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Gracie, An English Bull Terrier, a Handbook for Being Dog’s Best Friend by Christy Oslund One of the perks of writing a dog blog is receiving dog and animal books to read and review. I felt a connection with the author from the beginning of this book, but about halfway through, this sentence in her discussion of characteristics of various dog breeds struck home: Miniature Poodle- the breed most likely to develop speech so that... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
A unidentified woman in New Jersey who at least was smart enough to keep her name out of the press and off the internet met a man on a dating site. They went out for the first time on Thursday. Then for reasons known only to her, she took him back to her home. While she was out of the room, the man stole her dog Violet, a Yorkie valued at $4000, and a flat... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
When Iowan Hank Timmermans lost his wife of 60 years early this month, his house and life felt empty. He wanted something else alive in the house. The day after his wife was buried he and his daughter visited the humane society to search for a companion. After looking through the kennels without making a connection, he started to leave when he saw a 2-year-old Chihuahua behind a front desk where the staff was working... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Posted 4 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Eddie, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, has earned a reputation as a hero in his short years in the military. His tour of duty included deployment to Afghanistan, where he was credited with saving an entire platoon. In May 2012 his platoon had completed a two hour foot patrol and had stopped to rest. When they got the command to move out, Eddie’s handler, Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto, stood, but Eddie stayed. Thinking for a moment... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Millions of us have been asking. All we are told is that endangered species must be protected even though the species they are protecting are no longer endangered.
You may not be a champion of bats (I hope you are), but you probably know they are an important part of our ecosystem, killing tons of harmful insects each night. A single bat can eat 1000 insects an hour and a nursing mother (yes, they are mammals) can eat her weight in insects during her flight. A study cited in the international Science Times estimates that wind turbines kill 600,000 bats a year. Another... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Kristen, Thank you for your interest and the wonderful work you did in transporting the Arizona dogs to Pa.. Let me state first of all that I love Chihuahuas since my first one at the age of three: and I currently have a Chi mix so there is no way that i think of them as nasty or mean. But all i have ever (5) had have been very noisy. The story of roving bands of Chihuahuas in Arizona was obviously exaggerated and probably took on a life of its own whenever it was reprinted. I have written many posts about the surplus of Chihuahuas in California where I live and other western states and about the wonderful people to transport them by land and air to places where they can find forever homes. I have the highest regard for those of you who do that. The "pissed off Chihuahuas" phrase was meant to describe dogs who might not understand why they were being kept confined for days as they travel across country. I can only imagine the gargantuan task of keeping 25 of them fed, watered and pottied along the way. Let's face it, they are not quiet dogs, which is why I thought you deserved the above and beyond award. As one of my readers commented on the post: Wow - the level of commitment of those drivers! I drove one rescued Chihuahua from the shelter to my house (15 minutes) and I was ready to jump! I am so pleased though, to hear that these little ones are getting the help they needed.Thanks for the news! Posted by: saved by dogs | March 06, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Three dogs were sitting in the waiting room at the vet. The black Labrador asked the yellow Labrador "So why are you here?" The Yellow Lab stated that he was peeing in the house on just about everything and could not help it. It was just the natural thing to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at A slightly R-rated dog blog
It was a tight race. Buster the cat was in the lead just a few weeks ago, but at the 11th hour supporters of Pa Kettle the Bloodhound pulled out the stops—and the cash—to give the office of mayor of Divide, Colorado to the soulful Bloodhound. The mayor race is part of a creative fundraiser by the Teller Regional Animal Shelter, a no kill shelter. In this election cash equals votes, one dollar buys a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Fred was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young 'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced. This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at A slightly R-rated dog blog
Yes, they wouldn't consider anyone who wouldn't take both.
Meet Goldie, the stylish Chihuahua who is the star of 8LBPOOCH, a fashion collage project created by designer Klee Van Schoonhoven. Since it debuted on Instagram 8LBPOOCH is winning fans, and not just fashionistas, all over the world. Has Goldie’s celebrity turned her from a simple Chihuahua to high maintenance? Van Schoolhoven says: Goldie determines whether the shot is going to happen. Sometimes she's into it and sometimes she's not. There are even days when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
If there were an Emmy, Tony or Oscar for pet marketing, this is my nominee… A long-haired Chihuahua was found abandoned in the back yard of a northern California home in January when night time temperatures were dipping into the twenties. The family had moved away and left the dog alone. When she was found she was nursing a small grey kitten that it was believed would have died without the warmth and nourishment she... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
There was a hero’s welcome in Bloomington, Indiana for veteran J Jackson, a retiring war dog who was finally reunited with his first handler. The reunion was a long time coming. His handler, Harvey Holt, now a local sheriff’s deputy, was his partner for six months in Iraq. That was seven years ago. Holt promised Jackson that if he brought him back safe, he would give the dog a good home for the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
So Taco Bell is trying to get some of the market share from the MacDonald's fast food breakfast bunch in their newest campaign. In their commercials they have a lot of ordinary men named Ronald McDonald who all like Taco Bell breakfasts better than McDonald's because, you's a Taco Bell commercial. The picture above is McDonald's answering volley. The message is clear to most people over 20. Although she hasn't been the company spokesdog... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Sometimes the evening news makes it seem that way. Then there is Clover’s story… No one knew where the little dog came from or how long she had been there. A hiker heard her barking and notified authorities. She had probably been abandoned at Garret Mountain State Park in New Jersey by her owner who hadn’t taken good care of her. She had wandered into a deep, narrow crevice on a cliff, maybe chasing dinner.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The March Golden Poodle award goes to Alaskan sled dogs, the canine super athletes who race in the Iditarod and Yukon Quest. Snowmobiles and airplanes have made dog sledding obsolete for travel, but thanks to Alaskans’ love for their Huskies, the sled dog remains part of the tradition in the state which is “the last frontier.” The Lizard Brain award goes to the man who robbed a Chase bank inside a supermarket, accompanied by a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Duchess Catherine, 8-month old Prince George, the family dog Lupo, and Prince William pose for an official portrait on Saturday. Shelter workers are familiar with one reason people relinquish their family dog: "We’re having a baby." As if the dog were a mere place marker until they could add the real thing. Sad, so very sad for them all. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Humans are usually amazed and entertained when something disappears before our eyes. But what about dogs? In this short video Finnish magician and illusionist Jose Ahonen does a simple sleight-of-hand trick in which he has a dog treat in his hand and suddenly it’s gone. The video shows that the dogs have a sense of object permanence. That is they know an object is there even if they can’t see it at the moment. Things... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Dog frozen to the ground gets a new home An anonymous tip led the Sheriff’s department to a rural location in Indiana on a sub-zero night. There they found four dogs left out in the cold. Peanut, a Sheltie mix, was frozen to the earth. His feet, stomach and tail were frozen by his own feces. He also had an infestation of fleas and was malnourished. It took about a half hour to get him... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Claire Johnson, 50, and Mark Gaffey, 51, met in 2012 when their guide dogs, Venice and Rodd, fell in love during a two-week guide dog for the blind training course. The dogs were the class love story. For doggie reasons known only to Venice and Rodd, they fell head over paws for each other, playing and nuzzling together during the training. After the training was over the humans didn’t want to keep the two Labradors... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
After wandering onto the field during spring training in Phoenix, Hank has not only assured his place with the Brewers, but he has become a fan favorite. He was greeted by fans and even the mayor when his plane landed in Milwaukee. He’s been officially adopted by Brewers vice-president, Marti Wronshi, and her family. He has been awarded a shiny green Milwaukee County dog license. And his tee-shirt is the hottest item in town. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Pascale Lemire had a single blog idea that changed her life. It all started in August, 2012 when she posted a photo on her personal Tumbir blog showing her Dachshund Beau who had eaten her partner’s underwear. By the next morning the photo had received 1000 notes and was picked up by Good Morning America and the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Within a week she bought the domain name and by the time the website... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Of course dog do have the advantage of spreading the stress to four legs instead of two and of not having back injuries as much as humans have.