The death of three dogs lead to the Japanese involvement in World War II.
While declining tax revenues and increasing costs mean that many municipalities have slashed spending on quality-of-life programs for people, domesticated canines fared quite well: The number of dog parks in the country’s 100 most populous cities surged from 353 in 2008 to 617 in 2013, according to new data provided to Newsweek.
“It’s just growing by leaps and bounds,” Peter Harnik, who directs the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence and compiled these statistics, told Newsweek.
There has been a steady increase in these recreation areas since Berkeley, California’s Ohlone Dog Park (billed as the world’s first) opened in 1979, but this recent surge reflects a shift in American attitudes about canines, who are often perceived as members of the family rather than mere pets.
The latest U.S. Census figures indicate that more households have dogs than kids – 43 million compared to 38 million, respectively– and the American Pet Products Association estimates that spending on pets hit at least $55 billion in 2013, a 4.1 percent increase from 2012.
Says Harnick: “It’s becoming like France.” [The rest of the story.]
Beagle-boxer-basset mix Walle was the victor at the 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog competition, but compared to past victors, many are skeptical that he is really the world’s ugliest dog. I mean, come on. He’s kinda cute! Those other two though…
Found dogs in Moore, OK
This is Myrtle. Myrtle is still missing. If you just so happen to live in New York City and have a spare hour this evening, perhaps consider joining tonight’s Find Myrtle-a-thon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn? Myrtle is a 6 lb, black chihuahua rescue that went missing on Oct 6th, and her human very much wants to wrap her up in a big blanket and “kiss her baby seal head.” We want this story to end that way too. Stay tuned here for updates. Reblog to signal boost.
Take that escaliers!
Go, dude. GO!
CUTE. Betty White met Bo the dog during her visit to the White House today. The 90-year-old actress also got to meet President Obama and see the Oval Office. White is in Washington to give a speech at the Smithsonian Institute.
(Via CBS NEWS)
Reblogging for history.
Andrew Sullivan and Uggie the dog (from The Artist) k-i-s-s-i-n-g at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.