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Living with cats and cockroaches may reduce kids' asthma risk

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Kids living in houses with cats, mice and cockroaches may have a lower risk of asthma, new research from Washington University shows.

The researchers looked at 442 kids living in the inner cities of St. Louis, Baltimore, Boston and New York City. They analyzed dust taken from the kids' homes to measure the concentrations of cockroach, mouse and...Read more

VIDEO: Firefighters use tiny oxygen mask to save puppy's life

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(UPI) A British firefighter's body camera was rolling when rescuers pulled a puppy from a burning building and used a pet-sized oxygen mask to save his life.

The West Midlands Fire Service posted a video to Facebook showing a firefighter's body camera's perspective of the rescue Monday in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham.

The firefighters ...Read more

VIDEO: Wild fox plays with dog at public park in Scotland

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(UPI) A man taking his dog for a walk in a Scottish park captured video of the canine playing with a wild fox after both animals apparently mistook each other for the same species.

Kris McDonald said he was walking his dog, Cricket, in Glasgow's Dowanhill Park when they came across a fox.

McDonald said the fox's intentions appeared friendly, ...Read more

VIDEO: Athletic dog interrupts Argentinian soccer game

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(UPI) A scrappy dog brought a soccer game in Argentina to a halt after rushing onto the field to get into the action.

TyC sports shared video Monday of the energetic pup trying to dribble the ball down the field with its head during the second half of the Argentinian Superliga match between San Lorenzo and Arsenal di Sarandi.

The dog stole ...Read more

Want to drink with your pet? This website tells you where you can.

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The only thing better than a cold beer on a warm day is drinking it accompanied by your best four-legged friend. Now, a Wake Forest, N.C., business is making that easier to do. recently unveiled its list of dog-friendly breweries. It joins the website's list of dog-friendly restaurants, beaches and other attractions. Named "...Read more

VIDEO: Wild jaguar makes rare appearance on Arizona wildlife camera

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(UPI) A conservation nonprofit shared wildlife camera footage of a rare wild jaguar found living in the mountains of Arizona.

The Center for Biological Diversity posted a video Thursday to Facebook showing the jaguar, recently dubbed Sombra by students at Paulo Freire Freedom School - University Campus in Tucson, wandering the Chiricahua ...Read more

VIDEO: British fire crew frees puppy with head caught in snack jar

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(UPI) A hungry puppy in England found itself in a tight spot after getting its head stuck inside a glass snack jar.

Crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service shared photos of the pup as they managed to gently pull its head free.

"Pictures of Buddy the chug pup, who was rescued by [Hampshire Fire and Rescue's animal rescue team] earlier ...Read more

Firefighters rescue curious kitten trapped inside car engine

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(UPI) A Texas woman's morning commute was interrupted after she discovered a tiny kitten under the hood of her car.

Kara Tumlinson's husband Kevin recounted the story in a Reddit post, alongside photos of the gray striped stowaway they named Max.

"She's a project manager and had driven to a job site. When she got there, she heard this little ...Read more

Iowa bride replaced wedding bouquets with puppies

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(UPI) An Iowa woman put a unique spin on her wedding party by replacing traditional flower bouquets with rescue puppies.

Samantha Clark, 23, teamed up with AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport, which shared photos of Clark and her bridesmaids posing with the tiny puppies.

"Our puppies were in a wedding! They were the 'bouquets' held by the ...Read more

Young 'astronaut' walking his dog inspires Internet photoshop battle

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(UPI) A photo of a young boy dressed in a full astronaut walking his dog inspired an impromptu online photoshop competition.

Reddit user kchitownp shared the image to the Photoshop battles subreddit, encouraging users to modify the image.

The challenge received hundreds of responses, as users placed the young boy and his dog into various ...Read more

A respectful, eco-friendly way to say goodbye

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SEATTLE -- From a few feet away, the metal trays look to be holding tiny rocks, plucked by a very particular and tidy collector. A closer look reveals that each tray holds not rocks, but remains -- one holds the bony bits of a ferret, the other a cat; both were pets, and both are done with their jobs as companions.

One more thing they have in ...Read more

Arizona troopers stop traffic for dog stuck on roadway

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(UPI) Traffic in Arizona came to a halt on Tuesday, as troopers attempted to rescue a dog stranded on a local roadway.

Gil Estrada shared a photo of the stranded dog pressed up against the barrier of a southbound roadway on Tuesday morning and said Department of Public Safety had been contacted to help.

"Poor fella hasn't moved, up against the...Read more

Dog and kitten form friendship at London shelter

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(UPI) A newborn kitten formed a special friendship with a 3-year-old dog after being rushed to an animal shelter in England.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home shared video Tuesday of the recently rescued kitten Ava and her new best friend Barney the Labrador, who took on the role of caring for the tiny cat.

"She is still so young that she needs ...Read more

VIDEO: Finn the dog runs for mayor of Canadian town

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(UPI) A dog in Canada is seeking to take a bite out of local government by running for mayor of a Newfoundland city.

Dog trainer Glenn Redmond on Sunday shared a video promoting Finn the Australian cattle dog as a new candidate for mayor of St. John's.

Finn took to the campaign trail to encourage residents about his plans to help business, ...Read more

VIDEO: First-ever litter of male liligers born at Oklahoma Zoo

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(UPI) An Oklahoma zoo announced the birth of what was described as the first litter of male liligers -- three quarters lion, one quarter tiger -- in the world.

Joe Schreibvogel, aka Joe Exotic, announced a female liger -- a hybrid animal resulting from the coupling of a male lion and a female tiger -- gave birth Sunday to four male liligers at ...Read more

VIDEO: Illinois dog gently rescues earthworms from hot asphalt

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(UPI) An Illinois woman shared video of her dog displaying an unusual behavior -- rescuing earthworms from the hot road.

The video, recorded amid sunny weather in East St. Louis, shows Holliday the border collie/German shepherd mix gently picking up earthworms from the hot asphalt with her mouth and placing them in the grass.

"On walks, she ...Read more

Dog show aims to dispel pit bulls' stigma

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When most people think of a pit bull dog, the images are not usually pleasant.

A group working to change the perception of the dogs held a show recently at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds.

The Mid-Missouri American Pit Bull Terrier Club hosted owners and their dogs in from several states, as well as Canada.

"...Read more

Texas rallies to rescue pets, with lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina

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HOUSTON -- The big-rig truck was full of cats. Theo, who had a bit of a sneeze. Vennessa, who was acting like a diva. Two Thomases. And Buck, who, to everyone's surprise, was a girl.

They had been living in shelters in southeast Texas. But with Hurricane Harvey leaving untold numbers of family pets stranded, these cats were being shipped to an ...Read more

Treats from scratch pamper your pooch

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It's not often I find myself drooling over homemade dog food recipes. But with names such as "cheddar lover's biscuits" and "banana ice cream," I was as tempted to try the recipes in the updated "Doggy Desserts" cookbook as was my furry little man, Welles, and his tail-wagging friends.

The recipes in the book, by Cheryl Gianfrancesco, were ...Read more

Things that pets give us: broken stuff, healing love

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That crashing noise? It was an antique lamp that had belonged to my parents. And Beau, my hunka hunka burning Siamese love, had just sent it hurtling to the floor.

I wanted to throttle him. After I saw the look on his face, I wanted to pick him up, cradle him and tell him not to worry.

Because in the contest of things versus pets, there is no ...Read more


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