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Adopt Me! Vaughn the Pointer Mix Is a People Pup

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Adopt Me! Vaughn the Pointer Mix Is a People Pup

Originally posted 10/31/2014 09:00 AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, as the month comes to a close, meet Vaughn, a 1-year-old pointer mix who came to the SPCA of Texas in Dallas on Oct. 11.

The 52-lb. pup was given up because his previous owners didn't have proper housing for him. He lived outside 24/7, which was torture for him because "he's a guy who wants to be with his people," reads the dog's biography.

"If you're looking for a loving and laid-back guy, Vaughn is your boy," Stephanie Knight, communications specialist at the SPCA of Texas, added.

The playful and energetic pooch is great with kids and other dogs, even though he sometimes has a tendency to be quite shy when you first try to pet him. But give him a chance and he'll show you his sweet side. "He's a sweetheart who loves kisses and lap cuddles," his bio says. "He is quiet and fun, and he'll be a great dog for someone."

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Originally posted 10/30/2014 04:30 PM

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Swan Lake, "Blackbird," Flock of Seagulls – feathered creatures have always had a place in the arts.

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A Cop's Best Friend: Dog Helps Police Bust Owner on Drug Charges

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A Cop's Best Friend: Dog Helps Police Bust Owner on Drug Charges

Originally posted 10/30/2014 01:45 PM

Police in central Alabama say a man's own dog helped officers bust him on drug charges.

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RIP, Hector: Former Michael Vick Dog Turned Therapy Pup Dies

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Former Michael Vick Dog Turned Therapy Pup Dies

Update 10/29/2014 10:00 PM Originally posted 10/29/2014 12:30 PM

Hector's last days were great ones. And his very last day is a memory his adoptive parents Roo and Clara Yori will hold tight in their hearts forever.

"The sun was shining, the frogs were out for me to chase at the pond, and I had Roo and Clara to carry me off the trail when my legs just couldn't go any further," reads a Facebook post about the former Michael Vick dog's last day on earth, which his owners wrote on his behalf.

"I called shotgun to assume my co-pilot position on the way to the vet, where I passed away surrounded by people who love me. I think my past life caught up with me and caused my time to come a little early. However, I can proudly say that I gave it everything I had all the way until the end."

Hector's new beginning began at about 3 years old when he was plucked from football quarterback Michael Vick's dogfighting ring (Vick served 21 months in prison). Luckily for the pooch the timing was right and the Yoris were in the market for a new pup. They took the gentle giant home from the Bad Rap shelter in San Francisco in 2008.

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PHOTOS: See Hoda Kotb, Lance Bass and More with Their Pets in Miracle Dogs | Hoda Kotb

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PHOTOS: See Hoda Kotb, Lance Bass and More with Their Pets in Miracle Dogs

Update 10/29/2014 07:00 PM Originally posted 10/29/2014 03:00 PM

Anywhere between five to seven million pets enter shelters every year.

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The Daily Treat: Go Behind the Scenes of the Internet's Cutest Celebrity Cat Selfie

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Sure, Internet celebri-cats are cute, but what are they like once the webcam turns off?

Mike's HARDER decided to find out, gathering cyber kitty darlings Waffles, Lil Bub, Venus, Princess Monster Truck, Oskar and Klaus for a special celebrity cat selfie to promote their new Apple Firebomb flavor, which features Waffles on the can. By the end of the furry feat, the group had an adorable photo and a Clickhole video from behind the scenes that will make you meow out loud.

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Why Did the Tortoise Get Sick? Because It Swallowed a Turtle!

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Why Did the Tortoise Get Sick? Because It Swallowed a Turtle!

Update 10/29/2014 12:55 PM Originally posted 10/29/2014 10:55 AM

Talk about meta!

A Miami vet, tending to a sick tortoise, made an ironic discovery after an X-ray revealed that the pet had swallowed a small turtle pendant, ABC News reports.

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Horse Rescued from Pool at Suburban Phoenix Home

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Horse Rescued from Pool at Suburban Phoenix Home

Originally posted 10/28/2014 09:30 PM

A horse in suburban Phoenix needed rescuing after it led itself to water and did more than just drink.

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How to Have a Pillow Fight with Yourself

Originally posted 10/28/2014 05:10 PM



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