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Last month, neighbors spotted Brownie, a Pit Bull, sadly curled up on his owner’s couch on the curb outside their home. His owner had moved, and apparently left the dog with items he was donating to Good Will. A heartbreaking photo of the scene quickly went viral, and Brownie was taken in by the Arizona Humane Society. His owner “claimed that he didn't abandon his dog, that he went to get it, when in fact it was left at the home," Phoenix Police Officer Heather Krimm told Fox 10 Phoenix. The owner was given the opportunity to pick up his dog from the Humane Society, but he never did. So, 3-year-old Brownie was put up for adoption on Saturday and got the best Valentine’s Day gift he could ask for: a happy new home, with a canine sibling. “Update on our Couch Potato, Brownie,” the shelter posted on Facebook Saturday. “This incredibly sweet boy will be spending tonight at home with his new dad, Ted.” — Read it at Arizona’s ABC 15
Tex, a 5-year-old Border Collie, barked and squealed as he raced through the course at the Westminster Kennel Club’s second annual agility contest in New York on Saturday. Tex beat 330 other dogs, while a Husky mix named Roo! had a repeat showing as the highest-scoring mixed breed dog in the competition. "He doesn't have a foot out of place — he's amazing," said Tex’s owner and handler, Rose Savkov of New Jersey. "And he would go in again." The number of competitors was up 45 percent from last year. Border Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs accounted for a quarter of the entrants, but the field spanned from tiny Pugs to big Rottweilers — and dogs as old as 12. Tonight marks the beginning of the more traditional part of the Westminster competition, now in its 139th year. The Best in Show title will be awarded at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. — Read it from AP via ABC News
The nonprofit animal rescue group Hui Pono Holoholona has saved several cats from areas around an active volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. Most of the rescued cats are feral, although the group’s Frannie Pueo said she thinks some were pets who were abandoned by residents who were evacuated from the town of Pahoa. Lava from the Kilauea volcano reached Pahoa in the fall. The group operates the Pono Animal Way Sanctuary. — Read it from the AP via the Huffington Post
Dallas Police Officer John Rogers responded to a call about a stray Boxer mix huddled along the shoulder of the busy highway I-35 Friday. Luckily, it wasn’t hard for him to coax the sweet pooch into the back seat of his police cruiser — and she immediately showed her gratitude. “She was kinda licking me on my face and I was interacting with her, scratching her behind her ear,” Rogers said. “She didn’t try to snap at me or anything like that. She seemed very affectionate.” He brought the dog, who he named Laurel, to Dallas Animal Services — but not before stopping to buy some treats for her. By the time they arrived at the shelter, “she was clearly smitten and didn't want to leave her handsome hero,” Dallas Animal Services posted on Facebook. If no one comes forward to claim Laurel, she’ll be headed home to live with Rogers and his wife — and their three other dogs. — Watch it at NBC Dallas-Fort Worth
If anyone could use a warm hug right now, it’s the residents of Boston, who received another 2 feet of snow over the weekend — on top of the 6 feet that were already on the ground. So, the Weather Channel deployed Butler, its weather therapy dog, to the winter-weary city. He visited with local residents and a Boston fire station to offer some love over the long weekend. “Making people smile despite the snow - woof!” he said with photos posted on Facebook Sunday. — See photos via Facebook
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