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And the nominees are…

In Just for Fun on February 27, 2009 at 8:15 pm


The Humane Society of the United States is once again rolling out the red carpet for the 23rd Genesis Awards. The awards show recognizes news and entertainment media for showcasing animal issues. This year there are 58 nominees and 19 categories.

The Wyler Award will be presented to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi for making news on behalf of animals. Last year Sir Paul McCartney and Hayden Panettiere won the award.

Bolt, Marley and Me, Red, and Saving Luna are the contenders in the Feature Film category.

Was one of your favorite shows, magazines, or articles nominated? Visit the HSUS’ website to find out!


A sucker for attention

In Animal News on February 27, 2009 at 8:02 pm

One of Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s resident octopi played a prank that left the building’s offices all wet. The female, two-spotted octopus with a reputation for being curious and gregarious overflowed her tank with the pull of a valve. While no animals were harmed in the incident, the newly designed floors might be damaged by the hundreds of gallons of water.

A similar prank was pulled last summer by an octopus at the Seattle Aquarium. Dolores Umbridge would soak the staff by blowing water jets on them when they’d come by to feed her or clean her tank.

Portuguese Water Dog fans question possible presidential pooch

In Animal News on February 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm


The other day we blogged about Michelle Obama’s announcement that a Portuguese Water Dog might join the First Family.

According to a Los Angeles Times blog, not all dog lovers are excited about the choice. Many worry Portuguese Water Dogs might join the ranks of Dalmatians and other breeds people buy because they’re popular, then realize they can’t care for them. Others think the breed is hard to train and too high maintenance for the busy family.

What do you think?

Don’t leave any PooPrints!

In Just for Fun on February 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm
The best way to avoid a fine or DNA test is to clean up after your dog!

The best way to avoid a fine or DNA test is to clean up after your dog!

Once when I was walking down the sidewalk after work, I saw a massive mound of dog doo-doo, right in the middle of my path. Apparently I wasn’t the only pedestrian annoyed by the roadblock, because someone had taken the time to write a little sign and tape it next to the pile. “This is disgusting!” The sign read. “Nobody wants to smell and look at this! Clean up after your dog!” I chuckled and wished I had my camera on me.

Now, thanks to Tennessee-based company BioPet Vet Lab, dogs and their guardians may not be able to get away with a poo-and-run.

The company has developed a DNA-based system that can determine the dog responsible for the poop.  The system, called PooPrints, requires saliva samples from every dog in a participating area in order to register their DNA in a central database. In other words, if the culprit is an outsider who isn’t in the system, the test won’t work. Dog droppings can be mailed to BioPet where technicians will match the DNA to reveal the offender. There’s a $29.95 fee for a pet to be enrolled in the DNA system, then it’s $49.95 per poop test.

Whoa, horsey! ASPCA grant targets equine sanctuaries

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2009 at 8:03 pm


An equine sanctuary is certainly a good thing. Oversight of that sanctuary—helping people help horses—may be just as important, however. In recognition of this fact, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced its award of a $10,000 to the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) to support its Equine Sanctuary Site Inspection program. The program operates an accreditation process to ensure that horses receive appropriate care and that the sanctuaries uphold ethical and legal standards.

The grant will cover the cost of 10 GFAS accreditation visits.

Sign up for ASPCA pet insurance and save

In Health and Safety on February 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm


There’s no better time to sign Fido and Fluffy up for insurance. If you enroll online before March 31, you can get 10% off ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. Visit ASPCAPetInsurance.com/ASPCA to enroll. Enter code A09ASPCAD to get the discount.

Fishy business gets the boot

In Animal News on February 25, 2009 at 9:52 pm

APTOPIX Fish Pedicures

Florida sea kittens got some good news this week. The state banned fish pedicures, leaving Florida residents to take a dip in the ocean to get a similar spa treatment.

The trendy spa service uses small, toothless fish to eat the dead skin off of customers’ feet, but it was deemed unhygienic by the Florida Board of Cosmetology. The treatment violates two state laws: one that prohibits animals from salons and another that requires salon “tools” to be sanitized between customers. While the tanks used for the service can be sanitized, the fish can’t be washed.

Fish pedicures have also been banned from Washington, Texas, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

First dog update

In Animal News, Just for Fun on February 25, 2009 at 8:01 pm
Future First Dog?

Future First Dog?

Though President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress last night, it seems like everyone is still asking the same question–When are you going to get a dog, Mr. President?

In an interview with People magazine hitting stands Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama said they will likely get a dog in April, after Sasha and Malia’s spring break. It looks like a Portuguese Water Dog might be the lucky dog. We’re still hoping they can find one from a shelter or breed rescue!

Reader’s Tail: Spay Day success

In Readers Tails on February 25, 2009 at 6:03 pm

While some may have been partying and indulging on Fat Tuesday yesterday, many animal-lovers across the country were celebrating Spay Day.

Montville Veterinary Group vet techs Virginia and Heather

Montville Veterinary Group vet techs Virginia and Heather

Dr. Anastasia Ferrante and the Montville Veterinary Group in New Jersey celebrated by donating five spay/neuter surgeries to pet parents who could not afford the procedure.


If all vets were this genersous, imagine how many pets and people we could help!

Pet Pic of the Day

In Pet Pic of the Day on February 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm


“Frankie being silly” by Flickr user pricer 17.

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