About Ourtown Own A Town Sign In
Videos
Dog Eating Peanut Butter
Labradoodle mistaken for a lion
Doggie Style
Server did not return 200: Not Found
Pet News
  1. Flight could explain how disease-carrying bats stay healthy17 Apr 2014 12:43:01 CDT
    It's possible that the ability to fly protects bats from infection with the 60-plus viruses they carry, many of which are zoo -More-  More...
  2. View AVMA's One Health resources17 Apr 2014 12:43:01 CDT
     -More-  More...
  3. PEDv hits 93 Mich. swine operations17 Apr 2014 12:43:01 CDT
    Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has been confirmed in swine on 93 Michigan farms, according to the state Department of Agricu -More-  More...
  4. Veterinarians urged to log cases with animal disease tracking map17 Apr 2014 12:43:01 CDT
    Ontario veterinarians have developed an online, interactive map for tracking global canine, feline and equine diseases.  -More-  More...
  5. Sky Vets in action: Lion's gaping wound treated in Kenyan reserve17 Apr 2014 12:43:01 CDT
    Veterinarians from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Sky Vets were flown into the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya to -More-  More...
Dog Amazingly Leads a Lost Cop to a House fire
Advertisements
For The Love Of Dogs
  1. True Story: A New Jersey Dog Gets Summoned to Jury DutyThu, 17 Apr 2014 13:00:00 -0700
    When IV checked the mail, she saw every dog's worst nightmare: a jury summons. She looked closely at the name. IV Griner. She double-checked her name in her mind, making sure she was named what she thought she was named, picturing her dad Barrett calling it over and over -- IV, IV, IV. Yep, it was the same. She, a German Shepherd, was getting called up to New Jerseys Cumberland County court to do her civic duty. 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($(obj).width()) She went to tell the news to her dad. If she was getting called up, then at least she should be able to talk regular-like and explain the situation. But she managed only a few weak barks. Her dad Barrett took the form and laughed. Sure enough, IV Griner was on the summons. His dog's legal name.  "Its kinda strange. I got the mail and I look at it, and Im like IV Griner, this is my dogs name," Barrett told NBC Philadelphia. "Shes a female, so I named her 'IV' without the 'Y' as sort of a play on words. Somebody had to physically type in that name and they didnt pay any bit of attention to it."  He immediately knew what mixed the court up, however. He, Barrett Griner, is legally Barrett Griner the Fourth, or Barrett Griner IV.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) A quick call to Cumberland County Judiciary Coordinator Dennis Moffa cleared everything up, according to NBC Philadelphia. He said the summons are computer generated and name errors are common.  "This happens many times. As an example, if you had John Henry IV, sometimes the notice might just say Henry IV," Moffa said. "I think that the computer probably randomly picks some things that are probably not as on point as they should be." Indeed. IV Griner was not on point.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) "She might be good for a cat burglar case or something like that," Barrett said. "The whole thing was just really, really funny." It got us thinking, though. What if a dog was called up to jury duty? Or, vastly more important, how could a dog get out of jury duty?  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Here are some ways a dog could get out of jury duty: Sleeping under judge's robes Eating bailiff's lunch Lunging at court reporter Barking at regular reporters Growling at plaintiffs Licking defendants Peeing on witness stand Howling during opening arguments Itching during witness statements Chasing tail during cross examinations Emitting a low growl whenever DA gets within five feet Treating courtroom as an agility course Continued barking at regular reporters Marking all the chairs in the gallery Attacking whenever counsel approaches the bench Curling up in the accused's lap Determining guilt by the sniff test Pooping in the jury box Read more about the bond between humans and dogs on Dogster: Leo the Puppy Mill Rescue Boxer Always Has His Mouth Full 3 Things My Senior Dog Has Taught Me About Aging Gracefully I Have a Baby AND a Pit Bull, and People Are Supportive More...
  2. An Artist Aims to Paint 30 Dog Portraits in 30 DaysThu, 17 Apr 2014 11:30:00 -0700
    By the end of April, Houston artist Leiann Klein expects to have a lot more dogs around her house. In order to raise money for rescue dogs, Klein has launched a project where she's trying to paint 30 dogs in 30 days. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Talking to Houston television station KHOU, Klein says that her project is "kind of like training for a marathon." Every day, she gets up, selects one of the many photographs that people have sent in, and starts painting. When she's done, each of the paintings will be auctioned, with half the proceeds to benefit Operation Pets Alive, a Houston group that rescues and adopts out pets. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) As you might imagine, Klein's fundraising campaign takes place as much on social media as it does on the canvas. It has almost become an interactive performance project; she shows off finished work as well as work in process via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and she solicits feedback from her followers. Share this image On the left, the beginning sketch of one of Leainne's paintings; on the right, the finished product. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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 inspiration for 30 Dogs in 30 Days came when Klein adopted a rescue dog, an Australian Shepherd named Jasmine. Klein painted Jasmine's portrait and posted it on Facebook; the reaction was so overwhelmingly positive that she picked up five commissions to paint portraits of other peoples' dogs. From those first few portraits came the idea of 30 Dogs in 30 Days, and using it to help Operation Pets Alive. "Leiann has been doing a phenomenal job," said volunteer Misti Etheridge. "Not to mention, her paintings are fantastic. If she raises $5,000 and we get $2,500, that's going to save a lot of lives." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) A dog a day adds up to a lot of dogs, and a lot of paintings. Even though her house and studio are already covered with photos of more than 300 dogs people have submitted, more continue to come. Many of them come with stories as well. "I read a lot of stories about how much people miss these dogs who've come into their lives," the artist told the Houston Chronicle. "To be able to possibly create a painting for people to remember them by, it's an honor." The biggest rule that she has for submissions is that each must include a full head shot, with clearly visible eyes, nose, and mouth. Photos can be cropped, or she can crop them, but she needs a face to work with. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Klein's project is very reminiscent of another, larger project: the Act of Dog project, by Mark Barone and Marina Devan. Since 2011, Barone and Devan have been trying to paint the images of 5,500 dogs who never found homes and wound up being euthanized by shelters. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Klein, who compares her current project to prepping for a marathon, is just going to stick with 30 for now. "I wish I had the stamina to paint 365 dogs in 365 days," she said in a TV interview. For now, people seem to appreciate watching her just do 30. Via Houston Chronicle and KHOU Learn more about dogs with Dogster: 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog On Dogs and Body Language: How I Learned to "Speak" Dog Aspirin and Ibuprofen: Are Human Pain Meds Safe for Dogs? More...
  3. I Walked to Help Curb Canine CancerThu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0700
    Last weekend, I walked to help raise money for the Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization investing in science to advance veterinary care for companion animals. I first learned about this organization when my sweet dog Buster, an Australian Shepherd/Lab mix, was diagnosed with cancer. Share this image We walked in memory of our sweet dog, Buster. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Buster had osteosarcoma, or bone cancer. At first we thought his slight limp was due to his age (he was 13 years old) and so I gave him glucosamine supplements. After his limp worsened and we visited the vet, we realized the awful truth. Bone cancer is a relatively common disease in large breed dogs and is a leading cause of death in some breeds, such as Greyhounds and Rottweilers. Cancer is the most likely cause of death in dogs over two years old. Experts estimate that almost half of all dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer and approximately one in four of all dogs will at some stage in their life develop a cancer. Purebred dogs in particular appear to be more susceptible to the disease. Share this image More than 1,000 participants and their dogs walked in the K9 Cancer Walk at Los Gatos, Calif. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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 past Sunday, my husband and I walked with Sasha, our Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix, along with 1,000 other participants in Los Gatos, CA. Dogs who are cancer survivors sported purple bandanas while dog supporters wore orange bandanas. Many of the participants wore T-shirts commemorating loved ones who had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. In total, $110,00 was raised, which organizers reported was $40,000 above the original goal. Since 2008, the foundations walk program has raised more than $1 million for canine cancer research. Share this image Sasha is ready to start the two-mile walk for the Morris Animal Foundation. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) I hope and pray that Sasha never falls victim to cancer. Now that Ive learned a little bit more about the disease, Im more vigilant about detecting any changes in her health or behavior. The National Canine Cancer Foundation has a list of the 10 early warning signs: Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow Sores that do not heal Weight loss Loss of appetite Bleeding or discharge from any body opening Offensive odor Difficulty eating or swallowing Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina Persistent lameness or stiffness Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecation Share this image Walk participants cross the finish line at the K9 Cancer Walk. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The Morris Animal Foundation has funded more than 150 canine cancer studies, helping veterinarians to better detect and treat the disease. One study looked at Golden Retrievers and how the breeds DNA deficiencies contribute to the development of lymphoma. One in eight Golden Retrievers is diagnosed with and dies from lymphoma. Dr. Eric Barchas wrote in more detail about the foundations study of 3,000 Golden Retrievers. Have you had a dog with cancer? Tell us about your experience in the comments. Learn more about dogs with Dogster: 6 Ways to Thwart an Off-Leash Dog Rushing You and Your Dog On Dogs and Body Language: How I Learned to "Speak" Dog Aspirin and Ibuprofen: Are Human Pain Meds Safe for Dogs? More...
  4. The Heavy Breathing on the Phone Turns Out to Be ... a DogWed, 16 Apr 2014 12:30:00 -0700
    Heavy breathers on the phone have been around almost as long as the telephone itself. While it's true that the first official phone call was Alexander Graham Bell saying "Mr. Watson Come here I want to see you," it's almost a sure bet that sometime very soon after that was the first obscene phone call. Maybe someone broke into Bell and Watson's lab just for the purpose. Share this image Dog and Phone by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) So, it's understandable if the operators on a certain emergency dispatch line in England were not only perplexed, but a little creeped out when they answered and got nothing but heavy breathing. When the police showed up at the house, they found out that the caller was not some lewd member of what the Brits call the "Mackintosh Brigade," but Leighton, a two-year-old Belgian Malinois. Apparently, Leighton had stolen his owner's phone and somehow managed to dial 999 (the English equivalent of the American 911 service). He took the landline and ran off into the garden to ... do whatever it is dogs do with stolen phones. In this case, that turned out to be calling the emergency services and panting into the microphone. Share this image 999 Emergency Sign by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) "Next thing I knew, there was a policewoman at the door asking if I was all right,"  Leighton's owner, Mary Amos-Cole, told the BBC. "That's when we realized it must have been Leighton. She said a colleague answered the call and all he could hear was heavy breathing, which I guess was Leighton panting." But apparently, this isn't the first time that Leighton has summoned the local police for his personal entertainment. According to Amos-Cole, he has such a history of this sort of thing that it's almost become a habit with him. Several times, he's set off the burglar alarm just by running around the house, bringing the police. Share this image If Leighton keeps stealing phones and calling the police, it's only a matter of time before he tries to call from one of these. It's all fun and games until someone gets enslaved by the Daleks. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) "He does seem to quite like the police," Amos-Cole says. "He's been in trouble a few times and seems to quite like them coming round. I actually think he has aspirations to be in uniform himself." If so, Leighton might want to lighten up on the thievery. His owner says that he likes to steal things and is especially fond of mobile phones. Most reputable police departments frown on that sort of thing, at least as part of their public policy. Share this image Terrier Dog Holding Phone in Mouth by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) For now, Leighton seems to be sticking to his career as a plainclothes dog, albeit with a touch of larceny in his heart. And hopefully, he'll save his phone calls for more genuine emergencies. "We all took it as a bit of a joke, but honestly, I could have ended up with the air ambulance or anything," Amos-Cole said. Via BBC Laugh with us on Dogster: 10 Looks Dogs Give Us as They Watch Us Scoop Their Poop Watch Niner the Border Collie Balance on Everything Dog and Human Make-Out Photos: Hot or Not? More...
  5. This Dog and this Baby Are the Cutest Things on the InternetWed, 16 Apr 2014 10:30:00 -0700
    Grace Chon is a professional photographer based in Los Angeles, and because two of the cutest things in her life are scurrying around her feet every day, it was only a matter of time before she incorporated them into cute pictures. She did it beautifully.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) On one side sits Zoey, her 7-year-old rescue dog she adopted from Taiwan. On the other, Jasper, her 10-month-old son. On both their heads: hats. The same hats. Also the same hoodies, the same headbands, the same earmuffs and so forth. She posted the photos to Tumblr, and the Internet dropped everything and headed over for a look. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) I have a lot of really cute hats for Jasper, and its just really fun to put him in them, Chon told Today.com. And one day I realized it looked really good on Zoey; it fit her perfectly and she looked adorable. ... My sister was like, You need to take a picture of them together wearing that hat." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Zoey loves wearing clothes and loves the camera, Chon said of her dog. She will dance around when the clothes come out, and shell go running over to her little spot as soon as I have my camera. You'll also notice that Zoey has a killer Blue Steel look. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Chon says the series has allowed people to finally understand and really see her dog, who she says is misunderstood due to her anxious, shy personality.   Zoey is really shy, and she didnt even let Jasper touch her until he was about seven months old, she said. Since weve been taking the photos, shes just so into him. Shes really grown even more attached to him since weve been doing this.  Most people dont understand her because shes very afraid and she barks. And I feel like finally now theyre getting to see what a beautiful, amazing soul she has through these pictures. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The success of the series also gives Chon the opportunity to spread the word about rescue dogs, especially black ones. Black dogs have the hardest time getting adopted -- [its called] Black Dog Syndrome -- and I'm so glad that the whole world can see what a beautiful black dog my Zoey girl is," she told Today.com. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) After the photos went viral, Chon, remarkably, heard from the woman who rescued Zoey in Taiwan and was her foster mom until she sent the dog to live in America. Five years ago the woman, named Joy, rescued the a litter of pups from the gutter and brought them home. She cared for them for a month, then put out a call for help; Animal Rescue Team responded and found foster homes for all the dogs -- except Zoey. Joy wanted to foster the dog herself, because the dog was the runt and the sickliest.  When she had to leave for China for a job, Joy had to give up Zoey, but she always wondered about the dog. All she knew was that a woman in Los Angeles adopted her.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Now, she knows who. After seeing the photos online, Joy reached out to Chon, and the pair have been exchanging stories and photos of the special dog.   As Chon writes on her Tumblr:  What a blessing its been to hear about Zoeys life in Taiwan and to see photos of her as such a little baby. I always knew Zoey was loved and well taken care of while in Taiwan, I just felt it. And speaking with Joy has only confirmed how much love and care she received before she came to me. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) I know one of the hardest parts of fostering is never hearing updates about the dog you loved while searching for their forever home. And its an absolute miracle that Joy never has to wonder again. Thanks to all of you whove shared these images around the world, something truly amazing has happened. I have cried so many tears of gratitude in the last 24 hours because I connected with Joy. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Via Today.com; photos via Zoey and Jasper: A Rescue Dog and Her Little Boy Tumblr  Laugh with us on Dogster: 10 Looks Dogs Give Us as They Watch Us Scoop Their Poop Watch Niner the Border Collie Balance on Everything Dog and Human Make-Out Photos: Hot or Not? More...
  6. Let's "Go Orange" and Help Prevent Animal CrueltyWed, 16 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0700
    Orange is probably my least favorite color. I know it's the color of honey and beer (two of my favorite things to consume), but I just can't dig it. There is no orange in my wardrobe or in my interior decorating. I love pink, red, and yellow -- colors normally considered obnoxious -- but you will find no orange among my belongings. But when it comes to preventing animal cruelty, I'll gladly wear and display the color orange. Are you willing to "go orange" for the prevention of animal cruelty? Share this image All dogs deserve a loving embrace like this. Photo by Eunice function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month because that's when the ASPCA's charter was signed back in 1866. The ASPCA's brand color is orange, so it makes sense to "go orange" to raise awareness and help promote dog and cat rescue. Of course we believe everyone ought to be thinking about preventing cruelty to animals every month, but we're also into raising awareness any way possible, so we're going orange in April. Sometimes it seems like there's some kind of horrific animal cruelty news every day -- so much that you might feel like avoiding it. It's easy to feel defeated and helpless, but here are some things you can do to help do your part in the fight against animal cruelty: Make a donation to your local animal shelter: Whether you donate money or your time, every little bit counts. Don't support pet shops that sell animals from mills: Let your money talk. Encourage adoption: If you know someone who is considering a new pet, help them find a rescue or shelter to adopt from. Educate: Talk to friends, family, and your community about animal cruelty, and make sure to let them know there are ways they can help.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Share this image We are their voice. Photo by Tony Alter function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Share this image Photo by Ben Grey function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) But here's the obstacle a lot of people seem to think exists between them and activism: They feel that unless they're doing something "big" for a cause, their efforts don't really count. Activism doesn't have to be a grand effort. Some of the most effective activism comes in everyday gestures and by just being yourself -- people are paying attention, and the courage and passion you display can be really inspiring. With that in mind, I'm updating the Dogster Facebook page with a new cover image in support of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and I've created the graphics below just for you! The more of us who change our cover images all at once, the more visible our cause will be. It's a very small gesture, but it can have a huge impact -- a drop in the water can create vast ripples of change. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) What do you do to help raise awareness about animal cruelty? Share your work in the comments -- you might inspire someone! Read more about the bond between humans and dogs on Dogster: Leo the Puppy Mill Rescue Boxer Always Has His Mouth Full 3 Things My Senior Dog Has Taught Me About Aging Gracefully I Have a Baby AND a Pit Bull, and People Are Supportive About Liz Acosta: Dogster's former Cuteness Correspondent, Liz still manages the site's daily "Awws," only now she also wrangles Dogster's social media. That's why she wants you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and -- her personal favorite -- Instagram. See ya there! More...
  7. A Woman Dying of Cancer Seeks a New Home for Her Best Friend, Sherlock the Pit BullTue, 15 Apr 2014 12:30:00 -0700
    It's hard to know how to write stories that start with cancer. Just putting the word on the screen seems to bring everything to an end. It's an ugly little word, about an ugly thing, and the instinct is just to stop there, or worse, to slip into cheap melodrama. So to put it bluntly, and without melodrama: Cancer kills, and it kills in a painful, degrading way. All the pink ribbons in the world will never change that. Share this image Patricia Cudd, with Sherlock by her side. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Soon, cancer will kill Patricia Cudd. Cudd is 62 years old, and she probably won't see 63. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After years of grueling chemo, it's in an advanced stage, and she's preparing to go into hospice care. Before she does, she wants to find a new home for her beloved Pit Bull mix, Sherlock. Cudd got Sherlock as a rescue from the Longmont (Colorado) Humane Society in 2010, and he has been her constant companion throughout her illness. She recalls how, after one especially harsh chemo session, he lay curled next to her in her hotel room, both of them "watching Harry Potter movies for a full day until I felt better." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) But she doesn't feel like she can give him the care that he deserves anymore. She can't take him running any more, and even walks are difficult. And of course, soon she won't be there at all for him. "I am passing away," she told The Coloradoan. "I don't know when exactly. Of course, everyone is passing away. But the cancer, you know -- stage four is the ultimate stage -- and he needs a home." Share this image Sherlock function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Pit Bulls can be difficult to place, of course. Even for those who love them, there's still the obstacle of landlords who won't rent to owners of Pits, a problem that Cudd herself has faced. She admits that he's territorial, and he would probably be better off with a family who doesn't have any other pets, but he has been her best friend through some very hard times, and Cudd thinks that whoever takes him will learn how much that friendship can mean. "I have to place him somewhere. It breaks my heart," she says. "But if he could go to a good home, you know, it would help me so much. It would give me peace." Anyone who is in the Northern Colorado area and might be interested in giving Sherlock a new home can call (970) 775-0797 or email rubyphoenix36@yahoo.com. Via The Coloradoan Read more about the bond between humans and dogs on Dogster: Leo the Puppy Mill Rescue Boxer Always Has His Mouth Full 3 Things My Senior Dog Has Taught Me About Aging Gracefully I Have a Baby AND a Pit Bull, and People Are Supportive More...
  8. Miley Cyrus Gives Away Her Replacement Puppy, Moonie, After Having Him 10 DaysTue, 15 Apr 2014 11:30:00 -0700
    We've written a lot about Miley Cyrus in the past few weeks. We've written:  About how her dog Floyd, an Alaskan Klee Kai, died. About how she sang to a 60-foot replica of Floyd during a concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn -- and about how her mom immediately bought her a replacement puppy after Floyd died. About how a writer for the Telegraph was very angry at how Miley mourns her dog -- and angry about how everybody mourns their dogs, really. And also angry at everybody for vague, unspecified reasons, probably.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Now we get to write another story about Miley -- Miley keeps making dog news, you see. Moonie, that adorable little dog that Miley's mom bought her right after Floyd died using some weird Mom-logic we don't understand at all, because Miley already had plenty of dogs and didn't seem ready for a tiny, helpless one just yet (what with all her Twitter mourning and singing to giant replicas of Floyd while onstage at the Barclays Center), is hitting the bricks. Moonie is out. Moonie is leaving the island.  Poor Moonie. The only good part about this is that it's surely the best thing that could have happened to Moonie.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) She broke the news on Twitter, because that is how Miley communicates. She tweeted, Moonie, thank you for giving me so much love, comfort, & peace. It's just to soon for me right now #missingmoonie. Naturally, one of her best friends, a fan, asked her what had happened to the little dog. Miley said the dog had gone to live with a friend's mother, who already had a puppy. We think that's what she said: my friends mom who has a tiny pup 4 him 2 play with Molly After wht happened Im scared 2 have a tiny dog #moonieandmolly. Here's the punctuation for that sentence: ',.',. (And here's the missing "o" from the first tweet: o.) Share this image A stuffed version of Floyd with another of Miley's dogs. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) We're not sure what the "scared" part refers to, but probably to the events of 2012, when Miley's Yorkie mix, Lila, was killed by her dog Ziggy, which we wrote about here. In any case, Moonie's disappearance does not come as a shock. Miley has been very public about her struggles with caring for a new dog so soon after Floyd died. Here are some of her tweets from last week: I was/still kinda am torn about Moonie bc I would do anything 2 hold Floyd. But I can't  Moonie is giving me so much  & 1 day @ a time Just don't know if it's to soon  I still have so much love to give my Floydy  But I just gotta take it one day at a time and take in all the love little Moonie is giving me  Share this image Miley in concert. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Again, truthfully, this is probably is the best result for Moonie. The dog might not be showered with diamond-studded collars and cashmere pet beds for the rest of his life, but many people believe that dogs do not need such things for a happy life. A friend's mom with a tiny pup named Molly might just be the best place for the young dog named Moonie.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) If there's one thing to be learned from all this, perhaps it's that Tish Cyrus should stop immediately buying dogs for people when their other dogs die. Give it some time. A dog is not a gift.  Share this image Miley's other dogs, Mary Jane, Happy, and Bean. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) All photos via Miley's Facebook page and Twitter Read more about the bond between humans and dogs on Dogster: Leo the Puppy Mill Rescue Boxer Always Has His Mouth Full 3 Things My Senior Dog Has Taught Me About Aging Gracefully I Have a Baby AND a Pit Bull, and People Are Supportive More...
  9. "Share for Dogs" Video Turns Slacktivism into FundraisingMon, 14 Apr 2014 12:30:00 -0700
    The Internet excels at few things more distributing adorable pictures of peoples' pets. Once upon a time, people had to do such things manually, by carrying pictures around in their purses or wallets. In those unenlightened times, you could show five, maybe six, people the heartbreakingly cute antics of your pup in the time that it now takes for a full-color, high-definition YouTube video to be watched on five continents. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) In Australia, the Pedigree Adoption Drive is trying to use the Internet's ability to spread mass cuteness not only for some heartwarming moments, but to help dogs in need. The way it works is this: Pedigree has created the video below, which is, without a doubt, freaking adorable. Via social media, it has pushed people to post, link, and retweet it until it goes viral. If the video gets watched enough, Pedigree gets a significant cut of YouTube's ad revenue, which it can use to promote dog rehoming programs on an international basis. It is, in short, a really clever way of turning Internet slacktivism into something with a real effect, rather than a fashion statement. Also, cute dogs! Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Will this work and get money to homeless dogs, or is Pedigree just adding to the mass of cute videos that are already clogging servers everywhere? Well, as of this writing, the video has been watched 118,145 times, and the campaign's hashtag, #sharefordogs, is moving along quite nicely on Twitter. If you really want to get behind the campaign and check out what Pedigree is doing, follow it on Facebook. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The question is, of course, how many views does the video need to get to raise a significant amount of money for rehoming programs? For about the past year YouTube's revenue sharing program has been the target of complaints that it's harder for content creators to make money because of a combination of lowered ad prices and increased competition from all the other videos. It seems like Pedigree has a good start on making its video stick out from the crowd, though. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) It seems kind of churlish to criticize a video that is, as I say, so freaking adorable, but there is one thing that bugs me about it: Dogs are cute on their own, but Pedigree wants to hedge that bet by putting the animals in pumpkin costumes and lion suits, like a canine version of Anne Geddes. My favorite videos of dogs have always been the ones that show them in their everyday environment, and how they interact with each other and their human families. Ultimately, people should bring dogs home to be part of the family, not because they like the greeting-card ideal of a dog. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) But that quibble aside, be sure to check out the video. For once, when you're watching a cute dog video, you can tell your boss or family that you're not wasting time: You're doing important fundraising work. Via Pedigree Adoption Drive Facebook Page Laugh with us on Dogster: 10 Looks Dogs Give Us as They Watch Us Scoop Their Poop Watch Niner the Border Collie Balance on Everything Dog and Human Make-Out Photos: Hot or Not? More...
  10. Do You Think Dog Cloning Is a Stupid Idea?Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:30:00 -0700
    Last week, we finally got a look at Mini-Winnie, Britain's first cloned dog. She came into being thanks to a contest run by the South Korean cloning outfit Sooam Biotech. The company held a contest in the United Kingdom for pet owners, hoping to raise awareness of its cloning services, which normally cost $100,000 a pop. The grand prize: a free cloned dog. Rebecca Smith, a caterer from West London, won the prize and offered up her beloved 12-year-old Dachshund Winnie for duplication.   According to UPI, Sooam Biotech isolated her DNA via small samples of skin. That DNA was then injected into an egg collected from another Dachshund. Finally, the fertilized egg was implanted into the womb of a surrogate dog. Time passed, and then: Mini-Winnie, a cute little cloned dog.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Almost immediately, critics came out to blast the whole thing. Noted geneticists, for one, demolised the notion that it would be the same dog.  "You would have about as much chance of replicating your favorite pet by choosing one from Battersea Dogs Home as you would from cloning it," Robin Lovell-Badge, a geneticist at the National Institute for Medical Research in London, told the Guardian. "And the former is likely to be loved more as it will not fail your expectations."   "It is extremely unlikely that a puppy cloned from a favorite pet will grow up to behave the same way," he went on. "I see no valid justification for cloning pets. It is a ridiculous waste of money and hope as well as being ethically very dubious." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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 colleagues agreed.   "It is an absolute waste of money," said Dusko Ilic, a stem cell scientist at King's College London. "Cloned animals are like monozygotic ["identical"] twins - similar, but never the same. As time passes by, the differences will be more and more pronounced, especially personality traits." Lovell-Badge also said that cloning procedures often go wrong, citing among the risks abnormally developing embryos, consequences to the mothers carrying clones, stillborn animals, live-born animals with defects, and adults with compromised anatomy, physiology, and health. It doesn't help that Dr. Hwang Woo-suk, the lead scientist at Sooam Biotech, is a intensely controversial figure. He was behind one of the worst scandals in modern science in 2004, when he claimed to have successfully cloned human embryos and extracted stem cells from them; that study, however, turned out to be fabricated. He was forced to resign from his job at Seoul University, and he was convicted of fraud. Other people coming out against dog cloning include Sir Ian Wilmut, who led the team that produced Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned. He told the Guardian, "I think that the owners might be disappointed - so much of the personality of a dog probably comes from the way that you treat it. I think you would treat a cloned dog, particularly if you had spent $100,000, differently, so the dog would be different. I am sufficiently skeptical that I personally would not have a dog cloned." Share this image Three judges of the cloning contest with two cloned puppies, via Dog Cloning Competition UK's Facebook page function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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 Lou Hawthorne, the forefather of dog cloning, is against the practice as well, years after he created the first cloned dog in 2007.  A cloned dog contributes to the happiness of a family, but I do not think it is possible to do it without a huge amount of suffering to hundreds of others," he told the Mirror. I couldnt care less if the cloning business world collapses, but I care about suffering. Hawthorne told the Mirror that Asian producers raise "up to 80" regular dogs as egg donors or surrogates to create one cloned dog. Then, once the dogs are past their usefulness, they are slaughtered for meat or destroyed.   Dog cloning is unviable. It cannot be achieved at a price people can afford," he said. "But the biggest issue is the suffering. Mans best friend is a dog, but when it comes to cloning, it isnt the case. What do you think? Is dog cloning a waste of time and money? Does the harm it causes outweigh the usefulness? Tell us your feelings in the comments. Read more about the bond between humans and dogs on Dogster: Leo the Puppy Mill Rescue Boxer Always Has His Mouth Full 3 Things My Senior Dog Has Taught Me About Aging Gracefully I Have a Baby AND a Pit Bull, and People Are Supportive More...
Balancing Dog
google gadget