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Dogs split from the wolf pack earlier than thought, DNA analysis suggests

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A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man's best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves as many as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago -- not 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, as earlier genome research had proposed.

"Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than is generally believed," Love Dalen, a ...Read more

Cat Care - Cleaning Your Cat's Eyes

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For most cats there is no need to clean their eyes on a regular basis although some pedigree breeds such as the Persian may need some regular assistance to clean their eyes. In any cat it is not unusual to find small deposits in the corner of their eyes and these can easily be cleaned away using some moistened cotton wool. To avoid any infection...Read more

It's no contest — cats are better than dogs on-screen

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A disclosure: A little over a year ago, I became co-owner/caretaker of a cat. This is my first pet. Until now, I never thought of myself particularly as a cat person or a dog person, and really, I still do not. I am, in my own mind, animal agnostic.

Which is prelude to a second disclosure, which I imagine may strike some as controversial: I ...Read more

Neglected by its mother, baby chimp starts new life in Florida

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Keeva is a baby chimpanzee, an adorable, sweet little girl born March 12 to a female chimp at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Unfortunately, her mom, 26-year-old Carole, seemed ill-prepared for the responsibilities of motherhood. She wasn't hostile toward Keeva, wasn't trying to hurt her. Trouble was, she wasn't trying to do much of anything with...Read more

Is your dog a "genius?"

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PASADENA, Calif. -- Attention dog lovers: Ever wonder whether your dog is a furry genius or a wily loafer who really ought to know better? Well, Nat Geo WILD is offering you the chance to find out if your best friend is more Einstein than Goofy. Their weekend-long "BarkFest" premieres Friday with "Is Your Dog a Genius?" featuring Dr. Brian Hare,...Read more

Battered women can bring their pets to this shelter

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PITTSBURGH -- When women flee from an abusive husband or a battering boyfriend, they can take their children with them to an emergency shelter. But they usually have to leave their dogs and cats behind.

In Pennsylvania, pets are permitted at only three shelters for victims of domestic violence. One of them is in north suburban Tarentum, Penn. ...Read more

Diggin' In: Chew on these ideas for successful gardening with pets

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Safe, friendly gardening with a pet in your household can be a difficult pastime if your yard isn't set up to handle the wear and tear from a four-footed animal who doesn't know the difference between your prized petunias and the potty.

In Hampton, Va., gardener Wendy Iles preaches the dos and don'ts of gardening with pets.

"Dogs love to dig, ...Read more

Dog flu outbreaks temporarily close shelters, suspend adoptions

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CHICAGO -- Frango, a tiny tan Chihuahua mix, lapped chicken noodle soup from a doggy bowl in between hacking coughs on a recent Thursday at PAWS animal shelter in Tinley Park, one of two south suburban shelters temporarily shut down as canine influenza virus continues to sicken dogs across the region.

"This is the worst thing I've ever seen ...Read more

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