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Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

The weather in some parts of the country is not helping people with allergies, and your pets could also be feeling the effects of the high pollen (and other allergens) count.  >> Read more trending news  Pets are often sniffling grass, other pets and the ground. They are also much closer to where the allergens can sit, so they could be more exposed to more allergens, such...
Karin Spicer: Pets help keep senior citizens feeling young

Karin Spicer: Pets help keep senior citizens feeling young

My in-laws Marilyn and Jim are retirees who have been enjoying an active lifestyle in Hilton Head, S.C., for more than 26 years. RELATED: Cat play is a weighty matter This has included golf, tennis and walks along the beaches and pine tree-lined neighborhoods. Every morning, Sasha, their sandy-color mixed breed, is usually up by 7 for breakfast and then her first walk of the day. The Savannah rescue...
WATCH: Police officers rescue freezing puppy found under Florida bridge

WATCH: Police officers rescue freezing puppy found under Florida bridge

Police in Daytona Beach, Florida, released video of two animal control officers rescuing a pit bull puppy who was left under a bridge in freezing temperatures. In the video posted on the Daytona Beach Police Department’s Facebook page, you can see the puppy shaking uncontrollably because she was so cold. The animal control officers did everything they could to warm her up. >>...
Internet cat community mourns death of Oskar the Blind Cat

Internet cat community mourns death of Oskar the Blind Cat

Oskar the Blind Cat, who touched and entertained people around the world, has died. He was six years old. Oskar’s death was sudden, his owners reported Monday on their social media channels. The cause of death was likely heart failure. Oskar showed no signs of illness before his death.  >> Read more trending news  Oskar was born in May 2011 on a farm in Iowa. He was born with...
7 things you didn't know you could do with your pet

7 things you didn't know you could do with your pet

Man's best friend is full of life, but are you and your dog living life to the fullest? There are adventures and fulfilling volunteer opportunities you can take together that go far beyond the walks and nighttime treats of the typical dog/owner relationship. Train for an Iron Doggy race. If you're itching to enter your first 5K, or even if you're a veteran road racer, you can bring Bowser in on the...
Karin Spicer: A happy pet makes a happy companion and home

Karin Spicer: A happy pet makes a happy companion and home

Humans are not always good at expressing feelings of love and affection. Those who are challenged can visit the self-help section of any bookstore and purchase a book on the subject. Or save time and money and watch a dog express his love for his human family. The eminent naturalist Charles Darwin, a life long dog lover, had numerous dog companions throughout his life. They included a retriever, a...
Clark County SPCA pet shelter now open to public

Clark County SPCA pet shelter now open to public

The Clark County SPCA is open to the public for business. Krissi Hawke, the director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the dog and cat shelter at 21 Walter St. is a product of hard work and a dream to help Clark County’s four-legged friends. “My family was behind my dream and they were here scrubbing walls and painting,” she said. “Volunteers, we...
New petition aims to expand food stamps to include pet food

New petition aims to expand food stamps to include pet food

A new petition aims to convince the federal government to modify food stamp rules so that low-income people are allowed to use them to purchase food for their pets, WGN-TV reports. So far, the petition has garnered the signatures of more than 80,000 people and has gained the support of several animal welfare organizations, according to the Sacramento Bee. Advocates say expanding...
Cat play is a weighty matter

Cat play is a weighty matter

Cats need daily playtime to keep them healthy and happy, according to www.humanesociety.org. The organization lists multiple benefits including mental and physical stimulation, energy release, performing preying behaviors and bonding with their humans. This is important because an Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) study shows over 50 percent of U.S. cats are overweight or obese. Unfortunately...
Study says people would rather hang out with their dogs than friends

Study says people would rather hang out with their dogs than friends

A new study says that most dog owners would rather spend time with their pup than their friends. Fox News reported that a study of 2,000 dog owners conducted by smart dog collar company Link AKC says more than half prefer their pet over pals. Owners said they sometimes skip out on social events to be with their dog. >> Read more trending news  Eighty-one percent of those surveyed said they...
Are you using the right salt for your driveway or sidewalk?

Are you using the right salt for your driveway or sidewalk?

The type of salt or ice melter you choose to spread over your sidewalk and driveway can make a huge difference in terms of effectiveness in safety. There are different types of salt for different cold weather conditions, according to Dan Beck, general manager of Greive Hardware in Dayton. “Rock salt. Potassium chloride. Calcium chloride. They all melt to different temperatures,” Beck told...
Pets: In winter Teddy’s coat needs a store-bought coat

Pets: In winter Teddy’s coat needs a store-bought coat

A good friend and avid reader of the New York Times sent a link to a story about preparing your dog for the winter months. ››RELATED: Dogs can feel a post-holiday letdown It talked about the usual stuff. Wiping paws after a walk to remove salt and ice. The dangers of dogs drinking anti-freeze. Limiting baths because of dry winter skin. One section discussed in length the...
Urbana debates banning feeding feral cats

Urbana debates banning feeding feral cats

The city of Urbana is debating whether or not to make it illegal for people to feed feral cats. More than 50 people showed up to a city council meeting last week to oppose a proposed ordinance the seeks to ban providing food, water or shelter to wild animals, making it a minor misdemeanor. RELATED: Young’s dairy uses caution with farm animals during extreme cold The issue was...
Dayton officer keeps K-9 safe in cold crime fighting

Dayton officer keeps K-9 safe in cold crime fighting

The recent frigid and bleak weather has posed challenging for law enforcement but especially for police K-9s. Dayton police officer Chris Savage told News Center 7 about how he makes sure his partner Jake stays safe in the freezing temperatures. "Make sure they have fresh water, not frozen, check their pads, make sure they're not hurt, there's no salt in there, salt burns their paws, no ice on...
Springfield woman accused of putting living dog in trash

Springfield woman accused of putting living dog in trash

A Springfield woman has been accused of placing a living dog in a trash bag for composting after not feeding it or providing the dog proper care. Tracy Brown, 53, faces two counts of animal cruelty. She appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Friday morning but her case was continued because she requested a public defender. READ MORE: Springfield man caught with 240 grams of cocaine gets 18 years...
Kitten born with two faces dies

Kitten born with two faces dies

A kitten born with two faces has died. Bettie Bee was born Dec. 12 in South Africa with a rare congenital condition called craniofacial duplication, The Dodo reported. The kitten was born with two noses, two mouths and three eyes. While Bettie Bee received special care and was initially thriving, she died 16 days after birth after developing pneumonia. >> Read more trending news ...
Colorado officials rescue more than 80 tame rats left out in cold

Colorado officials rescue more than 80 tame rats left out in cold

Colorado animal control officers received an unusual call from a concerned citizen Thursday: Dozens of tame, friendly rats were on the loose. The Larimer Humane Society told the Reporter-Herald it received a second call about roaming domesticated rats Friday. That's when the Humane Society's animal protection and control team headed to Fort Collins to search for the rats in two designated...
Clark County to buy Humane Society building, move shelter

Clark County to buy Humane Society building, move shelter

Clark County commissioners will permanently move its dog shelter to a nonprofit organization’s building next year after purchasing it for about $25,000. County Commissioners agreed this week to purchase the former Humane Society Serving Clark County building at 5201 Urbana Road for $24,200. The Humane Society owned the building but it sits on land owned by Clark County, Clark County Commissioner...
Dogs can feel a post-holiday letdown

Dogs can feel a post-holiday letdown

The day after Christmas last year was underwhelming for our family, especially for Teddy, our lab. There was no laughter or jubilation around the living room Christmas tree and the shredded paper and empty boxes had carried off to the trash bins. There weren’t even any good breakfast smells in the kitchen as the humans replaced the previous day’s red-and-green pancakes with the usual fare...
Veterinarian finds 21 pacifiers in dog's stomach

Veterinarian finds 21 pacifiers in dog's stomach

Dr. Chris Rispoli has been a practicing veterinarian since 1997, but nothing could prepare him for what he calls his “most fascinating and exciting surgery.” According to a Facebook post shared by Gentle Care Animal Hospital, Rispoli found 21 pacifiers in a dog’s stomach. >> Read more trending news  The Edmond, Oklahoma, veterinarian was brought in after...
Do you buy holiday gifts for pets?

Do you buy holiday gifts for pets?

On our fireplace mantel hang six Christmas stockings. Three human and three animal. ››RELATED: Pet mom travels with guilt My husband, Ed’s, my daughter Jordan’s and mine on one side. Abby, our cat, Teddy, our lab, and Wednesday, Jordan’s newly adopted kitten, on the other side. The humans’ stockings are filled with fun bric-a-brac, gift cards, lotto...
Haunting video of starving polar bear goes viral, breaks hearts

Haunting video of starving polar bear goes viral, breaks hearts

A heartbreaking video of a skeletal polar bear scavenging for food in a desolate landscape is going viral online. The clip of the bear, which was released by the National Geographic channel, is gut-wrenching. Photographer Paul Nicklen, who has been with National Geographic for 17 years, says recording the video was even more heartbreaking. He’s spent his life filming bears and...
7 tips to keep your pets safe during winter weather

7 tips to keep your pets safe during winter weather

Winter storms are common this time of year, and while we bundle up our human members of the family to stay safe and warm, you have to also remember the four-footed fur babies. The ASPCA has released tips for keeping your pets safe during the winter months. 1. Keep your home humidified and dry your pet with a towel as soon as he comes in from the cold. Make sure the animal's feet are free...
Driver arrested while rushing beloved dog to animal hospital

Driver arrested while rushing beloved dog to animal hospital

Some people say they would do anything to protect their pets, but a Holliston, Massachusetts, man kept his promise to his dog – even if it meant getting arrested. Peter Rogaishio's Thursday started like any other, until his family's beloved Doberman, Thor, was run over by two vehicles. "I heard a big bang and then a few seconds later I heard a howl that just made the hair on the back...
Cat reunited with family 7 weeks after Santa Rosa fire

Cat reunited with family 7 weeks after Santa Rosa fire

A California family who thought their beloved cat, Thomas, was killed in the wildfires that destroyed their home in October received a pleasant, purring surprise this week. Dani Stockham can thank a compassionate park ranger, and a microchip for the miraculous reunion. After a cat's remains were found in the rubble of the Stockham's residence days after the fire, the family assumed it was Thomas and...
Before giving a pet as a holiday gift …

Before giving a pet as a holiday gift …

Surprising a loved one with a furry friend during the holiday season can make for the ultimate gift. However, there are some major things to consider when shopping for the perfect pet. ››RELATED: This personal trainer has four legs Before buying or rescuing your new friend, make sure you’re ready for the commitment and you’ve done your research to avoid scams...
Pet dies after dog walker's error

Pet dies after dog walker's error

A pet is dead after a dog walker made an error.  The owners of Bandit, a 4-year-old Lab-border collie mix, said he vanished after a dog walker they found through the app Wag! didn’t follow their instructions and didn’t use a harness when taking the dog out for a walk.  >> Read more trending news  Bandit's owners, Michelle Morrissey and Kelsey Burke, were...
$3M ‘dream’ Champaign County animal shelter now open nearly 1 month

$3M ‘dream’ Champaign County animal shelter now open nearly 1 month

The Champaign County Animal Welfare League, a $3 million shelter created from a donation left by a patron in his will, is nearing its one-month anniversary. » PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Champaign County man’s dream of $3 million animal sanctuary ready to open The shelter opened at 3858 Ohio 56 outside Mechanicsburg on Oct. 28 on the site of a secluded farm. The new facility includes classrooms...
Dog owners less likely to die of heart attacks, study suggests

Dog owners less likely to die of heart attacks, study suggests

Owning a dog could quite literally save your life, a new study has revealed. >> Read more trending news Dog owners who live alone have a 36 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease than those without dogs. When it comes to dog owners who live with family members, the risk decreases by 15 percent. "A very interesting finding in our study was that dog ownership was especially...
Cheetahs nixed in zoo plans for Warren County, official says

Cheetahs nixed in zoo plans for Warren County, official says

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has set aside plans to move its cheetah recovery center to Warren County, but is moving forward with improvements to a farm and wetlands area already operating here, according to the county’s chief zoning official. “They’re not going to build the cheetah breeding facility. That’s off the table,” Mike Yetter, zoning supervisor in Warren...
Denver passes bill banning cat declawing

Denver passes bill banning cat declawing

A proposed bill that would ban declawing cats was unanimously passed at a Denver City Council meeting in Colorado on Monday. WUSA reported that the ordinance is effective immediately. Declawing occurs in a procedure known as onychectomy. In the operation, an animal’s claws are removed and most or all of the last bone of each of the front toes of an animal is removed. Nerves, tendons and...
'Cheetah' spotted roaming streets in Pennsylvania turns out to be big African cat

'Cheetah' spotted roaming streets in Pennsylvania turns out to be big African cat

Residents thought they saw a cheetah running free in the streets of Reading, Pennsylvania. But when authorities responded to the scene recently, they found a rare African serval cat instead. The spotted feline was out for a walk when staffers from the Animal Rescue League of Berks County arrived. The 1- or 2-year-old cat was docile, declawed and friendly, leading the rescuers to think she...
Champaign County investigates complaint about dog’s conditions

Champaign County investigates complaint about dog’s conditions

Champaign County residents reported a dog in what they believed to be poor conditions but the dog warden checked and said it appears healthy. The Champaign County Dog Warden received a complaint from an Urbana resident, Logan Borroughs, earlier this month about a dog at a home on South Locust Street. She works for Creative Formations, a service for people with developmental disabilities. One of the...
Why Teddy doesn’t get Thanksgiving scraps

Why Teddy doesn’t get Thanksgiving scraps

This Thanksgiving my family and friends will load up their plates with sweet potato casserole, stuffing and smoked turkey, then go back for seconds. We’re not the traditional pumpkin pie crowd, so if anyone is still hungry, cupcakes and ice cream will be offered. The leftovers are divided up — but only among the humans. Although 56 percent of Petmed.com readers say they give their pets...
7 things to know about The National Dog Show

7 things to know about The National Dog Show

The National Dog Show, one of the most anticipated dog shows in the nation, returns Nov. 18 and 19 in Philadelphia. Since 2002, television viewing of the National Dog Show has been a Thanksgiving tradition in homes across the nation. Presented by Purina and hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the show features more than 150 American Kennel Club-sanctioned breeds and varieties...
5-week-old puppy stolen from New Carlisle pet rescue

5-week-old puppy stolen from New Carlisle pet rescue

A 5-week-old puppy is now back with his mother after a volunteer allegedly stole him from a New Carlisle pet shelter. Pawsitive Warriors Rescue of New Carlisle Founder and Executive Director Molly Murray was by herself at the shelter on Nov. 2 and knee deep in work when a woman came in to volunteer. “I was here by myself taking care of the dogs,” Murray said. “So when she walked...
A bark of joy greets our trick-or-treaters

A bark of joy greets our trick-or-treaters

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. The costumes. The candy and the kids. I love it all. Each trick-or-treater gets at least two pieces of candy. That’s our family rule. I’m looking forward to passing out candy this year. Ed, my husband … not so much. While I’m passing out treats, Ed is relegated to the family room with his “boy,” Teddy. Ed’s sole job...
Puppy revived with Narcan after eating discarded opioid

Puppy revived with Narcan after eating discarded opioid

A 4-month-old Andover, Massachusetts, puppy passed out last week after eating a discarded opioid. Pete Thibault said he was walking his dog recently when she started chewing on something. Moments later, the dog collapsed.  “We got about as far as that tree,” Thibault told WFXT, pointing to a tree across the street from his home. “There was an empty pack of cigarettes...
Pit bull attack: Child's death reignites official's call for banning breed

Pit bull attack: Child's death reignites official's call for banning breed

A Lowell, Massachusetts, city councilor plans to call for a citywide ban on pit bulls following the death of a 7-year-old boy. Police told WFXT that the boy was brutally attacked by two dogs of that breed.  Candles and flowers now sit at the place where a little boy was mauled to death Saturday night. While the Middlesex District Attorney handles the investigation, a local lawmaker...
Hank the pit bull, wrongly accused of killing livestock, set free

Hank the pit bull, wrongly accused of killing livestock, set free

A pit bull named Hank that was wrongfully blamed for killing livestock last year is now free. >> Read more trending news A judge in Thurston County, Washington, on Wednesday voided a Lewis County euthanasia order and ordered that Hank be released to his adoptive family in Centralia, Washington.  Though witnesses said the pit bull that killed the livestock was not Hank, a Lewis County judge...
WATCH: 'Izzy's here!' Men find family dog thought killed in California wildfire

WATCH: 'Izzy's here!' Men find family dog thought killed in California wildfire

A tearful reunion was caught on camera as two men located their family dog alive after a wildfire tore through their mother’s home in California. The men hiked for miles to survey the damage and said they figured their beloved dog, Izzy, was killed in the blaze. But to their surprise, she was completely unharmed. “It was one of the greatest moments of my life,” Jack Weaver...
Champaign County man’s dream of $3M animal sanctuary ready to open

Champaign County man’s dream of $3M animal sanctuary ready to open

A Champaign County animal shelter will open a brand new facility for dogs at the end of the month, fulfilling the dream of a man who left behind $3 million for the project. David Robert Wetzell died in 2014. He directed that his estate be used to create the Champaign County Animal Welfare League on a secluded farm. Tiger Franks was chosen as the shelter’s executive director. She and the board...
Groomer gives matted, abandoned dog a much-needed makeover

Groomer gives matted, abandoned dog a much-needed makeover

A Florida dog groomer is being praised for her quick work in helping save an abandoned dog in distress. The groomer’s husband told WFTV's Angela Jacobs on Friday that the dog was found late Wednesday after good Samaritans saved it from being hit by a car along a road in Oviedo. The dog was so severely matted, the groomer’s husband said, it could barely see through its neglected and...
Personal trainer has 4 legs

Personal trainer has 4 legs

My husband, Ed, has had trouble sticking to an exercise regimen. He’s not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calculated that nearly 80 percent of American adults don’t get enough exercise. ››MORE PET NEWS: Mocha’s legacy as ‘the flying Schnauzer’ Ed has worked with personal trainers who kept him focused and on task, but...
Puppy with 6-pound tumor left at shelter with note to euthanize him

Puppy with 6-pound tumor left at shelter with note to euthanize him

Staff at an animal shelter in Ohio said they found a dog dropped off on the shelter’s premises, and the dog’s former owner wrote a note instructing the dog be euthanized.    Staff workers at Gallatin County Animal Shelter and County Animal Hospital ignored the note attached to the dog, who is about a year old, and instead took him to an animal hospital to undergo surgery to remove ...
UPDATE: Chihuahua protects sick German Shepherd; adopted together

UPDATE: Chihuahua protects sick German Shepherd; adopted together

Update 10/16 11:21 a.m.: Jefe and Jericho have a new home -- together. They were adopted late last week by a woman named Constance, who, according to the Humane Society, understands Jerico’s Valley Fever and will be able to care for him. Original story: Unlikely friends are going to need a “fur”-ever home together. Meet Jefe the Chihuahua and Jericho the German Shepherd. They&rsquo...
Rescue dog becomes K9 cop for a day

Rescue dog becomes K9 cop for a day

The Nebraska Humane Society and a local police department are teaming up to help give rescue dogs a new leash, er lease, on life. It’s called K9 Cop For A Day and allows a dog from the rescue group to spend the day as an honorary member of the force. >> Read more trending news  They do ride-alongs and meet the community.  This time it was Mickey’s turn to put on the badge...
Pets need protection, too, from dangerously low temperatures

Pets need protection, too, from dangerously low temperatures

Make sure your four-legged friends are protected from these dangerously low temperatures. Dogs and cats also need protection from the wet and cold. The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center has these tips for pet owners: Keep your pets inside -- cats, small- and short-haired dogs are best kept indoors when it gets cold. Inside also is the best place for outdoor dogs. But they need...
Social media frenzy finds stolen 4-week-old puppy

Social media frenzy finds stolen 4-week-old puppy

The director of an animal rescue said social media is the reason a stolen 4-week-old puppy was found. “If there could be an Amber Alert for puppies, this was it,” Molly Murray, founder of Pawsitive Warriors Pet Rescue of New Carlisle. A woman showed up Nov. 2 to volunteer at the shelter, founder Molly Murray said. “She showed up at about noon that day and that particular day...
Henry, father of Fiona the hippo, has died 

Henry, father of Fiona the hippo, has died 

Henry the hippo, the father of Fiona was euthanized this morning, according to a media release from the Cincinnati Zoo.  Henry had been struggling for several months with health issues and had lost hundreds of pounds, a zoo spokesperson said in the release.  “According to the vet staff who had been carefully monitoring him, he took an obvious downward turn in the past few days, and...
German shepherd from Centerville is national Service Dog of the Year

German shepherd from Centerville is national Service Dog of the Year

Atlas the Wonderdog is a local canine celebrity. He was named the 2017 American Humane Service Dog of the Year in an awards ceremony. U.S. Marine veteran Kenny Bass of Centerville nominated Atlas. “He’s an incredible dog,” Bass said tonight during a Skype interview from a New York City hotel room. Bass, 36, was hit by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq in 2003. He suffered a traumatic...
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...
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...
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...
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. 
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