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Pet Pot: Medical Marijuana Finds a Market With Furkids

Sick pets are said to be benefiting from it

(Newser) - As medical marijuana becomes more accepted within American society, some people are starting to experiment with using the drug to medicate their sick pets—and they're seeing surprising results, reports the New York Times in a look at the trend. Although the FDA says there's no proof marijuana... More »

It's Time to End Pet Ownership

Plus zoos, aquariums, using animals for food...

(Newser) - It's time to abolish the ownership of pets, or "animal slaves" as two Rutgers law professors call them. "They do not belong in our world, irrespective of how well we treat them," Gary Francione and Anna Charlton write in Aeon . "We control their lives for... More »

Grumpy Cat? There May Be an Easy Fix

Food puzzles make cats less needy, more active: study

(Newser) - Cat owners, prepare to be stunned: A new study suggests your cat isn't really a crabby jerk—he's just bored. And there may be a simple way to improve his mood, even his health: challenge him. Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley say food puzzles—think... More »

Got $6K? Buy Bullet the Potty-Trained Bison

She wanders around her current owner's Texas home like she's one of the family

(Newser) - The bison was designated our new national mammal this week, and those who are feeling especially patriotic (and don't feel like getting loaded on "America" beer ) can cast their lot to own one. A Texas family is looking for a new home for Bullet, an 8-year-old, 1,... More »

Faithful Dog Waits 2 Weeks for His Murdered Owner

'He would just stand there and look helpless'

(Newser) - Loyalty between dog and man once again has no bounds, this time via a German shepherd who waited two weeks for an owner who'd never come home again. The dog was first spotted at an apartment complex near Houston's Hobby Airport, KTRK reports—sometimes on the steps, sometimes... More »

Cougars Increasingly Making Meals of Dogs, Cats

California pet owners warned to take precautions

(Newser) - Wildlife officials in California have a disturbing revelation for pet owners: Most mountain lions in the region seem to have acquired a taste for dogs and cats. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, that insight comes from an analysis of the stomach contents of mountain lions legally killed last year.... More »

Petco Drops Small-Animal Supplier After PETA Video

PETA went undercover, documented what it says is evidence of awful conditions

(Newser) - Petco, one of the biggest pet retailers in the country, severed its relationship with a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer amid a federal investigation into conditions at the facility where it keeps thousands of hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other species. Petco said in a statement Tuesday that Holmes Chinchilla Ranch and... More »

Cat Missing for 5 Years Is Going Home

Hemi may take plane ride from N. Carolina to be reunited with family in N. Dakota

(Newser) - A cat that went missing from its military family has been found four years later, and now he's prepping for a possible plane ride home to be reunited. Hemi—so named because owners Jennifer and Robert Connell first found him under their car hood in 2009—disappeared in 2011... More »

Lost Corgi Ends Up in Honolulu Instead of Mississippi

Apparently the pooch made a wrong connection in Dallas

(Newser) - A dog bound for its new owner in Mississippi ended up in Honolulu instead. The Pembroke Welsh corgi named Bethany was headed from Seattle to her new owner in Mississippi on Saturday when she made a wrong connection in Dallas, an American Airlines spokesperson said. American Airlines says the company... 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 »

Missing Dog Found Stuck in Drain Is One Tough Cookie

The pup had been missing for more than a year

(Newser) - Officials in Maryland say a 30-pound dog rescued from a storm drain had been missing for over a year. Rescue crews got the dog out of the drain on Friday after a man walking his own dog spotted the other pup in the storm drain. It took crews two hours... More »

Owner Reunited With Dog That Vanished 7 Years Ago

'She's my heart...That's why I never gave up'

(Newser) - A Tennessee resident reunited with her dog that disappeared seven years ago from her old home in Ohio says she can't even describe how happy she was to see her pet. Mishka was 3 years old when she vanished from the backyard of owner Paula Graff's home. But... More »

After Dog's Death, Group Wants Ban on Shooting Pets

Bruno's owner 'put him down' with a gun, was not charged

(Newser) - New Hampshire animal rights activists outraged over the "emergency euthanasia" of a dog named Bruno earlier this year face an uphill battle to have the practice of shooting old, sick, or dangerous pets outlawed, the AP reports. New Hampshire is one of 27 states with no laws against it,... More »

Dog Wins Award for Eating BBQ Skewer

He made dumb, hungry dogs everywhere proud

(Newser) - A West Virginia dog that ate a barbecue skewer has won a national competition for most unusual pet insurance claim. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that the 5-year-old Boxer named Curtis beat out 11 other pets in online voting for Nationwide's Hambone Award, named in honor of another dog... 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 »

Man Embarks on Epic Journey —for a Puppy

Joel Carpenter has no regrets and a new best friend

(Newser) - It was love at first sight for Joel Carpenter. When he set eyes on Sadie, via a photo over the Internet, he says he had "this intense gut feeling" and knew he had to see her. So the 23-year-old, who is unemployed, bought a one-way ticket to Minneapolis—it... More »

Here's Why Your Cat May Not Care When You Leave

New study shows domestic cats don't show signs of secure attachment to humans

(Newser) - There are a lot of cats in the United States. Perhaps close to 95 million live with us as pets, reports the Times-Picayune . But does our affection for these feline friends move in just one direction? New research in the journal PLoS One suggests that domesticated cats are more independent... More »

Top 10 Dog Names in the US

But why are there so many beagles named Cadbury in Boston?

(Newser) - In honor of National Dog Day—it came and went this week—social networking site Nextdoor has released a list of the most popular dog names in America. And it appears a lot of people are still big Twilight fans. So without further ado, here are your top 10:
  1. Bella
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What the Dust in Your House Says About You

Our dust contains, on average, 9K unique species of microbes

(Newser) - Last year, volunteers mailed in dust samples taken from above interior and exterior door frames in 1,200 homes across the US as part of a citizen science project called Wild Life of Our Homes . Now, scientists are reporting in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B that our... More »

Now Entering Our Lexicon: Hamster Theft

Couple felt class pet 'was alone and they wanted a hamster'

(Newser) - Normally, burglars target things like expensive electronics over things like, say, small, ubiquitous rodents, but police in rural Maine say a couple has been busted with swiping a hamster named Link from the kindergarten classroom of the Cornville Regional Charter School last week, reports Central Maine . Though the pair's... More »

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