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My Pet World: Should you worry when your cat goes from shy to friendly?

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Dear Cathy,

We have a female cat named Polly who we believe is about 17 years old. She's always been shy; no one has ever been able to pet her or get close to her. We adopted her with her twin sister Molly. Both of them hid under the china cabinet the first year we had them.

Last year, Molly, who became our social, loving girl, died from ...Read more

Shelter finds new homes for kittens with 'wobby cat syndrome'

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(UPI) A Michigan animal shelter said it found new homes for two kittens with "wobby cat syndrome," a rare condition that makes the felines appear to be dancing.

The Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor said the kittens, dubbed Izzy and Twitch, were brought to the shelter with their mother in October when they were found as strays in ...Read more

Talking dogs: Not all people-dog matches are made in puppy heaven, Modesto trainer warns

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Recently, I dealt with a heart-breaking situation of a bad match between owner and dog. I usually deal with this type of case at least a dozen times a year, and it never gets any easier.

Irene is a lovely woman in her early 70s. On her birthday in February, she was given a new puppy by her well-meaning daughter and family. She was presented ...Read more

British company selling cat-resistant half Christmas tree

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(UPI) A British company is selling a unique Christmas tree online that features only the top half of an artificial conifer to protect it from babies and cats.

Catalog retailer Argos posting a listing online for a 6-foot "Half Parasol Christmas Tree" that only features branches on the top half of the artificial tree.

"Keep your perfectly placed...Read more

Problem Cat Costing Thousands

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Dear Annie: My problem certainly is not unique, yet I'm at my wits' end on how to handle it.

I love all animals dearly, but my favorite is a cat. I've had cats my entire life. Almost all have been rescues. I take great care to make sure they are fed, are given shots and go to the vet when they are sick, and I provide a safe and warm home for ...Read more

Dog rescued from between wall and fence in Wales garden

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Wales shared video from the unusual rescue of a bulldog that became wedged between a wall and a fence.

The RSPCA said animal collection officer Ellie West and inspector Julie Fadden responded to a call from a Waunarlwydd resident about a bulldog trapped between a wall and a fence in the home's garden.

The officer said ...Read more

'Oh, deer!' Missing Maryland State Police dog found safe

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A Maryland State Police dog has been found safe a day after escaping while running after a deer.

The K-9 bloodhound named Gunner went missing around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov, 28, in the Cordova area of Talbot County. Gunner noticed a group of deer in his handler's yard, and escaped his collar to chase after the deer in the woods.

"Gunner has ...Read more

Burger King's food promotion is going to the dogs

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(UPI) Burger King hopes its new food innovation is a doggone good one.

On Wednesday, the fast-food chain unveiled a new meal deal that includes a treat for dogs called the Dogpper, which "is the first flame grilled bone offered at BK for your best friend," according to a news release.

Burger King said the offer is a way for customers to enjoy ...Read more

My Pet World: Good reasons to restrain your dog (and your Christmas tree)

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Dear Cathy,

You really brought up a hot-button issue the other day. While walking on a trail, we came upon a large dog off leash. The owner told us not to worry that her dog was well-trained. I pulled my Shih-Tze close to me. Her dog came over though, and before we knew it, her dog was attacking mine. I was paralyzed and didn't know what to do....Read more

Cat spent four days stranded 50 feet up a tree

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Wales teamed with a tree surgeon to help a cat that spent at least four days stranded 50 feet up a tree.

The RSPCA said animal welfare officers were notified by members of the public that a tabby cat had been stranded about 50 feet up the tree in Llanrwst for at least four days.

RSPCA inspector Rachael Davies responded...Read more

Ikea store in Italy offers shelter to local stray dogs

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(UPI) An Ikea store in Italy is being praised for offering shelter to local stray dogs that would be endangered by winter weather.

A video filmed by Martine Taccia, a customer at the Catania, Sicily, store, shows dogs lounging in a "living room" set up inside the furniture store during cold and wet weather in the area.

The customer said ...Read more

Man rescues puppy with jar stuck on its head

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(UPI) A Russian man shared video from the rescue of a stray puppy he found with its head stuck inside a glass jar.

The video, filmed in Nachalovo, shows the man approach a puppy he spotted with its head stuck inside a glass jar.

The video shows the man make repeated attempts to free the puppy from the jar until the container finally comes ...Read more

Mysterious egg on ocean floor was actually a catshark, and it was moving, NOAA says

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A mysterious "translucent egg case" found last week off an uninhabited island near Puerto Rico has been identified by NOAA explorers as something few scientists had seen.

"Upon zooming in on this egg case," says a NOAA mission report, "we were able to clearly see the embryo ... actively swimming within the case."

This embryo...Read more

Greyhounds arrive in Philly from the 'worst racetrack in the world'

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Among those flying into Philadelphia during one of the busiest travel days of the year on Wednesday were five greyhounds from China.

It was a journey of more than 9,500 miles for the former racing dogs from the Canidrome in Macau, a brutal racetrack that reportedly euthanized 30 greyhounds per month. The track closed its doors for good in July,...Read more

Fox tries to open door to Kansas woman's shop

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(UPI) A Kansas woman captured unusual footage of a fox trying to claw its way into the business where she had fled with her dog.

Sally Catlin of Herington said the fox had previously gotten into an altercation with her dog, Ellie, on Sunday and the animal seemed aggressive when they encountered it again Monday.

Catlin brought Ellie inside her ...Read more

My Pet World: Are pets as gifts a good idea for the holidays?

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It's the time of year for gift-giving and giving pets as gifts is sometimes at the top of that list. Some animal shelters, however, frown on pets as gifts for fear the animals will be "returned" to the shelter after the holidays. But a study conducted by the ASPCA in 2013 seems to indicate animal shelters have nothing to worry about and giving ...Read more

Kitten rescued from between concrete walls in Los Angeles

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Los Angeles used a custom pole to rescue a kitten found trapped between two cement walls near the city's downtown.

Los Angeles Animal Services said a Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team responded Monday when the cat was reported wedged in the narrow gap between the walls.

A video shared by the agency shows SMART team...Read more

Downing Street cat steals focus during live news broadcast

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(UPI) A reporter was delivering a live report about Brexit in front of the British prime minister's residence when he was videobombed by a cat and a police officer.

Tom Rayner was delivering a Brexit report for Sky News in front of 10 Downing Street in London on Tuesday when Larry, the cat that famously resides in the location, approached the ...Read more

Could your dog have dementia? Here's what you need to know about pet senility

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Chester was the pup of his pack back in the day.

"He was a spunky little thing," said owner Lucie Greco, a Malvern dog groomer. "Always on the go. Just a happy soul."

But last month, the little Pekingese turned 14 -- up there in dog years. Lately, Chester has been having house-training "accidents," Greco acknowledged delicately. He never used ...Read more

Arctic station worker films close encounter with polar bear

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(UPI) Russian workers at an Arctic station captured video of a curious polar bear that strolled up and sniffed a man's hand.

The video, filmed at an Arctic station on the island of Stobolvoi, shows the bear strolling up to some equipment where a man films it and talks to it.

The man calls the bear "Mishka" and lets it get close enough to smell...Read more


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