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Biden Plans White House Surprise

CBS Sunday Morning teases news of a feline

(Newser) - Major, Champ, and ... pussy-kitty? Looks like Joe Biden's hope for reuniting America will extend beyond Democrats and Republicans, the Guardian reports. A CBS Sunday Morning tweet teased the fact that the new first family—which includes the two aforementioned German shepherds—will be "joined by a cat."...

Petco Won't Sell Product That Brings Pain to Pets

Pet supplies chain also wants its competitors to stop hawking electronic 'shock' collars

(Newser) - A pet product that's been labeled "controversial" by the Humane Society will no longer be sold by one major chain. Petco announced Tuesday that consumers won't find human- and bark-activated "shock" collars—devices that administer electronic pulses of varying intensity and duration to help train animals...

Thousands Mourn Charlie, a Very Good Boy

Obituary for stair-hating, banana-loving dog goes viral

(Newser) - Sallie Hammett wrote an obituary for her dog, thinking it would help her sort through some tough feelings. Having now gone viral, the write-up—designed to look like it would appear in a newspaper —has thousands mourning along with her. "Born July 15th, 2013, in Easley, South Carolina,...

We May Be Doing Our Pets More Harm Than Good

Esther Woolfson writes about the ways humans unintentionally hurt the animals they love

(Newser) - Esther Woolfson was at a street corner waiting for the light to turn when she noticed that the young dog being walked by the man next to her was wheezing. Might have been a pug or French bulldog, "but he’s one of those that now form a widespread,...

First Dog in US to Test Positive Is Dead

Buddy, a 7-year-old German shepherd, contracted COVID in Staten Island

(Newser) - The first dog to be diagnosed with the coronavirus in the US has died. Buddy, 7, had tested positive in April in Staten Island, National Geographic reports. The family pet "was the love of our lives," Allison Mahoney said. "I can’t wrap my head around it....

China Pulls a 180 on Its Dog Policy

Beijing says it's following 'the progress of the times'

(Newser) - Looks like China has a new official dog policy—namely that people can no longer raise and trade them for commercial purposes, People reports. "With the progress of the times, people's civilization ideas and eating habits are constantly changing, and some traditional customs about dogs will also change,...

Dogs Can Get the Virus, Too

NC pug appears to be first confirmed canine case in US

(Newser) - It's not just feline pets at risk of the novel coronavirus. A dog in North Carolina has what may be the first confirmed US case of COVID-19 in canines, NBC News reports via a study out of Duke University. Researchers tested Heather McLean, a professor of pediatrics, and each...

US Confirms First Cases of Coronavirus in Pets

2 cats in New York tested positive

(Newser) - Two pet cats in New York state have tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first confirmed cases in companion animals in the US, federal officials said Wednesday. The cats, which had mild respiratory illnesses and are expected to recover, are thought to have contracted the virus from people in...

The 'Most Famous Dog' in America Is Dead at 18

Marnie was beloved for her curious look and lolling tongue

(Newser) - You know Marnie, the lovable Shih Tzu on Instagram with a curious face and wagging tongue? Well she died this week at 18, and TMZ reports that her LA owner has posted a touching message online. "It is with much grief I share the news that Marnie passed away...

Experts: Dogs, Cats Can't Pass Coronavirus to Humans

Hong Kong case is 'likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission'

(Newser) - Pet cats and dogs cannot pass the new coronavirus on to humans, but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owners. That's the conclusion of Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department after a dog in quarantine tested weak...

Spotify for Dogs Is Now a Thing

Music streaming service now offers podcasts, custom playlists for dogs, cats, and other pets

(Newser) - The real question is: Will the fish be able to hear it? If you've ever worried that your dog or cat might get lonely while you're at work, Spotify has come up with an official solution, per Reuters : pet-geared playlists and podcasts. After the company's research revealed...

Woman Hires Plane, Offers $7K Reward for Missing Dog

Jackson was taken from outside SF grocery store

(Newser) - "I just want my precious little boy to come back in my arms where he belongs," says a San Francisco woman who has gone all-out in an effort to find her dog, which was stolen from outside a grocery store on Saturday. Emilie Talermo has raised more than...

Lorde Loses Her Muse, Delays Album

Singer reveals her dog Pearl died last month

(Newser) - Lorde has been working on her third studio album, but fans they may have to wait a little longer than expected. BuzzFeed reports that over the weekend, the 22-year-old singer sent a message to her newsletter subscribers, revealing the reason for the delay: the death of her dog, Pearl, who...

Research Claws at 'Crazy Cat Lady' Stereotype

It suggests cat owners are no more anxious, depressed than others

(Newser) - Roughly half of Americans buy into the "crazy cat lady" stereotype, generally believing cat owners to be single women surrounded by numerous balls of fur, according to a 2015 survey spotted by the Los Angeles Times . It's a long-standing idea, as evidenced by an 1872 editorial in the...

State Supreme Court Rules in Dog Custody Dispute

Pets are property, not family, Maine court says

(Newser) - Maine's supreme court has upheld a ruling granting a man sole custody of his dog, denying his ex-girlfriend's bid to take the pet. The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday affirmed that pets are property in confirming a district judge's decision that the Lab-boxer mix named Honey belongs...

Left to Die by Side of Road, Dog Has Happy Homecoming

Cedar went missing in Florida 2 years ago, was found abandoned in Colorado

(Newser) - Cedar is home again, much bigger and on the mend. The German shepherd disappeared two years ago from the backyard of her home in Southwest Ranches, Fla., when she was just 4 months old, reports WSVN . The Peterson family heard nothing about Cedar until this month, when a deputy across...

The Deer a Man Kept as a Pet Ends Up Killing Him

Family is 'devastated' after rare attack in Australia

(Newser) - A pet deer killed an Australian man and left his wife in critical condition Wednesday. Paul McDonald, 47, went to feed the animal—a cross between a red deer and an elk—when it attacked him inside an enclosure on the couple's property in Moyhu, Victoria, reports ABC News...

Pet Owners Will Love Tesla's New Features

'Dog,' 'Sentry' modes unveiled Wednesday

(Newser) - Now that it's achieved farting cars , Tesla is ready to show off new features that are more functional than funny—including one catered to pet owners. " Dog Mode ," revealed in a Wednesday software update, ensures a vehicle's air conditioning stays running after the driver exits, and...

Firefighters Revive Lifeless Dog With CPR

California's Dicky is doing fine now

(Newser) - The video starts rough but ends happily. A firefighter rushes into a burning home in Sacramento County, Calif., finding a lifeless dog beneath a bed—but then, hope. After firefighters began administering CPR and providing oxygen through a special pet mask outside the home, the dog named Dicky stirred to...

'It's Like Tinder, but With Dogs'

App matches prospective dog owners with shelter animals

(Newser) - If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right. Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners, per the AP . Called GetPet, the app was launched last month, is getting hundreds of new...

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