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Outlander Actor Slams 'Rubbish' United Flight

Graham McTavish says flight attendants joked about dogs in overheads days after dog died

(Newser) - When your airline is accused of mishandling pets, it's probably best not to joke about it, but United Airlines again finds itself making headlines barely a week after a dog died in one of its overhead bins. Per People , the latest incident comes courtesy of actor Graham McTavish, who... More »

United Has to Divert Flight After Another Dog Mistake

Pooch was loaded aboard the wrong plane

(Newser) - Maybe United should stick with two-legged passengers: For the third time in a week, the airline has made a gaffe involving a dog. In the latest incident, a flight from New Jersey to St. Louis had to be diverted to Ohio's Akron-Canton Airport on Thursday because a dog had... More »

Mixup in Denver Sends Dog on Global Adventure

Irgo was supposed to fly to Kansas with his human family, but he ended up in Japan

(Newser) - A dog who was mistakenly flown to Japan is back with his family in Kansas. The 10-year-old German shepherd, named Irgo, arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane from Japan, the AP reports. Kara Swindle and her two children were flying on United... More »

Streisand: This Is Why I Cloned My Dog

(Newser) - Barbra Streisand revealed this week that three of her dogs are clones, and now she's explaining why. Seems the death of her trusty dog Samantha led Streisand to ease the pain with DNA technology. "I was so devastated by the loss of my dear Samantha, after 14 years... More »

Army Failed Bomb-Sniffing Dogs From Afghanistan: Report

Report finds some dogs abandoned following tour of service

(Newser) - A report finds that the Army failed to do right by some of the more than 200 bomb-sniffing dogs that served with US soldiers in Afghanistan, detecting roadside bombs and saving lives, the AP reports. The Defense Department's inspector general has determined that, after the program ended in 2014,... More »

Emotional Support Dog Bites Child on Flight

Southwest says it will review policies for support, service animals

(Newser) - An emotional support dog bit a young girl's head before a Southwest Airlines flight Wednesday, leading to the removal of a passenger from the plane and a 20-minute delay, CBS News reports. Southwest spokesperson Melissa Ford tells Bloomberg the girl, who is around 6 years old, approached the dog... More »

Dog Owner Dies Trying to Rescue Stranded Pet

Victim fell from cliff in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

(Newser) - The death of a 67-year-old man in Golden Gate National Recreation Area has California park officials reiterating a warning: When a dog gets stranded on a cliff, leave him be. Chances are, the dog will return to safety, while would-be rescuers risk their lives, reports ABC7 . In this case, the... More »

Euthanasia Drug Found in Dog Food, 4 Brands Recalled

Gravy Train, 3 other brands owned by JM Smucker recalled after pentobarbital discovered

(Newser) - Four brands of dog food under the JM Smucker Co. umbrella have been recalled after a DC TV station tested one of the brands and found traces of a euthanizing drug used on dogs, cats, and horses in 60% of the samples. The AP reports that shipments of cans of... More »

Found Around Chernobyl: Hundreds of Playful Pups

Dogs' ancestors were abandoned by residents after the nuclear plant meltdown in '86

(Newser) - Tarzan loves to fetch sticks, run after snowballs, and is, per Julie McDowall, "a playful example of global kindness and cooperation." Writing for the Guardian , McDowall explains that Tarzan is one of hundreds of stray dogs living in the 1,000-square-mile exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant,... More »

Meet Abby, the Dog Who Returned From the Dead

'It feels like a part of my kids’ childhood is back, part of our family is back'

(Newser) - As far as Debra Suierveld is concerned, Abby pulled a Lazarus. “We thought she had passed away,” Suierveld tells KDKA . “It feels like a part of my kids’ childhood is back, part of our family is back." Abby, a black lab mix, wandered off from Suierveld'... More »

Dogs Eat Poop, and You Might Not Be Able to Stop Them

Scientific name for this habit: canine conspecific coprophagy

(Newser) - Before you freak out that your dog may be suffering from canine conspecific coprophagy, know that it's probably not that serious—though you will likely be grossed out. Scientific American reports on a study in the Veterinary Medicine and Science journal that looked at the result of two web-based... More »

Hungry and Weak, Dog Stayed Beside Dead Owner for Weeks

'We had to drag her away'

(Newser) - A woman was found dead in her home in Budapest on Wednesday, having apparently died of natural causes weeks earlier, the BBC reports. Her dog hadn't left her side. “The dog was lying next to the dead body, and was so weak that she could not stand up,... More »

'There Was Flapping of Wings and Then It Was Gone'

Tiny dog somehow manages to survive being snatched by eagle

(Newser) - Felipe Rodriguez says he thought he was hallucinating when an eagle snatched his sister's little white dog from her yard and disappeared over the trees. Did he really just see that? The AP reports he had. Zoey the 8-pound bichon frise was gone, taken by a hungry raptor Tuesday... More »

She Likened Her Dogs to Art, Is Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty

Christina Fay of Wolfeboro, NH, to be sentenced within 30 days

(Newser) - Animal cruelty cases are always dismal. This one out of New Hampshire is also somewhat bizarre. Christina Fay of Wolfeboro was found guilty Tuesday on 10 animal cruelty charges related to the 84 Great Danes that were seized from her mansion in June. WMUR reports she ran a kennel called... More »

Can We Really Blame a Dog for Freaking Out During Cats?

Service animal went after feline-dressed performer during Broadway play

(Newser) - A showing of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats almost went to the dogs this week, quite literally. Witnesses tell the New York Post that during a performance at New York City's Neil Simon Theatre, a service dog broke free from its owner during the opening number and rushed the... More »

Owls in Canada Are Attacking Dogs

Last week, two pooches lost eyes

(Newser) - Advice for small dogs in Canada who spot an owl: Run and hide, quickly. The CBC reports on an unusual spate of attacks in the Edmonton area, the last two of which resulted in dogs losing an eye. In those cases, involving a Shih Tzu mix and a Havanese, the... More »

Study Answers Age-Old Question: Are Dogs or Cats Smarter?

Dogs win, at least in cortical neurons, say researchers

(Newser) - It's not likely to be the last word on the subject, but researchers at Vanderbilt University have come up with an answer to the age-old question of whether dogs or cats are smarter. And it's a win for dog lovers. Study author Suzana Herculano-Houzel explains neurons in the... More »

FDA Warning: 'Bone Treats' Could Kill Your Dog

At least 15 dogs have met that fate

(Newser) - Before you stuff Fido's stocking with edible treats this holiday season, you might want to check the Food and Drug Administration's latest announcement. Per , the "bone treats" dog owners pick up in the supermarket or pet store could be a health hazard for our four-legged... 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 »

2 Americans and Their Dogs Rescued After 5 Months at Sea

Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were 5K miles from their original destination when found

(Newser) - Two Americans and their two dogs set out to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti in the spring, but after their engine died in bad weather May 30, they were forced to use only the ship's sails to attempt to get back to land. Instead, they drifted in the Pacific... More »

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