Pet Scoop: Fallen Soldier and Dog Receive Top Honors, Happy Reunions Boost Microchipping

October 31, 2011: We've scoured the Web to find the best animal stories, videos and photos for you to chew on. And it's all right here.

Autistic girl and service dog
CBC News
Emily Ainsworth, who is autistic, relies on her service dog Levi to help her get around.
Store Apologizes After Kicking Out a Girl and Her Service Dog

When 9-year-old Emily Ainsworth, who is autistic, visited a chain store in Canada last July with her service dog, she was told the dog wasn’t allowed in the store. The Winners chain apologized and gave her a gift card to come back — but when she did so last week, Emily was asked to leave again. Now Winners will donate $10,000 to a charity of her choice. Emily’s mother says the money will be used to train a service dog for another autistic child. — Read it at CBC News

High-Profile Reunions Increase the Demand for Microchipping

In the time since Willow the cat was found in New York after disappearing from her Colorado home, and Petey the dog returned home to Tennessee after being found in Michigan, microchipping of pets has skyrocketed by 185 percent. — Read it at Reuters

Shelter Pets Get Glam Makeovers at Photo Shoots — Along With New Homes

Lights, camera, action! Professional photographers have been helping shelter animals find homes by taking photos of them that better show off their personalities. Some dogs and cats have been photographed at shelters, while other photographers have taken the animals to their studios for glamour shots, where they don pearls and bows. — See before-and-after photos at Today

Extra: Check out our own interview with a dachshund shelter in Texas that's increased adoptions exponentially — thanks to a little help from a pro photographer. There's even a slideshow.

Soldier and dog Cooper honored
KRDO

A Colorado Base Honors a Fallen Soldier and His Dog

A dog park at the Fort Carson army base in Colorado was dedicated last week to Army Cpl. Kory Wiens and his yellow Lab, Sgt. Cooper. Both were killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2007. — Read it at KRDO

Happy Halloween!

Who can resist looking at pictures of pets dressed in adorable costumes or animals playing with plump pumpkins? — See animals with pumpkins and pets in costumes at People Pets

Plus: For some pet owners, every day is Halloween. These no-costume-needed pets may just give you the willies. — See photos at Today

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