Pet Scoop: Bring Your Dog to Work and Curb Stress, Activists Protest Colored Easter Chicks

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Researchers Find That Dogs Truly Do Ease Stress in the Office

A study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University found that workers who brought their dogs to work had less stress — even in an office filled with fragile dinnerware. The study took place at Replacements Ltd., a North Carolina outfit that sells china and crystal. The company has allowed dogs in the workplace for 15 years — and that includes the repair area, where delicate china is handled. According to the study, the average stress level scores fell about 11 percent among people who had canine companions at work, and jumped by up to 70 percent for those who did not bring their doggies to work. — Read it at the LA Times

Denver News Anchor Is Back on the Air After Dog Bite

Kyle Dyer, who was bitten by an Argentine Mastiff during a live TV interview on KUSA in February, returns to the air this week. “I know while she may not be looking forward to the hours, she is excited about returning to the show, and we can't wait,” wrote the station’s Gary Shapiro. — Read it at KUSA

Rainbow-Colored Chicks for Easter Raise Serious Concerns

Purple and pink chicks may look cute for Easter, but many people are questioning whether dyeing animals — the Florida legislature recently lifted a ban on the practice — will just lead to more abandoned critters once the holiday is over. “Humane societies are overflowing with these animals after Easter every year,” Don Anthony of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida told The New York Times. — Read it at The New York Times

Tiger Cubs
This webcam shot shows a trio of Amur tiger cubs who were born at the Calgary Zoo. Each one weighs about 1.6 pounds.

Calgary Zoo Welcomes Tiger Triplets

The birth of three Amur tiger cubs was caught on a webcam at the Calgary Zoo in Canada last week. Only about 350 to 400 of the tigers remain in the wild. — See the photos at Zooborns

Shelter and Pet Food Chain Join Forces to Save Kittens

San Francisco’s Department of Animal Care and Control is working with Pet Food Express to help find homes for abandoned cats getting ready to give birth to kittens. “It’s been incredible. We can barely keep [the store’s adoption center] stocked with cats,” said the head of the agency. — Read it at The New York Times

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