Man's best friend

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Couple Who Kept Losing Baby's Pacifiers Find an Odd Culprit

Okla. vet had to remove 21 binkies from the belly of the family dog

(Newser) - "We have a 6-month-old baby and, you know, we have binkies in the house because of the baby and over the past five months, we’ve been missing many binkies," Oklahoma dad Scott Rogers tells KFOR-TV . Rogers and his wife couldn't figure out what was happening to... More »

Want Your Human to Live Longer? Good Dog!

Study finds that Fido cuts mortality rates, especially among people who live alone

(Newser) - If you were looking for an excuse to amble down to your local animal shelter and bring home a furry pal, you are now scientifically justified in ignoring the cat section: Swedish researchers in a massive study of 3.4 million people found that those with dogs had a significantly... More »

From Ashes of Calif. Home, Mom's Dog Comes Running

Izzy somehow survived after family fled wildfire in the middle of the night

(Newser) - Jack Weaver and brother-in-law Patrick Widen skirted police barricades, and traversed a creek and hilly roads to save Weaver's mother the grim task of recovering the family's beloved dog Izzy. Katherine Weaver was convinced Izzy died in a ferocious wildfire that sent them fleeing, Katherine still in her... More »

People Fled Irma, Left Dogs Tied Up

Scores of animals left behind, surrendered in Palm Beach County ahead of massive storm

(Newser) - As Floridians fled the wrath of Hurricane Irma, scores left behind man's best friend—some of them tied up, in pens, or in fenced yards, reports the Sun Sentinel . Authorities in Palm Beach County found 49 dogs in such circumstances, while shelters took in an influx of animals surrendered... More »

Your Pet Is Fleecing You

Survey finds that we grossly underestimate the tens of thousands our pets cost us

(Newser) - You might want to drop man's best friend a bill: It turns out that not only is your dog chewing holes in your socks, he's eating a hole in your wallet—a much bigger one than you think, reports CNBC . According to a survey of pet owners by... More »

Your Dog Can Tell if Someone Is Mean to You

They'll even refuse food from people who snub their owners

(Newser) - Your dog really may be your best friend, according to a new study out of Japan that highlights just how far canine loyalty can go. In a study to be published later this month in the journal Animal Behaviour , cognitive researchers at Kyoto University found that dogs will actually ignore... More »

Rocker's New Project: Music for Your Lonely Dog

Andrew Dost of fun. scores relaxation number for DogTV

(Newser) - Score one for the dogs. DogTV , the nascent television network for dogs , asked Grammy-winning musician Andrew Dost of the pop-rock band fun. to write some psychoacoustic music. The unnamed result, nearly four minutes of harp, piano, and repetitive electronic undertones, debuted Monday during a relaxation segment. "I approached this... More »

On Streets of Detroit: Around 50K Stray Dogs

Dens of them lurk in abandoned homes

(Newser) - People aren't the only victims of Detroit's prolonged downward spiral. The depopulated city is crawling with stray dogs, with as many as 50,000 believed to be roaming the streets, Bloomberg reports. Few of the dogs are feral; most were abandoned in one manner or another by human... More »

Missing Dog Found 2 Days Later, Up a Tree

Owner thinks he probably chased a squirrel

(Newser) - A 7-year-old border collie who was missing from his Iowa home for a few days didn't get very far—he only went up. Laddy the dog was found yesterday morning stuck up a tree two blocks from his Davenport home, the Quad-City Times reports. His owner says she believes... More »

Fido Really Gets You—the Better to Steal From You

They're more likely to snatch food when it's dark: study

(Newser) - More evidence that our dogs really do understand us: They can be calculating thieves. Researchers find that dogs are four times more likely to steal forbidden food when it's dark in the room, meaning humans can't catch them in the act, the BBC reports. That may suggest that... More »

Loyal Lab Sticks With Dog Pal Hit by Car

Shelter saves 'Grace,' seeking home

(Newser) - Doggone it, that's loyalty. A faithful black Labrador braved whizzing traffic to stick with a pal fatally hit by a car on a busy boulevard in Los Angeles County. A good Samaritan placed traffic cones to protect the dogs and took a cell-phone video of the arresting sight, and... More »

Bird Dog Shoots Hunter

Owner gets a butt full of birdshot

(Newser) - Good thing Fido's not a better shot. A Utah dog unloaded 27 pellets into his owner's butt as the "excited" hound discharged a 12-gauge shotgun in a boat during a duck-hunting trip. The man was hit as he bent down standing in a marshy area of the... More »

Strange Light Falls on Dead Vet's Dog

'It made me wonder if Justin was there,' writes '20/20' reporter

(Newser) - A strange, almost, er, heavenly, light that fell on a dead veteran's dog during 20/20 filming has given a photographer paws for reflection, she reveals in an unusual note on ABC News.com. The beam of light that briefly bathed Hero the mutt during a "simple" shoot at... More »

Hero's Dog Guards His Coffin

Hawkeye waits for his master's voice

(Newser) - A loyal Labrador retriever kept a faithful vigil at his master's side this week even as friends and family wept at his human's coffin. "Hawkeye" waited patiently at the Iowa funeral for a word or a whistle from downed Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 35, killed with 29... More »

Tornado Dog Crawls Home on Broken Legs

But home is crushed, family can't care for him

(Newser) - A still-happy pup blown away by an Alabama tornado last month managed to crawl on two broken legs back home, where his family found him this week wagging his tail on their front porch. Terrier-mix Mason completely snapped his two front legs, but managed painstaking travel on his doggie "... More »

Bound, Shot Dog Buried Alive, Survives

Case sparks calls for tougher penalties for animal abuse

(Newser) - Man's best friend just found out how evil man can be. A female dog was found bound and whimpering with gunshot wounds to her head, and buried up to her muzzle in Malta. Incredibly, the dog rescuers nicknamed Star is recovering in an animal shelter while cops seek the... More »

Puppies Left to Die in Suitcase Reunited

Seven survived cupboard ordeal

(Newser) - Newborn puppies locked in a suitcase and left to die in a cupboard have been reunited big, happy, and healthy. It was too late to save five of the black-and-white mixed breed pups when British animal control officers discovered them in a breeder's home. But seven survivors were nursed back... More »

Man Springs Pup From Pound; Flees on Lawnmower

High-speed chase not an option

(Newser) - Edwin Fry loves his prized pooch. When his dog, Buddy Tough, found himself locked up in the town kennel, Fry decided to bust him out of jail. Fry could have paid the $100 fine to have his dog released, but instead, he decided to visit the pound with a pair... More »

Pets' Carbon Pawprint Cause for Alarm

Fido, Fluffy fetch bad news for environment

(Newser) - Forget the gas guzzler—it's Fluffy and Fido who are delivering a carbon blow to the global environment. That's the odd warning from a pair of New Zealand professors who claim the carbon pawprint of a large dog delivers twice the impact of a Toyota Land Cruiser driven 6,000... More »

Dogs as Smart as 2-Year-Olds

(Newser) - It won't surprise most dog owners, but now scientists know it: The average dog is as smart as a 2-year-old child, reports the Telegraph. Dogs understand up to 250 words and gestures, can count to 5, and do basic calculations, researchers have found. "Obviously, you can't have a conversation... More »

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