Monthly Archive:: February 2010

Celeb’s swoop in to help two-legged Scooby-Roo

Alyssa Milano and Scooby-roo Two Legs + Big Hearts = Inspiring Story

A special needs pup born without front legs, Scooby-roo was found dumped in south-central Los Angeles last October. He and his sister pup Sophie were found living in an abandoned car near a freeway and poor little Roo was covered in blood from scooting around on the asphalt. 

A pair of good Samaritans caught the injured and malnourished dogs and took them to Sheila Choi, who runs Fuzzy Dog and Cat Rescue, Inc., in Santa Monica, CA.  While some shelters might have euthanized the dogs, Choi sent out a mass email looking for donations and other support.

Actors in Action

Demi Moore spotted the email and tweeted about Roo and animal activist Shannon Elizabeth sent money and tweeted for more dollars. Alyssa Milano, a bonafide animal lover, saw a YouTube video (….get out the tissues) of the dog and fell in love. Milano called Choi, and promised to help any way she could and became the dog's godmother. Even the Jackson kids, Paris, Blanket and Prince, got in on the canine crusade to helped raise funds for Roo.

Screen shot 2010-02-10 at 7.48.35 PMWith all the extra celebrity help, Choi was able to collect $2,000 for a set of custom wheels for Roo as well as for a rehabilitation therapist! Awesome! 

Rolling with Roo

According to Fuzzy Rescue's website, Roo is now adjusting well to his new set of wheels custom-built for him by Eddie’s Wheels.  He receives two hours of “cart” practice daily, eats like a champ, plays like a cheerful puppy and is affectionate to all.  One of his favorite activities includes extracting the squeaker from any and all squeaky toys, romping around the great outdoors and sleeping on the bed underneath the bedcovers. Ok – all together now - Awwwwwwww.

To learn more about Scooby-roo or how you can help other special needs animals like him, visit FuzzyRescue.com

Source. Photos Courtesy of Alyssa Milano and Kim Rodgers/Bark Pet Photography


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Olympians and Their Furry ‘Chomp’-ians

Lindsey-Jacobellis,-Gidget- All eyes are on Vancouver B.C. this week as athletes from all around the world compete for medals in a wide variety of winter sporting events at the 2010 Winter Olympics. 

These winter Olympics are also called the Winter Ouch-lympics, since a high percentage of participants wear helmets and nearly every event has a perilous aspect, whether it's a hard surface, sharp blades, mortifying speeds or dizzying airborne maneuvers. As fun as it is to watch these incredible athletes, let's face it, it's akin to watching a train wreck.

One of my favorite parts about the Olympics is hearing the interesting and occasionally odd back stories behind each of the amazing athletes that provide answers to such pressing questions as:

1) How they actually discovered the thrill of curling 

2) How it is that they came to be called "Picabo" or "Apollo;"  

3) Where one can buy the bedazzled, feather embellished pantaloons sported by male figure skaters?

4) And, naturally –  do they indeed have any wittle-bitty-snuggly-wuggly-fuzzy-wuzzy creatures at home that help them train for their big event?

Mirai Nagasu Behind every great athlete is a great pet

While expert teams of coaches, trainers and physical therapists may keep this year's Olympians in top shape, our friends over at Petside.com share this week that these world-class athletes indeed count on their beloved pets to provide companionship and support for the biggest competition of their lives. 

From figure skater Mirai Nagasu's (at right) Chihuahua, Kousuke and Cat, Gigi to Snowboarding sensation Lindsey Jacobellis' (pictured above) dogs Gidget and Bear, check out Petside.com to see the all the cool pets wagging their tails wildly for this year's Olympians! 

photos courtesy of petside.com

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The Bu-who? Westminster Dog Show Welcomes 3 New Dog Breeds

Pyrenean Shepherd The 134th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show kicked off yesterday with all the fluffy and furry fanfare we’ve come to expect each year, as nearly 2500 dogs compete for best in breed at Madison Square Garden in New York City this week.

With competitors of every shape and size competing for glory (….and that’s just the handlers), the show is truly a visual delight as viewers are treated to the spectacle of, say, a gang of dread-headed Komondors swiffing around a show ring to a small army of prancing poufy Pomeranians scurrying round the ring in perfect formation.  

Red rover, red rover, send a Buhund right over.

Screen shot 2010-02-15 at 7.37.12 PM At almost every Westminster, new breeds are added after their human lobbyists fulfill the A.K.C.’s rules. This year, three new breeds were added to the lineup. Check out their photos and learn more about these unique, newly-inducted breeds below.

1) The Pyrenean Shepherd: (Pictured at top) Also known as a "Pyr Shep", this breed is native to France and has herded sheep in the Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France for centuries

2) The Norweigan Buhund: (Pictured at right) An energetic herding dog that hails from Viking times, this breed belongs to a large class of dogs called the Spitz type. They are also trained to aid the hearing impaired and to perform some types of police work.

3) The Irish Red and White Setter: (Pictured at bottom) Known in Ireland since the 17th century, the Red and White is bred primarily for the field.

Screen shot 2010-02-15 at 7.36.42 PMAs I write this, Schmoo and Zazou are barking at the Westminster Dog Show on the TV as a posse of super teased and sprayed toy dogs flaunt their fluff in the ring. To translate, I believe their barking either means  A) "Those dogs have too much product in their hair!" or B) they secretly hope that their dream of a Mutt-minster Dog Show will one day become a reality.

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Sweetheart Snoozer: Cuddle Up in a Cuddle Cup

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Super Snuggling for your Furry Valentine

Does your dog or cat love to burrow into their bed? 

Is it not enough for your pet to lay atop your bed, but they instead must burrow under the covers of your bed?

Is your pet's idea of bliss settling into a warm basket of clean laundry?

Would your pet consider the interior of an Ugg Boot to be a suitable place to snooze?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the super plush Faux Fur Trundle Dog Bed has your pet's name all over it.  Created to mimic the luxurious softness of real fur, this versatile three way bed is made with faux mink fur and is embellished with darling pink hearts – perfect for your furry valentine!

Depending on pet`s mood, this bed can easily be transformed a teacup bed, a sleeping bag or an oval mat. My "niece" Lola the Chiweenie (Chihuahua mixed with a Dachsund) absolutely LOVES her trundle bed and truly tries to merge and become one with her cushy cuddle cup.

Snuggle up in a cuddle cup and your pet will thank you for it! Find the super snoozer Cuddle Cup burrow bed at at Muttropolis.com

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Puppy Tweets Dog Tag: A Twitter Transmitter for Dogs

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The New Face Social Net-woofing

Online social networking for pets has gained in popularity in recent years, with sites like Dogster, DoggySpace.com, Dogbook and the Muttropolis Pet Park growing their membership exponentially over the last few years. However, given our pets lack of opposable thumbs, they do require our assistance to properly update their status and alert their online network that they are "Enjoying the sunset" or "Having dinner with the in-laws."

Thanks to Mattel's soon-to-launch Puppy Tweets Dog Tag, your dog will now be able to tweet into the Twitter-verse all by themselves. Pre-programmed tweets will allow your pooch to broadcast profound observations such as "YAHOOOOOOOOO! Somedays you just gotta get your bark on." or "I finally caught that tail I've been chasing and … OOUUUCHH!"

How to Bark & Whine in 140 Characters or Less

To get started, you first have to make a Twitter account for your pooch. You then clip the Puppy Tweets tag onto your dogs collar, which packs in both motion and sound sensing technology. The device then reads and categorizes what your pet is up to, and sends it to the dog's Twitter account. So for instance, if pup is sleeping, the tag may automatically send the tweet, "Somedays it feels like my paw is permanently on the snooze button!"  

While I love the idea of this tag, the pre-programmed/canned tweets appear to eliminate the possibility of injecting your dog's unique personality into their tweets … and it might get a bit old to follow the same types of tweets day after day. At the same time, depending upon the accuracy of the device's motion and sound-sensing capability, it could give you a good idea of what your dog is really doing when you're not at home!

What do you think about this new product?

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Valentines Video: Forbidden Feline Love

She saw him from across the living room. Their eyes locked. They became entranced in a gaze that could only be described as animale. 

He was a ruggedly handsome working-class gent, she a privileged private-school priss living the charmed life uptown. She had to meet him, she had to know this captivating creature. But what would her strict parents and snooty judgmental neighbors say about her lover? Should she follow her heart or give in to societal social-class pressures?

She knew one thing. Their relationship must remain strictly confidential and so began their clandestine relationship until TMZ released the dreaded video. Things would never be the same again. 

    

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What do the iPad and Puppies Have in Common?

Apple's newly launched mobile device – the iPad – is all the news lately, with industry thought-leaders and techno-nerds weighing in on the features of the new breakthrough gizmo.  Described as a "…truly magical and revolutionary product,"  by Apple Founder Steve Jobs, the iPad is being touted as a life-changing device that will impact the users in unimaginable ways. 

Life changing? Truly magical? Unimaginable joy?  

I'm sorry, but there are very few things in life that can bestow all these qualities and a  9.7 inch touch-screen device is not one of them.  If you, in fact,  are seeking something magical that brings unimaginable joy, look no further than the sixth annual display of canine cuteness that is Puppy Bowl VI.  

While the adorable puppies participating in Puppy Bowl VI will not help you record voice memos, update your Facebook profile or surf the web like the iPad can,  you indeed CAN play with puppies in direct sunlight and still see them clearly.

Learn more about Puppies, the iPad and Puppy Bowl VI in the hysterical video below and be sure to tune in to Puppy Bowl VI on Animal Planet on February 7 at 3pm!

via www.youtube.com


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