All eyes are on Sochi as the Olympics begin. But much has been said about Sochi's dogs in the days leading up to the big event. Sochi has hired a company to kill the massive amounts of homeless dogs that wander the streets in an effort to clean up the streets for the Olympics, reports The Boston Globe. The Globe reports that at least 5,000 to 7,000 dogs have been killed.
This has prompted journalists and animal rights activists to point their cameras down at the dogs in an effort to raise awareness of their plight. Here are some of the dog photos that have been shared on Twitter.
My first Sochi dog and I hope not the last. pic.twitter.com/oOjlWir2sf— christie blatchford (@blatchkiki) February 3, 2014
Medford native Maria Menounos tweeted this photo today. She's hugging her rescue dog, Winnie. She writes "Me & Winnie r #bestbuds. If ur a dog lover, watch @Budwesier's #SuperBowl commercial #bestbuds"
She is referring to the much talked about 'Puppy Love' commercial. Find out more from BDCwire.
Becca, an American Eskimo from Saugus, is heading to New York City to compete in the first annual Masters Agility Championship during Westminster weekend on Feb. 8. And her owner and handler Chris La Voie couldn't be more proud.
Boston.com Pets caught up with La Voie to learn more about Becca, to find out how the dog is preparing for the big event (hint: no curlers involved), and get the purebred owner's reaction to Westminster's decision to let mixed breed dogs compete in agility.
Boston.com Pets: How do you feel about Becca competing in the first Masters Agility Championship at Westminster?
La Voie: I feel thrilled and very fortunate.
Boston.com Pets: How do you think Becca feels?
La Voie: Um, well I don’t think she knows yet. But I think she’ll be elated when we get there (laughs).
(Photo: Chris La Voie and Becca after Becca achieved her first Masters Agility Championship, courtesy Chris La Voie)FULL ENTRY
Senator John McCain has a new puppy!
He posted this pic to Twitter today, writing, "Meet our new puppy, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Gilley!"
Meet our new puppy, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Gilley! pic.twitter.com/i6G1vk3l09— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 10, 2014
It looks like this pup found a playmate from the wild.
Check out this Rottweiler frolicking in the snow with a baby deer. The dog's name is Bo and he lives in Pennsylvania. The video was taken by his owner.FULL ENTRY
Wrigley the dog now stars as the romantic lead in many iconic films, thanks to his owner's employee. Well, at least it looks like he does.
See Wrigley doing the lift in "Dirty Dancing," taking part in that upside-down kiss in "Spider-Man," sharing that special birthday cake moment in "Sixteen Candles," and more.
A UK man, known as mmsspp on reddit.com, is behind the creative project, which he calls "Wrigley at the movies."FULL ENTRY
This is the story of a special relationship between a little girl and a Chihuahua named Rikki the family found on Facebook. Rikki was up for adoption at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Rikki is different from most dogs because she has a deformity. But that didn't stop this little girl from wanting to take her home.
"I know most people would just want a dog who looks normal and everything," says the little girl in the video. "But I don't care how Rikki walks or how she is. It's just that she is so sweet and she needed a home and she's wonderful. And I wouldn't trade her for any other dog."
Are you thinking of adopting a pet this holiday season or giving a pet as a gift?
A new study by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals supports seasonal adoptions, though some shelters think folks should wait until after the holidays. Read more in this Associated Press story.
Calling all pet owners!
Bring your four-legged furry friends to Santa's Cabin in Faneuil Hall for Pet Night Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
You'll find Santa in the South Market Promenade at Fanueil Hall Marketplace. Both cats and dogs are welcome to take photos with Santa.
All pets must be kept on a leash or in a cage until it is their time to meet the big guy. There is a cost for the pictures. Call 617 523-1300 for more information.
After you take your photo, we'd like to see it!
(Photo: Faneuil Hall Marketplace)
Share photos of your pets with Santa.
This is Cosmo, from Worcester, with Santa.
Is your pet feeling festive in a Santa hat? We want to see that too! Share photos of your pets in Santa hats. This is Ziggy from Cambridge.
Do you have a dog and a cat? If so, how do they coexist? Does your cat rule the house?
Check out this compilation of dogs who are afraid to pass by the family kitty. Does this happen in your household?
Do you have more than one pet? Share a photo from your multi-pet home! This is Flaherty from Salisbury with kitties CC and JJ.
Does your dog like to eat the scraps from your Thanksgiving day meal? Well, here are some foods your pooch should not be exposed to, according to Kim Melanson, behavior counselor at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. (Photo: Animal Rescue League of Boston)FULL ENTRY