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Photo:LYNDSAY TAPASES/TWITTER When Jason Gasparik of Charlotte, N.C. found a lost brown Labrador, his persistent efforts to find her owner finally paid off. The dog had a collar with no identification and a chip that wasn’t registered. Besides posting to social media platforms and various groups, he even stood by a busy street with a sign that said, “Do you know this lost dog????” with the pup sitting at his side. He spent two days... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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From lead to scratch. It was a heartbreaking day for French musher, Nicolas Petit. After losing the lead near the finish line and taking an impromptu rest instituted by his dogs, he felt obliged to scratch “in the best interest of his team's mental well-being." He and his dogs were taken by snowmachine to a cabin at Shaktoolik where this happened… (Photo:KTUU) Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Photo by David Poyzer Alaskan native 31-year-old Peter Kaiser won his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race with a time of 9 days, 12 hours and 39 minutes, arriving at the burled arch on Wednesday at 3:39 a.m. with eight dogs. This is his 10th Iditarod. Defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom came in a close second, finishing just 12 minutes later. Kaiser got the lead early Monday morning after Nicolas Petit’s dog team stopped running. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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French musher Nicolas Petit and his team looked like a clear favorite to win the Iditarod this year as they coasted into the Unalakleet checkpoint with a 5 hour lead. Unfortunately it has all pooped out. Literally. They have now stopped. It seems his dogs have gotten too pissed off to run to Nome. He reported that things started to break down when one of his dogs (Joey) took an unscheduled potty break which put... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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[Reposted from February 25, 2008] No, siriusly. They did pretty well for a while. And then they were banned from the race. It all started when Alaskan John Suter bought three standard Poodles in 1976 and found they loved running in the snow. Instead of just enjoying sledding with his dogs (and possibly he was hoping for a movie deal), he became serious about being a Poodle musher and turning his Poodles into racing sled... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Two-year-old Dillon is not an Iditarod dog but for a little while he had dreams of glory as he ran alongside two competing teams between early checkpoints. In his real life he lives at the Winterlake Lodge on Finger Lake, where his day job is to run sled dog tours for guests as part of a recreational 18-dog team. The 8- to 10-mile routes that Dillon runs can’t compare to the celebrated 1000-mile Iditarod Trail... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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' Al Grillo | Associated Press She has said so twice before, but she keeps coming back even though she admits it gets harder as she gets older. Cindy is one of the many mushers who counts it as an accomplishment just to finish the race safely. This is her 15th Iditarod; she began competing in 1998, finishing in 48th place. Her top finish was 33rd in 2003. A resident of Wykoff, Minnesota, Cindy has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Credit BobHallinen Anchorage Daily News, via Associated Press Four dogs on the team of Dallas Seavey, a four-time winner of the Iditarod, tested positive for high levels of Tramadol, an opioid pain reliever following the 2017 race. This was the first time that evidence of doping has been found since anti-doping rules with drug tests for the Iditarod were established in 1994. Dogs are tested before the race in Anchorage, after the race in Nome... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Credit AP The 47th annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began on Saturday with the Ceremonial Start as mushers made their way from downtown Anchorage to Campbell airstrip. Mushers were joined on their sleds by Idita-Riders, winners of the race’s on-line auction which raises money for the race. Bids open at $850. An instant purchase to claim a ride with any musher costs $7500. Serious racing began with the restart on Sunday in Willow where... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The Golden Poodle award goes to Midnight, the black Lab whose inexplicable doggie sixth sense saved the life of an 87-year-old neighbor. The Lizard Brain award goes to Steven Shrout, the Speedo and peanut butter clad dude at the dog park. Although his venture saved him $250, we have to wonder if the story and YouTube video will be a permanent part of his job-seeking rèsumè throughout his life. The Neanderthal award goes to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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David Kent Star Telegram One of the top stories of the 2018-19 NFL season is the Patrick Mahomes Story which reads like a movie script. Second year quarterback leads his team, the Kansas City Chiefs, to their first playoff victory in 25 years. And while he looks like he should be delivering papers or working to become an Eagle Scout, he proved again and again that he was the real deal. A combination of talent... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Credit::Tom Bauer Marathons are considered summer sports but for the past 40 years the Joke Snow Half Marathon has drawn two-legged and four-legged runners. In the beginning it was considered a crazy idea to run with dogs for 13.5 miles but after 40 years it is considered one of Montana’s iconic races. Close to 700 runners and 70 doggie running partners showed up for this year’s event. Snow Joke is one of the few races... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Screen shot: YouTube Drugs and alcohol were not involved. Steven Shrout, a 25-year-old man from Arlington, Texas, arrived at Bark Park Central Dog Park in Dallas. He was wearing only a gold Speedo. As astonished dogs and their owners looked on, he proceeded to cover himself with peanut butter. He stood quietly for 5 minutes while the dogs eagerly approached him, not believing their good luck. Meanwhile his girl friend was capturing it all on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Britt, a 5-year-old German Shepherd mix, is high energy, extremely toy-driven, hyper focused -- and totally annoying. Sometimes maybe she is even a bit neurotic. It isn’t surprising that she was picked up as a stray and taken to a shelter where she was adopted and returned twice. Fortunately for Britt and the residents of Escambia County, Florida, K-9 Officer Robert Oliver saw her potential and was willing to give her a third chance. Qualities... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Picture: Mercury Press & Media Lee Edwards, 36, and partner Jenna Crozier, 34, from Greater Manchester, UK, took in a package delivery for a neighbor. They thought it was safe tucked behind a door while they were away. But when they returned home they found their playful black Labrador pup Bonnie had ripped the package open and was playing with a new six-inch toy not meant for dogs. Eventually the neighbor came to get her... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Not at all, say the residents of Idyllwild, California. They are are celebrating the election of their latest mayor, Max the Golden Retriever. He defeated 14 other dogs and 2 cats. Max, along with his chief of staff (and owner) Phyllis Mueller, is ready for his elected duties. Max’s role as mayor is more ceremonial than bureaucratic or administrative. With such a cute and happy mayor, it can be difficult for the citizens not to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Just in time for Valentine's Day... "The El Paso Zoo will name a cockroach after your ex and then feed it to a meerkat live on camera. "You can message the zoo on Facebook with your ex's name, then wait patiently to watch the roach get devoured during the 'Quit Bugging Me' meerkat event, which will live-stream on Facebook and the zoo's website." The zoo calls it the perfect Valentine's Day gift. "The meerkats love... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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CBS Minnesota are often amazed at what our dogs can tell us if we would just listen. They sometimes display a sense that humans can never understand or explain. An 87-year-old woman in Minnesota owes her life to a 4-year-old black Lab who sensed something was wrong and to his owner, neighbor Tim Curfman, who listened. During a dangerously cold snap when the temperature was a little below zero, Curfman was taking out the garbage.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Fifteen-year-old Martina Baker from Maine has a very rare disorder which makes her allergic to almost everything in the world. Included are such common things as heat, water, cleaning products, and anything that has a perfume scent. One sniff of cooking oil can send her into anaphylactic shock and she could die without quick treatment. The disorder first started when she was 13. She started breaking out in hives and her throat would close up.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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\ APF Getty According to a ban enacted January 29 if police catch anyone driving anywhere in the city of Tehran with their dogs—they will be “dealt with severely.” To those who ignore the dog walking ban lawmakers proposed in 2014 the punishment would be 74 lashes and a minimum fine of $3,500. Their dogs would be taken away from them and sent to a zoo or, worse, abandoned in the desert. And yet dog... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Milo, an 11-week-old hound mix puppy, was born with a rare defect in his elbows that twisted his front legs, turning his paws upside down. This condition prevented him from walking. The best he could do was a slow, painful "army crawl." Recently he underwent a highly complex surgery at the Oklahoma State University Center of Veterinary Health Sciences. Veterinary surgeon, Dr. Erik Clary, inserted pins in Milo’s elbows to realign the joints so Milo... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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Photos supposedly of a weirdly disturbing new trend are cropping up on social media. People putting glitter on their dog’s testicles. The perpetrators stress that it is edible glitter applied using corn syrup so it is completely safe. Hundreds of people have taken it seriously believing this is a new trend and weighed in to debate whether they think it is cruel or funny. "I feel sorry for the dog. People will do anything to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The Golden Poodle award goes to Griffin the service dog who was awarded his own college diploma after helping his owner, Brittany Hawley, every step of the way as she completed her master’s degree. The Lizard Brain award goes to 40-year-old fugitive car thief Bryan Woolever who thought police dogs couldn’t find him hiding in a cow barn full of manure. He was wrong. The Neanderthal award goes to Jarel Haines, 41, who compounded the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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The Center for Disease Control has issued a warning to hedgehog owners not to kiss or snuggle their pet hedgehogs because of the risk of contacting salmonella. According to the CDC, 11 people were infected with the Salmonella strain Typhimurium — and there was evidence that their cute prickly pet was the cause. Of the 11 infected people 10 reported being in contact with a hedgehog before becoming sick. Hedgehogs have become increasingly popular as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
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No, siriusly. Wally, a a four-and-a-half foot long alligator with razor-sharp teeth, recently visited an assisted-living development north of York, Pennsylvania on a leash. Wally may not be soft and cuddly like a therapy dog, but he loves making new friends and having the top of his head rubbed. He has never bitten anyone and is afraid of cats. Wally belongs to Joie Henney of Joie Henney’s Outdoors, a hunting and fishing show that ran... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at The Poodle (and Dog) Blog