By Amy Sinatra Ayres | January 30, 2013
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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- vetstreet.com | Pets – Wed, Jan 30, 2013 10:17 AM EST
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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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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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By Dr. Mary Fuller l vetstreet.com
Juno the summer she dipped her paws in three of the Great Lakes.I didn't meet Frances and her dog, Juno, in an exam room. It was on the shores of a city lake, where she cradled her Border Collie on a park bench.
Something about the way Frances held her dog wasn't right. When I asked if her dog was tired, she shook her head, and I could see the tears pool in her eyes. "Juno is 14," Frances whispered, "and I think she had a stroke last night because she can't stand. I have an appointment to put her down in 15 minutes, but I wanted her to see her favorite place one last time."
The tears came hot to my eyes, too. I explained that I was a veterinarian and asked if I could take a closer look at Juno. If there was any comfort I could offer Frances, then I had to try.
Juno struggled to stand and then collapsed on the ground. With a closer look, I realized she had all the telltale signs of Old Dog VestibularRead More »from Fate Saves an Older Dogs Life
Think your kitty is itching to spin some tunes?As cat owners, we put up with certain things. We put the litter box in a fairly out-of-the-way corner (but not so out-of-the-way that the cat won't go there), we have strings and toys hanging from most doorknobs, and we baldly accept the fact that we'll never use our own toilet without an audience again. But, you know, it's nice when the things you have to put up with also give a little something back, right?
Enter the DJ Cat Scratching Pad. It's a scratching pad for your cat (obviously) with the added bonus of being absolutely hilarious. It's funny enough that you won't have any problem keeping it wherever your kitty likes to scratch; even when your cat isn't using it, it's certainly a conversation starter!More on Vetstreet.com:
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Actress Lena Dunham and her new dog LambyLena Dunham has a new pride and joy in her life ... and we don't mean the two Golden Globes she took home last night for her insanely successful HBO hit, Girls.
The actress and her mom (photographer Laurie Simmons) rescued a dog from the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition last week. Dunham first showed off her scruffy new pup on Instagram, writing: "And because no day is stressful enough on its own, meet Lamby Dunham. He comes from BARC (@barcanimals) and @lauriesimmons and I sprung him this afternoon."
We can't help but wonder if little Lamby has been some kind of instant good luck charm for Dunham. The second season of Girls premiered last night to more fanfare than any 26-year-old could ever hope for. And that same night, Dunham made a huge splash at the Golden Globes, reeling in a best actress award for her role on Girls - plus a win in the best TV series (comedy or musical) category for the show itself.
We don't want to jinx anything ... but keep up the good work,Read More »from "Girls" Star Lena Dunham Adopts a Shelter Dog