Here's one way to make sure your dog loves you: breast-feed it.
Kura "Kat" Tumanako, who lives in Hastings, a small town on New Zealand's North Island, gave birth to a baby girl at the end of August.
But, as she explained to the New Zealand Herald, she had problems nursing little Honey Pauline Philomina Flo, and she "didn't want to waste [the milk]."
"So I gave it to Honey Boy," Tumanako said.
Honey Boy is her Staffordshire bull terrier (search) puppy — commonly known to Americans as a pit bull.
Tumanako thinks the practice will only strengthen the bond between the puppy and her 3-month-old daughter, who is drinking formula.
"I wanted to raise [the pup] with my baby," Tumanako told the Herald. "I wanted to bring it up with a baby. It will protect her as they grow up."
Nor does she care what the neighbors think.
"It's my life, my responsibility. I make my own choices," she said. "I'm going to look after me, my baby and my puppy."
Local veterinarian Sharon Marshall said she'd heard of dogs suckling cats, but never of a human feeding a dog.
"It's not going to hurt the puppy. I would be more concerned for hygiene issues for any baby sharing the milk," Marshall said.
"It doesn't sound like the animal is suffering," said Peter Mason, head of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (search).
Tumanako is more concerned with the practical aspects of nursing a dog, which she plans to wean in about six weeks.
"It doesn't hurt," she told the newspaper. "But it's a little bit ticklish."
— Thanks to Out There reader Barbara F.
MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — An arrow smashed through a car window and hit a hunter in the neck in the woods of northern Wisconsin, the hunter's family said.
Bill Rusch, 50, was recovering in fair condition at St. Joseph Hospital on Tuesday — four days after the bizarre shooting mishap caused an arrow to penetrate about 2 inches into his neck, threatening his spinal cord, said his daughter, Jenny Gilbert.
Tim Lawhern, hunter education administrator for the state Department of Natural Resources, said the errant arrow came from the bow of another hunter, Rusch's companion.
Gilbert said the bow's release malfunctioned as the hunter walked from the woods to get into the car. The arrow flew through the window on the driver's side, missing the driver before striking Rusch.
Rusch was breathing on his own Tuesday and could move his legs and arms, Gilbert said. His neck remained in a brace.
Gilbert said her father kept his sense of humor during the ordeal, joking the arrow was a cheap one, "not the kind he sells," Gilbert said.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A fire alarm set off by smoke in the state Capitol caused an evacuation before firefighters located the source of the problem — a toaster and a singed muffin.
"It was not too badly singed," said Justin Sargent, an aide to Sen. Judy Robson, D-Beloit, after conceding his English muffin apparently was responsible.
The toaster was on the Capitol's ground-level floor, in a joint office and snack room in the south wing.
"It's a communal toaster and we unplug it when we're done," Sargent said.
But firefighters said someone apparently didn't unplug it, and the resulting smoke set off the alarm at 8:11 a.m. Tuesday.
City Fire Department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said a fire engine and ladder truck responded to the scene. Others started out but turned around when notified the call was minor.
"There was a little bit of smoke, but no fire," she said. "There were crumbs, and the toaster itself. They reset the alarm system."
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — A bank robber who was so polite a teller reportedly told him, "You're welcome," after he thanked her for his loot has pleaded guilty to five offenses.
Christopher Colin Osguthorpe, 30, pleaded guilty Wednesday in British Columbia Supreme Court to two counts each of robbery and of using an imitation handgun in a crime and one count of wearing a mask while committing an offense.
He abandoned his defense after Justice Randall Wong ruled that prosecutors could introduce a confession and other statements Osguthorpe made in police custody.
Earlier in the trial, which stemmed from robberies of two Victoria-area branches of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (search) in April 2003, most prosecution witnesses — customers and a bank employee — emphasized the robber's good manners.
When Osguthorpe thanked a teller as she handed over the money, he was so pleasant that she responded, "You're welcome," one witness said.
Osguthorpe also met another witness after one of the stickups and expressed concern for the tellers, saying he hoped they hadn't been overly traumatized.
HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — A man accused of trying to elude a debt by faking his own death has missed a court appearance and authorities are trying to find him.
Terry Wade Presnell, 43, is charged with felony theft by deception and failure to appear in court in Harrison. The Searcy County man was arrested Nov. 6 and released from the Boone County Jail on a $2,500 bond, but failed to appear in court as ordered Nov. 12.
Presnell, a former publisher of The Bee newspaper in Marshall, allegedly sent a phony death certificate to a printing business owned by the Harrison Daily Times, to which he owed $1,857.
The document stated Presnell had died in a traffic crash in Chihuahua, Mexico, on Feb. 11, 2003. The forged death certificate was purported to be from Presnell's brother, Ronald Presnell, who police said did not exist.
Several family members in North Carolina contacted by authorities said they had no information that Terry Presnell had died, and they said he didn't have a brother by the name of Ronald.
Searcy County Sheriff Jerry Loggins examined the suspect's Marshall residence and said there were no signs of foul play but it appeared Presnell had left in a hurry, court records said.
On May 22, 2003, a request was sent through Interpol to the Mexican government requesting information concerning the death certificate.
A few months later Interpol responded that Mexican authorities could find no valid death certificate nor fatal traffic accident involving Presnell.
One month later in October of last year, Terry's real brother, Larry Presnell, contacted Searcy County investigators and stated that he had spoken with his brother by phone.
In January, Presnell was charged with cashing two fraudulent checks in Hernando County in Florida.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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