Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kaiya, his Rescue Dog

Benjamin Netanyahu & Kaiya

Prime Minister Netanyahu & Kaiya

This photograph of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his dog Kaiya was posted on his Facebook page today, with this comment:

How much light Kaiya has brought into our home! If you are thinking of getting a canine, find an adult dog to rescue. You won’t regret it!

The 10-year old dog was adopted by the Netanyahu family last month, when the prime minister’s son Avner learned she was going to be put down if she didn’t find a home.


GWB’s Beloved Miss Beazley, RIP

President George W. Bush and Laura Bush are saddened by the loss of Miss Beazley, who had battled lymphoma. The announcment was made on social media on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Miss Beazley was born in October 2004. She was 9-1/2 years old. Her companion and blood relative, Barney, also succumbed to lymphoma in 2012, at the age of 12-1/2.

GWB & Miss Beazely

President George W. Bush & Miss Beazley
White House photo by Eric Draper

This weekend our beloved dog, Miss Beazley, was put to rest after a battle with lymphoma. She was a source of joy during our time in Washington and in Dallas. She was a close companion to her blood relative, Barney. And even though he received all the attention, Beazley never held a grudge against him. She was a guardian to our cats, Bob and Bernadette, who — like Laura and I — will miss her.

President George W. Bush & Miss Beazley

President George W. Bush & Miss Beazley
White House photo by Eric Draper

Miss Beazley 2004-2014

Miss Beazley (2004-2014)
White House photo by Kimberlee Hewitt


Rottweiler and Westie Puppies = Wotties!

Some time last May, in North Grimston, North Yorkshire, England, a little West Highland terrier named Joey got with a Rottweiler named Zara, who is more than twice his size, resulting an unusual litter of puppies, born on July 11, 2013.



Joey’s reproducing days are numbered, however. His owner, Teresa Patterson, says he is going to be neutered.

See also:

Rottweiler and Westie have puppies, called Wotties [BBC Newsbeat; Dec 5, 2013]


Everybody Loved Elwood

Elwood Chinese Crested Chihuahua


Elwood died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013. The mixed-breed Chinese Crested and Chihuahua gained notoriety in 2007, when he was crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog in the Sonoma, California canine pageant. He was eight years old.

In 2005, Elwood was nearly euthanized, because he was determined to be too ugly to sell. A friend of the breeder rescued the puppy, and he was adopted by Karen Quigley when he was nine months old.

The World’s Ugliest Dog was arguably also the world’s most beloved dog. He appeared at more than 200 fundraisers, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for animal rescue organizations.

RIP, little buddy.

See also:
‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ Elwood dies in New Jersey [Reuters; Dec 2, 2013]
The Fabulous Life of Elwood


NYC Marathon Victories

The 2013 New York City Marathon was a sweep for the Kenyans, as Geoffrey Mutai, 32, placed first at 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds. Priscah Jeptoo, 29, was the winner of the women’s race with a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 7 seconds. It was also a triumph for the men and women of the New York City Police Department, who kept 47,000 runners and thousands of onlookers safe.

This year’s enhanced security included 43 bomb-sniffing dogs, police scuba divers and surveillance helicopters.

NYPD Bomb-Sniffing Dog

NYPD Bomb-Sniffing Dog

See Also:
Scuba divers, bomb-sniffing dogs safeguard route at NYC Marathon [Yahoo News/Reuters; Nov 2, 2013]

Mutai, Jeptoo win New York Marathon titles [Yahoo News/AFP; Nov 3, 2013]


It’s Official: Norman the Scooter Dog Sets a World Record!

Norman, a three-year-old French Sheepdog from Canton, Georgia, has been mistaken for a large boy in a dog suit. But this dog is all canine, and he loves riding a scooter.

In Marietta, Georgia, on July 12, 2013, Norman broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest dog on a scooter by riding 30 meters unassisted in 20.75 seconds, comfortably breaking the old record of 30 seconds.

Further Information:
Four legs good… four wheels better! Norman the dog sets clinches the world record for fastest canine on a scooter (UK Daily Mail; July 13, 2013)

Norman the Scooter Dog (Official Web Site)


FDNY Rescues Dog from Window Ledge in Brooklyn

My apartment in Manhattan was laid out like train cars. It had a small narrow living room in front, behind it was a tiny bedroom, and just behind that was the galley kitchen. The advantage to being on the ground floor was that we had a patch of open space beyond the kitchen, accessible by crawling out of a low window. The window was secured with a burglar gate.

We had no air conditioning, so one summer day, before leaving for work in the morning, I opened the kitchen window just a bit, so that my Samoyed would have the benefit of whatever breeze there might have been. The burglar gate was locked securely.

While I was gone, the dog squeezed himself out under the burglar gate and through the narrow gap between the open window and the sill. Not only did he find a way to get out of the backyard, but he proceeded to go around the corner to the hardware store, where I’m told he relieved himself. Fortunately, the owner of the hardware store was not only a very nice man, he was also my landlord. The dog was actually back in my apartment before I even returned home from work that day. My first clue of the adventure that took place in my absence was the tilted fish bowl and the scraps of white fur stuck in the burglar gate.

Like the Samoyed, the Chow dog has a mass of fur that makes him appear deceptively large. On July 11, 2013, a Chow in Brooklyn wiggled under a child guard, out a window, to find himself trapped on a second-story ledge. He was unable to wiggle back in to safety. Thanks to a patient New York Fire Department communications worker, the dog was rescued from his precarious perch.

The whole incident was caught on video by Brooklyn resident James Morgan, who was walking home when he noticed the dog stuck on the ledge.

Further information:
VIDEO: FDNY rescues dog stuck on a Brooklyn window ledge (NY Daily News; July 13, 2013)
The chow was trapped outside a second-floor apartment in Carroll Gardens on Thursday, and an FDNY communications worker in a bucket truck was able to transport it to safety.