Despite the all-too-soon arrival of 2012, we can still look back on 2011 as, most certainly, an interesting year.
The past year was marked with notable animals being honored; while some dogs were honored in life, others were honored in death. Lost cats captured our hearts and brought tears to our eyes. On the semi-exotic front, we know that parrots can do more than talk. Pomeranians created a lot of traffic on the Internet and on the highway. And while Twitter kept us abreast of escaped zoo animals, Facebook’s founder got a pooch.
For my end of the year wrap-up, I compiled a list my favorite news related articles about dogs, cats and other animals. From Facebook founders to Twitter to the ever-entertaining Pomeranian Boo, here were the top news stories for 2011:
1. Dark Horse Breed, Scottish Deerhound, Wins Westminster
2. Mark Zuckerburg Gets Puli-ed
3. Death Sets Trouble Free
4. Paws Up for Great White Way Dog Trainer Who Won Tony
5. $1.5 million on Tibetan Mastiff
6. World’s Smartest Dog Runs Rings Around ABC Journalists
7. Impersonator Amasses Large Twitter Following and Gains Notoriety for Escaped Bronx Zoo Cobra
8. Peacock Escapes Central Park Zoo for Better View of the City
9. Blessing of the Japanese Animals
10. Ozzy Osbourne Spends $10K for New Puppy at Charity Auction
11. Why Pay for Boo’s Book When You Can See Him on the Internet for Free?
12. New Yorker Journalist Spent Hours Researching and Writing Article About Dogs but Saves Time Buying Puppy from Pet Store.
13. Much Love for Dog Lover Who Helps Deformed Puppy, Rescued from Trash.
14. SURFice dog, Ricochet, and others were honored at a TD Bank Store, Not AKC Offices
15. Who Needs a Guard Dog When You Can Get a Parrot?
16. After 5 Years, Willow is Reunited with Her Family
17. Harry Potter, Warner Brothers, Fail to Set-Up Trust Fund for Sirius' Animagus
18. Momma’s Dog Creates Chaos on Highway
19. Daniel the Beagle Survived the Gas Chamber
20. Traveling Pet Owners Need to Remember Jack the Cat Before They Fly with Their Animals
21. Princess Beatrice's Royal Wedding Hat Makes a Great Halloween Costume for Dogs
22. Kim Kardashian Barks that Kris Humphries’ Dogs Are Not Welcomed in Bed
23. Baggage Handler Fired for Refusing to Transport Mistreated Dog
24. World’s Oldest Dog Dies
Did you have any other favorite news stories for 2011? Share them in a comment!