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"While everyone ran in panic, Roselle remained totally focused on her job," wrote Michael Hingson of his guide dog, Roselle. On Saturday, the yellow Labrador retriever was honored posthumously as the American Hero Dog of the Year at a Hollywood awards ceremony. Roselle was with Hingson on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower on Sept. 11, 2001. After a plane hit the building, she calmly guided her charge down 1,463 steps to safety. “She saved my life,” Hingson wrote. — Read it at Today
Educational debt for veterinarians rose by 6.5 percent last year — while starting salaries for new vets dropped by 3.5 percent. — Read it at DMV360
Amid a menagerie of camels, birds, dogs, cats, and even yaks, the former Sopranos star snuggled with a joey during an animal blessing ceremony at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. “It’s one of the better days I’ve had,” she said. — Read it at DNAinfo
You read that right. The baby sea lion, who waddled across eight lanes of traffic on Highway 101, was nicknamed “Broadway Bound” because rescuers found the animal perched on a stump by the Broadway off-ramp. Veterinarians later discovered that the seal was suffering from a week-old gunshot wound, which is now being treated at the Marine Mammal Center. — Read it at SFGate
Veterinarians from Russia and the Bronx Zoo have teamed up to figure out why distemper, a virus that normally attacks domestic dogs, is showing up in wild Siberian tigers. — Read it at Science Daily
Border Collie Shoots Some Hoops
Recently, a video of Petey playing volleyball made the rounds on the Web. Apparently, that’s not the Border Collie's only athletic talent. In this video, he shows off his skills on the basketball court — and by the looks of it, he could run circles around most humans. — Watch the video at the Huffington Post
Despite the current economic crisis, more people are treating themselves to small luxuries — like those irresistible Halloween pet costumes. Compared to last year, 43 percent more pet owners plan to buy disguises for their furry companions. Sound scary? — Read it at USA Today
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