In the comments of “What Are We Wearing?” yesterday, longtime Frisky reader applescruffs said she would be interested in seeing me write something about “dating with a dog,” since I’m single and have a dog, Lucca. Reader camille905 also said she would be interested in the topic and had some additional questions: Does Lucca sleep in my bed? How do sexytime partners handle it? What if someone I was dating didn’t like Lucca? Etcetera. As I originally adopted with someone (my ex) and then got full custody when we split, being a solo pet owner took some getting used to — and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the entire universe. I am psyched to write about the topic but want to make sure I cover all the bases — are their any questions you’d like me to answer? By all means, ASK ME ANYTHING either in the comments of this post or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I promise to touch upon it in my piece, which will be fact-checked by Lucca, of course.
Bea, the adorable 2-year-old Golden Retriever that belonged to model Maggie Rizer and inspired her blog, “Bea Makes Three,” died during a cross-country flight on United Airlines two weeks ago. According to an autopsy, her death was caused by heatstroke. From Rizer’s blog:
Beatrice had a perfect health record. She received a full examination and a health certificate four days before the flight, as is required by the Pet Safe program. This program is United’s branded on-board pet safety program. In addition to Pet Safe’s stringent requirements, we took every extra precaution we could think of. Read more…
Beyoncé does not want to be friends with Kim Kardashian, so Kim went and got herself a pet kitten. I see what you did there! Fortunately, it’s a cute kitten — as cute as Choupette, even, and coming from me, that’s saying something.
But I don’t believe that Mercy, the Teacup Persian she named after one of Kanye’s songs, is anything other than an adorable publicity stunt. Just look at the way she’s carrying Mercy around everywhere in her arms. That’s what giant purses are for, Kimmy.
My dog Kerbey is a quasi-Internet celebrity. With his cartoonish tiny legs, large torso, giant bat ears and confused eyes, any picture I put up of him on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram is guaranteed to get mountains of likes, retweets or exclamations of, “OMG you have the best dog EVERRRRR.” If Kerbey just lived his life through the Internet, that “best dog ever” title would be an easy win. Unfortunately, like a high-angled MySpace photo, Kerbey’s online persona is not exactly entirely accurate. For you see, Kerbey can be a major dick. Keep reading »
Remember the weird social experiment that was Chatroulette? It’s mostly populated with dudes who want to show their wangs to strangers, which is why we’re way more into the animal version of Chatroulette, appropriately titled Catroulette. Catroulette shows you tons of live video feeds of cats doing exactly what cats do — scratching themselves, grooming themselves, looking bored. But the best part? Every cat on Catroulette is up for adoption! Most of these cats seem to live in Germany or something (so international!). But even if you can’t adopt, it’s a great timewaster. So many adorable buddies! [Catroulette]
I’m trying to figure out why someone would do this to their dog and what PETA/the ghost of Jim Henson would say. The doggie has Miss Piggy on one side and Kermit on the other. I almost feel embarrassed for this poor pup! Please someone tell me this is a Photoshop job? [I Am Bored]
AMI: Do you want to see Pigstagrams?
JESS: (pause) Wait, what?
AMI: Do you want to see Pigstagrams? Keep reading »
Wisconsin man John Unger loves his pup Schoep a lot. He’s had the 19-year-old Husky since the dog was a puppy. So when vets told him that Schoep was suffering from painful arthritis that made it impossible for him to sleep, Unger decided to help him in the only way he could — he took Schoep swimming in nearby Lake Superior. The calming water lulls Schoep to sleep. Unger does this every night. Explains photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson:
“Shep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Shep as an 8 month old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures.”
Schoep also saved Unger’s life.
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They’re cute, lovable and always happy to see you. But they’re also expensive, moody, and chew all your stuff. No, not grandma! I’m talking about your dog, the most overrated pet of all time (sea monkeys come in a close second.) Sure, they make great life partners for the lonely and are perfect conversation starters for curb-side flirtation. But, honestly, how far can a relationship go when it began over a stream of steaming pet pee? Dogs do nothing but take, take, take. What do they give? Besides fleas, slobber and heartbreaking puppy dog eyes? Nothing. This is a list of 10 reasons you should leave that charming pooch at the pound where it belongs. Deal with it, PETA. Read more…
My pup Lucca presents herself as fearless, telling dogs twice her size who’s boss, but the one thing that sends her cowering in fear is thunder and lightening. A summer storm — and we’ve had a few of them so far — sends her into a panic, seeking shelter under the bed, in my bathtub, or behind the row of maxi dresses in my closet. It’s so sad! But a friend recently suggested that I buy the Thundershirt, a, well, garment you put on your dog when its spooked by thunder, fireworks, or any other situation that stresses it out. The Thundershirt purports to use “gentle pressure” that calms your dog down. In fact, the sort was developed thanks to the research of experts like Dr. Temple Grandin, who made her own “squeeze machine” to help calm the anxiety she felt as a result of her autism. (More about Temple’s work here — she is one of my heroes.) A number of friends have used the Thundershirt on their dogs with excellent results, so I can’t wait to try it on Lucca. [$39.95, Thundershirt]