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Spending Spree Americans may be suffering due to the poor economy, but their pets sure aren’t feeling the pinch. With animal ownership at an all-time high, pet spending is expected to top $50 billion this year. — Read it at USA Today
A cat in England who'd just given birth was rescued by a Good Samaritan after the feline was thrown from a car. Once Jolie the cat was treated, one of her caretakers took her back to where she was found — and Jolie helped him locate her kittens. — Read it at the Huffington Post
The remains of three prehistoric dogs have been unearthed in the Czech Republic — and one of them had what researchers say was likely a mammoth bone in its mouth. Wouldn’t your dog like to sink its teeth into that? — Read it at Discovery News
For years now, this mongrel, who lives on the streets of Athens, has been letting his feelings about Greece’s financial crisis show. Loukanikos — Greek for Sausage — is "a loveable dog, but he's a little bit hot-blooded," said the head of the city's stray animal service, which tags and feeds strays. Sausage jumps into the fray whenever there’s a demonstration and has no fear — even if stones are thrown. His starring role in the riots has turned him into a local celebrity. — Read it and watch the video at Reuters
Plus: Sausage isn’t the only animal protester making news these days. Hazelnut, a pet squirrel, has been a fixture (along with her owner) at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. — Read it at Metro
Two black bear cubs are caught on video climbing into a hammock — and falling right off. — Watch the video at the Huffington Post
Like most family dogs, the First Dog likes in on the action when the kids are playing outside. Bo, who turned 4 on Sunday, jumped into a soccer game during a clinic held at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. — Read it at Today, and see more Bo photos from People Pets
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