There's a reason why celebripup Boo is so darned adorable . . . beyond the fuzzball haircut and cute widdle pink tongue, the social media giant comes from a long line of teeny toy dogs called Pomeranians. These petite personality powerhouses can melt the iciest of hearts with one glance from their big, brown eyes, no matter if they are peeking out of a purse or prancing through the park. We've found some ridiculously awww-dorable Poms that will give Boo and Buddy a run for their money!
He entertained us with a paw-some salutation for James Bond during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, and this weekend Great Britain's royal palace released the sad news that Monty, one of Queen Elizabeth II's beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgis, has passed away.
A celebrated animal lover, the queen has been flanked by this smiley-faced breed since 1944, when she received a puppy named Susan for her 18th birthday. Since then, Susan's progeny of Corgis and Dorgis (Dachshund/Corgi mixes) have accompanied their regal matriarch around the royal family's many homes and even on the queen's honeymoon! Today, Monty is survived by the queen's two Corgis, Willow and Holly, and two Dorgis, Candy and Vulcan. To memorialize this favorite royal pet, we're taking a look back at the queen and her dogs throughout the years. Rest in peace, little one!
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Just like the humans breaking world records on the track at Olympic Stadium, on the courts of Wimbledon, and on the pitch at Wembley, the horses who competed in the Olympic equestrian events at London's Greenwich Park are finely tuned athletes who have trained rigorously for their big day in the arena. Historically, the mounts of choice for most riders at the Olympic level have been warmbloods, a group encompassing a number of breeds and types originally bred for farm work, cavalry, and pulling carriages but, in modern times, tuned for sports like jumping, dressage, and eventing. However, at this year's Olympic games, competitors also sat astride Andalusians, Hungarian chargers, and horses registered with Studbook Zangersheide. Get a glimpse of the alphabetic assortment when you check out our slideshow!
As the proud pet mama of a rambunctious Parson Russell Terrier, I was thrilled to see the news that the Parson's shorter in stature (but certainly not in personality) cousin, the Russell Terrier, became the 175th breed to be recognized by the American Kennel Club! Though you might know the two breeds together as the Jack Russell Terrier, within the last few decades, breed enthusiasts have petitioned to ensure that both varieties maintain their distinct standards, regardless of how long their legs are. Think you know your Russell Terrier trivia? Test yourself with our quiz!
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Last year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show winner Hickory was the first of her breed, the Scottish deerhound, to win the coveted best in show prize. She's among quite a number of first-timers in the show's 105-year history who will (hopefully!) pave the way for more of their kind. We think that every breed deserves a prize for being cute and unique and we envy the group of judges who ultimately must select the one winner! Who do you think will be top dog in next week's 2012 Westminster?