May 15, 2012 03:30 PM

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Guess he’s not a fan! When Sgt. Rex, a bomb-sniffing military dog who was reunited with his Marine handler Megan Leavey earlier this year, met New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez at a ceremony honoring his service, he instinctively jumped up and formed a protective barrier between the baseball player and Leavey. –Yahoo! Sports

From Harvard to Emory, more and more college campuses are employing therapy dogs to help students relieve stress. Professors bring in their own pets, or schools partner with programs for companion dogs so that the animals get social training in return. –Chicago Sun-Times

Jackson Galaxy overcame multiple addictions after finding his calling as a feline behaviorist, which he realized he had a talent for during his time at an animal shelter. “I cared about the fact that I built this life with animals completely out of the blue and I felt a responsibility,” he said of getting sober. “I would never have done it for me. I never would have done it for another human. I did it for them.” –ABC News

A Florida panther kitten that was hit by a car is being nursed back to health at the Animals Specialty Hospital of Florida. The 14-week-old cat, whose eyes were swollen shut upon arrival, can now walk with the assistance of a quad cart. Panthers are an endangered species and one Florida’s state animals. –Huffington Post

After reaching down to touch what he thought was a stick, a man got bit by a rattlesnake at an Idaho Walmart. “The snake stretched out, turned around and got its fangs in my right hand,” said Mica Craig. “I slung it off and I did a tap dance on it until it was dead.” –Reuters

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