People love their pets. Most pet owners feel as if their pet is a part of the family. In the United States alone, almost 75% of the population have some type of animal as a pet. With these statistics, why would a company risk becoming a target for pet owners?
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Pet Owners Outraged
The website hosting company, GoDaddy, released their Super Bowl commercial days before the big game was played. The commercial was intended to be a parody of a Budweiser commercial. However, pet owners were outraged at the GoDaddy commercial. So much, GoDaddy removed their commercial from their YouTube channel and cancelled it from airing during the Super Bowl.
The GoDaddy commercial, titled “Journey Home”, featured a cute puppy falling out the back of a pickup truck. The puppy, named Buddy, made its way back home. The pet owners were overjoyed. Not because of sentimental reasons, but because they just sold Buddy via a website they made with GoDaddy.
Archie The Bear
No matter what type of animal they are, pet owners love their pets. In Ohio, Jeff and Debbie Gillium are trying to maintain custody of their black bear, named Archie. Archie was rescued as a cub from a terrible home and is now in his late 30s. Ohio is forcing the Gilliums to surrender Archie the bear.
The couple loves Archie. They just want the bear to live out his final years with them. The state of Ohio is saying the couple does not have the proper permit to keep the bear and a permit cannot be issued to them. A petition to support the couple and Archie the bear has been started.
There’s been an animal news story out of Tampa, Florida about a zombie cat. This cat supposedly rose from the dead. Zombie cat has a real name, Bart. Here’s Bart’s story.
Bart was run over by a car and appeared lifeless. The pet owner was too emotional to bury his beloved cat so he had a friend do it for him. Bart appeared dead to the owner’s friend, so he buried him. The pet owner, Ellis Hutson, was shocked when Bart showed up back at his house 5 days later. Thus, the story of ‘zombie cat’ was born.
The pet owner couldn’t afford to have Zombie Cat treated so he reached out to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. They were able to get Bart the necessary surgeries. Bart had an eye removed and his jaw repaired.
Zombie Cat will not be returned to the pet owner, according to the Tampa Bay Humane Center. They are suspicious of the circumstances on how Bart came to be buried and rise from the grave. A custody battle will probably ensue since Zombie Cat might rival the popularity and financial success of Grumpy Cat.
News Anchor Jokes About Zombie Cat
Buffalo, New York news anchor, Teresa Weakley, laughed and commented on air about Zombie Cat. Teresa Weakley said “maybe it should have been buried deeper.” Many outraged pet owners went on Teresa Weakley’s Facebook page to respond to her comment. All the negative comments were constantly deleted.
Teresa Weakley Update
There was an online petition demanding an apology from Teresa Weakley. Her comment of Zombie Cat really riled up a lot of pet owners. The WIVB News 4 anchor explains her Zombie Cat comments. She even posted a video on Facebook apologizing for what she said. Well, sort of. The apology seemed forced, of course, and you can see the movement of her eyes reading the teleprompter.
Also In Episode 23
It’s Super Bowl Sunday! One of the teams is being accused of cheating their way to the big game. The New England Patriots are accused of deflating footballs in order to give them the edge in their AFC Championship game. An investigation is ongoing.
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