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57 Dogs Saved From S. Korean Dog-Meat Farm

They're going up for adoption in California

(Newser) - More than 50 dogs going up for adoption in San Francisco have an unusual pedigree: All were destined to become dinner before their rescue. Two groups, Humane Society International and the Change for Animals Foundation, removed the 57 animals from a dog-meat farm in South Korea and flew them to... More »

How Your Dog's Germs Might Be Keeping You Healthy

Researchers want to lend you a pooch to find out

(Newser) - How is a dog like a cup of yogurt? Well, canines might also have a "probiotic effect" on humans, researcher Kim Kelly explains in a post from the University of Arizona . Science suggests owning a dog can be healthy—for instance, kids in families with dogs generally have lower... More »

Nine Puppies Survive Fire in Hole Dug by Mom

Rescue in Chile makes national headlines there

(Newser) - A mother dog and her nine puppies are making headlines and providing a bit of good news for residents of Valparaíso, Chile, after a devastating forest fire. TV images shows rescuers pulling all nine pups to safety from a hole dug by mom, reports Mashable , citing a report in... More »

Havana Throws Stray Mutts State Homes, Health Care

Which is a little better than a bone, really

(Newser) - Life on city streets often keeps stray dogs lean and mean, but select pooches in Havana could be forgiven for thinking that all dogs are in heaven: The AP ventures into the Cuban capital, and finds that, pseudo-officially and unofficially, it has a soft spot for street dogs—as well... More »

Dog Lies Down When He Smells Cancer

German shepherd mix trained to spot thyroid cancer

(Newser) - Scientists seeking a quick and affordable way to detect thyroid cancer have trained a dog to smell it on people, with really good results. In a US study, a German shepherd mix named Frankie detected thyroid cancer (or lack thereof) in urine samples with nearly 90% accuracy, Medical News Today... More »

Your Dog Forgot the Hug You Just Gave Him

Study finds animals have short short-term memory spans

(Newser) - When it comes to short-term memory, animals have very short ones indeed. A new meta-analysis examined more than 90 memory experiments carried out on 25 species encompassing birds, mammals, and bees. Researchers at Stockholm University and Brooklyn College found that for dogs, events are forgotten after about two minutes—and... More »

Labs Still No. 1, but a Rival Is Gaining Ground

American Kennel Club releases annual dog rankings, with bulldogs No. 4

(Newser) - America still loves its Labs, but it's growing ever more fond of its bulldogs. The American Kennel Club released its annual rankings of the most popular dogs in the nation, and, surprise, surprise, Labrador retrievers were at the top of the list for the 24th consecutive year, reports AP... More »

Angry? Your Dog Can Tell

Dogs may be first non-human species proven able to read facial expressions

(Newser) - Dogs get jealous just like humans and, apparently, they read facial expressions like we do, too. For the first time, researchers have found evidence that dogs can gauge our emotions based solely on facial expressions—a major find, as no previous study has "convincingly shown" that non-human species have... More »

Court to Dog: Don't Bark at Night

Croatian mutt slapped with injunction

(Newser) - Medo is in trouble for doing what all dogs do: barking. An exasperated neighbor in a northern Croatian village has won a temporary court order that says Medo must stop barking at night. If not, owner Anton Simunovic must pay a $3,160 fine. The 3-year-old mutt, now confined in... More »

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, reports. He ate garbage, was occasionally fed... More »

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