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Finally! A doggy chastity belt

Finally the product we’ve all …  wait, no one was actually waiting for this were they?  A doggy style chastity belt to keep them from doin’ it doggy style?   Okay, IF you were waiting, it’s arrived.  It’s called the PABS which stands for “Pet Anti-Breeding System” and it’s being touted as the greatest doggy birth control since fences.

For guardians who don’t want their pets permanently altered by surgery, folks like breeders with show dogs, this is actually a pretty good idea. It’s a harness with strategically placed mesh pads that disallow any canine copulation.   The company is Highly Favored Creations and their tagline: “Stop it, block it, lock it.”  Check it out at PABS for Pets

How awesome is the new World’s Largest Dog?

I am so in love with the newly crowned World’s Tallest Dog: Giant George the Great Dane! Of course, he’s a Great Dane, what’s not to love? But this guy has twice as much to offer as most Danes. He weighs in at 245 pounds (my teeny little delicate Ferdinand only weighs 107 pounds and my largest Dane, Norman, only weighed 180) and is 7’3″ from the tip of his handsome nose to the end of his billy club of a tail.

As much as I love Giant George, I don’t envy his people’s food bills. George eats more than my Great Dane’s entire weight every month — about 110 pounds in kibble, which costs a princely $250 to $300. I also don’t envy the amount of real estate they’ve had to give up in their home; George has his own queen size bed. But the joys of having such an enormous snuggle buddy to ride shotgun in the golf cart more than makes up for those minor inconveniences I’m sure.

See original story (and a video on page 3) here on Oprah’s website

Extreme Dog Grooming: Camels, Buffaloes and Horses, Oh My

Ever seen a camoodle? Or a Clydesdoodle? Thankfully these are not new cross-species designer dog breeds, they are poodles groomed to look like a camel and a Clydesdale, respectively if not respectfully.

Clydesdoodle

A couple of these dogs actually seem to be enjoying themselves. Most of them are just enduring the humiliation. So while I applaud the groomer’s over-the-top creativity, I still feel really, really bad for the dogs. But not so bad that I could resist sharing these photos with you.

Buffaloodle. For the CU fans:

Buffadoodle

Keep in mind that the abominations sculpted and dyed into their fur will in most cases be shaved and washed away the next day. They don’t have to go to the dog park looking like that.

Camoodle


Holy Muttrimony: Man’s Best Friend as Best Man

Snuffy the Saint Bernard was ringbearer at her folks' wedding


Eddie Van Halen’s new bride was escorted down the aisle by her venerable old Pomeranian. Gwen Stefani was escorted down the aisle by her sheepdog, Winston. Sir Elton John’s best man was his Cocker Spaniel, Arthur. Other celebrities who included their pooches in their nuptials are Adam Sandler, Tori Spelling and Gisele Bunchen and Tom Brady.

But it’s not just Hollywood where dogs are playing the role of groomsmen, bridesmaids, ring bearers and flower girls. It’s become an ever increasing trend in modern weddings all over America and Europe. Some couples even have their cats or birds participate.

Some couples choose full participation in the ceremony, some choose to just have their pets join them for the wedding photos or as guests at the reception. Snuffy, the lovely Saint Bernard pictured above, got to do both. First she was the ringbearer – she carried the rings in her cask of course — and then attended the reception and danced the night away with the newlyweds.

More and more churches, banquet halls and hotels are making allowances for pets to attend. But just because you can have your dog at your wedding, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. There are many factors to review when considering whether or not Fido should be one of your groomsmen.

“Some dogs get scared or aggressive in the midst of a lot of people and activity,” explained Jennifer Burgess, a clinical instructor of animal behavior and welfare at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “A dog may be able to handle a crowd, but then add loud noises, strangers, children and a costume, and it may be pushed over the edge.”

Oscar the death-predicting cat: his powers explained

We’ve all been reading about the amazing cat named Oscar who lives in a Rhode Island nursing facility and has an uncanny ability to predict the patients’ deaths. Oscar has correctly predicted the deaths of about 50 patients in the last four years and now has his own book chronicling his spooky ability. ( “Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat,” by Hyperion, $23.99).

The story goes that when Oscar enters a patient’s room to curl up on their bed or sleep in the window sill, the staff knows that patient is reaching the end of their life. Once, the staff believed a patient to be very near death but Oscar kept avoiding that room, opting instead to spend time with a different patient who was believed to be in much better health. The healthier patient that Oscar chose died within hours. Then two days later Oscar went to visit the first patient who died within a couple hours. The patients and their families are said to really appreciate the comfort Oscar brings.

Has anyone other than me considered the idea that maybe Oscar isn’t predicting their deaths, maybe he’s causing them? Maybe he climbs into their beds and curls up over their faces to suffocate them. Or maybe he’s swatting at their life support tubes and unplugs them. Or maybe he’s Death personified. A furry Grim Reaper? I’m just saying….

How to Happily Include Your Dog in Your Wedding



In an ever increasing trend in modern weddings, dogs are playing the role of groomsmen, bridesmaids, ring bearers and flower girls. Some couples even have their cats or birds participate.

More and more churches, banquet halls and hotels are making allowances for pets to attend. But just because you can have your dog at your wedding, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. There are many factors to review when considering whether or not Fido should be one of your groomsmen.

“Some dogs get scared or aggressive in the midst of a lot of people and activity,” explained Jennifer Burgess, a clinical instructor of animal behavior and welfare at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “A dog may be able to handle a crowd, but then add loud noises, strangers, children and a costume, and it may be pushed over the edge.”

Here are some questions Burgess recommends couples consider carefully when incorporating a four-legged buddy:

• Does the venue allow dogs?
• Is the dog comfortable around large groups of people and loud noise?
• Is the dog comfortable around children?
• Will the dog wear a costume?
• Will the dog have access to water, food and a place to relieve itself?
• Who will be responsible for caring for the dog before, during and after the ceremony?
• Will guests be uncomfortable around the dog?

The key is to have a plan for the dog and make sure its needs are attended to before, during and after the festivities. “During the festivities, dogs need to be supervised 100 percent of the time,” Burgess said.

“Brides and grooms should designate someone to supervise their dogs,” Burgess said. “This should be someone they trust and someone the dog already knows.” Close supervision is not only good for the pets, but also for the guests. Some animals can easily damage property or sneak food set out for the reception. Also, some guests may not appreciate face time with your dog, no matter how fond you are of him.

It’s also a good idea to bring treats to reward the dogs’ good behavior and to use in case there’s any difficulty getting them to respond to commands.

And as with everything, practice makes perfect. If you’re expecting the dog to walk down the aisle, carry the rings or perform some sort of trick, you should practice it with them several times beforehand and reward them generously. The wedding rehearsal is an obvious time for this since you’ll be able to practice in the actual setting.

After the ceremony, you may want to let the dog relax in a nearby hotel room or back at home if it’s close. Dogs often find being around so many new people quite tiring. If they do attend the reception, make sure they get plenty of chances to rest and take breaks from all the excitement.

With plenty of planning and forethought you can easily include your pet in your wedding and live happily, tail-waggingly ever after.

Wacky Cat Facts Part Two

Siamese cat

Ginseng by Xan Rubey, Doghouse Studios

Wacky Fact #7:
Cats do not have a collarbone, which is why they can fit through any opening the size of their head.

Wacky Fact #8:
A cat will hunt for birds and rodents, regardless of how well he/she is taken care of and how much you feed him/her – it is a natural behavior and it is also programmed into the cat’s genes.

Wacky Fact #9:
Cats have twice as many smell-sensitive cells in their noses as we do, which means they can smell things we are not even aware of. In addition to using their noses, cats can smell with the Jacobson’s organ, which is located in the upper surface of the mouth.

Wacky Fact #10:
In the Siamese cat, a lower temperature causes more dark coloration in the growing hairs. This is why newborn kittens, warm from their mother’s womb, are white all over. As they grow up in normal temperatures, the hottest areas of their body, around the stomach and back, remain pale in color, while their cooler extremities gradually become darker.

Wacky Fact #11:
Cats lose almost as much fluid in the saliva while grooming themselves as they do through urination.

Wacky Fact #12:
Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion, and a cat’s brain is more similar to a man’s brain than that of a dog’s.

All this cool info was provided by Nancy Dutton, author of the Book of Animal Poetry

6 Wacky Cat Facts

Henri & Snooks by Nancy Dutton, Author of Book of Animal Poetry

Henri and Snooks by Nancy Dutton, author of Book of Animal Poetry

Wacky Fact #1:
Cats have 32 muscles that control their outer ear (humans have six). These abundant muscles enable them to move their ears like radar dishes and pinpoint the source of a sound, rotate them independently 180 degrees, and turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.

Wacky Fact #2:
In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal. Most cats do not have eyelashes.

Wacky Fact #3:
Protruding eyes give cats a wider angle of vision and greater peripheral vision than humans have. A cat’s field of vision is about 185 degrees. However, a cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why cats can’t sem to find treats and crumbs on the floor.

Wacky Fact #4:
A large majority of white cats with blue eyes are deaf. White cats with only one blue eye are deaf only in the ear closest to the blue eye.

Wacky Fact #5:
Cats have 250 bones in his body, compared to 206 in our bodies. This is why they can bend and twist better than acrobats. Almost 10 percent of a cat’s bones are in her tail, and the domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking.

Wacky Fact #6:
Cats use more than 500 muscles to leap, jump, and sprint. Their thigh muscles are so powerful that if you had them, your thighs would be as big as your waist and you could jump from the ground to the top of a house!

All this fab info was provided by Nancy Dutton, author of the Book of Animal Poetry

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