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Michael Jackson's pet monkey Bubbles, pines for the star

The ape was a constant companion to the singer in the 1980s but had to be given up when he became too big and aggressive to have around Michael Jackson’s young family.

However, Jackson is reported to have regularly visited him at his new home at an animal sanctuary in north Los Angeles, where he is still alive and well, aged 26.
Michael Jacksons pet chimp Bubbles
Bob Dunn, an animal trainer who looks after the chimpanzee, said: “Bubbles definitely missed him when they parted and will miss him now.

“Chimpanzees are intelligent. They remember people and stuff.
Bubbles and Michael were close friends and playmates.

“The last time Michael visited, Bubbles definitely recognised and remembered him.”

Mr Dunn told the News of the World that the singer thought of Bubbles as his “first child” and brought his three children to see the pet.

The trainer added that he hoped the children would keep in touch with their “stepbrother”, following their father’s death.

Mr Dunn said the chimpanzee had mostly lived with him even when he was Jackson’s pet. He added: “I even taught Bubbles to Moonwalk.”

During the 1980s, Jackson and Bubbles would wear identical clothing and often eat at the same table. According to reports, in 2003, the chimpanzee tried to commit suicide.

From the Telegraph

Worlds ugliest Dog contest!

And the winner is...........................


What your pet's name says about you

From ABCActionnews

Our furry friends are becoming more like family members, according to an Associated poll of more than 1,000 pet owners.

The poll found that almost half of American pet owners gave an animal a human-like name, such as Jack or Sophie.  Max was one of the more popular pet names, although there w
pet namesere still many unusual pet names.  Among the more interesting pet names were cats named "Hollywood" and "Chichi Mittens" and the dog "Jibber Jack."

The move away from more classic dog names, such as Spot, and the use of more human names is part of a trend that reflects the stronger bond between people and their pets, experts said.

The poll found many other indications of the integration of pets into the household:

  • Half of pet owners said that their pet is just as much a part of the family as any other person in the household.
  • 30 percent of pet owners said they share the bed with their pet.
  • Almost 20 percent of pet owners have bought an outfit for their pet and 43 percent say their pet has its own sense of style.
  • A pet’s birthday is a celebration for almost 30 percent of pet owners.
  • 42 percent of pet owners have taken a pet on vacation and 35 percent have included a pet in a family portrait.
  • More than 30 percent of pet owners have included their pet in a holiday card.
  • Pets have gone to work with 17 percent of pet owners.

What do you think of the survey results?  Do you think people go to far with treating their pets like people?  Or do you think your Max or Jack or Sophie is as much a part of your family as your spouse or your kids?  Post a comment!

Petplan launches the first ever National ‘Petrait’ Gallery to smash a Guinness World Record

When the sun is shining and your horse is gleaming it’s an ideal time to take a photo. Now, horse owners around the world, have the once in a lifetime opportunity to share their beloved pony pics in the nation’s first ever National Petrait Gallery at

The National Petrait Gallery is the brainchild of Petplan and Petplan Equine, the UK’s largest pet and equine insurance providers who want to celebrate Britain’s status as a nation of animal lovers.  It is also a Guinness World Record attempt to create the largest pet photo exhibition in the world.  Visitors are able to upload photos of their horses and other animal friends, view the entire gallery, manage their own pet album, and purchase a range of merchandise, such as mugs, T-shirts, photo gifts and much more with their pets’ photo printed on them.  10 percent of the proceeds of this purchase will be donated to the Petplan Charitable Trust. 

The culmination of the campaign will be a huge exhibition, open to the public, of every single animal photo that has been uploaded to the site.  A Guinness World Record official will be present at the exhibition to verify whether a new world record has been set.  To break the current record of the largest photo exhibition, Petplan will need to collect and print in excess of 138,355 pet photos. 

Alison Andrew, Petplan Equine’s Marketing Thoroughbred explains the gallery: “We know that horses and other pets play very special roles in the lives of our customers.  Over the years, we have received thousands of letters and photos from policyholders detailing how important their animals are, how they make them laugh, how they have provided real companionship and, in some cases, how they have even saved a life.  We wanted to find a unique way to capture how strongly people feel about their animals.”

To be part of this world record attempt, simply visit and upload as many different pony and pet pictures as possible to help Petplan break the Guinness World Record!

Check the website regularly for competitions and other mare-vellous activities!

Pet Industry expected to grow!
Sourced from the LA Times

While the rest of the economy goes to the dogs, pet-centered businesses are still riding high, according to new research.

The pet industry is expected to generate $51.6 billion this year -- 1.3% more than in 2008, according to Los Angeles-based research firm IBISWorld. Even the number of cats and dogs as pets is expected to increase this year, by 2.4% to 169 million.

The veterinary services sector is branching into a wider range of services, offering chiropractics, ophthalmology, dentistry and dermatology, among others. Researchers anticipate that the segment will grow at an average annual rate of 4.3% over the next five years and pull in $22.3 billion this year alone in revenue.

Pet food producers also will grow steadily, making $15.2 billion this year as they experiment with natural and organic products. Demand for premium pet foods, with more owners asking for breed-specific brands and diet ideas, is helping to bolster the section.

Revenue from food, supplies and medicine will help pet stores earn $11.45 billion, with a minor contribution from sales of live animals as controversy builds over puppy mills and an increasing number of homeless animals ending up in shelters.

Pet grooming and boarding businesses will attract $2.69 billion in business in 2009, IBISWorld said.

A great little book - A practicle guide too impracticle pets
This authoritative one-volume compendium deals with pets of all kinds: mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, and even insects. It covers such topics as creating a suitable habitat, nutrition, parasite control, breeding, keeping, and general husbandry. In addition, animal lovers will learn many useful and interesting things, including how not to kill their pets with kindness. Overfeeding, underdisciplining, and other forms of mistreatment brought about through ignorance of the animals real needs are discussed as well. Barbara Burn is a realist who divides pets into three categories: easy, difficult, and impossible. With grace and wit, she alerts animal lovers to what they can tolerateand what can tolerate them. Barbara Burn is the widow of Emil Dolensek, D.V.M., who was for many years the chief veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo.
Pet owners offered recession-busting tips
Animal lovers struggling to cope with the impact of the recession have been offered a number of tips to ensure their beloved pets are not among those to suffer.

Pet insurance, health care and food costs can be a burden for many owners, but one veterinary expert in the north of England is taking steps to help people become more savvy.


Graham Chambers, senior partner at Tyneside veterinary practice Blythman and Partners, said buying food in bulk or downgrading to cheaper products can help owners save a packet when it comes to spending money on their pets.

He added that dogs will be just as happy with homemade toys and straightforward tennis balls rather than the latest pricey dog chew - although pet insurance is one area where owners should not cut back.

Mr Chambers told the Chronicle Live: "Pet insurance is especially important in a recession as people find it difficult to pay for sudden, unexpected veterinary bills."

This comes after pet health care company advised owners this week to ensure their pets have insurance cover and are up to date with vaccinations to avoid any unexpected costs in the future.

Animal Friends Pet Insurance are specialist pet insurers who have been insuring Dogs and Cats in the UK since 1999, we are your first choice for Ethical Insurance.
Paris Hilton's pampered pets get new 'doggy mansion'
Pet insurance customers may struggle to say no to their canine companions, but one celebrity owner admits she may take things a little too far when it comes to spoiling her beloved dogs.Paris hilton with her dog

Socialite Paris Hilton is famed for her designer outfits and frivolous lifestyle - and it seems her pampered pooches also enjoy a life of luxury.

According to the Daily Mail, the hotel heiress has designed her very own "mini doggy mansion" - a miniature version of her own Beverly Hills home - exclusively for her 13 dogs.

The high-class kennel comes complete with air conditioning, a spiral staircase and a wardrobe for the dog's designer coats, and includes downsized versions of Ms Hilton's own furniture.

Writing on her Twitter page, the 28-year-old said: "I have to admit, I may have spoiled them a little too much. But how can I not? Just look at those sweet lil' faces."

The pampered pets are no doubt settling in well in the kennel, but they could soon be whisked away from the comfort of their new home as Ms Hilton plans a three-week trip to Dubai to shoot the latest series of her TV show Paris Hilton's My New BFF.

Animal Friends Pet Insurance are specialist pet insurers who have been insuring Dogs and Cats in the UK since 1999, we are your first choice for Ethical Insurance.
Paw Nation's Poll for Pet Lovers
Last month, Paw Nation polled their favorite animal lovers on everything from their favorite celebrity pets to how much money they spend on their pets each month. The pet lovers spoke and the results are in. Here are some of our favorite findings: Jennifer Aniston, trusted pet sitter

- 49%
of pet lovers think pet weddings are absolutely ridiculous

- 70% of pet lovers trust Jennifer Aniston to watch their favorite four-legged friends

- 39% of pet lovers choose Lassie as their favorite celeb animal

- 44% of pet lovers spend less than $50 on their pet a month

Be sure to get your paws on the rest of the results.

View Full Article here!
Obama's dog attacks press!
That'll teach them!

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