The Water Bowl: Was Larry the 10 Downing Street Cat Fired?

09/17/2012 at 11:30 AM EDT

Larry 10 Downing Street Cat Fired?
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Too little, too late? Although Larry the 10 Downing Street cat – British Prime Minister David Cameron's pet and resident mouser – made his first kill last month, the rescue tabby is officially out of a job. The cat nap-loving Larry will be replaced as mouser by Chancellor George Osborne's tabby Freya. –Daily Mail

It was a very special milestone for seven dogs in New Orleans, who celebrated their first birthday and a sweet family reunion on Saturday. The Labradoodle siblings, adopted out to separate families through the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, all got together for the occasion. A volunteer SPCA coordinator gushed, "I have goosebumps." –Times-Picayune

Meet Mini, a pocket-sized pup from Britain who certainly lives up to her name. Weighing in at 1.3 oz. – just heavier than an egg – the Chihuahua-Yorkshire terrier mix, 3½-weeks old, has officially opened her eyes. –Daily Mail

Food and Drug Administration officials report that at least 360 dogs and one cat have died in the U.S. over the past 18 months from consuming pet treats made in China. More than 2,200 illnesses related to the consumption of the chicken jerky have also been recorded. –

Take note, Taylor Swift: It's not always a day in paradise in Cape Cod, Mass., where a beach was closed due to the discovery of a 20-ft. great white shark. The female marine animal was tagged so officials can keep tabs on her whereabouts. "It's the biggest we've seen ever," said the captain of the boat transporting the tagging team. –Cape Cod News

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