Puppy Bowl IX is on the horizon, and we know you're just as excited as we are to see the playful pooches romp around the puppy-sized playing field. In case you, like us, can't bear to wait until Sunday for this epic showdown, we've got a little pregame action for you: a slideshow featuring some of the puppies in the starting lineup! To check out the rest of the precious players, head on over to Animal Planet. And don't miss the show itself on Animal Planet, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.Read More »from Meet the Puppy Bowl IX Lineup
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- vetstreet.com | Pets – Thu, Jan 31, 2013 12:48 PM EST
By Linda Lombardi | vetstreet.com
Punxsutawney Phil isn't the only critter with a knack for making predictions.Throughout history, people have believed that animals can make predictions about human fate. The results are often disappointing, but that hasn't stopped us from turning to them time and time again.
And why not? Animals can do many things that we can't - like fly and live underwater.
So why not assume that they can see into the future too?
Legend has it that if a groundhog sees his shadow on the morning of February 2, winter will last six more weeks. Spoilsport scientists say he's no more accurate than your local weatherman: An analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that, from 1988 to 2010, there was no correlation between the groundhog's prediction and the weather for the rest of the season.
But one thing that the groundhog's appearance does predict is a boon in tourism: 30,000 folks are expected to visit Punxsutawney, Pa., to see the most famous groundhog named Phil make his weather forecast thisRead More »from Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Has Nothing on These 7 Prognosticating Animals
By Amy Sinatra Ayres | vetstreet.com
The ground must be under here somewhere.
Watching the video below is like watching a kid play in the snow for the first time - only better.
- vetstreet.com | Pets – Wed, Jan 30, 2013 10:17 AM EST
By Amy Sinatra Ayres | January 30, 2013Read More »from Budweiser Asks Public to Name Newest Clydesdale Foal
Budweiser is asking the public to name a Clydesdale foal who'll appear in a Super Bowl spot.On Sunday, Budweiser beer made its first Tweet, asking followers for ideas to name the newest of its famed Clydesdales. The foal was born on Jan. 16 at Anheuser-Busch's Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Mo., and will appear with several other Clydesdales in a 60-second Super Bowl commercial that focuses on the bond between horse and trainer. Some of the ideas for names so far include Buddakup, King and Hops.
Budweiser finally has joined Twitter world now that Twitter has made it possible to put age restrictions on who follows accounts. To kick start their new account they are asking for your help in naming the two-week old Clydesdale foal. Tweet your suggestions to Budweiser on Twitter, using the hashtag "#Clydesdales.
-- Read it at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and watch video at DigTriad
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By Arden Moore | vetstreet.com
Roaming LabIt seems that some dogs are born to roam. How do you know if you have one of these dogs? Easy. No matter what you do, you cannot keep your "Houdini dog" inside the fenced backyard. Or someone left the back gate open and your Siberian Husky is nowhere to be found. Or - worst of all - you keep getting calls from neighbors and the animal shelter because your dog is found wandering the streets.
Certain breeds - including Airedales, Beagles, Labrador Retrievers and Siberian Huskies - are natural explorers. But even a mixed-breed mutt can have an insatiable desire to see what's beyond the fence. And that can put his life in danger.
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Dogs who roam may be seeking something. If your dog is not neutered or spayed, he or she may be looking for a mate, and roaming is a great way to hook up with another dog. Sexual hormones are strong motivators and prompt dogs to find just about any wayRead More »from Why Does My Dog ... Roam?
a 64-pound okapi calf.One of the first births of the year at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was a rare one: a 64-pound okapi calf.
While the okapi may look like a zebra, it's actually the only living relative of the giraffe. The forest dweller is only found in Central Africa, and there are now 106 of them living in 28 zoos.
Born on Jan. 6 to mom Betty and dad Zack, the calf is now up to 96 pounds. He spends his days hiding with his mom while he's nursing. Hiding behavior is common in the species - both in captivity and in the wild - as a way of protecting the young from predators.
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Read More »from Is it a Zebra or a Giraffe? No Its a Baby Okapi
By Caroline Golon l vetstreet.com
Ms. Betty Boop enjoys a pre-Westminster event.While some dogs like to go to the park to socialize with their buddies, Bobbi Mitchell of Bronx, N.Y., says her 3-year-old Maltese, Ms. Betty Boop (or BB for short), would rather party it up on the New York doggie social circuit in her top canine couture.High Fashion
Since the first night BB came to live with Mitchell and her husband, the dog has loved to wear clothes. "She won't go out of the house naked," Mitchell says. "She pulls back on the chain." So Mitchell obliges her little white pooch, buying her enough clothes and accessories to fill her own closet ... in her own bedroom, of course.
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"When she's at home, she just wears a T-shirt," Mitchell shares. But when BB has a special event to attend, she dons her designer gear - styles from top doggie designers like Anthony Rubio and Ada Nieves. "Sometimes she does wear off the rack," admits Mitchell. "But that's for casual stuff." But always,Read More »from "My Dog Has a More Active Social Life Than I Do!"
By Shayna Meliker
The grand finale of football season is nearly upon us, and whether you're crying tears of sadness or tears of joy, you're going to love this Instagram hashtag. The New England Patriots are promoting the hashtag #patspets to bring together their four-legged fans before the team faces the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on Sunday evening.
The feed is collecting some real gems: A dog cuddling with Patriots teddy bears, an adorable puppy sporting Pats collar tags, a cute cat using a Rob Gronkowski jersey as a blanket, an Italian Greyhound cheerleader, and a sleeping dog dreaming about a Tom Brady Super Bowl. Oh, and a bearded dragon with a fan cape. Yes, really.
Who are you and your pets rooting for this weekend? Let us know on the Crittr Facebook page!
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- vetstreet.com | Pets – Fri, Jan 18, 2013 9:16 AM EST
By Mikkel Becker l vetstreet.com
Dog helping with your love lifeThe secret is out. I'm a serial avoider when a guy I've designated to the "friend zone" leans in for a kiss - and since I'm a dog trainer, it's become second nature to use canines as a way to deflect him. It's not that I don't want to share that special moment with someone - I just haven't found my prince yet.
So at the risk of exposing my clever dating tactics, here's how you can train your own dog - and, no, it doesn't have to be a German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher - to put the kibosh on unwanted (albeit harmless) advances from would-be Romeos.
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I always advise pet owners to put their dogs in crates while driving. That said, there are certain risks that need to be taken to avoid an even bigger threat: a date who attempts to plant one on me in the car!
To prevent this situation when the car is not in motion, I like to position the dog betweenRead More »from How Your Dog Can Save You from Kissing First-Date Frogs
January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day, so, naturally, we jumped at the opportunity to celebrate our favorite willy, nilly, silly old bear!
First, a little bit of history: The holiday falls on the birthday of A. A. Milne, a British author who wrote plays, novels and nonfiction - but was, of course, most notably known for his Winnie the Pooh books. He modeled the collections of stories off his son, Christopher Robin Milne, and the little boy's stuffed animals. A. A. Milne was born exactly 131 years ago tomorrow, in London.
We're definitely carving out some time tomorrow to take a journey back to the Hundred Acre Wood. In fact, we've already sent invites for our Pooh party to Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Kanga and little Roo too! If you'd like to join us, all you have to do is pull out your dusty old Pooh books, play that Kenny Loggins song you used to love and celebrate one of our favorite childhood characters!
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