1. Vets: More pets are coming in high on pot

    Maybe it’s high time you remind your four-legged friends to just say no.

     

  2. Wow, ninawanco’s Mom and Dad have really great taste.  Ninawanco’s pretty cute too…

    10 amazing and adorable animals you should follow on Instagram right now

     


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  6. The tail’s position — specifically, the height at which it is held — can be considered a sort of emotional meter.
     

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  8. Dogs love us. (Thanks Brooke Wiseman for sending this!) 

    If you want to send us photos of your pets (or babies, or yourself) drooling on the magazine, we’re @TheWeek on Twitter!

     

  9. According to the yearly roundup of popular pet names in the database of Veterinary Pet Insurance, the 10 most popular dog names for 2012 were Bella, Bailey, Max, Lucy, Molly, Buddy, Daisy, Maggie, Charlie, and Sophie. It was the third straight year Bella came in at number 1, after unseating Max in 2009. A company spokesman thought the ascendancy of Bella might have had to do with “the name of the heroine in a certain vampire book/film series that’s pretty popular these days.”

    In medieval times, dogs had names like Blawnche, Nosewise, Smylfeste, Bragge, Holdfast, Zaphyro, Zalbot, Mopsus and Mopsulus.

    Dog-naming trends through the ages

     

  10. 12 behind-the-scenes photos from the 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show

    Photos: REUTERS/Mike Segar and Keith Bedford

     

  11. Your cat is a killer. According to biologists, when they’re not curling up in your lap, cats are off killing other animals — billions of ‘em. Scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service estimate that each year, apparently bloodthirsty felines are preying on billions of birds and small mammals like indigenous chipmunks, shrews, and meadow voles. “When we ran the model, we didn’t know what to expect,” researcher Dr. Peter Marra told theNew York Times. “We were absolutely stunned by the results.”

    4 to 18 — Birds killed by a typical house cat every year
    8 to 21 — Small mammals killed by a typical house cat every year
    1.4 billion to 3.7 billion — Total birds killed by America’s cats every year

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  13. $79.62 — Average amount that each Halloween-celebrating consumer spends on candy, costumes, and decorations

    170 million — Americans who will celebrate Halloween this year

    More than $8 billion — Total amount Americans spend on Halloween

    Any guesses at how much people spend on pet costumes