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For many dog lovers, it’s immensely comforting to share a bed with their beloved pups at night.

I do the same with my own two dogs and wouldn’t have it any other way, but, of course, not every pet parent feels the same. Some prefer that their furry buddies stay on the ground to prevent fur and any dirt they carry in from marring their furniture.

But as Inside Edition recently found, those are the least of our worries when it comes to what our pups bring into our beds.

After swabbing the paws of five different dogs, the results included multiple types of bacteria and fungi…

…including E. coli. Check out all of what they found on the pups’ paws below.

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If you have dogs and allow them to sleep in your bed, would you still let them now? To be honest, I’m not keeping my dogs off my bed anytime soon — but I will definitely work to keep their paws cleaner.

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Growing up in the woods, my siblings and I knew that we always had to check for ticks before going back inside.

Having the bloodsucker attached to your body is terrifying enough, but there’s also the huge risk of contracting the diseases that ticks carry around with them. I’ve seen quite a few of these insects in my life, but it never occurred to me that there must be people out there who love studying them.

Enter the U.S. National Tick Collection. Yes, you read that right. It’s a collection, and it’s actually pretty fascinating.

Part of the Smithsonian Institution and housed at Georgia Southern University, the U.S. National Tick Collection has preserved more than a million ticks.

They have about 96 percent of the world’s 900 tick species, and that includes all of the ones found in the United States.

The collection was first formed in 1905 when scientists realized that ticks could transmit illnesses.

In addition to Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever has shown up across the U.S. Diseases in other countries include the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, which can lead to death. By studying ticks, these scientists hope to stop the spread of disease.

They have some advice for anyone living in tick-heavy areas. “One of the important things we tell people when they want to remove ticks is, don’t break the tick,” curator Dr. Lorenza Beati says. She explains that if you do so, any bacteria in the tick could end up on your skin. Always disinfect!

(via CNN)

My skin is crawling just looking at these. I am glad that someone out there enjoys this job, though, so hopefully people affected by these diseases can be helped.

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We all know that animals sometimes bring us “gifts” in the form of dead animals.

Some say it’s their way of caring for us “helpless” humans since they perceive us as not knowing how to hunt. There are some animals that take gift-giving to a whole new level, though. I’ve known tons of dogs who must grab a toy to give each newcomer a present. Some of these gifts can get pretty hilarious. Here are 15 of our faves.

1. This pup found some dentures left behind by the previous homeowners, and he knew just what to do with them.

2. “While I was drinking coffee this morning, my dog brought me this. I have no idea where it came from.”

3. He looks like he knows something’s just a little bit off about this present.

4. “She’s retriever, not a genius.”

5. One of the neighbors is missing a sausage from their barbeque, but now you have lunch!

6. What a romantic kitty, always bringing flowers.

7. “This is Zoey’s pillow. If she likes you, she’ll bring you the pillow. You can’t touch it, but you can look.”

8. Doggo’s just trying to help clean up after the kid!

9. They thought it was just another dead bird courtesy of the cat. Turns out this owl baby isn’t dead yet!

10. A dog that brings you money is the goodest good boy.

11. “My dog brings me things out of my toolbox randomly hoping it’ll be something I need. Sometimes, it works.”

12. Christmas is over, though!

13. “Third one my dog has brought back inside. We don’t have a garden.”

14. “Our cat won’t stop bringing home sponges!”

15. Leaves: the true menace.

16. That marshmallow is as big as her face!

(via BoredPanda)

I can’t stop laughing about #13. What’s the strangest thing your pets have ever brought you as a “gift”? Let us know in the comments!

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On September 13, 15-year-old Caleb Sharpe brought two guns to Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington, where he shot and killed one student and wounded three others.

Frantic parents rushed to the school, terrified that their children were among the victims. Some even parked up to a mile away and ran there. Shockingly enough, someone decided to take advantage of this tragedy and rob one mother’s vehicle.

Sometime between 10:30 a.m. and noon that day, the suspect(s) entered the woman’s car and stole the purse she’d left inside in her haste to find out whether her child was okay.

Since then, they’ve spent over $36,000 in fraudulent charges on the victim’s accounts.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is currently asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) in these photos.

Anyone with information should call Detective Dean Meyer at 509-477-3159, reference #10123636.

(via MommyPage and KTVB)

It’s absolutely heinous that someone would victimize a mother who was worried about whether her child was still alive. Here’s hoping the police will find those responsible soon.

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One of the best things about having devices in our pockets all the time is the ability to capture special moments.

There’s a whole genre of videos now that features service members returning home from their deployments and surprising their friends, family members, and even pets. I’ve got to tell you, I watch them every single time. These videos remind us of just how precious life is and the sacrifice families of military members make worrying about them while they’re away.

One grandmother was recently on her way to dinner at a restaurant when she turned the corner and got the best surprise ever.

Her grandson was home at last, and she handled it in the most grandma way. Aww!

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They’re so sweet together. Here’s to many more years of hugs!

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When we welcome a dog into our lives, we’re ready for the cuddles and the mishaps.

Or at least we think we are. There are so many hilarious moments with every pup that we’re not able to capture. That’s why Gemma Gené began illustrating her life with her pug Mochi, and the results are hilarious and relatable for every dog owner.

Gemma is a painter and sculptor from Barcelona, Spain, but she draws comics in her free time.

She’s gained quite the following on Instagram for her posts about her pug, Mochi, and their life together.

They recreate moments that are sweet…and sour.

Basically every dog owner has experienced these at one point or another.

Her style of drawing is adorable and captivating, playing out each scene in just one frame.

If you’re loving these comics, go follow her on Instagram to get regular images straight to your phone.

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She’s so talented. Mochi has been immortalized on the internet in such a loving way. Which comic is most like your dog? Let us know in the comments!

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Hurricane Irma devastated parts of Florida.

One of the things people may not think about is how the damage and displacement affected foster children. Foster kids are loved and cared for, but for many their homes are already temporary. To then face the fear of losing that safe place is a terrible thing for a child to deal with.

In one part of Florida, more than 70 foster kids were displaced from a shelter that had no food or electricity. That’s when someone decided to step in and help.

Matt Bell and his family opened their home, which is full of video games and fun activities, to the 70 children and their caretakers.

While the storm raged outside, they were all safe inside the Bell residence.

Now they’re offering food and entertainment to the kids while they find a way to fix up the shelter.

Learn more about the situation and the generosity that kept these kids safe and happy in the video below.

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It’s so amazing to see someone with an abundance of resources help out those in need. What a wonderful thing to do for those kids.

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Retirement is meant to serve as a relaxing period of time in your later life where you can just enjoy life and not have to worry about working the usual 9 to 5.

However, while most retirements begin by going on vacation or purchasing an exotic sports car, for the NASA spacecraft known as Cassini, this intergalactic piece of metal ended its 20 years of hard work by plunging straight into the side of Saturn.

The deliberate death plunge was the final act of the spacecraft’s mission to observe Saturn and its surrounding moons. Just moments before colliding with the sixth planet from the sun, Cassini was able to transmit its last signal and collection of data to Earth, giving NASA its first real insight into the atmosphere of Saturn.

The orbiter’s journey began over 20 years ago.

Team members from 17 countries came together to help design and build the Cassini orbiter, although the spacecraft’s assembly took place here in the United States under the management of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The orbiter was named after Italian-French astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini, who discovered the ring divisions of Saturn, as well as four of its moons.

Over the course of its research and data collection, Cassini was tasked with determining the dimensional striations and behaviors of Saturn’s rings and gathering information about the planet’s moons.

The Cassini orbiter was accompanied on its intergalactic journey by Huygen, a probe NASA and the European Space Agency used to explore Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

Cassini-Huygen was first launched into space on October 15,1997, where it spent the first seven years of its mission doing strategized fly-bys over Jupiter, Earth, and Venus. It even tested out Einstein’s theory of relativity in the process.

In 2004, NASA and Cassini began heavily focusing on Saturn and its moons. During the use of Cassini, NASA was able to discover and identify seven new moons orbiting Saturn.

The data gathered by this prolonged mission has proven to be invaluable to scientists.

In nearly two decades of space travel, Cassini has seen its fair share of events and helped make multiple discoveries. Keep watching below to learn more about Cassini’s impact on the space program before it was purposely sent hurtling into the side of Saturn.

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(Via CNN and Wikipedia)

Well, this thing definitely went out with a bang!

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We’ve seen quite a few stories about coyotes lately, and they’ve taught me more about just how interesting these critters can be.

They’re found all over the United States, and while they can run into problems with the human population, they usually keep to themselves if possible. They’re a huge part of the food chain in North America, and I’ve grown to think they’re pretty cute, too.

One unfortunate side effect of animals interacting with humans is that they sometimes meet with the front end of our cars. When Georgie Knox hit a coyote she thought it was done for, but then she got a huge surprise.

Knox was flagged down by a construction worker at an intersection, who told her the coyote was not dead as she thought. It was embedded in her car and very much alive.

Not only was it alive, it was barely hurt. Animal Control came out to rescue the poor guy from his predicament.

The video is SUPER blurry, but it shows the coyote being released back into the wild, more or less unscathed. Amazing!

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At least there’s a happy ending for this wily coyote. Here’s hoping he can stay away from cars in the future!

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Dog fighting is a serious problem in the United States.

In 2007, it was estimated that more than 250,000 dogs were involved in dog fighting rings where they were forced to hurt each other for humans’ entertainment and monetary gain. What’s more, people being involved in dog fighting has been linked to domestic violence and other violence against human beings.

There are many police officers and animal rescues doing their best to put an end to this practice, and lawmakers have been cracking down. Every once in a while, however, we’re reminded of just how horrific it can be.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two dogs were found in a park, near death. Warning: the images of the pups are incredibly graphic and upsetting.

Some dog food had been poured out on the ground, but they were too injured and emaciated to move. Russell Harper, the chief humane officer with Justice Rescue, described one as “cold as ice.”

The dogs, now named Gracie and Layla, are fighting for their lives in the ICU, where vets have determined what happened to them.

They were involved in dog fighting, and in addition to those injuries, they were clearly beaten regularly. They were abused and neglected in every way.

Learn more about these survivors and the ongoing police search for the people responsible in the video below.

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This breaks my heart. I hope these two make it through their treatments and find people who will love and cherish them forever.

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