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January 26, 1988

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) _ A wandering Labrador retriever apparently decided two homes are better than one.

The dog, Ezra or Prince depending on whether he is staying with Nicole Bevis or Lou O’Neill, adopted his wandering lifestyle in November. The dog moves back and forth between the two houses 1 1/2 blocks apart.

The dog legally belongs to Bevis, who calls him Ezra. But last November, the dog showed up at O’Neill’s house. O’Neill adopted the animal and named him Prince.

When Bevis read in the newspaper that a Labrador retriever had been killed near her home, she assumed it was her dog. But a few days later, she opened her door and there was Ezra.

Bevis said the dog would disappear periodically after that, mystifying Bevis until she saw her pet in O’Neill’s pickup truck.

″He starts to whine, and I know he wants to get away and go to the other house,″ Bevis said. ″It’s strange that he can’t decide where to stay, but he cries out loud when he wants to go, so I let him go.″

Maybe it’s because of the menu. At the Bevis house, the dog eats bulk food. O’Neill feeds him canned food.

Bevis said O’Neill advises her occasionally on how to discipline the dog. ″It’s like we’re married and he’s the ex-husband telling me how to raise the kid,″ she said.

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GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - Dempsy, Ivan the Terrible and Smudge were good at their jobs in the backlots of Burbank and Warner Bros. studios, but, like some old movie stars, the time came for them to move on.

Cats were introduced to the combined lots in the San Fernando Valley in the 1930s to cut down the rat population.

″(Studio chief) Jack Warner brought them on and loved what they did for the rats, but he never had them fixed,″ said Elyse Mayberry, a Warner employee and founder of a group trying to get the cats adopted.

The Burbank and Warner studios share a backlot of 32 acres. Volunteer Chris Connell estimated there’s about one cat per acre. She said studio management has asked that the cat population be reduced by 75 percent.

On Sunday, Mayberry and volunteers brought about 10 trapped cats, including a pudgy, one-eared tomcat named Dempsy, in cages to the American Cat Association show here. By the first few hours of the show, they had found homes for half. Still waiting new homes were a yellow tabby named Ivan the Terrible and an all-white feline named Smudge.

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