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'Mentalist' Star Fears Being Upstaged by Her Dog

Originally posted 05/20/2011 01:00PM



The Mentalist star Robin Tunney knew her dog had talent, but she never expected that he'd snag a plum role in her latest movie, See Girl Run.

"I wanted him to get, like, a small part in it," the actress explained on The Talk Thursday. "At the end of the rehearsal [the director] was like, 'Look, I think he should be the lead dog in the movie.'

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Hangover 2's Biggest Scene-Stealer: A Tiny Capuchin Monkey

Hangover 2's Biggest Scene-Stealer: A Tiny Capuchin Monkey

Originally posted 05/19/2011 04:00PM

How do you top a movie in which a group of friends gets drugged, attacked by gangsters and has a run-in with Mike Tyson's tiger? According to Hangover star Bradley Cooper, it takes a very special new character.

"I remember [director Todd Phillips and I] were talking about it," Cooper recalled at a Hangover 2 press conference on Thursday. "He was saying there's gonna be this drug-dealing mule that's a monkey and it's gonna smoke, and I was like, 'How the hell are you gonna pull this off?'"

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Meet Hank, the David Beckham of Donkeys

Meet Hank, the David Beckham of Donkeys

Originally posted 05/06/2011 07:45AM

Hank is a lot like David Beckham. He lives on the field, loves to show off his fancy footwork with a soccer ball and he's caught the eye of some female fans. But there's one big difference between them: Hank is a donkey.

The soccer-loving animal has become quite the star in the Maryland town where he lives. On a small farm there, he uses his mouth to pick up his ball and dribbles it down the field with his nose, according to Rex USA.

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Filed Under: Pet News, Talented Pets
A Famous Dog's Life: How One Woman Helped Turn a Chihuahaua Into a Star

A Famous Dog's Life: How One Woman Helped Turn a Chihuahaua Into a Star

Originally posted 05/03/2011 07:45AM

They're four of the most famous words of the '90s – "Yo quiero Taco Bell" –and they were uttered by a Chihuahua. A Chihuahua named Gidget, to be exact.

This 12-lb. pooch didn't just sell tacos, though. She had a prolific career in TV and movies, and met Hollywood's biggest stars (Brad Pitt, anyone?).

Gidget's trainer, Sue Chipperton (along with PEOPLE staffer Rennie Dyball) has written a book about her days with Gidget, Gidget's friend Moonie (who starred in Legally Blonde) and other Hollywood dogs. A Famous Dog's Life, out in stores today, chronicles Chipperton's experience working with her famous pups – and their famous co-stars. PEOPLEPets.com has an excerpt from the book, featured below. It isn't about Gidget or Moonie, but about Chipperton's encounter with a different diva – one by the name of Jennifer Lopez.

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Filed Under: Dogs, Talented Pets
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Photo: Leaping Bunnies Take Over the Track!

Photo: Leaping Bunnies Take Over the Track!

Originally posted 04/29/2011 04:30PM

Hopping hurdles - that's one long-jumping rabbit!

This adorably athletic bunny is just one of many hares who are being trained to leap over hurdles at Berlin's Thuringer Kaninchen Sports Club.

Rabbit show jumping, like equestrian show jumping or dog agility, is popular among rabbit owners, especially in Europe. The domestic rabbits train to jump fences – we can only hope their neighbors' vegetable gardens are well-protected!

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Surfing Legend Billy Hamilton Rides Waves with His Senior Dog

Surfing Legend Billy Hamilton Rides Waves with His Senior Dog

Originally posted 04/13/2011 02:00PM

The doggy paddle is so last year. When Labrador retriever Sava wants to make a splash, she takes a cue from her owner, legendary surfer Billy Hamilton: Sava hits her board.

Sava, now 11, first learned to surf as a puppy, when Hamilton would take her out on his boat in Hawaii.

"She'd get knocked off the bow by a wave, but she'd keep getting back up and sit in her forward position," Hamilton tells PEOPLEPets.com. "We started out in a boat getting our balance together and worked toward the board."

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Grace the Mule Shoots Hoops – with Her Snout

Grace the Mule Shoots Hoops – with Her Snout

Originally posted 04/07/2011 05:00PM

What a dunk!

With a little help from owner Steve Foster, Grace the mule scores during a game of pick-up basketball.

But putting the ball through the hoop is just the beginning of her show-and-tell display, which includes kneeling to pray, painting and playing catch.

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Filed Under: Pet News, Talented Pets
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Luna the Cow Jumps Like a Horse!

Luna the Cow Jumps Like a Horse!

Originally posted 04/05/2011 03:00PM

Determination has paid off beautifully for one German teenager. Denied a horse by her parents, she quickly made due by riding – and teaching to jump – an animal at hand ... in her case, a cow named Luna.

"She thinks she's a horse," Regina Mayer 15, told the Associated Press from her home in the pastoral countryside near the Austrian border. And Luna acts like a horse, too.

"She was really well behaved and walked normally," Mayer said of training Luna shortly after she was born two years ago. "But after a couple of meters, she wanted me to get off! You could see that she got a bit peeved."

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He's Wide Open! Charlie the Seal Waves for Fish

He's Wide Open! Charlie the Seal Waves for Fish

Originally posted 03/15/2011 04:00PM

When you're a seal whose belly gets full by people throwing fish at you, you learn very quickly how to stand out. Charlie the seal has made a name for himself by waving at visitors who come to Howth Harbor in Ireland, where he beckons them to throw him fish, which they purchase by the bucketful nearby.

"He seems to have learned how to do this by imitating people," photographer Paul Hughes told the Daily Mail. "People love it – it gets him noticed and they wave back at him. And at the end of the day he gets to gobble up more fish than the other seals."

He may be a star attraction to people there, but Charlie's buddies are sick of his cheap tricks.

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Spotted: Hickory the Scottish Deerhound Takes New York!

Spotted: Hickory the Scottish Deerhound Takes New York!

Originally posted 02/18/2011 04:00PM

It's time to roll out the red carpet –there's a new star in town!

After being named Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Scottish Deerhound GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind got the kind of treatment a champion gets in New York, with a VIP tour of the city's iconic sights.

On Wednesday, the first-ever Scottish Deerhound to win Best in Show rode to the top of the Empire State Building and took in the view (not to mention the strong winds that blow at the top of the skyscraper) along with his handler, Angela Lloyd.

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Filed Under: Dogs, Talented Pets

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