Sherlock, a 3-year-old labradoodle, spends his days as a medical alert assistance dog in Loxahatchee, Florida. On Saturday, however, he was dressed as Theodore Roosevelt, wearing gold wire-rim glasses and an olive green uniform.
Twenty-nine dogs, including Sherlock, competed at the 12th annual America’s Top Dog Model casting call at the South Florida Pet Expo in suburban West Palm Beach. This year’s theme was “Meet the Paw-liticans” and featured dogs dressed like presidents and others as political figures throughout history.
Kate Kilpatrick, Sherlock’s owner, said she trained the rescue dog to help her college-student daughter keep tabs on her blood sugar levels years ago. Now that her daughter wears a monitor to keep track of her levels, Kilpatrick said she gets to keep Sherlock to herself most days and enters him in contests whenever she can.
“He’s doesn’t work for free, but he works cheap,” Kilpatrick joked, “paying” him with a doggy treat.
America’s Top Dog Model was founded in 2005 by Jo Jo Harder, who has watched the growth of the national organization that includes her own 7-year-old miniature greyhound, Romeo. Harder is also taping a reality show that she plans to pitch to different networks.
“It’s been wonderful. (We’re) just one big family,” she said.
Lulu, a 2-year-old Harrier who splits her time between West Palm Beach and New York with her owner, Gautam Dasgupta, was one of four finalists chosen Saturday. Dasgupta said he’s never entered his rescue dog into any contests but was convinced by Harder to enter, and he was glad he did. Lulu, though, went as herself instead of as a politician.
Finalists go on to be featured in the America’s Top Dog Model calendar and the top winner gets to be on the cover.
Peaches, a 3-year-old Yorkie, wore a golden tutu while sitting on the sideline as the reigning top dog model. Her owners, Claire Spielman and Bob Spielman, said they got Peaches when they retired and then got her certified as a therapy dog. It wasn’t until winning the competition in 2015 that they realized her other talents.
“It really changed everything for us,” Claire Spielman said. Then came magazine shoots, a website and dozens of prizes and honors.
But even with all the publicity, Peaches still spends Mondays playing with children at a local hospital and on Thursdays she comforts adults in therapy.
“It’s how we give back now,” Bob Spielman said.
This video includes clips from Alaska Dispatch News and Discovery and images from Getty Images.
Officials in Anchorage, Alaska, have combated an unusually low amount of snowfall with an effective solution.
Seven rail cars packed full of snow arrived in Anchorage on Thursday morning ahead of the annual Iditarod dog sled competition. Those seven rail cars of snow are in addition to the 1,000 truckloads already gathered.
Unseasonably warm temperatures forced event organizers to outsource for their snow this year — a cost that is budgeted as a part of regular street maintenance in the city.
While many U.S. states pay for the removal of snow from city streets, Alaska allocates some of a $60,000 budget to bringing in snow ahead of dog races.
The famous Iditarod competition is a tradition that dates back more than 40 years. It brings hundreds of dogs and people to the ceremonial starting line.
This year, race leaders had to shorten the starting leg of the race from 11 miles to three miles because of a lack of snow, but organizers are confident spectators won’t be able to tell the difference.
One race organizer told NBC, “race fans concentrated in downtown Anchorage will not notice any changes to the race start as the excitement of having more than 1,000 of the most finely tuned sled dogs in the world will, as always, make for an electric environment.”
The 1,100-mile race kicks off Saturday morning.
Rush, the adorable pitbull that makes his own bed, has been adopted.
On Tuesday, a video released by the SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Dayton, Ohio showed Rush making his own bed. The one-year-old homeless pitbull, had been at the shelter for over 30 days. While in the shelter, he made a name for himself as the dog that made his own bed every day.
Now, less than a week later, Rush is the new addition to a loving family.
The Ohio couple that adopted Rush says they saw the pitbull at different times without knowing they were interested in the same dog.
“He saw him on the news. I didn’t. And then I saw him on a rescue site,” the woman said.
After they realized they both wanted to adopt the same dog, the woman began the official adoption process.
On the way to meet Rush, the couple saw a sign–literally and figuratively– that told them Rush might be the dog for them.
“There was a Bengal’s billboard, and it said in big, bold letters, ‘Rush,’” the woman said.
“It actually says, ‘Rush to be there,’ but the ‘to be’ is small,” said the man.
On Thursday, Rush did a test sleepover with the couple.
“Rush took his blankie and went on a sleepover until Friday with a potential adopter,” the center posted on Facebook.
After a successful sleepover, he is now officially a part of the family.
The husband and wife lost their dog earlier this year and are excited to be Rush’s new parents.
In order for Big Lake musher Kelly Maixner to rebound from last year's late race withdrawal with a top 10 finish this time around, he will need the help of a Laura, a sled dog diagnosed with pannus, which is "a progressive inflammatory disease of the cornea," according to Eye Care for Animals.
A 5-year-old and 50 pound husky with eye trouble, Laura doesn't like to lead her pack as she relied more on the other lead dog when placed in front. But that hasn't stopped her her spirit from propelling the team.
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Speaking to KTUU Thursday, Maixner described how the dog's visual impairment affects her ability to find him when he calls her name.
During snack time "I'll put a snack in front of her face and she won't see it, but then I just throw it on the ground, and then she hears that, and then she puts her head down on the ground and starts sniffing for it," he told a local reporter.
Despite her illness, Laura is reliable runner, Maixner said to the station. She is also a favorite among her handlers.
This is Maixner's fifth time participating in the race.
Laura is named for his grandmother.
You voted for the top 100 songs played on Y100 in 2013. We played them back, 100 all the way to number 1. If you missed it, here's the list!
Title Artist 100 Farmer's Daughter Rodney Atkins 99 Drink On It Blake Shelton 98 Let It Rain David Nail 97 Just A Kiss Lady Antebellum 96 Drink A Beer Luke Bryan 95 Good Girl Carrie Underwood 94 Crazy Girl Eli Young Band 93 You Chris Young 92 You Don't Know Her Like I Do Brantley Gilbert 91 Even If It Breaks Your Heart Eli Young Band 90 Keep Me In Mind Zac Brown Band 89 Lover, Lover Jerrod Niemann 88 Alone With You Jake Owen 87 Here For A Good Time George Strait 86 Did It For The Girl Greg Bates 85 19-You and Me Dan & Shay 84 Something Bout A Truck Kip Moore 83 Drunk On You Luke Bryan 82 Helluva Life Frankie Ballard 81 Oh, Tonight Josh Abbott Band 80 Somewhere With You Kenny Chesney 79 Fly Over States Jason Aldean 78 Toes Zac Brown Band 77 Take A Back Road Rodney Atkins 76 When I See This Bar Kenny Chesney 75 I Don't Want This Night To End Luke Bryan 74 As She's Walking Away Zac Brown Band 73 Angel Eyes Love and Theft 72 (Kissed You) Good Night Gloriana 71 Honey Bee Blake Shelton 70 Drink To That All Night Jerrod Niemann 69 Wanted Hunter Hayes 68 When She Says Baby Jason Aldean 67 Better Dig Two The Band Perry 66 Barefoot Blue Jean Night Jake Owen 65 Take A Little Ride Jason Aldean 64 Whatever She's Got David Nail 63 The Only Way I Know Jason Aldean 62 That Girl Kevin Fowler 61 Springsteen Eric Church 60 Goodbye In Her Eyes Zac Brown Band 59 The One That Got Away Jake Owen 58 Friday Night Eric Paslay 57 Merry Go Round Kacey Musgraves 56 Compass Lady Antebellum 55 I Can Take It From There Chris Young 54 Sweet Annie Zac Brown Band 53 Hard To Love Lee Brice 52 Cruise Florida Georgia Line 51 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Luke Bryan 50 Sunny And 75 Joe Nichols 49 Blowin Smoke Kacey Musgraves 48 Could It Be Charlie Worsham 47 Carolina Parmalee 46 Til My Last Day Justin Moore 45 Beer Money Kip Moore 44 Wasting All These Tears Cassadee Pope 43 Crying On A Suitcase Casey James 42 How Country Feels Randy Houser 41 Don't Let Me Be Lonely The Band Perry 40 Southern Girl Tim McGraw 39 Two Black Cadillacs Carrie Underwood 38 One Of Those Nights Tim McGraw 37 Stay Florida Georgia Line 36 Like Jesus Does Eric Church 35 Red Taylor Swift 34 Aw Naw Chris Young 33 Chillin It Cole Swindell 32 Radio Darius Rucker 31 I Drive Your Truck Lee Brice 30 Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain Gary Allan 29 Point At You Justin Moore 28 Anywhere With You Jake Owen 27 Sure Be Cool If You Did Blake Shelton 26 Jump Right In Zac Brown Band 25 Redneck Crazy Tyler Farr 24 Mine Would Be You Blake Shelton 23 Runnin' Out Of Moonlight Randy Houser 22 Somebody's Heartbreak Hunter Hayes 21 Boys Round Here Blake Shelton 20 Don't Ya Brett Eldridge 19 Thats My Kind Of Night Luke Bryan 18 See You Again Carrie Underwood 17 I Want Crazy Hunter Hayes 16 A Little Bit Of Everything Keith Urban 15 More Than Miles Brantley Gilbert 14 If I Didn't Have You Thompson Square 13 Drunk Last Night Eli Young Band 12 Crash My Party Luke Bryan 11 Get Your Shine On Florida Georgia Line 10 All Over The Road Easton Corbin 9 Wagon Wheel Darius Rucker 8 Night Train Jason Aldean 7 Hey Girl Billy Currington 6 It Goes Like This Thomas Rhett 5 Highway Don't Care Tim McGraw 4 Hey Pretty Girl Kip Moore 3 Round Here Florida Georgia Line 2 Mama's Broken Heart Miranda Lambert 1 Give It All We Got Tonight George Strait
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