Pets


How 2 dogs found their royalty

The TV networks covered the wedding of England’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle extensively, focusing on the dress, the cathedral and, of course, the bride and groom. While it was fun to watch, my family wanted to see more images of the bride’s rescued Beagle, Guy. Teddy, our Lab, also a rescue has a lot in common with him. In 2015, an abandoned Guy wound up in an animal...
Ohio dog breeders to face new standards for care

Ohio dog breeders to face new standards for care

High-volume dog breeders in Ohio will face new standards for care, and supporters believe their signature campaign to put the issue up for statewide vote spurred the compromise. Ohio House Bill 506, introduced by Rep. Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, was amended several times before it was passed as part of a compromise between animal advocacy groups and groups representing dog breeders. The bill requires...
Some pet are better earners than others

Some pet are better earners than others

On April 29, Parade magazine devoted an issue to animals for their yearly look at “What people earn.” It was a fun read. I like to guess what I think occupations pay. Usually, my guesses are higher than the actual salaries. This issue looked a variety of animals as well as people who work or care for these top money earners. I assumed race horses would be top earners with combinations...
New pet-apparel store opens inside the Dayton Mall

New pet-apparel store opens inside the Dayton Mall

A new pet-apparel store called "Boston Tee's Pets on the Go" has opened inside the Dayton Mall, selling fashion- and sports-team-themed apparel and accessories for dogs, cats and other pets. The mall’s newest vendor operates out of a kiosk located on the west end of the mall, across from Chick-fil-A, and near the Fetch Puppies store.  The pet-apparel store is the brainchild...
Iguana fight! Viral video captures angry lizards dueling outside Florida Starbucks

Iguana fight! Viral video captures angry lizards dueling outside Florida Starbucks

Maybe they just needed their morning coffee? >> Read more Floridoh! stories  A video posted Saturday of two large, cranky iguanas butting heads – literally – outside a Starbucks in Boca Raton, Florida, has gone viral, racking up thousands of views on Facebook. The woman who shot the clip, Shannon Moskoff, posted a second video explaining the incident after "Inside...
World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize. According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa "was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri,...
WATCH: Bear, 5-year-old boy jump together at Nashville Zoo in adorable viral video

WATCH: Bear, 5-year-old boy jump together at Nashville Zoo in adorable viral video

An adorable video of a bear jumping with a 5-year-old boy at Tennessee's Nashville Zoo is going viral. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  According to WZTV, Patrick Parker recently took his son, Ian, to the zoo, where they saw an Andean bear named Luka. Ian jumped happily when he saw Luka, who copied Ian's moves from the other side of a glass divider. >...
Raccoon released after scaling 25-story skyscraper, capturing hearts nationwide

Raccoon released after scaling 25-story skyscraper, capturing hearts nationwide

A raccoon's captivating climb up the side of a 25-story Minnesota high-rise came to a happy ending Wednesday after the fuzzy daredevil was released back into nature after reaching the top of the building. Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 13: Officials with Wildlife Management Services, a pest control business based in Brooklyn Park, said they released the raccoon Wednesday afternoon on private property...
Dogs may love ice cubes, but ice cubes don’t love them back

Dogs may love ice cubes, but ice cubes don’t love them back

Teddy likes chomping on ice cubes. Most dog parents I talk to say their dogs also enjoy the “cube.” A dropped ice cube is Teddy’s prey. First, he pounces on the frozen goodness. If it slides away, Teddy tracks it, nose to the floor. The pooch places a front paw on the cube to stop it from sliding. When Teddy has it firmly in his mouth he takes his catch to the living room. He&rsquo...
Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway

Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway

An Oklahoma game warden saved a fawn’s life after responding to a report of a deer hit by a car on Highway 123. According to the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page, Game Warden Ryan Walker arrived at the scene to find a doe and fawn dead on the road. He reportedly noticed movement around the doe’s stomach and realized the deer was pregnant and still had a fawn trapped inside...
Florida pet owners wary of deadly toads after heavy rains

Florida pet owners wary of deadly toads after heavy rains

Recent heavy rains across Florida are good for yards and snapping droughts, but they also set up a possible lethal hazard for pets, WPLG reported. >> Read more trending news  Toxic bufo, or cane toads, are becoming more common in south and central Florida after recent thunderstorms. The toads expel toxic material from their glands which can cause convulsions and seizures in pets, ...
WATCH: Woman rescues ducklings from storm drain in heartwarming viral video

WATCH: Woman rescues ducklings from storm drain in heartwarming viral video

A Tennessee woman has gone viral for all the right reasons. Shara Fenell told WHBQ that she was walking in downtown Memphis on Memorial Day near the Peabody Hotel when she heard a noise. She said she wasn't sure what the noise was at first or where it was coming from, until she looked in a storm drain. When Fenell looked down, she saw about eight ducklings. She and her friend noticed the...
When your dog needs a Facebook page

When your dog needs a Facebook page

In 2011,Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, set up a fan page for his dog, Beast. The Puli has over 2 million “likes” from Facebook users. Beast hasn’t posted anything since April 2016 but many other dogs have. Darby Jo the Golden Retriever’s fan page has over 15,000 “likes” and her followers are growing. The Golden posts pics of her daily activities. These...
Meghan Markle's rescue dog, Guy the beagle, goes from shelter pup to royal pet

Meghan Markle's rescue dog, Guy the beagle, goes from shelter pup to royal pet

A new member of the royal family is making headlines – and no, we're not talking about Meghan Markle. According to the Guardian, a beagle named Guy was in a Kentucky kill shelter until Ontario-based A Dog's Dream Rescue saved him and offered him for adoption at a 2015 event in Canada. That's where he met his new owner, Markle, who went on to marry Britain's Prince Harry on Saturday. A royal...
Dogs and the spelling strategy

Dogs and the spelling strategy

Spelling words in front of children is a common parental strategy. When used, kids don’t know what parents are discussing. My husband, Ed, and I employed it with our daughter, Jordan. I remember spelling “babysitter” when Ed and I were making plans for a Saturday night party. Jordan gave me a not-too-pleasant look. “Do you know what I just spelled?” Seven-year-old Jordan...
Yanny or Laurel? Shelter names puppies after viral audio clip

Yanny or Laurel? Shelter names puppies after viral audio clip

Viral sensations are often forgotten about after a few days — the Mannequin Challenge comes to mind — but there’s a new one that a future dog owner or two will remember forever.  The Atlanta Humane Society jumped at the latest trend sweeping the internet by naming one puppy Yanny, the other Laurel. People have been hotly debating which one of those words can be ...
LOOK: Dogs smile for the camera in viral daycare 'selfie'

LOOK: Dogs smile for the camera in viral daycare 'selfie'

When the human's away, the dogs will play. >> Read more trending news  According to ABC News, some photogenic pups at an Ohio doggy daycare recently gained online fame after their adorable "selfie" went viral on Facebook. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  The playful pic, posted March 30 by Go Fetch Dog Daycare and Boarding in Cincinnati...
Kitten abandoned in shelter mailbox looks for new home

Kitten abandoned in shelter mailbox looks for new home

A kitten that was abandoned in the mailbox of a Hawthorne, California, animal shelter is now up for adoption. KABC reported that Brett, a black-and-white domestic short hair kitten, was found in the mailbox March 28 when a staffer heard meowing. >> Read more trending news  Brett was 2 weeks old when he was found in the mailbox. According to a Facebook post from the shelter, his condition...
Pets share their Mother’s Day feelings with cards

Pets share their Mother’s Day feelings with cards

Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away. I’m proud to say I’m a mother to one human and two furry kids. I look forward to the love and adulation that come my way from those three on this yearly celebration of all things “mother.” According to the National Retail Federation last year, 77.9 percent of surveyed shoppers had planned on buying at least one Mother’s...
Charges sought after owner admits to amputating dog's leg with steak knife

Charges sought after owner admits to amputating dog's leg with steak knife

A Michigan man may face animal cruelty charges after he admitted on camera to amputating his dog's leg, WXYZ reported. >> Read more trending news  The dog's owner, Charles Wofford, told WDIV that he thought he was doing the right thing. He said his dog Blackie developed an infection in his leg after a dog fight. The owner told WDIV that he couldn't afford to take the dog to a...
Special Forces veteran’s missing dog found safe after crash

Special Forces veteran’s missing dog found safe after crash

A service dog missing for more than two days after he ran off when the vehicle his owner was driving became involved in a crash in Kettering has been found and reunited with his owner. Officials say Zeus, a German short-hair Pointer — two years old, weighing about 60 pounds — and his owner, a Special Forces veteran, were involved in a two-vehicle crash that ended with their vehicle into...
Family finds their dog poisoned by methamphetamine and cocaine

Family finds their dog poisoned by methamphetamine and cocaine

A Washington family is warning others, after their boxer somehow got poisoned by meth.  They noticed something was off with their two-year-old pup “Allie” and rushed her to the pet ER Friday.  The Veterinary Specialty Center in Lynwood – where they brought Allie - says cases where pets get poisoned by pot or illicit drugs is going up. Now about 25 percent of its cases...
Stray dog named Publix rescued, then adopted by his guardian angel

Stray dog named Publix rescued, then adopted by his guardian angel

A stray dog who lingered around a former Publix grocery store in metro Atlanta for a year has finally found a loving home. The story behind the adoption is heartwarming. The animal shelter PAWS Atlanta posted Publix's story Friday on its Facebook page. Shelter staff said a woman came rushing to the office Thursday as it was closing, asking if they had Publix. >> Read more trending news ...
7-year-old cat who walked 12 miles to owners who gave him away finds forever family

7-year-old cat who walked 12 miles to owners who gave him away finds forever family

A 7-year-old cat given away by his family walked 12 miles back home -- only to be given away again. WRAL.com reported that, according to an April 4 Facebook post from the SPCA of Wake County, Toby, a fluffy orange and white cat, was given to another family but found his way back to his home. >> Read more trending news  “When he arrived, he was met with heartbreak,” ...
Animal house? More colleges are saying yes to dogs and cats in dorms.

Animal house? More colleges are saying yes to dogs and cats in dorms.

Most dorm residents at Southeast Missouri State University will show up this fall with bedding, a laptop, a backpack and other typical accessories. A few dozen others will tote something furrier — and breathing: Their pets. The school in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, announced last week it is creating pet-friendly floors in one residence hall, where students will be allowed to bunk with roommates...
How to get your dog to poop in the rain

How to get your dog to poop in the rain

April showers bring … Teddy, our lab, not wanting to do his business outside. Most dogs don’t. It doesn’t matter the intensity of the rain either. The pooch nudges the bells on our sliding backdoor — his signal for wanting to go out. He waits as one of us slides the door open and walks through the screened porch to the outside door. We call “Teddy” and he prances...
Boy bullied for having different-colored eyes, cleft lip adopts cat that looks like him

Boy bullied for having different-colored eyes, cleft lip adopts cat that looks like him

A bullied Oklahoma boy and his adorable new best friend look like they could be twins — well, almost. According to "Today," Madden Humphreys, 7, of Owasso started feeling sad after other children made fun of his cleft lip and different-colored eyes, also known as heterochromia iridium. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  “He wasn&rsquo...
Springfield man accused of animal cruelty, failing to help injured dog

Springfield man accused of animal cruelty, failing to help injured dog

A Springfield man has been accused of failing to seek medical treatment for his 15-year-old dog after she was hit by a car and allegedly had a large, open wound. Robert Freeze, 67, of Springfield pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Thursday to both a charge of cruelty to animals and of cruelty to companion animals. RELATED: Ohio woman charged with felony animal cruelty...
We're not playing: Here's how possums can help your household 

We're not playing: Here's how possums can help your household 

If you think possums are funny-looking, threatening pests that should be destroyed if they set so much as a paw on your property, you're probably in the majority. However, you are still sorely mistaken. Granted, with their 50 sharp teeth − more than any mammal in North America − and naked tails, possums certainly do look strange, but their other negative qualities are sometimes exaggerated...
Clark County dog shelter now occupies old Humane Society building

Clark County dog shelter now occupies old Humane Society building

Clark County has moved its dog shelter into a building that once housed the area’s humane society. The county’s shelter now sits in the Humane Society Serving Clark County’s old location in the 5200 block of Urbana Road. It moved in about a week ago, Dog Warden Sandi Click said. The shelter’s new hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., Friday from 1 to 7 p.m...
7 dog hacks for pet parents in the city

7 dog hacks for pet parents in the city

Owning a dog can be extremely rewarding, but if you're a pet parent who lives in the heart of a city or in an apartment, you might face a few extra challenges. From a lack of yard space to nearby neighbors who can easily hear your dog barking, you may need to make some adjustments for the good of your lifestyle and your neighbors. Try these seven hacks for a safe, happy city or apartment life with...
Cat reunited with owner 14 years after hurricane disappearance

Cat reunited with owner 14 years after hurricane disappearance

Perry Martin probably can’t stop pondering about his cat. In 2004, the orange tabby Thomas 2, or simply just “T2,” disappeared. It happened when the Fort Pierce man moved into a friend’s house in Stuart after Hurricane Jeanne stormed through the area, according to TCPalm. The retired K-9 officer grieved, but then came to terms with the idea that his cat had moved...
Delta under fire after flying a puppy to the wrong airport

Delta under fire after flying a puppy to the wrong airport

Delta Air Lines is coming under heat after accidentally flying a puppy to the wrong airport. Josh Schlaich posted about the incident on Facebook over the weekend when he was trying to figure out where the 8-week-old puppy was. He was supposed to pick up the puppy at the airport in Boise, Idaho. But instead he got a message from a Delta rep at the Detroit airport saying the puppy would be...
Springfield woman charged with abandoning injured dog

Springfield woman charged with abandoning injured dog

A Springfield woman accused of dropping off an injured dog she claimed was a stray at the Clark County Dog Shelter faces charges after an investigation allegedly showed the injured animal belonged to her. MORE: Springfield parish center struck during chase for stolen car Amanda L. Engle, 29, has been charged with one count of abandoning animals. She was scheduled to appear in Clark County Municipal...
Pit bull bites children inside North Carolina elementary school

Pit bull bites children inside North Carolina elementary school

Police have found a dog that they said got into a south Charlotte, North Carolina, elementary school Monday afternoon and injured several children. It happened around 1:30 p.m. at Lansdowne Elementary School on Prett Court, near Providence Road. Animal Care and Control officials said a pit bull came into the playground area while children were outside. The children were rushed into the school by staff...
United Airlines mistakenly flies dog to Japan instead of Kansas City

United Airlines mistakenly flies dog to Japan instead of Kansas City

United Airlines is under fire again after a family said the carrier accidentally sent their dog to Japan instead of Kansas City. According to KCTV, Kara Swindle and her family, who are moving from Oregon to Kansas, took a United flight to Kansas City. Their dog, a 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo, was supposed to be waiting in a United cargo facility when they arrived.  But that wasn't...
Dogs love donated chairs at shelter

Dogs love donated chairs at shelter

The dogs awaiting adoption at one Illinois animal shelter no longer have to sleep on a cold floor. >> Read more trending news  The Knox County Humane Society posted a Facebook video Monday of their adoptable dogs lounging comfortably in donated chairs. Goober, Mickey, Tango and Buster Brown are seen making themselves at home on the chairs until they find their forever home. The Knox...
Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

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...
Dog rescued from Korean meat farm arrives in Springfield

Dog rescued from Korean meat farm arrives in Springfield

One of 90 dogs that a U.S. Olympic skier rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm during the Winter Olympics arrived in Springfield on Thursday afternoon.  The New York-based National Pyrenees Rescue Center, which operates the New Beginnings Kennel in Springfield, is responsible for bringing the dog to the region, said Steve Kalko, who manages the kennel.  Ruby, a Great Pyrenees, is among...
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...
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...
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...
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