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Hugh Jackman: I video call my dogs

HUGH Jackman loves to Skype his dogs Dali and Allegra because he misses them so much when he is working away from home.

Pampering our pets was a $58 billion business in 2014

LOS ANGELES – We feed them, groom them, clothe them and otherwise shell out the big bucks to protect and pamper our pets.

Ringling elephants say goodbye to the circus

A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus elephant and dog perform in New York on March 26, 2010 Thirteen of the animals currently part of the circus' migrating entourage will be relocated to the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida, the company said. Family scions Nicola and Alana Feld, meanwhile, acknowledged that the decision to retire their elephant act is part of an ongoing cultural shift. It once would have been unthinkable to have a big tent circus act without elephants, long a crowd favorite. Animal rights activists over the years have become more organized, calling attention to what they have said called Ringling Bros. "cruelty" and influencing public opinion in the process.


Buckeye finds an Alaskan home

Matt Failor lives with 30 dogs in a place where winter temperatures that dive 20 to 40 degrees below zero are common.

Identifying and increasing your dogs IQ level (2)

Contd. from last week Based on brain and body sizes, dogs are among the smartest animals on the planet. Only humans, the great apes, porpoises and elephants are smarter. In fact, the average dog has the language understanding of a two-year-old child, and understands numbers like a child ages two and three years old. “Super...  [Read More...]

First basketball, now elephants stir up Seattle-Oklahoma City rivalry

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - For some in Seattle still angered by the move of the city's NBA team to Oklahoma City, the move of elephants from a zoo in the Emerald City to one in the Red Dirt state stings in a familiar way. Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, which is phasing out its elephant exhibit, said last week it would move its Asian elephants named Bamboo and Chai to the Oklahoma City Zoo, which has a social herd of elephants and a modern facility for the pachyderms. "First they steal our basketball team, now they want our elephants! Is there no satisfying Oklahoma City," one reader wrote in a comment section of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper, referring to the Seattle SuperSonics' move to Oklahoma City in 2008.

Amid Record-Breaking Poaching, Wildlife Experts Seek to Smash a Black Market

Amid Record-Breaking Poaching, Wildlife Experts Seek to Smash a Black Market Eight months ago, you could probably walk a few blocks from here, the Central Park Zoo, and find ivory for sale at a shop on Madison Avenue. But not anymore: Last year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a ban on commercial sales and purchases of ivory and rhinoceros horn. That ban was just one in a series of encouraging signs that lawmakers and law enforcement are serious about stopping illegal wildlife trade around the world. Meanwhile, wildlife crime experts and diplomats were gathered here, at the Central Park Zoo, to deliver a call to action to end the illegal wildlife trade, amid grim outlooks for animals like elephants and rhinos that are killed for their tusks and horns.


Ringling Bros to retire its elephants, ending a tradition

In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, four-year-old Asian elephant April rings bell during Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuspre-show at Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, Tenn. The circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively on Thursday, March 5, 2015 that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Mark A. Large) MANDATORY CREDIT POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, "a massive 12-foot African elephant," to America in 1882 to star in the "Greatest Show on Earth." Whenever the circus came to town, parades of pachyderms heralded its arrival, drawing patriotic crowds that boosted sales and even attracted vote-hungry politicians. Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, still keeps 43 elephants, 13 of which are performing. But years of pressure from activists alleging abuse have caused a "mood shift" among consumers, circus executive Alana Feld told The Associated Press, and the Feld family would rather spend money on elephant care than lawyers. The Felds say they'll phase out elephant acts by 2018 as the remaining performers retire to their 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.


Pets Feel Effects of Winter Weather

FOX NEWS -- Winter weather can take a toll on pets, and it's not just the cold temperatures or slippery ground. Salt, brine mixes and other chemicals used by road crews can end up on dogs' and cats' paws, and can be toxic if they lick the material off. Veterinarian Hyla Gayer told Fox News that pets might wind up with a series of problems, from mild to deadly, because of the chemicals. "Some of ...

Cats don’t like human music — play them this instead

Cats don’t care for human music, but researchers have found a new genre that felines enjoy. Photo by Flickr user Adria vidal Ever wondered why your cats don’t share your appreciation of Johann Sebastian Bach or aren’t as enthusiastic to rock out to an old Led Zeppelin record? Turns out, it’s not their style. Cats, in fact, do enjoy music, but they don’t enjoy human music — at least according to ...

Americans spent $58 billion to pamper, protect pets in 2014

FILE - In this Sunday Dec. 1, 2013 file photo, visitors and their dogs enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Sepulveda Basin Dog Park in the Encino section of Los Angeles. The American Pet Products Association's annual report on pet industry spending says Americans spent $58 billion in 2014 on their 397 million pets, which range from freshwater fish and reptiles to cats and dogs. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file) LOS ANGELES (AP) — We feed them, groom them, clothe them and otherwise shell out the big bucks to protect and pamper our pets.


Americans spent $58 billion to pamper, protect pets in 2014

We feed them, groom them, clothe them and otherwise shell out the big bucks to protect and pamper our pets. The American Pet Products Association's annual report on pet industry spending says Americans ...

Weather Gang: Area pets give D.C. snow day two paws up

Who loves a day off more -- pets or their humans?

Report: Police uncover unlawful dog breeding operation, 146 dogs taken

A tip led Horry County Police to uncover an unlawful dog breeding operation in Conway on Wednesday; officers removed over 140 dogs of various breeds from the property and charged a 49-year-old Conway woman for failure to provide proper care and treatment of animals.

Americans spent $58B on pets in 2014

LOS ANGELES — We feed them, groom them, clothe them and otherwise shell out the big bucks to protect and pamper our pets.

Report: US spent $58 billion to pamper, protect pets last year, with bulk going to food, vet

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - We feed them, groom them, clothe them and otherwise shell out the big bucks to protect and pamper our pets.

Dogs on the catwalk: Crufts 2015

Top dogs taking to the catwalk at Crufts 2015

Cats rule this Japanese island

An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one.

Petcha.com Partners with Trupanion to Help Pets Find Forever Homes

I-5 Publishing and Trupanion today announced a new alliance that brings together animal rescues, shelters, and breeders to provide medical insurance to pets available on I-5 Publis

13 superstitions and their origins

Black cats have long been seen in Western cultures as an omen of bad luck — they have long been associated with witches, and many cultures believe that a black cat crossing your path means you will suffer disaster or even death.

Prince William's wildlife speech draws online applause in China

Britain's Prince William feeds a baby elephant at a sanctuary in Xishuangbanna, southwest China's Yunnan province on March 4, 2015 Britain's Prince William won praise Thursday from Chinese Internet users after he visited an elephant reserve in the country and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as "a vicious form of criminality". William's speech in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, capped off a four-day visit to China during which he also met with President Xi Jinping in Beijing and chatted with students at a Shanghai football clinic. The trip was William's first to China, and made him the highest-profile royal visitor since Queen Elizabeth II in 1986.


RIP robot dogs: Funerals held for metal mutts

Saying final goodbyes to personality-filled pet robotic dogs isn't easy. Now that Sony has shut down its AIBO customer support, robot dog owners are holding funerals for their broken pooches.

How to help cats, livestock and birds cope with the cold

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All kinds of animal can face problems from a wicked winter that's unleashing frigid temperatures and heaps of snow from the Rocky Mountains to the Northeast.

How to help cats, livestock and birds cope with the cold

All kinds of animal can face problems from a wicked winter that's unleashing frigid temperatures and heaps of snow from the Rocky Mountains to the Northeast. While the weather has driven a late-season ...

Japan's Cat Island

Cats outnumber people 6 to 1 on the remote Japanese island of Aoshima

Don’t click on this if you’re allergic to cats

Cats Rights Activists claim Lynne Truss?s new novel is ?anti-cat.'

Bark at the Park Presented by AvoDerm Natural® Pet Foods and Nylabone® Encourages Baseball Fans and Their Pets to Get ...

Central Garden & Pet brands, AvoDerm Natural pet foods and Nylabone, are once again partnering with several Major League Baseball® teams this season on a campaign to promote pet adoption and raise awareness about the powerful bonds between people and their pets.

Wellness(R) Natural Pet Food Helps Pet Parents Discover the "Five Signs of Wellness," Indicators of Pet Wellbeing ...

TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- Our pets can't talk to us, so how do we know when they're feeling their best and receiving the nutrients they need to support activity levels and total body health? Wellness(R) Natural ...

All Scottish dogs to be microchipped

All dogs in Scotland will need to be microchipped from next year under a planned change to the law by the Scottish government.

Lucas County Dogs for Adoption: 3-4

Dogs remain available at the Lucas County Canine Care & Control Office, 410 South Erie St., Toledo. For information, call 419-213-2800.

Prince William to meet elephants on final day of China tour

Britain's Prince William gestures to the students as he attends the Premier Skills football coaching event at Nanyang Secondary School in Shanghai, China Tuesday, March 3, 2015. William focused his China trip on promoting links between the countries in football and film Tuesday, watching students kick balls around with Premier League-trained coaches ahead of a movie premiere. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT BEIJING (AP) — Britain's Prince William highlighted his interest in wildlife conservation Wednesday by making the final stop on his China tour an area in the country's southwest that is home to wild Asian elephants.


Watch Dogs Beats Grand Theft Auto 5 in Australian 2014 Sales - NPD

Watch Dogs Beats Grand Theft Auto 5 in Australian 2014 Sales - NPD Data from NPD Group Australia shows Ubisoft's open-world hacking game outsold Grand Theft Auto V at retail.


A Symphony for Cats

A team of psychologists at the University of Wisconsin created custom music designed to appeal to cats by mixing beats that fall into the same frequency range that cats use to communicate with one another. The songs also have a tempo  similar to the beat that cats purr to. When researchers played their songs for 47 different cats, the animals preferred the specially-composed songs to human music ...

New Pet Therapy Guidelines: No Cats in Hospitals

A visit from a furry companion can give comfort to patients in the hospital, but new guidelines recommend that only dogs — and not cats — be allowed in hospitals for pet therapy programs. The guidelines, from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), are aimed at reducing the potential risks from having animals in hospital facilities.

New Pet Therapy Guidelines: No Cats in Hospitals

A visit from a furry companion can give comfort to patients in the hospital, but new guidelines recommend that only dogs — and not cats — be allowed in hospitals for pet therapy programs. The guidelines, from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), are aimed at reducing the potential risks from having animals in hospital facilities.

It's raining cats and tourists on a Japanese island

An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen's boats, the cats stayed on - and multiplied.

It's raining cats and tourists on a Japanese island

An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen's boats, the cats stayed on - and multiplied.

Lucas County Dogs for Adoption: 3-3

Dogs remain available at the Lucas County Canine Care & Control Office, 410 South Erie St., Toledo. For information, call 419-213-2800.

10 big dot-com flops

Remember Pets.com? The Nasdaq is roaring back towards its all-time high. Here are some of the biggest dot-com busts from the last time the Nasdaq topped 5,000.

U.S. 'Pet' Tiger Trade Puts Big Cats at Great Risk (Op-Ed)

Nicole Paquette is the vice president of wildlife protection at The Humane Society of the United States. They are bred repeatedly and forced to produce litter after litter — so many litters that there are now far too many tigers in the United States, and not enough responsible and experienced facilities to care for them. One of the main causes of tiger overpopulation in the United States is some facilities use tiger cubs for public handling. For a fee, members of the public can play with, bottle-feed, swim with or have their photo taken holding a tiger cub.

Classical music 'helps dogs relax'

Classical music has a calming effect on dogs in rehoming centres, according to research carried out for the Scottish SPCA.

Cats use eyes, not smell, to search for food

London, March 2 (IANS) Cats may prefer to use their eyes rather than follow their nose when it comes to finding the location of food, according to new research by leading animal behaviourists. Felines have a tremendous sense of smell and vision, but the new study by researchers at the University of Lincoln, UK, has for the first time investigated which sense they prefer to use under test ...

WOMAN MISSES THE AFFECTION THAT FIANCE SHOWS TO PETS

DEAR ABBY: My fiance, "Bubba," and I have a small disagreement that I would love your take on. He constantly complains that he's too tired, or annoyed or busy, to show me romantic or friendly affection and attention. But he goes out of his way to snuggle and play with our two dogs and cat. I get jealous when he kisses our dogs over and over again, or stays up later to play with the cat. He thinks I am overreacting. ...

China's latest survey finds increase in wild giant pandas

In this Feb. 18, 2015 photo, panda triplet cubs play with sheep toys at the Chimelong Wildlife Park in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province. According to a census by China's State Forestry Administration, the panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey ending in 2003. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT BEIJING (AP) — Wild giant pandas in China are doing well.


China ivory carving ban a 'symbolic' move: wildlife group

China is the world's largest consumer of illegal ivory, according to conservationists Beijing has imposed a one-year ban on imports of ivory carvings as critics say rising Chinese demand threatens African elephants with extinction, but campaigners described the move as "more symbolic than effective" Friday. The measure came days ahead of a visit to China by Britain's Prince William, who has campaigned against illegal wildlife trafficking and is expected to speak on the issue during a stop in the southwestern province of Yunnan next Wednesday. The ban took effect Thursday and was announced by China's State Forestry Administration in a statement on its website. China is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), but conservationists say it is the world's largest consumer of illegal ivory, with skyrocketing demand leading to the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants each year.


Joaquin Phoenix Stars in PETA Dog-Leather Expose

The vegan actor narrates the unnamed film about the Chinese dog-leather trade.

French bulldog joins ranks of most popular U.S. dogs

Luke, a French Bulldog is carried by his owner Paul from New York City outside the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City ahead of the139th Westminster Kennel Club's Annual Dog Show in the Manhattan borough of New York By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The bat-eared, flat-faced French bulldog has earned a spot among the 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States for the first time in a century, the American Kennel Club said on Thursday. Topping the annual list was the Labrador retriever, keeping its title as the most sought-after canine for the 24th straight year, it said. Second was the German shepherd, followed by the golden retriever, standard bulldog, beagle, Yorkshire terrier, poodle and boxer. ...


Gray wolves, once decimated by eradication campaign, rebound in Oregon

A wolf roaming the same area as OR 7 is seen in this undated Oregon Fish & Wildlife handout photo taken with a remote camera By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon's once decimated gray wolf population has rebounded to at least 77 animals, and the wolves are now pairing off and breeding across a wide region, state officials with the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife said on Wednesday. Gray wolves, native to Oregon but wiped out in the state by an eradication campaign in the early 20th century, first returned there in 2008 and have now spread out to multiple parts of the Pacific Northwest state. “The wolf population continues to grow and expand, and for the first time we’ve had wolf reproduction in southern Oregon,” said Michelle Dennehy, spokeswoman for the state wildlife department. We also documented six new pairs of wolves, and 26 pups.” But as population growth triggers a review of state Endangered Species Act restrictions on harassing or killing wolves that threaten livestock, conservationists cautioned it remained too early to celebrate the species’ recovery.


SeaWorld Orlando stops popular program for guests to feed dolphins

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO (Reuters) - SeaWorld Orlando has ended a popular program for visitors to hand-feed its dolphins, ending what conservationists believe was the last such large-scale program in the United States. Her death led a federal administrative judge to order the theme park to maintain barriers between trainers and the whales.

'Holy pig' festival draws thousands in Taiwan

A Taiwanese family pose for photos in front of a 714.6-kilogram pig -- hidden behind a screen -- during the annual "Holy Pigs" Festival outside the Zushi Temple in New Taipei City, on February 24, 2015 Thousands of worshippers flocked Tuesday to a controversial "holy pig" festival in Taiwan which sees the carcasses of giant overfed swine on display, a custom deplored by animal rights campaigners. "In the past, many of the pig owners raised them on their own to show their respect and sincerity to the gods.


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