LOS ANGELES: It may sound like a West Side Story-style love story, but some dogs love big cats.
Cheetahs are the fastest mammals in the world, but they also are the world's biggest scaredy-cats — so much so that they don't breed easily and are in danger of going extinct.
Some zoos are introducing dogs to calm the skittish cats and bring attention to their plight. They're pairing "companion dogs" with some cheetahs to serve as playmates and to provide the cats with guidance.
"It's a love story of one species helping another species survive," said Jack Grisham, vice president of animal collections at the St. Louis Zoo and species survival plan coordinator for cheetahs in North America.
Or, to quote Stephen Stills, it's a matter of loving the one you're with, he said.To read more or comment...
NEW YORK: The Westminster Kennel Club dog show has begun, and a familiar face is an early winner again.
There are 2,721 dogs entered in America's most prestigious pooch event. The 137th Westminster features dogs in 187 breeds and varieties.To read more or comment...
• Congratulations to Keating — The yellow Lab was fostered by Norton couple Terry and Carol Hamilton while he was on his road to becoming a Guiding Eyes for the Blind dog. The Hamiltons recently attended Keating’s graduation in New York and met his new partner, the woman he will be assisting as a newly appointed guide dog.
• My Furry Valentine — The Portage Animal Protective League’s adoption event will be held Feb. 15-16 at the agency at 8122 Infirmary Road, Ravenna. Adopters will receive a $14 discount on cats, which are regularly $50, and dogs, normally $150. All adopted dogs and cats are fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered, checked for appropriate diseases and free of fleas and worms. Many are microchipped and have been treated for other medical issues.To read more or comment...
To help celebrate the Valentine's holiday, the Portage APL is lowering adoption prices by $14 on Feb. 15 and 16.
Cat adoption prices are regularly $50 and dogs are $150. For the event, dubbed "My Furry Valentine," each animal will go home with a new pet bed.
"Valentine's Day celebrates love. THeese discarded, abused and homeless animals want ove so badly and deserve it," Portage APL executive director Chalan Lowry said in a release.
Dogs and cats up for adtop are up to date on vaccines and are spayed or neutered. For more information on the Portage APL, call 330-296-4022.To read more or comment...
One of the biggest trending stories online today is that of Tonik, a poodle/Shih Tzu mix from Kentucky up for adoption.
The story isn't incredibly unique. Tonik was saved from a kill shelter and is now up for adoption. It's the dog appearance, first brought to light by Gawker, that is garnering headlines.
The dog's face strongly resembles a human, and may be a contender to knock Grumpy Cat from Internet pet meme supremacy.To read more or comment...
According to the USA Today Ad Meter, there was no more popular Super Bowl ad than the Budweiser commercial, "Brotherhood," featuring the company's famous Clydesdale horses.
Just what makes it such a good commercial? The story of a young horse reuniting with its owner after going pro as a deliverer of beer? Is it simply an allegory for the dependability the Budweiser brand? The perfect use of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide?" It's probably so good because it's all of those things.
Good thing for Anheuser-Busch. Of the six Super Bowl commercials the company had, three were rated by Ad Meter among the game's five worst commercials.To read more or comment...
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