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7-year-old saves $2,000 in lemonade sales for pet horse

A 7-year-old boy in Queensland, Australia, earned enough money to buy a $3,000 pony.

On Oct. 11, Juliana Kent posted a video of her son, Sabastian Kent, meeting his new pony for the first time.

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Sabastian, 7, cried tears of joy when he saw a white pony named Tom Boy in his family's red barn. He sold lemonade for two years to save enough money to make it happen. 

"He saved his tooth fairy, Christmas and birthday money, too," Kent told CNN.

When his lemonade business took off, Sabastian expanded his product offerings by selling iced tea and iced coffee. He even began selling the drinks in bottles with custom labels.

Kent told Inside Edition that Sabastian was 4 years old when he rode a horse for the first time. Since then, he'd been asking his family for a pet horse almost every day.

Kent told CNN Sabastian eventually saved about $2,200.

"I was so proud I almost burst," his mom said. "I was happier than a butcher's dog."

Kent said she was never too worried about the money but wanted her son to learn the value of commitment.

"It was never about the amount of money he saved but actually about his commitment and determination at his age to (achieve) his dream," she said. Kent told Inside Edition that she kept the whole thing a surprise from Sebastian. "We had Tom Boy transported overnight and delivered while he as at school," Kent said. Kent said Sabastian was so happy on the day he met Tom Boy that he stayed on the horse even when he was tired and fell asleep on the horse. Watch the now-viral video of the big reveal below:

Share our joy ...Introducing "Tom" to our boys today...Yes ''Family" pony to allow our youngest son enjoy the moment...Posted by Juliana Kent on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Leotards for dogs? New fashion for Fido aims to control shedding

Who knew that Fido could be such a fashionista? Apparently, a new (and hilarious) style craze is coming to canines' closets – the doggy leotard. 

According to The Dodo, Tyson Walters invented the pup-sized onesie, called the Shed Defender, to prevent his Saint Bernard from shedding all over his car.

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"Harley's hair would intertwine in the fabric and not want to ever come out," Walters said. "She would shake and the hair would just explode off her and disperse all throughout the car. I looked around on the internet and dog stores, but I couldn't find a solution. So I decided to make one."

The company's website claims the snug bodysuits, priced at $44.99, not only cut down on dander but also ease anxiety, keep dogs warm and clean, protect against bugs and cover wounds. 

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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 Change.org 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 #Tombilihttps://anatoliancats.blogspot.com.tr/2016/10/tombili-memorialized-with-statue-on.htmlPosted by Anadolu Kedisi on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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