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  • Obie the Obese Dachshund loses 54 pounds

    from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

    Thursday December 18th, 2014 at 01:49 PM

    And becomes a calendar dog Obie got headlines and TV appearances back in 2012 when he weighed in at 77 pounds. That is over 50 pounds more than his ideal weight. He was so fat he dragged the ground and he had to wear a vest to protect his belly. Obie was sweet and loving and knew how to get his former elderly owners to overfeed him people food. He never met a cookie he...
  • Derby runs on 3D printed prosthetics

    from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

    Wednesday December 17th, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Born with deformities in both of his front legs, Derby the dog could not run and could only crawl on soft surfaces. With the help of 3D printed prosthetics, Derbys life completely changed. He was placed into a foster home by The Peace And Paws Rescue and ended up with a 3DSystems employee, Tara Anderson. Two designers and Derrick Campana, an animal orthotist, scanned Derbys legs and made cradles and blades that fit him perfectly....
  • Climate change conference causes big fat carbon footprint

    from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

    Tuesday December 16th, 2014 at 08:24 AM

    While those of us in the northern hemisphere fight the ravages of an early winter, some 11,000 people who might be smarter than we are have headed to the United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru where it is warm. For a long time global warming events were snowed out in places like Copenhagen and New York City. Since it was embarrassing, organizers changed the name to climate change and tried to hold them in...
  • Afghanistan Veteran reunited with his dog 4 years after she was given away

    from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

    Sunday December 14th, 2014 at 07:33 PM

    Bones the Bulldog was a Christmas present to John Russo from his mother in 2008, according to a story from ABC News. Although John had broken up with his ex-girl friend, she agreed to take care of Bones when he left for deployment to Afghanistan in 2009. But when he got home he found that the ex- had surrendered Bones and moved away so he had no way of contacting her to find out where...
  • What if dogs made their own TV commercials?

    from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

    Friday December 12th, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    They would probably be the best commercials of the year. Remember Harvey? In 2010 while he was a shelter dog he made a commercial showing that "Every home needs a Harvey." He was so sure he would get adopted that he had his little bag packed. Now Harvey is back with a new commercial, this one full of romance. The geniuses helping Harvey are Thinkbox, a UK marketing lobby group for commercial television. Their job...
  • Dawn of the Planet of the…Puppies?

    from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

    Thursday December 11th, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Move aside, apes. This Hungarian film features a revolution by an army of dogs. White God is a metaphor for the political unrest in Europe. Winner of Cannes Film Festival's Prize Un Certain Regard Award and official selection of Sundance Film Festival, White God premieres in theatres March 27th, 2015. This is the official synopsis: Kornel Mundruczos newest film is a story of the indignities visited upon animals by their supposed human superiors, but its...
  • Copper the police Bloodhound saves little boy trapped underground

    from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

    Wednesday December 10th, 2014 at 07:19 AM

    A six-year-old Utah boy, Kollin Bailey, was afraid he was going to miss Christmas. He was flying a kite when he accidentally fell into an open manhole and was trapped ten feet underground. He shouted for help, but he was in a secluded spot and no one could hear him. Fortunately Copper the Bloodhound relies on his nose, not his ears, to find missing people. Copper and his handler, police Sgt. Shane Matheson, took only...
  • The saga of the North Carolina State Wolfpack mascot

    from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

    Monday December 8th, 2014 at 06:43 AM

    This is Tuffy the Wolf, the official mascot of the North Carolina State football team, the Wolfpack. Except his name really isn't Tuffy and he really isn't a wolf. But after decades of disappointment with live mascots, everyone is happy now. It all started in the 1940s when the nickname Wolfpack was formally adopted. Cheerleaders would bring a caged timber wolf named State to the games. While a wolf may seem to be a fierce...