2013 National Dog Show Results

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Life,Dog News — Tags: , mtest on December 4th, 2013

2013 National Dog Show Results

by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

If you’re a dog lover, chances are that your Thanksgiving Day not only included turkey on your table, but dogs on your television.

I can’t tell you how many posts I saw on Facebook on Thursday talking about “The Dogs,” which were of course, the dogs in the National Dog Show.

If you watched the show, you saw the three new breeds that were introduced this year, as well as a first time winner for a particular breed.

The winner this year was a real crown “jewel,” by the name of Jewel, an American Foxhound. This was the first time an American Foxhound has won the Best in the Show title in the 12 year history of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina.

For those of you not familiar with Jewel, she a 3-year-old dog who defended her title in the hound group. She was named Best in Show over a Norfolk Terrier, a Standard Schnauzer, a Bichon Frise, an Irish Waterspaniel, a Bearded Collie and a Pekingese.

“Jewel flies around on a loose lead, then she stops and free stacks with a look that says, ‘Beat me.’ She is probably the best American Foxhound I’ve ever bred,” Lisa Miller, Jewel’s handler of Mechanicsville, Md. said.

This may have been a first win for the American Foxhound and the hound group in general, however, this group has been around for many years. Some evidence indicates hounds were first brought to America in 1650, when the Englishman Robert Brooke sailed to the Crown Colony of America with his pack of hunting dogs. These hounds would later become the basis of several strains of American Hounds. In the mid-to-late 1700s, hounds from France and England were brought in to further develop the breed.

Did you know that even President George Washington had an American Foxhound?

Other winners at the show include:

Herding Group – a Bearded Collie named “Fawny,” of Ridgefield, N.J.

Toy Group – a Pekingese named “Rodger,” of East Berlin, Pa.

Terrier – a Norfolk Terrier named “Ryder,” of Boston, Mass.

Sporting – an Irish Water Spaniel named “Riley,” of Seattle, Wash.

Non-Sporting – a Bichon Frise named “Honor” from Washington, D.C.

Working Group – a Standard Schnauzer named “Schweitzer,” of Baltimore, Md.

Editor’s Note: Photo of Jewel from the National Dog Show.

Did you watch the National Dog Show? What did you think of the winners?

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Your Dog: Social Media Rock Star

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Lifemtest on September 23rd, 2013

by Carol Bryant

When some hear the word “Boo” it may conjure up Halloween, but for nearly 1.5 million Facebook fans (and growing), Boo is an iconic canine with a legion of followers.

Did you ever dream of your dog becoming the next Boo? Maybe you envision your pooch as the next Lassie or Air Bud.

If you answered yes, you aren’t alone. There are well over one billion people on Facebook, and with approximately 78 million dogs living in the United States, many of them are connected via e-leash; that is, social media.

Does your Terrier “tweet?” Is your Collie herding with his friends on Facebook? Here’s a checklist on how to get your dog into the socially savvy world and tips for becoming the next canine rock star.


It is estimated that 14 percent of people have a Facebook account for their dog. In recent times, the powers that are at Facebook have begun cleaning the doghouse, so proceed with caution when launching a canine Facebook account. If your account is set up incorrectly, you risk deletion, so use the Facebook “Pages” option to one an account for your dog.

Your dog’s manners on Facebook should mirror the real world: Be friendly, be polite, be social, yet not obtrusive. In other words, don’t sniff the butts or climb on the furniture of those who aren’t into talking to dogs on Facebook. Think like your dog and write like him. Show his or her personality with pictures and videos. Let your friends and family know of your dog’s Facebook account and start gathering followers.


Twitter is a fun, 140-character playground to unleash your inner puppy and one of my favorite forms of social media. Tweeting is easy and fun and despite what your grandma thinks (or maybe she’s on Twitter), it is a great way to connect with like-minded people and their pets.

Once you’ve learned how to tweet , first and foremost, follow other pet people. It might seem time consuming and daunting, but if your plan is to create an online persona for your pooch, Twitter needs to be a part of it. Brands have become savvy to what dog parents want, and as a PR and social media guru in the pet industry, I can attest firsthand (and paw) that tweets by pets are being watched.

Most Tuesdays at 8 pm est, you can connect with other pet people (a good place to find an array of species on Twitter) at #BlogPawsChat. Hashtags are a trackable shared way to gather under one “cyber umbrella” where everything can be tracked. Remember the days of online chat rooms? Hashtags are very similar but privy to the whole world and anyone with a Twitter account.


Instagram is an online photo sharing service that allows you to upload photos, apply effects or filters, then share them to a variety of other places. It’s easy, it’s fun, and I’ve been playing around with it for a few months now. I am gaining new followers and fans to my magazine dog blog thanks to Instagram. Are your ears perked now?

If you’ve ever posted a photo on Facebook, you have a pretty good understanding of how Instagram works. Pictures that make you want to stop in your tracks get the most comments and attention. People with a lot of followers pretty much get a lot of likes.

Once you’ve uploaded a photo in Instagram, you want to hashtag it appropriately. Hashtags on Instagram are similar to but work a bit differently than hashtags on Twitter. Any word that is preceded by a hashtag will be searchable in Instagram.

The following is a photo I uploaded and hashtagged appropriately for your reference:

So three cute dogs and here are some hashtags you could use with this:

These #cockerspaniels are a trio of trouble and #cutenessoverload. #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #doglover #dogsrock #homesweethome #cockerspaniel #blogpaws #cockersofinstagram

Pet Bloggers

People start blogs for a variety of reasons, and there are thousands of pet bloggers giving a voice to their dogs. If you like writing about your  dog’s adventures, have a passion for dogs in general, and/or want to share your thoughts or views to help pet parents in general, consider blogging. I started out blogging about pet-friendly travel and evolved into working in the pet industry.

One of the catalysts for putting your pet blogging dreams into action is BlogPaws. BlogPaws is a social media company founded in 2009 that brings the online pet community together with yearly conferences that are pet friendly  (pets are even welcome in the classrooms.) Nowadays, pet bloggers are monetizing: Making money by engaging with companies in the pet industry.

Whether connecting with like-minded pet lovers is your thing or wanting to start a blog, grow a blog, or take an existing one to the next level, a good place to start is the free online BlogPaws Community. You can join here:

Here’s a complete primer on how pet bloggers are using Instagram.

Note: Don’t expect to be an overnight sensation but do keep at it. Before long, your dog might just b the next big thing!

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Britney Spears’ Dog, Hannah, Turns 1

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Newsmtest on September 18th, 2013

It’s great to learn that a dog who was very sick during her first few months of puppyhood has reached the milestone of her first birthday.

Reportedly, Britney Spears’ dog, Hannah, just had the opportunity to blow out all of the candles on her dog cake on her special day.

Hannah, a Yorkshire terrier, is quite a popular pooch, as she even has her on Twitter handle (@HannahSpears) with nearly 55,000 followers. Hannah received a birthday shout out from Britney Spears on her Britney Spears Instagram page:

“Everybody wish Miss Hannah Banana a happy birthday!!! We celebrated her first today, cake and all :) ,” Spears wrote as a caption to the photo.

Health Issues for Britney Spears’ Dog

During her puppyhood, Hannah was in and out of the veterinary hospital receiving care for a variety of mild to severe illnesses.

RadarOnline details Hannah’s hospitalization drama starting back in November 2013 when Spears “found Hannah listless, eyes half shut, not responding to voices, not eating, and having trouble breathing. She eventually went home, but by January 3 was back in for the third time. The poor pooch remained in the hospital until late afternoon Friday, undergoing tests for liver function and being monitored for an erratic temperature and fluid in the lungs. Her condition remains unstable and if it were not for Britney’s money and ability to pay the vet bills, Hannah would be dead by now.”

Common Health Problems in Puppies

Puppies tend to have immature immune systems and are prone to a variety of conditions related to their physical development. It’s not surprising to hear that Hannah has needed veterinary medical care. Some of the most common issues affecting puppies requiring treatment include:

Respiratory Tract Infection and Irritation

Many bacterial, viral organisms and environmental irritants (dust, pollen, smoke, etc.) can cause inflammation of the eyes, and respiratory tract (nasal passages, trachea, and lungs). Clinical signs include cough, sneezing, eye and nasal discharge, lethargy, decreased appetite, and more.

Gastrointestinal Parasites

Coccidia, Giardia, Hookworm, Roundworm, Tapeworm, and Whipworm are parasitic organisms capable of infecting the digestive tract of puppies (which can also affect adult dogs and people) causing diarrhea, vomit, and anorexia (decreased appetite).

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

Hypoglycemia is commonly caused by an infection, inflammation, or other stressors that use up the body’s available blood glucose (sugar). Unlike adults, puppies don’t have the same capacity to store glucose in the liver and will exhibit lethargy (tired behavior), ataxia (stumbling), or even fall into a coma when their glucose precipitously drops.

Based on the RadarOnline report, it sounds like Hannah had hypoglycemia, which can be related to a congenital (present from birth) problem where blood does not properly flow through the liver for detoxification called portosystemic shunt (“liver shunt”).

Additionally, Hannah may have been suffering from pneumonia (“fluid in her lungs”), which results from infection or aspirating (inhaling) food, water, vomit, or other substances which can cause “trouble breathing.”

Prevention is the Key to Keeping Puppies Healthy

Preventing puppies from becoming infected with many bacterial, viral, and parasitic organisms can be achieved through veterinary-guided vaccination protocols, diagnostic testing (checking feces for parasites, blood tests, etc.), providing regular de-worming medication, and good sanitary practices (disposal of feces and urine, bathing, disinfecting of environmental services, etc.).

Unfortunately, puppies are not as discriminating as adult dogs in keeping themselves clea. Also, many times they do not stop themselves from eating various materials in their environment (dietary indiscretion).

As a result, they are much more prone to coming down with infections or ingesting materials that can potentially cause mild to severe digestive tract upset or other health problems.

I hope that Hannah has many more healthy years to come with Spears and her other household canine and human companions.

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Miranda Lambert Helps Save 40 Dogs

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Rescuemtest on September 12th, 2013

It’s always a good thing when famous people use their celebrity to help our four-legged kids in need. This past weekend, Miranda Lambert was not only a country music star, but was the star for more than 40 shelter dogs that were adopted at an event she headlined in Oklahoma.

Lambert, who is the founder of the MuttNation Foundation, an organization that helps homeless pets, teamed up with the Tishomingo Animal Shelter as part of the Dog Days of Summer event.

The singer not only showed up to the event and handed out hot dogs, snow cones and other goodies to dog fair-goers, she helped promote the adopt-a-thon via social media.

Miranda Lambert

Lambert’s tweeted, “Come on people I can’t take all these dogs home! Look at this match made in heaven,” and posted a photo of a child holding his new puppy.

Shelter workers even named a couple of the dogs after country singers Brette Eldredge and Blake Shelton. “Hey @blakeshelton you just got adopted! “Blake and the boys”!  Lambert tweeted.

At the end of the day, when more than 40 dogs had went home to their forever homes, Lambert tweeted with a photo, “Ok. Shutting up about it now! I’m just so excited! But talk about “SHORT & SWEET.”

Thanks to Miranda Lambert for putting her money towards a good cause and not only contributing to help homeless animals, but really getting personally involved in the city she calls home.

Editor’s Note: Photo from Miranda Lambert’s Twitter page.

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Helping Homeless Dogs in L.A.

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Life,Dog Newsmtest on August 13th, 2013

by Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Living and practicing in Los Angeles provides me many opportunities to go to charitable pet events. Some are super fancy and include the red carpet and “step and repeat,” while others have a more grassroots sensibility. Regardless, the animal welfare organizations involved or hosting these events have the best interests of dogs and cats in mind while partying for a good cause.

Helping Homeless Animals in L.A.

Recently, I attended Mission PAWSible II at King King in Hollywood, CA. The second annual event was a partnership between Animal Advocates Alliance (AAA) and Charity Buzz, which strives to “raise critically needed dollars to fund programs to benefit homeless animals in Los Angeles.”

Astoundingly, “approximately 75,000 healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized in Los Angeles County each year simply because there are too many animals and too few homes.”


AAA seeks to “reduce the euthanasia rate through its humane education and rescue/adoption programs.” These programs include providing humane education in local schools with an emphasis on spay/neuter, hosting mobile shelter adoptions, and rescuing animals that have been abused, neglected and/or are at risk of euthanasia.”

AAA has made positive changes in LA’s Baldwin Park shelter with the plan to do so at other area shelters, including “free dog training and humane education classes, as well as subsidized spay/neuter services.”

A Night for a Good Cause

The event was rocking to the slick beats of DJ Sky Nellor. We also got to hear the live musical stylings of the interestingly named group Dynamite Beat Puppy (DBP). The event was emceed by the hilarious Paula Bel, who kept us clutching our sides with her quick witted humor.

PAWSible Band

The whole point of a soiree like Mission PAWSible II is to raise much-needed funds so that AAA can continue to help pets in need. That’s where pet lovers and philanthropists on a local and worldwide basis can make a difference in funding AAA’s programs.

If you’re feeling generous, you can still make a financial contribution. I donated my services in the form of a veterinary holistic house-call consultation to the Charity Buzz auction. I look forward to learning who my new client and patient will be.

At these kind of events, a variety of unique business connections can be made (yet again, all for a good cause).

100% of proceeds from the auction will be used to subsidize AAA’s programs. Additionally, each donor will be individually recognized on the online auction website and/or at the live auction event.

Make sure to check out some of the fun photos from Mission PAWSible II. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.

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Barbra Streisand Takes Her Dog on Tour

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Newsmtest on July 2nd, 2013

What dog wouldn’t want to accompany their superstar songstress owner on a luxurious trek through Europe while she belts out her ballads to thousands of fans? Recently, Barbra Streisand was photographed in Amsterdam with her dogSamantha (Sammie), where she’s country-hopping through the E.U. as part of her Barbra Live tour.

This all sounds so glamorous, but traveling with a canine or feline companion may not  always be the best idea from the standpoint of health and safety. Sometimes, journeying via car, train, plane, boat, or other means can be very stressful or even expose pets to injury or illness that they otherwise would not face in the comfort of their own home environment.

Yet, taking a dog on a plane is a common experience for owners who are on-the-go and seek canine companionship in-flight or at their final destination. Some dogs travel in the compartment with their owners if they are within size guidelines or have been appropriately registered for service work. Other dogs’ larger bodies require containment in cargo, which is, in general, a safe experience for most dogs but not desirable for many owners.

Sammie, a female Coton de Tulear, would likely fit within the weight/size guidelines for in-compartment travel. It’s unknown if Sammie is a service animal or if Streisand flies commercial or private I suspect that private is her preferred mode of travel, yet Sammie will still need to be appropriately documented to be given access into the country of destination.  After all, Streisand doesn’t want to run into an issue with local government like Justin Bieber did while traveling into Germany via private plane (see Justin Bieber’s Monkey Kept From Entering Germany).

So, what kind of documentation is required to travel to Europe with a dog? An APHIS health certificate needs to be provided by the overseeing veterinarian. For export from the U.S. into theEuropean Union (including Holland, where Streisand was photographed with Sammie), a specific set of requirements must be adhered to, including:

Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets must be identified with a microchip compatible with ISO standard 11784 or 11785 or the appropriate microchip reader must be provided along with the pet. Microchip implantation must occur PRIOR to rabies vaccination. Any rabies vaccination that occurs prior to microchip implantation is not considered valid regardless of whether the animal was up-to-date on its previous rabies vaccines. In this case, the animal must be revaccinated. 21 days must have elapsed after the first (primary) vaccination after implantation of the microchip before the animal is eligible to enter the European Union. A rabies vaccination is considered primary if either: (1) an animal was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination but vaccination occurred prior to microchip implantation, (2) vaccination was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination, or (3) the animal was vaccinated for the first time.

So, these countries are quite specific about their demands for timing of the rabies vaccination in relation to the microchip’s implantation.  As a result, it takes careful planning on behalf of the owner and veterinarian to ensure a pet will be properly prepared for export to the E.U.

As rabies is a disease that’s well under control in both the U.S and the E.U. as a result of the legal requirements for vaccination of companion animals, it’s quite unlikely that Streisand’s dog will realistically be exposed to the virus. Yet, there are a variety of other diseases with which Sammie could be infected.

Streisand and Sammie reportedly live in Malibu, California, where the presence of many tick and flea-borne diseases is minimized in comparison to more humid ares of the country where ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, etc.)  thrive and transmit microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc.). The seasonal heat and humidity of most European countries permits the prosper of annoying and illness-spreading bugs that are likely gnashing their mouthparts at the thought of sucking on Sammie’s blood.

Hopefully, Sammie is appropriately medicated to prevent ectoparasites from taking up residence on her skin’s surface. I speculate Streisand’s special pooch is kept in the safest and most sanitary of conditions and would have any of her health needs immediately met by a veterinarian in any country graced by their presence.

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Pit Bull Advocate: James Gandolfini

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Newsmtest on June 27th, 2013

It’s been a week since Actor James Gandolfini, the man who made us root for the bad guy in the hit HBO series, The Sopranos, died, but news about his work with rescue dogs is just now coming to light.

His last film, “Animal Rescue,” which stars a pit bull puppy, is set for release in 2014.

Gandolfini, was not only notorious for the role he was made famous by, but was also notorious for being media shy. According to many reports, he tried as much as possible to keep his personal life and altruistic endeavors as quiet as possible.

As a big fan of the show (it ranks up there in my Top 5 favorites of all time) and also as an animal and pit bull advocate, it came as a surprise to me this week when I read that Gandolfini was a big advocate for rescuing pit bulls and even had one of his own, a handsome guy named Duke.

In the movie, “Animal Rescue,” which is actually a crime drama, Gandolfini played in his last movie role the owner of a bar and according to the Los Angeles Times, a mentor of sorts to a younger bartender who gets into some trouble with gangsters.

The LA Times reporter learned that Gandolfini, as was often reported, didn’t act like the star he actually was, but like a regular Joe, someone who wasn’t too big to eat lunch with the crew – not the other stars of the film, but the actual crew – and who talked about regular Joe type things with them, including dogs, which was a central theme of the film.

Last Chance Animal Rescue, a non-profit advocating for animals in kill shelters, wrote on their Facebook page last week, “We are very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of James Gandolfini, pictured here with his rescue Duke. A great actor and wonderful advocate for an often misunderstood breed. … Much beloved by those who worked with him and known to be a kind and gentle soul, we applaud his efforts to provide a voice for the voiceless and our prayers are with his wife and children, his family and friends as they mourn the loss of a life too short lived.

It’s always sad when someone who had such influence over our pop culture dies far too young, but it is even sadder when these stars didn’t spend their free time reveling in their celebrity, but spent it trying to make the world a better place for the people and the animals in it.

Editor’s Note: Photo of James Gandolfini’s dog, Duke, from The Last Chance Rescue Facebook page.

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New Internet Meme on the Rise

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Lifemtest on June 20th, 2013

by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

One pet Internet meme sensation rises to stardom while another one gets wiped out.

Any human celebrity will tell you it’s all about showbiz.

The newest Internet meme sensation is Ray Charles, the blind 5-month old golden retriever.

According to, Ray was adopted by his family after hearing a breeder was going to have him killed because of his condition. Like many pet parents do, Ray’s created a Facebook page for his fans and the rest, as they say, is history.

Thanks no doubt, to the publicity he’s gotten on Today, Ray’s Facebook page now has over 35,000 fans.

“At the time I didn’t think anything of it,” his dad, Andrew Fales, told “I never in a million years would’ve thought it would take off from there.”

Although Ray is blind, he does most things any other puppy likes to do such as play, nap, snuggle and chew. The only difference is that he uses his sense of smell, rather than his eyes, to follow his pet parents around.

On the other side of the world in New Zealand, authorities there have dealt with an urban artist who illegally painted a likeness of the famous Grumpy Cat on a water tower, by painting over the “graffiti.”

The water tower is unsightly, according to some people quoted in the publication Watercare, the company that owns the tower, says it cannot make a distinction between art and graffiti.

“The cat picture might be cute to some members of the public, but to others it might be horrible,” a spokesperson for the company told a reporter.

Hmm. Grumpy Cat horrible? Maybe they should ask the 800,000+ fans of the Grumpy Cat Facebook page, we thought it was a pretty talented likeness.

Editor’s Note: Photo of Ray Charles the dog is from his Facebook page.

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Actress’ Dog Home Safe After Kidnapping

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Newsmtest on May 29th, 2013

by Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Have you ever lost track of your pet’s location? It’s always a scary situation to suddenly realize your canine or feline companion could be or is missing outside of the safe confines of your home environment.

Even worse is the circumstance that somebody would steal your pet and dangle the prospect of your reunion in front of you provided a suitable ransom payment is made. This recently happened in my hometown of Los Angeles, but fortunately it ended on a happy note with the purloined pooch being safely returned.

Hollywood actress Tricia O’Kelley, known for her work on The Secret Life of the American Teenager and The New Adventures of Old Christine had her 11-year old Yorkshire Terrier, Walter, abducted from her fenced in backyard.

Walter’s friendly disposition and deafness may have contributed to the apparent ease of his dog-napping, as “he (Walter) is very trusting, and would go with anyone”. His lack of hearing may have made Walter less aware of the perpetrators approach.  Besides being deaf, Walter has a respiratory condition common to small breed dogs called hypoplastic trachea (tracheal collapse). This condition, along with Walter’s age and deafness, made O’Kelley very concerned about Walter’s health during the time he went missing.

According to an NBC News report, the dog-nappers got O’Kelley’s cell phone number from Walter’s dog tag, called her, and demanded a $1,000 ransom. Obviously distraught, O’Kelley handed off the negotiations to her husband, Adam Rosenblatt. The perpetrators had quite the scheme going, O’Kelley and Rosenblatt were instructed to post fliers announcing Walter’s disappearance around their neighborhood. They would then bring one of the fliers to a Chevron gas station in their Los Feliz neighborhood along with the $1,000 ransom in exchange for Walter’s return.

Little did the dog-nappers know, but Rosenblatt already had the police involved. While clarifying the details of their elaborate plan, the thieves were on speakerphone and the authorities were in on the conversation.

The police suggested that Rosenblatt go to the planned meeting site accompanied by a plain-clothed officer. While hanging up the flyers, Rosenblatt received another call from the dog-nappers indicating their awareness of police presence at the planned meeting spot. The police where there for another reason, but the dog-napper suspected Walter’s owners were lying. O’Kelley reports that  the dog-nappers called the plan off and stated, “Don’t lie to me. I’m keeping your dog”.

That phone call was reportedly placed at a 7-Eleven in North Hollywood (a few neighborhoods away from the planned meeting site) and was the last communication that O’Kelly and Rosenblatt received from the Walter’s abductors.

Three days later, a good Samaritan witnessed Walter being dropped off within the vicinity of his owners’ home by a white car with tinted windows (suspected to be the dog-nappers). The good Samaritan found O’Kelley’s phone number on Walter’s tag, placed the call, and dog and owner were soon reunited.

This harrowing story reinforces the need for responsible pet ownership practices. The happy ending was facilitated by the fact that O’Kelley had appropriately fashioned Walter with a collar bearing a tag and her mobile phone number.  As a result, she was able to be contacted by both the dog-nappers and the good Samaritan.

Additionally, Walter is reported to have been implanted with a microchip. The microchip does not directly connect a lost pet to its owner, but it certainly helps in the reuniting process. Once the microchip is scanned at a veterinary hospital or animal shelter, the individual doing the scanning can then contact the microchip’s manufacturer. From there, provided the owner’s contact information has been kept up-to-date, the owner can be reached and reunited with the lost pet.

Besides having a tag and microchip, I suggest having a canine or feline companion wear a collar embroidered with the phone number at which its owner can most easily be reached. As tags can fall off or be removed and microchips require scanning, the embroidered collar adds an extra layer of protection.

I’m so pleased to hear that Walter was unharmed and reunited with his owners.  Hopefully, he’ll have many safe and healthy years in the O’Kelley-Rosenblatt household.

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Photo via Tricia O’Kelley’s twitter page

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Jon Stewart Gets Out and About with His Tripod Dog

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Lifemtest on May 23rd, 2013

Recently, photos showing Comedy Central and The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart walking his three-legged dog appeared on the Huffington Post.  Champ, Stewart’s canine companion, appears to be a young American Pit Bull Terrier or a mixed breed missing the right thoracic (front) limb.

Although some may consider this pooch to be unlucky, as only three legs carry around the body weight instead of four, I feel that Champ has struck proverbial gold.  I’d let Stewart adopt me if he was interested in taking on a late-30’s holistic veterinarian with no known health problems and overall good house-training habits!

It’s no surprise to see Stewart palling around with this kind of pooch, as he’s well known for being an advocate of animal welfare causes and has two other rescued Pit Bulls. Dogs are reportedly incorporated into the fabric of Stewart’s work life, as Bark magazine’s Claudia Kawczynska notes that upon entering The Daily Show’s set “the first thing new employees, show guests and visitors notice are the dogs. Free-ranging and ubiquitous, they have become an integral part of the office landscape: roaming, playing or lying about, with toys scattered everywhere”.

So, how did Champ end up with three legs?  There are a variety of reasons that a dog (or cat) may be missing one (or multiple) limbs, including:


Hit by car, dog fights, gunshots, knife wounds, and other severe traumas can lead to the decision that a pet’s best interest is served by having the affected limb amputated. Although bone, soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves can heal, significant compromise to their function can motivate the decision to pursue surgery so the dog can function better on the remaining (and hopefully more normal) limbs.


Osteosarcoma (malignant bone cancer) is one of the most common cancerous cause of limb amputation. This typically occurs in adult and senior large-breed dogs. Cancers of bone, cartilage, nerves, and other bodily structures are often quite painful and can severely compromise a dog’s quality of life when permitted to remain attached to the body. Amputation of a cancer-afflicted limb improves a pet’s comfort and quality of life.

Congenital malformation or developmental disorder

Some dogs are born with an abnormal limb or the development process does not occur as ideally as it should. In these cases, the leg is otherwise normal but for the fact that it does not function properly to support the body’s weight. Over time, the limb can become traumatized or inhibit a pet’s more normal movement and necessitate amputation.

According to University of Pennsylvania veterinarians David M. Nunamaker and Peter D. Blauner’s Textbook of Small Animal Orthopaedics, “in a normal stance, 60% of the dog’s weight rests over the front legs: extension of the head and neck or lowering of the head can increase this forward weight bias by 10% to 15%”.

Therefore, Champ and other dogs having one of their front limbs removed are required to support 60% of their body weight on their remaining thoracic limb. As a result, there is much more literally riding on one front leg. This is why it is important to make lifestyle changes to ensure that the single thoracic limb is not unnecessarily impacted from day to day activity. My suggestions are to:

Maintain lean body condition

Currently, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) estimates that 54% of pets in the United States are overweight or obese (approximately 89 million cats and dogs). Excess weight increases the body’s overall level of inflammation, which can even promote cancer cell growth.

Seek guidance from your veterinarian about the Body Condition Score (BCS) currently held by your pet to establish if your cat or dog is too thick, too thin, or in near perfect body condition. If your pet is too thick, then create a weight loss plan involving calorie restriction and safely increasing activity.

Reduce household trauma

Although a dog with three limbs can certainly walk and run, doing so in a “crazy dog” or overly athletic way is not the healthiest choice.  Going down stairs or off of elevated surfaces (couch, bed, car, etc.) can be traumatizing to the toes, wrist, elbow, and shoulder joints along with the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other structures that keep the single, supporting limb in place.

It’s best to prioritize safety when creating your home aesthetic by lowering the heights of beds and couches. Additionally, place traction enhancing carpeting slippery surfaces, especially on stairs.   Place obstructive gates at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent access unless a responsible adult is around to ensure the pet goes up and down a safe and reasonable pace.

I hope that Stewart, Champ, and the other family pooches have many happy, healthy, and upwardly mobile years ahead of them.

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