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"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (4-13-10)

April 13th 2010 12:52 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 13th of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Tuesday! Today is "Thomas Jefferson Day", "Tax Freedom Day", and "International Moment of Laughter Day."


Money Saving Tips for Pet Owners - 5 Smart Things You Can Do

In today's less-than-robust economy, everyone is trying to find ways to save money, and pet owners are no exception. After all, owning a pet can be expensive. According to an American Pet Products Association survey, we spend over $45 billion a year on our pets. But having a dog or cat doesn't have to be a pricey proposition, here are our top five budget-friendly tips for getting and taking care of that animal family member.

1. Start By Rescuing A Pet
If you are pinching pennies (and even if you aren't), go visit your local animal shelter. They have animals of all ages, temperaments and sizes and often only charge what it costs to vaccinate and spay the animal.

f there is a specific breed that you absolutely adore, you still may find your true love at the shelter as pets of all breeds end up needing new homes. Or reach out to the breed-specific rescue organizations. For example, you might find the perfect pooch at Chihuahua Rescue,, or French Bulldog Rescue Network. You can also search for dog-breed clubs in your area. They often have rescue or fostering organizations that can help connect you to the breed of your dreams while also giving a home to a pup in need.

2. Take Advantage Of Subsidized Spay/Neuter Services
At your local vet, paying full price to get your dog fixed can cost up to $200-300. But many organizations offer discount services, sometimes charging as low as $45 or nothing at all. Check ASPCA's special search function for low-cost and free resources in your area. SPAY/USA and Friends of Animals also provide great lists of low-cost services.

3. Buy Discounted Pet Food
Sites such as Pets Warehouse, PetFooder, PetFoodDirect and large retailers such as Costco, Petco and PetSmart may offer big discounts on your favorite brand of dog food or even special bulk pricing. You should also check out some of the online coupon web sites such as, and or register at your pet food company's site for email newsletters and discount offers.

4. Shop Around for Vet Services
Clearly you want to give your animal the best care you can afford but vet bills can run you up to $340 a year, and that cost skyrockets if your pet has an illness or accident. Ask your vet about discounts, which may be available if you have more than one animal. Check out PetSmart's in-store vet offices which offer coverage for a flat annual fee that can potentially save you up to 50 percent on your veterinary care or Petco's Vaccination and Preventative Services offerings.

Also consider bringing your pet to a veterinary school clinic for discounted care. Once you've gotten a prescription for medications from the vet, comparison shop online to see if you can get better deals on pharmaceuticals at sites such as PetCareRx and 1-800-PetMeds. For people who are really in a bind, The Humane Society offers a list of services that provide financial aid to pet-owners in need.

5. Practice Preventative Care
Save money on vet and grooming bills by doing basic petcare and maintenance at home. Start by brushing your dog's teeth or cat's teeth to prolong the time between pricey professional cleanings and extend your animal's life. Grooming your own pet will save you lots of money too and there are many videos online to teach you grooming techniques. Also, just like with humans, a sensible diet and plenty of exercise will work wonders to keep the pounds from creeping up and help keep your pet healthy and happy.

Most of all, remember that what your pet wants and needs most is simply your love and attention. And those, mercifully, are free.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Angus is a 4-month-old neutered male Border Collie mix. This sweet pup will need plenty of extra handling and socializing, because he is not used to being held and restrained, and is a little shy with new people and situations. Angus needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds one very soon! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Swinging Dog


Who is this?

It's actress Emmy Rossum and her Yorkie Cinnamon, exiting a subway station in N.Y.C.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

iBone Dog Toy

Price: $11.99

There are lots of things your dog wants. For starters, your dog wants steak. You don't need a fancy Japanese gadget to translate his barks to know that. Srsly. Here are a list of some other things your dog wants: a helmet with horns, sunscreen, health care reform, ice cream, a cure for cancer, a bus ticket, and most importantly, to catch treats at 1,000 frames per second.

But what your dog really wants is the iBone. It's bigger than an iPhone and smaller than an iPad, which is the perfect size to be carried around in the jaws of your favorite hound. The squeaker is delightfully squeaky and it has embroidered buttons with the cream of the crop of canine apps from the iBone App Store. Apple fanboys, you know your collection isn't complete without an iBone for your dog.


Pet First Aid: 5 Things Every Dog and Cat Owner Should Know

No matter how careful we are as pet owners, dogs and cats sometimes still manage to cut themselves, get overheated and eat things they really shouldn't. In honor of National Pet First Aid Awareness month, we at Paw Nation want to help you be prepared should trouble strike.

We asked Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro, Director of Emergency Services at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Colorado, and the official veterinarian of Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl VI what she recommends you do in these five common situations:

1. Treating A Cut or Scratched Paw
"One of the most important things clients can do if injury is on the animal's paw is to put pressure on it with a clean towel and bring the pet into the nearest veterinary hospital," Dr. Mazzaferro tells Paw Nation. Don't apply a tourniquet because it can decrease blood supply to the injured limb and be dangerous. And you should probably avoid rinsing a wounded paw in water. "Sometimes that will release a blood clot that's formed." says Dr. Mazzaferro.

2. Evaluating Vomiting and Diarrhea
"If your pet's vomiting or diarrhea occurs more than just a couple of times, or if there is blood in it, or any suspicion of the dog or cat having gotten into a toxin, the pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away," says Dr. Mazzaferro. Otherwise, if vomiting occurs just a couple of times, withhold food and water for at least six hours and see if the condition subsides. "If they continue to vomit or become lethargic, or if they're a puppy or a very small, toy breed dog, I would bring them into a vet because they can dehydrate quickly," says Dr. Mazzaferro

3. Dealing With Heatstroke
Heatstroke is especially a risk during summer months. Signs include panting, increased respiratory sounds, collapse, seizure, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. "Get the animal away from the heat immediately," says Dr. Mazzaferro. "Soak towels in room temperature or tepid water -- not cold water or ice – and place the wet towels over the dog and put a fan in the room to allow ambient cooling." Put the towels over the dog's torso, over their back, chest and abdomen. "The mistake people make is dousing the animal in ice-cold water, and that can actually cause the blood vessels in the skin to constrict and it could cause the animal's core temperature to rise and make the temperature worse," says Dr. Mazzaferro. "The most important thing is to get the animal to the vet. They may need intravenous fluids if they're severely dehydrated."

4. Handling Household Toxins
"Chocolates, onions, raisins, grapes, various plants, as well as household chemicals are commonly ingested by animals, or people give their pets over the counter medications, such as Tylenol or Advil or Aleve, and all of these can be very, very toxic or fatal to pets," says Dr. Mazzaferro. If you suspect your pet may have ingested something toxic, the best thing to do is to call the ASPCA National Poison Control Center, a 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435 and take your pet immediately to a veterinary hospital. (FYI, a $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card for the ASPCA Poison Control service.) Don't try to induce vomiting without professional advice, it can be dangerous.

5. Responding If Your Pet Is Hit By a Car
Quick thinking and knowing what to do can help save your pet after an accident. "If the injured animal is not able to move," says Dr. Mazzaferro, "put them on an immobile surface, like a flat board or big, giant piece of plywood and strap them down so that if they have a spine injury or neck injury, they won't further injure themselves." Then get the pet to the nearest veterinary facility. "Even the nicest pet can lash out when they are injured and in pain," says Dr. Mazzaferro. "People can use a towel over the animal's head or use a pair of nylons to put around the animal's muzzle and tie it shut, so that the person helping the pet keeps from getting bitten."

In general, one of the best things you can do, says Dr. Mazzaferro, is to take a basic pet first-aid course. "I think every pet owner should know the Heimlech maneuver and that's something you would learn in a first aid class," she says. The American Red Cross offers Pet First Aid classes at their locations across the country, so check their Web site to find your local Red Cross chapter.


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


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (4-12-10)

April 12th 2010 12:07 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 12th of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Monday! Today is "D.E.A.R. Day (aka Drop Everything And Read)", "Licorice Day", and "Walk On Your Wild Side Day."

Some crazy shih-tzu: Tiny dog takes on train

A stray shih-tzu in Utah got hit by an outbound train, and hit by it again on its return route, then was rescued and taken home by the engineer.

“I saw this little guy between the rail,” said Fred Krause, a Utah Railway engineer, “and of course and it was too late to do anything about it… It breaks your heart. But there’s nothing you can do.”

Krause’s train, on its way to Kennecott, struck the dog Sunday. On his return trip to Midvale, he encountered the dog again, ABC 4 News reported.

It was as if the dog were playing a game of chicken with the train, he said.

“I’m flashing the lights, blowing the horn, trying to get him out of the rails,” Krause said. “And he just ran right down the rails at us. I tried to slow down, got it from 20 miles per hour to 15 miles per hour when we hit, thought for sure we killed him.”

The engineer was required to keep the train moving, but when he got off work, Krause, who has a shih-tzu of his own, went back to the scene to look for the dog.

“I took my flashlight and walked down the rails and saw a heap of fur and thought this is it,” Krause said. “I shined a light on him and he turned around and looked at me.”

Krause took the dog to the vet, then brought him home.

“If he can get along with Milo (his other shih-tzu) we might keep him,” Krause said. “If we can find the original owners we’ll give him back. Or if not we’ll find a home.”


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Li'l Dot is a 10-month-old spayed female Yorkshire Terrier/Miniature Schnauzer. She is good with other dogs and cats and is adoptable within 120 miles of Laplace, Louisiana. This little beauty was left behind after her owners moved and left her to fend for herself. Li'l Dot deserves a loving furever home. Let's hope that she finds one ASAP! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Asleep in Dish


Who is this?

It's actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and her fluffy pup Figaro in N.Y.C.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Petmate Pet Step

Price: $39.95

Holds up to 75 lbs. Lightweight and easy to use yet tough and durable. 4 steps. Size: 26"L x 15.5"W x 20"H. Color: Almond.


Robber Makes Getaway With 2 Chihuahuas In Car

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A bank robber stole a customer's keys Wednesday and drove off in her Jaguar while her two Chihuahuas were still in the car, police said.

Melanie Davis stopped by the Bank of America at 4710 North Chicago Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. While she was there, Davis said a man came storming into the bank, cursing and yelling that it was a bank robbery.

Seconds later, Davis found herself a the mercy of the gunman and was forced to turn over her keys.

"He turned to me and said, 'You're the one who owns the Jaguar?' And he goes, 'Give me your keys now,'" Davis said. "And I gave him my keys."

Davis' two dogs were still in the car at the time the bank robber drove away.

"I'm sure they spoke their mind when he got into the car," she said.

The robber escaped before officers arrived, but he crashed Davis' car into a fence near North Columbia and Martin Luther King boulevards less than 10 minutes later, police said.

Officers immediately tried to track the man on foot, but he remained at large as of Thursday morning.

"I'm just glad everyone's safe and nobody was hurt," said Davis, who was reunited with her dogs Wednesday evening. "Nobody was hurt while he was driving my car."


That will be it for today, news pups. Thanks for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (4-9-10)

April 9th 2010 12:55 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 9th of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


TGIF! Today is "National Cherish An Antique Day", "Winston Churchill Day" and "National Geographic Bee."


Meet the new mayor — a three-legged dog

A three-legged dog beat out a three-legged cat in the race for mayor of the town — Divide, Colorado.

Twenty-five dogs and cats entered the race, with each vote they received bringing in a one dollar donation to the local animal shelter, KKTV in southern Colorado reports.

In the end, elections officials report, it came down to a race between Spright, a small female mixed breed, and Walter the cat.

Spright received 4,755 votes; Walter racked up 4,213. Combined with other votes cast, the election raised $14,084 for the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter.

Divide is an unincorporated town on the north slope of Pikes Peak.

Spright’s two-year term will begin with an official inauguration ceremony at noon Sunday at the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter at 308 Weaverville Road in Divide. There will be a BBQ cookout for all candidates and the public.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Timber is a one-year-old neutered male Siberian Husky/German Shepherd. He is good with other dogs and cats. Timber was found as a puppy wandering the streets of Cherokee, NC. This graceful and handsome pup is looking for a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds it very soon! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Canine Back Scratcher


Who is this?

It's singer Robin Thicke enjoying some downtime with his dog while relaxing in a Beverly Hills, Calif., park.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Kool Mat Pet Bed

Price: $31.99 (small) - $71.99 (large)

Provides a refreshing, cool surface that can be used indoors or outdoors. Requires no electricity simply add water from your tap to activate. Mesh padding works by transferring heat away from your pet while providing a soft cushion pad for comfort. Fridge-fold design allows the mat to be conveniently folded and placed in the refrigerator for those hot summer days or for storage in the winter. Sizes: Small (12" x 18"), Medium (24" x 36"), Large (36" x 48").


Laska the Dog Plays Mom to Two Baby Boars

Call it motherly instinct: A dog named Laska in Hamburg, Germany, has taken to two tiny wild boar babies, after both were found abandoned in nearby forests. Walkers separately spotted the pint-sized females, now named Alice and Emma, and dropped them with the Heckers, a local family known for rehabilitating ailing creatures.

But this time, it wasn't the family members who nursed the animals to health; instead Laska, an Alsatian mix, stepped in and took charge. According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, both Alice and Emma were severely malnourished, and too small to stay warm through the night. Realizing this, Laska made it her mission to keep them going, cuddling up to them in the evenings, cleaning them with her tongue and even picking them up when they topple over.

Since boars can grow to up to 200 lbs. as adults, the Heckers, who have ties to a local wildlife preserve, may have to give them up once they're bigger. But luckily for Laska, the babies still need her care — and she seems happy to oblige.


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


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (4-8-10)

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


Happy Thursday! Happy birthday to my dad! Today is also "National D.A.R.E. Day" and "One Day Without Shoes Day."


Where Do Dogs Come From? DNA Study Says It's The Middle East

Locked deep in the DNA of man's best friend are secrets and clues that have teased scientists for years, ever since the discovery that dogs evolved from wolves long, long ago. But when, where and how did it happen? It's an ancient puzzle that experts are still trying to piece together, with intriguing results.

Just last week, an international team of researchers announced they had finally figured out where in the world dogs first originated: the Middle East, though they can't pinpoint a more specific location. "Dogs seem to share more genetic similarity with Middle Eastern gray wolves than with any other wolf population worldwide," one of the study's lead authors, Robert Wayne, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) tells Science Daily. "We know that dogs from the Middle East were closely associated with humans because they were found in ancient human burial sites," Wayne is quoted as saying. "In one case, a puppy is curled up in the arms of a buried human."

The study also found that while "80 percent of today's modern breeds evolved in the last few hundred years, some dog breeds have ancient histories that go back thousands of years," reports Science Daily. According to the study's authors, these ancient breeds include the "basenji, Afghan hound, Samoyed, saluki, Canaan dog, New Guinea singing dog, dingo, chow chow, Chinese Shar Pei, Akita, Alaskan malamute, Siberian husky and American Eskimo dog."

Wayne and his team reached the conclusion about the Middle Eastern origin of dogs after analyzing genetic data from 912 dogs representing 85 different breeds, as well as 225 gray wolves from all over the world. Advanced molecular genetic techniques allowed the scientists to analyze more than 48,000 genetic markers, which was a first in the scientific community, reports Science Daily.

It's a finding that conflicts with a study published last year by a different group of scientists that found dogs originated some 16,000 years ago in China, just south of the Yangtze River. Led by Peter Savolainen, a researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, the study was based upon an analysis of the mitochondrial DNA of dogs, a very different method than the one used by Wayne and his team. Savolainen disputes the research that places the origin of dogs solely in the Middle East, but Wayne disputes that it's East Asia.

"I hope it doesn't become a big fight," Wayne told reporters. After all, there are other mysteries yet to be solved. Scientists still don't know exactly how some wolves became domesticated, eventually leading to canis familiaris.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

CoCo is a 5-year-old spayed female Cocker Spaniel. She is good with other dogs. Coco is a pretty little girl who is looking for a new place to call home. Let's hope that she finds it ASAP! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

The Tickle Monster


Who is this?

It's actress Rachel Bilson chasing her speedy pooch in North Hollywood, Calif.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Pooch Ball

Price: $7.99 - medium ($3.99 for mini)

Interactive dog toy will keep your pet occupied while they try to remove the tennis ball. Providing hours of fun for your pet as they chew. Soft but durable, this toy allows for gum massage and teeth cleaning. Assorted colors.


Search Team Never Gave Up On Tater Tot the Dog After Crash

The only thing Trish Dale remembers about the car accident is a "big crash and then a bang." Next thing she knew, she was recovering from a wreck that sent her and her two yellow Labs, Buddy and Tater Tot, flipping six times on I-93 in Manchester, N.H., in late March.

"I didn't know we flipped over at all," recalls Dale, 38, in a recent telephone interview. Dale, of Warren, Vt., was driving back from a doctor's appointment when she fell asleep behind the wheel of her Audi and drifted off the road.

Much to Dale's horror, once the car stopped, her dogs were nowhere to be found.

"The worst moment of my entire life was looking in the back seat to tell the puppies we were ok, and they were gone," Trish says.

While emergency medical crews worked to pull Trish from her mangled vehicle, Tater Tot and Buddy somehow managed to escape, and jumped out of the broken passenger side back window. Buddy stayed nearby, but Dale's husband John says Tater Tot took off across four lanes of rush-hour traffic and disappeared.

While Trish recovered from a concussion, broken nose and two black eyes, John distributed missing dog posters throughout Manchester and formed an impressive 100-plus-member search party.

Three days later, a search party volunteer spotted Tater Tot near the crash site.

John and pooch pal Buddy rushed to the scene, where the dog was able to pick up Tater Tot's scent and track her down in the nearby woods. Tater Tot immediately responded to Buddy's loud cries and barks.

"I didn't want to allow myself to think that we wouldn't find her," says John. "When we finally did find her, I just started screaming, 'We found her! We found her!' I was so excited."

The reunion with Tater Tot was emotional. "It was extremely heart-warming all the way around. That we found her and that all those people around Manchester helped out was just incredible," John says.

Trish says Tater Tot "went nuts" when the two were finally reunited. But she could tell her furry friend was extremely tired.

"I think when [Tater Tot] saw me she realized how exhausted she was. She said, 'Oh, it's mommy. I'm back with mommy and we're all together again now.' She let out a deep sigh and kind of let her hair down," Trish says.

More than a week after the crash, Trish and Tater Tot are both recovering (and cuddling together) at their Vermont home. The pooch suffered injuries to her front and hind right legs—a seemingly small price to pay to be back together with her best friends.

Trish says the real angels protecting her that day were the dogs. "That [Trish] was able to get out without any serious injuries is just amazing," John adds. "Without getting too religious here, she had angels protecting her from being killed, as did the puppies."


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


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (4-7-10)

April 7th 2010 1:11 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 7th of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Hump Day! Today is "ASPCA Day", "International Beaver Day", "Metric System Day", "World Health Day", "National Day of Hope", and "No Housework Day."


Beware of 'Kibble Crack'! It's Making Our Dogs Obese

We've all done it before: Upon seeing our pet's persuasive eyes looking up at us, we've slipped him a table scrap or two. But according to veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, author of the new book Chow Hounds, we're singlehandedly contributing to the pet obesity problem: Today, 45 percent of dogs are classified as overweight or obese.

"It's really been the evolution of how we feed our pets," Dr. Ward says. "In the 1950s we were feeding dogs 'normally,' and as time has passed, we've started feeding them commercially-processed, canned and bagged food. They're eating grain- and carbohydrate-based diets, instead of lean protein." That richer diet — combined with a more sedentary lifestyle in urbanized families — has contributed to the "perfect storm of portly pets," says Dr. Ward. (It's even worse for cats — since the furballs are obligate carnivores, and eating more and more carbohydrates, their obesity levels are on the rise, too.)

Dr. Ward says when dogs approach us with those sad eyes, they're not begging for food per se, but for pleasure. Calling sugary dog treats "kibble crack," he points out that our pets are actually addicted to what we give them — and not necessarily as hungry as we may think. In fact, many pet owners are overfeeding their furry friends by 25 percent each day.

To combat weight gain in your pet — and subsequently cut his chances of developing deadly diseases — Dr. Ward says to first start with your vet. "Don't be embarrassed, and don't take your pet's weight personally," he urges, noting that many people don't even realize their pet may be overweight, thanks to changing perceptions of obesity.

Next, find out how many calories you're feeding your pet at each meal. "It can be downright challenging to find this information," he admits. Some pet food companies do post nutrition facts on their packaging and Web sites, though, and if not, your vet can help.

Then, be sure to engage your pet in moderate physical activity daily. "There's a difference between walking for pleasure and walking for exercise," Dr. Ward says. "If you're going to walk your dog for 10 or 15 minutes, make it brisk. They want that."

Finally, Dr. Ward warns against confusing begging for food with begging for attention. "We equate food with love. But if your dog is looking at you with pleading eyes, whimpering, he's not asking for food, but affection or interaction." The lesson here? Less lounging, more love!


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Kutko is a 10-year-old neutered male Brittany. He is good with other dogs and kids. This sweet pup was surrendered to the American Brittany Rescue by an owner whose new job had them traveling out of the country for weeks at a time. Kutko is fun-loving, happy and sweet. Let's hope that he finds a loving furever home very soon! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Jerry Needs No Help Playing With His Ball


Who is this?

It's actor Ryan Gosling and his playful pup in Los Angeles.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Potty Patch

Price: $39.99

The Potty Patch™ features a scented, flow through grass mat on top that attracts dogs to relieve themselves, a middle straining tray, and a bottom collection tray. Anti-microbial, odor resistant & easy to clean.


Pet Gets Behind The Wheel And Causes a Crash

Zena's a doggone bad driver, but it's not her fault. She's a dog, after all, and probably didn't go to driver's ed. When her owner left her in the car while taking a lunch meeting, Zena accidentally (or so we hope) put the parked car in neutral, causing it to hit a pickup truck about 75 feet away. Nobody was injured, reports Fox 12 Mankato, but the crash caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to both vehicles.

Video here


That will wrap things up for now. Enjoy the rest of your day, pups! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


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

April 6th 2010 1:04 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 6th of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Tuesday! Today is "Teflon Day", "National Student Athlete Day", and "Drowsy Driver Awareness Day."


Dog Saves Owner From Bullet, Disappears, Is Found Months Later

A faithful dog that disappeared after taking a bullet for his Texas owner during a robbery has turned up alive months later.

Buster's owner said the online networking site Craigslist led to the dog's recovery.

"I just had given up pretty much already after three months," said owner Leon Escalon. "I didn't think he was going to come around."

Escalon last saw Buster, a 9-year-old boxer, on Jan. 22, when he was held up at gunpoint at a convenience store and Buster jumped in front of him and took a bullet, then ran away scared.

But Escalon's aunt, Trisha Cisneros, never gave up hope.

"I knew it all along," she said. "I told Leon, 'We can't give up. The Lord is good. We've got to find him.'"

Since Buster's disappearance, Cisneros has been putting the dog's picture on Craigslist. On Wednesday, she got a hit from an anonymous caller.

"He told me where he lives. He said 'It looks like the picture of your dog,'" Cisneros said.

She found Buster chained up next to a landfill in Donna, miles away from where he disappeared.

"He recognized me right away," Escalon said. "I went, I unhooked him, and he bolted straight into the truck. I had the door open, and he jumped straight into the truck and sat right there where he originally was like nothing ever happened at all."

The folks who had him chained up said they had no idea who the dog belonged to and were happy to see him back with his rightful owners.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Mustang Sally is a five-year-old spayed female Cairn Terrier/Chihuahua mix. She is adoptable within 75 miles of Clinton/Hunterdon County, NJ. Sally was surrendered to a shelter, and is now living happily with a foster family. She is house-trained and very affectionate, but she is afraid of other dogs and cats, and would do best in a family of adults where she is the only dog. Let's hope that Mustang Sally finds a loving furever home ASAP! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Doggie Chefs Cook Kibble (Thank You, Japan!)


Who is this?

It's singer Pink (and husband Carey Hart) giving pup Bubba the white glove treatment with a golf cart ride near their Malibu home.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Everlasting Treat Ball

Price: $14.99 to $24.99

Made of a soft, yet durable puncture-resistant material that withstands even the toughest chewers. The unique design allows for it to wobble and roll around on its own. It's great to use for preventing destructive boredom behaviors or to simply keep your dog happily occupied. Feed your dog his meal portions out of it or insert a Triple Crown Everlasting Treat. The Everlasting Treat Ball comes with two Chicken flavored Everlasting Treats (refills sold separately).


* Fill the ball with Every Flavor Treats, dog food, or your dog's favorite snack.
* Increase the challenge by filling the ball and inserting one Everlasting Treat.
* Is your dog already an expert? Fill the ball and insert both Everlasting Treats your dog will have to chew through the caps before he gets to the goodies on the inside.
* Comes in sizes small, medium or large.


Pregnant Beagle Abandoned in Snowstorm Learns to 'Love Again'

A heroic beagle named Valentine has proved to be a fiercely loving mother — even after being abandoned by her owner in a snowstorm when she was about to give birth.

During a brutal snow emergency in mid-February, Julie Holmes, the chief dog warden for Hamilton, Ohio, responded to a call for help from a local resident who heard two dogs barking at something that seemed out of place. Found were a thin mom and seven newborn puppies trying to survive the cold in extreme distress.

"The puppies were laying in snow," Holmes said. "Even though the mom tried to protect them with straw she dragged over from a round bail, it was apparent that she was dumped right before giving birth. There were no neighbors close enough for her to have wandered over there."

Holmes said they were one lucky family to have been found because they would not have made it through the night in the chilling temperatures.

The dogs were taken to Animal Friends Humane Society and placed in a kennel. The next morning, mama Valentine — named by shelter workers because her rescue was near the holiday — gave birth to another puppy. Two ultimately died, leaving her with five little ones.

Now Valentine and her pups are under the care of volunteer Gay Covell, who's been fostering dogs with her husband Bill for about five years. “We specialize in puppies and pregnant dogs," she says. "So we were excited to bring this family into our home and are proud to say they are all doing well.”

The shelter staff discovered right away that Valentine was a great mom. "She never left her babies' side," Stephenson says. "The Covells took the family when the puppies were only two or three days old and gave them a loving foster home."

The man responsible for abandoning Valentine came forward after the births made local news. Darryl Lawson, 45, claimed that he had given the dog to a friend and didn’t know she was pregnant — and he wanted her back. Stephenson refused.

An investigation later showed that Lawson had dumped the dog. "We charged him with cruelty to animals and abandonment," Stephenson says. Lawson pleaded guilty, and will serve five days in jail in addition to a $500 fine and 400 hours of community service at the Animal Friends Humane Society. He also received two years' probation, during which he cannot live in a residence with animals.

Although Valentine had a hard time learning to trust again, foster mom Covell — who has five dogs of her own — says she is much improved. "Valentine still looks thin, but in seven weeks [she] is up to 28 pounds and now comes out of her crate to be with us," Covell says. "She used to walk with her head and tail down. But they are both up, and she feels so much better. Soon the puppies will be spayed or neutered, and the family will be ready for adoption.

"It is so rewarding to watch Valentine get healthy and learn to love again," says Covell. "And she is the best mom, so caring. This has been a wonderful experience."


That's it for now, pups. I hope you enjoyed today's news. Have a furtastic day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (4-5-10)

April 5th 2010 12:21 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 5th of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Monday! Today is "National Deep Dish Pizza Day" and "White House Easter Egg Roll."


And now, it's time for a very important message from Bonzer....

After nearly a year of planning, it's almost time for the D/C MAGIC meet and greet potluck picnic and visit to HQ!

It is being held at the Petaluma, California KOA campground (approx 37 miles north of San Francisco)

On Saturday, from 11:00-12:00 we will have registration for prizes (pick up your lotto tickets etc) - give out D/C MAGIC buttons and doggie doo bags

1:00 potluck picnic (please bring a dish to share)
After the picnic the prize drawings will start

2:00 first contest - Best Dressed- so be sure to bring your fancy (or not) duds, put on your bestest smile and strut your stuff

2:30- Fetch Lotto- watch dogs pick the winners!

3:00- 4:00 Talent Show- wow the audience with your best trick or act

After talent show- cake, more prize giveaways and a toy swap (bring a new toy to exchange)

Game times will be approx and may take a little longer but we'll have several cattle dogs standing by to herd everyone up and will try to keep as close as we can to the schedule

On Sunday, April 24th at 11:00 is the visit to HQ and Lori (the lovely Lucy's mom) will be our guide

If you're not already a member of the D/C MAGIC group please join-


We have created a photobucket account for the group, so that any member that attends the meet and greet will be able to upload their own pictures and videos to share and will be posting the link and password to the group account on the main page soon.

Here is your chance to not only meet some of your Dogster and Catster friends and make new ones but to also meet the Dogster Dog and the folks at HQ. I want to get the Dogster Dogs pawtograph!


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Brodie is a one-year-old neutered male Australian Shepherd. He is good with other dogs and kids, and is adoptable within 100 miles of Brooksville, FL. This handsome pup needs a loving furever home now. Let's hope that he finds one very soon! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dog Shows Owner What It Really Wants


Who is this?

It's actress Jennifer Esposito and her plus-sized pups, walking through New York City.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Snoggle Dog Treat Toy

Price: $18.99

Snoggle is a fully adjustable treat dispensing plush toy that is certain to keep plush loving pets entertained. It can be filled with treats or food, and works great with StarMark Every Flavor Treats.

The adjustable opening allows you to regulate the difficulty level at which treats come out and it accommodates a variety of food sizes. It's a great way to feed and exercise your dog. One size is appropriate for dogs of all sizes.

There's a squeaker inside Snoggles head for even more fun. Measures 12" long. Imported. Simply fill the toy with treats, adjust the opening with a coin (hidden behind a Velcro enclosure), and have fun..

Recommended for supervised play only. Please discard the toy should it become damaged as small pieces could be a choking hazard.


Why We Treat Our Pets Like People

Sure, some pet owners treat their dogs like dogs. But plenty of us treat our pets like furry little people (or even better than people). In fact, pets have become such important parts of our families that traditional pet names such as Fluffy and Fido have, in recent years, given way to adorable human names such as Max and Lily, "Psychology Today" reports.

What gives?

Psychology researcher Adam Waytz of Harvard University studies why people anthropomorphize, or attribute human traits to animals and objects. In a recent study, Waytz found a variety of explanations for the all-too-common behavior.

Not surprisingly, loneliness can drive anthropomorphism. In Waytz's study, people who were lonesome were more likely to describe their pets as having human qualities like thoughtfulness.

But loneliness is hardly the only reason that people treat their pets like kids, Waytz says. He found humans may have a natural tendency to anthropomorphize objects and animals because it helps them make sense of the world around them.

"People might humanize pets for any number of reasons," Waytz told Paw Nation. "I imagine that non-lonely people may already have a sense of affiliation with their pets and want to anthropomorphize them because they like them so much."

That makes sense to Lisa Hanock-Jasie of New York. "We treat Hugo, our 8-year-old Belgian shepherd/chow mix, as if he were a child because he is our baby," she says. "We celebrate his birthdays as we celebrate our own. His photos are included in our family album. [One] reason we treat him as a furry person is that he actually understands what we say, even full sentences. He's very intelligent." she tells Paw Nation.

Ruth Kiser, the owner of K9 Confections natural dog treats, takes her puppy love even farther. Her two German shepherds were rescued from a Brooklyn street and spent many months in a shelter. "Therefore I must shower them with all of the lavishness that they lacked when on the streets," she tells Paw Nation.

Kiser's pooches have their own bedroom with therapeutic beds, she says. Their room is decorated with pictures of their furry friends, and they have their own photographs taken at least once a day. "I don't have children so they get all the attention and love that human kids would get," she says.

It's easy to understand why you'd pamper an adorable pooch. But there may be a downside, says Chris Hamer, an animal behavior consultant and author of Parenting with Pets, the Magic of Raising Children with Animals."When people treat their dogs like children, they place expectations on them that the pet cannot fulfill," she tells Paw Nation. With dogs, she says, "there needs to be rules, and there can be no shades of gray."

When treating pets like people, mis-communication often occurs, she says. That can lead to confusion and behavior problems.

"Give love and affection, but do it in a way that the dog understands," she adds.

And as for dressing dogs up like little dolls? Waytz warns of another potential drawback. "Anthropomorphizing pets may seem like a nice thing to do, but it may have some ironic downsides for the pet," he says.


That'll be it for this edition of the news. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of your day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


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

April 2nd 2010 10:38 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 2nd of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


TGIF!! Today is "Good Friday", "International Children's Book Day", "Reconciliation Day", and 'World Autism Day."


Bernie Thinks He's the Town Greeter!

From the moment Erin Kramer picked up her new puppy at 9 weeks old, she knew he was going to be a big dog. And now, three years later, Bernie the St. Bernard has fulfilled his destiny.

At somewhere around 200 lbs. (he's too afraid of the scale), Bernie looks nearly human when he's standing at the fence in the front yard. And just like a good human neighbor, Bernie greets his family and all the neighbors any time they come toward the house!

Kramer, who runs a home day care service, has lots of children playing in her house, and most of the time, they're playing with their best big dog friend, Bernie.

"He's so loveable and playful, but he has no clue he's that big," says Kramer. "People just stop because they can't get over the size of him."

At some point, Bernie got into the habit of howling every time the town fire whistle goes off. It's became such a trademark that the Kramers' answering machine message is Bernie's fire whistle howl, and the day care children will mimic the sound whenever it happens.

One person who isn't as charmed by Bernie? The cat, Kitty Cat!

"Bernie always wants to play with the cat," Kramer says, "but the cat is the boss."


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Baby Daisy is a one-year-old spayed female Basset Hound. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids, and is adoptable within 200 miles of Salt Lake City, UT. There isn't a lot of information on this lovely pup. She is in need of a loving furever home, let's hope that she finds one very soon! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Busy Bee Dogs - Easter Dog Story


Who is this?

It's Latin singer Paulina Rubio and her tiny pup while shopping in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker

Price: $19.99

A cool way to treat your dog. The Kool Dogz ice treat maker will entertain your dog while hydrating him at the same time. Fill with treats and toys before freezing to give your dog one cool treat on a hot summer day.

Kit contains: Heavy duty steel base and extension rod, deep water reservoir to collect water as it melts, ice treat recipes, reusable & freezable bucket with lid and stainless steel cap bar.


Hide Those Easter Baskets!

Like most pet owners, you probably know by now that chocolate is toxic to dogs. You would never share chocolate bunnies with your dog. Since Easter is in a couple of days, be sure to remind everyone in your family of the danger and ask them to take extra precautions to keep Easter candy out of your dog's reach. Don´t allow small children to have chocolate candy when the dog is nearby. Remind guests not to share Easter goodies with your friendly little pup, no matter how cute she looks when she begs.

If your dog has the house to himself when you´re away, make sure everyone´s Easter baskets are up high or in a room behind closed doors, where your dog could not possibly reach them. Big dogs might not be able to resist the temptation of a counter full of chocolate candy. Small dogs, who are at highest risk, can climb on a chair to reach a table full of candy or pull on a tablecloth to bring the candy to the floor.

Chocolate toxicity is among the 20 most common poisonings reported by the National Animal Poison Control Center. It´s more common at Easter, Halloween and Christmas when chocolates and candies are sometimes all around the house in open candy dishes, treat bags, baskets, gift bags and shopping bags.

Chocolate contains theobromine, a stimulant related to caffeine, that´s harmless to us but toxic to dogs. It can cause vomiting and diarrhea, restlessness and hyperactivity, excessive thirst and increased urination, a rapid heart rate and excessive panting. Larger amounts can be fatal.

Small dogs have a much higher mortality risk after consuming chocolate than large dogs. One small chocolate rabbit might have little or no affect on a German Shepherd, but the same amount of chocolate could kill a Chihuahua. The severity depends on the dogs's weight, the type of chocolate and the amount of chocolate consumed. Milk chocolate is harmful, but unsweetened baking chocolate has six to nine times as much theobromine as milk chocolate. Milk chocolate contains 44 mg theobromine per ounce. Semi-sweet chocolate has 150 mg per ounce, and baking chocolate has 390 mg per ounce. The toxic amount of theobromine is about 50 mg. per pound of a dog's body weight.

# For milk chocolate, about 1 ounce per 1 pound of a dog's body weight can be lethal.
# For semi-sweet chocolate.... the chocolate in semi-sweet or dark chocolate candy bars and Easter candy, the chocolate coating in a box of "dark chocolates", or the chocolate in semi-sweet morsels or chocolate chips... about 1/3 ounce per 1 pound of a dog's body weight can be lethal.
# For the dark unsweetened chocolate used in baking, about 1/10 ounce per 1 pound of a dog's body weight can be lethal.
# That means that for a 10 pound dog, about 10 ounces of milk chocolate, 3 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, or just one ounce of baking chocolate could be lethal.

If you think your dog may have found and eaten a harmful amount of chocolate, call your veterinarian or take your dog to an emergency animal hospital immediately! Symptoms will usually begin within two hours but sometimes it could also take as long as 24 hours. Delaying treatment could be a fatal mistake. In addition to those symptoms mentioned above - restlessness, hyperactivity, vomiting and diarrhea, excessive thirst, increased urination, a rapid heart rate and excessive panting, more advanced symptoms can include muscle tremors, stiffness, seizures, Cardiac arrhythmia and coma.

Emergency care will vary depending upon the elapsed time since the ingestion. It will also be important to know the kind and quantity of chocolate that was consumed, if possible. Treatment might include induced vomiting and administration of activated charcoal to reduce the absorption of chocolate. It might also include IV fluids, medication to prevent shock, anti-seizure medications and/or cardiac medications to stabilize the heartbeat.

For more precise information about toxic doses, according to a dogs weight and the kind of choclolate consumed...
See Chocolate Toxicity - Toxic Amounts of Chocolate.


That's all for today, pups. "60 Seconds" will return on Monday. Have a great weekend, and to those that celebrate... have a Happy Easter! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (4-1-10)

April 1st 2010 12:02 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 1st of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


It's a new month! Today is April Fool's Day, "National Fun At Work Day", "Poetry and Creative Mind Day", and "Sorry Charlie Day."


Pixie the Poodle Takes In Homeless Baby Squirrels

With their long, long tails and hand-like paws, the three babies nursing on Pixie the poodle definitely didn't look like they belonged to her, but Pixie acted like they did.

The babies were orphaned squirrels, brought to Gail Latta three weeks ago after a neighbor chopped down a tree and inadvertently rendered them homeless. Latta, a nursing assistant in North Carolina, loves animals and has something of a menagerie at home, so he said, "If anybody can give them a chance, she can do it."

Latta tried feeding the babies puppy and kitten formula using kitten bottles, but the squirrels didn't take. Afraid she would lose them, Latta put them on Pixie, who had recently had a litter of puppies. The poodle accepted them right away, nursing them as though they were her own. Latta, fascinated, would spend each morning just watching Pixie and the babies.

"All three of them had their eyes shut," Latta says. "They were in a velvet stage, didn't really have their fur yet. Gorgeous."

As the squirrels got stronger and their eyes opened, they grew very affectionate, climbing over Latta and her grandchildren, snuggling with them and getting tangled in their hair. Afraid she would grow too attached to the squirrels, which she hoped eventually to release, Latta didn't name the creatures.

But she was soon told that she would be breaking a law if she kept the squirrels any longer, so Latta turned them over to a wildlife rehabilitation center. She has since learned that the female squirrel is no longer doing well, and has not been able to keep her formula down.

"It's really upsetting because they were doing good on Pixie," Latta says. "You would've thought somebody would have called asking to bring her back."

Pixie missed the squirrels at first, going over to their box to sniff and whine for them, but she's since been diverted with a few dog biscuits.

"She seems to have gotten over it okay," Latta says.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Chocolate is a three-year-old neutered male Miniature Dachshund. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Not much information is given about this handsome pup. Chocolate needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds one ASAP! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

A Piggyback-Riding Dog!


Who is this?

It's actor Bradley Cooper and chow-retriever mix Charlotte, enjoying a quiet stroll in NYC.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

K-9 Meteorlight Ball

Price: $11.99

The Meteorlight ball is a fun exercise toy for you and your dog to play with together! The ball is water resistant and it floats, and it's made of extra durable rubber to ensure a strong toy.

The Meteorlight ball is the size of a tennis ball (diameter measures 2.55"). It can be turn on and off by pressing and holding the switch. It is NOT intended as a chew toy, and as with any dog toy, playtime should be supervised.


Dog Owners Get Activities, Quality Time With Pets At Camp

Summer camp is veering in a new direction — toward grown-ups and their dogs.

Nature walks, swimming and memory-making campfires (all dog-focused) are being augmented with agility training, cooking-for-canines instruction, bury-the-bone competitions and dozens of other activities for pooch-loving participants.

"It's a great way to have 100% together time with your dog, enjoying nature and activities, instead of just feeding them and walking them," says Margaret Rapp of Arlington Heights, Ill. She attended Camp Dogwood in Ingleside, Ill., last year with Danny, her spaniel mix, and Ollie, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who was a recent puppy mill rescue.

"Camp also gives you a chance to try many different things — without paying for eight sessions, as is the case at home," she says. She was surprised to learn at camp that Danny wasn't interested in flyball, though he did embrace other active-dog stuff. Ollie, on the other hand, preferred laze-about activities like massage (but he did work hard to pass his Canine Good Citizenship certification while there).

Camp Dogwood ($420 to $700 for three nights and four days, depending on the accommodations), held three times a year at an overnight camp for kids (when kid camp's not in session), is among a growing number of canine-and-owner retreats for active and inactive dogs and their people.

"We keep some things the same every session," says Alysa Slay, a clinical psychologist who co-founded the Camp Dogwood sessions in 2001, "but we're always adding new things."

The scores of activities and lectures include water sports, herding, dog fur spinning and ask-the-vet sessions.

Most canine camps are held at waterfront facilities — rustic cabins and/or tent or RV sites — that serve as kid camps, music workshops or couples-counseling retreats most of the time but that occasionally go to the dogs.

Most limit participants to 20 to 100 humans plus their dogs (some allow two dogs per person), and many exclude kids younger than 18 on the grounds that a person keeping track of children isn't as able to bond with a dog in the ideal way.

Some campers partake of every offering they can cram in. But if the two- and four-legged clients just want to chill, that's fine. "If someone wants to sit under a tree with her dog or go for a stroll, just the two of them, that's just fine," says Lory Kohlmoos, director of Camp Winnaribbun, a three-times-a-year week-long camp in Stateline, Nev., on the shores of Lake Tahoe ($1,300 for lodging, meals and activities).

"Everyone learns a lot about themselves and about their dogs," Kohlmoos says, even if the humans skip some of the dozens of activities, which range from tracking to crafts to homeopathy sessions.

Camps that have been around for a while have a huge return rate — 60% to 75% of their clientele each session are return campers, they say. The humans make friends they enjoy seeing again, and so do the dogs.

"Some of the dogs came for the first time as puppies," says Kohlmoos, whose Camp Winnaribbun celebrates its 16th season this year, "and then they're brought back when they are old and pulled around on a wagon so they can have one last time to enjoy the sunshine and water."


That will do it for this edition of the news. Thank you for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (3-31-10)

March 31st 2010 1:03 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 31st of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Hump day! Today is "National 'She's Funny That Way' Day."


In Japan, unwanted dogs have little chance

It's sad any time a dog is put to death because it's unable to find a home, but in Japan, the notion of euthanizing unwanted dogs has reached unbelievable heights.

Reuters reports that more than 70 percent of unwanted dogs in Japanese animal shelters are killed every year, according to the Japanese animal welfare organization ALIVE.

Compare that to the 6 to 9 percent of dogs in Britain that are put down, based on 2007-2009 figures.

More Japanese would prefer to get their puppies from pet stores, leaving thousands of loving and needy dogs at shelters. Those that aren't adopted are killed.

Briar Simpson, a New Zealander who works for ARK, Japan's animal shelter, told Reuters via email: "In Britain, the public go to animal welfare shelters to adopt an animal and save a life. The mindset in Japan is still ‘if you want a pet, go to a pet shop.'"

More than 118,000 dogs in Japan end up in pounds every year. Considering that there were more than 6.8 million dogs in the country in 2008 (more dogs than children under the age of six), it's a problem clearly in need of a solution. Education would be a first step.

I'm convinced if people knew the plight of so many thousands of wonderful animals, they would do something to ease the dilemma. Adoption is the way to go.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Aphrodite is a 2-month-old female Alaskan Husky mix. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids, and she is adoptable within 50 miles of Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, IL. This sweet pup needs a furever home now. Let's keep her in our thoughts that she finds one very soon! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Dog Sings Baby A Lullaby


Who is this?

It's reality stay Lauren Conrad ("The Hills") and her dog Chloe enjoying the warm temperatures in the Hollywood Hills.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Birthday Loofa Dog

Price: $6.99

Now your dog can celebrate his or her birthday with a new favorite toy -- the Birthday Loofa Dog! The Birthday Loofa Dog is here to dish up some birthday cheer with his cake, noise maker and party hat. The Birthday Loofa Dog toy is 12 inches long and comes in two colors (pink and blue).


Carrie Underwood: I Hope My Dog Won't Eat My Wedding Ring!

For Carrie Underwood, including her dog on her wedding day was a total no-brainer.

"He'll be one of the ring bearers—he's like my kid," the Grammy-winning singer told reporters at the Bideawee animal shelter in Manhattan March 30. "If I was getting married and I had a child, of course my child would be the wedding. Ace is such a big part of my life."

The singer was in town to talk about her partnership with the Pedigree Adoption Drive, which donates a bowl of food to a shelter dog for each person who becomes a fan on Facebook.

"Fans can [also] help out by adopting a dog, or donating money. There's all kinds of little things they can do. My mom volunteers at the local shelter."

Underwood says she and her Canadian fiancé Mike Fisher look forward to adopting another dog, though not necessarily a roommate for Ace. "I definitely want another dog ... It all comes down to travel, but if we got one it would probably [live] more in Canada. Ace is so little, he can go everywhere with me. If we got a bigger dog it would be a little bit more of a challenge."

Speaking of, the singer says Ace's ring bearer duties won't go without careful consideration. Asked if her pet would walk down the aisle on the big day, Underwood laughed and said the job may need to be tailored to him.

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


That's all for today, pups. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

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