February 23, 2011

PetScoop: Careers for Pet Lovers -- Buy a Pet Franchise


Can't get a job or unhappy with the one you're in? Maybe it's time to take the plunge and work for yourself! For those who are seriously interested in working with pets as a career, the WSJ lists some intriguing franchises in their brief article Itching to Buy a Pet Franchise? These franchises include:

  • Zoom Room (www.zoomroomonline.com) -- dog-agility training.

  • Dogtopia (www.dogdaycare.com) -- overnight boarding, spa treatments, training classes and retail items.

  • Fetch! Pet Care (www.fetchpetcare.com): provides in-home, overnight or daily care to any kind of pet.

  • DoodyCalls (www.doodycalls.com) -- cleaning up after dogs and washing and sanitizing litter boxes.

  • Pet Depot (www.petdepot.net) -- pet supplies and veterinary hospitals.

  • Camp Bow Wow (www.campbowwowusa.com) -- along with its sister brands, Home Buddies and Bow Wow Behavior Buddies, provides 24-hour care for dogs.

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February 20, 2011

PetScoop: Pure Opium Hidden in Acrylic Cats at JFK Airport


Things just are never as they seem to be. But those adorable decorative cat figurines? Federal agents at JFK Airport have seized more than $9 million of pure opium in acrylic cats, officials said Thursday.

Read more: NY Daily News via Consumerist.

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February 19, 2011

PetScoop: Great Backyard Bird Count 2011


If you are looking for an activity this weekend, the 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count is taking place Friday, February 18 through Monday, February 21. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of the location of North American birds. It is a joint project of Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Bird Studies Canada.

Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It's fun and easy. For more information, including how to participate, visit the site.

Photo: Costa's Hummingbird, Ole Frog, Quatzsite, AZ

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February 18, 2011

PetScoop: Kitten in a Jar


Ksyusha is a young Himalayan cat who, like many kitties, loves to hide in different spots around the house, including in the washing machine and under the kitchen table. According to owner Yuriy Korotun, 37, who lives in Rostov-on-Don, Russia: "She was a special kitten from the beginning - always very playful. I came into the kitchen one day to find her in the jar. I couldn't believe my eyes..."

via UK Telegraph

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February 16, 2011

PetScoop: Westminster Dog Show Best in Show 2011


Congratulations to the 2011 Westminster Dog Show Best In Show trophy winner "GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind" a.k.a. "Hickory," a Scottish Deerhound.

The New York Times has created a fabulous Best in Breed interactive slide show of the 102 lucky dogs. And as they point out, At Westminster Dog Show, Familiar Breeds Get Little Respect:

So perhaps it is not surprising that the Labrador retriever has never won Best in Show in Westminster's 135 years. Other breeds better known as pets have also been overlooked. The golden retriever has never won, either, and the German shepherd and the pug have only won once apiece. In 2008, Uno the beagle became a household name after he was the first of his breed to win the top prize.

As with people, there are many different doggy lifestyles.


Yes, they are pampered and famous. But after checking out life as a show dog


we're thinking maybe that's just not for us.


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February 2, 2011

PetScoop: Minneapolis Woman Tries to Air-Mail Puppy


This Consumerist account of pet cruelty sounds too awful (and really stupid, frankly) to be true, but it appeared originally on the Minneapolis-St. Paul StarTribune. A 39-year-old woman named Stacey Champion has been cited with misdemeanor animal cruelty after she tried to air-mail a puppy to Atlanta from downtown Minneapolis.

The postal worker was stunned when the package moved by itself and fell to the floor. Then came the sounds of heavy panting.

Within minutes, she and co-workers had unwrapped a tightly sealed box and rescued a 4-month-old puppy that a Minneapolis woman tried to mail to Georgia.

"It's just crazy," said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Angela Dodge. The air holes the woman punched in the box were covered up with mailing tape, and the priority mail trip would have taken at least two days, she said. "It was supposed to be a birthday gift for a family member. It would have been kind of traumatizing to get a dead puppy,'' Dodge said. "If you don't identify it so that it can be handled properly, it goes into the cargo hold of an airplane. It gets 40 below in those cargo planes that get up 40,000 feet. And there was no food or water. Puppies can't go for long periods without food or water."

The dog would have been dead on delivery, agreed police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. "I've been doing this for 17 years. This is a new one on me."

After being charged, Champion returned to the post office to demand a refund for the $22 she paid to mail the puppy.

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January 28, 2011

PetScoop: 2010 American Kennel Club Most-Registered Dog Breeds


And the winner is -- the Labrador Retriever is the most popular registered breed in America, according to The American Kennel Club (AKCĀ®) nationwide registration statistics.

This past year in the top 10, the Beagle overtook Super Cool Pets favorite the Golden Retriever for the 4th spot. The Bulldog, whose popularity has been steadily rising, took 6th place away from the Boxer, who dropped down to 7th.


View a slideshow of the most popular breeds.

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January 27, 2011

Pet Scoop: Do Dogs Need a Winter Coat?

Does your dog need to wear a coat outside in the winter? According to the Wall Street Journal, small, short-haired, inactive dogs without a thick fur undercoat are more susceptible to cold weather.

If you live with a lap dog such as a Chihuahua, dachshund, Boston terrier, shih tzu, bichon frise, miniature pinscher or the xolo, a Mexican hairless dog, a heavy winter sweater or coat is a must. And, regardless of their breed, elderly or sick pets may need to wear extra layers outside.


Working and sporting dogs are generally heartier and less likely to need the protection. Bigger breeds, such as Retrievers, Shepherds, Huskies, are bred for outdoor life and work and function better outdoors au naturel, but still need to stay active and be able to curl up in a sheltered area.

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January 18, 2011

PetScoop: Sleeping With Pets Linked to Disease


It's comforting to cuddle up at night with your pet. It's even kind of endearing to wake up to a cat standing on your ribs and staring at your face as though you are his/her next meal.

But we've read the news, and the news isn't good. Web MD is asking, Pets in Bed: More Dangerous Than Bedbugs? U.S. surveys indicate that up to 56% of dog owners and 62% of cat lovers regularly fall asleep with their pets in their bed, as do our fellow humans in the U.K., Netherlands, France, and Japan. Little doubt throughout our history as well.

So what's the problem? Bubonic Plague, Chagas Disease, Cat-Scratch Disease, MRSA, parasites and other bacterial infections. Ditto for kissing your dog or cat. Not good.

Read Pets in Bed: More Dangerous Than Bedbugs? to decide if the risk is worth it or if a cozy Pet Bed on the floor of your bedroom is the safest choice.

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January 13, 2011

Dog News All Breed Dog Show 2011 Calendar


Many dog lovers enjoy watching dog shows on TV, and the fortunate ones attend and participate. Don't miss another show--you can keep a year's worth of dog show dates and information at your fingertips with this gorgeous 2011 Dog News Calendaricon. Dog News is America's oldest and only weekly newspaper dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs.

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