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FINLEY came from behind to steal a gutsy win against arch-rival Deniliquin on Saturday.

Rock Cats struggled in Friday’s return

NEW BRITAIN — Friday night began with the New Britain Rock Cats thrilled to be playing baseball again after a three-day layoff forced by terrible weather conditions which led to even worse field conditions. By the time the game was over, the Rock Cats might have preferred one more day of rest.

Rock Cats Lose To Portland, 6-1

Rock Cats Lose

Photo gallery: Dogs have their day

Dogs of all sizes enjoyed the opening of a new canine recreation center on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Feral cats: Urban predators threaten wildlife

Unowned wild cats are responsible for billions of bird deaths in the U.S. every year.

Feral cats: Neutering best solution

Killing tens of millions of outdoor cats should not be on the national agenda.

Feral cats: Predators threaten wildlife

Unowned wild cats are responsible for billions of bird deaths in the U.S. every year.

MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Join the pack ... How our 'Dogs' portfolio is running ahead of the Footsie 100

The Midas Dogs of the Footsie portfolio is gathering pace, beating the FTSE 100 index and delivering generous dividends too.

Dogs saved from catch and kill snatchers who bury them alive on paradise island of Mauritius after campaign by Daily ...

Our probe on the paradise island in 2012 (pictured) prompted global outrage - but a visit two years later shows the government has made huge strides.

Ticks that carry Lyme disease infecting more dogs, report says

More dogs are testing positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.That's according to a new report released by the Banfield Pet Hospital, which found a 21 percent increase in the number of infected dogs.

Cold Noses: Pets of the Week

Cold Noses, the Times-Union's weekly pet blog, features pets available for adoption at local government-run shelters.

Lucas County Dogs for Adoption: 4-19

Dogs remain available at the Lucas County Canine Care & Control Office, 410 South Erie St., Toledo. For information, call 419-213-2800.

Dogs Trained By OK Inmates Graduate From "Guardian Angels"

A groundbreaking prison outreach program hit a milestone Friday afternoon at Mabel Bassett Women's Correctional Facility near McLoud.

How to introduce pets to children

To celebrate National Kids and Pets Day on April 26, in support of the bond between pets and children, Pets Add Life (a campaign celebrating the joys and benefits of responsible pet ownership) is

Dogs left at Waterville shelter with porcupine quills in mouths

Posted April 17, 2014, at 12:39 p.m. WATERVILLE, Maine — A pair of dogs are looking for a new home after they were dumped at a Waterville animal shelter with porcupine quills in their mouths.

Lucas County Dogs for Adoption: 4/17

Dogs remain available at the Lucas County Canine Care & Control Office, 410 South Erie St., Toledo. For information, call 419-213-2800.

Fisher Cats start a series in Binghamton

The Mets win the game 4-1

Simi Valley Missing Pets to open adoption center

A grand opening celebration of Simi Valley Missing Pets' new adoption center will be held on Saturday, and will include many of the dogs recently rescued by the group from the Mojave Desert.

Easter pets more high-maintenance than would-be buyers may know

WILMINGTON — Before sending one of her purebred bunnies home with a prospective adopter, Lee Gushman asks a series of screening questions about basic rabbit care.

How Are Pets Handled In Divorce?

How Are Pets Handled In Divorce? Researchers estimate that about 50% of American marriages end in divorce. They also say that 62% of American households include at least one pet. So, it seems reasonable to conclude that many divorcing couples are pet owners. But when a married couple calls it quits, what happens to their furry friends?

Easter pets are more high-maintenance than prospective buyers may know

Some of those animals end up at local shelters or let loose into the wild after losing their Easter shine.

Why the internet loves cats – not dogs

Cats rule the internet, but why? Other animals are cute and funny too. BuzzFeed's 'beastmaster' runs through the theories How to make something go viral The internet is one giant, virtual cat park, its foundation is one of cat fur, and its currency is the miaows of millions of kittens who lie patiently in wait for you on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, acting like they pretty much own the place ...

What to do with pets while on vacation?

The kids are ecstatic, everything is packed, and everyone is on board ... except the family pets. Families going on vacation this Holy Week should not make the experience miserable for their pets, especially those who will be left at home.

James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd On 'Dancing' Chemistry

'Dancing with the Stars' Season 18 premiere -- James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd -- ABC James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd took home a perfect score and topped the "Dancing with the Stars" leaderboard on Monday night and they know that part of their successful formula is their chemistry. That's why we're doing so well together," James told Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson on Wednesday. Asked to describe their relationship, Peta called it a "working" relationship that is "fun." She added that they "have a blast together." There are times when we're upset with each other and stressed, but for the most part, I'm psyched to be with her and she's psyched -- I think -- to be with me," James said.

Pets no longer just part of furniture in France

Pets - classed under French civil law as property like tables and chairs - are to be given a new legal status as 'sentient beings'

Gaming Update: 'Watch Dogs,' 'Dragon Age: Inquisition,' 'Magic 2015,' GameSpy Shutdown

Watch Dogs Details of the Watch Dogs Season Pass have leaked. If GameStop's listing is to be believed, the pass will net gamers a single-player campaign featuring a new playable character,

Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs

Ana-Maria Ciulcu takes a dog from a street in Bucharest By Radu Marinas and Bogdan Cristel BUCHAREST (Reuters) - When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe - and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. Ciulcu was a baby when Bardot started her sterilization campaign in 2001. But Bucharest's state-funded wards now hold 2,800 dogs, and 2,000 dogs have been euthanized in the past two months, according to Romania's Authority for Animal Surveillance and Protection.

More vets turn to prosthetics to help legless pets

In this August 26, 2011photo provided by OrthoPets, shows Naki’o, a red heeler mix breed, the first dog to receive four prosthetic limbs at Denver, Colo. Naki’o was found in the cellar of a Nebraska foreclosed home with all four legs and its tail frozen in puddles of water-turned-ice. What frostbite didn’t do, a surgeon did, amputating all four legs and giving him four prosthetics. (AP Photo/OrthoPets, Lindsey Mladivinich) LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 9-month-old boxer pup named Duncan barreled down a beach in Oregon, running full tilt on soft sand into YouTube history and showing more than 4 million viewers that he can revel in a good romp despite lacking back legs.

4 Extremely Well Behaved Dogs Pray Before Eating

So, four dogs sit together in a Chinese kitchen. No, that is not the start of an awful joke, but rather the premise for a YouTube video with almost 90,000 views. The pets featured in the clip are a poodle, a yellow lab and two golden retrievers. All of the dogs sit in front of a bench as a woman in the background prepares their meal. Just before the food is placed in front of them, the woman ...

Easter Lilies Kill Cats, FDA Warns

Easter lilies are a popular decoration around this time of year, but it might be best to avoid having them in your house if you have a curious cat, the Food and Drug Administration warns. These white, trumpet-shaped flowers are toxic to feline friends who might nibble at the plants' petals and leaves. If you suspect that your cat has eaten any part of a lily or its pollen, call your veterinarian immediately, or take your cat to an emergency veterinary clinic, said Melanie McLean, a veterinarian at FDA. Even eating just a couple of leaves or licking a few pollen grains off their fur can cause cats to suffer acute kidney failure, she said.

PC download charts: 'Watch Dogs,' 'The Elder Scrolls Online'

Aiden Pearce (L) is the cyber vigilante of "Watch Dogs" Pre-orders for "Watch Dogs" see the vigilante thriller leap to second on the Steam Store chart by Monday, April 14, while "The Elder Scrolls Online" remains popular among visitors to GameStop's Impulse Driven service.

Fur flies as US gets to grips with feral cats

It's Friday night in Eckington, a quiet residential corner of Washington, and the back alley is crawling with feral cats -- rich pickings for seasoned cat-trapper Marty King. "Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty," said King after setting four metal traps baited with flaked shrimp and fish cat food and lined with fresh newspapers. Within 20 minutes, a young gray cat takes the bait -- and by Sunday ...

New-look Paris Zoo rethinks 'humanimal' relationship

New-look Paris Zoo rethinks 'humanimal' relationship Paris Zoo reopens its gates on Saturday after a six-year revamp to shed its image as a traditional city zoo and change how humans see wild animals. Swept away is the zoo as a place simply to gawp at animals for being weird, exotic or dangerous -- replaced by an environment designed to appreciate their uniqueness in bigger, less crowded and more nature-mimicking enclosures. "We've invented a new zoo, whose concept is different from 20th century ones, where animals were exhibited like in some amusement park," said Thomas Grenon, head of the National Museum of Natural History, which manages the Vincennes Zoo. "This is a 21st-century zoo, which will show biodiversity and talk about it, and where the animals will live together as they do in their natural environment" -- as far as is practical, of course.

Clever chimps at Kansas City Zoo make brief break to freedom

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - Seven chimpanzees used an improvised ladder from a tree to scale a wall and briefly escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday, a zoo official said. One of the chimps apparently pulled a log or a branch and leaned it against the wall of the enclosure, giving the primates a leg-up to the top, zoo director Randy Wisthoff said. "We had a ringleader," Wisthoff said.

Deadly bat disease found in Wisconsin, Michigan: wildlife officials

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Bats in Wisconsin and Michigan have been infected with a disease that has killed millions of the mosquito-eating mammals elsewhere in the U.S. and could have a detrimental impact on farming and forestry, wildlife officials said on Thursday. White-nose syndrome appeared in five small brown bats collected in February and March in northern Michigan during routine surveillance, the state's Department of Natural Resources said in a statement. "Even though we've known this disease was coming, it is a disappointing day," said Dan O'Brien, a department wildlife veterinarian. Two bats in Wisconsin tested positive for the fungal disease after they were collected in a mine during winter surveillance in Grant County, near the Illinois border, where the disease was confirmed in 2012.

Do Dogs Really Feel Guilt or Shame? (Op-Ed)

Do Dogs Really Feel Guilt or Shame? (Op-Ed) Marc Bekoff, emeritus professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is one of the world's pioneering cognitive ethologists, a Guggenheim Fellow, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Bekoff's latest book is Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed (New World Library, 2013). Recently, a reader sent me an essay by Laura Moss of Mother Nature Network called "Do Dogs Really Feel Guilt?" Moss summarizes the excellent studies conducted by a renowned dog researcher, Barnard College's Alexandra Horowitz. Horowitz discovered that people are not very good at reading doggie guilt or shame — and that we often see those emotions when they're not there, when the dogs aren't feeling them or because they didn't do anything that would elicit these sorts of responses. Horowitz goes deeper into these concepts in her new edited book called Domestic Dog Cognition and Behavior. 

Lion dies in Hungary zoo from anthrax-infected meat

A lion in a Hungarian zoo died after it ate beef infected with the deadly anthrax disease identified in a nearby farm in the eastern region of the country, national news agency MTI reported on Thursday. Citing the local veterinary authority, MTI said the infected meat came from the village of Esztar. Two lions, two leopards and a tiger ate from the infected meat, Istvan Tischler, director of the local veterinary authority told MTI.

With new look, 80-year-old Paris zoo to re-open

A man photographs an Agami, at the Vincennes Zoo, in Paris, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Its gray, man-made mountain that might lure King Kong still protrudes over treetops, but nearly everything else has changed as Paris' best-known zoo prepares to re-open after a multi-year, multimillion-euro (dollar) makeover. (AP Paris/ Thibault Camus) PARIS (AP) — Its gray, man-made mountain that might lure King Kong still protrudes over treetops, but nearly everything else has changed as Paris' zoo prepares to re-open after a multi-year, multimillion-euro (dollar) makeover.

Baby giraffe in Oklahoma zoo dies during risky last-chance surgery

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Reuters) - Kyah, a 6-month-old giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo, died on Tuesday during a risky surgical procedure being performed for the first time on a giraffe in hopes that it would save her life, a zoo spokeswoman said. A team of 12 experts assisting in the four-hour surgery was unable to repair a life-threatening condition known as persistent right aortic arch, and ultimately Kyah was euthanized in the operating room, said Tara Henson, spokesperson for the Oklahoma City Zoo. A necropsy will be performed on Kyah, who was 9 feet tall and weighed 525 pounds, to learn more about her condition, which is more frequently seen in dogs and has never before been diagnosed in a giraffe. It was conducted at an Oklahoma State University Veterinary School facility in Stillwater, north of Oklahoma City.

Pets Vie for Mayor in Colorado Fundraiser

Pets, working animals vie for 'mayor' of small Colorado town, raise funds for shelter

Dogs and Cats Are Blurring the Lines Between Pets and People

Cats and dogs occupy a unique place in the animal kingdom's vast menagerie. They've come out of the wild and into our living rooms, an extraordinary evolutionary and sociological journey that now raises profound questions about what it means to be a person.

Oklahoma zoo giraffe faces historic, risky surgery as last chance

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Reuters) - Kyah, a 6-month-old giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo, will undergo a risky surgery never before performed on a giraffe this week in a bid to save her life. "We know the chances may be 50/50," Henson said.

Activist petition seeks end of SeaWorld California orca shows

Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - The battle over a proposed ban in California on using killer whales in entertainment shows at amusement parks like SeaWorld stepped up on Monday, as animal rights activists converged on Sacramento to present petitions they said were signed by 1.2 million people worldwide. The symbolic move to present the petitions by representatives of the Animal Welfare Institute and others came a day before a committee of state lawmakers was set to debate a bill to end orca shows at SeaWorld's San Diego park. The lobbying comes after executives from SeaWorld Entertainment Inc spent two days at the state capitol presenting their case. The bill to ban orca shows at parks in California was introduced by state Assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Santa Monica Democrat, who has said he was inspired by the documentary film, "Blackfish," which tells the story of an orca that killed a trainer at SeaWorld's park in Orlando, Florida, in 2010.

Q&A: Pets Are Becoming People, Legally Speaking

Cats and dogs are gaining more rights, reports author David Grimm in his new book Citizen Canine.

Calmer, potty-trained old dogs find new homes

This March. 22, 2014 photo provided by Elli Frank shows Tanya, an 8-year-old pit bull mix that was dumped at a shelter as a puppy, in New York City. She stayed there until earlier this year when Elli Frank, founder of Mr. Bones and Co., in New York City, got her out and tried to find her a home. Frank won’t acquire other dogs until Tanya has a home. The dog’s been adopted twice, but little things went wrong and she was returned. She thinks Tanya would be an ideal dog for someone without any other pets. (AP Photo/Elli Frank) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Erin O'Sullivan wants to change lives by finding new homes for old dogs.

1 of 10 Sumatran rhinos in captivity dies in Ohio

FILE - In this July 17, 2013 file photo, Suci, a female Sumatran rhino, sniffs the air in her enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati. The zoo said Suci died Sunday, March 30, 2014, after showing symptoms of a disease that killed her mother five years ago. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File) CINCINNATI (AP) — The death of the Cincinnati Zoo's lone female Sumatran rhino has dealt a blow to a breeding program aimed at saving one of the world's most critically endangered species.

Cincinnati Zoo's only female Sumatran rhino dies

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says the death of its only female Sumatran rhino is a blow to a breeding program aimed at saving the critically endangered species.

Quest for oil threatens Africa's oldest wildlife reserve

Africa's most venerable wildlife reserve, the Virunga National Park, located in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and already hard hit by deforestation, poaching and armed conflict, may be threatened by the quest for oil Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) - The quest for oil may be the latest threat to Africa's most venerable wildlife reserve, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and already hard hit by deforestation, poaching and armed conflict. Early in March, European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs warned that "with oil production there would be a major risk of pollution at this site, located near the sources of the Nile." The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other environmental bodies, including local ones, have also voiced concern about the planned joint operation by small British firm SOCO International PLC and the Kinshasa government in part of the Virunga National Park.

Spot Four Cosmic Dogs in the Night Sky This Month

Spot Four Cosmic Dogs in the Night Sky This Month Sirius, the "Dog Star," is the brightest star of the constellation named Canis Major, which means the Greater Dog in Latin. At a distance of 8.7 light-years, Sirius is the fifth nearest star known. Sirius' color appears a brilliant white tinged with a distinctive bluish hue. An admirer of Sirius once compared its sparkle to that of a brilliant diamond.

Tigers sign Cabrera to monster extension

MLB: Spring Training-Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees (Reuters) - Miguel Cabrera will finish his Major League Baseball career with the Detroit Tigers after the team said on Friday it signed the three-time batting champion to an eight-year contract extension. When the remaining two seasons of his current contract are factored into Cabrera's eight-year extension, the deal qualifies for the largest contract in baseball history, reportedly $292 million for the next 10 seasons. "I want to finish my career here," Cabrera told reporters during a news conference. Cabrera joined the Tigers ahead of the 2008 season as part of an eight-player trade with the Florida Marlins.

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