Pet Scoop: Dogs Take to the Streets of New Orleans, Cat Saves Owner’s Life During Seizure

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Krewe of Barkus
A canine reveler walks the Krewe of Barkus parade route.

A Motley Krewe of Canines

You may have heard of the Krewe of Bacchus, which parades through New Orleans for Mardi Gras. But how about the Krewe of Barkus? This pup parade, held last week, was led by King Wally, a Poodle-Retriever mix, and Queen Maggie, a slightly overweight golden Labrador Retriever. Hope these guys are ready to slim down after Fat Tuesday. — Read it at NOLA and watch it at WWLTV

Newly Adopted Cat Saves His Owner’s Life

Just hours after Amy Jung brought Pudding to her Sturgeon Bay, Wis., home, the 21-pound cat witnessed Jung having a diabetic seizure. The quick-thinking feline sat on the woman's chest and began to bite her nose and swat at her face in an effort to wake Jung. When Jung did come to and call to her son for help, Pudding ran to his room and jumped on the bed to rouse him. "If something or someone hadn't pulled me out of that, I wouldn't be here," said Jung. — Read it at the Green Bay Gazette

Sharks Like to Make Friends (No, Really!)

A new study shows blacktip reef sharks form long-term bonds, organizing themselves into meaningful social groups. Researchers think the sharks create these communities for protection and to avoid aggression with each other. — Read it at Discovery News

Pit Bull puppy saved from fire

Firefighters Save Puppy

A firefighter pulled a 3-month-old Pit Bull puppy from a burning home in Huntsville, Ala. “I wasn’t worried about my house, I was just worried about my dog,” said a woman who survived the blaze. The pup suffered from smoke inhalation, but the dog is recovering. — Watch it at MSNBC

Endangered Kit Foxes Take Over California City

They are undeniably adorable, but these federally protected foxes are wreaking havoc on Bakersfield, Calif., where the creatures burrow under golf courses, homes and even classrooms. — Read it at the LA Times

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