Top 10 Unforgettable Pet Moments

From a Bo Obama's arrival at the White House to Jessica's coyote tragedy, animals made big headlines this year

01 of 09

1. BO ARRIVES AT THE WHITE HOUSE

1. BO ARRIVES AT THE WHITE HOUSE
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We knew he was coming, we just didn’t know how incredibly cute he’d be! The 6-month-old Portuguese water dog hit Capitol Hill in early April and the world let out a collective, ‘Aww.’ The months following would be filled with many walks, travels and belly rubs! Check out our gallery documenting Bo’s exciting summer, here.

02 of 09

2. DAISY IS SNATCHED BY A COYOTE

2. DAISY IS SNATCHED BY A COYOTE
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Topping off an already tough year, Jessica Simpson’s maltipoo Daisy was snatched by a coyote right before her very eyes. “HORROR! We are searching. Hoping. Please help!” read a missing poster that the star shared on her Twitter page . Sadly, the pooch was never found.

03 of 09

3. MICKEY ROURKE THANKS HIS DOGS

3. MICKEY ROURKE THANKS HIS DOGS
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The Wrestler star gave a touching shout-out to his little legion of canines during his Golden Globes acceptance speech in January. “I’d like to thank all my dogs. The ones that are here, the ones that aren’t here anymore. Because sometimes when a man’s alone, that’s all you got is your dog. And they’ve meant the world to me,” he said. (Check out Rourke’s family of dogs, here.)

04 of 09

4. JENNY TODDLES TO FAME ON YOUTUBE

4. JENNY TODDLES TO FAME ON YOUTUBE
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This talented 1-year-old pug from Portland, Ore., strolled right into our hearts via a YouTube video that showed her pushing a stroller past all of the city’s landmarks – it attracted 50,000 clicks on it’s first day! Did the instant fame go to her head? Nah. “She’s just the most loving, amazing, playful dog,” owner Ellen Zessin told PEOPLEPets.com.

05 of 09

5. DUCT-TAPED CAT INSPIRES ADOPTIONS

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The story of Sticky, a female stray cat who was bound in duct tape and abandoned by a 19-year-old in North Philadelphia, touched the hearts of people everywhere. So much so, that the plucky feline was not only adopted but also inspired an astonishing 119 cat and kitten adoptions at the Philadelphia SPCA in just a week.

06 of 09

6. OPRAH'S PUP DIES FROM PARVO

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Viewers were saddened to learn that the TV queen’s new blonde cocker spaniel puppy, Ivan, which she adopted from a Chicago shelter in March along with his sister Sadie, died suddenly of the parvovirus. “It was just a little bit too late. All the veterinary community got together to save his life,” Dr. Jean Dodds told PEOPLEPets.com at the time. “The puppy didn’t make it, but he’s teaching others how important this is to get vaccinated at the right times.”

07 of 09

8. COUPLE SPENDS $155K TO CLONE LAB

8. COUPLE SPENDS $155K TO CLONE LAB
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When Edgar and Nina Otto lost Labrador retriever Lancelot to cancer in 2008, they didn’t know how they’d fill the void – until they heard about a California “dog-cloning auction.” The couple won the right to have Lancelot cloned for $155,000 with DNA they’d frozen. The new dog, named Encore, now leads the family’s other pups around their property – just like the original Lancelot.

08 of 09

9. 5-LEGGED PUPPY SAVED FROM FREAK SHOW

9. 5-LEGGED PUPPY SAVED FROM FREAK SHOW
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Headlines don’t get better than this: Dog lover Allyson Siegel shelled out $4,000 for a five-legged puppy owned by Calvin Owensby, who had agreed to sell the Chihuahua-mix to Coney Island freak-show owner John Strong. The dog, Lilly, had the extra appendage removed; Strong vowed to have it re-attached. The fight ended with TV Judge Jeanine Pirro ruling that Owensby owed Strong cash (but not the dog) for breaking their contract.

09 of 09

10. GERARD BUTLER ACCUSED OF HITTING DOG

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It was a heated canine controversy! New York dog owner Fred Varecka accused the Scottish actor of striking his greyhound when Butler’s pug approached near the set of his romantic comedy The Bounty. “My dog crashed into a fence before ‘yelping’ in pain,” Varecka claimed. A rep for Butler told PEOPLEPets.com: “A larger greyhound repeatedly attacked Gerard’s small pug, so he separated them to protect both dogs.”

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