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I couldn't resist these three: Taking top prize at NYC 21 celebration is Macaroon the pincushion in a costume designed and made by her owner Harry Pawter Zombie Poodle (Zoodle) Continue »
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The Blue Dog, a creation of Louisiana artist George Rodrigue, was first painted in 1984. Since that time Rodrigue has painted over 1200 Blue Dog portraits and made her an international icon. The Blue dog is based on the artist’s beloved childhood pet, a Chihuahua named Tiffany. (The Blue Dog is a girl Chihuahua. Who knew?) The normal Blue Dog is a blue dog with yellow eyes, posed against a variety of backgrounds. However, following... Continue »
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You have heard of Poodle skirts and their association with 1950’s fashion, but you may not know how they originated or the profound influence they have had on women’s fashions since that time. The phenomenon started in 1947 when 25-year-old Juli Charlot needed a skirt to wear to a holiday party in Los Angeles. Because she couldn’t sew, she cut a big circle of felt with a hole in the middle to fit her waist... Continue »
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A tiny pinto stallion, born last week in New Hampshire weighed only 6 pounds and was 14 inches long. Best of all, the little guy named Einstein shows no signs of a birth defect, stunted bones or dwarfism, according to his owner Dr. Rachel Wagner. He seems to be just a tiny, healthy horse from miniature horse stock. Minutes after delivery he stood, and as soon as he gained his balance began frolicking around the... Continue »
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Papidies, a rescue Chihuahua from Colorado, has won a doggie beauty contest and $1 million in the All American Pet Company’s “Cutest Dog Competition.” He was selected by internet voters. Nearly half a million voters cast almost 7 million votes for the 60,000 dogs in the competition. Even though he is famous now, Papidies’ life hasn’t been all pampering and luxury. When he was rescued from a puppy mill, he was close to death and... Continue »
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Seriously. That was the problem at the Alaska zoo where Maggie, an 8000-pound African elephant wasn’t getting enough exercise during the long Alaska winters. The solution? A 10,000-pound treadmill, costing a reported $100,000 to keep her healthy and happy. Unfortunately, Maggie didn’t like the treadmill any more than many humans do and she refused to use it. Sadly for Alaska, but happily for Maggie she was loaded onto a plane and sent to northern California... Continue »