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Dogs : Instant Guide
The "Dog Wars" smartphone game has appalled many, even former dog-fighter Michael Vick, but the makers insist it's just a harmless video game.

The 'absolutely sickening' dog-fighting app

A game for Android phones lets players fight with virtual pit bulls, and has many howling in protest... including Michael Vick

 
Dogs : The List
Though little dogs tend to live longer than larger breeds, they're also more prone to cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.

The 'what's killing our dogs' study: 5 takeaways

A landmark study reveals which dog breeds are most prone to certain diseases

 
Dogs : Opinion Brief
A puppy sniffs at a camera lens in a town near Tehran: Iranian officials want to criminalize dog ownership, saying the pets are unclean and too western.

Iran's 'ridiculous' dog ban

Iran considers a bill that would criminalize dog ownership. What do the ayatollahs have against man's best friend?

 
Cats : Opinion Brief
Max the cat who survived an arrow through his head is, surprisingly, not the first feline to experience such a brush with death.

The cat who took an arrow to the head... and lived

A California feline returns home after a mysterious two-day absence — and may be out one of his nine lives

 
Dogs : Instant Guide
A Tibetan Mastiff during an annual Tibetan Mastiff Exposition in China: A red member of this coveted breed recently sold for $1.5 million.

China's new status symbol: A $1.5 million dog

A wealthy Chinese coal baron buys the world's most expensive dog, a rare red Tibetan Mastiff puppy named "Hong Dong"

 
Dogs : Opinion Brief
The new seeing-eye dog, Opal, sitting at his owner's feet, has become fast friends with Edward (left), who recently went blind.

Meet Opal, a guide dog for a guide dog

When an Englishman's guide dog loses his sight, the owner finds another canine to show them both around

 
Cats : Opinion Brief
Smokey does not subscribe to the philosophy that "cats should be seen and not heard."

The world's loudest cat

Smokey, an otherwise charming gray housecat from the U.K., has a purr as loud as a lawnmower

 
Cats : Opinion Brief
Dusty, or "Klepto" as he is known in the neighborhood, has stolen about 600 items from nearby homes.

The cat burglar who's actually a cat

A klepto kitty named Dusty has stolen hundreds of items from his California neighbors over the last three years

 
Dogs : Opinion Brief
Foxcliffe Hickory Wind is the first Scottish deerhound to take home the coveted "Best in Show" prize.

Best in Show: Did 'Hickory' deserve to be Westminster's top dog?

For the first time, a Scottish deerhound has won the highest honor at America's most prestigious dog show. Was the Pekinese robbed?

 
Dogs : Opinion Brief
A new law in Missouri that would help prevent animal cruelty in "puppy mills" may be overturned.

Should Missouri ban puppy mills?

Last November, Missouri voters passed a law to regulate the state's massive puppy mill industry. Now, some lawmakers want to overturn the vote

 
Dogs : The List
Dogs have famously helped out in airport security, but now they are also putting their muzzles to use detecting cancers, concealed cellphones, among other things.

Lung cancer and 7 other surprising things dogs can sniff out

Everybody knows that trained pooches can sniff out drugs. But inmates with concealed cellphones and anyone with pirated CDs should be wary of these dogs, as well

 
Dogs : Opinion Brief
If pit bulls get "guidance, socialization, attention, love, and exercise" then they are no more vicious than golden retrievers, says one dog trainer.

Should owning a pit bull be a crime?

Parents of a boy fatally mauled by a pit bull want lawmakers in Texas to make it a felony to own one of the dogs. Does the breed deserve its bad reputation?

 
Dogs : Instant Guide
Cuddling with your pet may be comforting but it could also lead to meningitis or the plague, according to one report.

Why loving your dog too much is dangerous

Bad dog! A report from the Centers for Disease Control has found that pets can infect their owners with a host of dangerous ailments, including meningitis and the plague

 
Dogs : Fact Sheet
Chaser was told to find a toy and correctly chose the plastic squeaky chicken.

The genius dog with a 1,022-word vocabulary

A top dog named Chaser knows the names of over 1,000 objects. How did she get so smart?

 
Dogs : Instant Guide
Officials in the town of Reconvilier are trying to reduce their deficit problem by enacting a 1904 tax penalty.

Swiss dog tax: Pay it or your pet dies

A small town in the pacifist country has stirred up controversy by threatening to kill dogs if their owners don't fork over $48.50 a year

 
Dogs : Instant Guide
An 8-year-old German Shepherd (not pictured) escaped during a Delta stopover in the Atlanta airport.

Delta Air Lines' dead-dog problem

Several dogs have escaped or died (or both) while in Delta's care over the past nine months. Is the airline being negligent with our pets?

 
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