Polo the Poodle paints a picture for purchasing

The “Paw”-casso of the doggie world, Polo the Poodle’s painting will be featured at a charity fundraiser for the Shamrock Pet Foundation in Louisville. The 18th annual Art for the Animals live and silent auction will be held on Thursday. The 6-year-old Polo has only been painting for a year, but his painting will be featured alongside nationally renowned artists. Since Poodles are retrievers, once Polo learned key commands, he could pick up the talent…
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Treated pants kill ticks

On today’s CapeCast: The right pair of pants might save you a heap of tick trouble according to Barnstable County bug guru Larry Dapsis, so we investigate th…

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Tuesday Top Ten: Cute Animal Pictures

I was going to make this just a top five, featuring the dog pictures, but some of these were just too cute, so I had to share! Thanks to my brother, Jim, for sharing. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!

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An Internet Video Helps Bust a British Teen Who Swung a Chihuahua by the Leash

Nineteen-year-old Alfie Loft will not own any animals for two years, and that’s a good thing. Last week, someone spotted Loft with three friends on the streets of Stevenage, a small town about 30 miles north of London. He was walking a Chihuahua and repeatedly lifting the dog off the ground and swinging it around by the leash, according to the BBC.

Fortunately, this is the 21st century, and the cameras aren’t actually run by Big Brother — they’re run by everyone who has a mobile phone. One such person shot a video of Loft and his friends and posted it on Facebook, asking, “I feel sick! Does anyone recognize them???? Please can everyone share this and get this bastard found!!!!!!!”

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After the video went viral, someone did recognize Loft, who quickly found himself in court. Besides being restricted from owning animals (not a big loss, as he apparently doesn't own any now), he was fined £250, which will go to the dog's owner. He also has a curfew; for 12 weeks, he's required to be home between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

It will probably surprise no one that alcohol was involved. The four friends had just met the dog's owner while drinking at a nearby pub. When they went out to buy more alcohol, she asked them to take the dog for a walk. If this seems like a mildly questionable choice to you, you're not alone; even in the most rural, isolated places, there are usually better ways to find a reliable dog walker than randomly handing your dog over to a drunk teenager you just met.

The judge imposed the curfew on Loft in the hope that it would help curb his drinking.

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Natasha Patel, who represented Loft in court, said that the incident started because Loft was just pulling on the leash to get the dog to walk, and accidentally lifted it off the ground.

"The people he was with began laughing at the incident and that has almost egged him on," she said. "He knows that was wrong. He doesn't remember much of what happened."

She also says that he's extremely regretful for swinging the dog.

"He's disgusted at himself, they were his own words to me," she told the Guardian. "He feels humiliated that this incident has occurred. He has also said he would like to write a letter to apologize to the owner of the dog to show that he is truly sorry. He does love dogs himself, although he doesn't own any himself."

I did a lot of really embarrassing -- and outright stupid -- things when I was a teenager, even when sober. It helps a lot when people let you know just how stupid you're being. Swinging a dog over your head obviously goes far beyond "stupid" into "abusive," but hopefully some of the shame will stick with Alfie Loft and he'll be less of a bonehead when he grows up.

Via BBC and The Guardian.

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ICAR comes up guildelines for cotton, orange farmers

ICAR comes up guildelines for cotton, orange farmers
NAGPUR: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), through city-based Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) and National Research Centre for Citrus (NRCC), has released a contingency plan for cultivation and management of cotton and …
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The authors strongly suggest that regulatory agencies apply more precautionary principles and further tighten regulations on neonicotinoids and fipronil and start planning for a global phase-out or at least start formulating plans for a strong
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Ipso, American Bulldog

This lovely dog is called Ipso.  He’s an eleven month old American Bulldog who lives in Gorbio with his friend Gunja.  We met Gunja before so click on the link to see him. Gunja is taking a nap behind Ipso in the bar in the village.

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Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray {Book Review}

Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Finding Spiritual Whitespace” was a stunning and emotional filled journey as Bonnie Gray, shared raw emotions and memories of her childhood while inter-spacing her revelations with scripture and prompts to encourage the reader, themselves, to explore both biblical…

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My kinda dog!

This seemed like the perfect video for a summer Saturday. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!

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Facts about fleas

Here’s some information on what fleas are, how they can affect you & your pet, and how you can prevent & treat your pet for fleas. This content has kindly be…
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Dr. Donna Spector is Halo’s veterinary advisor and she is also my co-host on our internet radio show THE EXPERT VET on the Radio Pet Lady Network, where we’ve been having a good time choosing candidates for our Halo Healthy Weight Challenge. We knew that when the Healthy Weight food was combined with regular exercise and strict calorie-counting, that many dogs would be able to shed those unwanted pounds!


Our first contestant was Fritz, a lovely young rescued dog from the South. He received a three-month supply of Halo Spot’s Stew canned food along with the Healthy Weight kibble, and his people agreed to document every single thing he ate during a day, including treats and human leftovers.

Then they followed a detailed feeding plan from Dr. Donna, which was a total-calorie approach (i.e., treats and table scraps count, too!) and included chunks of steamed zucchini when Fritz got “the munchies.” As proven by his weekly weigh-in at his vet’s office, Fritz dropped weight slowly but surely.

We have just chosen a second candidate for the Healthy Weight Challenge, a beautiful purebred Siberian Husky from California named Faith. I look forward to hearing how Dr. Donna’s calorie calculations and encouragement – along with the reduced calories and hunger satisfaction of the Halo Healthy Weight food – works to get Faith back down to her two-year-old weight. [By the way, anyone who has an overweight dog and wants to be considered as part of our mission to slim down America's dogs, please write me to RadioPetLady@gmail.com and describe your dog's weight issue.]

But for those of you who are shy and don’t want the world to know that you let your dog “get her blimp on,” you can do the “Cliff’s Notes” version of our weight challenge just by switching to the Healthy Weight food and going it on your own. Here’s a doggy weight-loss story that confirms my confidence that even without sophisticated calorie calculations and very much effort on the owner’s part, this food can help achieve weight loss (but don’t forget to keep up the daily exercise and smack your own hand when you try to dole out too many treats!).

My friend Bob has a middle-aged black Lab named Maverick who is his good buddy and his sidekick, goes everywhere with him, they are inseparable. Bob is a fitness buff and goes to the gym every day, eats healthy foods and watches his weight like a hawk.

But he admitted to me that he had allowed Maverick to get beefy – and he knew that obesity was a serious health risk for his best friend, and could shorten his life by as much as two years. Other than sharing his egg-white sandwich with Maverick every morning, the dog ate only an adult lamb dry food twice a day, nothing else. Bob had listened to “The Expert Vet” show and heard Dr. Donna and me talking on the air about the Halo Healthy Weight challenge. However, he told me that even though he could never get organized enough to weigh the dog at the vet every week, that he really wanted to take the challenge.

I told Bob he could strike out on his own by substituting the Halo food for his own kibble over 3 days (to avoid digestive stomach upset) – substituting a quarter, a half and then three-quarters of his old food for the new one each day. All Bob would have to do was weigh Maverick before beginning the Healthy Weight food, and then again four to six weeks later. I was as thrilled as Bob was to find Maverick had lost over eight pounds in five weeks and was really enjoying the food, too! The wonderful discovery for me was that if you don’t have the patience to wait or the time to embark on the Weight Challenge our way, then you can do it your own way, and see this food help bring back your dog’s youthful waistline as part of an overall exercise and calorie control plan! [And if you try it and want to share your results with me, I'll shout it to the rooftops!]

Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.


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