The Water Bowl: Will You Dress Up Your Dog This Halloween?
Throw some bones in the candy basket this Halloween: Pet owners are expected to spend a record $370 million this year on costumes – mainly for Fido – which is up nearly 20 percent from last year's $310 million, according to the National Retail Federation. –USA Today
Conservationists are willing to pay up $1,500 for information leading to the conviction of the person who shot and killed a bottlenose dolphin in Louisiana. The body of the dolphin, which was shot on the right side just behind its blowhole, was discovered Saturday. –AP
Move over, Lassie. In an act of heroism that reads like a plotline from the '54-'73 TV series, a 7-year-old Lhasa Apso saved his 81-year-old owner, who fell into mud and began sinking. The pup, Toby, ran to alert park security staff of the danger, and they pulled the man to safety. –The Telegraph
"Click it or ticket" may soon apply to your pooch passenger, after all: Despite some criticism, a new poll suggests that New Jersey voters support a proposal to require pets to travel in crates or safety restraints when riding in cars. According to the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll, 45 percent of registered voters favored the law; 40 percent sided against the proposal. –NBC News
A Minnesota dog's maternal instincts kicked in when her owner took in an abandoned kitten. The 4-year-old Pekingese began producing milk to nurse the newborn, even though she had not had puppies in two years. – AP