Boy, 11, asks girl, 8, to see her puppies. She declines. He shoots and kills her.

McKayla Dyer [family photo]

Authorities in Tennessee say an 11-year-old boy has been detained on first-degree murder charges after shooting and killing an 8-year-old neighbor with a shotgun because she would not show him her pet puppies.

The gun belonged to the boy's father. The two kids went to the same school.

Neighbors interviewed by local news reporters identified the victim as Maykayla Dyer.

"Wanting to see a puppy, the little girl laughed and told him no... and that was it," said neighbor Chasity Arwood.

"Watching the Tennessee football game, heard the bang," Arwood said. "And then everybody screaming that he shot her baby girl."

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Want to clone your dog? That'll be $100,000

Ken (left) and Henry were created with DNA from  skin cell of another pet. [NPR]

A booming biotech business in South Korea has new customers in America, because everyone wants to clone their dog. Read the rest

Home Free wants to make you a stray dog in the big city


It's not easy living in the big city, especially when you're a lost dog. Read the rest

Kickstarting a game: "Minecraft, but you're a dog, and everything's beautiful"


Margaret writes, "Esteemed NYC game-maker Kevin Cancienne (part of the team behind highly adored Drop 7) is launching Home Free, an utterly unique dog exploration game. It's Minecraft, but you're a dog, and everything's beautiful." Read the rest

Cat discovers an effective method for dog shutdown


Works every time. “We've been monitoring our pup at home to get a sense of how much barking he's been doing,” Devon Meadows explains.

“Chazz had just started barking after my wife and I left for work but luckily our cat, Greyscale, shuts that down.”

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Doge proprietor of corner store in Japan greets customers with happy Shiba Inu wag


Miki Kotevski, who shot this video, says: “This Shiba Inu has brought more people together from across the world than most politicians and other figures will ever be able to. Shiva's owner is the kindest owner and a great and kind person. Shiva is the Shiba's name and he is the best dog around.” Read the rest

Baby meets beagle

“My wife and I were worried about how the dog would react to a baby, so we kept them apart for a few months. This is when they get introduced to each other.” Read the rest

Dog steals ice cream from fellow dog


“Cooper and Daisy go through the drive up window at Mcdonalds.” Not cool, Cooper. Not cool. Read the rest

10 photos of dogs that sure do look funny floating mid-air

Pups of various breeds lurch, flop, and float through the air in German photographer Julia Christe's wonderful “Freestyle Series.”

Coyote/Golden Retriever mix dog adopts 10 baby chicks

“They showed up in our yard one morning and it was love at first sight,” the YouTube uploader says of this sweet video.

Tiny fluffball dog teaches working ranch dog pups how to herd sheep

Watch this Pekingese show not only this sheep but two other dogs who's boss.

Bulldog likes going on the boat, but absolutely hates his life-vest


That thing where he slaps his fat belly on the floor in disgust. Read the rest

Dog goes sleepdigging


It must have found the bone of its dreams!

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900 dog poop bags for $15

AmazonBasics Dog Waste Bags with Dispenser and Leash Clip - 900 Pack

I used to reuse grocery bags for picking up after my dogs, and cleaning the cat box. Now that grocery bags are evil, I'm buying these bags in bulk.

Cleaning up after your dog is just part of responsible life with your pets. I'm surprised at how many people are lazy about it. Maybe it is because bags are harder to come by, as bags are being regulated all over California. I used plastic shopping bags for most of my life when cleaning up after my team. I've also noticed the trail-side "Need a bag, take a bag" dispensers are always empty. I've been leaving some of these bags in them when I walk past. They were once filled with shopping bags.

These bags work perfectly. They are cheap. They are black. They come with a dispenser, and its always handy to have another. You do not need to leave poop all over the place.

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Cat disapproves of dog's zebra mask


This happy dog doesn't mind wearing a zebra mask, but its feline friend dislikes it so much that her head has become astonishingly flat.

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GIF of greatness: Pug escapes Mexican blanket

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Dog sniffed out Jared Fogle's thumb drive that police missed


Bear is a black Lab trained to sniff out electronic data storage devices like thumb drives and even micro SD cards. Apparently Bear found a thumb drive that police missed during their first search of Subway shill Jared Fogle's house and was also involved in this week's bust of Olympic gymnastics coach Marvin Sharp on suspicion of child molestation. From NBC News:

(Todd) Jordan, whose regular job is deputy fire chief in Anderson, Indiana, got Bear as a rescue a year ago and spent four months training him on a food-reward system.

Much the way other dogs can pick up the scent of a fugitive or a cache of cocaine, Bear can smell the components of electronic media, even a micro-card as small as a fingernail that a suspect could easily hide...

Bear just got a new owner. The Seattle Police Department paid $9,500 — basically the cost of the training, according to Jordan — for the unique K-9.

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