Pet Scoop: Denver Dog Found in Illinois, “Wonder Cat” Survives Run-in With Coyote

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Kelly Booker and his son, Azzah, were reunited with their Shih Tzu, Lilly, Thursday.
Kelly Booker and his son, Azzah, were reunited with their Shih Tzu, Lilly, Thursday.

Dog Found 1,000 Miles From Home

Lilly is back home in Denver with her owner after being found 1,000 miles away in Illinois, nearly four years after she disappeared. Now 9 years old, the Shih Tzu disappeared from her Colorado home on July 4, 2011. Elgin, Illinois, police recently found her wandering on the streets. She was taken in by the Almost Home Foundation and nursed by to health. Then, a generous donor covered all of her airline expenses to get her back home to her owner, Kelly Booker, and his 10-year-old son Thursday. “If you know someone is gone out of your life, like gone to another world, and all of a sudden they are back, it’s mind-boggling,” said Booker, reported CBS Chicago. The dog wagged her tail as she was reunited with the Bookers, who cuddled her and asked her where she’d been. — Read it from the AP via U-T San Diego

Study: Dogs’ Hormones Adjust to Match Owners

New research finds that dog hormones synchronize to match the hormones of their owners and handlers. Scientists from the University of Nebraska took saliva samples from 58 male and female dogs and their handlers before and after dog agility competitions around the Midwest, and observed how the pairs interacted. Elevated cortisol levels during a competition may be due to excitement or physical exertion, said lead author Alicia Phillips Buttner. The researchers found the levels of the hormone cortisol in the dogs’ saliva matched that of their owners. Another recent study showed that dogs and their owners can affect each other’s levels of oxytocin, too. The new research will be published in the journal Physiology & Behavior. — Read it at Discovery News

Japanese Zoo Sorry for Naming Baby Monkey Charlotte

The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden is considering renaming its baby monkey after being flooded with angry calls and emails since announcing Wednesday it would name the animal Charlotte. Britain’s royal family announced Monday that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had named their new baby girl Princess Charlotte. Meanwhile, the zoo had held a public ballot from March 27 to May 6, and votes for Charlotte surged after the princess’ name was revealed. But many critics in Japan said giving the princess’ name to a monkey was disrespectful. "We deeply apologize for causing trouble to many people over the naming of the first baby (monkey)," said a statement posted on the zoo's website. "We take these opinions seriously." Zoo officials now plan to seek the advice of the British embassy before making a decision on the name. — Read it from the AP via Yahoo

A California police officer saved Piper the cat from the grips of a coyote.
A California police officer saved Piper the cat from the grips of a coyote.

Police Save Cat From Coyote

Piper the cat is recovering at home in Newport Beach, California, thanks to a police officer who saved his life. Officer Dallas Lopez was driving with his headlights dimmed in the early morning hours Sunday, when he saw a coyote crossing in front of him with a cat in his mouth. Lopez drove closer to the culprit and flashed his spotlight. The coyote dropped the 11-year-old cat and ran off, and Lopez brought the injured cat to an animal hospital where he was treated for several wounds. Piper was released to his grateful family Tuesday and is expected to make a full recovery. “He’s pretty amazing, Piper the Wonder Cat,” said his owner, Kelsey Whitman. — Watch it at CBS Los Angeles

Missing Hero Cat Reunited With Family

Two weeks ago, Oscar the orange tabby cat saved his family from a fire in their mobile home in Michigan. “My cat was acting really funny,” said Kathleen Kenyon at the time. “My daughter had just come in and he was down the hall and started scratching on her bedroom door, like he wanted in really bad, or he wanted her out really bad.” That was when the family noticed flames at the front of the house. They managed to get out safely, but the scared cat escaped from a window and disappeared. The family was worried because Oscar wasn’t used to being outdoors. Luckily, the hero cat has been found safely and reunited with his family. — Read it Detroit’s WXYZ


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