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A spry Pomeranian named Jiff has been named the fastest dog on two legs, in two categories, by Guinness World Records. Jiff now holds the fastest time for a dog traversing 10 meters on its hind legs, and for covering 5 meters on its front paws. He ran the front-pawed 5 meters (16.4 feet) in 7.76 seconds and the hind-legged 10 meters (32.8 feet) in 6.56 seconds. The nimble pup will be featured in the 60th edition of the Guinness World Record book, due on September 10. VIDEO: Why Dogs Spin Before They Poop Jiff does all of his training out of his home in Los Angeles, where he keeps himself sharp by doing the hind- and front-leg-running thing every day. His owners are unknown to the...

TOKYO - Hello Kitty is not a cat, the company behind Japan's global icon of cute insisted Thursday, despite an uproar from Internet users who spluttered: "But she's got whiskers!" Credit: SomeDriftwood/Flickr The moon-faced creation that adorns everything from pencil cases to pyjamas the world over is, in fact, human. "Hello Kitty is a cheerful and happy little girl with a heart of gold," brand owner Sanrio says on its website. The shocking revelation came to light when a Hawaii-based academic specialising in the epitome of "kawaii" ("cute" in Japanese) asked Sanrio to fact-check captions for an exhibition she was curating to mark the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty. Christine Yano, an...

PARIS - There is the riddle of the Bermuda Triangle. The unresolved identity of Jack the Ripper. The enigma of how the Universe developed beyond a quark-gluon soup following the Big Bang. And then there is the Sheepdog Mystery. Credit: Getty Creative A puzzle that has niggled mathematical minds for years, the Mystery is this: how does a single dog get so many selfish sheep to move so efficiently in the same direction? The answer, revealed on Tuesday in a journal published by Britain's prestigious Royal Society, is that sheepdogs cleverly follow a simple rulebook. Researchers fitted highly accurate GPS tracking devices into backpacks that were then placed on a trained Australian Kelpie...

Spritzing dogs with a "pig perfume" helps prevent them from barking incessantly, jumping frantically on house guests and from engaging in other unwanted behaviors, according to new research. Credit: Thinkstock The eau de oink, aka "Boar Mate" or "Stop That," was formulated by Texas Tech scientist John McGlone, who was looking for a way to curb his Cairn terrier Toto's non-stop barking. One spritz of the pig perfume seemed to do the trick in an instant without harming his dog. RELATED: 10 Best Sniffers in the Animal Kingdom "It was completely serendipitous," McGlone, who works in the university's Animal and Food Sciences department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, said...

Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall, who died Aug. 12 at age 89, left a small chunk of her $26.6 million estate to her dog's care, according to Fox News. Credit: Associated Press Bacall's will stipulates that $10,000 be entrusted to her youngest son, Sam Robards, 53, to continue caring for the dog, a Papillon named Sophie. Most of Bacall's fortune will be divided between her children and stepchildren. According to neighbors and those close to her, Bacall's devotion to Sophie was absolute. "Betty never went anywhere without that dog," said Jacqui Kaese, an acting coach who was present on the set of one of Bacall's last films. "That dog was royalty." MORE ON PAWNATION: 35 Amazing Corgi Mixes...

MELBOURNE - A lucky koala was recovering Friday after being caught by firefighters when it fell unconscious from a tree before being given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Emergency crews were called to the Melbourne suburb of Langwarrin on Thursday night after reports that an injured animal was lying on the road after being hit by a car. When officials arrived, they found the furry native marsupial had climbed a tree for shelter and firefighters were brought in to bring it down. "We believed it had died in the tree, just when we were trying to rescue it," Langwarrin Country Fire Authority's Sean Curtin told Fairfax radio. "Then it fell out of the tree and the members caught it in a...