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Firefighters Salute, Then Last 9/11 Dog Is Euthanized

Bretagne searched for survivors at World Trade Center

(Newser) - A 16-year-old golden retriever believed to have been the last surviving rescue dog from the World Trade Center attacks got a hero's goodbye on Monday in Texas. Firefighters and other rescue officials lined the sidewalk and saluted Bretagne (pronounced "Brittany") as handler Denise Corliss walked her into... More »

Only One of 100 9/11 Search Dogs Is Left

And she just had a crazy sweet 16

(Newser) - Bretagne's Sweet 16 birthday party was an impressive affair: She flew into New York City, took a limo ride to her hotel suite, ate room service, saw her face on a Times Square billboard, and played in Central Park. It was a very different visit from the rescue dog'... More »

Dog Saved From Euthanasia Helps Landslide Rescuers

Yumenosuke made his first official recovery after Hiroshima natural disaster

(Newser) - In November 2011, a worker from the nonprofit Peace Winds Japan scouting for search and rescue dogs at a Hiroshima animal welfare center came across 4-month-old Yumenosuke. The mixed-breed pup was set to be put down that day, but a backlog meant his number was never called. PWJ took him... More »

Pet Rescue Groups Need to Ease Up on Adoption Rules

Over-the-top standards scare away would-be owners: Emily Yoffe

(Newser) - Animal rescue groups have come a long way over the years and done wondrous things in reducing the number of dogs and cats that get put down, writes Emily Yoffe at Slate . Here comes the "but": These groups need to loosen up their overly strict adoption standards, which often... More »

Dog Teams Held Up by Japanese Rules

Frustrated Swiss team waiting, US negotiating

(Newser) - Strict Japanese rules against importing dogs are holding up canine teams that could be critical in rescuing survivors of the nation's massive quake. A Swiss team of 25 handlers and nine dogs has already been delayed, and US officials are negotiating with Japan to speed the movement of search-and-rescue dog... More »

Dogs Aren't Human—But They're Close

Their rise raises the question: What rights does a dog have?

(Newser) - When your dog's “soulful eyes” watch you, trying to discern your needs, it’s easy to forget the animal is not your child or your “wing man,” John Homans writes. Dogs have moved off the farm and into our homes, where they eat gourmet diets, relax in... More »

Owner Gets Clones of Hero 9/11 Dog

(Newser) - The owner of hero 9/11 sniffer dog Trakr has been presented with four new bouncing baby ... Trakrs, reports TMZ. The four black puppies with piercing blue eyes are all clones of their hero pop. Just in time, too—the original Trakr died in April at the age of 15. He... More »

Woman Survives 3 Days Buried in Snowbank

Rescuers stunned by Canadian's survival feat

(Newser) - The family and friends of a Canadian woman missing for three days in a winter snowstorm are hailing her survival as a Christmas miracle, the National Post reports. Police believe the woman, 55, became disoriented after going for a walk in heavy snow near her Ontario home. A rescue dog... More »

Vick's Dogs Now on Wine Labels

(Newser) - Georgia, Handsome Dan, Curly and other pit bulls rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation are getting a shot at fame as stars of a line of boutique red wines. The Vicktory Dogs Wine Collection features colorful portraits of 22 dogs confiscated from Vick’s kennels that now live at... More »

Economic Slump Hits the Dog House

More abandonments, fewer adoptions put burden on shelters

(Newser) - Our furry friends don't know what an economic downturn is, but they're feeling its effects as much as we are, Reuters reports. Between owners finding they can't afford the best cat food to dogs being sent to foster care when homes are foreclosed, shelters are seeing a spike in abandonments.... More »

Injured Ore. Hiker Survived 5 Days on Centipedes

Finally rescued after 5 cold days

(Newser) - An injured Oregon hiker was finally found after five days surviving in the woods by drinking from mountain creeks and eating centipedes. "He's a tough bugger," said his relieved mom yesterday. Derek Mamoyac, 27, scooted part of the way down Washington's second-highest mountain last week in a bid... More »

Hero Dog Wins Cloning Contest

German shepherd who sniffed out WTC survivors will soon have double

(Newser) - A retired Canadian rescue dog who helped find the last survivor in the rubble of the World Trade Center has been chosen as the world's most clone-worthy dog, the Globe & Mail reports. A California genetics company chose 15-year-old German shepherd Trakr to be cloned after reading an essay from... More »

Fla. Crane Crash Kills 2, Injures 4

Cause of accident still unknown

(Newser) - Part of a construction crane crashed into a building next to a Miami construction site this afternoon, killing two and injuring at least four, the Miami Herald reports. Workers on an unfinished 46-story luxury condo were raising an extension to connect it with the crane when the extension came loose... More »

Ellen Breaks Down Over Botched Dog Adoption

Things going 'so terribly wrong,' sobs comedian

(Newser) - Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres broke down in tears on her program yesterday as she described a doggie adoption flub.  She and her partner adopted a pup named Iggy from an agency, but when the dog didn't get along with the couple's cats, Ellen gave it to her hairdresser.... More »

Post-9/11 Hero Dog Loses Cancer Fight

Rescued as a puppy, Jake searched for WTC, Katrina survivors

(Newser) - A black Lab who gained national attention with his rescue work at the World Trade Center site and later searched for Hurricane Katrina survivors has died. Jake, who lived in Utah, was 12 years old and suffering from cancer. Abandoned as a puppy with a broken leg, Jake helped train... More »

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