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Family of 'Hero Cat' Talks about Their Brave Pet

Family of 'Hero Cat' Talks about Their Brave Pet

Originally posted 05/15/2014 03:45PM

The cat's out of the bag.

The family of the "hero cat" – a Southwest Bakersfield, California, pet who bravely jumped on a dog attacking a boy in a rescue caught on security cameras – talked about its fearless feline on Today on Thursday.

"I'd never seen a dog just shake a child like that and so violently," says the boy's mother, Erica Triantafilo. "I thought he had a hold of his pants. It wasn't until I got there that I really saw that no, he had a hold of Jeremy."

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Hero Dog Saves His Owner By Dialing 911

Hero Dog Saves His Owner By Dialing 911

Originally posted 05/14/2014 05:25PM

Now this is one smart dog!

When Terry McGlade collapsed from a seizure, his rescue dog Major knew just what to do – he grabbed the phone out of McGlade's pockets with his teeth and stepped on the screen for several seconds, automatically dialing 911.

"I probably would have been in severe trouble if he wouldn't have called," says McGlade, who told ABC6 that the dog had actually never been trained to call 911.

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Watch a Family of Geese Stop Traffic on an Illinois Interstate

UpdatePosted 05/07/2014 06:15PM

The Daily Treat: Family of Geese Stops Traffic on Illinois Interstate

Originally posted 05/07/2014 04:00PM

Most of the time, traffic jams are frustrating, inconvenient and redeeming only in the sense that you can sit in your car and listen to Beyoncé.

The bumper-to-bumper grind is almost never described as adorable – though it is when a family of Canada geese is trying to cross the interstate.

Seven geese – two adults and five goslings – disrupted traffic for more than one hour on an Illinois interstate Tuesday night as police escorted them to safety, reports NBC Chicago. (Watch the so-sweet video below.)

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Golden Retriever Found Protecting 81-Year-Old Owner's Body from Coyotes (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/07/2014 11:30AM

Buddy wasn't a service dog, but he served his owner until the day he died.

The golden retriever was found in Colorado, guarding his 81-year-old owner's body from coyotes after Robert Blake had perished during a cross-country skiing trip Friday afternoon.

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Credit: Courtesy CBS
Bruno the Police Dog Recovering After Being Shot In the Face

UpdatePosted 03/28/2014 04:35PM

Bruno the Police Dog Recovering After Being Shot In the Face

Originally posted 03/28/2014 04:15PM

A police dog named Bruno is recovering after being shot during a parole check in Anaheim, Calif.

The 7-year-old German Shepherd had emergency surgery to remove a bullet from his lung and repair his jaw after a man began shooting at police officers on March 20. Bruno was injured after guiding officers to where Robert Moreno Jr., a known gang member, was hiding.

"The dog alerted that the suspect was hiding behind a trash can. As they went up, the suspect stood up and started shooting at the direction of the officers and purposely aimed at the dog, shooting the dog," Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt told CBS Los Angeles.

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Who Helped Ashley Ransley Overcome Anorexia? Her Rescue Cat, Riley

Originally posted 03/26/2014 05:40PM

Ashley Ransley says she owes her life, in part, to a cat named Riley. It was back in 2008 when Ransley, who had battled anorexia while in high school and college, had left yet another treatment center and resigned herself to the idea that her disorder would ultimately kill her.

"She was dying," recalls her mom, Nancy Day, 66. "There was nothing we could do to reach her."

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Credit: Courtesy Detroit Humane Society
Shelter Dog Saves Family 2 Weeks After Adoption

UpdatePosted 03/12/2014 05:45PM

The Daily Treat: Shelter Dog Saves Family 2 Weeks After Adoption

Originally posted 03/12/2014 03:10PM

Hunter the dog is more than just an adorable face.

Just two weeks after finding a forever home, the husky-mix puppy thanked his adoptive family by rescuing them right back.

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Credit: Courtesy India Lipton
The Daily Treat: Dog Brings Joy to Children with Same Brain Condition | Animals & Pets, Cute Pets, Pet News, Unusual Pets

The Daily Treat: Dog Brings Joy to Children with Same Brain Condition

Originally posted 02/28/2014 04:50PM

Before he was even 2 years old, toddler Dylan Lipton-Lesser had undergone 15 brain surgeries due to a condition known as hydrocephalus, an excessive buildup of fluid inside the brain. But there's an upside – he's been able to find comfort in a friend who's experienced something similar: puppy Frank, a Chihuahua-dachshund mix with the same condition.

"As a very young puppy Frank clearly had a really big head," Amy McCracken, executive director of the no-kill shelter Richmond Animal League told TODAY.com. "We transfer animals from municipal shelters that are in danger of being euthanized, and that's how we got Frank."

Frank was placed with a foster family, and aside from suffering a seizure at 8 weeks old, thrived under their care and with regular doses of a seizure-controlling drug. When it became clear that concerns over his medical care were preventing potential adopters from signing on the dotted line, Frank's foster parents were prepared to make him their forever pet – until Stacy Metz stepped in.

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Military Dog Taken Prisoner by Taliban Fighters

Military Dog Taken Prisoner by Taliban Fighters

Originally posted 02/07/2014 05:45PM

The Taliban said Friday that they have captured a military dog belonging to NATO forces in Afghanistan, releasing a video of the canine wearing a high-tech harness.

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Credit: John Minchillo/AP
Blind Man to Keep Guide Dog Who Saved Him After Donations Pour In

Cecil Williams to Keep Guide Dog Who Saved Him After Donations Pour In

Originally posted 12/18/2013 07:30PM

Cecil Williams, whose life was saved by his guide dog after he fell on New York City subway tracks, will get to keep his pooch after animal lovers donated money to pay for the retiring pup's expenses.

Williams, 61, faced finding a new home for Orlando, the Labrador who jumped on the tracks to revive him after he fainted, because the 11-year-old pooch is getting to be too old to be a guide dog and the owner's insurance plan doesn't cover the expenses of nonworking dogs, the New York Post reports.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which trained Orlando, created a fund to help Williams keep his brave pup, and animals lovers have also donated more than $55,000 on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo so that the pair can stay together. "The spirit of giving, Christmas and all that – it exists here. It's in New York," a tearful Williams said from his hospital bed on Wednesday.

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