3D Printed Prosthetic Dog Paws

3D printing is an amazing technology which is now helping one dog to run.

Meet Derby, a husky mix born with deformation in both his front legs making it impossible for him to walk or run normally:
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Here he is wearing his new prosthetic paws:

Derby could get around by himself on soft surfaces inside, but not on super hard surfaces or outside very easily. A dog wheelchair of sorts works but is not the best solution. The set of 3D printed prosthetic paws were designed especially for Derby to fit his legs. The curved design came out of the worry that something more pointed might get stuck in soft ground. Working with 3D design software allows easier building of multiple prosthetic designs and iterations to find what works without having to hand make a new set each time. These were printed by 3D Systems, a 3D printing company.

Derby is doing wonderfully! Here is a video all about the process and it even shows him running!

This is a unique solution for this dog. One which proves the vast possibilities new technology can provide animals and humans. 3D printing will be able to help other animals in need of more personal solutions like Derby.

– Fizz

You can read more at Engadget.

Most Popular Dog Names List 2014

While there is no database of most popular guinea pig names the human made me look into the most popular puppy names of 2014, because someone keeps track of that. I guess it is interesting. Maybe there are some correlations between popular puppy and guinea pig names?

Vetstreet.com analyzed its database of puppy names for dogs born January 1st 2014 and beyond that were entered into their website to come up with a list of the most popular names. This could be surprisingly comprehensive, especially if you have run into lots of young dogs with these names this year, and is based on 969,517 dogs. That is a large cross section of puppies!


Most popular female dog names:
1. Bella
2. Daisy
3. Lucy
4. Sadie
5. Molly
6. Lola
7. Sophie
8. Zoey
9. Luna
10. Chloe

Interestingly, since the site started to share this analysis publicly in 2011 Daisy and Lucy have retained the same spots as #2 and #3. Coincidence? Maybe. My human says other humans can be easily influenced. I also just think these names are very pretty. They are also short and easy to yell. Bella, the most popular name on the other hand, has held this spot since 2006 probably due to the 2005 release of the first Twilight book with its main character Bella Swan.


Most popular male dog names:
1. Max
2. Charlie
3. Rocky
4. Buddy
5. Cooper
6. Duke
7. Bear
8. Zeus
9. Bentley
10. Toby

Max has been the most popular male name for 9 years. Buddy has changed spots a few times, being number one from 2004 – 2005, then #2 for 8 years, and is now #4. I enjoy how the male names tend to vary a bit more than the female names which seem to correlate with popular human baby names.


Just for fun, the human wanted me to also look at the top human baby names of 2014 (from babycenter.com):


Top baby girl names:
1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Ava
5. Isabella
6. Mia
7. Zoe
8. Lily
9. Emily
10. Madelyn

Focusing on the puppy list – but comparing between humans and dogs – both share Bella, Sophia, and Zoe (with differences in spelling and long vs. short form) somewhere in the top 10. Lucy (while #3 for puppies) is #54 on the list of baby girl names, Sadie (#4) is #62, and Chloe (#10) just missed the top 10 being #12. Molly (#5), Lola (#6), and Luna (#9) did not make it into the top 100 girl names for 2014 so there are only rankings on each for 2013. Molly was #102, Lola #214, and Luna #185. But Molly and Luna rank higher in the babycenter specific population of babies than they do overall so there is a chance those names are increasing in popularity.

My human knows a Luna born this year. I guess the most popular female names work well for both dogs and people. The human prefers to make pet names unique, something she would never name her own human offspring. She says this is to make a clear distinction when calling out for an animal in a public place, and because she couldn’t a kid something she had already named one of her animals. Fair enough…

Male names on the other hand are vastly different between dogs and people.


Top male baby names in 2014:
1. Jackson
2. Aiden
3. Liam
4. Lucas
5. Noah
6. Mason
7. Ethan
8. Caden
9. Jacob
10. Logan

Comparing the two lists, none of the top puppy names are on the human list. Are there simply greater choices in boy names?

Max (#1 for male puppies) is #54 on the top 100 baby boy names. Charlie (#2) is #62 and Cooper (#5) is #73. Toby (#10) is #550 for 2013, with no information yet being avaialbe for 2014 because it didn’t make the top 100 names. Rocky (#3), Buddy (#4), and Bentley (#9) barely made the top 1000 names in 2013. If you search Buddy in the social security online (SSO) tool for baby name popularity it states that it has not broken into the top 1000 names in the 14 years of data they go through for social security cards issued. Searching Bentley on SSO on the other hand suggests the name was #81 in popularity from their data. Duke (#6) was somewhere in the 700s in 2013. Bear (#7) is not ranked at all. It would be an odd human name, a popular nick name but not an actual name. Zeus (#8) seems to be in use as a baby name but is not in the top 1000 names on babycenter or SSO.

Of course, there are plenty of unique and awesome names apart from the top 10 lists. Do any of your dogs share these names? Any of your other pets?

– Fizz

Most Popular Puppy Names of 2014 – vetstreet.com
Most Popular Baby Names of 2014 – babycenter.com
Baby name search on babycenter.com
Popular Baby Names – Social Security Online

Swimming Owl

Have you ever seen an owl swim? Other birds which are not water birds sometimes do out of necessity, like Eagles when they go after fish, but I have never heard of an owl doing so. A birder and photographer in Chicago captured video of an owl swimming in Lake Michigan after it was forced into the water by two peregrine falcons. There is no footage of the falcons, but the short video of the owl is amazing:

Here is the bird in the water:
(Steve Spitzer)

And after it got out:
(Steve Spitzer)

A bird rescue was called but the owl got out and flew off on its own. Smart owl!

– Fizz

Dog on a Treadmill

Have you seen the video of Munchkin, the Shih Tzu, dressed like a teddy bear and walking on a treadmill?


Munchkin is kind of a big deal on YouTube, dressed of course in that cute bear costume:


The costume itself is actually a teddy bear which is the right size and fur color for Munchkin with its stuffing removed (except for the arms), face cut off, and the feet removed so the dog wears it on the front half of her body. There is also a little bit of velcro on the bears neck to keep it on and closed up in the back. You could easily do this for your own dog if you so desired, and can find a teddy bear to fit.

The only other things we know about Munchkin are that she is 8 pounds and lives in California. You can follow her on Facebook here or Instagram at munchkintheshihtzu.


Enjoy, hope it helps bring you a little cheer the evening before Thanksgiving!
– Fizz

Panda in Snow!

Is it snowing where you live? Here there is so much snow, so early, that kids had snow days already!

No matter if you have snow now or not, watch this Panda at the Toronto Zoo enjoying the winter weather:

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I am glad that he is enjoying it!

– Fizz

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

Today Mickey Mouse turns 86 years old! Mickey first appeared in the short Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928. The rest is history!


Have you ever seen Steamboat Willie? Here it is if not:

To celebrate, I found some fun pictures.

Here is a dog dressed as Mickey with a bunny Minnie:

Meet Lily, a dog with a spot on her back shaped perfectly like Mickey!
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Lily, named after Walt’s wife Lillian Disney, got to meet Mickey:

Here is a dog with a coat cut, colored, and styled to look like Mickey and other characters for a competition:
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Intense design! Also the dog looks a little creepy with the extra large Pluto eyes.

And because I couldn’t resist, here are some horses dressed as Mickey:



Happy Birthday Mickey!

– Fizz

Dog Rides on Ambulance to Stay With Owner

In San Angelo Texas a dog, named Buddy, rode on the small side step of an ambulance for 20 miles just to stay with his owner. The beagle mix jumped onto the outside of the ambulance as it picked up his owner to take him to the emergency room. The paramedics did not know the dog was there until another driver flagged him down.

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By the time Buddy was discovered by the ambulance driver the paramedics had no choice but to load the dog into the back and take him on the remainder of the almost hour long trip. Buddy’s owner, 85 year old JR Nicholson, had adopted the dog four months ago. He called for an ambulance because he felt dizzy and was soon released from the hospital.

It was a good thing that someone saw the little guy so he didn’t ride outside the ambulance for an hour. Such a loyal dog!

– Fizz


Happy Halloween!

Have a happy and safe Halloween! Remember to keep pets safe, not everyone is kind and not everyone feels safe around dogs. Keep costumes fun but not restrictive or dangerous, and don’t put them on any animal that hates them.

Your staff and intern pigs put on some costumes to show off for the occasion.

Fizz Bee

Lady Bug

And I couldn’t resist dressing up the new interns in the same outfits:

They were not so sure about the whole thing. Look at those eyes!

But their hair just makes them irresistible.

Happy Halloween!
– Fizz and your interns


These costumes came from Petsmart’s Halloween section. They have Christmas costumes out now if that is your thing!

Police Puppy

Police dogs often face great danger while doing their jobs, and bullet proof vests can help them stay a bit safer.

Take a look at this German Shepherd puppy, named Tuco, from the Boston Police Departments K-9 force wearing his future vest:

He still has a bit of growing to do before it fits him, but he looks so cute!

The vest is from Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog, a nonprofit organization which works to provide dogs to law enforcement along with other essentials like bulletproof vests, other equipment, and training.

Just look how happy Tuco is!

– Fizz