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VIDEO: A dog does his best to tuck in a sleeping baby.

By Now This News Jul 9, 2013 10:54PM

This looks like true love to us.

 

Sea cows had been sickened by red tide bloom.

By Vetstreet Jul 9, 2013 3:27PM

Seven sea cows who suffered from this season’s red tide bloom are headed back into Florida’s waters. 

After being rescued between January and March, the seven manatees were treated and rehabilitated at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

Seven rehabbed manatees are being returned to Florida waters. / Lowry Park ZooFive of the animals are being released Tuesday morning in Lee County, including Lorange, a 400-pound female; Manlee, a 880-pound male; Tide, a 550-pound male; Eel, a 745-pound female; and Flee, a 905-pound female.

 

Microchip helps reunite canine with owner.

By Vetstreet Jul 9, 2013 2:34PM

Three years ago, Smoke, a gray pit bull, disappeared while his owner, Eric Hough, was living in Echo Park, Calif. Hough reported his dog stolen. Then, last month, Smoke turned up at a Florida shelter, where the staff discovered he had a microchip — but Hough had moved, and his contact information was out of date.

Eric Hough is reunited with his dog, Smoke, after three years. / CBS News

 

Canines visit grieving families of the 19 deceased firefighters.

By Vetstreet Jul 8, 2013 3:14PM

Two teams of K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs traveled from Chicago to Prescott, Ariz., for the Fourth of July weekend to visit the city that’s mourning the loss of 19 Hotshot firefighters who died trying to stop a wildfire.

Photo: Two teams of comfort dogs spent the holiday weekend working in Arizona. / K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs / FacebookThey spent time in the private homes of the fallen firefighters’ families and made stops at fire stations and the memorial to the firefighters.

 

Rescue crew frees stuck pup.

By Vetstreet Jul 8, 2013 2:59PM

A couple drove about four miles in South Florida on Thursday, and when they parked, they discovered that a puppy was stuck under the hood of their PT Cruiser.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded and quickly freed the dog from in between the car’s steering mechanism and one of its axles.

Photo: A puppy was freed from the engine of a car in Florida. / NBC Miami"They worked like an Indy 500 pit crew," said spokesman Mike Jachles. "In less than two minutes they had the wheel up, had some parts apart and were able to extricate the dog without injury."

 

It's important to remember that our patriotic midsummer spectacular is no holiday for many of our pets.

By Vetstreet Jul 2, 2013 8:02PM

By Dr. Marty Becker

This Fourth of July, Americans will celebrate with the sights and sounds of fireworks. While we humans may ooh and aah over every explosion, our pets are very often frightened out of their wits.

Help your pets during 4th of July fireworks / Simone Pievani/Getty Images They'll spend the holiday hiding under the bed or in the basement, cowering, shaking, drooling and seeking safety and comfort. Scared pets have been known to jump out of apartment windows, leap over or dig under fences, or chew their skin until it's raw. They may also bolt out an open door and become lost.

 

The photo of the dolphins and whale was shot near Catalina Island from about 600 feet above the water.

By Vetstreet Jul 2, 2013 3:02PM

A photo taken about 600 feet above the waters around Catalina Island by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a dozen long-beaked common dolphins getting a free ride from a migrating gray whale.

Dolphins hitch a ride with a gray whale / Courtesy of NOAA Fisheries The dolphins are pushed along by the larger animal’s bow wave.

Bing: Facts about dolphins

 

A suburban Seattle town is putting protection of a national symbol before its annual pyrotechnic display.

By Vetstreet Jul 1, 2013 6:21PM

Photo: Baby bald eagle / Getty Images Eastside Audubon recently asked officials in Kirkland, Wash., to move the city's traditional fireworks launching pad because it was too close to a pair of 6- to 8-week-old bald eagle chicks nesting in a Douglas fir on the shore of Lake Washington.

 
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