Pet Scoop: Dog Helps Save Family From Fire, Rescue Pup Gets Booties to Help Him Walk

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Maxx, a German Shepherd, led firefighters to two young children in his family's burning home.
Maxx, a German Shepherd, led firefighters to two young children in his family's burning home.

German Shepherd Locates Kids

A loyal dog worked with firefighters and neighbors to help save the lives of a Florida family’s two children. Neighbors heard an explosion at the home of Seminole County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Margaret Feaser and her husband late Monday night and rushed to rescue the family as the house went up in flames. Firefighters arrived and saved Feaser’s husband, but had a harder time finding her 2- and 4-year-old children because of the heavy smoke that had set in. The family’s German Shepherd, Maxx, jumped into action. He led firefighters through the smoke to each of the two children, saving their lives. The family is in stable condition and Maxx, who’s been hailed as a hero, has been treated for smoke inhalation. A fire marshal determined the blaze started on the back porch, and the home was completely destroyed. The sheriff’s office has started a GoFundMe page to help the Feaser family get back on their feet. — Read it at Today

Dolphin Freed From Aquarium Spotted With Baby

A dolphin who was released by a South Korean theme park under court order three years ago has been seen in the open water — with a baby. Researchers believe Sampal’s 3-foot calf is about 4 to 6 months old. Sampal herself is between 13 and 15 years old. The duo has been seen swimming together for several weeks now. “We now have a solid example of not only a successful release of a dolphin back into the wild to her pod, but the successful birth of her offspring after years in captivity,” said an expert with the Wild DolphinProject. — Read it at Discovery News

Record-Setting Recycling Dog Dies

Tubby, a yellow Labrador Retriever who was the world’s “greenest dog” has died at age 13. The earth-friendly pooch won the Guinness World Record title in 2011 after picking up a whopping 26,000 plastic bottles on his twice-daily walks. He would carry the bottles to his owner, Sandra Gilmore, to be recycled. Gilmore believed Tubby collected more than 50,000 bottles total in his lifetime. “He meant so much to us and the local community and he had friends all over the world,” Gilmore said. “He didn't let it all go to his head though as he was always the keenest, greenest recycling canine around with the smallest carbon paw print ever.” — Read it from the U.K.’s BBC News

Jax, who was born without back paws, is getting around better with his new booties.
Jax, who was born without back paws, is getting around better with his new booties.

Puppy’s Booties Help Him Walk

Justin, who was born without back paws, is now getting around a little easier with the adorable booties he got from the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. The puppy arrived at Best Friends in early March after a Good Samaritan rescued him and his littermates from under a house in Arizona. The staff expected Justin to be a lifelong resident of the sanctuary, but he was adopted less than a month later by Giovanna Piazza, who lives in California. His new owner brings him to a veterinary rehab specialist weekly, where he’s working to strengthen his core, elongate his spine and become more mobile. Piazza hopes the puppy, who’s been renamed Jax, will become a therapy dog who can work at a local children’s hospital. — Read it at ABC News

Rare Tiger Cubs Make Their Debut

A trio of adorable endangered Sumatran tiger cubs made their public debut at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Tuesday, playing and pouncing on their mom, Joanne. The 3-month-old cubs, Nelson, Cathy and Debbie, are Joanne’s first litter. “Joanne is doing a wonderful job with this litter of tiger cubs,” said keeper Lori Hieber. “She’s a doting mother, very tolerant, very patient with them. She’s doing everything that we would hope.” The cubs are showing off their own unique personalities. Nelson is described as the largest and is often calm. His sister Cathy is typically the most vocal, the park said. And Debbie, is the boldest and most adventurous of the triplets. — See photos from the San Diego Zoo


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