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Columbus Zoo’s baby giraffe passes away after 18 days

Columbus Zoo officials announced Saturday that Ubumwe, the female giraffe calf that was born Oct. 30, has died. Zoo officials said in a series of Facebook posts that Ubumwe had been energetic and nursing well in her first two weeks, weighing an estimated 130 pounds a week ago. But she began experiencing “gastrointestinal discomfort” Friday afternoon, leading to multiple tests and treatment...
Deer wanders into Fort Worth children's clinic

Deer wanders into Fort Worth children's clinic

Workers at a children’s urgent care clinic in Texas were startled when a deer walked into the facility, WFAA reported. >> Read more trending news  The 2-year-old buck wandered into the Cook Children’s facility in Fort Worth on Nov. 10, the television station reported. "I guess he came in through the back ambulance bay," Christina Williams, a registered nurse at...
Dog steps on drug needle in Milwaukee neighborhood

Dog steps on drug needle in Milwaukee neighborhood

A Wisconsin woman walking her dog Tuesday morning had to remove a drug syringe from the animal’s paw when he stepped on it, WISN reported. >> Read more trending news  Christina Lawrence and her fiance were walking Jack Daniels, a chocolate lab-golden retriever, when the dog yelped, the television station reported. "Walking around daily, you see caps (to needles) lying in...
Teddy enters the football prediction game

Teddy enters the football prediction game

Saturday, Nov. 24, is an important day for Ohio State students, alumni and fans. It’s the OSU-Michigan game, the latest installment in a football rivalry that started in 1897 with Michigan winning 34-0. “The Game,” as it is known, this year will be played at the Horseshoe in Columbus. My family will probably watch, but as Ohio University, Wake Forest and Dayton alumni, we don&rsquo...
Men rescue shivering horse in backyard pool hiding from Camp Fire

Men rescue shivering horse in backyard pool hiding from Camp Fire

Two California men helped save a horse he found tangled in a backyard pool while trying to find a safe spot as the Camp Fire raged through the city, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. >> Read more trending news  Jeff Hill of Paradise was checking on a neighbor’s house Saturday when he found the horse, shivering and tangled in a pool cover. "There's no telling how long...
Tennessee boy reunited with rare dog that was stolen during walk

Tennessee boy reunited with rare dog that was stolen during walk

A Tennessee boy has been reunited with his dog two days after it was stolen while they were walking in a Shelby County neighborhood. Shelby County officials said the 12-year-old boy was walking the white American bulldog, Diamond, on Sunday when someone assaulted him and took off with the dog.  The boy's father, John Black, told WHBQ in Memphis that a man in a Chrysler PT Cruiser "...
Houston athletes help neighbors rescue puppies from storm drain

Houston athletes help neighbors rescue puppies from storm drain

Major-league pitcher Daniel Mengden and Ironman competitor Rick D’Amico helped rescue two puppies that had been trapped in a Houston storm drain for several days, KHOU reported. >> Read more trending news  The two athletes were helping a group called Reggie's Friends to retrieve the pups, KPRC reported. LaChrystal Ricke, who runs Reggie’s Friends, said she had...
Boy pushed to ground, rare dog stolen during walk in Tennessee neighborhood

Boy pushed to ground, rare dog stolen during walk in Tennessee neighborhood

A Tennessee father is angry after someone allegedly assaulted his son while the boy was walking his dog. The father also told WHBQ in Memphis that the person stole his son’s rare dog. John Black said someone assaulted his son, Brandon, while walking his white American bulldog, Diamond, in the 7000 block of Hedgington in Shelby County. >> Read more trending news  The 12-year-old...
Texas pet shelter gets food donations from community 

Texas pet shelter gets food donations from community 

A Texas animal services company got some paw-sitive news this week, KSAT reported. >> Read more trending news  San Antonio Animal Care Services announced last week that it had just nine bags of dog food in its pantry, the television station reported. Since then, the nonprofit group had more than 8,000 pounds of pet food donated within 24 hours, KSAT reported. The pantry was part...
Oklahoma town reeling after barn fire kills high school FFA's animals

Oklahoma town reeling after barn fire kills high school FFA's animals

An Oklahoma community devastated by a fire that killed five animals at a barn used by a high school agriculture club is receiving nationwide donations and support, KFOR reported. >> Read more trending news  The animals in the barn near Cashion High School -- three show hogs, a goat and a sheep -- were killed Saturday afternoon when an electrical fire gutted the older structure used...
Owner has emotional reunion with dog that was missing for more than a year

Owner has emotional reunion with dog that was missing for more than a year

A Massachusetts pet owner was emotionally reunited with her dog after more than a year apart. >> Read more trending news  The owner, Cheryl Kelly, had adopted the 7-pound terrier mix named Carl from the MSPCA Adoption Center in Jamaica Plain in 2007. Then, the journey came full circle when she took home the dog from the same location Thursday. Carl had gone missing more than a...
Texas company will pay $100 an hour to pet puppies

Texas company will pay $100 an hour to pet puppies

Here’s another reason to cherish man’s best friend. A Texas company is looking for people to pet puppies for $100 per hour. You read that right.  MUTTS Canine Cantina, a pup-friendly restaurant, bar and dog park, announced plans for its first “Puptern” for its new location in Fort Worth, the company announced on its Instagram page. “Do you have what it takes...
Indiana woman leaves $570K to local humane society 

Indiana woman leaves $570K to local humane society 

An Indiana woman who died in 2010 left $570,000 to a local humane society, the Pharos-Tribune of Logansport reported. >> Read more trending news  Shirley Rager Hines was compared to Aunt Bee from “The Andy Griffith Show,” according to Suzy Wamsley, a legal secretary for the law office handling the woman’s trust fund. Hines and her husband, Wayne, set up trust funds...
Go ahead, dress your pet for Halloween

Go ahead, dress your pet for Halloween

Halloween is here and none of our animal family is dressing up for the occasion. Teddy, our Lab, is currently sporting a festive Halloween bow tie. Abby, our 16-year old cat, is unimpressed with the holiday in general. Wednesday, Jordan’s 1-year old cat, isn’t all that thrilled, either. In 2017, 16 percent of Americans decked out their furry family members in Halloween attire, according...
Family returns dog for being 'too good,' shelter says

Family returns dog for being 'too good,' shelter says

A Phoenix animal shelter says a dog has been returned to them for being “too good.” According to a post on the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA’s Facebook page, a 1-year-old male dog named Binx was adopted and then returned within 48 hours. >> Read more trending news  “I’m Binx, And I am TOO good of a dog. No Seriously! I was adopted and returned within...
Bumper stickers share pet ♥

Bumper stickers share pet ♥

When my family heads up to Lake Michigan we check off the state license plates we see. This fall we found 41 states, the District of Columbia, one Canadian provence and Bermuda. On our way back, we weren’t having much luck finding any more license plates to add to our list. Out of sheer boredom, we started looking for dog- and cat-themed bumper stickers. It wasn’t difficult to spot dog...
Fugitive's own dog leads deputies to him after chase, officials say

Fugitive's own dog leads deputies to him after chase, officials say

An Oklahoma man is behind bars after his own dog led deputies to him during a search, officials said. James L. Ayer's arrest came Saturday, three days after sheriff's deputies served a search warrant for methamphetamine and firearms at a Wagoner County barn that was turned into a house. When deputies entered the house Wednesday, they said they found Carrie Metcalf hiding inside and arrested...
'Emotional support' squirrel gets woman kicked off Frontier flight

'Emotional support' squirrel gets woman kicked off Frontier flight

A Frontier Airlines passenger at Florida's Orlando International Airport was removed from her flight by police Tuesday after she tried to bring her "emotional support" squirrel on board.  The woman refused to get off the Cleveland-bound plane, so the crew called police.  Frontier Airlines officials said the woman noted in her reservation that she was bringing an emotional...
Artwork meets pawwork at painting party

Artwork meets pawwork at painting party

Impressionist art was known for many trendsetting techniques including large, unique brush strokes. Lines were often blurry and did not always define concretely the objects artists were painting. The movement’s creators in 19th-century France rejected the official, establishment approved exhibitions and their strict painting rules. Claude Monet and Pierre Auguste Renoir, among others, helped...
Volunteers needed for seized animal cases in Greene County

Volunteers needed for seized animal cases in Greene County

After four horses were seized by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office as part of an animal neglect case, Sarma Orlowski took them in. Orlowski, the chief livestock investigator for the Humane Society of Greene County, has fed and cared for them at her Beavercreek Twp. farm. They were suffering from malnutrition and parasites. “Once you get the parasite load out of them, then they’re...
Dog electrocuted after stepping on pull box lid, police say

Dog electrocuted after stepping on pull box lid, police say

Members of a Florida family are grieving after their 6-month-old dog died after stepping on an electrified pull box lid in Sarasota, the Herald-Tribune reported. >> Read more trending news  Lynn McDermott was walking Charlie Blizzard, a Great Pyrenees, on Saturday night. It had been raining, and when the dog’s wet paws touched the lid of the pull box, the shock sent the animal...
SICSA breaks ground on $5M animal shelter in Washington Twp.

SICSA breaks ground on $5M animal shelter in Washington Twp.

The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals (SICSA) broke ground Wednesday on a $5 million new facility in Washington Twp. Nora Vondrell, executive director of SICSA, was joined by Abner the “Wonder Digging Groundbreaking Dog” at the event, and they joined others with gold-colored pooper scooper shovels to dig dirt at what will become the organization’s home....
47 dogs died after PetSmart grooming, investigation says

47 dogs died after PetSmart grooming, investigation says

An investigation from NJ.com has found that nearly 50 dogs have died after visiting PetSmart for grooming. According to a report from Sophie Nieto-Muñoz and Alex Napoliello, families have claimed that their dogs have died during or soon after a grooming at the retail chain. The investigation found 47 documented incidents of pet deaths across 14 states since 2008. >> Read more...
Holy Guacamole! 200-pound turtle to be released after treatment at Florida zoo

Holy Guacamole! 200-pound turtle to be released after treatment at Florida zoo

Florida's Brevard Zoo will release a 200-pound sea turtle named “Guacamole” into the ocean Monday. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  The green sea turtle was found in February at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach. Guacamole had several cuts and was missing most of one of her flippers. She was treated at the Brevard Zoo for seven months...
What cats see when they look in the mirror

What cats see when they look in the mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Abby, our 16-year old cat, thinks she is. When Abby could no longer jump up on the kitchen counter to eat from her bowl, we searched for a place she could easily reach but Teddy, our Lab, could not. We placed the queen bee’s bowl in front of a large mirror on the master bathroom’s counter. From the floor the feline jumped...
Hurricane Florence: Trucker driving school bus rescues 64 dogs, cats from South Carolina

Hurricane Florence: Trucker driving school bus rescues 64 dogs, cats from South Carolina

A Tennessee truck driver is being hailed as a hero after he rescued 64 shelter dogs and cats ahead of Hurricane Florence. According to the Greenvale News, Tony Alsup, 51, from Greenback, Tennessee, drove a school bus to South Carolina last week as the deadly storm strengthened in the Atlantic. Once there, he stopped in Orangeburg, Georgetown, Dillon and North Myrtle Beach, picking up 53 dogs and 11...
Hurricane Florence: Evacuating a horse? This site can help you find a stable

Hurricane Florence: Evacuating a horse? This site can help you find a stable

Families are under evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Florence, and that means taking their pets, too. But when your pet is a horse, things get a bit more difficult.  WSB-TV’s Wendy Corona met with a woman who is stepping in to make it easier.  “If someone had two horses and brought them, they could go here,” GoHorse.com co-creator Jenny Fudge said as she showed ...
Beware of puppy mill purchases

Beware of puppy mill purchases

The third Saturday in September is Puppy Mill Awareness Day. This year it will fall on Sept. 15. According to animalrescuecorps.org, an estimated 15,000 puppy mills in the U.S. force dogs to produce multiple litters to supply most dogs sold in pet stores, online, and through newspaper ads. Dogs can live in overcrowded, unsanitary cages often lacking ample food, water, socialization and care. Many...
Cat's ashes stolen in home burglary, Pennsylvania man says

Cat's ashes stolen in home burglary, Pennsylvania man says

Images from a Pennsylvania man’s home surveillance system appear to show someone breaking into his Duquesne house Monday morning. In the images, you can see the alleged thief trying to get in through a sliding glass door while wearing gloves. >> Read more trending news  The homeowner told WPXI that once the man got inside, he went through the house and stole a number of items...
Florida alpaca dies after motorist feeds it Doritos, Cheese Nips, peanuts

Florida alpaca dies after motorist feeds it Doritos, Cheese Nips, peanuts

A Florida animal hospital announced the death of a beloved community alpaca Saturday on Facebook. Creekside Animal Hospital in Fleming Island wrote: "It is with a heavy heart that we want to inform our clients and friends at [Swimming Pen Creek Elementary] that our youngest alpaca that was born out on the shared field over a year ago has passed away." According to the post, a man...
More than 700 animals will be available for adoption this weekend at mega-event

More than 700 animals will be available for adoption this weekend at mega-event

Valentine’s Day is still far away. But this weekend you can still find love. Cincinnati’s largest pet adoption event is happening this weekend. More than 700 animals will be available for adoption under one roof. My Furry Valentine will host its first summer event at the Sharonville Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19. The weekend-long event will feature hundreds of adoptable...
Here’s how to make sure your pooch is ready for the new baby 

Here’s how to make sure your pooch is ready for the new baby 

Your dog is a member of the family, right? So when that family expands to include a new little human member, your pup is one of the many "loved ones" you'll need to prepare for the arrival of a baby. Expectant parents can take heart from the multitudes of social media compilations featuring gentle dogs playing with their angelic baby companions, but don't expect to start snapping similar...
Don't touch seal pups, officials say after man brings one to hotel room

Don't touch seal pups, officials say after man brings one to hotel room

They look so cute and so tempting to touch, but the harbor seal pups you see on beaches in Washington state aren’t for petting and they don’t need your help; in fact, your help can hurt or worse — even kill. “This is pretty common; we see it all the time. Every year, we get these orphaned animals in that have had some sort of human disturbance,” said Jeff Brown...
Adorning a dog in jewels

Adorning a dog in jewels

One summer afternoon when my daughter, Jordan, was 7, we went to a jewelry store to pick up a repaired bracelet. In a display case were artisan-made charms for a dog’s collar. Jordan quickly pointed to a dog bone charm encrusted with Swarovski crystals. “Mama, Lucy needs this on her collar. She would look so pretty.” Emphasis on the “so.” I peered into the case. Seventy-five...
Florida man slams dog to ground, breaks its pelvis, deputies say

Florida man slams dog to ground, breaks its pelvis, deputies say

A Florida man is behind bars after police say he abused a small dog and broke its pelvis during an altercation with a woman. >> Read more trending news  According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Sean Booth Chidester, 35, of Marathon, was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on Tuesday evening after deputies posted his photo on Facebook and asked for the public's help to find...
Officer Jack Russell? Lost dog becomes honorary police K-9 before reuniting with owner

Officer Jack Russell? Lost dog becomes honorary police K-9 before reuniting with owner

A lost dog became a Massachusetts police officer’s co-pilot Monday.  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Duane Boucher, the Orleans Police Department's animal control officer, found the Jack Russell terrier near the Pump House Surf Shop on Route 6A. >> Read more trending news  Orleans police wrote on Facebook, “Until his...
Ex-NFL star Jerod Mayo's missing dog found dead in trainer's house

Ex-NFL star Jerod Mayo's missing dog found dead in trainer's house

The dog belonging to former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo has been found dead, the Rhode Island SPCA said. The organization said the body of Knox, a 5-year-old English bulldog, was found in a home in Cranston, where its dog trainer lives.  Cranston police have charged Ameila Ferriera with obstruction. RISPCA said evidence indicates Ferreira has known about the whereabouts...
LOOK: Labrador retriever's epic photobomb during owners' wedding goes viral

LOOK: Labrador retriever's epic photobomb during owners' wedding goes viral

A playful pooch is making headlines for pulling off an epic photobomb at his owners' wedding. According to "Today," Angie Blumberg and Jayce Conway of Illinois exchanged vows July 28 in Big Sky, Montana. Their beloved Labrador retriever and best man, Boone, was supposed to stand between Conway and his brother during the ceremony. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting...
Serial pet killer may have mutilated, slain 7 cats; $3K reward offered in search for suspect

Serial pet killer may have mutilated, slain 7 cats; $3K reward offered in search for suspect

Law enforcement officials are searching for the person or people responsible for killing and mutilating cats in Washington state. Several cats have been killed in Thurston County since February, according to Erika Johnson, Thurston County Joint Animal Services lead investigator on the case. On Sunday, a seventh cat was discovered. That cat was found killed and mutilated near Decatur...
Man who threw dog off bridge charged with animal cruelty, claims pup liked it, officers say

Man who threw dog off bridge charged with animal cruelty, claims pup liked it, officers say

Investigators say they have found the man responsible for throwing a dog off a bridge in Massachusetts last month. According to the Wareham Department of Natural Resources, the search for a suspect began after video surfaced of a man dropping a dog off a bridge and down 12 feet into a waterway. The video then showed the man jumping into the water himself. A Natural Resources officer found...
Man's limbs amputated after dog's lick likely caused bacterial infection

Man's limbs amputated after dog's lick likely caused bacterial infection

A Wisconsin man's limbs were amputated after doctors said he contracted a bacterial infection – likely from a dog's lick. According to WITI, Greg Manteufel, 48, of West Bend, believed he had the flu when he went to the emergency room in late June. But doctors later determined that capnocytophaga, a type of bacteria found in dog saliva, had caused the infection that left him bruised, dropped...
NEW DETAILS: 8-year-old dog attack victim suffered ‘several bite marks’ on her head

NEW DETAILS: 8-year-old dog attack victim suffered ‘several bite marks’ on her head

An 8-year-old girl suffered multiple head injuries when a dog attacked her last weekend in Miami Twp., police records show. A Miami Twp. police officer could “see several bite marks” on Savannah Coleman’s head after crews arrived at the Oakwood Village mobile home park off of Wood Road on Saturday night, the report indicates. A witness said the dog was seen “with it(s) mouth...
Backyard chickens, ducks linked to salmonella outbreaks in 44 states, CDC says

Backyard chickens, ducks linked to salmonella outbreaks in 44 states, CDC says

They may look cute and cuddly, but your backyard chickens, ducks and their babies could be making you sick. According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 212 salmonella cases in 44 states have been "linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks." As of July 13, 34 people had been hospitalized in connection with the outbreaks since February, the...
WATCH: Florida police officer stops traffic to help mama duck, ducklings cross busy road

WATCH: Florida police officer stops traffic to help mama duck, ducklings cross busy road

A Florida man's video of a Clearwater police officer stopping traffic as a mother duck and her ducklings cross a busy street is warming hearts on social media. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  According to WTSP, Glenn Peterson of Clearwater captured the video Monday afternoon and shared it on his Facebook page. >> Read more trending news ...
Popular dog food ingredients could be linked to enlarged heart in canines 

Popular dog food ingredients could be linked to enlarged heart in canines 

There is a potential link between a canine heart condition and certain ingredients in dog food. Diets high in potatoes and legumes may be linked to dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, a disease that results in an enlarged heart, according to the Food and Drug Administration. “That’s a huge concern. It’s just tragic because our dogs are our family,” said Diana Sanders of Oakwood...
Family receives new wheelchair for daughter after anonymous donor replaces stolen chair

Family receives new wheelchair for daughter after anonymous donor replaces stolen chair

Update: 4:00 p.m. EDT July 23: A Massachusetts family is grateful after an anonymous donor replaced a custom wheelchair that was stolen from their daughter. Maliyah Rodriguez is a 6-year-old with special needs who needs the chair to get around. So, it was devastating when her wheelchair disappeared last week. After the family issued an emotional plea for the return of the chair, they were surprised...
How 2 dogs found their royalty

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...
The cat’s meow: 14 of the best cat cafes in the US

The cat’s meow: 14 of the best cat cafes in the US

If you know anything about cat cafes, you know that they are places to sip a magical cup of coffee - surrounded by the fierce and fabulous.  You might even end up adopting one. What you might not know is that the first cat cafe opened in 1998 in Taipei, Taiwan. They have since popped up all over the world and a second one just opened here in Atlanta.  Here are 14 purr-fectly unique cat cafes...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. >>...
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...
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...
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