• Dog

    Archaeology: Funerary complex dating back up to 2,000 years dug up in Rome included a dog statue

    Excavations in Rome have uncovered an ancient burial complex that held an intact ceramic funerary urn containing bone fragments and a terracotta dog’s head statue. Archaeologists were called in after workers laying pipes for utility firm Acea on the Via Luigi Tosti in the city’s Appio Latino quarter came across the buried tombs. They would have once lined the Via Latina (literally, the ‘Latin Road’) which was one of the earliest-lain Roman roads and that runs south-east out from the old city walls. Adjacent to the tombs, the team’s excavations also uncovered the remains of a young man who appeared to have been buried in the bare earth.  According to the experts, the…

  • Animal Care

    Pima Animal Care Center prepares to take in hundreds of animals after New Year’s Eve fireworks

    TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – As we head into the New Year, it’s bringing new concerns about the capacity at Pima Animal Care Center. The shelter is still in a code red situation and they are expecting to see hundreds of dogs that were spooked by fireworks come in after the New Year. “New Year’s Eve is going to be an added, uncomfortable situation to an already crowded shelter,” PACC’s public information officer Nikki Reck said. PACC is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. The kennels in their overflow space just emptied Wednesday, but they’re expected to fill up again this weekend and then some. “We…

  • Cat

    South Korea: Cats caused more than 100 house fires in the past 3 years, Seoul officials say

    A statement Thursday from the Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster Department said cats caused a total of 107 house fires between January 2019 and November this year. The cats are believed to have started the fires by switching on electric stoves, the department said. Cats can turn electric stoves on by jumping on touch-sensitive buttons — and once overheated, the appliances can catch fire. Four people were injured in the fires, just over half of which started while pet owners were out, the statement added. “Cat-related fires are continuing to occur recently,” said Chung Gyo-chul, an official from the department. “We advise households with pets to pay extra attention as…

  • Pet Supplement

    Golden Years: Brands Offer Health-Oriented Products for Aging Pets

    As companion animals, especially dogs and cats, get older, their care requirements change. Their dietary needs may change, which results in different foods or supplements, and they might even require special assistive devices.   The number of companion cats over the age of 10 has increased by 15 percent over the past decade, according to VCA Animal Hospitals. In addition, ScienceDaily reports that 20 percent of cats in the United States are age 11 or older, which is considered the threshold that many feline health experts consider geriatric.  Cats experience significant changes to their bodies around the age of 11, increasing their vulnerability to certain medical conditions and diseases. Feline health experts…

  • Dog

    Dog missing for two years reunited with owner after being spotted on TV news segment

    A Wisconsin man has been reunited with his missing dog nearly two years later after he spotted the dog on a TV news segment about adoptable pets, according to UPI. The owner, who identified himself to the news station as Dwight, called in about the dog after recognizing his long-lost pet named Payday who at the time had been missing for two years. Dwight said that he doesn’t usually sleep with the TV on. But this particular night he must have forgotten to turn it off or it was kept on in a stroke of luck, because the next morning, he was awakened by the Adopt-A-Pet segment and the description…

  • Cat

    The cat Baloo disappeared after harrowing attack on his owner. Three years later, they found each other again.

    The gray cat perched on a curb, a blur to the traffic tooling by on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard in Oregon City. It was a perilous spot. The Rivershore Hotel loomed in the background. Behind that, the Willamette River. This was where the cat had lived since 2018, wandering the hotel grounds and mostly going unnoticed, save for the occasions when someone was kind enough to leave out a bowl of food. That changed two weeks ago. Carmela Nielsen of Gladstone caught a glimpse of the cat sitting serenely just feet from the whir of cars as she headed to dinner with her sister and daughter. That sighting set in motion…

  • Dog

    San Antonio dog owner shares tearful reunion with lab who went missing 10 years ago

    SAN ANTONIO – It’s a new beginning for a San Antonio dog owner and his labrador after being reunited for the first time in 10 years. Animal Care Services reconnected them Wednesday after Samson, the lab, went into their care last month, along with six other dogs. “Samson went missing a decade ago and it broke his family’s hearts,” ACS said in a statement on social media. “They did everything they could to find him, but never did. Still, they never forgot him.” Samson was in bad shape when he arrived at ACS, according to staff members. He was dirty, covered in fleas, but it wasn’t until the animal shelter…