- In Apple Valley, MN, Newman, a 2-year-old Shih Tzu, went to McDonald's with St. Olaf College football coach Paul Miller. Miller was watching Newman while his daughter was on her honeymoon. When Miller went inside, Newman and the car were carjacked. Newman turned up in a snowbank nearby.
- Theater West Virginia had a casting call for the role of Toto in "The Wizard of Oz". Lickerish, a Schnauser-poodle mix, and Barney, an Australian terrier, vied for the spot. The role pays $25 per week for 12. The dog must weigh less than 15 pounds and enjoy humans.