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Pet detective reunites Florida woman with dog missing for 59 days

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(UPI) A Florida woman was reunited with her Yorkshire terrier 59 days after the canine went missing thanks to a pet detective.

Anita Maharaj said her dog, Milo, went missing from her Lake Worth Beach home in August, after a security guard in her subdivision spotted the canine leaving through an open gate.

"It was heartbreaking," Maharaj told ...Read more

Oregon dog's 12-inch ears earn Guinness World Record

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(UPI) An Oregon woman's black and tan coonhound earned a Guinness World Record when each of her ears was measured at 12.38 inches long.

Guinness said Lou, a 3-year-old canine belonging to Paige Olsen, officially has the longest ears on a dog (living).

Olsen said she always knew Lou's ears were "extravagantly long," but she only decided to ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Do hummingbirds recognize the woman on the 11th floor?

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DEAR JOAN — I live on the 11th floor of a building and I do not have a hummingbird feeder hanging from my window, but several of my neighbors do. Hummers fly up to my windows and look in on me, even though I don't feed them.

I wonder if they recognize me from my gardening in the park a few blocks away, where hummers enjoy my flower bed. It is...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Readers offer suggestions for sleepless puppy

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Recently, I answered a question about a new puppy that was having trouble sleeping in his bed without whining and barking through the night. I suggested some crate-training tips, but I’ve had lots of emails from across the country offering a few other ideas.

Here's a collection of those tips, along with my thanks.

DEAR JOAN: We got our new ...Read more

Kitten rescued from engine compartment of vehicle in New York

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(UPI) Police in New York conducted an unusual rescue when a resident called to report a kitten was trapped in the engine compartment of their vehicle.

The Ramapo Police Department said two officers and the city's dog control officer responded to a Ramapo home on a report of a kitten in distress.

The department posted a video to Facebook ...Read more

Florida woman's lost dog turns up on Facebook nearly a year later

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(UPI) A 15-year-old dog that went missing from his owner's Florida home was reunited with the woman nearly a year later when she spotted his photo on an animal rescue's social media page.

Lisa Raulerson said she was living in a West Palm Beach cottage in October 2020 when her 15-year-old dog, Sparky, escaped through a gate that mistakenly had ...Read more

How to deal with a hypercative dog

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Hyperactivity is one of the most commonly reported behavioral concerns of dog owners. In many cases, it's not the dog, but rather that more breed education is needed, and the dog may need a more suitable exercise plan.

The American Kennel Club offers the following tips for the owner of the energetic dog:

• Daily exercise. Adequate ...Read more

What's with all the salmonella alerts for people and dog food?

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It seems like every week, the Food and Drug Administration issues an alert about salmonella contamination in the food supply. You're told to avoid eating prosciutto and salami (we say they're always to be avoided anyway) or to ditch your dog's fancy food. Recent outbreaks of salmonella illness have been linked to contaminated fruit and ...Read more

How Do I Tell My Kids Our Dog Died?

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Dear Annie: One of our two sweet dogs died recently. Do you have any suggestions for how to explain it to our two children, who are 3 and 7 years old? She had heart disease that progressed quickly -- within a month and mainly over the last five days of her sweet life.

Thank you very much. -- Explaining to Our Children

Dear Explaining: Losing a...Read more

Dog, three humans rescued from Colorado lake

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(UPI) Firefighters in Colorado rescued a dog trapped in the tall reeds of a lake the morning after rescuing three people who unsuccessfully attempted to reach the canine.

The Pueblo Fire Department said rescue crews were dispatched to Lake Minnequa on Wednesday evening to rescue three adults who became stuck in the lake while searching for the ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Why are hummingbird feeders so moldy?

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DEAR JOAN — Is there a way to prevent the black mold that shows up on hummingbird feeders?

I clean the feeder every time I fill it, but the mold persists.

Rada Ford, Mountain View, California

DEAR RADA: Mold can be an unfortunate byproduct of the sweet nectar we feed hummingbirds. It can be worse in the summer when high temperatures may ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Why are hummingbird feeders so moldy?

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DEAR JOAN — Is there a way to prevent the black mold that shows up on hummingbird feeders?

I clean the feeder every time I fill it, but the mold persists.

Rada Ford, Mountain View, California

DEAR RADA: Mold can be an unfortunate byproduct of the sweet nectar we feed hummingbirds. It can be worse in the summer when high temperatures may ...Read more

Scooter-riding dog and cat duo earn Guinness World Record

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(UPI) A pair of Canadian pets with a unique hobby set a Guinness World Record for the fastest 5 meters on a scooter by a dog and cat.

Melissa Millett, 40, a professional dog trainer in Ontario, said 5-year-old Boston terrier Lollipop and 7-year-old Bengal cat Sashimi formed a close friendship when they were very young.

Millett said she trained...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Rescue puppy is having trouble sleeping alone

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DEAR JOAN: My adult daughter is struggling with sleep deprivation because her new 4-month-old puppy won’t let her sleep through the night. Any tips?

She and her husband got a puppy Monday from a rescue group where the pup was used to sleeping in crate with rest of the litter. The pup wouldn’t sleep in its crate at its new home and barked ...Read more

Two African servals escape from pet store owner's barn in Alabama

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(UPI) A pair of exotic African servals are on the loose after escaping from the barn where they were being kept in Alabama.

Lacey Harring, owner of pet store 256Exotics, said in a Facebook post that two servals -- African cats that resemble small leopards -- escaped from her Huntsville barn Sunday night.

Harring said the felines escaped by ...Read more

Fans catch falling cat in U.S. flag at University of Miami football game

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(UPI) Fans at a University of Miami football game used a U.S. flag to break the fall of a cat that fell from the upper deck.

Craig and Kimberly Cromer said it was the second quarter of the school's game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami when the crowd's attention was captured by a cat dangling from the ...Read more

Dog steals ball during cricket match in Ireland

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(UPI) A dog stole the show during the Women's All-Ireland T20 Cup cricket semi-final match when it ran out onto the pitch and stole the ball.

The cameras were rolling during Saturday's game between Bready and CSNI when the canine darted out onto the pitch and ran off with the ball.

"The dog has the ball," announcer Heatley Tector can be heard ...Read more

How to keep your dog happy during your transition back to the office

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It’s no surprise that many people got dogs during the COVID-19 pandemic. When people were home all day by themselves, dogs seemed to be the perfect antidote for their isolation and loneliness. People had plenty of time and nowhere to go, and many new dogs that came into people’s lives during the pandemic got used to constant attention and ...Read more

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'You keep Fluffy. We don't want Fluffy.' LA County animal shelters try a new approach

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LOS ANGELES -- Ulysses Sandoval was desperate to save his dog.

Chia needed surgery to remove a large stone in her bladder, but Sandoval had lost his job during the COVID-19 pandemic. He had asked family members for help and was ready to take out a loan and sell his car to come up with the $2,200.

Frantically calling rescue groups, he dialed ...Read more

How expensive is owning a dog?

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If you’ve considered adopting a dog during the coronavirus, you’re not alone. Adoption rates for dogs and cats have skyrocketed over the course of 2020 and 2021 as people spend increasingly more time at home. A report by Rover.com, the dog walking and boarding app, found that 93% of people who adopted pets during the pandemic experienced ...Read more