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Glad gladiators and merrier terriers!

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Blog Guy, I know that President-Elect Barack Obama brought diverse groups together. What’s the oddest coalition you’ve seen from  the election?

That’s easy. In Italy, there was a group called Terriers and Roman Centurions for Obama.

Really! Tell me about that.

Well, they held a victory rally in Rome yesterday outside what looks like a run-down old stadium, and they carried authentic Italian flags, just like Roman Centurions carried 2,000 years ago.

I didn’t realize Roman Centurions could vote in U.S. elections.

They can’t, but Jack Russell Terriers can, and they take the Centurions with them to add “gravitas.”

Waiter, a comb for my noodles!

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People, we need to brainstorm an advertising slogan for Acme Noodles, our newest client. We’re using photos of dogs lounging outside on big sheets of noodles being dried for sale to restaurants because, well, what goes together like noodles and dogs!

Here are the possible slogans we have so far:

Hey Shep, fetch me some more Acme!

Acme Noodles: trust us, you don’t want to know!

Acme: Not as disgusting as you’d think!

Acme: Our noodles aren’t yellow for nothing!

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Dogs recline on sheets of rice noodle being dried near a railway track in Phu Dien village outside Hanoi October 22, 2008. The village produces rice noodles, a staple breakfast meal, that are sold to restaurants in Hanoi. REUTERS/Kham

Here’s the President and his poodle, Fifi!

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It seems someone is playing a big practical joke on Barack Obama.

A few weeks ago, the American Kennel Club began a national poll where people could vote on what breed of dog Obama should get for his daughters. So 42,000 people voted, and the winner was the POODLE!

Excuse me? Do you want to see your President walking along behind a dog like this with a pooper scooper? Plus, in the famous Dogs Playing Poker series of genuine artwork, the poodles are just observers. What kind of signal is that?

Please look at me, Senator!

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mutt-face-180.jpgIt seems Barack Obama has promised to get his daughters a dog after the election. You can even go to an American Kennel Club site and vote on a breed for them, in case the Obamas want your opinion. The AKC says, “presidential purebred dogs are as traditional as baseball and apple pie.”

But tradition isn’t all good. There was a time when choosing U.S. Presidents of a certain breeding, race and gender was traditional. Times change.

Mutt-mobile: can Spot design your car?

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We have a video report about how auto designers are shifting into neuteral, so to speak, fighting for the pet owner market by adding Fido-friendly features. I have a list of the options my own dogs are demanding:

dog.jpg- deluxe hamburger dispenser

- giant window control buttons 

- peanut butter dispenser

- big fans aimed at their face

- toast and jelly dispenser

- indoor tennis ball flinger

Come to think of it, that doesn’t sound like such a bad car, does it?

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Let’s go surfin’ now, even pets are learnin’ how…

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cat-face-220.jpgBlog Guy, a couple of days ago you posted an item on a surfboarding cat in Peru. It’s not that I doubt you or anything, but if this is true, wouldn’t you have video of it?

As a matter of fact, yes. Here is footage not only of the cat, but a surfing dog, too.

Heavy petting online: love me, love my dogs…

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If you decide to go on a date with somebody you met on the Internet, it’s probably easier to hide the fact that you’re already married than it is to keep pets a secret. There’s hair on everything you wear, you have those sticky lint rollers in your car, and when you dig in your pockets for money you pull out plastic bags for cleaning up after your dog.

So, you may as well be honest about it up front, which is where a new Dutch dating site comes in handy. Inspired by similar sites in the U.S. and Britain, it is specifically aimed at finding a partner who is compatible with your dog, cat, snake or spider.

The mother of all dog fantasies…

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This dog lives the life other dogs only dream about, helping with quality control for a dogs-only bakery operated by her owner. Here’s the part I really like. Her owner used to be a florist. So, one day the dog comes to work expecting more boring flowers, and finds this stuff instead.  No wonder pets are endlessly optimistic and extravagantly hopeful.bakery2.jpg

Ronja stands in front of the display in her owner’s dogs-only bakery in the western German city of Wiesbaden January 8, 2007. The owner of the bakery, “Dog’s Goodies”, Janine Saraniti-Lagerin, is a former florist.    REUTERS/Alex Grimm

A fetching day at the office…

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This one is going to strike some readers as odd, but others – including me — will see it as an idea whose time has come.  It turns out a substantial number of U.S. companies let employees bring their pets to work, and if you’ve ever seen a big office with a few nice dogs walking around, it’s a very soothing sight. 

Tomorrow is “Take Your Dog to Work Day.” Several thousand companies are participating – is yours?  workdogs300.jpg