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James Lileks: Ever seen your dog mix it up with a raccoon? I did, and it isn't pretty

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There are famous grudges in history: Rome vs. Carthage, Tesla vs. Edison, Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. You can explain them with history, politics, human nature. Nothing explains the vicious quarrel between dogs and raccoons.

Nothing we know, that is.

Dogs will chase squirrels and voles and rabbits, but it's just business as usual. Nothing ...Read more

Florida man wrestles puppy from jaws of hungry alligator

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(UPI) A Florida man jumped into a pond to rescue his puppy from the jaws of a hungry alligator that had grabbed the canine and dragged him under water.

Richard Wilbanks said he was outside his family's Estero home when he heard Gunner, the puppy he had only recently adopted, crying out in distress.

Wilbanks rushed to the back of the house, ...Read more

Thanksgiving safety tips for dog owners

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As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are busy planning what dishes we are going to make. It’s important to keep in mind that your dog is also going to be around, and you may not be able to give her your full, undivided attention. This leaves more of a chance for your pup to sneak food off the table while you’re not looking. Although this...Read more

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Major and Champ Biden are about to make the White House warm and furry again

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Of the more than 500 million Americans who've ever lived, fewer than four dozen have ascended to the presidency.

It's hard to relate to a group that exclusive. But pets that dig up the Rose Garden, chew tassled loafers in the West Wing, and have accidents under the Resolute Desk are the great equalizer: There are more Americans who live with ...Read more

Runaway dog from Canada crosses border into United States

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(UPI) A dog who escaped from her family's home in New Brunswick had her homecoming complicated when she crossed the border into the United States.

Paryse Michaud said her father, Robert Sirois, was caring for her German shepherd, Diamond, while she and her husband were at a hockey tournament with their 9-year-old daughter.

Michaud said Sirois ...Read more

New Hampshire dog lost in Missouri recovered a year later

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(UPI) A New Hampshire woman whose dog ran off during her trip to visit family in Missouri was reunited with her pet almost a year later.

Kate Olson, of New Hampshire, said she and her dog, Walter, were visiting family in Arnold during the Thanksgiving holiday last year when the golden retriever slipped out of his collar and ran off.

Olson said...Read more

Turkmenistan president erects golden statue of favorite dog breed

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(UPI) The president of Turkmenistan honored his favorite breed of dog by erecting a golden canine statue on a pedestal in the country's capital.

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, whose affection for the Alabai dog breed previously led him to release a book about the breed, unveiled the golden statue in the center of a roundabout in ...Read more

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Dog day cares turn to front-line workers and pandemic puppies to prosper

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DETROIT — Erica Hill's best friend weighs only 13 pounds, but he can be a terror of a terrier.

That's why Hill, who typically works a 16-hour day in her job with the City of Detroit, admits she could not do the work and hold onto the greatest joy of her life — her 2-year-old pup, Kash — if it weren't for dog day care services.

"I am ...Read more

When dogs and cats go missing, this 'pet finder' knows where and how to look for them

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PHILADELPHIA — On an especially cold week in March 2019, Karen Jackson and her family welcomed a new member to their Westtown home: a 3-year-old female Great Pyrenees mix, adopted from a local rescue. But their delight was short-lived. Within hours of bringing the dog home — they hadn't even decided on a name for her — the pooch had ...Read more

Washington state cat hitches 2,500-mile ride to Alaska

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(UPI) A Washington state couple's cat went on an incredible journey when he wandered into a shipping container and ended up at a Home Depot store 2,500 miles away in Alaska.

Christina and Josh Clevenger said their tuxedo cat, Panda, wandered away from their Thurston County home and they spent more than a week searching the neighborhood and ...Read more

Man caught walking stuffed dog after curfew in Czech Republic

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(UPI) Police in the Czech Republic said they issued a warning to a man caught violating curfew and attempting to disguise his actions by walking a stuffed toy dog on a leash.

A news crew from Czech Television's Events of South Bohemia show were accompanying patrolling police officers in Ceske Budejovice when the officers stopped a man caught ...Read more

When dogs and cats go missing, this 'pet finder' knows where and how to look for them

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PHILADELPHIA — On an especially cold week in March 2019, Karen Jackson and her family welcomed a new member to their Westtown home: a 3-year-old female Great Pyrenees mix, adopted from a local rescue. But their delight was short-lived. Within hours of bringing the dog home — they hadn't even decided on a name for her — the pooch had ...Read more

French bulldog elected mayor of Kentucky town

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(UPI) A Kentucky town is celebrating the election of a mayor whose support transcends political divides: a French bulldog named Wilbur.

The Rabbit Hash Historical Society, which holds elections for a canine "mayor" every three years as a fundraiser, said French bulldog Wilbur Beast took the office with 13,143 votes, the highest total since the ...Read more

Two escaped wolf hybrids captured in California, one still loose

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(UPI) Officials in a California county said they have recovered two of three wolf hybrids that escaped from their owner, with one of the animals still on the loose.

The Monterey County Health Department said the three canines, hybrids of wolves and domestic dogs, escaped Friday in the San Benancio area.

The animals' owner said they are about 8...Read more

Dog rescued from between fence and concrete wall in Colorado

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Colorado shared photos from the unusual rescue of a dog that was trapped in the narrow space between a fence and cement wall.

The Denver Animal Shelter said animal protection officers responded Monday when the dog apparently fell into the narrow gap between the wall and the fence.

The shelter said the dog was scared, ...Read more

How to perform CPR on dogs

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CPR involves chest compressions with or without artificial respiration. It is ONLY used when you can't feel or hear a dog's heartbeat and the dog is not breathing. This can occur for a few reasons: trauma, choking or illness.

Before performing CPR for dogs, keep in mind that CPR is potentially hazardous and can cause physical complications ...Read more

London cathedral live streams memorial for beloved stray cat

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(UPI) A beloved stray cat that made London's Southwark Cathedral her home for 12 years was memorialized in a special service hosted by the cathedral's dean on live stream.

Andrew Nunn, the dean of Southwark Cathedral, live streamed a service of thanksgiving on Wednesday in memory of Doorkins Magnificat, a stray cat that wandered into the ...Read more

Watch: Georgia food writer creates chipmunk restaurant on front porch

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(UPI) A Georgia food writer who missed visiting restaurants amid the COVID-19 pandemic found a unique way to bring the experience home: creating a miniature eatery for a chipmunk that frequents her front porch.

Angela Hansberger of Tucker said the forced closing of restaurants during the coronavirus outbreak came as a blow to her both ...Read more

Halloween tips for dog owners

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As widely celebrated as Halloween is, the day brings some worries for dog owners, not to mention an increase in the number of calls to the pet poison hotline.

Whether you plan to dress your pup in the cutest doggie costume ever or just need to get through the day, there are precautions dog owners should take to keep their four-legged friend ...Read more

Cat reunited with Pittsburgh family 5 months after house fire

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(UPI) A Pennsylvania woman was reunited with her beloved cat five months after the feline was feared dead in a house fire.

Wanda Humphries said her cat, Hope, was believed to have died in the April fire that destroyed her Rankin home and also claimed the lives of her dog and another cat.

Humphries was shocked when she received a call from ...Read more