Wednesday Woof: Scared Corgi

Everyone knows that Corgis are both adorable and hilarious. What you don’t know is that they are not amused by toy sheep!

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Sheep! Or not… Just look at those facial expressions!

Does your dog have a toy that just seems to stump or surprise them?

Guineas handle these situations very differently, run and hide first and ask questions later.

– Cola

Want to try one of these sheep out on your dog? You can find them online at Petco for $7.99.

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New Disney Short: Feast

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The short Feast will play before Disney’s next animated feature Big Hero 6, which comes to theaters November 7.

feast-bowlFeast is another example of Disney pushing the boundaries between 2D and 3D animation. It will focus on the importance of food, but from a dog’s point of view. That dog is Winston and he has a great life with his owner James. Winston gets lots of yummy food until a girlfriend comes between them and thus conflict. How will it all turn out for Winston?

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The human is looking forward to seeing Feast before Big Hero 6 soon!

– Fizz

 

 

Lassie and Luna at Strut Your Mutt

Sorry for the lack of posts recently! The human took a break due to the loss of a friend, and we didn’t think it pertinent to write without her. But, we are back with an exciting picture!

Lassie, the Collie of tv and movie fame, and Luna, a Boston Terrier star in the new movie “Hector and the Search for Happiness,” appeared at the Best Friends Animal Society’s fundraising walk Strut Your Mutt in California.

Here are the two dog stars together!
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Luna is making appearances to help promote “Hector and the Search for Happiness.” The movie is about a psychiatrist, Simon Pegg, who is searching for the true meaning and formula for happiness everywhere he can look. Luna is the dog star of the movie. Other human actors are Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno, and Christopher Plummer. “Hector and the Search for Happiness” opens September 19. You can find out even more from the movie’s Facebook page.

Lassie is out and about making appears to reestablish her name and prominence in the public eye. The human is dictating another post all about Lassie’s return which will be on FT in the near future.

Strut your Mutt is a fundraising event that happens all over the country to raise money for local shelters and rescues to help homeless dogs and cats. It was awesome to have two famous dog stars make an appearance for a good cause!

– Cola and Fizz

Wednesday Woof! – Dwarf German Shepherd

I had no idea that German Shepherds could suffer from dwarfism. This is Tiger, a three year old dog and not a puppy like he appears:

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While Tiger may be cute he has serious health issues due to his dwarfism. Pituitary dwarfism is a genetic disorder which reduces the production of growth hormones which limit the dog’s growth and can occur in any breed if the parents are carriers or if the pituitary gland fails to develop normally. Pituitary dwarfism is a recessive genetic trait, so both parents have to be carriers to pass on the disorder to their pups. It is not that uncommon, but is still not well known.

This condition also causes difficulty in growing adult fur, teeth, and skin. It can shorten the dog’s lifespan (GS dwarfs have a 5 year life expectancy), cause infertility, and give the dog a bad disposition with aggression or anxiety. The majority of these puppies are not considered suitable for sale due to the fact they will have health problems and be unpredictable, so they are sometimes put down shortly after they are discovered to be dwarfs. So while Tiger is cute, this is not something to breed for.

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The breeders who produced Tiger only breed one litter a year and were not aware until his litter that his mother, who they own, was a carrier. The father of the pups was a champion show dog used by many other breeders and it was never disclosed that he too was a carrier of the gene. Of the six pups in Tiger’s litter three were dwarfs. While a vet said the pups should be put down the family felt it was unfair to the animals and wished to simply give them the best quality of life possible. The man in the above pictures, John Coleman, took Tiger knowing what health problems he could have and was willing to give Tiger the best care possible. The other two remain with the breeder.

Here is Tiger with his two other dwarf siblings:
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Tiger gets a lot of attention from people who both understand his condition and those who think he is just a puppy. While many want to pet Tiger his owners keep strangers away because he has developed a bit of an aggressive personality and will bite. At home he is loving and affectionate towards his people and the family’s full sized German Shepherd Lydia.

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It is a good ethical question as to whether a dog which is a known carrier should be bred further. Any and all breeding should be responsible and with purpose, considering health and whether the pups have future homes or jobs (police, guide dog, herding, etc.).

– Fizz

Sources:
Tiger is a Three-Year-Old German Shepherd With Dwarfism – vice
Disorders of the Pituitary Gland in Dogs – Merck Manuals

Panda Cupcakes

Here is a fun way to decorate cupcakes to look like panda bears, courtesy of Bakerella.

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Ingredients to make mini cupcakes:
1. cupcake mix – for as many cupcakes as you want or need.
chocolate flavor creates a complete look, but you can do any flavor.
2. chocolate chips – to make the ears, nose, and eye base. Ghiradelli brand has better diameter for this purpose, or another of comparable size.
3. white frosting –  enough for all your cupcakes.
4. white sanding sugar – to give the texture of fur.
5. Jimmies – chocolate or black to make mouth lines.
6. white pastel confetti sprinkles – for the white of the eye.
7. black edible ink pen – to draw pupils on the white sprinkles.

Note: If you wanted to make larger panda cupcakes just tweak the ingredients to use chocolate drops or large chocolate chips (which you might have to cut in half for the nose), larger or more sprinkles for the mouths, and use premade candy eyes or get creative with a circle of icing or fondant with a black sphere sprinkle or black edible ink circle for pupils. The process of putting them together would be the same.

Instructions:
1. Make your cupcakes according to your favorite recipe or the box in a mini cupcake pan (hey sometimes we all need to save a little time). Allow to cool.

2. Frost the cupcakes with the white frosting. A decorator bag with Ateco tip #807 will help to pipe a small mound of frosting on top of the cupcake. You do not need to cover the whole top because you will be pressing them in to the sanding sugar which will force the mound out to cover the whole top.

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3. Press the frosted cupcakes into the sanding sugar to spread the frosting and create a fur like texture.

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4. Press chocolate chips into the frosting to create the face. One should go sideways, point facing downward, towards the bottom of the face to create the nose. Two should go point down into the frosting above that to make the base for the eyes.  And two should go into the sides of the frosting, point down, to create ears.

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5. Press the Jimmies into the frosting to create any type of mouth you want.

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6. Finish the eyes by drawing circles on the confetti sprinkles and then attach them to the chocolate chip base with a bit of frosting. Or use frosting to make the eyes, or attach premade candy eyes.

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7. Make sure each face is how you would like them. Having the sanding sugar over the frosting also allows you to reshape the frosting to get your desired look.

8. Serve and enjoy!

This design is really cute and allows you to do your own take on just how a panda should look. Great for kids parties or just because!

– Fizz

You can see more pictures and get Bakerella’s cupcake and frosting recipes here.

Shake Hands With An Otter

Otters are playful and adorable. Or so states the human, who has pictures of these creatures playing and I suppose being cute. Have you ever wanted to touch one? This is not something one gets the opportunity to do everyday.

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The Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park in Japan has a special exhibit set up for their otters called “Otter Finger Touch, Fish Catch.” Visitors pay 500 yen, or $5, to offer a fish at special holes in the glass enclosure to lure an otter to put a paw through to possibly touch your finger and to definitely get a fish.

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The exhibit opened July 13, 2014, and only runs until September 13, 2014, so if interested you need to act quickly. Visitors are encouraged to make a reservation in order to guarantee an opportunity to try for an otter hand shake. The exhibit is open for all those who enter the park to see the otters, but the touch experience has a morning and evening session with a max of 10 people. I am not sure if it is 10 each session or ten total for the day. Of course, you need to be in Japan or able to travel there for this experience.

Here are pictures from reporter Meru Rinko‘s trip to the exhibit:
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Some species of otters can be vicious, people are attacked by them, so I would not advocate just trying to offer fish to wild otters. The otters in the exhibit are Asian Small Clawed Otters, the smallest species, who have little finger like toes with small claws unlike the webbed feet of the larger North American River Otter. Asian Small Clawed Otters are a vulnerable species due to habitat loss, and are now extinct in some areas which used to have large populations. You can of course see this type of otter in the US at places like Seaworld and the San Diego Zoo, but no other place offers finger touches.

Baby Asian Small Clawed Otters:
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Adult:

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This is a very unique opportunity for otter lovers, so take advantage of it if you can!

-Cola

You can read more here to get details of when/where/how and see even more photos of that reporter’s trip here.

Marmot Face

Greenpeace set up a GoPro camera to take a time lapse video of the beautiful landscape of Glacier National Park to make a statement about preserving it. What they got instead turned out to be something unexpected:

A marmot wanders up to the camera and licks it all over! It seems to just meander up and then investigate the camera like it is something tasty. Glad that something dangerous was not placed into his environment instead. This footage still serves to show how much this area needs protection, and the creatures that call it home.

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– Fizz

Steampunk Guinea Pig Wings

Are you or your guinea pig interested in Steampunk? Need some wings?

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This costume was created by SkyPiratesCreations on Etsy and cost $75.60. The leather armor in the pictures was created specifically for this guinea, and what is created for you will be unique and to your pet’s measurements.

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Caution: not for long term wear! A few pictures and something of this size should be removed from your guinea’s back.

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I for one wouldn’t want to wear this, a shirt perhaps, but nothing this large!

-Cola

If you are interested in human size steampunk clothing items you can also find those at SkyPirateCreations on Etsy and Facebook.

Dog Elected Mayor

Meet Duke, a 7 year old dog who was elected mayor of Cormorant Minnesota:

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Duke won by a landslide vote, from the 12 people who live in Cormorant who each paid $1 to vote. After winning he received 5 hours of grooming and a cute outfit with a bandanna and hat.

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Duke doesn’t have any true formal governmental duties and will receive a year’s supply of dog food donated from a local pet store.

If you lived in a small town/village without a true governmental body, would you vote for a dog to be your mayor? Other Minnesota towns in the same position have elected strange mayors, like a three year old.

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Personally, I think that a guinea pig could also do a good job. I mean, we cannot do guard duty like a dog can, but we are really cute! Carrots and hay for all!

— Fizz

Goodbye Robin Williams

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He brought so much laughter to the world, and he is missed by so many. Depression is a heavy burden. Even those who seem to have it all together, making others laugh, can really be hurting on the inside. May his sad passing help others who are depressed know that even though they may feel alone, they are not. There are so many people who want to help – family, friends, and even medical professionals. If you are in the US, and feel you have no one to talk to, the National Suicide Prevention number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Goodbye Robin Williams, may you rest in peace.