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Award-winning director Martin Scorsese has heard enough about Uggie, the Jack Russell Terrier who starred in The Artist and Water for Elephants. So when Blackie (pictured at left), the Doberman Pinscher who played an attack dog in his film Hugo was passed over for Dog News Daily's first annual Golden Collar awards, Scorsese took action.
In a letter to the LA Times, the director complains about the fact that the canine was not nominated: “I'm proud of Blackie, who laid it on the line and dared to risk the sympathy of her audience." Dog News Daily responded by saying that if they receive 500 write-in nominations for the pooch, she'll be added as a sixth nominee. — Read it at the BBC News, and watch the movie trailer
After going through security, the owner of Ripples the cat didn’t realize that her feline's carrier wasn’t properly closed. So when the pair boarded an Air Canada flight, Ripples escaped and headed straight for the cockpit, where he wiggled his way into an inaccessible wiring compartment. Technicians spent four hours dismantling the cockpit panel to free the feline. — Read it at ABC News
When the actress appeared on Ray’s talk show, the host announced a new partnership with Heigl’s charity, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. Ray will donate $150,000 to help raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering. — Read it at People Pets
Cyrano, a 10-year-old cat, survived bone cancer, but the treatment that he went through damaged one of his hind legs. Rather than amputate, he underwent surgery last week at North Carolina State University, becoming the first kitty in the country to get a total knee replacement. — Watch the AP video via YouTube
In other amazing animal medical news, Win Thida, a 44-year-old elephant who lives at a zoo in Amsterdam, damaged her cornea while playing with fellow elephants, so a vet fitted her with a contact lens to protect her healing eye. — Read it at the Mirror
An 11-year-old Labradoodle named Monty saved his owner, Maurice Holder, when he slipped down a ravine while out for a walk in England. Monty ran to a nearby pub to get help for Holder, who'd broken six ribs and hurt his head. "I wouldn't say he is always the best behaved but he is loyal and that is what matters — man's best friend," said Holder. — Read it at the Telegraph
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