Pet Scoop: Dog Sues Pet Shop, Why Deer Are Great Communicators

January 4, 2012: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

Umka the Brussels Griffon and her owner are suing a Manhattan pet shop over serious health problems.

Paw & Order: Ailing Dog Sues New York City Pet Store

There's some drama brewing on Manhattan's Upper East Side: Dog owner Elena Zakharova is suing Raising Rover for "pain and suffering" on behalf of her ailing Brussels Griffon, Umka, who has suffered from severe knee and hip problems. Umka's owner contends that the shop (known by The Humane Society for selling puppy mill pooches) failed to disclose important breeding information. — Read it at the NY Post.

Cat Survives Euthanasia — Twice

Andrea, a longhaired black cat, has seven lives left. When no one adopted her from a Utah animal shelter after 30 days, the facility tried to put her to sleep twice, but she miraculously survived both attempts. And her luck got even better: She was recently adopted by a loving family. — Read it at the Huffington Post.

Arnold and Dearheart
Bill Foundation
Best buddies Arnold and Dearheart.

Two Canine Besties Are Up For Joint Adoption

An abandoned Pit Bull named Arnold was sad and scared before he met a diminutive Chihuahua named Dearheart. They became friends at the Bill Foundation rescue center and, as they wait for a dual adoption, they spend every waking (and sleeping!) moment together. — Read it at Life With Dogs.

The Delicate Deer Communication Dance

Bambi isn't the only doe with something to say. Apparently, deer are quite communicative, using noises like snorts, grunts and wheezes, as well as foot stomps and nose licks, to talk amongst themselves. — Read it at the NY Times.

10 New Year's Resolutions Every Dog Should Make

Humans aren't the only ones who can reinvent themselves in 2012: If our furry friends could talk, perhaps they'd pledge to stop slurping water out of the toilet (plus 9 other resolutions). — Read it at Petside.

Porcupine Snacks on a Sweet Potato

Porcupines may be prickly, but they can also be pretty darn cute. Staff members at Today fell for this prehensile-tailed guy from Brazil, who noshed on veggies for the TV audience. — Watch it at Today.

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