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Nobody ever read Winnie the Pooh to this dog

A dog in Riverside County is recovering after becoming a real pot head.

Animal Services spokesman John Welsh says the male dog got his head stuck in an old smudge pot, a device used for burning oil.

An officer safely freed the white dog, who was nicknamed “Smokey” because his face was blackened during his misadventure Friday near Hemet.

The officer says the animal was likely chasing a mouse when he got stuck.

via Dog OK after getting head stuck in smudge pot.

February 7, 2011 Posted by | animals, dogs | Comments Off

“Dog bites man.” No, wait. That’s “Dog shoots man.”

A man from New Zealand is recovering from surgery after being shot in the buttock by his dog.

The animal is believed to have stood on the trigger of a .22 bolt-action rifle in a freak accident, reports the Telegraph.

via Dog ‘shoots’ Kiwi owner | Orange UK.

July 14, 2010 Posted by | animals, dogs | 1 Comment

Oookaaayy…wonder if he’s had his distemper shots?


April 15, 2010 Posted by | dogs, Fun stuff, Strange | Comments Off

Maybe a dog’s life isn’t so bad after all

A Californian dog lover has built a [ $20,000 ] mansion with its own garden and picket fence for her pampered pooches.

Modelled on owner Tammy Kassis’s own home, it boasts a television, vaulted ceilings and air conditioning plus wallpaper and hand-made curtains.

Her three dogs, Darla, Chelsea and Coco Puff, even have their own designer doggy beds if they don’t fancy the lawn.

Tammy, 47, said: “My dogs are my life.”

via Ananova – In the (luxury) dog house

Umm, right.

April 2, 2010 Posted by | animals, dogs | Comments Off


A hen has astonished its owners by taking a litter of puppies under its wing. Mabel has adopted a litter of puppies, leaving their real mum, Nettle, in a huff.

The one-year-old, called Mabel, took a shine to the pups at a farm in Shrewsbury and now keeps them warm by roosting on top of them in their dog basket.

via Heidi Blake at the Telegraph.

March 5, 2010 Posted by | animals, dogs, Strange | | Comments Off

One word, dude, and your ankles are history…

More strange costumes

February 21, 2010 Posted by | animals, dogs | , | Comments Off

Fill ‘er up?

The sequence of events happens dozens of times every day at the BP gas station/convenience store at U.S. 19 at Nursery Road.

An unsuspecting customer pulls up to the drive-through window. But instead of a store clerk, up pops two paws, deep brown eyes and the tongue-flapping grin of a happy chocolate Labrador retriever named Cody.

Kids in the back seats of minivans often squeal with joy.

Even the usually stony faces of gruff construction worker-types can't help but crack a smile under the dog's unpretentious greeting.

“He hears the bell and goes running. When he pops up, that sets it off,” said Karim Mansour, the store's and dog's owner. “Uncontrollable giggling.”

More at St. Petersburg Times.

November 25, 2009 Posted by | animals, cool stuff, dogs, Fun stuff, retail | | Comments Off

Top Big dog

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In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 photo, Boomer, a 180-pound Landseer Newfoundland dog, drinks water from the kitchen sink at Caryn Weber’s home south of Casselton, N.D. The dog measures seven feet from nose to tail. stands 36 inches tall at the shoulders… and weighs 180 pounds.

via The Associated Press: ND woman’s 7-foot-long dog could be record holder.

October 8, 2009 Posted by | animals, dogs | | Comments Off

Cool shades, doggie dude!

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An Alsatian has become something of a local celebrity in a Chinese city for his habit of wearing sunglasses.

Fei Fei’s owner says he bought the dog a pair of sunglasses to protect his eyes from the strong sun in Chongqing, Sichuan Province.

He wasn’t sure if the dog would take to wearing sunglasses – but to his surprise he loves them so much he won’t go out without them.

via Ananova – Dog loves his sunglasses.

July 25, 2009 Posted by | animals, dogs | | 1 Comment

Just one remark, wise guy, and I mangle your ankle…



July 16, 2009 Posted by | animals, dogs | | Comments Off

Pillows stuffed with your pet’s ashes? Sick.

Forget about your sleep number. What could be more comforting than the memories of your late pet laid to rest beneath your sleeping head? If a cherished pet’s death leaves you sleepless and missing that warm, furry embrace, then Patricia Moore of Naples, Fla., may have the answer: pillows stuffed with your pet’s ashes.

Oh, yes. There’s lots more at  WTAE Pittsburgh.

June 10, 2009 Posted by | animals, cats, dogs, Dumb Stuff | | 1 Comment

A very small dog…or a very large cup

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.

via Mail Online.

April 6, 2009 Posted by | animals, dogs | , | 1 Comment

Yeah, but can he rescue Jimmy?


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 organisers of a new talent show.

via Telegraph.

April 3, 2009 Posted by | animals, cool stuff, dogs | Comments Off

He’d make a great coon dog

Sure you’ve heard of cats getting stuck in trees, but what about a dog?

Buford, a 5-month-old hound mix, climbed a tree on Tuesday, and no one can figure out how he managed such a feat.

A [utility] bucket truck crew rescued Buford from a tree in South Knox County that was more than 20 feet tall. No one saw it happen, but he had managed to find his way to the very top branch.

After doing a lot of coaxing, a [utility] worker managed to get Buford into the bucket truck and back down into the waiting arms of his family.

via WBIR.com

March 26, 2009 Posted by | animals, dogs | Comments Off

Four-legged friend goes on two legs


[Grandpa Wang’s] poodle has become a local celebrity in a Chinese city where it goes for a walk every day – on two feet.

Gou Gou walks out ‘hand-in-hand’ with owner Wang Guoqiang every afternoon at 3pm in Xi’an city, reports People’s Daily.

via Ananova – Two-legged friend.

March 9, 2009 Posted by | dogs | Comments Off

Patience is a virtue


Photo by Oldster

February 23, 2009 Posted by | animals, dogs | Comments Off

Toughest dog in the neighborhood, I bet


A Chinese man was shocked to discover that the pet dog he had raised from a pup was actually a wolf. Mr Li, of Xian, said he found the shivering puppy in the mountains on an excursion last year and brought it home. He built it a den in a clearing in his village, fed it and took it for walks, reports Huashang Daily.

“I took it for a walk every day after work, and it grew very close to me,” Mr Li said.

But local residents grew suspicious after hearing a wolf howl close to their homes during the night.

“I never dared to let my child to go out alone at night after we started hearing the wolf,” said one resident.

Police were informed and, after coming out to see the ‘dog’ for themselves, called in an expert from a local wildlife centre. The expert confirmed the pet was definitely a wolf with the obvious characteristics that it never barked and had a thick fur coat and tail. It has now been taken in by Qinling Zoo.

A surprised Mr Li commented: “It looks very much like a dog to me. I would never have suspected that it was a wolf.”

via Pet dog was a wolf.

February 23, 2009 Posted by | animals, dogs | | Comments Off

Some headlines can’t be improved: “Woman’s nose retrieved from pet poodle”

Italian police were called to catch a poodle that had bitten off the nose of its female owner before running into the garden.

They chased the poodle, called Vale, around owner Loredana Romano’s garden before finally retrieving what was left of the nose.

Mrs Romano, 34, from Forli in northern Italy, said. “My little Vale often climbed into bed with me, I don’t know why she suddenly bit off my nose.”

Doctors were able to salvage the chewed nose and reattach it but say she will now have to go undergo a long course of reconstructive surgery to repair the numerous scars.

via Ananova

February 17, 2009 Posted by | animals, dogs | , | Comments Off

Global warming hasn’t reached Minot, North Dakota, yet I guess…

Minot police say they get lots of calls about animals but this one was different. A caller reported a dog on the roof of a house. Animal control officer Dick Schnell said the snow in the back yard of the dog’s owner’s home apparently was high enough for the dog to walk up onto the roof Tuesday.

via The Associated Press.

February 11, 2009 Posted by | animals, dogs | , | Comments Off

Thanks, Katherine…I guess

“I was shopping for my loyal pet, Sheriff, the Wonder Dog, and was in the checkout line when the woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think I had, an elephant? So since I’m retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn’t have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn’t, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again.

(I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter’s butt and a car hit us both.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. Target won’t let me shop there anymore (nor will Sam’s or Costco).”

January 31, 2009 Posted by | animals, dogs, Fun stuff | 2 Comments


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