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It's an election year, and that means it's time for the ugliest sides of humanity to come trotting out, and not just in candidates' debates and ads or on Fox News. Thanks to the Interwebs, we now can also look forward to hearing about some less-than-noble sentiments shared in forwarded emails.

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It said DOG on his food bowl, and because he showed no signs that he’d ever learn how to read or write, she decided that he must be dyslexic. So she called him GOD. God, like his considerably more famous namesake, was something of a mutt.

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When Buster is snoozing, dreams of being Alpha Dog aren't flitting around in his brain, according to animal behaviorist John Bradshaw. The top-dog myth is just one of the erroneous memes we have about our best friend, writes the respected U.K. scientist, who goes on to argue that dogs are on the brink of a crisis. Dog lovers, read on. (more)

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Just to prove that things aren't all bad in the world, here's a bit of uplifting news. The Japanese Coast Guard plucked a small dog from wreckage floating three miles at sea three weeks after the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the country's northeast coast.

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A stray dog named Kanellos has apparently been on the front lines of most major protests in Greece over the past two years. He is also the focus of a blog, the subject of a recent Guardian photo essay, and the inspiration for several YouTube video homages.

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The first family showed off new puppy Bo on Tuesday. He's a Portuguese water dog, which appears to be a kind of mutant poodle with webbed feet. President Obama claims they are used to herd fish, though we'll believe that when we see it.

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Leona Helmsley, the recently deceased billionaire who was famous for being mean and evading taxes, left two of her grandchildren nothing but gave her dog Trouble a $12-million trust fund so it can continue to enjoy the lifestyle it has become accustomed to.

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