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  1. Laura Schlessinger Condemns Pit Bulls; Dog Lovers Strike BackFri, 19 Dec 2014 11:45:00 -0800
    On Monday of this week, satellite talk show host Laura Schlessinger outraged dog lovers when she talked about going to a local dog shelter. Schlessinger said that she was shocked that there were so many Pit Bulls in the shelter and that she considered them a "waste of space" who should be put down. 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($(obj).width()) To anyone who's paid even cursory attention to her career, the fact that Laura Schlessinger said something stupid and hateful shouldn't be surprising. It's kind of what she does. Her entire career has essentially been built on selling hackneyed stereotypes as straightforward common sense. In 2000, gay rights activists campaigned against Schlessinger's new television show because over the years, she had repeatedly referred to gay men and lesbians as "biological errors," as well as saying that gay men were predators and pedophiles. The show went on the air but was cancelled after only a year. In 2010, Schlessinger was forced to make the move from broadcast radio to satellite after she used the n-word 11 times while talking to a black woman who had called her show. The woman, who was married to a white man, asked for advice because she felt her husband let friends and family make racist comments around her without speaking up. Schlessinger told the woman, "If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor, don't marry out of your race." Share this image Laura Schlessinger on CNN. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) A week after the call, Schlessinger announced that she had "decided" to stop doing radio and move to satellite broadcasting. "I want to regain my First Amendment rights," she told Larry King in an interview. "I want to be able to say what's on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors. I'm sort of done with that." Compared to using the n-word eleven times or calling gay men pedophiles, her comments about Pit Bulls might be considered relatively mild. They come from the same place, however; they exploit commonly held fears and ignorance, and they parade these as courage. Schlessinger would be nowhere if she weren't able to persuade an awful lot of people that her bigotry is actually an act of resistance. Share this image Mischievous face of Pit Bull by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who would be quite happy to kill Pit Bulls en masse, just as there are many people who cling to the idea that LGBT people are out to rape their children or that racism would go away if only black people would stop being so "sensitive" about it. Just last month, a 9-year-old girl and her family had to fight to keep their town from taking her pet and euthanizing it for no other reason than that he was a Pit Bull. Despite what her PR hacks might want us to think, Schlessinger hasn't said anything new or courageous. Schlessinger has never in her career gone after anyone who had more power than her. She invariably targets those who are already marginalized by the prejudices of others and then pretends that she's speaking truth to power. Share this image Close-up of Pit Bull Terrier by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) Fortunately, dog lovers have been pushing back and trying to make Schlessinger accountable. Writer Janet Goree has been especially prominent, using her column and her Twitter feed to promote Schlessinger's critics. Goree says that when she called Schlessinger's office for a comment, the person on the phone hung up on her; a request for comment via Twitter was ignored. As of this writing, an online petition condemning Schlessinger has gotten 10,000 signatures. (Organizers are trying for 20,000.) The petition reads in part: Such speeches are completely unacceptable. The reputation that Pit Bulls have is totally misleading -- since the 1980, the media has begun to portray Pit Bulls as dangerous dogs. This couldn't be any more false! There is no such thing as a 'bad' dog, but rather a 'bad' owner! In addition, because of their good temperaments -- friendly nature, loyalty and stability -- Pit Bulls are considered the perfect 'nanny dogs' for children. They make excellent family and their love for children is well known. Dog lovers have also started a hashtag campaign on Twitter. Pit owners have been asked to tweet pictures of their dogs with the (incredibly long) tag #Drlaurawhydoyouwantmedead. Schlessinger herself has ignored all criticism. Just as Goree's requests for comment were ignored, Schlessinger's Twitter feed and Facebook page haven't even acknowledged the controversy. The posts simply continue to churn past like they would any other week, summarizing her "call of the day" and dispensing trite pieces of "wisdom." What do you think? Is there a way to make Schlessinger sit up and notice, or does the controversy just serve her public relations strategy by giving her attention? Via Inquistr Read more about dogs in the news on Dogster: Norman Bridwell, Creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Dies at 86 This Video is Adorable -- But the Pup's Story Could Have Been Heartbreaking Iran's Only Dog Shelter Finds Forever Homes Against the Odds Let's Talk: The Pope Says That Dogs Do Go to Heaven More...
  2. So Much Winning: Doge Stars in a Meme Pinball GameFri, 19 Dec 2014 10:30:00 -0800
    When I was young, I was blessed and cursed with a mean game of pinball. It was a blessing because I could waste an hour on a quarter. It was a curse because I could waste an hour on a quarter. I could have learned computer programming. And I spent many afternoons in the company of Rudy from the 1990 Williams game Funhouse, which was a horrible thing to do, because Rudy is insane. 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($(obj).width()) I bring all this up because I would play the crap out of Meme Ball, the meme pinball game. What's a meme pinball game? You might have to sit down: Imagine all the memes put into a pinball game. That's Meme Ball.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) But why Meme Ball? you might ask. Well, it appears that it was simply a thing to do. According to the A.V. Club, British game room retailer Liberty Games converted a 1975 Segasa Baby Doll pinball game into Meme Ball, asking itself, "What is every office (well, every office of an ecommerce games room retailer) missing?" A meme pinball game, that's what. Doge is a huge presence in the game, garning choice locations on the machine and the playfield. Take a look:  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) There's also that doggie chap under the start button and the one on the side: Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Don't you want to play that?  All photos via Liberty Games Read more recent dog news on Dogster: Dog Eats Homework -- a Diorama of a Farm! Dead Woman's Will: Euthanize My Dog and Place His Ashes With Mine Vid We Love: Watch Stella Protect Her Home From a Pineapple Puppies With Guns 2015 Calendar Will Happen More...
  3. Dog Eats Homework -- a Diorama of a Farm!Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:00:00 -0800
    Despite its status as the flimsiest excuse in the world, it is true that sometimes the dog does eat your homework. But what if your homework is a diorama of a farm from the Middle Ages? Yes, a dog will eat that, too.  That's what happened to Reagan Hardin, a high school student at Magnolia West High School in Magnolia, Texas. She made a diorama of a farm from the Middle Ages, complete with little horses and goats and sheep and chickens, for her World History class -- sorry, her AP World History class -- and her dog ate it. He took everything.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) "He ate pretty much all this," Hardin told KHOU, gesturing to second diorama of a farm from the Middle Ages, Roscoe having eaten the first. Share this image The second diorama. (Roscoe the dog ate the first one -- you're clear on that part, right?) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Clearly, a trip to the vet was in order once the tragedy had befallen the farm. "You might be able to see a beak right there, and that's an eye. I think that's our chicken head right there," said Dr. Carl Southern, directing a KHOU reporter's gaze to X-rays of Roscoe's belly. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) He ticked off what he had extracted with a scope: "Half of a horse body, a sheep, a chicken head. I kept seeing a little pink horse body go by, but it ended up being a pig with a curly tail." And what Southern didn't get, Roscoe passed out on his own.  Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Then, because vets have a sense of humor about such things, they took a picture of the pieces and sent them to Hardin.  As for Roscoe, he's going great, just having to deal with the discomfort of the scope but thankfully not surgery. By nighttime, he was eating again. And Harding was wondering exactly how to present this to her teacher.  Via KHOU Read more recent dog news on Dogster: Dead Woman's Will: Euthanize My Dog and Place His Ashes With Mine Vid We Love: Watch Stella Protect Her Home From a Pineapple Puppies With Guns 2015 Calendar Will Happen Watch Harvey the Lovestruck Dog in This Adorable UK Commercial 2014 Trends in Dog Naming: Kale, Coconut, and Vino! More...
  4. Norman Bridwell, Creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Dies at 86Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:05:00 -0800
    Other than Snoopy, there may be no more famous dog in children's literature than Clifford, the Big Red Dog. Norman Bridwell, an unemployed commercial artist, invented Clifford in 1963. Since then, he's been ubiquitous in children's books, cartoons, stuffed animals, and toys. Clifford may live on for years to come -- decades, even -- but his creator has passed away. At 86 years old, Bridwell died last Friday in a hospital on Martha's Vineyard. No cause of death was given when the announcement was made by a spokeswoman from Scholastic Books on Tuesday, but Bridwell's wife Norma told the Associated Press that he'd been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was in the hospital recovering from the effects of a fall three weeks ago. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) There are plenty of kids who would have beem delighted to have a dog who dwarfed a house, regardless of the problems with housing codes, medical care, and dog food expenses it would have caused for their parents. Clifford embodied one of children's ultimate fantasies: His good nature matched his immense size, and the combination made him both safe and fun. Share this image Bridwell meets young fans at the Scholastic Store in NYC in 2011. (Source: Wikimedia Commons/Stuart Ramson) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Scholastic Books has published Clifford's adventures since the very first book came out in 1963. At that point, nine publishers had already rejected the manuscript. Bridwell went on to write 150 titles starring the lovable red pooch, which were translated into 13 different languages. Clifford even got his own animated series on PBS from 2000 to 2003. Dick Robinson, the chairman and president of Scholastic, described Clifford's appeal to The New York Times following the announcement of Bridwell's death: "Clifford was a lovable dog, an awkward character, shy, very big and therefore always bumping into things and causing a stir. And in Clifford children saw themselves." Share this image (Source: Wikimedia Commons/Stuart Ramson) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Bridwell himself said of Clifford: "He's red and he's warm. Clifford does what you'd like to do but can't. Because Clifford is so big and also because he's a dog, he's able to do the most unbelievable and imaginative things." Those imaginative things always took place in mundane settings, though. Other than his size, Clifford has always been a pretty ordinary dog who does things like go to the beach or makes friends in his own neighborhood. He's never taken trips to outer space or met fairy magicians. Share this image A Clifford parade balloon in 2008. (Source: Wikimedia Commons/Jorge Barrios) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Robinson speaks of Clifford in the past tense, but the dog actually does have a future, even after the death of the man who brought him to life. There are two more Clifford books -- Clifford Goes to Kindergarten and Clifford Celebrates Hannukah -- scheduled to come out in 2015, and a feature film is set for release in 2016. Via The New York Times and Time Read more about dogs in the news on Dogster: Iran's Only Dog Shelter Finds Forever Homes Against the Odds Let's Talk: The Pope Says That Dogs Do Go to Heaven Watch This Dog Run to Comfort Her Friend During a Nightmare Four Years Later, a Veteran and His Dog Have a Heartwarming Reunion More...
  5. Dead Woman's Will: Euthanize My Dog and Place His Ashes With MineWed, 17 Dec 2014 10:30:00 -0800
    It's possible that in life, Connie Lay of Aurora, Indiana, may have been a good owner, but in death she's an abysmal one: She loved her dog so much she wants him put to death and his ashes placed with her own.  Lay is dead. This is all coming from her will. It's a terrible will.  "(Lay) made provisions that in the event of her death, she wanted her very close friend to take charge of the dog," said her attorney Doug Denmure, according to WCPO. "She also then requested that the dog be put to sleep, cremated, and that the dog's ashes be placed with her own ashes."  Fortunately, there's an out. The friend has another option: Send Bela to Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. But if that option is "not possible" or "too much expense," according to the will, then it's to the gas chamber for Bela.  Share this image (Photo via Fox 19 reporter Lisa Hutson's Twitter account) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) However, after Lay died on Nov. 25, that second option appeared to be "not possible," because according to Fox 19, Bela was scheduled to be put down on Tuesday. That was put on hold, fortunately. Now Bela is in a legal limbo while this gets sorted out. While people have come forward to adopt him, Denmure says that Bela is Lay's dog and the executor of her will has the authority to carry out her wishes.   Denmure also said that the dog is aggressive, and that Lay didn't trust him around others, according to WCPO.  "He could cause damage and inflict bodily harm on strangers, in particular, children," Denmure said. "When (Lay) died, she died at her home and the dog was in there. No one could enter the house because they were concerned the dog would attack." However, people who have handled the dog since Lay died report no such aggressive behavior, according to Fox 19.  Bela is being housed at PAWS of Dearborn County Humane Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, which took on the dog after Lay passed. The group released a message Tuesday on Facebook, stating that it would play no part in any euthanization plans:   Legally, Bela is considered the property of the estate of the deceased person and not PAWS Humane Center. He is only being housed and cared for at our center while legal proceedings with the estate are being finalized. PAWS has no legal right or control over his outcome. Bela will not be euthanized at our facility, either by PAWS staff or the Dearborn County Animal Control Officers. If a euthanization decision is reached by the estate, then it will be the responsibility of the estate to make those arrangements elsewhere. We appreciate your care and concern for Bela and all of the animals in Dearborn County. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) As it stands now, Lay's friend has the ultimate say over what to do with Bela. Denmure said there is no time limit for that decision. With people coming forward to adopt the dog, and with the Best Friends option still on the table, it would be insane to think Bela would ultimately be put down. But you never know. Some people, like Lay, just want their dogs to die.  Via Fox 19 Read more recent dog news on Dogster: Vid We Love: Watch Stella Protect Her Home From a Pineapple Puppies With Guns 2015 Calendar Will Happen Watch Harvey the Lovestruck Dog in This Adorable UK Commercial 2014 Trends in Dog Naming: Kale, Coconut, and Vino! More...
  6. This Video is Adorable -- But the Pup's Story Could Have Been HeartbreakingTue, 16 Dec 2014 12:05:00 -0800
    The video below is about taking a bath, and how good that feels sometimes. It's cuter when you watch a little puppy blissing out as the water runs over his body, but we've all been there. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) But it's also about more than just taking a bath, or your daily dose of cuteness. The pup shown, along with his siblings, came very close to becoming one of those innumerable horror stories that goes by on my daily news feed as I look for stories to write. Just watching the headlines scroll by can be a grueling start to the day. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Somebody didn't see these dogs as cute, or even desirable. They came to DFW Rescue Me, an organization in Denton, Texas, after someone tried to get rid of them. "We got a call from Dallas Animal Services about three puppies that were abandoned in a bag found inside a dumpster in Dallas, Texas," volunteer Claire Fowler tells the interviewer. Fowler took them home with her because at this stage, the pups aren't old enough to survive without a mother. As she says: "What people don't realize is that bottle babies require a lot of time and special care. Not only do they have to be fed every two to four hours, they can't go the restroom on their own. Mom helps them with that. Since there's no mom -- well, we do everything here." Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Watching the little pup luxuriate in his bath is adorable and heart-warming enough. But when you think of what could have been for these three little guys, and look at the effort that volunteers such as Fowler put into giving them a different story -- that makes it more than another cute dog video. Via YouTube Read more about dogs in the news on Dogster: Iran's Only Dog Shelter Finds Forever Homes Against the Odds Let's Talk: The Pope Says That Dogs Do Go to Heaven Watch This Dog Run to Comfort Her Friend During a Nightmare Four Years Later, a Veteran and His Dog Have a Heartwarming Reunion More...
  7. Vid We Love: Watch Stella Protect Her Home From a PineappleTue, 16 Dec 2014 11:15:00 -0800
    Dogs: Fearless protectors of the home. Take Stella. She was just walking into the kitchen when she stopped in her tracks. There, on the countertop, was a pineapple. Stella knew all the other things on the counter: dishrag, coffeepot, Britta water jug, 32 oz. bottle of Palmolive original-scent dish soap. But that pineapple. Who let the pineapple into the kitchen! Share this image That ain't right. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Was the pineapple going to attack the family? Stella wasn't certain. It sure looked that way. The pineapple sitting there all smug, all pineapply, all fragrant and swollen, luring the family in for a better look before blammo -- tropical fruit attack! So Stella barked, and didn't stop. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE! THERE'S A PINEAPPLE IN THE KITCHEN! And then mom Jolene comes around all clueless and picks up the pineapple and says, "It's just a pineapple!" holding it up like a molotov cocktail. Share this image Steady now ... function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) And then she places it on the ground like an incendiary device. "It's just a pineapple!" Share this image Keep your distance ... function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Says mom: "It took me a second, but I finally figured out that she was afraid of the pineapple. I started to take a video, but had to stop because she was legitimately terrified." Watch: Fortunately, this ends well. The pineapple introduces itself to Stella and Stella accepts the pineapple. All is well.  Watch:  Says mom: "I had to call my other dog over (Guinness) and let him sniff the pineapple before Stella would even go near it. My other dog, if you are wondering, is an 18-pound Miniature Pinscher mix. Stella is about 50 pounds ... she is not terribly brave." Come on, Jolene! It was a pineapple! Watch more vids we love: Watch Harvey the Lovestruck Dog in This Adorable UK Commercial Watch This Dog Run to Comfort Her Friend During a Nightmare Watch the "Star Wars" Trailer Remade With Puppies and Kittens Watch a Lab Break Into the Fridge After Her Owner Leaves Home More...
  8. Iran's Only Dog Shelter Finds Forever Homes Against the OddsTue, 16 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0800
    Even under the best of circumstances, running an animal shelter can sometimes seem like a thankless job. Here in America, dogs are revered and loved in popular culture -- and yet thousands linger or die in shelters every year. In Iran, dogs are not revered at all. Officials in some cities are empowered to shoot stray dogs on sight, and Islam traditionally considers them unclean. Because of that taboo, some in the government are still considering a law that would punish dog owners with 74 lashes if they walk their pet in public. Share this image Rescued from Iranian streets, there are more than 500 dogs at Vafa. (All images courtesy of Vafa Animal Shelter's Facebook page) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) That kind of environment only makes it more challenging to run a dog shelter, yet since 2004, workers at the Vafa Animal Shelter have done exactly that. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) The Associated Press recently published an excellent profile of the shelter and its workers by Nasser Karimi. Located in a rural area outside Tehran, Vafa is the country's only licensed animal shelter. About 500 dogs call Vafa home, and in an average month, only six get adopted out. In addition to the stigma against pet dogs, Vafa faces the same challenge that shelters in the USA do: Many people who are looking for a pet prefer to have young purebreds, not a stray with unknown lineage. According to manager Ali Sani, "The dogs that are brought here used to be in urban environments and were struggling with problems and needed help." Share this image A volunteer crawls into one of the kennels to get a dog for vaccination. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Although the climate in Iran is hostile to owning dogs as pets (Islamic law allows them to be kept for work purposes), Vafa has a generally positive relationship with the authorities. The fact that they collect the strays so many see as a nuisance makes some more conservative officials more kindly disposed to supporting the shelter. As for the debate over public dog walking, the shelter has tactfully avoided getting involved. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Vafa has begun to reach out to Westerners to help find new homes for its dogs. United We Rescue is a program that asks travelers to let a Vafa dog accompany them back to the United States or Western Europe, so that one of the shelters there can take charge of finding a forever home. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) As you might imagine, that's a painstakingly slow process; travel between the United States and Iran is at an especially low level right now because of economic sanctions targeting Iran's nuclear program. Iranians as a whole are struggling economically because of the sanctions, which makes it harder for the shelter to solicit the donations that keep the lights on and the dogs fed. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) Vafa is doing a hard job, and the current reality is that it's only going to get harder. If you want to reach out to the group to make donations or to help transport a dog, you can do so through the website. Via Yahoo News and Facebook Read more about dogs in the news on Dogster: Let's Talk: The Pope Says That Dogs Do Go to Heaven Watch This Dog Run to Comfort Her Friend During a Nightmare Four Years Later, a Veteran and His Dog Have a Heartwarming Reunion This Touching Video Shows 3 Years of Growth in Under 2 Minutes To Gamergate, the Death of Brianna Wu's Pet is Another Opportunity for Abuse and Harassment More...
  9. Puppies With Guns 2015 Calendar Will HappenMon, 15 Dec 2014 08:00:00 -0800
    It will happen. The Kickstarter page for Puppies With Guns 2015 Calendar has shot through its $2,500 goal and is taking aim on the holiday season. Yes, a calendar of puppies and guns. Puppies, guns. Simple. Cute. Terrifying. But one question: Why puppies and guns? Let's turn to some choice quotes from the project's Kickstarter page: This project brings [together] two of the greatest things on earth: firearms and puppies. No combination of two items has ever created more feelings of ire or joy than newborn canines and bitchin firearms. Our intent was to bridge the gap between two total extremes; puppies looking goofy and super cute and top-of-the-line and boutique firearms. Rarely do you see a Chinese Crested and a SPAS hanging out together in a tea room, and we thought that was wrong. Why shouldnt cute little dogs and kick-ass guns be best friends? Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Yes, clearly these guys are having a rollicking good time with this whole thing. It was a lark at first -- "It started out as a joke between two bored roommates who had an incredibly cute new dog and a pair of awesome Glocks" -- and then it wasn't: "It turned out to be badass, and everyone else wanted their dog's photo with some sort of artillery." So: Puppies with guns. At first, they didn't think of a calendar, but instead "tried selling gigantic prints of Boston Terriers with Short-Barreled Rifles at intersections and off-ramps of major highways." Wait, sorry, that was a joke. These guys are funny. Here are some more pictures: Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) So, now that they've brought "newborn canines and bitchin firearms" together at last, what's next for them? "Were already busy putting together the next PWG creation so that your life isn't devoid of cuteness and firepower." Oh, right. Should've known. The Kickstarter has already raised three times its goal -- it currently has nearly $9,000 -- but curiously nobody has picked up the $500 pledge reward: A picture from the calendar in a hardwood frame. "If we can arrange it, we'll get Billy Mays to deliver it," the organizers write. "No promises, but we'll try." Billy Mays! To be honest, that's a fairly decent reward considering the famed pitchman is notoriously ... oh, wait, that's a joke too? Huh. Share this image function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Read more dog news on Dogster: Watch Harvey the Lovestruck Dog in This Adorable UK Commercial Let's Talk: The Pope Says That Dogs Do Go to Heaven 2014 Trends in Dog Naming: Kale, Coconut, and Vino! More...
  10. Let's Talk: The Pope Says That Dogs Do Go to Heaven Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0800
    Apparently, dogs can go to heaven. At least according to Pope Francis, who is supposed to know about these things. During an appearance on St Peter's Square, the pontiff tried to reassure a young boy who was upset over the death of his dog by telling him, "One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God's creatures." As an atheist, the status of my soul or those of my pets and other loved ones is pretty much irrelevant. My priority is making sure that those around me have as much comfort and as little suffering as possible while they're still alive, rather than after death. Share this image neneo / Shutterstock.com function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) With that caveat, the Pope's statement definitely means something to other people. Enough so that a few words said to a child in pain have already become a bone of contention among the faithful. Many theologians have spoken up, saying that what the Pope said was merely conversational, and doesn't represent Church doctrine. For instance, The Guardian quotes Gianni Colzani, professor emeritus at the Pontifical Urbaniana University, warning people not to make too much out of the Pope's quote. "We all say that there will be a continuity between this world and the joyful one of the future, [but also] a transformation," he told the paper. "It is the balance between the two things that we are not in a position to determine. For that reason, I think we shouldn't make [Pope Francis] say more than he says." In other words, don't get too excited, animal lovers. Other church officials and theologians have made similar statements, saying that it was just a casual, off-the-cuff remark that shouldn't be taken too seriously. Share this image Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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($(obj).width()) Regardless, animal rights organizations have been very excited about Pope Francis' words. Naturally, PETA spoke up, asking that the Pope follow up by endorsing veganism. "It's a vegan world, life over death and peace between species," Sarah Withrow King told The New York Times. "I'm not a Catholic historian, but PETA's motto is that animals aren't ours, and Christians agree. Animals aren't ours, they're God's." Christine Gutleben of the Humane Society of the United States told The New York Times, "If the pope did mean that all animals go to heaven, then the implication is that animals have a soul. And if that's true, then we ought to seriously consider how we treat them. We have to admit that these are sentient beings, and they mean something to God." Share this image St. Peter's Square by Shutterstock. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(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()) That's always a disturbing argument to me. Does the morality of pain and suffering ultimately depend on whether or not an animal has a soul and will go to heaven? If we were to finally decide, once and for all, that animals don't have souls or that the deity of one's choice didn't care for them, does that mean that we can beat and starve them without consequence? Is their fate after death supposed to be the deciding factor in how we treat them while they're alive? I don't know if souls or heaven exist. To put it as politely as I can, it seems unlikely to me. But I do know that dogs and people alike suffer right here, in this life, if you strike them with a closed fist or make them sleep outside in freezing weather. What does it say about us if that's not sufficient reason to protect them from violence or abuse? Telling a grieving boy that his dog has gone to heaven makes good headlines, but despite the controversy among Catholics, it's also kind of an easy shot. It would be more impressive if the Pope were to make more specific statements about how we treat dogs here on earth and what kind of laws should protect them. That might at least reduce the number of stories I comb through every day detailing sadism, brutality, and neglect against dogs. What do you think? Will your dog go to heaven? Do you want them to? And does the Pope's quote actually help dogs in the everyday world? Via The New York Times and The Guardian Read more about dogs in the news on Dogster: Watch This Dog Run to Comfort Her Friend During a Nightmare Four Years Later, a Veteran and His Dog Have a Heartwarming Reunion This Touching Video Shows 3 Years of Growth in Under 2 Minutes To Gamergate, the Death of Brianna Wu's Pet is Another Opportunity for Abuse and Harassment More...
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