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Former contract working dog Blackie, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, is safe at his adoptive home thanks to the efforts of the volunteers who searched for him. Blackie, who returned from serving in Afghanistan in October, retired and was adopted by a family in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On Thursday night, he was let out to go to the bathroom and disappeared. Mission K9 Rescue, which facilitated Blackie’s adoption, quickly sprang into action. They got the word out that the friendly dog was missing and set up search parties. Thankfully, Blackie was found by an employee at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, who took him home and cared for him until he could be reunited with his family. By Monday, he was safe and sound with his family. “His nose has never let him down in the past while searching for explosives, so we assume he got on the scent of a critter and took off to find it,” Mission K9’s Louisa Kastner told Vetstreet. — Read it at Facebook
Researchers at the University of Lisbon in Portugal fitted 12 female cats with headphones while they were undergoing surgery for neutering. Veterinary clinicians monitored the animals’ respiratory rate and pupil diameter at various points to gauge their depth of anesthesia. Meanwhile, different selections of music were randomly played for them, each for two minutes: Barber's 'Adagio for Strings (Opus 11)', Natalie Imbruglia's 'Thorn' and AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck'. They found that the cats were most relaxed while they listened to classical music, followed by pop music. They were most stressed by the heavy metal music. The clinicians concluded that by using the classical or pop music, it may be possible to reduce the dose of anesthesia and therefore reduce the side effects from it. The study was published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. — Read it at Science Daily
Two weeks ago, conservation groups were excited to reveal the first videos taken of a lion in Gabon in 20 years. Lions were thought to be locally extinct due to poaching and habitat loss. Now, Panthera has released more new camera footage of the same male lion roaming in Gabon’s Batéké Plateau National Park, increasing the hope that lions will make a comeback in the area. The footage was unexpectedly recorded as part of a chimpanzee study underway in the area. — Watch it at Panthera
At age 14, Meko, a Labrador Retriever and Shepherd mix, doesn’t get around easily. So when his family heard him making a commotion on the first floor of their northern Virginia home early Sunday morning, they knew something must be wrong. Meko woke up the family five minutes before smoke alarms went off in the home, alerting them to an aggressive fire spreading through the walls of their home. The dog is credited with saving the lives of the two adults and two children. "I'm not even sure we could have gotten out, cause the smoke was really starting to fill up inside the house," said Meko’s owner, David Myers. "At his advanced age, that he could have ultimately saved our lives, we'll be forever grateful.” — Watch it at Washington, D.C’s WUSA 9
A Good Samaritan called Dallas Animal Services for help saving a scared puppy from busy Interstate 20 on Sunday. The frightened and shivering pup had backed into a culvert when the animal control officer arrived on the scene. “I worked with this sweet girl for almost an hour while cars sped by on the highway. Slowly she came closer and closer to me, allowing me to rub her head and eventually falling on her side for a belly rub, then letting me pick her up and help her,” the officer said. “This sweet baby can be a bit shy, but she wants to be loved very badly.” The officer named the puppy Penny because she was lucky to be found and rescued. If no owner comes forward, she’ll be up for adoption. — Read it at Dallas Animal Services via Facebook
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