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World's Tallest Dog Giant George Has Passed Away | Pet News, Unusual Pets

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Former World's Tallest Dog Has Died

Originally posted 10/24/2013 03:15 PM

Giant George, formerly the world's tallest dog, passed away last Thursday.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce Giant George died last night. George passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones; one month before his eighth birthday," his owners David and Christine Nasser announced on Facebook.

Measuring 3 ft., 7 in. from paw to shoulder, Guinness World Records crowned the Great Dane the Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever back in 2010. Even though he weighed in at nearly 250 lbs., "He's just the sweetest, kindest dog, and he doesn't realize what all the hoopla is about," Guinness spokesperson Jamie Panas told PEOPLE at the time. "I was completely awestruck."

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The Daily Treat: Firefighter's Actions Bring Cat Back to Life After House Fire

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Talk about having nine lives!

After her home in Stratford, east London, caught fire, Gert, a 4-year-old pet cat, was found lying motionless by firefighters who responded to the blaze on Sept. 28. Her owner, Michael Morrison, begged responders to save his cat's life, and lucky for him, some quick thinking managed to do just that.

"It was horrible. I collapsed on the floor crying," Morrison said. "They were all huddled around her and even took my oxygen mask off for her."

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Two More Babies On the Way for Simon Cowell – Furbabies! | Simon Cowell

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Two More Babies On the Way for Simon Cowell – Furbabies!

Update 10/06/2013 07:05 AM Originally posted 10/04/2013 04:05 PM

For Simon Cowell, it's the more, the furrier!

The 53-year-old introduced two new puppies he recently adopted Thursday over Twitter, asking fans, "Any suggestions for names?"

Cowell, who is expecting his first child with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, has spoken out in the past about the importance of adopting a dog rather than buying it from a pet shop. Last month, he sent out a message that he was looking to expand his family.

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Gotta See It to Believe It: Men Dressed as Batman and Captain America Rescue Cat

Update 09/09/2013 04:00 PM Originally posted 09/09/2013 05:00 PM

Who says superheroes aren't real?

When a Milton, W. Va., home caught fire, trapping a kitten inside, it was Batman and Captain America who came to the rescue.

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100-lb. Python Kills 2 Boys After Escaping Pet Store

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100-lb. Python Kills 2 Boys After Escaping Pet Store

Originally posted 08/06/2013 01:10 PM

A 100-pound python blamed in the strangling deaths of two Canadian boys apparently escaped from its pet store enclosure, slithered through a ventilation system and fell through the ceiling into the room where the young brothers were sleeping, the shop owner said Tuesday.

A snake expert said it was possible that the python was spooked and simply clung to whatever it landed on.

Autopsies on the brothers, ages 5 and 7, were being performed Tuesday. They had been visiting the apartment of a friend above an exotic pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh.

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PHOTO: This Hairless, Dwarf Rabbit Needs More Sunscreen Than You

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Get This Dwarf Rabbit Some SPF – ASAP!

Update 08/02/2013 07:30 AM Originally posted 07/30/2013 05:10 PM

You think you get sunburnt easily?

Well clearly you've never met Delta-Mouse, a dwarf rabbit who began balding at birth and requires SPF 50 sunscreen to protect his skin.

When Delta-Mouse was born in owner Debbie Ikin's home six weeks ago, everyone thought the tiny and hairless bunny was just the runt of the litter. But soon his condition prompted further investigation.

"I worried he wasn't eating properly, but he was living and just looked a bit different, especially compared to other rabbits," Ikin, who lives in Horwich, England, tells The Daily Mail.

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World's Ugliest Dog Winner Is Walle the Mutt

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And the World's Ugliest Dog Is...

Originally posted 06/22/2013 09:55 AM

Toss him the ugly stick!

A beagle/basset/boxer mix named Walle ran off with the top prize at Friday's 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest, the marquee event at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.

The 4-year-old dog's unusually large head, hump back, and duck-like waddle – courtesy of extremely short legs – all helped him nab the coveted title, which includes $1,500 and a trophy.

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The Water Bowl: Happy Cat Day, Japan!

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The Water Bowl: Happy Cat Day, Japan!

Originally posted 02/22/2013 03:00 PM

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Known for being a little cat crazy, the Asian country is celebrating Cat Day, also known as Nyan Nyan Nyan Day, on Feb. 22. "Nyan" is the Japanese sound used to describe a cat's meow, and the Japanese word for the number two is "ni," close enough to "nyan" so that Feb. 22, which can be read as nyan nyan nyan, was designated Cat Day. –Washington Post

Results from an experiment conducted by researchers from France's National Veterinary School showed that dogs are capable of recognizing their own species. When presented with a random sample of photos of dogs and non-dog species, the test subjects were able to identify fellow dogs, even when presented with differing breeds. –International Business Times

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The Water Bowl: How Leonardo DiCaprio Is Helping Elephants | Leonardo DiCaprio

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The Water Bowl: How Leonardo DiCaprio Is Helping Elephants

Originally posted 02/20/2013 12:30 PM

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Once again, Leonardo DiCaprio is speaking up for elephants: The actor is advocating for Thailand to ban all ivory trade within the country. Collaborating with the World Wildlife Fund, DiCaprio is encouraging people to sign a petition pressing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to outlaw the trade in an effort to save African and Asian elephants from illegal poaching. –AP

Reunited and it feels so good! After 10 years, a Nashua, N.H., man is back home with his dog Ginger, whom he hadn't seen since he got a divorce a decade ago. After his ex-wife first surrendered the dog to the Humane Society, an elderly couple adopted Ginger. The pooch was then taken back to the shelter last October when the couple could no longer care for her. When Ginger alas reunited with her original owner, who was looking through the Humane Society's website on a whim, she started licking his face. –ABC News

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The Water Bowl: Why Is Britney Spears's New Dog Sporting a Bandage? | Britney Spears

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Ruh-roh! Britney Spears's newest canine addition left a Westlake Village, Calif., animal hospital wearing a pink bandage around its paw. Although there's no confirmation on the pup's injury, there's no doubt that she's found a paw-fect, doting mom. – Daily Mail

Some Denver drivers say bunnies aren't so cute and fuzzy: The animals are eating spark plug cables and other wiring on cars parked at the Denver International Airport. Federal wildlife workers are removing an estimated 100 rabbits a month, and parking companies are putting up better fences, along with perches for predator birds. – AP

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