July 3, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Lady Eats Nothing But Dog Food for a Month

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We’ve all heard the old saying ‘you are what you eat.’ Well, if that is true, then Washington pet store owner Dorothy Hunter is a bag of dog food.

Dorothy has captured everyone’s attention by announcing that, for 30 days, she will consume nothing but the food and treats she keeps in her store. Well, that and her morning coffee — she isn’t insane.

Why Eat Dog Food?

The idea came to her one day when she was looking for a quick snack. “I grabbed a bag of treats off the counter, and I was like, wow, you know, these read better than normal people treats. So I started eating the treats and I was like, you know, I could do this for 30 days.”

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Sorry, Buster, but this bowl is for me…

It should be noted that her store only carries pet food specially selected for the high quality of its ingredients. Dorothy states her inventory contains “no fillers, or animal (byproducts) or preservatives. We also do our best to make sure we do not carry any edible foods from China or products whose ingredients came from China.”

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But that doesn’t change the fact that it is still dog food.

“I decided to eat this food for a month just to prove how good it tastes, as well as showcase its nutrition,” said Hunter.

Now, This May Surprise You

And, as strange as it seems, it has been working. Since June 19th (when the diet began) Dorothy has lost 2.5 pounds, and claims that her feet hurt her less after working a 10 hour shift.

RELATED STORY: Recognizing If Your Pet Is Overweight

It isn’t just Dorothy either. Much of the Hunter clan has taken to the doggy diet. “My kids love the dog treats as well, and I don’t mind them eating those because they are nutritious.”

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We love our new dog food diet!

Though it may seem strange to eat nothing but dog food (however gourmet) for a month, to get a point across about the importance of educating ourselves on the food we consume, Dorothy Hunter has done a bang-up job.

“Learn about what you’re eating and what you’re feeding your pets. I think if we can get the awareness out of reading the ingredients, and really understanding what is in the pet food, that that will eventually carry over. If you’re feeding your pet healthy, maybe you’ll start reading the ingredients of your own foods, and maybe you can start eating healthy too.”

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Tri-City Herald - Tri-City woman eating pet food to prove its nutrition
 NBC Right Now - Local Pet Supply Store Owner Eats Dog Food for a Month

 

 

July 2, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Dog Throws Up The Solution To 5-Year-Old Mystery

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After being married for 20 years, Lois Matykowski lost her wedding ring. “I was devastated. How do you replace something like that? Not only the value of the ring but just the emotional ties too,” said Lois. What makes matters worse, the ring was not insured.

Fast forward five years. Tucker, the Matykowski’s dog was busy doing what he does best — sneaking mouthfuls of food that isn’t his. Hence his nickname “the food burglar.” However, being a dog, Tucker was unaware of the stick at the center of the Popsicle he was sneakily snacking on.

RELATED STORY: How To Handle 6 Common Dog Behavior Problems

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But, thanks to the keen advice of the Matykowski’s vet, the popsicle stick was not long for his tummy. After feeding Tucker a Vaseline sandwich (which is exactly what it sounds like), Tucker managed to retch up the stick before it managed to do any serious damage.

RELATED STORY: 8 Things Your Dog Begs For That Are Okay To Share

Two days after the Popsicle incident, Tucker made like he was going to have another bout of vomiting. Perhaps there were some renegade stick fragments yet to be dislodged. No, what spurned this latest cookie-tossing was something far…shinier.

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That’s right! Five years later, the Matykowskis are pleasantly surprised to find that the missing wedding ring was “tucked away” the whole time (pun very much intended). Yes, the food burglar had struck again, but ended up unwittingly indicting himself in his own grand heist.

Luckily for Tucker, despite his formerly fraudulent ways, he is now being heralded as a hero for “returning” the long lost ring. And while it would have been nice for the Matykowskis to have gotten the ring back sooner, Lois’ general attitude seems to be one of ‘better late than never.’

RELATED STORY: What To Feed A Sick Dog So They’ll Feel Better

Also, they do get an interesting story out of the ordeal — “Friends have said ‘I want a dog that throws up diamonds,” says Matykowski. “Who wouldn’t, right?”

Needless to say, despite the fact that he is currently riding high on the waves of his latest success, Tucker will be watched like a hawk from here on out anytime food — or jewelry — are within reach.

RELATED STORY: 4 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Always Hungry

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Daily Mail - Dog coughs up owner’s missing wedding ring SIX YEARS after it disappeared
OKC Fox - Dog coughs up diamond ring he ate five years ago
NY Daily News - Five years later, sick dog hacks up Wisconsin woman’s missing wedding ring: report
KHON 2 – Dog Coughs Up Lost Wedding Ring
CBS 6 – Hero Dog Solves Five-Year-Old Mystery in the Most Unusual Way
ABC 9 – Diamond Dog Returns Missing Wedding Ring

June 30, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Officers Use Love to Subdue an Aggressive Dog

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Amongst a sea of stories about police brutality towards aggressive dogs, these two Texas officers stand out for their acts of compassion in the face of what could have easily spiraled into another tragic cop-shoots-dog story.

The event happened when Sgt. Gary Carter and and Officer Heather Gibson, out on a call,  spotted a group of frightened people. They were then informed of an aggressive dog roaming through the neighborhood, behaving violently and stalking people.

Calming The Not-So-Aggressive Dog

Reacting to the neighborhood’s cries for help, the two cops sought out the rogue dog, expecting to find a wild, blood thirsty mongrel.

However, what they did happen upon was something else entirely — a tail-wagging pit bull. Hardly an aggressive dog, the officers first actual encounter with took place after the pit bull was chased off of a neighboring lawn by the homeowners chihuahua.

“He ran to me like,

Help me! Help me! This monster is going to eat me!’, ” Carter said.

A long time dog lover, Carter recognized right away that this dog was not a threat.

At that point, the two officers decided to forego the hostilities, opting to coax the wary pit bull into their car with protein bars and head scratches instead of drawing their firearms. And everything worked out just fine.

They got the ‘aggressive dog‘ into the back seat of their car, took him to a shelter, and reunited him with his owner.

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“You could tell he was friendly and open and he needed someone to get him off the street,” Carter said. “I’m glad the way it turned out.”

A Win for The Good Guys

And thanks to the monumental viral success of these officers’ actions, the Arlington Police Department, along with police departments everywhere, are starting to see the importance of training their officers in differentiating between a dog that is a threat, and one that is scared. After reading what seems to be hundreds of tales about dogs getting shot by scared officers, hearing that there are police out there willing to go the peaceful route gives many people hope.

Sources:
Star Telegram – Arlington Officers Praised for Pacifying ‘Aggressive’ Dog
The Dodo – Officers End Stand Off with an Aggressive Pit Bull — By Befriending Him
Facebook – Arlington Police Page

June 26, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Hawaii Woman Tries to Flip Rescue Dog for Profit

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Not one hour after Sally Mae’s adoption, employees at the Hawaiian Humane Society found a Craigslist post for the rescue dog, asking for twice her original adoption fee.

RELATED STORY: How to Adopt a Dog or a Cat: Every Question Answered

In the post, the seller claimed that her and her boyfriend were no longer able to care for the dog. Did they somehow become overburdened between the time they adopted the dog and when they got home?

No — she was just looking to make some easy money.

Flipping Rescue Dogs

However, due to the legal grey area in which this practice exists, the humane society is at a loss for how to proceed. Nothing technically illegal took place. Yet we can all agree that this kind of behavior is inappropriate and needs to be prevented.

The business of adopting and reselling dogs for profit has becoming a growing problem in some areas – and the fact that there is no legal recourse against it makes it that much worse.

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Photo from YouTube

In the case of Sally Mae, there may be hope for retribution. While she is actually 10-years-old, the craigslist post advertised her as five. This could be viewed as attempting to defraud a potential buyer. Whether that is enough to have the slimy salesperson tried in court has yet to be determined. But we do know that the amount of outrage stirred up by this unseemly deed will help put an end to reselling rescue dogs.

In fact, the Humane Society is working on drawing up a bill that makes the act of dog flipping illegal. For the time being, however, they are encouraging people to take caution whenever they agree to adopt a dog through any channel that isn’t an official animal rescue.

So, if you are looking to adopt, make sure you go through a reputable source so as to not encourage this kind of unscrupulous behavior.

And if you want to learn a little more about Sally Mae, watch this video!

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Khon 2 – Craigslist Dog Ad Sparks Public Outrage, Disappointment

June 25, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Meet Peanut: The World’s Ugliest Dog

Say ‘hi’ to Peanut, the World’s Ugliest Dog.

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It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But when it comes to the World’s Ugliest Dog competition, the eye of the beholder can take the day off.

Sure, the contestants are kind and loving dogs, but the reason they came is not their pleasant disposition. These dogs are downright UGLY.

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And at the front of the pack is the grim-visaged Peanut, who recently took home the title of World’s Ugliest Dog.

THE CONTEST

Now in its 26th year, the Worlds Ugliest Dog contest is not just some dog and pony show (although it is a dog show…).  It is a serious competition where the ugliest dogs from across the globe come to take a shot at the title.

Before the show, all the dogs are examined by vets to make sure that their unique looks are naturally cultivated and not the result of some kind of condition. Odd though it may be, this is one competition in which a bad case of mange or a bulbous tumor could actually be seen as a leg up.

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Once vetted, there is a panel of three judges grade the entrants on various characteristics, such as special or unusual attributes, their overall personality, and “natural ugliness.” After the voting process, a winner is selected to bear the title of “World’s Ugliest Dog.”

This year, that honor went to Peanut.

PEANUT’S STORY

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A two-year old shih-tzu chihuahua cross, Peanut did not always have such unfortunate looks.

He became disfigured as a puppy after suffering a serious burn. As it happens, many of the entrants in this pageant have a similar back story — the victims of abuse or burning to the point of disfigurement.

As for Peanut, his injuries resulted in his trademark deformed eyelids, patchy fur, and toothy grin.

However, in an unlikely turn of events, it is those selfsame injuries that earned Peanut a blue ribbon, $1,500, and international acclaim.

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Photo from Facebook

To help prevent the future mistreatment of dogs, his handler, Holly Chandler, has promised to put the winnings towards paying for the vet bills of pets in need.

Also, as much of this contest is aimed at building awareness of canine abuse, Holly hopes that Peanut can one day become a poster child for how abused dogs can overcome their adversity.

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Associated Press - There’s a New World’s Ugliest Dog