Driving Dogs Learn New Tricks for a Good Cause

190623-dogs-driving-carsThese mutts are on a mission! The SPCA of Auckland, NZ has a goal of making the public aware that dogs in shelters are highly intelligent, capable companions and decided to teach three adoptable dogs how to drive a car.

Mark Vette, the trainer, who has worked on numerous movie sets, had his doubts about being able to execute the project, even if it was for a good cause. The vehicles had to be modified to be operable by dogs, but all the controls would be done by the dogs: starting, the pedals, steering, and stopping! Continue reading

Pet Shaming: Strange Trend in Social Media

Dear Esteemed Fans,

One of the things I can’t believe I get paid to do is surf the Internet in order to find interesting and/or funny photos to post to my fans on Facebook. It’s a tough job, being a working dog! While searching some of my favorite photo sites, I’ve noticed that there are now several photos of pets wearing signs explaining their bad behavior.

It resembles some of the human stories I’ve read about with judges requiring offenders to wear signs on public avenues explaining their transgressions in an attempt to shame them into being better citizens. Continue reading

Grandpa Saves Dog from Jaws of Florida Gator

Steve Gustafson, a Florida grandfather, age 66,  was trimming an oak tree while his West Highland Terrier Bounce was chasing butterflies. She apparently got close to the water’s edge when Gustafson heard a high-pitched yelp. He turned and saw his dog being dragged away by the shoulder into the water by a large alligator. Continue reading

Feline Friday: Lucky Kitten Survives 100-Mile Trip Inside Bumper

Apparently, no one told this 6-week kitten that black cats have traditionally been considered unlucky, or that an unauthorized joy ride might use up most of her nine lives.

Stacey Pulsifer of Plattsburgh, N.Y., had been traveling between three towns for events related to a wedding. She estimates it was nearly 100 miles of interstate highway driving in her Jeep before she went through a drive-thu for coffee at a McDonald’s. Continue reading

An Eagle, a Fox, and a Cat Walk Into a Bar…

Okay, it’s an old joke. And this isn’t really a bar, but these guys all seem to be hanging out as friends on the porch, like they could be having a barbecue or something. This is up in Alaska, so the weather may not be exactly conducive to barbecuing, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping these guys from socializing. I’m actually going to be headed up to Alaska in a couple of weeks! Continue reading