Pet Scoop: Just Adopted Dog Saves His New Family, Cat Stuck on Top of a Cactus

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Hercules the St. Bernard
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Hercules proved his love for his new family by chasing a burglar out of his new home.
St. Bernard Chases an Intruder From His Home The Day He's Adopted

Just six hours after being rescued from a county pound in Ohio, Hercules the St. Bernard became a hero. As Lee Littler was opening the door to his house, Hercules started growling and took off after a man who was trying to break into the home through a basement door. The dog then chased the man over a fence, where he managed to get away. But the protective dog earned a permanent spot in the hearts of his new family. — Read it at ABC 2 News

Dog Eats Nearly $1,000 in Cash

A 4-year-old Labrador mix found a tasty snack on a countertop: ten $100 bills that were set aside for a car payment. When Tuity’s owner came home, she found shredded bills all over the house. Although she managed to piece back together nine of them, the tenth bill lacked all of its serial numbers and couldn’t be repaired. — Read it at Time

Cat stuck on top of Arizona cactus
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Cat Climbs Down a Cactus After Being Stuck for Days

This kitty was stranded atop a 20-foot cactus in the Arizona desert for several days. Witnesses think that the cat scaled the cactus to escape from a predator. After being photographed and videotaped by helicopters, the kitty eventually climbed down from its prickly perch. — Watch it at Fox 9 News

Owner of a Dog Injured in a Hit-and-Run Thanks Good Samaritan New Yorkers

In an article in The New York Times, Delia Ephron writes about how her dog, Honey, was out with her dog walker when the pup was clipped by a car that drove off. Ephron was amazed by the kindness of strangers who managed to catch the white Havanese (who took off running), and capture a picture of the car’s license plate — not to mention the surgeons who saved Honey. — Read it at The New York Times

Truckers Across the Country Deliver Rescued Animals to New Homes

Since 2005, Operation Roger, a growing network of kind-hearted truck drivers across the U.S., has transported 600 animals to safety. “Here I am, a big ol’ tough truck driver, and I’m sitting here choking up right now,” said one volunteer while describing a dog he'd helped rescue. — Read it at Today

Paris Hilton Orders Some Filet Mignon for a Stray Dog in Bali

Heiress Paris Hilton was “so sad” when she saw a starving dog while dining at a restaurant on a Bali beach that she ordered an extra dinner, so he could indulge in a filet mignon of his own. — Read it at People Pets

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