Bentley, the cute King Charles Spaniel owned by Ebola-stricken Texas nurse Nina Pham, 26, seems to be thriving under quarantine – cared for by Dallas workers in full protective gear.
They are feeding him, playing with him, showering him with attention and affection. He is being monitored under a 21-day quarantine.
His owner was transferred last week from Dallas to the National Institute of Health in Maryland.
“[Bentley] is doing well. He’s sleeping well. He’s eating well,” said C.C. Gonzalez-Kurz, public information officer for the city of Dallas, which has custody of Bentley.
There have been no documented cases of Ebola transmission between dogs and humans.
Officials are trying to learn how to treat pets of Ebola patients. Bentley is at the forefront as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture prepare pet protocols.
According to Christine Hoang, a veterinarian who is an assistant director of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the experts are preparing their recommendations and the protocol could be ready as soon as next week.
In Spain, Excalibur, the dog belonging to a nurse ill with Ebola, was euthanized in spite of a worldwide outcry from dog lovers.
Dallas officials have vowed that Bentley will not be euthanized. Dallas county judge Clay Jenkins said,
“When I met with her parents, they said, ‘This dog is important to her, judge. Don’t let anything happen to the dog.'"
As the San Francisco Giants successfully won a World Series spot, Giant legend Willie Mays (called Mr. October for some post season heroics) is spotted in an elevator at AT&T Park, holding a very fluffy pup.
Is Willie carrying around the team's good luck charm or is it just a slow sports news day in San Francisco?
An animal rescue group, Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue, is taking orders for its 2015 calendar aptly named Hunks and Hounds. It features some of the dogs available for rescue posing with topless male models.
Louie's Legacy is a non-profit animal rescue that saves, rehabilitates and re-homes animals from high-kill shelters across the United States.
Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz was inspired to help raise funds after he adopted his beloved dog, a Pit Bull named Oliver. After adopting Oliver, Ruiz tried to think of a project that would help animals in need and eventually settled on a charity calendar.
He said: 'I just hope that people enjoy the images, and that they are reminded daily that loving an animal is the most humane thing a person can do.'
In rural northwest Alabama there is a cemetery set aside for the burial of coon dogs. It probably won't come as a surprise to learn that this is the only cemetery of its kind in the world. It was established by Key Underwood in 1939 when he chose the popular hunting camp to bury his coon dog Troop.
For 77 years, hunters have brought their coon dogs here from across the country and even beyond to be buried.
If the dog isn't a champion coondog, three requirements must be met:
The owner must claim their pet is an authentic coon dog.
A witness must declare the deceased is a coon dog.
A member of the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard, Inc. must be allowed to view a picture of the coonhound and declare it as such.
The burial fee is $100.00. Headstones range from homemade wood and metal ones to elaborate granite and marble.
A celebration is held every Labor Day with music, dancing and a BBQ to honor the more than 300 coondogs buried in this unique cemetery. Souvenirs are available.
Key Underwood had not intended for this to be a coondog burial ground when he buried his beloved companion Troop here. However when he was asked about allowing other breeds to be buried here, he responded:
"You must not know much about coon hunters and their dogs, if you think we would contaminate this burial place with poodles and lap dogs.”
Katie Castan, who was holding the now famous sign at the Wild Card Game last week — “IF WE WIN, HE' S BUYING ME A PUPPY!” — and boyfriend Joe Onofrio adopted a 4-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi last weekend to seal the deal.
The dog’s name is Lucy, but her middle name is Rally, as the way the Royals rallied to win the game and sweep the American League Division Series.
After the game many people came forward to help them find a puppy, but then they heard from a “family of wonderful pet owners” who were trying to find new home for a Corgi, the breed pictured on the sign.
Watch for other signs during the post season like the one from Sunday night: “If We Win, My Fat Cat Brother Is Buying Everyone a Puppy!”
The tiny-dogs-in-designer-purses fad ran its course, leaving a lot of tiny dogs for someone else to take care of.
Now a company called Heart Pup (based in Los Angeles, of course) is marketing a deluxe dog carrier scarf. It is designed to hold small and extra-small dogs up to 26 pounds.
Dog not included.
As you may know I am a big fan of Shark Tank and of entrepreneurs who come up with innovative dog products. The investors on Shark Tank love dog products. The inventor of Scarf Sling got a deal recently, but not the one she wanted.
Right now she is making money. The Scarf Sling retails for $138 and her cost for material and labor is $16. Great margins. What I'm concerned with is whether this is another doggie fashion fad or is it a product bought only by loving, responsible dog owners.
The scarf is made of Italian cashmere in a variety of fashion colors. (you weren't expecting terry cloth, were you?) The seller promises it isn't just a gift for your dog, it's a gift for you too.
This isn't just a piece of cloth, she insists. Much thought has gone into the manufacturing, so don't even think about making your own. The Scarf Sling is engineered to be safe, secure and comfortable for both the wearer and rider.
It also includes a pocket that will hold your cell phone and keys so the scarf can double as a purse. You don't really need to bother putting a dog in it if you don't already have one.
The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach: One Man's Quest to Find a Home For the World's Forgotten Animals by Stephen McGarva
Stephen McGarva is an artist who is addicted to adventure and extreme sports. So when his wife got a chance to take a temporary job in Puerto Rico he asked only, “When do we leave?”
After taking her to work in her new job he was looking forward to wind surfing on a deserted beach. But then he spotted a dog, more dead than alive, lying on the ground.
His rib cage was visible through the spare tufts of dark fur; he was so sunburned on the areas where fur had fallen out that the skin was split and bloody. His ears and snout were knobby and covered in calluses...
[McGarva] looked around for something he could use as a shovel to bury him...
And then the dog raised his head and wagged his tail.
And McGarva's life forever changed.
He learns that Dead Dog Beach is a place where locals dump dogs they no longer want. Hundreds of dogs live on the beach and the nearby jungle. The dogs are hated by hotel owners and others who rely on the tourist trade. They are often tortured and killed for sport.
Soon the author finds himself visiting them regularly, spending thousands on food to feed what he calls “my dogs," and trying to protect them.
Although the dogs have given him a new purpose in life, it is at a cost of his relationship with other people, his health and even his sanity.
The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach takes place in Puerto Rico, but it might have taken place in many third world locations. These are cultures where dogs are too expensive to keep and stray dogs are considered annoyances.
Although the book is well written and engaging, there are many passages of dogs being tortured, brutalized and killed that may be too intense for some readers.