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'Pet owners are coming out of the closet'

(LOS ANGELES TIMES) Jazz, a cocker spaniel with curly black hair, has died. He was 13 years old.

He succumbed to heart disease and old age at an animal hospital in Studio City.

A 24-pound dog who confronted bull mastiffs and Rottweilers twice his size, Jazz was remembered by his family as a flop-eared hunter known to terrorize cats with an unblinking stare.