Category Archives: Animals

20 Facts on Pet Ownership in the U.S.

We’re wacky for our pets; it can’t be denied. They may require tons of time and energy, lead to high hospital bills and even increase homeowners insurance rates, but they’re always worth it. Check out some of the crazy things we do for our pets — from including them in family portraits to giving them presents on their birthdays.

Source: Dogatar.com

Pet Ownership in America
Via: Homeowners Insurance

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Scuba Diving Dachshund

We love our dogs and take them with us whenever we can, but I think it is safe to say that scuba diving is where we draw the line.

Check out this video and article from the LA Times blog.

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Dog owner Sergei Gorbunov of Vladivostok, Russia, doesn’t seem to share our qualms, however. The professional diver has equipped his dachshund, Boniface, with a wetsuit and helmet designed to allow him to breathe underwater, and he’s trying to convince the little guy that diving is really a great idea.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/07/russian-diver-attempts-to-teach-his-dachshund-to-scuba-dive.html.

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Proud Mama

On our way home from the vet I took my eldest son Gary to the new Petco Unleashed store by our house.  It was their grand opening and they were offering free professional photos of dogs from The Picture People

Naturally I said “yes” to having the pictures taken, not even thinking that while they take them for free, I’d still have to pay for them if I wanted copies of the images.

Guess what?  I paid for them!  How could I not?  They turned out so cute.

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Despite Death Threats, Psychic Octopus is Right Again

Paul, the oracle octopus, was right again as Germany was defeated by Spain today in the semi-final match of the World Cup.

But being clairvoyant doesn’t always come with all the glory that one would think; Paul is now receiving death threats.

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Having accurately predicted that Germany would beat Argentina in the quarter-finals, Paul faced the wrath of angry Argentinian supporters who have blamed the octopus for their World Cup exit and expressed a desire to eat him in an act of vengeance.

But Paul’s keeper Oliver Walenciak remains confident that the octopus will continue performing his remarkable act for years to come from the safety of his tank in Oberhausen as opposed to the dinner table.

He said: “There are always people who want to eat our octopus but he is not shy and we are here to protect him as well. He will survive.”

Paul is able to make his predictions courtesy of Walenciak and his staff who place two containers filled with mussels and a flag to represent each football nation into his tank.

The container selected by the hungry octopus is assumed to be the predicted winner and so far Paul has a 100 per cent success rate for all five of Germany’s fixtures during World Cup 2010, including their 1-0 defeat to Serbia.

“It started two years ago at the European Championships when Paul became the oracle for all of Germany’s games and we thought he could do it for the World finals as well,” said Walenciak.

Full story here.

Source: Telegraph

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Oracle Octopus Predicts World Cup Wins

Paul the octopus oracle predicts Germany loss to Spain in semifinals – On Tuesday, Paul the Octopus, the “oracle” that has predicted correctly the outcome of every Germany match-up so far in the FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa, has prognosticated a loss for them against Spain in the upcoming semifinal match.  The AP has released a video of Paul making his prediction.

It’s not news the Germans want to hear, but their oracle octopus has predicted every match correctly so far for the German soccer team in the 2010 World Cup.

Read the full story here:

http://www.examiner.com/x-27365-Young-Adult-Pop-Culture-Examiner~y2010m7d6-World-Cup-2010–Paul-the-octopus-oracle-predicts-Germany-loss-to-Spain-in-semifinals

Source: Examiner.com

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St. Germain’s Cafe

My friend Stacey Ross, aka San Diego Bargain Mama, has been telling me all about Yappy Hour at St. Germain’s Cafe in downtown Encinitas.  Scott and I finally made it out there on Friday night.  The owner, Roy Salameh, has done a fantastic job creating a delicious menu and warm, inviting environment.

That is a real parrot on the singer's shoulder

Their weekly Yappy Hours are open to humans and animals of all kinds – birds, dogs … whatever – and proceeds from the Yappy Hours go to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.   They have live music played by Endangered Speciez … quite an appropriate name for the event, but Roy told me it was just a coincidence.

Scott ordered a California chicken sandwich that came with sweet potato fries;

California chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries.

I had the Mediterranean platter that boasted the owner’s family recipe of homemade humus.  Both meals were delicious.

St. Germain’s is open for breakfast and lunch daily; and for dinner during Yappy Hour a few days a week.

My dinner ... Yum!

The restaurant is looking to open seven days a week for dinner soon.  Definitely check it out.

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A Duck in the Truck

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