Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Leona Helmsley's Dog Receives $12M in Will

NEW YORK - Known as "the Queen of Mean", and a symbol of the greed of the 1980s, Leona Helmsley passed away last week at age 87.

Although officials do not suspect foul play, they did note that her white Maltese named "Trouble" was one of the biggest beneficiaries in her will, receiving a $12M trust fund.

In surrogate court on Tuesday, it was revealed that two of Leona's grandchildren received nothing. According to one source, their names had been crudely crossed out on the will, which also reportedly contained an inky paw print and several white hairs... Read More

• 8/30/07: More people leaving Money to their Pets - The NSA has reported a sudden increase in the number of dogs that are receiving large sums of money from owner's wills. It is not known if this occurance is related to a recent increase in "Terrier Chatter" reported at many dog parks, but the Whitehouse has not ruled out raising the Terror Alert level.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Canine Extremists Spend Thousands on Dogs

MIAMI, Fl. - OK, so maybe you wouldn’t dream of buying a $3,000 dress for yourself. But for your darling dog? Totally different story.

Teacups Puppies & Boutique in Hollywood, Fla., is carrying a limited-edition frock by Susan Lanci for Swarovski, with thousands of hand-sewn stone butterflies and flowers. Only 10 were made; Teacups has three. It might put you in hock but, boy, does it look cute.

“People get absolutely crazy when it comes to their dogs – they go all out,” says Michael Badgett, owner of My Baby Has Pawz in Pembroke Pines, Fla. “They love them like children... Read More

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Dog Propaganda Creates Rift Between China and Korea (oops!?)

SEOUL, South Korea: A South Korean pet shop owner has sparked a minor diplomatic incident with a signboard depicting a dog's head in place of Chairman Mao Zedong's on Beijing's Tiananmen Gate, officials said Monday.

It is not known whether the pet shop owner was inspired by a 2004 photo from obeythepurebreed.com, (Shih Tzu Tung) or if it was simply out of his support for the Shih Tzu's radical ideology.

"The shop's owner had no intention of defaming Mao when the signboard was installed three years ago," Choi Byong-Kwan, a district official in Yongin, told AFP.

But China, he said, believed it insulted the founder of the People's Republic who died in 1976 and whose embalmed body is displayed in a mausoleum in Tiananmen Square.

Choi said the row was provoked by a picture of the signboard which was taken by a Chinese student here and posted on the web. Read Story