All posts filed under: PETS

The Saints go marching in

My mom and I found this pooch on the side of the road. She practically jumped in the car with  us when we saw her, and I couldn’t leave her behind. I took her home, gave her a bath, and thanks to Facebook, we were able to find her a home. When we drove to Brookhaven to take her to her new pet parents, we knew they were New Orleans Saints fans, so I bought a piece of Saints fabric, and we put a bandana on her before they arrived to pick her up. She was a sweet girl who deserved a good family, so I’m happy we were able to find someone generous enough to take her. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save Advertisements

Reward offered for missing Brandon bye-bye birdie

With communication skills better than some humans, a Brandon bird named Rollo has packed his bags, flown the coop and left his owner frantic to find him. Rachel Murray, 38, is offering a $200 reward for the safe return of her talkative missing grey cockatiel with a yellow and grey head who wolf whistles at people, imitates ringing telephones and sings the theme song to “The Andy Griffith Show.” Chances are he wasn’t inspired by a popular Lynyrd Skynyrd song or a Maya Angelou poem when he became a free bird Friday, July 19, and it wasn’t a bird brain move on his part. Rollo flew away because he was frightened. “I took him with me to housesit/babysit for a couple who had gone out of town,” said Murray, a 6th and 7th grade science teacher at Powell Middle School, who has a daughter, Riley, 8. “As I was taking his cage out of the car, the bottom fell out. It scared him, and he flew away.” Murray heard Rollo the following morning and evening, …

Should monkeys have rights?

While checking my Facebook news feed this morning, I came across this NPR story Championing Life and Liberty for Animals. As a lifelong animal lover, I have always believed that all of God’s creatures should be treated with kindness and respect, despite the fact that I eat meat, wear leather products and understand that hunting can be a necessary evil to help reduce certain animal populations in certain regions, like deer, that can sometimes cause fatal accidents on highways. The NPR story focuses on Mississippi resident Tim Lepard’s cowboy monkey rodeo – an act called Team Ghost Riders he has taken around the country for years featuring capuchin monkeys dressed in red, white and blue cowboy attire riding on the backs of dogs. During one of Lepard’s recent appearances at a minor league baseball game in Maryland, the article states that a “handful” of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) showed up to voice concerns about the treatment of Lepard’s monkeys and how they were being used in the show. PETA says the …

How will you degrade your dog this Halloween?

While researching costumes for an article this year, I ran across a few interesting pet costumes that I’m sure would satisfactorily humiliate your dog this season. Exhibit A. –  Bacon Dog. As I mentioned earlier, I’m not really sure why bacon has become a popular costume for adults, children, babies and pets, but this poor dog has been degraded and brainwashed into believing he’s nothing more than a piece of meat. He should be safe trick-or-treating as long as he has a reflector on his collar and doesn’t get in the path of any larger, hungrier dogs, who mistake him for breakfast food. You have to love Dog Dinosaurs. Doesn’t your “put-him-in-your-purse dog” look much more ferocious wearing the body of a tyrannosaurus or stegosaurus? At least one night out of the year, he can cover his tiny frame and pretend he is a flesh-eating lizard of death before his person paints his toenails pink or makes him wear a lame T-shirt that reads something trite like “Woof!” Sad Bride is really bumming me out. She …

What my Golden Retriever Taught Me About God

While walking her sister’s 10-year-old golden retriever, DeKalb native and author Rhonda McRae had a spiritual epiphany. “I was just enjoying how much Sadie was enjoying the walk,” McRae said. “The thought occurred to me: I wondered if this is how God feels to give me joy. “It kind of opened up a new way of thinking about God’s love for me. Then I started observing her behavior, and the book came out of that.” What My Golden Retriever Taught Me about God ($11.99, P&R Publishing, 2010), chronicles McRae’s year-long spiritual journey with Sadie. McRae said you can learn a lot about God from a pet, and it’s an idea many churches across the nation have implemented by creating pet ministries that visit nursing homes. Some even offer pet food pantries and pet-friendly church services. “I didn’t really decide to write a book about Sadie,” said McRae, a member of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson who works in the corporate communications department of Baptist Medical Center. “That was just the process of what God was …

Pup hats from Horn Lake

Want to turn your pup into an adorable red fox or monkey? Buy him a knit hat from Horn Lake Etsy seller talk2thetrees. Mixed-media Artist Rachael Thomas also has a blog showcasing her work. She describes herself as a “random girl, inspired by nature, trees, fairy tales, mushrooms, cemeteries, dreams, antique bottles, tarot cards and palm reading,” among other things. Pup hats sell for $14 each. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Ghost Cats of the South

This book was sent to us, and the cover gave me a chuckle. One Web site describes it as a “haunting and entertaining volume” that introduces the reader to “a helpful ghost cat in rural Kentucky who smells like soup” and “a hungry cat in Tunica, Miss., who will eat your face,” as well as other spirit felines. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Getting Kwigy with it

For $88, you can get this quilted nylon jacket for your pup at Kwigy-Bo, a New York-based company that sells dog apparel. The store’s merchandise looks a little like Old Navy for dogs. It’s been featured in several major magazines, and the parkas and jackets are some of their most unique items. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Fashionable fido

Here’s another fashionable find for Fido – a Sophia cashmere dog sweater from Saks Fifth Avenue. I’m not exactly sure why a dog needs a cashmere sweater. It’s not like he can appreciate the soft feel of it with his thick coat of fur underneath, but you have to admit, the dog model does look pretty snazzy, and his outfit will undoubtedly be a hit at Christmas parties this holiday season. The $85 cable-knit sweater comes in grey, pink and baby blue. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Wigs for dogs?

One of my first blog entries was about babies in wigs, a trend that emerged in England last year. Today, Trend Hunter is talking about dogs in wigs. A Florida store called Wiggles: Wigs for Dogs is selling the products, and as you can see by these photos, some dogs seem quite content wearing faux human hair pieces, while others, like this sad pug, appear to be contemplating suicide. The site features many different wig styles and colors. If you’d like to turn your gray-haired Yorkie into a Lucille Ball look-alike, a red wig is available. Or maybe your dog would feel more comfortable expressing himself as a goth or punk pup. Just clip in a pink or black hair extension, and fido is ready to rock. Click here to watch the David Letterman segment. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Americans are pet crazy

I realize Halloween is over, and I should probably stop posting Halloween-related items, but if the following isn’t chuckle-inducing, then you should really “get yourself seen about.” It’s a known fact that Americans are pet crazy these days, spending more money than ever before on their furry friends ($41 billion). Business Week did a story on the “Pet Economy” in August, and one of the strangest pet products they ran across wasn’t the Yoda Halloween costume at left. It was Neuticles, a testicular implant that lets people restore their pets anatomical preciseness after neutering, so the dog, I guess, won’t feel embarrassed that his doghood has been removed. To learn more about pet industry trends, watch the Business Week slideshow. To see more humorous Halloween pet costumes, visit Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Image from Target. Save Save

Trends: Political Pet Toys

If the thought of having a beast with large teeth gnaw on the head of some of the world’s most controversial political figures has crossed your mind once or twice, you now have the power to make that happen. A company called Political Pet Toys is manufacturing chewable pet toys that look like George Bush, Hillary Clinton, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Iran leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Osama bin Laden, political filmmaker Michael Moore and others. So if you become frustrated with a certain political figure, you can vicariously punish them by feeding them to the family dog. Founded in 2001, the Australian company says most of its sales are to U.S. retailers and novelty stores. “You can’t get even, but your pet can” is their slogan. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: For the pooch with expensive taste

If your dog is a little too snooty to wear clothes from Wal-Mart or Target, he might appreciate a Ralph Lauren dog sweater. The store offers four that are all about $95. This long-sleeved cashmere blend sweater features a “discreet leash hole” at the back neck. I’m not sure why a dog’s leash must be “discreet,” unless maybe the dog has become so anthropomorphous that he is embarrassed to wear a leash and discretion is necessary to help him save face. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save