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Behaviorist can help with dog's boundary issues

Q: We have a 2-year-old collie shepherd mix who loves us, offers hugs and kisses and is loyal. But, when the dog and I are on the bed and my 20-year-old son enters the bedroom, the dog growls. Sometimes it's a bit scary. Last week he went too far. My wife and I were lying on the bed watching TV. The dog joined us with his head on her belly. When I got up to go to work, he growled his usual low growl. When I went to kiss my wife goodbye, he growled so close to her face that she thought he was going to bite her. The dog attended training successfully when he was 6 months old, never had a problem with company, and gets along well with the cat. Neighbors love to see us walk down the block while he holds his leash in his mouth. Do you think he just hates to see me leave or see my son enter the bedroom when it is our time?

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Pinwheels deter birds from resting on car

Q: I like to feed the birds in the front of the house. I have a bird feeder and several hanging holders with a honey block that goes in the holder. The birds love it and I watch the many beautiful red and blue and other-colored birds come feast on the goodies outside my window. I also have a bird bath for them, and it's fun to watch them drink and bathe in the fresh water. Here's the problem: One or more of the birds seem to hang out on the car door mirrors and leave droppings all over the car. Every morning I have been using the garden hose to clean droppings from the car. How can I keep my friends from sitting on the cars in my driveway?

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Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back

A retired Palmetto, Florida police dog survived an alligator attack. Owner Chris Leister said he was taking down a basketball hoop when he heard a tussle by the water behind his home home. Arek emerged from bushes with a rip and tear on his paw. It turns out he was bitten by what neighbors have described as a 9-foot alligator. Trappers told Leister that Arek must have bitten the alligator back because one that big would not have let go easily.

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Fire department rescues kitten from fire

A kitten was pulled from a two-alarm fire Friday, April 15, 2016, that started in an alley, moved to a carport, then jumped to a common attic at a single-story fourplex apartment building in central Fresno.

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Chester Zoo's new penguin chicks get weighed

Four Humboldt penguin chicks hatched at the Chester Zoo the week of April 3rd, 2016. Wotsit, Quaver, Frazzle and Cheeto were all named after potato chips. The zoo released video of Wotsit and Quaver being weighed by staff members. Cheeto was only 75 grams or 2.65 ounces. Keeper Anne Morris says that of the world’s 17 penguin species, Humboldt penguins are among the most at risk.

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184-year-old tortoise finally gets a bath

Jonathan the Giant Tortoise, the oldest known living land animal on Earth, estimated to be 184-years-old, was washed for the first time in recorded history by vet Dr. Joe Hollins. This historic event took place in the grounds of Plantation House, St. Helena Island on March 19, 2016. Bathing him was purely for aesthetic reasons. "We want visitors and tourists on the Island to witness the tortoises in their true form, without the obstruction of moss and lichen on their shells... and we want all who visit him to see him at his best,” said Hollins, who has been hand-feeding him over the past few years.

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Delighted doggy: Family reunited with pit bull lost 3 years ago

A dog that disappeared three years ago has been reunited with his family in Virginia. American pit bull terrier "Gucci" went missing in 2013 from the family’s yard in San Antonio, Texas. Two weeks ago, Ayana and Gary Kelly got a call from a San Antonio animal shelter saying the microchipped dog was there.

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Tian Tian the panda takes a bubble bath

Rub-a-dub-dub Tian Tian in a tub! Keepers provided him a tub of water with non-toxic bubble bath soap. He really soaked it up. He rubbed it on his ears — which is called scent-anointing. (Wait for the tail wiggle!) Pandas do not bathe regularly in the wild, but when Tian Tian is in rut — meaning he’s exhibiting behaviors associated with breeding season — he especially likes to play in water.

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Animal Tales | All about Grey-Raye

My sister and I were paying a last visit to our late father’s farm in Kentucky before we auctioned it off, and out of nowhere appeared this adorable grey and white kitten who latched onto me like I was her long-lost mother. I fell in love at first sight. We already had two cats and one dog at home in Myrtle Beach, and my husband said, “No way!” when he saw me nuzzling this darling grey kitty. “I don’t want you to become a cat-lady!”

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Animal Tales | All About Wesley

In early March 2015, as my husband and I were still mourning the loss of our 14-year-old poodle mix, Daisy Mae, the news reported the shutdown of a local puppy mill, where over 140 dogs were seized and placed in a shelter to be available for adoption.

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Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back

A retired Palmetto, Florida police dog survived an alligator attack. Owner Chris Leister said he was taking down a basketball hoop when he heard a tussle by the water behind his home home. Arek emerged from bushes with a rip and tear on his paw. It turns out he was bitten by what neighbors have described as a 9-foot alligator. Trappers told Leister that Arek must have bitten the alligator back because one that big would not have let go easily.
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Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back 01:23

Alligator attacks retired police dog, dog bites back

Fire department rescues kitten from fire 00:54

Fire department rescues kitten from fire

Chester Zoo's new penguin chicks get weighed 00:59

Chester Zoo's new penguin chicks get weighed

184-year-old tortoise finally gets a bath 02:44

184-year-old tortoise finally gets a bath