February 8, 2009

2009 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show


Fire up your TV to catch the The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show beginning tomorrow. USA Network and CNBC cover the show live from Madison Square Garden on Monday, February 9. USA Network airs exclusive live coverage on Tuesday, February 10.


The Dogue de Bordeaux is the only newly-recognized breed eligible for competition at Westminster in 2009 and will compete in the Working Group.

Here's the schedule, via the site:

Monday, February 9
Hound, Terrier, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups
8-9 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network
9-11 p.m. (ET) live on CNBC

Tuesday, February 10
Sporting, Working and Toy Groups, Best In Show
8-11 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network

Breed judging highlight videos are available throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday on the Westminster web site and will be available after the show, as well.

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February 1, 2009

Move Over Super Bowl XLIII -- Animal Planet Puppy Bowl V Premieres Today 2/01/09



Move over Super Bowl XLIII, Animal Planet's annual puppy competition Puppy Bowl V is back with an "all-star, all-adoptable" lineup of feisty, adorable pups.

Animal Planet has some "new recruits that are ready for their chance to conquer the pigskin--or a chew toy." Every puppy featured in Puppy Bowl V is recruited from a local shelter, and these little ones are "free agents" looking for a loving home.



"Pepper the Parrot" kicks off this year's sports extravaganza singing a unique rendition of the National Anthem. And move over Bruce Springsteen, the Puppy Bowl V has enlisted some frisky kittens for the Kitty Half-Time Show. Go online during the big game to vote for MVP -- Most Valuable Puppy. Check out the Puppy Starting Lineup.

Puppy Bowl V premieres today Sunday, February 1, from 3-5 PM (ET/PT).

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January 30, 2009

PetScoop -- Biotech Firm Says Dog Cloning to be Cheaper


Remember that South Florida couple who welcomed a $500,000 cloned puppy into their home earlier this week? Turns out that pup might have been a bit pricey, even in the cloning market.

The South Korean biotech firm who cloned the pup has unveiled a new cloning technology that could significantly reduce price tag of $100,000 or more. From MSNBC:

RNL Bio said it has developed a new method to clone dogs using stem cells derived from fat tissue that greatly increases the likelihood of success.

It added the new technology can also help in studying treatments of genetic disorders in canines that have similarities to human illnesses including diabetes.

"If we fully develop this technology, dog cloning will be much easier than now. We can reduce the cost for cloning," said Ra Jeongchan, the chief executive of Seoul-based RNL Bio.

Ra, which is applying for a patent, said two cloned beagle puppies were born in the past week using this method which could reduce the cost of cloning a pet dog to about $50,000 within three years.

Read article.

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January 28, 2009

Boca Raton Couple Paid $155,000 at Auction to Clone a Deceased Pet


We posted last June about the Best Friends Again cloning auction, a program sponsored by BioArts International. The winners, Nina and Edgar Otto, paid $155,000 for Lancelot Encore, a clone of the Otto's late dog, Lancelot. The Ottos have just welcomed their new puppy clone into their multi-pet household.


From the Miami Herald:

The 10-week-old golden Labrador retriever is a clone, created in South Korea by a California biotech firm from the DNA of the first Sir Lancelot, the beloved pet of Ed and Nina Otto of Boca Raton.

The original ''Lancy'' died, at age 11, in January 2008.

A celebrity from the moment he bounded off an American Airlines flight Monday night at Miami International Airport, Lancy redux ''very quickly integrated into the menagerie and held his own,'' said Lou Hawthorne, CEO of BioArts, the firm that auctioned off five dog-cloning procedures last July.

The Ottos spent $155,000 to win the second-round auction.

Cloning replicates an animal's genetics, barring DNA mutations, but can it replicate the spirit of the being you knew and loved?

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January 27, 2009

2009 American Kennel Club - AKC/Eukanuba National Championship


Enjoy dog shows? Football is not the only thing on TV this weekend. Mark your calendar and set your recorder. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be simulcast on the Animal Planet and Discovery Channels this Saturday January 31, 2009 at 8:00 PM (EST). More details at AKC.

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January 22, 2009

Pet Scoop -- American Kennel Club Lists the Most Popular Dogs in America


The Labrador Retriever holds a special place in the heart of Americans. The American Kennel Club has released its list of the 2008 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

1. Labrador Retriever
2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. German Shepherd Dog
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle
6. Boxer
7. Dachshund
8. Bulldog
9. Poodle
10. Shih Tzu

This article is chock full of meaty morsels of information about dog breeds. Where does your favorite breed rank? Click to find out.

View Top 10 Most Popular Breeds in 50 top US cities.

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January 21, 2009

PetScoop -- PetSmart Voluntarily Recalls Grreat Choice® Dog Biscuits


If you feed your dog peanut butter treats, take note:

From the FDA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- PHOENIX, AZ, January 20, 2009 -- PetSmart.com is voluntarily recalling seven of its Grreat Choice® Dog Biscuit products that contain peanut paste made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is the focus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into potential salmonella contamination of peanut butter and paste made at its Blakely, Georgia facility.

Although PetSmart.com is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to these products, it has removed these products from its store shelves and website and is conducting the recall as a precautionary measure.

The recalled products include only the following types of Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits sold between Aug. 21, 2008 and Jan. 19, 2009:

* Small Assorted 32 oz., UPC 73725702900
* Small/Medium Assorted 4 lb., UPC 73725700601
* Small/Medium Assorted 8 lb., UPC 73725700605
* Small/Medium Assorted 10 lb., UPC 73725702755
* Large Assorted 8 lb., UPC 73725700638
* Extra Large Assorted 8 lb., UPC 73725700779
* Peanut Butter 4 lb., UPC 73725700766

Customers who purchased the recalled dog biscuit products should discontinue use immediately and can return the product to any PetSmart store for a complete refund or exchange. Customers can visit www.petsmartfacts.com for more information or contact PetSmart Customer Service at 1-888-839-9638.

No other products or flavors are included in this recall.


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January 16, 2009

Pet Airways -- Pets-Only Airline For Safe and Stress-Free Pet Travel

Pet Airways MyPAWS Club - Pet Travel

Stress-free pet travel--here's a way to avoid cold, scary and dangerous cargo trips for our pets. Pet Airways is a new pet-only airline, dedicated to a pet-friendly travel experience for your pet. With Pet Airways your pet will be safe and comfy, flying in the main cabin, not in cargo.

From check-in at the Pet Lounge, and throughout the flight, their Pet Attendants will be caring and catering to all your pet's needs. You can even monitor how your pet is doing.

This is the first scheduled airline designed exclusively for pet passengers, Pet Airways (PAWS) welcomes pets aboard its pet-equipped cabins by Spring-Summer 2009.

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January 15, 2009

PetScoop -- American Kennel Club Welcomes Three New Breeds

Exciting purebred dog news -- the AKC welcomes three new breeds:

A setter from the green fields of Ireland, a shepherd from the mountains of France, and a spitz from the cold coasts of Norway -- these are the three newest breeds in the AKC registry, bringing the AKC's total number of registered breed to 161. Irishredwhite.jpg The Irish Red and White Setter, a member of the Sporting Group, is both a multi-talented gun dog and a loving, loyal companion, best suited for an active family. pyrenean.jpg The Pyrenean Shepherd, a member of the Herding Group, has herded sheep in Southern France for centuries, and today excels at canine sports such as Agility. buhund.jpg The Norwegian Buhund, also assigned to the Herding Group, was bred to herd, hunt, and guard, and has an innate desire to please and quick aptitude to learn.

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January 11, 2009

Internet Retailer 2009 Hot 100 Best Retail Web Sites


For us at Super Cool Pets, online shopping is the way to go. If you are reading this, you probably feel the same way.

Easy to navigate sites, quality customer service and product satisfaction are important for a successful online retail site. But studies have found that consumers care most about trusting the site.

So we are pleased to note that many of our favorite online pet gear shops appear on the 2009 Internet Retailer Hot 100 Retail Web Sites list. Among those profiled are :

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