Blog Posts by Sarah D. Bunting

  • Crazy Diamonds: Morning Zoo October 28 2011

    Fans of pub games will want to learn Jip the dog's secret -- he plays darts. (Buzzfeed)

    The article linked to here may or may not help you back down a dog who's chasing you while you're out on your morning run -- but the comment thread has an interesting discussion on "stereotypically aggressive" breeds that you might find interesting. (Lifehacker)

    Today's adoptable pet du jour comes to us live from Camden, DE -- with the unfortunate name of Simpleton. He's an adult male Doberman with lots of energy; check him out today. (Petfinder)

    And speaking of unfortunate names, Michelle Williams told Ellen that her daughter Matilda wanted to give their new puppy a stripper name. The one Matilda eventually settled on is more of a Danielle Steel affair. (Jezebel)

    More famous peeps and their be-costumed pets at Halloween (we can't say we approve of that Ren Faire rig on Ramona Singer's dog, who's obviously longing for a flagon of mead). (People Pets

    A cockatiel claw-clipping sesh goes hilariously

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  • Pre-dressed pets: the orange cat

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    Previously: Angry Birds and past presidents.

    Lots and lots of options for the orange-feline aficionado. You can go with Morris; Garfield, if your ginger is portly and likes lasagna; or Tonto, from the fine film Harry and Tonto, although most people haven't heard of that movie, and the ones that have probably cried at the end of it. (It's good, though. Art Carney won an Oscar for it.)

    I live with an orange-and-white cat myself. His costume last year? "Melted creamsicle." His costume this year? ..."Melted creamsicle." (He's seventeen and thinks he's a Russian poet. You want to put a hat on that guy, you go ahead. I'll be over here with the Bactine.)

    And if your cat is a very bright orange, you can try "traffic cone."

    What "costumes" have you given YOUR orange cats? Dazzle us in the comments!

    Next: Ludwig von, or Stephen King?

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  • Pre-dressed pets

    Halloween can put a lot of pressure on the pet owner. Not only do you have to come up with a clever costume for yourself, but you've got think of one for the dog, too – one he won't hate, or eat, or ruin in a puddle. (If you have a dog; cat owners don't even bother.)

    And there's always that one super-competitive neighbor who dresses her Westie as the entire So You Think You Can Dance judging panel somehow. It's just too much, right?

    Well, we've got a solution. It's cheap, it's easy, and it requires no crafting or drafting skills. Ready? Okay: Google your breed or color/markings of pet; find a pop-culture example; tell everyone he's dressed as that example for Halloween. It's the non-costume costume! Boom, done, next problem.

    Own a canary? He's Tweety. German Shepherd? She's Rin Tin Tin. "Stout" grey tabby? William Howard Taft. (It's the whiskers that sell it.) (But on a serious note, please check in with your vet if your cat is very overweight. Okay, back to the bad Read More »from Pre-dressed pets
  • Non-costume pet costumes

    Halloween can put a lot of pressure on the pet owner. Not only do you have to come up with a clever costume for yourself, but you've got think of one for the dog, too – one he won't hate, or eat, or ruin in a puddle. (If you have a dog; cat owners don't even bother.)

    And there's always that one super-competitive neighbor who dresses her Westie as the entire So You Think You Can Dance judging panel somehow. It's just too much, right?

    Well, we've got a solution. It's cheap, it's easy, and it requires no crafting or drafting skills. Ready? Okay: Google your breed or color/markings of pet; find a pop-culture example; tell everyone he's dressed as that example for Halloween. It's the non-costume costume! Boom, done, next problem.

    Own a canary? He's Tweety. German Shepherd? She's Rin Tin Tin. "Stout" grey tabby? William Howard Taft. (It's the whiskers that sell it.) (But on a serious note, please check in with your vet if your cat is very overweight. Okay, back to the bad puns.)

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  • Foundlings: Morning Zoo October 27 2011

    Via Twitter and @misc_mike comes a possible solution to your cat-related inadvertent-document-deletion problem: a decoy keyboard. Does it come with the warmth that seems to attract my felines? (Mike Smyth)

    A dog interrupted a Copa Sudamericana futbol match earlier in the week. He just wanted to run around, and run around he did, eluding players and staff for several minutes. The wide shots really give you the full effect. (Deadspin)

    The Champaign County (IL) Humane Society mulls a controversial adoption ban. (The Daily Illini)

    Is dressing cats for seasonal holidays cruel? (The Calgary Herald)

    Your adoptable pet du jour doesn't seem to think so; his name is Ace, and he's a kitten wearing a skull sweater. Squaw Valley, CA locals, check him out. (ASPCA)

    You've heard about toilet-training cats; is it possible to toilet-train a dog? Elaine Hirsch claims it is. (FIDO Friendly)

    With all the candy, decor, and carefully-sewn costumes around at this time of year, it's a great time to break your dog's

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  • Brrrraaaains: Morning Zoo October 26 2011

    Thinkstock ImagesFrom our peeps at Yahoo! News -- tiger cubs at the Sydney Zoo! Awww. (With a cameo by Mom, who's over it.) (Yahoo! News)

    Speaking of tigers, dig this photo array of retired circus cats who now make the Wild Animal Sanctuary their home. (PetSugar)

    I can't imagine how long it took to do, but Yasrsly is right; this zombie poodle costume is amazing. (Buzzfeed)

    You know what infants find hilarious? ...Yes, Luis Bunuel's films, but besides those? Snoring French bulldogs, mais oui. (Animal Planet's Daily Treat)

    Make it a Chico kind of day with your adoptable pet du jour: Chico, a ferret with cute toesies from Randolph, NJ. (Petfinder)

    Remember the remote pet-toys set-up at an animal shelter in Michigan that I mentioned earlier in the week? Manhattan's Bide-a-Wee has one too, and the story went viral yesterday...featuring a lady who named her cats after anti-depressants. Look, WE'RE NOT ALL LIKE THAT. (The Awl)

    Daniela Caride recommends the new "if I am out, I am lost" tag from Coastal, which I

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  • Shaken Not Stirred: Morning Zoo October 25 2011

    Gather 'round the campfire -- or iPod -- for a series of spooky pet tales, with the Paranormal Pets podcast. (Pet Life Radio)

    With a new baby on the way, you've got a lot to do -- but take time out from wrestling with the crib instructions to prep your pets for the new arrival. (And check out our partner's tips on three common mistakes new-parent pet owners make, too. Not to freak you out unduly or anything.) (Oregon Live)

    Meet Henry James, the therapy dog who works Mineta San Jose International Airport. (NBC Bay Area)

    Nobody likes the cone of shame -- unless a clever owner converts it into a martini costume! (Also shown: a "Pupto Bismol" costume, for the inevitable martini aftermath.) (FIDO Friendly)

    Today's adoptable pets du jour: Bertha and Limerick, a bonded pair of Siamese cats. San Franciscans, check 'em out. (PetWave)

    Furminator is rolling out a sort of combo bathrobe/Snuggie product; share your bathtime story, and you could win one for yourself! Well, for your dog. (I assume. No

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  • Smorgas-weird

    "The dog ate my homework." Teachers haven't believed that excuse since the nineteenth century, but it does happen. Dogs eat all sorts of crazy things, according to this series of X-rays, including rubber duckies, arrows, and engagement rings; a friend of mine's chocolate Lab ate the friend's wallet whole.

    Rats can eat homework, too. It happened to me in college; I turned my back on a ten-page Wordsworth paper for five minutes, and the next thing I knew, Templeton had turned it into a comfy nest. (Obviously he'd read it first. Everyone's a critic.)

    Ferrets will snack on electrical cords, recliner stuffing, and Taco Bell; rabbits will eat everything from entire hoodies to cars parked at the airport; and cats, who act like they're above that sort of thing, will not confine themselves to licking plastic shopping bags and harassing you for a bite of lemon yogurt, oh no. At least, mine won't; Hobey ate a chunk of a vintage table once, leading to a three-thousand-dollar surgery, and

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  • I Do: Morning Zoo October 24 2011

    If you'd planned to dress your Corgi as Super Mario for Halloween, bad news: somebody beat you to it. Wario's probably still available, though. (Buzzfeed)

    Did you miss NYC's Halloween costume parade for pets? Dig the highlights. (The canine Trader Joe's manager is my favorite.) (People Pets)

    Is your cat a candidate for animal-assisted therapy? (Cat Channel)

    Today's adoptable pet du jour is a "very mellow corn snake" named Red. If you live in the Huntingdon, PA area, check him/her out. (Adopt A Pet)

    Joanne Manaster researches the secret to a successful cute-animal viral video. Adorable-sloth alert! (Scientific American)

    Oskar the Blind Kitten enjoys his toys (and "enjoys" the hairdryer). (Pet Project)

    Now you can play with shelter cats remotely. Pick one of three toys and control it with your, um, mouse to give these felines some exercise! (Michigan Humane Society)

    Don't you just hate it when your Lab ruins your carefully orchestrated marriage proposal? At least this one's owners get to tease

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  • "Bo is really the most popular"

    Official White House Photo by Lawrence JacksonFirst Lady Michelle Obama met with a small group of women on Monday to discuss her Let's Move initiative -- and other topics like not eating the whole bag of chips; TV time for First Daughters Malia and Sasha; and "creating change" in our day-to-day lives. Shine Senior Editor Lylah M. Alphonse got the scoop on all that and more.

    Lylah also passed along this official portrait of Mrs. Obama and First Dog Bo, the Portuguese Water Dog who joined the Obama family in 2009. (Lawrence Jackson is the photographer.) The First Lady talked about what inspired the photo, and the kids who write to her:

    "I think you all are the first to officially receive this picture. It is me and Bo and we're in the garden. And one of the reasons we did this picture is because we get so many letters from kids, mostly, who -- they want to hear about the garden, they want to see it, and they also want to see Bo. Bo is really the most popular. So we decided to do this official picture that we could send to them when Read More »from "Bo is really the most popular"

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