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A speedy Border Collie named Trick won the first big prize at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show over the weekend: the agility championship. The black and white dog from Rhode Island bobbed and weaved through the obstacle course in 32.65 seconds, becoming the third Border Collie to win the top prize in the competition’s four years. But Trick wasn’t the event’s only star. The audience laughed as Mia, a 12-inch Beagle, who got distracted several times on the course, stopped to sniff, scratch and take in the crowd’s adoration. The announcer can be heard saying, “Don’t be a Beagle, don’t be a Beagle …” in a video as Mia stops for a sniff. “That was a delightfully entertaining run,” the announcer said as Mia finished and got love from her handler. — Read and watch it at NJ.com
In a first, cats joined the dogs at “Meet the Breeds,” which showcased various breeds as Westminster kicked off in New York over the weekend. The cats even had the chance to show off in their own agility demonstration, some of them trying it for the first time. Luckily, the first feline appearance at the show was far from a “cat-astrophe,” as some Twitter users joked. A 1-year-old Sphynx cat named Misha had never tried the obstacle course before but caught on so quickly she bested 30 other cats to win. “Good for them,” said Tina Ackerman of New Hampshire as she handled her Bichon Frise. “There's no way we could ever have trained any of our cats to do agility.” The dog show will air on FS1 tonight and Tuesday night, when the prestigious Best in Show title will be awarded. — Read it from AP via Yahoo
A cat was the first to notice flames inside his family’s home at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, and is credited with saving his loved ones from the blaze. The parents and two children were sleeping in their home in Canada when the fire started. The cat pawed his way into his owner’s bedroom and bit the mother on the arm to alert her to the danger, reports said. The family escaped their burning home safely with the cat, and firefighters were also able to save a second cat from the fire. — Read it at CBS News
The Internet has fallen for Kenobi, the chocolate Labrador Retriever who showed lots of puppy love for his partner, Indiana Conservation Officer Levi Knach, as they attempted to sit for an official portrait recently. Last week, Indiana State Parks shared one serious picture of the duo on Facebook — and three where Kenobi decided to kiss and cuddle with Knach. Not surprisingly, the pictures went viral. But the department warns he’s not all sweetness and snuggles. “Kenobi is cute, but make no mistake — he is a trained, working officer and can track people and locate a variety of objects ranging from venison to ginseng,” the post read. — Read it at the Huffington Post
Blizzards and flooding may be hitting parts of the U.S., but around the world in Australia, residents are coping with a heat wave. Keepers at Symbio Wildlife Park helped their koalas battle Sydney’s high temperatures with frozen water bottles wrapped in cloth and tied to trees for them to sidle up to. In a video shared on Facebook Saturday, the marsupials looked quite appreciative of the help with cooling down. — Watch it at Symbio Wildlife Park’s Facebook
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