Basically, 1990 was a big year for cats. Paula Abdul danced with MC Skat Kat in her popular music video for "Opposites Attract," her dance jam that hit No. 1 in February, and Janet Jackson sang about a hard-living "Black Cat."
And then, of course, Poppy the cat was born.
Twenty-four years later, the elderly kitty from Bournemouth, England, has become a superstar in her own right: She's been named the oldest living feline by Guinness World Records following the death last year of 23-year-old Pinky the cat from Kansas.
What's her secret to longevity? A solid diet and lots of exercise says her owner, accountant Jacqui West, who also shares her home with four other felines, two rabbits and a hamster.
Cindy Koch has met her perfect match.
The Nebraska woman has fallen for a 3-year-old pit bull, who is deaf just like her.
According to California's KTLA news, Rosie the dog had a rough time finding a forever home since dogs with disabilities can often be overlooked at animal shelters. So, as she waited to meet her match, workers at the Humane Society in Aurora, Nebraska, taught her sign language.
A tiny Chihuahua got into big trouble on Friday.
California Highway Patrol officer Alex Edmon told NBC's Bay Area affiliate that officers received a call about a small dog sitting atop a concrete divider on busy Interstate Highway 680 in Walnut Creek, California, during rush hour. When Edmon, a dog lover, and his partner arrived at the scene they did their best to rescue the pooch and later Tweeted a photo of their effort.
"We attempted to coax it, we could tell it was very frightened, it was shaking – we were able to pet it a little bit, but other than that we could tell it was not happy," Edmon said.
In the weeks since his beloved cat disappeared, Justin Beswick has been anxious and his speech has deteriorated.
Doctors believe the 19-year-old, who was diagnosed with a degenerative disease nearly four years ago, has just 18 months to live and his mother, Tania Huxtable, is desperate to get the cat back.
According to Australia's The Advertiser, the fluffy indoor feline named Oreo disappeared on April 18 from the family's home in Adelaide. Huxtable says she has hired a pet detective, posted signs and walked door-to-door in her neighborhood in an effort to find the ragdoll cat that means so much to her son, whose brain and spinal cord function are deteriorating due to juvenile Leukodystrophy.
Like so many people, Luke Robinson has been touched by cancer more times than he would care to remember.
In 2008, after his dog Malcolm died of metastatic bone cancer, the former businessman and his two other pups, Murphy and Hudson, embarked on a 2,300-mile journey that took them two years and helped raise funds and awareness for canine cancer. When they arrived in Boston from Austin on their final mile of the trek, Robinson noticed Murphy had a snotty nose.
"We just thought, 'Well, it's been a long journey,'" he tells PEOPLE. Sadly, it was a sign of something much more serious.
A model's life can be ruff.
Just ask Mikey, an 11-year-old pug and professional model, who graces the cover of the June issue of Real Simple magazine.
After striking poses, the wrinkly pooch scoured the floor of the photo studio, sniffed the legs of some modern furniture and poked his little nose around the photo props. How do we know this? Because the magazine's team attached a camera to the dog's collar so he could record all the behind-the-scenes action from his low level. Watch the video below for a peek from Instagram, and for the full (and even more adorable!) version, click here.
U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Bos and his former partner, Cila, will always have a bond.
And never was it more visible than when the pair reunited at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last month, two years after the Iraq veteran left his army post due to a back injury and was forced to say goodbye to the pooch, a bomb-sniffing chocolate Lab whom he had worked with for nearly five years.
According to The Chicago Tribune, Bos, 33, was over the moon when he learned via Facebook that Cila (a.k.a. Cici) was retiring and available for adoption. But paperwork and monetary help from the American Humane Association and Mission K9 Rescue would follow before the dog – who served multiple overseas deployments with Bos – could board the nine-hour flight to be with him, fur-ever.
It took over a month, but, finally, Bruno is home.
The 7-year-old German shepherd, who was hailed a hero in March for saving lives after he was shot in the jaw at point-blank range by a fleeing gang member in Anaheim, California, was released from the hospital on Friday. The pooch, who happily ran out the doors of the Yorba Regional Animal Hospital and into a patrol car, will continue his recovery at the home of his former partner, Officer RJ Young.
"We're all elated," says veterinarian Dr. Stephen Dunbar, who treated the dog's life-threatening injuries. "This case is extremely rare. It's not very common to get a dog with a gunshot wound. But his prognosis is very good."
A very unusual bundle of joy arrived at the Reynosa Zoo in northern Mexico this week. Meet Khumba the zonkey, an extremely rare donkey and zebra hybrid that is only the second of its kind to be born in the last two years.
It's a hug to remember.
Constance Lambert was reunited with her dog at her Tupelo, Miss., home on Monday, shortly after it was ravaged by one of twelve twisters that swept through several southern and central states, flattening homes and destroying businesses. The severe weather, which began on Sunday, has caused at least 28 deaths so far, according to Fox News.
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