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Do Pets Make Kids Smarter?

If you have or are thinking of having kids, it might be a good idea to also add a pet to the equation. That’s because last month a study found that babies who grow up in households with pets are healthier than their pet-less counterparts. And now a survey of children suggests that having a furry friend is one of the keys to academic success.

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Online Dating for Animals on the Rise

Finding your soul mate is never easy, but the search for a perfect match is rendered all the more urgent when you’re in danger of being wiped out unless you reproduce.

That is why zookeepers are now turning to online dating sites designed to find the ideal mate for threatened species on the verge of extinction.

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Norman The Dog Rides His Bike [VIDEO]

Norman the dog either has a gift or a very patient trainer. Heck, I've had my three pugs for over ten years, and it's still a pain to get them outside for bathroom time. You can tell tell, Norman aims to please, but I'll bet his trainer has the patience of a saint.  Anyway, I thought you might enjoy watching Norman ride his bike. Enjoy.

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Lost Hiker Survives By Cuddling Cat for Warmth

After almost a month lost in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, Margaret Page was found emaciated and malnourished but alive. And she may have her cat to thank for that.

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Mark Gstohl, Flickr / Natalie Maynor, Flickr / Gaye Gerard, Getty Images
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10 Cute Dogs Dressed for Mardi Gras

Next Tuesday is a big day…literally. This year, February 21st is Mardi Gras, or translated, Fat Tuesday. The day we all party down and do all kinds of sinful things before giving it all up for Lent. Yes, even the dogs.

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Dog is Mesmerized by ‘Marmaduke’ [VIDEO]

A Golden Retriever named Smitty watches the live-action film ‘Marmaduke‘ in rapt attention. Yeesh. Wouldn’t anything else — even ‘Air Bud’ — have been a better choice?

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Tiny Yorkshire Terrier Named World’s Smallest Service Dog [VIDEO]

Lucy the Yorkshire Terrier, who measures only 5.7 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds, may be tiny, but she’s got a big reputation. The three-year-old dog was recently named the world’s smallest service dog by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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$4,500 Wedding Ring Found In Family Dog’s Stomach [VIDEO]

If you’ve ever lost something important, you know the panic an Albuquerque woman felt when she couldn’t find her $4,500 wedding ring. But as it turns out, she wasn’t just absentminded — there was a thief afoot. To be more precise, a thief on four feet.

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Deck the Halls With Animals! 9 Housewares for Pet Lovers

To really make your home cozy and warm this time of year, add some four-legged decor. Don’t worry: We’re not talking about hunting hounds wallpaper or kitten doilies. These tasteful and stylish items will make even the most critical of interior designers proud.

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8 Holiday Pet-Proofing Tips

Here’s a question that Vetstreet’s Dr. Patty Khuly gets asked often this time of the year: How do you keep all those pets of yours out of trouble?

It’s a great question when you’ve got tinsel, glittery ornaments and all manner of holiday trappings decking your halls, walls and — most menacingly of all — your holiday tree (if you happen to have one). Find out what tips Dr. Khuly has for you after the jump.

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20 Awesome Dogs Getting Ready for the Holidays [PICTURES]

A recent study claims that a lot of Americans aren't getting into the holiday spirit. Well, if that's true, then we think we've found the solution — cute dogs in holiday costumes! They're fun to look at and an excellent source of inspiration for dressing up your own puppies.

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What Are the Top 25 Dog Names of 2011?

According to Banfield Pet Hospital’s list of the top 25 dog names of 2011, some timeless dog monikers, like “Ginger,” “Sadie,” “Coco” and “Max,” are still very much in use. But other names on the list may be somewhat more unfamiliar.

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