Which doesn't mean that Elwood - newly crowned World's Ugliest Dog - isn't sweet and loveable. Then again, ugly is as much in the eyes of the beholder as beautiful is - hey, I LOVED the Edsel (apologies to anyone under the age of 45 who has no idea what I'm talking about). Click here to check him out, with his extremely proud human.
I had a story this morning about the Beagle Brigade that works for the U.S. Agriculture Department at Miami International Airport, sniffing out forbidden foodstuffs. Very cute pix and a slide show. Click here.
The first thing that's cool is that I've learned to upload actual videos onto the blog. Thanks to my colleague Steve Rothaus who writes the Herald's Gay South Florida blog and is a technological marvel for teaching my utterly clueless self.
The second cool thing is the actual video: a vicious, killer pit bull being very un-killerly with some baby chicks. Enjoy!
I should have known that someone would be marketing JUST the thing for canines to wear for Take Your Dog To Work Day: A $32 Ralph Lauren polo. Click here to see it and some other pricey dog duds.
And here's a dog who actually went to work, but not in anything fancy like Ralph Lauren. No, Ally is a blue-collar, hard hat kinda pup, as befits someone building the busway extension to Florida City with proud human, Scott Brand at Pistorino & Alam.
That's Take Your Dog to Work Day, and if you're lucky enough - unlike some of us - to be able to participate, have a great time. Here's a link to a story I had in today's business section about companies that are pet-friendly every day.
Call (305) 376-2673 or (239) 398-8538 or e-mail email@example.com.
The HSUS has filed a class action against Wizard of Claws, the Broward County pet store long accused of selling sick animals bred at puppy mills. How it is that people still patronize this place is beyond me, given years of bad publicity generated by heartbroken and angry buyers - whose puppies quickly fall sick and die - but it remains a thriving business. Now-Gov. Charlie Crist took them on as Florida's attorney general last year. Let's hope that HSUS can slam-dunk this miserable operation once and for all. Click here for the story.
World's smallest canine. That's the title now held by a Bay State Chihuahua that's about the size of a squirrel. Yeah, cute, but I have a real problem with selective breeding for physical characteristics. These are living creatures, not accessories. It's a straight line from this story to the one above. If only people would adopt the millions of loving critters languishing (and dying) in shelters, we would have this problem. Click here for the story in the Boston Globe.