Pet Scoop: More Dog Food Recalled, Number of Dog Parks in Cities on the Rise

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River Run, Marksman Dog Food Recalled

On the heels of the recall of Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy food in parts of the U.S. due to high levels of a toxin, Cargill is recalling River Run and Marksman dog food. Both cases include high levels of aflatoxin, a naturally occurring result of mold. — Get more information about the recall from Cargill

Rabbit Couple Lives in the Lap of Luxury

British rabbits Hunnie and Runnie are the ultimate pampered pets. The pair live in a $15,000 two-story hutch that features heating, LED lighting and four camera feeds so their owners can check in on their much-loved bunnies. — See photos at the Daily Mail

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In Cities, More Parks Are Going to the Dogs

There are now more households with dogs than with kids, and parks in urban areas are starting to reflect that change. A new study by the Trust for Public Land found that dog parks are the fastest-growing segment of green spaces in cities. “There's a tremendous upsurge in demand and love for them," a representative of the trust told USA Today. Where can you find the most dog parks per capita? Portland, Ore. Check out the story to see the list of cities with the highest number of dog parks. — Read it at USA Today

From Vet Street: What to Watch for in Dog Parks

Dog Statue Added to St. Patrick’s Nativity Scene

A statue representing a dog is the newest addition to the nativity scene at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Modeled after Lexington, a real-life canine who belongs to the cathedral's rector, the statue was carved in Italy by the same studio that created Mary, Joseph and the other members of the nativity scene. The 15-year-old yellow Labrador himself is a beloved fixture at St. Patrick’s, but his marble effigy has stirred up a bit of controversy. Some people don’t think a dog belongs in the scene, but his owner told Today, "The ox and donkey are traditional but there is nothing in the Bible mentioning them.… St. Francis of Assisi was responsible for starting the tradition of the crèche, and he loved dogs.” —Read it at Today

Earliest Animals May Have Looked Like Little Baseballs

Fossils from China that date to 570 million years ago were once thought to be of giant bacteria, but a new study has found that they may actually represent the earliest animal life on Earth. Images reveal that the fossils resemble tiny baseballs and soccer balls. — Read it at Discovery News

Mystery Illness on Queen Elizabeth’s Estate Killed Several Dogs

Researchers in England said plants are unlikely to be the cause of the deaths of eight dogs who were walked at the Sandringham estate, owned by Queen Elizabeth II, a well-known animal lover. Two dogs who were walked there died this year and six died last year. The country’s Animal Health Trust is now expanding its investigation into the cause of this outbreak of Seasonal Canine Illness. — Read it at the Telegraph

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