February 19, 2010 04:46 PM

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Taylor Swift’s pet cat Indy is a vocalist just like her mom: “She has this horrible scream that she does,” Swift says. “It’s so loud and she runs around the house screaming.” –USATODAY.com

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, which signifies that there will be six more weeks of winter this year. Staten Island Chuck, Phil’s rival prognosticator, had a different finding, and says that spring is on its way. –CNN.com

A California man was out hunting when his black Labrador retriever stepped on his gun and shot the hunter. He suffered non-life threatening injuries and was released from the hospital the same day. –CBS News

As dogs become ubiquitous features of American life, have we gotten carried away? Should we draw the line at bringing our pets into the dressing room of the Gap? –NYTimes.com

Oprah contacted PAWS, a Chicago-area no-kill shelter, about adopting Springer spaniel puppies six months ago. Oprah’s identity was kept secret from shelter workers, who were told to look out for the breed. –Chicago Tribune

The New England Aquarium has developed an interesting research method in the study of right whales, which are near extinct – it is using sniffer dogs to locate whale poop. The dogs stand at the bow of the boat and indicate to handlers the poop’s location. –unEARTHED

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