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VIDEO: Dog blamed for crashing pickup into pool

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ERWIN, N.C. (UPI) -- A North Carolina couple whose pickup truck crashed into a swimming pool said their black lab was responsible for putting pressure on the gas pedal.

Mike and Ruth Smith said their dog, Caroline, was riding with them on a trip to the grocery store in their 1988 Dodge pickup Friday when something spooked her.

"When she gets ...Read more

With 'kitten season' in full swing, animal groups seek foster parents

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Bottle feeding in the middle of the night. Toilet training. Round-the-clock cuddling.

That's life with baby -- when you're helping to raise a tiny kitty.

Fostering newborn kittens is not an easy job, but it's certainly a labor of love for many South Florida volunteers. And as the unofficial kitten season went into full...Read more

California man, 73, punches 300-pound bear to defend his dog

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MEADOW VISTA, Calif. (UPI) -- Don't mess with Carl Moore's "babies." Even if you happen to be a bear.

A 73-year-old California man who punched a 300-pound bear that appeared to be attacking his dog said he would do it again to protect his beloved pets.

Carl Moore, of Meadow Vista in Placer County, said he heard his Chihuahua, Lacy, whimpering ...Read more

Deja Poo: Aspen mountain plagued by major dog doo problem

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ASPEN, Colo. (UPI) -- As a major ski destination, sometimes the glitz and glamour of Hollywood can be seen high up in the mountains of Aspen, Colo. Away from the resorts, though, the town has a big problem -- and it really stinks.

More than 600 pounds of a problem -- piles and piles of dog doo on Smuggler Mountain that was built up over time, ...Read more

Creatures great and small: Zoo's head vet keeps an animal kingdom healthy

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CHICAGO -- Kathryn Gamble is at her desk, animatedly talking about one of the joys in her life: teaching.

As the Dr. Lester E. Fisher Director of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Services at Lincoln Park Zoo, Gamble coordinates research, including studies by veterinarians, veterinary techs, the nutrition manager, keepers and veterinary ...Read more

Harnesses for Dogs Are Safer Than Dog Collars for Walking

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Which are the best for walking, harnesses for dogs or dog collars? This is an eternal debate on doggie forums and a question we receive so many emails about every week. Our unequivocal answer is always, 'harnesses to be safe'.

Not enough people actually realize that dog collars can be quite dangerous when used for leash walking and can cause ...Read more

Talking dogs: Take responsibility for your dog's actions

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Recently, I took a trip with my son. As we stepped into the check-in line at the airport, a child bolted away from his parents and accosted my son, who was calmly standing by my side, yelling and screaming at him, creating a huge scene. The parent's response? "Just ignore her, she's harmless."

Once in a while, I have an opportunity to take a ...Read more

New Jersey police rescue kitten from highway median

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LEONARDO, N.J. (UPI) -- Police in New Jersey said a kitten rescue on a stretch of busy highway turned complicated when the feline fled under a police car and climbed into the undercarriage.

The Middletown Township Police Department said Officer Nicholas Fenezia responded Saturday to a stretch of State Highway 36 in Leonardo on a report of a ...Read more

Boston doberman recovering after eating three wristwatches

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BOSTON (UPI) -- Veterinarians in Boston said a dog that ate three wristwatches underwent surgery quickly enough to avoid serious injury to her digestive system.

Jeff Courcelle said he rushed Mocha, a 5-year-old Isabella doberman, to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Animal Medical Center in Boston after he and ...Read more

Cat nurses orphaned puppies at Utah shelter

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MURRAY, Utah (UPI) -- The Humane Society of Utah said four abandoned newborn puppies are thriving thanks to being nursed by a mother cat.

Spokeswoman Deann Shepherd said a woman told rescuers the four Chihuahua puppies were in a box someone left on her car Tuesday in West Valley City and a note on the box said the canines were born Friday and ...Read more

Helping Your Animals Stay Healthy Naturally

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You know the old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." In this day and age of health and fitness clubs, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, organic foods, dietary supplements, chiropractic care, meditation, massage and preventative medicine for people, this article will guide you through how many of these treatments can be highly ...Read more

Rusty, an Illinois town's favorite stray dog, comes home for a reunion

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OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Julie Gleason knelt, her hand to her mouth, as the reddish dog trotted toward her.

Moments later, she was scratching him behind the ears.

"Oh, my gosh, oh, my gosh -- I'm petting him!" she said, dabbing at her eyes with her other hand.

Rusty, the adored stray dog of Oak Brook, was back.

But not as a stray. Rusty Redd, his ...Read more

New York fliers seek 'homey' for 'Gangsta Cat'

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NEW YORK (UPI) -- A New York woman trying to find a new home for an ornery foster cat put up posters branding the feline as a "Gangsta Cat" in need of a Homey 4 Life.

Rose Hilliard, who fosters cats for the Anjellicle Cats Rescue group, said she decided an unconventional approach was needed when Oliver Julius, or OJ for short, hissed at ...Read more

Midwest dog flu has some vets requiring vaccinations

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ST. LOUIS -- Some St. Louis area kennel owners will start requiring dogs to get a flu vaccine after a recent outbreak in Chicago has sickened hundreds of canines.

Over the last few weeks the flu has infected at least 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, and a small number of infected dogs in the Chicago area have succumbed to the virus. That has spread ...Read more

Puppies rescued from roof of van speeding on Ohio highway

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AKRON, Ohio (UPI) -- Four puppies in a cage strapped to the roof of a minivan were rescued Friday afternoon after the vehicle was spotted speeding down a major Ohio highway.

Drivers along Interstate 76 frantically called 911 to report the dogs in a cage covered with a blue tarp. The driver of the van, who was not identified, told Akron police ...Read more

Grooming an anxious dog? Try these tips

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Whether it’s trimming nails or trying to bathe a dog, if you’re a dog groomer then you probably see anxious dogs on a daily basis and if you have an anxious dog then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about! No matter how experienced you are, how good at your job, and how much effort you put into keeping a dog calm, there are some dogs...Read more

Dogs and humans: Research finds chemistry and gaze deepen the bond

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The long, loving gazes; the ritualized, often high-pitched, expressions of affection; the heroic self-sacrifice one would readily endure for the other: What is it about the bond between humans and their dogs that is not like the relationship between parent and child?

Now comes evidence that when our dogs gaze into our eyes with that "you are ...Read more

Pets and pills don't mix: Top 10 medications vets get called about

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A medication that does one thing for people does not necessarily do the same for our pets, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Although there are many medications used in both animals and people, the effects, doses needed, and other things can differ.

A pet can easily ingest dropped pills or may be given harmful ...Read more

Stem cell therapy for dogs draws support, detractors

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Retiree Paul Jaynes was heartbroken when his 9-year-old Labrador, Cookie, suddenly stopped walking last year. The once-athletic dog struggled to stand and, if she moved at all, collapsed after a few steps.

He carried his 90-pound companion to his truck, drove her to the vet and braced himself for the bad news. Surely ...Read more

Pets before kids? Couples seek clues in how well they'll 'co-parent'

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First plants, then pets, then kids.

That has always been Sandra Magura's theory, she said, so that's the course the 34-year-old wife, mother of two and children's book author followed. After marrying in May 2008, she and her husband, Josh, bought a house and revisited that daunting question: Do we want to have kids?

"We had talked about having...Read more