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  1. Study traces source of canine distemper in Serengeti lions30 Jan 2015 12:37:56 CST
    Dogs may not be the primary source of canine distemper among Serengeti lions, according to new research.  -More-  More...
  2. Zoo explores heart murmurs in African wild dogs30 Jan 2015 12:37:56 CST
    After Binder Park Zoo veterinarian Judilee Marrow heard a heart murmur in three of the zoo's African wild dogs during a routi -More-  More...
  3. Aquarium's success with artificial insemination of sharks offers hope30 Jan 2015 12:37:56 CST
    The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., is celebrating the birth of two zebra sharks that are the result of artifi -More-  More...
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  5. Here's how the Puppy Bowl gets made30 Jan 2015 12:37:56 CST
    Producing the Puppy Bowl, which re-creates the Super Bowl with puppies, takes months of planning, followed by weeks of editin -More-  More...
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  1. Deflategate Scandal Spreads to an Animal Shelter in New YorkFri, 30 Jan 2015 13:15:00 -0800
    Deflategate is no longer a problem only for officials at Super Bowl XLIX. Or, for that matter the ref in Puppy Bowl XI. The controversy hit Westchester County in New York this week, as evidenced in this clever video released by the Westchester SPCA. Share this image "Oscar the running back" plays with a deflated football, leading to an investigation (Courtesy Westchester SPCA) 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 reported by Kitty McGee, the SPCAs football team, The Adoptables, is apparently under investigation for playing with deflated footballs. The evidence is laid bare - using the scientific testing method of a prodding finger - and the suspects are not talking, especially Dutch the quarterback, who was downright Marshawn Lynch-esque in his refusal to answer reporters questions. But the most mischievous offender was Hootie the cat, who uses stealthy methods to pin the blame on a teammate. While the New England Patriots debate continues, theres no doubting the effect on the footballs in Westchester: Theyre perfect for playing the snow! Read more dog news on Dogster: Bubbles the Dachshund Loves Her 3D Printed Wheelchair Dog Saves Man From Not-Drowning in Shallow Pond Bela the German Shepherd Will Be Buried With His Owner After All About the author: Jeff Goldberg is a freelance writer in Quincy, Mass. A former editor for MLB.com and sportswriter for the Hartford Courant who covered the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team (Huskies!) and the Boston Red Sox, Jeff has authored two books on the UConn women: Bird at the Buzzer (2011) and Unrivaled (2015). He lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue pup, Rocky, an Italian Greyhuahua/Jack Russell mix from a foster home in Tennessee, hence the name Rocky (as in Rocky Top). More...
  2. Uber Delivered Puppies Yesterday -- but Was That a Good Thing?Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:35:00 -0800
    This Wednesday, Uber decided to try a little change in its normal transportation strategy. In addition to picking up humans as passengers, it was delivering puppies in 10 cities across the United States. For $30, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on January 28, Uber drivers would bring a puppy to a workplace for 15 minutes of playtime. The special deliveries were done as part of Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl XI. Share this image Source: Animal Planet function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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 like a charming idea, but as Jack Smith IV pointed out in the New York Observer, Uber has had a lot of ideas that were a lot less charming. One of those was jacking up surge pricing when people tried to get away from a hostage situation in Sydney, Australia. When called on it, they insisted that they had increased prices for the sake of public safety. (Because in times of crisis, you want the most well-heeled to get out first.) Another well-known misstep happened in November, when senior vice-president for business Emil Michael told guests at a party that he was considering spending $1 million to research the lives of critical journalists to "give them a taste of their own medicine." Michael was especially talking about targeting Sarah Lacy of Pando, who had written critically of Uber's attempts to discredit women who accused drivers of assault by saying that they were dressed "provocatively" or drunk. Share this image Huskies on Car by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) So, is delivering puppies a new direction for Uber? Probably not, unfortunately. The idea of having puppy cuteness on call when you're at work is definitely appealing. And credit where credit is due -- all the money that Uber collected went to local shelters. It's never a bad thing to get more money to local shelters. So in some respects, Uber did a mitzvah. But you have to wonder about the wisdom of shuffling puppies around in the afternoon for 15-minute playdates. Not all dogs travel equally well, and many certainly don't adapt to new environments quickly. The pups were 12 to 21 weeks old, which isn't newborn but is certainly still a vulnerable age for most dogs. It would be nice to hear about what kind of screening process Uber went through to choose the pups and what kind of supervision they got on site. The whole point of Uber, after all, is that they're notoriously hostile to providing oversight for their drivers. No one really likes rules and regulations, but sometimes they keep people (and puppies) from getting hurt. Share this image Puppy in car by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Paul Carr, one of Sarah Lacy's colleagues at Pando, had an understandably jaded view of the entire venture: I have no particular comment on the companys efforts to whitewash its image," he told the New York Observer, "except to note that any scheme which results in fewer puppies being in Uber's possession is probably a positive one." One way or the other, let's hope that some of those puppies wound up being adopted into forever homes at the end of the day. Via New York Observer, Pando, and Uber Blog Read more news about dogs on Dogster: George Lopez and Hilary Duff Use Social Media to Help Find a Stolen Dog Blizzard Helped Return This Dog, Gone From Home for Five Months Auckland SPCA Director Blames Dog Attacks on Immigrant Culture More...
  3. An Astronaut Creates His Official NASA Portrait -- With His 2 DogsFri, 30 Jan 2015 11:10:00 -0800
    John Glenn, Gus Grissom, and Alan Shepard were among the pilots and astronauts said to have "The Right Stuff" for NASA's space program in its infancy. Modern-day astronaut Leland Melvin has a new adaptation of what it takes: two dogs. See for yourself: Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Melvin put on his bright orange spacesuit and sneaked in his two dogs, Jake and Scout, to the photo session that produced his official NASA portraits, the Houston Chronicle reported. Funny thing is, he didn't circulate the photos on the Internet. Someone did that for him. Apparently it was a fan, a bloke named Mark Carey who lives in Washington state. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) "You have the best astronaut photo!" exclaimed Carey on Twitter. He goes by the handle @isorude_mark. Melvin hosts the Lifetime show Child Genius. Follow him on Twitter at @Astro_Flow. Read more dog news on Dogster: Bubbles the Dachshund Loves Her 3D Printed Wheelchair Dog Saves Man From Not-Drowning in Shallow Pond Bela the German Shepherd Will Be Buried With His Owner After All More...
  4. You Won't Believe This Dog: He's a Pit Bull-Dachshund MixFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:45:00 -0800
    A couple of days ago, the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society in Georgia dropped a bomb on its Facebook page: A Pit Bull-Dachshund mix, with a face that screams "bad-ass wiener dog coming through, folks." Look at this incredible animal, who is currently up for adoption:  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The people at the Humane Society knew they had a hit on their hands. Still, the Dachbull is not perfectly behaved and needs the right home, and they made sure to let everybody know in their post:  Hi! I'm Rami and I'm looking for my forever home. I'm a year old Dachshund/Pit Bull mix. Yes, you're reading that right, and, no, you haven't gone crazy. I'm full of energy. I don't like walking on a leash. I'm a sweetie pie, and love to run. I don't listen very well, so you'll need to take some time to train me. Because I tend to be a bit hyper, I might not be the best addition to a household with little kids. But I'm sure that all I need is a little lovin'. Will you take me home? Call 229-985-5463. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) A secondary issue: Should we call this magnificent creature a Dachbull? Pitshund?  Wienerbull?  Pitwiener?  OK, that's enough.  Two hours later, after watching the post soar past 29,000 views and 5,000 comments, staff were forced to add some video with the text proclaiming that the Dachbull (we're going with Dachbull) was not some Photoshopped mutant.   "He is real!!" they wrote. "Pit Bull and Dachshund mix. If you are looking for a popular/unusual pet, then this is it."  The videos show a very rambunctious, tough looking Dachshund sailing around a house like a errant ballistic missile looking for a place to land. Watch: We think Rami is cute. Here's a picture of Rami getting a bath:  Share this image This ends now. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) What a dog.  Via Country Living; photos via the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society Facebook page Read more dog news on Dogster: Bubbles the Dachshund Loves Her 3D Printed Wheelchair Dog Saves Man From Not-Drowning in Shallow Pond Bela the German Shepherd Will Be Buried With His Owner After All More...
  5. Vid We Love: A Goldendoodle's Snowy Romp Goes Viral During the Boston BlizzardFri, 30 Jan 2015 08:45:00 -0800
    Ask most New Englanders to name the regions most-popular Wally, and theyd probably name the mascot for the Boston Red Sox: Wally the Green Monster. But that Wally is a two-legged boy of summer. And its really just a person in a furry green suit. After large swaths of Massachusetts endured upwards of three feet of snow on Tuesday, theres a new Wally in town, and hes a four-legged fan of winter. Hes not just real, hes spectacular. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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 Wally, a Goldendoodle from West Concord, Mass., reminded everyone oh what fun it is to play in a winter wonderland. Captured on video at the height of the blizzard by his parents, James Smith and Alix Todd, and delivered to Bostons NBC affiliate, WHDH, in slow-motion, Wally cavorts his way toward the camera, his face flashing a widening smile with each leap, while his floppy ears flail about like, as one viewer observed, a pair of windshield wipers. 7News Boston WHDH-TV WHDH played the clip during its day-long storm coverage on Tuesday, and also posted it to its Facebook page, where by Wednesday night, it had received over 2.5 million hits. "It's kind of amazing, Smith told WHDH. We just took him out there like we do every day, let him jump around in the snow, happened to run a camera on it, and he loved it and apparently a lot of other people do too." "He's like our child, really," he said. "Our baby Walter White has gone big time. We just hope he remembers us when he goes off to Hollywood and becomes big and famous." Via WHDH-TV Read more dog news from Dogster:  A Rescue Group Pits Dogs Against Cats on Super Bowl Sunday Bubbles the Dachshund Loves Her 3D Printed Wheelchair NoDaddy! Controversial Super Bowl Ad Gets Pulled After Public Outrage About the author: Jeff Goldberg is a freelance writer in Quincy, Mass. A former editor for MLB.com and sportswriter for the Hartford Courant who covered the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team (Huskies!) and the Boston Red Sox, Jeff has authored two books on the UConn women: Bird at the Buzzer (2011) and Unrivaled (2015). He lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue pup, Rocky, an Italian Greyhuahua/Jack Russell mix from a foster home in Tennessee, hence the name Rocky (as in Rocky Top). More...
  6. A Rescue Group Pits Dogs Against Cats on Super Bowl SundayThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:37:00 -0800
    Dont be surprised if the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks come out on Super Bowl Sunday and go after each other likes and cats and dogs. And if youre curious what a game like that would look like, The Lucy Pet Foundation has you covered. Hoping to raise awareness of spaying and neutering cats and dogs to prevent over-population and inevitable euthanasia, The Lucy Pet Foundation is airing an imaginative ad during Sundays Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark Channel. In a visually brilliant piece of filmmaking, canines and felines take to the football field, complete with helmets and pads and a deep throw to the end zone, while a stadium full of cats and dogs, many wearing the gear of their favorite teams, howl with delight. But there is a message behind this football madness. As the dog wide receiver and kitty cornerback battle for the fateful pass at the goal line, the animals in the stands begin to disappear, and the voiceover warns of the terrible cost of animal overpopulation. Over 80,000 dogs and cats are euthanized every week, the narrator says. You can help stop this. Share this image Dog and cat "fans" are portrayed in The Lucy Foundation's Super Bowl ad (Courtesy The Lucy 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($(obj).width()) Sam Nicholson, famous for the visual effects in series such as The Walking Dead and 24, donated his time - and a significant portion of the cost - to making the ad. I promised my best people because it was close to my heart, Nicholson told the Los Angeles Daily News. I believe in the cause. Read more dog news about the Super Bowl on Dogster: K9s to Sniff Out Trouble at Super Bowl XLIX NoDaddy! Controversial Super Bowl Ad Gets Pulled After Public Outrage The Budweiser Puppy Is Back for the Super Bowl About the author: Jeff Goldberg is a freelance writer in Quincy, Mass. A former editor for MLB.com and sportswriter for the Hartford Courant who covered the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team (Huskies!) and the Boston Red Sox, Jeff has authored two books on the UConn women: Bird at the Buzzer (2011) and Unrivaled (2015). He lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue pup, Rocky, an Italian Greyhuahua/Jack Russell mix from a foster home in Tennessee, hence the name Rocky (as in Rocky Top). More...
  7. George Lopez and Hilary Duff Use Social Media to Help Find a Stolen DogThu, 29 Jan 2015 11:35:00 -0800
    Hilary Duff and George Lopez are helping the owner of a Beverly Hills boutique find her stolen dog. Charlie, a white Maltese, is known by locals for sitting outside Switch, the boutique owned by Julia Cohen and her sister. In the last nine years, he's become a sort of four-legged landmark for people shopping in his neighborhood. "Charlie's a staple here," Duff told KABC. "Everyone in Beverly Hills knows him. He sits outside the front of the store. He never ventures too far to the left, to the right." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) But as of a few days ago, Charlie is no longer waiting outside of Switch for customers. According to surveillance video, he was taken away by a woman dressed in yellow, followed by a young girl. The video shows the woman following Charlie until he turns a corner, then coming back with him in her arms. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) Cohen desperately wants her friend returned, and she's willing to pay $5,000 to get him back. She says that she'll even pay the money to the person who took him. She originally offered $2,000, but the reward has increased since Charlie first disappeared. Share this image Charlie with actress Lia Michele ("Glee" and "Sons of Anarchy") function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Naturally, many dogs go missing at any given time. Fortunately, Cohen and Charlie have famous friends who can help get the word out. Duff and Lopez have taken to their Instagram and Twitter feeds to let everyone know about the missing pup -- plus, of course, the reward for Charlie's return. "We're trying to find him," Lopez told KABC. "So Hilary Duff's got one side of the town covered, and George Lopez, I'll throw it out to the other side of the town." World News Videos | ABC World News With both sides of Los Angeles covered (plus a sizable reward), Charlie may have a good chance of coming home at last. Anyone who has any information about Charlie's whereabouts is asked to call Switch boutique at (310) 860-1650; check the store's Twitter for more info as well. Via KABC; photos via Instagram Read more news about dogs on Dogster: Blizzard Helped Return This Dog, Gone From Home for Five Months Auckland SPCA Director Blames Dog Attacks on Immigrant Culture Is This Dog Too Ugly to Love? More...
  8. Bubbles the Dachshund Loves Her 3D Printed WheelchairThu, 29 Jan 2015 10:40:00 -0800
    We've seen a lot of dogs in wheelchairs -- a lot, really, just so many, even one called Anderson Pooper --  but never before have we seen a dog in a wheelchair made with a 3D printer.  Presenting Bubbles: Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Handsome gal, isn't she? She was born without her legs, and fortunately her parents Trevor Byers and Elissa Smoak did a little web-searching and figured, hey, we got this. They bottle-fed Bubbles and committed to getting her a wheelchair once she was old enough.  And then, being the tinkering sort, they decided to make their own, using a combination of, and we quote www.3ders.org, "carbon fiber, model airplane, and 3D-printed parts." This is what those parts look like: Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) And because they made those things, they're able to add a little flair as they tinker with the design: Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) According to www.3ders.org, the couple wanted to encourage others to use their design, so they uploaded the wheelchair design to MakerBot Thingiverse, where you can download the files. They think they have a winning product, saying it's cheaper and more immediately accessible than other dog wheelchairs out there. "She is the reason I bought my printer in the first place, and she loves the freedom it has given her," Byers says on the site.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Here's Bubbles racing around in her newest cart: Via CNET and www.3ders.org Read more dog news on Dogster: Dog Saves Man From Not-Drowning in Shallow Pond Bela the German Shepherd Will Be Buried With His Owner After All J.J. Fuds Recalls Chicken Tender Chunks Over Listeria Fears More...
  9. Blizzard Helped Return This Dog, Gone From Home for Five MonthsWed, 28 Jan 2015 11:45:00 -0800
    All of the reports about the snowstorm slamming into the East Coast have tempered -- at least for now -- any nostalgia I have for my days living in Brooklyn. The San Francisco Bay Area may be chilly and foggy, but it's downright tropical when compared to what a New York winter can be. It's not the kind of weather you want to be homeless in, whether you're a dog or a person. Being out in that kind of cold can be lethal even in mild years, and far more so when the "storm of the century" is tearing into the entire coast. Share this image Source: Bring Burt Home function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) A lot of people and animals are facing the storm without homes, but at least one dog was able to return to his family just in time. After missing for five months, a Whippet named Burt was brought in from the cold by the New York Fire Department and reunited with his family. Share this image Burt at the NYFD training facility where he was caught. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Burt had been seen hanging around a fire department training facility on Randall's Island for about three weeks. When reports about the oncoming storm started to come in, Lieutenant David Kelly decided that he needed to get the unknown dog inside, and he captured him by luring him into a cage with some dog food. The first time didn't actually go as planned; Burt managed to run away with the entire plate of food, which had already frozen in the winter night. Fortunately, Burt soon decided to come back for more and this time, Kelly managed to close the cage on him. Share this image Source: Bring Burt Home function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) It turned out that Burt had a home, with an owner who wanted him back very badly. In August, Lauren Piccolo was walking Burt near her apartment in Harlem when he slipped out of his collar and ran off. Ever since then, she's been trying to find him. Burt has his own Facebook page, "Bring Burt Home," which Lauren has used to spread the word and post updates on possible sightings of Burt. For the first few months, updates on the page came fast and quick. Toward the end of the year, they started to come less frequently and with a more wistful tone. A particularly poignant example came on November 5, when Piccolo posted, "Happy 1st birthday Burt... wherever you are. Mommy misses you and loves you always." Share this image The image Lauren Piccolo posted on Burt's birthday. Source: Bring Burt Home function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) But the Facebook page did not bring Burt home, even after Piccolo's messages had more longing than hope in them. That changed two days ago, after Kelly found the page and contacted her. Piccolo's post for that day says, "After five months, and of course in the middle of a mega snow storm, I get a call from a really nice fireman who has seen a Whippet, nightly for 2 - 3 weeks, near the FDNY training facility on Randall's Island. The fireman has been feeding this dog, but only from a distance because if he gets to close the dog runs - really fast. Sound like my guy? Yup. I can't believe you are still out there, Burt!!!!!!!!!!" Share this image Source: Bring Burt Home function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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 soon as he saw his owner, the dog started wagging his tail, licking her," Kelly told TV station WABC. In a statement, Piccolo said, "I am tremendously grateful for the efforts of the FDNY to recover Burt. Burt had been running loose in the city for more than five months and managed to evade capture by friends, family, and many Good Samaritans. While Burt is a resilient dog, I don't think he would have survived such a fierce storm. The FDNY's efforts were incredible and timely! Burt is resting at home and is expected to make a full recovery." Hopefully the remainder of the winter will be as kind to other people and pets who find themselves stuck outside. Via Facebook, New York Times, and WABC Read more news about dogs: Auckland SPCA Director Blames Dog Attacks on Immigrant Culture Is This Dog Too Ugly to Love? After Months of Pressure, Dog Owner Will No Longer Name His Dogs After Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun More...
  10. NoDaddy! Controversial Super Bowl Ad Gets Pulled After Public OutrageWed, 28 Jan 2015 08:18:00 -0800
    What were you thinking, GoDaddy? That's a trick question. They obviously weren't thinking. And disproving the adage that there's no such thing as bad publicity, GoDaddy pulled its upcoming Super Bowl ad on Tuesday after a torrent of online protests decrying its apparent support of puppy mills. GoDaddy released its upcoming Super Bowl ad on Tuesday morning, intended as a spoof of Budweiser's Lost Dog entry, showing a puppy getting bumped out of the back of a pickup truck, then finding his long and dangerous way back home. GoDaddy, a web domain seller famous for controversial Super Bowl ads, puts its typical dark spin on the tale, depicting the "owner" as callous private breeder, who promptly informs the dismayed pup that he's been sold online. NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, a long-time GoDaddy spokesperson, appears in the ad as the transport driver who then takes the puppy away. Share this image NASCAR driver Danica Patrick appears in the controversial GoDaddy puppy ad, which was pulled on Tuesday. 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 reaction to the ad, created by Barton F. Graf 9000, was swift and furious, with statements from PETA and other animal-rights advocates denouncing it as promoting puppy mills, and a social-media uprising taking the form of an online petition to have the ad removed, including the Twitter hashtag #GoDaddyPuppy. "As someone who feels incredibly strong about animal rights, I am extremely offended by this commercial," Helena Yurcho said in a statement accompanying the petition, which received more than 42,000 signatures. "Whether or not this was meant to be satirical, it's offensive. Essentially, Go Daddy is encouraging private breeding/puppy mills while shelter animals wait patiently for their forever homes or worse -- to be euthanized. They are also encouraging purchasing an animal online; the animal could be sold to someone who runs a fighting ring, someone who abuses animals, or to someone who cannot adequately care for the animal. Animal rights are no laughing matter and to portray them as such is cruel and irresponsible."  GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving quickly got the message, and by Tuesday afternoon, he took to Twitter to announce that GoDaddy had pulled the ad for Sundays game. Thank you @animalrescuers for the candid feedback. What should have been a fun and funny ad clearly missed the mark and we will not air it. Blake Irving (@Blakei) January 27, 2015  The ad was simultaneously pulled from YouTube, although it remains available online here and there, including at our sister site, DogChannel.com. PETA director Colleen O'Brien captured much of the sentiment about the ad in a statement to Adweek. "Go Daddy's now-yanked commercial showed that anyone who sells a dog online is a callous jerk," OBrien said. "PETA liked that about the ad. The sale of animals online and from pet stores and breeders should be roundly condemned, and it was today. GoDaddy did the right thing by swiftly promoting adoption. PETA's message is that when you buy a dog from a pet store or a breeder, a dog in an animal shelter dies." Via Adweek and DogChannel.com Read more about dogs and the Super Bowl: The Budweiser Puppy Is Back for the Super Bowl K9s to Sniff Out Trouble at Super Bowl XLIX Cuteness Overload: Meet the Lineups of the 2015 Puppy Bowl! About the author: Jeff Goldberg is a freelance writer in Quincy, Mass. A former editor for MLB.com and sportswriter for the Hartford Courant who covered the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team (Huskies!) and the Boston Red Sox, Jeff has authored two books on the UConn women: Bird at the Buzzer (2011) and Unrivaled (2015). He lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue pup, Rocky, an Italian Greyhuahua/Jack Russell mix from a foster home in Tennessee, hence the name Rocky (as in Rocky Top). More...
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