Posts Tagged ‘wacky pet stories’

Pooch helps pop the question

“I’d like to arrange a photo shoot as a gift for my girlfriend.  And could you do one extra little thing? …”    So began one of the most distinctive shoots I’ve had so far.   Anthony went on to explain that he wanted photos of his girlfriend, Natalie with her dog, Abigail, and himself.  And at the end of the  session he wanted me to photograph him getting down on one knee and proposing!  To Natalie, not Abigail — just to be clear.  I think Abigail approved when her lady said, “YES!”

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

“Pawscars”: the animal version of the Oscars handed out by American Humane

The American Humane Association are the ones who add the “no animals were harmed in the filming of this movie”blurb at the end of movies where, you know, no animals were harmed during the filming.  They have reps who monitor over 1,000 films per year.  A job I highly covet.  Can you imagine?  “What do you do?”  “Oh, I hang out with the animals on the sets of blockbuster movies and make sure they’re happy.”  Anyway, American Humane also does a very cool thing called the Pawscars: an animal version of the Oscars.

This year’s Pawscar winners:

Best Alien Animals: ‘Avatar’ The Na’vi “direhorses” (Pa’li) were six-legged horse-like creatures created using motion-capture technology, in which real horses wore miniature computerized motion sensors near joints and facial areas to capture their movements. The live action was performed in a motion-capture studio covered in dark fabric and carpet (called a “void”) and then recorded as computer animation data, which was then mapped onto a computerized 3-D model. Non-toxic, non-irritating silcone adhesives were used and washed off each evening after filming.

Best Newcomer Actor: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’
A Neapolitan mastiff named “Uno” had been adopted by her owners/trainers prior to becoming a rookie animal actor. Trainers speculate that she was abused by a previous owner because she initially would cower around noises and crouch to the floor upon being approached too suddenly. But, while working on the set of “Harry Potter,” surrounded by a patient owner/trainer and other affectionate cast and crew members, she gained confidence and trust and adored the attention everyone gave her. Trainers believe Uno is destined to be an admired movie star in no time!

Best Cameo: ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ As he has done in other films, director Michael Bay cast his own dog in a role. His bull mastiff, playing the role of Mikaela’s (Megan Fox) dog, performed mild action on screen, which was effortless for the canine actor, considering his cinematic “human lineage.” And while the American Humane staff members were viewing a pre-release screening of the film as part of the disclaimer process, this massive mastiff made yet another cameo….by sitting at the staffer’s feet during the screening. One might say this dog loves to check out his own work (or kiss up to a Pawscar judge)!

Most Erotic Exotic: ‘The Hangover’
Yes, it is possibly the funniest movie ever and the tiger played a big part in that.  Wanna know how they created the more randy of the tiger scenes?
You remember, it’s when the guys are seen on video walking a tiger into a parked police car. As the tiger enters the car, one of the men pretends to “hump” the tiger. So, considering the ferocious nature of this exotic animal, how might a person do that to such a beast? To capture this scene, one trainer hid inside the police car while another trainer doubled as the actor and guided the tiger into the car. He then pretended to hump the animal as it entered the car. This same scene was then filmed again, only this time the actors were used along with the trainer. The actors held the end of a long leash, and a trainer held the middle part of the leash that actually connected to the tiger. In post-production, the trainer and his portion of the leash were digitally removed, making it appear as if the actor was really leading the tiger. The actors were then filmed walking to the police car and pantomiming the fake sexual motions, which were later combined with the footage filmed with the trainer.

Biggest Diva: ‘Did You Hear About The Morgans?’
Hugh Grant is a leading man in several films, but “Little Bart” the bear is a big star in his own right. One of only a handful of Kodiak bears to work in the film industry, this 1,100-pound actor has worked on numerous films and commercials. But has his fame gone to his head? Grant teasingly told the press that the bear was so demanding, he would not leave his personal trailer until he had “12 cans of iced tea and had been hosed down from head to foot” (which American Humane assures was not the case). Although the famous human actor joked about the famous animal actor, the excellent trainers and Certified Animal Safety Representatives were nothing but serious when it came to making sure this “furry diva” was well-treated and protected, along with his human co-stars.

Best Action Scene: ‘The Proposal’
If any scene in this film could leave more of an impression than the infamous naked scene between Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, it would arguably be the scene in which the family dog is snatched up by an eager eagle, which flies off with the pup in its mouth. Thankfully, this intense-looking action was achieved using highly trained animal actors and some good old-fashioned “movie magic.” Thanks to great editing and a trained eagle that scooped up a sack made of green-screen material, viewers were left believing that this mighty bird gracefully sought vengeance on this yipping dog by flying him around and dropping him onto Bullock’s character below. In truth, the dog and eagle were never even in the same shot together.

Best Chase Scene: ‘Hotel For Dogs’
Dogs love to chase cats, balls, their owners…and sometimes, even a van driven by heroic teens. Near the end of this film, main characters Andi and Bruce release all the dogs from the shelter, which then chase the teens’ van down the street to the hotel. Trainers rehearsed the dogs for several weeks to master this well-choreographed scene, which involved the most dogs ever filmed in a single scene on an American Humane-monitored film. Trainers released the canine critters from their marks — the small dogs were released last, so the larger dogs would not accidentally run them down. The vast majority of these animal actors were rescue dogs, and they had a tail-wagging blast running around on set and being given so much attention and praise.

About American Humane
Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Through a network of child and animal protection agencies and individuals, American Humane develops policies, legislation, curricula and training programs to protect children and animals from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The nonprofit organization, headquartered in Denver, raises awareness about The Link® between violence to people and violence to animals, as well as the benefits derived from the human-animal bond. American Humane’s office in Los Angeles is the authority behind the “No Animals Were Harmed”® end-credit disclaimer on film and TV productions, and American Humane’s office in Washington, D.C., is an advocate for child and animal protection at the federal and state levels. The American Humane® Certified farm animal program is the nation’s original independent certification and labeling program for humanely raised food. American Humane meets the strong, comprehensive standards of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, has been awarded the Independent Charities of America’s “Best in America” Seal of Approval, has met the stringent standards for financial efficiency and accountability required by the American Institute of Philanthropy to qualify as a Top-Rated Charity, and has received a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator.

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.


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:


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.


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

Amazing “Tails” of Pet Survival

Here are five amazing stories of animals who survived and even thrived against all odds.

#1) Mickey the Boston terrier somehow traveled 1,100 miles away from his Kansas City, MO home. He disappeared from his back yard but four years later his humans got a call from an animal shelter in Billings, MT saying they had traced him through his microchip information. Mickey was in good shape other than some minor damage to his teeth and his apparent memory lapse of his own name. Forgetful or not, Mickey’s folks were thrilled to have him home.

#2) Tinker Bell the Chihuahua weighed a measly six pounds, meaning that 70-mph gust of wind that swept her off her feet didn’t have a hard time of it. Little Tink flew without the aid of any pixie dust and ended up about a mile away from her humans. A pet psychic was enlisted and pointed them in exactly the right direction – they found her two days later, dirty and quite hungry, but very happy to see her folks.

#3) A certain African gray parrot must have been a member of the “Bird Scouts” (or is that the “Boid Scouts”?) because he was definitely prepared. When he escaped from his cage, he was found, spent a night at a police station and then finally transferred to a vet near his home in Tokyo. Throughout the ordeal he was completely silent but once he reached the vet’s office he promptly announced his name and address. Turns out his humans had spent two years preparing him for just such an event and he performed flawlessly.

#4) Myra Amado heard crying sounds in her backyard but she couldn’t figure out where the sound was coming from. Several days later, she checked a hidden area near her shed and saw a teeny orange kitten’s head peeking at her of of a PVC pipe. The 6-week-old critter was stuck inside the pipe so tightly that it took firefighters two hours and a dollop of vegetable oil to extricate her. Her rescuers named her Piper and quickly took her to a vet who took care of her broken paw and dehydration.

#5) Flushpuppy: There’s a reason 4-year-olds shouldn’t be left unsupervised with teeny puppies. Here’s just one of them. Daniel Blair of Middlesex, England thought his muddy little one-week-old pup needed a bath. So he gave him one. In the toilet. You can guess where this is going. Yes, he flushed the itty bitty Cocker Spaniel down the loo. Amazingly, when a drainage company sent a camera down the pipes, they found the little pup alive. He was out and safe and sound in about four hours. Daniel showed great remorse and promised never to flush a creature down the toilet ever again. No guarantees about his sister’s toys.

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