From Smithsonian, here's a brief history of the St. Bernard rescue dog: The canine's evolution from hospice hound to household companion. A look at why dogs are ill-disposed to humanity. The ruff guide to fame: Bandit has star potential, or so his owner believes; so why can't he earn his keep by landing a plum movie role? From Neatorama, a look back at The Year in Cats 2007. If zoos won't help to save the lives of animals, what are they for? One tiger, two tigers, 1,500 tigers: How they count tigers in the wild. The Next Great Hunt: The Great Hunt of the late 1800s nearly drove bison to extinction; now, a new kind of hunt may be the only way to save them. To mark National Bird Day, an article on the effects of captivity on exotic birds.