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An unusual guest was found wandering around the 10th floor of the Grand Hyatt San Diego last week — a 4- to 5-week-old puppy. Another guest stopped him from being hit by the elevator doors and handed him over to the hotel staff. They knocked on every door on the 10th floor in an effort to find his owner and then put him up in his own office, in the hopes that his owner would come forward. Finally, realizing the 2.5-pound pup they nicknamed Hyatt Hound had been abandoned, the staff turned him over to San Diego County’s animal services, which transferred him to Rancho Coastal Humane Society. He’s now in a loving foster home and will be available for adoption once he’s 8 weeks old. “In spite of the circumstances, Hyatt is a lucky puppy,” said Kathy Zerkle of RCHS. “Unfortunately, puppies get abandoned every day. This is the first time we’ve ever had a puppy abandoned on the 10th floor of theluxuryhotel.” — Read it at People Pets
A new study lead by Adam Boyko of Cornell University analyzed DNA from 549 “village dogs” who roam freely in 38 countries Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East and islands north and east of Australia, and reports that the dogs evolved in what’s now Nepal or Mongolia. They said most of the dogs’ ancient roots pointed to Central Asia. But, not everyone agrees with the findings, which were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Robert Wayne of the University of California, Los Angeles, analyzed ancient DNA and proposed in 2013 that dogs originated in Europe. He questioned the new study’s use of modern DNA. — Read it from the AP via ABC News
On Sunday, the Coast Guard was called to the rescued of a disabled sailboat 21 miles east of Atlantic City, New Jersey, that was carrying a man and a cat. The waves were so intense that the man had been thrown overboard and then managed to climb back aboard his boat. The man was airlifted by helicopter to a nearby airbase, where a team was waiting to treat him for hypothermia. One member of the Coast Guard crew stayed aboard the man’s sailboat with his cat while the vessel was towed back to a marina. “Usually when we tow a boat, we prefer to have someone on the boat that’s being towed — it’s a safer evolution that way,” said Nick Ameen, Coast Guard chief of public affairs. “Plus we didn’t want the cat to be alone in there.” The Coast Guard crew posed for a photo with the cat once they were safely back at the marina. — Read it at Press of Atlantic City
Blake Hardin, 28, recently moved from Alabama to Vancouver to learn to tune pianos for a living at the School of Piano Technology for the Blind. Hardin, who was born blind, gets around with the help of a guide dog, a yellow Labrador Retriever named Beethoven. On Sunday afternoon, the two were sitting on their front porch when Hardin briefly went indoors to get something. When he came back, Beethoven, who wasn’t wearing his vest or tags, had disappeared. Hardin had ordered Beethoven tags with his new address, but they hadn’t arrived yet. Hardin used his cane to search the neighborhood, calling his dog’s name, but couldn’t find him. On Monday morning, a dog tracking company offered to help look for Beethoven, and got pretty close to him. But in the end, it was Facebook that helped reunite Hardin and his guide dog. A family who lives half a mile away had found Beethoven on their front porch overnight and took him in. "They wanted to keep him because he’s such a good dog," Hardin said after meeting the family who rescued his dog."But obviously they were happy to give him back when they learned aboutme on Facebook." Hardin said he won’t be letting his Lab out of the house again without his vest and tags. — Read it at Portland’s KGW and watch video
A sheriff’s deputy in Okaloosa County, Florida, found a sweet way to remember her colleague, Bill Myers, who was shot and killed in the line of duty last month. Knowing Myers loved black dogs, the anonymous deputy went to the local shelter and selected a 3-year-old black Lab mix who’s been there for several months. She named the dog Honor and paid her adoption fees — and Honor found a forever home days later with Dianne Rench. Rench’s 12-year-old German Shepherd recently passed away, and after meeting Honor, she decided the time was right for another dog. “She was just a love,” Rench said. — Read it at Florida’s NWF Daily News
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