"Bear," who has been trained to sniff out Giant African Land Snails.
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August 30, 2013 While Florida hasn't yet declared victory, more than 128,000 of the destructive creatures have been found and eradicated in the past two years. Labrador retrievers are being used to sniff out the snails.
August 23, 2013 Rescue groups and others dealing with a real problem — packs of stray dogs in many parts of the city — are inflating the figures, a Detroit journalist argues.
One of the tens of thousands of stray dogs in Detroit.
August 21, 2013 Pit bulls dominate the population. But smaller, aggressive dogs are problems as well. "It's like Chihuahuaville," one mail carrier tells Bloomberg News of a neighborhood on her route.
Producers of farm-to-dog-bowl food say the concept is more about locavorism and sustainability than about pampering pooches.
July 29, 2013 Feeding your pooch with locally sourced meats and vegetables may seem like the culinary equivalent of a Versace pet bowl. But producers of this posh-sounding pet food say it can cut down on food waste and help farmers.
July 10, 2013 Do dogs live entirely in the present, acting on instinct rather than thinking? Commentator Barbara J. King challenges a skeptic who insists that it's folly to claim that dogs think, and interviews a dog expert who offers a balanced view of the matter.
Xander, a pug mix, lost both his eyes in an accident. He now works as a therapy dog, and visits groups such as this class at a daycare center.
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May 28, 2013 He can't see, and he's not very big — but as dogs go, Xander the pug is having a big impact on Klamath Falls, Ore. The blind pup even made the front page of the local paper, for bringing empathy and happiness to people for whom such things are in short supply.
Mango Doucleff is always ready with a germ-laden slurp for her owner's face and ears.
April 18, 2013 Dog owners have similar germs growing on their skin: a signature blend of bacteria from canines' tongues and paws. Scientists couldn't find an analogous signature for cat owners. Perhaps cats are just being selfish.
Salmonella and other pathogens can be in pet food, not just people food.
April 15, 2013 When a food-safety student found out her dog's food was being recalled for possible contamination with salmonella, she learned a few things about how germs travel between critters and their humans.
A customer rolls a joint made of half marijuana and half tobacco in Olympia, Wash., on December 9, 2012.
March 22, 2013 Law enforcement agencies in Washington state are having to make lots of adjustments as the state implements a ballot initiative that legalized the use of marijuana. One surprise change has been the need to re-train dogs used for sniffing out illegal drugs.
Ernesto Lara presents Banana Joe, an affenpinscher, during the Best in Show competition at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
February 12, 2013 Five-year-old Banana Joe beat out Swagger, the old English sheepdog, and five others. More than 2,700 dogs too part in the competition.
Porter, a 10-month-old Beardie Cross, behind the wheel.
December 5, 2012 Hoping to convince animal lovers that rescue dogs are as smart as any other pets, New Zealand's SPCA has been teaching three canines to do a bit of driving. See the video evidence.
The Bring Andy Home Facebook page
April 26, 2012 Andy and his human companion, Jordina Ghiggeri of Plymouth, Mass., were visiting friends in Westport, Conn., when he got scared by some fireworks on New Year's Eve. He took off for the woods. On the Web and on the street, the search is on.
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Patch, a Great Dane, has a memo for you.
March 30, 2012 Do you think you'd be less stressed out if you took your dog to work with you? Science agrees. Employees with dogs were less stressed out than their coworkers, new research finds. But it works only if the dog is polite.
March 26, 2012 A cat on a leash stretched out on the steps outside the Supreme Court while a chihuahua mix with health insurance showed her support for the Obama administration's health care law.
Malachy the Pekingese was named Best in Show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York on Tuesday.
February 14, 2012 The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is under way, and dogs are being pampered, brushed and cajoled to walk before the event's judges. And in a competition for canine actors held out West, Martin Scorsese's attempt to rally support for a Hugo star falls short.
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