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Teddy enjoys his version of tug-of-war

Tug-of-war, a favorite game for many dogs, including mine, Teddy, isn’t a favorite with all trainers. Some believe the game can create aggressive behaviors. Still others believe there are possible advantages. After consulting the experts, I saw the game’s potential for Teddy. ››RELATED: Cutest contest lifts mood It depends on my family — our willingness...
Family pig named Spam stolen in home robbery

Family pig named Spam stolen in home robbery

A Cleveland, Ohio, family is hoping someone can track down a missing family member: a mini pig named Spam, who was stolen by burglars, KSAT reports. >> Read more trending news  Valerie Couch raised Spam since he was a piglet, and while the family has other animals, they all play nice together. She said that whoever took Spam didn’t realize how important he was to them...
Springfield couple warn about possible online puppy scam

Springfield couple warn about possible online puppy scam

A Springfield couple is working to regain more than $1,700 they lost after trying to buy a puppy online that they never received. Mariah Hughes convinced her fiance Joey Brown that they should get a dog. She decided on a mini-Dachshund because she likes small dogs and they live in an apartment. RELATED: Springfield police warn about possible school fundraiser scam “I was kind of hesitant...
Puppies sold at pet stores linked to Ohio outbreak, six other states

Puppies sold at pet stores linked to Ohio outbreak, six other states

Puppies sold at Petland are linked as the likely source of an infection outbreak in Ohio and six other states. The outbreak of the infection, which can spread to people from puppies and dogs, has been linked to 39 people reported sick including nine hospitalizations, though no deaths have been reported, according to the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control. People with the Campylobacter...
Clark County officially splits with Humane Society

Clark County officially splits with Humane Society

Clark County commissioners have formally split with the Humane Society Serving Clark County, canceling its contract as of Aug. 31. Clark County opened its own animal shelter on Sept. 1 after the local humane society said it wouldn’t be able to continue its contract to house stray and lost dogs for the county dog wardens. RELATED: Clark County opens new shelter to house lost, stray dogs &ldquo...
Dog rescued from dumpster headed to landfill

Dog rescued from dumpster headed to landfill

A dog in Michigan was rescued just in time after she was found Friday in a dumpster on its way to a landfill. The dog, a mixed-breed female, tumbled out with the trash when a roll-off dumpster was emptied at a Detroit transfer station, WXYZ reported. The garbage was headed to the landfill. Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue was called and took the dog to a veterinarian to be examined. The dog,...
Great Pyrenees from Louisiana now at Springfield rescue

Great Pyrenees from Louisiana now at Springfield rescue

Six Great Pyrenees from Louisiana made the long journey to Springfield this weekend. The three males between 1 and 3 years old; a 6-month-old male and two 12-week-old puppies arrived around 2 p.m. at the National Great Pyrenees Rescue’s Springfield shelter. Kaira Carpenter, Ohio foster coordinator for the rescue organization, said the dogs came from foster homes in Louisiana to make room for...
Clark County opens new shelter to house lost, stray dogs

Clark County opens new shelter to house lost, stray dogs

Clark County will open its own animal shelter Friday, Sept. 1, after the local humane society ended its contract to house stray and lost dogs for the dog wardens. State law mandates the county pick up stray dogs. In previous years, Clark County paid the Humane Society Serving Clark County more than $200,000 annually to serve as both the dog wardens and to shelter and care for stray and lost animals...
Lost dog jumps into stranger's car during Hurricane Harvey, reunites with family

Lost dog jumps into stranger's car during Hurricane Harvey, reunites with family

A dog is back with his family thanks to a storm chaser who found more than just a hurricane this weekend. According to HotTopics.TV, Aaron Jayjack describes himself as a storm chaser and outdoorsman in his Twitter bio. According to a video posted over the weekend, he was in Runge, Texas, chasing Hurricane Harvey when a dog jumped into his car. “I stopped for gas and this guy was following...
Hurricane Harvey evacuees haven't forgotten about their pets

Hurricane Harvey evacuees haven't forgotten about their pets

As thousands of people are displaced by rising waters in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, they are bringing small amounts of personal belongings to area shelters. But evacuees are not leaving their furry friends behind. “It seems like everyone coming off a boat is carrying a dog or cat,” said Monica Schmidt, a manager for the Houston Humane Society, according to Reuters. Because...
Our ‘brilliant’ cat’ sets a high bar

Our ‘brilliant’ cat’ sets a high bar

In the first week of February, this newspaper published an article entitled, “Are cats actually as smart as dogs? New study says so.” Japanese researchers found that just like dogs, cats could “retrieve and utilize information from a single past event.” Both cats and dogs recalled which food bowls they had previously eaten. This study’s results shows that cats maybe as...
Clark County strays, lost dogs won’t go to Dayton shelter

Clark County strays, lost dogs won’t go to Dayton shelter

Clark County won’t send strays and runaway dogs to a shelter in Dayton, according to Clark County commissioners. The commissioners said in a news release that they’re seeking a new place for dogs picked up by the Clark County dog wardens. “The county is in the process of obtaining a facility suitable to house the county dogs,” the release says. “Impounded dogs will not...
Boy and cow snuggle at fair in viral photo that the internet is loving

Boy and cow snuggle at fair in viral photo that the internet is loving

A father captured a picture of his son snuggled up with their cow, and, of course, internet users found it prize-worthy.  Mitchell Miner, 15, of Iowa, and his cow, Audri, had a long day at the Iowa State Fair after competing in the youth cattle show Sunday. So, the best friends decided to take a nap.  “I was asleep. I think she was, too,” Miner told the Des Moines Register...
Humane Society won’t house dogs for Clark County anymore

Humane Society won’t house dogs for Clark County anymore

The Humane Society Serving Clark County has sent a letter to county commissioners informing them that the organization won’t be able to house strays picked up by dog wardens after Aug. 31. Now Clark County stray dogs and runaway pets might be sent to Dayton. “We are looking at several options we have, both here in Clark County and maybe some help again in Montgomery County,” Clark...
Why you may not see Fiona’s dad, Henry, at the Cincinnati Zoo

Why you may not see Fiona’s dad, Henry, at the Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo is telling visitors why baby hippo Fiona’s dad, Henry, hasn’t been seen much lately. “Our beloved papa hippo hasn’t been feeling well and has been choosing to stay inside. He has been more tired than usual and doesn’t have much of an appetite,” the zoo said in an Instagram post. MORE: Graeter’s expands Chunky Chunk Hippo flavor Members of...
What are the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S.?

What are the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S.?

If you’re a proud member of the growing number of households that include four-legged friends, you’ll want to check out this list. >> Read more trending news  WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated U.S. cities based on whether they are a pet’s friend or foe.  Analysts came up with the ranking after looking at about two dozen metrics that focused on three...
Teddy may not understand ‘no ice cream policy’

Teddy may not understand ‘no ice cream policy’

Ed, my husband, loves ice cream. Teddy, my lab, loves ice cream, too. For Teddy, chowing down on a bowl of vanilla smoothness may taste good, but it’s not good for his overall health. ››RELATED: Dogs’ quirks I could argue that ice cream is bad for Ed, too. But since this is a column about dogs, I’ll stick to Teddy. According to the website Dog Health News...
Famous 2-legged dog ejected in rollover car accident found after day-long search

Famous 2-legged dog ejected in rollover car accident found after day-long search

A vacation turned tragic Friday night when a Washington family hit a bison with their truck and lost their beloved two-legged boxer, who is known around the world.  After a day-long search the dog was found, according to an animal rescue group. Gary Walters, his fiancee Amanda Giese, and her two children were traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Island Park around 11 p.m. when they struck...
WATCH: Man and cat’s handshake game is blowing people's minds

WATCH: Man and cat’s handshake game is blowing people's minds

Secret handshakes and spirited fist bumps have been taken to a whole new level. A man taught his cat how to fist-bump like a pro, and of course, it was all caught on camera. >> Read more trending news The cat smoothly sticks out its paw for a high-five and brings it home with a fist-paw bump.  The video was shared to Twitter on Aug. 2 and has gone viral within days, with over 50,000 retweets...
Police: Urbana man beat cat nearly to death, claimed it was a raccoon

Police: Urbana man beat cat nearly to death, claimed it was a raccoon

An Urbana man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police alleged he beat a cat so badly officers had to shoot it to stop its suffering. The pet’s owner, Rhiannon Brown, said the situation has made her uneasy and worried for her other animals. It was her daughter’s cat, Tate, that died. “I was shocked,” she said. “Shocked.” Darius Bledsoe, 69, is scheduled...
Petition: Replace Confederate monument with statue of Snooty the manatee

Petition: Replace Confederate monument with statue of Snooty the manatee

In the wake of the tragic loss of the world's oldest manatee in captivity, residents in Manatee County, Florida, have taken to the internet to remember the beloved Snooty with a statue that would replace a Confederate monument, the Bradenton Herald reports. The Change.org petition had more than 3,200 signatures early Tuesday. “For a manatee as loved as he was in the community, it&rsquo...
35-pound cat joins adopted family for adorable wedding photos

35-pound cat joins adopted family for adorable wedding photos

The cat formerly known as Symba has had a busy time since he went viral in June for his eye-popping girth.  The 35-pound orange tabby has since been adopted by a couple who got married on July 8. Like many wedding guests, the cat, now named Vito, wanted to look his best. His new owners have placed him on a strict diet and a regular exercise regimen. The newlyweds posed with Vito in a series of...
He does what? Dogs’ quirks fit them to a Q

He does what? Dogs’ quirks fit them to a Q

Just like their human counterparts, dogs have quirks. Those strange and sometimes unexplainable habits. Dog’s quirks befuddle and amuse their owners. ››MORE PETS: Painting with your dog At the next party you attend, start up a conversation about you dog’s funny habits. It won’t take long for others to describe their dogs’ quirks. Their cats’...
Invasive toads in South Florida could kill pets

Invasive toads in South Florida could kill pets

An invasive toad species are in high population in South Florida now that the rainy season is here, which means pets could come into contact with them.  >> Read more trending news  The Cane toad, also called giant or Bufo toads, secrete a milky-white toxin on their skin that can get dogs and cats sick if they bite or eat them. These toads are mostly found in yards near canals...
Dr. Dana King, wife donate $20K to renovate Clark County animal shelter

Dr. Dana King, wife donate $20K to renovate Clark County animal shelter

The Clark County SPCA has received a $20,000 donation from Dr. Dana King of Northside Veterinary Clinic and his wife, Judy King. Krissi Hawke, executive director of the Clark County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has been working to raise $35,000 to renovate a Walter Street building in Springfield as a new animal shelter since the group became incorporated last December. As an organization...
Tips to keep your dog cool in the summer

Tips to keep your dog cool in the summer

Humans have been known to put pets in danger in the heat. With some cities hitting triple-digit temperatures, it’s important to remember to keep our dogs and other pets safe during the warm summer months.  It’s already too hot to leave dogs in a parked car for any length of time without air conditioning. Even in the shade, cars heat up fast, and cracking the windows does not...
UPS driver adopts pit bull on her route after owner dies

UPS driver adopts pit bull on her route after owner dies

Katie Newhouser is a local UPS driver in Rancho Cucamonga, California, who had a special bond with a pit bull on her route named Leo. “He would hear my truck come into the condo complex and start barking and scratching at the door to come down to the truck,” Newhouser told PupJournal. “He would love to come into the truck and go into the back to look around.” In October...
Painting with your pets: prints of love

Painting with your pets: prints of love

Our friend, Vickie MacDonald, gave us a gift certificate to paint with our dog, Teddy, at The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton in Miamisburg. RELATED » Karin Spicer on letting a dog sleep in owners’ bed We were thrilled. This activity was right up our alley. Our home is filled with whimsical art. Colorful drawings, paintings and photographs. Sculptures of glass and clay. Many of the...
Florida woman's puppy stolen from car during apparent road rage incident

Florida woman's puppy stolen from car during apparent road rage incident

A woman is accused of snatching another woman's 3-month-old puppy out of her open car window Wednesday while she waited at a red light near the University of South Florida in Tampa, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Laura Rodriguez, 22, told police that she was driving with her sister in the passenger seat when a car cut her off in traffic as she was approaching a turning lane. At the light, a woman...
Woman abandons 3-month-old puppy at airport, leaves sad note

Woman abandons 3-month-old puppy at airport, leaves sad note

The owner of a 3-month-old puppy claims in a heartbreaking note that she had no choice but to leave her Chihuahua at the airport.  >> Read more trending news  Someone found the abandoned puppy, named Chewy, in the bathroom at a Las Vegas airport over the weekend with a big bruise and bump on the head, KSNV reported.  Along with Chewy was a note, telling the story of how the...
Reward climbs to $10,000 after dog found buried alive dies

Reward climbs to $10,000 after dog found buried alive dies

PETA is offering $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for burying a dog that later died in Tucker, Georgia, last month, the organization said Monday. A brown Chow Chow mix was found June 6 buried up to her nose, and she might have been there for several days. She was dug out and taken to receive veterinary care, but she died the next day. The case remains...
Gnocchi the cat, a big bully who likes to chomp, seeks brave adopter

Gnocchi the cat, a big bully who likes to chomp, seeks brave adopter

A cat rescue group in California posted an honest, humorous ad for one of their more difficult to adopt cases. Gnocchi is a gorgeous, black-and-white Maine Coon mix, according to the ad posted by the Cat House on the Kings. Rescuers say he's a big boy with a big attitude. They admit Gnocchi is a bully who likes to pick on smaller cats (which is pretty much any cat since he's so large.) He also...
Grumpy feral cat shows softer side when introduced to kittens

Grumpy feral cat shows softer side when introduced to kittens

Mason may forever be a feral cat when it comes to humans, but he revealed a much softer side when he was introduced to kittens. TinyKittens founder Shelly Roche told The Dodo that while treating a colony of feral cats and having them spayed and neutered, a 10-year-old male cat was discovered to have advanced kidney disease. Instead of euthanasia, Roche took Mason into her home to allow him to...
These states have most overweight pets, research reveals

These states have most overweight pets, research reveals

Dogs and cats in America are becoming increasingly overweight, according to a report from Banfield Pet Hospital. Time reported that research from Banfield Pet Hospital released Tuesday shows that the number of overweight or obese pets in America is growing, and two states have the most hefty cats and dogs. The company, which operates close to 1,000 veterinary clinics in the U.S. and...
Kitten rescued after getting stuck on the Golden Gate Bridge

Kitten rescued after getting stuck on the Golden Gate Bridge

If cats have nine lives, how many lives do kittens have? An orange and white kitten is very fortunate to be alive after dodging traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge last weekend. >> Read more trending news California Highway Patrol received a call Sunday about a kitten running loose on the Golden Gate Bridge, according to the report on its Facebook page. Officers took one pass over the bridge and...
Woman used knife, tongs to perform dog's surgery at home, police say

Woman used knife, tongs to perform dog's surgery at home, police say

A woman in Iowa was arrested last week on animal neglect charges after she allegedly performed surgery on her dog at home. Sarah Diane McMenamin, 26, attempted to remove an obstruction from her dog by using a paring knife and tongs, police told KCCI. The dog did not survive the procedure. McMenamin told police that she performed the procedure because she couldn't afford to pay for the surgery...
Mastiff named Martha crowned world's ugliest dog

Mastiff named Martha crowned world's ugliest dog

In a lighthearted contest often won by small dogs, this year's winner is a big surprise. Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan mastiff, was crowned World's Ugliest Dog for 2017. The dog, described as gassy but gentle, spent much of its time on stage plopped on its side.  The annual event took place Friday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Handler Shirley Zindler told The Associated Press that she...
Turning a page on books about dogs

Turning a page on books about dogs

When my husband, Ed, and I adopted Teddy in 2014, we received numerous “dog” books from family and friends. RELATED » Karin Spicer on letting a dog sleep in owners’ bed The books ranged from understanding behavior (American College of Veterinary Behaviorists “Decoding Your Dog”) to dog games and tricks (Sophie Collins’s “Fun Games for a Smarter Dog&rdquo...
Puppies have swollen faces, but expected to recover from copperhead snake bite

Puppies have swollen faces, but expected to recover from copperhead snake bite

Five puppies in Tennessee are recovering after being bitten by a copperhead snake Thursday. The puppies are being fostered and were bitten by the snake while on the foster parent's porch, WATE reported.  The foster parents immediately administered Benadryl and transported them to an emergency veterinary clinic. >> Read more trending news The puppies' faces are swollen and they were in a...
84 Great Danes rescued from suspected puppy mill

84 Great Danes rescued from suspected puppy mill

More than 80 Great Danes were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in New Hampshire on Friday, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Wolfeboro police served a warrant on a local property where they found 84 dogs being housed in “unsafe and unsanitary conditions.” All the dogs were confiscated from the property. Police say they had received a number of complaints...
WATCH: Kitten rescued after getting stuck in Tesla bumper

WATCH: Kitten rescued after getting stuck in Tesla bumper

A curious kitten became trapped inside the bumper of a Tesla, prompting the need of a Tesla Service representative to perform a rescue operation. A Tesla owner who goes by the username S U on YouTube said he discovered a kitten trapped in his Model X Saturday morning. The video clip shows a kitten desperately crying, and the owner determined that the kitten was stuck in the bumper. Tesla Service was...
35-pound cat named Symba seeking forever home

35-pound cat named Symba seeking forever home

Staff at the Humane Rescue Alliance in the nation’s capital say they’ve seen a lot, but Symba is a first. The 35-pound orange tabby cat is drawing lots of attention on social media. Symba is six years old, sweet, mellow and available for adoption, according to Humane Rescue Alliance officials. They posted photos of the portly feline on their social media pages on Thursday. The cat will...
Woman disguises grandmother's dog as baby to smuggle it into hospital for visit

Woman disguises grandmother's dog as baby to smuggle it into hospital for visit

When her grandmother was recently hospitalized, Shelby Hennick of California did what any good granddaughter would do: She smuggled her grandma’s dog into the hospital, People reports. Despite a hospital rule banning animals, Hennick knew how much her grandmother had been missing the little ruffian, named Patsy. Grandma had been in the hospital for three days due to an adverse...
Dog dies of heat stroke after being left outdoors for hours in extreme heat 

Dog dies of heat stroke after being left outdoors for hours in extreme heat 

Animal Control in Wallingford, Connecticut, is issuing a warning after a dog died after being let outside and left for hours in extreme heat Monday. “One of our shelter alumnus was left outside by the family’s nanny yesterday for several hours without water,” Wallingford Animal Control said in a Tuesday Facebook post. “Sadly, when the dog's owners returned home from work...
Tummy rubs or a food treat? It’s all good

Tummy rubs or a food treat? It’s all good

For not destroying the house while Ed, my husband, Jordan, my daughter, and I were out at dinner, Teddy, our lab rescue, received heaps of praise and tummy rubs. RELATED » Karin Spicer on letting a dog sleep in owners’ bed First by Ed, Teddy’s human dad and fearless leader. Ed’s usual greeting, “Who’s my good boy?” Teddy’s response is to wiggle and roll...
United Pet Group recalls 5 brands of rawhide dog chews

United Pet Group recalls 5 brands of rawhide dog chews

United Pet Group has issued a voluntary recall for multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products that were distributed to retail outlets and sold online in the U.S.  The recall – which covers the brands American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, Healthy Hide, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit – was issued after United Pet Group identified that certain rawhide chew manufacturing...
Pet owners warned as highly contagious dog flu spreads after dog show

Pet owners warned as highly contagious dog flu spreads after dog show

Officials are warning about the dog flu after five confirmed cases in Georgia. The new strain was apparently spread by out-of-state dogs at a dog show in Houston County last month. Veterinarians said the dog flu is so contagious that a dog can sneeze 20 feet away from another dog and pass it or people can spread it by petting another dog. “It can easily be transferred from one city to another...
Clark County gets new shelter to deal with big stray animal problem

Clark County gets new shelter to deal with big stray animal problem

Clark County has a new tool to fight what shelter leaders call a bad problem with stray cats and dogs in the community with the newly founded Clark County SPCA. The Clark County SPCA, founded by former Clark County Humane Society employee Krissi Hawke, began to adopt out pets in March. Hawke said she noticed a void in the community she wanted to fill. “We needed a cruelty investigator,&rdquo...
Humane society, Dayton firefighters rescue cat stuck in pipe

Humane society, Dayton firefighters rescue cat stuck in pipe

It took hours and special equipment for rescuers to free a cat today with its head stuck in a pipe embedded in a cement block in Dayton. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton responded to a report the cat had been stuck for hours. When they arrived, the cat had worn down its nails clenching at the ground trying to escape. The pipe was too thick to easily remove the cat, which was scared. Humane society...
Cat steals show at Marlins home opener strolling through outfield

Cat steals show at Marlins home opener strolling through outfield

The Miami Marlins’ first home game of the 2017 season included stolen bases, strikeouts and home runs, but one purr-formance stole the show. During the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, an unexpected visitor took a stroll along the outfield fence.  A gray cat wedged itself under the base of the wall, drawing the attention of Marlins outfielders Giancarlo Stanton...
Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued, looking for forever homes

Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued, looking for forever homes

Two Florida animal rescue facilities have taken in 47 dachshunds and are looking for a forever home for each of them. WJHG reported  that the Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, Florida, and the Save Underdogs Rescue in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, took in the dogs. “They were going to be taken to a local shelter that wasn't a no-kill shelter so ... the reason it was so urgent for us...
Your cat really does like you, in fact more than food, study says

Your cat really does like you, in fact more than food, study says

Cats have gotten a bad rap, at least according to a new study that found your feline really does like you, even if it doesn’t always know how to show you, and it actually likes interacting with you more than it prefers food. The study from Oregon State University researchers in the journal “Behavioral Processes” also determined that cats are trainable if given the right motivation...
Increase in rattlesnake attack on dogs, Texas vets report

Increase in rattlesnake attack on dogs, Texas vets report

Veterinarians in some parts of Texas have reported an increase in the number of dogs bitten by rattlesnakes this year, according to media reports.  “The snakes are coming out of hibernation, they’re cranky and are more likely to strike when other times they might try to avoid that,” Jim Holcomb of Hill Country Animal Hospital in Austin told KVUE. The story does not offer...
There was a lot of puppy love on National Puppy Day 

There was a lot of puppy love on National Puppy Day 

A little puppy love is a very good thing.  We have buckets of it in our newsroom.   And who are we kidding? Everyday is National Puppy Day to dog lovers.  In recognition of the day, we asked the owners of puppies (and former puppies) in our newsroom to share their photos. One thing was clear: staff members representing Dayton.com, Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, The Journal-News...
Jack Russell flops, takes nosedive at Crufts dog show, is still adorable

Jack Russell flops, takes nosedive at Crufts dog show, is still adorable

A Jack Russell terrier competing at the Crufts 2017 dog show has become a viral hit after flopping at the competition over the weekend. Today reported that 5-year-old Olly missed obstacles and took a nosedive after jumping over a hurdle in the Birmingham, England, show but seemed to enjoy every minute of it.
Dog chained up for 15 years gets new forever home

Dog chained up for 15 years gets new forever home

A dog named Bear spent most of his 15 years of life chained in a yard, until a non-profit animal rescue organization stepped in. USA Today reported Friday that a lab mix named Bear was rescued by Guardians of Rescue, which was able to convince the dog's owners to surrender him. "We received a call about a dog in need of a dog house," Robert Misseri, the founder and president of GOR...
Pet lizard waves at owner, startling moment caught on camera

Pet lizard waves at owner, startling moment caught on camera

A bearded dragon in a terrarium performs an unusual stunt: When its owner waves, the lizard waves back. The unusual waving was caught on video and has now gone viral. But the pet lizard isn’t really waving at its owner, or maybe it is. The reptiles, native to Australia, tend to wave their arms more when they’re young, but the gesture could have several meanings. It might be a sign of &ldquo...
Must see: Impatient dog honks car horn to hurry owner out of Subway

Must see: Impatient dog honks car horn to hurry owner out of Subway

An impatient dog was just doggone tired of waiting for its owner in a car outside a Grove City, Ohio Subway restaurant, so it did what anybody else would do: It laid on the horn. Tim and Yvonne Blankenship were pulling into the restaurant for lunch when they happened to catch the dog, named Diamond, on camera honking the horn incessantly, trying to hurry its owner out of the shop.  It worked...
Dog stolen 7 years ago reunited with owner

Dog stolen 7 years ago reunited with owner

A California woman and her dog were reunited on Saturday in North Carolina -- seven years after she said someone stole him. Early Saturday morning, Kelly Accettola and Bemis reconnected at the Wilkinson Animal Hospital in Gastonia. Bemis was microchipped at the time someone stolen him in 2011, and in December a woman in Gastonia found the dog. The American Kennel Club then...
A 'very amazing puppy': Family dog brought to shelter with note from child

A 'very amazing puppy': Family dog brought to shelter with note from child

The Humane Society of Utah in Murray, Utah, receives former family pets on a regular basis, but one dog came in with a notepad full of messages from his one-time human family member. Today.com reported that Rhino Lightning, a 3-year-old brindled boxer mix, arrived at the organization last week with a spiral notepad full of information on him for his new family, including that he is a "very...
Heartbroken dog owner in Utah warns about poisoning symptoms

Heartbroken dog owner in Utah warns about poisoning symptoms

  A heartbroken Utah family is warning dog owners to watch out for poisons that could kill a dog. The Burrells lost their two dogs last week after a suspected bout of poisoning with antifreeze, a common automotive coolant that is deadly for dogs and humans, too. Katrina Burrell said they had to watch as the vet euthanized their two dogs following a horrible poisoning attack, that included spasms...
One lucky dog in Michigan beat a death sentence through DNA testing

One lucky dog in Michigan beat a death sentence through DNA testing

When a Michigan man’s service dog was accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, it seemed like a lost cause to the Jobs family. Their dog, Jeb, described by the family as a gentle, 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was taken into custody by animal control officers after the incident last year and spent more than two months in custody, Fox59.com reported. A judge ruled at hearing last fall that Jeb...
Pet stores restricted to selling only rescue animals in San Francisco

Pet stores restricted to selling only rescue animals in San Francisco

Pet stores in San Francisco can only sell dogs and cats that come from rescue organizations or animal shelters under new rules passed unanimously by the city’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Supervisor Katy Tang sponsored the legislation to amend the city’s health code to restrict the sale of animals of unknown origins. “Dogs and cats sold in pet stores often come from inhumane...
Man's pet squirrel unleashes surprise attack on burglar

Man's pet squirrel unleashes surprise attack on burglar

A burglar who broke into an Idaho man’s house to ransack his gun collection encountered a formidable security force – a pet squirrel named Joey. Adam Pearl told KIVI that he knew something wasn’t right when he arrived home Feb. 7 and found snowy footprints leading around to the back of his property. Once inside, he found doors opened and scratches on his gun case. A few small items...
Cat reunites with shocked owner after 15 years apart

Cat reunites with shocked owner after 15 years apart

The Takayesu family never thought they’d see James the cat again. James, a female tortoiseshell tabby named by the son after a Thomas the Tank character, disappeared 15 years ago in Maui, shortly after the family moved. After searching for her in vain, the family eventually went on with their lives and adopted dogs. The Takayesu children are now grown, so it was mother Tori Takayesu who...
Must see: German shepherd adopts brood of baby chicks

Must see: German shepherd adopts brood of baby chicks

A video shared online shows adorable baby ducks getting some tender love and care from a German shepherd. The ducks and dog sit contentedly on a shag rug as the chicks chirp happily between the dog’s massive paws. The gentle pooch nudges the chicks with his nose as they snuggle in front of him. Baby chicks will often adopt any animal or human as a surrogate if they lose their mother.
Too much cuteness! Meet Puppy Bowl players

Too much cuteness! Meet Puppy Bowl players

All 84 puppies playing in this weekend’s Puppy Bowl are up for adoption. The puppies come from 44 animal rescue organizations from across the United States, CBS News reports. The Puppy Bowl pups will be competing on Team Ruff and Team Fluff for show, which airs at 3 p.m. Sunday on Animal Planet. In addition to gridiron antics, the show features special slow motion, water bowl and kiss cams....
Investigation underway after puppy found with metal rod in head

Investigation underway after puppy found with metal rod in head

An investigation is underway after the University of Veterinary Specialists in Pennsylvania received a 10-week-old puppy with a 5-inch metal rod through his head and eyes. The UVS Express Pet Transport was dispatched on Friday for a suspected abuse case. The dog is in stable condition and underwent testing to determine the severity of his injuries and surgical options. "We are going to evaluate...
Firefighters help puppy stuck in an odd situation

Firefighters help puppy stuck in an odd situation

A group of quick-thinking firefighters managed to save a puppy who got its head stuck inside a wheel. According to a Monday Facebook post, the Butte-Silver Fire Department in Montana were called to help an 8-month-old coonhound named Blaze. The puppy’s owner had let the dog play outside for a few hours, and found Blaze trapped with his head inside a wheel. Firefighters say they used "a...
Therapy cat named Duke Ellington lifts spirits on hospital visit

Therapy cat named Duke Ellington lifts spirits on hospital visit

A cat named after a jazz legend hit all the right notes on a recent visit to a California hospital. Duke Ellington, a serene black and white cat, made an appearance at UCSF Medical Center on Monday, delighting patients and staff. The hospital posted a video of the cat’s visit on its Facebook page along with the caption, “Our therapy cat, "Duke Ellington" Morris, brings furry...
Husky stolen in Texas in brazen theft that leaves owner heartbroken

Husky stolen in Texas in brazen theft that leaves owner heartbroken

A resident in Fort Bend, Texas is heartbroken after a brazen thief snatched her Siberian husky from her yard in the middle of the day. The theft was caught on surveillance video and shows the dog struggling against a leash the thief used to drag the dog from its yard. The video also shows the white van that was used to steal the dog. The owner told a Houston TV station that her dog’s name is...
Michelle Obama takes dogs Sunny and Bo on final walk through White House

Michelle Obama takes dogs Sunny and Bo on final walk through White House

The Obamas will soon leave the White House for the last time as the president and first lady. Their eight years in the historic house is coming to an end. First lady Michelle Obama took the Obama’s Portuguese water dogs Bo and Sunny on what’s described as a final walk through the building the Obama’s have called home now since 2009. She tweeted out a short video of the stroll, as...
Reward increases in case of dog found in Detroit with ears, nose cut off

Reward increases in case of dog found in Detroit with ears, nose cut off

The Michigan Humane Society is seeking the public’s help in a horrific case of animal abuse, and the reward for information has greatly increased. The organization received a call from a concerned citizen in a Detroit neighborhood on Tuesday, and a rescue team located the injured Rottweiler mix and rushed him to an animal hospital after observing his severe wounds, according to a press release...
Tuna, star of the Amazing Acro-Cats, dies of cancer

Tuna, star of the Amazing Acro-Cats, dies of cancer

The cowbell won't sound quite the same now that Tuna, the star of the Amazing Acro-Cats cat circus, has died.Happy Cats Haven posted the news Friday on its Facebook page: "To all our fans of Tuna and The Rock Cats and the Amazing Acro-Cats, it's with many tears that we let you know that Samantha Martin's star kitty Tuna crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday from cancer." Tuna had recently...
Pet deer gunned down by Kansas game wardens in front of upset family

Pet deer gunned down by Kansas game wardens in front of upset family

 A pet deer on a Kansas farm was gunned down by state wildlife officials in front of its owners, outraging the Mcgaughey family and sparking a social media backlash. Owner Taryn Mcgaughey told local news outlets in western Kansas that a game warden and two other officials showed up at her farm and shot her pet deer five times. “They followed her around our horse pen. The first shot in the...
Lost dog to rejoin New Mexico family after holiday crash that killed daughter

Lost dog to rejoin New Mexico family after holiday crash that killed daughter

A lost dog in North Carolina is on his way to being reunited with his family in New Mexico after a deadly holiday car crash. Coolyay, a 1-year-old American pit bull terrier, ran away from the scene of an accident in Greensboro just before Christmas. The Bannerman family lost their 11-year-old daughter, Tori, when their minivan collided with a tractor-trailer on Dec. 18 as they were traveling to see...
Watch: Ukrainian dog stays by injured sister, protects her on tracks as trains roar over them

Watch: Ukrainian dog stays by injured sister, protects her on tracks as trains roar over them

Two lost dogs in Ukraine turned into lucky dogs and are safe now, after spending two harrowing days over Christmas stuck on busy railway tracks with trains roaring over them every half hour. One of the dogs, named Lucy, was injured and couldn’t move from the tracks near the village of Tseglovka. Watch what her brother, known as Panda, does. He stayed by her side for two days, nudging her head...
Kitten stuck in palm tree makes dramatic leap, survives

Kitten stuck in palm tree makes dramatic leap, survives

A kitten in New Zealand got stuck in a tree, but not just any old tree. The gray and white cat somehow ended up high atop a palm tree that measured approximately 25 meters, according to a report from Stuff, a New Zealand news publication. That’s 82 feet, and firefighters were called out Tuesday to assist in the rescue mission. The firefighters placed a ladder on each side of the tree and climbed...
Dashcam video shows dog jumping out of moving car on highway

Dashcam video shows dog jumping out of moving car on highway

A Colorado woman posted dashcam video on Facebook Tuesday that showed a dog jumping out of a car on a highway. Erica Robles Kannely said her husband captured the frightening scene while driving his truck on a busy I-70. In the video, the small white dog can be seen jumping out the window, rolling over and standing in the middle of the highway as traffic slowed down around it. The dog’s owner...
Cat found with 2 pounds of matted fur that looked like dreadlocks

Cat found with 2 pounds of matted fur that looked like dreadlocks

Hidey the cat was found hiding in the cellar of a Pennsylvania home, after her owner, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was moved into a nursing home. Hidey was carrying a shocking secret. The cat had accumulated years of matted fur, which had turned into what looked like dreadlocks. Paul Russel, a distant relative of the cat’s owner, told The Dodo that he went to check on the cats after the...
Video shows Colorado shelter celebrate all its pets getting forever homes

Video shows Colorado shelter celebrate all its pets getting forever homes

One animal shelter in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has a lot to celebrate this season. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region held a campaign to clear out its kennels and give as many pets as possible a home, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported. Gretchen Pressley, the organization's community relations manager, said the "Bring Them Home for the Holidays" campaign waived adoption fees...
Children 'Deck the Howls' at shelter's reading to dogs holiday event

Children 'Deck the Howls' at shelter's reading to dogs holiday event

Children brought the holiday spirit to dogs at a special event held at the Humane Society of Missouri. The second annual Deck the Howls event was held Dec. 2 and was open to children ages 5-11 who wanted to come to the shelter and read holiday stories to the adoptable dogs. According to the shelter’s YouTube page, the kids made toys, treats and pillows at the event, and helped tuck the dogs...
Cute potbelly piglet abandoned at groomers, up for adoption

Cute potbelly piglet abandoned at groomers, up for adoption

He’s not exactly what you’d expect to find at a Humane Society just about anywhere, but he’s certainly a cute discovery. His name is Batman. He’s a potbelly pig and you better act fast if you want him. The 5-month-old piglet was dropped off at a Tampa Bay groomers and never picked up by his owner, according to the Tampa Bay Humane Society’s Facebook page. Staffers said...
Therapy dog in festive van delivers holiday cheer to hospital

Therapy dog in festive van delivers holiday cheer to hospital

He even has his own transportation, though Santo rides in a festive van, not a sleigh. This month, Santo is delivering holiday cheer to patients and staff at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center in California. 
Thousands rally for pet pig Raisin as family battles city's swine ban

Thousands rally for pet pig Raisin as family battles city's swine ban

An Oklahoma family is working to change a city ordinance so they can keep Raisin, their four-legged, hoofed family member. Raisin is just like any other family pet to them, but a city ordinance banning pigs is leaving Raisin unwelcome in his own city. Raisin's owners say the miniature pig takes baths, does tricks, paints pictures and poses as an Instagram sensation with more than 9,000 followers...
Generous donor pays for shelter's pet adoptions through end of year

Generous donor pays for shelter's pet adoptions through end of year

A woman with a love for animals is doing everything she can to make sure one California shelter finds good homes for all of its residents by the end of the year. The Front Street Animal Shelter posted the good news on Facebook, thanking donor Kim Pacini-Hauch for her “tremendous act of kindness.” The shelter says all animals will be free to adopt through Dec. 31. Dog adoption fees are...
George W. Bush's newest family member is super adorable

George W. Bush's newest family member is super adorable

Like many people, former President George W. Bush finds it difficult to resist the magic of a puppy. A photo of Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and their new puppy, Freddy, was posted Monday on Facebook. The puppy is an Australian shepherd mix, according to Fox4. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news   Bush wrote in the caption that they were visiting the Jan...
Here are the top 10 dog-friendly cities in the U.S.

Here are the top 10 dog-friendly cities in the U.S.

It's definitely a dog's life in the United States. According to a 2016 survey by the American Pet Products Association, 44 percent of U.S. households have at least one dog. SpareFoot conducted a survey to determine the top 10 dog-friendly cities in the country. It used research from WalletHub, Zumper and Realtor. The blog site then created its list based on the number of mentions...
Cat adopted at age 20 receives loving tribute from family

Cat adopted at age 20 receives loving tribute from family

Dexter the cat spent just two years with the Williams family, but he made every moment count. The Williams family saved Dexter from a hoarding situation in Utah, according to People. At 20, and in declining health, the black and white cat may not have seemed the ideal pet for a family with two young boys. But the cat proved to be a loving, easygoing pet, who enjoyed spending time cuddling with the...
Company launches world's most expensive cat food

Company launches world's most expensive cat food

A British pet food company has created what it claims is the world’s most expensive cat food. British Banquet is a grain-free blend made with “Arenkha caviar, line-caught Scottish salmon, hand-caught Norfolk lobster and Devon crab,” according to the Green Pantry website. Of less interest to cats, British Banquet also contains organic asparagus, quinoa and saffron. The fancy cat food...
Humane Society waives fees on black or orange cats and kittens for Halloween

Humane Society waives fees on black or orange cats and kittens for Halloween

Here’s a treat for you: the Atlanta Humane Society will be waive adoption fees on all cats and kittens with any black or orange coloring today, Monday, October 31, aka Halloween. More than 120 cats and kittens at the Atlanta Humane Society, many with festive Halloween coloring, need homes. If potential pet owners find one with black or orange coloring today, the adoption fees are waived...
Celebrating National Cat Day

Celebrating National Cat Day

For spoiled kitties and their doting owners, every day is cat day, but officially, Oct. 29 is National Cat Day. Colleen Paige, a pet expert, founded the holiday. She also founded National Dog Day and National Pet Day. The holiday is designed to improve the welfare of cats across the country by encouraging adoption, donating to shelters and advocacy groups and by feeding cats healthy food. For many...
Family receives 'sign from doggie heaven' after pet's death

Family receives 'sign from doggie heaven' after pet's death

Catie Callaghan said that her family pet, Bandit, was a "very good dog." "We were his fourth home, and we always talked about how we never gave up on him," she told BuzzFeed News. She said Bandit was "loved by everyone." But after undergoing multiple surgeries, Bandit had to go back for another -- his 15th procedure. At the end of the surgery, the 15-year-old dog died...
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