Sleeping Hummingbird

Here is a video of a sleeping hummingbird:

The bird is in a special container to measure its oxygen consumption, and it was safely released after the experiment.

The students who performed these experiments also took pictures while they were gathering birds to observe.

Baby Sunangel

Violet-throated Starfrontlet

Chestnut-breasted Coronet

(all images from photobucket)


Does your dog have to spend a lot of time at home alone? What I never thought could exist  now does, a tv channel dedicated to your dog – for your dog called DOGTV. The channel is not for people, it is literally designed for your dog to watch.

Currently DOGTV is only available in San Diego, but a nation wide release is in the works. It is a pay channel, and it will cost about $4.99 a month.

The cable channel is on air 24/7, and is designed to “stimulate, entertain, relax and habituate dogs with shows that expose them to various movements, sounds, objects, experiences and behavior patterns, all from a dog’s point of view.” The company’s website says dogs left alone can develop separation anxiety, boredom, or depression and this is a tool that can help prevent these problems.

Here is a commercial for the product:

The channel’s programming was scientifically developed to capture a dogs attention by a team of people including media professionals, pet experts, and trainers. The content has different segments which can be relaxing or stimulating.  Sounds are designed to be relaxing and at a range safe for dog ears. The channel is meant for all breeds. It is recommended that you watch the channel with your dog the first time just to get them used to it. DOGTV is recognized by the Humane Society of the United States.

Here is a video of the coloration process that programing goes through:

Here is a sample of a stimulation segment from DOGTV:

If you would like to learn more about the channel, how it works, and watch more segments please visit

Decision 2012

Animal Planet is having a contest called Decision 2012 to decide what type of pet is America’s favorite. It is being run like a mock political campaign and election.

You can submit pictures  or videos to “nominate” their pet.  Pet categories are Dogs, Cats, and Independent – for all other pets.  You then rate each pet photo or video, and you can comment and “campaign” for a pet with Tweets and Likes.  The contest will have different categories as it progresses. The first categories is cutest, and others include smartest, most talented, most athletic and funniest.

Exactly how Decision 2012 works can be found here. It is kind of hard to explain succinctly given the use of the election format.

Description of the Dog Party: Dignity, security and great hair are just a few things dogs have to offer.

Description of the Cat Party: Cats have gotten a bad rap, and it’s time to set the record straight.

Description of the Independent Party: Don’t let the two party system of Dogs and Cats limit your choice for America’s Favorite Pet.

Incredibed Bed Covers

Today on you can get a deal on the Incredibed Bed Covers:

This offer comes in two designs, Floppy Dog or T-Rex. sells one product a day, so you can only get these covers today at the price of $179.99.

These plush bed covers zip over your child’s bed frame in four sections. This cover is then the top sheet for the bed. When dirty you just unzip it and put it into the washing machine. The company’s website also sells fuzzy blankets that match the design for the bed, or different outfits to put on your animal.

If you miss the special price you can purchase the covers at for $249.00. There are 5 styles to choose from on the company’s website:



Fuzzy Brown Bear

Honey Brown Bear

Pinky Petunia Kitty

Blankets cost $19.99.  The outfits that you can buy for the bed covers are called bedjammies. These come in a variety of styles which fit all of the animal designs. These cost $34.99.

Here is an example of a soccer uniform:

There are also different attachable eyes and hair styles to further personalize your bed. Each 3 pack of either eyes or hair cost $6.99.

Golden Collar Awards

The first ever Golden Collar Awards took place Monday honoring dogs on tv and in the movies. The awards show was only broadcast online, but the creators at hope to have it televised next year. The show drew dog and human stars alike. Six dogs received various awards.

Uggi, the small terrier from the movie The Artist took home the top prize this year for Best Dog in a Theatrical Film.


Here is B-Dawg from the Disney’s Buddies franchise:

(Gus Ruelas/Reuters)

Here is the prize, a golden collar covered in Swarovski crystals:

(Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

In a nice change for the image of Pit Bulls, Hercules from the show “Pit Boss” was nominated and tied as winner of the award for Best Dog in a Reality Television Series:

(Reuters/Gus Ruelas)

You can read more about the awards show and the other dog winners at

Westminster Dog Show Best in Show

Best in Show for the 136th annual Westminster Dog Show was Malachy, the pekingese.

(Jason DeCrow/AP)

The winning dog receives no prize money, but they do receive the prestigious Best in Show title and the bowl pictured above. This is the 6th time that a Pekingese has won Best in Show at Westminster, and this is the 115th overall Best in Show win for Malachy.

Many dog breeds have never won Best in Show at Westminster and for a few of the other breeds competing for Best in Show it could have been a breed first. Also competing against the Pekingese was a German Shepherd, Dalmatian, Wire Haired Dachshund, Irish Setter,  Kerry Blue Terrier, and Doberman Pinscher. I was hoping the Dalmatian would take it, but that was not the case.

The 6 other dogs that were in the running for the Best in Show title were:

Capi, Babheim‘s Captain Crunch, the German Shepherd

Ian, Spotlight’s Ruffian, the Dalmation

Cinders, Raydachs Playing With Fire, the Wire Haired Dachshund

(Jason DeCrow / AP)

Shadagee Caught Red Handed the Irish Setter

Chelsey, Perrisblu Kennislain’s Chelsey, the Kerry Blue Terrier

(AP/Seth Wenig)

Fi Fi, Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici the Doberman Pinscher

(Mike Segar / Reuters)

Westminster Dog Show

The 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show began yesterday, with the second half airing tonight on USA from 8 to 11 pm.

Groups judged yesterday: Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding.

Tonight you can see: Sporting, Working, and Terriers. You will also be able to see the judging and announcement of Best in Show.

Six new breeds were recognized for this year’s show. These include the Norwegian Lundehund, the Entlebucher Mountain dog, and the xoloitzcuintli or Xolo for short, the American English coonhound, the Finnish lapphund, and the Cesky terrier.

Pictured below is the Xolo (left side), or Mexican hairless dog, and the Lundehund:

(Getty Images)

Ibizan Hounds

(AP / SL)

Cappy the German Shepherd

(AP / SL)

Ian the Dalmatian

(Seth Wenig/AP)

Malachy the Pekingese

(AP / SL)

Golden Retrievers

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY, AFP/Getty Images / 2012 AFP)

Phil the Bichon Frises

(AP / SL)

If you would like to see more pictures see

So, should you have nothing else going on this Valentine’s evening, or you love dogs this much – tune in to see the results of this prestigious event.