Cameron Diaz Rescues Neighbor’s Injured Dog

Hollywood star Cameron Diaz reportedly rescued an injured German Shepherd dog at the weekend.

According to People magazine, the actress took the injured animal to her home, where she cared for it, while her assistant posted notices about the dog.

A source told the magazine: “Diaz brought the dog in her house and gave it some food and water.”

“Her assistant posted a ‘found German shepherd’ sign and [the dog’s owner] – Diaz’s neighbor who was driving around the area – came across it.”

Diaz’s representative said: “Cameron and a friend were involved in returning an injured dog to its owner.”

[Source: RTE Entertainment]

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Palm Dog – Prize for Top Dog

It has been said that the Cannes film festival is going to the dogs, something which will quite literally happen this Friday, as critics meet to award the best on screen performance by a canine: the Palm Dog. The kitsch award, which is twinned with its British counterpart, the Fidos, is backed by a string of renowned critics, including Charles Gant, James Christopher, and Derek Malcolm, all with their tongues firmly in their cheeks.

But Palm Dog founder Toby Rose claims that animal contribution to celluloid deserves recognition. He says no other animal can captivate an audience like a dog, none is so trainable, and none is so willing to permit humans to project all their sickliest emotions onto them.

Whenever scriptwriters hit a narrative roadblock, he says, what better way to explain a character’s motivation than to insert a handy monologue to a pet dog. Dogs can be used to tackle more controversial and serious issues, he points out, such as 1982’s White Dog, which is based on a true story in which a US writer adopts a stray which has been trained to attack only black people.

However, they are generally used for comic effect, which can distract viewers from the quality of the film, said critic Charles Gant. “Was Frank the singing pug an important plot element in Men In Black II? No. But was he the best thing about the movie? Oh, yes,” he said.

Last year, the Palm Dog was awarded jointly to Mid Road Gang, a Thai film about street dogs in Bangkok, and Persepolis, the Iranian animated film now receiving critical acclaim in the UK.

This year’s contenders for the top prize, a brass-studded black leather collar, include the dog which licks Julianne Moore in the opening sequence of Fernando Meirelles’ film Blindness; the pet of Michelle Williams’ character in Wendy and Lucy, whose departure for the pound contributes to her emotional breakdown; and a vicious dog in Lake Tahoe by Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke.

Mr Rose said: “Dogs are crucial to films and yet they are totally overlooked. This year I’m very excited about the dog that kisses Julianne Moore.”


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Paris Hilton-style Chihuahuas Most Costly Dog

Chihuahua owners can fork out almost $90,000 on pampering their pooches during the lifetime of the diminutive dogs. The cost of owning the world’s smallest breed of dog, a favourite with celebrites like Paris Hilton, Britnety Spears and Sharon Osbourne, far exceeds its larger cousins – a statistic that tells us much about the Chihuahua’s owners.

According to research carried out by the pet insurers esure, Chihuahua owners are twice as likely as keepers of other breeds to buy fresh meat, vegetables and gravy for their pets. They also have a weakness for spoiling their dogs by giving them jeweled collars, designer doggie outfits or personalised beds.

The total bill, including vet costs, food, grooming, kennels and insurance came to $6,081-per-year, working out at $88,691 during a Chihuahua’s 13-year lifespan. The average spent on other types of breed was $31,000, the equivalent of $2,388 a year.

“Today’s household pets are treated more like members of the family and this new attitude is reflected in the amount owners spend on their pet’s life style,” said Mike Pickard, the head of pet insurance at esure. One fifth of owners faced a larger financial challenge because they owned more than one dog.

The greyhound was the second most expensive breed with a lifetime bill of $82,797 followed by the mastiff, which costs $81,619. The boxer was fourth at $49,896 while the English setter was just behind at $49,548. The research found that vets fees, food and kennels were the most expensive outgoings in that order.


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