Colorado dog reunited with Florida family after 2017 theft

U.S. 04/21/19, 17:23

A dog found abandoned in Colorado has been returned to its family, nearly two years after it was stolen in Florida as a puppy.Animal charity organization Wings of Rescue says the German Shepherd named Cedar was covered with snow in a rural Colorado ditch, apparently malnourished with an injured leg ...

Forget kibbles: US sales of fresh pet food are soaring

U.S. 04/03/19, 00:46

Kibbles for Fido? Nope. These days he's getting diced chicken with sweet potatoes and spinach.U.S. pet owners are increasingly feeding fresh food to their dogs and cats. Some order pre-proportioned meals of meat and vegetables or frozen raw meat online. Others find them in refrigerators at big retailers like Walmart.Later ...

Pipe dream turns nightmare for pit bull chasing opossum

Amazing 03/29/19, 10:20

A pit bull intent on chasing down an opossum was foiled when he ended up wedged around 100 feet (30 meters) into a pipe in North Carolina.Claremont Rescue Chief Eric Jones said in a Facebook post that his agency was called late Tuesday night to the scene, where Rocky the ...

Iditarod musher discounts critics after dogs refused to run

U.S. 03/22/19, 00:10

The Iditarod musher who was hours ahead in the Alaska wilderness race when his dogs refused to keep running dismissed critics who say he ran them too hard and chalked it up to a bad memory that spooked them.The team stopped last week after Frenchman Nicolas Petit yelled at a ...

Labrador retriever most pup-ular US dog breed for 28th year

U.S. 03/20/19, 07:59

Labrador retrievers aren't letting go of their hold on U.S. dog lovers, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggy popularity, according to new American Kennel Club data.Labs topped the list for the 28th year in a row. Yet there's been plenty of movement over time ...

Humane Society seeks release of dogs from Michigan lab

Science 03/14/19, 11:51

The Humane Society of the United States is pushing for the release of three dozen dogs from a western Michigan laboratory, alleging that an undercover investigation found that they are being fed fungicides.The animal rights group on Tuesday released the findings of its investigation conducted last year at Charles River ...

‘Ugly Dogs’ group helps Alaska students raise trip money

Sports 03/13/19, 11:49

Social media fans of a rookie Iditarod musher have used their #UglyDogs group to raise money for students at a rural Alaska school.Twitter followers of musher Blair Braverman helped raise field-trip funds for students at Top of the Kuskokwim School in the race checkpoint town of Nikolai, KTVA in Anchorage ...

Winter rescue: Stranded dog winched to safety on helicopter

Europe 03/13/19, 10:36

It was a routine winter training mission in northeastern Scotland until the Maritime and Coastguard Agency crew spotted a stranded dog on the snowy Cairngorms mountains below.They couldn't fly away and leave the dog in trouble, so winchman Mark Stevens on Wednesday was lowered to the ground, scooped up the ...

Alaskan Native Pete Kaiser wins Iditarod sled dog race

Sports 03/13/19, 07:01

Pete Kaiser won the Iditarod early Wednesday, throwing his arms over his head and pumping his fists as he became the latest Alaska Native to claim victory in the iconic sled dog race.Kaiser, 31, crossed the finish line in Nome after beating back a challenge from the defending champion, Norwegian ...

Alaska, Norwegian mushers battled for Iditarod lead

Sports 03/12/19, 07:45

An Alaskan and a Norwegian are running neck-and-neck in the world's most famous sled dog race.GPS trackers show Pete Kaiser of Bethel, Alaska, and defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Joar Ulsom of Norway are within a mile of each other as the mushers near the finish line in ...

French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit

Sports 03/11/19, 14:07

Musher Nicolas Petit lost a huge lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday when his dog team refused to keep going after he yelled at one of the animals.A dog named Joey had been fighting with another dog on the team and jumped it during a break ...

Florida bill would stiffen penalties for hurting police dogs

U.S. 03/04/19, 14:26

On a winter morning, Ace hopped into the squad car with handler Edward Ratliff. This was no ordinary patrol.Ratliff and Ace drove to the Florida Capitol for the hearing on a piece of legislation of great import to canine lovers. Senate Bill 96 increases the penalty for intentionally injuring or ...

Update: Crowds cheer kickoff of Alaska’s famed Iditarod

U.S. 03/02/19, 15:16

The Latest on Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (all times local):10:30 a.m.Cheering crowds lined snow-heaped streets in Alaska's largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kicked off the 47th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with a short sprint through town.Before setting off, the ...

Big crowds expected at kickoff of Alaska’s famed Iditarod

Sports 03/02/19, 00:41

Big crowds are expected to converge on Alaska's largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kickoff the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race with a short ceremonial run along snow-heaped streets.The fan-friendly event in Anchorage brings spectators up close to the 52 musher-dog teams gearing up for the ...

Image issues hound start of Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race

Sports 03/01/19, 15:36

The world's foremost sled dog race kicks off its 47th running this weekend as participants strive to push past a punishing two years for the sport's image. Some of the drama has been resolved for Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. In December, race organizers cleared four-time winner Dallas Seavey of ...

German town defends seizing family’s pet, selling it on eBay

Europe 02/28/19, 09:41

Officials in Germany are defending their decision to seize an indebted family's pet pug and sell it on eBay, saying the move was a last resort because authorities were unable to find anything else to take.The incident in the western town of Ahlen prompted criticism on social media from people ...

Sully the service dog has new role helping wounded vets

U.S. 02/28/19, 07:44

Sully, the service dog who symbolized devotion lying by former President George H.W. Bush's flag-draped casket, has a new mission. The 2-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever on Wednesday joined Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's dog program to help wounded veterans. Sully offered his paw as he was administered an oath streamed ...

Dog reunited with family 101 days after California wildfire

California 02/19/19, 18:10

A dog named Kingston is back with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating Northern California wildfire. The 12-year-old Akita was reunited Monday with the Ballejos family, who fled the town of Paradise late last year, Sacramento television station KXTV reported . "When ...

Dog reunited with owner after 8-month, 175-mile journey

U.S. 02/18/19, 11:17

A dog that went missing in Massachusetts months ago has been reunited with its family after being found in Maine, 175 miles (282 kilometers) away.The Bangor Daily News reports 5-year-old king shepherd Kaiser made his way from Ashby, Massachusetts, to South Paris, Maine, over a span of eight months. The ...

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