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Turn Your Mutt Into a Movie Star (with Some Helpful Hints)

Originally posted 08/08/2011 02:00PM



Does your dog have stars in her eyes? Does she perk up whenever she's on camera? Maybe she's destined for fame, like the Taco Bell chihuahua, Gidget, who starred in more than 40 commercials in her long career.

The star canine's trainer, Sue Chipperton, co-author of the new book A Famous Dog's Life (co-written by People.com editor Rennie Dyball), stopped by the Today show Friday and gave Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb her tips for making your pooch a screen sensation.

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Filed Under: Dogs, Pet Videos
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VIDEO: Woman with 700 Cats: 'I'm Crazy'

Woman with 700 Cats Admits, 'I'm Crazy'

Originally posted 07/29/2011 09:00AM

"All I ever wanted was a cat, and my mom wouldn't let me have one," says Lynea Lattanzio. Now in her early 60s, Lattanzio has not just one cat but nearly a thousand of them.

Lattanzio is the founder of Cat House on the Kings, a no-kill, no-cage sanctuary and adoption center in Parlier, Calif., that has been dubbed the largest cat rescue on earth. Her sprawling facility currently provides care for more than 700 cats, employs 25 people and is the only sanctuary of its kind on the West Coast.

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Smurfs's Hank Azaria: Azrael Is a 'Good Kisser'

Originally posted 07/28/2011 09:00AM



To play Gargamel, the villainous sorcerer determined to destroy the lovable Smurfs, Hank Azaria had to put on fake bushy eyebrows, practice his evil grin – and act alongside a cat.

"If I wasn't a cat person before this film, I became one during the course of shooting," Azaria tells PEOPLE of his feline costar, who plays Gargamel's sidekick, Azrael. "One thing I can tell you about the cat? Cat's a good kisser."

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VIDEO: Miranda Cosgrove Dreams of Touring with Her Poodle

Originally posted 07/27/2011 05:35PM

Miranda Cosgrove, the 18-year-old star of Nickelodeon's iCarly, has had the same best friend for the past 12 years: her toy poodle, Pearl.

So when the actress and singer was about to embark on her first concert tour this summer, she debated whether to let her petite gray pup tag along. "I wanted to bring my dog on tour really badly, but she's very old and I wasn't sure if she would be able to handle touring life," Cosgrove tells PEOPLE.

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Bulldog Brings His Pool Inside!

Originally posted 07/25/2011 01:00PM



Gus the bulldog has a pool that lives outside – but not for long!

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Susie Essman: I Want to Be Reincarnated – as a Dog

Susie Essman: I Want to Be Reincarnated – as a Dog

Originally posted 07/15/2011 09:00AM

Comedienne Susie Essman may have played a cat in Disney’s Bolt, but her heart is going to the dogs.

"Dogs, I think, are the greatest creatures in the entire world," says the Curb Your Enthusiasm star. "The only bad thing about dogs is that they have a short life span."

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Curious Foxes Discover a Trampoline

Originally posted 07/01/2011 07:45AM



Well, what do we have here?

A playful pair of foxes reaches new heights after discovering a nearby trampoline in Colorado. "They were having lots of fun!" writes YouTube user Samron, who posted the minute-long clip.

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And, Cat-tion! When Commercial Kings Met Cats

Originally posted 06/24/2011 05:00PM



How do you talk to someone who says they speak cat?

Working with animals can be a tricky thing, but sometimes, working with their owners can be even stranger. Filmmakers Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal discovered just that when shooting the first episode of their new IFC show, Commercial Kings, in which the pair travel the country creating and shooting commercials for local businesses.

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Filed Under: Pet Videos
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Blake Lively Tells Great White Shark Tales | Blake Lively

Blake Lively Tells Great White Shark Tales

Originally posted 06/16/2011 04:20PM

How does Blake Lively face her greatest fears?

By looking them square in the face – while safe behind the bars of a cage.

The actress told Jay Leno that she went shark diving while on location for The Green Lantern in South Africa.

"On the plane, I was hearing these flight attendants talk about shark diving. They said, 'You can go cage diving with great white sharks,' and I'm terrified of sharks," Lively said. "So, I said, 'That sounds like a horrible idea – let's do it!'"

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Oprah Signs Off with Sadie in Her Arms

Originally posted 05/26/2011 03:00PM



After 25 years on the air, The Oprah Winfrey Show aired its final episode on Wednesday, and the woman behind it chose to sign off with one of her most loyal fans by her side: Her cocker spaniel, Sadie.

"Sadie, we did it!" Oprah Winfrey excitedly shouted as she picked up her pet pooch, and headed off towards her office. She had spent the last hour imparting wisdom, expressing gratitude and shedding tears. While cradling Sadie in her arms and taking comfort in the devoted pup, the talk show host walked further away from the camera, and the show's telecast drew to a close.

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Filed Under: Pet News, Pet Videos

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