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Rescued pit bull credited with saving 4-year-old suffering blood sugar crash


Less than a week after rescuing a pit bull that would have been put down, a Minnesota mother says the dog returned the favor by detecting a dangerous drop in her son's blood sugar and rescuing the young boy from a life-threatening situation, Fox 9 News reported.

Christi Smith took in TatertTot just hours before he was scheduled to be put down by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. She planned to foster the four-legged friend until she could find him a permanent home, but she says he's already become family for good.  More

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Woman keeps 50 skunks in her home – are allowed to sleep on her bed


Ohio – They’re known for being one of the most rancid-smelling animals and would seem to be the most unlikely of pets.

But Deborah Cipriani keeps 50 of the animals in her own home; they are given free reign of the five-bedroom house – even sleeping on Deborah’s bed.

The 55-year-old, from North Ridgeville, Ohio, runs America’s only rescue center for domestic skunks.

She said: ‘I have to get up early to start the daily routine of feeding and cleaning every single skunk in the house – that takes three hours alone.  More

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Residents fond of neighborhood's mean swan


MEDINA, Ohio - Residents of on Ohio neighborhood said they put up with an aggressive swan living in a nearby lake because he keeps the geese away.

Brian Neuhauser said Sammy the swan is well known in his Medina neighborhood for chasing people who come too close in the Forest Meadow subdivision's lake, and he occasionally attacks humans, The Medina Gazette reported Monday.

"He hit me on the arm once -- it was like being hit by a hammer," Neuhauser said. "I had a bruise for a month."  More

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Missing kitty recovered at Vancouver airport


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A Canadian woman whose cat was lost at a Vancouver airport said the feline has been recovered and will join her in Toronto.

Kelli Seepaul said she was taking a WestJet flight last week from Vancouver International Airport to Toronto, where she is moving, and her cat, Willow, disappeared at the airport when her kennel fell apart, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

Seepaul said the airline contacted her to say Willow had been found.  More

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Dogs being trained to sniff out ovarian cancer

By the time ovarian cancer is found, it’s usually too late to save the patient. Buried deep in a woman’s body, it has no telltale signs, and we doctors have no standard tests to diagnose it early.

Over 14,000 women die of ovarian cancer every year in the United States, but like many cancers, it has a characteristic odor – one that the common household dog can be trained to detect before it’s too late. At the University of Pennsylvania, using tumor specimens donated by cancer victims, researchers are putting dogs to work to sniff out cancer.

“The reason dogs are so much better than humans (in detecting cancer) is because dogs have an ability to do what I describe as smell in color,” Dr. Cynthia Otto, director of the Working Dog Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, told FoxNews.com.  More

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‘Bully’ Terrorizing Brooklyn Neighborhood Is Just Someone’s Pet Cat

Most neighborhoods have their share of bullies, from insult-wielding middle schoolers to raucous teens. But for Park Slope, a family-friendly area of Brooklyn, the neighborhood bully is of a different species: it’s someone’s pet cat.

DNA Info reports that a dark grey cat has been roaming the streets, terrorizing fellow felines and people alike. At least two cats the have been injured by its rough behavior.

The mystery cat dons a small collar with a bell, leading residents to believe it’s not just a particularly nasty stray, but in fact someone’s pet. More

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Student bitten in face by dogs at Carver High School

ATLANTA — A representative with Atlanta Public Schools told Channel 2 Action News a student at Carver High School was attacked by a pit bull on the school's campus Monday afternoon.

The APS official said the student was attacked on the school’s football field. The male student was transported to Grady Hospital after being bitten on the face.

The school and nearby Slater Elementary School were placed on lockdown after the attack, but it has since been lifted.  More

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Reward Offered After Spray-Painted Cat Dies

HERMITAGE (KDKA) – Officials in Mercer County are offering an $800 reward to find the person who spray-painted a cat.

A family in Hermitage said they had been feeding the stray cat for months and were shocked when it showed up at the door, spray-painted bright orange.

The cat got sick and later died.  More

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Cats May Be Key To HIV Vaccine

ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) - A new study finds the virus that causes AIDS in cats could help create a vaccine for the virus that causes AIDS in humans.

Scientists looked at the relationship between feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

They found that a protein from FIV triggered an immune response in the blood of HIV infected people.  More

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Video: ‘Devil cat’ tells woman to ‘go away’

A woman, known only as Caroline H, filmed the feline ‘invader’ hiding behind a curtain in her kitchen after apparently being tempted in by the smell of cookies.

The mewling black and white cat sounds suspiciously like he is saying ‘go away’, and after his green eyes flash white in the glare of the camera, Caroline’s off-screen companion can be heard to shout ‘He’ll jump on you, Caroline, he’ll jump on you!’. has warned Dublin residents to keep their doors and windows closed at all times to protect against a ‘devil cat’ invasion.  More

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Can A Horse Heal A Heart?

DETROIT (WWJ) – Karen Whitefoot loves horses. When she rides, she said, her troubles float away.

Whitefoot, who by day is a psychiatric nurse at Beaumont Hospital, founded “Horses Heal Hearts” and brought along two horses and several ponies to the Rutherford Newton Academy in Detroit to offer free rides to the students.

Five-year-old Isiah Patton had a blast. “That was fun on a horse. So fun,” said Patton. “I’m not scared.”  More

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Utah family gets attention for unique pet

LAYTON, Utah – Many people have unusual pets, but not very many families have a pet goose, which is why a Layton family is getting a lot of attention for their family pet.

Kevin and Diane Westcott said geese make great pets.

“We started keeping geese back in 2003, and with our first set of geese that we got, one of the goslings started to go lame on us, and we had never kept geese before, so we started doing some research and we found this website for the Goose Mother,” Diane Westcott said. “And on there she said that geese made great pets and how she had developed a diaper harness for them and everything else, and I thought, ‘wow that would be so much fun to have a house goose.’”  More
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Take your pet to church day: Animals blessed in honor of St. Francis

Furry creatures of all shapes and sizes were welcomed into churches on Sunday in celebration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. Each October, churches remember St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, by offering a special blessing for pets.

St. Francis was known as a champion of the poor, and serves as the pope’s namesake. Pope Francis has embraced St. Francis’ mission of humility and simplicity. On Friday, he visited the Umbrian hillside town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis.  More
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Zoo’s Supervisor of Cats stuck her hand into tiger’s enclosure

Oklahoma – Doctors were trying to save the left arm of a worker at a central Oklahoma animal park Saturday after a tiger attacked her when she stuck her hand into the giant cat’s enclosure.

He tore her arm up pretty bad. Her entire arm was still attached. It was badly, badly damaged.

“The tiger was in his cage, and she violated his space by sticking her arm into his space,” Joe Schreibvogel, owner of Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood said, adding that the park has a strict rule against introducing any body part into a wild animal enclosure.  Full Article  
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Residents in Chula Vista neighborhood want 'dangerous' dog removed from its owners

 CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Residents in an Eastlake neighborhood are terrified a dog deemed "dangerous" by the city of Chula Vista in May will attack again if authorities do not take it away from its owner, whom they call irresponsible.

Residents in the Eastlake Greens neighborhood say they have done everything they can to get the dog that lives on Boca Raton Drive removed but say its owner refuses and threatens them when they bring it up.

The pit bull-Labrador mix has already been deemed a "dangerous dog" by Chula Vista police and animal control following a hearing that wrapped up in August.  More
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One person killed, several horses injured in I-71 crash

One person died, another was seriously injured and at least two horses were critically injured Sunday morning after a truck hauling a horse trailer crashed on southbound Interstate 71 near the Boone/Gallatin County line.

The crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. when the truck crashed into a guard rail between the Ky. 14 and the U.S. 127 exit, Boone County dispatchers said. All southbound lanes of the interstate were closed for about two hours. One lane reopened near the accident about 10:30 a.m.  More
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Feral cat colony divides Salem mobile home park

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — There's a cat fight at the Center Street Mobile Park focused on the question: What to do with the park's feral cat population?

Assistant manager Juan Torres wants to see the cats gone. He estimated that 40 to 60 feral cats live in the park and only 10 percent of them have received appropriate vaccinations. He said he's received complaints from some park residents who think the cats are a nuisance and others who say they have gotten sick from them. To that end, Torres said he's trapped one of the feral cats and removed it from the park, taking it to a farm to live instead.  More
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Maybe Your Cat's Allergic To You, Ever Think Of That?

The ever-curious population at Reddit is debating a serious topic. Are cats actually allergic to us? For years, we've blamed them for the bulk of our sinus problems, but there's a chance they've got a problem with us, too. Bring it.

User ihatepattycake claims the answer is yes. Your very presence is probably making a few unfortunate kitties suffer. "In my practice we regularly perform allergy testing on dogs and cats. One of the allergens we test is human dander. Thankfully, we don't see a very high incidence of positive results (5-10%) compared to other allergens. However, when we do get a positive reading it normally comes as quite a surprise to mom and/or dad." Yikes!

What the heck is human dander, you ask? Well, much the way animal dander consists of flakes of skin and oil, so does ours. (If you've ever really looked at a dust bunny, you know what we're talking about.) And though it's not totally clear what components of human dander can cause adverse reactions in cats (or dogs), it's not all bad news for animal-lovers. If your cat is actually allergic to humans/you, you can simply give it antihistamines.  More
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'Cat on a Diet' Review - Yes, You Can Has All The Cookies You Want

Sometimes it's great to just hunker down and play an absolutely ridiculous game that serves no purpose other than to amuse us for limited quantities of time. Cat on a Diet, ironically enough, is about a cat who will literally risk his life to avoid losing weight.

The setup is pretty nonsensical (as you can imagine, based on the title), as our titular cat, Dr. Meow, finds out that he can't fit through the pet door in his owner's house because he's so fat. His solution? Apparently to drown his sorrows by eating more and more cookies. Although it feels wrong on so many levels, your end goal is get a giant obese cat into a big tub of cookies. Dr. Meow himself isn't as captivating as, say, Cut the Rope's Om Nom, but he's a welcome character all the same.  More
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Dog-killing illness may affect humans, Michigan vet says

 A Michigan veterinarian is seeking state help for an apparent virus that’s killing dogs at her clinic and might be the same virus that’s killing Ohio dogs.

Because she has treated dogs whose owners had flulike symptoms, she thinks the virus might be passing from humans to dogs and from dogs to humans.

Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Ann Arbor, where Dr. Lindsay Ruland works, has seen many dogs with the symptoms attributed to canine circovirus: vomiting and bloody diarrhea, quick onset of lethargy, abdominal pain and severe inflammation of the intestinal tract.  More
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Afghan shelter reunites dogs and cats of war with soldiers back home

 KABUL – War-torn Afghanistan is not know for its kind treatment toward dogs. From the popularity of dog fights, to grinding poverty, care of man's best friend has not been a top priority.

One former British soldier has taken on the battle to protect stray dogs and cats in her adopted country.

Louise Hastie and a team of Afghan nationals, operates the only official animal shelter in the country.

“We don’t turn any animal in need away,” said Hastie, who runs the Nowzad Animal Shelter in Kabul. Nowzad is named after the small town in Helmand where the first dog was adopted in 2007.  More
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Top pet myths could cost you money

Many animal lovers spend thousands of dollars a year caring for their pets, from grooming, to routine visits, to good quality food.

But there are some things we believe about our pets that turn out to be just myths, and could be costing you money.

1. Hypoallergenic?

The pet blog Vetstreet. com, which is run by veterinarians, says pet owners waste millions of dollars buying hypoallergenic, non-shedding dogs and cats.

But vets say that's a myth: All pets shed, some just shed less than others.

It says spend some time with the animal before you commit to taking it home.  More
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Dogs Are People, Too

FOR the past two years, my colleagues and I have been training dogs to go in an M.R.I. scanner — completely awake and unrestrained. Our goal has been to determine how dogs’ brains work and, even more important, what they think of us humans.

Now, after training and scanning a dozen dogs, my one inescapable conclusion is this: dogs are people, too.

Because dogs can’t speak, scientists have relied on behavioral observations to infer what dogs are thinking. It is a tricky business. You can’t ask a dog why he does something. And you certainly can’t ask him how he feels. The prospect of ferreting out animal emotions scares many scientists. After all, animal research is big business. It has been easy to sidestep the difficult questions about animal sentience and emotions because they have been unanswerable.  More
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Pets are perfect companions for the elderly

The power of pet therapy is thought to be stronger than any medication, not only for people going through tough times or in poor health, but also for the elderly as well. Proven to increase mental alertness, build self-esteem, and decrease loneliness, pets can provide a warm and fulfilling relationship.

"Pet ownership for older people can be very beneficial by giving them something to love and care for, as well as a companion in the home, especially if they live alone," said Dr. Sonny Presnal, director of the Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.  More
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Pet costumes: Silly, of course — but here's how to make them safe

Yes, the dog-costume people are at it again.

Pet owners spend hundreds of millions — yes, hundreds of millions — on pet costumes every year. Hey, we won't judge here.

Aurora-based pet-lifestyle consultant Eileen Proctor says this year's hot costumes are likely to take their cues from kids' movies. There'll be "Planes" aircraft, "Despicable Me 2" minions, "Smurfs" and creatures from "Monsters U." Only these costume wearers will also have four legs and dog breath.

Here are Proctor's top tips for a pet-safe holiday.  More
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Local pet store draws protest

About 70 people held homemade signs outside of Westfield Franklin Park Saturday afternoon and chanted, “Don’t shop, adopt,” and “Boycott the Family Puppy.”

One of the signs encouraged passers-by to “Google Amish Puppy Mills.”

Jean Keating, co-founder of the Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates that helped to organize the event, said the goal was to educate Toledo residents about why they should not buy a puppy from the Family Puppy, a Michigan-based store that is opening a location at the mall in mid-October. The store will be located near BD’s Mongolian Grill, next to California Nails and across from Relax Magic.  More
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Utah family gets attention for unique pet

LAYTON, Utah – Many people have unusual pets, but not very many families have a pet goose, which is why a Layton family is getting a lot of attention for their family pet.

Kevin and Diane Westcott said geese make great pets.

“We started keeping geese back in 2003, and with our first set of geese that we got, one of the goslings started to go lame on us, and we had never kept geese before, so we started doing some research and we found this website for the Goose Mother,” Diane Westcott said. “And on there she said that geese made great pets and how she had developed a diaper harness for them and everything else, and I thought, ‘wow that would be so much fun to have a house goose.’”

“And I said, ‘No,’” Kevin Westcott said.

But four years later, the family had a house goose.  More
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