Pet Scoop: Cable Channel DogTV Launches, United Forces Some Pets to Fly as Cargo

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DogTV caters to canines who are home alone.

TV Goes to the Dogs

A new cable channel that launched in San Diego this week aims to get your dog’s attention — and keep him company — when you're not home. For $5 a month, DogTV features three- to five-minute programs that can help your pet to relax or take him out on a virtual exploration.

“A lot of people laugh and think it’s funny or a gimmick,” said co-founder Ron Levi. “But then we explain the research and the science behind it. This is a great opportunity to make dogs happier and their lives more pleasant.” — Read it at Today and watch the clips on YouTube

Pets Now Must Fly as Cargo on United Airlines

A change in United Airlines' pet policy has left some military families living overseas outraged. Since United merged with Continental, it has adopted Continental's Petsafe program, which requires pets to travel as cargo, instead of as checked luggage. Some military families say that it will cost them hundreds of dollars more now to bring their dogs home. — Read it at USA Today

Pygmy Goats Can Pick Up Local Accents

Maybe these kids just want to fit in. A new study found that young pygmy goats “modify their calls according to their social surroundings, developing similar 'accents.' ” Scientists believe that the different accents may help the goats to identify strangers. — Read it at NPR

Coney Island black-footed penguin

Name That Black-Footed Penguin

The Wildlife Conservation Society is asking children to help name an African black-footed penguin who was donated to the organization. The native New Yorker — he was born in Rochester, N.Y. — now lives at the New York Aquarium on Coney Island. Kids can submit their entries here by Sunday, Feb. 19. — Read more at Petside

A Surprise Visit From the First Dog — and the First Lady

First Lady Michelle Obama brought Portuguese Water Dog Bo along with her for an unannounced meet and greet with visitors to the White House on Thursday. — Watch it at ABC News

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