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Floppy-faced Neapolitan Mastiff named 'World's Ugliest Dog'

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(UPI) A 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha was officially crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog" at the Sonoma Marin Fair in California on Friday.

Martha's sleepy eyes and rows of floppy skin helped her stand out from the pack of 13 other curious-looking canines at the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, but her owner can...Read more

VIDEO: Clever cat shuts itself inside drawer

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(UPI) A clever cat showed off its masterful hide-and-seek skills by opening a drawer and shutting itself inside.

YouTube channel Loki the Cat shared video of the spotted cat reaching up to the middle drawer of a five-drawer dresser to prepare its hiding place.

The dexterous cat managed to sneak its paws into the crease of the dresser and open ...Read more

VIDEO: Brave dog scares off curious bear from Washington neighborhood

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(UPI) A brave dog defended a Washington neighborhood from a bear and its cubs that were seen wandering about the area.

Resident ‎Emma Etemadi shared video of the labrador rushing toward the curious mother bear to shoo it away as it began crossing a street in the residential area.

"This bear and her two cubs has been spending time in the ...Read more

VIDEO: Tesla mechanic rescues kitten trapped inside Model X bumper

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(UPI) A Tesla owner awoke one morning to find a kitten inside his bumper after hearing sounds coming from the back of the car.

YouTube user S R shared a video documenting the loud meows as he wondered how the small kitten may have entered the rear bumper of his Model X car.

"Woke up on a Saturday morning, went into my garage, and heard a ...Read more

Daughter recreates family photos with pet dog

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(UPI) A college student pranked her parents after moving away for school by replacing family photos with photos of their pet chihuahua.

Marissa Hooper dressed up Dixie the chihuahua in outfits she made using items found around the house and placed her in poses similar to various family photos to test how observant her mother is.

"I've been ...Read more

Dapper dogs gather for Humane Rescue Alliance 'Bark Ball'

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(UPI) Several well-dressed dogs and their owners attended a black-tie gala to raise funds for an animal rescue group.

Humane Rescue Alliance's Bark Ball event in Washington D.C. raised $690,000 for the animal rescue group as "movers and shakers" in the area including politicians and sports figures gathered with their dapper pups.

"The Bark ...Read more

Cat missing for more than 10 years reunited with owners in Canada

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(UPI) A family in Canada was reunited with their pet cat that went missing from their home for more than 10 years.

Winnipeg Humane Society shared a photo of Freda Watson and her black and white cat, George, as the pair were reunited after more than 10 years apart.

A Good Samaritan found George wandering the streets and decided to take him to ...Read more

VIDEO: 35-pound tabby cat seeking to slim down and find new home

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(UPI) Staff at an animal shelter in Washington, D.C. are working to help a 35-pound rescue cat shed weight and find a new home.

Humane Rescue Alliance shared video Thursday of Symba the hefty, 6-year-old, orange tabby cat exercising on a circular treadmill device as he is prepared for adoption.

"HRA staff have seen a lot -- but we've never ...Read more

VIDEO: Cat repeatedly tries to intimidate lion at Texas sanctuary

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(UPI) A Texas man filmed a brave house cat's attempt to "challenge" a much larger animal -- a lion at an animal sanctuary.

Derek Krahn posted a video to YouTube on Wednesday showing Baggy the cat's attempt to intimidate Noey the lion through the bars of the larger animal's cage at the Center for Animal Research and Education in Bridgeport.

"Oh...Read more

VIDEO: Stray dog escapes leopard at Indian college

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(UPI) Security cameras at an Indian veterinary college recorded a tense scuffle between a leopard and a stray dog that almost became its meal.

CCTV cameras at Bombay Veterinary College in Goregaon, Mumbai, show the leopard chasing the dog down a flight of stairs outside the women's hostel on campus just after 4 a.m. Friday, India Today reported...Read more

Woman disguised dog to visit grandma in hospital

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(UPI) A California woman disguised her grandmother's dog as a baby so the pet would be able to visit her while she was sick in a hospital.

Shelby Hennick shared photos on Twitter of her carrying the small dog in a blanket in order to smuggle the pet into her grandmother's hospital room.

"My grandma is in the hospital right now and wanted to ...Read more

VIDEO: Chicago police officer rescued dog that fell into Lake Michigan

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(UPI) A rookie police officer in Chicago rushed into action to save a dog that fell into Lake Michigan while responding to a vehicle crash.

Probationary police officer Juan Farris, who graduated from the police academy six weeks ago, hoisted a pit bull out of Lake Michigan after it fell into the water while seemingly trying to take a drink.

"I...Read more

VIDEO: UPS deliveryman stops to take selfie with neighborhood dogs

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(UPI) A Louisiana UPS carrier took some time out of his route to take a selfie with a group of neighborhood dogs.

Facebook user Staci Speer Burns shared video Friday of the UPS deliveryman sitting in a driveway with his phone out as he posed with a trio of dogs.

"When you have the best UPS man on the planet..." Burns wrote.

Despite ...Read more

VIDEO: Australian man records dog's battle with kangaroo

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(UPI) An astonished onlooker captured video of a prolonged brawl between a German shepherd and a kangaroo that police eventually broke up.

Anthony Hartley posted a video to YouTube on Sunday that he said represents only a small portion of the 20-minute standoff between the dog and kangaroo.

Hartley said he was driving through Cooma, New South ...Read more

Australian dog 'too friendly' for police force given government position

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(UPI) A German Shepherd deemed to be too friendly to work for Australia's K-9 police unit was given a government position.

The Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey shared photos of Gavel the German Shepherd, who was named Vice-Regal Dog, after being denied a role with Queensland police service as a 6-month-old puppy.

"Since then he has ...Read more

VIDEO: Bobcat traps mom and two kids in bathroom of New Jersey home

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(UPI) A mother and her two children hid inside their bathroom after a bobcat made its way inside their home.

The family called Washington Township police to their home in Long Valley, New Jersey after spotting the wild bobcat near their back door, Fox 5 NY reported.

Police arrived at the scene around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, where they found the ...Read more

How therapy dogs ease the tension for patients, families

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BELLEVUE, Wash. -- During a recent afternoon shift change on the oncology floor at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, the usual suspects crowded the hallway: nurses, aides, visitors, patients in wheelchairs towing IV poles.

But one visitor quickly attracted a circle of admirers: Viansa, a yellow lab with soft ears and understanding eyes.

...Read more

Japanese retailer offers samurai armor for pets

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(UPI) Pets of all shapes and sizes can now live out their dreams of looking like medieval Japanese warriors.

Japanese retailer Samurai Age, which specializes in novelty samurai apparel, released a new line of samurai armor for pets such as dogs and cats to wear.

The body armor's standard size is suited for a small cat or dog, but can be ...Read more

Soggy kitten rescued from behind SUV grill in Florida

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(UPI) Emergency responders in Florida were called to rescue a soggy kitten that became stuck behind the grill of a Toyota while seeking shelter from the rain.

Broward Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Jachles tweeted photos from when a Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crew was called this week to remove the young cat from the innards of the Toyota ...Read more

Texas fire department rescues kitten trapped inside car tire

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(UPI) Fire crews in Texas helped rescue a kitten that managed to find its way inside a driver's tire.

Austin Fire Department shared photos Monday of firefighters removing the front passenger's side tire of the car to extract the tiny, black kitten.

"Picture this: You're driving down the road, minding your own business, and suddenly you hear ...Read more

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