Pet Scoop: Couple's Grizzly Bear Run-In Caught on Video, Dog Registers to Vote in New Mexico

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Grizzly bear encounter
This bear gave a vacationing couple quite the scare in Alaska.

Couple Talks About Scary Grizzly Encounter While on Vacation

A couple vacationing in Alaska said that a grizzly bear got a little too close during a four-hour photo safari. “We were paralyzed,” said Larry Griffith. “The bear was so close we could hear it breathing.” But Griffith kept his camera rolling, even as the bear wandered away and came back charging at them. Luckily, the bear eventually lost interest and retreated into the woods. — Watch it at Today

New Pup-Sitting Service Debuts: Dog Vacay

It’s a question that nags most pet owners: Where is my dog going to stay when I can’t take him on vacation with me? How about in the home of another dog lover? Dog Vacay helps connect you with potential hosts, who set their own rates, from $15 to $80 per day. — Read it at the LA Times

Deer Decides to Show Up for Class at North Carolina School

A video shows students — and a deer — running through the halls of a Charlotte, N.C., high school after the deer jumped through a window into a classroom. The animal was able to leave through a door, and no one was seriously injured. — Watch it at My Fox 8

Buddy the dog registered to vote in New Mexico
KOB / Huffington Post
Buddy is now a registered Democrat.

Dog Receives Voter Registration Card

Buddy the dog is ready for November’s election. His owner, Thomas Tolbert, says that he wanted to highlight how easy it is to falsely register to vote. So when the Republican passed a booth at the University of New Mexico, he stopped and signed Buddy up (as a Democrat), giving him a fake social security number and birth date. Buddy’s voter registration card showed up two weeks later. “Somebody should have verified this information,” said Tolbert. Although he didn’t plan to use the card, he may still face the consequences — Tolbert is being investigated for voter fraud. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Jennifer Aniston Falls in Love — With a Goat

Aniston, who worked on the movie Wanderlust with her boyfriend, Justin Theroux, also found another love on the set. “I fell in love with our goat!” the actress told a U.K. TV show. "I had never milked a goat in my life . . . I grew up in New York City." — Read it at People Pets

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