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.
Draven Rodriguez, a senior at Schenectady High School in New York, wanted to submit his own senior yearbook photo holding his cat Mr. Bugglesworth with lasers in the background. His photo went viral on the internet, but the school denied his request to make this his senior portrait.
However they said the picture could appear somewhere else in the yearbook.
Enter school principal Diane Wilkinson holding her Chihuahua, Vivienne. A picture of the two pet owners will appear on the principal's page of the yearbook.
Help your dog release his inner Steven Spielberg or Francis Ford Coppola with GoPro's newest accessory designed specifically for dogs.
Fetch is a harness that works with all versions of GoPro's Hero cameras. The harness is easy to attach to your dog and has two built-in camera mounts, one on the back and one on the chest. The harness can adjust to fit dogs from 15 to 120 pounds.
Fetch comes with a $59.99 MSRP, but you can't really put a price on your dog's creativity. And imagine how proud you'll feel when your dog thanks the Academy...and you.