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    A Wisconsin girl battling a terminal illness is finding strength and comfort from thousands of four-legged pen pals. According to WISC-TV, Emma Mertens, 7, of Hartland, was diagnosed with a DIPG, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Emma’s GoFundMe page describes the condition as a “rare and inoperable brain tumor.” >> Read more trending news  But thanks to flyers that have gone viral on Facebook, some new furry friends have boosted Emma’s spirits. “Attention dog parents!!” reads the flyer. “Emma Mertens is a 7-year-old little girl who is terminally ill and wants comfort in the form of letters from dogs. If you are interested, you can help by sending a letter from your dog. This can include written letter[s] or emails and can even have photos or videos attached.” >> See one of the flyers here So far, Emma has received 50,000 photos and letters, “Good Morning America” reported Wednesday. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Want to write to Emma on your dog’s behalf? Email emmalovesdogs7@gmail.com or mail a letter to Emma Mertens, P.O. Box 230, Hartland, WI 53029. You also can donate to her GoFundMe campaign here. Read more here or here.
  • A puppy's touching reaction to Disney's 'The Lion King' is capturing hearts across the country. >> Read more trending news  According to WBNS, Josh Myers of Chattanooga, Tennessee, shared a video last week of 4-month-old Luna whimpering while watching an emotional moment from the 1994 animated film.  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  'Right as Mufasa falls to his death, she stops and turns to the TV to watch,' Myers captioned the video, which has been viewed more than 4.4 million times. 'To see her crying at the TV was the sweetest thing I think I've ever seen. She even lays down right after Simba lays with his dad.' He continued: 'We don't deserve dogs. 4 months old and she's already showing empathy.' >> Click here to watch Read more here or here.
  • Have a special four-legged friend at home? It's time to be extra generous with the belly rubs, walks, treats and playtime in honor of every 'fur child's' favorite day – Love Your Pet Day. >> Love Your Pet Day: 9 lavish ways to spoil your pet According to NationalDayCalendar.com, the holiday, celebrated every year on Feb. 20, is the perfect opportunity 'to give extra attention to and pamper your pets.' The site, which could not track down the holiday's creator, recommends that animal lovers 'bring your pet a special treat, take an extra long walk or give them more attention' to mark the occasion. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  But if Twitter trends are any indication, the most popular way to celebrate Love Your Pet Day may be sharing photos of Fluffy and Fido on social media. Check out some of our favorite photos below and share your own with the hashtag #LoveYourPetDay. >> Read more trending news 
  • A king shepherd that vanished eight months ago is back home with his family after making a 175-mile trek from Massachusetts to Maine. >> See a photo of the dog here According to the Bangor Daily News, the Woollacott family of Ashby, Massachusetts, had been searching for the 5-year-old dog, Kaiser, since June, when he scaled a wall and escaped a woman who was looking after him. Tom Woollacott said he drove 1,500 miles over 'three or four weeks' and even used a drone to try to find his four-legged friend. >> Read more trending news  Little did Woollacott know, his luck would change several months later, when a woman from Bethel, Maine, contacted animal control about a dog she had been feeding for a few weeks. Officials captured the dog and brought him to Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills in Paris, Maine, on Feb. 6, the Daily News reported. 'He was timid, shy, and nobody really knew where he came from,' said the shelter, who scanned him for a microchip and shared his photo on Facebook. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Days later, there was a breakthrough. 'Day 5 came of his stray hold and we got a call from a lady in Massachusetts, saying she was watching this dog for about 6 hrs when he slipped his lead and took off, the last sighting was about 75 miles away from where she was located, that was 8 MONTHS AGO IN MASSACHUSETTS!!' the shelter wrote in a Facebook post. Shelter officials eventually spoke with the dog's owner, who 'was able to identify some things' on the dog 'that no one else would know,' the post said. >> See the Facebook post here Woollacott drove to the shelter Friday and brought Kaiser back home, the Daily News reported.  >> See the touching reunion here But some parts of Kaiser's story remain a mystery. 'Did he get here himself? Was he taken? Was he picked up and then escaped again?' Responsible Pet care wrote. 'We may never know, but we do know that his family never stopped looking, and today will be the happiest day for all of them.'  Read more here.
  • The Westminster Kennel Club has a new best in show for 2019. King the wire fox terrier was crowned top dog Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York. See King and the group winners below: >> PHOTOS: 2019 Westminster Dog Show Best in show: King, wire fox terrier Terrier group: King, wire fox terrier Working group: Wilma, boxer Sporting group: Bean, Sussex spaniel Herding group: Baby Lars, bouvier des Flandres Nonsporting group: Colton, schipperke Toy group: Bono, Havanese Hound group: Burns, dachshund – Visit the Westminster Kennel Club's website to learn more about the show and see a full list of winners.
  • Hump day' came early this week after sheriff's deputies in Pima County, Arizona, tracked down two camels on the run Monday night. >> Read more trending news  According to KOLD-TV, deputies responded to a Green Valley neighborhood about 7 p.m. after someone spotted the camels 'running loose.'  Authorities captured the camels safely and are seeking their owners, KOLD reported. >> See the photos here Read more here.
  • Police in Richmond, Virginia, are looking for the person responsible for setting fire to a dog tethered to a pole at an area park. According to a Facebook post by Richmond Animal Care and Control, the incident occurred Sunday evening at Abner City Park, where the male pit bull 'was tied to a pole,' then 'covered in accelerant and intentionally set on fire.'  Witnesses described the suspect as a man 'wearing multiple layers of pants,' the post said. He fled the scene afterward, authorities said. >> See the Facebook post here The dog was taken to Virginia Veterinary Centers for treatment of the burns, which covered more than 40 percent of his body, the post said.  Officials named the dog Tommie. >> Read more trending news  'Please share this post and help us save Tommie and find the person responsible for this evil, senseless act of violence,' the post said.  If you have information about the attack, call Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.  Click here if you'd like to make a donation to RACC.
  • More than 165 German shepherds found neglected and living in filthy conditions in central Georgia are now in need of new homes, officials say. >> See the Facebook post here The Atlanta Humane Society shared with WSB-TV a video of the dogs found on a Candler County property Thursday. AHS workers went to care for the shepherds Friday and brought several of the animals to their campuses in Midtown Atlanta and Alpharetta on Saturday.  >> Read more trending news  Candler County Sheriff deputies arrested the property owner on animal cruelty charges. 'The dogs on this property are living in extremely unsanitary conditions and are in desperate need of help. Our team is working closely with Candler County Sheriff’s Department to provide the support and care needed to ensure the best outcome for these dogs,' said Jessica Rock, director of legal advocacy and law enforcement support at the Atlanta Humane Society. >> Read a Facebook update here The humane society said all the animals are being assessed and given medical exams onsite.  Volunteers from Canine Pet Rescue are traveling by caravan to south Georgia to pick up as many of the dogs as they can Sunday.  The organization is asking for the public's help to feed and care for the dogs.  >> See another Facebook update here
  • A Florida animal hospital announced the death of a beloved community alpaca Saturday on Facebook. >> See the Facebook post here Creekside Animal Hospital in Fleming Island wrote: 'It is with a heavy heart that we want to inform our clients and friends at [Swimming Pen Creek Elementary] that our youngest alpaca that was born out on the shared field over a year ago has passed away.' According to the post, a man in a blue car is responsible for the death of the alpaca. >> Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel, to hang up skis in Florida The animal hospital said he would dump food onto the field multiple times a week and that they had spoken to him multiple times. Most recently, he left three boxes of animal crackers, a large bag of Doritos, two boxes of Cheese Nips and two bags of whole peanuts, the animal hospital said. The animal hospital said the man 'leaves the litter behind every single time and we clean it up.' The post said this was the first time peanuts were dumped, and the youngest alpaca overindulged. >> Read more trending news  The hospital said it did everything they could for him, even a blood transfusion from his father, but the young alpaca died nonetheless.  The animal hospital said it 'worked on him for 36 hours and just couldn't bring him back.' Employees with the animal hospital said they are now in fear for the rest of the herd, including the goats. They said they will likely be moving them to a new location because they have no way to protect them from the man with the blue car.  – Visit ActionNewsJax.com for the latest on this developing story.
  • A lost dog became a Massachusetts police officer’s co-pilot Monday.  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Duane Boucher, the Orleans Police Department's animal control officer, found the Jack Russell terrier near the Pump House Surf Shop on Route 6A. >> Read more trending news  Orleans police wrote on Facebook, “Until his humans are found, Officer Jack Russell will patrol today with officer Boucher.” >> See the post here Boucher was able to reunite the dog, named Rocco, with his owner. He apparently slipped out of his collar and decided to go for a stroll.  “Thank you so much to the Orleans PD for locating Officer Rocco and bringing him safely home,” his owner wrote on Facebook.