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Five and a half years after their two Basset Hounds were stolen from their Tennessee home, Brenda Travis and Tom Shields had given up hope of finding them. Then, the couple, who now live in Kansas, got a call from a shelter near their old home: Allie and ‘Bama had been found wandering around a local parking lot, alive and well. "There was a long pause and a lot of tears," Travis said of the fateful call. "I asked her how they were and she said, 'they're healthy and fat'." The veterinary techinician on the other end of the line had tracked Travis down with the help of a microchip. A volunteer from a local Basset rescue gave the hounds a ride to Kansas, where they had a happy reunion with their owners. — Watch it at Today
Two of the endangered big cats were captured, examined, given satellite collars for tracking and released for the first time in Afghanistan. With the tracking devices, conservationists will have a better idea of the snow leopards’ range. The process was documented by a Nat Geo WILD television crew, and will air on the network during Big Cat Week in December. — Read it at Science Daily
As complaints about dog illnesses from chicken jerky products made in China continue to rise, the FDA, which first issued a warning to take caution with the products in 2007, is giving consumers more details on its testing and signs of illness. The FDA says symptoms associated with the products, which come in the form of tenders, strips and treats, include decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and increased urination. The agency has been investigating the products since 2007, but the cause of illness possibly associated with them has not been found. A recall has not been initiated. — Read it at DVM 360
Justin is a talented horse — and not just in the show ring. The 9-year-old from Indiana is an artist, holding a paintbrush in his mouth to create masterpieces on canvas. Now, his work is going up for auction to raise money for the American Saddlebred Museum, located near the home of the Kentucky Derby. — Watch it at ABC News
The America’s Got Talent judge and his wife are reeling from the passing of their 10-year-old English Bulldog, Bianca. "Tough day today my friends,” tweeted the shock jock, who has Bianca’s name tattooed on his arm, on Tuesday. “Thanks for all the kind messages. Give your dog a hug for me tonight."— Read it at Animal Tracks
She might be tiny, but Bub is packed with cuteness. The Internet sensation is a perma-kitten and dwarf cat, but her diminutive size wasn’t intentional. "Please understand that she was NOT bred to be this way," reads the bio on her Tumblr blog. "She is just one of nature's happy accidents."— See photos at People Pets
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