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Will Lure and Retrieve

Nova Scotia duck-tolling retrievers thrash around in the water to attract birds.

When puppies are 3½ to 4 months old, that’s usually when they lose their baby teeth. Under AB 797, recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, Californians can smash a window to save an animal trapped in a parked car if it appears to be in danger from excessive heat. However, citizens must first call law enforcement to report a situation.

New York was so afraid of the spread of rabies that it passed an ordinance in 1801 forbidding dogs from running at large between July 15 and Nov. 1. The late Gilda Radner had a Yorkshire terrier named Sparkle. After she passed away, her husband, the late Gene Wilder cared for it. In his tribute to her, Wilder wrote, “I think one of the things that would make Gilda happiest is if Sparkle, her Yorkshire terrier, pee-peed right on top of her grave. One for Mama. She’d laugh.”

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