A 911 dispatcher in Norfolk, Va. received an unusual call Tuesday: “I’d like to report a lion sighting,” the caller said.
“Say that again?” asked the dispatcher.
What two more callers also reported as being a baby lion on the loose, was actually a Labrador retriever-poodle mix named Charles the Monarch, who was groomed to look like the Old Dominion University mascot — a lion — by his owner Daniel Painter.
“He has a thousand-and-200-some friends on Facebook,” said owner Chris Painter. We’re guessing that number will grow.
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I love all pets. I wouldn’t be a veterinarian if I didn’t, and I celebrate the human-animal bond every day. I do look forward, though, to the day when these five breeds aren’t as popular. The reasons vary, but in many cases the problems are health-related, and overbreeding by puppy mills and other less-than-ideal operations has a lot to do with that. What would help these breeds is for there to be a lot less of them. A couple of them need many more adopters and far less breeding, and all would benefit from people who are well-prepared for the challenges of owning a dog, and who make sure to look to rescue, shelters and reputable breeders for their pets. As always, whatever pet you choose, we veterinarians are here to help you make healthy choices for life.
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