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On Off-year Election Day, Obama Dog Gets Most of the Attention

On Off-year Election Day, Obama Dog Gets Most of the Attention

First Dog, from

Westport, CT (PRWEB) November 3, 2009

Profiling the country’s most famous dog, Draw the Dog’s Election Day cartoon is inspired by Bo, First Dog of The White House.

Draw the Dog was launched two months ago by former Disney cartoonist Jim George and his friend, entrepreneur and dog lover Bruce Kasanoff. Every cartoon is inspired by a real dog ; owners submit stories via the site.

To make the site unique, each dog cartoon appears to draw itself.

The cartoons range from one about two Great Danes who opened a second-story window only to end up stuck on a porch roof — requiring the fire department to get them — to a Border Collie who kept switching its owner’s lights on and off using a remote light switch.

Last week, a reader suggested that Draw the Dog profile the First Dog. He even described the whole setting of the cartoon, and Jim George sat down right away and drew the cartoon. “When we get a good idea from our readers,” says George, “We jump on it. That’s the beauty of interacting directly with your audience.”

The cartoonist’s talent is evident in this cartoon. President Obama is not an easy person to satirize or capture accurately, but George does a great job here. “Bo looks good, too,” adds Kasanoff.

The site’s two co-founders are highly motivated to make people smile, and to capture the often magical relationship between people and dogs. Says Kasanoff, “For whatever reason, dogs seem to bring out the best in most of us. They’re always happy to see you, always accept you for who you are, and nearly always are willing to play.”

News of the site has spread through word of mouth across dog forums and Web sites. Barely two months after its launch, the website has attracted visitors from 49 countries and receives well over 100 submissions per week.

“First Dog” is on Draw the Dog’s home page all day today, Tuesday November 3.

Permission is granted blogs and media outlets to publish this still image of “First Dog”

To date, the site has included cartoons about Dobermans, Great Danes, Collies, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Bassett Hounds, German Shepherds, Beagles and Boxers. George and Kasanoff are eager to feature other breeds, and look forward to receiving more stories submitted through the Make Your Dog Famous section of

His brief bio on the site says, “Draw the Dog is drawn by Jim George, one of your typical ex-Disney animators who lives near the beach in Venice and once spent years animating in a cabin in the woods and who has been creating characters for film and TV and who has been a director and book author and who also has a counseling practice and who really likes animals and people, too.”


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Unfortunately, there are a number of household food and miscellaneous items which we tend to overlook which could be surprisingly dangerous to your dog’s health. It is urgently important to be aware of these household items since dogs and especially puppies are scavengers at heart. Keeo in mind that your dog might be able to find what you think is well hidden due to it’s extraordinary sense of smell.

One of these dangerous household items, by the way, is ordinary chocolate. Chocolate may not be bad for us humans, but can be potentially harmful and even lethal for our pets, and particularly for our dogs. Cats are largely unaffected because they do not care for the taste of chocolate, but dogs tend to be crazy about it. Certain breeds of dogs react differently to chocolate. The root of the problem is that chocolate contains various chemicals which are called methylxanthine alkaloids (some types have more of these chemicals than others) Even minor amounts of these chemicals may cause unfortunate reactions such as constriction of the arteries and an increased heart rate. Large amounts may cause even more dire symptoms and a pound of milk chocolate could possibly kill a sixteen pound dog. If you find that your dog has eaten chocolate then by all means take note of the it’s type and try to estimate the amount eaten. Then get on the phone with a veternarian or an emergency facility. Be sure that your children know how important it is to keep chocolate out of your dog’s reach.

If you are not aware that your dog has consumed chocolate, the consequences could be severe. If consumption is not found within 4 to 6 hours without the right treatment, cardiac failure, seizures, coma and death could result, according to veternarian Dr. Jane Bicks.

In addition to seemingly innocent chocolate, there are a number of other common household items that may seem safe for our dogs but that can be downright dangerous.

Some mushrooms, for example, can produce abdominal pain, liver andd kidney damage and amenia. So be aware of wild mushrooms when you are out walking your dog in wooded areas. Garlic may seem benign but can cause vomiting, liver damage, anemia and diarrhea so do not give your pet baby food since it can contain garlic.

Anti-freeze can shut down your dog’s kidney and they tend to love the taste. Miscletoe can cause vomiting, abdominal pain and depression. Onions can cause liver damage, anemia and diarrhea. Onion can also sometimes be found in baby food. Cats are actually somewhat more sensitive to this one so keep out of the reach of both.

Coffee, like cocoa, is especially dangerous, and may cause heart rate increase, diarrhea, seizures, coma, death. Caffeine just does not have the same effect in dogs.

When outside be careful around apple and cherry trees. While the fruit is safe, the leaves and roots are not. And be very careful about Moth Balls. it’s primary chemical naphthalene is extremely toxic to dogs and can result in tremors and seizures.

Concerning dog food, you should be looking for dyes and other chemicals, according to Dr. Jane BHA, for instance, which is one of the main synthetic antioxidant preservatives used to prevent food discoloration, has been observed to cause cancer in laboratory rats at certain doses. Small doses are as yet unclear but since dog food is eaten every day caution is advised. Many conventional dog food brands have large quantities of sodium to make them palatable, and this can be quite harmful to a dog. Other ingredients to wary of are dairy, by-products, chemical preservatives and artificial colors. For more information go to

Aaron Wilmont is an author and researcher in the fields of

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