News Bites: A Klepto, A Bummer, A Guess, & A Snitch

The Klepto

Dusty the cat has a thing for strangers’ bathing suits, and their shoes, and their gloves, and their toys, and their towels. This determined little dude has stolen about 600 things from neighbors over 3 years.  Watch the video to the end to see nighttime video of Dusty hauling in his loot.

The Bummer

Some depressing results from a recent poll of pet owners on their views on declawing cats and debarking dogs. The findings raise the question do we view cats & dogs differently when it comes to “nuisance-corrective surgeries?

  • 59% pet owners think declawing is ok
  • 55% cat owners think declawing is ok
  • 36% pet owners think declawing is wrong
  • 32% cat owners have had declawing done
  • 24% cat owners support a ban on declawing
  • 90% pet owners think debarking is wrong
  • 47% pet owners support a ban on debarking
  • 1% dog owners have had a dog debarked

Find out more about what really happens when a cat is declawed. And find out how a dog is debarked.

A Guess

The mind reels.  Stacey Champion, a woman in Minnesota, got her son in Georgia a puppy for his birthday.  So she put the puppy in a box, taped it up, and dropped the puppy off at the post office to go by Priority Mail. She told workers not to worry if the box made noises, it contained a toy robot.  Fortunately, robots don’t pant—when the box moved & fell off a counter, workers heard panting coming from the box & opened it to find Guess, the puppy.  So, a little boy in Georgia was saved from opening a present of a dead puppy.  Besides not having food, water, or air, Guess would have been put on a unpressurized cargo plane where he would have died in the -40F temperatures.  The cherry on top of this whole story, the woman wanted her money refunded and the dog back after he was discovered.

A Snitch

If you hide your drugs in a sock, don’t teach your dog to play tug of war with a sock. Joel Dobrin found this out the hard way.  When Dobrin realized he was going to be pulled over by police, he tried to hide the sock where he kept his stash.  Unfortunately for him, his dog interpreted this as an invitation to play.  The dog grabbed the sock, won the game of tug-of-war, and then he threw the sock out the window of the truck, where it was found by the police officer.  Woops!

Earth Day DIY Round-Up: Rethink, Repurpose, Recraft!


We can do more than just Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—we can help the environment and ourselves by “upcycling” things we can no longer reuse.  Plastic grocery bags with too many holes become crinkly stuffing for cat toys.  A sad, old pillow is transformed into a pet bed.  A funky, old candy dish on a pedestal becomes a fancy, raised water bowl.  Try using your imagination before you go out to buy new things for your pets.  You might already have something around the house that will work as well or better than something new.  Save money, help save the planet!

Some of my favorite DIY projects that Rethink, Repurpose, Recraft!

Beds & Furniture:





DIY: Holiday Round-Up Of Gift Ideas


Here’s the collection of DIY projects I’ve written about recently that would make good, inexpensive presents this year when money is tight for so many.

PetProject hopes all of you are enjoying the season, that you & yours are healthy & happy, and that the coming year is filled with joy.

On with the projects!

Cat Toys:

Dog Toys:

Pet Beds:

Dog Sweater: