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Reddit user’s attempt to take selfie with dog ends up looking like real-life filter

A woman’s attempt to take a selfie with her dog backfired in the funniest way, and it’s gone viral.

The unidentified dog owner, who posted the photo on Reddit, is seen being photobombed by her pet’s nose and mouth.

The dachshund is perfectly positioned in front of the woman’s face, creating the perfect illusion of a human with a dog’s nose and mouth.

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Reddit users thought the apparent accidental selfie was an internet homerun.

“Mission accomplished. This is a very cute picture!” a Reddit user posted.

“You failed successfully,” another person wrote.

In fact, many commenters admitted they believed the photo was actually a filter commonly used on social media platforms, and not the author’s actual dog.

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A woman’s attempt to take a selfie with her dog backfired in the funniest way, and it’s gone viral. (Photo: iStock)

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“Legit thought this was a filter or a photoshop for a solid 30 seconds and tried to see what the post was about,” another Reddit user wrote.

“Real life snapchat filter,” one person commented.

Another Reddit user said, “This is literally perfect. I thought this was a filter for a good 10 seconds.”

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One person pointed out the woman didn’t seem very happy in the picture, to which the owner replied that not only was she happy with how the photo turned out with her pup but that she knew exactly what she would do with it.

“Oh I’m happy with it,” she wrote. “This [expletive] is going on this year’s holiday card.”

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Veteran with service dog denied entry to Pittsburgh restaurant

A combat veteran who suffers from PTSD said he was denied access to a Pittsburgh restaurant on Thursday because of his service dog.

Kris Jones accused the owner of The Huddle restaurant of stopping him; his Dutch Shepherd, Chopper; and a friend from entering the establishment.

“He’s very important to me. He’s definitely my lifeline,” Jones said about his furry companion, according to WTAE.

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A combat veteran who suffers from PTSD said he was denied access to a Pittsburgh restaurant on Thursday because of his service dog. (Photo: iStock)

“He makes me feel safe. A lot of veterans, you don’t want to be alone, when you’re going into a public place or a restaurant, it can be pretty stressful.”

Jones enlisted in the Marines after the Sept. 11 attacks. He was injured during combat and later diagnosed with PTSD.

Chopper, he said, changed his life for the better.

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Kris Jones accused the owner of The Huddle restaurant of stopping him, his Dutch Shepherd, Chopper, and a friend from entering the establishment. (Photo: Google Maps)

Jones admitted Chopper wasn’t wearing his service dog vest but did have on his collar. However, he said was never given a chance to show documentation that Chopper was a service dog.

The owner of The Huddle, Pete Wagner, later said that he made a mistake.

Wagner said his business often accommodates service dogs, but he failed to realize Chopper was a service dog because the restaurant was crowded on the night Jones came in, due to a Steelers game.

Jones said he wants the incident to be a lesson to others about the reality for many veterans and people suffering from PTSD.

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“I want business owners, people, everywhere, children, everywhere to know that PTSD is a big thing,” he said.

“A lot of veterans come home and people can look OK and look fine, but you don’t know what’s going on on the inside.”

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Puppy accidentally starts fire, causes thousands of dollars in damage

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This Australian dog learned a new trick: how to start a fire.

Security cameras caught the moment that a small puppy accidentally started a fire in its owner’s Melbourne home. Fortunately, the dog was not injured in the incident, although the flames caused a serious amount of damage.

Danielle Danski watched the fire erupt on her couch in real-time, the New York Post reports. Her 10-month-old puppy Archie apparently got his paws on a BBQ lighter and was somehow able to ignite it.

Danski had mobile access to a live feed, which allowed her to contact the fire department soon after the fire started.

While the flames were quickly noticed and authorities were notified, the fire still reportedly caused a shocking AU$60,000 ($41,000 U.S.) in damage to Danski’s apartment. When she returned home, the scared pup reportedly jumped right into her arms.

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While the dog clearly didn’t start the fire on purpose, Archie didn’t escape without punishment.

Danski, who runs an Instagram page for the pooch, changed its handle to “Archie_the_arsonist” after the fire. She captioned the post making the announcement: “We’ve had a ruff week!”

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In a later post, she clarified (written from the puppy’s perspective), “Thanks for all the comments and well wishes. I’m completely fine just made a big mess! Never expected so much attention over this. To the haters out there …have you never had a pup? Really. We get up to mischief”

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Hopefully, this is the last time Archie ever performs this trick.

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Tennessee man killed while trying to save pet dog from severe storm

A Tennessee man died Saturday after he was hit by a falling tree during a severe storm as he reportedly tried to save his dog.

Ray Wood, 63, of Adamsville, ran outside his home, roughly 105 miles east of Memphis, “to retrieve a family pet when a tree fell on him,” his family said. Wood died of his injuries.

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Ray Wood, 63, died on Saturday while trying to rescue his dog from a severe storm that passed through Adamsville, Tenn., his family said. (Facebook)

The man was said to be a “beloved member of the community,” the Tennessee River Valley News reported. Wood’s daughter also described him online as “a man of God … [whose] soul went to Heaven.”

The 63-year-old used to serve as “band dad and pit crew leader” of the Adamsville Junior/Senior High School, according to a Facebook post from the group. The band said Wood “was the nicest, most generous man.”

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“Our hearts are broken over his loss and for his family,” the post continued. “He will be so deeply missed by us and the community for which he had a heart of serving.”

The small Tennessee town suffered major damage from the storms, which brought severe winds through the area over the weekend, left schools closed Monday and Tuesday, and pushed McNairy County Mayor Larry Smith to declare a state of emergency on Saturday.

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Cats win Halloween costume contest dressed as Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson

The often-decadent Fantasy Fest is in full flair this weekend in Key West.

At Wednesday evening’s family friendly Pet Masquerade, entrants included costumed dogs, cats and a tortoise carrying a plush rabbit themed “The Tortoise and the Hare,” drawing inspiration from the fable of the same name.

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Donna the tortoise crawls on the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade stage in Key West, Fla., costumed as characters from the classic fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.” (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

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 Diana Benton shows off her two cats dressed as country superstars Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton during the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade. (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

The overall winner was Diana Benton of Titusville, Florida, who dressed her two cats as country artists Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, subscribing to the festival’s musical theme of “In Tune But Off Key.”

Other highlights of the event include Friday afternoon’s masquerade march and a parade with floats and flamboyantly costumed marching groups.

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Elizabeth Epperly shows off her chihuahua Bibi, costumed as Slinky Dog from the animated film “Toy Story.” The pet costume contest event was one of many activities during Key West’s 10-day costuming and masking festival. (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

Saturday night’s parade is expected to draw some 60,000 revelers. The 10-day festival ends Sunday after a children’s carnival and an afternoon dance party.

This story was originally published by the Associated Press.

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Italian couple escape home during landslide thanks to their cats: ‘We saw cracks opening in the walls’

A couple in northern Italy say their cats helped them escape their collapsing home Monday night when a violent storm triggered a landslide.

Claudio Piana and his wife Sabrina Pellegrini had been asleep in their home in Campo Ligure as torrential rain inundated the region, Italian daily Secolo XIX reported.

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“My wife got up because Simba and Mose, our cats, were making a noise and woke us up,” Piani told the paper. “She realized they were playing with a piece of plaster which had just fallen off the ceiling. Then we saw cracks opening in the walls.”

The severe weather pounding northern Italy had killed a taxi driver and forced dozens to evacuate their homes as rivers overflowed, washed away a bridge and set off landslides, Agence France-Presse reported.

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Torrential rain and landslides left behind a sea of mud in parts of northern Italy. (Vigili del Fuoco)

Piani and Pellegrini were unaware that one such landslide had damaged their home’s foundation as they slept, Secolo XIX reported. The couple said they escaped outside to their car, where they became trapped in a river of flowing mud. Firefighters eventually rescued them, Piani said.

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He told the paper that he didn’t know the house had collapsed until his brother called to tell him. Piani said that firefighters wouldn’t allow them back into the house to get any belongings because it was too dangerous.

Italy’s fire and rescue service Vigili del Fuoco posted a photo of the aftermath in the region, showing damaged homes, fallen trees and a mud-covered street.

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While the couple seemed to have lost everything in the landslide, Piani said there was one piece of good news.

“At least Simba and Mose are safe,” he said of the hero cats.

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Pennsylvania home had 85 cats living in ‘deplorable conditions,’ most with untreated wounds and fleas: reports

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An animal shelter pulled 87 pets from a Pennsylvania home earlier this month after authorities deemed the house unfit for human occupancy, according to reports.

Brandywine Valley SPCA, a no-kill admission shelter, said animal protective services officers removed the pets from the Phoenixville home over two days. Phoenixville is about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Officials cited by Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV said the floor of the home was covered in feces, while most of the cats had fleas and ear mites. Others reportedly had untreated wounds.

An underweight dog, meanwhile, was found with a skin disease that left half of her hairless, officials said. The dog was also blind and suffering from a dental disease that will require a full teeth extraction, the Ashbury Park Press reported.

SPCA said the cats were found to have been socialized. The healthiest found among them would be ready for adoption as early as Thursday, they said.

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“This is a very unfortunate situation of a well-meaning cat lover getting in over her head and not reaching out for help,” said Adam Lamb, SPCA’s CEO. “There’s no excuse for animals to suffer in conditions like this. We need the community to know we’re here to help, and we depend on neighbors, relatives, and friends to report circumstances of concern before conditions get this bad.”

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Animal protective services said they will file charges against the three people living at the Phoenixville home.

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California firefighters save dog stuck in culvert pipe by using treats

California firefighters saved an adventurous dog from inside a narrow culvert pipe on Tuesday using tools more powerful than the Jaws of Life: tasty treats.

The unnamed pup’s leg became stuck in a pipe off Kearsarge Mill Road in Alta, located about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento, CAL Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit wrote on Facebook.

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Placer County firefighters of Alta Station 33 responded and maneuvered her leg free, according to the post. A photo showed the dog’s head sticking out of the pipe as she was coaxed out with a treat.

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A rescue team coaxed the dog out with treats after dislodging its trapped leg. (CAL Fire NEU)

The exact circumstances of how the dog became stuck were unclear.

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The dog’s brother was waiting at the scene when his sister was freed. The two were safely returned home and “ready for the next escape to explore the neighborhood,” firefighters said.

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The pup was reunited with her brother at the scene, firefighters said. (CAL Fire NEU)

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Social media users praised the department following the rescue.

“Thank you so much Cal Fire,” one user wrote. “We appreciate all that you all do.”

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Disabled Florida dog stolen in car found: ‘Zorra is gone, she is dead’

A disabled dog resting inside a car that was stolen in Florida last week — prompting the dog’s desperate owner to plead for her return — has been found dead, a rescue group said.

Zorra, a 13-year-old Husky-Shepherd mix with paralyzed back legs, was found dead Monday, 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida posted online. The car the dog was stolen in reportedly was found Monday in a pond in Lauderdale Lakes.

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“Zorra is gone, she is dead,” Amy Roman, the founder of the group, said in a Facebook video. “I hope that they find this piece of s— and he pays for what he did.”

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Zorra, a disabled 13-year-old Husky-Shepherd mix, was found dead in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., on Monday, an animal rescue group said. (Wanda Ferrari via AP)

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that “the investigation into the auto theft and death of the canine continues.”

“Monday night, BSO Regional Communications received a call from a towing company regarding a blue 2005 Volvo that had previously been reported stolen,” the statement said. “BSO deputies responded to the towing company and confirmed the car was stolen and confirmed a canine was found deceased in the car. Investigators are awaiting the results of a necropsy. No arrests have been made at this time.”

The dog’s owner, Wanda Ferrari, had left Zorra in an air-conditioned 2005 blue Volvo station wagon on Thursday while she ran into a Dollar Tree in Oakland Park. The dog, who typically used a pink wheelchair to get around, was lying on a pillow in the backseat, not in her wheelchair.

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When Ferrari returned to her car, it was gone — and so was Zorra.

“I was in shock. And you know, the shock wore off,” Ferrari told WFMY-TV. “And then, I was traumatized, and in tears, because my girl was in the back, you know. I’m like, ‘Who would do that? Who would take a car with a dog?’ They probably didn’t know.”

Rescue groups immediately pleaded for the dog’s return. A pet detective was hired, and a $3,000 reward offered.

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“All we care about is that somebody — anybody with compassion, that has children, that has a family, even the person that took the car — tell us, give us anything,” Ferrari said to WTVJ on Monday, before Zorra’s remains were found. “I don’t care how you give us a clue; I don’t care. Tell us where to find that dog.”

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Ferrari said the dog was her constant companion as she deals with a breast cancer recurrence.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pit bull dies after protecting Florida kids from snake, family says

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A Florida family is devastated that an eight-month-old pit bull died Tuesday after protecting two boys from a venomous snake.

Gary and Gina Richardson’s sons were in their backyard Monday in Sumter Country cleaning their dog Zeus’ water bowl when a coral snake slithered undetected up to the two children.

“All of a sudden, he started attacking the snake which was close to my son and he was bit four times,” Gary told Fox 35.

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The family rushed Zeus to a vet in Ocala.

“I knew when he first came in that something was wrong and (it) was very traumatic because I knew he was dying,” Gary said.

The vet gave the puppy medicine and the family was hopeful that he would get better, but he died the next day.

“He’s been a member of the family,” Gina said. “It just killed us. We just knew the antivenom was going to work.”

Zeus had lived with the Richardsons since he was born in January.

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“Pit bulls are the most loyal dog I know of, and I’ve had a lot of different animals in my life,” Gary said.

“If you find (a pit bull) that’s aggressive, most likely, it’s because they weren’t treated right,” Gina said. “If you treat them right, they would give their life for you and I owe my son’s life to him.”

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