In an effort to show further commitment to their relationship, singer Nick Lachey and his main squeeze, Vanessa Minnillo, recently adopted a Husky from a local animal shelter.
The couple, who have been doing great following a brief split last year, picked up 1-year-old Siberian Husky, Kona, when they spotted the dog at a roadside adoption event in Los Angeles, California, according to PeoplePets.com.
Lachey has had previous experience with the breed, growing up with a Husky of his own, which is what sealed the deal when it came time to decide whether or not to add a furry friend to their family.
"I was driving down Ventura and we saw rescue dogs on the side of the road," the singer told the news provider. "Vanessa was with me – I don’t make those kinds of decisions alone anymore – but since I grew up with a Husky, I couldn’t resist."
Now Lachey is anxious to shower the dog with attention and pet care, joking that since he announced the adoption to the media, he has no choice but to keep the new pup.
Chatroulette.com has become an international phenomenon where individuals are paired at random and communicate through a webcam. While this has largely been a human pastime, one Brooklyn-based cat is getting in on the action, and has entertained more than 70,000 people.
Becca Laurie and Andy Silva launched Catroulette, which is a site dedicated to screen shots of their beloved cat, Duck, who has been entertaining users on Chatroulette by either playing with toys or doing tricks, according to CNET.com.
Users can click to see Duck’s owners providing her with pet care and playing with her to get a response.
"Once we discovered Chatroulette, we were intrigued, but we didn’t want to get in front of the camera ourselves," Laurie told the news provider. "Almost immediately, we made the connection – not only that chat equals cat in French [but that] since Duck entertains us every night, we thought we would see if she could entertain people on Chatroulette."
Duck has been getting a lot of media attention. Perez Hilton has taken to Twitter to talk about the feline, and website BoingBoing.net has featured Duck’s story.
An overweight cat recently caused a disruption during an airport security screening when it became stuck underneath a bomb detector during early morning rush hour.
A woman, her daughter and cat were headed to Florida out of Newark Airport in New Jersey when the 25-pound feline was removed from its carrying case to be scanned, according NJ.com. The cat became frightened and lodged itself under a bomb detecting device, causing the checkpoint to stop operation.
Travelers were escorted to another x-ray machine while the Port Authority police used a hydraulic device to lift the machinery. More than 20 minutes later, the cat was returned to its owners in good cat health, unfortunately, the travelers missed their flight because of the commotion.
The unidentified owner was said to be stressed out, according to witnesses, but she was grateful when authorities were able to recover the cat and return him safely.
As the cat was unharmed and in no need of additional pet care, and the family had plans to try to catch another flight later on in the day.
A couple from Stuart, Virginia, had feared the worst when they noticed their German shepherd, Deacon, had gone missing.
The canine had not been seen since December, and Pamela Holt said she had figured her dog must have died, according to Fox News. However, Deacon had wandered way past the neighborhood, ending up more than 600 miles away in DeLand, Florida.
It’s not known exactly how Deacon ended up in the Sunshine State. Animal control officers picked the dog up and saw that he had a microchip. After scanning the device, an officer called the Holt’s to tell them he had found their dog.
Holt believed that it was just someone playing a cruel joke on her.
"I said ‘What a mean trick,’" Holt told the Daytona Beach News-Journal."My husband and I had grieved and had moved on. We had decided we were not going to get any more dogs."
But once the officer convinced Holt that Deacon was alive and in good dog health, she and her husband drove to Florida to be reunited with their beloved pup.
For many individuals, owning a pet can provide a sense of comfort and companionship. However, there are some people out there who are not able to care for a pet because of a mental or physical illness.
One organization is looking to give those who desire a furry friend but cannot keep one on their own the chance to play with animals through a pet therapy program, according to AikenStandard.com.
The Aiken SPCA Pet Therapy program pairs shelter animals with individuals who are either too old to take care of a pet or have mental or physical impairments that do not allow them to care for other living things.
The participants get to visit with the animals and bestow affection and pet care. In return, the pets offer a sense of comfort for someone who may otherwise be lonely.
Pet therapy programs have become more common throughout the country. Several senior citizen homes and rehabilitation facilities offer a similar program to give companionship to patients who may not have many visitors.