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The singer brought home a puppy who she found in a box outside a Walmart store. "I don't understand how people can be so cruel,” Cyrus tweeted. “That's why we named him Happy." The star’s boyfriend, Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth, was spotted buying pet food and a dog bed just before Cyrus revealed the news about her pooch, who joins the singer's three other dogs, Lila, Floyd and Ziggy. — Read it at Entertainment Tonight Online
Buying a racehorse is like placing one big bet — around $350,000. Now, for $175, a genetic test that screens for genes linked to energy production and muscle function could reveal the odds of whether you’re picking a winner. — Read it at Science Daily
Piko-chan was in the custody of Japanese police after escaping from his home when he surprised authorities by blurting out his address — street number and all. His owner said that she’d lost another parakeet in the past, so she made sure that Piko-chan could recite where he lived. — Read it via AFP
Here’s an incentive to pick up after your pup: In Mexico, when you deposit dog waste into one of the electro-receptacles from Internet company Terra, "the sophisticated system" translates the weight of the excrement into gratis Wi-Fi minutes. — Read it at PopSci
When an Arizona resident spotted a bobcat on his porch, he thought that his cats would be scared, and that the bobcat would be aggressive. “Instead, it was quite the nice little interaction where the bobcat almost wanted to play,” Bucky Marshall, who caught the moment on camera, told KNXV. — Watch it at ABC News
Chief, a wolf-dog hybrid, was supposed to be euthanized because of a track record of aggressive behavior. But when Louisiana prison officials read about him, they wanted to save Chief — and put him to work. A judge agreed and turned him over to the state prison system, so he can guard the perimeter of a maximum-security facility. — Read it at the Washington Post
Proponents of a Pet Lover's license plate in California got a boost this week from the state’s First Dog, Sutter. The dog's owner, Gov. Jerry Brown, made a plug for the plate, along with dog whisperer Cesar Milan, at an event in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the sale of the license plates will help fund free and low-cost spay and neuter programs. — Read it at NBC Los Angeles
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