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The Golden Poodle award goes to the rocket scientists who built a space probe and launched it in 2006 on a journey of over 3 billion miles to fly by and photograph Pluto the planet in 2015. After waiting nine years they learned this month that their project was a success. A second Golden Poodle award (because I can) goes to Rabbit the Poodle who was born without paws and to all the humans who... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Thanks, Marianne, we have been blogging together for a very long time. You may have even passed 3000.
It’s been a great ride. Some of you have been with me for many years, some are new friends that I've had the pleasure to discover, and sadly, so many of my buddies through the years have let their blogs go dark. We should make a rule that you can't stop blogging without my permission and two other readers. I can’t believe how fast time has gone. I have a theory that the entire universe... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
When Reddit user named YungDemon came home to find his roommate’s terrified dog “protecting” his kitten during a severe thunderstorm, he took this unforgettable photo. The image of Terra the dog and Toast the kitten quickly went viral and inspired dozens of new memes. Running with young Forest Gump Protecting Toast from John Travolta Eating a cast member from “Jaws” You can expect to see the classic face of Terra for years to come--with or... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
New to me author Alex Kava has written 15 novels including a popular series featuring FBI profiler, Maggie O’Dell. Breaking Creed is the first in a series featuring ex-marine and dog handler Ryder Creed. Creed was saved from a bar fight and a wasted life by a strong angry black woman who then became his friend, confidante, family and business partner in their business training dogs. Their success has made Creed and his dogs national... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Square haircuts on dogs is all the rage in Taiwan and Japan. In the hands of a skillful groomer dogs become topiaries. Poodles are especially suited for this grooming treatment. Japan is the country that also gave us square watermelons. They have been popular in Japan for some time, but now they are shipping to many other countries where they are priced at hundreds of dollars at high end markets. To grow them, young watermelons... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Rabbit the Poodle mix was born without paws. But with caring people and modern technology he has learned to get around very well. He came to the rescue organization Bliss Animal Haven in Georgia from animal control in March. They raised funds and worked with OrthoPets, which donated some of the cost, and the University of Georgia's Veterinary Hospital. After 10 days of rehabilitation and training, Rabbit was ready for his forever home. He has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Travel can be very stressful. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a friendly face when you get off an airplane even if no one you know is there to greet you? Travelers landing at two airports in Wisconsin are greeted by a friendly, furry face and a wagging tail. Rhonda Schnacky and 13-month-old Golden Retriever, Bella, are serving as greeters at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. And travelers at the Dane County Regional Airport are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard and his fiancée had a disagreement about who would be in the wedding. Leonard wanted his dog Bella and the future bride, Elle Bielfeldt, didn’t. So he left it up to his Twitter followers by tweeting: Okay everyone I NEED your HELP!! My fiancée has agreed that if I get 3,000+ Retweets Bella gets to be in our wedding! He included a picture of her adorableness standing in front... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Countless Craigslist exchanges take place every day. A few of them go wrong. This is one. In Bellevue, Nebraska Corine and Free Williams posted an ad hoping to find a new home for their Chihuahua, Paco. They agreed to meet a woman at a local gas station where she pulled a gun and pointed it at them. She drove away with Paco, apparently forgetting that her car had a license plate which is the source... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
A strange formation has shown up in recent pictures of Pluto the planet. From Giphy Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
After a 9½-year journey of over 3 billion miles, all systems are working well on the robotic spacecraft now photographing Pluto the planet. Pluto is reddish with several craters. Toward the bottom of the image is a surprising light colored heart shape area. Mountainous terrains appear on the lower part of the planet. The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and canyons on its big moon Charon that appear... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
I wrote this post in May, 2010 to clear up the confusion between the three Plutos. In light of the exciting renewal of interest in Pluto the planet this month I am re-running it. I think I was on the mark with my predictions at the end. ______________________________________________________________ Three of the most pondered questions in western civilization: Why does Mickey, a mouse, own Pluto, a dog? Why does Goofy wear clothes and talk and Pluto... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Cleaning equipment edition The mop is a Puli, a medium size sheep herding dog originating in Hungary. Like the Poodle the Puli doesn’t shed, as the hair continues to grow until it is cut. The distinctive corded coat, resembling dreadlocks, requires a great deal of grooming to keep it clean and attractive. This is not a job for amateurs. Puppies are born with a little crimp in their coats. The adult coat comes in at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
In China a man named Wang Kayui bought two puppies from some mysterious Vietnamese strangers two years ago and took them home to raise, according to a story in the Daily Mail. From the start they had healthy appetites. They killed and ate his pet chickens. That should have been a red flag, but apparently he chalked it up to puppy high jinx. For the most part they were well behaved… well, except for that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Cats and dogs may be satisfied with burgers and hot dogs, but human Americans want newer and more exciting food choices. That is according to this year’s American Consumer Satisfaction Index report on the restaurant industry. Every year 70,000 people are polled to learn their opinions on various products and these are compiled into a composite index that ranges from 0 to 100. When it comes to Americans' rating of fast food, three relatively new... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Arson is a difficult crime to prove. While experienced human fire investigators can find accelerants used by arsonists to start fires 30-40 percent of the time, trained dogs can find the materials in more than 90 percent of cases in just a few minutes. Iggie, a 2-year-old yellow Lab, is one of only two dogs in the state of Georgia with such training. Knowing a dog is able to identify accelerants, like gasoline, might deter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
In fact there are three. Siriusly. They are Meet My Dog, Sniffr and Tindog. Tinder is an established app for finding human companionship for life or for the night. Now there’s Tindog which is like Tinder except it's for dogs looking for someone to walk along the beach, share a plate of spaghetti, or play bitey face. Dog owners can post a picture of their lonely dog and create a profile with basic information—like breed,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
It's nice to know that words didn’t come easily even to the most gifted. ...We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable self-evident that all men are created equal and independent, that they are endowed by their Creator with equal certain inalienable rights, some of which are derive in rights inherent & inalienable that amongwhich these are the preservation of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Source Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The Golden Poodle award goes to an unidentified woman in Peru. While a crowd is standing around the railroad tracks like lumps watching a poor dog trying to get back up to the owner, she jumped down from the platform and quietly rescued the dog. As a reward she was threatened with up to 6 years in jail for “compromising the safety of the train tracks,” proving yet again that the law is an ass.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
A very different dog competition from the Ugly Dog one. The Disney theme below is one of the entries in an extreme grooming competition held in New Jersey. The dogs are dyed with a harmless, non-toxic dye. Then the groomers have just two hours to complete the design, using scissors and clippers as brushes and the dogs as canvas. No matter what you think of using Poodles as canvases, you have to admit that these... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
A 10-year-old Pit Bull-Dutch Shepherd mix has won the 27th annual Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair. A spinal birth defect has made her look a little Quasimodo/Tasmanian devil-ish. She was abandoned in an animal shelter in Florida before being adopted by a veterinarian. According to her entry biography My appearance can be a little unsettling to some (I have had grown men jump on top of their cars to get away from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The 27th annual World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest will be held Friday evening at the Sonoma-Marin Fair (CA). It started as a local contest on a lark, but now it attracts contestants from all over the country with national media coverage. The winner gets a trophy, $1500, TV appearances and for a year is the celebrity dog to raise awareness that ugly dogs can be loved and loving pets deserving to be adopted. Proceeds go to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Although 10-month-old Daisy looks like a normal puppy, she has a rare genetic disease that will keep her from having a normal doggie life. Rubber Puppy Syndrome or Ehlers Danlos Syndrome can affect humans as well as dogs. With skin 1/27th the strength of normal skin, even a minor cut can turn into a serious injury. Rough play or a long walk could be fatal. Because of the extra elasticity the skin takes longer to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog