October 26, 2012 04:15 PM

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British soldiers honored one of their own Thursday, a bomb-sniffing springer spaniel who died in Afghanistan when his human partner was killed. He was posthumously given the Dickin Medal, which is Britain’s most-esteemed award recognizing the courage of animals. –CBS News

Los Angeles lawmakers voted on Wednesday in favor of an ordinance banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits received from commercial breeders. Although individuals will still be able to purchase pets directly from breeders, the law will make L.A. the largest U.S. city to institute such a ban. –Los Angeles Times

How did dinosaurs impress their prospective mates? Researchers say they may have lured partners with peacock-style feathers after scientists found such wisps on a sexually mature adult. They did not see this same feature on a toddler of the same species. –Discovery News

Sorry, Ryan Lochte, but these are the cutest little swimmers we’ve ever seen. Photographer Seth Casteel showcases 89 pups hitting the pool in his book Underwater Dogs, which arrived in stores this week. These pictures capture the “chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the current.” –Entertainment Weekly

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