The Water Bowl: Josh Hutcherson Named His Dog After Ryan Gosling

04/23/2012 at 11:45 AM EDT

Josh Hutcherson Names Dog After Ryan Gosling's Drive Character
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Josh Hutcherson named his newly adopted rescue pit bull Driver after the character played by Ryan Gosling in Drive. "I always thought it was a good name for a dog, so it just kind of worked out," he said. –New York Daily News

When his owner could no longer take care of him, Meow, a 2-year-old cat who weighs 40 lbs., was given to a New Mexico animal shelter, which is now hoping to help him lose weight so he can be put up for adoption. "The thing with this cat is when you look at it, certainly it's obese … but it's a sweet looking cat. His face is very sweet," shelter spokesman Ben Swan said. –AP

New research shows dog owners are attracted to breeds that reflect their personality, with extroverted individuals often seen with German shepherds and collies, while parents to smaller dogs such as Chihuahuas seem better suited at adjusting to change. –Yahoo! UK



Western Australia has created a new marine park to protect its population of humpback whales, estimated at 22,000, during calving season. The park will cover 2,700 miles and require ships to stay at least 1,640 feet back from the animals. –Discovery News

Every year around Earth Day, the residents of Overland Park, Kan., bring their pets to a special ceremony – an animal blessing service held at the Indian Heights United Methodist Church. "God created all animals and we feel these special companions to people deserve a special blessing," said the Rev. Sheila Lawson, the church's pastor. –The Kansas City Star

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After six years, a California woman was reunited with her dog, who had disappeared from her backyard after digging a hole. Though owner April Allen had made every attempt to find her Bichon Frise, Princess, back then, she was never located, until a pound recently contacted her. –ABC News

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