Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Good Week for Chimps

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This was a good week for chimpanzees and the people who love them. The US government decided to reduce their use in invasive biomedical testing and retired hundreds of chimps to sanctuaries like the one in the above video.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sneaky Squirrel



Let this be a warning to golfers everywhere who hide snacks in their bags. Beware of squirrels. This little guy managed to unzip the bag and get away with the goods!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Door Knocker



Open the door or I will continue to growl like a gremlin!!!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Deer for Show



Watch carefully and see a deer give these horses a run for their money during morning workouts at Keeneland earlier this month!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Follow Me to Freedom!


8 week old puppies learn to use the doggie door and wait until you see what they discover!! Too adorable.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Within Reach



So close she can almost taste it! Watch this persistent pup earn her reward.

Monday, June 24, 2013

In the Nick of Time



A very close call for this Chicago pug whose leash got caught in the elevator door. Quick thinking by a good samaritan saved the day but one has to wonder why the elevator doors closed. Usually they bounce back open when something gets in the way. Memo to self: hold dog tightly and close by when on elevator.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dolphin Rescue

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Believe it or not, I have been to the Key Largo Island Dolphin facility where Sarah, the dolphin in the above video, lives. It is marvelous place that specializes in water therapy with dolphins for handicapped children and also lets people swim with the dolphins, which is what I did. The story of this procedure is remarkable.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

El Frio



This is a wonderful story--an oldie but a goodie--about Turning For Home, the rehoming project at Philadelphia Park. They work wonders everyday rehoming racehorses. This is the story of El Frio, a miracle horse, who beat the odds to lead a happy retirement.

Friday, June 21, 2013

What the Cat Ate


Tigers get hairballs just like cats but this one was so big it had to be surgically removed. 4 lbs to be exact but the prognosis is good for the tiger who must feel much lighter.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Corgi v. Spoon



Corgi v. spoon and guess who wins? Very cute regardless of the victor.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cat and Unusual Brood



Truly amazing! This kitty from England has adopted a few ducklings along with her own kitties and all seem to be getting along "swimmingly." Watch her protective right front paw as she draws them all in closer to her. What a mama!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Elephants at Play



Rare footage, caught on hidden camera, of baby elephants "au natural" in Cambodia. They are adorable when they play together!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Pup Takes Himself for a Walk



How adorable is this? The golden retriever pup has his leash in his mouth and is walking himself while staying behind or under his owner's wheelchair. Brilliant.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wisconsin Pug Fest 2013



Too good to miss! And the pug races are hilarious!!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Fireman Ham

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This little piggy didn't go to market, but instead went to firefighter's school in Bristol, England where he has helped to train firefighters on how to rescue a trapped animal.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sheep Thinks He's a Dog



Meet Lamo the sheep that thinks he is a dog!!! Baaack off anyone who gets in his way!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Reunion



A great story about a reunion between a marine and his bomb sniffing dog, made possible by the Elks of Iowa. Watch and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Clean Kitty



Who knew a vacuum could be a cat's favorite toy? Apparently this cat loves it so much it doesn't even mind getting its nose sucked in once and awhile!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Smartie the Bear



There was a bear recently spotted roaming around Princeton University. I wonder if it was as smart as this one who clearly knows how to open car doors?!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Belmont Flashback? No Way.



Have you ever seen such a bunch of tired horses? Palace Malice won but they were all lugging pretty hard down that endless Belmont stretch. There was certainly none of the grace and sheer poetry that defined Secretariat on the day of the 40th anniversary of his 31 length victory.

Old school or not, these horses do not have the stamina or the pedigrees of long ago when not only did they run 1 1/2 miles like it was a walk in the park, they ran races every two or three weeks. Perhaps this is where the drugs take their ultimate toll--on the off spring of those that are supposed to be able to run fast and far.

I am truly glad all the horses made it home safe and sound. You may not see Palace Malice run another race this year. That's how much I think this took out of him. And don't look for miracles from either Oxbow or Orb at Saratoga. These guys may not run (or win) again until the Fall.

How far we have come from the glory days of the sport.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bark in the Park



Put me in coach...I'm ready to play!! Los Angeles Dodgers go to the dogs and we love it!!!!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Belmont Preview

$1,000,000 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), 3YOs, 1 1/2 miles (dirt)
Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Frac Daddy Alan Garcia Ken McPeek 30-1
2 Freedom Child Luis Saez Tom Albertrani 8-1
3 Overanalyze John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 12-1
4 Giant Finish Edgar Prado Anthony Dutrow 30-1
5 Orb Joel Rosario Shug McGaughey 3-1
6 Incognito Irad Ortiz, Jr. Kiaran McLaughlin 20-1
7 Oxbow Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas 5-1
8 Midnight Taboo Garrett Gomez Todd Pletcher 30-1
9 Revolutionary Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 9-2
10 Will Take Charge Jon Court D. Wayne Lukas 20-1
11 Vyjack Julien Leparoux Rudy Rodriguez 20-1
12 Palace Malice Mike Smith Todd Pletcher 15-1
13 Unlimited Budget Rosie Napravnik Todd Pletcher 8-1
14 Golden Soul Robby Albarado Dallas Stewart 10-1


Here is your field for the Belmont stakes to be run on Saturday. Orb has drawn a good post (#5) and will be the favorite. Oxbow at the seven hole is also in a good position. Truthfully, post positions matters less in a a mile and a half race since there is so much time to move around including the endless stretch at Belmont.

Who do I like? I actually like Vyjack for no reason other than I do and also have a soft spot for Unlimited Budget since it would be great to see Rosie win a leg of the Triple Crown.

I truly do think it is going to be a horse that all of us have overlooked, but that is just my opinion.

Let's hope for a safe trip for all--the forecast is for rain.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Doggy Vending Machine



The world's first doggy vending machine was set up in a London park. Watch what happens!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Seeing Double

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Seeing double!! Rare twin foals born to Betty Girl in Georgia on Easter Day!! so far, so good and they are truly adorable!!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

No Animals Were Harmed

No animals were harmed has become something we take for granted but it is very good to know the American Humane Association will never become complacent.

Thank you.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Glowing Sheep



This gives new meaning to the phrase, "Have you seen my sheep?" These guys from Uruguay were injected with the substance that makes jellyfish glow in the dark. Otherwise, they are just your average sheep.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Dogs and Technology



This is a fascinating concept--redesigning household items from the dog's point of view so they can provide better assistance to humans and doing it all from a dog's point of view. Makes perfect sense but I don't think they are going to convince Apple to make the i-phone not seem inviting as a chew toy! (That goes for the remote control too!)