Rocco Beats Out Hundreds of Wagging Tails to Become ‘Top Dog’ East Greenwich, R.I. — After more than 1,000 votes were submitted to help PETA select the cutest mutt in America, Rocco beat out nine other finalists to be crowned the winner of PETA’s third annual Cutest Mutt Alive contest. Rocco, whose guardian is 12-year-old East Greenwich resident Sarah Vican, edged out more than 650 other lovable mutts to become a finalist. PETA created the contest to show that all dogs—whether they’re purebreds or mutts—are created equal and that the kindest thing a person can do for dogs is to adopt one from an animal shelter. Rocco will be featured on PETA.org, and along with the title, Rocco and his guardian will receive a “Mutts Rule” T-shirt, a copy of Ingrid E. Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party!, tasty dog treats, and a framed certificate. “Rocco is living proof that the dog—not the papers that accompany him—is all that matters,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “All rescued mutts are winners in PETA’s book because when it comes to giving and appreciating love, nobody does it better.” Rocco—whose full name is Rocco Diogge (pronounced “D-O-G”) Mandozzi (because, according […]
Los Angeles — She’s helped Charlize Theron, Eva Mendes, Oprah Winfrey, and Jon Stewart build respectful, loving relationships with their canine companions, and now everyone can learn celebrity dog trainer Tamar Geller’s successful coaching techniques, thanks to a new six-episode series of PETA videos, which the group will debut starting October 19. In the videos, which will be released one per week for six weeks, Geller teaches viewers about every dog’s seven basic needs as well as about common training mistakes that people make, including rushing dogs during their walks, yelling at them, using choke chains, and crating. “Dogs aren’t possessions,” says Geller. “They are living, breathing beings with lots of feelings, and they are on this planet for far too short a time. We invite them into our homes and our lives, so it’s our responsibility to do our best to make every moment for them as happy and as fulfilled as we can.” Geller has won worldwide acclaim, thanks to her playful, non-aggressive coaching techniques. Her “Loved Dog” method builds a relationship based on games, clear communication, mutual respect, and fun. “Let’s forget about obedience and build that amazing friendship with your dog and simply teach him how […]
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The first time I heard about pet insurance I was already thinking it was a sure fire money give a way. I was actually thinking of some sort of funeral service type insurance or rare oddity insurance. Recently I talked to a friend about pet insurance and she was actually very glad she had it and explained it’s not about death or even rare situations. Most pet insurance is about when your pet gets sick, injured, or has a disease. For a small monthly fee you can feel good knowing if your pet has a serious health issue you will be covered. After reading these stats on pet medical payments I can see why she loved pet insurance so much. In 2010 Americans will spend an estimated $9.4 billion on their pet’s healthcare, up from $8.7 billion a year ago, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. Dog owners will pay an average of $211 for basic vet care, up from $156 in 2000. Cat owners will hand over $179 for their pet’s annual medical bills, up from $117. Most serious pet diseases will run into the thousands easily. Knowing that, a small monthly fee is not a bad […]