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Puppy's Collar Obliterates Part of Owner's Home

Puppy's collar got caught on gas valve, triggering explosion

(Newser) - For the gas explosion that nearly decimated a Gulfport, Miss., house on Wednesday, everything had to go exactly right—or, rather, exactly wrong. Per the local fire chief, the home's resident puppy got its collar stuck on an unused laundry-room gas valve (the same exact height as the pup'... More »

How a Dog IQ Test Could Help Humans

How well 'Mensa mutts' do on cognitive tasks could help with human health, too

(Newser) - In a move that researcher Dr. Rosalind Arden says could have "far-reaching implications for understanding human health and disease," scientists from the London School of Economics and the University of Edinburgh set out to understand the link between intelligence and health by studying … dogs. Per the Independent ... More »

Lead Toxicity Showing Up in Flint Area's Dogs

Animal experts warn that pets near Flint should be drinking filtered or bottled water

(Newser) - First it was the kids of Flint found to have been tainted by lead, attributed by many to the area's toxic water. Now two dogs who live in the vicinity of the Michigan city have tested positive for lead toxicity—the first two pups to be confirmed with this... More »

Twitter Account Will Find Your Doggy Doppelganger

The resemblance is uncanny. Seriously.

(Newser) - Some dog owners look like their pets. Others might go a lifetime without finding their doggy doppelganger—until now. Thanks to @YouAreDogNow , Twitter users from around the world are being matched with their canine twin, per the San Francisco Chronicle . Users tweet the account a photo and wait for an... More »

Barking Dog Leads Help to Trapped Furry Companion

Good dog

(Newser) - It was a scene straight out of an episode of Lassie. Police in western Massachusetts say a dog approached an officer on Tuesday barking frantically and then led the officer across a field and down an icy, 30-foot embankment, where the dog's canine companion had become entangled in the... More »

Meet the American Kennel Club's 2 Newest Breeds

Sloughi, American hairless terrier join 187 others

(Newser) - A hairless terrier and an ancient North African hound are ready to run with the pack of dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. The organization announced Tuesday that the American hairless terrier and the sloughi have joined 187 other recognized breeds. The newcomers can now compete in most... More »

Gruesome Find in Arkansas Forest: 56 Dead Dogs

Someone killed dogs in the woods, sheriff says

(Newser) - Two people from a lumber mill who went looking at timber tracts in a remote part of an Arkansas forest Thursday weren't expecting what they found: at least 56 dead dogs, plus more that were wounded, KY3 reports. The Searcy County sheriff says someone brought the dogs out to... More »

Meet World's 1st IVF Puppies

7 Cornell mutts hailed as 'huge breakthrough' that eluded scientists for 40 years

(Newser) - A surrogate hound gave birth to seven half-pound puppies on July 10, an everyday occurrence save that the squirmy furballs were the first dogs ever conceived in a test tube. "We each took a puppy and rubbed it with a little towel and when it started to squiggle and... More »

Woman Gets 2 Years for Leaving Puppy in Hot Car

Animal advocates want stiff sentence to be the norm

(Newser) - The prison sentence given to a Tennessee woman for leaving a puppy to die in a hot car is unusually long, but animal advocates would be happy for it to become the norm. Alexis Cain was sentenced to two years for aggravated cruelty to animals over the July 29 incident... More »

5% of China's Beef to Come From Huge Cloning Factory

BoyaLife says it will produce 100K bovine embryos per year

(Newser) - Facing a serious meat shortage as its population continues to grow and industrialize, China is set to open the world's largest animal-cloning factory in the first half of 2016. But it's not just cloning and raising cattle for beef. Commercial genetics company BoyaLife , which is building the center... More »

Pet Owners Fuming Over Doggie DNA Request

Florida condo association aims to curb pet poop

(Newser) - Some Florida condo owners are steaming after their homeowners association asked them to submit their dog's DNA in order to fine owners who don't pick up after their pets. Residents of Harbor Landing in Destin, Fla., said they received a letter last week and some feel it's... More »

Man Adopts Shelter Dog, Is Killed by It Within Hours

Rottweiler mauls Tennessee man just 5 days after coming off the streets

(Newser) - A Tennessee man whose ex-wife says "related to dogs better than to people" was killed by a stray dog he adopted, the same day he took it home from an animal shelter, the Jackson Sun reports. Anthony Riggs, 57, left the Madison County Rabies Control facility on Thursday with... More »

Your Chewing Gum Is Making Your Dog Sick

Common sugar substitute xylitol can even be fatal to pups

(Newser) - If Snopes and scientific studies aren't enough, perhaps reports at the Wall Street Journal , CBS News , and Nature World News can sway you: A sugar substitute found in chewing gum and other everyday food and household items can make dogs sick and even kill them. Veterinary experts say xylitol—... More »

Having a Dog Could Make Your Kids Healthier

Exposure to dogs, farm animals in early childhood cuts risk of asthma

(Newser) - In perhaps the largest study of its kind, researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden are reporting in the journal JAMA Pediatrics that early childhood exposure to dogs and farm animals is linked to lower asthma rates. The team was uniquely poised to study the question in Sweden, where every citizen... More »

Is a New Species Taking Over North America?

Dogs, wolves, and coyotes produce one impressive animal

(Newser) - A potential new species—a coyote souped up with wolf and dog DNA that some are calling the "coywolf"—is spreading throughout eastern North America in a phenomenon the Economist says is "astonishing." Scientists believe coywolves got their start a century or two ago when struggling... More »

Scientists Figure Out Origin of Man's Best Friend

Doggy DNA traces origins to Central Asia 15K years ago

(Newser) - Your best pal may have come a long way to curl up at your feet: A new DNA study of more than 5,000 dogs from 38 countries finds they probably originated in Central Asia, or Mongolia and Nepal more specifically, at least 15,000 years ago, reports the BBC... More »

Hot Cars Are Also Killing Police Dogs

Faulty AC units, human negligence are factors in these preventable deaths: experts

(Newser) - A BuzzFeed investigation this year found at least 29 US police dogs had died of heatstroke in their handlers' cars over the past seven years. But a new analysis of 619 deaths since 2011 by the Green Bay Press-Gazette raises that number to at least 46 dogs, with 18 others... More »

Reporter Reunites Dog With Owner After Wildfire

Thumper is safe and sound

(Newser) - A great story out of the California wildfires, as told in the first person by Associated Press reporter Brian Skoloff. He met a 76-year-old man who had been evacuated to a high school near Middletown. After five days away, Lawrence Ross was worried about his home and his dog, and... More »

Dog's Loyalty to Trapped Friend Is Heartwarming

Tillie stood guard over Phoebe for a week until help arrived

(Newser) - A heroically loyal Washington state dog pulled a Lassie this week, bringing help to an equally adorable pooch stuck at the bottom of a cistern, KING 5 reports. Tillie and Phoebe had been missing for a week Monday when a resident alerted volunteers from the Vashon Island Pet Protectors that... More »

K9 Cop Uses Leash to Save Woman

Woman was reportedly suicidal, close to falling from overpass

(Newser) - A K9 officer didn't have to rely on man's best friend to help a distressed woman on Saturday, but his police dog's leash definitely came in handy. Daren Kendrick was in the right place at the right time as a responder on the scene at a traffic... More »

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