- Sarah D. Bunting | Animal Nation | Wed, Aug 1, 2012 9:46 AM EDT | Comments
... A sad-seeming story out of Germany has a happy (and cute) ending: a two-year-old pointer mix, Lejon, has adopted Jojo the lion cub after they met at Stukenbrock's Safari Park.Read More »
Jojo, who's not quite a month old, was separated from his mom shortly after his birth thanks to an umbilical-cord infection; when park staff tried to reintroduce the lions, Mom "shunned" her baby. Staffer Jeanette Wurms said in the Daily Mail that Safari Park workers weren't sure "whether the mother would accept her baby," so "for safety reasons," they were "handraising and bottle feeding" the little cub – and apparently Jojo formed a bond during that time with Wurms's hound, Lejon.
Wurms reported that her little family is teaming up to get Jojo's needs met: "Now he gets fed by hand by me and gets the paternal affection he needs from Lejon." Jojo is a rambunctious youngster; Wurms described Jojo as clambering on the dog, jumping on his head, and biting his fur, but said that Lejon "is very patient" and doesn't disl
- Bridget Marquardt | Animal Nation | Mon, Jul 30, 2012 11:21 AM EDT | Comments
Finding your dog unconscious and not breathing would be a terrifying situation. That's why we brought in pet first aid expert Denise Fleck to show us what we should do if we find ourselves in that situation.
Denise demonstrated, step by step, how to perform CPR and rescue breathing -- the same kind we're taught on humans -- on a dog or cat. We learned how to perform mouth-to-snout rescue breaths, how find our pet's pulse at the femoral artery on the inner thigh, where exactly to locate our pet's heart to begin compressions, and how to perform those compressions on both large and small animals.
Take a look as Denise explains the process, and be sure to check out her website (http://www.sunnydogink.com/) if you're interested in more information on pet first aid.
By WebVet.comIf you were worried that celebrity baby names were starting to sound too normal (Penelope? Maxwell? Peace out Apple and Sparrow!), don't fret -- pet owners are keeping the crazy alive with the unconventional monikers bestowed upon their animals. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) released its list of 2012's 10 Wackiest Dog and Cat Names, which might make your Bella or Max seem a bit boring.
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Make no mistake, these names are far from the most popular: the folks at VPI poured through a list of more than 485,000 insured pets and came out with these gems. (Commentary courtesy of WebVet)
1. Chew Barka: Can't decide if this would be more appropriate for a hairy Newfoundland -- or ironically for a Chihuahua.
2. Nigel Nosewhistle: This guy's owner must be British. Or a Harry Potter enthusiast
3. Sir Maui Senqkey Schwykle: Dropping the first three parts and leaving it as Schwykle would be wacky enough, and easier to pronoun...Read More »
- Webvet | Animal Nation | Mon, Jul 23, 2012 3:07 PM EDT | Comments
By WebVet.comThere's much said about an Olympic athlete's support team, but it's usually trainers, coaches and parents who get the credit. But behind many good athletes are great dogs, who inspire and motivate their humans to perform super human feats on the field, the mat or in the pool. Here are five of our favorites:
Related: 5 Cats Who Belong In The Olympics
Michael Phelps: Michael Phelps is never satisfied with just one of anything. That's why he has 16 Olympic medals (14 of them gold) -- and two dogs, Herman and Stella. Phelps and Stella were drawn to one another under circumstances unique to celebrities: when both were guests on the Today show. Phelps came into the studios to discuss his training regime, but was smitten with the shelter pup (then named Penelope) who was appearing on the show's "Bow to Wow" segment. The two went for a walk and the rest is history. However, Phelps' mom Debbie assured her son's fans that Stella, a Catahoula mix, gets along great with Michael...Read More »
- Webvet | Animal Nation | Thu, Jul 26, 2012 10:40 AM EDT | Comments
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The first commercially cloned dog has become a father! A Florida couple that paid over $155,000 to clone their beloved Labrador Sir Lancelot after his death have welcomed eight puppies fathered by Lancelot Encore.
And now these miracle puppies could be yours: Nina Otto is keeping one of Lancelot Encore's offspring and selling the other seven online at labraclone.com, which boasts that they are "future pups from the past." She won't publicly reveal how much money one of the genetic anomalies will set you back.
Otto admitted that breeding Lancelot Encore was difficult. In most cases, a mother pays a stud -- but the tables were turned in this case because of her dog's unusual pedigree, and the fact that he is not registered by the American Kennel Club because of his cloned background.
'We needed a female and there were a lot of people that might not have wanted to use a dog that might not have had a pedigree at the time," she explained. Luckily a bitch surfaced, who was
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