a certain sadness," Roth says, "and yet a certain joy that we captured her story."

My Dog is available May 25th on DVD.

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

 
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