Pet Scoop: Dog Found in 15-Foot Hole Thrilled to See Owner, Pig Excels in Dog Obedience

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A 7-year-old Golden Retriever was rescued from a 15-foot sinkhole in Pennsylvania.
A 7-year-old Golden Retriever was rescued from a 15-foot sinkhole in Pennsylvania.

Lost Dog Found in Narrow Sinkhole

A very relieved Golden Retriever went racing to her owner and her doggie friend after a dramatic rescue in Pennsylvania. Skye disappeared on Monday night when she was walking with her owner in a field on the grounds of the Penn State Arboretum. Her family posted photos on social media and continued to search the field. Finally, on Wednesday, they heard the 7-year-old dog's barks coming from deep inside a narrow, 15-foot deep sinkhole that she’d fallen into. The Alpha Fire Company responded and Assistant Chief Harris climbed down a ladder to get Skye. He rigged up a harness from ropes and slowly helped her back to the surface. As soon as she was on the ground, she happily ran to her waiting owner — and greeted the firefighters who’d helped save her. — Watch it at WNEP and see our gallery of animals grateful to be rescued

Study: Shelter Dogs Often Mislabeled as Pit Bulls

A team of researchers from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine has found that animal shelters often misidentify dogs as Pit Bulls, which can hurt their chances of being adopted. They examined DNA samples from 120 dogs at four shelters and compared the results with how the staff, including four veterinarians, had identified their breeds. They found that dogs with Pit Bull-type breed heritage in their DNA were correctly identified at best 75 percent of the time. Meanwhile, dogs who didn’t have Pit Bull heritage in their DNA were labeled as Pit Bulls up to 48 percent of the time. Their findings were published in The Veterinary Journal. — Read it at Discovery News

Westminster Winner Gets Royal Treatment

Best in Show winner CJ, a 3-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, got first-class treatment as he prepared to head home to California on Thursday. America’s new top dog will get some rest after spending two days celebrating his Westminster Dog Show win in New York. The pooch got to wait for his flight with his owner, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson, at JFK International Airport’s state-of-the-art animal facility, The Ark. He showed off his training by sitting contentedly in a chair, with his purple and gold ribbons draped over the seat. Back at home, he’ll get to be a dog again. According to Nunes-Atkinson, “At home, he's silly,” reported USA Today. “His best friend is a Whippet named Ramona. They rip around our property and get in trouble, have a good time. He gets dirty. He's a typical dog, a normal dog, and always has to have something in his mouth." — See photos from Westminster and The Ark at JFK

Amy the pig shows off her talent in her dog agility class.
Amy the pig shows off her talent in her dog agility class.

Pig Shows Off Obedience Skills

Amy is going to the head of the class. Among the most talented members of dog obedience and agility classes in Kent, Washington, is, in fact, a pig. Amy can sit, retrieve and jump through hoops at the Family Dog Training Center. Her canine classmates accept her for who she is, squeal and all. Still, trainer Kathy Lang warns not every pig is quite this obedient. “A pig is not for everybody,” Lang said. “Imagine the most hyperactive, destructive, wild puppy dog a person could own? Well, that’s a pig.” — Watch it at Washington’s KING 5

Twin Panda Cubs Learn to Walk

The 4-month-old panda cubs at the Toronto Zoo are ridiculously cute, and are now showing off their walking skills in an aww-inspiring video. The cubs, one male and one female, were born on Oct. 13 to mom Er Shun. The zoo is asking for the public’s help in naming this dynamic duo. You can vote for your favorite pair of names through Feb. 28. The choices include Jia Bao & Duo Bao; Duo Duo & Jia Jia; Jia Pengyou & Duo Pengyou; Jia Panpan & Jia Yueyue; Jia Renjian & Jia Ren’ai; Jia Baobao & Jia Beibei; and Jia Huabao & Jia Huabei. “Jia,” which is part of most of the names, means Canadian. — Watch it at YouTube

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