Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

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Tanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s a great occasion to have your family join you in the kitchen for a fun day of food prep. When the enticing aromas of food start wafting through your house, it’s likely that your pets will want to get in on the action. However, the hectic environment in the kitchen on this food-filled holiday poses some potential health risks for your pets. Remember these safety tips as you whip up the perfect batch of mashed potatoes and gravy:

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Meet Ippo the Baby Zonkey

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A baby Zonkey — a cross between a Zebra and a donkey — named Ippo has been born at an animal reserve in Florence, Italy. Ippo is the foal of a male zebra who was adopted from a failing zoo and an endangered donkey breed from Amiata. “Ippo is the only one of his kind in Italy,” reserve employee Serena Aglietti told ANSA.

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Dog Eats Homework

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An eighth-grade student’s dog required emergency surgery to remove 50 sharp pins from his stomach after he ate the young girl’s science homework, according to ABC News.  Payton Moody, 13, of Englewood, Colo., was constructing what sounds like a creative and fun volcano science project out of candy, including a chocolate mountain with red licorice for lava and blue M&M’s for water. But on the advice of her mother, Payton used pins to keep all the candy elements attached.  

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Tornado Survivor Finds Missing Dog Buried Alive

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Jon Byler Dann, above, survived the devastating tornado that struck Washington, Ill., by hunkering down in the basement clutching his four children – ages 8, 5, 2½ and 1½. But an important member of the family was still in harm’s way.  Before the storm, as debris started to hit his house, Byler Dann had tried to coax the family dog, Maggie, into the safe room. The skittish animal refused to leave her kennel. After the storm passed, Byler Dann emerged from the basement to find that his home of five years had been destroyed above him. Maggie was missing and Byler Dann assumed his beloved pet was dead. 

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Cat Summoned for Jury Duty in Boston

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Boston resident Sal Esposito has been called to jury duty, but there’s one thing standing in the way of his ability to serve: He’s a cat. Massachusetts couple Anna and Guy Esposito received a jury duty summons for their feline friend this month, who they had listed as a household resident on the 2010 Census.  “Sal is a member of the family so I listed him on the last Census form under pets but there has clearly been a mix-up,” Anna told local TV station WHDH. “I read the whole thing and I said, ‘Oh my God, how could he go, he’s a cat?'”

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Blind Dog Hugs Brother, Melts Our Hearts

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Can’t you just feel the love?   There’s no denying that, as this picture illustrates, canine brothers Jeffrey and Jermaine are inseparable – and not just because they adore each other.   Jeffrey is blind and his brother, Jermaine, is his loyal guide dog. The 8-month-old pups were found on the streets of Philadelphia in October, according to Operation Ava, the animal rescue that is trying to find them a permanent home together.  “The unconditional love and devotion these two dogs show is positively inspirational,” reads a post from the Chester County SPCA, which shared the photo on Facebook Nov. 15. (The photo subsequently received more than 34,000 likes – and counting!) 

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Movie ‘The Ghosts in Our Machine’ Champions Animal Rights

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Many documentaries steeped in social or political issues get very insistent and often very noisy in expressing a point of view. Michael Moore is of course the model for effective, engaging and defiantly in-your-face activism in this arena.  In contrast, “The Ghosts in Our Machine,” a heartfelt meditation on animal rights, comes at you as a whisper. It depends on the persuasive powers of creatures great and small — in their natural habitat or in cages — to argue that we stop using them for food, clothing, research and entertainment. That the cages be tossed away.

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