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Why This Elderly Dog Is Nicknamed 'The Legend'

Mo survived 9 months, including a harsh winter, in the Idaho mountains

(Newser) - A lost Boise dog is back home after nine months and a brutal winter alone in the Idaho mountains. Mo, an elderly Chesapeake Bay retriever, wandered away from her owners during a hunting trip in September, the AP reports. Darwin and Cindy Cameron stayed near the tiny hamlet of Horseshoe... More »

States With Fattest Dogs, Cats

What are you feeding your pets, Minnesota and Nebraska?

(Newser) - America's growing obesity problem isn't just for humans. There's been a 196% increase in overweight dogs and a 158% increase in overweight cats over the past decade, People reports, citing data from Banfield Pet Hospital. Banfield's 2017 State of Pet Health Report looked at the medical... More »

Meet World's New 'Ugliest Dog'

125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff brought home top spot in contest

(Newser) - Martha is big, ugly, lazy, and gassy. And a world champion. In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Per the AP , she was a favorite... More »

'Too Friendly' for Police Academy, Pup Gets an Upgrade

Meet Vice-Regal Dog Gavel

(Newser) - What happens to dogs that are kicked out of the police academy for being "too friendly"? In the case of Gavel, a German shepherd puppy in Australia, post-expulsion life is, um, not so bad. After the companionable dog was rejected by the Queensland Police Service—he "did... More »

Sniff Myth, Busted: Humans Can Smell as Well as Dogs

Analysis of more than 1K olfactory studies challenges longtime belief

(Newser) - A dog's nose may be wetter than yours, but don't count yourself out when it comes to tracking a scent just as well as your canine companion. A new mega-study in the journal Science refutes the longtime belief that dogs' noses are vastly superior to our own, reporting... More »

Your Pet Is Fleecing You

Survey finds that we grossly underestimate the tens of thousands our pets cost us

(Newser) - You might want to drop man's best friend a bill: It turns out that not only is your dog chewing holes in your socks, he's eating a hole in your wallet—a much bigger one than you think, reports CNBC . According to a survey of pet owners by... More »

Pooch Ordered Euthanized Despite Pardon From Governor

But appeals are expected

(Newser) - A judge has ordered a dog to be euthanized despite a pardon issued by Maine Gov. Paul LePage, the AP reports. The Alaskan husky named Dakota was originally ordered to be put down after getting loose and killing a neighbor's pug last year and later attacking a second dog.... More »

Top 10 Cities for Dog Attacks on Postal Workers

Los Angeles takes the top spot

(Newser) - An eye-popping 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2016, according to statistics released Thursday by the United States Postal Service . That's an increase of more than 200 since 2015. The numbers were released along with advice for pet owners—keep dogs shut in a different room... More »

Dog Owner Says Alleged Animal Cruelty Was Actually Kindness

'If your animal needs you, you gotta be there for her'

(Newser) - A Virginian man charged with animal cruelty for allegedly shooting his dog of 15 years says it was an act of kindness, not abuse, WTKR reports. Michael Whalen says his dog Allie was one of his best friends. "We did everything together," he says. Last year, Allie was... More »

Trainee Bomb-Sniffing Puppy Shot Dead at Airport

Grizz couldn't be coaxed off the tarmac, say officials

(Newser) - A trainee bomb-sniffing dog was shot dead at a New Zealand airport on Friday after he escaped his handler and caused 16 flights to be delayed. Officials say the 10-month-old bearded collie cross, named Grizz, was "spooked" around 4am and spent 3.5 hours loose on the tarmac as... More »

Fake 'Animal Control' Officers Are Stealing People's Dogs

Stolen purebreds have likely been sold: police

(Newser) - Men posing as animal control officers are stealing dogs in southern Illinois, authorities say, leading officials to warn dog owners not to leave their pets unattended. Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis says two men seen driving a white pick-up truck with "Animal Control" written on the side are suspected... More »

City Just Made a Big Decision About Dogs Downtown

Only canines of residents, workers allowed in that section of Eugene, Ore.

(Newser) - A wave of complaints about aggressive dogs in the downtown area of Oregon's third most populous city has prompted Eugene city councilors to ban dogs from the downtown area except those owned by people who live or work there. The Eugene City Council Wednesday voted 6-2 to approve the... More »

It Looked Like a Trash Bag, but Was More Like a Miracle

Blind labrador retriever, 12, missing week in mountains is found

(Newser) - She is old, blind, and was lost for a week in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but the labrador retriever Sage has been found and reunited with her family. Sage, 12, who lost her sight to glaucoma, was mistakenly left outside on the night of Feb. 24 and wandered into woods... More »

She Has 800 Dogs— and They All Have Names

Lya Battle keeps hundreds of strays on her Costa Rica farm, with its own dark history

(Newser) - Outside Magazine calls Lya Battle the "lady of strays," and for good reason: Visit her farm in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and you'll be surrounded by hundreds of dogs. Bob Shacochis travels to the Central American nation to dive deeper into the story and... More »

Dog Falls Through Ice, Cop Jumps in After Him

It's not the first water rescue for Vancouver police officer Peter Colenutt

(Newser) - A hearty Vancouver police officer is being hailed as a hero for plunging into a freezing lake to save a dog, the CBC reports. (Police retweeted images here .) The pooch became trapped after he chased a ball onto Lost Lagoon on Friday afternoon and plunged through thin ice. By... More »

Don't Let Your Pets Near This Skin Cream

Fluorouracil killed 5 dogs who ate it: FDA

(Newser) - A skin cream used to prevent and treat skin cancer should be kept far away from pets after five dogs ate some and died, FDA officials warn. In one case, two dogs simply punctured a tube of fluorouracil—which kills fast-growing cells, including cancer cells, and is sold as Carac,... More »

Justin Bieber Ditches His Surgery-Needing Puppy

Now his backup dancer is raising medical funds for the dog

(Newser) - It's possible there are two sick puppies in this story about Justin Bieber pawning off his dog of less than six months onto one of his backup dancers. Page Six reports the pop star got a puppy named Todd last summer and fawned all over it on Instagram. But... More »

Guy Punches Cougar to Save His Dogs

Danger lurks near Tim Hortons coffee shop in Canada

(Newser) - Sometimes dogs save humans, sometimes humans save dogs. The latter was the case in Canada last week when a man punched a cougar that had a death grip on his 80-pound husky's neck, reports Reuters . Will Gibb, a 31-year-old technician from Red Deer, had pulled up to a Tim... More »

No, Your Dogs Aren't Your Children: Judge

Comparing custody of pets to butter knives, court rules dogs have no 'familial rights'

(Newser) - You can coo at Sparky all you like and even dress him up as one of Santa's elves. But when it comes to the law, says a judge in Canada, Sparky is a dog, not your child. That ruling came as part of a pet "custody" battle in... More »

Study Finds Dogs Remember Their Owners' Actions

Evidence of 'episodic-like memory' in man's best friend

(Newser) - As researcher Claudia Fugazza tells NPR , "most dog owners at least suspected" their furry friends remember the times they've shared together. Now a study published Tuesday in Current Biology offers some scientific evidence to back that feeling up. Fugazza and her team used a training method she developed... More »

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