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No One Knows Why Dogs Are Contracting Mystery Illness

Veterinary laboratories are looking into canine respiratory sickness popping up in multiple states

(Newser) - Veterinary laboratories in several states are investigating an unusual respiratory illness in dogs and encouraging people to take basic precautions to keep their pets healthy as veterinarians try to pin down what's making the animals sick. Oregon, Colorado, and New Hampshire are among the states that have seen cases...

Hiker Missing 10 Weeks Found Dead, His Dog Alive by His Side

14-year-old Jack Russell terrier has been reunited with family

(Newser) - On the evening of August 19, when hiker Rich Moore and his dog, Finney, failed to return from a hike in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, Moore was reported missing. Tragically, more than 10 weeks later, the 71-year-old's body was recently found. But, astonishingly, his 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier...

Dog Raises the Alarm After Teen Has Stroke

Outcome would probably have been much worse without Axel's intervention, doctors say

(Newser) - A teenager in Spring, Texas, who had a stroke in August would probably be in much worse shape today if it wasn't for Axel, a 1-year-old border collie who raised the alarm, doctors say. Amanda Tanner tells that Axel, adopted from a rescue group last year, was...

Rocker Adopts 'Hero' Dog Named for Him

Bret Michaels takes in canine Bret Michaels

(Newser) - Bret Michaels has a new dog, also named Bret Michaels. It's actually quite a touching story, as told by People . Firstly, it's important to know that Michaels didn't name the dog himself. The Poison frontman only heard about the 6-year-old husky after the Nebraska Humane Society announced...

Oldest Verified Dog Ever Turns 31
World's Oldest Dog
Dies at Age 31

World's Oldest Dog Dies at Age 31

Bobi of Portugal was the longest-lived pooch ever, according to Guinness World Records

(Newser) - The longest-lived dog known to the world has died at the remarkable age of 31 years and 165 days, reports the Guardian . The age of Bobi, who lived in Portugal, had been certified earlier this year by Guinness World Records, which christened him "the world's oldest dog ever....

Pentagon Official Has Allegedly Been Dogfighting for 20 Years

Frederick Douglass Moorefield Jr. of communications team faces years in prison

(Newser) - A senior member of the Pentagon communications staff has allegedly spent the last two decades taking part in a dogfighting ring. Last month, agencies including the FBI and Department of Agriculture raided the Maryland homes of Frederick Douglass Moorefield Jr. and a friend, Mario D. Flythe, finding they kept five...

Judge in Gaga Case: Amended Suit 'Makes No Sense'

Ruling decides singer doesn't have to pay $500,000 reward to woman who returned her dogs

(Newser) - In July, a Los Angeles judge dismissed the breach-of-contract complaint of a woman who claimed she was due a $500,000 reward for returning Lady Gaga's two dogs, stolen at gunpoint from the singer's dog walker in LA in February 2021. That woman, Jennifer McBride, now 53, whom...

Biden's Dog Keeps Biting Secret Service Officers
Commander Has
11th Biting Incident

Commander Has 11th Biting Incident

"First dog" bites another Secret Service officer

(Newser) - Make that 11: "First dog" Commander bit another Secret Service officer this week, bringing the total number of bites he's doled out since October 2022 to 11. The 2-year-old German shepherd bit one of the service's uniformed division police officers Monday night at the White House, according...

Couple Gets Refund Over Stinky Dog on Flight

New Zealand pair say they had to move from premium to economy over the smell

(Newser) - A New Zealand couple who say they were subjected to a drooling, snorting, and farting dog on a long flight have gotten a $1,400 refund for their trouble, reports Insider . Gill and Warren Press say they asked to switch their premium seats midflight from Paris to Singapore because the...

Missing Toddler Found in Woods With 2 Furry Protectors

Michigan police say one dog guarded 2-year-old, while another served as her pillow

(Newser) - The case of a missing toddler in Michigan had a happy ending earlier this week, but it was how she was found that bolstered, once again, dogs' status as man's best friend. Michigan State Police showed up at the home of a 2-year-old girl in Menominee County's Faithorn...

'Faint Yelps' From Rubble Lead to Happy Ending in Morocco

CBS engineer to adopt one of 2 dogs found alive in debris this week

(Newser) - The loss of life in Morocco following last week's 6.8 magnitude earthquake is hard to grasp. Luckily, signs of life have emerged from the rubble as well. The UK's Kent Fire and Rescue Service reported Wednesday that members had rescued a dog trapped among debris in the...

After Attacks, UK Is Banning American 'Bully' Dog

Prime minister says the breed will be outlawed by the end of the year

(Newser) - A large breed of dog known as the American Bully XL will be off limits in the UK as of the end of the year, reports the BBC . British Prime Minster Rishi Sunak announced the breed will be banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act after a series of attacks. The...

Determined Dog Escapes Shelter 3 Times, Picks Odd Forever Home

Now, 6 years later, Scout is a joyous part of the daily lives of seniors at Michigan nursing home

(Newser) - Nothing too exciting happens at the relatively calm Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility, a nursing home in Bellaire, Michigan, that cares for seniors with terminal illnesses and dementia—but despite that (or maybe because of it), a stray dog decided that was the place he wanted to make his forever...

10 Best US Cities for Dogs
10 Best US Cities for Dogs

10 Best US Cities for Dogs

Orlando, Florida, is tops

(Newser) - Orlando, Florida, is the apparently place to be if you're a dog. So says Lawn Starter , which ranked the 200 largest cities in the US on canine friendliness. Factors included the share of dog-friendly rental properties; the number vets, groomers, and dog parks; how easy it is to walk...

Dog Detects Thief, Does Not Deter Thief

Friendly pooch accepts a belly rub instead, and San Diego police release the video

(Newser) - A San Diego dog is excellent at detecting burglars. The next step could use a little work. As NBC San Diego reports, police released an unusual surveillance video of a burglar taking an electric bike from a homeowner's garage. "In a rather peculiar turn of events, as the...

The Case Against Dog Parks
The Case Against
Dog Parks

The Case Against Dog Parks

The dogs may not be having as much fun as you think, writes Julie V. Iovine

(Newser) - It's advice sure to rile up a certain breed of dog people: "Skip the dog park." So argues Julie V. Iovine in a New York Times essay. These parks may seem great for humans, but Iovine makes the case they are not so great for dogs. "...

Judge Rejects Attempt to Claim Lady Gaga's Dog Reward

Woman linked to 2021 theft of singer's pets wanted $500K reward plus $1M damages

(Newser) - Lady Gaga doesn't have to pay a reward to a woman who was charged in connection with the violent theft of two of her dogs in 2021, a Los Angeles judge has decided. Jennifer McBride, who was sentenced to two years of probation last year for receiving stolen property,...

Maine Woman Punches Bear in the Nose

64-year-old was treated for puncture wounds after bear chased her dog

(Newser) - Maine woman Lynn Kelly was working in her garden Friday morning when her dog began barking before running off into the woods. Kelly, 64, went to see what was going on, and as the frightened dog ran back out of the woods, a bear was following close behind. "The...

Meet Scooter, New 'World's Ugliest Dog'

7-year-old pooch crowned in competition is a Chinese crested with reversed hind legs

(Newser) - "From the second he sits his hairless little booty and backward legs on your lap, you feel his warm, huggable power to change the meaning of the word 'ugly.'" The hairless booty in question belongs to a pooch named Scooter, and the description comes via a...

Good Dogs Can Have Bad Days: Postal Service

Agency reports thousands of attacks on employees last year, with California tops

(Newser) - The Postal Service has released its count of workers bitten by dogs last year, an effort to increase awareness and inspire owners to mind their pets. California, Texas, and New York again were responsible for the most bites, CNN reports—675, 404, and 321, in order. All were increases from...

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