Paw News | May June 07

Welcome home Cujo…

As they say, “Miracles do occur”…and it aptly occurred for Cujo, a Golden Retriever. He was just 7-years-old when he was separated from his family and got lost in July 2000. Since then life has not been the same for Barczewski family in south St Louis. But true love always beckons and after 7-year exile, he is reunited with his loving family.

After slipping away from home, Cujo somehow ended up 120 miles in Columbia, where he was sent to the Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia. He was later brought to St Loius by Dirk’s Fund. His family spotted him on Dirk’s Fund website. A heart-shaped patch of white on his forehead, the white fur on his toes, his manner of greeting people by rubbing against them cat-style, all these are very peculiar of Cujo…so the parents spotted him immediately after seeing him on dog adoption website. All’s well, that end’s well…wishing Barczewski family and Cujo all the best for life.

Say no to pirated CDs!

Of late, there has been a lot of awareness about copyright pirate business and now even our canines have stepped in for this cause.

Lucky and Flo, two female black Labradors deployed by Malaysian authorities in their crackdown on pirated movie DVDs and music CDs, recently busted a fake DVD ring with a seizure of discs worth about $3 million. Highly upset with the losses, the pirate syndicate bosses announced reward for the killing of these dogs. The dogs are now kept under strict security, but our tailwaggers are not perturbed and they will continue sniffing their way to the glory.

Let’s run for fun!

You can’t compare ‘The Last Great Race on Earth’ to any other competitive event in the world! A race for mushers and their dog teams over 1150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer, consisting of mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska. From Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast, each team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover over 1150 miles in 10 to 17 days.

The 2007 Iditarod race was recently held and was won by champion Lance Mackey who accomplished this race along with his lead dog “Larry.”

Hungry…go get it!

Pooches are getting smarter these days and now there’s one in China, who even buys sausages for himself. Well! This one really don’t want to wait for his Mum to get him food, he knows it all…a smart chap.

Whenever Lele has craving for food, he asks his dad -Wu Qianhe, of Chengdu city for money, holds the money in his mouth and runs to the neighbouring shop, and buys delectable sausages for himself. Lele knows when to release the money…the moment he gets his sausage and he is smart enough to tell the difference between a piece of white paper and money…intelligently smart indeed.

Wanna lose that extra kilos!

Obesity is a common problem, be it humans or our canines. Low levels of physical activity, sedentary lifestyle and erratic food habits, have made both pets and their owners fat. But, now our canines have become health conscious as well and doggie diet pills have been developed to keep them slim and trim.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the approval of Slentrol (dirlotapide), the Pfizer drug, a prescription drug for the management of obesity in dogs. Slentrol reduces appetite and fat absorption to produce weight loss. However, the advice of veterinarian is important.

Bow! What a balancing act!

Our furry four-legged friends have always amused us with great antics, news about such antics keep pouring in from all the corners of the world and recently we heard it from China. A dog has become famous in China for his ability to balance on the back of a bicycle. Eight-month-old Gougou balances on the carrier on the back of his owner’s bike….pawfect balancing act and together they enjoy the serenity of Zhujiang River while exploring new horizons.

Enjoying the ride, if he wants to have a break, he just pats Mr Liu’s shoulder and he understands it all. Seeing this all we can say is…great going pooch, be balanced.

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