Canine-human teams to face waves in Brazil
Selva the surfer wore a lime-green life vest, but her colleagues braved the waters Thursday without protection. All could at least doggie paddle if they fell off their boards. About a dozen four-legged practitioners of stand-up paddle boarding took to the waves with their human owners off Rio de Janeiro's Barra Beach, practicing for a second annual competition next month in which canine-human teams race around buoys. Competitors are disqualified if the dog falls into the water. "The idea started when I was on my board and my dog was tied up on the beach. I said to myself, 'Man he wants to come to the water!' so I put him on the board and he loved it," said Marco Sarnelli, the event organizer. The race on Feb. 16 is expected to draw as many as 50 dogs and their owners, from border collies to golden retrievers to mutts.
Kitties and convicts
Felines find home in New York prison
A litter of kittens has found a cozy home in the least cozy of places — a maximum-security prison in upstate New York. The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports four kittens found their way into the basement of the Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Fort Ann a few months ago. That's 55 miles northeast of Albany. The family of feral felines has been cared for by inmates and prison staff. Prison officials say they're hoping to find the kittens homes among the staff.
Detained for doggies
Woman wanted to free the puppies
Police say a 23-year-old Connecticut woman spotted by an officer using a rock to try to smash open the front door of a closed pet store said she "wanted to set the puppies free." The Hour newspaper reports that the officer heard a banging sound while on patrol at a Norwalk strip mall last week. He spotted a woman running away from the Puppies of Westport store but caught up with her, rock in hand. Police say when asked what she was doing, the woman said she "wanted to set the puppies free." Anouk Govil of Norwalk is charged with third-degree criminal mischief.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.