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Adopting a Pet This Holiday? Think Petfinder First!

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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.  

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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Buddy, Max and Bella's Need Not Apply

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

Totally Adorbs: Driving Dogs


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They see me rollin'….

As a dog lover, nothing can make a normally mundane drive to work, the store, your therapist or perhaps even the county jail more pleasurable than the sight of a happy dog's head poking inquisitively out the window of a passing car, discovering the joy of the wind in transit. 

Particularly amusing to me is spotting, say, an enormous Great Dane rolling by in a Mini Cooper or a itty bitty puff of a Pomeranian rumbling by in a jacked up monster truck. Wha? It's not always easy to capture these images in the moment, especially when we're technically supposed to be concentrating on driving, but some moments require improvisation and must be captured. Last week was such a moment for me. See exhibit A of Luna Camellia of Solana Beach, CA at right.

Send Us Your Photos

What funny dogs have you seen cruising the strip – taking it all in? Post your funny photos on our Muttropolis Facebook page! To see some more hysterical shots of Driving Dogs, visit Matt Stopera's photo gallery of Dogs Driving Cars.


100 Cats Set Loose in IKEA

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Hey! Check Out The New FAAAHCK Over Here!

What happens when you let 100 housecats loose in an enormous IKEA superstore? One clue: Not one high-tailed it to the $4.99 meatball line or ball pit of hell. 

Why Housecats You Ask?

The experiment of releasing 100 cats into IKEA was the brainchild of Mother London, IKEA UK's ad agency. As part of their new advertising campaign for IKEA, they wanted to see how 100 cats would make themselves at home inside a superstore.The result is a stylistically beautiful one-minute ad that is nothing short of adoro! 

Feh Tarty, creative director of the ad tells the Guardian, "Cats know better than anything what makes them feel happy inside, they live their lives in pursuit of their own comfort. So we released a hundred cats in to the Ikea Wembley store, for real, to see where they went and what furniture made them happy."

Hats off to Mother London for the beautifully executed finished piece. Check out the video below for a fun look behind the experiment of IKEA UK's release of 100 house cats into its Wembley store. 

ps. I particularly enjoyed watching the cats investigate the LACK, MUCK, FAARFEGNUTGEN, BERGSBO and AAACK models – didn't you?

Top 5 Awkward Family Pet Photos

Awwwk-waard….Now With Pets!

The genius minds behind the hilarious site Awkward Family Photos – which features cringe-worthy, embarrassing photos of fairly creepy, fashion-challenged families  - have taken their collection of awkward photos to a whole new level with their hysterical new site, Awkward Family Pet Photos. Below are my top five favorites – check out their hall of fame or submit your own at AwkwardFamilyPetPhotos.

Awkward Pet Photos
 

What We’re Loving: The Petfinder iPhone App

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Petfinder iPhone App Makes Finding the Perfect Shelter Pet Even Easier

If you've watched any of your favorite shows recently, you've undoubtedly seen the darling new TV Commercial for the iPhone that features the new Petfinder App! The spot starts out with a female narrator stating "We've been wanting a dog for a while — so we searched local shelters …" and then commercial depicts how new pet parent uses her iPhone's Petfinder App to adopt her new pup. 

Logging nearly 16,000 downloads in one day, and the Petfinder iPhone app is now #1 in the free lifestyle apps category and #49 among all free apps! Importantly all of these downloads mean more people are looking at more adoptable pets, and that means more pets will be adopted. Good on ya' Apple for choosing to promote the Petfinder App and to everyone who downloaded it. 

To download the Petfinder App, download it for free at the iTunes Store. If you don't have an iPhone, visit Petfinder.com

Cuteness Overload Motherlode: The Worlds Tiniest Pony. Ever.


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This is not a toy. Seriously. This pony is real.

Just when you thought you'd seen just about all the cuteness "teh internets" has to offer, we bring you the motherlode of cuteness, Einstein, the teeny-weeniest pony on the planet  - born just last week and measuring a mere 4 inches and six pounds at birth….about the size of a toy poodle!

Not a preemie, Einstein is a perfectly proportioned pony and was born at the Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm in Barnstead, N.H. to breeder Judy Smith. Einstein is owned by Dr. Rachel Wagner and her husband Charles Cantrell who live in Bellingham, Wash. 

Cuteness. Is. Paralyzing. Too. Much. Cute. At. One. Time.

"So we have this little foal that was born here on this miniature horse farm that set the Guinness World Record for smallest baby horse," says Wagner. "He's very perfect-looking little boy, not dwarfy at all."

Check Einstein frolicking about in the video below and be prepared for serious cuteness paralysis. Don't say I didn't warn you!


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

Pupperazzi: The Doggie Gaga Project

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Puh-Puh-Puh Pupper Face 

Armed with a Polaroid camera, plenty of dog treats, miniaturized Lady Gaga costumes and a healthy dose of humor, San Francisco bay-area photographer Jesse Freidin has gone where no photographer has gone before and become an overnight internet sensation with his Doggie Gaga Project.

Freidin and a small team of stylists created and photographed miniaturized Lady Gaga-esque ensembles on a host of pooches – including a Boston Terrier, a Mexican hairless, a Shiba Inu and two Pit Bulls. The resulting collection is nothing short of ridonkulous. 

While some might see a whole lotta wrong with these photos –  Friedin states in his press release that "no animals were harmed during the photo shoot ….or even irritated."  Despite being a big Lady Gaga fan, something tells me that my dog Zazou would not be down with Gaga's infamous lacy red VMA ensemble …though he might be willing to chill with the hat on for a spell.

Would your dog sit still for something like this? 

To check out Jesse Freidin's entire Doggie Gaga Project collection, visit JesseFreidin.com

Photo courtesy of our friends at PeoplePets.com

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

CatRoulette: Cat Video Chat


Screen shot 2010-03-09 at 6.59.11 PM Chatroulette is a social website that pairs users with random Webcam partners. Attracting nearly 20,000 curious visitors a night, it draws mostly teenagers, inebriated twenty-somethings, college kids packed into dorm rooms and a whole lot of pathetic, half-naked dudes with nothing better to do.

In other words, Chatroulette is quickly becoming the go to site if you want to chat with the most socially depraved people you will ever interact with…..and cats, yes, lots of cats. 

Enter CatRoulette

In fact, so many cats have been spotted on Chatroulette that a new site, CatRoulette highlights (via screenshots) some of the best Cat chats spotted on the site. By Cat chats, we mean: cats scratching away on a scratcher, riding Roombas, playing with catnip toys and….well, doing what cats do!

source: Urlesque

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