Q: We have four large dogs and cleaning up after they have done their business is an issue. Currently, we use place bags to clean up after them in the yard and during walks. But then we place those bags in the garbage and off to the landfill they go. We are hoping you can offer a greener solution as to what to do with all their poop. Any ...Read more
TOKYO (UPI) -- A visitor to an unusual temple in Tokyo captured footage of the 1,000 "lucky cat" figurines on display there.
The video shows footage from the Gotoku-ji temple, where a collection of 1,000 "lucky cats," white feline figurines with one waving paw upraised, greet visitors.
The lucky cats come in a variety of different sizes and ...Read more
NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia (UPI) -- A dashboard camera on a car in a Russian city captured a kitten's heart-stopping near miss with the tire of a car that nearly squashed the tiny feline's head.
A video posted to YouTube by user Anastasia Gubaidulina shows the dashcam footage from a car driving on a busy road in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk.
A ...Read more
Bad breath, or halitosis, occurs quite commonly in our companions. This is especially true with dogs and cats and most commonly is due to dental disease. There are cases, however, that are not caused by primary dental disease but instead have other underlying processes.
Halitosis is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and produce a foul ...Read more
CONDOBOLIN, Australia (UPI) -- An Australian zookeeper on a pig hunting trip in the outback was filmed punching a kangaroo in the face to rescue his dog from a headlock.
Greig Tonkins, a zookeeper at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubba, appears in a video posted online running up to a kangaroo that has his dog, Max, in a headlock.
The video, ...Read more
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (UPI) -- Police in California discovered a small kitten trapped in a car engine after hearing strange sounds emitting from the vehicle.
Santa Cruz Police Department shared a photo of an officer holding the tiny, stranded kitten after it was rescued from the parked car.
"SCPD Police Officer Gomez heard a desperate meowing ...Read more
SAN PEDRO, Calif. (UPI) -- An animal rescue group in California spent three days attempting to catch a dog that had escaped capture for more than two years.
Rescue group Hope for Paws chronicled the elaborate rescue attempt in a YouTube video as they attempted to corral the canine lovingly dubbed "Houdini."
The rescuers placed a trap for the ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif.--The Oakland warehouse where at least nine people were killed at a late-night concert was a deadly blaze waiting to happen.
People who previously lived there recalled a building that lacked fire sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets. Partygoers recalled a rabbit warren of rooms crammed with belongings -- ...Read more
ZLATOUST, Russia (UPI) -- A Russian couple acted quickly to help rescue a stranded cat whose paws had become stuck in a frozen puddle.
Video shared to YouTube showed the cat, covered in snow, sitting among a shallow pile of snow with its paws frozen in a puddle of ice underneath.
A woman quickly rushed to grab a green bucket full of warm water...Read more
BELLEVUE, Wash. (UPI) -- A Washington state police department is seeking the owner of an unusually-attired Chihuahua found wearing a Christmas sweater, blue pants, and a bad attitude.
The Bellevue Police Department posted a photo to Twitter and Facebook of the tiny dog snarling at an officer's catch pole in Robinswood Park.
The Chihuahua was ...Read more
NOTTINGHAM, England (UPI) -- A curious cat was found trapped alone on the inside of a glass door in a bank in England after hours.
Twitter user Jaimee shared photos of the stranded cat peering longingly out of the clear bank door on Tuesday night.
"Out walking through town and we've just found a cat stuck in a bank," Jaimee said.
The trapped ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- When an ambulance driver using her phone's GPS got distracted and crashed through a guardrail, rolling off an embankment in north-central Ohio in August 2014, the consequences were dire: A 56-year-old patient was ejected and killed, and an EMS worker was injured.
The emergency medical service worker was not strapped in, and the ...Read more
Q: Our sun conure is now one-year-old. When we bought him as a baby his wing feathers were trimmed so he would not fly, but now they have grown back and he is flying all over the house. He leaves a mess everywhere and I want to get his wings trimmed, but my husband and son say he will be happier and healthier if we allow him to fly. What are ...Read more
LONDON (UPI) -- A man taking a nighttime walk in London encountered a friendly fox that strolled by his side and at one point tried to take his backpack.
Henry Hoffman posted a video to YouTube showing the fox he encountered while walking through the Hampton Wick area.
"So, I'm just chilling out with this fox right now," Hoffman says while the...Read more
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (UPI) -- A missing Maltese Pomeranian mix from Florida was reunited with her owner after turning up in New Jersey three years later.
Bill Gerstein of Fort Lauderdale shared a photo with his newly found dog, Bella, to a Facebook page dedicated to finding the beloved pet.
"Almost three years later, miracles do really happen...Read more
Q: My 10 month old puppy refuses to get into the car on his own. I have to lift him up, and he is getting too big to continue with this method. Once he's in, he's fine and likes to ride with me. Anything I can do to change this?
A: Sure, Doug, this is fixable. Your dog's behavior suggests that he isn't comfortable with some aspect of ...Read more
NEW YORK (UPI) -- A crowdfunded silicone clip is looking to help dog owners clean up after their pets without using their hands.
The Piqapoo clip, funded by Kickstarter, is used to attach a plastic dog bag to the pet's tail to collect their feces while they walk.
"The Piqapoo has a soft clip and a durable collection bag beneath, that ...Read more
MARGATE, Fla. (UPI) -- Florida firefighters said they had to search for a kitten twice after it was freed from the undercarriage of a car and fled into the station.
Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue said a woman drove to Fire Station 58 Tuesday and told firefighters there was a kitten lost somewhere inside her vehicle.
"Crews were able to ...Read more
FRESNO, Calif. (UPI) -- Fire crews in California scaled an electrical pole to rescue a pet cat who had been stuck near the power lines for nine days.
Residents in the Fresno neighborhood spent days seeking help to rescue the black and white cat named Fat Boy before assistance finally arrived to bring the cat to safety, Fox 26 reported.
Two ...Read more
Q: In the park not far from me lives a large flock of those noisy green quaker parrots. My nephew has one as a pet for a few years and he just bought a mutation blue color quaker parrot as a friend for his green one. He says he is saving his money to buy a mutation yellow colored one next year. I was curious what the breeders of these birds have...Read more
- VIDEO: 'Piqapoo' dog bag clip offers hands-free poop clean up
- Kitten rescued from car's undercarriage hides out in Florida fire station
- VIDEO: Kitten survives near miss with car tire on Russian road
- VIDEO: Tokyo temple displays collection of 1,000 'lucky cat' figurines
- 'Fat Boy' the cat rescued from electrical pole after nine days