Pet Scoop: Dog Found 1,000 Miles From Home, Puppies Predict the Kentucky Derby

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Sam was reunited with Karisa Lambert, 14, in New Orleans.
Sam was reunited with Karisa Lambert, 14, in New Orleans.

Girl Gets Dog Back After 4 Years

A 14-year-old girl had an emotional reunion with her Yorkshire Terrier Wednesday after United Airlines flew him first class from Iowa back to his home in New Orleans. Sam disappeared four years ago, and Karisa Lambert and her family had given up hope of seeing the little dog again. But, two weeks ago they got a phone call from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Animal Control. The 10-year-old dog had been found wandering at an elementary school in the area, nearly 1,000 miles away. He had a skin rash and fleas and needed some dental work done, but for the most part, he’s healthy. It’s unclear how Sam wound up in Iowa, but his family was thrilled to get him back. When United Airlines heard his story, the airline said it would pay for his flight. Sam was escorted by a Cedar Rapids Animal Control representative. He got off the plane in New Orleans and ran excitedly for the familiar voices he heard, and gave his family kisses. "All those years, I thought I would never see him again. And here I am, getting my dog back, finally,” said Lambert. — Watch it at New Orleans’ WDSU

West African Monkeys Communicate With 6-Sound “Language”

A new study finds male Campbell’s monkeys in West Africa use six main sounds to communicate. The sounds include boom-boom, krak, krak-oo, hok, hok-oo and wak-oo. Researchers said adding “oo” is key to the monkeys’ communication, and it gives them a rich vocabulary that males and females of their species and related species understand. Researchers determined that “krak” means leopard, “krak-oo” means another threat — and the animals can string their sounds together to have more specific meanings. For example, "Boom-boom-krak-oo" roughly translates to, "Watch out for that falling tree branch." The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. — Read it at Discovery News

FDA: Topical Pain Medication Toxic to Pets

The FDA is warning pet owners that even small amounts of human topical pain medication containing the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flurbiprofen can cause illness or even death in pets. The agency said it’s received two reports of cats in two households that became ill or died after their owners used the medication. "The pet owners had applied the cream or lotion to their own neck or feet, and not directly to the pet, and it is not known exactly how the cats became exposed to the medication," the FDA said. It recommends pet owners using the medication keep it out of reach of the pet; discard or clean any cloth that may retain the medication and avoid getting residue on clothing, carpet or furniture; ask your healthcare provider if you can cover the treated area; and bathe or clean your pet thorough if it becomes exposed to the medication. The FDA hasn’t received reports of dogs or other animals getting sick in relation to topical pain medications, but they may be vulnerable to NSAID as well. If your pet shows symptoms such as lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting or other illness, contact your veterinarian and inform them of the exposure. — Read it at DVM 360

Jimmy Fallon's Puppy Predictors were back on The Tonight Show Wednesday.
Jimmy Fallon's adorable Puppy Predictors were back on The Tonight Show Wednesday.

Puppies Take the Starting Gates

And they’re off! Jimmy Fallon brought his famous Golden Retriever puppy panel back to

"The Tonight Show” Wednesday to predict the winner of the 141st Kentucky Derby. The pups represented the horses slated to compete at Churchill Downs and waited behind pint-sized gates to race to a trough of kibble. Some of the little ones were raring to go … while others decided to sleep through it instead. Most of the puppies checked each other out first, but American Pharoah raced straight for the food, easily taking first place. Get your hat and your mint julep ready, and on Saturday we’ll see if the Puppy Predictors got it right this time. — Watch it at YouTube

Shelter Cat Sisters Help Each Other With Babies

Inseparable feline siblings Kanji and Sushi, who are being fostered through the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA), are lending each other a paw. The sisters each had litters at the same time, and they have 12 kittens between them. So, they’re raising their little ones together, even nursing each other’s kittens. "These mamas sure are a great team, aren't they?" wrote VOKRA in a Facebook post. The kittens will be available for adoption when they’re 8 weeks old, and the rescue hopes to find a home for their bonded moms together. — Read it at People Pets


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