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Dogs Are Vanishing From a Texas County

40 have gone missing since November

(Newser) - It's a doggone mystery: A North Texas county has seen more than 40 of its dogs disappear since November, a number Sheriff David Walker does consider abnormally high. Law enforcement officials say they have no physical proof that the dogs were snatched; there haven't been suspicious persons reported... More »

Dog Tied Up in Cold Chews Off Own Paw

'Courtney' is doing OK after surgery

(Newser) - It might help to know at the outset that the dog is doing fine now, because otherwise this is just a brutal story out of Detroit: Authorities say that a 2-year-old dog left chained behind a Walmart in the bitter cold chewed off her own paw in an apparent bid... More »

Mischievous Dog Eats $23K Rings

Sierra the Lab recovering after surgery

(Newser) - A dog is recovering in Tulsa, Okla., after chowing down on her owner's wedding rings. Stephanie Lamb says she left her engagement and wedding rings, worth $23,000, on a coffee table and forget about them. The next day, "I saw my dogs near the coffee table,"... More »

Dog Who Wouldn't Leave Dead Pal Getting a Home

Woman's video plea for stray pays off

(Newser) - He lost his friend but is gaining a home: A stray Chihuahua that wouldn't leave the side of another stray that had been fatally struck by a car won the heart of a Houston woman, reports ABC13 . "He kept trying to wake her up," says Lauren Kribbs... More »

Palin to PETA: 'Chill, at Least Trig Didn't Eat the Dog'

Like that Barack Obama did

(Newser) - Sarah Palin and PETA, both entities more than a little fond of picking fights, have found each other at last and don't appear to be letting go: The latest salvo in the squabble over Palin's photo of son Trig standing on the family dog in order to help... More »

2 Dogs Survive Giant Plummets Off Cliff, Building

One falls 150 feet, the other 15 stories

(Newser) - We may be looking at a pair of Christmas miracles. In recent days, not one but two dogs have survived enormous drops, one from a 150-foot-high cliff and another from the 15th story of a building. Sandy, a 3-year-old yellow Lab, was somehow spooked during a walk in the Columbia... More »

Dead Owner's Live Dog Won't Be Buried With Her

Bela will move to no-kill shelter instead of being euthanized like owner wanted

(Newser) - Connie Ley's will specifically spelled out plans for her dog Bela in the event of her death: Put Bela to sleep and bury him with Ley if a designated friend or a no-kill animal shelter wouldn't take him in. Ley died in November, but when Bela's story... More »

Dog Accidentally Shoots Owner

Police say it stepped on rifle when moving around in vehicle

(Newser) - Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man. Authorities say the bullet struck Richard L. Fipps of Sheridan in the arm on Monday. The injury is not life-threatening, but Fipps was being treated in a hospital in Billings, Mont.... More »

Dog Can Finally Run Thanks to 3D-Printed Legs

Derby catches a break with the right foster mom

(Newser) - Derby the dog is winning new converts to the concept of 3D printing. Derby is a husky mix who was born last year with deformed front paws, reports BuzzFeed . Lucky for him, an employee of a company called 3D Systems in Massachusetts took him in as a foster dog and... More »

Nope, Pope Francis Didn't Say Dogs Were Going to Heaven

Though some think he at least left open the possibility

(Newser) - Pope Francis endeared himself to animal lovers this week after he was widely quoted as saying that dogs and other animals can go to heaven. Turns out, it was a different pope who said that. The confusion seems to stem from a misleading headline in an Italian newspaper, explains Religion... More »

Neglected, Dying Dog Gets Epic Send-Off

Abandoned Boston terrier lives final days to the fullest thanks to Alabama family

(Newser) - Boston terriers thrive on human companionship, and they deteriorate in the absence thereof, notes the Boston Terrier Club of America . This is apparently what happened to Butch, who wandered an Alabama neighborhood for two and a half years after being abandoned, AL.com reports. He ate garbage, was occasionally fed... More »

A Meatball Wins Stray Dog's Love—and Unreal Devotion

Arthur captures hearts of Swedish racers he doggedly follows

(Newser) - If anyone has something to be thankful about this holiday week, it's a stray dog from Ecuador. Earlier this month, Arthur met up with a team of Swedish athletes competing in a 430-mile endurance race in the Amazon rainforest; he graciously accepted a meatball from Peak Performance member Mikael... More »

Why Dogs Are Messy Drinkers —But Cats Aren't

Canines 'smash their tongues on water': researcher

(Newser) - When grabbing a drink, neither cats nor dogs are able to squeeze their cheeks closed to suck up liquids the way humans can. Instead, they have to use their tongues in processes researchers didn't understand until recently, Reuters reports. Cats, researchers found a few years back , put their tongues... More »

Never Give These Foods to Your Pet

Grapes, avocados, cookies are dangerous for dogs, cats

(Newser) - You may have heard that you shouldn't give chocolate to your dog—but how about grapes? Or sugar-free gum? Alternet lists eight foods that humans may consume, but pets definitely shouldn't:
  1. Sugar-free treats like gum, which contain xylitol. The sugar alcohol is extracted from fruits and vegetables to
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Woman's Dog Peed All Over Lane Bryant: Cops

And reportedly ruined $2K worth of clothes

(Newser) - Fourteen dresses and 11 pairs of pants are now off the shelves (we're assuming) at a Lane Bryant in Toms River, NJ, after a woman entered the store on Monday and reportedly allowed her dog to freely answer nature's call wherever it saw fit. Police are now on... More »

Dog Secretly Hitches Ride on Ambulance With Owner

Buddy jumped on the side step as it was leaving the house

(Newser) - When an ambulance in Mason County, Texas, loaded up 85-year-old rancher JR Nicholson and set off for the hospital, Nicholson's dog had no intention of being separated from his pal. As the San Angelo Standard-Times reports, the dog jumped onto the vehicle's side step. The ambulance crew didn'... More »

Scientists Look to Dogs in Quest to Extend Human Life

Canine subjects could suggest how drug would work on humans

(Newser) - Testing potentially life-extending drugs on humans is neither a quick nor cheap undertaking, and researchers now want to turn to man's best friend for help. In the past, such drugs have been successful on worms and mice, but they've failed when it comes to humans, Nature reports. Dogs,... More »

Couple Pulls in $15K a Month—for Doggie Dress-Up

'Menswear Dog' Bodhi is a massive hit on social media

(Newser) - One New York couple has a pet project that's simultaneously ridiculous and ridiculously lucrative: Former designers Yena Kim and David Fung are raking in between $10,000 and $15,000 a month dressing up and photographing their 5-year-old Shiba Inu—raking in cash to the point that the Daily... More »

Teen Who Lost Leg Rescues Dog Who Did, Too

Young amputee in Florida relates to rescue dachshund

(Newser) - NBC 6 South Florida has a story about a teenager who lost a leg in an ATV accident last year and is now adjusting to life with a prosthetic. The added twist, though, is that Sam Sartain's mom happened to be looking at a website for dachshund rescues... More »

Your Dog Might Be a Pessimist

Research indicates 'pessimistic' pups give up more easily, seem to expect the worst

(Newser) - Certain dogs apparently feel like they're perpetually in the doghouse, according to a University of Sydney study that says some dogs are pessimists, getting demoralized more easily than other dogs and just giving up on tasks when they've had enough. The research, published this week in the Plos ... More »

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