Pet Scoop: Coast Guard Saves Lost Dog From Frozen Lake, NBC Sponsors Guide Dog Training

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Coast Guard officers rescued a lost dog stranded on Michigan's frozen Lake St. Clair on Monday.
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Coast Guard officers rescued a lost dog stranded on Michigan's frozen Lake St. Clair on Monday.

Rescued Dog Reunited With Owners

A Coast Guard cutter was on frozen Lake St. Clair in Michigan to help another vessel stuck in the ice on Monday when its crew spotted a stranded dog nearly 5 miles from the shore. Three petty officers suited up in weather-resistant gear and used lunch meat to earn the dog’s trust, putting him on a stretcher-like device to bring him safely to their vessel. The officers said they saw burrows on the ice where the pooch had tried to dig to protect himself. “It was cold, weak and tired,” said Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf. “It may have been out there for a couple of days or so.” Once on shore, the dog they nicknamed Lucky was brought to A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue. Fortunately, Jodi Benchich, the 14-year-old dog’s owner, saw a TV news report about his rescue. She’d been searching for KC, who’s a Boxer, Lab and Chow mix, since he’d broken away from his lead in her backyard 10 days ago. The two were reunited on Wednesday night, and the tired dog had lots of tail wags and kisses for his owner. “As soon as I found out the Coast Guard saved him, I called them and thanked them like crazy,” said Benchich. KC is expected to be fine, and Benchich will take steps to ensure he doesn’t escape again. — Read it at Michigan’s Macomb Daily and read about how to keep your dog safe around ice

Fish Found 4.3 Miles Under the Sea

Five fish were hauled up from near-record depths off the coast of New Zealand, giving researchers new insight into the depths at which fish can survive. Scientists from the U.S., Britain and New Zealand caught translucent hadal snailfish at a depth of 4.3 miles. They measured levels of a compound in the fish that helps offset the effects of pressure and said it’s unlikely that any fish could survive below about 5.1 miles. That would mean that no fish live in the deepest one-quarter of oceans around the world. Their findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. — Read it from AP via Yahoo

Stowaway Cat Survives 100 Mile Trip in Bus Engine

A cat in England is recovering after traveling 100 miles on the fuel tank of a bus. When driver Andy Muskett was unloading passengers’ luggage at a stop, he heard meowing coming from under the bus, and called to engineer Andy Teagle for help. "It was still a bit of a shock to find a silver tabby cat sitting on the fuel tank,” Teagle said. “When we got him down he was actually pretty contented." They believe the cat, who they named Diesel, must have curled up on the warm tank at the last stop. Diesel was turned in to the RSPCA, where he’s being treated for minor burns. He’s recovering well, and the group is trying to locate his owner. — Read it from BBC News

Jenna Elfman of the NBC series "Growing up Fisher" holds a puppy who will trained to be a guide dog
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TV Show Cast "Adopts" Guide Dog

The cast and crew of the network’s new comedy Growing Up Fisher has “adopted” an 8-week-old yellow Labrador Retriever named Guf who’s being trained as a guide dog for the visually impaired by the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in New York. Guf will be cared for by a “puppy raiser” until he’s about 18 months old, and then he’ll go through more training at the school. The cost of training a guide dog is about $55,000, but it’s no cost to the person who receives the dog, so the NBC sponsorship will offset that cost. The TV show, which stars Jenna Elfman and J.K. Simmons, features a newly single father who’s blind and has a new guide dog. It’s inspired by executive producer D.J. Nash’s own family, whose father had a guide dog. “Getting a guide dog didn’t just change Dad’s life, it changed our family’s life,” Nash said. “Not every family will get a TV show out of it. But what they will get is so much better.” — Read it from NBC

Cat-Rescuing Cop Finds Fame

Baltimore police officer Jon Boyer has gained Internet fame over the course of the last year since the city’s BARCS Animal Shelter shared a photo of him cuddling a kitten he’d rescued and then adopted. Now he’s appearing in an anti-animal abuse campaign called Show Your Soft Side. “Seems he’s constantly coming in with animals he’s rescued from abandoned buildings or the streets,” campaign creator Sande Riesett told The Huffington Post. Boyer, 26, has become a bit of a celebrity. He appears at local animal adoption events and has 2,700 followers on a Facebook fan page called I Love Jon Boyer, where he posts about the cats — and dogs — he brings to the shelter. — See photos at Buzzfeed

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