Pet Scoop: White House Dog Miss Beazley Dies, Quarterback Recruited With Letter to Cat

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Former President George W. Bush shared this photo of himself cuddling with Miss Beazley in the Oval Office during his White House years.
Former President George W. Bush shared this photo of himself cuddling with Miss Beazley in the Oval Office during his White House years.

Beazley Was “Guardian” to Cats

Former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush announced the loss of their dog, Miss Beazley, Saturday. The Scottish Terrier passed away at age 10 after a battle with lymphoma. Although Beazley wasn’t as well known as her companion, Barney, who died last year, she “never held a grudge against him,” Bush said in a statement posted on Facebook. She and Barney starred in a White House video in 2005 called “A Very Beazley Christmas,” in which the newly arrived pup steals the limelight from big brother Barney. “She was a source of joy during our time in Washington and in Dallas,” Bush said in his statement. “She was a guardian to our cats, Bob and Bernadette, who — like Laura and I — will miss her.” — Read it at the New York Daily News

Triple Crown on the Line for California Chrome

Trainer Art Sherman has suggested that colt California Chrome could abandon his shot at the Triple Crown if New York officials don’t allow him to wear nasal strips in the Belmont Stakes. The thoroughbred wore the strips during his wins at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness to assist with breathing. "I think it opens up his air passage and gives him that little extra oomph that he needs, especially going a mile and a half," Sherman said. The Belmont Stakes race on June 7 is 1.5 miles. Two years ago, a horse named I’ll Have Another had victories at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness wearing nasal strips but his trainer was told he couldn’t wear one in the Belmont Stakes. But I’ll Have Another was scratched the day before the race because of a leg injury, so the issue was moot. Officials in New York said they haven’t yet received a request for California Chrome to wear nasal strips. — Read it from AP via ABC News

Rehabilitated Endangered Sea Turtles Released

Tinkerbell and Wendy, juvenile sea turtles who were found in bad shape in the fall, were returned to their natural habitat at Langdon Beach on Gulf Islands National Seashore on Friday. The two were nursed back to health by the Gulfarium's Sea Turtle C.A.R.E. Program for the last 8 months. Tinkerbell, a green sea turtle, lost a right front flipper after an apparent shark attack. Wendy, a Kemp's ridley sea turtle, was severely underweight when she was found, and had trouble diving down or swimming in a straight line. Both moved their flippers wildly as they were taken out of their plastic containers and carried to the water. "It's a very rewarding experience to be able to help them go back to the open ocean, where hopefully they can thrive and become adult sea turtles and help the progression of their species," said Rachel Cain, a C.A.R.E. coordinator. — Watch it at the Pensacola News Journal

J.T. Granato committed to play football at Rice University after a coach sent a letter to his cat.
J.T. Granato committed to play football at Rice University after a coach sent a letter to his cat.

Coach Sends Letter to Cat

Some colleges try to woo the parents of the high school football players they want to recruit. But a coach at Rice University in Texas figured out that the way to get the attention of Kinkaid, Texas, quarterback J.T. Granato was through his beloved cat, White Sox. The Owls’ co-offensive coordinator, Billy Lynch, wrote in a letter addressed to Kitty Granato, “As you know we’re trying to convince J.T. Rice is the place for him. I know you’d like to keep him close so he can feed you and change the litter box. Please help us to get him to choose us. Paw me if you have any questions.” It worked. Granato’s father Tweeted Thursday, “Rice closed the deal by sending JT's cat a recruiting letter. Well done Owls.” — Read it at The Bleacher Report

Clouded Leopard Cub Arrives in Denver

The 5-week-old cub was welcomed to the Denver Zoo Saturday after traveling on a Frontier Airlines flight from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia. The female cub, who doesn’t yet have a name, will be socialized with the zoo’s other clouded leopard cubs, Pi, a male and Rhu, a female. The cub is “doing great behind the scenes,” the zoo said on its Facebook page Sunday. “With few cubs in zoos, this is a very important step to ensuring a stable long-term population,” said Rebecca McCloskey, an assistant curator at the zoo. The squeaky cub’s travel adventure was captured on video. — Watch video at YouTube

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