Gaga for animals: the pet proclivities—and power—of the famous
Famous people—and animals—have influence, and that influence is emerging everywhere.
On the hill
On June 3, the new bi-partisan Caucus for the Humane Bond, co-chaired by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, was launched. It was created to strengthen the humane bond between people and animals, reported Robin Ganzert, PhD, President and CEO of the American Humane Association in an opinion piece in The Hill.
Human celebrities on hand for the launch included Broadway producer and philanthropist Candy Spelling, country singer Naomi Judd, and movie director Jon Turteltaub.
Animal celebrities included military hero dog teams Corporal Jeff DeYoung and Military Working Dog (MWD) Cena, as well as Specialist Brent Grommet and MWD Matty.
Crystal, the Capuchin monkey from the "Night at The Museum" movies; Hudson, the dog from “My Idiot Brother” and SNL; and the 2014 Service Dog Team of the Year, KK and JJ, rounded out the celebrity list.
In the skies
American Airlines unveiled its new Airbus A321T aircraft in March. It features two ventilated pet cabins, one in each bulkhead seat, for stowing pets during takeoffs and landings.
Paris Hilton, and her late Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, inspired the first-class upgrade, American Airlines told The New York Times.
The Airbus operates 13 times a day, between New York and Los Angeles, and five times a day between New York and San Francisco. New planes are being added weekly.
Out of the closet
Lady Gaga is creating a dog clothing line to strengthen the bond between owners and their dogs, reported Pet Age Magazine.
The idea was inspired by Asia, the French bulldog puppy Lady Gaga and her fiancé share. (Pictures of the bedecked pup are available on Instagram.)
“I get hooked up with the finest in puppy products, so I really have a knack for what’s quality,” Lada Gaga told Pet Age Magazine. “My vision is to find creative and functional ways for pets and their owners to bond!”
On the way to jail
Chuck Blazer, a former Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) official turned Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informant, recently ‘fessed up to bribes regarding the World Cup, reported New York Daily News.
One of Blazer's financial disclosures included his cats—he kept a $6,000 a month apartment for them in Trump Tower.