(EDITORIAL) Sarah Palin, in her embarrassing grab for attention and headlines, has put the White House Christmas card, showing Bo Obama curled up by the fireplace, on her latest hit list. Apparently too much dog and not enough 'family.' We disagree!
(TV ANIMALS) Three horses died during the HBO filming of the TV show Luck, but do we know the whole story? Buzz Bissinger dives into the horse tragedy taking on Luck's writer and director team David Milch and Michael Mann, as well as HBO. The show may not have been cancelled for the death of three horses, but instead for its low ratings. Read the article below and tell us what you think. — Global Animal
(MILITARY DOGS) When commemorating veterans, it's important to remember canine veterans, too. Dogs, who have served our nation for decades, were honored Monday for their efforts. Their tasks include search and rescue, bomb sniffing, and drug detection. Read on for more on dogs' military duties and what is being done to treat them as heroes. — Global Animal
(EXOTIC MEDICINE) The banana spider, a highly venomous arachnid, is now being studied in hopes of finding a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). The venom of the Phoneutria nigriventer is known to cause loss of muscle control and breathing problems that can result in paralysis and asphyxiation. But most importantly (in this case), the venom causes priapism, painful prolonged erections. Scientists are not just going to let this embarrassing and painful effect hide under the covers. Read on for more on animal aphrodisiacs. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL WELFARE) CANADA — More than 500 dogs were rescued from a Montreal puppy mill this past weekend in what may be the largest animal cruelty case in the province's history. Quebec is dubbed the puppy mill capital of North America, and this most recent rescue is just the latest in a series of disturbing cases. It's a bittersweet victory, knowing thousands more dogs await their rescue in the area. Read on about what Quebec's government is planning to do to end the abuse. — Global Animal
(AMAZING ANIMALS) Your pooch may not be exact, but dogs certainly have a sixth sense when it comes to understanding people. It comes as no surprise to most dog lovers but a new study shows that dogs have the ability to predict their guardian's actions. Using tests involving eye tracking, Joseph Topal and his collaborators discovered that dogs understand what people are trying to express in a similar way a six-month-old human infant would. Perhaps this is the reason why so many of us treat our animal companions like family. Read on to find out more details about this discovery.— Global Animal
(CULTURE) Miami's South Beach residents were in for a scary surprise when a blue bag containing decapitated roosters and a goat was found floating by luxury condos. The security guard who spotted the bag called Richard Couto, an animal activist and investigator, to look into the bizarre incident. Couto concluded that the animals are most likely victims of Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion popularized in Cuba and brought to Florida by immigrants, which oftentimes involves animal sacrifice. Read on to find out more about this cruel practice. — Global Animal
(CATS AND DOGS/PETS) April is Pet First-Aid Awareness Month, and in celebration, Denise Fleck, author of Don't Judge a Book by its Cover, is introducing new products to her Sunny-dog Ink line. Sunny-dog Ink and Fleck created the veterinarian-approved safety kits for both dogs and cats, and offer first aid kits for different occasions and scenarios. Continue reading to find out more about the kits and how to keep your pets safe. — Global Animal