Pet Scoop: Animal Lover Betty White Turns 90, Dog Actors Get Own Golden Collar Awards

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Betty White with her 90th birthday cake
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Golden girl Betty White celebrates the big 9-0 with a cake topped with a likeness of her dog, Pontiac.

Betty White Marks Her 90th Birthday at a Big Bash

Half a dozen men serenaded actress and animal lover Betty White at her 90th birthday celebration, singing “entertaining’s not where it ends, Betty. You seek help for our four-legged friends, Betty.” The cake featured a white chocolate figurine of her Golden Retriever, Pontiac, and attendees received a copy of White's new book, My Life at the Zoo. The star’s celebration airs tonight on NBC. — See the clip at the Huffington Post

Golden Collar Awards Will Honor Four-Legged Actors

Did you catch the Golden Globes last night? Well, get ready for the Golden Collars! Dog News Daily plans to honor canine actors with their own awards show, complete with red-carpet arrivals. One likely attendee: Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier who starred in Golden Globes Best Picture winner The Artist. — See Uggie at the Golden Globes at the Huffington Post, and read about the Golden Collars at the Hollywood Reporter

German Zoo Announces Winning Design for Knut Memorial

Knut, the beloved 4-year-old polar bear who died at the Berlin Zoo last year, will be honored with a lasting tribute. The zoo, along with an association of supporters, selected the design for a bronze likeness of the bear, “Knut – The Dreamer,” which features him resting on his paws. — Read it at The New York Times

Walter the fat cat
Oregon Live
Walter is one fat feline, clocking in at 28 pounds.

Fat Cat Ordered to Keep Eating

You'd assume that veterinarians would want Walter, a feline who weighed in at 28 pounds when he arrived at an Oregon shelter, to go on a strict diet. But vets instructed Walter’s new owners to let him eat whatever he wants for the first two weeks, so he can adjust to his new home. However, next month, he's going on a low-calorie diet. — Read it at Oregon Live

Plus: Read why Dr. Marty Becker and his fellow vets don't think fat cats are funny

A Diva Horse Fly Named Beyoncé

It’s been a big week for pop star Beyoncé. Not only is she a new mother, but she also has a horse fly named in her honor. — Read it at Science Daily

Elephants Nosh on Leftover Christmas Trees

At a zoo in Berlin, all those extra holiday trees made for a tasty — and apparently healthy — snack for the elephants. – See the photos at Today

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