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Meet Scooter, New 'World's Ugliest Dog'

7-year-old pooch crowned in competition is a Chinese crested with reversed hind legs

(Newser) - "From the second he sits his hairless little booty and backward legs on your lap, you feel his warm, huggable power to change the meaning of the word 'ugly.'" The hairless booty in question belongs to a pooch named Scooter, and the description comes via a...

Good Dogs Can Have Bad Days: Postal Service

Agency reports thousands of attacks on employees last year, with California tops

(Newser) - The Postal Service has released its count of workers bitten by dogs last year, an effort to increase awareness and inspire owners to mind their pets. California, Texas, and New York again were responsible for the most bites, CNN reports—675, 404, and 321, in order. All were increases from...

Not Everyone Is Happy About Dogs in Outdoor Dining Spaces

Diners are pushing back at dogs in the dining area

(Newser) - Just in time for the summer dining season, the US government has given its blessing to restaurants that want to allow pet dogs in their outdoor spaces. But even though nearly half of states already allow canine dining outdoors, the AP reports the issue is far from settled, with...

Cops: Driver Makes Bold Move in Bid to Avoid DUI

Officer says Colorado driver put his dog in the driver's seat

(Newser) - An alleged drunk driver in Colorado tried to avoid arrest by putting his dog in the driver's seat, according to police, who were not fooled. Indeed, the police officer who caught the unidentified male driving 52mph in a 30-mph zone shortly before midnight Saturday "watched the entire process"...

City's Mayoral Race Certainly Has Interesting Candidates

Molly the rescue pup, comedian, former police chief, high school senior all vying for Toronto title

(Newser) - Over the weekend, Toronto Star columnist Edward Keenan made his picks for the six top contenders to be the next mayor of Ontario's capital, after Friday's deadline for submitting candidacy papers came and went. Most notable in this year's mayoral race, Keenan wrote: the "whopping" 102...

Cops: Deputy Died Protecting Son From Dog Attack
Deputy Killed in
Dog Attack at Home

Deputy Killed in Dog Attack at Home

Police believe Tamieka White was protecting 8-year-old son

(Newser) - A 17-year veteran of the Marion County Sheriff's Office died "protecting the most important person in her life," her commander says. Deputy Tamieka White, 46, was killed in a dog attack at her Indianapolis home Tuesday night, the Indianapolis Star reports. Police believe she was protecting her...

This Is the First 'PBGV' to Win Westminster

Petit basset griffon Vendéen wins best in show

(Newser) - This Buddy Holly no longer has to sigh, “That’ll be the day.” A petit basset griffon Vendéen named for the late rock ‘n’ roll legend won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Tuesday night, a first for the rabbit-hunting breed, the...

Dog Walkers Are Ending Up in the ER in Droves
Dog Walkers Are Ending
Up in the ER in Droves
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Dog Walkers Are Ending Up in the ER in Droves

Researchers: Leashed strolls have led to 420K injuries over last 20 years or so

(Newser) - Dogs may be man's best friend, but they're also unintentionally sending a lot of their humans to the ER. That's the upshot of a new study out of Johns Hopkins, where scientists discovered that, over the past 20 years or so, more than 422,000 people in...

Our Pets May Not Be as Happy as We Think

Kenny Torrella at Vox makes the case for a world with fewer, but happier, pets

(Newser) - It's easy to denounce the mistreatment of animals at the extremes: physical abuse, dog fighting, etc. But as Kenny Torrella writes at Vox , it gets trickier when even self-described animal lovers do things that fall into the realm of "everyday neglect and cruelty" in regard to their pets....

Your Dog Just Went High-Tech
Your Dog Just
Went High-Tech

Your Dog Just Went High-Tech

AI-powered Companion will dispense treats, games, training while you're busy at work

(Newser) - For anyone who's ever wondered why a bedside pizza-and-movie-dispensing gadget doesn't exist, well, you're apparently still out of luck. But your dog might be sitting pretty: As Axios reports, there's a new AI-powered device that dispenses treats and "provides all day scheduled and on-demand engagement...

Animal Shelter Reports an Unusual First

Dog named Coco arrived suffering from canine alcohol withdrawal; he's doing much better now

(Newser) - In a "heartbreaking" first for one UK animal shelter, a dog that arrived there earlier this year turned out to be an alcoholic—though now he's doing much better and is on the path to recovery. CBS News reports that Coco, thought to be a chocolate lab-spaniel mix,...

Dogs Running on Beaches: a Bigger Issue Than You Think

A piece in 'Hakai Magazine' lays out the problem, which lies with humans, not canines

(Newser) - When it comes to pets-as-predators, cats are usually cast as the villains. After all, as Ben Goldfarb writes for Hakai Magazine , they kill an estimated 4 billion birds in the US each year. But Goldfarb's piece focuses not on felines but canines, and specifically how dogs—unleashed ones—wreak...

3 Dogs Die in 'Act of Terror' at Race

Poisoned meatballs were placed near start of French canicross race

(Newser) - Canicross, a sport in which people run or cycle while attached to their dogs, has been hit by what one federation calls an "act of terror." Three dogs died Sunday morning after eating poisoned meatballs that had been placed near the starting point of the second round of...

25 Years Ago It Wasn't in the Top 75. Now It's No. 1

The most popular purebred dog breed in the US is the French bulldog

(Newser) - For the first time in three decades, the US has a new favorite dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club. Adorable in some eyes, deplorable in others, the sturdy, push-faced, perky-eared, world-weary-looking, and distinctively droll French bulldog became the nation's most prevalent purebred dog last year, the club...

Well, Here&#39;s an Unusual Rescue
Well, Here's an Unusual Rescue

Well, Here's an Unusual Rescue

Dog who decided to swim out to sea in Long Beach, California, saved by a lifeguard

(Newser) - If you are a tiny white dog all on your own, chances are you can find safer things to get up to than swimming out in the ocean. But as KTLA reports, if you do, it's good to have a sympathetic lifeguard around. Lifeguards in Long Beach, California, got...

More Than 3 Weeks After Quake, an 'Unexpected Groan'

Alex the husky is pulled out of rubble in Turkey's Hatay province, emaciated but otherwise OK

(Newser) - After a series of miraculous rescues , teams digging through the rubble in the aftermath of last month's earthquake in Turkey and Syria had more or less given up on finding any more survivors. That is, until Tuesday, when an "unexpected groan" emitted from underneath a concrete block pile...

Dogs Here May Soon See Big Changes to Their Car Rides

New Florida bill would ban pups sticking their heads out windows of moving cars, sitting in driver's lap

(Newser) - When dogs go for car rides, many of them use the time to "drive and chill," sticking their heads out the window to catch the cool breeze as their human cruises along the thoroughfare. In Florida, however, that kind of carefree canine behavior may soon be coming to...

Dog Lived With Coyotes. Now He Sleeps in a 'Fluffy Bed'

But the custody dispute over Hades, aka Ghost, may not be over

(Newser) - The dog is a friendly bull terrier mix who became famous in the Las Vegas area for roaming with coyotes. Now he's at the center of a strange custody dispute between the women who rescued him from the wild—they know him as Ghost—and the family who says...

Shelter&#39;s Bell Rang in the Dead of Night. It Was This Dog
This Lost Dog
Knew Exactly
Where to Go
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This Lost Dog Knew Exactly Where to Go

After escaping new owner's home, Bailey shows up at El Paso shelter she'd been adopted out from

(Newser) - On Jan. 29, an "urgent" message popped up on the Facebook page of Texas' Animal Rescue League of El Paso. "This beautiful girl—Bailey—has gotten loose," the post read, accompanied by photos of an incredibly cute pup. "She is very friendly." Loretta Hyde, the...

Dog Walkers Probably Make More Than You Think

In New York City, established ones pull in 6 figures

(Newser) - The most lucrative side hustle in the nation is dog walking, according to the online tutoring service Preply . It pegs the average hourly wage for the task at $43, ahead of freelance design ($32) and freelance writing ($29). If that rate sounds high, a story in the New York Times ...

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