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Cat yoga: Felines, humans get zen together in new classes

Yoga lovers in Georgia are getting into downward-facing dog with the assistance of a few friendly cats.

The “Yoga With Cats” class has become a regular, sold-out feature at Good Mews Animal Foundation in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta in just a few months since it launched.

In each class, up to 15 humans spend an hour getting zen with a some of the shelter’s feline residents. A certified yoga instructor guides the beginner level classes as the cats roam freely around the room – often stopping for a little class participation or maybe a nap.

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“The cats are so curious. They are all up in your business but not in a bad way,”  said shelter manager Lisa Johns. “It is also a fun way for people to interact with the cats. The cats get attention and get loved on and the people are in a calming environment where they can practice yoga and hang out. All and all, it is a fun experience if you are into yoga and you are a cat person.”

Each class costs $20 – and since the instructor is a Good Mews volunteer who donates her time, all of the proceeds go toward care of the cats.

A few months ago, the creators weren’t so sure the idea would take off with the public. They heard about a shelter in California that did something similar and decided to give it a try.

“We are always trying to get new people into the shelter,” said board member, Nancy Riley. “We started our first class in July, and now people are coming back month after month. The people love it, but the cats really love it. It is so fun to watch them.”

In any given class, at least five of the 15 attendees have never been to Good Mews shelter before offering the organization valuable exposure to new people and the potential to find more homes for their cats.

Some of the cats have become yoga regulars, as well. Sampson, an orange tabby, has participated in every class, often getting into poses with humans. During corpse pose (savasana) at end of class, Sampson and his fellow felines take the invitation to lie across the chest of the nearest yogi.

For more information, visit goodmews.org.

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SEE IT: Goat gets loose, goes on morning Starbucks run

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Maybe humans aren't the only ones who crave a morning coffee fix.

According to The Associated Press, a pet goat named Milly broke free from her Rohnert Park, California, home Sunday morning and ended up in an unlikely place – Starbucks.

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"Missing a goat?" the Rohnert Park Police and Fire Department posted on its Facebook page Sunday. "Imagine our dispatcher's surprise when she received a couple of calls early this morning advising there was a goat roaming around Wolf Den Plaza ... more specifically, the goat apparently needed a caffeine fix and had wandered INTO the Wolf Den Starbucks."

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When Rohnert Park police Sgt. Rick Bates arrived, Starbucks employees were trying to feed Milly a banana, but she was more interested in a nearby box, he told the AP. He took the goat to the local animal shelter until the owner, Alan Ergenbright, got word and came to retrieve her.

"We are pleased to report the goat's owner sprung him from the Animal Shelter," the department wrote on its Facebook page Sunday evening. "Thanks to our followers for the assist!"

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Ergenbright called Milly "a really happy and sweet goat."

"She's also pretty curious," he told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

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SEE IT: Chihuahua leads police on wild chase across San Francisco's Bay Bridge

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A Chihuahua led California Highway Patrol officers on a bizarre chase Sunday morning.

According to CBSSF-TV, the pup was seen running down the eastbound lanes of Bay Bridge heading toward San Francisco around 6:56 a.m., CHP officials reported.

The dog, described as a black Chihuahua, put up a good fight.

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“It took a while, I mean he was fast, he was running. We set up several road blocks, but he just ran right around them. Eventually, we were able to box him in. I used my jacket to distract him and the motor officer came up and took him into custody,” California Highway Patrol Officer Vu Williams told KGO-TV.

The pup was taken to San Francisco Animal Care and Control.

Officials are currently looking for its owner.

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​HOT PURSUIT: A CHP officer said a chihuahua who led him on a c...HOT PURSUIT: A CHP officer said a chihuahua who led him on a chase down the Bay Bridge today, was so fast that not even road blocks stopped the little guy. http://abc7ne.ws/238Sr9QPosted by ABC7 News on Sunday, April 3, 2016

Home allegedly stalked by eerie 'Watcher' back on market for $1.25M

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Six bedrooms. Four bathrooms. One stalker.

A colonial-style Westfield, New Jersey, home that made headlines after the current owners claimed someone who identified himself as "The Watcher" sent them creepy, anonymous letters is back on the market for $1.25 million, NJ.com reports.

According to USA Today, Derek and Maria Broaddus bought the house for $1.3 million in 2014, but the couple and their three children never moved in after supposedly receiving threatening letters from the so-called "Watcher."

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"My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time," one letter read, according to NBC News.

The writer also said, "Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Once I know their names I will draw them to me," NJ.com reports.

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The Broadduses tried to sell the house but failed. Last summer, the couple sued the previous owners, John and Andrea Woods, claiming that they knew about the stalker but kept quiet, according to The Associated Press and NJ.com. The Woodses denied the accusations, saying they did receive an anonymous letter but that it wasn't disturbing. They have filed a counterclaim against the Broadduses for causing them emotional distress.

Learn more here.

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