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  1. Zeus, The World's Tallest Dog, Dies at Age FiveFri, 12 Sep 2014 10:40:00 -0700
    At 44 inches tall at the shoulder and 7 feet, 4 inches on his hind legs, Zeus became the Guinness World Records' Tallest Living Dog in 2012. Just two years later, he's gone. According to his owner, he died from old age. Zeus was just five years old.   Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) His owner, Kevin Doorlag, says his family and the town they lived in, Otsego, Michigan, will miss the dog. He was well-known in and around area as a therapy dog, visiting schools and hospitals. Doorlag told Michigan Live that the joy he brought others is one of the things he'll miss most about Zeus.  Share this image Via Guinness function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) "Those are some of the things I'll never forget about him," Doorlag said. "He was definitely a great dog." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) "Zeus as a very laid-back, gentle personality," Denise Doorlag told Guinness in 2012 when he won the record. "He gets along very well with our other animals, he gets along well with anybody that we meet in the street -- he's a pet therapy dog, so he's very comfortable around people and is always very gentle with them." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Though Great Danes generally don't live very long -- the average lifespan is around nine years -- Zeus' untimely passing still comes as a surprise. The only information the family has released is that Zeus died from symptoms of old age. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) When we first wrote about Zeus, commenters were concerned about the dog's weight, thinking he was too thin. In a follow-up story on irresponsible breeding, Dogster writer Casey Lomonaco said of Zeus: "I see a dog that looks uncomfortable in his own skin. His legs are bow-legged, his toes pointed outward. At three years old, his movement seems awkward and uncomfortable, and I can't help but wondering how he will move at five, or if he will be able to move at all by the time he's seven." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Unfortunately, Zeus never made it that far. Let's remember the dog in his better years, with the Guinness video in which Denise describes their life with Zeus: Learn more about dogs with Dogster: 9 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer Let's Talk: Does Your Dog Love to Roll in Stinky Things? Be Polite to Your Dog -- It Benefits Both of You More...
  2. The Last Surviving 9/11 Rescue Dog Visits Ground ZeroThu, 11 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0700
    This is Bretagne, a 15-year-old retired search and rescue dog. She appeared on the Today show this morning with her longtime handler and owner, Denise Corliss of Cypress, Texas. Tom Brokaw sat in to tell their story, because it's a big, important story -- Bretagne is the last surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Corliss was with Bretagne on that day, her handler and search and rescue partner. It was their first deployment together. This week Bretagne and Corliss visited the site of the former World Trade Center, their first time back after the attacks.  Seeing this kind of took my breath away a bit, similar to how the pile was the first time I saw it, Corliss told Today.com. Its so calm and peaceful now, unlike the chaos of before. After 9/11, everybody -- all of us -- felt such sadness. We all wanted to help. I just felt so honored that we were able to respond." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Corliss and Bretagne have spent their lives together. Corliss brought the dog home when she was eight weeks old, in 1999, after she became fascinated with disaster dogs and wanted to train one and become a dog/handler team. In 2000, they became official members of Texas Task Force 1.  On Sept. 11, 2001, they got their first assignment: Ground Zero. They worked 12-hour shifts for two weeks, a demanding, frustrating assignment for a search dog, as there were no survivors to be found. I really believed we could find somebody -- anybody! -- if we could just get to the right void space, Corliss said. But our reality was much different. We found all various kinds of remains, some recognizable, others not so much. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) But the 300 or so rescue dogs who worked the site did so much more than search in those trying days. They brought hope and moments of joy to all the rescue workers.   Youd see firefighters sitting there, un-animated, stone-faced, no emotion, and then theyd see a dog and break out into a smile, Dr. Cindy Otto, a veterinarian who cared for 9/11 search dogs at Ground Zero, told Today.com. Those dogs brought the power of hope. They removed the gloom for just an instant -- and that was huge because it was a pretty dismal place to be. After 9/11, Corliss and Bretagne worked other disaster sites, including Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Ivan, before the dog retired at age nine. But even then, she went to work at locals schools, where she helps first-graders and special needs kids read out loud. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) She still has this attitude of putting her paw up and saying, Put me in, coach! Corliss said. She absolutely loves it. Bretagne has done a lot for her country in her 15 years, and now you can do something for her. She's up for a Hero Dog Award, in the Search and Rescue Dogs category. Vote for her here.   Via Today.com Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Why Do Dogs Lick People? 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog I Worked at a Large Commercial Pet Store, And What they Do to Puppies Will Shock You More...
  3. This Viral Picture of a Cute Dog in a High Chair Is More Than It SeemsThu, 11 Sep 2014 13:10:00 -0700
    The pictures below have been getting a lot of exposure on the Internet in the past couple of days, and it's easy to see why: A picture of a dog sitting in a high chair is the very definition of adorable. But it's more than that. For people who really love dogs beyond the "cute" factor, the story behind the picture says a lot about life with rescue dogs who have disabilities. Share this image Annie and her adopted sister, Maisie. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) It's really easy to imagine Annie, the Border Collie in the pictures, lingering in a dog shelter for her entire life. She's not sitting in the chair and eating to be cute -- Annie has a condition called megaesophagus. The condition occurs when the esophagus loses tone and becomes enlarged to the point that the animal can't get food down the throat and into the stomach. Instead, the food just stays in the throat until it's regurgitated. Sometimes, the food can wind up going into the lungs. In order to get the food into the stomach, dogs with megaesophagus have to be in an upright position. Share this image Annie ready to eat in her Bailey chair, custom made by her vet's husband. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) According to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, breeds that are especially at risk for megaesophagus include Great Danes, Irish Setters, Newfoundlands, German Shepherds, Shar Peis, Labrador Retrievers, and Miniature Schnauzers. But Elizabeth Nash, Annie's owner, didn't know about any of this last year when she went to the Adams County Animal Shelter in Colorado last year. She was there because her beloved dog Hollie had died the month before, and she was looking for a new dog to join her family. Annie was there because her previous owners had abandoned her. But when Nash took Annie home, the dog couldn't keep her food down. The next day was spent in the vet's office, figuring out what was wrong. Here's where the story could have ended badly. Most people don't go to the shelter expecting to get a dog who already has something wrong with her. They're looking for a dog who fits their notion of cute, and dogs who are old, disabled, chronically ill, or just badly groomed often wind up living their entire lives in the shelter. It's easy to imagine Elizabeth Nash taking Annie back to the shelter and asking for another one, as if Annie were an iPhone that didn't work quite right. Instead, she learned about megaesophagus, and the veterinarian's husband built the chair for her. Share this image Another example of a Bailey chair, from Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) "She's been with me for a year and a half now, and she is a happy, healthy 3-year-old with a wonderful quality of life," Nash told the Huffington Post. "While it was initially overwhelming, her feeding is now part of our daily routine, and, like clockwork, she sits by her chair when it's time to eat. Other than her feeding routine, she does all of the things that dogs love to do." The chair is a big hit, but it's not as unusual as one might think. It's called a Bailey Chair, invented by Joe and Donna Koch for their own dog named (by a strange and inexplicable coincidence), Bailey. There are more dogs out there with megaesophagus than you might expect, enough to support several thriving communities on Facebook and Yahoo. Share this image A whole family gearing up to eat in high chairs and Bailey chairs, side-by-side. (Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Annie's Bailey chair is a pretty nice example. Maybe it's just the geek in me, but I think that it makes her look a little like a Dalek, from Doctor Who. If you want to be precise, she looks like a very friendly, more loveable version of Davros, who created the Daleks. I think it's the big circles on the base. Share this image They can be pink, too! (Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) It's pretty easy to find other examples of Bailey chairs online. Some are very simple and stark while others are quite stylish. You can find them on Amazon for almost $400, but a small company called Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs will design them according to your dog's measurements and your own aesthetic tastes for a more reasonable $200-$300. If you're a do-it-yourself type, you can email Donna and Joe Koch directly for a DVD on how to build a Bailey chair. (Note: I haven't had a chance to check this out myself, but there are multiple sites referring to the address.) In the video below, you can check out a dog eating very enthusiastically while sitting in his chair. Many congratulations to Annie and Elizabeth for making a loving home together, and we hope that more people remember that dogs with disabilities can make great family members. Via The Huffington Post Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Why Do Dogs Lick People? 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog I Worked at a Large Commercial Pet Store, And What they Do to Puppies Will Shock You More...
  4. Has Uber Been Denying Rides to Blind People and Their Service Dogs?Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0700
    We keep hearing about poorly trained employees kicking out people with service dogs, forcing corporate apologies, like this one from Starbucks. Now, it's Uber's turn, though it appears an apology won't be enough. According to the Washington Post, the California chapter of the National Federation of the Blind is suing the ride-sharing service for discriminating against passengers with service dogs. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The lawsuit cites instances of outrageous behavior by the company's independent drivers. How bad? In once case, the lawsuit says a California UberX driver put Leena Dawe's service dog in the trunk without her knowledge, according to SFGate. After the blind woman finally understood where the dog was and asked the driver to stop the car, the driver refused until they got to their destination.   In another case, Jamey Gump had called a driver to get him and his friend, who are both blind, at a pub and take them to his home in Menlo Park, according to SFGate. When the driver arrived and saw Gump's service dog, he shouted, "No dogs!" He is also accused of cursing at Gump and ignoring his explanations that the dog was a service dog. The driver then sped off, hitting Gump's friend.  In the suit, the National Federation of the Blind says it knows of more than 30 instances where blind passengers were denied service.  Share this image The image Uber tries to project, via Uber.com function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) In response to the suit, Uber released a statement: "It is Uber's policy that any driver partner that refuses to transport a service animal will be deactivated from the Uber platform. ... The Uber app is built to expand access to transportation options for all, including users with visual impairments and other disabilities."  According to the Washington Post, Uber is reported to have told certain passengers that it can't control its drivers as they are independent contractors, telling customers to tell drivers beforehand if they have a service dog. The National Federation of the Blind said it presented Uber with a complaint in June and asked it to resolve the issue through negotiations, but the company refused, according to SFGate.  Obviously, getting denied transportation service can have a serious impact on a person's life, causing delays and major inconvenience, along with, as the complaint notes, "the degrading experience of being denied a basic service that is available to all other paying customers."  "Our right to independent travel is unjustly jeopardized when Uber drivers refuse to transport or harass blind customers due to the presence of their service animals," said Mary Willows, president of the National Federation of the Blind's California affiliate. Via SFGate and the Washington Post Read about dogs in the news on Dogster: Would "Candy's Law" Solve the Problem of Cops Killing Dogs? What Do You Do During a Tornado When Your Dog Is Barred from the Storm Shelter? In One Touching Video, An Alzheimer's Patient Speaks Again -- To the Family Dog More...
  5. Newsflash: Images of the Soviet Space Dogs Don't Fit the RealityWed, 10 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0700
    Sixty years after the United States and the USSR faced off in the early days of the space race, it's not hard to find people who know about the dogs who were the first Soviet cosmonauts. Americans and younger Russians may not know the name of Laika, the first dog to become a space hero, but the idea of dogs in space has a strong pop cultural resonance all these decades later. Just this summer, the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy gave a tip of the hat to the canine cosmonauts by including one as part of Benicio Del Toro's collection of strange and unique items from throughout the galaxy. But a few decades ago, Laika and the dogs that followed her were genuine heroes in Soviet culture, with a lot more exposure than a few seconds on screen. A new book called Soviet Space Dogs puts that history on display. Even if it's a little kitschy, it's beautiful stuff. For a while, Laika and her fellow cosmonauts were being put on anything that had a surface: Matchboxes, postcards, porcelain figurines, postage stamps, and badges bore the images of the heroic pooches who first explored space in the name of the USSR. "We were really struck by the utter surrealism of these images when we first saw them," said Damon Murray, the publisher behind the new book. "It's more fantastical than the wildest science-fiction comics. You couldn't come up with this stuff if you tried." Share this image Toy packaging with Laika's image on it, happily orbiting the earth. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The images seem even more surreal if you know the story behind the space dogs. Compared with the reality, the dog who wound up as part of Del Toro's collection in Guardians of the Galaxy had it easy. For one thing, he lived. Share this image Laika on a 1957 matchbook. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) When Laika went into orbit, the Soviet government announced that she had died four days into her journey, thanks to a malfunctioning battery in the capsule. The truth was even more heartbreaking: She died only a few hours into the launch, a fact that wasn't revealed until 2002. In all the pictures, Laika seems to be staring nobly at the horizon or at the unlimited span of stars above her, imagining new vistas of the future. But for Laika, there was no future. She hadn't really had much of a past, either. A stray for all her life, she was brought off the street specifically for the space program. Her humble roots only made her a more attractive subject for Soviet propaganda. Share this image Laika with three Sputniks behind her. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) In a 2012 Dogster piece, Charles Charj wrote movingly about the gulf between the myth and reality of Laika: We can honor Laika with plaques and cigarette brands and postage stamps and 900-word tributes for online magazines (guilty!). But none of these things has anything to do with her. This busywork is all about us, these prizes and literal effigies (smoke 'em if you got 'em!). And what are we commemorating? Our own flawed image of ourselves: more noble and ultimately less true than the drawing of Laika on a pack of smokes. What should Laika mean to us? To be human is not the same as being humane. Though we try, despite ourselves. Vladimir Yazdovsky, founder of Soviet space biomedicine, later wrote about the four weeks that elapsed between finding Laika and her launch into space. Days before Sputnik 2 blasted off, he brought Laika home to play with his children. This is likely the only time in her three years of life that she got to experience the pleasures and comforts of family and human benevolence. "Laika was quiet and charming," he said. I wanted to do something nice for her. She had so little time left to live." Share this image Belka and Strelka cheerfully zooming through the sky. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) The next two dogs Belka and Strelka, had more of a future. In 1960, they went up in Sputnik 5, along with a gray rabbit, 42 mice, two rats, and assorted plants and flies. Belka, Strelka, and their companions had the distinction of being the first living creatures to go into orbit and come back alive. Not only did they get to live, but they became huge media stars. The Soviet government did a live broadcast of the dogs tumbling through zero-g, and after the flight, they were sent on tours around the country to meet their adoring fans. Strelka gave birth to six puppies, one of which was presented to Caroline Kennedy by Nikita Kruschev. But here again, the reality was darker than the official version. The original team for that flight died on the launchpad a month before, when their rocket exploded. Share this image An image of Belka and Strelka from their first press conference. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image A heroic worker shows off Belka and Strelka in their spaceship. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Share this image The poster for Belka and Strelka: Star Dogs. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Belka and Strelka continue to have a certain degree of celebrity even today. A memorial statue of the two dogs is planned for the site of the factory where their spacesuits were made. In 2010, an animated feature film titled Belka and Strelka: Star Dogs was released in Russia. The cosmonaut dogs may be remembered fondly by many, but it's with a bitter taste. Laika, after all, was never supposed to return to Earth. In 1998, one of the Soviet scientists expressed regret. "The more time passes, the more I'm sorry about it," Oleg Gazeno said. "We did not learn enough from the mission to justify the death of the dog." The images collected in Soviet Space Dogs are fascinating and beautiful, but they're only one side of the story. Via The Guardian and CNN Learn more about dogs with Dogster: Why Do Dogs Lick People? 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog I Worked at a Large Commercial Pet Store, And What they Do to Puppies Will Shock You More...
  6. Would You Carry a Handbag Made of Dog Fur?Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0700
    One day, Doris Carvalho, a veterinarian and fashion designer from Brazil, looked at the piles of fur on the groomer's floor and hit on a million-dollar idea.  "Huh," she thought. "Handbags!" Well, maybe it's not a million-dollar idea, but it's certainly an idea. For the right person, it could even be a good idea. Would you carry around a handbag made of dog fur? Before you answer, realize that you could look like this:   Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) And this:  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Hey, look at you with a dog-fur handbag! Doris, who seems like a very nice person, is very enthusiastic about her idea. She takes dog hair from groomers -- "which would be garbage anywhere else in the world," she says in her Kickstarter video -- runs it through a sterilization process, then makes yarn out of it, "which is as soft as any other." And then: handbags. Like this:  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) "This handbag," she says, holding up a handbag, "proves that high end can be made eco-friendly from your pet for you." "It adds value to a sustainable society," she maintains. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) What do you think? Is dog fur the next textile to rule the fashion world? Is Roberto Cavalli right now making a dog-fur cape for the smartly dressed urban male?  If you would like to see her vision turned into handbags, consider donating to her Kickstarter page, which is hoping for $15,000 by Oct. 29 to get the project off the ground. Here's her Kickstarter video:  And before you scoff, sort of like we are, understand that Doris has already made considerable waves in certain fashion circles to her dog-fur creations. Here's a video of her press coverage in Brazil, in which she created dresses, skirts, belts, and sandals for a client: Now would you carry a dog-fur handbag? Learn more about dogs with Dogster: 9 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer Let's Talk: Does Your Dog Love to Roll in Stinky Things? Be Polite to Your Dog -- It Benefits Both of You More...
  7. A Bad Way to Fight Rabies: Baoshan, China, Kills 5,000 DogsTue, 09 Sep 2014 13:15:00 -0700
    The city of Baoshan, in southwestern China, made international news over the weekend when authorities announced they have killed almost 5,000 dogs in an anti-rabies campaign. That's 5,000 dogs in the past three months. The campaign, which also vaccinated 100,000 dogs, was launched after five people died from rabies. Officials from Baoshan also urged other cities in the province to control -- generally meaning to kill -- stray dogs so that rabies doesn't spread. Share this image Chinese Children Playing With Dog by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) There are few details circulating right now, but the campaign by Baoshan is hardly unique in China; in 2009, fear of a rabies outbreak in the city of Hanzhon led to 37,000 dogs being killed. Many were reported to have been clubbed to death. Dog ownership is a relatively new phenomenon in China. Under Mao Zedong, owning dogs as pets was officially discouraged. It's been only recently, as members of a growing middle class in the cities are able to afford certain luxuries, that dog ownership has become more popular. As of 2012, more than 1 million pet dogs were registered in Beijing, something that would have been unheard of -- not to mention illegal -- only a few years before. Share this image Girl With Pet Dog in Vet Office by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) With that growth, there has also come official backlash from members of the government who see growing dog ownership as a sign of corruption and decadence from the West. In August, Patrick Winn wrote an excellent article in the Global Post that summarized the conflict by reporting on an op-ed in the People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party. The piece condemned the growing ownership of dogs as an "infestation" of Chinese cities that was nothing but "a crude and ludicrous imitation ... of a Western lifestyle." Share this image Shanghai at Night by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Dogs are also strictly regulated in China. Not only are certain "dangerous" breeds forbidden (certainly not a law unique to China), but size is also strictly regulated. Dogs more than 14 inches tall are forbidden in Beijing. Considering the changing role of dogs in China, it's no surprise that the solution to control rabies would be an extreme mix of vaccination and extermination. To some people in China, dogs have become friends and family; to others, they're co-workers and occasionally food. The massive pushback against the annual dog meat festival in Yulin wasn't driven by foreigners. It came from activists within China. Share this image China on the Map by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) However, the increased number of pets also means that the number of strays is also increasing. Deaths by rabies are a relatively new phenomenon. In 2006, the Ministry of Health reported 2,254 infections within the first nine months of the year, representing an increase of 27 percent from the previous year. Because the role of dogs in China is changing, the attitudes and policies vary widely throughout the country, especially in places where the cities have yet to build up infrastructure (including shelters) to cope with dogs without killing them. China is changing, and as it does, we hope we'll read fewer headlines like this. Via Xinhua, Global Post and Associated Press Read about what other dog owners experience Dogster: Retractable Dog Leashes: How to Nearly Kill Yourself in Three Easy Steps Dog Owners Say the Wackiest Things to Trainers 5 Smart-Ass Answers to Stupid Pet Questions More...
  8. Watch This Golden Retriever Find Nirvana in a Tub BathTue, 09 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0700
    Somehow the idea of pampering got down to this Golden Retriever, and he liked what he heard. He went all in. Full recline in the tub. Eyes at half-mast. Pan-pipe music in the background. Idly thinking of meatballs while his owner soaps him down -- ah, right there, monsieur! You have the magic hands, oui? Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) I've never been half as relaxed in the tub. It's a mystery how one dog could enjoy a bath this much. Is he hypnotized? Is it sorcery? He's like Lance Armstrong getting worked on after his fifth Tour de France win. He's like a college student on a Saturday after finals. He's like your dog after you left the meatloaf on the table and went out for a walk before dinner. He's like Tim Cook getting a standing ovation after introducing the iWatch. Pure bliss. Has this dog cracked the secret of life? Is the secret a tub bath?  Check him out in this YouTube video:  Here's to this dog. He's the day's best dog.   Learn more about dogs with Dogster: 9 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer Let's Talk: Does Your Dog Love to Roll in Stinky Things? Be Polite to Your Dog -- It Benefits Both of You More...
  9. Dumb Anti-Pit Bull Poster Is Making the Rounds on FacebookTue, 09 Sep 2014 10:15:00 -0700
    If you see this poster today, do not panic. Do not stand on your desk and scream, outraged that people could have such insane and ridiculous views. The people who posted it -- The Disciples of the New Dawn -- have cornered the market insane and ridiculous views, and this insane and ridiculous poster is just the latest in a long string of insane and ridiculous posters that infect its Facebook page like mold spores on rotten fruit. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Besides, people are already on the case, posting furious comments on the group's Facebook page. Others are simply making jokes, because the group and the poster are so absurd they're nearly satire. They could be, for all we know.  Here's a short list of other dangers beside Pit Bulls that the group is warning us about, via crude posters with outrageous language, false statements, and general stupidity: Witchcraft, baby formula, chemtrails, juggalos, labor unions, the Vatican, Buddhism, more witchcraft, women's suffrage, gay people, feminists, gay marriage, more juggalos, contraception, more baby formula, vaccinating babies, Democrats, and aquatrails, which are like chemtrails but in the ocean.   So, the Disciples have added Pit Bulls to that list, and that's getting a rise of out people, and they're probably very happy sitting on their boxes in their lean-to against the old car wash, brushing the maggots from what's left of their trousers while finishing off the day's roadkill.   Don't worry too much about this poster, is what we're saying.  Read about dogs in the news on Dogster: Would "Candy's Law" Solve the Problem of Cops Killing Dogs? What Do You Do During a Tornado When Your Dog Is Barred from the Storm Shelter? In One Touching Video, An Alzheimer's Patient Speaks Again -- To the Family Dog More...
  10. A Dog in a Giant Spider Costume Pranks Unsuspecting VictimsMon, 08 Sep 2014 12:45:00 -0700
    We don't much like pranks that involve dogs, unless you're doing magic in front of a dog, with his food. That, we can watch all day. The dog doesn't know where his treat went! Hilarious stuff. But even so: Poor little dog -- he doesn't know where his treat went.  So it was with a hint of resignation that we watched "Mutant Giant Spider Dog," the video that is causing serious havoc on YouTube, capturing nearly 60 million views in just five days. In the video, Polish prankster Sylwester Wardega dresses his dog up in the most adorable spider costume ever, rigs up some giant spider webs containing body parts, and waits for passersby to stumble upon the deadly scene.   Here's his dog in that adorable spider costume:  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Here's one of those deadly scenes:  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) In the best clips in the video, passersby stumbles into the freaky situations, take a moment to get their bearings, which mostly involve sorting the shock and the dread, and then the dog in that adorable spider costume comes wandering up to say hello, and all hell breaks loose. The dog is not so adorable anymore. Best screams this side of Saw 8. Take a look:  Yeah, incredible stuff. Yet we couldn't help but think that it's more than a bit irresponsible: Instead of running in terror, someone could have just as easily attacked the spider dog. Then we'd be reading much different stories about our genius prankster Sylwester Wardega.  Then again, you can never trust a prankster -- his victims could be in on the joke. That's what some commentators are saying over on Reddit, and we hope they're right.  What do you think? Is Wardega putting his dog in unsafe situations? Or is this harmless fun? Let us know what you think in the comments. Read about dogs in the news on Dogster: Would "Candy's Law" Solve the Problem of Cops Killing Dogs? What Do You Do During a Tornado When Your Dog Is Barred from the Storm Shelter? In One Touching Video, An Alzheimer's Patient Speaks Again -- To the Family Dog More...
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