Quilted by Christmas: Quilts of Love Series by Jodie Bailey (Book Review)

Quilted by Christmas: Quilts of Love Series by Jodie Bailey My rating: 3 of 5 stars In a growing line of books, in the “Quilts of Love” series, that centers around a quilt theme, “Quilted by Christmas” is out in time for the Christmas season. Family relations are hard and its harder when they reached…

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Indiana Bones

The people who made this film are undoubtedly talented, and seem to have way too much time on their hands! From their YouTube description: When his owner Zach leaves for the afternoon, little Indiana Bones discovers adventure in search of his lost bark. This video was created with 3 rolls of duct tape, 108 glue […]

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You Want Chutzpah? This Circus Owner Tried to Pretend Dogs Were Pandas

The full spirit behind the Yiddish word chutzpah can’t really be adequately translated into English, but roughly, it means a display of extreme audacity, gall, or nerve. Leo Rosten gave the classic example in The Joys of Yiddish: “Chutzpah is that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court on the grounds that he’s an orphan.”

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Chow Chows: Really cute, even when they’re not disguised as panda. (Four Chow Chow puppies by Shutterstock)

With all due respect to Rosten and all the scholars of chutzpah who have explained the concept with that story, I think that we may have found an even more definitive example. In Brescia, Italy, police arrested the owner of a circus for claiming that two Chow Chows with black-and-white dye jobs were actually Pandas. The circus was charging parents money to take pictures of their children with the "pandas."

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A real Panda. (Panda by Shutterstock)

That alone would qualify as a brazen display of chutzpah, but when some parents got suspicious about the ersatz pandas, they were told that they were actually dog-panda hybrids. Because after all, crossbreeding a bear with a dog is completely feasible, right?

The dogs have been taken into custody by the police, and the owner is being charged with animal cruelty and defrauding customers. He might also be charged for providing false information to customs, because the police say that the dogs are six months younger than is stated on their pet passports. The dogs are in good shape, although police say that their eyes were very watery, possibly an after-effect of the camera flashes.

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ABC tweeted a photo of the dogs groomed as pandas. (Via ABC's Twitter)

While this is the first time I've heard of someone trying to actually claim that a Chow is a panda, the unnamed circus owner isn't the first person to see the resemblance. A few months ago, Michael Leaverton wrote about how it had become a massive craze in China to dye Chow Chows to look like pandas. The idea apparently originated with Hsin Ch'en, the owner of a pet store in the Sichuan province. Presumably, the circus owner read the news stories and decided to take the obvious next step: Just claim that they actually were pandas. Or dog-panda hybrids. Thanks to the fact that there actually is a limit to people's gullibility (yes, I'm shocked, too), the dogs will have new homes, and the circus owner will have to find new ways to scam people.


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Infection Could Pose Threat to Stanton's Career

Infection Could Pose Threat to Stanton's Career
Via NBC Sports Medicine Analyst Mike Ryan, Stanton's medical history points to the infection potentially being a long-term issue, if it damages an ACL graft that Stanton had 10 years ago. Joint instability and arthritis could all occur. Because of
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Half Of State Hospitals Exceed Infection Rates, New Data Show
More than 50 percent of the state's hospitals had rates for at least one type of hospital-acquired infection that were worse than federal benchmarks in late 2012 and 2013, new data shows. No other state had a higher percentage of its hospitals
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Racing news: Irving hit by hoof infection
Irving is suffering with a hoof problem after he was pulled up during the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day. Big things were expected of Paul Nicholls' inmate, but time was called before the second-last flight as Faugheen hacked
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Sense of Direction …

Place du Cap, Menton 

Not quite sure who is walking who in this photo!

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Tick Tock, Deadline For Holiday Shopping Is Fast Approaching

Tick Tock, Deadline For Holiday Shopping Is Fast Approaching
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There are only five days left until Christmas and Saturday is expected to be the busiest shopping day of the year. On Friday, stores were packed and shoppers focused as it comes down to the last weekend of last-minute …
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'Bourbon Virus' is believed to be behind death of Kansas' John Seested
In spite of the symptoms, John Seested, 68, tested negative for known tick-borne illnesses, according to the Fort Scott Tribune. 'It was very frustrating,' Dr Dana Hawkinson, an infectious disease physician at the hospital told WPTV about the
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Tick tock!
I was asked by the leader of our youth group to give a small talk to the youth one Friday night. At first I was stumped as to what I was going to talk about as well as make it effective without it being a lecture, I needed a simple topic that challenge
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Shelter Sunday: Four Paws Rescue / Logan, UT

Meet Harper! This beautiful girl is living in Logan, UT, courtesy of Four Paws Rescue. Here’s what their website has to say about her. Harper and her sister Rona came to Four Paws after their time at animal control was up. They are to our best guess a hound mix of some sort, possibly with […]

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Feliz NaviDOG

Wishing you and yours the best Christmas ever, from all of us at Doggies.com and Breeders.net.

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If you ever believed that dreams could come true, this is the film for you. We suspect that every dog dreams of a home and family, and that most children are dreaming of a pet to call their very own. We think that this film is perfect for holiday gatherings of families and friends. We hope you’ll share it with yours.

Halo is proud to sponsor the Olate Dogs, the canine stars of “Forever Home“. This talented troupe of dogs tours the country demonstrating the potential of rescue dogs. We are honored to know that these high-energy dogs eat only Halo Vigor.

Want to see more of the Olate dogs in film? “Forever Home” is the third #RescueFilm starring the Olate Dogs. Their first film, “Le Sauvetage” is set in Paris, while their second film “Dog’s Best Friend” is a decidedly American story.


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