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Canine runs onto course after escaping from its owner.

By Vetstreet Jul 1, 2013 3:44PM

Photo: A small dog barely managed to run out of the way of cyclists on the Tour de France course. / NBC SportsA small white dog narrowly avoided a catastrophe at the Tour de France on Sunday. With the riders careening toward a corner in Corsica on the 96-mile second stage of the course at speeds of almost 50 mph, the dog got away from its owner and ran into the middle of the street.


The animal-loving mayor of the New Jersey city rescued an abused pooch.

By Vetstreet Jun 28, 2013 3:21PM

Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker, who saved a freezing dog from outside a Newark, N.J., home in January, has come to the rescue of another pooch in trouble.

Photo: VIa Twitter @corybookerOn Thursday night, @shankdog3000, Michael Cruickshank, tweeted the mayor about

a dog he said he’d been told was locked in a small crate in an empty lot in the steamy city for four days. Without hesitation, the hands-on mayor asked for the dog’s location, and two minutes later, he tweeted that he was on his way there.


Zoo officials have named the two-headed turtle Thelma and Louise.

By Associated_Press Jun 28, 2013 2:56PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) —  The female Texas cooter arrived June 18 and will go on display Thursday at the zoo's Friedrich Aquarium.

Photo: Thelma and Louise, a two-headed Texas cooter turtle, is seen in an undated photo provided by the San Antonio Zoo. (AP Photo/San Antonio Zoo)Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike said Wednesday that the two-headed turtle appears healthy and is able to swim and walk. She says experts at the zoo don't foresee any health issues for Thelma and Louise, named for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning road movie of the same name.


Firefighters in Sacramento, Calif., came to the rescue of an abused little dog who had been restrained and forced into a deep storm drain on Sunday.

By Vetstreet Jun 27, 2013 3:07PM

The rescue team first put ventilation equipment in place to improve the dog’s air quality while they worked to lower firefighter Nick Mack 15 feet to the bottom. He then crawled to reach the pooch, free him and bring him to the surface.

Photo: A small dog is rescued by Sacramento firefighter Nick Mack. He is being lowered into a storm drain to save a trapped dog. / Sacramento Metro Fire Department“We all have dogs and we all love dogs,” said Metro Fire Battalion Chief Maurice Johnson, in a statement. “We are just glad to be able to give this guy a second chance.”


A Washington farmer and a butcher have taken advantage of excess marijuana in the state.

By Associated_Press Jun 27, 2013 2:32PM

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — The white van with tinted windows pulled up to the driveway with its cargo — cardboard boxes full of marijuana. And the customers eagerly awaited it, grunting and snorting.

The deal was going down for three hungry Berkshire pigs from a Washington state farm, and a German television crew was there to film it.

Photo: Jeremy Gross pats pigs he is raising on his farm, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Snohomish, Wash. The pigs shown are fed traditionally, but other pigs owned by Gross are being fed food that contains a mix leaves, stems, and other byproducts of medical marijuana that Gross hopes will produce pork products with a unique savory taste. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Photo: Jeremy Gross pats pigs he is raising on his farm in Snohomish, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Part flavor experiment, part green recycling, part promotion and bolstered by the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state, pot excess has been fed to the hogs by their owners, pig farmer Jeremy Gross and Seattle butcher William von Schneidau, since earlier this year.

Gross and von Schneidau now sell their "pot pig" cuts at von Schneidau's butcher shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market at a premium price — bacon is $17 a pound while chops go for $16.90 a pound.


New research suggests that canines react to their owners much like human children react to their parents.

By Vetstreet Jun 26, 2013 4:38PM

It’s no surprise that many dog owners think of their pup as their child. But what may be more surprising is a new study that finds dogs feel the same way — they react to their owners in a way that is strikingly similar to the way children react to their parents.

Photo: Dogs see their owners like parents study finds / Compassionate Eye Foundation/Jetta Productions/Getty Images The behavior is rooted in the bonding that happens when pooches think of their protectors as a “secure base” that gives them confidence and safety, according to a new study by researchers University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, that was published in the journal PLOS ONE.


During a visit to the vet, a couple from England was told that their 2-year-old Doberman was expecting six puppies. But, as it turned out, they were underestimating.

By Vetstreet Jun 26, 2013 3:15PM

By Amy Sinatra Ayres

Supermom-dog Gina delivered a whopping 13 puppies over the course of nine hours. Her brood is now 5 weeks old and healthy, reported the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

Owners Mark and Olga Holtom said they left home for an hour last month, and returned to find that their family pet — who they bred with an award-winning dog named Storm — had given birth to three puppies.

Photo: Doberman has litter of 13 puppies in England / Lee Sanders / SWNS.com After another six hours of helping Gina, the Holtoms had a total of nine puppies on their kitchen floor.


When Cary Ferguson couldn’t yell out for help, his dog did it for him.

By Vetstreet Jun 25, 2013 7:45PM

Cary Ferguson, 58, took his dog, Jinxie, for a walk at 10 a.m. Friday. But when he didn’t return, his friends became worried.

Photo: Cary Ferguson missing man until dog barking alerted rescuers / Courtesy of WREG Ferguson, who lives in Tennessee, is a cancer patient with a tracheotomy, making it impossible for him to shout out for help. He also suffers from a mental illness that can cause hallucinations.

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