Dear Amy: My partner and I recently traveled abroad with her family.
We are all adults. We spent six days with her mother, father, brother and sister-in-law.
We both knew that there would be the usual frustrations associated with spending time in close quarters with her enmeshed family.
We stayed in vacation rental homes, where each couple ...Read more
(UPI) Veterinarians at an animal hospital in Thailand conducted surgery on a bulldog to remove 32 rubber ducks from the hungry canine's stomach.
Owner Nong Aom said her American bulldog, Devil, got into a box of 50 yellow rubber ducks that had been bound for her pool in Pattaya, Thailand.
The worried owner said Devil threw up five rubber ducks...Read more
(UPI) A Texas couple who couldn't find their dog's favorite toy reviewed home security camera footage to identify a pair of furry thieves -- two foxes.
Laura House said she and her husband, Grahm Donovan, were searching for the squeaky dolphin that their blind and nearly-deaf dog likes playing with the most.
The couple reviewed security camera...Read more
(UPI) Authorities in Florida were called to a high school for an unusual "burglary" in progress -- a raccoon inside a vending machine.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office shared photos on Facebook showing the guilty trash panda rooting around inside the vending machine, which was full of snack foods.
"This gentleman was apprehended today while...Read more
BALTIMORE -- An animal rights group has filed a complaint against Johns Hopkins University for what it describes as botched surgeries on nine dogs that led to their paralysis and euthanasia.
This is the second complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture against Hopkins this year by Stop Animal Exploitation Now, though the Ohio-based...Read more
(UPI) A baby raccoon suffering mobility problems due to a traumatic brain injury can get around on her own, thanks to a specially designed wheelchair.
Susan Curtis, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist in Arkansas, said Vittles the raccoon was found at age 8 weeks with a traumatic brain injury that left her unable to walk.
Curtis enlisted the ...Read more
(UPI) - A British couple said they have their hungry cat to thank for their winning a $1.2 million jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket.
Andrew and Paula Hancock of Mansfield, England, said Andrew had to run out to a local gas station July 24 when they realized they had forgotten to pick up food for their 6-year-old cat, Shortcake.
While ...Read more
(UPI) Police in Colorado said a bear that broke into a home left in the style of the Kool-Aid Man by bursting out through a wall when officers arrived.
The Estes Park Police Department said officers responded Friday night to a report of a bear inside a residence.
Police said the bear had apparently been drawn into the home by the "scent of ...Read more
(UPI) Police in Texas said one of two zebras that escaped from a ranch was safely captured while running loose in the streets, but the second African equine remains missing.
The New Braunfels Police Department posted a video to Facebook showing police pursuing a loose zebra through the streets of the city.
Police said a helicopter team ...Read more
(UPI) A wolf-dog hybrid that escaped from a Florida sanctuary was safely captured and returned after being spotted by members of the public.
The Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples said Eva, a wolf-dog hybrid, escaped about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and was shot with a tranquilizer dart just over an hour later, but managed to flee the area before being ...Read more
People magazine, home of the "Sexiest Man Alive" and A-List celebrity interviews, is making space for a four-legged Chicagoan.
Kele is an 8-month-old shelter kitten with a fluffy white coat, big golden eyes, a petal-pink nose and an outgoing, playful personality.
One of nine pets nationwide featured in a two-page People spread about adoptable ...Read more
(UPI) A dog survived a six-story fall from the roof of a New York building when he crashed through the sunroof of a parked car.
Emma Heinrich said the 2-year-old French bulldog, Winston, went running up the stairs of her Manhattan apartment building and bounded onto the roof, where he was unable to stop before reaching the ledge.
"I kind of ...Read more
Dear Joan: I have feral cats!
Mama cat had two babies and she looks pregnant again. I would like to trap all three and daddy cat, if he comes around again. I haven't seen him lately.
Should I feed them? Or should I only feed the neutered ones? My concern is, will this attract more feral cats?
My family thinks I'm asking for trouble.
-- Mary ...Read more
(UPI) A cattle drive event in a Colorado city went awry when a longhorn made a break for freedom and ran through an open door into the lobby of a building.
Witnesses captured video during the annual Ride for the Brand cattle drive in downtown Colorado Springs when the longhorn cow fled from the herd and ran through an open door into the Plaza ...Read more
(UPI) Organizers of a pet event in Ohio said 368 canines participated in the Guinness World Record-breaking dog photo shoot.
The PAWSitively Pinecrest event, held at Pinecrest's Central Park, featured 368 dogs being photographed during the five-hour carnival to break the Guinness record for largest dog photo shoot.
Guinness adjudicator ...Read more
Dear Annie: I live out in the country and have found a consistently wonderful kennel for my dog. The people who work there are the owner and two helpers; all are kind, efficient and obviously dog lovers. The kennel costs $40 per night. My question is, how much of a tip to leave? Sometimes, one of the helpers is working when I pick up my dog, and...Read more
(UPI) Firefighters in Massachusetts came to the rescue of a raccoon that ended up trapped with its head sticking up through a sewer grate.
The Newton Fire Department said a crew worked with Waltham Animal Control when a raccoon was spotted at the side of a road with only its head sticking out from a storm drain grate.
Photos tweeted by the ...Read more
(UPI) A Colorado woman vacationing in Canada captured video of the moment she was charged by a bear while going for a run in the mountains.
Sherry Moore said she hikes frequently in her home state, but had never encountered a bear until she took a run in the Coast Mountains, near Whistler, British Columbia.
Moore she said she was on a popular ...Read more
(UPI) A New York conservancy presented G.O.A.T. awards at a ceremony Thursday to five actual goats that have been working to clear invasive plants from a park.
The Riverside Park Conservancy held its first ever G.O.A.T. (Great Of All Time) awards ceremony Thursday at Riverside Park in Manhattan to honor five members of the goat herd that has ...Read more
The Phillips family was shaken but ecstatic after their 2-year-old dog that was stolen from their yard was returned to them after four stressful days.
"It was an empty feeling not having him there," Anthony Phillips said. "It was a scary experience. It was hard on my kids. It really sucked."
The Phillips' Dachshund, RJ, was taken from the ...Read more
- Escaped wolf-dog hybrid safely recaptured in Florida
- Her family thinks she's courting trouble feeding feral cats
- Dog survives 6-story fall by crashing through sunroof of parked car
- VIDEO: Vets remove 32 rubber ducks from hungry bulldog's stomach
- 368 canines participate in Guinness record-breaking dog photo shoot