The hottest guy in theaters right now isn't George Clooney, Rob Pattinson or Bradley Cooper . . . it's Ted. You know, the raunchy talking teddy bear who Mark Wahlberg wished to life. Ted might be the "It Animal" when it comes to talking pets (or stuffed animals) -- but he's not the first!
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Here's a look at the five best talking pets who have entertained us through the years!
Scooby-Doo: This Great Dane knows how to express his fear, and perpetual hunger, by using his voice -- but talking isn't Scooby's greatest skill. Scooby is known for pronouncing most of his words as though they begin with an "R" (Rooby-Rooby-Roo!"), but luckily the gang seems to have no trouble understanding him.
Ultimate Dog Tease: We don't know his name, but we know he's hungry. Over 100 million people have watched this poor pup get mercilessly teased by his owner with the promise of tasty treats. His mutterings of hope and desire probably echo the thoughts going
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Two kittensAre my cats fighting or playing? I adopted a second male recently and kept them separated for a while and the introduction went smoothly. They seem to get along and will chase each other and wrestle. I thought it was just playing, but sometimes I notice one hisses at the other as they're going at it. No one ever gets hurt and they seem to both enjoy it, but the hissing is throwing me. Does that mean they don't like each other?
Pam's Answer: In normal feline play there shouldn't be any hissing, growling or screaming. Hissing is a defensive vocalization. Sometimes though, playtime can get a little out-of-hand or the interaction may start as play and occasionally escalate into something else. If the hissing is a normal occurrence then I would say that the two cats aren't really playing. If the hissing is something you just hear occasionally then I think it may have been a mis-read play cue or that playtime turned to aggression.
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Take for example, Leah and Wayne Benner who when readying to leave Provo's sugary sand beach. They wanted to grab a shower on their 41-foot Symbol cruiser before returning to the island for dinner. Tossing snorkel gear in the dingy, they pulled Chris, their seafaring cat, aboard and shoved off.
Chris the cat, however, apparently hadn't finished his beach tour. Within moments, exhibiting a radical streak of feline independence, he dove overboard and swam back to shore.
It may not be their favorite pastime but, yes, cats can swim. This is great news for cat lovers who can't imagine departing on that lifelong dream of cruising the Caribbean without their favorite feline.
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Cockatoo Cee Lo Green has come under fire for his latest display of pet pride. Animal rights activists have wisely criticized The Voice judge for his intention to bring a Moluccan cockatoo named Lady onto the NBC talent competition show.
Cee Lo recently announced that he would replace the pet cat Purrfect -- who sat on his lap throughout season two -- with a Moluccan cockatoo on his shoulder for season three. However, Moluccan cockatoos are endangered and do not make good pets, therefore promoting them as a cuddly companion will send a terrible message to the masses.
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Monica Engrebretson, a rep for the animal rights organization Born Free, explained, "Moluccan cockatoos are beautiful, intelligent animals but they are very challenging to care for especially in the long term, and are prone to considerable welfare problems. Many Moluccan cockatoos develop self-destructive behavior including feather plucking and self mutilation
Sunbathing dogDon't forget to grab special dog sunscreen the next time you're heading out for a day of fun-in-the-sun with your dog. That's right; dogs need protection from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays, just as people do. As in people, overexposure to UV rays can give your dog a nasty case of sunburn, peeling of skin, and painful inflammation, and also increase the risk of skin cancer.
Fur goes only so far
Because dogs have fur, people often assume that they are not in any danger of getting sunburned. But this is not so. While fur does provide some degree of protection to much of a dog's body, the bridge of the nose, ear tips, skin surrounding the lips, and areas lacking pigmentation are more vulnerable. In addition, if you shave your dog or he has suffered hair loss due to illness or medical treatment, the exposed skin is at risk of sun damage.11 Ways To Protect Your Pet From Heat Stroke | Webvet
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CoyotePart of the responsibility of pet ownership means being aware of the dangers that your dog or cat may face from wild animals. As many people have learned so painfully, these dangers are not limited to wilderness areas, but can be found in your own backyard.
Remember: your pet is more vulnerable than you may realize to a deadly attack by a wild animal.
Here is a rundown of 10 common animal attackers, along with advice on what you can do to protect your pet from their dangers.
Every summer, many pet cats and dogs go missing because of these fierce creatures. Elizabeth Rozanski, assistant professor of emergency and critical care at Tufts University's Foster Hospital for Small Animals in North Grafton, MA, confirmed, "Coyotes definitely do attack. Unfortunately, what coyotes do is kill cats and dogs, not injure them," Rozanski said.9 Tips To Keep Kids Safe From Dog Bites | Webvet
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Mother cat and kittensA heroic cat proved that there's nothing stronger than the bond between a mother and her children. A mama cat in California was rescued -- with her kittens -- after taking a bullet to save them.
The Del Mar Times reported that the mother and her litter were found abandoned and taken to a local shelter -- where the staff had trouble separating the mama from her from the kittens.
The responding veterinarian Dr. Helen Oba recalled, "Mommy and baby kitties are all doing fine, but it was touch and go when they first arrived. They were all very tiny, malnourished, unvaccinated and very scared. It took a gentle hand to pull that momma away from her babies."
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After taking the mother -- who has since been named Cindy -- for an examination, Dr. Oba discovered the reason for her trepidation: the litter had been shot at with a BB gun, and Cindy had a bullet lodged in her head. She was operated on and is recovering well.
Cindy and her
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Couple walking their dog Forget the right clothing, pick-up lines and lipstick color. If you want to score a date, it's all about having the right dog. A new survey from Kloof.com found that singles judge potential dates by their canine companions -- and found certain breeds set off the alarm for a girlfriend/boyfriend jackpot.
All the single ladies (All the single ladies): If you want someone to put a ring on it, your best bet is to own a Golden Retriever. The poll found that men are "overwhelmingly" more likely to view a woman with a Golden as "girlfriend material."
If you're a Lab mom, don't worry: the breed scored the number two spot on Kloof's list. Rounding out the top five were beagles, poodles and Chihuahuas.
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Looking at the guy side of the list, it's easy to see why Goldens and Labs are two of the most popular breeds in the country. Women tend to view men who own these breeds as "great dads" and both
There's no doubt anymore: the dingo DID take her baby. More than 30 years after the tragic death of a nine-week-old baby in Australia, a coroner has ruled that a dingo was in fact responsible.
The child's mother Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton was originally convicted of her daughter's murder, but always maintained that a dingo grabbed her baby from the family tent during a 1980 camping trip in the Australian outback. She was later cleared of the crime.
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The case secured a spot in pop culture after Meryl Streep starred in the 1988 true-crime thriller A Cry in the Dark and famously cried, "The dingo's got my baby!"
On June 12, 2012, coroner Elizabeth Morris settled the case once and for all, telling reporters, "The cause of her death was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo. Dingoes can and do cause harm to humans."
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Have you ever felt like your dog was more than just a furry bystander during a time of crisis? He or she might have lent a literal shoulder to cry on -- but underneath that cuddly facade, your pup really was feeling your pain.
A new study found that dogs show empathy to humans who are crying. Researchers noted that the emotional bond isn't limited to a dog and it's owner; canines respond to any person who is shedding tears -- even a stranger.
18 dogs -- representing a variety of ages and breeds -- were exposed to "four separate 20-second experimental conditions in which either the dog's owner or an unfamiliar person pretended to cry, hummed in an odd manner, or carried out a casual conversation." Dr. Deborah Custance found that more dogs looked at, approached and touched the humans as they were crying as opposed to humming -- and no dogs responded to those talking.
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Custance's co-author Jennifer Mayer explained, "If