The world has come a long way since 1993, when the New Yorker published Peter Steiner's cartoon of two canines above the caption: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog," making us laugh at the absurd notion of household pets on the World Wide Web. Now, more than a dozen years later, your dog -- or cat or hedgehog or pot-bellied pig -- is a...Read more
PETALUMA, Calif. (UPI) -- A 10-year-old mutt with a variety of birth defects took home the top prize at Friday's "The World's Ugliest Dog Contest," held annually at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.
The hunchbacked dog, named Quasi Modo, is part pit bull, part Dutch shepherd. Now he's part rich -- or his owner is, at least -- after taking home $1,500 in ...Read more
Chef Bryant Ng's chicken rice recipe calls for jasmine rice cooked in a ginger broth and poached free-range chicken. It's a minimalist dish, without any of the Singaporean-Vietnamese flavors, the fermented shrimp paste and sambal sauces that Ng used at Spice Table or that will load the menu at his new restaurant, Cassia. This is because Ng cooks...Read more
DeKALB COUNTY, Mo. -- As Alda Owen messes with cattle, Sweet Baby Jo plops down right in the middle of things.
On her belly, ears up, wide-eyed and ready to spring.
"She don't like 'em getting too close to me," Owen, 62, says of the border collie as the Angus herd crowds around in a farm lot in DeKalb County in northern Missouri.
It's almost ...Read more
Bruiser Woods (or his handler) might have been onto something in the 2001 movie "Legally Blonde." The fashionable Chihuahua companion to Reese Witherspoon's Elle Woods seemed to be in a new outfit as often as his mistress.
Fourteen years later, the dog fashion industry is intent on making sure your pet is pampered in style. A Google search ...Read more
EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (UPI) -- An Alaska woman shared video of her "fraidy-cat" house cat rallying her courage to scare a black bear off her owner's porch.
The video, posted to YouTube by Eagle River resident Darlis Elliot, shows 2-year-old Savannah cat Nani facing down a black bear through the home's glass back door Sunday afternoon.
"The bear ...Read more
Garfield is not the only fat cat around.
According to the Assn. for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of the nation's cats and dogs are overweight. And just as concerning, more than 90 percent of their owners don't recognize that their pet is carrying around extra pounds.
"People automatically think a fat cat is a happy cat," says ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Your sidekick is loyal. Clever. A great comfort to you and others. But does that mean your animal companion deserves access in public places that other people's pets don't get?
Maybe. The law is murky and the answer depends heavily on your animal's skills, your frailties and your conscience.
The good news for your furry friend ...Read more
The Most Unusual Pet Ever, Henry our Great Blue Heron and his adventures 2nd EditionSondra Perry
Connecting children to nature with the help of Henry the Heron. A funny and heartwarming story that also happens to be true! Accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations. Children of all ages will love this book. Sondra Perry masterfully creates pictures with her words as we follow the ...
No member of the animal kingdom has conquered the Internet like Felis catus, the humble house cat.
YouTube is home to an estimated 10 million cat videos, which, to put it in perspective, works out to an upload rate of roughly two cat-related pieces of content every minute over the last decade. There's a blue-shirted keyboard-playing cat ("...Read more
OKLAHOMA CITY (UPI) -- An Oklahoma family is hailing their St. Bernard as a hero after the canine's acute sense of smell alerted them to natural gas.
Jack Damrill of Oklahoma City said he and his family were sleeping recently when the 160-pound dog, Doree, alerted them that something was amiss.
"Probably about 2 o'clock in the morning Doree ...Read more
LOS ANGELES: You're not sure it's going to happen for you, but it does: You find the mate of your dreams. He has an enviable Pacific Palisades, address and you both have top journalism jobs. So can a galoopy mutt named Eddie -- granted, one whose antics prompted the post office to put the house on a "do not deliver" list -- really rain on your ...Read more
MARSHALL, Wis.: Balancing on three legs -- one of her hind legs was amputated because of an injury -- Olive basked under the agile fingers of Julie Kaufman, reveling in her chiropractic session at Animal Holistic Care Specialists.
Two years ago, the long-haired mini dachshund's remaining hind leg stopped moving. Because of their shape, it's ...Read more
A lot of people believe dogs and cats are mortal enemies. In reality, they're not. They simply fit the mold of natural predators. They can live peacefully under the same roof as long as their owner takes the right approach in introducing them. In fact, it's not uncommon for canines and cats to not only accept each other, but enjoy each other's ...Read more
Traveling with a cat can bring unique challenges to your holiday. Dogs are often trained ahead of time, but people rarely think about training a cat. So, where do you start with travel-proofing your fussy feline and making sure you all get along on the road?
Before you leave home, you ideally need to spend a few weeks preparing your cat for ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Take Your Dog To Work Day isn't until June 26.
Diesel, an 8-year-old schnoodle, looks at the calendar and snorts.
Diesel comes to work one or two times a week at Kaleidoscope, a company that assists brand owners through consulting, strategic design and prototyping, in Chicago.
On this particular afternoon, she is walking the aisles...Read more
Osteoarthritis affects over 20 million people in the United States alone. But we're not the only ones at risk! Our pets can also develop this crippling form of arthritis. Below I will answer a few questions about it and what you can do to help your pet.
So, what exactly is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease ...Read more
You know the old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." In this day and age of health and fitness clubs, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, organic foods, dietary supplements, chiropractic care, meditation, massage and preventative medicine for people, this article will guide you through how many of these treatments can be highly ...Read more
Doesn't it feel great when you come home after spending an exhausting day of fun-filled adventure with friends? And don't you look forward to the next time you get to do it? After all, it was so much fun! And let's face it-we need days like that. Your dog needs days like that too, but with other dogs. For dog-owners who do not have regular ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Children at a Chicago hospital soon will be able to play with puppies and kittens at an animal shelter without leaving their rooms.
Wright-Way Rescue animal shelter set up a camera system in a playroom at its new adoption center in suburban Morton Grove so children can engage with pets virtually from their hospital beds, said Lisa ...Read more
There's a new strain of canine flu in the U.S., and it has some pet owners worried about their furry family members.
More than 1,000 dogs caught the illness during a recent outbreak in Chicago, and infections are reportedly emerging in other states, including California. But the H3N2 canine flu--not to be confused with the seasonal H3N2 human ...Read more
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