Category Archives: -Newsworthy Animals

Boo, World’s Cutest Dog

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boo cute dog stuffed animalBoo, the World’s Cutest Dog – Usually we follow the dogs of celebrities, but sometimes it’s worth mentioning dogs who are celebrities. Enter Boo, who Khloe Kardashian once called, “the cutest dog on the planet,” and Ke$ha called, “her new boyfriend.”

Boo currently has over 5 million Facebook fans, and any new photos of him instantly get thousands of comments. Looks like Boo has a sweet deal with Virgin America, (look for him to post travel tips) a book, and even a Gund toy emulating him. (see above right)

You can find new photos of Boo on his Instagram page. Wow… that’s cute. Kind of makes Justin Beiber look like a troll.

Dogs Influence on 2012 Election

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Obama eats dog?

Political Dog Fight: Starting with accounts of how Mitt Romney famously packed their family dog on the roof of their car for a trip to Canada, (who does that!) the “dog war” in the 2012 election is still heating up. (Dogs against Romney recently recorded their 50,000th Facebook friend!)

Recently, attention was brought to the fact that Obama tasted dog meat as a poor youth in Indonesia, although Romney later proposed that the election should be about, “jobs not dogs.”

Well, it’s clear that dogs are already playing a role in opinion poles for this year’s election. Look for lots of photo ops of these guys hugging dogs in the near future…

Sausage, the Famous Greek Riot Dog

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Sausage sticks it to The Man - REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Viva la Sausage!

Sausage the Greek Riot Dog – While the Greek economy comes apart at the seems, most dogs still prefer to leave the drama to humans. All, that is, except “Sausage the riot dog.”

Sausage (or “Loukanikos”) has been a part of every protest in Syntagma Square (central Athens) for years now, and has become a celebrity in Greece and abroad. When people took to the street yesterday to protest the latest government cuts, Sausage was at the front lines again, barking at police, and disrupting their attempts to hit protesters with batons.

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don't tase me bro!

Interestingly, although Greeks are up to their necks in economic problems, they still serve as an inspiration to much of the world in their handling of stray dogs. In Greece, stray dogs are not euthanized, or left to rot in tiny city kennels. They are neutered, given vaccines, and even microchipped. All 2000 or so of them wear collars and tags, making them easy to identify.

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Greek hero

After such humane treatment, it is fitting that a stray dog like Sausage has become a symbol of freedom in Greece. Let’s hope that Athen’s financial crisis doesn’t lead to an end to their inspirational stray dog program*

Update: I see evidence that the program might not be as successful as I had initially heard. It looks like Greece has their share of problems with stray dogs, and cruelty against them from city residents. Maybe dogs like Sausage will help them gain respect.

Dog Leads Raid on Bin Laden Compound

World’s Most Interesting Dog

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Could this be the dog?

He can speak French, in Russian… You can see his charisma from space… Sharks have a week dedicated to him…

He also played a key role in the recent raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound, and has become the world’s most interesting dog.

According to sources, a military dog joined (led?) the American raid on Bin Laden’s compound last week. The mysterious dog was reportedly strapped to the back of a Navy SEAL who was lowered from a Black Hawk helicopter in the raid that ultimately killed Osama Bin Laden.

Last year when asked about dogs role in the war on terror, General Petraeus was quoted as saying, “The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine.”

Although the White House and Pentagon won’t confirm that the dog took part in the raid, it is reported that the U.S. military employs over 2,700 dogs who are very popular with U.S. Troops; the most common dog breeds being German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. (Although Labrador Retrievers have had a recent increase in popularity, walking ahead of troops to sniff out potential danger)

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The mystery dog’s role in the raid is also unknown, but one can speculate that it’s mission included sniffing out potential explosives or people hidden within the compound. (Remember that Saddam Hussein was found hiding in a “spider hole” under ground)

News of the mysterious canine hero has been reported by media outlets including the New York Times.

Who is this mystery dog? Stay thirsty, my friends.

more: Who’s the Dog Hero of the raid on Bin Laden’s Compound? – NY Times


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Million Dollar Dog

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Million Dollar Baby - Hong Dong

Red Tibetan Mastiff Dog Sells for $1.5 Million

If you thought that the thousands of dollars some celebrities pay for purebred puppies is a lot, consider Hong Dong, (meaning “big splash” in Chinese”) the Red Tibetan Mastiff puppy who just sold for well over $1 million dollars in Shanghai.

Tibetan Mastiffs have become extremely popular recently with Chinese elite, as the the prestigious large breed is thought to be purely Chinese, rarely being found outside of Tibet. (and not yet owned by Paris Hilton)

Once owned by public figures including Genghis Khan, the Tibetan Mastiff can grow to be over 200 pounds and is known to be an excellent guard dog. The dog can actually be seen as a good investment, as stud fees for Tibetan Mastiffs can reach $15,000.

Hong Dong takes the “world’s most expensive dog” title form another Tibetan Mastiff, Yangtze River Number Two, who was sold in 2009 for over $600,000. After being purchased, Yangtze River Number Two returned to his new home in a motorcade of 30 black limousines.

more: World’s Most Expensive Dog

The Dog that Got into Hitler’s Head

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Jackie and Berg Pissed off nazis

Jackie: Mutt War Hero – Documents that were recently unearthed in the political archives of the German Foreign Ministry reveal details of an interesting footnote in history; a dog that mocked, and angered Hitler himself.

According to the documents, during WWII Nazis were enraged to learn about a mixed-breed dog named “Jackie” in Finland who earned the nickname “hitler” because of how  it would raise its paw in the air in what looked to be a mock “heil hitler” salute.

According to records, officials in Berlin heard about the dog’s strange habit, and ordered German diplomats in Finland to investigate and gather evidence. Soon, the dog’s owner, Tor Berg, was ordered to the German embassy in Helsinki for questioning.

As the scandal grew,  more ministries were involved including the foreign office in Berlin, the economy ministry and hitler’s chancellery. German suppliers were ordered by the nazis to end cooperation with Berg, who owned a pharmaceutical wholesale company. Records also show nazi  plans to destroy Berg’s company.

However, witnesses against Jackie and her owner were not willing to testify in court. As WWII progressed, attention to the matter was eventually diverted. Although Jackie was never given official credit as a war hero, the momentum in the war soon shifted in Russia’s favor against the Germans.

Stories like this, (along with the fact that one of Hitler’s last acts was to order the execution his own German Shepherd, Blondi) help to solidify his title as history’s biggest bastard. Thanks to Jim Dumont in Newtown, Pa