Dogs : Slideshow
The best of the Westminster Dog Show: A slideshow

The best of the Westminster Dog Show: A slideshow

A behind-the-scenes look at the backstage drama, the primping puppies, and a Pekingese's slow waddle to the winner's circle

Cats : Fact Sheet
A parasite sometimes found in cat feces can infiltrate the human brain, possibly making those infected behave more recklessly.

Can cats make their owners schizophrenic?

A brain-infecting parasite residing in some litter boxes could put cat owners at risk of mental disorders

Dogs : Burning Question
Dorothy's faithful companion, Toto, may be honored by the state of Kansas if a bill passes to make the Cairn terrier the state dog.

Should Toto be Kansas' official state dog?

One state representative is pushing a bill to give the cairn terrier, the breed that played Toto in The Wizard of Oz, the Sunflower State's official endorsement

Dogs : The List
Uggie, the dog star of the Oscar nominated "The Artist," is set to retire after a notable career and whirlwind year in Hollywood.

Uggie retires: 6 tributes to The Artist's star dog

The four-legged breakout star of 2011 leaves showbiz on a high note. And the critics will miss him

Dogs : Instant Guide
A man and his dog in the 1930s: The discovery of two 33,000-year-old dog skulls suggests that domesticated dogs were actually our ancient ancestors' best friends, too.

Discovered: Man's oldest best friend

Two 33,000-year-old dog skulls suggest that dogs were the first animals to be domesticated by humans, and may have even served as ancient pets

Dogs : Best Column
Certain dogs, including Uggie from "The Artist,"  have what it takes to convey enough charisma and emotion to be considered actors, says Brian Wheeler at BBC News.

The Artist: Can Hollywood dogs actually act?

As the argument continues over whether a Jack Russell terrier deserves an Oscar nod for his work in the silent film, says Brian Wheeler at BBC News, a parallel debate emerges

Dogs : Instant Guide
It may be more than a look: New research finds that dogs sense human emotion based on our eye contact and facial expressions.

Does your dog actually know what you're thinking?

A new study claims that dogs are able to read our facial expressions and anticipate our desires — just like human babies do

Dogs : Controversy
A drug-sniffing chocolate Lab detected marijuana outside a private home, and its resident argues his right to privacy was violated.

Searching a house based on a drug dog's sniff: Unconstitutional?

A Labrador and his sensitive nose have raised thorny questions about the Fourth Amendment

Dogs : The List
Otis the skydiving dog was easily one of 2011's most captivating canines.

The 7 most newsworthy dogs of 2011

From a skydiving pug to a Navy SEAL hero, the year was distinguished by captivating canines

Dogs : Burning Question
Dogs can get the flu, too, and the fatality rate is between 5 and 8 percent.

Should your dog get a flu shot?

Perhaps you already got inoculated — but Fido could benefit from the vaccine, too

Dogs : Analysis
Pablo, a military working dog pictured with his handlers in Afghanistan: Dogs suffering from PTSD may withdraw completely or become unusually aggressive.

The 'disturbing' effects of war on military dogs

German shepherds and Labrador retrievers returning from war suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome — just like their human handlers

Dogs : Instant Guide
How could anyone hurt that face? Well, some pet owners have reportedly gone so far as to maim or kill their pets to cash in on the insurance policy.

Dog abuse for dollars: The 'dramatic' rise of pet insurance fraud

The animal insurance industry is booming, and some customers are reportedly going to horribly inhumane lengths to cash in

Cats : The List
Jack the Cat became a media sensation after surviving the perils of New York's JFK airport and even Hurricane Irene before being reunited with his owner and then dying just weeks later.

7 'incredible' tales of feline survival

Loyalty is for dogs. Mercurial cats, on the other hand, tap into their cunning nature to beat the odds

Dogs : The List
Dogs tend to be more aggressive when they are on the leash, according to a new study by Czech researchers.

The world of dog walking: 5 surprising facts

New research suggests that a dog's behavior on the leash depends on whether he's being walked by a man or a woman

Dogs : Instant Guide
Daniel, a 5-year-old beagle, got a second chance at life after surviving an Alabama shelter's gas chamber.

The 'miracle dog' that survived the gas chamber

Hundreds are clamoring to adopt a little beagle that somehow managed to survive being euthanized via carbon monoxide

Dogs : Last Word
German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin and actors in the popular TV series from the 1950s.

Rin Tin Tin Reborn

He was the world's most famous dog, says Susan Orlean, but his star had faded—until the baby boom arrived.

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