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What every dog owner should know about first aid

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GLADWYNE, Pa. -- An injured dog will bite, even if it is your own.

If there was one takeaway at the first-aid class for K-9 police officers held at Gladwyne Fire Company recently it was this: Don't take risks when a dog's teeth are inches from your face.

"They have some deeply wired behaviors," said Jon Detweiler, an emergency medical ...Read more

Talking dogs: When dogs gulp down their food is it a medical issue or personality?

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Julie has written in about her dog, Molly, a spayed female Labrador retriever. Molly is "absolutely crazy" about her food, and quickly gulps her kibble down at every meal. Once she is certain there is no more food available, Molly calms down, but Julie is worried about her 'vacuum cleaner' impersonation every time she is fed. She inhales her ...Read more

VIDEO: 'Extra layer of fat' saves dog's life in Florida bear attack

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(UPI) A Florida man said his dog's "extra layer of fat" prevented a violent encounter with a black bear from turning deadly for the canine.

Eric Yaughn said his 12-year-old miniature pinscher, Fricka, was in the back yard at his Altamonte Springs home early Tuesday morning when the canine refused to come inside when called.

Yaughn said he ...Read more

VIDEO: Dog chases black bear away from California home's porch

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(UPI) A California resident's security camera captured the unusual moment a bear lurking around the front porch was chased off by a much smaller dog.

The video, filmed Wednesday, shows the bear rooting around near the front porch of the home in Colfax.

The owner's dog, Dixie, protects her home by running at the bear.

The bear, apparently ...Read more

VIDEO: Cat runs across field during Ravens-Dolphins game

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(UPI) An attention-hungry cat gave Miami Dolphins fans a break from seeing their team get pummeled by the Baltimore Ravens when it streaked across the field.

The feline darted across the field Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium with 1:56 left to play in the Ravens' 40-0 win over the Dolphins.

Broadcaster Tony Romo, former quarterback for the ...Read more

My Pet World: Slippery floors can make dogs fearful and anxious

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Dear Cathy,

I need help with a one-year-old beagle mix that has suddenly become afraid to walk on tile. She whines in a room or hallway until you go and get her. I have tried rugs, but that has not worked, and treats, which works fairly well, but I have to go get her. I am buying a pair of shoes for her to try, but I know she won't want to keep...Read more

VIDEO: Perfectly poised pooch perches on back of owner's motorcycle

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(UPI) A dog with excellent balance skills was caught on camera standing on the back of his owner's motorcycle, causing other riders to raise safety concerns.

A video filmed by a motorcycle passenger in Marilao, Philippines, shows another biker riding ahead on the road with the dog balanced in the standing position on the seat behind the man.

...Read more

Pet Vet: Dog's not bothered by broken tooth, should caretakers be?

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Poppy is a 3-year-old golden retriever living a happy and carefree life according to caretakers Rod and Carla. She spends her days in a large back yard and especially enjoys her swimming pool. Another favorite activity is fetching. She is especially fond of tennis balls and sticks of various sizes. Recently, Rod and Carla noticed that Poppy has ...Read more

Dog dropped by CIA after refusing to sniff out explosives

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(UPI) The CIA announced a member of its "puppy class" has gone into early retirement after she failed to show interest in explosive detection as a career.

The CIA announced Wednesday on Twitter that 1-1/2-year-old Lulu was leaving the explosive detection program after handlers determined she was not enjoying her career path.

"A few weeks into ...Read more

Dog taken to be euthanized found living with vet tech 5 months later

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(UPI) A New Jersey family who took their dog to be euthanized were shocked to discover five months later that the canine was alive and living with a veterinary worker.

Keri and Lonnie Levy said they took their 15-year-old miniature pinscher, Caesar, to be euthanized May 17 at the Briarwood Veterinary Hospital because he was suffering from a ...Read more

A wedding, a runaway dog: Our beloved Charlie's improbable journey home

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Charlie was never to be part of the ceremonies.

Another mutt, his future in-law Arya, was ring-bearer.

Did this bother Charlie? Or did our 9-year-old spaniel mix just feel forgotten as all the humans were busying themselves with the wedding of Arya's owners -- Laura Shorey and our son Max.

Regardless, an urge struck ...Read more

Dog praised for protecting 10-year-old from rattlesnake

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(UPI) A California family said their boxer dog is recovering from a rattlesnake bite she incurred while defending her 10-year-old owner.

Anthony Borquez said his stepson, Cole Lewis, was walking with his mother and the family's dog, Nala, on Sunday when they encountered a snake in their Lancaster neighborhood.

Lewis said Nala faced-off with ...Read more

My Pet World: Reward tricks with treats to help dogs learn new behaviors

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Dear Cathy,

My neighbors moved away and could not take their dog with them. We took Buster in with us. He is a five- or six-year-old lab mix. Buster took to his new surroundings very well. He is housebroken, very gentle and obedient. All in all, he's a very nice dog and we are happy with him, except when it's supper time; he is at the table ...Read more

Firefighters rescue kitten trapped for days in utility box

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(UPI) Firefighters responded to a Florida country club to rescue a tiny kitten that was trapped for several days inside a dangerous utility box.

The Coral Springs Fire Department said it responded along with Parkland firefighters to the Parkland Golf and Country Club on Sunday.

Firefighters said country club employees reported hearing the ...Read more

VIDEO: British coast guard rescues dog being swept out to sea

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(UPI) British coast guard personnel ended up taking time out of a training exercise to rescue a dog being swept out to sea by the tides.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency posted a video to Twitter showing a Coastguard helicopter based out of Iverness, Scotland, helping to locate the cockerpoo that was swept out to sea in the village of ...Read more

'He's all I have:' This man lost everything but his dog. Many want it taken from him.

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Many people in Charlotte, North Carolina, are familiar with Alan Lord and his dog, Levi. They're seen regularly at busy intersections across the city.

Lord, 43, is a Charlotte native who says he once worked at a major bank in town. His life began to unravel last year, he says, when he got a divorce and lost his Myers Park townhouse. (County ...Read more

Dog with severe fur mats gets emergency midnight grooming

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(UPI) A Florida dog grooming business took on a late-night emergency when a dog was found at a roadside with mats so bad they formed a "mummified cast" over his body.

BGE Grooming in Oviedo said on its Facebook page that a member of the public saved the dog from being hit by a car Wednesday night in Orange County and discovered the canine's fur...Read more

VIDEO: House cat interrupts news report of 'large cat' loose in Mississippi

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(UPI) A show-stealing house cat in Mississippi got its 15 seconds of fame after turning up in the background during a report of a "large cat" on the loose.

Fox 13 reporter Scott Madus shared video of the cat's opportune appearance in the background as he reported about a loose mountain lion in Hernando.

"There's been spotting of a cougar... ...Read more

VIDEO: Florida woman films panther watching her from back yard

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(UPI) A Florida woman sitting down for her morning coffee captured video of a rare Florida panther she caught staring back at her.

Andy Lloyd of Golden Gate Estates said she was sitting down for her morning coffee and browsing Facebook on Sunday morning when she noticed the big cat watching her from outside the glass wall of her enclosed pool. ...Read more

Professor brings dog to class, gives students 'quiz'

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(UPI) A University of Vermont professor brightened up his 7 p.m. class by bringing in his dog -- and giving students a "pop quiz" about the canine.

David Chapnick, a student at the University of Vermont, snapped photos of Maggie the dog's recent visit to his 7 p.m. Consumer Law and Policy class.

Chapnick said Maggie has made multiple visits to...Read more