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iPhone Apps For Animal Lovers

Filed under: Tech TalkPETA

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No angry birds here!

PETA has put together a list of the seven best iPhone apps for animal lovers:

Happy Cow - the world's premier online vegetarian & vegan restaurant guide is now available on the go.

BNB - is a searchable app for your iphone or ipod touch that helps you make an informed decision about cruelty-free purchasing anywhere, any time, at home or in-store.

Petfinder - where to find your new new best friend

PETA - Stay up to date on all of PETA's urgent alerts and take action to help animals, right from your mobile phone.

Animal-Free - A massive database of animal-derived ingredients, this app is sure to become a go-to resource to help you make compassionate choices every time you head to the store.

VeganXpress - This handy app will help you find vegan eats at national chains and fast-food restaurants. Perfect for the busy vegan on the go!

Animal Kill Counter - This shocking app tallies the number of animals slaughtered for food every second. It's a definite eye-opener and conversation-starter, and it's sure to be a hit with the vigilant vegan.

Best of all, most of them are free to download!

For PETA's full list of animal-friendly iPhone apps is available HERE!!

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Liv Tyler Helping Her Grandmother Write An Etiquette Book

Mind your manners

We never knew Liv Tyler was so prim and proper!

The actress is helping her grandmother, Dorothea Johnson, write a book an etiquette book called Modern Manners.

Dorothea is the founder of the Protocol School of Washington and the first expert that realized the need for professionally trained etiquette and protocol instructors.

Inneresting!

The book is being described as a "lively and approachable guide" to show that good manners help us communicate more effectively in today's digital world and should be available in 2012.

Would U read an etiquette book written by Liv Tyler? More importantly, would U even read an etiquette book period?

[Image via WENN.]

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Blind Dog Guided By Seeing Eye Dog

Filed under: ChihuahuaAdoptionDogAwwwww

If blind humans use guide dogs, whose to say a blind dog can't use one either?

Two dogs who have been turned over to Lucky Paws Animal Adoption in Albequerque, New Mexico share a special bond that the adoption agency refuses to break.

Scarlett, a Chuhuahua mix, serves as a guide dog to a blind Miniature Pinscher named Rhett.

The doggy duo were handed over to the adoption agency after their owner was no longer able to take care of them and due to their unique relationship, the agency required potential parents to adopt BOTH of them or none.

Scarlett, who has "never led him astray", wears a bell on her collar that allows her blind "brother" to follow toward food, bathroom spots, and even through doorways, which would be almost impossible otherwise for Rhett.

We're happy to report that the pair is still together after being adopted by a nurse who has experience caring for blind dogs!

Yay! We love happy endings!

Check out the video above for the full news story and to catch a glimpse of the caring canine companions in action.

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New Law: A Service Animal Can Be Dog Or Mini-Horse

Filed under: Legal MattersAnimal Rights

Mini horse / service animal

A mini-horse?

Dani Moore uses a rat perched on her shoulder as a service animal to alert her to spasms from a disabling condition. Daniel Greene's service animal is a snake wrapped around his neck to help him predict epileptic seizures.

But these creatures and many others are no longer acceptable as service animals under new federal guidelines issued March 15 by the U.S. Department of Justice for the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The new recommendations limit service animals to dogs and housebroken miniature horses. (mimi-horses?)

The law used to say a service animal could be any animal trained to do a task for an individual. The new policy allowing only dogs and the miniature horses "excludes automatically yard animals, rodents, spiders, snakes, monkeys and cats."

Service animals also now exclude animals that provide emotional support or comfort.

The DOJ says "People were putting vests on pocket pets and calling them service animals," and "Changes were needed."

A number of people with disabilities are concerned about this new law, and so are we.

Why is emotional support not a service? How is a mini-horse better than a cat?

[Image via eightandfive.com.]

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Pet Corrector!

Filed under: TrainingDogCatAmazing

Pet Corrector

Is your dog loud?

Does your dog bark incessantly?

Does your dog steal food, bite furniture, jump up on people, jump on cars, chase cars, chase other dogs or worst of all, NEVER LISTEN TO YOU?!

Here is a new training product that might work for you!

The Pet Corrector is a nozzled container of compressed air that emits a loud “HISS” sound, similar to the sounds a snake, goose or possum would make to scare off predators.

The Pet Corrector has been proven to stop unwanted behaviors in cats and dogs because domesticated pets have an instinctive sensitivity to the sound it creates.

A 50ml container sells for only $9.99 online or at most local pet retailers across the country.

While we can't guarantee this will work for your pet (who can?), if you're canine or feline is giving you trouble, we'd suggest at least giving this a try.

It even comes with a guide to teach U how to use the product to teach your dog how to FINALLY behave!

Check out some reviews for yourself here!

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Ami Ami Dogs

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Ami Ami Dogs

Do you like dogs? Do you like crochet? Do you like dogs and want to start liking crochet?!

Here's your perfect opportunity to get started or continue your passion with some seriously CUTE crochet!

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting stuffed animals which results in animals with large heads, small bodies, and super CUTENESS!

Ami Ami Dogs is the beginning of a new series of paperback guides for dog lovers that makes this Japanese art easy for any crafty person to learn.

Each guide contains detailed directions for 12 kinds of dogs, including:

Chihuahua, Welsh Corgi, Shiba, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Miniature Dachshund, Siberian Husky, Labrador Retriever, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzer, French Bulldog, Beagle, Pug

This sounds like a great activity for those rainy or snowy days! Click here to pre-order your copy today!

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Tourists Flock To Spot Komodo Dragons

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Komodo dragon habitat draws tourists

While we can't visit dinosaurs at Jurassic Park (yet), Komodo Island in Indonesia is a hot tourist spot for those brave enough to venture into the habitat of the worlds largest and most dangerous living lizard.

Komodo dragons are about 10 feet long and 150 pounds with a reputation for eating anything they can get their hands on.

One of these large lizards is known to eat up to half its weight in one meal and can and will eat a human.

Their powerful jaws are also equipped with a poisonous toxic glands that weaken its prey until defenseless.

Scary stuff!

The island, which is the world's largest habitat for these endangered creatures and home to about 2,500 dragons, is expected to have close to 40,000 tourists visit this year.

The tourists are guided through the jungle landscape by a guide armed with 18 years experience and a hefty club for good measure, who advises the group not to wander from the track and stay with the group.

Although the lizards have been known to attack humans, they primarily prefer to scavenge for rotting carcasses and are known to enjoy the taste of buffalo, deer or wild boar over humans.

Phew!

They must not be TOO dangerous because believe it or not, about 2,000 brave souls co-exist with the ancient beasts on the island as well!

We'd love to visit, but could not imagine living with the constant threat of being eaten alive!

Will U be planning your next family vacation to Komodo Island?

[Image via AP Images.]

2,500 of these creatures live on Komodo Island and it's neighboring island

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