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Welcome to Muttville, where senior canines are top dog

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Sherri Franklin sleeps each night with four dogs, give or take a mutt.

In fact, giving and taking mutts is what she does during her waking hours as founder and executive director of Muttville, a San Francisco-based senior dog rescue-and-foster shelter.

"She started taking in dogs at her home, and by 2007 she had too many, so ...Read more

Internet sensation Lil Bub cat to release first album 'Science & Magic'

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (UPI) -- Famous Internet feline Lil Bub is releasing a new album called Science & Magic on Dec. 4.

The album will be released via distributor Joyful Noise and will feature 10 tracks including "Assimilation," Good Job and Rebirth.

Musician Andrew W.K. collaborated with Lil Bub on this album. He said that although...Read more

VIDEO: Virginia zoo cheetah cub paired with rescue puppy

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MOSELEY, Va. (UPI) -- A Virginia zoo shared video of a hand-raised cheetah cub playing with his designated animal companion, a lab mix puppy from a rescue group.

The Metro Richmond Zoo, which posted the video to YouTube, said cheetah cub Kumbali was bottle fed and hand-raised after zookeepers determined his mother, Khari, was not producing ...Read more

My Pet World: It's important to help your animals adjust to car rides

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LAS VEGAS -- These reader questions were answered by attendees of the Clinical Animal Behavior 2015 Conference from Sept. 25-27, presented by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and Academy of Behavior Technicians.

Q: Is it even worth it? Bingo gets so distressed about ...Read more

Pet Vet: A look at some causes of vision problems in dogs

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Hulu is apparently having trouble with his eyesight. This especially appears to be the case when there is lower ambient lighting. His caretakers, who wish to remain nameless, have watched Hulu bump into objects in the house with increasing frequency over the last two months and are wondering if he might have cataracts.

Before I delve into Hulu'...Read more

Talking dogs: Tricks for dogs that are recuperating

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It has been a long time since I needed to care for a dog recuperating from surgery, but that is currently the situation at my house. The wearing of an Elizabethan collar to prevent licking and chewing, and daily doses of a variety of medications remind me of a few tricks that I haven't needed to utilize in a while.

For some dogs, medicating ...Read more

My Pet World: Veterinary technicians proud of what they accomplish

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If hugs counted for $1 apiece, the U.S. government could balance their budget on the number of free hugs technicians give to clients. Veterinary technicians do it for love.

Veterinary technicians, with characteristic unbridled passion, are the unsung champions of veterinary medicine, and pet owners can celebrate National ...Read more

VIDEO: French bulldog chases bears away from California home

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MONROVIA, Calif. (UPI) -- A California homeowner's security cameras were rolling when his 20-pound French bulldog chased a trio of bears off the family's property.

David Hernandez, whose Monrovia home is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, shared security camera footage of his French bulldog, Jules, intimidating two 100-pound...Read more

VIDEO: Russian man pries up cobblestones to rescue trapped dog

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ROSTOV, Russia (UPI) -- A Russian man who heard cries coming from beneath a recently-repaired cobblestone sidewalk rescued a dog named Squirrel from beneath the stones.

Vadim Rustam, who posted the video to YouTube, said in the video's description he and his wife heard whimpering coming from beneath the cobblestones at the foot of the stairs ...Read more

All aboard: Retiree builds dog train to give rescues a barking good time

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FORTH WORTH, Tex. -- Doggone it, Wally loves his ride.

So do Buddy, Daisy, Jack, Mickey, Ms. Nell, Chubby, Bonnie and Clyde, all former stray dogs who belong to 80-year-old Eugene Bostick of Fort Worth.

The ride, which Bostick built himself, has made the retired Union Pacific railroad employee and his pups viral superstars. After a video ...Read more

Consumers slow to adopt newest safety features

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Existing technologies already available on new vehicles could prevent about one-third of the traffic deaths annually in the U.S., and save a quarter-trillion dollars, but consumers are very slow to pay the current price for these features, based on a study released this week by the Boston Consulting Group and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers ...Read more

VIDEO: Woman begs black bear to stop kayak attack in viral video

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WRANGELL, Alaska (UPI) -- A woman on a kayaking trip in Alaska took video of a bear chewing up her kayak while she shouted at it and demanded to know its motives.

Mary Maley posted a video to YouTube showing the black bear gnawing on her kayak while she filmed it from a distance during a solo kayak trip from Ketchikan to Petersburg.

Maley said...Read more

Mountain lion climbs 35-foot utility pole near Cougar Buttes

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LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. (UPI) -- A mountain lion was spotted atop a 35-foot California utility pole near the aptly-named Cougar Buttes and eagle-eyed residents snapped photos before the big cat climbed down.

Residents living near the power pole in the Lucerne Valley, about two miles south of Cougar Buttes, reported they first spotted the ...Read more

VIDEO: Music-hating cat shows distaste to floor-sitting flutist

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A flute player filming her performance while sitting on the floor caught video of her apparently music-hating cat making its displeasure known.

The video, uploaded to YouTube by user Mr. Maci, features a young woman sitting cross-legged on the floor and playing her flute when the cat approaches.

The cat jumps on the woman's...Read more

Rover goes formal: Black Tie & Tails event benefits animal shelter

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If one night of romping with dogs, cats and rabbits isn't enough, Pittsburgh-area Animal Friends shelter has two for its annual Black Tie & Tails gala. Both events were held at the Ohio Township shelter and included lots of animals available for adoption and therapy pets eager to meet and greet guests. More than 600 total attendees raised a ...Read more

VIDEO: Thirsty leopard gets help for pot-head problem in India

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SADULKHERA, India (UPI) -- A thirsty leopard got a little help from forest officers in India after an attempt to drink some water led to a metal pot being stuck on its head.

Footage taken of the big cat in Sadulkhera, Rajasthan, shows the leopard walking around with a metal pot on its head after trying to take a drink.

Villagers discovered the...Read more

My Pet World: Readers' questions answered by experts at Clinical Animal Behavior Conference

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LAS VEGAS -- These reader questions were answered by attendees of the of Clinical Animal Behavior 2015 Conference, Sept. 25-27, presented by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.

There is available and qualified help for pet ...Read more

My Pet World: Lyme disease a continual issue in dogs, and humans

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Lyme disease is diagnosed more readily and responded to differently in animal health compared to human health. Two veterinarians and two experts on tick-borne disease in people spoke on Sept. 10 at an unusual forum in Syracuse, N.Y. It was unusual because it is rare for medical professionals on the animal and ...Read more

Police: Dog rescued after driving owner's pickup into lake

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ELLSWORTH, Maine (UPI) -- Police in Maine said a small dog was to blame for driving its owners pickup truck into a lake by knocking the vehicle out of gear.

The Ellsworth Police Department said the Yorkie's owner had been walking the dog around Branch Lake Saturday afternoon and he put the canine back into his pickup truck while it was idling. ...Read more

Carriage horse Nick picks up painting in retirement

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WHEATON, Ill. -- There's a prolific new artist in residence at the Danada Equestrian Center near Wheaton.

He can turn out six or more abstract art pieces during a 20-minute session.

He also weighs 1,600 pounds and once pulled carriages on Mackinac Island, Mich.

He is Nick, a 22-year-old Appaloosa-Clydesdale, and he's the latest horse at ...Read more