12:43 PM EDT 12/05/2013
Originally posted 12/04/2013 01:00PM
Wildlife officials are heading to a remote area of Everglades National Park to help pilot whales stranded in shallow water.
On Tuesday, officials found 20 to 30 pilot whales either beached or stranded in waters in a remote area of the Florida park near Highland Beach in northern Monroe County.
Rangers helped some of the whales, but about 10 were beached late Tuesday.
Park spokeswoman Linda Friar says six of the whales were pushed back into the water. As of Wednesday, 10 whales died.
Originally posted 11/30/2013 02:20PM
A 6-month-old pit bull that was buried under a pile of rubble for more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois has been coaxed to freedom with hot dogs and reunited with his owner.
Jacob Montgomery, a member of the Illinois National Guard, was separated from the dog, Dexter, when the Nov. 17 tornado destroyed his third-floor apartment in Washington, Ill. Montgomery combed through the wreckage multiple times but turned up no sign of Dexter.
Nine days after the storm, a neighbor who was looking for his cat, also missing, with the help of a group called Rescuing Animals in Need sent Montgomery a Facebook message to tell him Dexter had been found partially buried in debris where the apartment building used to stand.
"He said, 'I've got your dog right here,'" Montgomery recalled in a statement released by the Illinois National Guard. "As soon as Dexter saw me, his tail started going."
Originally posted 11/27/2013 04:50PM
Thanksgiving is here once again, and while you're ready to dive into some turkey and stuffing, there's one member of your family whose preferences you're maybe not so sure of: your dog.
On this special day, don't be afraid to include your best furry friend in the festivities, just be mindful of certain foods that can make Fido sick – and find out which are just as delicious for him as they are for Mom and Dad.
Our friends at Dogster have put together this infographic to answer the eternal question, "What can dogs eat on Thanksgiving?" Give it a gander before serving your feast:
Originally posted 11/21/2013 02:00PM
Imagine the ideal designer dog. It would be smart, healthy and hypoallergenic. It would have the yap bred out and longevity bred in. And, most important, it would never lose its puppy face.
Enter the "cava-poo-chon." The breed is the newest and latest in the decades-old search for the dog-face fountain of youth and perfect pet accessory. But the American Kennel Club does not recognize the new trend as an official breed, and one expert calls some specially bred small dogs expensive "gimmicks."
"There's always been a market for these forever-ish young dogs," said veteran trainer Steve Haynes (of Fidelio Dog Works Austin, Texas), who is working with 50 first-generation cava-poo-chons.
Originally posted 11/13/2013 11:30AM
Rescued dogs have found their poster pup!
A once-homeless dog named Rupee is believed to be the first canine to make it to the base camp of Mount Everest at 17,000 feet.
Rescued by Joanne Lefson from a garbage dump in Northern India, Rupee was malnourished, dehydrated and on the verge of death when she found him.
"When I saw him on that dumpsite, he couldn't have had more than an hour to live. He couldn't even walk 10 meters without collapsing," Lefson, an animal activist, said in the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Originally posted 10/24/2013 03:15PM
Giant George, formerly the world's tallest dog, passed away last Thursday.
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce Giant George died last night. George passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones; one month before his eighth birthday," his owners David and Christine Nasser announced on Facebook.
Measuring 3 ft., 7 in. from paw to shoulder, Guinness World Records crowned the Great Dane the Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever back in 2010. Even though he weighed in at nearly 250 lbs., "He's just the sweetest, kindest dog, and he doesn't realize what all the hoopla is about," Guinness spokesperson Jamie Panas told PEOPLE at the time. "I was completely awestruck."
Originally posted 10/13/2013 02:10PM
Talk about having nine lives!
After her home in Stratford, east London, caught fire, Gert, a 4-year-old pet cat, was found lying motionless by firefighters who responded to the blaze on Sept. 28. Her owner, Michael Morrison, begged responders to save his cat's life, and lucky for him, some quick thinking managed to do just that.
"It was horrible. I collapsed on the floor crying," Morrison said. "They were all huddled around her and even took my oxygen mask off for her."
Originally posted 10/04/2013 04:05PM
For Simon Cowell, it's the more, the furrier!
The 53-year-old introduced two new puppies he recently adopted Thursday over Twitter, asking fans, "Any suggestions for names?"
Cowell, who is expecting his first child with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, has spoken out in the past about the importance of adopting a dog rather than buying it from a pet shop. Last month, he sent out a message that he was looking to expand his family.
Originally posted 09/09/2013 05:00PM
Who says superheroes aren't real?
When a Milton, W. Va., home caught fire, trapping a kitten inside, it was Batman and Captain America who came to the rescue.
Originally posted 08/06/2013 01:10PM
A 100-pound python blamed in the strangling deaths of two Canadian boys apparently escaped from its pet store enclosure, slithered through a ventilation system and fell through the ceiling into the room where the young brothers were sleeping, the shop owner said Tuesday.
A snake expert said it was possible that the python was spooked and simply clung to whatever it landed on.
Autopsies on the brothers, ages 5 and 7, were being performed Tuesday. They had been visiting the apartment of a friend above an exotic pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh.
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