Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Foxes Get 50,000 Year Old Snack

Proof that Dogs Will Eat Anything - Although the recent discovery of a 50,000+ year old Woolly Mammoth in Siberia is scientifically very significant, the part of the story that will stay with me is not about the potential scientific value or rarity of the find.

I can't get past this line in the middle of the story: "The ice-encased body had been partially eaten by foxes which devoured the trunk and the top of its head." As if that wasn't bad enough, note that "the carcass was harboring very old but potentially lethal germs, most probably anthracis, which can cause anthrax and black lung disease."

Basically, what this means is that members of the Canidae Family, which includes dogs and foxes, will apparently eat anything. These foxes didn't hesitate when a rotten 50,000 year old anthrax-infested piece of mammoth trunk meat poked its way out of the ice, and my dogs wouldn't have either.

There is no word yet whether Alpo will begin testing "mammoth" canned meat, but i think it's already included in their "Mixed Grill" flavor.

Google News: Mammoth story

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pickles the World Cup Dog

Pickles: The Dog Who Saved the World Cup
pickles world cup dog

As part of the publicity campaign for England hosting the 1966 World Cup, the World Cup Trophy (then a smaller version called the "Jules Rimet Trophy") was displayed in several different places around England. Protected by 5 guards, the trophy was residing for a time at the Methodist Central Hall in the Westminster section of London.

One day when the guards were distracted on a break, thieves broke in and grabbed the valuable trophy, holding it for ransom. The theft caused a sensation in the British and World Press, and its return became the top priority of Scotland Yard.

The thieves demanded £15,000 ransom for the trophy's return, which Scotland Yard reluctantly agreed to. As one of the thieves led officials to the location, he noticed a trailing police van which spooked the thief, and wrecked the ransom deal.

Later in the week, with the World Cup trophy missing, a dog named "Pickles" was out with his owner in South London when he spotted something suspicious under a hedge near the sidewalk. After some pulling and digging, Pickles dragged a package out that was wrapped in newspaper and held together with string. Pickles presented the parcel to his owner, David Corbet, who quickly unwrapped it, revealing the valuable World Cup trophy.

world cup trophy 1966
Although police were initially suspicious of the story, they soon cleared Pickles and Corbett, and they became national heroes in England. They were given a cash reward, and Pickles even starred in a feature movie called, "The Spy With the Cold Nose."

When the English team won the World Cup later that year, they invited Pickles to the celebration banquet and let him lick all of their plates clean!

Obey the Pit Bull Art on "Pit Boss" TV Show

Animal Planet's new show "Pit Boss" is about a little person nicknamed "Shorty" who lives in L.A. and works as a talent manager for other little people. 

After years of hardships and incarceration, he has turned his life around and made Pit Bull Rescue his mission, using the proceeds from his business to fund his Pit Bull Rescue.

A big mural painted from an "Obey the Pit Bull!" design can be seen behind Shorty Rossi's desk in episodes of the Animal Planet's show "Pit Boss."

pit boss painting

(Inspired by Obey the Pit Bull design above)
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PetcareRx - 20% Off Coupon

PetcareRx Coupon - 20% Off
2014 Promotion
Use this link and code: EXTRA20
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All prescription orders at petcarerx.com qualify for a 20% discount when you click on the link & use coupon code: EXTRA20 -- Orders over $100 qualify for free shipping. (otherwise the shipping prices are high; charging a flat $9.95 for shipping, or $15 for "free shipping" for all of 2014)

Some of the top brands to choose from include:

Frontline Plus - Use coupon!
K9 Advantix - 80% discount!
Heartgard Plus

This coupon means that the cheapest prices for pet medication orders over $100 are at Total Pet Supply. Their extremely low prices are misleading if you are planning to place one small order from them, as the $9.95 shipping cost offsets the savings that you get from their cheap prices. For orders under $100, I would recommend petcarechoice.com -- They are also a Canadian pet medication company that is able to pass on the savings that you get outside of the U.S. on all types of medication, in this case pet meds for cats and dogs. View current PetcareRx coupons

PetcareRx Reviews
I've done extensive searching online & read a lot of PetcareRx reviews, and they are mixed. Older reviews complain of mediocre customer service, (which seems to have improved) and the main complaints in the newer reviews center around slow shipping (8-12 days is what they quote on their site) and expensive shipping for smaller orders. (see above about how orders under $100 don't qualify for free shipping, and pay a flat $7.95 shipping rate)

In any event, it seems that there is a trade off with discount pet medication stores: the lower the prices and more coupons offered, the lower the satisfaction with shipping times and customer service. The main reason for this is due to the fact that the only way you can get medications so cheaply is by getting them outside of the United States. 

Regardless of what you are ordering, or which single coupon you are looking at, there is no way to truly answer the question, "what store online has the cheapest prices for pet medications" because the two other main variables are the cost of shipping and the discount from current promotions & coupon codes.

Because of this, I did my best to put together a comparison of the price of several popular pet medications in each of the most popular online stores, along with the expected shipping cost. (i haven't found a coupon for free shipping for Total Pet Supply yet) You can then compare the most recent promo codes and coupons from the links below the chart: view large
*to factor in the latest coupons, you can find the latest at these pages:
petcareRx - petcarechoice - total pet supply

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Help Dogs Afraid of Thunder

New advice on the best way to help your dog that is afraid of thunder. 
What should you do if your dog is afraid of thunder? We’ve been taught for years that attempting to soothe frightened dogs makes them worse. It seems logical, in a cut-and-dried, stimulus and response kind of way. Your dog hears thunder, he runs to you and then you pet him. As a result, your dog just got rewarded for running to you when it thunders, and worse, for being afraid of thunderstorms in the first place. 

But that’s not what happens, and here’s why. First, no amount of petting is going to make it worthwhile to your dog to feel panicked. Fear is just as bad for dogs as it is for people, and some dogs' biggest fear is thunder. The function of fear is to signal the body that there is danger present, and that the individual feeling fearful had better do something to make the danger, and the fear that accompanies it, go away. read more

Monday, June 07, 2010

Dachshunds Take Over United Nations

Proof of Dog World Rule? Government officials scrambled to control damage today after uncensored video and still photos of a recent high level meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Committee were leaked onto the internet.

The images of the U.N. meeting room clearly show dogs (all apparently Dachshunds) making high level decisions for the 47 countries represented. Several of the dogs reportedly acted fondly of one another, although no actual humping was reported.

The images, which will certainly fuel conspiracy theories for years, were explained by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as merely a "performance art project" by an Australian artist. When reporters' hands went up after Gibbs' brief explanation, witnesses say the White House fire alarm went off and everyone was quickly evacuated. Gibbs' later added that it was a coincidence that Bo, the White House Dog attended the briefing, was seated directly beneath the fire alarm when it was pulled. 

A popular conspiracy theory blog online speculates that the dogs may have been gathering to discuss ways to fix recent human screw ups, including the Gulf oil spill and world economy.

Read full story of U.N. Dogs

Thursday, June 03, 2010

World's Ugliest Dog Dies

World's Ugliest Dog Dies - So sad that the World's Ugliest Dog has died. "Miss Ellie" was a rescue dog, and during her reign as World's Ugliest she helped raise over $100k for the Human Society. She was planning to compete one more time in the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in California next month at age 17...