Sgt. Rex to be reuinited with Iraq War veteran Corporal Megan Leavey (Updated)

Iraq War veteran Corporal Megan Leavey and Sgt. Rex (photo http://schumer.senate.gov)

  Iraq War veteran Corporal Megan Leavey and Sgt. Rex (photo http://schumer.senate.gov)  ** See end of post for updates!** U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched an online petition last week, urging the United States Air Force to reunite Sergeant Rex*, a military working dog, with his former partner, Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Corporal Megan Leavey. The two had served together helping to identify and disable roadside bombs in Iraq. Leavey and Sgt. Rex were severely … [Read more...]

Lily the teacup Chihuaua naps in a hat (photo)

Lily, the teacup Chihuahua

When I saw this photo on my friend Shannon Becker's Facebook page, I thought it was so cute I had to share it with you! Lily is a 9-week-old, long haired, teacup Chihuahua who recently came to live at the Becker household. On a car ride this week, Shannon's 8-year-old daughter Elle tucked the tiny pup into the hat, where Lily promptly settled in for a nap. Too cute! Shannon Becker is the Sr. Director of Promotions and Marketing at Big Town Productions, where he works with some of … [Read more...]

Man ticketed after taking cat for a jog, then tethering it to a rock

Video: Cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy explains how to read a cat's body language I've venture a guess that most cat owners don't leash up their kitties and take them out for a walk in the neighborhood. Not that it can't be done. But as a man in Boulder, CO found out this week, if the cat doesn't want to go for a walk, you'd better take him home. According to DailyCamera.com,19-year-old Seth Franco, of Lafayette, CO, went out for a jog in Waneka Lake Park and took his cat with him. When … [Read more...]

Mt. Hope Cemetery – and wildlife habitat

Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY offers not only a walk through history but a beautiful place to wander with your dog.

  I've been neglectful in posting this last week because here in the Northeast, spring made an early appearance and I wanted to be outside as much as possible before another snowstorm hits. That's life in Western NY. One of my favorite places to walk with a dog is a local historical cemetery, but last week I visited Mt. Hope Cemetery for a change of scenery.   It's ironic that I've lived in Rochester my entire life and have only once been inside Mt. Hope Cemetery, the nation's … [Read more...]

Chipolte’s “Back To The Start” video – what’s the big deal with factory farming?

As always, I'm a bit behind this week on pop culture topics - other than the death of Davy Jones. I am, after all, a fan of bubble gum pop, and quirky, cheesy TV from the 60s. So I missed the video that's making the rounds from Chipolte Restaurants, an animated short called "Back To The Start", which depicts a family farmer who moves to a factory farming operation and then back to a family farm. The music is Willie Nelson performing Coldplay's "The Scientist." I suspect that most … [Read more...]

Meat consumption down, fur sales up?

This is a mink. Someday he'll become a coat. And maybe some lipstick. (Photo credit Jesper Clausen/Fur Commission USA)

Last week, I stumbled upon an editorial New York Times' columnist Mark Bittman did for American Public Media's Marketplace questioning whether America is still the land of "meat and potatoes". In the commentary, Bittman cited a Department of Agriculture statistic that predicted meat consumption in America will be 12 percent less for 2012 than it was in 2007. I've been mulling that over for the last week as I contemplated why that might be - more people aware of their food choices? Meat … [Read more...]

Update on 9News anchor Kyle Dyer, who was bit by dog on live TV

Click the image to go to the KUSA-TV website to watch the video.

Last week, I told you about Colorado’s 9NEWS morningKyle Dyer, who two weeks ago was bitten in the face by a dog while interviewing the dog's owner, Michael Robinson, and the firefighter who rescued the dog after he had fallen through the ice. Dyer suffered serious injuries that required 70 stitches to her face, as well as reconstructive surgery. In an interview this week, she talked about the incident with her morning show co-host, Gary Shapiro. She's right when she says the … [Read more...]

Cat and dolphins playing (video)

This video is "an oldie but goodie," as my cat-crazy friend Beth Adams Pitoniak said when someone shared it on her Facebook wall. And I saw it and and decided to share it, too! I was at Theater of the Sea once a very long time ago; I love dolphin shows. But this is even better than any tricks a dolphin can perform. Just goes to show that God's creatures have a lot to teach us about getting along, despite our differences! Watch more cute animal videos! … [Read more...]

Why puppy mills and pit bull breeders both produce “disposable dogs”

My dog Bailey, the day I brought her home from the shelter. Had I not dont that, she would have been one more "disposable dog".

One of our local news station in Rochester, NY, 13WHAM news, did a two part story this week on the problem of backyard breeders and the astounding number of pit bulls ending up our local animal shelter. The two-part series was called "Disposable Dogs." In the story, reporter Jane Flasch shared information about the growing problem of irresponsible backyard breeding, which resulted with more than 1,000 pit bull puppies (some just days old) and dogs euthanized last year at Rochester Animal … [Read more...]

Romney’s son follows “Crate Gate” with another pet that “rides outside”?

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I told you this week about the story of Mitt Romney and "Crate Gate," the 30-year-old story about a family trip where Seamus, the family dog, was forced to ride on the roof in a carrier. Several people have asked me if maybe it was time to forget about the story, given that it happened 30 years ago. I think that if there was a sense that Romney realized that making a dog ride for 12 hours strapped to the roof of a car was a bad way to treat an animal, then yes, I would say it's time to … [Read more...]