Pet Scoop: Outpouring of Support for Dying Woman’s Dog, Shepherd Gets Jury Summons

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Patricia Cudd, who's terminally ill, is looking for a new home for her Pit Bull, Sherlock.
Patricia Cudd, who's terminally ill, is looking for a new home for her Pit Bull, Sherlock.

Offers Pour in for Pit Bull

While she’s battled Stage 4 breast cancer, Patricia Cudd's dog Sherlock has been there to comfort her. “All these medical appointments, they’re very tough,” Cudd explains tearfully. “I just go home and I curl up with Sherlock and I feel better. I just feel so much better.” But the terminally ill woman from northern Colorado can no longer give her beloved dog the exercise and attention he needs. On Monday, a local TV station aired their story, asking viewers without other pets or children in their homes to consider adopting the Pit Bull. Hundreds of offers poured in with people wanting to give Sherlock a home — and to continue to bring him to visit Cudd. Cudd was overwhelmed by the heartwarming response to her story, and will be working with volunteers to determine the perfect home for her loyal companion. — Watch it on Colorado’s 9News

Three New Sweet-Smelling Bat Species Found

Using DNA samples from museum specimens, scientists have discovered three new species of yellow-shouldered bats. They are named for the yellowish glands that appear on the males’ shoulders, and the fruit-eating bats are known to give off a sweet scent. “Having handled some 100+ species of bats, I can say unequivocally that they are the best-smelling,” says Bruce Patterson, curator of mammals at The Field Museum in Chicago. Two of the news species, Sturnira bakeri, found in western Ecuador, and Sturniraburtonlimi, found in Costa Rica and Panama, are described in the journal ZooKeys. They had previously been considered the same species as other yellow-shouldered bats. — Read it at Live Science

Missing Meals Can Dull Monarchs’ Colors

Laboratory experiments from researchers at the University of Georgia revealed that going just 24 hours without food can make a monarch butterfly’s colors significantly less vibrant, and not having enough food can also lead to smaller wings. Having smaller wings means it takes longer for them to make their 3,000-mile migration to Mexico in the fall, and then to return to the U.S. and Canada after the winter. Previous research has shown that the migration pattern is in danger, due in part to the loss of milkweed, where adult butterflies lay their eggs and larvae feeds. “Although the researchers did the study in the lab and not in the wild, it appears possible that the loss of milkweed could affect their ability to migrate,” said Sylvia Fallon of the National Resources Defense Council, who wasn’t involved in the study. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at National Geographic

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge cuddle with young puppies at a police academy in New Zealand.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge cuddle with young puppies at a police academy in New Zealand.

Will and Kate Meet Police Pups

During their 10-day tour of New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have watched their son have a playdate, sipped wine and played cricket. But they may have had the best part of their trip just before they departed for Australia, when they got to hold 12-day-old puppies! Will and Kate grinned when they got the chance to cuddle with the tiny German Shepherd puppies at the Royal New Zealand Police College, while they heard about the school’s dog handling program on Tuesday. “It wants to hide under my jacket,” said the Duchess. “I think it can smell George.” — See photos at the U.K.’s Daily Mail

German Shepherd Gets Jury Duty

IV Griner got a summons in the mail on Friday from Cumberland County Clerk of Courts in southern New Jersey. She’s being called to serve on a jury next month. “I knew there was a mistake right away,” says Barrett Griner IV. The problem? IV is a 5-year-old German Shepherd. Griner named IV (pronounced Ivy) after the Roman numeral at the end of his own name, but he says “it’s a mistake that happens all the time.” He thinks the court’s computer likely mistook the IV for his own first name. Griner says he plans to inform the county that his dog won’t be sitting in the jury box next month. — Read it at Today and watch it at CBS Philly

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