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Newspaper's debate party to feature 'therapy kittens'

A newspaper in Maine has found the perfect stress-busters for those watching the third presidential debate.

The Bangor Daily News Portland is hosting a debate party Wednesday night, and they have invited very special guests: kittens.

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The newspaper teamed up with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, which will bring several kittens to the party in order to calm the nerves of viewers while Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spar on stage.

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If the final debate is anything like the first two, the therapy kittens will be in great demand.

All of the kittens are available for adoption.

Shelter dogs who became cuddle buddies adopted together

Dubbed the "resident odd couple" at Animal Rescue League of Iowa, tiny CC and big and fluffy Chewbacca are often seen cuddling in their kennel together.

Their former owner had a baby with allergies and the pair were brought to the shelter after caring for the dogs.

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Photos of the dogs uploaded to the shelter's Facebook page Oct. 4.

"Pretty much every time we walk by their kennel, CC is either sitting on Chewy or draped over him or curled up against him," Animal Rescue League of Iowa spokesperson Jessica Jorgenson told The Dodo. "Chewy, for his part, doesn't mind at all. They both like being close to each other."

Volunteers with the shelter had nothing but positive things to say about the two.

"We took them out for a dog day out, and they are such good dogs," Heather Davis wrote in a comment. "Great manners in the house and while walking on leashes. They didn't bark, they were friendly with everyone they met and they loved cuddling with humans, too!"

AWESOME DOGS ALERT: Meet our resident odd couple! Chewbacca and little CC are pretty much always cuddling when we walk...Posted by Animal Rescue League of Iowa on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Four days after the Oct. 4 post, CC and Chewy were adopted. 

The pair are now going to a home where they'll have more animal friends. Their new parents also have two other dogs and three pigs. 

Photos of the dogs in their new home are below.

Posted by Animal Rescue League of Iowa on Friday, October 7, 2016

Dog's pregnancy photo shoot goes viral

If you're expecting, you're expected to have a late-in-the pregnancy photo shoot, but the tradition is apparently going to the dogs. 

Chanel and LeeRoy, two dogs, are going to be new parents.

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Amy Rients jumped into photographer mode and set up a photo session with her dog, LeeRoy, and his mate.

She then posted the photos to Facebook, where they have gone viral.

Posted by Rients Photography on Sunday, October 9, 2016

In her post, Rients said that news outlets across the country have contacted her about the photos. She's even had a call from Ellen Degeneres.

Thanks to help from her cousin and Chanel's owner, the shoot took about an hour.

Rients said that it was done for fun and never expected for her photos to take off the way they did.

Boy saves pennies for four years, buys special $15,000 dog

A boy who saved every penny he could find for four years ultimately raised enough money to buy a service dog to help manage his diabetes.

"Everything he got for his allowance, his birthday, Christmas, all went into his dog fund," Aiden's mother, Jenni Heath, told The Valley Reporter.

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Ever since he learned about diabetes dogs, Aiden has stored his extra change in jars around his house, saving every penny to afford the $15,000 pet. Diabetes dogs are specially trained to monitor glucose levels and alert their owners to a drop in blood sugar.

"As they say, every penny counts," 8-year-old Aiden Heath of Waitsfield, Vermont, told WHTM.

"They can sense it 20 minutes to 30 minutes before the blood meter actually tells you that you're low," said Jenni Heath, Aiden's mother.

Aiden was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 3 years old. Since his diagonosis, Jenni Heath has had to check Aiden's blood-sugar levels three-four times each night, the family told The Valley Reporter. Having a service dog would mean a full night's sleep and peace of mind for Aiden.

Earlier this year, when Aiden was $9,000 shy of his goal, news coverage of his story brought in more than $20,000 in donations. Heath was able to put a down payment on a chocolate lab named Angel who was training to become a service dog in Nevada.

Posted by Jenni Hartshorn Heath on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Jenni Heath told ABC News that the family watched Angel grow through photos and videos. Angel recently passed all her tests and arrived at the family's home Monday morning.

"Aiden is over the moon," Jenni Heath told ABC News. "He was on pins and needles waiting for her."

Family members said they are grateful for everyone's support throughout the process.

Family's dog shot in the head, killed during robbery

A Memphis woman said her house was broken into, and her dog was shot in the head. 

The woman, who will remain unidentified to protect her identity, spoke with WHBQ about the horrific experience.

“I was here [home]. I left for about 30 minutes. I came back,” she said.

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When she returned, she discovered the unimaginable.

“They took TVs and speakers, but the worst thing they took was my dog's life.”

More than $200 of electronics were stolen, but that pales in comparison to what the burglars are accused of doing next. 

“I actually heard the gunshot,” the woman said. 

Witnesses said a single gunshot the woman heard turned out to be the shot that would eventually take her dog, Champ's life.

"All I can do is scream with the pain that's in my heart.”

So now, as a family grieves at the loss of their pet and now have one question - why?

“The most important thing they took from me was my dog's life, my best friend." 

Man's friend returns wrong dog after responding to post about missing pug

An Australian man said he came home to find a dog that wasn't his after spreading the word about his missing pug.

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Luke Neville said he was eating breakfast with his brother, when he realized his dog "must have snuck out" the open front door. 

Neville told Buzzfeed News that he and his brother searched for the pug, Bella, for hours. They asked neighbors and people in the area to keep a lookout for the missing dog in the hopes that she'd be returned to their home soon. Neville posted a photo of Bella on his Facebook page Saturday, asking for help finding her. 

Currently missing Pug, if anyone has seen Bella around Culburra beach please let me knowPosted by Luke Neville on Saturday, October 1, 2016

A friend of Neville who heard about Bella's disappearance saw a sign advertising a lost dog that had been found and got in contact with the people holding it. When he found out the found dog was a pug, he went to pick it up, assuming it was Bella. 

The friend dropped the dog off at Neville's house. 

"I got home from a search, (and) I thought it was Bella back home, so I started patting her before realizing something was off," Neville said.

The dog wasn't Bella. 

Neville contacted the local council ranger, who told him that there was a pug at the pound that matched Bella's description, but he had to wait until the next day to pick up his dog.


But he still had to care for the other dog for the night. He named it Not-Bella.

According to Buzzfeed, Neville checked local pet listings and learned that a family reported another pug as having gone missing that day. He assumed Not-Bella was the missing pug.

The family eventually met up with Neville and claimed Not-Bella, which turned out to be its missing dog, and ultimately, Neville was reunited with Bella.

Win a pug lose a pugPosted by Luke Neville on Saturday, October 1, 2016

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Pug saves family from fire, earns hometown hero award

An 11-year-old pug in Idaho is being hailed as a hometown hero after saving his family from a house fire.

Jaxson’s family said the pug barked in a different way than normal on Aug. 29, according to KBOI. When owner Todd Lavoie went to investigate, he saw sparks coming from an electrical outlet. A small fire started, which Lavoie was able to put out with a fire extinguisher.

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The Meridian Fire Department arrived to inspect the house and credited the alert pooch with sparing the family any significant property damage.

On Tuesday, Jaxson became the first animal to receive the town’s Hometown Hero Award. He also received a special firefighter badge.

Jaxson the pug became the first pet in Meridian history to receive the Hometown Hero award tonight! Jaxson helped alert...Posted by City of Meridian, Idaho - Government on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Istanbul's beloved laid-back cat dies, honored with statue

Tombili was a well-known and much loved cat, often found lounging on the streets of a neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey.

A photo of the chubby cat striking a relaxed pose made its way to the Internet and quickly showed up in memes.

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Tombili died on Aug. 1, according to Anadolu Kedisi of the Anatolian Cat Project. A petition to honor the beloved feline was signed by over 17,000 supporters. Artist Seval Şahin created a bronze sculpture that captured Tombili’s serene spirit. The statue was unveiled at a ceremony on Oct. 4, World Pet Day.

The opening ceremony will be held on October 4th at 13:00 o'clock.#AnatolianCat #TombiliPosted by Anadolu Kedisi on Monday, October 3, 2016

#TombiliÖlümsüzdür #TombiliForever#AnadoluKedisi #AnatolianCat #Tombili by Anadolu Kedisi on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Florida family's dog mistakenly euthanized at shelter

A Florida family lost their dog after an error with his microchip led to the animal being mistakenly euthanized after he broke out of their yard.

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WFTS reported that Lefty, a beagle with sight and hearing problems who belonged to Kristi Durham and her family, broke through a fence on Thursday at their Auburndale area home and was lost. Durham and her husband called three different shelters and posted on lost pet Facebook pages, but learned the bad news on Friday when they checked with a shelter that had euthanized the dog.

"This was not a healthy animal," said Carrie Horstman, a spokesperson for the Polk County Sheriff's Office, which runs Animal Control. "This was not an animal (the veterinarian) felt would benefit from any sort of medical help or attention. She felt it was in the dog's best interest to be euthanized."

"It's heartbreaking, and nothing's ever going to bring my baby back," Durham told WFTS.

According to Polk County animal control, Lefty wasn't initially in the shelter when the owners contacted it on Thursday, and the dog had an invalid phone number when the shelter scanned his microchip when was brought in. WFTS reported that a few of the digits in the number had been mixed up and hadn’t been updated since the family moved to Auburndale in August.

Because of Lefty’s health problems, the shelter vet decided to put him down, WFTS said. "It was just the perfect storm, and it's very sad. We feel terrible for this pet owner. She's welcome to come to animal control and we'll give her a pet for free. We certainly don't want this to ever happen again," said Carrie Horstman, public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

24PetWatch, the company with which Lefty's microchip was registered, issued a statement.

"We ... send quarterly emails to pet owners reminding them of the status of their microchip account and encouraging them to confirm that all information is correct," it read. "We also do periodic checks with the National Change of Address registry to try to identify any pet owners that may have new contact information and ask them to contact us if we see a discrepancy in the data."

Read more at WFTS.

WATCH: Bald eagles ring in nesting season with epic battle

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted a Facebook video of two bald eagles beginning nesting season with an epic battle.

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The two birds engaged in an air battle before they took the wrestling match to the ground.

According to the FWC, the birds remained in a standoff, locked talon-to-talon, for about two to three hours.

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This bald eagle match took place at a golf course in Belle Glade.

Nesting season began Oct. 1, and the FWC said the territorial animals will fight until the end to protect their nests.

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