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Move over 'America's Next Top Model.' Here's America’s Top Dog Model

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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.

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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.

Thousands of pounds of snow shipped to Alaska for Iditarod dog sled race

This video includes clips from Alaska Dispatch News and Discovery and images from Getty Images.

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Officials in Anchorage, Alaska, have combated an unusually low amount of snowfall with an effective solution. 

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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. 

Watch: Bed-making pitbull has a new family

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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.

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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.

Blind dog in spotlight at Iditarod

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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.   

K95.5 at MuttOberfest 2014

K95 was out on Sunday, October 26th, to help the Humane Society of Tulsa adopt some special dogs. Muttoberfest was a great event and Cash and Carey where there to share in the fun. Many of the dogs at the event where from MuttNation, a foundation set up by country superstar Miranda Lambert. Lambert stopped by to meet fans and even walk a few dogs. 

While Muttoberfest was a one day event, the Humane Society of Tulsa always has dogs that need a good home. Visit their website at tulsapets.com where you can view all the dogs and cats available from the Human Society of Tulsa. If you see a dog or cat you are interested in, you can always call the shelter at 918-495-3647 and they will be happy to help you through the adoption process. 

Check out the MuttOberfest gallery for lots of great photos from the event. 

Labapalooza at Guthrie Green

Lab Rescue is celebrating the 14th annual Labapalooza on October 11th from 10am-2pm at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa. There will be plenty of fun, games, food for all breeds of dogs and their human companions.  We have also invited several other rescue groups to participate. In addition, we will host pet contests, raffles, a silent auction, and more!

Lab Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue abandoned and homeless Labradors, encourage pet population control, and help educate and promote responsible pet ownership.

 Last year we rescued over 100 dogs and this year we have already exceeded that many rescues. In order to help offset some of the costs needed to achieve our mission, each year we host our Labapalooza fundraising event.  Funds raised at Labapalooza help with medical expenses, food, shelter fees, boarding costs, and any other costs associated with rescuing the dogs. These expenses can easily reach over $45,000 a year.

SponsorsIf you are interested in being a sponsor for this event, there are several different types of sponsorships available. Information about participating in this event is included in this packet. Please complete and return the Sponsor/Vendor Application as well as the Terms and Conditions forms by September 21st to secure your booth space.

DonationsPlease also consider donating funds, and/or silent auction and raffle items.  Any donation is greatly appreciated and welcomed.

Lab Rescue is funded solely by donations. Without the sponsors, donors, animal lovers and advocates like you, we would be unable to help the hundreds of beautiful loving dogs we place in happy forever homes every year.

If you have any questions or need additional information, you can email labapalooza2014@gmail.com or contact Beth Stafford @ 405-207-7650.

Dogtober Fest 2014

Dogtober Fest will be Sunday, October 12 from 1pm - 5pm at the Village Vet Animal Clinic Parking Lot (NE Corner 81st & 145th)Broken Arrow, OK  74012.Dogtober Fest is the place for families and family pets. Everyone will enjoy the cool pet products, contests, entertainment, Vet advice and adoption opportunities. Shop the unique items from local vendors, enter your furry friend in the fun "talent" contests, pet exotic animals and jump in all the inflatables. The event benefits N.O.A.H. and Cupid's Bridge Animal Rescue.It is FREE and open to all pet lovers and pets. Sunday afternoon, October 12th from 1pm - 5pm. So bring your pets out and enjoy Party AllStars, inflatables, and a menagerie of animals from Safari Joe's.

For more information visit villagevetanimalclinic.com/dogtoberfest.asp

Bark Walk and Pet Fest

5th Annual Bark Walk and Pet Fest

Saturday, April 26th

Washington Irving Park in Bixby

The Boxer Rescue of Oklahoma, presents the 5th Annual Bark Walk and Pet Fest!

This fun-filled family fundraiser, now in its fifth year, will feature a 1 mile walk through the beautiful Washington Irving Park in Bixby. There will be plenty of water, food, and fun for pets and their human companions. All breeds are welcome!

Our day begins with registration at 9:00am at the parking lot for registration of walkers, then at 10:00am the Bark Walk participants will walk along the trail and circle back to the area where we will host a Pet Fest from 10:30am to 3:00pm. This is the fifth year of the Bark Walk, we are anticipating attendance of over 3,000 visitors!  We will have adoptions, $20 microchipping,  pet contests, raffles, training tips and more!

Registration is $30 (includes a walker, 1 dog and 1 t-shirt); $40 (includes 2 dogs and 1 t-shirt), additional t-shirts can be purchased for $15. More than 1 person can walk for free with a dog that is registered, such as a whole family or friends who just want to walk along side a registered walker. If you reach pledges that cover the registration fee, then registration is FREE to you! So remember to get pledges and turn them in at registration.

The person who raises the most pledges receives a great prize! ALL pledges must be turned in at registration to receive credit.

Walk begins at 10:00am and the PetFest (which is free to attend) is from 10:30am - 3:00pm

For details click HERE

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