Weekly News Roundup 8/10–8/16: Special tabloid edition
Get paid to live on a Greek island and care for cats
Working at a cat rescue might not sound like the typical dream job, but this isn’t a gig in a fluorescent-lit brick building with a pervasive sawdust aroma. This job is on the Greek island of Syros, population 21,000 (not including cats). God’s Little People Cat Rescue is looking to hire “a mature and genuinely passionate cat lover who knows how to handle many cats.” You’d be playing cat wrangler to 55 cats who need to be fed, medicated, and loved. The compensation includes a semi-detached “modern tiny house with its own garden” and a view of the Aegean Sea. You’d live there rent-free. Additionally, the caretaker is paid a part-time salary, although the job listing doesn’t say how much. However, it does remind potential applicants to “keep in mind this is a part-time job with house, water, [and] electricity included.”
Meet the world’s richest pets
When you look at a list of the world’s richest, you might expect to see figures such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and the Queen of England included. A chicken or a dog—not so much. But according to a new list of the world’s richest pets, there are some animals out there who are way richer than most humans will ever be. In fact, the richest animal on the list is worth more than $375 million. He’s a German shepherd dog named Gunther IV. Gunther has his own personal maid and butler, eats steak and caviar, and divides his leisure time between a number of million-dollar homes. Social media star Grumpy Cat, with a net worth of $99.5 million, also made the list. (Spoiler alert: if your pet got up to go to work this morning, he’s not on it.)
Is Instagram dooming ugly dogs to animal shelters?
Social media could be to blame for the rise in “unfashionable” dog breeds being left in animal rescue shelters across the United Kingdom, according to new research. A survey found that that 55% of dog shelters blame celebrity owners and social media for making pet owners believe some breeds are more appealing than others—because they supposedly look better in photographs. Currently, Staffordshire bull terriers, Akitas, and greyhounds are the most common breeds found in UK animal shelters (and there’s a noticeable dearth of them on Instagram). Two of the most in-demand breeds at shelters are pugs (Jessica Alba has some!) and French bulldogs (Lady Gaga loves ’em!). You’ll have a tough time finding those breeds at shelters, but you’ll find plenty of both on social media.
Another breed soon to be in big demand: The Screaming American Staffordshire terrier
An Arizona dog with a talent for screaming is winning fans across the internet. Mo the American Staffordshire terrier, who now lives in Flagstaff with his owner, Kristin Allen, is gaining fame one video click at a time. A little more than a year ago, Mo was wandering the streets of Phoenix without a home during one of the city's hottest summers on record. But now he has some 50,000 followers. A video posted on social media last week shows him screaming from the backseat of a car—his preferred form of getting attention. Mo screams at pigeons. Mo screams at cars. Mo screams at people passing by. Mo screams and he screams and he screams . . . he’s a cute doggie.
Former Supremes producer composing music for stressed-out shelter dogs
Even if you’re a longtime music fan, the name Terry Woodford might not ring a bell. But some of the artists with whom he worked as a songwriter, producer, or engineer probably do: the Supremes, the Temptations, and the Commodores. In a music career that started in the early 1960s and spanned a quarter-century, Woodford was involved in generating successful songs for marquee names as well as less-famous acts. Some of Woodford’s collaborations still resonate: “Scratchin,’” an instrumental by Magic Disco Machine, has been sampled by Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, and dozens of other artists. These days, however, Woodford’s musical creations don’t get played on the radio, haven’t been sampled by Cardi B, and aren’t a powerful presence on Spotify. But they are played for dogs—lots of dogs. (And they’re all big fans of “Scratchin.’”)