* Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s grandkids named his German shepherd puppy “Champs.” – Huffington Post
* Birders have until Monday to look around for all species of birds for the 109th annual Christmas Bird Count. – Audubon
* A Montana sheriff confiscated about 300 animals, mainly English spaniels, from a breeder suspected of neglect. –Smartdogs
* The owner of cat who was missing and turned up inside her home responds to criticism. –L.A. Times blog
* Purina is offering cat and dog ringtones, which you can choose by breed in case you can’t distinguish the barks of goldens and Labs.
* Britain’s Prince Edward under scrutiny after dog-beating allegation. – Daily Express
* A Florida third grader campaigns for the return of a neighbor’s cat that was taken because it was kept outside and not on a leash.–UPI