Pet Scoop: Heroic Dog Survives and Gets a New Home, Police Escort Seal Pup Back to Sea

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Carmen, the Boxer who tried to shield her owner from a house fire, is released from an animal hospital to her new home.
Carmen, the Boxer who tried to shield her owner from a house fire, is released from an animal hospital to her new home.

Carmen Released From Hospital

Two weeks ago, 9-year-old Boxer mix Carmen was fighting for her life at Cincinnati’s Care Center after she was found trying to shield her owner from the fire that destroyed their home. Her owner, Ben Ledford, 33, didn’t survive the blaze. Carmen was on a ventilator for days while battling severe lung damage and smoke inhalation and required 24-hour care. Things were touch-and-go for a while but the resilient dog made it, and was released from the animal hospital Monday. She’s been adopted by her owner’s brother, Phil Ledford, and his family in Ohio. He said it will be bittersweet to have Carmen living with him. "It'll be tough in that sense, seeing Carmen everyday, because she will remind me of Ben. But it'll be like having a piece of him around," Ledford said. “It’s just amazing … You’re a tough old girl,” he told Carmen while affectionately scratching her head. — Watch it at CNN

Study: Rainbow Cat Collar May Save Birds

A new study from Australia finds that scrunchie-like, rainbow-colored collar covers helped reduce the number of birds, reptiles and amphibians killed by cats by 54 percent. The Birdsbesafe collar was worn by 100 cats near Perth for six weeks. The researchers found it was most effective at protecting birds, reptiles and amphibians, who have good color vision, but it didn’t stop the felines from catching mice. That was seen as an advantage by local farmers, who want them to capture mice. The study was published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science. — Read it at Phys.org

Pets Star in New Dr. Seuss Book

Random House Children’s Books announced Wednesday it will publish a new Dr. Seuss book in July, more than 20 years after acclaimed author Theodor Geisel died. “What Pet Should I Get?” was likely written between 1958 and 1962, but the manuscripts and illustrations were found in the author’s home in 2013. It features the same brother and sister who appeared in the Dr. Seuss favorite, “One Fish, Two Fish.” — Read it from the AP via Today

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police gave this seal pup a lift back to the sea in a police truck.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police gave this seal pup a lift back to the sea in a police truck.

Mounties Escort Seal Pup to Sea

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Newtown, Nova Scotia, found an unlikely visitor scooting along the side of Highway 19: a wayward baby seal. They used a net to capture the seal pup, loaded him into the back of a police truck and gave him a lift to the Port Hawkesbury wharf. There, he was released into the Strait of Canso. Saturday’s rescue is the fourth time this winter that the Mounties have come to the aid of a baby seal, and they joked that they might have to start a seal pup unit. — Watch it at USA Today

Miss P Takes on New York City

A day after her surprise Best in Show win at the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, Miss P the Beagle was out on the town to celebrate Wednesday. She had several morning show appearances, including one on the Today show, where she met Wrangler the guide dog in training. She and her handler, Will Alexander, also did some sightseeing at the top of the Empire State Building. Then, Miss P was rewarded with what was likely her favorite part of the experience: steak served on a silver platter at the famed New York restaurant Sardi’s. The events are part of a tradition for the Westminster winner. While Swagger the Old English Sheepdog was the crowd favorite, the adorable Miss P is quickly winning over hearts. — See photos from the Westminster Kennel Club via Facebook


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