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March 30, 2017

Expedition rediscovers wild dogs thought to be extinct

The Highland Wild Dog (HWD) is the most ancient canid currently living, serving as a sort of “missing link” between the first early canids and the modern domestic dog. HWDs hadn’t been seen since the 1950s, and some researchers feared they had gone extinct from loss of habitat and contamination with nearby village dogs.

January 12, 2017

Homes focus on cat friendly design

Some cat owners in Asia are designing their apartments with their cats in mind. Transforming their homes into so-called cat flats, cat owners in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong are adding cat friendly features at home.

January 05, 2017

Best animal stories of 2016

There’s no better way to start 2017 off on the right foot than to revisit some of the best pet stories from 2016. Whether by warming your heart or making you laugh, you can at least find a reason to smile with most of winter still ahead of you. Here are eight of NEWStat’s favorite stories from last year.

December 29, 2016

NEWStat 2017 survey results

The results of the NEWStat survey are in! There’s no denying that 2016 was a tough year for many people, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t looking ahead to new opportunities. Two weeks ago, we posted a survey with one simple question: What are you looking forward to in 2017?

December 22, 2016

Wackiest pet names of 2016

While Max and Bella once again top the list of most popular pet names, according to a Nationwide pet insurance report, there are some owners out there determined to stand out from a crowd.

December 19, 2016

Microchip reunites dog with owner after 9 years

Gigi, the toy poodle, went missing over nine years ago after a home burglary. In early December, Reba Hunter found her wandering around Roseville, Calif., and decided to take her to her veterinarian at AAHA-accredited Citrus Heights Animal Hospital. Hunter knew the dog needed to be treated and hoped that she could potentially take her home as a new pet.

October 27, 2016

Top pet Halloween costumes announced

If you plan to include your pet in the Halloween festivities, you’re not alone. In fact, 16 percent of consumers plan to dress their pets in costumes this year, and 86 percent already know what that costume will be, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). The NRF conducted its 2016 Halloween Consumer Top Costumes Survey on Sept. 6-13, and 6,791 consumers responded, sharing their Halloween costume plans for their pets. The pumpkin, hot dog, and bumble bee topped the list.

September 29, 2016

Prehistoric canine graves suggest dogs were hunting companions

Hunting season began this month and prehistoric canine graves suggest that dogs, like many human hunters, have an ancient hunting legacy. A researcher from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany studied 110 dog burials in prehistoric Japan and concluded that dogs were valued as ideal hunting companions and may have been critical to human survival, reported Science Magazine. The study was published online in Antiquity, a journal of Cambridge University Press, on Sept. 15.

September 21, 2016

Don’t kiss your chickens

Backyard chicken raising continues to grow. Owners love these chickens, too. In fact, they may love them too much. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that an emerging public health trend in the form of increased outbreaks of salmonella. Source: The Washington Post

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