The Weekly Walk: Adventure Time

The Weekly WalkArticle of the Week: Catventure

If you have an outdoor cat, you might wonder where the feline goes during the day. Walking fences? Climbing trees? Sleeping on top of someone else’s cupboards? Researchers decided to track a clowder of cats by attaching cameras and GPS to them. The results? Fun for us to review and watch. Click here to check out the cats’ movements or videos and get more insight into the mysterious lives of felines. Meow.

Obie Weight-loss Update

From Obie’s Facebook page: “Even with all the goodies from the weekend, Obie weighed in at 30 pounds 2 ounces this morning. Down 7 ounces for the week.”

Joke of the Week

Q: What goes tick-tock, bow-wow, tick-tock, bow-wow?

A: A watch dog.

Treat of the Week

How about making a batch of party pupcakes for your pup’s birthday?

Anagram of the Week

Solve the anagram “Full Bar.”

Hint: Pet nickname.

Highlight the space after the colon for the answer: Furball

Photo of the Week

Click the photo to see animal pictures that will brighten your day.

Friday Fun: A Bone to Pick

Something tells us the dog has dealt with this cat before.

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Before we end the walk today, we want to send a massive woof to anyone who voted for us in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago 2013.” Chicago Dog Walkers won Best Dog Walkers! Thank you for spending time with us here, on Twitter, and Facebook. We appreciate the opportunity to share our love of pets with you, and we are glad you’re enjoying the posts! Thank you again! Woof!

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Famous Fidos Part Woof and You Can Still Vote For Us

A few days left to vote for us in Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” poll. Deadline is March 25 at 12:oo a.m. Click here for a link to the poll. Click here for our previous post about voting, if you need instructions.

Part woof in a woof-woof series where we’re sharing our favorite dog characters from television, movies, and comics. Today we’re focusing on live-action doggies, whose wagging tails and capacity to learn numerous commands instilled in us a greater appreciation for the sitcoms and films they starred in.

Lassie

Lassie

Real name: Pal (original actor)

Breed: collie

Why she/he makes our list: Loyalty. Beauty. Wisdom. Lassie encompasses these traits, and we imagine many pooches decorate the interior of their doghouses with a poster of her; even though a male actor played the character. A testament to her impact on humans, she made Variety’s list of 100 icons of the century, the lone animal listed. She is also one of the few animals to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Notable moment: From Lassie’s 1994 film. The young April tells the young Matthew that raising sheep is difficult, almost deterring him. Lassie then herds the sheep and makes it look as easy as wagging her tail, basically telling April to stop stomping on her best friend’s dreams.

Toto

Toto  (The Wizard of Oz)

Real name: Terry (name later changed to Toto)

Breed: cairn terrier

Why he/she makes our list: Before Paris Hilton meandered about with Tinkerbell in her purse, Dorothy cavorted Kansas and Oz with Toto in a basket. His seemingly pampered life does not soften his character in the film however. The fearless little dog barks at a cantankerous lady who wants to have the sheriff put him down, at a wicked witch, and at the occasional flying monkey. Similar but reverse of Lassie, the character Toto is male, but a female stars in the role on film.

Notable moment: When Dorothy, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Tin Man argue with the faux-Wizard of Oz, Toto unveils the real Wizard by pulling back the curtain on the man’s secret booth. S-M-A-R-T.

Eddie

Eddie (Frasier)

Real name: Moose

Breed: Jack Russell terrier

Why he makes our list: A rags to riches story, Moose was a rascal puppy, but someone saw a spark in his boisterousness and introduced him to television. On the show Frasier, he is loyal to his owner, Marty, and has an endearing but strange relationship with the show’s protagonist, Frasier; Eddie likes to stare at Frasier as if to say, “I think it’s important you know I’m here. And that is all.” Frasier never defeats Eddie in a staring contest.

Notable moment: Any of the stare-offs between Eddie and Frasier. Simply one of the best running gags on television.

Murray

Murray (Mad About You)

Real name: Maui

Breed: border collie mix

Why he makes our list: He comes off as stubborn and unintelligent to his owners on the show, Jamie and Paul, but he knows what he is doing. When Jamie or Paul tell him to get off the couch or the bed, to sit or lie down, he is often unresponsive. Unless they have something he wants. He chases a mouse throughout several episodes, but the owners think it is invisible, some game Murray plays with himself — until they find it themselves. He also saves his owners by pulling a Lassie and barking at neighbors to free Jamie and Paul locked in the bathroom.

Notable moment: Paul leaves Murray in the car, and the car is quickly towed. When Jamie and Paul get to the impound, Murray runs past Paul and hugs Jamie. He growls at Paul and won’t listen to any commands. Another smart pooch.

Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin

Real name: Rintintin

Breed: German Shepherd

Why he makes our list: A second rags to riches story, he was rescued as a puppy in World War I and brought stateside. His uncanny ability to leap high and far got people talking, and he landed a role in his first movie, The Man From Hell’s River. His first performance on film created a buzz, especially after people learned that he had replaced a wolf in the movie. His acting abilities were so sought after, that he was allowed to make his own noises on the radio program The Wonder Dog. He is another of the few animals to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Notable moment: How about replacing a wolf in a movie? This gave him bragging rights until his death in 1932.

Let us know your list of favorite dogs in the comments below, on Twitter, or Facebook.

Woof!

Photo sources:

Lassie: http://www.cvfaf.org/lassie.html

Toto:http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/14/sorry-dorothy-toto-gets-the-axe-as-kansas-official-state-dog/

Eddie: http://www.sparelives.org/index.pl/films

Murray: http://muttnews.wordpress.com/2008/04/06/a-look-back-on-murray-from-mad-about-you-2/

Rin Tin Tin: http://www.silentsaregolden.com/photos2/rintintinphoto.html

Vote for Chicago Dog Walkers!

Summer is here and, with it, warm weather, added hours of sunlight, and your chance to vote for us in Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago 2012” poll. Not a member of the Chicago Reader? No worries. You can sign in as a guest and vote for over two hundred best-of categories, such as “Best chef,” “Best Bears bar,” “Best view of the city,” and, most importantly to your pup, “Best dog walkers.” You can find “Best dog walkers” in the “Goods & Services” section after logging in. Be sure to click “Save and Exit” at the bottom of the webpage when you’re finished! You can only vote once, but you may review and adjust your answers until the poll closes May 25 at 12:00 a.m.

Woof!