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Dog “Cries” When Her Soldier Returns Home

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A dog freaks out over a soldier’s return from Iraq in this touching video. The dog freaks out when the soldier (their father) returns from war after an extended leave in Iraq.  Although I don’t know the full story behind the soldier’s return, the dog’s reaction to his return is really adorable!

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07/04/2010 at 11:55 am

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Bag thief gets “stinky” surprise inside!

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A bag-snatcher on a bicycle pinched a bag of poo from an elderly dog-walker in Worthing.

The thief rode past the pensioner near the Post Office in High Street, Tarring, and grabbed a bag she had been using to clean up after her dog.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said: “A male on his pushbike came past her and snatched the bag, perhaps thinking that there was something of value inside.

“The lady was not harmed and clearly the thief stole nothing of value.”

SOURCE: Hunt for Worthing “poo thief”

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04/10/2010 at 11:53 pm

Tupperware parties but for pets: It’s ‘Pupperware’ time!

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First there was Tupperware parties. Now there’s the “pupperware” party.

The concept is pretty much the same as Tupperware or almost any other product sold at home parties. Someone hosts a party and invites his or her friends and family to check out a product line. Only with these parties, the guest list doesn’t have to be limited to humans. Canine companions welcome!

The Pet Party is being offered by Shure Pets, a national pet product company based in Chicago.

Spending money on our household animals is at an all-time high. We may be in a recession, but we’re not cutting back on pampering our pets, according to figures from the American Pet Products Association. The group’s most recent statistics show that consumers in the United States spent $43.2 billion on their pets in 2008, up from $41.2 billion in 2007.

Laura Macklin, sales and training director for the Pet Party, recently held a pupperware party at her west suburban home.

“We even had a 10-week-old puppy come to visit, and we gave her a spa treatment. We put spritzer on her, brushed her all out, put paw balm on her paws and made her look really pretty,” Macklin said.

Guests at Macklin’s Pet Party were shown Shure Pets’ lineup of products including Paramount Paw Balm, the Ulti-Mutt Candy Bar, Devine Canine and Feline Breath Mints. There also were a variety of collars and leashes to choose from, as well as beds for cats and dogs. Other products being touted include organic catnip, a variety of shampoos and conditioners and dog treats.

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Dogs help children learn to read [Video]

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Burgh, a Bernese Mountain dog, is assisting in the Tailwaggin’ Tutors program.

“When it’s time for the kids to read, they sit down, she sits down next to them and she listens,” said Carol Vernon, a library employee.

It doesn’t even matter that all the stories sound the same to Burgh.

“(The children are) breaking out of their shell,” said Chris Bohrer, the dog’s owner.  “They’re not so afraid to be around either a dog or an adult and they generally start reading louder and louder.”

The program has made for positive results.

“I just think because you’re training and reading to at least somebody before you read to an actual real person,” said Tommy Fanning of the Reading To Dogs program.  “Whether it’s getting over shyness or just getting confidence in their ability to read aloud, or whether it’s actually improving their reading, I hear about it from the parents.”

The children are going from beginning readers to chapter books in a matter of weeks.

“However you can get them to love reading or enjoy reading, I think it’s a wonderful thing,” said Janel Fanning, the mother of one of the students in the program.

Read more and watch this story: Dogs Helping Children Learn To Read

The world’s smallest dog

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He is a third of the size of an average guinea pig, and weighs in at just a few ounces – but this tiny puppy could be a big deal when it comes to world records.

The miniscule chihuahua-Jack Russell cross – appropriately named Tom Thumb by its owners – is a serious contender for the title of being the smallest dog on the planet.

Little Tom was born just three weeks ago as part of a surprise litter to mum Spice, a chihuahua.

And he is unlikely to get much bigger – with some previous experience of rearing puppies through their early weeks, the couple are convinced that Tom is almost fully grown now.

With his tan-and-black markings, Tom Thumb measures less than four inches from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail and only weighs about three ounces.

Read more and see more pictures: The adventures of Tom Thumb: The tiny puppy set to be the world’s smallest dog

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04/06/2009 at 9:49 am

Woman spends $23,000 to find lost dog [Video]

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Ginny Davis went to extreme measures to find her lost dog, a $23,000 investment that she said paid off.

When Davis lost her 2-year-old shih tzu, Sam, money was no object.

With six furry friends, Davis considers her dogs family. When Sam wiggled out of his collar on the way to the groomer, Davis was devastated.

“He was just in panic mode at that point and so he just kept running,” she said.

As quickly as Sam made his escape, Davis drew up a game plan to find him. She hired search and rescue teams from Oklahoma and Ohio to trace his scent and plastered thousands of signs all over Indianapolis and Greenwood.

With every phone call she got, Davis had a little more hope that Sam would be found safe and sound.

One day last week, Davis got a phone call she had waited months for. A postal worker saw Sam sleeping in a nearby field. When Davis called Sam’s name, the dog came running to her.

“I thought, ‘My God, it is him,’ and I just sat down and cried,” Davis said.

Philip Borst, who has a veterinary practice near Davis’ home, said he was shocked when he heard that a pet owner spent $23,000 to find her dog.

“I’ve had stories over my 35 years of dogs that have been lost for 100 miles away and they found them … in another city or state,” Borst said. “The lengths that she went, that showed that she sure did love that little pooch.”

“I’m not a wealthy person. It’s just that I feel when you get an animal, you make a commitment,” Davis said.

Sam was extremely dirty and full of ticks when he was found, but after a good grooming and examination, he’s the same dog Davis loves.

Read more and watch this story: Woman Spends $23,000 To Find Lost Dog

Dog mows lawn and can play piano

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Hope, a white German Shepherd, is a dab paw around the garden as he shows off his skills with the Flymo at his home in Sutton Coldfield.

The four-year-old, who was the winner of National Pet Month in April 2008, can also play the piano, claim organizers of a new talent show.

His winning exploits are just an example of the skills being sought by the organizers of the inaugural Britain’s Most Talented Pet.

The competition, run by The Ultimate Pet Show, is calling for entrants with sparkle – horses that sing, dogs that dance and cats that juggle.

Twelve finalists will be selected to appear at the show at the NEC Birmingham on May 2.

Read more: Hope the white German Shepherd takes a spin round the lawn