Entries in Dog (7)


Miley Cyrus Debuts Her New Dog

Twitter/MileyCyrus(LOS ANGELES) -- Miley Cyrus has a new pooch. The actress shared photos on Twitter of a new puppy she adopted on Thursday.

"Bean is a little girl :) she is a chihuahua mix of some type :) she brought so much sunshine!!!" the 20-year-old tweeted.

In December 2012, Cyrus was heartbroken after her Yorkie mix Lila died following an incident with her other dog, Ziggy.

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Michael Vick a Dog Owner Again

Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Is Michael Vick going to get dogged about the latest addition to his family?

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, who served nearly two years in jail for running an illegal dog fighting operation in which numerous canines were brutally killed, is admitting that he and his family own a new dog.

In a statement released by his PR firm, Vick said, "I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet.  As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals.  I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God's creatures with kindness and respect."

While Vick has completed his probation and is allowed to own a pet, many animal lovers still have not forgiven him for running the dog fighting ring or the way some of the dogs were killed if they failed to win their death matches.

However, since being released from prison and returning to football, Vick has been an outspoken advocate of animal rights, visiting schools and giving speeches to promote the cause.

Questions were first raised last week about Vick owning a dog when he tweeted a picture of himself and his daughter with a box of dog biscuits in the corner of the photo.

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Harry Potter Dog ‘Padfoot’ Needs New Home

German Shepherd Rescue(LONDON) -- Berry, the 10-year-old black German Shepherd that played Padfoot in the Harry Potter movies, is up for adoption, and the requests are streaming in, many from the U.S.

His owner, stuntman and trainer Paul Thompson, gave Berry to England’s German Shepherd Rescue in July along with a white 13-year-old German Shepherd named Porridge. The two dogs, who grew up together, must be adopted as a pair.

“[Berry] was given up for rescue because the gentleman couldn’t afford to keep him anymore and his companion,” said Jane O’Brien, who fields inquiries for German Shepherd Rescue. The two dogs were immediately put into a safe foster home but now need a permanent place to live.

On the organization’s website, Berry’s bio reads: “My Dad contacted German Shepherd Dog Rescue because he realized he didn’t have the time to look after us properly anymore. His work takes him away from home an awful lot and whilst his friends and family tried to help look after us, we weren’t getting the walks or brushes we were used to.”

“They’re very classy animals,” O’Brien said of Berry and his pal Porridge. “Very quiet, well-behaved.”

Ever since the U.K.’s Sunday Express first publicized the dogs’ plight, O’Brien said, “Berry has been offered so many homes it’s unbelievable.”

Lizzy Brown, one of the organization’s dog coordinators, estimates at least 100 people have offered to take the dogs so far, many of them from the United States.

But it’s more likely this pair will find a home in the U.K.

“At their age we wouldn’t consider shipping them overseas,” Brown said.

Both pooches have a condition called chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy, or CDRM, which makes it difficult for them to walk, but “Berry’s not nearly as bad,” said Brown. “He just needs to build his muscle up and lose some weight.”

German Shepherd Rescue currently has 400 unpaid volunteers throughout the U.K., and at least 150 dogs looking for loving homes. Those interested in adopting can visit the website and fill out an adoption form.

For Berry, Porridge and all the German Shepherds available for adoption, there are a few criteria that must be met before the rescue agency approves the dog’s new family:

  • The dogs may not live with children under 7 years old.
  • No apartments.
  • The dogs should not be in any situation where they are left for more than four hours on their own, because the breed is subject to anxiety.

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Man Sues Steven Seagal for Allegedly Killing Puppy

Matthew Simmons/WireImage(PHOENIX) -- What do you do when your dog dies after Steven Seagal drops by? If you’re an Arizona man who just saw the Hollywood action star drive a tank into your home, you sue.

Jesus Llovera wants $25,000 and a written apology from Seagal for killing his puppy when Seagal burst into Llovera’s Phoenix, Ariz., home (clad in camo, no less) to hunt down an alleged illegal cockfighting ring. The March raid was part of an episode of Seagal’s A&E reality show, Steven Seagal: Lawman.

In addition to seeking money from Seagal, Llovera wants $25,000 from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office that aided in the raid. He claims sheriff’s deputies fatally shot his family’s 11-month-old puppy when they took over his home.

The authorities beg to differ.

“That’s a fabrication. That is just a bunch of crap,” chief deputy David Trombi told ABC News’ Phoenix affiliate.

The sheriff’s office said the cockfighting case is pending, but maintained the raid was a legitimate law enforcement action. While Llovera’s bent on taking them to task, he’s willing to drop his suit against Seagal -- but only if the actor comes to his property to say sorry to him and his children.

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Dr. Phil Fights Back Against Dog Bite Lawsuit

Theo Wargo/WireImage for Turner(LOS ANGELES) -- TV's Dr. Phil McGraw is reportedly fighting back against a negligence lawsuit that claims his dog allegedly attacked and injured a former best friend.

RadarOnline reports lawyers for Dr. Phil have filed court papers seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed last month by Janet Harris on the grounds it violates an agreement to arbitrate any disputes.

Harris claims she was brutally mauled by Dr. Phil and wife Robin McGraw's dog, Maggie, a purebred Korean Jindo, at their Beverly Hills mansion without warning or provocation in late 2009.  Her lawsuit seeks compensation for medical treatment costs, general damages, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering.

Harris was a frequent guest on the Dr. Phil show as a skin care specialist. Dr. Phil's attorneys claim Harris signed an arbitration agreement in 2009 in which she agreed to resolve any and all disputes between her and Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw in "binding, confidential, private arbitration..."

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Report: Dr. Phil Being Sued for Dog Attack

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Phil and his wife Robin McGraw are being sued for negligence after their dog allegedly attacked and injured a former best friend.

RadarOnline reports that Janet Harris filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif., claiming she was brutally mauled by the McGraws' dog, Maggie, at their mansion without warning or provocation.  The report says Maggie is a purebred Korean Jindo.

In court papers, Harris claims the attack caused uncontrollable bleeding from deep puncture wounds, as well as cuts and abrasions.  Attorneys for Harris claim their client spent seven days on an IV and was prescribed steroids and antibiotics.

The lawsuit claims “The McGraws allegedly refused to provide compensation or assistance to Janet to aid with her illness, instead leaving her to deal with mounting health problems and financial burdens alone.”  The filing goes on to state, “While their former best friend suffered severe physical pain and mental anguish, the McGraws finalized the purchase of a new $29.5 million dollar Beverly Hills mansion.”

RadarOnline says the lawsuit seeks compensation for medical treatment costs, general damages, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering.

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Martha Stewart's Dog Gives Her Busted Lip

Photo Courtesy - Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Digitas(NEW YORK) -- Martha Stewart's dog gave her a not-so-lovely parting gift after the TV host tried to say goodbye to the French bulldog.

According to, Stewart says she was on the receiving end of a head butt from her dog, Francesca, after she leaned over to say goodbye to the sleeping pooch.  The impact split her lip and drew blood, a wound that needed nine stitches to close.

Stewart thinks she may have "startled" the dog.

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