Dogs Painted As Pandas And Tigers

Pet owners have painted their dogs to look like other animals including pandas and tigers in the latest craze to come out of China. The pictures, which appear to have been taken at a showcase of painted dogs in Zhengzhou, eastern China, show crowds gathering to take photos of the bizarre spectacle.

In one picture a retriever has been made to look like a tiger, while in another a small, fluffy puppy has been painted in the style of a tiny panda. China has often been quick to adopt unusual crazes, and the latest trend for pet owners follows an American fad of painting poodles to look like other animals at dog shows.
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Search And Rescue Dogs From Around The World Go To Haiti

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Professionally trained “sniffer” search dogs from around the world have been recruited this week to aid rescue operations in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The effort appears to be unprecedented in scale, matching the devastation already documented in the Caribbean country. (Ron Weckbacher of Thousand Oaks, California, with rescue dog Dawson. Weckbacher is one of many elite dog/handler teams traveling to Haiti. Credit: National Disaster Search Dog Foundation)

French teams with “sniffer dogs” were seen boarding vans yesterday, headed to the airport on their way to Haiti. The dogs are trained to serve, so many excitedly jumped forward on their leashes in apparent anticipation.

China dispatched a chartered plane containing multiple sniffer dogs and 10 tons of tents, food and medical equipment. A somber ceremony was held at the Beijing airport before the teams left, with handlers and their dogs lined up, equipment at the ready. The team from China arrived in Haiti today and is presently at work there.

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Oh My! Lion, Tiger And Bear Are Best Of Friends

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Last month, stepbrothers Shere Khan, Leo and Baloo moved into a new home together. Nothing unusual there, except that Shere Khan is a tiger, Leo a lion, and Baloo an American black bear. Oh my!

Police discovered the threesome in the back of a car during a drug bust in Atlanta in 2001. The animals, then just fuzzy cubs around two months old, were apparently being kept as pets by drug kingpins. After their rescue, they were sent to Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilition Center, an animal refuge in Locust Grove, Georgia, Noah’s Ark’s assistant director Diane Smith

“They got along so well as babies, they decided to keep them together,” . Eight years on, the unlikely trio remains inseparable, eating, sleeping and romping together around their new enclosure. “I guess no one’s ever told them they’re different species,” Smith said.

Shere Khan and Baloo are particularly close, she said, and the 350-pound tiger can often be seen nuzzling the half-ton bear like an overgrown housecat. Shere Khan and Baloo often get up early to play while Leo, a typical lion, spends most of the day sleeping. Once Leo finally rolls out of bed, the three spend the afternoons together.The animals are still adjusting to their new enclosure, where, for the first time, they are on display to the visiting public. It has taken Shere Khan a while to get used to the new space, Smith said, but he’s coming around — especially with his buddies Leo and Baloo around for support. The new digs includes a sturdy wooden clubhouse where all three animals sleep together.

Noah’s Ark staff hope to eventually expand the habitat to include a creek that runs behind their current enclosure. (Baloo and Shere Khan particularly like to splash around in the water.)”They really do enjoy each other’s company,” Smith added. “They interact just like brothers.”To feast your eyes on more Shere Khan-Leo-Baloo adorableness — including painfully cute baby pictures –


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Peta Demands Georgia Bulldogs American Football Team Replace Dead Mascot With Robot

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The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) have demanded that an American football team replace their late mascot, a bulldog, with a robot. The Georgia Bulldogs’ mascot, Uga the Seventh, recently died, aged four, of a congenital heart condition. His predecessor Uga the Sixth died of a similar complaint the year before.

Peta’s Georgia chapter have asked them to make Uga the Eighth out of servos and wires, saying bulldogs are, despite reputation, rather feeble, inbred creatures, and simply breeding them is inherently cruel.In a statement, the group said: “Peta has asked the school’s athletic director, Damon M Evans, to replace the mascot with an animatronic dog – or to rely solely on a costumed mascot – instead of using another real bulldog.

“Bulldogs are prone to breathing difficulties, hip dysplasia, heart disorders, and other congenital ailments, and acquiring a dog from a breeder perpetuates the animal overpopulation crisis while causing another dog waiting in an animal shelter to be condemned to death.”
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