Saturday, July 18, 2009

Willow - Dog that can Read!


Dog That Can Read

According to news reports, New York animal trainer Lyssa Rosenberg has taught her terrier 'Willow' to obey simple written commands. How? For example, Willow plays dead when she sees the word 'bang', stretches a paw in the air when she sees 'wave' and gets up on her back feet to beg when she sees the words 'sit up'. So, like humans dogs can also read words?

How it started? Ms Rosenberg has the experience of training dogs to appear in TV adverts and pose on photo shoots. Once, for a bet she told a friend that she would teach Willow to read. The friend challenged the bet and promised a free trip to Mexico if she could do it. So, Ms Rosenberg started to train Willow and within six weeks the terrier was ready with the ability to recognize words and react to written commands. Ms Rosenberg won the bet and Willow went on a trip to Mexico with her!

Willow has her own pet passport and regularly flies transatlantic to visit Ms Rosenberg's husband Gareth Howells, in Guildford, Surrey. She was also the second witness at the couple's wedding at New York City Hall in March - signing the marriage certificate with an inky paw print.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pet Python Kills Toddler


All pets are friendly and harmless. If you think like this way, think twice after reading this. According to Reuters, a 2-year-old girl in Florida was strangled on Wednesday by a 12-feet-long (3.6-meter) pet python that escaped from a holding tank in the girl's home.


The albino Burmese python was a pet of the boyfriend of the child's mother. The owner stabbed the snake when he found it on the child but she was already dead when emergency crews arrived. The python apparently broke free in the night, entered the girl's bedroom and attacked her.


So please, keep these things away from kids.