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Cat reunites with shocked owner after 15 years apart

The Takayesu family never thought they’d see James the cat again.

James, a female tortoiseshell tabby named by the son after a Thomas the Tank character, disappeared 15 years ago in Maui, shortly after the family moved. After searching for her in vain, the family eventually went on with their lives and adopted dogs. The Takayesu children are now grown, so it was mother Tori Takayesu who took the call that caught her completely off-guard.

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What a great story! It just goes to show the importance of having identification on your pets. Please remember to...Posted by Maui Humane Society on Monday, February 6, 2017

The Maui Humane Society called Takayesu on Jan. 26 and told her that they’d found her cat, according to The Maui News. She had no idea what cat they were talking about at first. When owned by the Takayesu family, James had been microchipped and the cat had received an ear tattoo for identification purposes. Even with the explanation, Takayesu had doubts that the cat was James until she went to the Humane Society and saw her in person on Jan. 29. She told The Maui News that she knew instantly that it was her long-lost cat.

James appears to be in good health, and was likely well-cared for before making her way back to the Takayesu family. James was not claimed by anyone while at the Humane Society, so she is back with the Takayesus for good.

The family, who now have four dogs, said they will make their new blended family of pets work. Takayesu said the dogs will have to adjust because James “was here first.”

Must see: German shepherd adopts brood of baby chicks

A video shared online shows adorable baby ducks getting some tender love and care from a German shepherd.

The ducks and dog sit contentedly on a shag rug as the chicks chirp happily between the dog’s massive paws.

The gentle pooch nudges the chicks with his nose as they snuggle in front of him.

Baby chicks will often adopt any animal or human as a surrogate if they lose their mother.

Source: German Shepherd helps raise newborn baby ducks by Thorin on Rumble

Evanger's dog food recalled after euthanasia drug found in one batch

Evanger's has recalled some of its dog food after a euthanasia drug was found in one batch.

The company voluntarily recalled five lots of 12-ounce Hunk of Beef cans because of pentobarbital exposure in one batch of food. The drug can cause possible side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea or, in extreme cases, death.

Five dogs reportedly got sick and one died after eating Hunk of Beef Au Jus with the lot number 1816E06HB13.

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"Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evanger's is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week," the company said in a news release.

The voluntary recall includes lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.

The products were sold in the following states: Georgia, Florida, Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Maryland. 

Visit the Food and Drug Administration’s website for more information about the recall.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Evanger's Dog and Cat Food recalls specific lots of Hunk of Beef product for potential contaminant Pentobarbital. https://t.co/qz6GzNYwFU pic.twitter.com/Gdg2OkXl1M— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) February 6, 2017

Investigation underway after puppy found with metal rod in head

An investigation is underway after the University of Veterinary Specialists in Pennsylvania received a 10-week-old puppy with a 5-inch metal rod through his head and eyes.

The UVS Express Pet Transport was dispatched on Friday for a suspected abuse case.

The dog is in stable condition and underwent testing to determine the severity of his injuries and surgical options.

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UPDATE: The puppy is in stable condition and awaiting surgery. We owe a huge thank you to the BIG EASY Animal Hospital...Posted by University Veterinary Specialists on Friday, February 3, 2017

"We are going to evaluate him to see if the metal rod damaged anything critical, and for surgical planning. Once we know that outcome, we will know how best to repair the damage," Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rory Lubold said in a release.

Lubold said it’s going to take several surgeries to remove the rod and repair the damage.

“Let's see if we can salvage his vision because at this point, I don't know if he'll ever be able to see again. We're going to do everything we can to save that,” Lubold said.

The UVS Cares Foundation will be covering the dog’s medical costs. Donations to the UVS Cares Foundation can be made by check or credit card by calling 724-717-CARE (2273).

“There's a lot of animals in our community and animals that come into our hospital where the owners don't have the funds available to help cases like this,” said Dr. Christina Chamberlain of the UVS Cares Foundation.

Firefighters help puppy stuck in an odd situation

A group of quick-thinking firefighters managed to save a puppy who got its head stuck inside a wheel.

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According to a Monday Facebook post, the Butte-Silver Fire Department in Montana were called to help an 8-month-old coonhound named Blaze. The puppy’s owner had let the dog play outside for a few hours, and found Blaze trapped with his head inside a wheel.

Firefighters say they used "a lot of coconut oil, patience, a lot of ear tucking and some powerful skin-pulling" to free Blaze’s head.

Blaze was uninjured after the ordeal, but had some minor swelling.

"Hopefully this was a valuable lesson for young Blaze, and we won’t have to respond to any more menacing incidents involving this playful puppy," the fire department said on the post.

SEE IT: Pet snake gets stuck in woman's gauged earlobe

An Oregon woman got an earful – literally – when her pet snake got stuck in her gauged earlobe.

According to CNN's Jeanne Moos, Ashley Glawe of Portland recently had her ball python, Bart, around her shoulders when the snake spotted her stretched ear piercing and darted into the hole.

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"I tried to get him out myself, and I knew I wasn't going to be able to without hurting him by pulling back against his scales," she told CNN.

The fire department responded but couldn't free the snake, so Glawe headed to the hospital emergency room. There, doctors numbed her ear, applied lubricant and worked on sliding the snake out.

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"They put string or something in between my ear and the snake and stretched my ear out more, then pulled him back through, and all was well," Glawe said.

Apparently, Bart was unfazed by the ordeal. 

"He acted like nothing even happened and was totally chill," Glawe said.

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Toddler forms special bond with orphaned baby cow

A special bond between a little girl and an orphaned calf is warming hearts across the country.

“They are just so cute,” Lacey Gray told ABC News. “My heart cannot even contain all of that love.”

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Gray is a professional photographer from Michigan City, Mississippi. She was hoping to do a photo shoot with a calf, and asked her husband’s uncle if she could borrow one of his.

“He laughed so hard. He said, ‘That is not how that works. You cannot just borrow a calf without the mom going crazy,'” recalled Gray.

The next morning, she got a call from him after one of his cows suffered an accident.

“The tone in his voice was clearly that something bad had happened. He said, ‘Do you really want a calf?'” said Gray. “He told me, ‘The mama fell and she’s not going to get up from it. She will die from this. I’m calling you to see if you want this baby, but you have to bottle-feed it several times a day.'”

Gray agreed, and soon the family fell in love with the calf. According to ABC News, Gray’s 2-year-old daughter, Kinley, instantly formed a special bond with the calf, now named Molly. Kinley loves to spend time with her new friend, feeding her and giving her kisses.

Kinley doesn’t even let the family’s dogs get close to Molly.

“She just has a connection with her,” Gray said Kinley and Molly. “I just hope that I can watch them grow all through Kinley’s childhood.”

Check out photos and videos of Kinley and Molly below:

If this doesn't melt your heart, I don't know what will. We love Molly Moo!!Posted by Lacey Rae Gray on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The bond between these two is already a joy to watch! Molly and Kinley are already best friends.Posted by Delta Rose Photography on Sunday, January 22, 2017

Kinley wanted to feed Molly this morning. #morningswithmollymoo #mollymoomoo #cowsofig #moocow #bestfriendsPosted by Lacey Rae Gray on Sunday, January 22, 2017

Reggae, soft rock help dogs relax, study says

Putting together a playlist for your pup? New research could help you fetch some of Fido's favorite tunes.

In a recent study by the University of Glasgow and the Scottish SPCA, researchers found that dogs in kennels were less stressed when they listened to music – especially reggae and soft rock.

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"Overall, the response to different genres was mixed, highlighting the possibility that, like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences," said Neil Evans, one of the study's authors.

Read more here.

Therapy cat named Duke Ellington lifts spirits on hospital visit

A cat named after a jazz legend hit all the right notes on a recent visit to a California hospital.

Duke Ellington, a serene black and white cat, made an appearance at UCSF Medical Center on Monday, delighting patients and staff. The hospital posted a video of the cat’s visit on its Facebook page along with the caption, “Our therapy cat, "Duke Ellington" Morris, brings furry snuggles and joy to critically ill patients in our intensive care unit! Our staff thinks he's pretty "purr"-fect too!”

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Duke the therapy cat visits UCSF!Our therapy cat, "Duke Ellington" Morris, brings furry snuggles and joy to critically ill patients in our intensive care unit! Our staff thinks he's pretty "purr"-fect too!Posted by UCSF Medical Center on Monday, January 23, 2017  

The cat makes his rounds on a cart, and even managed to fit in a catnap during his visit.

 

Maverick, golden retriever who won hearts while battling cancer, dies

A 9-year-old golden retriever who won thousands of hearts with his sweet wagon rides throughout his Florida community as he battled cancer, has died, his owners announced Sunday.

Maverick died peacefully in his sleep Saturday night, owners Joey and Allison Maxwell, announced on his Facebook page, Everybody Loves Maverick.

“He gave no signs of being ill, and didn’t suffer at all. He simply went to sleep after dinner,” Joey Maxwell, of DeLand, wrote on the page. “Allison and I are absolutely heartbroken, yet we are at peace knowing that Maverick is now at rest.”

Maverick began making national headlines in October after workers at Maxwell’s local Lowe’s store helped make a wish for Maverick come true. Maxwell, who knew that his beloved dog’s time was short, wanted to take him on a wagon ride through town to visit friends, but could not find a wagon.

The staff at Lowe’s called area stores until they found a wagon for Maverick, who was unable to walk because of his illness. They had it sent to the store and put it together for him.

"Dear Lowe's Home Improvement, Lowe's, I cannot thank you enough for making this picture possible. Let me...Posted by Love What Matters on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Maverick’s joyful rides through DeLand, during which he made many new friends, didn’t just bring him a following of nearly 14,000 people on Facebook. They also helped him pull off a brief remission of his cancer, including regaining some movement in his hind legs.

He had a good checkup at the vet as recently as Jan. 10. Photos and videos on Maverick’s Facebook page showed him eating, relaxing and playing with his toys.

The final video that Maxwell posted of Maverick was of him enjoying his breakfast on the morning of the day he died.

Posted by Everybody Loves Maverick on Saturday, January 21, 2017

Maxwell thanked Maverick’s followers for their love, kindness and support.

“You have all loved Maverick as though he were your own, and we know that ours are not the only hearts breaking today,” Maxwell wrote. “Please know that Maverick heard and felt all of your comments, well wishes and love. We read him every one we could and gave him every hug and kiss you sent his way.

“Today is going to be hard for all of us. Allison and I are thoroughly convinced that Maverick more than served his purpose during his brief time with us, and know that his legacy will live on.”

Good morning everyone. We are so incredibly sorry to have to share bad news with you all this morning. Last night at...Posted by Everybody Loves Maverick on Sunday, January 22, 2017

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