Pets in the News Archive

Top 10 Most Awesome Dogs of 2010

The year 2010 was a banner year for pup culture and we found there was no shortage of interesting, meaningful and often meaningless stories regarding canine culture!  Herewith are our top 10 favorite, most awesomest dogs of 2010! 

Did we leave out your favorite? Share your favorites in the comments below!

 

1. Complicated Yoga Pose Dog

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2. Merengue Dog

 

 

 

 

3. Pug Sings Batman Theme

 

 

4. Abby Girl: The Extreme Sports Dog Breed Dog-umentary

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5. Spot the Dog Remains Faithful to Dead Owner

 

 

6. The Synchronized Dogs (and One Goat) of the OK Go Dog Video

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7. Target- The Amazing Afgan War Hero Dog

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8.  Small Dog, Big Hero: Missy Alerts Neighbors When His Owner Collapses

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9. Antoine Dogson

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 10. Good Samaritan German Shepherd Leads Trooper to House Fire: (Watch video here >)

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Story reprint courtesy of Janet McCulley's The Daily Treat at Animal Planet.com 

WATCH: Animals of YouTube Sing “Jingle Bells”

What do you get when you create a holiday video mash-up featuring one keyboard cat, a flappy-lipped horse, three pea hens, a turtle festooned with a bow, a tone-deaf Pug, a cat with a lisp, a hyperactive border collie, a school of fish, one shark, a spastic ferret, a shy caterpillar, a herd of bison and one nasally cat? 

What you get is the. Best. Holiday. Video. Ever. Never one to disappoint, the creative genius that is Klaatu42's Talking Animals is sure to put a smile on your face with this year's Talking Animals Jingle Bell Video! Enjoy and be sure to check out last year's "Deck the Halls" video too for an extra chuckle!

WATCH How to Gift Wrap A Cat For Xmas

DIY Cat Wrap

Ever wonder how to safely and efficiently wrap a cat? Wonder no more as the cheeky folks at FlippyCat have perfected the process!  We all know that cats love paper and better yet, crinkled paper, so for the most part, this patient little guy looks quite content in my opinion despite his mummified appearance mid-video….what do you think? 

 

Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

Adopting a Pet This Holiday? Think Petfinder First!

CA880.17864164-1-x Petfinder: The virtual home of 344,945 adoptable pets from 13,573 adoption groups

If you or someone you know are considering bringing a pet home this holiday seasons, PLEASE think adoption first!  There are thousands of rescue groups for every dog breed around the nation and Petfinder.com (and the free Petfinder iPhone App) is an incredible resource and makes finding the perfect pet for your family fun and easy.

Around this time of year I get many inquiries about "..where can i find this breed of dog or that kind of cat…?" My answer? Log on to Petfinder.com! Petfinder.com is a virtual home hundreds of amazing cats and dogs looking for their forever homes. Searching for a specific dog breed or cat breed? No problem – Petfinder can connect you with hundreds of purebred dogs via dog breed rescue groups and animal shelters.

Learn About What to Consider Before You Adopt

Better yet, Petfinder is an incredible resource for educating yourself on how to adopt the right dog, cat or other pet, plus what to expect from the adoption process. 

Visit Petfinder.com today and help a homeless pet find their forever home, like darling Chaco the Boston Terrier – (above). What a cutie! 

To download the Petfinder App, download it for free at the iTunes Store.  

WATCH: Funny Holi-dog Celebration Video Has Great Message

Best Friends Animal Society Holidog Video With a focused mission on creating a world where there are No More Homeless Pets, the creative and caring folks at The Best Friends Animal Society created this darling Holi-dog Holiday Celebration video (below)! Watch adorable dogs (…and cats- see if you can spot the kitty cameo) decorate cookies, create crafty snowflake cut-outs and get ready to celebrate the holidays in style!

Spreading good cheer, this endearingly goofy little video has a great message: Think Adoption this holiday and make a holiday wish come true for a homeless dog or cat.

What is Best Friends Animal Society?

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. The core of  Best Friends' work is the dream that one day  animals will no longer be destroyed because they are unwanted or imperfect. Well said!

Working to make spaying and neutering a rule for all pets, the society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation. For more information visit: Bestfriends.org

Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

Wha?! Woman Fined For Dyeing Pup’s Paws

Pink Poodle Fined for Dyes Paws What's Next – House Arrest for Untrimmed Nails?

A word to the wise in Florida – if you have a penchant for all things pink, just be sure to keep the pink off your pup's paws! Christine Hill of Jacksonville Florida learned this the hard way when she innocently bought a bottle of dye specifically for dogs and colored her poodle's paws pink for fun on Halloween. 

However, there is apparently a city ordinance in Florida (and apparently in Denver also) that prohibits people from coloring pet or animal fur.  Hill discovered this fact when she was slapped with a $225 fine by an animal control officer who happened to spot Hill and her pink fluff ball walking in the field across from her house. The ticket said Hill was in violation for artificially coloring her animal! Who knew??

I did some further digging around and this code appears to be in place to discourage people from dyeing pets, bunnies, chicks and other critters at Easter  -  I kinda get their point – but a fine for her pinkifying her pooch seems a little severe…. what do you think?

Dye Your Dog, Do Hard Time

More importantly, what do you suppose the infraction would be for these groomers and their dogs? I'm betting they'd be heading to the big house for some serious hard time!

Reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat at AnimalPlanet.com

Top 10 Reasons Why Senior Pets Rule


Petfinder Jack Russel Terrier Lila November is Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month!

If you've ever had the pleasure of sharing your life with a senior dog, you know what mellow, loving, happy-go-lucky, undemanding dogs they can be. Having shared my life with numerous senior doggies over the years, those fuzzy, grey-faced boos hold a special place in my heart.

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, and we, along with our friends at Petfinder.com, are challenging everyone to spread the word! If you know someone who's thinking of adopting — or if you're considering adding a new furry family member yourself — please read on and share this list! To learn more about Lila, (right) the darling Jack Russell Terrier up for adoption, check out her page on Petfinder.com

Top Ten Reasons  to Adopt a Senior Pet

1. Housetrained: Older dogs are housetrained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.

2. Won't chew inappropriate items: Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.

3. Focus to learn: Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.

4. Know what "no" means: Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.

5. Settle in with The Pack: Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.

6. Good at giving love: Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they've been given.

7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.

8. Instant companions: Older dogs are instant companions — ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do. 

9. Time for yourself: Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.

10. A good night's sleep:  Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

How You Can Help Spread the Word About Senior Pets

It's easy – here are a few ideas. Let us know in the comments below if we forgot any tips!

  • E-mail this post to a friend who wants a new pet
  • Promote one senior pet on Facebook or Twitter every day this month. (On Twitter, add the hashtag #PFseniorpets.)
  • Add a Petfinder senior-pet search widget to your Web site or blog.
  • Post a photo of your senior pet (and share why he or she rules) on the Petfinder Facebook wall.

Learn more about care for your Senior Pet at Petfinder.com. Portions of this story reprinted courtesy of our friends at Petfinder.com


Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

Top Ten Unusual Dog + Cat Names of 2010

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In an effort to pay homage to those that take pride in their pets’ unconventional names, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) set out for the third year in a row to find the 50 most unusual dog and cat names in the United States.

The resulting list turned out to be a mix of puns, pop culture, and a little bit of poop. They began by selecting 50 of the most "out-there" dog and cat names from the company's database of more than 485,000 insured pets and then slowly narrowed them down to their top 10 favorites. Here are their picks for the 10 most unique dog and cat names for 2010! Visit Veterinary Pet Insurance to see the whole list!

My favorites are Badonkadonk and Purr Diem! What are your favorites?

Dogs

  1. Pickle Von Corndog
  2. Lord Chubby Pruneface
  3. Badonkadonk
  4. Ninjastar Dangerrock
  5. Molly Mcboozehound
  6. Dog Vadar
  7. Flospy Squeakerton
  8. Bettie Poops
  9. Geez Louise
  10. Barnaby Bones

Cats

  1. Purr Diem
  2. Bing Clawsby
  3. Cleocatra
  4. Admiral Pancake
  5. Optimus Pants
  6. Chairman Meow
  7. Boo Manchu
  8. Watts in a Name
  9. Chenoa Azure Marshmellow-Puff
  10. Senor Nachos

 

Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

Dogs Rule at Annual Surf Dog Contest

Screen shot 2010-09-13 at 8.08.47 PMZazou, Kiki, Schmoo and the Muttropolis team and I had a blast last weekend at the 5th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon held at Del Mar Dog Beach in Southern California. Benefitting the Helen Woodward Animal Center, the event raises funds for orphaned animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center and promotes responsible pet ownership.

This year, we enjoyed judging the hilarious Surfer Babe and Beach Bum Costume Contest alongside none other than Shorty from Animal Planet's Pit Boss and one of his darling Pit pups, Hercules

The contest featured countless creative costumes, but we all agreed that a slightly portly German Shorthair Pointer, nicknamed "Surfer Joe," deserved best in show for costume creativity and spirit! Our second favorite costume was terrier mix who had a darling Palm Tree sprouting from his haunches and a surfer riding his rump! Check out the gallery below for some of our other favorite moments from the event!

The Best in Surf Was….

None other than our favorite Extreme Sports Sporting dog, Abbie Girl, mastered this year's winning ride, clinching the title of "Best of Surf." Abbie really wowed the crowds with a particularly tricky move at the end of her ride – check out the video of her amazing move here> 

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Cat Rides Train, Reunites with Owner Via Twitter

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Lilou, a country cat with a hankering for the city lights was recently reunited with its owner after taking a trip to Dublin, Ireland on the DART – an Irish railway system.

Discovered by workers at the Pearse Street train station in Dublin, a quick-thinking DART employee, Iarnróid Éireann, sent out an appeal via Twitter seeking the owner of the cat. Éireann and other staff at the Pearse Street DART station kindly took care of the Lilou and used closed-circuit-tv footage to trace where she had begun her journey. Good thinking o' the Irish!

Luck o' The Irish Kitty

After the Twitter alert was sent out for the cat's owners, lucky Lilou was reunited with her owner Eric Bieci, who thanked everyone involved. Since Lilou technically dodged the railway fare, Lilou has been issued with a rail card (see above) for any future journeys she wishes to take. 

How's that for a crazy adventure kitty!?

[Via The Daily Treat on AnimalPlanet.com]