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"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (3-16-10)

March 16th 2010 12:55 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 16th of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Tuesday! Today is "Freedom of Information Day", "Lips Appreciation Day", and "Curlew Day."


Shot five times, Champ needs a home

Champ, a four-year-old German Shepherd mix, was shot five times while protecting his family’s home in south Los Angeles.

Despite that, his owners no longer want him.

On Feb. 27th, Champ was shot by an intruder, leaving the dog with a broken jaw bone, nerve problems, a bullet entry under his eye, and wounds covering his neck, shoulder, and abdomen, KTLA reported.

Champ was kept as evidence while the intrusion case was pending, and was scheduled to be euthanized because his owners declined to get him the costly medical care he needed.

That’s when Coastal German Shepherd Rescue stepped in. The rescue group picked Champ up Friday and transported him to their veterinarian team at Alicia Pet Care Center, where his medical needs are being further assessed, said Tiffany Norton.

Veterinarians say he will likely not suffer any long term medical problems from the shooting.

Norton says that Champ’s medical bills are adding up and her organization is asking for help to save pay them. Coastal German Shepherd Rescue is also looking for someone to adopt Champ after he recovers.

“It’s gonna be a really special person who’s gonna bring him into their home,” Norton said. “Really right now, we’re looking for someone with a big heart who wants to support Champ.”

To foster, adopt, or donate to Champ’s medical fund, visit the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue’s website.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Dorothy is a one-year-old spayed female Shiba Inu/Labrador Retriever. She is very smart and laid back for being so young. Dorothy will make a great family pet! Let's hope that she finds a loving furever home in the very near future! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

The Best Part About Owning A Dog...

... is the way he will come over to see me,
for no reason, just to let me know I'm
important to him
... is the way he is always ready to lick the
jelly off my nose...
... is the way he looks into my eyes and finds
contentment in simply being near me
... is the way he will run all over the yard,
fetch a soggy tennis ball and bring it back
to me as if to say "look mom, it's all have,
but it's yours
... is the way he wakes me up in the morning by pushing
his cold wet nose in my ear and snuffing loudly
... is the way he shreds toilet paper all over the house,
because it's fun even though he knows he shouldn't
... is the way he's sure he can catch the ducks in the
lake today...
... is the way he comes over to me when he is sad
... is the way he wedges himself near me when I am sad and
push all others away, to console me with his love
... is the way he pounces on crickets in the backyard
... is the way he looks perplexed when they escape
... is the way he is terrified of the evil pink hula hoop
... is the way he doesn't mind how much of that horrid
perfume I'm wearing just because it was a gift from
my relative who's visiting
... is the way he doesn't care about bad hair day or
overdue bills
... is the way he loves you, even when you are impatient
with him and have no time this morning for a game
of tug-a-war
... is the way his coat feels like liquid silk under
my fingers
... is the way he finds wisdom beyond words


Who is this?

It's actor Josh Hartnett and his pup at Los Angeles International


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Kyjen Fleecy Clean Ball for Dogs

Price: $5.66

Kyjen Fleecy Clean Ball for dogs are made with safe and non toxic materials. The soft fabric is gentle on a dog's mouth while effectively wiping clean teeth and gums during play, reducing plaque buildup.

Fleece type toys are the product of choice by agility handlers and other sporting dog competitors. Machine washable.

Dalmatian Pinned Under London Bus Survives

Why did the Dalmatian cross the road? To get to the other side! But it wasn't quite that easy for one British pup, who was hit by a bus when she darted across a busy street to greet another pooch on Wednesday.

Brian Levy was walking his pup Chloe through their Swiss Cottage, London, neighborhood when she slipped out of her collar and ran for it. He watched helplessly as she was hit by the No. 31 First bus — and from there it was all a blur.

Firefighters arrived on the scene almost immediately, according to the Daily Mail, and used a hydraulic lift to raise the 7.5-ton bus off the petrified pup. When she emerged, she was completely unharmed. "It's a miracle," Levy told the Daily Mail. "She was trapped under the front axle, between the two wheels ... how she didn't get killed or break any bones is amazing."

Levy, 70, took Chloe to the vet, where she was given a clean bill of health. "[She's] very shaken, very shocked ... but doesn't have any injuries at all," Levy said. Let's hope that next time, Chloe looks both ways!


Crufts 2010 won by Hungarian Vizsla called Yogi

A Hungarian Vizsla named Yogi has won Best In Show at Crufts.

The seven-year-old beat off competition from six other dogs in the culmination of the four-day show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

Yogi is the first Hungarian Vizsla to win Best in Show. Handler John Thirlwell said his "wonderful dog" from Carlisle, Cumbria, is likely to retire.

Rico, a Scottish Terrier from Russia, took second prize at Crufts, the largest dog show in the world.

And Judge Valerie Foss said of the winning dog: "He is such a lovely mover, so powerful, so free.

"He is just a very, very good dog."

The Kennel Club said nearly 22,000 dogs across 187 breeds were entered into this year's Best in Show competition.


That will be it for today's edition of the news. As always, I appreciate those of you that are faithful readers! Be good and have a pawsome day. This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (3-15-10)

March 15th 2010 12:53 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 15th of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Monday! Today is "Napping Day", "True Confessions Day" and "World Consumer Rights Day."


Today is the last day to Pay It Forward in the PIF thread in Plus Fun! Two winners will be announced sometime on Tuesday the 16th. So many wonderful pups have been PIF for two weeks now, which makes them all winners.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Hudson is a three-year-old neutered male German Shorthaired Pointer. He is good with other dogs and kids. He loves to run and play outside. Hudson deserves a loving furever home. Let's hope he finds one ASAP! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"If you pick up a starving Dog and make him prosperous,
he will not bite you.
This is the principal difference between
a dog and a man..."
~Mark Twain


Who is this?

It's singer Ciara and her mini-maltipoo Tyson having a stylish day of shopping in Burbank, Calif.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Wiggly Giggly Jack

Price: $17.95

It's easy for dogs to carry around the Wiggly Giggly Jack! The Wiggly Giggly Jack is a big, fun, noise-making dog toy that dogs LOVE. It measures 7" and it's super easy for dogs to carry it around - They have four nobbies to choose from! All they need to do to hear the silly Wiggly Giggly noises is shake it, roll it or move it. Dogs really go crazy over this entertaining dog toy and who can blame them? It's an interactive dog toy which means that dogs need to get involved with the toy for it to play back with them.
Interactive dog toys keep dogs playing longer and the Wiggly Giggly Jack is no exception! A great boredom-busting dog toy!


Mans’ Best Friend Eats Girls’ Best Friend

A dog hanging out in his owner’s jewelry store ate a diamond worth $20,000. Worse yet, it wasn’t even one of the store’s diamonds, but one that a diamond dealer was showing off to the owners at Robert Bernard Jewelry Store, located in, of all places, Rockville, Md. The diamond dealer dropped the gem when he pulled it out, and the store owner’s golden retriever, named Soli, scarfed it right up,WJLA reported.

The store owners called Soli’s vet, who advised letting nature take its course. “It was not that pleasant,” said George Kaufmann, co-owner of Robert Bernard Jewelers. “I followed him; I had to pick up his stuff; I had to go through the things. I can understand what it was like in the old Gold Rush. I felt like I had just hit pay dirt.”

After three days, the diamond exited Soli and was returned to the dealer.


Dogs Better Walking Companions Than Humans

Dogs are better walking companions than humans on almost all counts, a new study shows, with the possible exception of conversation (though I generally favor them in that category as well).

Research at the University of Missouri has found that people who walk dogs are more consistent about regular exercise, walk at a brisker (therefore more healthy) pace, and show more improvement in fitness than people who walk with a human companion, according to the New York Times health blog, “Well.”

In a 12-week study of 54 older adults at an assisted living home, 35 people were assigned to a 5-day-a-week walking program — 23 walking with a friend or spouse, 12 walking dogs at a local animal shelter.

The dog walkers showed a big improvement in fitness, while the human walkers began making excuses to skip the workout. Walking speed among the dog walkers increased by 28 percent, compared with just a 4 percent increase among the human walkers.

“The improvement in walking speed means their confidence in their walking ability had increased and their balance had increased. To have a 28 percent improvement in walking speed is mind boggling,” said Rebecca A. Johnson, a nursing professor and director of the Research Center for Human Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Johnson said the dog walkers were far more consistent in sticking with the program than those who were walking with humans: “In the human walking group, they were regularly discouraging each other from walking,” she said. “Missouri is a hot state. We would hear them saying: ‘It’s hot today. I don’t want to walk, do you?’ ”

The dog walkers, on the other hand, were nearly always up for the task:

“When the people came to the animal shelter, they bounced off the bus and said, ‘Where’s my dog?”’ Johnson said. “And the dogs never gave any discouragement from walking.”

The study, not yet published, is continuing, and Johnson said she suspects differences will show up in other areas, like depression and anxiety.

Already, though, Johnson said, many people in the dog-walking group stopped using canes and walkers. “They would say, ‘Now I’m physically fit enough to take my dog for a walk,”’


That will wrap things up for this edition of the news. Thanks for reading. Have a great day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (3-12-10)

March 12th 2010 12:46 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 12th of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


TGIF! Today is "Girl Scout Day" and "Middle Name Pride Day."


Owner Turns Dog's Pee Trails Into 'Pee-ces' of Art

To Kara Vlach-Lasher, her senior dog Tucker's pee didn't look like spilt milk, or even a puddle of neon yellow hitting the concrete. It looked like art. Not quite Jackson Pollack, but it was definitely something special.

Tucker, a shepherd mix that was found wandering around rural Ohio, suffers from degenerative myelopathy, a neurological condition that affects his spinal cord. He can't lift his leg to pee. When he does have to go, he wobbles down the sidewalk and leaves an abstract trail behind.

One day, Vlach-Lasher pulled out her iPhone and started to take pictures of Tucker's streams, and eventually ended up with a collection of snapshots that she called Pee-ces of Art.

"I'm a CPA by trade, but creativity in that area is almost illegal," Vlach-Lasher says. "Photography is my hobby and outlet."

Tucker's pee-ces are framed in interesting ways, or juxtaposed with nature, against fallen leaves or with the sun setting in the background. And since he gets four to five short walks a day, there are plenty of opportunities for the "collaborative" duo to capture more beauty.

"I think he knows now," Vlach-Lasher says. "He's getting a little anxious sometimes now, like, 'Hurry up, Mom!' "

17 of Vlach-Lasher and Tucker's pee-ces are showing at the bela dubby gallery in Ohio, "hung, framed professionally in glass — the whole nine yards."

She and her husband will donate the proceeds to the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in Cleveland and the Cleveland Animal Protective League.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Mindy is a two-year-old spayed female Yorkshire Terrier. She is good with other dogs and prefers women. Mindy loves riding in the car and being a lap dog. This sweet girl deserves a loving furever home. Let's hope she finds one very soon! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"If there are no dogs in Heaven,
then when I die I want to go
where they went."
~Will Rogers


Who is this?

It's actress Naomi Watts (with son Sasha) and Yorkie Bob in New York City.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day


Price: $11.00

It's the truth! Dogs just can't resist the satisfying crunch of an empty water bottle! That's why Fat Cat designed water bottle crunchers! Perfectly sized for empty water bottles (or any empty plastic bottle up to 20 oz. in size!) This toy packs a punch with a crunch! The best part? It's refillable!


Former 'Idol' Star Runs a Pet Rehab From her Home

Former American Idol star Kimberly Caldwell loves nothing more than lying around with her dogs and watching old episodes of Sex and the City. But let's hope she has a big couch: The singer has two pups at home in Texas — Coda and Lady — plus pit bull-lab mix Bodacious Bob and Yorkie Sammy in her L.A. home. Oh, and cats Aidan and Kaya, too. Luckily, she has some help, in the form of two sisters who watch her pets for her when she's on the road.

But Caldwell, 23, whose debut album Without Regret comes out on April 6, turns her attention to pets in need whenever she can; for the past year, she's been running an animal rehabilitation center from her home. "One of my sisters is a vet tech," she says, "so she brings home one dog every two weeks." The sisters open their doors to any animals racing against the clock in shelters, and "give them another shot," says Caldwell.

The singer recalls meeting one special pooch, a 12-year-old Shih Tzu-poodle mix, who'd been caught in a car door. As the pup started the recovery process, "we had to teach him how to eat and walk," she shares. The dog was so close to death that at one point, Caldwell had to perform life-saving mouth-to-mouth-resuscitation on him. "But eventually, we found him a great home," she says. In fact, all of her stories have a happy ending: Caldwell and her sister boast a 100 percent success rate with placing the pets they've rescued!


That will be it for today, pups. "60 Seconds" will return on Monday. Enjoy your weekend - U.S. pups, don't forget to remind your humans to set their clocks forward one hour Saturday night before bed. Daylight Savings Time begins! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (3-11-10)

March 11th 2010 12:51 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 11th of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Thursday! Today is "Dream 2010 Day", "Johnny Appleseed Day", "Nametag Day", and "World Kidney Day."


Our dogs' names reflect our personalities

We've all heard the theory that people pick pets that look like them, but did you know that the name you choose for you dog can reveal a lot about your personality, interests and expectations?

It's true.

"The name of a dog reflects the personality and sense of humor of the owner," said Lisa Peterson, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club. "For example, if you name your toy poodle Brutus, that shows a sense of irony."

According to, a 2008 survey conducted by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) indicated that dog owners choose their pets' names based on their interests and the way they want to be viewed.

"Naming a dog is often geared toward what the owners want to see expressed," Stephen Zawistowski, a biologist with the ASPCA, said.

Is your dog's name Bear? You probably love outdoor activities, but it can also show your loving side and might mean you're longing for warmth and protection. (By the way, Bear is the most popular name for a male dog in the U.S.)

If your dog has a more common name like Buddy, Maggie or Sadie, it could mean you're looking for a comfort zone. A more unique name means you're looking to express your individuality.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Benji is a one-year-old neutered male American Pit Bull Terrier/Greyhound. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Benji is very energetic and loves to play and run. He needs to find him a home with someone who has the time to either take him on long runs or walks. Let's hope that happens ASAP! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

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


Who is this?

It's actress Rachel Bilson and her pretty pooch, leaving a friend's home in Toluca Lake, Calif.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Organic Dog Toys Make Mouths Happy

Dogs chew everything – so naturally they're going to chew whatever toys we give them, but how do we necessarily know what they're munching on? Are toys safe for your dog’s delicate tummy? Housing Naturals, an eco-minded company, has created Simply Fido, a line of organic pet toys that are totally healthy for your furry friend. Made from and stuffed with 100 percent non-toxic cotton, the toys are dyed with the company's PureWaterWash system using plant and mineral extracts to color the fabrics. A variety of reasonably priced, adorable plush toys are available – from squeaky bunnies, monkeys and caterpillars to lizards, lambs and teddy bears – plus a line of knit animals and a new collection of hemp characters (pictured). Who knew eco-friendly could be so adorable?


Mabel the British Hen Thinks She's a Dog

Call it a case of mistaken identity: A 1-year-old hen in England has taken to caring for a litter of Jack Russell terrier pups! It all started this winter, when the hen was injured by a horse on the Shrewsbury farm of Edward and Ros Tate. "She wasn't moving around, and slowly dying of hypothermia," Ros says.

The couple brought the hen, named Mabel, inside, hoping to nurse her back to health. But she had other plans. After their Jack Russell terrier Nettle gave birth to a litter of four puppies, Mabel just "climbed on top of them," Ros says. "She went all broody. Now she keeps climbing into their basket with them and shooing their mum off."

Luckily for Mabel, Nettle is "pretty low-key" about the whole thing, and less concerned now that the 5-week-old puppies are getting active and spending less time sleeping with their hen friend. But both the real mom and foster mom will likely suffer some separation anxiety when the dogs — two of whom have been purchased — go home with their new families in three weeks.

For now, the focus is on helping Mabel get better, with puppies or without. "She'll never be fully recovered," Ros says. "Her leg is at a funny angle. But this summer she'll go back outside, and if she's still around in the winter we'll be happy to let her back in again."


That's going to wrap things up 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 (3-10-10)

March 10th 2010 1:26 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 10th of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Hump Day! It's also "Learn what your name means day", "International day of awesomeness", "Mario Day" and "Registered Dietitian Day."


More than a hundred protest Vick’s award

As 100 to 150 sign-carrying stood outside, convicted dogfighter Michael Vick received the Ed Block Courage Award at a Baltimore banquet hall tonight.

Vick, who served a 21-month prison sentence for dogfighting before getting signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, has said he feels he deserves the award. He was the unanimous choice of his teammates.

“I think everybody has a right to theirr own opinion. I feel like I’ve done everything I said I would do,” Vick said in an interview with WBAL during the ceremony. “My peers felt like I was doing the right thing … that I displayed courage and sportsmanship and leadership”

Protesters began gathering at Martin’s West in Woodlawn before 4 p.m., carrying signs that said ”No awards for dog killers” and “Cowards abuse animals.”

“I am here to protest that the Eagles have given Michael Vick a Courage Award and everyone else has gone along with it,” said Darlene Sanders Harris, an organizer of the protest. “I don’t think he exudes courage or any of the qualities they are looking for in an Ed Block recipient.”

Animal advocates have voiced their dismay at Vick being named to receive the honor since last December when his teammates chose him for the award.

Wehn Vick confirmed he would be attending, the foundation had to boost security for the event and scrap the long-standing tradition of having the athletes mingle with fans to sign autographs.

Every year 32 players receive the honor, which is named after a longtime Baltimore Colts trainer who also worked as a physical therapist at a hospital for disabled children. The award honors players who are “role models” and “exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.”

Maryland SPCA’s Executive Director Aileen Gabbey released the following statement about the decision to give the award to Vick:

“The Maryland SPCA remains shocked and disappointed that Michael Vick will, indeed, receive an award for courage from the Ed Block Foundation after being nominated by his team. Mr. Vick does not deserve this honor. He has been convicted of horrific crimes against living creatures; he has served jail time; he has somehow been re-employed. His attempts to speak on behalf of animals have been half-hearted and disingenuous. None of this warrants a special award.

“No truly courageous or honorable person would say ‘Yes, I deserve an award.’ Yet, this is precisely what Mr. Vick has done, defending his nomination and claiming that he has suffered hardships. He has never suffered the hardships, or torture, that his poor dogs did at his hands. The honorable thing for Mr. Vick to do would be to not accept this award. This would actually show some courage and that he is serious about being on the road to atonement for his terrible actions against innocent lives.”


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Tootsie is a two-year-old spayed female Chihuahua/Dachshund. She is good with other dogs and kids. This sweet pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that she finds one very soon! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"Histories are more full of the examples
of the fidelity of dogs than of friends."
~Alexander Pope

Who is this?

It's Rene Angelil (Celine Dion's hubby) hitting the New York City streets with yellow Lab Charlie.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Plush & Plunge! Stunt Pilot Toys

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... squirrel? Hartz has created an adorable line of dog toys that may look like an ordinary plushy but really are superheroes in disguise! Using a hidden rubber-strap loop, you can sling a squirrel (or a chicken!) into an open area, sending Hartz's Stunt Pilot toys soaring through the air for a fun game of fetch with your furry friend.

Not only are the toys soft for cuddling (and cheap at just $7), but the flying decoys with red capes come with sound effects. As the toy takes off, motion-activated sounds give your pup something to follow as he runs after his new pal. Real squirrels will thank their lucky stars they're not the ones being fetched and retrieved!


DVD Review: 'Hachi: A Dog's Tale'

"Hachi: A Dog's Tale" stars Richard Gere and was directed by "Chocolat" auteur Lasse Hallström. The film is based on the true story of an Akita named Hachiko, who lived in Japan in the early 20th century, and is a remake of a 1987 Japanese film called "Hachikō Monogatari." The story begins when Hachi, a little lost puppy, is rescued by professor Parker Wilson (Gere), much to the chagrin of Wilson's wife, Cate (Joan Allen). But of course it doesn't take long before the whole family falls for the adorable pooch. And when tragedy strikes, the entire town realizes the depth of Hachi's devotion to his master.

The story is told from the dog's perspective, though the viewer remains aware of what occurs outside of Hachi's frame of reference. Some shots even present the world through the dog's eyes. And while Hachi's thoughts aren't narrated, Hallström clearly communicates Hachi's emotions to the audience in a way that evokes a devoted dog owner's ability to sense what a beloved canine is thinking.

Anyone who loves animals and has experienced the loyalty a dog shows its owner will understand just how moving this story is. And while that tissue box may very well prove necessary, the film successfully touches hearts without resorting to sappy sentimentality.

Hachi is now out on DVD and Blu-ray. Will you be bringing home a copy for your family?


That's all for today, pups. As always, thank you for reading the news! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (3-9-10)

March 9th 2010 12:03 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 9th of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Tuesday! It's "Barbie Day", "Get Over It Day", "Organize Your Home Office Day", "Panic Day" and "Unique Names Day."


Princely gift of pricey pearls turns up in poop

A pair of expensive pearl earrings that Prince William gave to his girlfriend Kate Middleton on her 28th birthday have been recovered, slightly the worse for wear after going in one end of Middleton’s dog, Otto, and out the other.

The Daily Mail reports that Middleton suspected Otto, a black cocker spaniel, gobbled down the antique earrings. After monitoring his output for several days, her suspicions were confirmed.

Alas, Otto had chewed the jewelry so that, even after they reappeared, the earrings were unwearable. The Mail reports that the earrings went missing from the ornamental dish on Middleton’s bedside table where she kept them. “It seems that Otto had got into her room and eaten the pearl earrings. He was sitting on the end of her bed looking very pleased with himself and licking his paws,” the newspaper quotes an unidentified friend of the couple as saying.

When Kate told William she feared her dog had eaten the earrings, he burst out laughing, the friend said. Kate monitored Otto closely, taking him for walks several times a day, and during one of them the earrings finally emerged — too chewed up to be rescued. The prince has promised her another pair.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Dewey is a 9-month-old neutered male American Pit Bull Terrier. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. Always ready to go, Dewey would thrive with an active family who will keep him busy. This handsome pup deserves a loving furever home. Let's hope he finds one ASAP! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"Happiness is a warm puppy."
~Charles Schulz

Who is this?

It's actress Milla Jovovich and her pooch arriving at a pet medical center in West Hollywood.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Light-Up Dog Disc

Whoosh! Keep your lucky pup entertained for hours with Toysmith's "slobber-resistant" light-up disc. The fast flyer stays illuminated in the sun and the moonlight, making it easy — and fun — for your pooch to spot.
Where to Buy:, $23.99


A Sled Race Where Humans Pull The Dogs

Here’s an interesting role reversal. Snausages, the dog snack, sponsored what it describes as the first man sled race earlier this month — one that let the humans pull the dogs for a change.

Four teams, each representing a pet related charity, competed in the March 2 race in Anchorage.

The Snausages Man Sled Race was no Iditarod; the human teams only had to cover 75 yards. The winning team received a $5,000 donation to their charity. The second, third and fourth teams each raised $1,000.


Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Helps Save Lives

When five-year-old Angelica saw smoke from under the covers in the middle of the night, she knew there was a fire. She also knew, thanks to Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, that she had to crawl on the ground to get out of the house as fast as she could. She told her father, "Come on, Daddy, you have to get down and crawl low, just like Sparkles." Angelica and her father barely made it out the door before their house was in engulfed in flames.

When Arkansas firefighter and fire safety educator Dayna Hilton was told the story, she was moved by the impact that her Dalmatian Sparkles had had on the child. "It validated everything that we've been doing for years," Hilton says. "Animals have so much more of an impact in helping share a message."

Hilton and Sparkles have been educating children about fire safety since 2003, when Hilton adopted the calm Dalmatian that had been rescued from a home with 62 other dogs. Sparkles loved kids, and she picked up how to crawl low on the first try, which made her the perfect partner for Hilton. "There's no telling how many miles she's crawled demonstrating how to crawl low," Hilton says. "It's been a wonderful journey being her friend and being able to share the fire safety message together."

Inspired by her loyal educating buddy, Hilton wrote a children's book, called Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, and started the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation. They have even appeared together on PBS KIDS Sprout along with Hilton's other rescue dogs Spanner and Tango.

Sparkles, now 11, isn't able to crawl as much as she used to, so Hilton has started to Skype to schools from home along with Sparkles, who still has a lot of spirit. "The love that she has for helping me is just amazing," Hilton says. "It really keeps me going, and the children love her."


That will be it for today's edition of the news. Be good and enjoy your day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


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

March 8th 2010 12:55 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Monday, the 8th of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Monday! Today is "International Working Women's Day" and "Fun Facts About Names Day."


Ten reasons dogs should be eligible for Oscars

1. They wouldn’t give overly long acceptance speeches.

2. They wouldn’t waste huge amounts of money on gowns.

3. They would deal better with both victory and defeat.

4. We like them, we really like them.

5. They could get to the stage much more quickly.

6. It makes more sense than Michael Vick getting a “Courage Award.”

7. They’ve been snubbed as a species by the academy for far too long.

8. Their ego and bank accounts don’t require constant feeding — just themselves.

9. Oscar chew toys would be cheaper than statuettes.

10. The red carpet is probably cleaned every year anyway.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Anna is a two-month-old female mixed breed. She is good with other dogs and kids. Anna was brought to the shelter as a stray. She is a vibrant girl with lots of energy and lots of love. Let's keep our paws crossed that Anna finds a loving furever home very soon! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties
of this earth will ever be."
~Konrad Lorenz


Who is this?

It's actress Christina Ricci and her pooch Rose running errands together in L.A.


Pawsome pup fact

Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes with age.


What's More Awesome Than Shaun White's Gold Medals? His Dog Rambo!

It's totally rad being Olympic snowboarding sensation Shaun White. But it's even way more rad being Shaun White's dog Rambo.

"He likes to sunbathe," says White, peering underneath his table at an outdoor café in Los Angeles earlier this week. Stretched out beside his black sneakers is his snoring 2-year-old French bulldog, soaking up rays.

"He's so mellow, it's funny," White adds, whipping out his iPhone and scrolling through a half dozen snapshots of Rambo like a proud parent. "Check out the sweater he was running at the Olympics ..."

Rambo has good reason to be sacked out in the sun. Like his famous owner who is in the midst of a global media blitz since winning his gold medal in the half pipe, these past few weeks have been hectic times for the laidback hound. No sooner did Rambo catch his breath after returning home from Vancouver where he helped cheer ... er, howl, his 23-year-old owner to victory, but now he’s road-tripping around Southern California, accompanying White as he travels from one photo-shoot to the next.

"He's awesome," laughs White. "We've been trying to take him with us everywhere."

White's older sister, Kari, 24, is equally smitten with the chill pooch. "He's trained, but he's not super obedient," she says. "When he was a puppy, he had a red hair just like Shaun, so we knew we had to get him. It was meant to be."

When Kari spots her brother staring at the photo of a sweater-clad Rambo on his phone, she fishes the red, white and blue canine frock out of her bag, hoists the dog onto her lap, then goes to work dressing him.

"Shaun's team manager's mom made the sweater, but I sewed the buttons on," Kari adds. "I wanted to use silver, but we thought they'd jinx Shaun – so we used gold. We're real superstitious about things like that."

After he's dressed, Kari hands Rambo to her brother, who shakes his head and cracks up. "I loved animals before I had him, but I never really cared as much about them until I had a dog,” White says, adjusting Rambo's sweater. "We put a picture of him in sunglasses on one of the T-shirts my brother and I designed for Target and it was our second-best seller."

As he shovels scrambled eggs into his mouth, White ponders the deeper meaning of it all. "It's weird," he says. "There are all these kids out there, running around with my dog on their T-shirt."


Local Lowdown: Great Ideas for Dog-Centric Socializing

Your dog is your best friend, exercise partner and confidant (not to mention your furry vacuum cleaner), but more than that, he can also improve your social life by helping you meet other great dog people.

Beyond the regulars at the dog park, stretch your leash a bit further to meet people at dog-owner groups or organized but casual meetups. While your pup plays with his new furry pals, you'll find friendship (maybe even romance!) with those that also share a love of dogs.

There are all kinds of dog-owner groups. Some bring together owners of a particular dog breed or type (small or large dogs), and those centered upon activities like agility, dock diving or hiking. You'll also find groups just for pups in certain areas or neighborhoods, many of which serve to support local parks or dog runs. The groups may meet weekly or monthly with activities ranging from casual outings and walks to seasonal and special events.

To find groups, start at and search for your dog's breed, your city or terms like 'large dog breeds' or 'active dogs.'

Here's just a sampling of the some of the dog groups you'll find in San Francisco and New York City:

This dog friendly area offers meetups for all kinds of dog breeds from the San Francisco Yorkshire Terrer Meetup Group (765-members strong) to San Francisco Chihuahua Meetup, Bay Area Beagles, and Frenchie Fridays. There are many neighborhood-specific groups too. Active pups may enjoy a dog agility club like the Bay Team, and for pups that love to swim and retrieve, there's Bay Area Diving Dogs.

There's a meetup group just for Manhattan Maltese, while Yorkshire terriers have their very own Yorkie Nation. There are play dates for the Pit Bull and Pit Mix Rescue Group as well as folks who can't get enough of schnauzers and pomeranians too. And with specialty dog-owner groups like the New York City Must Love Dogs Singles Meetup and NYC Yappy Hour, there's something for everyone.

If you don't see a group in your area, then start your own! You could found Marvelous Mutts, Canines & Wines, Poodles of Peoria -- the options are endless.


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


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (3-5-10)

March 5th 2010 1:33 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 5th of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


TGIF pups!! Today is "Nametag Day!"


Indestructible Dog Toys

Most dogs outgrow the need to chew as puppies, but some have an oral fixation that Freud would find noteworthy. If Fido has jaws of steel and has started eyeing your shoes, here are five of the most indestructible dog toys on the market.

1. Nylabones. Nylabones are dog bones made of durable plastic that is made to smell like bacon or chicken. They come in several different sizes and strengths. Be sure to check the rating on the package to ensure the Nylabone is made for heavy chewing. Nylabones can last for a year or more, although be warned that small pieces can flake off during use. Cost ranges from $5 for puppy bones, up to $16 for heavy-duty Nylabones.

2. Buster Cubes. Buster Cubes are hard plastic cubes that trap dog treats inside. Dogs extract the treats by rolling the cube around the room with their noses and paws, or by picking it up with their teeth and tossing it down. Buster Cubes are often recommended by animal behaviorists because they are ideal for destructive dogs who may be bored in addition to having a strong need to chew. This is also a great toy to break out when company comes over. Fido will be so absorbed with the buster cube, he'll forget to jump on the guests. Cost ranges from $15 up to $20 depending on size purchased.

3. Kong. Kong brand name products are used by police K-9 units and are available in an assortment of indestructible dog toys. From heavy duty rubber bones to hollow cones that can be stuffed with treats, Kong dog toys are built to last. The cones are particularly useful because they not only exercise the jaws, but also provide intellectual stimulation since the dog has to work to get the treats out. For extra fun, stuff the Kong cone with a mixture of dog food and peanut butter. Kong products are rated for specific weight ranges, so know your dog's weight and check the package for the weight range before buying. A large Kong cone costs $9 and will last forever.

4. Everlasting Treat Ball. This product is the winner of the 2007 New York Tails readers' choice award, and is a ball that can be stuffed with treats. The manufacturer sells treats specifically made for the Everlasting Treat Ball, but dog owners can also use their own treats. The bonus with this product is that it can be used not just as a chew toy, but for games of fetch as well. The ball costs $25 and the treat refills are $8.

5. Pig ears and rawhide bones. If all else fails, go with a chew toy that is meant to be destroyed. Pig ears can be purchased in bulk at warehouse stores or pet retailers, and are good for about 15 minutes of entertainment. Rawhide bones will last longer. When purchasing rawhide bones, look for the ones made in the U.S., as imported rawhides are sometimes cured with arsenic which is poisonous for dogs. Supervise the use of rawhide bones, and ensure water is available to prevent choking. Pig ears are sold in packages of 24 or 40 and prices range from $18 up to $30. Rawhide bones can be purchased individually or in bulk and cost from $5 up to $30.

For safety, always supervise dogs while chewing and inspect chew toys regularly for signs of wear and tear.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Leonardo is a three-year-old neutered male Labrador Retriever/Carolina Dog. He is good with other dogs and kids, and is adoptable within 50 miles of Houston, TX. Leo was rescued after being hit by a car, is very sweet natured, shy and quiet. This handsome pup deserve a loving furever home. Let's hope he gets it ASAP! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

"Man is troubled by what might be called the Dog Wish,
a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and
carefree as a dog."
~James Thurber


Who is this?

It's actress Charlene Theron out for a walk with her pups Tucker and Delilah in Malibu, CA.


Pawsome pup fact

Davy Crockett's dog was named Sport.


Behind the Scenes of the Super Slo-Mo Pedigree Ad

Watch The Video Here

And the kibble is flying ... It's getting close ... The bulldog wants it — he really, really wants it. But the Labradoodle's reaching for that treat .. and he's got it — leaving the bulldog with a look like a magnified sad face. In fact, it was a super slow-motion camera's capture of the bulldog sneezing! It was perfect for a new series of Canadian ads for Pedigree.

Director Bob Purman says that shooting dogs at a thousand frames per second had lots of surprises. "Some really remarkable anthropomorphic qualities occur. You really see the sense of desire and passion in their eyes."

Of the many pooches used in the spots, some were professionally-trained jumpers, and others were just picked from a general casting pool. The crew used a specially-devised rig to throw the kibble, and trainers stood by to direct their jumpers to leap up and catch it, mouths wide open.

Because movie lights are hot, the soundstage already had heavy-duty air conditioning, but the crew had to supplement that with even more! They had a 2-feet-wide air conditioning tube under the camera because shooting in slow-motion requires even more light. Happily, the extra air conditioning had the effect of giving the dogs a wind-blown, supermodel look.

The ad has generated some web buzz after sharp eyes pointed out visual similarities to a film produced by Pleix, a community of digial artists based in Paris. Pedigree and the ad's creative directors haven't addressed the controversy yet, but either way, both films make dogs look pretty darn cool.


Is Your Dog's Pet Food Making Him Sick?

Your dog is scratching like crazy, or sick to his stomach. Could his food be the culprit?

Food allergies aren't extremely common in dogs, but they aren't uncommon either. Food allergies affect dogs in two primary ways, says Korinn Saker, a clinical nutritionist at the North Carolina State School of Veterinary Medicine who specializes in canine allergies. "We either see skin issues, or GI [gastrointestinal] issues," she says. If your dog is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea on a regular basis, or is itching constantly and licking or biting at his skin or fur, allergies may be to blame. (Your vet can help you rule out other ailments, like parasites or infections, that could cause similar symptoms.)

Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell whether an allergic dog is having a reaction to his food or to an environmental allergen such as pollen. (Dogs can also become allergic to food they've happily eaten their entire lives making detection even more difficult.) Still, there are ways to tell if food is the foe, Sakar says. "The most definitive way to do that is to do a feeding elimination trial," she says. In other words, try removing the suspected ingredient or ingredients from the dog's diet, and see what happens.

Choose a dog food with novel ingredients the dog hasn't had before. The new food should have a single source of protein, such as fish, duck or lamb, and a single source of carbohydrates, like rice or potatoes. (And don't give him any treats or table scraps during the feeding trial!) If the allergy symptoms go away on the new diet, you can then try adding back the suspected allergens, one by one. If the symptoms come back, she explains, you'll know what ingredient (or ingredients) to avoid from now on.

Testing your dog's diet is something you can do easily at home, but it's a good idea to consult with your vet if you suspect food allergies. Sakar also points out that when experimenting with new foods, make sure to choose a diet that also contains the many vitamins and minerals dogs need to stay healthy. "Make sure it's a balanced and complete diet based on the labeling," she says.

According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, the most common dog allergens are beef, chicken, eggs, corn, wheat, soy and milk.

"Beef is the number one allergen," Sakar says. She adds that protein sources in general, including beef, chicken and fish, are much more likely to cause allergies than are carbohydrate sources like corn or wheat. (Irish setters, however, are known to have a wheat sensitivity.)

Sakar says that corn has become a favorite villain, and many pet owners are sure their dog suffers from a corn allergy. However, "a real, true allergy to corn is very, very, very rare in a pet," she says.

Hypoallergenic prescription diets are available for allergic dogs. These foods often contain an unusual protein source, such as duck, venison or rabbit. Other special diets are made from hydrolyzed beef or chicken. In these foods, Sakar says, "the protein has been mechanically altered so it's very small in size and not recognized by the immune system." In other words, the dog's body doesn't recognize the altered protein, so it doesn't respond with an allergic reaction.

Of course, with so many dog food varieties available on store shelves, you might not need a prescription to find a food your dog can tolerate. If you have trouble figuring out what ingredients might be causing your dog difficulty, talk to your vet. With a little detective work, you should be able to find a diet that keeps your dog's tail wagging.


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


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (3-4-10)

March 4th 2010 12:08 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Thursday, the 4th of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Thursday! Today is "Toy Soldier Day", "National Grammar Day", "March Forth - Do Something Day", "International Scrapbooking Industry Day" and "Courageous Follower Day."


Family reunited with dog they surrendered

Here’s an ending almost too happy to be believed.

Three years ago, a Washington man surrendered his family dog, a five-year-old shepherd mix named Haley, to the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County.

An unspecified family crisis forced the family to give up the dog, the humane society said.

Though gone, she was not forgotten. The father still kept photos of the dog on his iphone, and his daughter, now 12, was, still missing and talking about the dog they had said goodbye to years earlier.

This week, with their crisis averted and the family having decided to get another dog, the father dropped by the Tacoma Humane Society to look at potential adoptees. Though it’s not uncommon for shelter dogs to start jumping and yapping when people come by, one dog went particularly crazy when the father approached, staff members say.

Taking a closer look, the father was shocked to see that the dog making all the noise was — you guessed it — Haley!

As it turns out, Haley, after being surrendered by the family, was adopted in 2007, but the family that adopted her the second time had so much trouble with her continually running away they’d returned her, just a few days ago.

The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, which related the story on their Facebook page, said the dog and her original family are now reunited.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Dinah is a four-year-old spayed female Pomeranian. This sweet girl is full of energy and eager to please. She's also very affectionate, charming and alert. Dinah is waiting for a furever home - let's hope she finds it very soon! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

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


Who is this?

It's actress Blake Lively and her maltipoo, Penny, on the New York City set of Gossip Girl.


Pawsome pup fact

The Ancient Chinese carried Pekingese puppies in the sleeves of their robes.


Chinese Dog Is Up to Two Butts a Day

Treasure, like millions of others throughout the world, is addicted to smoking cigarettes. If she doesn't get her regular nicotine fix, she gets very, very irritable and cranky; she starts yipping and yapping, and it's a real drag not only for her, but for her owner. Because Treasure is a dog.

Not having opposable thumbs makes Treasure's addiction a bit of a project. "I have to light one in the ashtray and let her stay beside to suck the smoke," Treasure's owner, Mrs. Li of Beijing, tells the U.K. Daily Mail. "She needs at least two cigarettes a day." Plus, "She eats all the butts, swallows down the tobacco and then spits out the rest." Gross.

How Treasure actually picked up the nasty habit in the first place in unclear. Mrs. Li told the Daily Mail, "When people smoked she would chase them for the smell," but that doesn't address why Treasure's owners started letting her steal puffs from the ashtray.

So how exactly do you get a dog to quit smoking anyway? You can't offer it Nicorette gum. You're can't shave its leg and slap a patch on it. We think Treasure's got some cold turkey in her future.


Are Treats Making Your Pet Fat?

We love giving our pets treats, whether to reward good behavior, keep them occupied or because we simply can't resist their plaintive stares or begging. But all those jerky treats, dental chews and milk bones are making our domestic animals fat.

"If I could only point to one factor causing the modern-day pet obesity epidemic, it would have to be treats," says veterinarian Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention and author of "Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter – A Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives."

Vets and animal-nutrition experts point the finger at fattening pet snacks: Packed with sugar and carbohydrates, even the tiniest packaged cheese or bacon snack becomes what Ward calls "calorie grenades."

"It's that seemingly innocent extra 50 calories a day in the form of a chew or cookie that adds up to a pound or two each year. By the time a dog or cat reaches mid-life, it's overweight and health risks begin to skyrocket," Ward says. Obesity is being blamed for health problems such as diabetes, joint pain and breathing problems in pets.

That doesn't mean the snacks have to stop, but experts say treats should make up no more than 10 percent of your pet's daily calories. That's not much, considering a 10-pound cat needs less than 300 calories daily and a 40-pound dog should only get about 1,000 calories.

Making things trickier, manufacturers don't list calorie contents on their packages, and they don't have to.

Some of the worst offenders tend to be the newer "dental chews" for dogs, Ward says. One Purina BusyBone Dental Bone (Large) has a whopping 600 calories, while a Pedigree JumBone (small) has 297 calories, nearly an entire day's calories for a small dog.

Other popular treats and their calorie counts, according to Ward's research:

Pup-Peroni: 24 calories
Purina Beggin' Strips: 30 calories
Milk-Bone Biscuit (Medium): 40 calories
Purina Chew-eez Beefhide Chew Strips: 60 calories
Pedigree DentaBone (Medium): 188 calories

Experts recommend replacing processed treats with crunchy veggies such as baby carrots (only two or three calories per carrot), cucumbers (one calorie per half-inch slice) and celery (around six calories per stalk). For owners desiring a commercial dog treat, Ward likes Liver Biscotti, which deliver less than one calorie per piece.

No single treat is the culprit, however. The biggest problem is quantity, says animal nutritionist Susan Lauten, Ph.D., owner of Pet Nutrition Consulting in Knoxville.

"A family of four could be each giving the dog three treats a day and they don't know what the other person is doing," she says. She recommends that you measure out the amount of food that the dog or cat is going to receive per day, put it all in a freezer bag and only give treats out of that bag.


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


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

March 3rd 2010 12:03 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 3rd of March. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


It's hump day! Today is "I Want You To Be Happy Day", "National Anthem Day", "Peace Corps Day" and "What if Cats and Dogs had Opposable Thumbs? Day"!


If you haven't already, be sure to sniff out Natcho's Dogster Poetry Contest in the Plus Friendly Forum. Several pups have entered their poems so far (myself included). Deadline to enter is March 5th, so you still have some time!


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Dexter is a two-year-old neutered male Shetland Sheepdog. He's full of energy and loves being around people. Dexter was dropped off at the shelter by his previous owner, and is now looking for a new furever home. Let's hope that this handsome pup finds one ASAP! ♥


Dog Quote Of The Day

Never stand between a dog and the hydrant.

~John Peers


Who is this?

It's former O.C. actress Autumn Reeser and her pooch Gatsby, along with actor pal Jake White, at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA.


Pawsome pup fact

There are only 350 Cisky Terriers in the world – perhaps the rarest breed.


Millan plans to build a temple for “Daddy”

Cesar Millan says he plans to build a temple to his deceased pit bull, “Daddy,” and bury the dog’s ashes there, on the highest point of his California ranch.

In an interview with People Pets, the star of National Geographic Channel’s “Dog Whisperer,” also revealed that he and his famiy lit 500 candles in honor the the dog, who died after a long battle with cancer.

Millan has also announced the establishment of the Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue Fund, (DEAR) which will be operated by the Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation. The DEAR Fund will provide assistance for dogs who are victims of abuse or violence, man-made disasters, and large-scale natural disasters.


'Pez for Pets' Treat Dispenser

Our favorite childhood collectible candy dispenser just got a pet-friendly makeover.

Pez for Pets works just like a regular Pez dispenser except it's bigger -- about 10 inches tall -- and it doles out dog treats instead of candy.

There are currently only two doggy Pez "heads" available: beagle or hound, priced at $14 each. Both come stocked with six yummy treats to pop from the top made from 100-percent corn starch in cheese, bacon, and beef flavors. And since you know how quickly those little treats disappear, make sure you grab a refill pack of 12 all-natural treats for $6.

Our only question -- how the heck do you pop the top without opposable thumbs?


That'll be all for today, pups. Here's hoping that you have a great day! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

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