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  • Since my life changed with the birth of my daughter I have not had the time to devote to blogging. While the sites in the portfolio have remained online and I hope people have found the content helpful, I have not been able to give the sites the attention they deserve and therefore have decided […]
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  • Most Expensive Dog Wedding Ever: Guinness Book of World Records

    Most Expensive Dog Wedding Ever: Guinness Book of World Records
    The Most Expensive Dog Wedding Ever occurred last year between Baby Hope Diamond (a Coton de Tulear, right) and Chilly Pasternak (a poodle, left) to take the Guiness Book of World Records spot for the most expensive pet wedding ever at over $250k. The dog wedding took place at the Jumeriah Essex House Hotel in […]
  • Duck Dynasty Gets a New Dog (Doesn?t Look Like a Retriever!)

    Duck Dynasty Gets a New Dog (Doesn?t Look Like a Retriever!)
    Dog Dynasty? With all of the controversy swirling around Duck Dynasty, (Phil Robertson’s anti-gay remarks) it’s nice to get a happy distraction. Jep Robertson, and his wife Jessica introduced a new member of the family this month; a puppy named, “Gizmo.” (Maybe named after that fuzzy Gremlin?) From this photo, it looks like Gizmo is […]
  • Justin Long Loves Amanda Seyfried?s Dog, Finn

    Justin Long Loves Amanda Seyfried?s Dog, Finn
    Justin Long Loves Amanda Seyfried’s Dog, Finn – Amanda Seyfried and boyfriend Justin Long were first spotted as an item over the summer, but now it looks like things have heated up between Justin and…. her dog, Finn. Well, good for the three of them. Looks like they are all happy. Here’s a photo that […]
  • Stupid Alabama Fan Dyes Their Smart Dog

    Stupid Alabama Fan Dyes Their Smart Dog
    Dying to be cool? I realize that people get really excited about college football, but this recent photo of a dog that has been dyed in the colors and logo of Alabama’s Crimson Tide is awful. I think the irony here is that poodles are ranked as one of the smartest dog breeds in the […]
  • Channing Tatum?s Dogs; Meeka & Lulu

    Channing Tatum?s Dogs; Meeka & Lulu
    Channing Tatum was seen recently walking through LAX with his Pomeranian Meeka; one of two dogs that he and his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum own. Their other dog is a pit bull mix named, “Lulu” who Channing rescued from a dog shelter in Alabama while filming, “Dear John.” Channing brings the dogs with him to work, […]
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  • Eddie the bomb sniffing military dog retires with full honors

    Eddie the bomb sniffing military dog retires with full honors
    Eddie, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, has earned a reputation as a hero in his short years in the military. His tour of duty included deployment to Afghanistan, where he was credited with saving an entire platoon. In May 2012 his platoon had completed a two hour foot patrol and had stopped to rest. When they got the command to move out, Eddie?s handler, Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto, stood, but Eddie stayed. Thinking for a moment...
  • Wind turbines kill hundreds of thousands of bats and birds every year

    Wind turbines kill hundreds of thousands of bats and birds every year
    You may not be a champion of bats (I hope you are), but you probably know they are an important part of our ecosystem, killing tons of harmful insects each night. A single bat can eat 1000 insects an hour and a nursing mother (yes, they are mammals) can eat her weight in insects during her flight. A study cited in the international Science Times estimates that wind turbines kill 600,000 bats a year. Another...
  • Reunion of man and his loyal dog who waited outside hospital for 8 days (video)

    Reunion of man and his loyal dog who waited outside hospital for 8 days (video)
    Lauri da Costa, a homeless man in Brazil, was attacked and smashed in the face with a rock. When he sought help at a hospital he was told that he had melanoma on his face and needed immediate surgery. His loyal dog Seco waited outside in the parking lot for 8 days waiting for his return. (That is a very long time in dog days) This is their reunion after 8 days. Source
  • Search-and-Rescue Bloodhound elected mayor of Colorado town

    Search-and-Rescue Bloodhound elected mayor of Colorado town
    It was a tight race. Buster the cat was in the lead just a few weeks ago, but at the 11th hour supporters of Pa Kettle the Bloodhound pulled out the stops?and the cash?to give the office of mayor of Divide, Colorado to the soulful Bloodhound. The mayor race is part of a creative fundraiser by the Teller Regional Animal Shelter, a no kill shelter. In this election cash equals votes, one dollar buys a...
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  • This Bonehead Lit a Dog on Fire -- and Then Wanted Her Back!

    This Bonehead Lit a Dog on Fire -- and Then Wanted Her Back!

    Editor's note: The first couple of photos below are pretty graphic, so viewer discretion is advised.

    In March, someone doused a puppy named Hope, a Shar-Pei mix, in kerosene, lit a match, and threw it on her. She was chained up in the yard of a man named Larry Wallace. He was home; a neighborhood boy said later that he noticed a dog on fire and rolling on the ground, and then he saw Wallace throw water on the dog. 

    Hope had burns covering half her body. Authorities arrived and the dog was brought to BluePearl Veterinary in Tampa.

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    "She won't be normal, ever," veterinarian John Gicking told Fox News in March. "She'll have significant scarring. She has a long road ahead of her, including numerous surgeries she's going to need down the road, as well as a long-term healing for her skin."

    The man who owns Hope, Larry Wallace, said he didn't set her on fire, even though the dog's living area, a shed, smelled like gasoline, and police found a gas can on the site. Wallace was taken in for questioning and released, according to the Daily Mail.

    ?I don't know what happened to the dog,? Wallace told WFLA.  

    That was on March 20. On Monday, police arrested him and booked him into DeSoto County Jail. He faces charges charges of arson and animal abuse, both felonies. It's not clear yet what led prosecutors to look again at Wallace, but good thing they did. Before his arrest, Wallace had been fighting to get the dog back after her treatment. 

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    As for that treatment, Hope's recovery has amazed doctors at BluePearl Veterinary, but she still has a long way to go. Most of her body is still covered in bandages. Her corneas were burned and they filled with fluid -- the first week, she got eye drops around the clock due to concerns about her eyes rupturing. Her vision is foggy but may improve further, and she is expected to retain vision in both eyes. Her doctor says her eyes have made significant improvement in the past week and are in the best shape they've seen them. 

    ?As the eye continues with the healing process, her eye is attempting to grow blood vessels to try to heal the center of her cornea where the most damage was done, ? said  Dr. Tammy Miller Michau, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. 

    Look at these amazing images of how Hope looks now:

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    Here's a video showing her treatment. 

    People interested in donating to Hope?s care should make donations directly to the Hardee Animal Rescue Team, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, via its website

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  • A California Cop Aims for a Dog But Shoots Himself Instead

    A California Cop Aims for a Dog But Shoots Himself Instead

    Stories about gun-crazy police who shoot dogs without good reason never cease to appall me, but they do start to feel repetitive sometimes. In a way, that's what's most draining about them, and the similar reports about excessive force against human beings: It's the same story over and over again, with a few different details, and no one cares enough to change the script. However, this week, one incident in Riverside, California, did stand out from the rest of the pack: When a sheriff's deputy tried to kill a dog, he instead put a bullet through his own leg, sending himself on a ride to the hospital.

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    The deputy on the way to the hospital.

    The story as related by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department is that the deputy went into an enclosed yard to serve some court papers. Spokesman Armando Munoz told the Press-Enterprise that "A dog came at the deputy in an aggressive manner. The deputy, (attempting to defend himself) pulled his service weapon, shot one round, and injured himself in the leg."

    When you read that, of course, the first question that comes to mind is, what does "came ... in an aggressive manner" mean, and why did it require lethal force? "An aggressive manner" could legitimately describe a low growl that means, "This is my house; behave yourself," or it could mean charging with teeth bared, fully intending to rip your throat out and use it as a chew toy. The latter is a legitimate excuse for pulling a gun.

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    Jorge Rodriguez, Precious's owner, says she didn't attack.

    According to the dog's owner, Jorge Rodriguez, it was more the former. He told an NBC news team that his dog, Precious, didn't attack, but only barked at the deputy and walked toward him.

    "The officer got scared and unfortunately pulled his gun -- he shot himself," Rodriguez said.

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    A department spokesman also described Precious as a "large Pit Bull breed dog [who] attacked the deputy." Looking at the footage, Precious could hardly be described as "large," which tends to elicit visions of Marmaduke or Cujo. It's more likely that the spokesman wanted people to think of the second, but NBC's footage of Precious, which shows her playing happily with neighborhood children, makes it pretty clear that she's a medium-size dog. If Precious is the department's idea of a "large" dog, then it is unmistakably clear that their officers haven't been adequately trained about the realities of handling dogs. Or, apparently, guns.

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    Precious, accompanied by two neighborhood children.

    Because Precious wasn't wandering around free when the incident happened, no further action is planned against her or her owner. The officer's injuries were non-lethal, and he will no doubt be serving papers again soon.

    Via Raw Story and NBC Los Angeles

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  • True Story: A New Jersey Dog Gets Summoned to Jury Duty

    True Story: A New Jersey Dog Gets Summoned to Jury Duty

    When IV checked the mail, she saw every dog's worst nightmare: a jury summons. She looked closely at the name. IV Griner. She double-checked her name in her mind, making sure she was named what she thought she was named, picturing her dad Barrett calling it over and over -- IV, IV, IV. Yep, it was the same. She, a German Shepherd, was getting called up to New Jersey?s Cumberland County court to do her civic duty.

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    She went to tell the news to her dad. If she was getting called up, then at least she should be able to talk regular-like and explain the situation. But she managed only a few weak barks. Her dad Barrett took the form and laughed. Sure enough, IV Griner was on the summons. His dog's legal name. 

    "It?s kinda strange. I got the mail and I look at it, and I?m like IV Griner, this is my dog?s name," Barrett told NBC Philadelphia. "She?s a female, so I named her 'IV' without the 'Y' as sort of a play on words. Somebody had to physically type in that name and they didn?t pay any bit of attention to it." 

    He immediately knew what mixed the court up, however. He, Barrett Griner, is legally Barrett Griner the Fourth, or Barrett Griner IV. 

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    A quick call to Cumberland County Judiciary Coordinator Dennis Moffa cleared everything up, according to NBC Philadelphia. He said the summons are computer generated and name errors are common. 

    "This happens many times. As an example, if you had John Henry IV, sometimes the notice might just say Henry IV," Moffa said. "I think that the computer probably randomly picks some things that are probably not as on point as they should be."

    Indeed. IV Griner was not on point. 

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    "She might be good for a cat burglar case or something like that," Barrett said. "The whole thing was just really, really funny."

    It got us thinking, though. What if a dog was called up to jury duty? Or, vastly more important, how could a dog get out of jury duty? 

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    Here are some ways a dog could get out of jury duty:

    • Sleeping under judge's robes
    • Eating bailiff's lunch
    • Lunging at court reporter
    • Barking at regular reporters
    • Growling at plaintiffs
    • Licking defendants
    • Peeing on witness stand
    • Howling during opening arguments
    • Itching during witness statements
    • Chasing tail during cross examinations
    • Emitting a low growl whenever DA gets within five feet
    • Treating courtroom as an agility course
    • Continued barking at regular reporters
    • Marking all the chairs in the gallery
    • Attacking whenever counsel approaches the bench
    • Curling up in the accused's lap
    • Determining guilt by the sniff test
    • Pooping in the jury box

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  • An Artist Aims to Paint 30 Dog Portraits in 30 Days

    An Artist Aims to Paint 30 Dog Portraits in 30 Days

    By the end of April, Houston artist Leiann Klein expects to have a lot more dogs around her house. In order to raise money for rescue dogs, Klein has launched a project where she's trying to paint 30 dogs in 30 days.

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    Talking to Houston television station KHOU, Klein says that her project is "kind of like training for a marathon." Every day, she gets up, selects one of the many photographs that people have sent in, and starts painting. When she's done, each of the paintings will be auctioned, with half the proceeds to benefit Operation Pets Alive, a Houston group that rescues and adopts out pets.

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    As you might imagine, Klein's fundraising campaign takes place as much on social media as it does on the canvas. It has almost become an interactive performance project; she shows off finished work as well as work in process via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and she solicits feedback from her followers.

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    On the left, the beginning sketch of one of Leainne's paintings; on the right, the finished product.

    The inspiration for 30 Dogs in 30 Days came when Klein adopted a rescue dog, an Australian Shepherd named Jasmine. Klein painted Jasmine's portrait and posted it on Facebook; the reaction was so overwhelmingly positive that she picked up five commissions to paint portraits of other peoples' dogs.

    From those first few portraits came the idea of 30 Dogs in 30 Days, and using it to help Operation Pets Alive.

    "Leiann has been doing a phenomenal job," said volunteer Misti Etheridge. "Not to mention, her paintings are fantastic. If she raises $5,000 and we get $2,500, that's going to save a lot of lives."

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    A dog a day adds up to a lot of dogs, and a lot of paintings. Even though her house and studio are already covered with photos of more than 300 dogs people have submitted, more continue to come. Many of them come with stories as well.

    "I read a lot of stories about how much people miss these dogs who've come into their lives," the artist told the Houston Chronicle. "To be able to possibly create a painting for people to remember them by, it's an honor."

    The biggest rule that she has for submissions is that each must include a full head shot, with clearly visible eyes, nose, and mouth. Photos can be cropped, or she can crop them, but she needs a face to work with.

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    Klein's project is very reminiscent of another, larger project: the Act of Dog project, by Mark Barone and Marina Devan. Since 2011, Barone and Devan have been trying to paint the images of 5,500 dogs who never found homes and wound up being euthanized by shelters.

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    Klein, who compares her current project to prepping for a marathon, is just going to stick with 30 for now.

    "I wish I had the stamina to paint 365 dogs in 365 days," she said in a TV interview.

    For now, people seem to appreciate watching her just do 30.

    Via Houston Chronicle and KHOU

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  • I Walked to Help Curb Canine Cancer

    I Walked to Help Curb Canine Cancer

    Last weekend, I walked to help raise money for the Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization investing in science to advance veterinary care for companion animals. I first learned about this organization when my sweet dog Buster, an Australian Shepherd/Lab mix, was diagnosed with cancer.

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    We walked in memory of our sweet dog, Buster.

    Buster had osteosarcoma, or bone cancer. At first we thought his slight limp was due to his age (he was 13 years old) and so I gave him glucosamine supplements. After his limp worsened and we visited the vet, we realized the awful truth. Bone cancer is a relatively common disease in large breed dogs and is a leading cause of death in some breeds, such as Greyhounds and Rottweilers.

    Cancer is the most likely cause of death in dogs over two years old. Experts estimate that almost half of all dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer and approximately one in four of all dogs will at some stage in their life develop a cancer. Purebred dogs in particular appear to be more susceptible to the disease.

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    More than 1,000 participants and their dogs walked in the K9 Cancer Walk at Los Gatos, Calif.

    This past Sunday, my husband and I walked with Sasha, our Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix, along with 1,000 other participants in Los Gatos, CA. Dogs who are cancer survivors sported purple bandanas while dog supporters wore orange bandanas. Many of the participants wore T-shirts commemorating loved ones who had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. In total, $110,00 was raised, which organizers reported was $40,000 above the original goal. Since 2008, the foundation?s walk program has raised more than $1 million for canine cancer research.

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    Sasha is ready to start the two-mile walk for the Morris Animal Foundation.

    I hope and pray that Sasha never falls victim to cancer. Now that I?ve learned a little bit more about the disease, I?m more vigilant about detecting any changes in her health or behavior. The National Canine Cancer Foundation has a list of the 10 early warning signs:

    1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
    2. Sores that do not heal
    3. Weight loss
    4. Loss of appetite
    5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
    6. Offensive odor
    7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
    8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
    9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
    10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecation

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    Walk participants cross the finish line at the K9 Cancer Walk.

    The Morris Animal Foundation has funded more than 150 canine cancer studies, helping veterinarians to better detect and treat the disease. One study looked at Golden Retrievers and how the breed?s DNA deficiencies contribute to the development of lymphoma. One in eight Golden Retrievers is diagnosed with and dies from lymphoma. Dr. Eric Barchas wrote in more detail about the foundation?s study of 3,000 Golden Retrievers.

    Have you had a dog with cancer? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

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  • Dog tags may solve a 70-year-old mystery for West Delray man

    Dog tags may solve a 70-year-old mystery for West Delray man
    The dog tags are pitted, battered. But there is enough left of them to solve a mystery that's haunted a West Delray man for 70 years.
  • Rally cheers dog park news

    Rally cheers dog park news
    Monday late afternoon, from the steps of town hall, Stratford Dog Park President Carissa DeBernardo announced to a crowd of more than 60 people, 25 dogs and three news outlets that just one hour before, Mayor John Harkins had confirmed to the Stratford Dog Park Association (SDPA) that land for a dog park had been located, even if not approved by all involved town bodies.
  • Family Dog Can Help Kids With Autism

    Family Dog Can Help Kids With Autism
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  • Retired Essex Police dog looking for new home

    Retired Essex Police dog looking for new home
    Charlie, the eight-year-old Cocker Spaniel is part of the Essex Police Dog Unit, which provides countywide support to specialist operations and supports officers in their day to day efforts to keep crime down.
  • 50 reward for Hyndburn 'pooper snoopers'

    50 reward for Hyndburn 'pooper snoopers'
    REWARDS of 50 are being offered to ?dog detectives? who catch irresponsible owners not clearing up their pet?s mess.