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Dog reported stolen in Florida found 7 years later in Michigan

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(UPI) A dog who went missing in Florida was reunited with his owner 7 years later when he ended up at an animal shelter in Michigan.

Eaton County Animal Control said in a Facebook post that the dog, named Sgt. Pepper, went missing from his owner's Florida home in 2014, and his owner subsequently spotted a photo of the "Found" dog on Craigslist ...Read more

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The future of human cat allergy treatment may be in changing cats with food, vaccines or gene editing

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PHILADELPHIA — Any cat lover who has watched an allergic friend react to a beloved pet knows the dark powers that lurk in that luxurious feline fur. Within minutes, an allergic human exposed to a cat can begin sneezing and wheezing. Eyes water and itch. The misery is obvious.

Solutions for people who want to be around cats despite allergies ...Read more

Atlanta woman wakes to find African serval on her bed

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(UPI) Authorities in Georgia said they are trying to locate a loose African serval after the large cat woke a sleeping woman by jumping onto her bed.

Kristine Frank said she was asleep at her home in the Historic Bookhaven neighborhood of Atlanta about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday when she was awakened by an unusual presence in her bed.

"I felt ...Read more

Tips for a dog-friendly Fourth of July

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Fireworks, barbecues and outdoor fun go hand in hand with Independence Day, but the loud noises and change in routine can upset our four-legged friends. According to AKC Reunite, the American Kennel Club’s pet ID and recovery service, the Fourth of July is among the most active times of year for pet recovery. The sound of fireworks commonly ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Did mask keep cat from recognizing friendly neighbor?

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DEAR JOAN — Do cats recognize their human friends by sight or scent?

The reason I ask is a neighbor's cat often visits me in my backyard, where I don't wear a mask. A few weeks ago I was out walking with a mask on, and the cat didn't seem to recognize me.

Robert Rieder, Alameda

DEAR ROBERT: The mask might have confused her, but it's ...Read more

Two kittens rescued from engine compartment of car in Florida

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(UPI) Firefighters in Florida were called out to a parking lot when a family heard meowing coming from the engine compartment of their vehicle and discovered two kittens were hiding inside.

The Cape Coral Fire Department said in a Facebook post the family heard meowing coming from under the hood of their vehicle so they pulled over at the Lowe'...Read more

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Ask the Vets: How to help a dog who's scared of fireworks this Fourth of July

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Q: My dog is frightened by fireworks. How can I help him?

A: Great question and this is very common. It's certainly best to know when fireworks are to be expected so that you can make preparations if possible. If you can leave town for a quieter setting, that would be fantastic. But because fireworks are mostly ubiquitous this time of year, it...Read more

Man climbs tree to rescue cat, fire crew rescues both

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(UPI) A man tried to rescue cat that climbed tree, and then fire crews in Tulsa, Okla., had to rescue both.

"Its owner was so concerned for the feline that he climbed up to attempt a rescue," the Tulsa Fire Department noted in a post on Facebook. Unfortunately, they both found themselves in a dangerous predicament high above the ground, ...Read more

Tips on protecting your dog from the sun

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Dogs and humans have a lot in common when it comes to the sun. A dog’s skin can be damaged by the sun just like ours, including sunburn and cancers, and dogs can also develop heatstroke from excessive sun exposure on a hot day.

Dogs' hair or fur protects their skin just like our hair protects the tops of our heads (for those of us who have...Read more

Arizona dog rescued from bottom of mine shaft

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(UPI) An Arizona sheriff's office rescued a dog that wandered into a mine shaft and became trapped about 100 feet underground.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said a crew from the Animal Enforcement & Search and Rescue team was summoned to he mine shaft near Katherine Mine, north of Bullhead City, when a 1-year-old dog named Shelby was ...Read more

British family reunited with lost dog after more than 11 years

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(UPI) An England family had an unexpected reunion when a veterinarian called to report their lost dog had been found -- after more than 11 years.

Sarah Covell, of Buckland Newton, Dorset, said the Jack Russell terrier named Crumpet was only 3 months old when she vanished from the family's back yard in 2010.

Covell said she, her husband and ...Read more

Keep dangerous foods away from your dog

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We all love our dogs, and we want to be able to give them an occasional treat. You may think that feeding your dog the foods you enjoy most is OK, but you might actually be hurting him more than you are rewarding him.

Although some human food can be perfectly safe for your dog, foods such as butter, raisins, onions and chocolate can be toxic...Read more

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Bidens mourn loss of their pet dog Champ

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Champ, one of the Bidens' two German shepherds, died Saturday, June 19, at the first family’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, after months of his health declining, the president said. He was 13.

“We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always,” President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement.

“In our most joyful ...Read more

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Note to dog owners: Hot sand burns pets' paws, too

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NORFOLK, Va. — Cayla Harper’s two jobs require her to keep her cool. She interacts with the public, helping people in distress, even saving lives as she splits her summer weeks between working as a firefighter/medic and a lifeguard supervisor.

But there’s one thing that really bothers her: owners bringing their dogs to the beach when the ...Read more

Runaway dog in Manhattan takes the tunnel to Queens

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(UPI) A New York dog who fled from a sitter in Manhattan was found seven days later in Queens after crossing between the boroughs via the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

Heather Angus said Indie, a dog rescued three months ago from Kolkata, India, gave a dog sitter the slip on the evening of June 8 on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Angus said sightings ...Read more

A Good Dog Story, Because We Could All Use One Right Now

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This is a story about a good dog. A lake dog, to be specific.

His name was Cooper. I introduced the world to him back in 2016 after a family trip to Great Bear Lake in Michigan. We rented a place on the lake and soon met a friendly, wet, muddy golden-Labrador-ish canine who was, to put it mildly, a real presence.

He would show up unannounced, ...Read more

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Note to dog owners: Hot sand burns pets' paws, too

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NORFOLK, Va. — Cayla Harper’s two jobs require her to keep her cool. She interacts with the public, helping people in distress, even saving lives as she splits her summer weeks between working as a firefighter/medic and a lifeguard supervisor.

But there’s one thing that really bothers her: owners bringing their dogs to the beach when the ...Read more

Contractor finds seven kittens, nine cats inside wall of vacant home

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(UPI) A Philadelphia contractor who was taking down a wall at an abandoned home when a kitten fell out ended up rescuing nine cats and seven kittens from the inside the wall.

Philadelphia Animal Care and Control said in a Facebook post that the contractor was taking down a wall at a vacant home where meowing had been heard inside the walls and ...Read more

Pet etiquette dog owners should follow post-COVID-19

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"Etiquette" describes the requirements of behavior according to the conventions of society. This includes proper conduct that is established by a community for various occasions in everyday life.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to alter basic conduct. We stopped hugging and shaking hands when greeting each other and had to socially...Read more

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Why some urge adopters to give older pets a second chance at life

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ATLANTA — Jolie Gallagher and her husband were not looking to expand their pack when they spotted the black dog on an animal welfare organization's Instagram page in March.

The friendly Australian Shepherd mix, later renamed Cricket, was found as a stray and brought to the shelter.

Because of her age, 8 years old, Cricket would most likely ...Read more