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German Shepherd Called for Jury Duty in N.J.

The Daily Treat: German Shepherd Called for Jury Duty in N.J.

Originally posted 04/16/2014 12:40PM

At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime.

Cumberland County has summoned IV Griner to jury duty. The only problem is that IV is a 5-year-old German shepherd.

Owner Barrett Griner IV tells KYW-TV in Philadelphia he figured out the mistake as soon as the summons arrived at his Bridgeton, N.J., home. He uses the Roman numeral for four in his name, whereas his dog is named using the letters "I'' and "V."

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For the Twin: See Zoey the Dog and Jasper the Boy Wear Matching Outfits

The Daily Treat: Zoey the Dog and Jasper the Boy Are Basically Twins

Originally posted 04/15/2014 04:30PM

One of these things is not like the other … and that's what makes it adorable!

Photographer Grace Chon has been capturing images of her 10-month-old son, Jasper, and the family's rescue pup, Zoey, dressed in matching clothes for the past three months.

Whether it's party hats or hoodies the two are modeling, they're always happy to pose for the camera – or just be in each other's company.

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The Daily Treat: Oregon Zoo's Penguin Hatchlings Are Growing Up

UpdatePosted 04/14/2014 04:00PM

The Daily Treat: Oregon Zoo's Penguin Hatchlings Are Growing Up

Originally posted 04/14/2014 03:30PM

With summer on the way, the penguins are ready to play!

A group of hatchlings born at the Oregon Zoo is on its way to joining the zoo's Humboldt penguin colony of 18 adults this summer.

The facility has welcomed five little ones over the past few months and even managed to capture one of the baby's hatchings on camera.

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Crocodile Caught Wandering Around California Mall

UpdatePosted 04/11/2014 03:55PM

Crocodile Caught Wandering Around California Mall

Originally posted 04/11/2014 09:45AM

Don't shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall.

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PHOTOS: Celebrate National Pet Day with These Adorable Dogs and Cats

UpdatePosted 04/11/2014 03:30PM

The Daily Treat: Celebrate National Pet Day with These Adorable Dogs and Cats

Originally posted 04/11/2014 02:05PM

There's nothing we love more than a good holiday, and today marks just about the greatest one of all (sorry, Christmas): National Pet Day.

Choosing to stay away from the ongoing dog vs. cat debate, we here at PEOPLE Pets are celebrating by sharing our favorite photos of camaraderie; the rare moments when dogs and cats play nice.

Below, you'll find five of our favorites, and the perfect dose of cuteness to kick off your weekend.

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Dog Elected as Mayor of Colorado Town

UpdatePosted 04/10/2014 07:45PM

The Daily Treat: Colorado Town Elects Dog as Mayor

Originally posted 04/10/2014 02:00PM

Have you ever called a politician a bonehead? Think the world would be a better place if pets made all major life decisions? Even the ones that have nothing to do with bacon or the mailman? You might want to consider moving to Divide, Colo.

Pa Kettle the bloodhound has been elected mayor of the small mountain town, reports the Associated Press. He beat out 10 other animals competing for the unofficial title in an online race benefiting the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter. Each vote raised $1 for the rescue, and the election also spotlighted groups such as Teller County Search and Rescue (for which Pa Kettle works as a search-and-rescue hound).

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Dog Spends Final Days FulfillingBucket List

UpdatePosted 04/10/2014 04:30PM

Dog Spends Final Days Fulfilling Bucket List

Originally posted 04/09/2014 02:00PM

Romeo the boxer had never eaten a cheeseburger, gotten a pedicure or traveled in a cop car before.

So when he was diagnosed with inoperable bone cancer, his owner Riina Cooke created a bucket list for him. This way, Romeo could spend his final days living out his hopes and dreams (and, of course, bond with his owners).

"When I found out [about the diagnosis], I was in shock," Cooke, of British Columbia, Canada, told Today. "He watched me cry, and he would get upset when I got upset because he was a very sensitive dog. It took a couple of days to digest, but then I took him to the park, and we started putting together the bucket list."

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UpdatePosted 04/09/2014 04:00PM

The Daily Treat: Watch a Kitten & Horse Become Best Friends Forever

Originally posted 04/08/2014 02:20PM


We thought Taylor Swift's friendships with Lorde, Karlie Kloss and every other it girl ever were cute.

But no matter how many slumber parties Swift throws – no matter how many cookies they bake, or what colors they paint their fingernails – it's going to be hard to top what happened when a horse met a cat.

Naturally, said horse and cat became best friends. (Watch the cuddly evidence in the video above.)

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Massachusetts Home Intruder Turns out to Be a Duck

UpdatePosted 04/09/2014 10:25AM

Massachusetts Home Intruder Turns out to Be a Duck

Originally posted 04/08/2014 11:30AM

Police in Massachusetts responding to reports of an intruder in a woman's home quickly quacked the case.

A North Reading woman called police Saturday from her upstairs bedroom to report that she heard loud banging noises downstairs and feared someone had broken into her home.

Officers who responded found no sign of a break-in.

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From Pikachu to Ducks: This Hedgehog Can & Will Play Dress-Up | Animals & Pets, Cute Pets, Funny Pets, Pet News, Unusual Pets

This Hedgehog's Dress-Up Game Is So On-Point

Originally posted 04/08/2014 06:00PM

Every day is Halloween when you're an adorable hedgehog.

Meet Marutaro: He's got a whole lot of spines, even more Twitter followers (45,000 and counting!) and an endless supply of dress-up options.

We assume Marutaro's owner is pretty crafty: the mask-like cutouts Marutaro rocks have made the hedgehog an Internet star. And judging by his looks so far – from Pikachu to a duck – it's easy to see why.

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