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Have you ever been driving along, and suddenly a song will come on the radio that transports you through space and time so clearly and thoroughly that you almost miss your exit? This is one of mine. Doing a stand-up comedy routine is a popular dream. Mine started several years ago with a song by Billy Joel. Here’s how it happened. After nineteen years of marriage, Clueless (not his real name), the father of my... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
A tiny puppy was dropped off at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services shelter in California in a Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries box. A bit unusual but it made a great marketing photo. So many qualified people wanted to adopt the 9-week-old Maltese-Yorkie mix puppy that a lottery was held. The losers were winners because most of them found another puppy. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
When Trooper's 17-year-old owner abandoned him, he was left to wander around his Ohio town unprotected. Tragically he was hit by a train, but miraculously he survived his horrific injuries. He lost both hind legs, an eye and part of his tail. It is thought that one of the reasons he survived was that the train track was so hot it cauterized the blood vessels and prevented hemorrhaging. Now two months later he is thriving... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
One of the biggest sports stories of the year is that the new Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, located in Amarillo, Texas have selected the name Sod Poodles. OK, maybe it isn’t such a big story outside of Amarillo but I have waited years for a sports team to be called Poodles even if a Sod Poodle is a prairie dog. To keep you informed of the latest developments, the team has chosen... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Laelaps in the sky with diamonds The ever horny lascivious Zeus was trying to seduce the lovely Europa, probably because he hadn’t enjoyed her yet. Without the sex life of Zeus, Greek mythology would have been but a slim tome. In order to win her favors he gave her the gift of Laelaps, a magical dog who always caught his prey. In time she passed the dog along to her son King Minos. King Minos... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Daria Pushkareva was a successful photographer in Moscow, but something was missing from her life. As a child growing up in Russia, she had always dreamed of opening her own shelter to rescue dogs. After rescuing a one-eyed, flea-covered puppy from the local animal control, she continued to take in more homeless dogs, especially those with special needs. Finally, she and her husband decided to follow their dream and they bought a home in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
... it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The Golden Poodle award goes to Karma, the abandoned Belgian Malinois who became a valuable member of the Sheriff’s department. The Dillon Dreams of Glory award goes to Bongo, the emotional support skunk, because he is know, skunk. The Lizard Brain award goes to three people who need serious professional help. Living in a deplorable condition were 136 dogs taken from the multi million dollar mansion of Jo and Ed Reitkopp. Apparently not understanding... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The St. Louis Blues have made history by winning their first ever Stanley Cup. Maybe their adopted mascot had something to do with it. Barclay, a yellow Labrador Retriever puppy, first showed up at a practice in December. He was only 5 months old, running around on the ice chasing a puck. Back then they seemed destined for last place. But then they rebounded and six months later won their first Stanley Cup. Barclay was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
This puppy who was abandoned on an old armchair along with a broken TV on a road in Mississippi was rescued by animal control officers and will be up for adoption. Sharon Norton, an animal control officer with the Brookhaven Police Department in Brookhaven, Mississippi, shared photos on Facebook and wrote: “To the person that dumped this chair, your puppy was waiting for you to come back, slowly starving to death because it was afraid... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Last November a car stopped in a park in Denver, a dog was pushed out and the car drove off. Distrustful of people, the 2-year-old dog, later named Karma, roamed around outside for six days even though neighbors were trying to coax her out of the cold weather. When she was finally captured, she was underweight and skittish. Her paws were bleeding from wear. A mother and son rescued Karma. They took her to a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Every year owners of ugly dogs converge on the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California hoping for fame and fortune. Winner this year in the 31st annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest is bug eyed, wild haired Scamp the Tramp. Scamp and owner Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa, California, won $1500 in cash, another $1500 to donate to their favorite animal shelter and a trophy the size of a German Shepherd --plus an appearance on the Today... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
A Beagle in the U.K. has sniffed out a leg bone from a woolly rhino that died 250,000 years ago. Four-year-old Crystal has been trained to find remains of prehistoric creatures by her owner Jamie Jordan, a paleontologist. Jordan runs Fossils Galore, a museum and educational center. Beagles were bred to follow their noses to lead their owners to small game through the woods. If they can do this, Jordan reasoned, why can’t they be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
What do these guys know anyway, right? Thanks to The Farmer's Daughter USA Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Pakistani regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai was speaking with journalists live on Facebook when a “cat filter” was turned on, giving him (and others) on-screen whiskers, a nose and pointy ears. It seems a member of his social media team had accidentally activated the filter. As he addressed the reporters, the filter superimposed pink ears and whiskers on his face. Facebook viewers watching the live feed were seriously amused by the spectacle. Yousafzai continued to speak,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Savannah Campbell, a 24-year-old medical sales rep, was in Petco in Raleigh, North Carolina, buying a special water bowl for her disabled dog when she saw an adorable puppy attached to an equally cute owner. The puppy's name was Rosy, but typically for dog owners she didn’t get the name of the cute guy. He was with a friend who had a Labrador. They talked for a while and then she left to finish her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Canadian Jill Marshall, 53, has been charged with two counts of causing an animal to be in distress by attempting to send two young animals through the mail. It seems she put a puppy and a kitten a small cardboard box and left them at the post office. The boxes were addressed to a real destination and had the appropriate postage. The animals in the box had stamps stuck on their heads. In the photo... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Approximately one in 13 U.S. children suffer from food allergies that could be deadly. Some parents are turning to specially trained dogs to save their children's lives. Hayden Kreikemeier, 13, got his Labrador Retriever, Trixie, three years ago to help with his life-threatening nut allergy. Like a normal dog Trixie likes treats and playing fetch, but she is more than just a pet to Hayden's family -- she is trained to sniff out 12 different... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Paula Bavill, 46, a nurse in the UK, uses an emotional support pet skunk to help her overcome years of anxiety and depression. While dogs are usually used for this purpose, other animals have sometimes filled the role. Ms. Bavill purchased Bongo the skunk two years ago without any idea of how he would change her life so dramatically. She said: "Pongo has definitely changed my life for the better. Before I would be too... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Chief Mouser and civil servant Larry the Cat has proved once again that he rules the roost around 10 Downing Street. We last wrote about Larry the Cat when he was terrorizing the dogs who lived at 11 Downing Street. They had to be locked away for their own protection. During President Trump’s London visit, he was found lying under the President’s car while it was parked in front of the Prime Minister’s residence. Later... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Authorities believe it is an animal hoarding situation gone to extreme as the dogs were found living in deplorable conditions in a multi-million dollar home in a gated community in Orange, California. There is no indication this was a puppy mill operation. As onlookers watched and news helicopters hovered above, one by one dogs, primarily Shih Tzu and Maltese, were brought out by men from Orange County Animal Care wearing hazmat suits. After receiving a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
To raise a puppy to be a service dog, the owner/trainer needs to give them a variety of experiences. Disney parks are popular outings for these puppies-in-training -- the crowds, the smells, the excitement, the strange-looking characters who still smell like humans... Sparrow is a Golden Retriever whose owners/trainers are tracking her training progress on Instagram and sharing it with the world. After a long day at Disney World, Sparrow got to meet Chewbacca and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The Maine Supreme Court declined to change custody of a dog named Honey belonging to an unmarried couple that split up. Maine law allows a judge to order married couples to share custody of animals, but that doesn't apply to unmarried couples who split. The dog in dispute is Honey, a 4-year-old Lab/Shepherd mix. Jessica Sardina, 25, challenged a ruling that her former boyfriend, Kelvin Liriano, 25, is Honey's sole owner because only his signature... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
The Golden Poodle award goes to Ping Pong, the dog who saved the life of an abandoned newborn infant. The Dillon Dreams of Glory award goes to the robo-dog Jennie and her creator Tom Stevens. Jennie's function will be to serve as a robot therapy dog for people who can't care for a real dog. The Lizard Brain award goes to Robb Alexander Stout who used dog poop in making a bomb and ended up... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog