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Louie took over his owners’ engagement photo shoot in a St. Louis park, and now he’s gone viral. The 6-year-old miniature
Dachshund is a big part of the couple’s lives, so they wanted him to be included in the photos. “Megan and Chris mentioned that Louie enjoyed playing in the leaves, but I wasn’t quite ready for HOW MUCH!” wrote
DnK Photography on
their blog. “I was hoping for a fun photo of Louie playing in the foreground of the photo with the couple looking at him, but Louie launched himself right in front of the camera totally blocking Chris out of the photo.” Megan Determan and Chris Kluthe were photographed Oct. 13, and their photographer shared them on Facebook. It wasn’t long before the
hilarious photos were picked up by a local news site, and Louie became Internet famous. — Read it at
On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing
dog owners to dine with their
dogs in outdoor dining areas. The canine guests have to be leashed, and restaurants can still choose not to allow them. "This action will give restaurants an additional option to boost revenue and grow their businesses by appealing to this new audience of dog-owning New Yorkers and their four-legged friends," Cuomo said. New York isn’t the first state to allow pooches on patios — it follows similar laws in California, Florida and Maryland. — Read it from the
AP via NBC News
Researchers following adult American eels using satellite tags found that at least one traveled from the East Coast of Canada, over the continental shelf to the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda, in a perilous 1,500-mile migration. It’s the first direct evidence that an eel is capable of making such a journey. The report “sheds light on an often under-appreciated species, which performs one of the longest and most amazing migrations in the animal kingdom,” said co-author Martin Castonguay of
Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The study was published in the journal
Nature Communications. — Read it at
Jill Petticord was 8 years old when she got Ralph the rescue cat as a Christmas present. She adored him and was devastated when he disappeared three years later. She never expected to see him again — but now that she’s 22 years old, she has been reunited with her childhood pet. Petticord’s mother was incredulous when she got a call from the
Animal Rescue League of Iowa recently, saying they’d found her cat. "I'm going 'I don't have a cat,' and they said, 'yeah, you do,'" said Rita Korn, Petticord's mother. Petticord went to the shelter, and was shocked to find now 17-year-old Ralph. "He looked at me. And kind of turned his head sideways. And his eyes perked up. And I said ‘Oh my gosh, that's my kitty,’" she said. Ralph had been picked up as a stray, and his family was found using his microchip. Petticord said she’s happy to have the chance to make sure Ralph is well cared for in his final years. — Watch it at Mississippi’s
Casey Christopher, a 31-year-old photographer, has made it her mission to help the black cats at the
West Los Angeles Animal Shelter find new homes. She’s been volunteering at the shelter twice a week, photographing its feline residents — and has suspected that black
cats have a harder time getting adopted because they’re harder to photograph. "You just can't see the black
cats as well, especially not when they're in a dark cage," she said. So, she’s been taking them out of their cages to take their pictures in better light — and it’s resulted in some great photos. — See photos at
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