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World's Ugliest Dog Contest Crowns Winner ... Martha the Mastiff!!!

6/24/2017 7:30 AM PDT

The top dog at this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest was also huge -- a 125 lb. Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha ... but she had some tough competition.

The 29th annual contest held in Petaluma, CA featured 14 of the world's ugliest canines, who competed for a trophy and a $1,500 prize. Now that Martha's the winner ... expect to see her on all the morning talk shows.

Martha stood out from the crowd of older smaller dogs who normally dominate the competition ... and was a fave from the start. Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix who was the oldest in the contest, came in second.

Julia Roberts Lost Dog Found & Returned ... Thanks to Neighborhood App

6/22/2017 2:51 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Julia Roberts' dog once was lost, but now is found and back in her yard ... thanks to her neighbor and a mobile app that connects everyone in her hood.

Someone in Julia's Malibu community found her chocolate lab, Major, earlier this month at Little Dume Beach near Point Dume in Malibu ... and then posted the news using Nextdoor -- an online social network specifically for neighbors.

The post read "Found Chocolate Lab," which was listed in the Lost & Found section of Nextdoor's Point Dume page. Sure enough ... Julia's husband, Daniel Moder, responded and got the contact info of the person who found Major. 

A neighbor tells us the pup was safely returned. Happy ending for everyone. Woof!

Kim Kardashian New Pups Look Like Micro Poms, BUT ...

6/19/2017 2:00 PM PDT

Kim Kardashian seemed to go all micro when she bought 2 Pomeranians for her daughter and niece, but turns out she took a much safer route.

Kim posted this pup pic, showing off the pooches she got North and Penelope. Micro Poms -- which are sometimes under 3 pounds -- carry with them serious health issues, including underdeveloped organs, diabetes, as well as thyroid and breathing problems.

We checked around and even though the Poms look super tiny, we're told they're not micro, based on facial features and their coats. The dogs are teacup Poms.

Life expectancy for teacup Poms are 7 to 14 years, so North and Penelope could enjoy their pups well into their teens.

William Shatner From Captain Kirk to ... Bunny Handler!!!

6/17/2017 11:18 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

William Shatner may have explored new worlds where no man has gone before, but now he's in Sweden ... running around with rabbits.

The legendary "Star Trek" actor is in Stockholm shooting for his new comedy/reality show "Better Late Than Never" ... and showed off his skills as a bunny handler. Spoiler alert -- he wasn't great at it.

Rabbit show jumping is big in Sweden -- kind of like the Westminster Dog Show in the U.S.

Shatner and his fellow cultural icons on the show -- Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman -- all took part in the rabbit racing and looked like they had a blast. As usual, host Jeff Dye was their guide.

Amazon Sued Over Hoverboard Fire Burned Down House, Incinerated Dogs

6/7/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A California family is suing Amazon for allegedly selling them a hoverboard with a cheap battery that caught fire and burned down their home and incinerated their 2 beloved pooches, Bella and Boo.

The family claims Amazon sold them a hoverboard for Christmas, 2015, with a substandard battery and a manual instructing them to "store the scooter indoors."

A month later they say they left the scooter charging inside their home and came back to find the home engulfed in flames as firefighters tried in vain to revive Bella and Boo on their front lawn.

A day after their home burned down, the family claims a worried neighbor who had purchased the same hoverboard called Amazon's customer service line and was instructed to 86 the scooter. 

The family says even worse ... the company issued an alert warning of the danger, but never notified them.

We reached out to Amazon ... a rep says they have no comment.

 

Michael Jackson Estate Hey, Lifetime & Netflix ... Make Your Movies, Just No MJ Tunes

5/22/2017 9:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The new Lifetime and Netflix movies about Michael Jackson and his pet monkey, Bubbles, won't feature any of MJ's music if they know what's good for them.

Sources close to Michael Jackson's estate tell TMZ the new flicks, 'Searching for Neverland' and the recently announced animated feature, "Bubbles," are not authorized -- therefore, they're not allowed to use ANY of Michael's materials ... especially his music.

We're told MJ's estate is holding off on legal action for now, but if they hear anything like, oh let's say "Billie Jean," "Thriller," "Beat It," "Rock with You," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" or any of his hits ... they'll round up the lawyers.

The reason they're not heading to court now? The estate reps haven't seen the movies. 'Searching for Neverland' drops next week, though, so things could change by Monday.

Here's the real question ... can a movie about Michael Jackson even exist without his music, his videos or his pictures? We think not. Soooo, good luck with that, guys.


Cesar Millan Trump Can Boost His Ratings ... By Getting a Dog!!

5/13/2017 8:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cesar Millan has the perfect way for President Trump to improve his image with all Americans -- team up with a pup!

We got the legendary dog whisperer leaving Madeo Restaurant in L.A. ... and he thinks it's time for Donald to fall in line with past presidents and welcome a dog to his family and the White House.

As for what type of dog ... the answer is pretty obvious to Cesar, and is definitely fitting for the Trump brand. Here's a hint -- it's the type of dog that has a good rep and makes life less stressful.

So ... definitely not a dog who might bite guests.

Kim Zolciak Reveals Kash's Face, Gnarly Dog Bite Scars

5/9/2017 1:18 PM PDT

Kim Zolciak just shared an up close and personal post-surgery photo of her son's injured face after he was gnarled by a dog ... and the attack left several marks.

Kim posted a pic Tuesday of 4-year-old Kash Biermann, with a long caption thanking fans who sent prayers during the ordeal. She says ... "Kash has healed up incredibly and has perfect vision in his left eye. Stitches on his water line, and his eyeball was never touched! God is Good!"

Kim also thanked the doctors who operated on her son.

As we reported ... Kash had to undergo surgery after he was bitten in the face. At the time, Kim cited his injuries as "traumatic." She's never said anything more about the attack or whose dog was behind it.

Great to see Kash is doing better now.

Gary the Dog This is How I Roll!!! At Carrie Fisher Movie Night

5/5/2017 7:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gary the Dog turnt all the way up at a special Carrie Fisher movie screening Thursday ... and it's the most ADORABLE thing you're going to see all day!!!!!

Gary and his caretaker -- Carrie's former asst. Corby McCoin -- attended the May the 4th showing of "Postcards from the Edge" ... a movie the 'Star Wars' actress famously wrote about her relationship with her late mom, Debbie Reynolds.

But the real action went down outside Angel City Brewery in L.A. -- where Gary put on the cutest little show for his adoring fans. 

Who's a good famous doggy!?! You are!! Yes you are!!!

'Morning Joe' Co-Host Mika Check Out the Rock Scarborough Bought Me

5/4/2017 1:03 PM PDT

Newly engaged "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski had her new ice on when she took her dog out for a walk Thursday morning in NYC.

She and fiance, Joe Scarborough, have co-hosted the MSNBC show since 2007, and just went public with their engagement in Vanity Fair. They say Joe proposed in the South of France.

There have been longtime rumors they were dating. Both have kids from previous marriages. Joe ended his in 2013, while Mika split with her husband just over a year ago.

They say they've turned down an offer from President Trump to officiate the wedding.

Good. We're thinking he might be busy.

'Pee-wee's Playhouse' Actor Jambi the Genie Accused of Threatening to Kill Dog

4/27/2017 4:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Paragon, the actor who played Jambi the Genie on "Pee-wee's Playhouse," is being accused by a neighbor of repeatedly screaming at her to "shut her f***ing dog up!!!" and he tells TMZ ... guilty as charged.

Elizabeth MacPherson has filed for a restraining order, claiming John has a thing against her and her dog, once screaming at her for 4 hours ... "Shut that f***ing dog up asshole." She also claims he said, "I'm going to kill that f***ing dog."

We spoke with John, who says the 200 pound, white dog barks "incessantly" and numerous neighbors have complained, to no avail. He admits he's screamed at her to "shut the f***ing dog up," and she responded by flipping him off. He says he's never nor would he threaten her physically.

John says he's filed police reports and he and various neighbors have complained to animal control and a hearing is set for June.

Elizabeth says she has video of John screaming while the dog "sits complacently in the backyard."

She also says the alleged harassment has been going on for years ... back in 2014, she says she was playing bean bags with some friends and John began screaming, "Stop throwing those f***ing bags. F*** you."

United Airlines Would-Be World's Biggest Rabbit Dies Onboard Flight to U.S.

4/25/2017 5:52 PM PDT

United Airlines is catching more flak this week after a rabbit set to become the world's biggest bunny died on-board one of its flights.

The 3-foot bunny named Simon reportedly died Monday night on a United flight from Heathrow to O'Hare -- yes, really.

The breeder, Annette Edwards, says Simon was healthy before boarding ... but was found dead in the plane's cargo hold upon landing. It was reportedly on its way to a new celeb owner in the States.

The rabbits cost around $6,400 to raise, and Edwards sells them for $640 a pop. Simon, who was 10 months old, was expected to surpass his 4-foot, 4-inch dad  ... and snag the record for world's biggest.

United -- which is already dealing with a PR nightmare -- reportedly said it was saddened to hear this news and that it's trying to determine why Simon died.

Cesar Millan No Bones About It ... Dogs Have Noses for Quakes!

4/25/2017 1:17 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cesar Millan's a firm believer in dogs' ability to sniff out earthquake danger ... especially after the video of one pooch fleeing during the big one Monday in Chile.

The 'Dog Whisperer' was leaving Madeo in WeHo when we asked him about the dachshund caught in the 7.1 magnitude shaker. Cesar said it's no old wives' tale ... dogs are tuned in to this kinda stuff, and they're not the only ones. He added ... all of this is old news, if ya live on a farm.

City folk. Whatcha gonna do with 'em?

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