Pets


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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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