Pet Scoop: Puppy Found Frozen in Rural Alaska, Firefighters Rescue Puppy From Blaze

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Olaf the puppy is now warm in a foster home after being found frozen in rural Alaska.
Olaf the puppy is now warm in a foster home after being found frozen in rural Alaska.

Rescued Frozen Puppy Named Olaf

A Husky and Shepherd mix puppy was found frozen to the ground at a dump in the rural village of Chevak, Alaska, last Wednesday. He was named Olaf after the snowman in Disney’s hit animated movie “Frozen,” and was flown 500 miles across the state from the wilderness where he was abandoned to get the medical care he needed in Anchorage. He’s now warming up in a cozy home with a foster family. It’s not uncommon for dogs to be abandoned in the rural parts of the state, and rescue groups are trying to get the word out that they’re there to help and to offer spaying and neutering. Alaska Animal Rescue Friends is now working to find the perfect forever home for Olaf. — Watch it at Boston’s WHDH

Four Sea Lions Returned to Wild

Last week, staff members from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium stepped in to help an all-volunteer group in Santa Barbara, California, with an unprecedented number of starving, stranded sea lion pups. Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute has rescued more than 100 pups so far this year. The group temporarily helped out with rescues and rehabilitations, and then assisted returning four recovered sea lions to the wild. One CIWW volunteer described the pups as being “on death’s door” in many cases when they were rescued. So it’s particularly inspiring when they’re able to be released. “When they’re finally healthy enough, my favorite part is actually getting to take them back out on the release and open the door and watch them go back into the wild,” she says in a video the Shedd posted on Facebook. — Watch it from Shedd Aquarium via Facebook

Purina Recalls Some Food Over Vitamin Concerns

Three brands of Purina’s wet dog food are being voluntarily recalled after workers found that some of them may not contain the recommended levels of added vitamins and minerals. The company’s recall includes 10-ounce tubs of Beneful Prepared Meals Wet Dog Food, Beneful Chopped Blends Wet Dog Food and Pro Plan Savory Meals Wet Dog Food. The affected food tubs have a “Best Before” date range from June 2017 to August 2017 and production code range starting with the first four digits of 5363 to 6054. You can find more details from Purina. — Read it at CBS Los Angeles

Firefighter Walter Sanders carries a white puppy from an apartment fire in Maryland.
Firefighter Walter Sanders carries a white puppy from an apartment fire in Maryland.

Puppy Saved From Apartment Blaze

Olaf in Alaska isn’t the only puppy rescue we have to tell you about today. On Friday, firefighters in Baltimore County, Maryland, saved a white puppy from “heavy fire conditions” in a Parkville apartment. Thankfully, they were able to quickly contain the blaze. According to a Facebook post from the department, EMT and firefighter Walter Sanders located the family pet during search and rescue operations. The puppy looked quite happy as Sanders carried him out to safety. — Read it from Baltimore County Fire via Facebook

Racehorse Sports Custom Tweed Suit

Morestead looks quite dapper in his designer three-piece suit — and it looks like he knows it. It took a team of seamstresses and tailors four weeks to create the horse’s suit, which was designed by Emma Sandham-King, an apprentice of the famed British design brand Alexander McQueen. The handsome model’s photo shoot was released to kick off Cheltenham Festival, which is the biggest date on England’s racing calendar after the Grand National. — See photos at Buzzfeed


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