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Just as Rimma Bulatova’s family was getting worried that she hadn’t returned from her walk one evening last week, her dog appeared at her family’s front door in East Aurora, New York. Bulatova, 82, had taken Raia, a Border Collie mix, with her on a walk on the trails near her home. But she decided to go further than usual, and got lost as it started to get dark and cold. She gave Raia the command “go home,” hoping that she’d bring help — and she did. Raia ran back to Bulatova’s daughter-in-law’s house, which is across the street from Bulatova’s own home. "She came back home and we immediately realized that something is strange, something is wrong,” said her daughter-in-law, Marina Antozh. The family called authorities for help, and police and crews from three fire departments arrived to search for Bulatova. After two hours, they could hear the woman yelling, and found her huddled under a tree, out of the pouring rain. “These are our best friends,” Antozh said, hugging Raia. — Watch it at Buffalo, New York’s WGRZ
Fires that were illegally started on the island of Borneo by people attempting to clear land for pulpwood and palm oil plantations have been burning since September. They’ve become severe enough to be spotted by NASA satellites. The smoke from the fires has displaced the island’s orangutan residents and caused them to have health problems related to smoke inhalation, according to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. There are about 20,000 of the endangered apes living on Borneo. The group is doing its best to save as many of the animals as it can while officials struggle to extinguish the fires. — Read it at Live Science
The Transportation Security Administration is looking for adoptive homes for several explosive detection dogs who either didn’t make it through training or are ready to retire. The dogs are between the ages of 2 and 10, and may be German Shorthaired Pointers, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois. While their adoption is free, families would have to travel to San Antonio, Texas, to pick up their dog, and the adopter would cover travel fees. Potential adopters must apply and meet the TSA’s requirements. The agency says the dogs are very active and while some are trained, others are not. More information is available by emailing AdoptaTSAcanine@OLE.tsa.dhs.gov. — Read it at Washington’s WTOP
Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has revealed who he’s been spending his retirement with: Kane, an Italian Mastiff. Jeter’s fiancée gave him the puppy last Christmas, and it was the ballplayer’s first dog ever. “I’ve been scared of dogs almost my entire life. I blame Cujo,” Jeter admits in an essay about Kane published Tuesday in The Players’ Tribune. “When I first got Kane, I panicked a little. I’m lying. Actually, I panicked a lot. We had some epic standoffs at the beginning. He was energetic, thought he was king of the house, and I was a nervous owner … My panicking was probably making him panic.” But as Kane turns 1 year old this month, things are different. Jeter says he’s learned a lot in the last year, and Kane has “more of a routine than I do.” They’re both a little calmer now — and they looks quite relaxed in a photo of the now 100-pound pup sitting on his owner’s lap. — Read it at The Players’ Tribune
The world’s largest cat painting, “My Wife’s Lovers,” by Austrian Artist Carl Kahler, was expected to sell for about $300,000 at Sotheby’s 19th Century European Art sale Tuesday. But the purrfect painting, which was completed in 1891, exceeded all expectations, going for a whopping $826,000 to a mystery buyer. The work features 42 of Kate Birdsall Johnson’s 350 cats, who all lived at her 3,000-acre summer residence in California. — Read it at the New York Post
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