Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Chihuahua blown away!

Tinker Bell at 8 months with family

Wind-tossed chihuahua found safe; owners credit psychic

Tinker Bell has been reunited with her owners after a 70-mph gust of wind picked up the six-pound Chihuahua.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Porterhouse Wins Drake's Bulldog Beauty Contest After Runner-up Finishes, 'Congeniality' Title

(AP) For three years, Porterhouse was so close to the title he could drool on it. Now, the Beautiful Bulldog crown is his to slobber on for the rest of the year. After two runner-up finishes and one "Mr. Congeniality" title, Porterhouse finally nabbed "top dog" honors Monday when he was crowned the winner of Drake University's annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest in downtown Des Moines.

Porterhouse, a 4-year-old brown and white bulldog from Des Moines, beat out 49 other dogs from eight states to claim the title. The event coincides with the Drake Relays, hosted for the 100th time this week by the Drake University Bulldogs.

The judges weren't looking for the prettiest mutt in the mix. No, they wanted to see drool, bloodshot eyes and bowed legs _ and costumes don't hurt either. Owners slapped tutus, blonde wigs, goggles and all kinds of wacky hats on their precious pups.

Porterhouse, who finished second in 2006 and 2007, sported camouflage and an army helmet for the occasion

Monday, April 20, 2009

The castaway dog who swam SIX miles through shark-infested waters, then survived FOUR months on a desert island

7th April 2009
When Jan Griffith's beloved dog, Sophie Tucker fell overboard from her family's yacht she feared her pet had drowned.

But Sophie Tucker, a grey and black cattle dog, wasn't going to give up that easily.

The determined pet swam six miles through ferocious shark-infested seas to an island, where she survived for more than four months by hunting wild goats for food.

The extraordinary story of the castaway hound emerged today when Miss Griffith was reunited with her beloved pet.

'I thought I'd never see her again, but she's proved to be a dog who can really look after herself,' said Miss Griffith.

Sophie Tucker, named after the American vaudeville comedian, fell overboard from the family's yacht when they ran into bad weather off the Queensland coastal town of Mackay.

Miss Griffith and her friends searched the area, putting their own lives at risk in the rough seas, but there was no sign of Sophie Tucker.

Unknown to them, the dog swam towards remote St Bees Island, a quiet volcanic strip of land fringed with reefs.

MAP Sophie Tucker swam six miles to reach St. Bees Island

video: Australian cattle dog survivor, Sophie Tucker

Sophie is happy to be home. The tropical paradise was lovely, but she had only one thing on her mind, her humans, Jane and Dave Griffith, who were on a sailing holiday in the Whitsundays when the incident occurred, they were convinced there was no way she could have survived in the choppy waters.

"We hit a rough patch and when we turned around the dog was gone," Mrs Griffith said.

BBC has video here of the special Queensland Healer. "She surprised us all," said owner Jan Griffith. "She was a house dog and look what she's done, she has swum over five nautical miles, she has managed to live off the land all on her own. We wish she could talk, we truly do."

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