PETA’s Super Tanooki Skin game a (gross) joke

I'm behind on animal news, what with scarfing down turkey and all this week. Well, the dogs ate our turkey, but you know what I mean.A couple of weeks ago I reported on PETA's response to Super Mario and his Tanooki suit, with PETA claiming that the video game promoted the clubbing of raccoon dogs and wearing of their fur.Turns out, the game was a joke meant to lampoon the Nintendo character. Problem is, just about everyone took it seriously. I did. But Shakira Croce, PETA's media … [Read more...]

Books for the animal-loving reader on your Christmas list

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If you've got an animal lover on your Christmas list who also happens to love books, then here are a few great gift ideas they're sure to love!1) "A Dog's Purpose" and "Emory's Gift", by W. Bruce Cameron. "A Dog's Purpose" is narrated by Toby, a dog who is born, lives, dies, and then finds himself reborn again and again, eventually understanding that he has learned something from each life that helps him find his ultimate purpose. It’s a very funny and inspiring must-read for anyone who has e … [Read more...]

Book review: “Stay,” by Allie Larkin

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It’s the age old story: girl loves boy, boy falls in love with girl’s best friend, girl goes on a drinking binge and orders at dog off the internet.OK, so it’s the age old story with a twist. Of lime.In her debut novel, “Stay”, author Allie Larkin has penned a funny chick lit story of love, friendship and self-discovery, and tied it all together with a dog named Joe.Savannah “Van” Leone has been in love with her friend Peter Clarke since they met on the first day of classes in college … [Read more...]

Book review: “Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts,” by Lucy Dillon

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I’m not much for romance novels, or chick lit for that matter. But I gladly made an exception for “Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts,” the new novel by Lucy Dillon.Thirty-nine-year-old Rachel Fielding is having a bad year. She’s lost her job and ended a long-term relationship (with a married man), and to make matters worse has inherited her late aunt’s house - which includes a dog kennel and a grieving Border collie named Gem.With nowhere else to go – at least until she finds another job - Rach … [Read more...]

This Thanksgiving, will you eat – or adopt – a turkey?

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  Tomorrow, on Thanksgiving Day, millions of Americans will slice into a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, enjoying an annual bonanza of turkey gravy, side dishes, desserts, and family time.But there are a growing number of Americans opting out of that oven-roasted gobbler goodness as a main dish in the name of animal rights. That's right, instead of eating turkeys this year, some people are adopting them.The annual Adopt A Turkey project, hosted by the Farm Sanctuary, sets out to ed … [Read more...]

Monday morning cute animal video: Shih tzu puppies

This week, take a tip from these adorable little pups - sometimes there are tasty treats at the end of a new adventure! Have a great week! … [Read more...]

Friday food for thought quote: does a dog have a conscience, from Temple Grandin

"[Y]ou don't have to have language to have a conscience, which means it's at least possible for an animal to have a conscience, too. Many owners have seen their dogs act remorseful after doing something wrong, but animal behaviorists always reject this interpretation. However, no one has shown that an innocent animal can't feel bad for doing something he knows is wrong, the same way an innocent child can feel bad for doing something he knows is wrong. We shouldn't assume that we know for a fact … [Read more...]

Nowzad Dogs Reunites Servicemen and Women with the Dogs they Befriended while Deployed Over Seas

Imagine for a moment befriending a dog during your most stressful and lonely time, away from family and friends, fighting in a foreign land. Then imagine leaving your canine companion behind when your tour of duty is over. Pen Farthing, a former British Royal Marine who served in Afghanistan and witnessed firsthand the extraordinary bond forged between soldiers and the dogs they befriended, knows how that feels. While serving in the war torn town of Now Zad in the Helmand Province of … [Read more...]

Daniel the dog survives gas chamber, gets new home

You can see video of the story of Daniel on the Star-Ledger website; just click the image.

On October 3, 18 dogs were put into a gas chamber at a shelter in Florence, Alabama. When the gassing was over, one 20-pound beagle mix walked out, tail wagging.Think of it as a Shadrack, Meschach and Abednago moment.It's not unheard of for a dog to survive the gas chamber, but it isn't common, either. And when it happens, the dog is often given a reprieve. In this case, the dog, now named Daniel, was sent to Eleventh  Hour rescue in New Jersey. According to the New Jersey Star Ledger, … [Read more...]

Image of Jesus on dog’s butt God’s second appearance?

The latest image of Jesus on a dog's butt, currently making the rounds on Facebook.

Facebook, where old fads get a second life, has offered up a new photo: an image of Jesus on a dog's butt.The current photo making the rounds appears to be that of a pug or pug mix, shared by Reddit user Feature_Creature, with the title "It's a MIRACLE! Take that Jesus Toast. It shows what certainly looks like Jesus on the dog's rear end.  But is this an old story or another appearance of God on a dog?In 2006, Jessica White, a photgrapher and artist based in Los Angeles, allegedly sn … [Read more...]


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