Pet Scoop: Hank the Cat Runs for the U.S. Senate, Group Reenacts Romney Roof Ride

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Hank the Cat for Senate
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Virginia Cat Announces His Senate Campaign

Like all successful politicians, Hank has a good story about his upbringing. According to his campaign website, he was born to a single mother living on the streets, and was later adopted by a loving family and raised by his adopted brother, Sammy.

“Although only 9 in human years, Hank has 52 cat years of life experience,” says a statement about his run. “When I’m elected to the Senate, I’m going to work hard to make sure that there is milk in every bowl across this great nation,” said Hank. — Read it and watch his campaign ad at NBC Washington

From Shelter Dog to Drug-Sniffing Police Pup

Wheeler the German Shepherd was rescued from a New York City shelter in 2003 by Liz Keller of the Glen Wild Animal Rescue. Although the malnourished dog was sick, Keller saw his potential as a police K9. Wheeler completed the 20-week training course and joined the New York State Police force. Since then, he’s helped to locate six missing bodies and he's become a skilled narcotics dog. He’s also not alone — about a third of the dogs in the K9 unit are rescues. — Read it at Petside

Scientists Struggle to Understand Sea Otters’ Stalled Recovery

Sea otters were once nearly wiped out by fur traders, but they made a rebound once a ban on commercial otter hunting was adopted in 1911. Yet the species’ population only tops about 2,700 in California. Researchers say that there are many factors involved in the weak population growth, including pollution and a lack of prey. — Read it at The New York Times

Firefighter adopts kitten he rescued
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Firefighter Adopts a Kitten Who He Rescued

A kitten who was saved in a Bangor, Maine, fire a few weeks ago is getting a new home. Firefighter Bruce Johnson pulled the orange kitten from the fire and resuscitated her using a pet oxygen mask. Now Johnson is adopting the kitty, who he’s named Flame — but not without a fair amount of ribbing from his fellow firefighters. "They’ve been calling me Hello Kitty, the guys have been having fun with it,” he said. — Read it at WABI

Political Group Reenacts Legendary Romney Roof Ride

A member of the “Dogs Against Romney” political group used a stuffed animal to film a reenactment of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s 12-hour ride to Canada, when he strapped his crated dog to the roof of his car. "We've always imagined how terrifying such a ride would be, but this video really brings the reality of the experience to light," the group said in a press release. — Watch it at the Huffington Post

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