Pet Scoop: Sheepdog Makes 240-Mile Trip Home, Witherspoon Gets Adorable Frenchie

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Pero the sheepdog somehow made it 240 miles back to his home in England.
Pero the sheepdog somehow made it 240 miles back to his home in England.

Dog’s Trek Is a “Total Mystery”

When a farmer in Cockermouth, England, needed a sheepdog, 4-year-old Pero’s owners, Alan and Shan James, thought he’d be “ideal for the job.” So, in March, Pero was sent to live at the new farm. But Pero apparently didn’t think it was the right fit. While he was out working on April 8, he took off across the fields and disappeared. Less than two weeks later, Pero appeared on the doorstep of his former home — 240 miles away. “It was a bit of a shock, and the dog was going crazy after seeing Alan,” said Shan James. “It's a total mystery as to how Pero has managed to find his way back to us. We know that dogs can find their way home, but 240 miles is a long way to travel.” The family is hoping to find out if anyone had any encounters with Pero along the way. Luckily, he was in good shape and wasn’t hungry. And after all the effort he put into getting back to them, the James family now plans to keep Pero. — Read it at the U.K.’s BBC News

Study Suggests Dogs Don’t Like Hugs

Say it isn’t so! You might love to give your cuddly canine a hug, but new data shows that your pooch might not be enjoying it much as you. Stanley Coren, who studies canine behavior at the University of British Columbia, took a random sample of 250 photos of people hugging dogs that he found on the Internet. “The results indicated that the Internet contains many pictures of happy people hugging what appear to be unhappy dogs,” Coren wrote in Psychology Today. In nearly 82 percent of the photos, researchers found the dogs were giving at least one sign of discomfort, stress or anxiety. “The clear recommendation to come out of this research is to save your hugs for your two-footed family members and lovers. It is clearly better from the dog's point of view if you express your fondness for your pet with a pat, a kind word, and maybe a treat,” he wrote. — Read it at Today

U.S. to Adopt Bison as National Mammal

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Bison Legacy Act on Tuesday, paving the way to make the American bison the official national mammal. The bill is expected to pass in the Senate later this week, then it will head to President Obama. The bill would make the first Saturday in November National Bison Day. “It’s a symbolic thing, but it really brings a lot of opportunities to raise the profile of this species for the American public,” said Keith Aune of the Wildlife Conservation Society. — Read it at Yahoo News

Reese Witherspoon introduced her new puppy, Pepper, to her social media fans.
Reese Witherspoon introduced her new puppy, Pepper, to her social media fans.

Reese Witherspoon Welcomes Pup

The actress had a sweet picture for her Instagram followers on Monday: a beautiful blue-gray French Bulldog. “Introducing Pepper! Welcome to the Family,” she wrote. Pepper joins the family’s Bull Terrier, LouAnn, who was adopted last year. Last month, Witherspoon made headlines when she paid tribute to Moonie, the Chihuahua who played her dog in “Legally Blonde,” passed away at age 18. Her fans have already fallen in love with little Pepper. “What a gorgeous dog with fabulous ears,” wrote one follower. — Read it at People Pets

Baby Bald Eagles Get Their Names

The two babies born to bald eagles Mr. President and The First Lady at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., this spring have been known as DC2 and DC3 — until now. After a public contest, the pair was named Freedom and Liberty. The other top suggestions included Stars and Stripes; Anacostia and Potomac; Honor and Glory; Cherry and Blossom. The couple had their first eaglet, DC1, last year. They’re the first pair to nest at the property since the 1940s. — Read it at the Washington Post


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