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  • Cat Returns to Owner Who is Miles Away in New Home

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres


    Mayhem the cat amazingly traveled six miles and found his original owner.When Jill Roberson was moving to a house on a busy street in North Carolina, she decided it would be best to give her 18-month-old cat to a couple living on a nearby farm. But the cat, Mayhem, had other plans.

    After she'd been in the new house for about three weeks, Roberson was sitting on her front porch when she heard meowing. "I walked over to the fence and called to him because I couldn't see anything, and [Mayhem] come bounding under the fence and I have been in shock ever since," Roberson says.

    The cat had somehow traveled six miles and found Roberson, even though she says he'd never even been to her new residence. "It just confirms that pets have feelings. We loved him, but we didn't realize he loved us that much, that he would track us down," she says. She said Mayhem now prefers to stay inside. - Watch it at South Carolina's WSPA

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  • Adopted Dog Saves Owner from Gas Leak

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres | vetstreet.com


    Clobber, a Greyhound, alerted his new owner to a gas leak in their home.Erin Cramer was home sick recently when the dog she'd adopted two months earlier started acting strangely. Clobber, a Greyhound, was standing with his nose against a wall upstairs in her Indianapolis home.

    She tried to take him outside, but he immediately pulled her back inside, and raced back up the stairs the moment she took off his leash. Still not sure what Clobber was up to, Cramer went to the laundry room, where she felt like she was hit by a "wall of gas."

    It turned out that her water heater was leaking gas into the room, and a plumber she called for help told her it was also sparking. "[The plumber] said it probably would have ignited the gas fumes and taken out not only this house but several around me," Cramer said. She's very grateful to her alert dog. "If it wasn't for him coming into our lives, we probably wouldn't be here right now." - Watch it at Indiana's Fox 59

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  • More Hospitals Let Pets Visit Their Sick Owners

    By Maureen McKinney | vetstreet.com


    Samantha Fross spends time with her Chihuahua, Lulu, as part of the Healing Paws program at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.When you're sick, your four-legged family members can provide enormous comfort just by being there. When you're sick enough to be hospitalized, though, pets generally are not allowed to visit. But a growing number of hospitals around the country are allowing furry family members to visit - with great results.

    Just ask the Rev. Susan Roy, director of Pastoral Care Services at the University of Maryland Medical Center, who started the Faithful Friends personal pet visitation program at the hospital in 2008. "Some of our patients are hospitalized for upwards of six months or longer," Roy says. "When a family pet visits, it's a real morale booster for the patient. It's comforting for them to be able to bring a piece of their normal life to the hospital."

    SEE ALSO: 5 Smartest Dog Breeds

    Pat Kirkland, manager of Family Support Services and head of the Healing Paws program at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., agrees. "Many of

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  • 7 Signs You Love Your Dog More Than Your Spouse

    By Melanie Kramer | vetstreet.com


    ThinkstockYou really can't compare the love you have for a spouse or significant other to your love of a dog -- the two are very different. But it can be easy to get in the habit of showering your adorable canine with love and attention. Dogs actively seek and expect affection, while a loved one may not. This might sometimes leave your partner with a sense that you love the family pet more than you love him. Before you jump into marriage counseling, take a look at our list to see if you truly do love your dog more than your spouse.

    1. You greet your dog first when you come home.

    You walk through the door after a long day or a trip away and shower your pup with hugs and kisses but don't give the same treatment to your significant other. While your spouse might not need or want immediate cuddle time, be sure he knows you missed him just as much.

    You also need to beware of causing behavior issues when greeting your dog. Trainer Mikkel Becker advises that you

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  • Dog Rescued from Washington Mudslide Debris

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres | vetstreet.com


    Buddy was saved after being trapped in the Washington mudslide, but his owner is still missing.The McPherson family lost a lot in the devastating mudslide in Oso, Wash., on Saturday. Helen and Irene McPherson are still missing their sister, Linda, and their family home and farm of five generations was washed away.

    But Monday brought a glimmer of hope when Irene's grandson, Quinton, heard Linda's chocolate Labrador Retriever, Buddy, whining in the rubble. He was freed and cleaned up, and is recovering from the cuts and bruises he suffered.

    The family thinks the shaken dog was carried about 100 feet in the mud. "We needed a win," said one grateful family member. At least 14 people have been confirmed dead in the mudslide, and 176 are still missing. - Watch it at USA Today

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  • Guide Dogs Lead Owners to Love

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres | vetstreet.com


    Guide dogs Venice and Rodd were ring bearers in the wedding of their owners, Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey.Last year, we told you the sweet story of how guide dogs Venice and Rodd fell in love while they were training at a school in England, and led their owners to become inseparable, too.

    On Saturday, with their dogs at their sides, Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey got married. "Our dogs were the class love story," Johnson said. "Everyone used to joke about how Mark's dog Rodd and my dog Venice were meant to be together."

    Johnson and Gaffey got to know each other during training with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and discovered that they lived only 1.5 miles from each other, so they continued to get their Labrador Retrievers together, and ended up falling in love themselves. "I have no doubt that our guide dogs brought us together and helped me find my true love," Johnson said. "Much like our two guide dogs, we really are best friends and soul mates." - Read it at the U.K.'s Mirror

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  • 9 Great Big Dog Breeds for Families

    By Shayna Meliker | vetstreet.com


    When searching for the right dog to add to your family, your first instinct might be to bring home a tiny little thing that your kids can cradle in their laps. But we're here to remind you that the best dog for you may be a larger breed.

    Big dogs like Labrador Retrievers and Saint Bernards can become a child's protector, adventure buddy and best friend. Check out our photo gallery to see nine large breeds that can be good for families.

    SEE ALSO: 18 Best Breeds for New Dog Owners


    Labrador RetrieverLabrador Retriever (photo credit: Barbara O'Brien, Animal Photography/vetstreet.com)


    There's a reason the iconic Labrador Retriever has been America's most popular dog for 23 consecutive years - any Lab lover will tell you that they can be the perfect family dog. A Labrador tends to become everyone's devoted best friend, especially when you tire him out with daily walks and games of fetch.


    Standard Poodle
    Many families may overlook the Standard

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  • Do You Allow Cats on Kitchen Counters?

    By Kristen Seymour | vetstreet.com


    ThinkstockAs the self-appointed rulers of households everywhere, cats lay claim to all parts of their home (or kingdom). But do they belong on the kitchen counter? We wanted to know how our readers felt and whether veterinarians felt the same. We polled cat owners and veterinary professionals[i], and the results may surprise you.

    When asked if their cats were allowed access to the counter, 21 percent of veterinary professionals who responded answered "yes," 13 percent answered "rarely" and 54.5 percent answered "no." ("Other" was also an option, claiming 11.4 percent of veterinary professional votes.)

    Our readers were more likely than veterinary professionals to allow their cats on the counter: 28 percent answered affirmatively, 11 percent said rarely and 48.1 percent said no, with the remaining readers opting for "other." So, while veterinary professionals are less likely to allow their cats on the kitchen counter as a habit, they're actually more

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  • A Prayer for Dog Owners: A Devotional for Those Who Love Canines

    By Dr. Andy Roark | vetstreet.com


    ThinkstockFor me, medicine has always had a deeply spiritual component. I often say little prayers for my patients and their owners, and it is for this reason that I started to think about what I would pray for if I were a mere pet owner, and not a veterinarian asking for medical miracles. Here's what I, as a dog lover, would say:

    Dear Lord,

    Thank you for the gift of canine companionship. Let me always strive to be the person my dog thinks I am, even if that level of awesomeness is completely unattainable.

    Please remind me of the innocence of dogs and of my responsibilities to those I take into my home. Forgive me if I get frustrated with my dog, feed him the occasional table scrap or make him wear a holiday costume for a few quick photos. I promise I will try my hardest to always be a good owner, friend and family member.

    SEE ALSO: 5 Once-Popular Dog Breeds That Are Missed

    Lord, during puppyhood, please help him figure out the

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  • 10 Insects and Other Creatures Dangerous to Cats & Dogs

    By Sally Deneen | vetstreet.com


    Nearly every day, a frantic caller contacts the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center with a poison complaint relating to an outdoor insect or critter, often toads. As warm weather sees more dogs and cats venturing into the great outdoors, do you know what hazards are lurking in your region?

    Vetstreet interviewed leading wildlife and veterinary toxicology experts who identified the most common and lethal threats to your pets as well as in what parts of the country they reside.

    SEE ALSO: 8 Most Dangerous Plants for Cats and Dogs


    Bees1. Bees

    You may hear a yelp from your dog and then within 20 minutes, see his face swell in size. The cause behind the swollen face may be a reaction to a bee sting. "Fatal reactions are rare, but they do occur," says Dr. Russak. Most dogs tend to have a mild reaction, and often a first-time bee sting causes no trouble. It's the subsequent stings that can be severe. "Bee stings, if you can avoid them, are

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