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A week after they took off after a scent in Washington state’s
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, two
dogs were found by hikers at separate points on a trail in the forest — each about 25 miles from where they disappeared. Their owner, Dennis Elton, had been driving to the area each day for a week to search for his dogs and had posted photos of them on social media. On Nov. 1, hiker Corey Theisen found Woody, a
Brittany, cold and wet on the trail. He warmed him up, posted his photo on Facebook and took him home. It wasn’t long before the picture reached Elton, who jumped out of bed to contact Theisen. Just after he picked Woody up from Theisen’s home, he got a call from his wife with more good news: another Good Samaritan, Nick Gibson, had found their chocolate
Labrador Retriever, Brock. Elton drove to Gibson’s home and was reunited with Brock, too. "I don't know how they got through this," Elton said. He’s grateful to the hikers who saved his dogs’ lives. — Read it at
USA Today and watch it at Portland’s
Hank, a rescued
German Shepherd, seems to have a clear idea of who he wants his new owner to be. Rachel Kauffman, a vet tech in Tennessee, already had two dogs of her own when she agreed to foster Hank for a few days. She noticed he stuck by her side wherever she went and quickly took to her other
dogs. After six days, though, Hank was taken to another foster to help him get healthy, and an adopter was lined up. But after two days there, Hank managed to unlock the door and escape. Over the next few days, calls came in with sightings of Hank indicating he was headed west — in the direction of Kauffman’s home. On Tuesday night, he arrived on her porch and plopped down to rest. "He traveled 11 miles to get back to me ... I can't fathom how he traveled that far across town that fast to get back to me," Kauffman said. "When it's meant to be, it's meant to be." — Read it at
The Commercial Appeal Memphis
The Connecticut-based company is recalling some Blue Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe
Cat Treats because they may contain low levels of propylene glycol. The substance, which isn’t permitted by the
USDA for use in cat food, was found when the
FDA tested the product in response to a consumer complaint. The agency found propylene glycol in one bag of the cat treats in the impacted lot.
Blue Buffalo has had no other reports of incidents with the treats. High doses of propylene glycol could result in signs of depression in
cats, and the animals may have a loss of coordination, muscle twitching, and excessive urination and thirst. The product was distributed nationwide. If your cat has consumed the product and shows these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian. — Get more details from
Food Safety News
In an unusual twist Tom (a firefighter) rescued Jerry (a cat) in South Berwick, Maine, Sunday. The fire company was out training when they got a call from a worried resident who said her kitten, Jerry, had been stuck about 35 feet up in a tree since Saturday. Firefighter Tom Fallon pulled the feline from the tree despite shifting winds — and sharp little claws. Once they were back on the ground, firefighters pointed out the irony of Tom coming to Jerry’s rescue — unlike the famous cat-and-mouse cartoon where Tom is Jerry's nemesis. Jerry is now safely back at home. — Read it at
seven years as mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky,
Border Collie Lucy Lou has set her sights on a higher office: she’s running for president. "All the other presidential candidates are dogs. Why shouldn’t a real one run?" Lucy Lou said via her campaign manager-owner-translator Bobbi Kayser. Like Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, Lucy Lou is hoping to make history as the first female in the office. Oh, and the first dog. Lucy Lou has weighed in on the biggest issues in the campaign, including immigration, taxes and gun control, and says she’s ready for the big stage. "There are no skeletons in my closet. A few bones maybe, but no skeletons," she said. — Read it at the
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