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  • Town Reveals Cat’s $8,000 Statue

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres |

    Hamish McHamish gets a closer look at his statue in St. Andrews in Scotland.People in the small town of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, have pulled together to raise $8,000 for a bronze statue of the town's beloved 14-year-old cat. Hamish McHamish belongs to resident Marianne Baird, but since he was about a year old, he's spent his time in various houses, shops and university buildings around the town.

    Hamish arrived in a convertible as a crowd gathered to watch the unveiling of his likeness, proudly sitting next to it. The kitty is a local celebrity, with his own Facebook page and Twitter account - and there's even a book written about him. "Our statue is a way of saying thank you to Hamish for being so 'purrfectly' adorable and to celebrate him and the joy he brings us," said Flora Selwyn, a local magazine editor who organized the fundraising for the statue. - Read it at Time

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  • Martha Stewart Lives the Good Long Life with Pets

    By Blaine Novak and Portia Stewart

    Martha with her Chow Chow and two Frenchies.Martha Stewart's path to living a good long life includes a plethora of pets - from her Himalayan cats and French Bulldogs to her singing red canaries and horses to her Chow Chows so often featured on magazine covers and books. While Stewart has made a study of living beautifully, part of that commitment involves offering the best care for the animals that share her life.

    SEE ALSO: 7 Best Dog Breeds for Country Living

    Whether you've seen this Emmy award-winning TV show host on television or read her how-to tips for living in magazines or books, you've likely invited her into your home to help you with lifestyle advice that ranges from cooking, gardening and crafting to organizing and entertaining. And in her latest book, Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others (Clarkson Potter, 2013), Stewart created a guide for living your healthiest life, including her own 10 Golden Rules for Successful Aging.

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  • 15-Year Old Dog Found Wandering Mudslide Site

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres |

    Boomer, 15, was found in the mudslide debris field three miles from his home.Boomer wasn't caught in last month's deadly mudslide in Oso, Wash. But last week, he went missing and was found wandering around the dangerous debris field.

    The 15-year-old Golden Retriever was found on Wednesday night by two people who were searching for their own missing dog. Boomer suffered injuries to his legs and hips after walking through the rough terrain for three days. He lives three miles from the site of the disaster, with the sister of his original owner. His first owner was lost in the slide, and some people speculate that Boomer went to the area to look for him.

    Even though he wasn't a slide survivor, finding him brought some happy news to search crews working in the area, where at least 30 people have died. "He recovered beautifully," said vet technician Kellie Bartlett of Arlington Veterinary Hospital. "When Boomer saw his owner, he was wagging his tail. It's a happy ending for someone who's lost a lot." - Read it at the New

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  • 7 Best Dog Breeds for Country Living

    By Shayna Meliker |

    When we think about life in the country, we automatically think of animals - particularly the faithful farm dog, who will follow you on rugged walks across the fields and keep your livestock in line. For many terriers, setters, spaniels and other breeds, there's no better home than one in the country, with lots of work to be done and space to run and explore. These dogs, many of whom were bred for farm jobs or hunting responsibilities, tend to feel right at home in rural areas - although with adequate exercise, they can live happily just about anywhere.

    We spotlight seven dog breeds who love country living.

    Border Collie1. Border Collie (photo credit: Anna Pozzi, Animal Photography/

    One of the most iconic farm dogs around, the Border Collie lives to work. She was developed in the border country between Scotland and England, and still thrives on her original purpose: herding sheep. Just make sure you're prepared to live with a dog

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  • 7 Comments that Make Cat Owners Cringe

    By Caroline Golon

    Contrary to what some people may believe, cats are active, personable pets. Cats are sweet, loving, funny pets who are oft misunderstood by those who haven't had the pleasure of owning - or, rather, being owned by - a cat. As a result, cat people often hear misguided comments about their life with their cats.

    Here are seven things that you should never say to a cat person - unless you want to get swatted.

    I like dogs better. They're friendlier.

    So, you're basically saying that your cat-loving friend doesn't like friendly creatures? That makes no sense. Why would anyone share a home with a little furry jerk? Just because cats might not bound over to you with goofy abandon the minute you walk in the door doesn't mean they're not friendly. Cats often take a little time to assess the situation and the people around them before they cozy up. Some are more outgoing than others, but plenty of cats are simply scoping out the landscape before selecting the most comfortable lap.

    RELATED: 14 Things Only Cat Lovers Know

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  • Teens Quick Thinking Save Family Dogs from Blaze

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres |

    NBC Washington -- Sam and Dave were immediately put on oxygen after they were saved from their burning home.Between classes at their high school in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, Sydney Davis ran across the street to her house with her friend, Amanda Burtin, to get some tea. But when they arrived, they could see thick black fog through the window, and they were hit with a big blast of smoke as they opened the door.

    "The first thing that came to my mind was saving my dogs," Davis said. The dogs, Sam and Dave, were trapped inside in their cages. They called 911 and threw a rock through the glass door to shatter it. "We were just calling them and calling them and we didn't hear a thing," Davis said.

    "I just jumped inside and looked for their cage." But the teens couldn't breathe and knew they had to get out of the house. Firefighters arrived just in time to free the dogs, with the girls' guidance. The Wheaten Terrier and Australian Shepherd were immediately put on oxygen and survived thanks to the teens' lucky timing and quick thinking. - Watch it at

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  • What is the Best Collar for Your Dog?

    By Mikkel Becker |

    If you have a dog, chances are you have at least a collar or two - or, if you're like me, perhaps a dozen for each dog, depending on the season or celebration. Collars are a pet ownership staple, both for holding identification tags and having a secure way to move the dog when needed. Without even considering the design or color, just simply the collar type, the possibilities are nearly endless.

    Read on to find the best collar for your pet, including those that prevent escape and strangulation and alternatives to corrective collars.

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    iStockphoto1. Flat Collars

    Think of it as your white T-shirt, a wardrobe staple. The flat collar is simple: a piece of material adjustable for length that fits around your dog's neck, often with a snap buckle. Though traditional, the flat collar holds tremendous value for its simplicity. ID tags can be secured to the collar, and it can be used as a walking tool for trained

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  • Texas Dog Mysteriously Found in Ohio

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres |

    Corbin was found 1,100 miles from his Texas home, just four days after his disappeared.Corbin, a Chihuahua and Dachshund mix, dug a hole under the fence in his backyard in Killeen, Texas, on March 25. Four days later, he was found tied to a bench outside the Animal Friends Humane Society shelter - 1,100 miles away, in Hamilton, Ohio.

    But how Corbin got there remains a mystery. The shelter brought the 3-year-old dog inside and scanned his microchip to find his owner. "It sounds like one of those too good to be true stories," said owner Mike Saiz. "This isn't the first time he dug a hole under the fence. One time he was waiting for us on our front porch and the other two times we had to pick him up from the local pound."

    Authorities are looking for the woman seen on a surveillance video dropping him off at the shelter in the middle of the night. When Corbin's story was shared on Facebook by a Texas TV station, a woman from Killeen who was in Ohio offered to drive the pooch home. Corbin and his family were reunited last night,

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  • When Internet-Famous Pets Pass

    By Kristen Seymour |

    Colonel Meow, who passed away earlier this year, had a unique look that paired perfectly with his owner's (or Slave-Beast's) humorous voice.Animals with their own fan clubs aren't anything new. In the years before the Internet, animals sometimes became famous for a role in a TV show or a movie. But more often than not, it was the character who was famous rather than the animal himself. Everyone knows Lassie, for example, but only true fans know that he was first played by a dog named Pal.

    These days, though, that's far from the case. It seems like every time we log in to Facebook or Instagram or YouTube, a new Maru or Mishka is stealing our hearts (and our page views), but these animals aren't actors with handlers and a PR firm ready to frame their everyday activities in a rosy light. No, these are simply people's pets who happened to go viral.

    SEE ALSO: A Beginner's Guide to Viral Animal Celebrities

    Enthusiastic Instagrammers and bloggers create and maintain their pets' online image by consistently delivering adorable photos, witty captions and funny videos featuring the

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  • This Rescued Pit Bull's Transformation Will Renew Your Faith in Second Chances

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres |

    Gideon the Pit BullA new viral video that has earned nearly 700,000 views since it was posted two weeks ago tells the moving story of Gideon, a sick Pit Bull whose joyful personality was revealed after he was rescued by the Bill Foundation in Los Angeles.

    The sweet dog was living in an abandoned lot, terrified and in pain when rescuers arrived to help him in December. The foundation's Annie Hart captured the rescue on video as two of her partners worked for three hours to gain Gideon's trust with pieces of hamburger.

    Finally, he was willing to go with them.

    Hart told the Huffington Post that Gideon was "by far one of the sickest dogs" she'd ever seen. He was suffering from lacerations and bacterial and fungal infections, and he was starving.

    Gideon had a microchip, but his registered owners told the microchip company they didn't want the dog anymore, Hart said. The rescuers immediately brought him to the Animal Wellness Centers in L.A., which

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