Friday, January 30, 2015

Video: Golden Retriever Enjoys Tennis Match

Some Golden Retrievers can't resist a fluorescent tennis ball, even if it's through the tube.  The Australian Open is currently underway, which means George the Golden Retriever is having the best week ever. "While he does love all sports, tennis is his favorite," his owner writes in the video's description. Consider him Maria Sharapova's number-one fan.  However, it seems George's buddy isn't much of a sports fan.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Video: It's Time For Budweiser's Puppy Super Bowl Ad

When it comes to Super Bowl successes, there are few surer bets than Budweiser's puppy ads.  This year's spot, "Lost Dog," is likely to make it to the top of USA Today's Ad Track rating of the top ads of the game — that is, unless viewers feel that the spot is too emotionally manipulative or PETA discerns some sort of canine-related controversy.  A rancher type gets the cutest puppy in the world, but then the pup somehow escapes. Cue the strains of the Proclaimers' "500 Miles," a rousing tune that is rendered melancholy here in an acoustic rendition by Sleeping at Last. We follow the pup's pitiful adventures until he meets up with a wolf, and — well, watch for yourself.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

After 44 Years, Lolita The Orca Closer To Freedom

Lolita, a killer whale that has lived in a tank at Miami's Seaquarium for 44 years, could move a step closer to freedom this week.  After decades of campaigning, animal rights activists hope U.S. officials will include the orca on a list of endangered whales that frequent the waters where she was captured, off Washington state. That decision could trigger a lawsuit by activists who want to fly 7,000-pound (3.2-tonne) Lolita across the country and prepare her for release into the wild.

Monday, January 26, 2015

India's Tigers Are Doing Well

After watching tiger numbers decline for nearly a century, India has reason to celebrate: The country’s population of wild big cats has jumped 30 percent over the past four years. That’s according to the latest numbers out of the country’s tiger conservation survey, which counted 2,226 tigers in 2014, as compared with 1,706 in 2011, environment minister Prakash Javadekar announced Tuesday.  “While the tiger population is falling in the world, it is rising in India,” Javadekar said in a statement. “That is a huge success story.”

Friday, January 23, 2015

Video: Dog Makes Friends With a Seal

While a woman was walking her dog along a beach in La Cap Ferret, France, they happened upon what has got to be the single friendliest seal.  When the dog and seal began to snuggle, it had to be a real once in a lifetime moment for everyone there.  If one didn’t know any better, you’d almost think the seal has had regular contact with humans and their dogs to think it almost tame.  Remember dear readers, these are still wild animals.  They may display some almost “domesticated” behaviors, but you never know exactly what that animal will do if spooked or feels threatened by something.  It’s always best admire wildlife from a bit of a distance. It’s best for the safety of the wildlife, your pet’s safety, and of course yours as well.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dying Dog Goes on a Bucket List Adventure

When my 160-pound English Mastiff was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, I was crushed. Together Gizelle and I had been through college, boyfriends, our early 20s, and a move from simple Tennessee to big and scary New York City. This dog wasn’t just my best friend — she was my roommate and confidant. What does the vet mean she only has a few months left?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GIFs That Show What Animals Are Really Thinking

Since the beginning of time, humans have speculated on what animals are truly thinking.  The human-animal language barrier really puts a damper on things — if only we could get into the minds of our animal friends, and figure out what they really mean with all of those barks and meows.Until we figure that out, however, the new subreddit r/AnimalTextGIFs is giving our furry friends the voice they deserve by providing subtitles that accurately convey their emotions.  Yes, your cat hates you. Sorry.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tiny Tank Where Whale Has Been Confined for 45 Years

She looks like a goldfish in a bowl, but she’s actually a blackfish in a tank.  A very small tank.  A new video has been posted on YouTube, apparently taken by a drone, showing Lolita, a 22-foot-long killer whale, swimming in furious circles in her diminutive pool at the Miami Seaquarium. For decades, opponents of orca captivity have decried the size of Lolita’s tank. But the overhead perspective of the one-minute video puts her living conditions into stark relief.

Monday, January 19, 2015

How to Get Your Pet Walking Again After an injury

When Sarah Conroy’s 7-year-old “morkie” (a Maltese Yorkie mix), Penny, refused to put weight on her left hind leg, the Williamsburg resident knew something was wrong. Turns out, the lively pup had torn her cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) while chasing a squirrel in McCarren Park and required immediate surgery.  Eight weeks of rehab later, Penny celebrated her clean bill of health with her first day back at the park — only to tear her opposite CrCL and start the entire rehab process over again.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Abused Rescue Dog Treated To The Best Day Ever

Susie had survived unspeakable animal abuse when she was rescued by her new owner Donna, who was also in recovery.  Five years and one key piece of legislation later, BarkPost treated the two to a day in New York City in honor of their efforts to combat animal abuse.  In 2009, Susie, a young mixed breed dog, was set on fire and left for dead by her abusive previous owner in Greensboro, North Carolina. She suffered third-degree burns on 60% of her body and was left with a broken jaw and missing teeth. Ten days later, she was rescued and taken to Guilford County Animal Shelter, where veterinarians nursed her back to health.