Sometimes I think that the way to create world peace is to get all the world’s leaders together — a few terrorists too, like Osama — and throw them in a room with a ton of puppies. Despite their differences and occasional desire to blow each other up, who among them doesn’t love puppies? I bet Osama isn’t even immune to the giggle-inducing joy of a wet puppy kiss. And really, how can you continue to be pissed and evil and vengeful when you’ve got a puppy crawling over your face? Just an idea. Happy Monday (and National Pet Month), y’all! Keep reading »
Normally I feel pretty “meh” about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and their antics. However, I do agree with some of their beliefs — like the one demonstrated by a PETA protester at the Westminster Dog Show. But you know what would make for a better statement against purebreds? Sponsoring a dog show for mutts! My pup Lucca would totes enter (and win, obvi). [Gawker] Keep reading »
You may have heard, but the Northeast is having what some are calling a “snowpocalypse” (though I prefer “Blizzardpalooza” because it sounds more positive!) — schools are closed, employers have given workers a “snow day,” and, like, people are melting down. But not my awesome dog Lucca. She loves the snow. She also loves to catch snowballs in her mouth. See?
Seriously though, if you’re living in an area that’s been hit hard by the snow, be careful and stay warm. And if you live in a warmer climate and are drinking a margarita instead of hot cocoa, screw you. Just kidding! Keep reading »
Attention, dog lovers! Mattel is introducing a gizmo called “Puppy Tweets,” its first-ever toy created for our four-legged friends And it’s exactly what you think it is—well, mostly, according to CNN Money. “Puppy Tweets is a plastic tag with a sound and motion sensor that you attach to your pet’s dog collar and connect its USB receiver to your computer. Then you create a Twitter account for your dog and enjoy updates all day … ” The sensor picks up on what your dog is doing and sends out activity-corresponding tweets like “I finally caught that tail I’ve been chasing and … OOUUUCHH!” while playing, “some days it feels like my paw is permanently on the snooze button!” during nap time, and “YAHOOOOOOO! Some days you just gotta get your bark on,” while woofing their head off. Curious, yet? Well, check it out in stores this fall (it’ll cost $29.99). Please, please, please don’t let Paris Hilton and her 98284923123 chihuahuas get a hold of this… [Um, am I alone in being seriously freaked out by this gadget!? -- Editor] [CNN Money via Red Riley] Keep reading »
We can’t decide whether the puppy or the dress is cuter in Stella McCartney‘s new ad campaign. [Modelinia] Keep reading »
Anyone who happens to own a dog and live in a concrete jungle knows there are certain challenges the urban environment presents. Without a yard, it’s hard to simply let a dog be a dog, and especially for childless 20- and 30-somethings, the animal can often become a surrogate child. In this situation, as detailed in this week’s New York cover story, we tend to project questionable human qualities on our four-legged companions. But nowhere is this potential misstep more disturbingly reflected than in the new Pup-to-go, which is basically an outward-facing baby carrier marketed for canine owners. (And let’s reiterate canine here, because there is no way a cat would stand for this brand of humiliation.) While some city dwellers insist this is a great solution to toting small dogs around, we have to say, there is a fine line folks, and if you’re carrying your dog in a “pupoose,” you have totally, irrevocably crossed it. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
When I was 15, my parents and I went to buy some kittens from a couple in rural New Mexico. Their first words to us were, “Did you know that cats can be retarded?” We didn’t. We took two. They were … challenging, but we loved them all the same. Well, it turns out that dogs and cats can also suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. In humans, OCD causes behavior like excessive hand-washing, or pulling out one’s hair by the roots, or repetitive checking of stoves, lights, and locks. Apparently, eight percent of dogs exhibit compulsive behaviors like pacing, spinning, tail-chasing, snapping at imaginary flies, fence-running, licking, chewing, barking, and staring. Tail-chasing, licking, chewing, and barking? Huh. I thought that was just dogs. If those are characteristics of dogs with obsessive-compulsive tendencies, what do normal dogs do? Keep reading »
I’ve been thinking a lot about the popular “Christmas puppy” phenomenon lately. Because like many of us, at one point, I was guilty of asking for one. What better gift could one receive on Christmas morning than a gorgeous, yummy, adorable baby dog? But I know now that there’s a truly ugly side to what seems like such a sweet notion and the demand for shiny new purebred pups it creates.
Recently, the LA Times published this article chronicling a similar travesty in the canine industry that they quite astutely referred to as the “Paris Hilton Syndrome.” To date, “A third of the dogs held at San Francisco’s city shelter are all or part Chihuahua. New ones have come in every day for the last year. If the trend continues, officials said, the shelter would become 50% Chihuahua within months.” One Humane Society administrator commented that at the shelter where he works, “the number of Chihuahuas has eclipsed pit bulls as the most common breed.” As someone who has been a pit bull advocate for many years, this statistic makes me nauseous.
Here’s what over-bred dogs and Christmas puppies have in common. Keep reading »