The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : October 2015 The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : October 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Meet Hank the Obese Pooch Who Travels First Class

An obese dog was wheeled on to an American Airlines flight and treated like a king first-class style this week, as onlookers stood by, amazed at the pampered pooch's size.

The dog, named Hank, then sat in the front row of first class on the LAX flight on Saturday, with his owner, Kari Whitman, an interior designer who founded Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue in Beverly Hills, California.

Due to an illness, Hank, who is Whitman's support animal, has gained weight and can only move with the aid of his luxurious, pillow-topped cart.

A fellow passenger of the flight out of Los Angeles took a photo of the dog and uploaded it to Twitter under the username @madeleinedoux.

The photo has been retweeted more than 4,200 times.

Hank seems indifferent in the photo, as several American Airlines employees gathered around to admire the dog and take photos.

It appears that this isn't Hank's first flight, however, as there is an Instagram for the dog, @hankthetank, that shows him traveling with his owner.

On the feed he is seen at Denver International Airport, lying next to his padded cart, and in another photo Whitman took a selfie with the pooch while in the air, captioned, 'Hank flying first class from Denver to LA'.

In an interview with Mashable, @madeleinedoux said it appeared that Whitman had bought two first class tickets on the LA flight - one for her and one for Hank.

“Everyone, both while boarding the plane and on the plane before takeoff, was speculating as to how the dog got so fat,” she said. “You could legitimately hear hushed whispers of "He's riding first class.”

The traveler added, however, that Hank stayed quiet for the entire flight and spent most of his time on the floor in front of his seat.

A very large dog named Hank was wheeled on to a an American Airlines flight on Saturday as onlookers admired his size

Hank, who is a support dog for interior designer Kari Whitman (right), rode in the front row of first class alongside his owner

Hank has an illness that limits him to his wheeling bed. He appears to travel regularly with Whitman, who bought two tickets for the LAX flight on Saturday

In the Denver International Airport earlier this year, several fellow travelers gathered around Hank to take photographs


George Clooney and wife Amal, Adopt an Adorable Basset Hound from an Animal Shelter

George and Amal Clooney have a new addition to their family - a cute basset hound mix named Millie.

The happy couple adopted the four-year-old rescue pup from San Gabriel Valley Humane Society shelter on Wednesday.

Millie was found homeless and begging for scraps outside a restaurant earlier this month, and was taken in by the shelter.

According to the website, George, 54, and Amal, 37, 'were searching for a basset hound and saw Millie’s picture on Petfinder'.

They also have a Cocker Spaniel, named, Louie, another rescue. They made sure that the two pooches got along before making the adoption official.

They did a "meet and greet" with her and spent time introducing her to their other rescue.

It was good news that Millie and Louie hit it off and the happy, new family headed home together!'

George has made no secret of his love of animals over the years, and is also a pet parent to a cocker spaniel mix named Einstein. 

The senior dog, who the actor says has 'a beautiful life', features in the newly released book My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts.

George adopted Einstein in 2010, and had been nervous that the pooch wouldn't take to him during their first meeting.

“I start to panic that Einstein is not going to like me,” he previously admitted to Esquire. “So I ran into the kitchen, grabbed some turkey meatballs, and I rub them all over my shoes,” He said.
George has also admitted he had a pet pig named Max who died at the age of 18 in 2006.

New addition to the family: George and Amal Clooney adopted rescue pup Millie, a basset hound mix, from San Gabriel Valley Humane Society shelter on Wednesday. They are also seen here with their rescue dog Louie

Cool customer: The four-year-old pooch was sadly found begging for scraps of food outside a restaurant earlier this month

Animal lovers: Both of the couple's other dogs - Einstein and Louie - are rescues. They are pictured here visiting George on set of Money Monster in April

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, Arlington, Virginia, Needs Your Help with an Urgent Puppy Situation – Please Share

From: Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, Arlington, Virginia

We have an URGENT puppy situation! We are trying to save this litter of 6 week old Border Collie mix puppies TOMORROW. Their mother was killed after being hit by a car and these little ones are stuck in a high kill shelter and have to get out tomorrow if we are going to save them! We are looking for 4 fosters to take 2 puppies each. (The puppies are young and must go out in pairs - much easier to care of for puppies in pairs as well, as they entertain themselves!) If you can help or send an email to We're in a time crunch and really want to save these lives! Please help!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Today is National Cat Day

Your kitten will probably mark the day with a nap, a romp with a paper bag, a nibble of kibble and another nap.

But you can be as ambitious or as low-key as you like with your own National Cat Day celebrations.

Watch cat videos in a big way

Consumption of internet cat videos is bound to spike on National Cat Day. The Internet Cat Video Festival will showcase the best of the best on October 29 at 7:30 at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston.

The event, which launched in 2012 at the Walker Art Center, is a live showing of a curated collection of about 100 cat clips -- from Vine videos to short films. Admission is $8 in advance and $12 on the day of the event.

Adopt a feline or treat a cat to something nice

National Cat Day organizers want cats to find good homes, and the occasion is a fine time to consider adopting a cat from a shelter or pet rescue organization.

Volunteering at a local shelter or donating blankets, pet food and toys are also nice ways to celebrate the kitties of the world. #!celebrate/c1x0f

Uber is delivering 15-minute kitten cuddles ($30) to offices in 50 cities, and the kitties in most of the cities are eligible for adoption.

Have a warm beverage at a cozy cat café

Cat Town Café in Oakland, California, is a non-profit rescue operating in partnership with Oakland Animal Services.

The space features a cafe and separate cat zone where between six and 20 adoptable cats roam freely. Food and beverages from the cafe can be brought into the cat zone, where up to 14 people are allowed to get to know the felines each hour.

Walk-ins are welcome, but Cat Town recommends reservations, which are available with a $10 donation.

Curl up on the couch

Revel in your role as warm furniture as you and your feline peruse cat books together.

Take some inspiration from "Artists and Their Cats,"featuring human-kitty pairings, including Salvador Dali with his pet ocelot Babou and Matisse with sleek black stunner la Puce (the flea).

Then dive into the hard-hitting "Cats on the Job", which profiles felines who don't have time to lounge around looking at cat books.

While your cozy companion is sleeping, tune in to DVRed episodes of "My Cat From Hell" on Animal Planet and catch up with the Internet's most famous felines.

Take a nap
It's been a busy day. Rest up.