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More vets turn to prosthetics to help legless pets

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Published: April 22, 2014
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LOS ANGELES: A 9-month-old boxer pup named Duncan barreled down a beach in Oregon, running full tilt on soft sand into YouTube history and showing more than 4 million viewers that he can revel in a good romp despite lacking back legs.

"It's a heartwarming, wonderful thing to see," said Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. "These animals generally look to us as if they are very happy. We don't know that they are, but they are excited and jumping around and doing things that are wonderful to watch."

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Kittens accidentally shipped from Los Angeles to San Diego

By Dan Kadar Published: April 17, 2014

SAN DIEGO: A San Diego cable company employee expecting a shipment of fiberglass equipment got a shock when he discovered two newborn kittens clinging to life inside the box.

KGTV reports (http://bit.ly/1gE7wGG ) Thursday that the kittens are recovering after being accidentally shipped by truck from the Los Angeles area to a Cox Communications office in San Diego.

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More domestic violence shelters are taking in pets

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press Published: March 26, 2014
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NEW YORK: When her abusive husband left for work last fall, she grabbed her kids, her dog and her bags, only to run up against a heart-wrenching obstacle: None of the city's more than 50 domestic violence shelters would accept the pet.

"Should I still leave?" the 34-year-old woman asked herself before fleeing and ultimately finding a foster home for her Chihuahua.

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Cat whisperer heading to Oregon after attack

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Published: March 19, 2014
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LOS ANGELES: The large cat that attacked a baby and trapped an Oregon family in a bedroom touched off an Internet uproar that worries Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell."

Cats don't become ferocious felines that turn on their families for no reason, says the cat behavior expert, who is heading to Portland soon to work with the 4-year-old part-Himalayan pet named Lux. Galaxy will film the visit for his show's fifth season, which kicks off April 26.

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Dogs 'muttbomb' celebrities to boost adoptions

By Sue Manning, Associated Press Published: March 12, 2014

LOS ANGELES: Sandy the dog "muttbombed" celebrities like Bradley Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres and Brad Pitt as they posed at the Oscars for the now-famous star-studded selfie. That digitally tweaked version of the most retweeted photo ever is a Texas animal rescue's bet that combining cuddly canines and Hollywood stars will entice more social media users to adopt needy pets.

So-called muttbombing, the Photoshopped doggie version of photobombing, where someone slips into a picture without the subject knowing, has proved so popular online it has touched off requests from shelters across the country and overseas on how to launch their own campaigns. With social media increasingly becoming the go-to advertising tool, shelters are rushing to take up the successful strategy and DreamWorks Animation has used it to promote both homeless pets and its new movie starring a cartoon canine.

The adoption campaign by Dallas Pets Alive, a small, all-volunteer rescue, and Dieste Inc., a marketing firm working pro bono, launched Feb. 10. They take the publicly posted Instagram photos of both the glitterati and the girl next door, edit in the friendly face of a dog in need and attach often humorous captions urging adoptions. The Oscars selfie has a caption reading, "I'm Sandy and I'm #muttbombing you in hopes of finding a home."

In another celebrity muttbomb, a pooch named Max sneaked in next to actor Ryan Gosling and asked, "Hey Ryan Gosling, can I follow you home? My parents always told me to follow my dreams." Other photos have featured Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon.

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