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Daisy the Cancer Detection Dog Awarded for Sniffing Out 550 Cases, Saving Owner's Life

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Daisy's nose knows how to save lives.

Since the Labrador was a puppy, she has been trained at the England-based charity Medical Detection Dogs to sniff out cancer and other fatal diseases in samples of breath, skin and urine, reports Advertiser and Review.

Now 10 years old, Daisy has successfully detected over 550 cases of cancer and is being awarded for her priceless contributions to the lives of others. The keen-nosed pup was recently given the Blue Cross Medal for her work in the field of cancer prevention and detection.

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Adopt Me! Elliot Is a Girl Who Knows What She Wants

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Adopt Me! Elliot Is a Girl Who Knows What She Wants

Originally posted 11/21/2014 02:30 PM

In honor of Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, we bring you a distinguished senior pet looking for a loving place to spend forever. Meet Elliot, a 7-year-old border collie mix recently surrendered to the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Montana.

Oct. 12 was a sad day for Elliot. She was given up to the shelter by her owners because she kept escaping the yard and they worried she would get hurt. True to her breed, Elliot clearly has a lot of energy and she's also very smart, so the shelter is looking for an active family with a secure yard to adopt her.

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The Daily Treat: Lost New Mexico Kitten Ends Up in Maine
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Lost New Mexico Kitten Ends Up in Maine

Update 11/21/2014 12:50 PM Originally posted 11/21/2014 11:20 AM

A New Mexico woman's missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery.

The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook earlier this month by a man who found her inside a duffel bag outside a Portland thrift store.

Spice's owner was tracked though an implanted microchip to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Jennifer Brown of the Animal Refuge League tells the Portland Press Herald she talked to the owner, who said Spice bolted on Halloween when she opened her door for trick-or-treaters.

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Obese 26 Pound Shelter Cat Goes on Christmas Diet

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Obese 26 Pound Shelter Cat Goes on Christmas Diet

Originally posted 11/21/2014 12:00 PM

He's kind of a big deal.

Texas, a 26 pound shelter cat named after the large Lone Star state, is making headlines in the U.K. for his dangerously huge size.

The 8-year-old feline, who was recently taken in by the Battersea Dog and Cat Home in London, England, after presumably being fed too much by his now-deceased owner, is embarking on a strict diet and exercise plan to lose weight (safely) during the holidays and beyond.

"For Texas this really is a very serious health issue he's battling," SuiLi Weight, a team leader at the shelter, told the Daily Mail. "At Battersea we take in around 3,000 cats every year, so we see cats of all shapes and sizes, but Texas is by far the biggest cat we've ever seen."

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Panda Tumbling In Snow Makes Winter Almost Bearable

Originally posted 11/21/2014 11:55 AM



Fact: everything is better when a panda is present.

Like that horrible, cold, wet, white stuff that falls from the sky every year around this time, and leaves millions freezing as they shovel driveways in its wake. Here's proof that blizzards can be more bearable when you set your eyes on Da Mao, a giant panda from the Toronto Zoo, who was captured on hidden camera (and on Instagram) this week doing somersaults and tumbles in the snow.

Like the bear equivalent of pro snowboarder Shaun White, Da Mao zooms down a hill in his exhibit like it's NBD – but it is, in fact, a bear-y big deal, buddy. So big that the zoo has dubbed the panda's cool trick bear-bogganing.

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Golden Retriever Fails Agility Test, Wins All the Hearts

Originally posted 11/20/2014 06:35 PM

Yup. Been there.

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Aggressive Groundhog Charges at New Hampshire Man

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Aggressive Groundhog Charges at New Hampshire Man

Update 11/20/2014 06:20 PM Originally posted 11/19/2014 03:30 PM

A New Hampshire man says he was working in his garage when a groundhog he had seen in his backyard charged at him.

Gary McGrath of Hampton tells WMUR-TV the groundhog got close, so he pushed him back with his foot Tuesday. But the animal returned. McGrath said he gave him a harder kick and closed the garage door.

But the groundhog sneaked through another opening – and McGrath ended up running to the front door.

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Dog Group to Hold Pit Bull Parade After Ban on Breed Dropped

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Dog Group to Hold Pit Bull Parade After Ban on Breed Dropped

Originally posted 11/20/2014 05:30 PM

A group of pit bull lovers plans to hold a pit bull parade to celebrate after a judge threw out a 10-year-old ban on the dogs in a Rhode Island city.

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WATCH: No One Is Happier Than This Bulldog in a Swing

Originally posted 11/20/2014 02:50 PM

Ozzy the English bulldog – full name Ozzy Pawsbourne: the Prince of Barkness – doesn't spend his days shredding guitar. He likes to tear up the swing set instead.

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The Story Behind That 'Grizzly Bear Photographer' Picture

Update 11/20/2014 02:45 PM Originally posted 11/20/2014 11:30 AM

You may have seen the photo of a curious grizzly bear poised at a wildlife photographer's camera earlier this month – it was getting passed around fairly frequently.

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