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Fox wanders into Pennsylvania yard to play with dog toys

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(UPI) A shocked and delighted Pennsylvania resident captured video of a wild fox wandering into their yard to play with some dog toys.

The video, recorded Wednesday, shows the fox happily chewing, tossing and chasing toys that had been left in the Levittown home's back yard by the resident's dog.

The homeowner said the fox, apparently not ...Read more

The dog that tried to eat Christmas

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Birch, the new dog, has fared well for his first Christmas. He ate only one present. Since he belongs to some omnivorous breed that would start chewing on the Sphinx if we took him to Egypt, we put all the tiny ornaments high up on the tree. You might not notice if the little figurine of Yukon Cornelius is missing, and you would be confused to ...Read more

Christmas miracle: Cat reunited with family after 3 years

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(UPI) A family received an unexpected present before Christmas -- they were reunited with their cat after it was missing for three years.

A 6-year-old Bengal mix disappeared from the Florida home of Sean, Stephanie Emily Tuttle in 2014. They searched for Raja but ultimately assumed the animal was stolen.

But the cat turned up in Georgetown, ...Read more

It's Christmastime, and that means dogs are now at peak risk of chocolate poisoning

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It may be the most wonderful time of the year for people, but it's a time of peak peril for our pets.

Dogs, in particular, face a heightened risk of chocolate poisoning during the Christmas season. According to a new study, the risk is nearly five times greater than at holiday-free times of the year.

Researchers came to this conclusion by ...Read more

Swedish woman followed by wolf while taking horseback ride

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(UPI) A woman out for a horseback ride in the Swedish countryside captured video when she and the equine found themselves being followed by a wolf.

The woman said she was riding her horse in Tungelsta, in the Stockholm area, when the horse stopped in her tracks and turned toward the woods, where a wolf appeared.

"At first I couldn't see ...Read more

Arctic fox mix on the loose in New York state

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(UPI) The owner of a New York state petting zoo said an escaped Arctic fox mix that escaped two weeks ago has been spotted in the area.

Tammy Drost, owner of Michael's Farm in West Saugerties, said the Arctic fox/ranch fox mix, Jasper, escaped from the property Dec. 6 and sightings have since been reported in Margaretville, Washingtonville and ...Read more

New Jersey police officer goes out onto the ice to rescue dog

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(UPI) A New Jersey police officer strapped on a safety rope and crawled out onto a frozen pond to rescue a dog that had fallen through the ice.

The Hopewell Township Police Department posted a video to Facebook showing what happened when Officers Robert Voorhees and George Peterson responded to the dog owner's call alongside personnel from ...Read more

My Pet World: The right music may soothe dog on car rides

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Dear Cathy,

I dog-sit my daughters lovable Yorkypoo occasionally. He happily jumps into my car, but makes the most horrendous earsplitting noises, barking, howling, all during the drive. Having him strapped in or in his kennel, having my husband hold him in his lap, makes no difference. Could he be car sick? Any idea on how we can make car ...Read more

Kitten rescued from inside home's bathroom wall

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(UPI) A Russian homeowner ended up putting a hole in the wall of his bathroom when he discovered a kitten was trapped inside.

A video captured Dec. 12 at a home in Verkhnyaya Pyshma shows a man drilling through the wall of his home's bathroom as a kitten periodically peeks out through the hole.

The man is eventually able to make the hole large...Read more

Kangaroo chases dog and owner in wooded area

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(UPI) A territorial kangaroo chased off a golden retriever and the canine's owner when they came across the marsupial in the woods.

The video, filmed by the dog walker, shows him shouting for Sammy the golden retriever to back off and stop barking after coming face to face with the kangaroo.

The kangaroo strikes an aggressive pose and hops ...Read more

Ready to adopt a puppy? Santa can deliver your new family member to your door

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Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento has a special just for Christmas.

If your family is ready to give a puppy a forever home, you can have Santa drop the little one off on Christmas Eve.

Families can make an appointment to meet available puppies ahead of time and adopt the one that captures their hearts, Front Street says. Then Santa or ...Read more

Runaway cat found year and a half after family's move

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(UPI) A cat that ran away from its Oregon home just before its family moved to Louisiana has been found a year and a half later, the family said.

Betty and John Moore said their cat, Buddy, vanished from their home in Tillamook just before they moved to Louisiana, and they made multiple trips back to Oregon to search for the feline, but they ...Read more

Prison security camera catches cougar doing 'perimeter patrol'

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(UPI) A wild cougar helped out the guards at a Utah prison by performing a "perimeter patrol" on the fences outside the grounds.

The Utah Department of Corrections tweeted a photo of the mountain lion wandering just outside of the perimeter fence surrounding the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison.

The department said the photo was ...Read more

Fisherman uses CPR to rescue drowning puppy

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(UPI) A fisherman in Vietnam pulled a drowning puppy out of the water and saved it with several minutes of CPR when he found it was unresponsive.

The video, filmed in Binh Dai, Ben Tre, shows the man working to warm the baby dog and get its heart to restart after pulling it out of the cold water.

The man attempts to clear the puppy's airway, ...Read more

Fed report: Safety problems persist at immigration detention center in South Georgia

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ATLANTA--An immigration detention center in South Georgia has struggled with serious safety problems undermining the "humane treatment" of its detainees, according to a stinging new report by the U.S. Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General.

At Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, some detainees with high-risk criminal ...Read more

My Pet World: Reader takes right steps toward dog, cat introductions

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Dear Cathy,

We just took in a five-year-old dog from a family friend who could not keep him anymore. All is going somewhat well, but he does not get along with my three-year-old cat at all. We have tried to introduce them with him being held back on a leash, but he constantly keeps going after the cat. The cat pays the dog no mind. But the dog ...Read more

5 years after Sandy Hook shooting, Connecticut school districts violating safety laws

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Five years ago, the world was stunned by a crime unprecedented in its horror -- the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults.

State legislators reacted to the massacre not only by enacting tougher gun laws but also by earmarking millions to make Connecticut schools safer...Read more

Korean, Japanese and German cars edge out Americans in insurance group's safety lists

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Korean, Japanese and German car companies came out on top, and very few American vehicles made the cut in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's recommendations for the safest 2018 cars.

Cars and sport utility vehicles from Hyundai Motor Co.'s Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands scored the highest points overall, with six of the 15 choices ...Read more

My Pet World: Give anxious cats more places to hide in the home

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Dear Cathy,

We got our rescue cat October 2015 as a seven-month-old kitten. As soon as she got in the house, she went under the bed and came out only to eat and use the litter box. A year later, she still hid under the bed but came out more often to snoop around the house. As soon as anyone moved though, she raced back under the ...Read more

Real estate agents face danger on the job

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CHICAGO -- Sonia Figueroa was spooked. So she decided to get a gun.

The Century 21-affiliated real estate broker has been working in Chicago for more than a decade. She knows the basics of staying safe, tactics many in the field said they follow: Let someone know where you are, don't post too many personal details online.

But this year, three ...Read more