Pet Scoop: Cat Survives 230-Mile Ride in Engine, “Police Pug” Wins Hearts on Internet

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Gumbo was reunited with his owner after surviving a 230-mile ride in a car's engine.
Gumbo was reunited with his owner after surviving a 230-mile ride in a car's engine.

Cat Reunited With Owner After Ride

Raven Huang was bringing his cat, Gumbo, to be neutered in Brooklyn, New York, on Jan. 14, when the nervous cat escaped from his car and disappeared. It turned out that Gumbo had wedged himself into a car’s engine — and wound up 230 miles away. The family who he tagged along with heard him meowing when they parked outside a hotel in Queensbury, New York, and the Warren County SPCA was called to help free the tired and hungry 10-year-old cat. Luckily, Huang was able to connect with the SPCA through Facebook, and he was happily reunited with his cat on Friday. “Hey, welcome back, buddy,” Huang said as Gumbo cuddled with him. “Feels like a family member came back, and it’s really comforting that he’s okay.” — Watch it at New York’s News 10 ABC

Study: Dogs Prefer Reggae Music

Researchers in Scotland studied the psychological and behavioral affects of different genres of music on dogs at a shelter in Dumbarton. The researchers played reggae, soft rock, pop, Motown and classical music for the dogs. “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed, highlighting the possibility that, like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences,” said researcher Neil Evans. “That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behavior.” — Read it at UPI

Mexican Border Wall Could Hurt Endangered Species

Experts are warning that countless animal species could be impacted by President Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican border. More than 100 threatened or endangered species live along the 1,300-mile expanse where the wall would be erected. One expert from Penn State University said that large mammals were “confounded and not knowing what to do” after their daily movement was disrupted by the partial fences and walls put up under President George W. Bush’s administration. “Dozens of animal species that migrate freely across the international line in search of water, food and mates would be walled off,” according to a Facebook post from Alt National Park Service, an unofficial page run by employees of the National Park Service. — Read it at the Washington Post

This photo of Hercules the "police Pug" from New Hampshire went viral.
This photo of Hercules the "police Pug" from New Hampshire went viral.

“Police Pug” Photo Goes Viral

Last week, the Rochester, New Hampshire, Police Department shared a photo of a K9 it said was its last recruit: an adorable Pug. “Hercules has been trained on how to aggressively hunt down any loose treats that may be in the vicinity. Don't let the flat nose fool you,” reads a Facebook post with the little dog’s photo. “He also knows how to sleep all day no matter what the weather may be. He's a sucker for a belly rub and does not enjoy running.” Alas, the department later confessed that Hercules hasn’t officially joined the force — he’s a civilian who belongs to one of the officers and was visiting the station. But that didn’t stop the post from going viral and attracting lots of attention from owners of fellow Pugs around the world, some of whom shared their own “police Pug” pictures. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Rescue Dog Searches for Littermates

Family reunions are a challenge for rescue pups — but Frito has done a great job so far of tracking down his siblings! Frito’s owner, Corie Gemmiti of Texas, adopted him from Texas Humane Heroes in October 2015. Gemmiti has been using social media to try to find the other six puppies from Frito’s litter so they can have a play date. They’ve found four of the pups, and are hoping to find the last two before their Feb. 18 reunion at the shelter. — Read it at People Pets


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