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Dying Dog Goes on Epic Bucket List Journey

New York City's Poh swims in the Pacific

(Newser) - When vets told New York City's Neil Rodriguez that his 15-year-old dog, Poh, didn't have long to live, two words came to mind: road trip. The DJ and his fiancee took Poh on a cross-country road trip over seven weeks, reports the Daily News . "I initially wanted... More »

Depp's Dogs Dodge Death— but Are They Stateless?

Yorkshire terriers faced euthanasia in Australia

(Newser) - The #WaronTerrier has ended in retreat. Johnny Depp, who sneaked his two Yorkshire terriers into Australia last month, will send his pals back to the US, according to the country's agriculture minister—on a private jet no less. Depp avoided Australia's mandatory quarantine (minimum 10 days) for pets... More »

Australia Threatens to Kill Johnny Depp's Dogs

Actor accused of sneaking Yorkshire terriers into country

(Newser) - Movie stars aren't exempt from Australia's strict quarantine laws, and Johnny Depp's Yorkshire terriers will be put down unless the actor gets them out of the country by Saturday, warns Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. Depp is in the country filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell ... More »

Rabies From Dogs Kills 160 People a Day

First global survey finds surprising numbers, especially in Asia and Africa

(Newser) - The first worldwide survey of rabies finds some surprisingly high numbers—figure about 160 deaths a day from dog bites alone. More than a third occur in India, and about half the victims are kids. Authors of the study in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases say it's ridiculous that tens... More »

Study Uncovers the Power of 'Puppy Eyes'

A deep gaze between dog and owner boosts oxytocin levels

(Newser) - "When your dog is staring at you, she may not just be after your sandwich." That's how evolutionary anthropologists frame a new study that describes just how powerful a bond humans and dogs share. In two experiments, described in Science , both dogs and their owners saw an... More »

Dog Flu Spreading Through Midwest

Experts advise owners to keep their pups away from others

(Newser) - First it was Illinois . Now the canine dog flu that has put Chicago-area owners and veterinarians on edge has also spread to Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio, per the AP , with more than 1,000 dogs in these Midwest states sickened, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine reports. The... More »

Flu Sickening, Killing Chicago's Dogs

Canine flu has hit 3 states so far

(Newser) - Amid a debate over vaccinations for humans , Chicago veterinarians are advising pet owners to consider vaccinating their dogs in an effort to curb a canine flu outbreak. Between January and March, the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control says five dogs died of canine infectious respiratory disease caused... More »

DNA Poop Tests Find 'Lazy' Dog Owners

BioPet Vet Lab says 1K places have used its service

(Newser) - Frustrated with dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use DNA testing to identify the culprits. The Seattle Times reports that a company called BioPet Vet Lab from Knoxville, Tennessee, is providing its PooPrints testing kits to... More »

Quadruple Amputee Dog Can Walk Again

Brutus lost paws to frostbite, then supporters rallied

(Newser) - He's not exactly a whirlwind yet, but give him time. A 2-year-old Rottweiler in Colorado is a quadruple amputee now adjusting to four brand-new feet, reports Fox 31 . After Brutus lost all his paws to frostbite, his breeder cut them off, leaving the dog unable to get around. He... More »

Dog Bounces Back After Failed Mercy Killing

Theia dug herself out of grave, found new home

(Newser) - A community in Washington state is rallying around a year-old dog with an incredible back story: Vets say that somebody struck Theia with a car, hit her in the head with a hammer in an apparent attempt at a mercy killing, then buried in her field, reports the Spokesman-Review . Theia... More »

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 »

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