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  • John Unger with Schoep in Lake Superior (Hannah Stonehouse Hudson/

    A photograph of a man wading in Lake Superior with his 19-year-old arthritic dog captured the hearts of millions when it was posted online last month--an outpouring that inspired the dog's owner to launch a foundation to help low-income families care for their aging canines.

    John Unger says Schoep's Legacy Foundation has raised more than $25,000 since Unger and his dog, Schoep, were photographed by a friend, who posted the image to Facebook.

    Before the photo was taken, Unger and his veterinarian had been considering putting Schoep down.

    "Without treatment, John and I were talking about euthanasia at the end of July," Erik Haukass, the vet, told the Daily Mail. But through the unsolicited donations from people who saw the photo, Unger was able to treat Schoep and extend his life.

    "Schoep is doing incredible right now," Unger said. 'The therapies that the people have donated--it's like turning back the clock a year and a half."

    The foundation was created, Haukass added, when the pair "realized we had received more money than we would reasonably spend on Schoep's care."

    "It could help another 30 or 40 Schoeps," Haukass said.

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  • Yahoo! editors have selected this video as a favorite of 2012. It first ran in Yahoo! News in September and eventually tallied more than 3 million views on YouTube. User Marta was a big fan: “They are amazing acrobats and beautiful animals.”

    You can't stop this squirrel; you can only hope to contain it. And even that's pretty difficult.

    In a video that's sweeping the Web for obvious reasons, a squirrel runs around a third-floor apartment, climbing walls, and generally looking as if it has had too much Red Bull. Then, without warning, it takes a flying leap out the window a la James Bond.

    Normally when a small rodent lands on asphalt from a height of 30 or 40 feet, bad things happen. This time, though, the squirrel lands and scampers off to die another day.

    We first spotted the video on Reddit. The person who shot the video wrote, "It came through the living room window and got stuck in the kitchen. I opened the kitchen window while I was filming (footage available) and hoped it

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  • Is it pork-ageddon? Britain's National Pig Association has sounded the alarm that the world should brace for an "unavoidable" bacon and pork shortage next year.

    The cause of the trouble is high pig-feed costs caused by what it describes in a press release as "the global failure of maize and soya harvests."

    The organization notes that new data shows that pig herds are declining at a significant rate, not just in Britain, but around the world.

    The way out of this coming catastrophe is to subsidize pig farmers to stem the loss of their herds, says the industry group. The organization has also launched a "Save Our Bacon" campaign, which encourages consumers to buy British pork products.

    It's not just Europe that will be seeing shortages: The U.S. will also face a bacon shortage. The Guardian reports that the cost of bacon has doubled since 2006, and record droughts are to blame. Consumption of bacon is falling as prices have been rising.

    "It's not that people don't want to eat pork, it's just that they increasingly can't afford to," economist Steve Meyer told the publication. "We've been warning about this for years. Now that we are talking about bacon, we've really got everyone's attention."

    Sure do.

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