Friday, November 30, 2012

Lentenor to Stand at Calumet

News from True Nicks that Lentenor, Barbaro's full brother will be standing at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. The farm, which is under new ownership, has long been associated with some of racing's biggest stars. One such star, Americain, winner of the Melbourne Cup, will be joining Lentenor there in 2013, along with sprinter Aikenite.

Here is the True Nicks write up about Lenny:

Calumet is doubling down on Dynaformer in 2013, as it will also introduce that horse's son Lentenor (TrueNicks), a stakes-winning brother to the ill-starred Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hero Barbaro. Seemingly more of a miler type than his classic-winning brother, Lentenor won four times on the turf, gaining a black-type win in the 8 1/2-furlong Kitten's Joy Stakes, and setting a new course standard for 8 1/2 furlongs at Calder. Although his winning efforts were confined to the sward, Lentenor did perform with distinction on his dirt and stakes debut, where, despite a bump in the stretch, he was a good fourth to eventual Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box, Pleasant Prince, and Rule (TrueNicks) in the Florida Derby (gr. I).

Lentenor is not only a brother to Barbaro, but also to two other stakes performers in Nicanor and Margano, and half brother to stakes winner Holy Ground. His dam, La Ville Rouge, is a multiple graded stakes-placed daughter of Carson City and La Reine Rouge, who took the Toddler Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs at 2.

Rumor has it that his asking fee will be in the $7500 range.

Can't wait to see what mares will be bred to Lentenor. How wonderful that the Barbaro dynasty continues through his family line.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pricey Pet Accessories

Ok most of these are over the top but the $900 pet spa is pretty intriguing....

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Brotherly Love

Too cute not to share. The big brother Bernese takes the little brother for a walk, without a owner on the end of the leash.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Four Letter Words

Oh those four letter words!! Jackson seems to know the difference between two that populate his world. Wonder how he reacts to "food?"

Monday, November 26, 2012

Like Ducks To Water

Watch these ducks take to the water, well like ducks should. These ducks who were rescued from a hoarder had never been in the water before this swim.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Puppy V. Lemon

The combination of an adorable puppy and a sour lemon makes for some great video.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Can You Speak Korean?

Although I don't speak Korean, apparently this elephant does. Koshik, a zoo elephant in south Korea, can say "hello," "sit down," "good," "no," and "lie down" by placing his trunk inside his mouth. You can hear the results in the video above, although researchers speculate that the elephant likely does not know what the words mean. But then again, who knows?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Taking Matters Into My Own Paws

What happens when the cat is hungry and the jar of food is available? Watch and learn. This is one smart cat.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Justin, the Painting Horse

Amazing paintings and the self-portrait at the end is worth watching the whole clip.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Goats at Play

These day old goats master the teeter-totter in pretty quick fashion! Adorable.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bootcamp for Bulldogs

Tillman, the honorary bulldog becomes a marine in Texas. Check out the boot camp for bulldogs that started the adventure!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Collie Heaven!

It was Dog Show Weekend in Philly and I was in collie heaven!! Collies come in both rough (hairy) and smooth (less hairy) coats and these are some great examples of each.

You can watch the National Dog Show on NBC on Thanksgiving Day from 12-2 and see who wins.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Have You Ever Seen an Elephant Fly?

Pigs may not fly but, as of, August 2, elephants did.

That's the day when three 10,000 pound elephants took to the skies en route from the Toronto Zoo to the Performing Animal Welfare Society elephant sanctuary in San Andreas, California. There is a lot more involved with getting those elephants on the plane than just loading their trunks.

Keepers had to teach the animals to acclimate to their crates around which they simulated noise, bumps and motion. "We rattle the crates and make all kinds of sounds so they are used to noise," Pat Derby, co-founder of the performing Animal Welfare Society, said, because "there are no test flights."

Animal activist, Bob Barker, is footing the bill for the pachyderms, which is expected to be between $750,000 and $1 million. And while a truck trip would have accomplished the same task, Barker felt that he did not want to confine the elephants to their crates for the over 40 hours it would have taken to transport the animals by vehicle.

"They appear to be sweet, lovely, tractable elephants and I'm just excited to get them integrated into our group so they can have a wonderful social life. Our three girls have missed being in a larger group," Derby said.

Elephants can live to be 60 or 70 in the wild but in captivity their life span is about 50 years. Iringa, is 42, Toka, 41 and Thika, 31. They should be very content in their retirement on the 2300 acres of the sanctuary.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Yes, I Do

Can you say "yes" in dog language? Just nod.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Good Samaritans

These good samaritans are still scouring neighborhoods hit by Sandy and finding displaced cats and dogs. The impact of this storm is not going away anytime soon.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Meet Lyra

Meet Lyra, the border collie mix who introduced dog frisbee to Slovenia. A great story!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lucky Dog

Another amazing story about a dog who survived after being hit by a car and traveling in the car's grille for 11 miles. Miraculously the dog had only a broken tooth and a concussion.

That's one lucky pup!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

National Dog Show

November 17 and 18th are big dog show days in Philadelphia! The National Dog Show--the one you see on television on Thanksgiving Day--takes place on Sat. Nov. 17 and while we can't reveal the winner, we can tell you that the Dogues de Bordeaux, above, are therapy dogs that are the therapy ambassadors to the show; the Jack Russell look a like is actually a Russell Terrier, a leggier version of the Jack Russell and a new breed represented at the show; and the large fox hound looking dog is actually a Treeing Walker Coonhound, also a new breed represented at the show.

The National Dog Show sponsored by Purina and held in conjunction with the Philadelphia Kennel Club expects 1550 dogs representing 176 breeds. It is one of five remaining benched shows, which means a bonanza for the casual viewer who is able to wander the aisles and interact with the dogs and owners/breeders.

We'll be behind the scenes but you can watch it all on television Thanksgiving Day on NBC.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cats and Dogs Episode of Antiques Roadshow

Watch Coming Monday, November 12, at 8/7C, Cats & Dogs on PBS. See more from Antiques Roadshow.

Do you collect or have you inherited animal related artifacts? Be sure to watch the Cats and Dogs episode of Antiques Roadshow tonight, Monday Nov. 12 at 8:00 PM on PBS to see if yours is as valuable as the ones on the show!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Puppy Training Camp

These are great socialization tips for those of you with new puppies. Those of you with older dogs, don't worry, it's never too late for an old dog to learn new tricks!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Lucky Cat

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This kitty might have used up one of its lives but it is still one lucky cat!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Baby Elephant Raised By Human Mother

This is Moses, an orphaned baby elephant being raised by Jenny Webb, in northern Malawi, after the babe was found wandering alone in the Vwazi Wildlife Reserve. It is believed that Moses' mother was shot by poachers.

Webb, who is the founder of the Jumbo Foundation, an orphanage for large animals, has taken on the task of raising the elephant because Malawi's national parks did not have the funds to do so.

These photos are recent; Moses is now 7 1/2 months old. He sleeps in Webb's house, snuggled with her on an air mattress on the floor. She wakes every two hours to feed him infant formula that is boosted with coconut milk and other vitamins.

And yes, she takes him for walks with her two dogs, and was careful to protect his delicate skin from the sun (hence the blanket in the photo.)

It is a remarkable story of love and devotion. You can find more photos here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

In the Aftermath of Sandy

These are heartwarming videos about the rescue efforts of the ASPCA during Hurricane Sandy. The reunions of owners and pets are heartwarming.

Mayor of Rabbit Hash

I've written about the mayor of Rabbit Hash, KY before but here she is in person, courtesy of our good friends at, who paid her a visit. And yes, Rabbit Hash is the only town in the US with a dog for a mayor.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Squirrel Predicts Romney

It's election day so please be sure to cast your vote. As for predictions, well Gnocchi the squirrel calls it for Romney.

The rest of us will just have to wait and see.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Early Holiday Suggestions

Thinking about holiday gifts for your pup? Victoria Stillwell has some great ideas.

And for the people on your list, what about The Culinary Canine?!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Brotherly Love

One golden retriever, lost for two weeks, leads his owner to find his brother. All are safe and reunited but here's my question: who ties their dogs together with a double leash and leaves them in the yard?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Firefighters Save Pup

Does your local firehouse have pet oxygen masks? Thanks heavens this Texas one did.

Friday, November 2, 2012

New York Aquariums Soaked

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Two aquariums (one in New York and one in New Jersey) are swamped because of Superstorm Sandy. Mitik, the baby walrus who recently arrived at the Coney Island aquarium, got hands-on tender loving care during the storm from dedicated handlers. The aquariums are being pumped out with help from generators but if efforts to get the tanks up and running are not successful and speedy, the animals in both aquariums will be relocated. The aquariums did not lose any animals in the violent storm, said Steve Feldman, spokesman for the Maryland-based Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
“They’re definitely going to have to get some of their permanent systems back up and running,” Feldman said. “Their basin is built to allow the ocean to pass through it, and that’s exactly what happened, but it left behind a significant amount of sand and affected their systems.”