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25-year-Old Cat Heads for Record Books as World's Oldest
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By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell    April 16, 2014 at 01:13PM / (7) comments

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Do you remember what you were doing in August 1989 - before most had internet and big hair was still in fashon?
 
Those days are becoming a distant memory, but Caroline O'Riordan of Ireland still has one big reminder of that year; Her cat Phoebe, who will turn 25 this year.
 
Phoebe is a pure white mixed breed that wasn’t expected to live long when she was born because she was so small.
 
O’Riordan is in the process of filling out the paperwork to have Phoebe declared the world's oldest living feline by the Guinness Book of Records.
 
"I have Phoebe's birth cert from the vet back in August 1989 but I just have to check what other criteria Guinness now require," O’Riordan told the Independent IE.
 
Currently, the oldest living cat is Pinky, who was born on October 31, 1989, and lives with owner, Linda Anno, in Kansas.
 
O’Riordan attributes Phoebe’s longevity to eating properly, not allowing her to put on too much weight and making sure she gets regular exercise.
 
Jessica Vogelsang, DVM, told Pet360 these are all good things to do to keep your cat healthy and make sure it has a long life. “Like all things in life, longevity is a roll of the dice,” said Vogelsang. “Genetics plays a role, but it doesn't matter how great your cat's genes are if he's 22 pounds and walking the streets at night. Owners play the most important role in the life of a cat.”
 
Vogelsang offers this advice for cat parents:
 

The best ways to have a long lived cat are first and foremost, keeping the cat indoors.
Make sure you stay on top of preventive care and visits to the veterinarian- many common senior feline diseases such as kidney failure can be managed for a long time, but only if they are caught early.
Lastly, keep kitty at a healthy weight to maintain the health of the heart, joints, and to avoid diseases such as diabetes.

 
Vogelsang said the longest lived cat she’s ever treated was 21 years old. “It's pretty uncommon to see a cat reach the double decade mark. She had a very dedicated owner who took great care of her,” Vogelsang said.
 
The average life expectancy for cats, according to the experts, is 12-15 years. The oldest living cats on record were 38 and 39 years old.
 
Editor’s Note: Photo of Cream Puff, the oldest living cat on record that lived in Austin, Texas from the Purr Moda Facebook page.
 
What is the oldest living cat you’ve ever seen?  
 
Article originally appeared on Pet360.com





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hwitbera Clancy, (27 ?) 04/18/2014 04:12am Years ago I rescued a long-haired red-head who I named Clancy. He was adult when I made the rescue so I was not aware of his age. Several years later, after he lost his final sense, and became blind in both eyes, having been deaf and without a sense of taste or smell for several years, He kind-of "lost it". I calmed him down and holding him in my arms the whole way, took him to my vet. He advised me that he extimatd the cat's age to be 27, and that it was the oldest cat he had ever seen. I held Clancy in my arms as the vet sent him to cat heaven. Reply to this comment Report abuse 44 DiAnPe 17-not long enough 04/18/2014 09:01am My best friend had a cat that lived to be 21. I have had many cats in my life, but have managed to get them only to age 17. I do all the right things-good food, regular vet visits, etc. but sadly, I have to say good bye at 17 or less. One of my cats at this time has cancer. She is around 12 and I am heartbroken. I will do what I can to keep her as long as I can as long as she does not suffer. When that times comes, I will sadly let her go. Prayers for my little Gina--please. Reply to this comment Report abuse 35 xClaireBear1705x 04/18/2014 10:39am Praying for your fur baby ma'am :-* if you have Facebook, you can come by my rainbow bridge page and I we all will be here to comfort, if needed.

Http://www.facebook.com/FureverInOurHearts

Claire Reply to this comment Report abuse 11 fosterkittymommy 04/18/2014 12:19pm Don't give up hope! My "baby" (2nd oldest of 8 cats, Shadow is 16) was diagnosed with squamous epithelial cancer of the gum in March 2013. Much of the literature and my vet said it was terminal. But with a very deep biopsy (from our wonderful vet!) and only one treatment with a radiation bar from our vet oncologist, Shadow was declared cancer-free in January! I thought for sure I was going to lose her, but with tons of TLC and being careful with her meds, she beat it. Miracles do happen! Reply to this comment Report abuse 13 NitaCat 04/18/2014 03:10pm You are probably doing everything right for your kitties. They are just like people, some have longevity, some live a shorter time. I wish the best for your baby with cancer but please don't let her linger too long. They can't always tell us when they are suffering. I lost two this year and I feel sad but they had goo lives (one 13 one 16). I think of those who still need homes. Wish you and yours the best. Reply to this comment Report abuse 6 kate1 Beloved Blue 04/18/2014 09:06am I just this past October 2013 sent to heaven my beloved Blue Jasmine Elliott, I got the from the Free to Live in Edmond OK in 1989 she was 8 weeks old. Blue and I have traveled and enjoyed soooo many experiences. She was the most loving cat ever. Blue lived a wonderful full life. She was never sick a day in her life. Got arthritis in 2011 and Adequin and Kitty massages kept it at bay. Doc said at 24 she was the oldest patient he had. Her kidney's didn't start to go until she was 23 and in one year she just needed a rest from being the BEST CAT IN THE WORLD.

Blue and I wish Phoebe best of luck with the book of records and that she live pain free and happy as long as she is here on earth.

Love to all the Kitties in the world! Reply to this comment Report abuse 25 Neena Petersen My Sophie is 20 04/19/2014 02:19am Sophie is a blue/red tortie (with a tortie attitude : ) ) born in 1994. She is an indoor cat with balcony privileges (relax, at her age she just loves to lay in the sun)— I attribute her being an indoor cat to her longevity, plus the fact that she eats mainly wet food. A dry-food-only diet is very bad for their kidneys. She was diagnosed with kidney disease over 5 years ago, but I have kept her on a high-quality, high-protein diet (mostly wet) since then, and she also gets a holistic daily tonic mixed into her wet food that consists of chinese herbs that is very good for kidney heath. Good appetite, feisty spirit, no other health problems. Beyond that she probably has very good genes—and I think she knows she is very loved! She is my best friend. Reply to this comment Report abuse


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How Flies Avoid the Swat: They Act Like Fighter Jets http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/how-flies-avoid-swat-they-act-fighter-jets-31579


How Flies Avoid the Swat: They Act Like Fighter Jets
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WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 (AFP) - When scared, fruit flies bank the same way fighter jets do, tilting and rolling through the air, but they do it quicker than the blink of an eye, US researchers said Thursday.
 
The findings in the journal Science suggest that flies may be relying on a special set of senses to help them avoid getting swatted.
 
Researchers used three high-speed cameras to analyze how fruit flies avoided an impending collision.
 
While they normally beat their wings 200 times a second, if threatened they could reorient themselves in a single wing beat, and then speed away.
 
"We discovered that fruit flies alter course in less than one one-hundredth of a second, 50 times faster than we blink our eyes, and which is faster than we ever imagined," said Michael Dickinson, professor of biology at the University of Washington.
 
Fruit flies, or Drosophila hydei, are about as big as a sesame seed but have a super fast visual system to help them survive a world full of predators, he said.
 
"The brain of the fly performs a very sophisticated calculation, in a very short amount of time, to determine where the danger lies and exactly how to bank for the best escape, doing something different if the threat is to the side, straight ahead or behind," Dickinson said.
 
"A fly with a brain the size of a salt grain has the behavioral repertoire nearly as complex as a much larger animal such as a mouse."
 





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Fur Flies As US Gets to Grips With Feral Cats http://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/fur-flies-us-gets-grips-feral-cats-31578


Fur Flies As US Gets to Grips With Feral Cats
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WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 (AFP) - It's Friday night in Eckington, a quiet residential corner of Washington, and the back alley is crawling with feral cats.
 
"Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty," said King after setting four metal traps baited with flaked shrimp and fish cat food and lined with fresh newspapers.
 
"If they're hungry and they haven't seen traps before, they're not hard to catch," she explained.
 
"But some of them are very smart. There's a female I've been trying to get for a couple of years now and I haven't been able to get her yet."
 
Within 20 minutes, a young gray cat takes the bait -- and by Sunday lands on a veterinary operating table to be spayed or neutered under an ongoing program to bring Washington's feral cat population under control.
 
Coast to coast, the Humane Society of the United States estimates there are as many as 50 million feral cats, or "community cats" as their advocates prefer to call them. That compares to 95.6 million cats kept as pets.
 
For decades, standard procedure has been to round them up and euthanize them, but in recent years the trend has swung towards TNR -- trapping, then neutering, then returning cats to the places they were captured.
 
"Ultimately, our goal is to sterilize all outdoor cats and have them pass on through attrition," Scott Giacoppo, vice president for external affairs at the Washington Humane Society, told AFP.
 
"So if our plan or our goal happens, there won't be any feral cats."
 
Not everyone is convinced. Bird lovers in particular see a proliferation of homeless cats -- neutered, sterilized or otherwise -- posing a deadly threat to many avian species.
 
They cite a study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and US Fish and Wildlife Service that estimated that "free-ranging domestic cats" kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals every year.
 
"Un-owned cats, as opposed to owned pets, cause the majority of this mortality," said the 2013 study, published in the scientific journal Nature, which called TNR "potentially harmful to wildlife populations."
 
The Centers for Disease Control has meanwhile asserted that "cats are more likely to be reported rabid in the United States" than dogs. Others say feral cats are potential carriers of infection and parasites.
 
"The only sure way to simultaneously protect wildlife and people is to remove feral cats from the landscape," said the American Bird Conservancy in a petition sent in January to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
 
"It's certainly a hot-button issue," acknowledged Elizabeth Holtz, staff attorney for Alley Cat Allies, a Washington-based group that promotes TNR and rejects the oft-quoted Smithsonian study as "irresponsible and biased."
 
She cited the example of Jacksonville, Florida, which has seen "a huge decline in kittens entering their shelters and the number of cats they are euthanizing" since 2009 under a groundbreaking TNR scheme called Feral Freedom.
 
"Unfortunately, many communities in the United States still continue to trap and kill today, and those communities are not experiencing any change" in numbers of feral cats, Holtz told AFP.
 
In Washington, every year, around 2,000 feral cats are trapped, sterilized, vaccinated and released -- with a clipped left ear to show for it -- under the Washington Humane Society's Cat Neighborhood Partnership Program, or CatNiPP.
 
The number has remained constant, something Giacoppo said might be due less to the cat population than to a growing number of volunteer trappers coming forward to help.
 
"It takes about five, maybe seven minutes for a female cat," said veterinarian Emily Swiniarski before 64 cats went under the knife one recent Sunday at the National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center.
 
"For a male tomcat, it takes less than 30 seconds," she added matter-of-factly. "It becomes a real production line -- a lot of cats, coming and going, coming and going."
 
Many cats get treated at the same time for various ailments.
 
"We see a lot of wounds," Swiniarski told AFP. "Occasionally we see old broken limbs that have healed over time. Lately we've been seeing a lot of upper respiratory infections -- snotty noses, stuff coming from their eyes."
 
As cats awaiting surgery meowed gently in towel-covered cages, Giacoppo recalled coming across a 1930s law book that informed humane societies that "part of our job is to round up all the stray cats and kill them."
 
"We've been doing that for years and years and it doesn't work," he said.
 
"We can't get people to help us trap cats to kill them -- but we can get people to help us trap cats to sterilize them so they don't make any more babies."
 





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KatWrangler 2nd Class Status ... 04/18/2014 06:42pm Many animal lovers were up in arms about the slaughter of street dogs in Sochi - myself included. But is that any different then what we do here in the United States? We have no problem slaughtering feral cats - some law enforcement officers shoot them. Others use poison. Whatever is caught goes to kill shelters, where they're done away with.

As far as bird lovers seeing cats as posing a deadly threat to birds - while cats do hunt birds, the declining numbers seen are more due to pollution and habitat loss/fragmentation, and we know this. Cats just make good scapegoats - they always have. We can't control what businesses do, so we nab the next best thing , abandoned and helpless cats. The cats are not to blame - stupid, uncaring people who dump them are.

About a month ago my husband and I saw a documentary about dangerous animals. It reported that, mostly in Eastern Europe, feral dog packs kill about two dozen people a year. If I'm walking down the street and see a cat, I have no fear - the cat will probably go under some car. Same street, with an unknown dog and I get a little nervous. Think about that. Most people agree with this.

TNR is the only way to get the feral cat population down. Killing does nothing except kill. That goes for dogs in Sochi, or cats here in our country. Reply to this comment Report abuse


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U.K. Pet Owner Wins Cloned Dog in Contest http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/uk-pet-owner-wins-cloned-dog-contest-31574


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Some contest winners yelp with delight for getting gift cards or small appliances. Rebecca Smith got something that’s really worth barking about: a cloned dog — the first in Britain’s history.
 
After winning a contest held by a South Korean tech firm that performed the test tube procedure, “Mini Winnie” was born on March 30, weighing in at just over 1 pound. The pup was cloned from Smith’s 12-year-old dachshund, Winnie.
 
“She is the best sausage dog in the world,” said Smith, 29, who works as a caterer in London. “The world will be a better place with more Winnies in it.”
 
The South Korean company, which usually charges £60,000 to clone animals — roughly $100,500 in U.S. dollars — held a contest offering the procedure at no cost in hopes it would spark more Brits to get their pets replicated. Although "Mini Winnie" is Britian's first cloned canine, the company reports that it has previously cloned some 500 dogs for pet parents around the world.
 
In 1996, a sheep named Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult.
 
Smith, who said she adopted Winnie nine years ago to help her overcome the eating disorder bulimia, was chosen as winner based on videos she submitted, according to media reports.
 
“Mini Winnie” was conceived after harvesting tissue from her namesake. Stored in liquid nitrogen, the tissue was transported to South Korea and placed in the eggs of a “donor” dachshund, creating a cloned embryo. That embryo was implanted into a surrogate dog and “Mini Winnie” was delivered by caesarean section.
 
Smith was present for the birth. "I saw it being born and it looks exactly like Winnie. It is identical. Personality-wise, I couldn’t tell you because it doesn’t see and it doesn’t hear yet. It is just a little sausage dog that wriggles around drinking milk."
 
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RONNIEVR Could I clone my Kitty? 04/15/2014 09:42am I would have loved to have my Kitty of 23 years cloned. The vet said she never saw such a bond.

However, I could not have a pet cloned using other animals, as Ms. Smith had to do. The embryo needed to be implanted in two dogs. And the second dog had a C-Section to deliver little "Mini Winnie." I can only imagine the circumstances under which these dogs, & others lived. They are lab animals. I imagine they were expendable & probably used over & over for cloning embryos. And then killed. These dogs suffered greatly, & most likely died, so another dog could be given life...cloned...

And notably, this was in *[b]South Korea[/b], a country that is horrendously cruel to dogs. They eat dogs, and the suffering of the dogs before slaughter is shocking. Dogs are just "[b][i]things[/i][/b]" in S. Korea.

So all that said, the only way I could even think of having an animal cloned, is if it was all done "artificially." Using test tubes, heated incubators to develop the embryo to fetus to baby, if this technology is even available. And there could be complications, needed to destroy the developing clone, or born baby. And what if the cloned baby animal was not satisfactory to the owner?

Upon further thought, cloning is so "unnatural," even creepy. And not respecting the natural life cycle of birth & death. No, I could not clone my Kitty.

And I wonder how Ms. Smith felt for the two dogs who suffered & most likely died so "Mini Minnie" could could be replicated?

We love our pets dearly & no other can take the pet's place. Of course not. But there is always another& another waiting animal at shelters, just yearning to be held & loved, in open-hearted, loving human's arms.

Thank you.
Reply to this comment Report abuse 26 monroe444 04/15/2014 03:58pm I completely agree. Although I have always wished I could bring back my malamute, learning about what the surrogate and the egg donor dogs go through (I was thinking the same thing, how poorly they are likely treated) has changed my mind.

I was also thinking that a problem for a lot of dogs is being taken away from their litter too young. If a cloned dog is born this way, all alone, she won't have any litter mates and it doesn't sound she will even have a mother for eight weeks. They whole thing sounds very cruel all around.

I will continue to adopt dogs who need homes, and hope that dogs reincarnate and I see my Shadow again one day that way (although I realize that sounds a bit crazy). Reply to this comment Report abuse 7 LoveALLAnimals247 04/19/2014 03:01am Love your comment!!! TOTALLY agree with you!! I love EVERY ANIMAL on this planet! However, my dog and cat completely have my heart!! I ONLY adopt or save a stray!! As much as I would LOVE to have another Macy and Kitty, I would rather fall in love with another precious soul from a shelter or the streets!!
Reply to this comment Report abuse CVICU RN Willing to torture & kill 04/15/2014 10:51am Shame on PetMD! This is the most horrible thing ever for the poor dogs that the South Koreans are using to be the surrogate mothers for the cloned dogs. I cannot imagine any human being so cruel and selfish as to use a dog kept as a lab animal to create their own little clone. And I don't believe it is good for sites like PetMD to be publishing glowing articles about how excited someone was to to get a free cloned dog!! That is very unethical for a site which supposedly advocates ethical treatment of animals.
Most kill shelters in the US aren't even allowed to sell to experimental labs and yet the dogs used as clone surrogates are lab animals in a country with disgustingly horrendous records of treatment of animals.
And then there is the issue of how many perfectly wonderful, precious animals could be saved with the $100,000 spent on cloning an animal. Any animal who is cloned should have a sign reading "my selfish guardian was willing to kill and torture another animal to get me!" Reply to this comment Report abuse 22 LoveALLAnimals247 04/19/2014 03:03am AGREE!! Reply to this comment Report abuse dey102 More dogs=more $ 4 PETMD? 04/15/2014 01:20pm Nice PetMd.

Have any other stories about animals being kept in labs? Used for research?

How many dogs do they go through each year as they have "perfected" cloning techniques?

I look forward to your "Hurray for Puppy Mills" article, next. Reply to this comment Report abuse 9 JOLLYJIM HORRIBLE - APPALLING 04/15/2014 02:24pm HORRIBLE - APPALLING - MACABRE. SOUTH KOREANS ARE VILE, LOATHSOME CREATURES THAT SHOULD BE .... Reply to this comment Report abuse 8 monroe444 04/15/2014 04:05pm There are vile, loathsome people here in North America who would do the same thing if they were allowed. I'm a student and I'm appalled by the studies I read about that they run on nonhuman primates (monkeys). My textbooks make me wonder what horror some human has dreamed up for the next monkey, just to learn about what one particular neuron does.

Before we blame the South Koreans, we have to remember that they wouldn't do it if people didn't want it, and hopefully educate people. That's one good thing about this article - I had no idea how awful cloning was and used to think I would love to have had my dog cloned. Not anymore! I didn't even think about potential suffering of other animals just for my own selfishness. Reply to this comment Report abuse 6 LELaPrincessa Cloning is nice in theory 04/15/2014 04:31pm Even if all the other factors did not exist and I could clone my beloved pet easily and safely, you have no guarantees the pet would have the same personality as the pet you had. While they would look like your pet, and have some of the same personality, there are still environmental factors, just like humans that make our pets unique. So while my beloved Max was the best pet I ever have had, I would not clone him. I can just love his memory and the times we had. I can make room in my life for new pet friends and hope our bond is just as special. Reply to this comment Report abuse 8 Bkkorff Sad 04/15/2014 06:12pm It is so sad that other dogs died just so this lady could get a puppy. Just adopt a new puppy, instead of making other dogs (including your dog) suffer! This whole cloning things is getting out of hand. We don't need any more dogs or animals when so many of them don't even have homes! Just stop cloning, we get it, it's possible, but seriously? This is cruel to animals. Stop.
At first I thought it was cool to clone things. I wanted to clone humans and animals so bad but after reading this article it just seems plain wrong. There are so many dogs and pets that go to the pound why not give them another chance. The world doesn't need any more animals people are just going to give them to the pound because they aren't cute anymore. In conclusion it's plain wrong I can not believe people mess with that stuff so cruel!!!! Reply to this comment Report abuse 6 I_Fortuna Anyone here from S. Korea 04/15/2014 08:35pm I think some of you posters are absolutely racist. I am apalled at your jugdmental comments though you don't even know specific details of the process. Just because you have heard of a couple of stories about Asians eatting dogs, you just assume that it is a country wide activity. Not so. However, if your family is starving, I guess that would be o.k. just so the dog doesn't get killed! It is no wonder people from other countries read our news and consider us barbarians. Reply to this comment Report abuse 4 JOLLYJIM 04/16/2014 12:02am YOU BET I'M RACIST - RACIST AGAINST THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE. HUMANITY AND ITS ETHICAL ADVANCEMENT OF CHARACTER CAN ONLY BE JUDGED BY ITS TREATMENT OF ANIMALS AND ENVIRONMENT. HUMANITY IS FAILING HORRIBLY. Reply to this comment Report abuse 2 LoveALLAnimals247 04/19/2014 03:08am I have and will ALWAYS love all animals and wish that everybody would think more like you, me and the majority of people who have posted comments here! Animals are defenseless and humans are not!! Adults that is! Reply to this comment Report abuse


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Robert Abady Dog Food Co. Recalls Single Lot of Cat Food http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/robert-abady-dog-food-co-recalls-single-lot-cat-food-31572


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The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., a New York-based pet food manufacturer, has issued a recall for one lot of Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats due to possible Salmonella contamination.
 
The following products are included in the cat food recall:
 
2 lb, 5 lb and 15 lb boxes of "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" with lot # 14029/21 stamped on the right side top of the box.
 
According to a press release issued by the FDA, cat food products affected by this recall were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders. The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Robert Abady Dog Food Co. revealed the potential for Salmonella contamination.
 
At the time of the release, no illnesses had been reported.
 
If you or your pet had contact with the recalled product, you are advised to watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain. If you, your pet or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, you are urged to contact a medical professional.
 
Production of the product has been suspended while the FDA and company officials continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.
 
Customers are advised to immediately discontinue use of any impacted product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Robert Abady Dog Food Co. customer representatives will be available at 1-845-473-1900, Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5PM Eastern Time.
 
Ed. Note 4/11: The Robert Abady Dog Food Co. company logo originally used in this piece was swapped for a more generic stock image. Additionally, an image of the recalled cat food was added.

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andyunger This might be nit-picking 04/10/2014 10:39pm But why, when utilizing such a visual-based medium as the internet, is there an image of a dog used to convey the message that there may be cat food out there that is dangerous?
I understand that the ultimate responsibility falls upon the reader/pet owner; I appreciate all the efforts you make to keep us informed and our pets safe.
I just wish pet sites, stores, etc would take the time to make it clear about differentiating between dogs and cats- sometimes just a sentence within an article or product description would make all the difference in the world, e.g. "What I've discussed here is not necessarily applicable for dogs, (or cats)," or "this remedy is not safe for dogs/cats."
Okay, there's my vent. Allow me to thank you again for all that you do- it does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Andy Reply to this comment Report abuse 16 petMD Editorial 04/11/2014 11:47am We apologize for the confusion, but this image is the company logo for the Robert Abady Dog Food Co. It is not a generic picture of a dog.

When dealing with recalls, we prefer to use a picture of the recalled product. However, a quality image could not be found in time.

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Cat Rescued After Being Trapped Inside Sofa for 5 Days http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/cat-rescued-after-being-trapped-inside-sofa-5-days-31571


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A cat spent five days trapped inside a sofa donated to a London thrift store before the new purchasers of the second-hand furniture did a first-class act: They ripped up the sofa to free the couch potato pet, tracked down his owners and returned him.
 
Crockett, a 10-year-old tabby, apparently snuck inside the sofa after it was partially disassembled for hauling to the thrift store.
 
"We can't believe how he must have tucked himself into the sofa during the short time the bottom was removed and remained silent for so long," said pet parent Pauline Lowe, pictured here with her husband Bill and the returned Crockett.
 
The sofa reportedly went through "normal routine checks" by thrift store employees before being sold on March 27. One day later, the BBC reports, the new owners heard meowing from beneath the material — and then saw two claws poking out.
 
"In order to release the cat they had to rip the material under the sofa,” recalls the thrift store manager.
 
During Crockett’s time in sofa solitary, pet parent Lowe was “devastated” that her cat was missing, and was “delighted” to have him back.
 
Crockett’s furniture ripping rescuers asked to remain anonymous, but told the BBC, ''We are so thrilled that he is safe and sound and was found in time."
 
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thewrt Another Sofa Hider 04/11/2014 03:27pm In 1978, Kitty was found hiding in a sofa after a 600 mile ride in a moving truck. Reply to this comment Report abuse 10 KatWrangler stowaway 04/11/2014 03:39pm One of my kitties loves to get into the loveseat. If we ever donate it, I'll do a nose-count :) Wonderful. happy ending for all! Reply to this comment Report abuse 8


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Wildlife Still Suffers Four Years After BP Oil Spill http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/wildlife-still-suffers-four-years-after-bp-oil-spill-31569


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WASHINGTON, April 08, 2014 (AFP) - Birds, fish, dolphins and turtles are still struggling in the Gulf of Mexico, four years after the worst oil spill in US history, a leading wildlife group said Tuesday.
 
The 2010 BP spill spewed 4.9 million barrels of oil into the waters off Louisiana, also sullying the coastlines of Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida.
 
"The science is telling us that the impacts of this are far from over," said Doug Inkley, senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation.
 
"Based on other oil spills, the impacts are likely to last for years, if not decades."
 
A report issued by the National Wildlife Federation summarized recent scientific studies on 14 different types of creatures affected by the spill.
 
Researchers have found evidence that dolphins in Louisiana's heavily oiled Barataria Bay suffer from abnormal hormone levels, lung disease and anemia.
 
Overall, dolphins have been stranding at three times the historic rate, with some 900 washing up dead or dying from 2010 until 2013, the report said.
 
About 500 dead sea turtles have been found annually in the area, also a rate much higher than that seen in years prior to the disaster.
 
Bluefin and yellowfin tuna have been shown to suffer irregular heartbeats due to a chemical in oil from the spill, which began after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank, killing 11 people.
 
Toxic oil compounds have been found at increasing levels in the blood samples of loons that winter along the Louisiana coast, it added.
 
Sperm whales that were closer to the well have higher levels of DNA damaging metals than those in other parts of the world.
 
Oil is still being removed from the coast, too, said Sara Gonzalez-Rothi, the National Wildlife Federation's senior policy specialist for Gulf and coastal restoration.
 
"Last year, nearly five million pounds of oiled material from the disaster were removed from Louisiana's coast," she said.
 
"And that's just what we've seen. An unknown amount of oil remains deep in the Gulf."
 
Earlier this month, the US Environmental Protection Agency ended its ban on BP obtaining government contracts following the disaster.
 
The five-year deal with the EPA will allow the British company to pursue new oil exploration leases in deepwater tracts in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
In pleading guilty to the spill, BP agreed to pay the government $4.5 billion to settle criminal charges in the case.
 
It also agreed in 2012 to settle damage claims by businesses and individuals for about $7.8 billion.





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Two-Legged Dog's Day at the Beach Video Inspires All, Goes Viral http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/two-legged-dogs-day-beach-video-inspires-all-goes-viral-31559


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The inspirational viral video of a 2-legged Boxer’s first trip to the beach is further proof that you can’t keep a good dog down.
 
The video titled “Two Legged Boxer Duncan Lou Who - First Trip to the Beach” shows Duncan Lou Who running, playing and doing almost anything any other dog would do at the beach. The video has more than 3 million views.
 
The video description says that Duncan Lou Who was rescued by Panda Paws Rescue, an organization that specializes in helping animals with major medical issues, special needs or those that need hospice care.
 
“Duncan was born with severely deformed rear legs that had to be removed. He has a wheel chair, but can't stand to use it,” the text with the video reads. “So we let him be free and just walk on his two legs. There is some slow motion in this video, but NONE of the video has been sped up, this gives you an idea of how fast Duncan really (is).”
 
Keith Wiedenkeller, president and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, hasn’t met Duncan, but his organization is currently working with Rocky, an adorable pit bull that had to have his leg amputated after a severe injury.
 
“With a dog that is missing a limb or two, there would be initial limitations,” Wiedenkeller said . “But it really doesn’t surprise me a lot that the dog has figured out how to adapt to his situation.”
 
Wiedenkeller said that although the limitations of a dog missing limbs seem insurmountable at first, they are typically very determined and resilient. Especially, he added, if there are good people working with them and helping them through the process.
 
Wiedenkeller said Duncan may have been helped using a harness, as they have done with Rocky, to help him learn to work with the limbs he has while he builds his body strength.
 
Duncan seems underweight, an issue that the rescue addresses: "He is lean, yes. He is a Boxer puppy who is missing almost a 1/4 of his body and uses twice the energy of a 4 legged dog. The rear half of his body has atrophied as well, from lack of use. He is on the best possible diet and his weight is monitored."
 
The rescue also writes that the biggest concern for Duncan is monitoring his organ growth, to make sure they aren’t outgrowing the body he has.
 
In the meantime, Duncan inspires people from dog and animal lovers to others with disabilities.  
 
“The world would be a much sadder place without Duncan Lou Who. It just goes to show how from adversity comes opportunity. He is such a beautiful and happy boxer,” YouTube viewer John Brooks commented.
 
Editor’s Note: Photo of Duncan Lou Who playing with pal, Emmie, at home CREDIT: Panda Paws Facebook page.
 
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Tariq Hossenbux Amazing Adaptability 04/03/2014 09:38pm It's amazing how adaptable pets can be to physical and emotional setbacks in their lives. Another way that they can show us a better way to live and deal with life with spirit. So many people just give up when they encounter hardship. Reply to this comment Report abuse 12 brockweath Just incredible...amazing 04/08/2014 08:12am animals are wonderful in their natural adaption to what is given to them. just an unreal story. Reply to this comment Report abuse 13 Bkkorff Heart-Warming 04/16/2014 09:40am This dog is truely adorable, and I must say, I kind of expected some rude comments, but thank goodness there are none. It's inspirational and amazing that this dog doesn't give up, no matter how hard living is. Reply to this comment Report abuse 2 Bkkorff Heart-Warming 04/16/2014 09:40am This dog is truely adorable, and I must say, I kind of expected some rude comments, but thank goodness there are none. It's inspirational and amazing that this dog doesn't give up, no matter how hard living is. Reply to this comment Report abuse 3


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Spain Town Hires Poo 'Detective' to Spy on Dog Owners http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/spain-town-hires-poo-detective-spy-dog-owners-31550


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   MADRID, April 02, 2014 (AFP) - Fed up of dog dirt underfoot on its streets, a Spanish town has hired a detective to catch owners who fail to pick up after their pets, officials said Wednesday.
 
The mayor's office in Colmenar Viejo, a historical town north of Madrid, said fines and warning signs had failed to coax some owners into picking up their dogs' mess.
 
So from next week dog-walkers will be spied on by a professional "Canine Detective" who will prowl the town to catch negligent dog owners red-handed.
 
"This person, incognito, will watch the streets and public spaces in which most dog dirt has to be cleaned up," the town hall said in a statement.
 
"Their job will be to film owners who do not pick up after their dogs in flagrante and hand in this evidence along with a report as proof in police proceedings."
 
The town hall said offenders would face possible fines of up to 150 euros ($200), with higher penalties for repeat offenders.
 
Before the detective starts work, authorities have sent actors into the streets dressed up as detectives to warn locals of the anti-excrement campaign, which it said was motivated by health concerns.
 
"Most dog owners are responsible people who do not let their pets defecate in inappropriate places and pick up the excrement immediately," said Colmenar Viejo's conservative Mayor Miguel Angel Santamaria.
 
"But unfortunately there is a minority that lacks consideration for others and leaves a trace of its incivility in streets, pavements and even the entries to schools or children's playgrounds."
 





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Forget Asteroids, Microbes Could (and Did!) Cause Mass Extinction on Earth http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/forget-asteroids-microbes-could-and-did-cause-mass-extinction-earth-31549


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WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 (AFP) - Volcanoes and asteroids are sometimes blamed for wiping out nearly all life on Earth 252 million years ago, but US research Monday suggested a more small-time criminal: microbes.
 
These microbes, known as Methanosarcina, bloomed in the ocean on a massive and sudden scale, spewing methane into the atmosphere and causing dramatic changes in the chemistry of the oceans and the Earth's climate, according to the new theory put forth by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and colleagues in China.
 
Scientists studied sediments in rock formations in south China, seeking to explain why the end Permian extinction happened and what caused the largest of five major death events in Earth's history to reap so much destruction over tens of thousands of years.
 
Volcanic eruptions on their own could not explain why the die-off happened so fast, but they may have released extra nickel into the environment, which fed the microbes, said MIT researcher Gregory Fournier.
 
"A rapid initial injection of carbon dioxide from a volcano would be followed by a gradual decrease," said Fournier.
 
"Instead, we see the opposite: a rapid, continuing increase," he added.
 
"That suggests a microbial expansion."
 
Microbes can increase carbon production exponentially, which might explain the speed and potency of the mass extinction, he said.
 
The research, funded by the US space agency NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Natural Science Foundation of China and the National Basic Research Program of China, appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer reviewed US journal.
  





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Whaling Ban Applauded Despite Fears of Japan Sidestep http://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/whaling-ban-applauded-despite-fears-japan-sidestep-31548


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SYDNEY, April 01, 2014 (AFP) - Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday applauded a court decision that Japan must halt its annual Antarctic whale hunt, but raised fears it could sidestep the order and begin whaling again under a new "scientific" guise.
 
The United Nations' Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Monday that Japan's whaling programme was a commercial activity disguised as science, and said it must revoke existing whaling licences.
 
A "deeply disappointed" Tokyo said it would honour the ruling but did not exclude the possibility of future whaling programmes, with New Zealand expressing concerns Japan may try to circumvent the order.
 
"The ICJ decision sinks a giant harpoon into the legality of Japan's whaling programme," New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said.
 
"It still does leave Japan with a decision to make after they've digested this, which is to look at whether they try to devise a new programme that is scientifically based that they could embark upon whaling in the Southern Ocean again.
 
"Our task is to make sure that we carry out a diplomatic conversation that dissuades them from embarking on that course."
 
A Japanese minister on Tuesday defended whaling -- seen by some as an important cultural practice -- but stopped short of detailing what next steps Japan would take.
 
"Whale meat is an important source of food, and the government's position to use it based on scientific facts has not changed," Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told a press conference.
 
"We will scrutinise the verdict and study (measures to be taken) swiftly," he said according to the Jiji news agency. Japan also has a coastal whaling programme which is not covered by the ban.
 
Australia, backed by New Zealand, hauled Japan before the ICJ in 2010 in a bid to end the annual Southern Ocean hunt.
 
Tokyo has long been accused of exploiting a legal loophole in the 1986 ban on commercial whaling that allowed the practice to collect scientific data.
 
Japan has killed 10,000 of the giant mammals under the scheme since 1988, Australia has alleged.
 
International law expert Steven Freeland, from the University of Western Sydney, said Japan could simply redesign its whaling programme to skirt the ruling. He pointed out that the ICJ confirmed scientific research can include killing whales -- just not so many.
 
"The problem for Japan was its failure to take proper account of non-lethal methods of research or to justify the actual catch numbers it had declared," he said.
 
"Japan may instead take a very close look at why its implementation of (its research programme) fell foul of its legal obligations and perhaps seek to design and ultimately implement a new whaling programme that takes into account all of those elements."
 
Japan had argued that its JARPA II research programme was aimed at studying the viability of whale hunting, but the ICJ found it had failed to examine ways of doing the research without killing whales, or at least while killing fewer of them.
 
Masayuki Komatsu, a former head negotiator for Japan on the whaling issue, said Tokyo had been a victim of its own lax approach over the last decade.
 
"It became clear in the court procedure and hearings... that Japan was not ambitious enough about its scientific research as it did not catch as many whales as it needed for obtaining data," he said.
 
"As a result, the entire research whaling programme was judged as a commercial hunt."
 
A respected blogger and social commentator on Japanese issues, who goes by the name of Hikosaemon, said the narrow issue of whether or not the whaling programme was "science" largely missed the point.
 
"I think it is clear that both sides here... were seeking moral vindication of their positions," he told AFP.
 
"Even if it can fix the technical issues with its scientific whaling programme... Japan will need to weigh up whether it is worth the increasing PR damage this issue causes."
 
The irony, added Hikosaemon, is that the issue of whaling is itself not particularly important for many Japanese.
 
But efforts "to demonise Japan over this issue have galvanised a siege mentality that has transformed this from an issue about the right to hunt and eat whales, into a more fundamental issue of fair treatment among countries with different cultural values."
 
Among the 16 judges, 12 -- including ones from Russia and China -- supported the verdict which ordered Japan to stop Antarctic whaling, according to Japanese press reports.
 
The four judges who opposed it were Japan's Hisashi Owada, and judges from France, Morocco and Somalia. Owada, 81, a former Japanese vice foreign minister and ambassador to the United Nations, is the father of Crown Princess Masako, the wife of Crown Prince Naruhito.
 





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Why Zebra Stripes? New Study Offers Weird Explanation http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/why-zebra-stripes-new-study-offers-weird-explanation-31542


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PARIS, April 01, 2014 (AFP) - Zebras have stripes to deter the tsetse and other blood-sucking flies, according to a fresh bid to settle a debate that has raged among biologists for over 140 years.
 
Since the 1870s, in a dispute sparked by the founders of evolutionary theory Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, scientists have squabbled over how the zebra got its trademark look.
 
Are its stripes for camouflage, protecting the zebra with a "motion dazzle confusion effect" against hyenas, lions and other predators in the savannah?
 
Do the stripes radiate heat to keep the zebra cool? Or do they have a social role -- for group identity, perhaps, or mating?
 
But a new study, published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, says the strongest likelihood is that the stripes discourage parasitic flies.
 
The finding was intriguingly thrown up by lab experiments in 2012 that showed how blood-feeding flies shun stripey surfaces and prefer instead to land on uniform colours.
 
Researchers led by Tim Caro of the University of California at Davis, say there is no black-and-white answer to the Great Stripe Riddle -- but the insect theory is by far the best bet.
 
A solution to the riddle of zebra stripes, discussed by Wallace and Darwin, is at hand," they write.
 
The team found a strong geographical overlap between zebras and the two groups of biting flies, Tabanus and Glossina, that feed on equid species, which explains why zebras would need a shield against this pest.
 
There is also plenty of indirect evidence, they say. Other equid species, such as wild horses, are far more likely to be plagued by biting insects.
 
Researchers find comparatively little blood from zebras in tsetse flies, even though the zebra has a thin coat with hair strands that are shorter and finer than those of giraffes and antelopes.
 
At the same time, zebras are far less susceptible to sleeping sickness, a tsetse-borne disease that is widespread among other African equids.
 
The correlation between reduced biting-fly nuisance and stripes is "significant," says the study. Conversely, there is no consistent support for camouflage, predator avoidance, heat management or social interaction hypothesis Parasitic flies can hand on a range of diseases when they bite their prey, and their appetite can be enormous.
 
Experiments with horse-flies carried out in the United States found that cows can lose between 200 and 500 cubic centimetres (0.4 and 1.05 pints) of blood per day to the insects, and as much as 16.9 kilos (37.2 pounds) in weight over eight weeks.





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Tariq Hossenbux Interesting discovery.... 04/03/2014 09:34pm Interesting... It is probably one of the largest factors but in combination with the other benefits like dazzle camouflage! Wonder if this will be of benefit to those selecting a pet in a region where the tsetse fly is common. Reply to this comment Report abuse 6


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You Won't Believe How Pythons Manage to Get Back Home http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/you-wont-believe-how-pythons-manage-get-back-home-31470


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PARIS, March 19, 2014 (AFP) - The Burmese python has a built-in compass that allows it to slither home in a near-straight line even if released dozens of kilometres away, researchers said Wednesday.
 
Capable of growing over five metres (16 feet) long, pythons are among the world's largest snakes. Although native to South and Southeast Asia, the snakes have taken up residence in South Florida's Everglades National Park, possibly after being released as unwanted pets.
 
They have adapted so well to their new habitat that they now pose a serious threat to several species which they hunt as prey.
 
Scientists captured six of the pythons in the Everglades, placed them in sealed, plastic containers, and drove them to locations between 21 and 36 kilometres (13-22 miles) away.
 
They implanted radio trackers in the animals and followed their movements with GPS readings from a small fixed-wing plane -- measuring their direction and speed.
 
All the snakes immediately oriented themselves towards the place where they were captured, with five of the six returning to within five kilometres (three
miles) of that spot.
 
The sixth veered somewhat off course as it was nearing its destination.
 
The snakes travelled between 94 and 296 days, displaying "high motivation to reach home locations", according to the study, published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
 
"This study provides evidence that Burmese pythons have navigational map and compass senses," the authors wrote.
 
No other snake species has yet been shown to possess a similar homing ability.
 
Such navigational skills suggest the python has a razor-sharp sense of territoriality. This could help combat the species in places where it is unwanted by predicting where the snake is likely to spread.
 
Burmese pythons eat everything from tiny birds to deer and even alligators.
 
They swallow their food whole.
 





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Dog Saves Owner from Choking to Death http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/dog-saves-owners-life-heimlich-maneuver-31469


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A Springer Spaniel named Mollypops is enjoying a new squeaky chicken and some treats of her own for saving her human mom’s life in a most unusual way.
 
Rachel Hayes had just eaten a piece of hard candy, which lodged in her throat. She was choking, coughing, and not able to talk, when Mollypops came up from behind Hayes and hit her in the back so hard that it dislodged the treat.
 
According to the U.K.’s Mirror, Hayes sat down at her kitchen table and popped a strawberry candy into her mouth. The candy stuck, and as she gasped for breath, she said her dog kept coming up to her but she kept pushing Mollypops away.
 
"I was having difficulty breathing but Mollypops' sixth sense kicked in and she knew I was in trouble,” Hayes said.
 
After the rescue, Hayes said she was crying and shaking because she thought she was going to die.
 
"I just burst out crying and said, 'I love you.' She came over for a cuddle and I cuddled her. I told her she was a hero,” Hayes said. "I think she's glad to have me alive, otherwise she would have been left all on her own. But I don't think she knows quite what she has done.”
 

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It’s very possible Mollypops knew what was happening. There have been studies conducted in which dogs sense a human is in distress and rush up to put paws on the person’s shoulder.
 
In a study conducted at the University of London, 18 dogs were filmed with their owners. In 15 instances, the dogs reacted to their humans' crying.
 
One of the dogs, an 8-month-old Labrador retriever, went up to his human when he heard her pretend to cry and put his paw on her shoulder.
 
The dogs approached the humans in a submissive way, suggesting they were offering comfort and empathy, researchers said.
 
Editor’s Note: Photo above is not of Mollypops. Image Credit: otsphoto via Shutterstock
 
Do you believe the dog knew what she was doing when she saved her owner's life?
 





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WendyeLou God bless you Mollypops! 03/21/2014 04:36am Yes, I believe that if we have a close relationship with our pets, they DO know when we're in trouble. Once when I was sick, I was sitting on the edge of the bed crying. My Russian Blue puss, Gershwin, came up beside me and had a worried look on his face. I believe he was trying to comfort me. I patted him and told him "It's okay honey, I'm all right!" That was many years ago. Gershwin and I had a VERY close bond. He is now in Heaven.

We're so very fortunate to have these beautiful and AMAZING creatures in our lives. They enrich our lives so much that we couldn't EVER hope to repay what they do for us. Their friendship is PRICELESS!

God bless you Mollypops - and your mom! My prayers that you continue to enjoy a long, healthy, happy and safe friendship. xo xo xo xo xo xo Reply to this comment Report abuse 66 KatWrangler 03/21/2014 07:57pm Same here. My Hootie, a 25 lb Maine Coon, can sense when I'm not my best, and comfort me. Nothing like a giant cat head-butting you into laughter :) Reply to this comment Report abuse 25 KatWrangler Thank Goodness ... 03/21/2014 08:03pm for our loving fur family members. For a little food and a lap, they bring us so much in return. They are priceless.

Whether Mollypops knew what she was doing or not, she saved Rachel Hayes life for sure.
Good job, Mollypops! You are a true hero. Enjoy your squeaky chicken - you've earned it! Reply to this comment Report abuse 24 stackhawk Good sense, some luck 03/25/2014 02:02pm Yes, cats and dogs can sense you are in distress, and that certainly is the case here. I love them for that. As to whether Mollypops (I have to smile at this great name) actually knew what she was doing when she hit Rachael hard in the back, or whether it was just fat dumb luck, is anybody's guess.

My own experience is more humorous. I have a four-year-old black/brown medium hair cat named Zelli who comes up to me and puts her paws on my knee to see if I am okay every time I practice my singing for church choir or German chorus. I have to practice in a separate room with the door closed. And I swear my voice is pretty good! Reply to this comment Report abuse 13 Charlie72 They truly know 03/25/2014 03:52pm I would like to confirm that dogs do know what is happening when we are in distress. When my father died about 10 years ago, my then German Shepherd, Teddy, reacted in a most unusual way. As soon as my mother and I got out of the car coming back from the hospital and funeral home, my mother suddenly burst out crying. Being near her, my husband went and took her in his arms (by the front) and Teddy (sweet Teddy) came immediately by the back, stood on his hind legs, bad knee notwithstanding, and hugged her by the back. My mother was sandwiched between a human and a dog, both trying to ease her pain. I will always remember that moment. I miss you both Dad and Teddy. Reply to this comment Report abuse 14


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BEIJING, March 19, 2014 (AFP) - A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost $2 million, a report said Wednesday, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever.
 
A property developer paid 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a "luxury pet" fair Tuesday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.
 
"They have lion's blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs," the dog's breeder Zhang Gengyun was quoted as telling the paper, adding that another red-haired canine had sold for 6 million yuan.
 
Enormous and sometimes ferocious, with round manes lending them a passing resemblance to lions, Tibetan mastiffs have become a prized status symbol among China's wealthy, sending prices skyrocketing.
 
The golden-haired animal was 80 centimetres (31 inches) tall, and weighed
 
90 kilograms (nearly 200 pounds), Zhang said, adding that he was sad to sell the animals. Neither was named in the report.
 
"Pure Tibetan mastiffs are very rare, just like our nationally treasured pandas, so the prices are so high," he said.
 
One red mastiff named "Big Splash" reportedly sold for 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) in 2011, in the most expensive dog sale then recorded.
 
The buyer at the Zhejiang expo was said to be a 56-year-old property developer from Qingdao who hopes to breed dogs himself, according to the report.
 
The newspaper quoted the owner of a mastiff breeding website as saying that last year one animal sold for 27 million yuan at a fair in Beijing.
 
But an industry insider surnamed Xu told the paper that the high prices may be the result of insider agreements among breeders to boost their dogs' worth.
 
"A lot of the sky-high priced deals are just breeders hyping each other up, and no money actually changes hands," Xu said.
 
Owners say the mastiffs, descendants of dogs used for hunting by nomadic tribes in central Asia and Tibet, are fiercely loyal and protective.
 





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Tariq Hossenbux Incredible! 03/23/2014 07:37pm Incredible! We hear so many bad things about dogs being abused in China but this goes totally in the other direction. I wonder what kind of food this dog will be eating over there.... Reply to this comment Report abuse 12 scon54 lifetime opportunity 03/30/2014 02:37pm This comment has been flagged as inappropriate. Reply to this comment Report abuse 7


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Muttbombing: Rescue Photoshops Adoptable Dogs into Celeb Selfies http://www.petmd.com/news/lifestyle-entertainment/muttbombing-rescue-photoshops-adoptable-dogs-celeb-selfies-31460


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Don’t you just hate it when an adorable dog photobombs himself into your pictures? Yeah, we don’t mind it either, especially when they’re cute strays that need forever homes.


 
“Muttbombing” is an idea that Dallas Pets Alive! and Dieste advertising agency came up with to show the organization’s homeless dogs in a new light.

 
The organization’s dogs are professionally photoshopped into pictures found on social media of people doing different things in Dallas, or they are put into photos with celebrities found on social media, like Bradley Cooper's selfie at this year's Oscars. The text is in the voice of the dog.
 
The caption of a recent photo with Ryan Gosling says, "Hey, Ryan Gosling, Can I follow you home? Cause my parents always told me to follow my dreams. I'm Max and this is not a Valentine's Day pick up line. I'm #muttbombing you in hopes of finding a home."
 
The program only went live about a month ago, but Leslie Sans, executive director of Dallas Pets Alive!, told Pet360 that the first weekend after the photos went live, they had a “huge” amount of traffic at an adoption event, where four dogs were adopted and the organization signed up more volunteers and foster homes. Since the organization is all foster based, that is very important to the Dallas Pets Alive! program. “People came out just to see the photobombing dogs,” said Sans.
 
#Muttbombing photos are also finding their way all over social media, way beyond Dallas.    
 
“Selfies are in and so are photo bombs, so we thought of mutt bombing,” Sans shared. “The idea was to make adopting the cool thing to do.”
 
When Sans moved to Dallas from Austin, Texas, where she volunteered, she wanted to bring the Austin Pets Alive! model to see how it could help the animals in Dallas. Sans founded the organization in September 2012 in the hopes of eventually making Dallas, Texas, a no-kill city.
 
“We pull from Dallas Animal Services. These are the dogs that are on the euth list, it is their last chance,” Sans explained.
 
In fact, Dallas Animal Services is a very high-kill shelter. Although they’re reporting a 46 percent decrease in kills since 2007, its 2013 statistics still reflect an over 50 percent kill rate of all intakes.
 
Dallas has some very dedicated animal rescues and people working to make Dallas a no-kill city, including Sylvia Elzafron, a photographer whose portraits of DAS animals needing homes have gone viral.
 
Sans said that the professionals at Dieste advertising wanted to help make a difference in the community and volunteered their image editing services.
 
Enlisting the help of ad agencies is a very savvy thing for shelters to do. During the Super Bowl, the ads starring animals are typically the most popular. We also recently told you about the SPCA of Wake County who had an ad agency film their shelter workers dancing to ABBA’s “Take a Chance on Me,” which drew in a huge response.
 
Read More: The Backstory Behind the SPCA's Viral Video
Read More: What, No More Buggy Rides in NY's Central Park?
Read More: 22-Pound Cat Attacks! Family Forced to Barricade Themselves in Bedroom
 
Just last year, Dallas Pets Alive! rescued 64 dogs and one cat, and in 2014 they expect to at least triple that number.
 
“We just hope it makes our city one step closer to no-kill,” said Sans.  
 
Editor’s Note: Muttbombing photo courtesy of Dallas Pets Alive!
Muttbombing: Rescue Photoshops Adoptable Dogs in Celeb Selfies was originally published on Pet360.com
 
What do you think of this program, do you think it will help Dallas Pets Alive! adopt out more dogs?








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pooch-mama at1faulkner@hotmail.com 03/14/2014 09:55am I want to help make Dallas a no-kill city. What can I do to help?
I am feeding 4 stray dogs close by my work and other people stop by to feed them when the dogs are there. The company across the street - or one lady there - isn't to happy about it. Even if Dallas is going to be a no-kill city, it's probably going to be too late for 'my' dogs, because if animal control chatches them, it will be then end for them. I would take them home if I could get them in my car.
I work in an industrial area and some people that have stopped when I was feeding the dogs told me that they have personally seen cars stop and night, kick a dog out and drive off, I just can't understand how people can do that. Animals are gods creatures too. Reply to this comment Report abuse 42 We are ALL Gods Creatures 03/14/2014 11:02am Are the Dogs feral? If so, you may need to set up some traps to catch them first. If you are able to take them home, I wish you the best of luck. You will most likely need crates at home in order to keep them safe & allow them to adapt to your home while you are gone to work each day. If possible, talk to the woman & inform her that you are going to catch the dogs & remove them from the property, and to please allow you some time to do so. Hopefully she will understand that this is best for them, & that Animal Control will likely put them down immediately. God's Blessings to you in your efforts. Feel free to contact me; I'm looking forward to hearing of your success! Reply to this comment Report abuse 37


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RIO DE JANEIRO, AFP - Lawmakers in Rio de Janeiro, where plastic surgery is all the rage, have approved draft legislation banning cosmetic surgery for dogs and cats, Brazilian media said Wednesday.
 
Conservative lawmaker Graca Pereira is behind the move to ban procedures such as tail docking -- the cutting off of part of an animal's tail -- and removal of cat claws, as well as ear cropping for dogs.
 
Last July, Brazil's national council of veterinary medicine published a resolution in its official journal urging such procedures be made illegal and that vets performing them be struck off the register.
 
In January, Sao Paulo state banned animal testing for cosmetic products -- although not for medicines.
 
Last October, a group of animal rights protesters stormed a laboratory in Sao Roque, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, and freed 200 Beagle dogs being used in pharmaceutical tests.
 
The dogs had had their coats shorn and one was discovered dead, frozen in liquid nitrogen. Some showed signs of mutilation.
 





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French Animal Lobby Lifts Lid on 'Unhealthy' Horsemeat from Americas http://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/french-animal-lobby-lifts-lid-unhealthy-horsemeat-americas-31458


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PARIS, AFP - Horses from the United States, Canada and other countries in the region whose meat is sold in France for human consumption pose a health risk and are often cruelly treated, a leading animal rights group said Thursday.
 
L214, which derives its name from an article in a 1976 French law that stipulates that animals have to be kept properly and in healthy conditions, said the conclusions followed a wide-reaching, two-year investigation launched in 2012.
 
Horses from the US, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina destined for human consumption were found to be emaciated, sick, injured or had been administered strong doses of anti-inflammatory medicines, according to the findings.
 
Using secret cameras, the probes were conducted at horse auctions, in export enclosures, at veterinary checkpoints, feedlots and abattoirs.
 
In a video posted on L214's website, horses are seen with open gashes, dislocated or broken legs, and left without treatment in feedlots.
 
Some are visibly dead and in a state of decomposition, in enclosures or in transport trucks, with other horses squeezed around them.
 
"Apart from the unacceptable treatment of the horses, the use of phenylbutazone or other dangerous substances banned in the European Union is common," said L214's Brigitte Gothiere.
 
The drug, commonly referred to as bute, is used to alleviate pain in horses that are not destined for human consumption.
 
It was originally also given to humans to treat rheumatoid arthritis and gout but was found to cause irreversible liver damage when combined even in small doses with other human painkillers.
 
The drug is no longer approved for human use in the European Union and United States.
 
The revelations follow a Europe-wide health scare last year when horsemeat was found in millions of ready meals labelled as containing only beef.
 
The group called Thursday upon leading supermarket chains to shun horsemeat coming from the Americas to put an end to the "cruel and illegal treatment" of the animals.
 
It carried out the study in conjunction with other animal lobby groups including Switzerland's Tierschutzbund-Zurich, Animals Angels' USA, Belgium's GAIA and Eyes on Animals in the Netherlands.
 
According to the groups, 82,000 horses were slaughtered in Canada in 2012 for human consumption. About 70 percent of them were imported from the United States, where horse abattoirs were closed down in 2007.
 
France, meanwhile, imported 16,900 tonnes of horsemeat in 2012, mainly from Canada, Belgium, Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay -- many of the countries featured in the investigation.





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22-Pound Cat Attacks! Family Forced to Barricade Themselves in Bedroom http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/22-pound-cat-attacks-family-forced-barricade-themselves-bedroom-31457


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A 911 dispatcher in Portland, Oregon, had to ask a supervisor if they should send police out on a most unusual call. A man was reporting that his family had barricaded themselves in their bedroom to hide from the family cat, which had gone berserk and was attacking the family, he said.
 
The cat can be heard on the 911 tape howling and hissing.
 
The ruckus began when the Himalayan cat named Lux scratched the 7-month-old baby of the family.
 
Lee Palmer, the baby’s father, told The Oregonian, “I kicked the cat in the rear, and it has gone over the edge. He's trying to attack us — he's very hostile. He's at our door; he's charging us."
 
When police arrived, Lux ran into the kitchen and jumped on top of the refrigerator. Police captured the 4-year-old, 22-pound kitty with a dog snare and placed him in a crate.
 
“The cat remained behind bars in the custody of the family and officers cleared the scene and continued to fight crime elsewhere in the city," Portland police told CBS News in a release.
 
"We are debating what to do," Palmer said. "We definitely want to keep (the cat) away from the baby and keep an eye on his behavior."
 
Dr. Stephen Zawistowski, science advisor for the ASPCA, said that there are various reasons a cat might become aggressive.
 
"Where a cat came from and how well socialized it was as a kitten are factors that often influence a cat's behavior. Sometimes cats will show redirected aggression. This is especially true if there are other cats outside in the neighborhood. The indoor cat gets very anxious and aroused and may attack anyone, anything in the vicinity. This might also happen if other activities have aroused the cat, such as rough play or some type of commotion in the house. For some cats, this might be a baby screaming and crying, and the parent's reaction to the baby.”
 
Yelling, screaming and kicking the cat might escalate the situation, Zawistowski explained. “If a cat becomes aggressive or hostile, one option is to throw a blanket or towel over the cat. You can bundle up the cat and hold it until it calms, while staying safe from claws and teeth."
 
Zawistowski said cats shouldn’t be left alone with babies, especially if the cat has shown aggression in the past.
 

 
Post Script: The family has conffirmed that they will be keeping the cat. They have visits scheduled with both his veterinarian and with a behavioral veterinarian.
 
Editor's Note: Image shown is a stock image from Thinkstock - it is not of Lux the cat.
 





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MyaIndi HELP END PET ABUSE! 03/19/2014 02:48pm "Yelling, screaming and kicking the cat may escalate the situation" It is really necessary to sugar coat the obvious? But we understand that some people are ignorant to these issues and why things like this happen. It is not in the best interest of ANYONE & ALL PETS to refrain from placing responsibility on the criminal who kicked a tiny animal & buy into this bogus attention seeking "story".

These people appear to be on drugs and if they aren't, they should still be required to surrender the cat for animal abuse. Kicking an animal is a crime! It was obviously to us that the Father/ Husband is no stranger to violence...Check out the black eye & a second facial bruise that he was trying to hide while being interviewed. HELLO!! RED FLAGS!!! ARREST THESE PEOPLE & LET A LOVING PERSON ADOPT THE CAT. I WILL ADOPT THE CAT.

The 2 adults in this family will continue to abuse this animal and the kid will learn the behavior. Take the cat away before he is killed by this family. The cat is always going to be provoked and when an adult believes it is ok to kick an animal, I is not going to get better. They do not know how to care for the cat & definitely do not know to teach the kid how to treat the family pet. Now PLEASE, DO SOMETHING! Reply to this comment Report abuse 13 scon54 dont miss it 03/30/2014 02:38pm This comment has been flagged as inappropriate. Reply to this comment Report abuse 7


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JOHANNESBURG, (AFP) - South African conservationists on Monday announced that they have enlisted the help of a Belgian Shepherd dog to help track the country's most endangered land-based tortoise.
 
Two-year-old Brin is the first dog to help with animal tracking and conservation in South Africa, said Justin Lawrence of the group CapeNature.
 
After six months of training the dog started working full time late last year, tracking down and detecting the geometric tortoise.
 
Brin's work helps with monitoring, population estimates and in search and rescue operations. It is estimated that there are only a few hundred such tortoises left in the wild.
 
"This is very new in South Africa," said Lawrence. It is the "first live target conservation detection work of its kind ever done in South Africa".
 
The geometric tortoise, which sports a bright yellow and black shell, is found only in the low-lying shrublands of South Africa's Western Cape province.
 
It faces threats from wheat and wine farming, as well as urban development that have eaten into more than 90 percent of its remaining habitat.
 
It is now the third most endangered land tortoise in the world, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and is among the top 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles species in the world.
 
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