Vetstreet Newsflash - Tuesday, October 4

Roselle the guide dog
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Guide dog Roselle bravely led Michael Hingson out of the World Trade Center's north tower on 9/11.

A Four-Legged American Hero "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

Vets Face Lower Salaries and Higher Debt

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

Edie Falco Cuddles a Kangaroo

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

A Sea Lion Crosses a San Francisco Freeway

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

Experts Join Forces to Investigate Mysterious Tiger Deaths

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

Petey the Border Collie plays basketball
Petey gets ready to play ball.

Petey the 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

Splurging on the Little Things

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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