The ultimate dog tease (talking dog video)

If you could hear what your dog is saying, it might sound like this: … [Read more...]

DreamWorks picks up movie rights to NY Times bestseller "A Dog's Purpose"

Fans of writer W. Bruce Cameron will be wagging for joy at this news: DreamWorks has picked up the movie rights to Cameron's NY Times Bestselling novel, "A Dog's Purpose." Cameron will write the screen play, along with Cathryn Michon (who also happens to be his wife.) The movie will be produced by Gavin Polone."I saw this as a movie virtually from the time the idea showed up whole cloth in my head," Cameron says on the DreamWorks website. He hopes for "an uplifting movie, a movie about joy and … [Read more...]

Friday Food For Thought: quote from St. Francis of Assisi

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men." - St. Francis of AssisiClick here to read more quotes about animals on the Heavenly Creatures blog. … [Read more...]

Blind dog and her faithful companion are a great pair of Great Danes looking for a great home

If you're on Facebook, chances are you've seen the lovely photo making the rounds of two Great Danes, one blind and the other leading her by a leash. It's a sweet photo but I did a little digging and found that the story is also bittersweet.Lily(5) and Maddison (6) are Great Danes who were brought to the Dog Trust Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England, in July because their owner couldn't care for them. When Lily was 18 months old, doctors removed her eyes after she developed a condition called ent … [Read more...]

"The Lost Dogs" author Jim Gorant to pen memoir of Wallace the pit bull

When Sports Illustrated editor Jim Gorant set out to cover the story of Michael Vick and his dogfighting crimes, "I was not involved in any sort of rescue or animal welfare causes," he told me by email. "I stumbled into the topic and was really guided by a simple desire to find the truth and tell it."That desire for the truth led to the best selling book, The Lost Dogs, the story of the 51 pit bulls taken from Michael Vick's dogfighting operation and how they were redeemed despite prejudice an … [Read more...]

Puppy rescued from top of moving train

No one knows how a little puppy found his way to the top of Norfolk Southern train headed from Pennsylvania to Atlanta, GA but one thing is for sure: he's one lucky pup.According to news reports, Tina Parker of Pickens, SC spotted what she thought was trash on top of a moving train as she waited at a stop light. Then the bundle moved and she realized it was a dog.She called 911 and followed the train, which was eventually stopped to allow emergency personnel to climb atop to retrieve the … [Read more...]

Help Katy Perry celebrate her birthday with a donation to the ASPCA

 Pop star Katy Perry celebrated her 27th birthday today and in honor of her special day she's asking fans to make a donation to the ASPCA. On a special donation page on the ASPCA website, Katy tells fans, "Thank you to everyone for your donations! These funds will make a lot more kittens (& other animals) happy in this world!"You can learn more on the ASPCA website. … [Read more...]

Share your pet's Halloween photo!

Is your Fido or Fluffy planning to don a costume and hit the neighborhood looking for treats on Halloween? Head over to our Heavenly Creatures blog Facebook page and upload a photo of your pet dressed in his or her costume - we may feature your pet on the Heavenly Creatures blog! … [Read more...]

Can animals be victims of slavery? PETA thinks so and files a lawsuit on behalf of SeaWorld orcas

The Associated Press reported that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is planning to file a lawsuit on October 26, 2011 asking federal courts "to grant constitutional rights to five killer whales who perform at marine parks." Specifically, PETA is alleging that SeaWorld keeps whales in conditions that violate the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude. PETA claims those rights are not limited to humans.I don't make this stuff up. … [Read more...]

Sweaters for penguins campaign brings in hundreds of donations

When the Liberian-flagged Rena crashed October 5th on the Astrolabe Reef, about 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Tauranga Harbour on New Zealand's North Island, gallons of oil and hazardous materials spilled into the waters, washing up on the pristine beaches and creating an environmental disaster.In the weeks since, nearly 1,300 birds have died as a result of the spill. But some crafty bird lovers jumped at the chance to help - knitting sweaters for penguins.When I first saw the story, I … [Read more...]