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VIDEO: Service dog gets excited after meeting Pluto

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) -- A service dog got the opportunity to meet his hero, Pluto, during a socialization visit to Disney World.

Video shared to Facebook shows Ace, the ecstatic guide dog in training, jumping with excitement at the opportunity to meet the fellow canine character in person.

He attempts to get as close to Pluto as possible before...Read more

VIDEO: Lonely horse forms close bond with rescue dog

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A man with only one horse said he brought home a foster rescue dog and the equine and canine soon struck up a close friendship.

A video posted to YouTube by user whitehorseben shows Rocky the horse sharing his bucket of water with his favorite companion, Callie the dog.

The pair then playfully chase one another around a ...Read more

VIDEO: Rescue dog named Ginger Rogers expresses herself through dance

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) -- A rescue dog in a Florida shelter likes to express itself through dance.

Video shared to Facebook shows the dog, named Ginger Rogers, dancing on its hind legs as staff from Orange County Animal Services in Orlando stop by to pay her a visit.

"Ginger Rogers is looking for a new dance partner!" Crystal L. Kincaid wrote ...Read more

VIDEO: Cat forms unlikely close bond with owner's pet rat

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CEDARBURG, Wis. (UPI) -- A Wisconsin pet owner shared a video chronicling the unlikely friendship that developed between two stereotypically adversarial animals: a cat and a rat.

Maggie Szpot said Ranj, the orange tabby cat she found as a stray in Cedarburg, Wis., became used to having pet rats around the home, but he never showed particular ...Read more

Reno elects dog as mayor for a day

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RENO, Nev. (UPI) -- A shake-up occurred in Reno's government on Monday as the city named a rescue dog its mayor for the day.

Everett, a Newfoundland/Lab mix who was adopted from SPCA of Northern Nevada was sworn in as mayor of Reno on Feb. 11 and served as mayor of the Nevada city throughout the day.

"We would like to thank our Mayor Hillary ...Read more

VIDEO: Mississippi golden retriever catches fish with her mouth

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SALTINO, Miss. (UPI) -- A Mississippi woman said her golden retriever in training to be a service dog might have found a second calling as a fisherman.

A video posted to YouTube by user 1khills shows Rani, a golden retriever in training to be a service dog, placing her nose just inches away from a piece of bread floating in the water near her ...Read more

Microsoft rolls out dog-identifying photo tool

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SEATTLE -- Microsoft's latest trick: analyzing a photo to identify the dog breed of your canine companion.

The tool, released on Thursday, lives at and comes as a Web app or download for devices running Apple's iOS. It's the latest in Microsoft's campaign to advertise the potential of machine-learning research being done by a ...Read more

Animal Island: Baby gate may keep dog from marking territory

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Q: We recently obtained a 15-month-old rescue dog, a Shiba Inu mix, who likes to mark the bottom carpeted stair that leads to our finished basement each time we leave the house. His new trainer believes he is insecure and has suggested placing his own pet bed in the area he uses for his indoor toilet. It worked one time. He continues to leg-lift...Read more

Exploring the animal kingdom: Books explore history, science and even sex

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New animal books explore the historical and sociological significance of animals. Plus, there's room for some whimsy -- as well as a look into seaworthy sex lives:

"Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver" by Frances Backhouse (ECW Press): Man nearly drove the beaver to extinction, hardly the way to treat a creature that was a huge ...Read more

Big purr-motion for cat living at British train station

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HUDDERSFIELD, England (UPI) -- A mouse-catching cat at a British train station was awarded a "promotion" to management, complete with a reflective vest and a name badge.

Felix, the cat brought to the Huddersfield train station about five years ago to catch mice at the age of only nine weeks old, was given a promotion to Senior Pest Controller ...Read more

Cheetah climbs safari group's Jeep, sits for 45 minutes

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MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya (UPI) -- A cheetah that jumped onto a safari group's Jeep in Kenya turned out to be seeking a place to chill for a while.

Video of the incident in Masai Mara shows the curious big cat spot the Jeep from afar and wander toward the vehicle for a closer look as the driver stops for the tourists to take pictures....Read more

Stray cat hitches ride on truck from Toronto to Calgary

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TORONTO (UPI) -- A stray cat from Toronto found itself on the other side of the country after hitching a ride on a transport truck headed to Calgary.

The three-year-old cat whose lengthy journey earned it the nickname Gulliver, boarded the Westbound truck in December and was cared for by the staff of the Bison Transport company after the three ...Read more

Cat missing for a year found living in pet food warehouse

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NOTTINGHAM, England (UPI) -- A cat that had been missing for more than a year was discovered living in a UK pet food warehouse.

Kennelgate Pet Superstores in Nottingham, England shared a photo of Clive the cat who was found hiding and eating food from the pet store's warehouse.

Staff were eventually able to capture Clive with the help of Cats ...Read more

Missing dog rescued by lifeboat crew a mile offshore

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HASTINGS, England (UPI) -- A runaway dog seen chasing a seagull into the English Channel in Hastings, England, was rescued by a lifeboat more than a mile off shore.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution's Hastings station shared pictures on Facebook of 8-year-old German shepherd Storm after the exhausted canine was plucked out of the water by...Read more

VIDEO: Man dogsleds downtown Pittsburgh after snowstorm

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PITTSBURGH (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania man took advantage of Pittsburgh's heavy snowfall by taking his dogsled and three canines on a tour of the city's downtown.

Matt Philips, who filmed his dogsled trip with a pair of GoPro cameras, had his three dogs pull him along Isabella Street and the Allegheny River's North Shore, one year after he created ...Read more

VIDEO: Footage released of only known wild jaguar in United States

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TUCSON (UPI) -- The center for Biological Diversity released new footage of only wild jaguar known to be living in the United States.

The video shared by Conservation CATalyst was the first ever to be publicly released of the jaguar, named 'El Jefe' by a group of students, who lives in Tucson, Ariz.

"Studying these elusive cats anywhere is ...Read more

Mother dog cares for foster puppies

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SAINT ALBERT, Alberta (UPI) -- A mother dog in Canada was photographed caring for another dog's puppies that had been separated from their mother at a pet motel in Canada.

The photo shared to Facebook by Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming shows the motherly dog Maggie, who had recently separated from her own puppies, lying down with the newly ...Read more

VIDEO: Chicago woman fence-proofs her escape-prone dog

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CHICAGO (UPI) -- A Chicago woman who grew weary of her failed attempts to dog-proof her fence came up with an out-of-the-box solution: fence-proof the dog.

Vanessa Buccella said her dog has a tendency to escape her yard through any hole he can find in the fence, and she determined replacing the fence with a less porous version would be too ...Read more

Wagging tails make good medicine at Kansas City children's hospital

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hunter makes daily rounds at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Sort of like a doctor -- until he jumps into a kid's bed and gets his tummy rubbed. Doctors can't do that.

Another difference: When Hunter, a 2-year-old golden retriever, walks into a patient's hospital room, that child -- sometimes a very sick child -- usually breaks ...Read more

Is it possible to find a reputable vet when traveling?

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Q: I do a lot of traveling for work and usually bring my dog with me. She's an 11-year-old Yorkie, and in pretty good health, but I worry about finding a vet while I'm away. Do you have any suggestions for locating one if you're in an unfamiliar city? I do not trust Yelp reviews.

A: You're right, it is hard to find a good vet when you're in an ...Read more