Child dies from infected rat; family sues Petco

A San Diego family is suing Petco after the death of their 10-year-old son from a bacterial infection they say he contracted from his pet rat.

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Cuteness Overload: Protective Corgi Becomes Best Friends with Baby

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Cuteness Overload: Protective Corgi Becomes Best Friends with Baby
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By Courtney Temple February 13, 2014 at 03:56PM / (1) comments

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We all heard the saying, ‘Dogs are a man’s best friend,’ well now we can confidently say that a bond between a baby and dog is just as strong.

A man named Chris Lowe and his wife Miriam had several concerns about how their Corgi, Wilbur, would react to their new baby girl, Claire. However, it turns out they …

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GBBC | Great Backyard Bird Count

Everyone’s favorite midwinter bird count is happening this February 14-17, and for the second year in a row it’s open to anyone, anywhere in the world. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a free event now in its 17th year, and by participating you’re helping give scientists their biggest, broadest single-moment snapshot of bird populations. Last year nearly 138,000 people participated, counting 33.4 million birds and 4,258 species. A newly redesigned website is full of great features like a gorgeous display for your photo submissions, how-to materials, data exploration tools, and tricky bird ID help

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Watch a Fluffy Albatross Chick Grow Up on Our Newest Cam

It may not seem like nesting season to most of us, but it is for Laysan Albatrosses in the Hawaiian islands. Our Bird Cams began streaming the action from a nest on Kauai last week, just as a little gray-and-blond chick emerged from its shell. By July this chick–which weighed less than a glass of water at hatching–will grow into a bulky brown-and-white bird with a nearly seven-foot wingspan. To raise their chick, the two parents will range across the Pacific, traveling as far as Alaska or Japan to bring back meals of digested squid. The camera captures incredible details of the birds’ plumage–including the soft, almost airbrushed shading of the adults’ faces and the frizzy down of the chick. Watch the cam (If you see a dark screen, bear in mind that dawn in Hawaii is at around noon Eastern time, or 9 a.m. on the West Coast.)

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Dog Nearly Dies Saving Kittens From Fire

Fire fighters fought a house fire in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, only to uncover a pet dog risking his life to protect four kittens trapped in the bla…

Pet-Friendly Hotels and Resorts Across the U.S. – Hotels for Dogs, Cats – AARP

Looking for hotels for you and your pet? These 6 hotels offer special accommodations for your furry friend.

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Baby Laughs at Dog Eating Popcorn, Internet Collectively Melts

Babies laughing at dogs? Always a recipe for viral video gold. This one exceeds expectations, however, even among other baby and dog videos.

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Pet Points: Dog mange treatments vary with animal’s breed and age

The 4-month-old Doberman pinscher puppy I saw last month was beautiful. He was muscular, and his coat was shiny and sleek. Heart, lungs, eyes, ears and teeth all checked out fine. We reviewed his history and previous vaccinations. Diet and feeding schedule were discussed. The only part of his exam that bothered me were a few patchy spots around his muzzle. Just to be sure, I used a surgical blade and some oil and did a skin scraping. A microscopic exam revealed a small mite that caused a condition called demodectic mange. Demodex, as it is often referred to, is a tiny mite that lives in the hair follicles of dogs and other species. They are microscopic mites that look like a cigar with legs at the front end. The mite can be frequently found in young dogs and is often self-limiting. The

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American Kennel Club lists most popular dog breeds

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Slain police dog’s struggle inspires action

Maybe the smallest donation to help slain Pittsburgh police K-9 Officer Rocco was the most poignant. ‘We had two girls that came in after school …

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