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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 »

Macron's Dog Busted Peeing on Palace Fireplace

Nemo's tinkle was 'totally unusual,' says French president

(Newser) - He's still a very good dog, but French President Emmanuel Macron's pooch Nemo drew laughs when he relieved himself in the Elysée Palace, interrupting a meeting his master was holding with three aides, the BBC reports. "I wondered what that noise was," chuckles junior ecology... More »

Dog Making Puppy-Dog Eyes? He Likely Knows You're Looking

New study provides evidence dogs make faces to communicate with humans

(Newser) - Yes, your puppy is making those absolutely adorable faces just for you. At least that's the takeaway from a study published Thursday in Scientific Reports . Researchers from the University of Portsmouth's Dog Cognition Centre studied 24 dogs of various breeds and came away with the first evidence that... More »

Bomb-Sniffing Dog Hates CIA Job, Opts for Early Retirement

Things are looking up for Lulu now that she's not punching a clock anymore in training program

(Newser) - Government agencies routinely make hiring and firing announcements, but a recent one from the CIA caught Gizmodo's eye. A Twitter thread revealed the agency has laid off Lulu, a recruit in its K9 training program tasked with detecting explosives. Lulu, described in her CIA profile as being a "... More »

World's Most Famous Racing Dogs Busted for Doping

Several canine Iditarod competitors tested positive for pain reliever tramadol

(Newser) - For the first time in the history of the world's most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug—but race officials have refused to name the musher involved. Several dogs tested positive for the opioid pain reliever tramadol, the governing... More »

From Ashes of Calif. Home, Mom's Dog Comes Running

Izzy somehow survived after family fled wildfire in the middle of the night

(Newser) - Jack Weaver and brother-in-law Patrick Widen skirted police barricades, and traversed a creek and hilly roads to save Weaver's mother the grim task of recovering the family's beloved dog Izzy. Katherine Weaver was convinced Izzy died in a ferocious wildfire that sent them fleeing, Katherine still in her... More »

As People Flee Bali Volcano, This Woman Is Saving Its Dogs

Janice Girardi is trying to rescue canines left behind as thousands run from Mount Agung

(Newser) - As the small convoy carrying volunteers, dried food, and canned meat pulls up before a revered Hindu temple on the slopes of Bali's Mount Agung volcano, dogs trot out from the mist shrouding the temple's cascade of steps. Now, an animal welfare organization founded by a Californian woman... More »

Guggenheim Exhibit Under Fire—and It's Not Open Yet

Pit bulls made to charge toward each other without ever touching in video at Guggenheim

(Newser) - In just two weeks, NYC's Guggenheim Museum is set to open an ambitious three-month exhibit on experimental works from Chinese artists, many of which the New York Times deems "deliberately shocking." None more so, though, than a piece by a pair known as "the bad couple... More »

Puppies From Petland Are Making People Sick: CDC

39 people have come down with 'Campylobacter' in the last year

(Newser) - Don't look now, but those adorable baby Labradors and basset hounds you've fallen in love with might be getting you very sick. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control announced that the "likely source" of an outbreak of Campylobacter —bacteria that can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain,... More »

People Fled Irma, Left Dogs Tied Up

Scores of animals left behind, surrendered in Palm Beach County ahead of massive storm

(Newser) - As Floridians fled the wrath of Hurricane Irma, scores left behind man's best friend—some of them tied up, in pens, or in fenced yards, reports the Sun Sentinel . Authorities in Palm Beach County found 49 dogs in such circumstances, while shelters took in an influx of animals surrendered... More »

When These Dogs Sneeze, They're Casting a Vote

Scientists spot the pattern in African wild dogs

(Newser) - It started with a simple enough question, "Why are these dogs sneezing so much?" But the subsequent research has led to a fascinating theory: The dogs, specifically African wild dogs in Botswana, use their sneezes to vote on pack activity, reports Atlas Obscura . "The sneeze acts as some... More »

Oregon Couple Must Surgically Stop Dogs From Barking: Court

Rogue River neighbors have been battling over barking dogs since 2002

(Newser) - "We are just shocked." That's the reaction of the Oregon Humane Society to a Wednesday ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals that will require a Rogue River couple to have their six dogs' vocal cords cut. The court case was one between neighbors of nearly 20... More »

An Industrial Neighborhood's Newest Residents: Blue Dogs

Local officials think their cyan-hued fur is from untreated waste in Kasadi River

(Newser) - A strange phenomenon in an Indian industrial district has put a factory on thin ice and a bunch of canines in the bathtub. A report in the Hindustan Times posted in mid-August noted that dogs with bright-blue fur had been spotted roaming in Navi Mumbai's Taloja area. After initial... More »

Dog Owners' Plan to Push Back on Right-Wing Rally: Poop

It's going down in San Francisco this weekend

(Newser) - Locals are getting creative in how to deal with right-wing rallies in the wake of Charlottesville , and no more so than in San Francisco. The Patriot Prayer group will hold a "free speech" rally Saturday at Crissy Field, and the Guardian reports on an idea thought up by 45-year-old... More »

Dog Runs Loose in Court —at Judge Judy's Request

Presto! A dog ownership dispute is solved

(Newser) - Judge Judy let a dog make a decision for her in a recent legal case, footage of which has racked up nearly 2.6 million views in just two days. The case centered on a woman who claimed to have bought the dog from a woman on the street and... More »

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 »

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