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Tips on raising a new puppy

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Raising a puppy can be a life-changing experience, but it can also be a big challenge for both new and experienced dog owners. The goal is to provide your puppy with a safe environment, but you can run the risk of becoming overprotective.

To help your pup develop into a happy, healthy, well-adjusted adult dog, The American Kennel Club offers...Read more

Arctic fox found wandering loose in Michigan

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(UPI) Police in Michigan said they responded to a report of an "injured dog" and found a far more unusual animal: an Arctic fox.

The South Lyon Police Department said officers responded Thursday afternoon to a report of an injured dog wandering near South Lyon High School.

Officers were able to capture the animal and soon discovered it was ...Read more

Woman climbs into storm drain to rescue stranded cat

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(UPI) An Arkansas woman climbed more than 30 yards into a storm drain to rescue her cat, which had been trapped for about a day.

The Fort Smith woman said her cat, Olaf, became stranded in the storm drain in Fort Smith on Wednesday and firefighters and animal rescuers were unable to reach the feline.

The woman decided to take matters into her ...Read more

Dog found trapped inside 12-foot meat processing pit

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(UPI) Authorities in Tennessee responded to a plant where a dog was found trapped at the bottom of a meat processing pit, under a grinder.

Memphis Animal Services said the dog, dubbed McGregor by rescuers, was spotted at the bottom of a 12-foot-deep meat processing pit Wednesday at a meat plant.

The responding animal services officers said ...Read more

Flightless pigeon befriends puppy that can't walk at New York state rescue

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(UPI) A New York state animal rescue group said donations have been flooding in thanks to photos and videos of the unlikely friendship between a pigeon who can't fly and a chihuahua puppy who can't walk.

Sue Rogers, founder of the Rochester-based nonprofit animal rescue group the Mia Foundation, said she took in Herman the pigeon a little over ...Read more

Joan Morris: What makes these birds splash around in birdbath?

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DEAR JOAN: In the morning, I see a variety of birds splashing in our bird bath. Why do the birds do this?

Rosemary Hagman, Oakland, Calif.

DEAR ROSEMARY: Birds splash around in birdbaths, water puddles and even a dripping hose bib, for the same reasons we hop in the shower in the morning or take a soak in the bathtub -- to get clean.

Although...Read more

Texas family reunited with lost dog 14 years later

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(UPI) A Texas family whose dog disappeared during an outside bathroom break 14 years ago were reunited with the now elderly canine thanks to a rescue group.

Aaron Webster said the Yorkshire terrier, Remington, disappeared from the fenced-in yard at his parents' house in 2006.

"We know he was stolen. Maybe a hawk grabbed him, and he got away. ...Read more

Don't neglect your dog's dental care

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month, designated as such to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining your pet's dental hygiene. Despite what some people believe, domestic dogs don't automatically take care of their teeth by chewing.

Like humans, dogs can suffer periodontal disease, tooth decay, injured teeth and other oral ...Read more

Loose dogs rescued on Las Vegas highway

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(UPI) The Nevada Highway Patrol said a trooper and a helpful witness were able to rescue a pair of dogs running loose on a busy stretch of Las Vegas highway.

The NHS said Trooper Willner responded to a report of loose dogs on Interstate 15, near the Washington Avenue exit, Thursday morning.

Willner arrived to find a witness who spotted the ...Read more

Virginia dog brings home orphaned bear cub

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(UPI) Wildlife rescuers in Virginia said an orphaned bear cub is being fostered out to another mother in the wild after the baby was found by a dog that gently carried it home.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said a Washington County resident called a rehabilitator to report their dog had arrived home carrying an apparently...Read more

Skateboarding French bulldog draws attention at Russian skate park

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(UPI) A Russian man's pet French bulldog is going viral after showing off her skateboarding skills at an indoor skate park.

The video shows 5-year-old French bulldog Sonya skateboarding around the indoor park, using one of her back legs to push off and then standing with all four feet on the board while gliding.

Sonya's owner, Dmitry, said the...Read more

Dog chasing rabbit gets trapped inside buried vehicle

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Virginia said a small dog chasing a rabbit on his owner's property ended up trapped inside an old vehicle that had been buried.

Franklin County Animal Control and Shelter said in a Facebook post that Henry, an elderly beagle, was chasing a rabbit on his family's Franklin County property when he pursued the smaller ...Read more

What's up with little birds hogging my hummingbird feeders?

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DEAR JOAN: I have been successfully feeding hummingbirds in my backyard for several years. I have three feeders that accommodate one bird each at a time. I feed them the standard sugar-water formula and it has been working well.

However, recently there has been an influx of another type of bird that is hogging the hummingbird feeders, often ...Read more

Knowing when it's time to say goodbye to your dog

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The overwhelming joy of having pets is unfortunately accompanied by the inevitable sadness that comes with the end of their lives. As humans, sometimes feeling like parents, we must be witness to the death of our family member, our pet, our "child" as it so it often feels. And unlike the movies, rarely is it that they just fall "...Read more

Fox wanders into British Parliament, tours building

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(UPI) A fox found its way into the British Parliament and wandered through the building, to the surprise of workers and lawmakers.

Members of Parliament and workers in the London building said the fox was spotted on four different floors of the building Thursday night, with several witnesses sharing photos and videos of the invading animal.

...Read more

Firefighters rescue cat with head stuck in tire rim

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(UPI) Firefighters in California said they ended up using a power saw to free a cat that ended up with its head stuck through the middle of a tire rim.

The Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department said a crew from Station 65 in Moreno Valley responded to a call from the Riverside County Department of Animal Services to assist with a cat rescue...Read more

Baboon cub-naps, carefully grooms lion cub in South Africa

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(UPI) A safari guide in South Africa captured photos and videos of an unusual incident involving a baboon that cub-napped a young lion and was seen grooming it on a tree branch.

Kurt Schultz, director of the Kurt Safari company, said he was on his way to a meeting Feb. 1 when he stopped to take some wildlife photos at Kruger National Park.

...Read more

Researchers share footage of coyote, badger playing together

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(UPI) A wildlife camera set up by researchers in California captured an unusual scene of a badger and a coyote playing together in a tunnel.

Peninsula Open Space Trust researchers said they were reviewing footage from a tunnel under a road in the Coyote Valley, south of San Jose, for a study on how animals travel at night.

The footage depicted...Read more

Cats don't want to destroy our furniture, but they need good alternatives

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DEAR JOAN: When our cat, Mau, adopted us, we were living in a small house with a door to close off the living room. When we moved to a house with no door to protect the furniture, we bought a tall scratching post covered in carpeting and with three platforms, hoping this would keep him away from the furniture.

During the move, we locked him in ...Read more

New Jersey zoo pairs cheetah with service dog

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(UPI) Keepers at a New Jersey zoo said the facility's cheetah has been paired with a service dog to ease the big cat's anxiety.

The Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange said Nandi the cheetah was introduced to a Labrador named Bowie when both animals were just a few weeks old.

"Bowie has a very important job here, which is to be, kind of, her ...Read more