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Pets Q&A: Will cat destroy the Christmas tree again this year?

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DEAR JOAN — Last year when we put up our Christmas tree, our very active and curious cat, Maisey, immediately knocked it over and created a huge mess.

We put it back up, cleaned up the broken ornaments and mopped up the spilled water, only to have her immediately launch herself at the tree and make another huge mess.

This went on pretty much...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Will cat destroy the Christmas tree again this year?

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DEAR JOAN — Last year when we put up our Christmas tree, our very active and curious cat, Maisey, immediately knocked it over and created a huge mess.

We put it back up, cleaned up the broken ornaments and mopped up the spilled water, only to have her immediately launch herself at the tree and make another huge mess.

This went on pretty much...Read more

Firefighter rescues dog that fell into frigid Washington river

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(UPI) A Washington firefighter waded through the frigid waters of a river to rescue a dog that fell into the water and became stranded on the other side.

The North Mason County Fire Authority said in a Facebook post that Mickey Cotter, a firefighter and paramedic, "put his rescue swimmer skills to the test" Tuesday when a dog named Willie fell ...Read more

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'I can go anywhere': How service dogs help veterans with PTSD

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It was supper time in the Whittier, California, home of Air Force veteran Danyelle Clark-Gutierrez, and eagerly awaiting a bowl of kibble and canned dog food was Lisa, a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever.

Her nails clicking on the kitchen floor as she danced about, Lisa looked more like an exuberant puppy than the highly trained service ...Read more

Newborn kittens rescued from Utah storm drain during rainstorm

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(UPI) An animal control officer in Utah climbed into a storm drain to rescue three newborn kittens spotted stranded in the drain during a rainstorm.

The Best Friends animal shelter in Salt Lake City said in a Twitter post that an animal control officer responded, climbed into the drain and rescued the kittens, who were taken in by Best Friends....Read more

Firefighters rescue puppy stranded under owners' deck

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(UPI) Firefighters in Iowa ended up pulling up the boards from a family's deck to free a puppy trapped underneath the structure.

The Davenport Fire Department said firefighters responded to a home where a woman reported her family's 5-month-old puppy, named Buddy, was stranded beneath their deck.

The woman said she could hear the dog crying ...Read more

Tips for traveling with your dog

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The holiday season is here, which means more people are going to be traveling — and that includes their pets. The American Kennel Club offers the following canine courtesy tips to ensure you and your pooch will be able to find a home away from home during your holiday travels.

— Book your reservations at a pet-friendly hotel: If you aren...Read more

Firefighters rescue cat from engine compartment of mail delivery van

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(UPI) Firefighters in Britain rescued a cat that became trapped in the engine compartment of a mail delivery van.

The London Fire Brigade said a Blue watch crew from the Croyden branch responded Tuesday when a cat was found trapped under the hood of a Royal Mail delivery van.

The brigade tweeted a photo showing a firefighter holding the feline...Read more

Oregon cat might be world's oldest at age 26

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(UPI) An Oregon cat might soon have a Guinness World Records title after his owners discovered he is two years older than the current feline recognized as the world's oldest living cat.

Charly Briggs of Turner said friends suggested she contact Guinness World Records to see if her cat, Samm, might be the world's oldest living cat at age 26.

"I...Read more

Cold-weather tips to keep your dog safe this winter

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The temperature outside has already started to drop, and chances are if you’re feeling the weather changes, so is your dog. As responsible pet owners, it’s important to take special care of our dogs the same way we do ourselves. The American Kennel Club offers the following tips for a safe winter season with your dog.

— Don’t leave ...Read more

Kitten rescued from atop utility pole in California

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(UPI) Animal Services crews and utility workers came to the rescue of a kitten found perched atop a power pole near her owner's California home.

Heather Padilla, of Indio, said her family's 9-month-old kitten, Ruth, disappeared from their home during the weekend, and after days of searching they spotted the feline perched atop a utility pole ...Read more

Firefighters free cat with head stuck inside pet food can

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(UPI) Firefighters in Turkey rescued a cat found wandering around with a metal pet food can stuck over its head.

The Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Fire Brigade said the cat was brought to a station by members of the public, who found it with the aluminum food can stuck over its head.

The firefighters initially were unable to pull the can ...Read more

Thanksgiving safety tips for your dog

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As Thanksgiving approaches, we are all busy planning the dinner menu and putting together the guest list. However, it’s important to keep in mind that your dog is also going to be around and with such a busy day, you may not be able to give her your full and undivided attention.

This leaves more of a chance for your pup to sneak food off ...Read more

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3 snow leopards die from COVID at Nebraska zoo

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Three snow leopards died from COVID-19 at a children’s zoo in Nebraska this week.

Ranney, Everest and Makalu of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo caught the virus in October.

“This loss is truly heartbreaking, and we are all grieving together,” the zoo wrote Friday in a Facebook post.

The zoo said it doesn’t know how the leopards ...Read more

Cat missing for three months turns up over 200 miles from home

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(UPI) A New York animal shelter said a cat brought in as a stray was scanned for a microchip and found to have gone missing three months earlier from a Pennsylvania home 200 miles away.

The Montgomery County SPCA said in a Facebook post that a cat was brought into the shelter by a Fort Plain resident who had spotted the feline wandering loose ...Read more

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'Better than a bloody Mary': Therapy dogs to provide comfort at Ohio airport

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jabbar Fant isn't a big fan of flying.

"Actually, I hate it," the 48-year-old computer analyst said Thursday morning, shortly before boarding a flight for Houston to visit his niece.

He had a heart transplant five years ago and isn't allowed to own pets. But he loves dogs and knows their therapeutic benefits, recalling stress...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Dog owner worried about mushrooms in her lawn

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DEAR JOAN — I just picked a mushroom out of my lawn. I have two beagles that eat everything. Is this a dangerous one? They are coming out everywhere!

Anything nontoxic to get rid of them if they are bad ones?

Sharon Stevens, Newark, California

DEAR SHARON: When it comes to animals and mushrooms, veterinarians tell us to treat all mushrooms ...Read more

Fox sold to Peruvian family as a dog captured six months after escape

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(UPI) A fox sold to a Peruvian family by a vendor who told them the animal was a dog was captured by wildlife rescuers about six months after escaping from the home.

Maribel Sotelo said her family purchased their pet, named Run Run, from a street vendor who told them the animal was a Siberian husky puppy.

"He ate dog food, and when he was ...Read more

Hikers share tense encounter with mountain lion in California

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(UPI) A pair of California hikers captured video when they came face to face with a mountain lion on an Orange County trail.

Mark Girardeau, who posted footage of the encounter to YouTube, said he was hiking with Rachel de Vlugt in Trabuco Canyon when they spotted the mountain lion watching them from about 20 feet away.

Girardeau can be heard ...Read more

Neutering and spaying: When is the right age for a dog?

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In the United States, it is now common to have all dogs and cats not meant for breeding purposes spayed (ovariohysterectomy) or neutered (castration). In fact, 78% of dog-owning households have spayed or neutered their canine companions, according to the American Pet Products Association’s 2019-2020 National Pet Owners survey.

This near-...Read more