2012 Super Bowl stars? Dogs
This Sunday many will tune in, not only to watch the Giants play the Patriots, but to see what the 2012 Super Bowl ads are. Unsurprisingly, this year animals dominate the ads. We’ve already mentioned a few of the ads: Here are previous posts of a sneak peek of the VW ad and the controversial Skechers’ ad. But, why dogs and not cats? Cultural anthropologist Robbie Blinkoff says, “You can’t go wrong with a dog. The dogs are idealized versions of ourselves.” USA TODAY compiled memorable Super Bowl ads featuring pets for you to take a look at.
Below are the Skechers ad and the new VW ad:
Camel predicts Giants to win Super Bowl
Popcorn Park Zoo in New Jersey has an especially talented camel, named Princess. She has a knack for predicting the winner of NFL games. In fact, Princess has picked the winner of five of the last six Super Bowls. Her pick for this year’s Super Bowl? The Giants.
Dogs spread happiness
When you pet a dog your “cuddle hormone” a.k.a. a hormone called oxytocin “kicks into high gear,” according to many studies. Oxytocin actually calms you down — it reduces blood pressure and decreases your levels of stress and anxiety. Some doctors say that dogs can sometimes be better than Prozac. Read more about how dogs make us happy here.
Katherine Heigl — ‘the Mad Dog Lady’
Katherine Heigl, 33, calls her dogs — all seven of them — “a blessing.” In addition to her successful film career, Heigl’s also part of a campaign called “I Hate Balls” — which promotes spaying and neutering pets. She also founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation (named after her late brother). “The motto for our foundation is that we want to help and protect the voiceless and the innocent — that was my brother’s bent. He had an unusually grand sense of compassion,” Heigl said. “My brother was absolutely an animal advocate.” Read more about Katherine Heigl and her pups in this USA WEEKEND article.
This year there will be 185 breeds competing at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 13-14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. That’s six more breeds than last year. This is no small feat, as there are “strict criteria” to being admitted, said David Frei, the club’s director of communications and the USA Network show host.
Consider pet-proofing your home
A resident in New Castle, Pa., reported a smoking outlet last week. The fire department responded and discovered that the resident’s cat had urinated in the electrical outlet. A fire was avoided and no one was harmed.
Here are some safety tips and helpful hints when trying to pet-proof your home:
- From SafeElectricity.org: “Coat the [electrical] cords with bitter-tasting pet deterrent available at your local pet store,” if your pet’s displayed an interest in electrical cords.
- From Bissell.com: “Tuck away electrical wires and cords from lamps, DVD players, televisions, stereos and telephones so they’re out of the reach of chewers. Consider installing electric cord shorteners, outlet covers and window cord safety locks.”
- From American Humane Association: “Make sure all heating/air vents have covers.”