Pet Scoop: Royal Pup Lupo Romps at a Polo Field, USDA Targets Internet Puppy Dealers

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Lupo with Prince Harry
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Lupo gets some love from Prince Harry at a polo match.

Lupo the Puppy Catches a Polo Match With Mom Kate Middleton

The royal Cocker Spaniel puppy was running around on the sidelines of Prince William’s polo match, which he attended with the Duchess of Cambridge. Lupo mingled with guests, and got lots of attention from his “uncle,” Prince Harry. Last week, the pup was photographed camping with Kate and some Boy Scouts in North Wales. — Read it at People Pets

Animal Law Is a Booming Specialty

A growing number of people are including pets in their estate planning, and since most states now allow owners to create trusts for their critters, more and more attorneys are specializing in animal law. — Read it at the Chicago Tribune

USDA Works to Close a Loophole to Protect Puppies Sold on the Internet

A rule change proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would subject breeders who get around animal welfare laws by selling puppies online to the same Animal Welfare Act guidelines that wholesale dealers must abide by. The close in a current loophole would ensure that puppies sold on the Internet are healthy and treated well. — Read it at the Washington Post

Miley Cyrus adopted a fifth dog, Mary Jane
Miley Cyrus has adopted her fifth pup, Mary Jane.

Miley Cyrus Adopts Dog #5

Just two weeks after bringing home a puppy who she found in a box outside a Walmart store, Miley Cyrus adopted a fifth dog, Mary Jane. “I love rescuing,” she tweeted. — See the photo at People Pets

Rare Calico Lobster Heads to the New England Aquarium

Calvin the calico lobster was spared from the cooking pot when the staff at a Cambridge, Mass., restaurant noticed his unusual coloring. The chef contacted the New England Aquarium, which picked up Calvin. According to a blog post from the aquarium, only about 1 in 30 million lobsters are calico colored. — See the photo at NPR

Sergeant Rex Gets a Hero’s Welcome at a Ball Game

Rex — an 11-year-old, former bomb-sniffing German Shepherd — wagged his tail as he got a standing ovation from the crowd at Yankee Stadium over the weekend. The retired dog was recently reunited with former Marine corporal Megan Leavey, who fought to adopt him. In 2006, Rex and Leavey were both injured in an explosion in Iraq. — Read it at The New York Times

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