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Rescuers free dog's paw from bathtub drain at Florida home

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(UPI) Emergency responders in Florida were called to a home where a dog taking a bath ended up with her paw stuck in the tub drain.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue said a Technical Rescue Team was dispatched Saturday morning to Maria Fuentes' Fort Laudersale home to free Angel, a 12-year-old Schnauzer, from the bathtub train.

"She says she's ...Read more

Security camera records family dog starting fire in kitchen

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(UPI) A Massachusetts fire department shared a homeowner's security camera footage of a pancake-loving dog igniting a house fire.

The Southwick Fire Department posted a video to Facebook showing what happened when a family dog climbed on the stove to snatch some leftover pancakes while its owners were away.

"Unfortunately, the dog hit the ...Read more

New York theater invites movie-goers to bring dogs

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(UPI) A theater in upstate New York is telling patrons to bring their dogs to four movies this month.

For its Dog Movie Week from Feb. 11 to Feb. 17, the Smith Opera House in Geneva, N.Y., will show dog-related films Best in Show, Must Love Dogs, The Artist and Bolt. The theatre will offer free treats to dogs, who can attend for free, as long ...Read more

Deer wanders into Michigan yard to play with dog

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(UPI) A Michigan resident captured video of an unusually friendly buck wandering into their yard to play with a dog.

The video, captured last week, shows the young buck playing with a small dog in a Metamora resident's yard.

The filmer said the deer did not appear to have any fear of dogs or humans.

"The kids and I let the dogs out to play ...Read more

Police: Rumored 'panther' wandering Spain is a big dog

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(UPI) Police in Spain said the hunt for a black panther reported roaming Guadalajara ended with the discovery of the suspected culprit -- a shaggy black dog.

Rumors of a black panther wandering the hills of the province persisted for weeks and were exacerbated by a video that appears to show a large black cat in the distance.

The Civil Guard ...Read more

Michigan dog approved for unemployment benefits

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(UPI) In a mix-up at the Michigan unemployment office, a dog was approved for unemployment benefits.

Attorney Michael Haddock told the WZZM-TV this week that he received a notice from the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency in the mail that said "Michael Ryder" will receive $360 a week.

But there is nobody named "Michael Ryder" at Haddock's...Read more

My Pet World: Obedience training essential to correct overprotective dogs

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Dear Cathy,

I have a Havanese dog who is approximately 7 years old. My daughter and I adopted him from North Shore Animal league five years ago, but since she moved out he's become very attached to me. He is very loving. He follows me all over and sleeps with me. He is walked at least three times a day.

The problem is, he can sometimes become ...Read more

Polar bear caught on camera playing with chained-up dog

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(UPI) A photographer in Manitoba, Canada, captured unusual footage of a polar bear visiting with a sled dog and pawing at the canine in apparent affection.

The filmer said they were looking for polar bears to photograph when they came across the bear visiting a chained-up sled dog outside of Churchill.

"We nervously waited to see how the ...Read more

Utah zoo finds runaway Asian wildcat hiding in construction area

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(UPI) A small Asian wildcat that escaped its enclosure at a Utah zoo was found hiding at the facility the next day and lured home with mice.

The Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City said Mushu, an 8-pound Pallas' cat, was found to be missing from his enclosure Sunday morning and officials said motion detector cameras captured photos of the feline ...Read more

Dog goes 'truck surfing' atop large load on Thailand road

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(UPI) A surprised traveler on a Bangkok road captured video of a "truck surfing" dog riding atop a trailer that appears to have been loaded with crops.

The video, filmed Wednesday, shows the dog standing on a thin sheet of wood atop a load of crops being pulled by a truck.

The filmer drives behind the truck and films the canine, which does not...Read more

Donkey leads escaped animals on midnight parade through neighborhood

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(UPI) A California police department shared photos of a large herd of escaped animals following their leader, a donkey, through a residential neighborhood.

The West Covina Police Department said in a Facebook post that officers responded to a report of loose animals about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

"Officers found several sheep and goats being led ...Read more

Mother pig allows puppy to nurse alongside piglets

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(UPI) A farmer in Thailand captured video of a mother pig allowing a thirsty puppy to nurse alongside her similarly-sized piglets.

The video, filmed last week at a farm in Korat, shows a litter of piglets nursing from their mother in an outdoor enclosure.

A small dog feeds alongside the piglets with the mother pig apparently not caring or ...Read more

Does your dog have the flu? Here's what to look for

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The flu isn't just a pain for humans this season. Dogs are getting canine influenza, too.

The highly contagious respiratory infection is bad in just a few parts of the country -- California, Kentucky and Ohio, in particular -- and is not as widespread as the human flu, according to Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, which is ...Read more

Idaho plane landing delayed due to cougar on the runway

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(UPI) A passenger flight attempting to land at an Idaho airport ended up aborting its first approach due to an unusual hazard -- a mountain lion on the runway.

Friedman Memorial Airport officials confirmed the Delta flight from Salt Lake City was forced to wait Saturday evening when the cougar trotted across the runway in the path the plane ...Read more

Irish veterinary clinic seeks professional 'cat cuddler'

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(UPI) A veterinary clinic in Ireland posted a job opening on its website seeking a "crazy cat person" to join the staff as a professional cat cuddler.

The Just Cats Veterinary Clinic in Clonsilla, a Dublin suburb, said on its website that it is seeking a feline-friendly applicant to serve as the office's new "cat cuddler."

The ad reads:...Read more

Claw machine players find real cat taking a nap inside

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(UPI) A visitor to a Dubai business captured video of an unusual sight -- a cat that made its way into the prize area of a claw machine and went down for a nap.

The video, recorded Saturday, shows the cat snoozing among the stuffed toys inside a claw machine at a Dubai business.

A man puts money into the machine and tries to use the claw to ...Read more

Officer's dash cam captures unexpected cougar crossing

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(UPI) A Canadian police officer conducting a traffic stop accidentally captured video of an unusual jaywalker -- a cougar checking out a grocery store.

The The Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Alberta wing posted a video to YouTube that was recorded by an officer's dashboard camera while he was conducting a traffic stop Jan. 9 in Banff.

The ...Read more

My Pet World: Why do some cats have a ridge of fur along their backs?

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Dear Cathy,

I rescued a 6-year-old part Siamese female about six months ago. I started noticing she has a long ridge of fur along her spine when she is relaxed or sitting, similar to that of a (Rhodesian) Ridgeback dog. I don't know if there is a connection, but she is also polydactyl on all four paws. I checked online, but there are no ...Read more

Officials warn of possible cougar in Chicago area

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(UPI) Authorities in Chicago suburbs are warning residents of a possible cougar sighting in a forest preserve about 30 miles outside of the city.

DuPage County Forest Preserve Police said a mountain lion sighting was reported Friday at the East Branch Forest Preserve in Glendale Heights and signs were posted on area information boards warning ...Read more

Family finds missing cat trapped in new staircase

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(UPI) A Norway homeowner's happiness at having a new staircase finished was short-lived when it turned out the family's cat was trapped inside.

The woman said she arrived home last week to find construction on a staircase inside her home was finished, but she and her family soon realized their cat, Sverre, was missing.

"I called his name '...Read more