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Recently a puppy died on a United flight when the flight attendant for reasons known only to her insisted the dog carrier be put in the overhead bin. United took full responsibility, but they have a dismal record in handling dogs. Last year, 18 animals died while being transported on United, according to the Department of Transportation. There were six cases on all other U.S. carriers combined. Kara Swindle and her two children are moving... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Some on the internet think you get a human. This is Yogi. Yogi’s owner, Chantal Desjardins of New Hampshire, said she did not notice any resemblance to a human until internet people started commenting. Some people are suggesting that Yogi’s face has been changed in photos to look more human, but Desjardins swears the pictures are unaltered. Do you think Yogi looks a little like Paul Rudd? Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The author, Mikael Lindnord, is captain of a Swedish adventure racing team. Adventure racers are athletes whose competition involves what we normal people try to avoid—pain, exhaustion, freezing temperatures, scorching temperatures, sleep deprivation, and near death experiences. I learned a lot about extreme racing, those who compete in it and the plight of stray dogs in many third world countries. During a grueling competition in Ecuador, the author tossed a meatball to a scruffy but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Photos: Ian Watson Elle’s Chihuahua Bruiser is the dog that most people remember from Legally Blonde, but there was another dog who had a small but important role. That is Rufus, Paulette’s dog. He could be any breed but he is usually a Bulldog. Paulette tells Elle how angry she is that her ex-husband keeps her dog, Rufus, in his trailer. Later in the movie, she goes back to her ex-husband's place with Elle to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Combine the concept of the popular board game Monopoly with dogs and you have Dog­opoly. Instead of real estate like Park Place and Boardwalk, you buy and collect dog breeds, from Poodles to Mastiffs. You can learn facts about different dog breeds. You can also own the neighborhood butcher shop or fire hydrant and buy dog houses. It's for two to six people, ages eight and over. It’s like Monopoly but with dogs. There is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Hana-chan, the Toy Poodle on the right, looks at his clone who is far more toy than Poodle. The ultra-realistic toy, Clone Wanko model, made by Blast Inc., looks so similar to the real Poodle that it is hard to tell them apart. Clone Wanko features hair, eyes, nose and pads reproduced with special modeling techniques. Silicone rubber is used for the skin and resin for eyes. The company, Tokyo-based Blast, works with an art... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
It all started at Seoul National University in South Korea with Tai, an Afghan hound. Scientists used a cell from his ear and 123 surrogate mothers to produce Snuppy, the first cloned dog. Snuppy led a normal doggie life, if you call being confined to a cage at the university laboratory normal, and died at the age of ten. When he was five they collected some of Snuppy's stem cells to clone him.The guys above... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Things don’t seem to be jumping into place and organizing themselves as I thought they might -- so I am going to have to help them along. Moving possessions to a new place is one thing -- expecting them to find their logical place in the cosmos is a whole nother thing. I may have presented myself in a very favorable light, leaving out my more stress-filled and whinier moments leading up to the move.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The Golden Poodle award goes to Harley. FBI Special Agent Harley has been trained as an electronic storage device detection dog. The Lizard Brain award goes to the mindless bureaucrat who determined that Michigan dog Ryder was eligible for unemployment benefits. The Neanderthal award goes to Nikolas Cruz whose killing rampage at a Florida high school left 17 people dead and many controversies about how it could have been prevented. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
√ house sold √ new house bought √ downsizing planned √ estate sale arranged √ move to new house √ close to family √ all is well √ blog goes on Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Only 1½ hours away but we will have a small disruption in our otherwise orderly [cough] lives. Be back online soon. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
From "A slightly R-rated dog blog" Pi the Greyhound Labrador cross had destroyed everything in Jonny Dean-Hastie and Chris Hastie's house in Perth, Australia - but is now content with his bizarre toy. He discovered the rubber dildo stuck to the back of his owners' bathroom door and now won't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at A slightly R-rated dog blog
Surrounded by children, Jacob, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever, wears a vest that reads: PLEASE PET ME. He is one of 19 specially trained dogs currently in Parkland, Florida to support family and friends of those lost when Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The dogs are part of a group of 130 Golden Retrievers, K9 Comfort Dogs, run by Lutheran Church Charities, which trains dogs to act as therapy animals... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
We love to find animal shelters where the staff has found creative ways to draw public attention and market their furry little products. Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control in North Carolina is posting coverage of winter Olympic events on YouTube with adoptable puppies and kittens performing. Puppy Slalom and Kitty Hockey are among the winter games. Stay tuned for videos of Kitten Bobsled, Doggy Downhill and an attempt at Kitty Snowboarding. There is a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Jason Lee/Reuters As China celebrates the Year of the Dog, hundreds of millions of Chinese are returning to their hometowns to spend the week-long holiday with their families. But for the 23 dogs and handlers that guard China's famous Forbidden City in the center of Beijing, there will be no holiday. According to Chang Fumao, 59, the head of the canine patrol, who has trained the dogs for more than 30 years: There is no... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Twice a month, Sting, a 10-yeat-old retired Greyhound, visits a Minnesota library to be read to by young kids as part of a program called Paws to Read. He's participated for the last two years. It gives kids a chance to improve their reading skills in a fun and non threatening way by reading to a dog. Sting's visits usually last for about an hour with three students reading for 20 minutes each. But that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Fido's Facebook Fido’s Taproom in Portland is the world's first dog taphouse, according to its owner Scott Porter. It's part beer hall, part dog adoption center. He got the idea three years ago when he visited a cat cafe. On one side Fido's is a family oriented drinking hall with wine, cider and 30 taps of beer. The walls are plastered with pictures of dogs and the TVs play videos of dogs. "All the pictures... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Photo Sara Castellanos WSJ A lot of high-level government officials attended the International Conference on Cyber Security, hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fordham University, But one FBI staffer stole the show with her shiny yellow coat and wet nose. Harley demonstrated how dogs can help law enforcement officials in criminal cases. She practiced sniffing for electronics in the staged environment, impressing everyone. Harley is the only electronic storage device detection dog in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
A 21-year-old Pennsylvania woman, Nicole Grimes, got a puppy she named Chloe when she was 10 years old. Four years later her dad got a job working from home which involved a lot of time on the telephone. Chloe, a Poodle mix, constantly barked at everything in her zip code. So her parents took the dog back to the Humane Society, and Nicole never saw her again. Then last week one of her Facebook friends... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Posted Feb 8, 2018 at A slightly R-rated dog blog
Photo by JamesPreston We all know that dogs have a variety of important jobs, but one dog in Michigan got a letter saying he qualifies for $360 per week in unemployment funds. The dog named Ryder, who lives with his owner Michael Haddock and family in Saugatuck, Michigan, received a letter from the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. The official document was addressed to “Michael Ryder,” and the dog’s employer is listed as a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
A Placer County, California sheriff’s deputy and an off-duty Highway Patrol officer were credited with saving the life of a dog that was struck by a car and pinned beneath the vehicle on Interstate 80. Deputy Stan Semenuk, a sheriff’s K-9 handler, saw a Bloodhound run across the eastbound lanes of traffic. Then the dog jumped over the center divider and ran across the westbound lanes, causing massive braking as cars tried to avoid hitting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Dear AT&T: Here’s an idea. Stop treating your internet customers like steaming piles of mindless doggie doodoo, hire native English-speaking tech support workers, and you can save a lot of the millions you are now spending on marketing. Just a thought. Sincerely, A customer Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The Golden Poodle award goes to Casper the Poodle who saves his diabetic owner’s life daily (and nightly) by warning her when she’s about to have a hypoglycemic attack. The Lizard brain award goes to the man, Justin Santagati,who seems to live life in a lizard brain mode. After fleeing police he bit a police dog who bit back before the man was Tasered and arrested. Larry Nassar is a sick evil pervert who will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Preston, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever, sits outside a Michigan courtroom where over 100 women and girls have testified against super sleazeball Dr. Larry Nassar, 54, former Michigan State University and Olympic gymnastics team doctor. Normally Preston would be next to victims of child sexual abuse on the witness stand when they are testifying, but in this case public interest is high, there are many witnesses and the courtroom is crowded. "Having Preston here has just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog