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Virginia high schooler's service dog gets own yearbook entry

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(UPI) A Virginia high school student's service dog is gaining fame among classmates as well as online after a photo of the canine's yearbook photo went viral.

Andrew "AJ" Schalk, 16, a student at Stafford High School, said his service dog, Alpha, started going to school with him in December 2015. The student, who has Type 1 Diabetes, said Alpha...Read more

Construction workers rescue kitten from top of Jacksonville bridge

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(UPI) A pair of construction workers helped rescue a tiny kitten from the top of a bridge in Florida.

The Jacksonville Humane Society shared a photo of the 5-week-old kitten that was nicknamed "Dames Point" after construction workers found him at the top of Dames Point Bridge.

"Two men, Arthur and Jose, found him and pulled him to safety," the...Read more

My Pet World: To drive or fly pets on a long-distance move

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Dear Cathy,

I was reading your column regarding preparing a pup for long-distance car rides, and I have a similar question regarding cats. We may be relocating to Florida from New York, and my wife is extremely hesitant to give our cats (two to three) to anyone like an airline or service that would relocate the cats for us. In my opinion, the ...Read more

North Carolina animal organization hosts 'Senior Prom' for elderly dogs

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(UPI) An animal organization in North Carolina has given a group of elderly dogs the opportunity to partake in prom season in hopes of being adopted.

The Grey Muzzle Organization in Raleigh collected a group of shelter dogs aged six and older to compete for prom court positions such as Senior Dog Prom King, Prom Queen and Cutest Couple.

"...Read more

Dog interrupts Russian news broadcast, anchor a 'cat person'

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(UPI) A Russian news broadcast was interrupted by a black lab that surprised the female anchor and refused to abandon his quest for her love.

A video of the World 24 news broadcast, posted to the broadcaster's official YouTube account, shows the female anchor delivering a story about a Moscow demolition when something under the desk in the ...Read more

9 exciting lives: Adventure cats hike, camp, sail — even surf

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Cats that cavort in the snow, camp in the wilderness, sail on the ocean?

Journalist Laura Moss says yes, absolutely, in her eye-opening new book, "Adventure Cats: Living Nine Lives to the Fullest." We meet Kuli, the one-eyed Hawaiian surfer cat, who became accustomed to baths while recovering from health problems and now rides the (smaller) ...Read more

Australian rescue seeks home for 'despot and dictator' cat

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(UPI) An animal rescue group in Australia posted a listing online seeking a home for a pet that might be difficult to place, due to being an "utter bastard of a cat."

The Cat People of Melbourne rescue in Australia posted a listing on website Pet Rescue seeking someone to adopt a male domestic short hair dubbed Mr. Biggles, "also known as Lord ...Read more

California cat, found 1,500 miles away from home, reunited with owner

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(UPI) A California family has been reunited with their pet cat about two months after it went missing during a cross-country road trip.

Penny, the 5-year-old cat, leapt out of Cherrell Bishop's RV while she and her family were traveling near the Oklahoma-Missouri border.

Several weeks latter Penny wandered into Elizabeth Givens backyard in ...Read more

Four kittens stow away on 1,000 mile trip from Poland to England

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(UPI) Four kittens traveled about 1,000 miles from Poland to England after hitching a ride in the back of a delivery truck.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Northamptonshire Branch shared a photo of the kittens after their three day journey inside a cardboard box headed to a Dynamic Office Solutions depot.

"We ...Read more

Family dog finds missing cat under floor 2 months after fire

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(UPI) A Michigan family whose home was destroyed in a fire said their dog found their cat alive under the floor of the wreckage two months after the blaze.

Christine Marr said her family thought their cat, Ringer, had died in the March fire at their home near South Haven.

Marr said her dog, Chloe, also nearly perished in the fire, but was ...Read more

Hundreds volunteer for opportunity to adopt rare male 'tortoiseshell' kitten

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(UPI) More than 300 people have volunteered to adopt a rare male "tortoiseshell" kitten from an animal shelter in New Jersey.

The 6-week-old kitten, named Burrito, was brought to the Animal Welfare Association of New Jersey after good Samaritans found him and two other kittens abandoned on the street.

When Dr. Erin Henry was examining the ...Read more

What is that dog trying to say? Ask its owner

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When it comes to interpreting dog growls, some humans are surprisingly good at taking the hint, a new study shows. Scientists testing how people categorized different types of natural growls found that people could largely tell playful vocalizations from threatening ones -- though women and dog owners seemed to do better than their peers.

The ...Read more

Lawmakers' safety exemption for old steamboat alarms Coast Guard

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WASHINGTON--The Senate voted overwhelmingly last month to permit a 90-year-old stern-wheel steamboat named the Delta Queen to travel the Mississippi River as an overnight cruise ship for up to 174 passengers.

Relaunching the now-idle boat would rekindle a connection to the region's history and inject millions of tourist dollars and hundreds of ...Read more

My Pet World: How cat got feline leukemia baffles one family

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Dear Cathy,

My husband and I went to a no-kill shelter to adopt a cat after I became disabled and had to retire early. I adopted a beautiful Lynx point Siamese who had been brought to the shelter 14 months prior as an orphan. He immediately jumped on my lap, rubbed his face all over mine, and didn't mind my mobility scooter one bit. His vet ...Read more

Alabama man's trail camera captures image of large cat

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(UPI) An Alabama man wants to know whether a big cat photographed this month by his nature camera is a wandering mountain lion -- or a "monster bobcat."

Greg Donnelly said he recently checked the photos taken on his 705 acres of hunting land in Cullman County and came across a shot of the large cat.

"I had not checked the camera in two to ...Read more

Pet Tales: Dogs who serve get free eye exams

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PITTSBURGH -- The eyes of Lola and Yahtzee are more precious than the eyes of most dogs; these Labrador retrievers are the eyes and lifelines of their blind partners.

Lola, a 2-year-old yellow female, and Yahtzee, a 10-year-old black male, are among the 100-150 "working" dogs getting free screening eye exams this month at Pittsburgh Veterinary ...Read more

Texas residents post sign: Roof-sitting dog is not in danger

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(UPI) A Texas dog is the toast of Twitter after a neighbor snapped a picture of him perched on his owner's home -- and a note explaining that he isn't in danger.

Huckleberry, an Austin dog now known to the Internet as "HuckTheRoofDog," came to Twitter's attention when Sarafina Nance spotted him sitting on the roof of his owner's home and ...Read more

Her name is Katz. She's a pet detective. And she's gonna find your missing dogs

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MIAMI -- Jamie Katz and her dad were constantly evicted from apartments. The dog barks from inside their homes were ear-splitting. The stench from litter boxes on balconies, overwhelming.

"He couldn't say no to me,'' said Katz. "And I couldn't say no to the animals."

That was about two decades ago and Katz, 36, still can't say no to the ...Read more

Tips to stay safe on the water

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Experts offer several tips for staying safe on the water this summer:

-- Don't drink alcohol and don't smoke marijuana while boating.

-- Don't overload boats with more people than a vessel has capacity to accommodate, and ensure there is a life jacket for every person on board.

-- Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket appropriate for your ...Read more

My Pet World: Both male and female dogs hump for different reasons

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Dear Cathy,

Our Katie is a five-year-old Lab mix. She's always been obedient and will lick you to death if you let her. Now suddenly, when little kids come over, she gets super excited and starts humping them. Why now, after all this time, is she doing this? I thought only male dogs hump. Any ideas on why she does this and how to stop her? -- ...Read more


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