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Package thief makes off with box of cat poop

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(UPI) A California woman fed up with package thieves captured footage of a man stealing a box of cat poop from her front porch.

Stephanie Igoa said the security camera on the front porch of her Fresno home has repeatedly captured so-called "porch pirates" thieving from her front porch, including one man who made at least two visits while ...Read more

Dogs Everywhere

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Dear Annie: I love most dogs and have had pets all my life, but there are times and places in which pets should not accompany their owners. Of course, trained service dogs are the exception.

I am seeing so many dogs being exposed to crowded stores and outdoor festivals and sales. They are generally on leashes, but some breeds are so protective ...Read more

Surprised family finds fox napping on microwave

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(UPI) A London family called animal rescuers when they came down for breakfast and discovered a fox sleeping on their microwave.

Kim Fryer said her daughter was the first one to spot the fox sleeping in the kitchen of their Mitcham district home about 7 a.m. Dec. 15.

"My daughter found him at 7 a/m/ and called up to me. I came down and spotted...Read more

Sniffles time: Shelter seeks home for dog without nose, crooked teeth

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(UPI) A rescue shelter in Central Florida is seeking a home for Sniffles, a dog without a nose, that tends to snort and has crooked teeth but is laid back and loves people.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue in Chuluota took in the 12-year-old dog on Dec. 19.

"He's just a precious old man. Everyone at the vet's office has fallen in love with him," ...Read more

Police officers crawl under SUV to rescue kitten

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(UPI) The New York Police Department shared a photo of four officers crawling under an SUV at the same time to rescue a kitten trapped in the engine block.

The NYPD's 32nd Precinct in Harlem tweeted that seven of its officers responded with a Special Operations unit team to a location where a kitten was reported trapped in the undercarriage of ...Read more

My Pet World: The message is, 'Adopt, don't shop,' for your next pet

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Dear Cathy,

I read your recent article about research showing people are not more likely to return pets acquired during the winter holidays. I work for a rescue group, and our concern has always been with potential stress for a newly-adopted animal caused by large family gatherings, travel, visitors, unusual schedules and foods during this ...Read more

Brave corgi chases coyote away from family's home

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(UPI) A California family's doorbell camera captured a trespassing coyote being chased away by an unlikely guard dog -- a small corgi.

Claire Reader's Ring camera was recording the view from the front porch of her Bonita Springs home when her dog, Arlo, was chased across the yard by a coyote.

The video shows the dog and coyote go out of view, ...Read more

University gives honorary diploma to service dog

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(UPI) A New York state university shared a photo of an honorary diploma being bestowed on a student's cap-and-gown-clad service dog.

Clarkson University said canine companion Griffin Hawley was awarded an honorary diploma at the December Recognition Ceremony to honor his service to class of 2019 student Brittany Hawley.

"The Board of Trustees ...Read more

Taiwan coast guard chases swimming dog for an hour

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(UPI) A Taiwan coast guard boat spent more than an hour chasing a dog spotted swimming in a ship docking area, officials said.

A video from the docking area in Kaohsiung shows the coast guard boat chasing after the dog as it casually paddles through the water.

Capt. Cai Ming Yi said coast guard personnel and marine police tried throwing a ...Read more

Dog kennel designed by Ford blocks fireworks, thunder noise

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Ford Motor Co. has developed a prototype quiet kennel for dogs by using noise-cancellation technology created for high-end vehicles sold in Europe.

For years, veterinarians have urged people to find quiet space for their pets because holiday fireworks can terrify the animals. They run away, get hit by cars, develop anxiety and stress that can ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog owner learns a colorful lesson on the dangers of chocolate

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Dear Cathy,

One of your recent columns reminded me of this story. It was Christmas Day, and I was expecting 15 relatives for dinner. The house was sparkling clean, the buffet table was set up with my best china, the cold food platters were in the refrigerator, and the hot food was bubbling in the oven.

A few years before, I had ...Read more

Assisted living's breakneck growth leaves patient safety behind

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They found Bonnie Walker's body floating in a pond behind her assisted living facility in South Carolina. There were puncture wounds on her ear, her temple, her jaw and her cheeks.

Her right forearm and her pacemaker were inside one of the alligators that lived in the pond.

Like 4 in 10 residents in assisted living facilities, Walker, 90, had ...Read more

Is there any safe way to eat cookie dough? Your baking-safety questions answered

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Taking away one of the small joys of baking, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is once again reminding families not to eat raw cookie dough. Its warning to "Say No to Raw Dough" comes as families prepare to bake in kitchens during the holiday season. The agency warns that eating or tasting unbaked products, such as dough or batter, ...Read more

My Pet World: What do you do when you find a lost pet?

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Dear Cathy,

I found a cat on the street with a collar, but no tag. I fed her and took her to my vet's office to check for a microchip. Since no microchip was found, I had her blood checked for HIV, etc. and her teeth cleaned before I brought her home. The bill was $450.

This kitty, apparently, was left on the streets; there were no lost signs ...Read more

My Pet World: Should you worry when your cat goes from shy to friendly?

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Dear Cathy,

We have a female cat named Polly who we believe is about 17 years old. She's always been shy; no one has ever been able to pet her or get close to her. We adopted her with her twin sister Molly. Both of them hid under the china cabinet the first year we had them.

Last year, Molly, who became our social, loving girl, died from ...Read more

My Pet World: Good reasons to restrain your dog (and your Christmas tree)

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Dear Cathy,

You really brought up a hot-button issue the other day. While walking on a trail, we came upon a large dog off leash. The owner told us not to worry that her dog was well-trained. I pulled my Shih-Tze close to me. Her dog came over though, and before we knew it, her dog was attacking mine. I was paralyzed and didn't know what to do....Read more

My Pet World: Are pets as gifts a good idea for the holidays?

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It's the time of year for gift-giving and giving pets as gifts is sometimes at the top of that list. Some animal shelters, however, frown on pets as gifts for fear the animals will be "returned" to the shelter after the holidays. But a study conducted by the ASPCA in 2013 seems to indicate animal shelters have nothing to worry about and giving ...Read more

My Pet World: Couple rescues former housecat living on the street

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Dear Cathy,

My wife and I subcontract for several local banks, performing property assessments of foreclosed properties. We recently came to a bank that included an abandoned cat. We needed another (third) cat like a hole in the head, and while we could have dropped her off at the shelter, she ingratiated herself so quickly that it didn't even ...Read more

My Pet World: Mourning dog's behavior tied to loss of loved one

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Dear Cathy,

We are friends with an elderly couple who adopted a young rescue about 10 years ago. The wife passed away about a month ago, and suddenly the dog is peeing on the carpet three times in one day, even though he has a doggie door that he does continue to use regularly. This has been going on for a couple of days, and the housekeeper is...Read more

My Pet World: Obedience training can help with excessive barking

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Dear Cathy,

We have a 10-year-old pit bull who is an excessive barker. People do not visit because the dog never stops barking. The dog is fine with my wife, but if I come into the room where my wife is, the dog barks her head off. We tried giving her commands, but it takes a while before she obeys. Are there any devices that can aid in ...Read more

 

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