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Deputy saves stray kitten trapped in truck door, then adopts it

Seminole County Deputy Anthony McDaniel was patrolling a neighborhood in Winter Springs when he got an alert from a frantic resident.

The woman was desperately trying to free a stray kitten that had gotten stuck inside the door panel of a Dodge truck, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page.

Several other deputies and Seminole County Animal Services also responded, but could not free the tiny black kitten.

“At first, nothing seemed to work,” the SCSO Facebook post said. “Every time they tried to move the door, even just a little, the tiny feline would get pinched.”

That’s when McDaniel had an idea.

He used baby oil to grease up the kitten and very carefully closed the door in hopes that it would free the kitten from the hinge.

“As he (closed the door), the tiny black kitten slipped out of the hinge and was freed from the door,” the SCSO post said.

The woman who reported the trapped kitten took him to the veterinarian and would have adopted him, but her other cats would not accept the newcomer.

“So she announced on Facebook that she was looking for a ‘fur-ever’ home for the kitten,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “Deputy McDaniel saw the post and knew he had to act.

“He and his family adopted the kitten and appropriately named him Dodge.”

DEPUTY RESCUES AND ADOPTS STRAY KITTEN: Last week Deputy Anthony McDaniel was patrolling a Winter Springs neighborhood...Posted by Seminole County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, October 19, 2016


This chimpanzee smokes a pack of cigarettes every day

Azalea, the smoking chimpanzee, is a star at Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The 19-year-old female chimp smokes about a pack of cigarettes a day, according to the zoo. They say she doesn’t inhale, however.

According to the Associated Press, visitors roared with laughter while watching her smoke. If given a lighter, she is able to light her own cigarette. She can also light up off an already lit cigarette.

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Thousands of people visit the zoo each day. It is home to two chimps.

The Central Zoo also features performances by other animals trained to do tricks, including a monkey who can slam dunk, dogs who appear to do addition and subtraction, and does that land on a woman skating on a stage.

– Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. 

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You can take adoptable dogs to the beach in Maui

For these dogs, life’s a beach.

The popular Beach Buddies program sponsored by the Maui Humane Society allows visitors to take an adoptable dog out of the shelter for a day and frolic on one of the island’s beaches or hike in a state park.

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Meet the happiest Pittie Roxy #97!Posted by Maui Humane Society on Saturday, October 15, 2016

The program operates on Wednesdays and Fridays and can have a lengthy backlog. Participants receive a talk about safety and a backpack with supplies. The dogs benefit from the program by getting exercise and social interaction. Sometimes, visitors fall in love with their beach buddy and end up adopting the dog.

Beach Buddies!Mahalo to Beach Buddies volunteer Darlene Rayhill of Ohana Films for taking shelter dog Hina out for a day of fun in the sun, and for putting together this short film. Hina's BIG SMILE says it all!Learn more about Beach Buddies here: by Maui Humane Society on Thursday, October 6, 2016

Day outside the cage is the day well spent. Adoptable (sweet, peaceful and happy) Kuiaha at the #mauihumanesociety #beachbuddies A photo posted by Olga Shmaidenko (@riverflowsthroughit) on Apr 30, 2016 at 4:04am PDT

All the dogs in the Beach Buddies program come with a yellow leash that says, “Adopt Me.” The extra public exposure gives dogs more opportunities to find their forever homes. Visitors post photos of the dogs enjoying their day out on social media, which also can help them find good homes.

7-year-old saves $2,000 in lemonade sales for pet horse

A 7-year-old boy in Queensland, Australia, earned enough money to buy a $3,000 pony.

On Oct. 11, Juliana Kent posted a video of her son, Sabastian Kent, meeting his new pony for the first time.

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Sabastian, 7, cried tears of joy when he saw a white pony named Tom Boy in his family's red barn. He sold lemonade for two years to save enough money to make it happen. 

"He saved his tooth fairy, Christmas and birthday money, too," Kent told CNN.

When his lemonade business took off, Sabastian expanded his product offerings by selling iced tea and iced coffee. He even began selling the drinks in bottles with custom labels.

Kent told Inside Edition that Sabastian was 4 years old when he rode a horse for the first time. Since then, he'd been asking his family for a pet horse almost every day.

Kent told CNN Sabastian eventually saved about $2,200.

"I was so proud I almost burst," his mom said. "I was happier than a butcher's dog."

Kent said she was never too worried about the money but wanted her son to learn the value of commitment.

"It was never about the amount of money he saved but actually about his commitment and determination at his age to (achieve) his dream," she said. Kent told Inside Edition that she kept the whole thing a surprise from Sebastian. "We had Tom Boy transported overnight and delivered while he as at school," Kent said. Kent said Sabastian was so happy on the day he met Tom Boy that he stayed on the horse even when he was tired and fell asleep on the horse. Watch the now-viral video of the big reveal below:

Share our joy ...Introducing "Tom" to our boys today...Yes ''Family" pony to allow our youngest son enjoy the moment...Posted by Juliana Kent on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Leotards for dogs? New fashion for Fido aims to control shedding

Who knew that Fido could be such a fashionista? Apparently, a new (and hilarious) style craze is coming to canines' closets – the doggy leotard. 

According to The Dodo, Tyson Walters invented the pup-sized onesie, called the Shed Defender, to prevent his Saint Bernard from shedding all over his car.

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"Harley's hair would intertwine in the fabric and not want to ever come out," Walters said. "She would shake and the hair would just explode off her and disperse all throughout the car. I looked around on the internet and dog stores, but I couldn't find a solution. So I decided to make one."

The company's website claims the snug bodysuits, priced at $44.99, not only cut down on dander but also ease anxiety, keep dogs warm and clean, protect against bugs and cover wounds. 

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Newspaper's debate party to feature 'therapy kittens'

A newspaper in Maine has found the perfect stress-busters for those watching the third presidential debate.

The Bangor Daily News Portland is hosting a debate party Wednesday night, and they have invited very special guests: kittens.

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The newspaper teamed up with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, which will bring several kittens to the party in order to calm the nerves of viewers while Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spar on stage.

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If the final debate is anything like the first two, the therapy kittens will be in great demand.

All of the kittens are available for adoption.

Shelter dogs who became cuddle buddies adopted together

Dubbed the "resident odd couple" at Animal Rescue League of Iowa, tiny CC and big and fluffy Chewbacca are often seen cuddling in their kennel together.

Their former owner had a baby with allergies and the pair were brought to the shelter after caring for the dogs.

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Photos of the dogs uploaded to the shelter's Facebook page Oct. 4.

"Pretty much every time we walk by their kennel, CC is either sitting on Chewy or draped over him or curled up against him," Animal Rescue League of Iowa spokesperson Jessica Jorgenson told The Dodo. "Chewy, for his part, doesn't mind at all. They both like being close to each other."

Volunteers with the shelter had nothing but positive things to say about the two.

"We took them out for a dog day out, and they are such good dogs," Heather Davis wrote in a comment. "Great manners in the house and while walking on leashes. They didn't bark, they were friendly with everyone they met and they loved cuddling with humans, too!"

AWESOME DOGS ALERT: Meet our resident odd couple! Chewbacca and little CC are pretty much always cuddling when we walk...Posted by Animal Rescue League of Iowa on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Four days after the Oct. 4 post, CC and Chewy were adopted. 

The pair are now going to a home where they'll have more animal friends. Their new parents also have two other dogs and three pigs. 

Photos of the dogs in their new home are below.

Posted by Animal Rescue League of Iowa on Friday, October 7, 2016

Dog's pregnancy photo shoot goes viral

If you're expecting, you're expected to have a late-in-the pregnancy photo shoot, but the tradition is apparently going to the dogs. 

Chanel and LeeRoy, two dogs, are going to be new parents.

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Amy Rients jumped into photographer mode and set up a photo session with her dog, LeeRoy, and his mate.

She then posted the photos to Facebook, where they have gone viral.

Posted by Rients Photography on Sunday, October 9, 2016

In her post, Rients said that news outlets across the country have contacted her about the photos. She's even had a call from Ellen Degeneres.

Thanks to help from her cousin and Chanel's owner, the shoot took about an hour.

Rients said that it was done for fun and never expected for her photos to take off the way they did.

Boy saves pennies for four years, buys special $15,000 dog

A boy who saved every penny he could find for four years ultimately raised enough money to buy a service dog to help manage his diabetes.

"Everything he got for his allowance, his birthday, Christmas, all went into his dog fund," Aiden's mother, Jenni Heath, told The Valley Reporter.

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Ever since he learned about diabetes dogs, Aiden has stored his extra change in jars around his house, saving every penny to afford the $15,000 pet. Diabetes dogs are specially trained to monitor glucose levels and alert their owners to a drop in blood sugar.

"As they say, every penny counts," 8-year-old Aiden Heath of Waitsfield, Vermont, told WHTM.

"They can sense it 20 minutes to 30 minutes before the blood meter actually tells you that you're low," said Jenni Heath, Aiden's mother.

Aiden was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 3 years old. Since his diagonosis, Jenni Heath has had to check Aiden's blood-sugar levels three-four times each night, the family told The Valley Reporter. Having a service dog would mean a full night's sleep and peace of mind for Aiden.

Earlier this year, when Aiden was $9,000 shy of his goal, news coverage of his story brought in more than $20,000 in donations. Heath was able to put a down payment on a chocolate lab named Angel who was training to become a service dog in Nevada.

Posted by Jenni Hartshorn Heath on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Jenni Heath told ABC News that the family watched Angel grow through photos and videos. Angel recently passed all her tests and arrived at the family's home Monday morning.

"Aiden is over the moon," Jenni Heath told ABC News. "He was on pins and needles waiting for her."

Family members said they are grateful for everyone's support throughout the process.

Family's dog shot in the head, killed during robbery

A Memphis woman said her house was broken into, and her dog was shot in the head. 

The woman, who will remain unidentified to protect her identity, spoke with WHBQ about the horrific experience.

“I was here [home]. I left for about 30 minutes. I came back,” she said.

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When she returned, she discovered the unimaginable.

“They took TVs and speakers, but the worst thing they took was my dog's life.”

More than $200 of electronics were stolen, but that pales in comparison to what the burglars are accused of doing next. 

“I actually heard the gunshot,” the woman said. 

Witnesses said a single gunshot the woman heard turned out to be the shot that would eventually take her dog, Champ's life.

"All I can do is scream with the pain that's in my heart.”

So now, as a family grieves at the loss of their pet and now have one question - why?

“The most important thing they took from me was my dog's life, my best friend." 

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