Poodle Refuses to Leave Her Best Friend, an Injured Rottweiler


They’re unlikely friends, but when a 90 lbs. Rottweiler became stranded in the middle of a dark Ohio road, her tiny best friend, a 9 lbs. poodle, refused to leave her side.

Veterinary assistant Jody Wetzig was working Monday night at the Lorain County Animal Emergency Center when she received a phone call from a woman who had spotted two dogs sitting in the middle of the dark, two-lane road. One was a Rottweiler whose leg appeared to be injured. The other was a small, black poodle who was sitting right next to her bigger friend. The woman didn’t know what to do.

“Normally, we don’t take in strays,” Wetzig explains to Paw Nation. “But if they’re injured, we’ll try to help, so we told the lady to bring the Rottweiler in.”

When the woman arrived with the dogs, she had a touching story to tell. “The woman said that the poodle would not leave the Rottweiler’s side,” Wetzig recounts. The little dog stayed close as the woman and a passerby eased the Rottweiler onto a blanket. When they loaded the dog into the car, the poodle jumped in too.

“Their story just really captured our hearts,” says Wetzig. The dogs, both female, weren’t wearing collars and hadn’t been microchipped. “They looked like they came from the same [home],” says Wetzig. “There was a spot around their necks where it looked like they had been wearing collars.” The dogs, while not malnourished, weren’t in the best condition. “The poodle’s fur was matted and she had skin issues.”

The Rottweiler’s issues were more grave. X-rays revealed a bone tumor on her right rear leg that’s most likely cancerous. “Her entire leg is swollen to three times its normal size,” says Wetzig. “We’re going to need to amputate it.” The surgery will cost between $1,500 and $2,500.

The local ABC News station reported the story, hoping the dogs’ owners would come forward. Thus far, no one has, though many people have called to donate money and to offer to adopt the pair. “It’s been amazing,” says Wetzig. “The phone’s just been ringing off the hook.”

In the meantime, the Rottweiler, estimated to be about 7 years old, is getting by at the animal hospital, as long as she has her poodle friend by her side. “They were extremely nervous and shaking when they came in Monday night,” says Wetzig. “But it’s been a few days and they both get up and greet me when I come in now. They’re inseparable, like sisters. We hope to adopt them together.”



Diapers For Birds


Dogs get to wear t-shirts. Cats get to wear ties. What about birds? They’re pets too! Recently, a number of Web sites have popped up to fill this void in avian apparel. And what have they come up with? Diapers!

The problem with birds is that they don’t care where they poop. After all, they normally live in trees, so the poop just falls to the forest floor where it cannot betray the birds’ locations. So birds just poop willy-nilly, like you did when you were 2 years old. But say you want to take your bird out on the town, perhaps to see Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Well, he can’t be naked; that would be indecent. Conversely, you can’t expect to clothe a bird without getting the clothes all poopy, so any attire must double as a diaper. That’s where Avian Fashions comes in.

Avian Fashions is a one-stop shop for all things bird-clothing related, with the top of the line in bird diapers, bird sweaters, and bird costumes. (Our favorite is the camouflage costume.


Pet Dogs As Bad For Planet As Driving 4x4s, Book Claims

Owners should consider doing without, downsizing or even eating their pets to help save the planet, according to a new book. Owners should consider doing without, downsizing or even eating their pets to help save the planet, according to a new book.

But rabbits and chickens are eco-friendly because they provide meat for their owners while a canary or a goldfish has little effect on the environment. At the same time a pair of hamsters do the same damage as running a plasma television, suggests the book Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living.

New Zealand-based authors Robert and Brenda Vale base their findings on the amount of land needed to grow food for pets ranging from budgerigars to cats and dogs. They say an average Collie eats 164kg of meat and 95kg of cereals a year, giving it a high impact on the planet. But a pair of rabbits can produce 36 young annually, which would provide 72kg of meat and help decrease the owner’s carbon footprint. Mr Vale, an architect who specialises in sustainable living, said: “There are no recipes in the book. We’re not actually saying it is time to eat the dog.

“We’re just saying that we need to think about and know the (ecological) impact of some of the things we do and that we take for granted.” He explained that sustainability issues require us to make choices which are “as difficult as eating your dog”. Mr Vale added: “Once you see where cats and dogs fit in your overall balance of things, you might decide to have the cat but not also to have the two cars and the three bathrooms and be a meat-eater yourself.”


Man Smuggles Chihuahua Through Airport Scanner


Arirport security staff who passed a handbag through an x ray scanner discovered a live chihuahua hidden inside.
The tiny dog, hidden in a cage within the luggage, arrived in the airport on a flight from Madrid with a Bulgarian man Photo: GETTY
Customs officers at Dublin Airport at first believed the dog was a stuffed toy when the outline appeared on the monitor, but discovered it was a live animal when they opened up the bag for closer inspection.

The tiny dog, hidden in a cage within the luggage, arrived in the airport on a flight from Madrid with a Bulgarian man.It was found smuggled in his hand luggage when it was scanned through an x-ray machine and the image of the animal flashed up on screen.

The dog has now been handed over to officials from the Department of Agriculture and Food and is currently in quarantine.

A Revenue spokesman said officers had ‚Äúdiscovered a Chihuahua-type toy dog which had been placed in a small cage and hidden in a holdall bag.”

He added: “When Customs officers examined the luggage the image of a dog in a small cage appeared on the X-ray screen.

“The dog appears to be in good health although a little dopey from the journey.”

The Bulgarian man was arrested at Dublin Airport