Category: Dogs

Cat, Dog, and Rat Best Friends Refuse to be Separated

An unlikely trio of animals was adopted after refusing to be separated at a Wisconsin animal shelter. Sasha the dog, Jack the cat and Tweaks the rat, known as the “Rat Pack,” were adopted together by Kathy Berens and her daughter on April 7th. The previous owners of the Rat Pack had to move and were unable to bring the trio along with them. They brought the gang to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS) on March 1st, and mentioned that the animals had a special bond. After the 3 arrived at OAHS, they needed to be medically examined....

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Lost Dog Found 1,400 Miles from Home Finally Sees His Family Again

Losing your dog can be nerve-wracking, even in your own neighborhood. For this Georgia family, it was a nightmare. Their little dog, Pumpkin, ended up 1,400 miles away from home – in New Mexico! Luckily, thanks to a kind woman and the help of a few veterinarians, Pumpkin found his way back home. Lost: A little Dog Strays Far from Home Pumpkin had been living happily with Manny and Alexandra Ornelas in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He had a whole family who loved him, and even another furry friend to play with. However, about five months ago their care-free lives...

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Taiwan Becomes First Asian Nation to Ban Dog and Cat Meat

Taiwan has just moved to outlaw consumption of dog and cat meat. A groundbreaking law passed by the Legislative Yuan Tuesday officially bars eating dogs and cats, extending legislation passed in 2001 that outlaws the sale of dog and cat meat in the country. Under these new amendments to Taiwan’s existing animal cruelty laws, anyone found guilty of selling, possessing or slaughtering dogs and cats for meat will face a maximum fine of NT$250,000 (about US $8100). The law includes sale and possession of goods containing dog and cat parts — and those who violate the law could be publicly...

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Hero Dog Saves Wedding from Suicide Bomber

Another dog has died a hero. On Sunday, what should have been a celebratory occasion went terribly wrong when a teen suicide bomber attempted an attack on guests at a wedding in the village of Belbelo, Nigeria. But thanks to one brave dog, the bomber failed in her mission. Upon spotting the bomber moving in on the crowd, the dog rushed over to her and attacked. “This forced the suspect to detonate her explosive, while battling to wriggle herself from the claws and jaws of the dog,” said police spokesman Victor Isuku in a statement. “The dog stopped the teenage suicide...

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Rescue Dogs Make the Best “Ball Boys” at Tennis Games

The marvelous canis lupus familiaris (domestic dog) can be found infiltrating a variety of settings these days: hospitals, schools, nursing homes, airports, pet-friendly offices, pet supply stores, etc. Now canines are retrieving out of bounds balls at tennis tournaments. The Brazil Tennis Open tournament employed shelter dogs as “ball boys” last year, and again this year. The pooches were street dogs rescued from Sao Paulo. The pups love the opportunity to fetch tennis balls, and fans enjoy watching them sprint out onto the court to do their jobs. The dogs were coached for several months so they understood and accepted that...

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