A Vancouver Island man used his fists to save his beloved miniature daschund from becoming a meal for a starving cougar.
Shawn Hanson and his dog Bailey were on a fishing and camping trip near Ucluelet on Vancouver Island when it happened.
While cleaning several caught salmon, Hanson looked down to see his dog being dragged off into the underbrush.
"Out of the corner of my eye, I see a little flash. I look down and it's a small cougar dragging my dog off into the bushes," he told CTV Vancouver Island.
Hanson gave chase. After catching up with the cougar on a hilltop, he tackled it.
Hanging on to the animal's rear, he grabbed Bailey with his free hand, but the cougar wouldn't let go.
"I reached back and punched it in the face," he said.
The punch stunned the cougar, allowing Hanson to retrieve his pet without a further fight
A sickly feral cat has been terrorizing a suburban New York town, attacking unsuspecting residents and small pets, authorities and neighbors say.
Police in Orangetown say a black cat has been on the attack since the weekend and are asking residents to be on the lookout.
Chris McKiernan was one of the cat's victims. He told NBC 4 New York Monday he and his family had just returned home from watching the Fourth of July fireworks in town when "out of nowhere, out of the darkness, came this black cat that just jumped and attached itself to me."
"I looked down and it was all over me," he said. "It was a little surreal."
The cat started scratching and biting him, and when McKiernan manged to pry the ferocious feline off him, the cat simply sat there and looked at him, growling and hissing.
"It was wobbling around and it was looking at me and had blood in his mouth. It wasn't a pretty scene," he said
The cat then "jumped back on me, tried to climb up me. And then I finally ripped it off again, and I was able to get the garbage can over it, and it was making all sorts of strange noises," he said.
McKiernan said he tried to keep the garbage can lid over the cat to hold it for rabies testing, but the lid kept moving with the cat inside it. When he lifted the lid for a brief moment, the cat shot out and beelined straight for the woods.
Kiernan received a series of rabies shots after the encounter.
OR! How about a doggie umbrella?
Speaking of dogs!
A Pennsylvania veterinarian retrieved 62 hair bands, eight pairs of underwear and a bandage from the dog's stomach during exploratory surgery.
The head technician at Good Shepherd's Veterinary Hospital in Mars tells WTAE-TV that the black Lab named Tiki wasn't responding to medicine for vomiting, diarrhea and a loss of appetite, and X-rays showed a mass in its stomach.
Last week's surgery lasted two hours, and the vet and his technician were shocked at the items that were pulled out.
The dog's owner, Sara Weiss, says Tiki once swallowed a plastic foam dart, but that passed through the dog's system naturally.
(Here's something for my daughter Holly!)
The Woof Washer 360's oddball hoop for power-washing your pooch is making a splash among consumers. The as-seen-on-TV product Woof Washer 360 has piqued the public's interest thanks to its magical promises of making dog washing a breeze.