Friday, February 29, 2008

FINE MOTOR - Baby T-shirt

Having a 2 year old, I'm always hearing new terms that measure our son's development. One of these reoccurring terms is Fine Motor (skills), which basically measures his ability to grasp and release objects, as well as wrist movement.

When i was little, there was nothing cooler than a stretched limo, or a Porsche. Hence, the play on words in these new retro baby t-shirt and onesie designs.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

My Border Collie is Smarter Than Your 2 Year-Old Child

Breaking news via National Geographic Magazine:

Scientific reports confirm - my Border Collie is smarter than your 2 year-old child.

Read about this astounding fact, and other stories of animal intelligence long-known by pet owners but only recently admitted to by science, in this month's magazine.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Stray Dog From Baghdad Comes to US

It's a feel-good story, although he looks like he's plotting something big in the photo...

Washington Post

He hesitated just a bit as he rounded a corner inside Dulles International Airport yesterday and spotted the flock of television cameras and cooing journalists awaiting him. Then, with posture erect like a soldier's, he trotted straight toward the action -- he was used to bomb blasts and gunfire, after all, so this was nothing.

Post-escape from Baghdad and fresh off a 13-hour flight from Kuwait, Charlie the border collie mix actually seemed to be smiling for the crowd. Five months after the SPCA International received a plea from American soldiers hoping to transfer their beloved Iraqi stray to U.S. terrain, the 9-month-old mutt became the first beneficiary of the animal advocacy organization's effort to rescue pets from the war zones where they provide solace to service members. Charlie eventually will live in Phoenix with one of his caretaker soldiers.

It being Valentine's Day, the SPCA dished out the emotional hyperbole. Charlie's bond with his caretakers, the organization said, "is the ultimate love story between a man and his dog." The soldiers, too, were effusive.

"We can't wait for him to get his first taste of the good old USA," one wrote in an e-mail to the SPCA. "We especially can't wait until we can see him again."

Parts of Charlie's back story were obscured to protect those he left behind. In his case, they were U.S. soldiers based at a Baghdad outpost -- the SPCA identified the unit only as Charlie Company -- who were barred by military rules from keeping pets. But when the soldiers came upon a flea-infested and starving puppy while on patrol, they could not resist sharing their affection and their ready-to-eat meals. read more...

Friday, February 15, 2008

Attack of the Clones

A Californian dog-lover has agreed to pay $150,000 to have her dead pit bull recreated in the world’s first commercial pet cloning project.

The dog, named Booger, died a year and a half ago but his owner kept part of his ear in cold storage and South Korean scientists will now attempt to create an exact replica of the pet. RNL Bio, based in Seoul, said it is already working on the order.

The work will be carried out by a team of Seoul National University (SNU) scientists led by professor Lee Byeong-chun, a key member of disgraced stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk's research team... read more

Golden Retriever Revolution!

Comrades, show your allegiance to this revolutionary breed with new WOOF - Obey the Golden! propaganda.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Beagle Wins Westminster

Barking and baying up a storm, Uno lived up to his name Tuesday night by becoming the first beagle to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

The nation's new top dog was clearly the fan favorite and drew a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden when he was picked.

Uno got right into the act, jumping up on handler Aaron Wilkerson and confirming his other title: noisiest in show. Years from now, he'll be known for the "ah-roo" heard 'round the ring... read more

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Proof of Samurai Dog

This suit of dog armor – identified by antique Japanese armor dealer Toraba.Com – is believed to have been created for the pet of a wealthy, high-ranking and presumably eccentric samurai or daimyo (feudal lord) in the mid to late Edo period (mid-18th to mid-19th century).

Although the carved wooden helmet and coat of black-lacquered scale mail would have provided effective protection against enemy attack, evidence suggests the canine never wore the armor into battle. More likely, the suit served as a decorative costume for parades and other formal ceremonial occasions.

Another theory, endorsed by this website, suggest that the dog frequently wore the intimidating armor while ruling Japan with an iron paw for over 70 dog years.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Chihuahua Revolution

Readers of The Cedar Rapids Gazette were subjected to Chihuahua propaganda this week, in an apparent bid to influence voting in the local Primary elections.

This photo, which ran in yesterday's paper, shows two Chihuahua Revolutionaries, (wearing Obey the Chihuahua! apparel) and their militant leader looking happily towards a future of Chihuahua world domination.

The photo reportedly inspired dozens of Cedar Rapids residents to flock to voting locations, yelling, "¡Viva la Chihuahua!" while overturning tables and throwing folding chairs.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Dalmatians Join Revolution

After many passionate requests, (and veiled threats) from Dalmatian Fundamentalists, I was finally pressured to represent Dalmatians on the site.

"...The duties the Dalmatian has performed are as varied as his reputed ancestors. He has been a dog of war, a sentinel on the borders of Dalmatia and Coratia. He has been employed as a draft dog and as a shepherd. He is excellent on rats and vermin.

He is well-known for his heroic performances as a fire-apparatus follower and as a firehouse mascot. As a sporting dog he has been used as a bird dog, a trail hound, a retriever and in packs for boar and stag hunting..."

To read the rest of the interesting AKC history of this heroic breed, click here...

Friday, February 01, 2008

New Pug Design - Chairman "Tongue"

With all of the attention on presidential candidates, let's remember who really is in charge.

This inspiring design is a tribute to the Pug as spiritual and political leader, featuring a crowd of humans rallying in obedient and fearful support. It is now available in the Chairman Pug section for all to consume!

Can't afford a t-shirt until you get your government rebate check?
The masses can now also download it for free as a wallpaper in the downloads section of the site.