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Stray cat 'Banjo' believed to be Britain's oldest

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SOUTHALL, England (UPI) -- A cat who turned up at an animal rescue facility in the United Kingdom could be Britain's oldest at more than 20-years-old.

RSPCA Southall Cattery shared a photo of the elderly black and white cat named "Banjo," who workers believed to be 25-years-old.

"He might possibly be the oldest cat in the UK," the RSPCA said. ...Read more

Hotel's new doggy greeter is a guest's best friend

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- She's energetic, loves people and is eager to learn on her first-ever job. Just seeing her going about her duties makes her co-workers smile.

All she demands is a few pats on the head, a bed on the sales office floor and as many treats as she can eat.

Meet Sandy, one of the newest employees at the Marriott Harbor Beach...Read more

Colorado woman stabbed by her knife-loving dog

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HUDSON, Colo. (UPI) -- A Colorado woman hospitalized with a cut on her arm told authorities she was accidentally stabbed -- by her dog.

Celinda Haynes of Hudson was rushed to Platte Valley Medical Center on Wednesday with a 4-inch-long gash in her arm. Suspicious hospital workers contacted authorities when Haynes told them she was stabbed by ...Read more

VIDEO: French bulldog vocalizes 'love' for his 'mom' in Canada

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LONDON, Ontario (UPI) -- A French bulldog in Canada showed off an unusual trick -- using his voice to express "love" for his mom.

A video posted to YouTube by user Mr. Marcel shows Marcel the French bulldog firing off a series of vocalizations that sound like he's saying, "Mom, mom, I love you!"

"When Mr. Marcel the French Bulldog is ...Read more

London to hold Catnip Festival in celebration of 'the greatest cat videos'

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LONDON (UPI) -- London's "Catnip" festival seeks to give cat lovers the opportunity to celebrate their favorite online cat videos.

The November festival boasts a series of cat-themed activities such as a cat gymnasium, cat meme gallery, feline cabaret and more.

"Join us for huge party celebrating the greatest cat videos that our furry ...Read more

Dalmatian puppy sneaks into firehouse in Florida

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BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (UPI) -- A Dalmatian puppy that snuck into a Florida fire station and joined the crew was returned to his owners on Tuesday.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue shared video of the Dalmatian puppy after it wandered into the firehouse early Tuesday morning and made itself at home.

"At 2:30am Tuesday morning, a dalmatian mix ...Read more

Cool cat gives a high five while riding atop robotic vacuum

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LONDON (UPI) -- A cat traveling in style atop a robotic vacuum cleaner reached up to high-five its owner while taking a cruise through the house.

The video, posted to YouTube by user Rolley Ragdolls, shows ragdoll cats Flame and Gandalf take turns riding in a waste basket atop a Roomba-like robotic vacuum cleaner.

The cats take turns riding ...Read more

Veterinarian's book offers help for neurotic pets

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A dog who ate wine glasses, a parrot who plucked feathers and a cat who became anorexic after the other cat in his household died are just some of the real-life animals featured in a new book, "Pets on the Couch" (Simon and Schuster, $26), by Nicholas Dodman.

The subtitle says it all: "Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds and the New ...Read more

VIDEO: Denver dog 'high on heroin' after fleeing suspect throws drugs over fence

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DENVER (UPI) -- A Denver woman said her dog is recovering after eating an entire bag of heroin thrown over the fence of a doggy daycare.

Denver police confirmed officers were chasing a suspect Tuesday near the Bark and Play doggy daycare when an officer saw the man throw something over the business' fence.

Garrett Bishop, owner of the doggy ...Read more

New Orleans man untangles turtle from fishing line, dog shows up to 'help'

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NEW ORLEANS (UPI) -- A man working to free a turtle from some fishing line in New Orleans received some "help" from a curious dog that swam up to his boat.

The video, posted to YouTube by M. Hood Fishing, shows the fisherman attempting to use a tree branch to help a turtle tangled in some discarded fishing line while a dog swims nearby.

"This ...Read more

VIDEO: Park visitor in Germany shocked by trash-cleaning dog

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LUDWIGSBURG, Germany (UPI) -- Human park visitors are often encouraged to clean up after their dogs, but some canines apparently consider it their duty to return the favor.

A stunned park visitor in Germany captured video of a civic-minded dog doing his part by putting trash into the proper receptacle.

A video uploaded to YouTube by user ...Read more

Abandoned puppy rescued from garbage pile by observant dog

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DUBLIN, Ireland (UPI) -- An abandoned puppy was rescued from a garbage pile in Ireland after being discovered by another dog and its owner.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shared a photo of the approximately week-old puppy named Autumn, which barely survived after being left in a pile of garbage in an area away from ...Read more

Bart the 'Zombie Cat' adopted two years after digging out of own grave

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TAMPA, Fla. (UPI) -- A cat that dug itself out of its own grave has been officially adopted after a two year legal battle between the Humane Society and the original owner.

The Humane Society Tampa Bay announced Bart the "Zombie Cat," who was hit by a car and prematurely buried, found a permanent home after the organization was able to legally ...Read more

VIDEO: Rescue dog enjoys playtime with tiger cub

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MEXICO CITY (UPI) -- A dog rescued by an animal rescue foundation in Mexico got to enjoy playtime with a tiger cub.

The Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation shared video of the stray dog named Moka as he played with a resident lion club Arizona.

"Moka has new friends. From the streets of Mexico City (He is the Dog that we rescued outside a ...Read more

VIDEO: Police use 'partially eaten burrito' to coax kitten out of drainage pipe

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PARLIER, Calif. (UPI) -- A pair of California police officers used "a partially eaten burrito" to rescue a hungry kitten that was stranded in a drainage pipe.

The Parlier Police Department said in a Facebook post Officers Adolfo Jimenez and Daniel Corona discovered the scared kitten meowing for help inside a drainage pipe early Monday morning. ...Read more

VIDEO: London subway station ads replaced with pictures of cats

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LONDON (UPI) -- A British art group raised more than $30,000 to replace every advertisement in a London subway station with pictures of cats.

The London Underground's Clapham Common station is home to dozens of cat pictures lining the walls, turnstiles and other advertising locations for the next two weeks after art collective Glimpse raised $...Read more

Talking dogs: Meeting strangers can bring out the growls

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Q: When walking Jonas, my male shepherd mix, we sometimes meet people who want to pet him. Sometimes he is OK with a stranger petting him, but sometimes he growls. Yesterday he snapped at a very nice man. How do I fix this?


A: Is there really anything that needs to be fixed, Ken? It seems Jonas is working hard to tolerate the direct ...Read more

VIDEO: Canines cool off with pool party at Michigan doggie daycare

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MAYBEE, Mich. (UPI) -- A doggie daycare in Michigan showed how its dozens of "kids" keep cool in the summer -- with a canine pool party.

The Lucky Puppy daycare in Maybee posted a summer "throwback" video from earlier in the season showing dozens of playful canines jumping and swimming in the facility's pool.

The daycare said the video was ...Read more

Ceremony assists in dealing with death of one's pet

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BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. -- The death of a loved one is never easy and, in fact, can be quite overwhelming. And it's not just the people in our lives we grieve when they're gone.

Coping with the loss of a dog, cat or other family pet you've lived with and loved for years can be extremely hard, too, especially since there's usually no public way for ...Read more

Traveling cat circus seeking stage assistant

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CHICAGO (UPI) -- A Chicago-based traveling cat circus shared an online listing seeking a new tour assistant to work with their feline performers.

The Acro-Cats posted an ad to Craigslist offering full-time work to assistant and care for its performers including the musical group "The Rock Cats."

"Have you ever wanted to run away and join the ...Read more