…even the ones currently competing in the 25th annual "World's Ugliest Dog" contest, which will take place this Friday in Petaluma, Calif. You can vote "for fun," and find some really endearing descriptions from the owners. Here's current leader Ellie Mae's bio:
Ellie Mae is an 8y/o Chinese Crested Hairless Dog. She was given to me about 6 years ago when the family she was with had to move to Colorado. They felt that Colorado may be too cold for her. I have been so thankful ever since! She is a wonderful little ambassador for my job as Animal Control Officer/shelter manager where we live in Gurdon, Arkansas. She [...]
Out of all of the horrible news coming out of Moore, Okla., here is one nice thing, courtesy of a CBS interview yesterday: Standing in the rubble of her home, Moore resident Barbara Garcia recounts sitting on a stool in her bathroom as the storm hit, holding her dog, and then losing the stool from under her. At the end of the interview, she finds the dog.
You can find information about how to help Oklahoma's tornado victims here.
Dog trainer Anna Jane Grossman began providing private iPad lessons to dogs last year. About 25 of her clients have signed up, and she is planning a 90-minute iPad clinic for dogs later this month, where they will learn to nose the screen to activate apps.
"People always say, 'Oh, can you have my dog do my online banking?' " Ms. Grossman says. In reality, dogs don't "necessarily do very useful things on the iPad," she adds. "But I don't necessarily do very useful things on the iPad either."
Ms. Grossman is part of a nascent but growing group touting the use of apps for pets. They say the apps [...]
If I owned a dog the dog would be thinking, "I am so glad to be owned by Emma, who is so deserving of a dog and who deserves a dog more than most humans who own dogs, probably." (Paraphrasing here.) But I guess "squirrel" is a decent answer, too. [via Animal New York]
Do you turn off Old Yeller before the end so you can pretend that he lived a long and happy life? Did a cute pet on a movie poster make you think it would be a fun comedy but it turned out to be a pet-with-a-terminal-illness tearjerker instead? Are you unable to enjoy the human body count in a horror movie because you're wondering whether the dog's going to kick the bucket? Have you ever Googled "Does the [dog/cat/horse/Klingon targ] die in [movie title]?"
In your last daily Vincent Kartheiser and Alexis Bledel update (until Bledel bears a series of azure-eyed children for Kartheiser), he practiced proposing to her with Elisabeth Moss and Jessica Paré. Also, they call him "Vinny."
I read a lot of John Donne while the site was down (not really, but what WAS that? malware, apparently!), and this is the best. I mean, it does cast apersions on your virtue, though.