Talk about an attentive boyfriend! Orlando Bloom was seen carrying a Yorshire Terrier, or Yorkie, that belonged to his girlfriend, Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr.
The dog, Frankie accompanied Bloom to the set of his new film, The Good Doctor, according to PeoplePets.com, and the actor was seen strolling around the set with the portable pup.
It’s reported that Bloom is dog sitting while his girlfriend is in Australia for work. Although the actor would set the dog down when he was filming, he was seen walking to the beach with Frankie safely tucked under one arm.
Kerr is usually seen toting Frankie on various shopping trips and out and about on errands. It’s pretty clear that she adores the small dog, and instills the importance of proper pet care and nurturing on her famous boyfriend as well.
With their small stature, Yorkies are incredibly portable dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, the petite pups should never exceed seven pounds, as it could be detrimental to their dog health.
Although dogs and cats are the typical choice when it comes to household pets, the Alaska Board of Game recently passed a law that will allow some wild animals, such as certain wild cats, to be kept as pets.
However, other animals such as chimpanzees, finches and sloths were taken off the list, according to The Washington Post. The board explains they’re trying to keep their own wildlife intact, and not disrupt the environment with other animals that do not usually live in the area.
Hybrid cats were added to the list, as many people do not consider them to be wild animals, but rather household pets.
"They are such a neat breed of cat," Michelle Schwoch, who breeds Savannah cats, told the news provider. "They will go for walks, and play fetch and love toys. Not only are they cool-looking but they are nice, sweet cats that really bond with their owners."
No matter what kind of animal you have for a pet, it’s always important to treat them with proper pet care to ensure they’re happy and healthy.
A dog groomer from northeastern Pennsylvania was recently convicted with a misdemeanor of animal cruelty after she pierced the necks and ears of cats to sell them online as gothic kittens.
Animal rescuers took several kittens and one cat out of Holly Crawford’s home in December 2008 on suspicions of animal cruelty, according to the Washington Post. Her defensive team suggested that parents are allowed to pierce their child’s ears at a young age and it’s discriminatory to not let cat owners do the same.
The defense also argued that the same animal rights groups that tried to bring the case to trial were in favor of spaying or neutering pets, which involves the cutting of the testicles or removing the ovaries. However, a jury did not buy in to these excuses and convicted Crawford for proving poor pet care.
If the piercings were not enough to suggest animal cruelty, The Daily Mail also reports that at least one kitten was found with an elastic band tied to its tail in attempt to make it fall off.
In an effort to stop the puppy mill epidemic, in which dogs arrive at pet stores in poor dog health because of abuse and neglect, city council members in West Hollywood, California, are looking to mandate a law ordering that pet stores can only sell pets from shelters.
Lawmakers and animal activists believe that this law will send a message to puppy suppliers who treat their animals cruelly, according to USA Today.
This movement "will send a strong message to abusive commercial breeders all over the nation," Carole Davis of Companion Animal Protections Society (CAPS), told the news provider.
The council appeared to have agreed, and passed the bill. Animal activists said they believe that this is the first step in putting the puppy mills out of business, as there will no longer be a market.
Animal rescuers also believe that this could help with the overcrowding in the area’s shelters. California is facing a severe problem with overcrowded pounds, which can sometimes result in some animals being euthanized.
While some paralyzed pets may be euthanized as owners feel they should be put out of their misery, Alyna the rabbit, who was born paralyzed from the waist down, is providing a sense of comfort to children in an Israeli hospital’s rehabilitation center.
The rabbit was found in a local shelter and taken to ALYN children’s hospital, where it was fitted with a state-of-the-art brace, according to PeoplePets.com. The children then play with and provide pet care to Alyna to make them feel better about their own disabilities.
"They can put the brace on the rabbit, and see the difference in movement when she’s in or out of it," hospital executive director, Cathy Lanyard, told the news provider. "In turn, it takes away their fear, and makes it a lot of fun. Instead of the discomfort, they feel the mobility."
Several therapists believe that pet therapy works by providing patients with a sense of comfort as they go through a traumatic time. Many hospitals and nursing homes have pet therapy programs to help their patients.