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Wonder-dog survives bullets and burns

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

A few months back, the severely injured 3-year-old shepherding dog rushed into his owner’s home in rural Worland, Wyo. (population 5,487), about 150 miles north of Casper.

He’d been shot twice and then burned inside a barrel. The blue-heeler was bleeding from the face, and third-degree burns covered most of his body.

But he was alive. Barely. Talk about an animal with nine lives.

“If Bo does have nine lives, he certainly used up at least a couple of them with this incident,” the dog’s owner, Abby Redland, told the Los Angeles Times.

Bo’s misadventure has divided two families in this small farming community. A neighboring family admits they shot the dog because it was raiding their chicken coop, and later burned the animal because they thought it was dead.

Redland and her husband, Ben, a local banker, have taken out a restraining order on the family. And they’re trying to make it harder under Wyoming law to shoot a domestic animal and to introduce stipulations requiring shooters to contact the animal’s owners.

But for now, all Redland can do is breathe a big deep sigh of relief: Bo is still alive. He’s running and jumping and, other than a few scars, is no worse for wear.

Redland told The Times her nightmare began Dec. 15 when she looked out and saw her dog running toward the house, looking like he was covered in oil.

“Something looked very wrong,” she said.

They opened the door and Bo bounded into the house. “It was this terrible smell,” Redland said. “His hair was melted and falling out. He was still smoldering.”

Not long before, according to a report filed with the Washakie County Sheriff’s Office, neighbors Genevieve Gerber and her 18-year-old son, Wesley, returned home to spot a dog in their chicken coop.

The boy grabbed his rifle and shot twice, grazing the dog on the cheek and in the back.

The dog was Bo. And the Gerbers thought he was dead.

Wesley dragged the dog out of the backyard and went inside to ask his father what to do.

“I said, ‘Burn it,’ because we have had other predators come around — and even our chickens that the dog had killed — how we got rid of them was we just burned them,” Mike Gerber told the Casper Star-Tribune.

So the boy dragged the dog to a burn barrel in the front yard, doused the body with gasoline, and lighted a match. “The next thing you know, the dog comes popping up out of there in flames,” Mike Gerber told the Casper newspaper, saying he watched the now-flaming dog run in a circle.

“I wish it never happened,” he added. “The decisions being made were made fast. Maybe if they would’ve been thought through more clearly, we would’ve done things differently.”

Redland rushed the dog to a local veterinarian’s office. “Bo was in such shock, the vet didn’t think he’d make it.”

But there were those nine lives. “I just sat there with him, touching his head, because I couldn’t touch any other part of his body,” Redland said.

Slowly, Bo got better. He was unable to lie down on his own for 44 days, and Redland said he would cry at times because of the pain. He still limps sometimes, because the burned skin around his back legs has shrunk.

But he’s still Bo.

Story taken from… the Los Angeles Times… read full story…





Man reunited with dog after 10 years apart

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Shortly after his pet boxer passed away, New Hampshire man Jamie Carpentier wasn’t looking to take on another dog. He went online anyway—who doesn’t like to browse?—and looked at pictures on the Humane Society of Greater Nashua website. But then he saw a familiar face: his old basset hound, Ginger.

Ten years ago, Carpentier’s ex-wife got Ginger in the divorce. But, according to CBS Boston, she gave up Ginger a short time later.

The dog was adopted, but 10 years later had become too much work for her elderly owner. (From the looks of this face, it’s hard to imagine Ginger giving anybody much trouble.) The owner surrendered Ginger to the Humane Society—and Carpentier happened to log on to the right site at the right time.

He spoke with Boston’s WCVB-TV about the unexpected reunion. “She seemed like she knew it was me,” Carpentier said about picking up his old/new dog. “It was me and my father who were there, and she just … she just recognized us.” He wasn’t planning on taking another dog, but come on. How could anybody say no to this face?

“She was stuck to me like glue. It was awesome,” Carpentier told the Nashua Telegraph after seeing her again “I have her now, and she has a place to live and stay,” he said. “The end. It’s awesome.”

Story taken from Yahoo News … read story/see video..


Dog wakes owners, saving them from a fire in their home

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Family members are crediting their dog with waking them up when she sensed a fire, before the smoke detector.

Late Sunday night, the family along Woodchuck Way in Citrus Heights woke up to the 3-year-old pug, and moments later the smoke alarms rang out, Fox40 in Sacramento reported.

Firefighters were able to suppress the fire quickly, to keep it from damaging a large portion of the house. No one was injured.

Investigators say the fire may have been caused by discarded cigarette butts on the back patio, which caused an outdoor fire that reached into the attic of the home.  Story taken from… … read story/see video…



Man who allegedly killed dog faces multiple charges

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

A man who allegedly killed a dog with a shotgun blast in northeast Denver is being held on multiple charges, along with a woman who was involved in the incident.

Todd Sheldon, 29, is being held on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, illegal discharge of a firearm and cruelty to an animal, according to the Denver Jail roster.

The incident involving Sheldon happened at about 1 p.m. Tuesday in the 1700 block of Verbena Street.

Also arrested was 33-year-old Tara Renee Siegfried. Siegfried is being held on suspicion of reckless endangerment, according to jail records.

Dozens of police officers blanketed the block Tuesdayresponding to reports of shots fired.

Police said Sheldon shot and killed his dog.

A motive for the violence has not been released.

An investigation is ongoing, police said.

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Therapy dogs help children find their voice

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Sometimes people don’t need to speak the same language to communicate. Sometimes they don’t even need to be people.

Just consider the 6-year-old black standard poodle who’s a valued member of the hearing and speech department at Children’s National Medical Center. She’s named Elle — pronounced “Ellie” and short for “Eleanor Rigby” — and when she isn’t working with a patient, she can be found curled up in the office of Dr. Sheela Stuart, chairman of the department.

Dr. Stuart has been a pooch-pioneer at Children’s, an inspiration to others wanting to incorporate dogs into their work. Dogs can now be found helping in the hospital’s eating disorders clinic and in the radiology lab.

The idea of using dogs in therapy is credited to Boris Levinson, who worked with severely autistic children in New York City. In 1955, a nonverbal boy and his mother came early to an appointment at Levinson’s home office. Levinson’s dog, Jingles, had not yet been banished to a private area of the house. The psychiatrist noticed that the boy was much more animated and responsive with Jingles around.

Levinson used Jingles increasingly with his patients. He shared his observations in numerous books and journal articles, going so far as to recommend that dogs be prescribed to severely withdrawn children. “A child may be in therapy only twice a week,” he wrote, “but the pet can exert his healing influence on the child 24 hours a day, every day of the week.”

A well-behaved dog can certainly soothe and distract an anxious youngster. Elle does a little bit more, helping to introduce nonverbal patients to the notion of communication — and then giving them something to talk about… story taken from…  The Washington Post… read full story.. see pics….



Rescue dog helps boy cope with Asperger’s

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Keira didn’t have a family a few months ago.

Now, the mixed-breed dog has found a home with an Athens family and has quickly become a source of solace for a troubled boy.

Samantha Mattox, her husband, Lee, and their two sons, Gregory, 9, and Sam, 7, adopted Keira from Athens Canine Rescue earlier this year.

“I had wanted a dog for a very long time, but my oldest son had always been terrified of dogs,” said Mattox, who works at the main University of Georgia library.

According to Mattox, it didn’t matter if the dog was nearby or hundreds of feet away, her son was terrified of it.

“No amount of reason or logic could convince him that all dogs within a 50-mile radius weren’t out to hunt him down and attack him without mercy,” she said.

But that all changed when Mattox’s son met her sister’s dog, Murphy. At first, she said her son was scared of Murphy, but he eventually realized the dog wasn’t a threat.

After “babysitting” Murphy for her sister for a week and realizing how well it went, Mattox knew it was the perfect time to add to their family and get a dog of their own.

“I began searching the various pet adoption websites,” she said. “When I saw Keira’s picture and story on the Athens Canine Rescue page, I knew she was going to be our dog.

“I saw several dogs I liked, but I kept coming back to Keira. There was just something about her — that sweet happy face with her tongue hanging out and that ‘rogue’ left ear, always doing its own thing. I just melted.”

The Mattox family was able to meet Keira at Pawtropolis, and almost immediately Keira took to the family, showering them with love and affection.

“Fast forward five months, and it’s like Keira has always been a part of our family,” Mattox said. “She is so sweet, loving, goofy and energetic. She’s such a warm and happy soul.”

The best part of the whole experience, though, is the effect that Keira has had on her son, Gregory, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome.

“My oldest son, Gregory, was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was 5 years old,” Mattox said. “Some people refer to it as autism spectrum disorders. Some refer to it as high-functioning autism, because unlike classic autism, people with Asperger’s are able to communicate, often do well in school and are usually of above-average intelligence.”

According to Mattox, people who suffer from Asperger’s like her son have difficulty with social interactions and a harder time to relating to peers.

“I think Keira has had such a positive effect on Gregory because, like most dogs, she is very sensitive to human feelings,” she said. “She has a unique ability to recognize when he is upset and comfort him… story taken from.. onlineAthens… read full story…


Paralysed dog walks after nose cell injection

Friday, November 30th, 2012

A paralyzed dog walks after receiving an injection of cells from its own nose, and doctors say they hope their success with canines will translate into hope for paralyzed humans.

One special and adorable dachshund’s name is Jasper, and he was paralyzed in the hind legs before receiving the treatment. According to a report dated Nov. 20, 2012, Jasper hind legs are working again thanks to olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), which were removed from his nose and injected into the site of his injury.

Jasper was not the only dog used in the study. In all, 34 dogs with spinal cord injuries, which were sustained in accidents or from back problems, were studied. The paralyzed dogs were all pets that had pre-existing conditions, and none were injured for the study. The dogs were divided into two separate groups. One group of canines received the injections of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs). The other group of dogs received injections of only the liquid that contains the cells. The dogs that received the olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) improved after treatment.  Story taken from…… read full story, see video…


Dog caught in trap gets second chance

Friday, November 30th, 2012

BOISE — On a road outside Gooding, Idaho, Sarah Starr saw something that stopped her in her tracks: a dog with a life-threatening injury.

“We saw it on the side of the road. Its paw was severely mangled,” she said.

Starr tried to catch the dog multiple times, but even with a crushed paw it was still too fast.

“We were able to put out food, and it came back for the food,” said Starr. “It was hungry enough that it didn’t know we were sneaking up behind it.”

When she caught him, Starr headed back to Boise. She and a friend started calling veterinarians.

“We called a lot of veterinarian clinics and unfortunately, they’re running businesses, so it’s hard to take an animal in without money down. We ran into a lot of people that were hesitant, knowing that we were kind of in the circumstances that we weren’t sure what this was going to cost — it wasn’t our animal,” Starr said. “Some of the people we called were quoting us $2,700 which was unaffordable to us at that time.”

That’s where Broadway Vet and Dr. Darrin Everett came in.

“Even in times of financial stress, it’s important to treat the patient as best we can, give them some medication at least to take pain away and then we can figure out what to do from there,” said Dr. Everett, the head veterinarian at Broadway Vet.

He agreed to do surgery to help the dog for only $800. Dr. Everett says the injury was probably from a trap.

“Just by looking at it when he walked in the door, it’s a significant crushing injury just below the wrist, which really fits with a trap,” said Dr. Everett. “Typically, when they get their foot caught, they will chew it off, and this was not chewed off. His foot was still attached by a small amount of soft tissue, the bones were obviously all broken, but there was still some soft tissue attaching his foot. And that would lead me to believe that somebody had to have released him from the trap because there’s no way that you can really escape from those traps without removing your foot.”

“I’m very concerned about these traps. I think that in Idaho there’s no safe place to put these anymore. I mean, every place in Idaho is traversed by somebody at this point in time, and if a pet can get into these traps so can a five-year-old,” said Starr. “I support people’s rights to hunt. We hunt in this state and that’s OK, but I do think that we need to hunt humanely.”

The team at Broadway Vet had to remove the dog’s left front leg. But Everett had hope for the dog.

“Very sweet dog, really not stressed, very stable. Clearly it happened a significant time in the past, probably a couple of weeks, but a super sweet dog, really easy to work with, and probably was going to be a really successful patient,” he said.

Dr. Everett said he will make a full recovery and be a great pet.

The day after Thanksgiving, Starr is thankful for his compassion and her new pet’s fighting spirit.  Story taken from …. read full story…


Dog rescued from fire

Friday, November 30th, 2012

SAN PABLO — A maintenance man with a little bit of emergency training proved to be a dog’s best friend Tuesday after a fire broke out at an apartment complex, a battalion chief said.

Fire crews revived the gray Shih Tzu with oxygen after the man’s quick response doused the flames in the apartment and kept the fire from spreading, Batallion Chief Bryan Craig of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District said. The blaze, in an upstairs unit in the complex at 1320 Road 20, caused no other injuries.

The man who put out the fire was not identified.

“We actually don’t know very much about him,” Craig said. “He said he’d taken a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training course, and that without it, he wouldn’t have attempted it.”

The fire was set off by a cigarette left unattended by a woman living in the unit, Craig said.

When crews arrived at the fire at about 5:20 p.m., smoke was billowing out an upstairs window but the flames were out. Once inside, firefighters found the dog unconscious. An emergency medical technician administered the oxygen and the dog stirred, Craig said. The dog, which was suffering from smoke inhalation, is expected to make a full recovery, he said.

Only one building was damaged in the blaze, but no monetary estimate was given.  Story taken from … Mercury  … read story ..


Pet pedometer helps pets slim down

Friday, November 30th, 2012

It’s easy to pamper your pet with some table scraps, a few extra treats, and a little too much dog food. Before long, your fit Fido has become a hefty hound. Fujitsu is looking to help dog owners fight the fat with a pedometer and cloud service system.

The Wandant pedometer is based on motion-tracking technology from Fujitsu Laboratories. It measures and records the steps your pooch takes, picks up shivering motions, and monitors temperature changes.

All that data gets uploaded to an accompanying cloud service so you can view graphs and reports on your dog’s activities.

The Wandant sits on the dog’s collar. The data is uploaded through a contactless connection to a smartphone or computer. For a more complete look at a dog’s health, the owner can add information like weight, food serving sizes, and (yes) stool conditions.

Story taken from C/Net … read full story…


Bo the White House dog gets his own commemorative Easter egg

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

That Bo is one lucky dog: He’s going into the record books as the first White House pet to have his very own commemorative Easteregg.

Look closely at the White House’s 2012 set of collector’s Easter eggs, above. You can make out the black-and-white Portuguese water dog’s image — the red one, center — alongside the Easter bunny emblems that decorate the rest of the eggs in the souvenir set.

The wooden Easter eggs are sold through the National Park Foundation, which raises money to preserve and maintain America’s open spaces.

Sales figures were not immediately available, but the public’s reaction to the Bo Easter egg has been described as “enthusiastic.”

Unfortunately, you can’t buy simply the Bo egg (we tried). The Bo egg is available only when you buy the entire set, seen above, which costs $29.50. Any of the other Easter eggs in the set, however, can be bought for $7.50 apiece… story taken from…. The Baltimore Sun… read full story…,0,6405744.story

Dog eats owner’s PGA masters tickets

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Dog is man’s best friend – until she eats your Masters tickets.

Russ Berkman of Seattle told KJR Sports Radio he was running errands when Sierra, his Swiss mountain dog, swallowed four tickets to the annual PGA Masters Tournament in Georgia.

Frantic, Berkman knew he had to get the tickets, and called his girlfriend for advice.

“She says, ‘You have to make the dog puke,” he told the radio station.

Familiar with a safe method veterinarians sometimes have to use on dogs, Berkman fed Sierra a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

“It bubbles in their stomach; it’s very safe, and they puke in about 10 minutes,” he said. “About 10 minutes later she did what she was supposed to, which was puke up the Masters tickets.”

Sure enough, the tickets were there — in bits and pieces.

When Berkmancalled the Masters ticket office to explain, staffers reissued his coveted passes… story taken from… NY Daily News… read story…



Missing dog found after 5 years

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Oreo has a tale to tell, but she’s keeping it to herself.

The black-and-white Shih Tzu, almost 10 years old, has baby pictures just like other dogs. Born Aug. 3, 2002, as a pup she lived in Everett, where the Rogge family brought her after buying her in the Kent area.

“I was in second grade. I remember the day, picking her up,” said 17-year-old Rayme Rogge, a junior at Everett High School. The family knows the exact day they brought Oreo home. It was Sept. 15, 2002.

Soon after that, they took Oreo to the Everett Veterinary Hospital for a puppy checkup. There, Dr. Thomas Koenig implanted a microchip into the pooch, right behind an ear, just in case she ever went missing.

Brenda and Mark Rogge and their two children lived at the time in a rented house on Everett’s Colby Avenue. Their own home, where they now live, was being built in Marysville.

“I had a house cleaner,” Brenda Rogge said recently. “We had a fenced yard, but the fence got left open.”

That was five long years ago. On Jan. 20, 2007, The Herald’s classified ad section included a notice about a lost dog — Oreo. No luck, though. No one called with the good news that Oreo had been found.

They were sad about the loss, but didn’t want to dwell on the past. Brenda Rogge said she told her children — Nolan Rogge is now 15 — that maybe someone special needed a dog like Oreo, even more than they did.

Right away, the family got another dog. Their Labrador, Bullet, is now 5 years old. Bullet and the kids grew up. Oreo remained a bittersweet memory — and a mystery.

It was March 19 when a phone call turned family history into a happy surprise. Mark Rogge was at his in-laws’ home watching a basketball game.

The call was from AVID, American Veterinary Identification Devices. The California-based company that made the microchip implanted in Oreo in 2002 had the phone number of Brenda Rogge’s parents. A caller from the company said the dog had been found, and gave the Rogges the name and number of a woman in Federal Way.

“Another lady and I were on the street where I live. We saw her on Dash Point Road,” said Sylvia Corona. The Federal Way woman said Wednesday she could tell by the black-and-white dog’s behavior that it was lost.

“I took care of her for about three days,” the 28-year-old Corona said. She asked around her neighborhood whether anyone was missing a dog, or knew of someone looking for one. When no one came forward, she took the dog to her own veterinarian.

“They scanned her for a microchip for free,” Corona said. “I called AVID and gave them my information.”

The Rogge family was stunned by the discovery. Both Brenda Rogge and Sylvia Corona believe Oreo couldn’t have been on the run all those missing years. Someone must have loved and cared for her, and perhaps she ran away again. When found, Oreo wasn’t wearing a collar.

“She couldn’t have lasted that long without someone,” Corona said.

Brenda Rogge and her daughter drove to Federal Way for the reunion on March 20.

“It’s amazing, she knew her name,” Brenda Rogge said. The dog, she said, was instantly excited at the sound of “Oreo.”

There’s more to the mystery. Although Oreo appeared to have been well fed and cared for, she is missing an eye. Brenda Rogge said veterinarians who examined her thought the eye had been surgically removed.

“Whoever had her took good care of her,” said Jill Hibbard, a receptionist at Everett Veterinary Hospital where Oreo was microchipped. “She’s very healthy. She’s even the same weight she was years ago.”

Hibbard said the microchips cost $45 at Everett Veterinary Hospital, and that some animals receive the chips when they are adopted from shelters.

“This is a message for people: Chip your dogs,” Brenda Rogge said. “If it weren’t for that chip, I would never have seen her again.” … story taken from… the Herald Net… read full story….

Couple pay $155,000 to clone their dog after its death

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

One couple couldn’t bare to live without their beloved yellow Labrador, so when he died of cancer they put a fortune into bringing him back.

Edgar and Nina Otto spent $155,000 in getting their beloved deceased dog, named Sir Lancelot, cloned.

‘I would’ve gone higher, I would have done anything at that point,’ Mrs Otto told TLC during a segment of their series called I Cloned My Pet.

Though they may have been shocked when it actually happened, the Ottos were prepared and first had Lancelot’s DNA stored four years prior to his death when they first heard that cloning technology was beginning to be developed.

CNN reports that Mr Otto is the son of Edward Otto, one of the co-founders of NASCAR, which helps explain why the auction price of the cloning procedure was not off-putting.

The cloning itself was done in conjunction with a San Francisco firm called BioArts and the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea.

A cat called Little Nicky earned the title as the first commercially cloned pet when a woman in Texas paid $50,000 for the service.

Lancelot Encore, the cloned version of Sir Lancelot who goes by ‘Lancey’ for short, was the first cloned dog and he was born in 2009. BioArts, the American partner, suspended their commercial cloning service in September 2009, though the process is still completed in South Korea.

In animal cloning, the stored DNA of the animal is then injected into the egg of a surrogate dog. The South Korean firm is the only one to have perfected the technology as of yet.

In spite of continued criticism of pet cloning by animal welfare groups, which argue it is wasteful to spend thousands for a replica pet when there are so many homeless already, the Ottos are very happy with their decision.

‘I only was hoping to get the essence of Lancelot back,’ Mrs Otto said.

‘I know I’ve gotten that. Anything else is icing on the cake.’… story taken from… Mail Online…. read full story, see video…


Special life-saving oxygen mask designed for dogs

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Canton firefighters used a special oxygen mask to save the life of a dog during a house fire Saturday, according to a press release from the Canton Fire Department.

Skylar, a yellow Labrador retriever, was found unconscious and having trouble breathing inside a home on the 6800 block of Carriage Hills Drive at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the release said.

According to the release, firefighters arrived at the house and noticed smoke coming from the overhangs. Firefighters forced the front door of the residence open, the release said, and found the family dog unresponsive and with labored breathing.

Firefighters brought the dog outdoors, the release said, where firefighters waited for a special oxygen masked designed specifically for dogs that was donated to the department in 2008 by then-Canton resident Christy Jones.

Firefighters administered oxygen to the dog for about 20 minutes, until Skylar regained consciousness, the release said, and began breathing better.

Dr. Mark Alsager of Alsager Animal Care Center in Canton arrived at the scene and took Skylar to a 24-hour animal hospital, where the dog is in stable condition and expected to fully recover. Alsager credited the special mask with saving the dog’s life, the news release said… story taken from… Plymouth Patch.. read full story…


Cheeky Chihuahua one of smallest dogs in the world

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

A FAMILY believes their pet dog could be one of the smallest in the world after they realised it was similar in size to other record-breaking pooches.

Tiny Teacup Chihuahua ‘Biscuit’ weighs just 1.4lbs and is around eight inches tall.

His height and weight is slightly bigger than other mini pooches to have featured in the international media in recent months, such as three-month-old minuscule Milly, a 0.37lb chihuahua from Puerto Rico.

But world records only usually apply in such cases to fully-grown dogs, and cheeky Biscuit fits the bill with his grand old age of one.

Owner John Cannon, 58, of Tavistock Avenue in Walthamstow, firmly believes his pet is a serious contender after watching a TV programme on tiny dogs.

He said: “He was so tiny when he was a puppy, but even now that he’s fully grown he is still very small.

“Everytime we walk down the street we get swamped, everyone wants to see him and take his picture.

“Our vet said he hadn’t seen anything like it in his 18-year career, and I’ve had people offering me £3,000 to buy him off me. It’s incredible.”

Biscuit lives on two teaspoons of puppy food a day and was so tiny at birth he could fit into a small cup… story taken from the Guardian… read more …


Lost blind dog returned home

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

A San Antonio dog named Stevie Oedipus Wonder disappeared from his family’s home for about a month, so the owners assumed he had been lost and then died.

Stevie Oedipus Wonder had not died though he wound up at San Antonio Animal Care Services, but his dog tag information had not been updated so the owners could not be found. An ad was published to help find him a home, but he was also scheduled for euthanization. A school teacher saw the ad and volunteered to take him in for a short period. The teacher became curious after looking at Stevie’s dog tags and conducted a search on the Craig’s List website using the key words ‘blind dog’.

One of Stevie’s family members had placed on ad on the site describing the lost blind dog and their contact information should anyone find him. The school teacher reached out to them saying she had Stevie and he was reunited with his family.

Animal services or animal shelters are probably a good bet when one is looking for a lost animal. Also, microchipping a pet can help in these situations, because the owner information will remain with the animal and animal shelters typically know to scan them…. story taken from… read story…

Dog saves family from gas explosion

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Scout & Zoe’s Natural Antler Dog Chews is honoring a 6-month-old Boxer pup who saved Christmas – and his family – by detecting a dangerous gas leak in their Georgia home.

Something just didn’t smell right. And thanks to an alert puppy named Ollie, a family got the message quickly enough to escape for safety.

Ollie, a young Boxer pup, sensed danger while his family was putting up holiday decorations one early December night at their home in Canton, Ga. Gas logs in the Hyde family’s fireplace were spewing odorless and highly flammable fumes into the air. The potential for a deadly accident was very real, either from asphyxiation due to the gas or from a possible explosion if somehow a spark ignited the gas that was filling the home.

“He knew something we didn’t know,” Jason Hyde told an Atlanta TV station. “He sensed something wasn’t right.”

Ollie arched his back and began nudging the Hyde’s and their daughter until they eventually got the message and followed him outside. In the process, Jason realized that gas was flowing from the gas logs and that he had forgotten to light the fire.

“He cared about us enough to get us out,” says Sheree Hyde. “He was not giving up until we all came outside. We loved him before and obviously we still do, but we thank God for such a smart dog.”

For sensing danger and bravely ushering his family to safety, Ollie is being recognized with the Scout & Zoe’s Exceptional Canine Award.

“We just love Ollie’s story, because he’s our youngest Exceptional Canine Award recipient by far,” says Cindy Dunston Quirk, owner and developer of Scout & Zoe’s Natural Antler Dog Chews. “For a young puppy to show so much love, devotion and bravery is just an amazing story. He really did save Christmas, and it’s the kind of story that reminds us just how special and strong the bond is between a dog and his family, even at such a young age.”

Ollie has become quite a celebrity in his small Georgia town. The Hyde’s have done a number of television interviews, emphasizing the uncanny ability Ollie showed to be aware of the gas and the potential for danger.

“I just think it’s cool that God has made a creature, made a dog, as smart as this dog and I am glad to have him,” says Jason.

As a Scout & Zoe’s honoree, a special card has been created featuring Ollie’s photo and his achievements. It will be included in packages of Scout & Zoe’s chews. .… story taken from… PRWeb.. read story…


World’s oldest dog dies at age 26

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Pusuke, listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest-living dog, died in Japan on Monday. He was 26 years old — or somewhere between 117 and 185 in “dog years,” according to various calculations. There is no official method for converting human years to dog years.

The dog’s owner, Yumiko Shinohara, said the male cross-breed died at Sakura in the Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, according to the Kyodo news agency.

Pusuke was reportedly eating well and staying active until Monday, when he lost his appetite and had difficulty breathing.  Pusuke died peacefully, minutes after his owner returned home from a walk.

“I think (Pusuke) waited for me to come home,” she said, according to Kyodo.

Born in April of 1985, Pusuke was recognized last December as the world’s oldest-living dog.

The oldest-known dog on record, according to Guinness, was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey, who lived to the ripe old age of 29 years and five months before it was put down in November 1939… story taken from… ABC Blogs… read full story…


Missing dog reunited with family after 8 years

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

“Wow. Quite frankly, [my husband] John and I just figured somehow she had gotten killed.” Kristen Pruitt told after being reunited with her mix breed pit bull Petunia who had been missing for eight years.

The dog disappeared on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2003 from a family farm in Fredricksburg, Virginia, according to Somehow, eight years later, the dog ended up on the opposite side of the United States at an animal shelter in California.

The shelter then used a microchip implanted in the dog to track down the dog owners, according to

In a Skype interview with CBS13 Sacramento, Pruitt exclaimed upon seeing the dog,”Awwwwww. Look at her.”

Debra Luis, supervisor at the Yuba County Animal Control Office in California, told the Appeal Democrat about the dog’s health. The Appeal Democrat reports Luis said “that the dog is in fine shape physically, though she also said there are signs the animal had not received enough nutrition in recent months.”

Now, according to KCRA Sacramento, “The shelter is now working with Pruitt to make sure Petunia is home for the holidays.” ….story taken from… The Huffington Post… read story, see video…


Shot and left to die, abandoned dog gets second chance

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012


A dog was found shot on the side of the road in Allen Parish and one man saved the dog’s life by bringing her to a veterinary hospital.

This incident brings up the issue of how people abandon their dogs on the side of the road, generally in rural areas. Dogs left on the streets end up starving to death or getting run over. In this dog’s case, getting shot.

Resident of Allen Parish Jackie Parks said many people dump their dogs on the road where he lives.

“Allen Parish doesn’t have an animal shelter, so people in this area don’t have options,” he said. “For me, there’s never an option to abandon a dog on the side of the road.”

Parks found the dog a few days earlier along with a male dog and a puppy. He would bring food to the dogs and eventually when they warmed up to him, he would take them to a shelter.

“On the last night I checked on them as I went to work, I found the male dog had been shot,” Parks said.

With the male dog dead, he went searching for the female dog and her puppy. He discovered the female dog had been shot as well, but was still alive. The puppy ran off as he got closer to the dog.

“I made kind of a decision to take the female dog to the vet and I would come back for the puppy and try to catch it, but I came back and the puppy was gone,” Parks said.

The female dog he brought to the vet, he named Hope. Parks described her as friendly and calm, but after being shot in the abdomen, she was unable to stand.

“I didn’t know what kind of damage she had. I was really afraid for her,” Parks said.

Veterinarian at the Lake Area Animal Hospital Dr. Sally Kate Scroggs said Hope had a 50-percent chance of survival.

“We took X-rays and she had a broken hip and she also had a ruptured bladder,” Scroggs said. “The first surgery, her bladder was still leaking, so I had to take her back into surgery the next night.”

Two surgeries later, Hope’s tail is now wagging and she’s running around on all four legs. She’s a happy healthy dog.

“People really need to think about what they’re doing before they just dump dogs off. Because I’m sure the people who dropped her off didn’t expect someone was going to shoot her,” Scroggs said.

And Parks is happy to see that Hope has a second chance.

“My hope is that someday she finds a good home and that someone will find a spot in their heart for her,” he said. “It’s kind of a bitter sweet thing. I’m really glad that she has a second chance and I’m thankful for that.”…story taken from … KPLC… read full story…


Dog returned after kidnapped by carjacker

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Cody, a yellow labrador retriever, was home Tuesday after being kidnapped during a carjacking in Oakbrook Terrace a day earlier.

The dog was in the back seat of the white 2009 Ford Escape stolen from Anyway’s Restaurant parking lot, according to WGN News.

A 25-year-old man, Bradley L. Haggard, of Lombard, was later arrested in connection with the carjacking. Villa Park and Addison police said the SUV was taken to a Wal-Mart and used as a getaway car after Haggard shoplifted items from the store.

Villa Park police chased Haggard east on North Avenue. The chase caused Haggard to crash into a tree at St. Charles Road and Craig Street. Haggard was caught and arrested after trying to flee on foot. Police report Haggard was under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

He is charged with felony charges of aggravated failure to obey an order to stop, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting an officer and possession of cannabis. He is held on a $150,000 bail at DuPage County Jail.

Cody, the dog, was not hurt during the accident and was returned to his owner… story taken from NBC Chicago News… read story….–134360373.html

Missing dog returned to retired veteran

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

San Antonio –

The service dog of a local military veteran disappeared two weeks ago, but now, he’s now back home.
KSAT did the initial report about the missing dog last week and after a viewer, who had picked up the dog, saw the story, he contacted the owner.
“He’s a wonderful dog,” said Brent Von Aschen, the military veteran who had lost his dog. “And, I’m really happy to have him home.”
Von Aschen said his black Labrador, Tyson, had wandered away from him home about two weeks ago and that he had been desperately searching for him ever since.
“It brought tears to my eyes that he’s back,” said Von Aschen. “Because, I was concerned so much for him and to have him back, is just wonderful.”
However, Von Aschen, who suffered a serious head injury while serving in Iraq, not only has his companion back, but Tyson is also a service dog.
Von Aschen now suffers frequent seizures, but he told KSAT that he and his dog, Tyson, have a connection, where Tyson not only watches out for him, but he also alerts him when a seizure is about to strike.
“He is able to sense trouble in advance,” said Von Aschen. “He has just been extremely valuable for that purpose, but as a pet, he couldn’t be a better pet.”
Von Aschen said he never lost hope that he would find his special companion.
In fact, Tyson had been found just three miles away.
“They knew he belonged to somebody, but they didn’t know who until they saw the news report,” he said. “Which was wonderful because he had been gone from us two weeks.”
Von Aschen said that the people who found Tyson and contacted him after watching the report on KSAT, actually turned down a reward for returning the dog.
Instead, they asked that the $1,000 go toward a noble animal cause.
He also told KSAT that he’s getting Tyson chipped and neutered to prevent this from happening again… story taken from News… read story…


Pets Haven Pro-life Animal Shelter

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

AUSTRALIA. Pets Haven Pro-life Animal Shelter is a facility that rehomes cats, kittens, and dogs and puppies. They do not euthanise animals for economic reasons. Animals are rescued from death row pounds and are kept at the shelter while waiting to be adopted into new homes.  Go to site….

Dog eats $1000 cash

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Dogs are notoriously indiscriminate when it comes to food. NewsFeed has known dogs to chow down on entire pizzas and blocks of cheese. These are some pricey snacks, to be sure – but one Florida pooch sure knows how to tear through her owners’ cash. By literally eating their money.

Tuity, a four-year-old chow/Labrador mix, chowed down on $1,000 left on a countertop. Her owners had left the ten $100 bills in an envelope, ready to head to the bank. But the money sooner found its way into Tuity’s stomach. When St. Augustine resident Christy Lawrenson returned home, she found shreddings of the bills around the house, and a guilty dog sitting nearby.

“She ate the bill, the envelope … everything,” Lawrenson told the St. Augustine Record. After inducing the dog to cough up the cash, the Lawrensons were able to piece together the bills, to the tune of $900.

Their bank replaced the nine bills for crisp ones, but one of the Benjamins was beyond repair.  That’s because Tuity ate too many serial numbers to make it valid. The Lawrensons sent the tattered bill to the Department of Treasury with an explanation in hopes that the government will replace it. And then, we can only presume, the fresh cash will find its way to the bank, far away from Tuity’s tastebuds.…Story taken from Time newsfeed…read story, see video….


Therapy dog a ‘touching’ experience for kids with autism

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

To anyone else, it’s just a dog’s nose. But to the small boy in Susan Erisman’s autism class, it’s simply fascinating.

Soft and wet, punctuated by puffs of air. He ran his hands over them, sometimes covering them completely until he was reminded that the dog couldn’t breathe that way.

And the dog? She didn’t seem to mind a bit. That is, after all, what Bella is trained to do.

The black Labrador retriever was certified as a therapy dog this summer and now works at schools and nursing homes. Owner Jim McQuinn brings her to Erisman’s class at Seth Whitman Elementary in Belvidere, Ill., each Wednesday, where schoolchildren touch, hug and explore Bella.

“My (students), who have autism, love the feel of her,” Erisman said. “There are so many sensory things about a dog. They love to hug her and squeeze on her.”

Along with another class, the students enjoy the break from their studies when Bella comes to visit. There are 19 students in all, ages 5 to 10, who spend time with Bella each week. They learn about caring for and training a dog, as well as learning to socialize with Bella’s owner.

“The major drive in our class is to form communication and language skills,” Erisman said. “This is a time when they are not doing academics, but are learning to talk to Jim, who is someone new. They have really taken to Jim. He’s a very kind and patient man.”

For McQuinn, a retired business owner, bringing Bella is something he enjoys and a way of giving back.

“I love the kids and I love the dog,” he said. “I love giving back to the community, and this is one asset I have that I can share.”

McQuinn has three Labs but was struck by Bella’s tame demeanor.

“More and more of my friends, including my ex-wife, said Bella is so sweet, she should be a therapy dog,” he said.

So McQuinn researched the possibility and took Bella into the backyard with a list of criteria for therapy dogs. They need to be able to walk past food without touching it, and to walk past other dogs without reacting. They can’t shy away from medical equipment or be intimidated in loud settings.

The list was filled with “things that are stressful to a lot of dogs,” McQuinn said. But Bella “didn’t miss a step. This is a special dog.”

So far, Bella has visited the Seth Whitman children six times, and McQuinn has watched many of the students come out of their shells.

“Some were afraid of her. She’s about 70 pounds,” McQuinn said. “You would be surprised in the change in the six times we’ve been here. Now, 95 percent of the class is right up there, touching her.”

Erisman said this is the first time in her six years at Seth Whitman that she has had a therapy dog in the classroom, though she kept her dog in a basket on her classroom desk when she previously worked in another school district.

She praises the use of animals with autistic children for the way it helps them learn through their senses, and it also teaches them to develop a relationship with an animal.

“This is a sensory event for my kids,” she said. “But it’s also about building a relationship with another living thing and learning to care for it.”…. story taken from… Rockingford Register Star… read full story…


How dogs evolved into our ‘Best Friends’

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Dogs have aided humans for thousands of years. Man’s best friend has provided protection, companionship and hunting assistance since the days of the earliest human settlements.

But how and when dogs evolved from wolves is a matter of debate. Naturalist Mark Derr says there are two main schools of thought: Some researchers believe that humans domesticated wolves who were scrounging around their villages for trash. Others think that humans were taking care of wolves from the time they were puppies — until enough puppies were tamed and they somehow then evolved into dogs.

“Neither explanation seems satisfactory,” writes Derr in How the Dog Became the Dog — From Wolves to Our Best Friends. “That is why there’s no consensus.”

In his book, Derr explores how the relationship between humans and wolves developed, and how that relationship then influenced the physical evolution of wolves into dogs. He tells Fresh Air‘s Dave Davies that he believes humans and wolves developed a close relationship after recognizing themselves in each other while hunting on the trail of big game.

“[That’s when] they started traveling together, and they’ve been at it ever since,” he says. “The dog is a creation of wolves and humans — of two equal beings that came together at a certain point in history and have been together ever since.”

Derr says our ancestors likely followed behind wolves as they hunted for game on the trail. Wolves, in turn, learned to wait for scraps from bipedal hunters — who were far more accurate with their rudimentary weapons than the wolves were with their teeth.

“The wolf could say, ‘These people are far more profligate hunters than we are. When they go out, they always leave a surplus. It’s easier for us to take the scraps that they have than to hunt,'” says Derr. “Hunting is a highly energetic activity. And they could learn from each other, just by observing each other.”

As humans and wolves began to work and live together, physical features on the wolf began to change: Its skeletal frame grew smaller, and its jaw shortened. Wolves that socialized well with humans began to travel with them, and then were able to pass on their genes.

“You had populations of dog-wolves that became isolated, and in doing so, they began to inbreed,” says Derr. “And when you inbreed, you get genetic peculiarities that arise, and then those peculiarities become part of the population. If they work or become popular or have some function of beauty or utility, then they were kept by the humans — and that population then spreads those through other populations through breeding.”

Fossils of wolves and dogs have been found in early hunting camps. In China, researchers have found evidence that some hunters were raising millet to feed to their hunting companions.

“This kept the dogs alive during times of thin meat,” says Derr. “When they weren’t getting as much meat as they wanted, they would feed [the dogs] millet. That would indicate that the early dog was being used as a hunter, but also that it was highly valued.” …story taken from… 90.0 wbur, Boston’s News Station… read and hear story…



Dog burned in canyon fire up for adoption

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

TEHACHAPI, Calif. — During this summer’s Canyon Fire, 23 ABC met Oscar, a dog that suffered third-degree burns while running with his owner from the flames.

After Oscar was treated for his burns he was placed in the care of a rescue organization in Tehachapi called Marley’s Mutts. His stay was supposed to be short because Oscar’s owner planned to take him back, but two months later, the rescue still has the dog.

“He’s a happy go-lucky, very happy dog,” said Zach Skow, the owner of Marley’s Mutts. “We go on bike rides and I let the leash dangle from him. He likes to go on the skateboard.”

This is a whole new world Oscar is adjusting to now that Skow has taken him in.

“He’s just an awesome dog,” said Skow. “(He’s) really well assimilated, surprisingly so because he was really freaky at first. He had never been indoors. (He wasn’t) potty trained at all. He had to learn everything.”

23 ABC first met Oscar on Sept.5 at Bakersfield Veterinarian Hospital where he was being treated for the burns he got during the Canyon Fire.

“His undercarriage was completely burnt — his face, his ears, his tail, back of his legs– all (were) in really bad shape,” said Skow when asked how Oscar was when he got him.

After being released, Marley’s Mutts took him in. At the time Oscar’s owner Tim Shirey was going to take him back, but now Oscar is up for adoption.

“Tim is very grateful,” said Skow. “(He) loves his dog obviously, and wants the best for him. (He) decided to let us try and find him the best home possible.”

23 abc talked to Shirey by phone on Friday and he said he thought the rescue could provide Oscar with more than he could and did what was best for the dog.

Skow is now hoping that for Oscar the best is still to come.

“The best thing for him is to find him a family, someone who can love him and cherish him, and spend time with him,” said Skow. “He’s just so good around dogs (and) around kids. He’s got this amazing personality. The best thing for him is to share that with somebody else rather than keep him in a kennel.”…story taken from Kern County Mountain News… read story…


Dog recovering after being dragged by a truck

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Authorities on Thursday were seeking information about a driver who dragged a dog through a Riverside neighborhood while the animal was tied to the back of a pickup.

The white dog suffered injuries on all four paws in the incident, which occurred Wednesday about 7 p.m., the Riverside County Department of Animal Services said.

“The paws were pretty bloody, and there were a lot of sores,” said Krista Stewart, an animal service officer.

A witness called 911 and alerted authorities that the animal was being dragged near Claycroft and Peacock lanes in the city’s La Sierra area, agency spokesman Jose Arballo said.

It was not clear how far the dog had been dragged. The driver stopped and untied the dog before leaving.

The driver was in a red pickup truck. The dog, about 10 months old, was treated and wrapped with bandages. The dog was recovering from the injuries, officials said… story taken from… The Los Angeles Times.. read full story…


Dog recovering from high-powered pellet shooting

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

AVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A pet dog is recovering from a high powered pellet shot wound.
Roxy is a 7-year-old weimaraner.
The injury brought her close to death and collapsed her lungs.

Her owner rushed her to the Mountain View Animal clinic in Layton. She was in severe pain and shock.

Dr. Josiel Lopez gave her a high powered morphine like drug just to reduce her shock and to keep her alive.

Her X-rays reveal the pellet traveled through her chest area and missed her heart by about one inch and eventually lodged just beneath the surface of her skin.

Several neighbors who know Roxy says she’s lovable.  She doesn’t bite and isn’t threatening.
Her owner, Gary Marchant, wants to know who shot her more than a week ago and why?

“It’s like one of our kids.  It’s like somebody tried to kill one of our family members, trying to kill one of our children.  That don’t sit well with me,” said Marchant

She was last seen wandering a field just south of Love Lane in Davis County before the she was hit September 20.

“She was breathing hard and I turned her over.  I could see some blood on her bottom side there,” said Marchant.
Blood was rapidly pooling into her chest area and she was on the verge of losing consciousness.

“I just scooped her up in my arms and got in my car and hauled her to the veterinarian,” said Marchant.
Now, 11 days later her entry wound is almost healed, but the sting of this injustice continues.

Almost everyone we talked with wants to know who hurt this dog.
“I think they ought to have their pants kicked, really to shoot a dog that’s friendly,” said Gene Clark.

The Davis County Sheriff is still looking for the person who shot Roxy.  If you know anything about this crime call the Davis County Sheriff’s Department.
Roxy finished the last of her pain medications October 31 and ran for the first time since the shooting….story taken from…read story and see video…

Animal Aid Abroad

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Animal Aid Abroad Inc aims to improve the living conditions and treatment of companion, working, and farm animals around the world.  Go to site…

Family reunited with dog after 2 years

Friday, November 25th, 2011

It’s a reunion 2 years and 3,000 miles in the making. Monday night in the cargo terminal at Sacramento International Airport, a boy and his puppy found each other again. Only after all that time and all those miles, they had really become a man and his dog.

“I think somebody found him and moved with him,” said Cody Baetge, now 17. “Because he’s a good dog. He’s sweet.”

Cooper the Chihuahua mix went missing two years ago. Cody and his family did everything they could to find him; they combed the neighborhood and searched shelter after shelter. Cody says he never gave up hope.

But it wasn’t until two weeks ago that Cody’s mom Michelle got a call from a veterinary hospital in Brandon, Florida. Someone had picked-up Cooper, and a microchip scan had revealed that Cooper belongs in West Sacramento.

“I thought it was just a California town I had never heard of,” said Michelle Baetge. “I told them I’d drive over and pick him up.”

That’s when she got the incredible news: Cooper had traveled nearly 3,000 miles in the two years since he’d been gone. The company that microchipped Cooper made the arrangement to have him flown to Sacramento. The veterinary hospital chipped-in with a create. And Cooper was on his way.

The little Chihuahua has a special significance to Cody because his grandfather got him as something for Cody to remember him by.

“Most news is bad news,” Michelle Baetge said. “This is good news. It makes people feel good to hear there are still good people.”

Cody was worried that Cooper might take a little while to recognize him after all that time.

“I think it’s going to be crazy… to finally have him back after two years,” Cody said, a few hours before Cooper arrived in Sacramento.

But you could tell by the way the little dog was licking Cody’s face, he knew he was right where he belonged.

And as the crowd of well-wishers and media looked-on, more than one person wondered out loud: the little dog, named after a Cooper Mini car, had traveled so far, for so long… what stories could he tell?

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Starving dog jumps from 3rd floor window and survives

Friday, November 25th, 2011

A starving dog left in an abandoned apartment for two months, jumped from a third-story window in a desperate attempt to find food. Amazingly the dog survived the fall and helped rescue a puppy still locked inside.

The story of one-year-old Pit bull mix, Miracle and a four-month-old puppy named Gracie shows the remarkable spirit of animals.

Abandoned by their owners in a New Bedford, MA apartment for nearly two months, emaciated Miracle made a courageous leap for help by diving out of a third story window on Friday. Incredibly at that exact moment, a police officer pulled to the curb outside the residence to stop a car. The officer looked up and saw the painfully thin dog jump.

Miracle broke her hip and hind leg in the fall, but the officer was there to immediately help her.

Miracle’s amazing leap led Animal Control officers inside the apartment where they found a small malnourished puppy hanging onto life. The puppy, now named Gracie, was too weak to stand.

No food was found in the filthy apartment, but the dogs had managed to survive on a “water source” they found.

Animal Control Officer Emanuel Maciel described the apartment. “It was flea infested – feces all over the floor. It was devastating to see the conditions these animals were living.”

Both dogs are receiving treatment at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists. Surgeons successfully repaired Miracle’s broken hip and leg and she is on a special feeding program to help her gain weight. Gracie was in shock at the time of her rescue and is in intensive care. The staff said she is “active and alert.”

The property manager said the tenant left the apartment nearly two months ago, but did not leave a forwarding address.

Animal Control is asking for the public’s help to find the owner. Anyone with information is asked to contact New Bedford Animal Control.

“This constitutes felony cruelty against an innocent animal,” said Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the Center for Animal Protection at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “We are counting on the public to step forward with information to help bring the person or persons responsible to justice.”

“We see this too often,” said Jennifer Wooliscroft from the Animal Rescue League. “These dogs are often so resilient and nice when they have no reason to be nice at all.”

Hopefully both dogs will recover and be available for adoption in the future.

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Soldier adopts dog from battlefield

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Staff Sgt. Abel Emanuelli may not miss the battlefields of Afghanistan, but he will miss his companions there.

Especially Miley and Fathead.


No, they’re dogs.

The two canines were among the many strays the former Derry man befriended before leaving Afghanistan last year with the New Hampshire Army National Guard.

“They were something we could relate to,” Emanuelli said. “They helped our morale.”

But, he had to leave them behind, hoping they survived in the war-torn country. He’s been lonely ever since.

“He was just sitting there, saying, “I miss Fathead, I miss Fathead,” said his mother, Jane Lockard of Derry.

Now, Emanuelli, 27, wants to help a dog just like the canines that made life much more bearable for him in Afghanistan.

The former member of Charlie Company is adopting a black-and-white mongrel through a national organization, The Puppy Rescue Mission. Its goal is to unite soldiers and dogs from the battlefield.

He even has a name for his new pet — Charlie.

Out of all the dogs on the organization’s website, it was love at first sight.


He looked just like Fathead.

“I saw a couple of photos online,” Emanuelli said. “It looks just like the dog I had. When he was a puppy, he had a fat head.”

Miley was a little brown dog, or “kuchi, as they called them, that the soldiers befriended.

Emanuelli, who now lives in Manchester and is a student at Southern New Hampshire University, decided to obtain a pet through The Puppy Rescue Mission.

The organization seeks about $3,000 to fund the various expenses to adopt a dog of war, including airline transportation and medical care, Emanuelli said. The Purple Heart recipient has raised about $400 and the remainder will come from donors wanting to help.

Charlie, one of thousands of dogs that roam Afghanistan eating whatever they can find, is expected to arrive in the United States on Tuesday.

“He was eating rocks and dirt to stay alive,” Lockard said. “They don’t adopt dogs in Afghanistan. They shoot them if they are an annoyance.”

Anna Maria Cannan, founder of The Puppy Rescue Mission, could not be reached for comment. But Lockard said Cannan and other members of the organization are glad Charlie will make a soldier happy.

“They are just thrilled he’s going to have a permanent home,” Lockard said. “I think this is going to be very healing for Abel.”

She said Emanuelli and his younger brother, Luis, always had dogs when they were growing up.

“Adoption runs in the family,” Lockard said.

The family, including father Steven Emanuelli, usually adopted older dogs — at least 10 years old — that no one else wanted, she said. The only problem was they didn’t live much longer, and the family would soon be looking for another one.

“The boys said, ‘We need to get some younger dogs,”‘ Lockard said.

Emanuelli is not worried about Charlie dying of old age. He’s only about a year old. Dogs don’t tend to grow old in Afghanistan.

“I’m just happy to have a dog again,” Emanuelli said… story taken from… Eagle Tribune… read full story…


Dog held for ransom

Friday, November 25th, 2011

The kidnapping for ransom of a Woodland woman’s bulldog has drawn the attention of the press and the public across the U.S. and beyond, a Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Spokesman said Tuesday.

Chief Deputy Corey Huffine said he received calls Tuesday from the Los Angeles Times, ABC News and numerous other media outlets requesting information on the case. Good Morning America did a segment about the extortion scheme. A story about the dog also appeared on the website of the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom.

Jennifer Thomas of Woodland told authorities that Jagger, her English bulldog, disappeared Oct. 4.

The sheriff’s office said Thomas also told investigators she began receiving text messages Oct. 8 demanding she hand over prescription drugs and cash if she wanted her dog back. Thomas, who is wheelchair-bound, could not be reached Tuesday.

Huffine said he has been flooded with calls and e-mails this week from the local public as well as concerned people across the U.S. and overseas. He said he received one e-mail from someone in Germany wanting to ensure that the case was being handled properly. Others, he said, are offering to help bring Jagger home.

“There’s been a ton of interest,” Huffine said. “People love pets and love dogs.”

Huffine said he was so overwhelmed with interest in Jagger’s case that he was unable to work on much else Tuesday.

“My email’s blown up,” Huffine said, adding that he can’t step away from his desk without returning to find new messages on his phone. “It actually has slowed us down.”

Huffine said there had been no break in the case Tuesday, but that the sheriff’s office was taking the situation seriously.

Sheriff Mark Nelson released a statement Tuesday saying he’s had as many as four deputies at a time working the case.

“This is a living creature,” Huffine said. “We’re just doing the best that we can.”

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Meet Buddy, the therapy dog

Friday, November 25th, 2011

One of the newest residents at Luther Acres Retirement Home in Lititz is only five months old.

His name is Buddy, and he has white hair and big brown puppy dog eyes. That’s not so unusual, because Buddy is a puppy, a Great Pyrenees puppy to be exact. He is the new resident therapy dog at Luther Acres.

His “job” at Luther Acres is to fill the need of residents for a warm. loving dog that can keep them company and attend some of their activities. He also helps to give them a purpose, in helping to take care of him. They enjoy feeding him, petting him and taking him for walks.

As Mary Schreiber, recreational therapist at Luther Acres, points out, residents enjoy activities and experiences that remind them of being at home. A few of them had to give up pets, and miss their cats and dogs. Buddy helps to give them the sense of well being that a pet can provide.

“Just petting a dog can help you feel more relaxed and satisfied,” says Schreiber. “And Buddy is a great listener.”

Schreiber has brought her own cat, Maddie, a sweet orange and white tabby, to Luther Acres, and discovered how much that meant to some of the residents. A therapy pet has to have the right temperament— friendly and calm— to visit nursing home residents.

“I saw how much some of them liked Maddie, and she still comes to visit.” says Schreiber. “But Buddy will be a full-time resident here.”

Buddy has his own area at the skilled nursing unit of the retirement home, plus a large, enclosed outdoor courtyard. He is crate-trained, so likes to sleep in his crate. Residents and staff take care of feeding him, giving him water and taking him for walks. By the time he is full grown, he is likely to weigh more than 100 pounds.

“I like Buddy. It’s great to have a companion,” says resident Jennie Baker, 102, and a retired nurse, one of the first graduates of Lancaster General Hospital nursing school.

Baker enjoys when Buddy stops by for a visit. He is able to sense when people are dog-lovers. He goes up to them and gently nuzzles them for a pat on the head. He often lies down next to Baker, and she just likes having him around… story taken from… Lancaster online … read story…

Animal stories – My best friend, my best dog

Friday, November 25th, 2011

I was raised by a dog.

Sure, I had a mom, a dad and a big sister, but my main guardian was a male border collie named Chief. And he was the chief of my world. He was my best friend growing up.

At first, we were kind of thrown together. He was the guest that came to visit and ended up staying. Chief had been living with my nana’s friends in the city, but traffic and a border collie just don’t mix.

Chief was supposed to be my sister’s dog, but my sister, a big-time dog lover, went away to college, and I stayed home with Chief.

He followed me around from sunrise to sunset from the time I was a baby until I was about 9 years old. We walked from one end of town to the other, through the woods, jumping over rocks and streams in the neighborhood. My parents didn’t have to worry about me with Chief in tow.

We were inseparable, but the times we were apart, he always knew where I was.

“Chief, go get Mike,” my mom would tell my dog.

I’d be out playing somewhere, but he would bark at me until I made a move in the direction of home. If I refused, he would grab me by the pants and drag me until I did what my mom told me to do.

Eventually, we’d both get home. I’d get dinner, and Chief would get a Milk Bone.
My mom also used him as a babysitter and almost got in trouble with the local police.

One day, she left me in the playpen with Chief so she could do her chores. On this day, one of the neighbors tried to pick up me up out of the crib, but there was no way Chief was going to allow anyone to touch me, even if he knew them.
To make a long story short: He barked, bared his teeth, the neighbor called the police, the police showed up, Chief not caring that he was wearing blue, barked and growled at him too. My mother thought she was headed to lock-up, but instead, the police officer praised Chief. “He was doing what he was supposed to be doing,” he said.

When I learned to hit a baseball, he would run after it and try to catch it in the air. In the fall, when we played football, I’d run with the ball and he would chase me.

When I was 5, we both moved to a new house together with a lot of room to play. We’d have breakfast and then go on a daily adventure.

At this point, I thought it was always going to be that way. It was, until one summer day.

My sister was being picked up for work when a car came into the yard. Chief thought it was going to hit us, so he jumped in front of it and was run over.
Everyone cried for days, but in the end, Chief was just doing his job. Back then, it was hard for a 9-year-old who had just lost his best friend to think that way.

If it happened today, it would be just as hard as a 51-year-old. Best friends, like Chief, are sure hard to come by.…story taken from… NortonPatch… read story…


Lost dog’s adventure leads him back home

Friday, November 25th, 2011

They say all dogs go to heaven. But sometimes, heaven comes to the dog.

At least, that’s what 73-year-old Jim Arrighi of Tennessee said he believes.

Arrighi had been searching for his 4-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Petie, since the dog wandered away from his Erin, Tenn., yard July 28. He hung posters and bought ads in the local newspaper — he even went door to door when he could — searching for his beloved companion.

To make matters worse, Arrighi’s wife of 37 years, Juanita Arrighi, 77, died Oct. 12. Arrighi said he feels his wife is an angel who helped make sure Petie found his way home.

“I think she had something to do with it,” he said Wednesday, full of conviction. “She knew how much I loved that dog and how much comfort he was to me. I’d sit on the back porch and drink my coffee, and he’d do what he needed to do, then he’d crawl up in my lap and go to sleep.”

How Petie ended up in the yard of a Rochester Hills home, nearly 600 miles away, is unknown. But Arrighi said he has his theories. This morning, Arrighi and Petie will reunite, thanks to a microchip, a friend and volunteer and the generosity of strangers.

Petie wasn’t the only pet to find his way to the Great Lakes State recently. Ozzie, a long-haired, black-and-white cat sits in a Clinton Township veterinary clinic while workers there try to track down his owner in New York.

As with Petie, a microchip helped track down Ozzie’s owner and home. But more on Ozzie later.

Earlier this week, Petie wandered into the backyard of a family in Rochester Hills. The family contacted the Michigan Humane Society, which discovered the microchip and contacted Arrighi.

Arrighi said Petie’s favorite pastime is jumping Muster Ground Creek outside his house to visit the home of his daughter, Tyanne Morrison, 54. Petie would chase his daughter’s three cats up trees and sometimes ride on her four-wheeler, he said.

Occasionally, Petie also wandered down to say hello to workers who knew him at a nearby restaurant, Arrighi said. And that may have been his undoing.

“He’d ride with anybody — he loved to ride anything,” Arrighi said. “I’m sure he got into somebody’s car, and they just took off with him. He didn’t meet no strangers. He was friendly to everybody.”

Wednesday morning, Petie got into a car outside the Michigan Humane Society’s Rochester Hills facility with volunteer Nancy Greiser of Wayne, a humane society foster parent and volunteer since 2009. She was one of 76 volunteers who offered to drive Petie home — and she was the one who said she could leave immediately, humane society spokesman Kevin Hatman said.

“How can you not have your heartstrings tugged?” said Greiser, as Petie jumped for treats she held.

Greiser said she has volunteered with the Michigan Humane Society’s Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland since she retired from teaching at an adult-education facility about two years ago.

She said she and her friend expected to drive 10 hours Wednesday and stay at a bed-and-breakfast in Erin, Tenn., that offered them free accommodations. An anonymous donor was paying for their gas.

The reunion between Petie and Arrighi is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Arrighi’s home, about 90 minutes west of Nashville.

“I said nobody can cry when we show up,” Greiser said.

But that might be hard.

“This story puts a smile on the faces of our entire adoption center team,” said Marcelena Mace, shelter manager at the MHS Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care.

“It’s wonderful when we see microchip reunions, including those that seem like miracles. It really proves that no matter how far your pet may travel, a microchip can help him find his way home.”

Hatman said one in three pets gets lost at some time, but only 15% to 20% of lost dogs and 3% of lost cats are able to find their way home. Now, most rescues and veterinary clinics have universal scanners that can read any chip — and offer the pet a way home, he said… story taken from… Detroit Free Press … read story, see video…



Friends of the Pound

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Friends of the Pound … Their primary purposes are to re-home abandoned animals and to improve conditions at the Pound. They also promote the importance of responsible pet ownership and slowly, but surely, hope to lessen the increasing number of homeless animals, particularly through encouraging the desexing of animals to reduce the appalling numbers of unwanted pets… visit their site today…

Dog celebrates 21st birthday

Monday, November 7th, 2011

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Midge the “chiweenie” — or Chihuahua-dachshund cross — has lived a dogs age and she’s not ready to go any time soon.

The petite pooch has just celebrated her twenty-first birthday. That’s about 100 in dog years.

Her eyes are a bit milky due to cataracts and she’s growing hard of hearing, but her owner Jen Roos, 37, of Abbotsford, B.C., said Midge has no trouble hearing the food drop in her dish at dinner time.

And when the treats come out, Midge is just like any other dog.

“She’s quite the spry old gal. She still occasionally jogs and if there’s food involved she will jump,” she laughed.

Midge loves her walks and going for a car ride, especially when the ride includes a trip to the nearby off-leash park, Roos said.

“She wanders around there and says hello to everybody.”

The elderly dog, who weights just over three kilograms, is a new addition to the family.

Roos and her fiance, Derek Morley, adopted the dog in March when her elderly owners moved to a new home that wouldn’t allow dogs.

Because she’s only owned the dog for six months, Roos couldn’t say why the dog is so long-lived.

“I know that her previous owners loved her very much, it was very hard for them to let her go,” she said. “She’s just a sweet little dog.”

Midge was also welcomed — with great enthusiasm — by their one-year-old miniature pincher-pug cross named Smeagle.

“He tries to play with her and she tells him to leave her alone,” she laughed.

“Smeagle knows that she’s become the boss. He’s OK with that. I think he’s going to really going to miss her when she does pass away,” she said. “He’s become very protective of her and he always checks on her every morning when she gets up. He sticks his head in her crate to make sure she’s still there.”

Angela MacMillian on the board of director with Canadian Dachshund Rescue in Ontario, said small dogs do live longer, but 21 is still very old.

“Dachshund’s typically live to about 15, 16,” she said.

MacMillian couldn’t say if Midge’s longevity came from the dachshund or the Chihuahua side, or perhaps a mixture of both.

“It could be either, again, it is still old, even though the dog is small, that’s old,” she said. “Maybe it’s a one-off situation, a rare situation.”

Roos said her experience with Midge has been rewarding and should be a lesson to others when it comes to adopting older pets.

“There are older dogs out there who need some love and attention, and my heart went out to this couple when I heard of their situation. I met the dog and I thought ‘we’ll why not, she’ll fit in just fine,’ and she certainly has.” …story taken from…. Winnipeg Free Press… read story…


Dog that gets lost in storm is found

Monday, November 7th, 2011

On Thursday, a day of deluge, damage and tragedy, a beloved dog fled her Northeast Washington home and vanished. She apparently spent the night amid rain, thunder and lightning.

But for Asia, a medium-size black Labrador retriever/collie mix, the outcome was better than in many of the week’s storm-related events.

After a long chase through Northeast, three D.C. police officers took Asia into custody Friday morning at Gallaudet University.

It was not clear why officers had pursued her, but the chase ended about a mile from Asia’s house, which is at 16th and Rosedale streets. Asia had run out when workers came in. Asia, said owner Chris Maier, is “not used to strangers.”

The workers first looked for her and then called Maier, and he and his girlfriend searched for hours in vain. But after many calls to the D.C. animal control unit, Maier was told Friday morning that “something just came across the police radio” and that “it may have been your dog.”

It was. When they were reunited, Maier said, a tail-wagging Asia was truly excited. But on Saturday, he said, she still seemed “just sort of worn out.”... story taken from… The Washington Post… read story…



Family reunited with dog after 8 months

Monday, November 7th, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s been eight months since Sharalyn Cooper has seen Fadidle, her 2-year-old miniature pinscher, but on Saturday, she held the tiny animal, with its “bat ears” quivering, to her chest and cried.

The two were reunited at the Salt Lake International Airport after the dog turned up in San Diego.

“It’s wonderful,” she said, smiling though her eyes were full of tears.

The slight creature ran off from Cooper’s Roy home last October. Cooper said that wasn’t unusual. Most often, she’d find Fadidle running around with some neighborhood kids down the street, but this time her 1-year-old puppy was gone.

 Sharalyn Cooper hug her dog Fadidle at the airport in Salt Lake City  Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. The San Diego Humane Society returned the dog belonging to the Utah family after it was found in California.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Sharalyn Cooper hug her dog Fadidle at the airport in Salt Lake City Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. The San Diego Humane Society returned the dog belonging to the Utah family after it was found in California.

“We had a hard time,” Cooper said. “She’s our baby. It was pretty tough.”

After a couple of months of scouring the neighborhood, posting fliers and diligently checking animal shelters in Davis and Weber counties, Cooper all but gave up hope.

Then, seven months after the dog disappeared, a call came from the San Diego Humane Society letting them now they had found Fadidle.

“I bawled and thanked them an awful lot,” Cooper said. “I couldn’t believe it. We done so much to get her back and hadn’t found her.”

Athena Davis, an employee at the humane society said the dog was brought to them by a “Good Samaritan” and was at first believed to be a stray. They placed the animal on a stray hold, but then discovered she had been implanted with a microchip that linked her to Cooper.

But the dog then had to go on ringworm watch, delaying her return until Saturday.

“I just want to see my dog,” Cooper said anxiously in the airport. Then came Davis riding down the escalator, a small red kennel in hand and Cooper, her daughter, Darien, and Darin Watkins ran to greet the animal with hugs and tears.

She’s the best little girl,” Davis told them, noting that their pet had held up well, even amid the stress of the airport and having to ride underneath the airplane. “She did so good. She was very quiet and very patient.”

Davis said she only found out two days ago that she would be accompanying the animal back to its home.

“I’m just so excited we were able to do it and make it happen,” she said. “It’s one of the more unusual things I’ve done, but I enjoyed it.”

Davis said that the microchip made all the difference and recommended that everyone with a pet get one. In this case, it led to the “happy ending.”

“We see a lot of different things,” Davis said. “When it works out this way, it’s really touching.”

The family thanked Davis and those in San Diego for bringing Fadidle home. Sharalyn Cooper noted that the animal looked skinnier than when she had left, but was nevertheless happy to see Fadidle had survived the ordeal — even if a little unexpectedly…. story taken from… Deseret News… read story…


Study says dogs help young readers

Monday, November 7th, 2011

GRAFTON, Mass. (AP) – Not only are dogs man’s best friend, they might possibly help your child’s reading skills to boot.

According to a pilot study published by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, a group of second-graders who read aloud to a dog experienced a slight gain in their reading ability and attitude toward reading, while another group of second-graders who were paired up with veterinary school volunteers (all adults) experienced a decrease on both measures.

Dr. Lisa M. Freeman, one of the study’s authors and the research mentor for lead author Dawn Lenihan, a third-year veterinary student, said what is statistically significant about the study is no second-grade readers who were paired up with canine-counterparts left the group, while one third of those readers paired up with humans, failed to complete the study.

“For those of us who participated in this reading program, it is very easy to see how beneficial it is for the children who participate, both in their excitement about the reading and their improvement in reading skills over a very short time period,” said Dr. Freeman, professor of Clinical Sciences in Nutrition at the school.

The study was conducted for five weeks last summer at the Grafton Public Library. Children read for a half-hour to an attentive two-legged or four-legged friend. The participating dogs are enrolled in the Reading Education Assistance Dogs Program, a nonprofit organization that encourages children to read through the use of therapy animals.

All of the study’s investigators (including Grafton Public Library’s children and youth services librarian Amanda Diurba and Cummings School Shelter Medicine Director Emily McCobb) are also active in Tufts Paws for People, an animal visitation group at Tufts.

Ms. Diurba owner of Jack, a 5-year-old English pointer-Labrador retriever mix, who was on standby for the study said the enrichment program for beginner or “hesitant” readers started in 2005 at the library. While the study was small, she said it received positive results that children who read with the dogs get higher scores in word recognition and in reading motivation than the children who read to an adult.

“I can see how children are progressing by the degree of difficulty of the book titles they are choosing,” Ms. Diurba said. “At three weeks, something happens in the brain, the comfort level, whatever, and whatever little issues those children are having individually seemed to lessen mightily, go away. It actually ends up going away.”  …story taken from…… read story…

Maltese dog returned safely to family

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The sound of laughter and barking could be heard over the phone as Monica Benson described Ceaser’s homecoming.

Benson said Ceaser’s return on Saturday was one of joy and anticipation.

“The kids met him at the front porch,” Benson said. “Ceaser saw the kids and ran over and began to lick them.”

Ceaser a Maltese dog had arrived Saturday night at the home of his family in Clio, Mich. Ceaser had left Tucumcari on Aug. 9 traveling 1,424 miles by way of motor vehicle and plane.

“It is simply fantastic that he is here,” Benson said. “It still seems so incredible to me.”

Ceaser’s trip to reunited him with his owners more than a year after he disappeared following a vehicle accident on Interstate 40 that resulted in the death of two family members.

Ceaser was transported by several volunteers on his journey. Gina Hyatt of Clark Lake, Mich., drove Ceaser the last 118 miles from Battle Creek, Mich., to the front porch of his family’s home.

“Ceaser was acting anxious, but that is understandable having being transferred from person-to-person,” Hyatt said. “He was interested in his surroundings and looked out the front windshield as we traveled.”

Hyatt said she and her husband, Logan, had transported animals to new homes before. However, Hyatt said this time it was a very different experience.

“Normally the animals we have transported in the past were going to a new home,” Hyatt said. “This was the first time I traveled to return a dog to an owner. It was an unique experience.”

Hyatt said Ceaser started getting excited as they pulled into driveway.

“I think he smelled his family,” Hyatt said.

Hyatt said she placed Ceaser on the ground and he ran to the kids and went bananas when he saw Monica.

“I am so happy he is home,” Benson said. “I was embarrassed with all the media attention. Though it was all worth it. This morning I woke up and Ceaser was sleeping in the bed with me. It was amazing.” ...story taken from… qcsu online… read story…


The forgiveness of dogs (read this story and ban puppy mills forever)

Monday, November 7th, 2011

They cut us slack all those many evenings we arrive home late for dinner, and all those days we don’t walk them as often as we should. They instantly forgive us the outrages we all are guilty of inflicting from time to time, like accidentally closing the screen door on a tail, or forcing them to accept a new (unspeakably badly behaved) kitten. That willingness to excuse our day-to-day misdeeds is legendary, the stuff of novels and movies.

But millions of dogs go far beyond what we rhapsodize about in our own pets. They find ways (I can’t even imagine how) to dig deep and forgive an entire species — humans — for much bigger, and, you’d think, essentially unforgiveable crimes against them: starving them, hurting them, neglecting them, heaping misery upon misery upon them.

Never have I been more conscious of dogs’ profound ability to forgive than on this past Fourth of Julyweekend, when I visited National Mill Dog Rescue in Peyton, Colo., a dog-saving Mecca out on the dusty plains of rural Colorado.I met more than 100 dogs rescued from puppy mills, where they’d been cooped up year after year, producing litter after litter on too little food and water, crammed into too little space, living life with no veterinary care, no care of any kind, really, and no engagement with anyone but people who deliver only anguish.

Most of the dogs arrive here with teeth so rotted and painful that it’s hard to imagine why they didn’t just stop eating and die (some do, of course). Sometimes bad teeth evolve into complete disintegration of their jawbones.

NMDR founder Theresa Strader has such a dog. Daisy, just recently saved from a breeder and adopted by the Strader family, has a jaw so decomposed that they must place a towel on the floor and scatter kibble across it so Daisy can move forward in a wheelbarrow-like position, the better side of her head on the floor pulling in and chewing the food.

Some of these mill dogs arrive with eye infections, or blind, or missing eyes. Most are filthy, some with urine burns, some with fur so matted it’s hard for them to walk.

There are “common puppy mill dog” behaviors that everyone at NMDR is familiar with. Dogs will race to the front of their kennels and paw at the wire, appearing eager for human contact. But as soon as anyone actually opens the gate to enter, they run trembling to a corner. Simple reason: Until they landed here, no one had actually ever bothered to pet them.

“They know they want love,” Strader says, “they just don’t know what to do about it.” Some, in fact, are terrified of hands. Anyone can figure out why that would be.

Many won’t eat their food out of bowls. They’ve never been presented food in this manner before, so they warily approach bowls, reach out to tip them over, then gobble food from the floor.

And yet somehow, against all odds, these dogs that have known nothing from people but deprivation — and worse — forgive us all. Once they arrive here, once they’re no longer in pain or starving, once they get regular doses of care and love, they come around. The blind cocker spaniel, who definitely wasn’t born that way, kisses me with abandon, a wriggling mass of indiscriminate love. A couple of white fluffballs of tiny poodledom, a little stunted, really, from their previous life, push forward, eager to show just how good they are at snuggling. Two snorfling pugs, looking for all the world as if they’re smiling, press in for a hug.

I can’t explain how these dogs, and the dozens like them here, in just weeks have decided to forgive even if they can’t forget. But they do.

For some, of course, the journey is harder and longer than for others.

Week after week, one little white dog tore after everyone who approached her. A fear-biter of the highest order, she always struck first — before, she was certain, she would be struck. No gentle words seemed to comfort or reassure her, and this went on for eight months.

The exceedingly patient volunteers, who had had more than a few hard cases, began to despair. Then one day, not gradually but in a split second, the fear and rage disappeared, replaced by warm affection for one and all. “The light just clicked for her” says Strader. “We see it all the time.”

When I met that dog at a recent adoption event, she was being passed from person to person, the most sweet-tempered thing ever.

Most of these dogs get there, sooner or later.

I really can’t imagine how. … story taken from USA Today, Your Life… read story…




Make-A-Wish Foundation give puppy to girl with leukaemia

Monday, November 7th, 2011

MANITOWOC — Four-year-old Erin Borchardt knew she was getting a golden retriever puppy through the Make–A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin.

But she didn’t know it was coming Saturday, and she didn’t know a “king” and his “court” would deliver the puppy to her in a gift-wrapped box.

When the doorbell rang early Saturday afternoon, Erin looked out the window to see the “King of Wishes” and his six-person costumed court. Asking for Princess Erin, the king, portrayed by RJ Skrepenski, presented her with a pink box that was moving a little. Inside was a 9-week-old female golden retriever the Borchardt family already had named Charlie.

The newest member of the family licked Erin’s fingers, causing her to giggle, and proceeded to wander throughout the house, probably unsure of what to make of the house full of people, including relatives who had come to witness the event.

Erin, the daughter of Matt and Kathy Borchardt,knew the puppy she had wished for more than a year ago would be arriving sometime soon because she and her family had been treated to a shopping spree, via limousine, on Friday afternoon at PETCO.

But just minutes before the dog arrived, she asked how many more days it was going to be.

“We have a dog already,” she said as her new pet explored her new surroundings.

Positive prognosis

Erin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Sept. 23, 2009, and started treatment two days later, Kathy said. The disease is “relatively common,” and even though it was devastating it’s the “best” form of leukemia to have.

“Her treatment will be done at the end of this month,” she said. Story taken from.. … read full story…


Australian Animal Protection Society

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Australian Animal Protection Society… please help. Adopt a pet today!…

Cattle dog saves owner from Black Angus

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Farmer David Ferwerda may have dug pythons out of warthog holes and escaped elephant herds in Africa, but it was a pregnant Black Angus that would leave him on the operating table.

Ferwerda, a globe-trotting game hunter, credited his loyal Australian cattle dog Hannah with saving his life after the Angus attacked him on March 14.

“She’s an exceptionally good dog. She never takes her eyes off me. If it wasn’t for the dog I would never have gotten out of that barnyard,” he said.

It was a sunny morning when the 77-year-old bachelor went to do chores during calving season at his farm on 5909 East Buss Road. Little did Ferwerda know when he went to fix a leaky stock tank, that an Angus in the early stages of labor was lurking behind the barn door. The pregnant predator struck Ferwerda in the collar bone, knocked him in the manure and started pummeling him with her hooves.

Ferwerda thought he was dead meat.

“I hoped it would be over in a hurry because I didn’t have any chance to get out. I just gave up,” Ferwerda said.

The Angus didn’t break any bones, but put a nasty gash in his head. As he regained consciousness, Ferwerda saw that his mighty cow dog Hannah had backed off the beefy bully. The farmer crawled out on his hands and knees through the manure as the dog watched his back. Ferwerda said cows are scared of cattle dogs because they can bite their noses.

“The cow was pawing the ground, kicking manure and blowing snot. I got out of the barnyard without getting mauled again,” Ferwerda said. “She’s a wonderful little dog.”

Although Ferwerda was covered in bruises and suffering in pain, he was on such an adrenaline high that he thought he could bounce back from his injuries.

“I didn’t think much of it, I seemed to be OK,” he said… story taken from… Washington… read full story…

Dog alerts the family to fire

Monday, October 17th, 2011

A woman and her child were fast asleep when they woke to the sound of their dog barking.

When the woman got up to check on what was going on, she discovered her home was on fire.

Now firefighters say the family pet may have saved the woman and her child Sunday morning after a fire tore through the attic and the backside of their home near Lawrenceville  – and left them homeless.

Gwinnett County firefighters received the call around 4:20 a.m. about the fire in the 300 block of Shire Way.

When they arrived, they saw heavy fire shooting from the attic and the back side of the two-story wood frame house, Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

“Firefighters made immediate entry to conduct a search and battle the blaze,” Capt. Rutledge said. “The blaze caused significant damage to the exterior rear wall, attic, and roof.”

The mother and child were displaced by the fire, which took firefighters almost 40 minutes to control… story taken from… read story…


Campaign spotlights breast cancer in dogs

Monday, October 17th, 2011

t isn’t only humans who die from breast cancer.

An area veterinarian wants to educate pet owners about a preventable disease in dogs by launching a national awareness campaign.

Dr. Marthina Greer at Lomira Veterinary Village said mammary gland cancer — the veterinary equivalent of breast cancer — is the most common cancer in female dogs.

And it is preventable if pets are spayed when they are young, she said.

Because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every pet spayed in Greer’s clinic will go homewearing a pink ribbon bandana that resembles the pink ribbons promoting knowledge of the disease in humans and early detection efforts.

For the next six months, dog owners also are invited to bring their dogs to the Lomira Clinic for a free breast exam.

A set of pink stickers for calendars will accompany pet owners home much like the monthly reminders that accompany flea and tick preventatives.

The stickers are to remind people to perform a monthly breast check on their dogs.

“Since dogs can’t do self exams, we will have to do it for them. We don’t have chemotherapy or radiation for dogs so the best thing someone can do is be aware of what to look for,” Greer said.

Signs of the disease in canines include firm nodules in the tissue around the nipples, lumps, ulcerated skin, swelling and inflammation.

Greer says she sees several cases a week and finds it heartbreaking to see a dog die because owners aren’t educated about preventive care…story taken from… read story…


Lucky dog gets new lease on life

Monday, October 17th, 2011

PICAYUNE — If dogs could talk, they would tell stories similar to those of humans — about love and rejection.

Take Spot, for instance.

He was wandering alone on Interstate 59 recently, a candidate for being run over.

A honeymooning couple from New York was driving down I-59, headed to New Orleans to board a ship for a Caribbean cruise. They spotted Spot, said Maria Diamond, president of the SPCA, which runs and sponsors the Picayune Animal Shelter.

Sven Straessle and his wife, of Wappinger, N.Y., noticed Spot seemed disoriented, and in pretty bad shape.

At the next exit they circled back, took him onboard and turned off at the Picayune exit.

They found the Picayune Animal Shelter.

Animal shelter personnel saw he had a collar with a tag and phone number. The person they called said he did not want the dog back.

The Straessles pulled out a $100 bill to help cover Spot’s expenses.

Resident Jean MacInnis took Spot in, and he is now happily ensconced in a warm and supportive home.

“There still are good people out there who make good things happen,” Diamond said. “The Straessles were busy, and on their honeymoon, and the last thing they needed to interfere with their schedule was something like this. But they took the time to help.”

MacInnis she heard the story about the dog, and “it broke my heart.”

“I volunteered to adopt him because I was afraid when the $100 ran out, they might euthanize him,” she said.

She said she is administering a heartworm treatment, and Spot is improving. A deep cut on his left-front paw is healing nicely, too.

“He is a Walker hound, which I understand are used to hunt deer,” MacInnis said. “He looks like a beagle with long legs. He is friendly, loving and loves attention.”

He is 2 to 3 years old.

MacInnis said she would consider placing Spot in another home, but she said first she would have to make sure he would be treated properly and not wind up back on I-59…. story taken from read story…


Top Aussie film ‘Red Dog’

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Filmmaker Nelson Woss, producer of the movie that captured Heartland Film Festival’s $100,000 jackpot, has been touting his love for Indianapolis all weekend.

He talked about everything from his trip to Fountain Square’s Peppy Grill and late nights in the city to his appreciation of the festival’s mission: encouraging filmmakers whose work expresses hope and respect for the positive values of life… story taken from…read story…|topnews|text|

During Saturday’s 20th annual Heartland Film Festival awards ceremony, Woss even said he planned to tell his pooch, Koko, star of “Red Dog,” about it.

But when he learned his movie had scored the big prize — the one that comes with more money than the combined top cash awards from the Sundance Film Festival ($20,000), the Tribeca Film Festival ($25,000) and the Toronto International Film Festival ($30,000) — he had even bigger news.

“I’ve really got something to tell the dog now!” Woss said. “Thank you to Indianapolis.”

Other winners included “Crime After Crime,” which was awarded the Best Documentary Feature prize of $25,000, and “Thief,” which earned a $10,000 Vision Award for Best Short Film.

“Each year we have the incredible opportunity at Heartland to celebrate independent filmmakers and recognize them for their significant contribution to the mission of Heartland,” Jeff Sparks, president and CEO of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, said in a news release. “It’s our great honor to award the top films for creating beautifully made films that demonstrate excellence in filmmaking and best aligning with Heartland’s mission.”

The coveted grand prize is given annually to the film deemed to best carry forward Heartland’s mission to promote positive change in people’s lives through film, Sparks said.

“Red Dog” did that by telling a true story of a canine who, according to the Internet Movie Database, united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long-lost master.


Puppy mills need to be stopped

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Puppy mills seem to be big business all across the country and we, sight unseen, do not realize the full extent of this horrifying situation. You may have seen news shots and pictures of a puppy mill. This is a real problem and one that needs our cooperation, awareness and attention to do any little bit we can to put a stop to this horrendous business. All those precious pets need us to be their voices, help and protect them. When you see a picture of a puppy, it immediately tugs at your heart. Puppy mills work at getting to you through adorable puppy pictures without letting you know where and how these pups are raised. Most of you must be aware of the existence of puppy mills or may think that it only happens on TV as seen on “Animal Planet” and other news shows. This is so far from the truth. Puppy mills are in existence everywhere and only we can stop them from this flourishing and horrifying business. Dogs and puppies are living creatures that are treated as a product or commodity to the puppy mill owner. It breaks my heart and yours to think of the conditions these babies have to endure at the hands of abusive owners who can’t find a more honest way to make a living. Your local Rockford area veterinarians at can help you may a good choice in adopting a dog and not supporting puppy mills.

Puppy mill dogs are everywhere, either in pet stores or advertised in newspapers and on the internet. Trusting the internet to get your next puppy is very risky. You need to be aware of any shady tactics by the person advertising a puppy. If they have several breeds of dogs and are more than happy to ship the puppy out to you, chances are strong they are just in the puppy business for profit, not wanting you to know where and how that puppy has been reared and raised. Choosing a puppy from an internet site carries too many risks. Many puppies are available locally for you to choose from without trusting a “breeder” sight unseen…. story taken from… read full story…

Dog smells low blood sugar

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

(NBC) – One in 400 children in the United States suffer from diabetes, and while many of them struggle with figuring out when they need their insulin, the parents of one Long Island boy found the perfect solution: Hero, a diabetic alert dog, a specialized breed of Labrador that can detect when a diabetic is in trouble and find help.

Johnny Pion, 8, is a laid back kid that was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in 2008.

The disease is a death sentence without insulin, and his blood sugar needs constant monitoring. He can’t even go on play-dates without mom or dad fearing he might need help.

With Hero in her new home, Johnny’s parents may worry a little less.

They found out about diabetic alert dogs at a fundraiser for diabetes. The dogs cost around $20,000 and are not covered by insurance.

Through donations from friends, family and the community, the Pions brought Hero home from Warren Retrievers in Virginia, a specialty breeder of service dogs.

Cherri Campbell, Hero’s trainer, says the dogs can detect the slightest changes in blood sugar by their keen sense of smell.

“Humans have 5 million smell receptors; dogs have 5 billion,” she said.

When the dog detects something’s wrong, she’ll warn Johnny by nudging up against him. If he doesn’t respond, Hero knows to look for mom and dad.

Eventually Hero could contact 911 in an emergency.

On their first night, together Johnny was comfortable sleeping in his own bed and not with his parents.

Night time is critical because blood sugar goes unchecked while sleeping. Now Hero stands guard…. story taken from…… read story….


Dog becomes surrogate mother to tiger cubs

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

A dog in China is playing the role of surrogate mother to three white tiger cubs after the animals were rejected by their birth mother.  Story taken from… You Tube… see video…

Dog rescued from highway

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

BENWOOD – A female mixed English setter dog was rescued Wednesday afternoon as it was trying to jump the median wall of W.Va. 2 in Benwood.

Marshall County Animal Shelter Director Cindy Brautigan said all four of its paws were bleeding. She said a volunteer from the Animal Rescue League saw the dog and stopped her car to try and slow traffic.

A man following also stopped and was able to catch the dog and put it into the woman’s vehicle and she took it to the animal shelter.

“The dog was full of burrs,” Brautigan said. “It was very hungry and very scarred. We are hoping someone comes to claim it. We have been trying to win her trust. We have been feeding it small meals several times a day.”

Because the dog was scared it bit the man who caught her, Brautigan said. She does not know who the man was, who caught the dog, or how severe the bite was.

“We normally hold a dog for five days before we release it,” she said, “but we are going to hold her 10 days before we let her go. We are hoping the owner will call or we will put her up for adoption.”… story taken from… The Intelligencer. Wheeling News-Register… read story…

Lost family dog found

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – An happy ending to the story about the missing family dog, Charlie.

Andrea Johnson’s family was heartbroken after the family’s pet dog Charlie went missing. The 8-month-old pup is actually a service dog for Andrea’s 7-year-old daughter Eva, who has Asbergers disease, a high functioning form of autism.

Andrea made a tearful plea during a 3 News broadcast on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, And later that evening Charlie was found. 3 News received a call from a guy named Larry Guerrero. He found Charlie near a restaurant by the Crosstown Expressway.

Guerrero cares for lost dogs, often finding them new homes. When he saw are report earlier this evening, he says he jumped at the chance of reuniting the family: “It just gets you all over man. It’s a good thing. As long as we do one good thing every day. That’s all we need.”

Johnson says, “oh, I’m so happy she is back home. She is back where she belongs. I can tell she missed us. Even if it was that little short of time.”

As you can imagine, in the future, the Johnson’s say they plan to  keep an especially close eye on Charlie… story taken from… kiii… read full story and see video…

Toy Poodle rescues owner from burning home

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Good things come in small packages, the saying goes. A 19-year-old Utah man learned the truth of those words when he was awakened in the middle of the night last Friday by paramedics, who led him out of the family house, which was on fire. The emergency personnel had been led in turn had to the young man’s room by the family dog, an heroic toy poodle named Ted.

The fire broke out at around 3 a.m. That was when a passer-by noticed flames and called the fire department. The sleeping teen’s mother and two children exited the house before the firefighters arrived, but the 19-year-old was still inside. West Jordan Fire Battalion Chief Reed Sharman picks up the story’s thread. As he told the Salt Lake Tribune:

Two of our paramedics, Don Chase and Erik Andersen, had gone inside to search the structure, and when they opened the door, there was the dog. When they went to grab the dog, though, he ran downstairs.

He stopped on a landing, looked back at our guys, waited for them to catch up and then ran down to the next landing.

Ultimately, Ted led the emergency responders to a basement couch where the teenager was fast asleep. By this point, the house had begun to fill with smoke, conditions that further underscore Ted’s selflessness and bravery.

The two paramedics carried the young man and dog outside. The man was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation and released. The dog was uninjured, though Chief Reed Sharman told reporters he was “grumpy.” You would be, too, if you wanted to let firefighters know a family member was trapped inside the burning house but had no language in common with them.

The fire, meanwhile, was extinguished within 10 minutes. The house had sustained an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 in damage, but the most precious contents were perfectly fine, in no small measure thanks to a determined little dog…. story taken from… Examiner… read full story…


Puppy love aids abused children

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Working with victims of physical, sexual and mental abuse is an area filled with difficultly. It becomes even harder when dealing with children.

For Mary Jo McVeigh, a counselor and child trauma expert, who has worked with children for over 25 years, it was a random interaction between her pet dog and a young client that opened her eyes to a new approach, one which is producing unexpected results.

McVeigh is the founding principal of Cara House, which helps children dealing with trauma. In addition to traditional counselling, the clinic offers special sessions with a loveable spoodle (cross between a poodle and a cocker spaniel) named Toby.

Toby is the canine clinical lead at Cara House and has been helping trauma survivors for five years. He is believed to be the first dog in Sydney to be used to help treat abuse victims.

“I could say it was some very sophisticated approach, but it was completely by accident,” said McVeigh.

“I was walking Toby one day and had to stop by work. A young girl was here [Cara House] and she was struggling with certain relationships, she wouldn’t let anybody near her, but there was an instant connection to Toby.”

Upon realising the effectiveness of animal comfort, McVeigh and her colleague Laura Luchi undertook training in the trauma model of animal assistance therapy.

Since then, Toby has become an integral part of the work done at Cara House.

“The beauty of Toby is the approach is more tactile,” said McVeigh.

“We work through Toby, we say what would Toby be feeling, what would Toby be thinking, how could you help Toby with his barking. This encourages children to take on a caring role for Toby and vice versa.”

McVeigh talked about how difficult it was for a child that has been traumastised by abuse to trust people, especially adults.

According to government agency, the Australian Insitute of Family studies, there were 46,187 claims of child abuse across Australia in the 2009-10 financial year… story taken from… The Age.. read full story…

Pet stolen from garden

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

A FAMILY has been left distraught after its pet dogs were stolen from the garden of a home in Great Bromley.

Two Jack Russell terriers were taken after someone entered the back garden of the property in Harwich Road, Great Bromley.

One of the dogs, called Jack, was later found abandoned, wandering the streets near Colchester

Penny, who is brown and white and aged 18 months, is still missing. She was named because of a tan circle of hair on her right flank.

Investigating Officer, PC Dan Heard, said the owners have young children who are all deeply upset by the incident.

He said: “We would urge anyone who saw people acting suspiciously near the main road going through Great Bromley to get in touch.”

The pets were taken at about 8pm on Thursday….. story taken from the Harwich and Manningtree Standard.. read full story…


Missing dog turns up 750 miles from home

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

A miniature pinscher who went missing was finally rescued after showing up more than 750 miles from her home.

It had been eight months since Sharalyn Cooper, from Salt Lake City, Utah, last saw two-year-old Fadidle – in which time the tiny dog had managed to travel across two states to San Diego, California.

The loving owner was finally reunited with her pet at Salt Lake International Airport this weekend, after Fadidle was handed in to San Diego Humane Society as a stray.

The animal shelter placed the dog on a stray hold but, thanks to a microchip implanted under her skin, they were able to link her back to her owners in Utah, the Dereset News reported.

‘It’s wonderful,’ said a delighted Mrs Cooper clutching the tiny, quivering dog to her bosom, her eyes streaming with tears of joy. She noted that Fadidle looked a bit skinnier than when she had left.

‘She’s just a little tiny thing. We’re just happy they found her. It was definitely a long wait,’ she added… story taken from …… read full story….–750-miles-home-Utah.html

Farm dog suckles piglets

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

CAMAGUEY, Cuba — Yeti the dog already had a litter of pups to care for when the piglets adopted her as a second mom.

Ever since then, the Cuban farm dog has been pulling double-duty, nursing not just her own young but also the 14 swine.

Farmer Mannorkys Santamaria said the piglets also take milk from their mothers, but when they see Yeti, they run to her for a meal. On a recent day the young porkers followed her around the farm as if she were their real mother.

“No one imposed this on the dog,” Santamaria said. “The piglets discovered this on their own and began nursing with her when they turned 15 days old.”

Santamaria, 35, and his wife Eida Fernandes, 40, raise pigs, chickens, doves and turkeys on their small farm in the eastern province of Camaguey. There are also several mixed-breed dogs who have showed up on the property over the years and stayed.

So far, Yeti is the only one to become an adopted mother to pigs. Fernandes said she doesn’t seem to mind. All but one of Yeti’s biological offspring have been given away, and the one pup remaining nurses alongside the swine.

“When the piglets ventured outside their pen, it seems they smelled the dog’s milk and began screaming at her,” Fernandes said. “In the beginning we didn’t think the dog would let them suckle, but they insisted so much they ended up nursing with her.”… story taken from… The Sacramento Bee… read full story…

Therapy dogs hearten patients at hospital

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

DALLAS (AP) — Behind Jim and Bettye Baker‘s Seagoville home sits the kennel for Oak Hill Animal Rescue, the pet organization the Bakers founded to save animals from being euthanized.

Since it opened in 2006, the Bakers said they have found homes for at least 500 dogs.

So when a veterinarian called them about an ailing pit bull pup named Chili, the decision to adopt her was a no-brainer.

When Chili was 8 weeks old, someone threw her over a fence onto concrete, breaking her back and cracking her pelvis. A vet told the Bakers she had suffered neurological damage and would never be able to use her hind legs.

Chili grew to be 42 pounds. Her chest is broad and muscular. The Bakers swear she can smile because when Chili pants, the corners of her mouth curl into a wide grin.

Eventually, Chili learned to get around by using her front legs and dragging the rest of her body. But the dragging took a toll on her tail, which is covered in scar tissue.

When she was a year old, the Bakers discovered Eddie’s Wheels, a Massachusetts-based company that makes lightweight aluminum wheelchairs for pets. A padded saddle in the shape of a figure-eight holds their back legs in place.

The Bakers bought one of the wheelchairs — which cost between $325 and about $1,400 — for Chili, who enjoys running around the backyard.

“She just flies in the thing,” Jim Baker said.

Last year, the Bakers were with Chili at a pet adoption event in North Dallas when a woman approached them.

“This dog needs to go to Baylor,” said the lady, a nurse at Baylor Hospital who was familiar with its Animal-Assisted Therapy Program. According to a study by the Center for Human-Animal Interaction at Virginia Commonwealth University, a majority of patients who suffered from acute psychiatric problems showed lower anxiety levels after interacting with therapy dogs.

But not all dogs who try out make the cut for Baylor’s program.

“Just because your dog likes people or is a friendly dog does not mean that they would make a good therapy dog,” said Linda Marler, the program’s director.

Animals accepted at Baylor must pass a 15-minute test during which pans are dropped, and crutches and wheelchairs circle the dog to determine its reaction. There is also a pain tolerance portion to make sure the dog will not bark or bare its teeth if it is hurt.

Chili and Arlo, a disabled dachshund adopted by the Bakers three years ago, have been a big hit with Baylor patients. Of the 86 dogs making rounds at the hospital, they are the only two disabled ones, and this month marks their first anniversary of bringing smiles to patients’ faces.

At a therapy gym inside the Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation, some patients laughed recently when they spotted the canine visitors. Others stared, wide-eyed.

“Patients just absolutely love them,” Jim Baker said. “There’s something about that contact, seeing a dog in a wheelchair who is so happy and thriving.”

Kristen Hill, an occupational therapist at the institute, has seen the dogs repeatedly boost the attitudes of her patients.

“It definitely makes them smile,” Hill said. “They’re able to relate to the dogs” because most patients use wheelchairs themselves.” … story taken from…… read full story…


The dog with the longest ears in the world

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

A Black and Tan Coonhound named ‘Harbor’, aged 8, from Boulder, Colorado, USA, has earned a spot in the upcoming Guinness World Records 2012 Edition for having the Longest Ears on a Living Dog.

Owned by Jennifer Wert, Harbor’s left and right ears measure 12.25 inches and 13.5 inches respectively.

As a puppy Harbor would struggle with his colossal ears; frequently causing him to trip over them and roll down stairs.

Now at the age of 8 the purebred has grown into his ears (only occasionally tripping over!), the only trouble being caused by the attention he receives from members of the public…. story taken from… Guinness World Records… read full story…


Stem cell puts bounce back in Labrador’s step

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

WINDSOR, Ont. — Misty, an almost 12-year-old Labrador retriever suffering from arthritis, has gone from aging hound in pain to joyful puppy after stem cell treatments at the Essex Animal Hospital, just southeast of Windsor.

Robert Meloche, Misty’s owner, considered putting her down earlier this year because his pet was miserable. She couldn’t walk up stairs and she was in pain.

Misty had arthritis in her knees and calcification in her front left paw. A month after paying $2,000 for a stem cell treatment, Misty was a new dog.

“She’s up and running,” he said. “She jumps into the pool. She has no problem going up and down the stairs. She’s prancing.”

Misty became so puppy-like she was sneaking off with shoes to chew. The treasured family dog has become so boisterous that they have to watch her more closely to make sure she doesn’t overdo it.


The Essex Animal Hospital, which has one of the province’s largest rehabilitation units, is now offering stem cell therapy to help pooches heal joints and ligament damage. The procedure, which costs up to $2,500, is done at the clinic.

Stem cells are removed from the canine, mixed with plasma and processed at an on site laboratory. The cells are then injected into the dog in the area in need of healing. The procedure takes about three hours. The procedure works best in conjunction with physical therapy.


“It definitely improves the quality of life,” said Dr. Janet Huntingford, a veterinarian who has owned the clinic since 1986.

Stem cells were first used in thoroughbred horses. The treatments are not commonly available and are only offered at a handful of clinics in the province, she said.

While there are some case reports documenting the results of the treatment, there’s nothing proving its effectiveness except observing how the patients react.

“It’s not the owner saying the dog is a lot better, but has the muscle bulk increased?” Huntingford said. “Has the range of motion increased to 140 degrees? That’s a measurable scientific thing.”

The three dogs that underwent the procedure since it was offered in April do physical therapy like walking on a treadmill in a salt water pool to improve fitness and build muscle without jarring tender ligaments.

After the procedure, Misty had physical therapy twice a week until she built muscle mass and then it tapered off, Meloche said.

The procedure is “cutting edge,” said Cathy Carnevale, the clinic’s manager. “We get dogs coming in on stretchers and after therapy they walk after two or three months…. story taken from… Leader-Post.. read full story…


Dog’s microchip tale has a happy ending

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

MILLIE the springer spaniel had no idea of the trouble she would cause when she went off exploring.

But her owners, the Marshalls, were left frantic when they realised the five-year-old dog had gone missing from their holiday home at the Solent Breezes Holiday Park in Hook Lane, Warsash.

And when they ran off down the beach looking for their beloved pet, she was nowhere to be found.

Luckily the wandering pooch had been found by a pair of ladies out for a stroll, who knew exactly what to do.

They took her to the Stubbington Ark animal shelter where they checked her over and scanned her and soon found the microchip that contained all her details.

Within hours she was reunited with the grateful family.

Deana Marshall said: ‘Millie pushed her nose through our sliding doors to open them and ran off along the slipway to the beach.

‘I had just come out of the shower so couldn’t run after her.

‘When she goes on the beach, people throw stones for her and she runs to catch them.

‘When I did get on the beach some passers-by told me a couple of ladies had gone up the beach with my dog.

‘Despite looking for Millie and the ladies, they had disappeared.

‘I ran back to the holiday home and alerted the manager.’

The Marshalls, who come from Epsom in Surrey, had been staying at the park in their holiday home for a month over the summer.

Mrs Marshall added: ‘My distress immediately turned to relief on hearing Millie was safe – if it hadn’t been for the microchip, I don’t know what would have happened to her.’

Head of fundraising at the Ark Vanessa Eden said: ‘It’s cases like this that highlight just how important it is to get your dogs, cats and microchipped.

‘So many of the animals we receive here each year never get reunited with their owners and we have no way of finding them.

‘Fortunately, this time there was a happy ending. But if the Marshalls hadn’t microchipped Millie it could have turned out very differently and who knows where Millie could have ended up… story taken from… The News.. read full story…


Can dogs warn us of impending earthquakes?

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Does nature warn when a big earthquake is coming? Do animals hear this warning when we don’t? VICKI ANDERSON talks to a scientist who is investigating possible earthquake precursors in the days leading up to the September 4 earthquake.

If your pet goes berserk at an inconvenient time, be inclined to humour it: it might save your life.

That’s the advice from Dr Neil Whitehead who, after the 7.1 earthquake in Darfield on September 4, 2010, researched whether there were real precursors of the event.

A website was set up, and survey categories based on similar previous studies in Kobe, Japan, and Izmit, Turkey, were selected. Kiwis were invited to offer their observations at

Christchurch people helped with several hundred replies to the internet survey, he says.

“Their detailed time reports allowed statistical tests to be done and establish for the first time that animal responses in particular were real and not just due to selective reporting. Their reporting of earthquake lights was also in unprecedented detail,” Whitehead says.

“The most interesting information was strong statistical evidence that animals, particularly dogs and cats, reacted somehow at varying times before the September 4 quake, this had been only anecdotal for previous earthquakes,” he says.

There was also strong anecdotal evidence of people experiencing a feeling of pressure, or sometimes headaches before the quake and aftershocks.

“There was timing evidence that precursors were not due to foreshocks, and were consistent with electromagnetic radiation, presumably extremely low frequency, otherwise it could not reach the surface from the epicentre.”

Based in Wellington, Whitehead is a research scientist who spent 27 years with Crown Research Institute GNS Science and its predecessors, and four years with the International Atomic Energy Agency (United Nations). He is now an independent consultant. His most recent official post was Visiting Professor at Hiroshima University from 2005-2006.

“I spent nearly a year at Osaka University from 2002 to 2003 with the late geophysicist Professor Ikeya and showed statistically for the first time that some publicly reported precursors were valid, though not helpful for prediction,” Whitehead said.

The 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, resulted in unusual electronic precursors being reported, which led several researchers to speculate about the possible role of electromagnetic radiation from the ground.

Ikeya embarked on a programme of interdisciplinary research, with many students and several research colleagues, including Whitehead, during the late 90s and up until 2005… story taken from… The Press..… read full story…


Ruby’s Rave

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Hellooo fur-fans!  I’ve had a lovely week and the weather has been positively wonderful for those out-and-about activities that I dream about. I’ve been touring the island once again to see all my fans and circulate before the summer festivities begin and the holidays start once again. Have to get my face out there so that people will know me and love me. I try to get out and about as much as I can in the tourist season. It does wonders for my ego to be patted and cooed over at least twice a day by a complete stranger.

I’ve been commandeering the front seat of Mum’s car as we tour the island to say hello to all my friends. I have to say that they are all very pleased to see me, as I haven’t been out as much this year as I would have liked. I’m planning on getting a lovely new doo in the next few weeks to befit my status as front seat navigator and greeter.

Until next time..

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Saturday, August 27th, 2011

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Loyal dog refuses to leave soldier’s casket

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

The dog of a slain US Navy SEAL remained loyal even in death — refusing to walk away from his owner’s casket during the funeral service.

Petty Officer Jon Tumilson, 35, from San Diego, was one of 30 troops killed in Afghanistan when a Chinook helicopter was shot down by Taliban insurgents on August 6.

His funeral was held in Rockford, Iowa, last Friday.

During the service, attended by 1500 people, his Labrador Hawkeye walked up to the casket, heaved a sigh and lay down in front of it for the duration of the memorial.

Tumlinson’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton, photographed the dog resting by the casket.

“Hawkeye was/is his loyal ‘son’… I hadn’t planned on taking any pictures other than with family,” Pembleton wrote in a statement to the military blogHome Post.

“However, from my seat at the funeral, I felt compelled to take one photo to share with family members who couldn’t make it or couldn’t see what I could from the aisle.”…story taken from…. 9 news at… read story …


Ancient dog skull shows early pet domestication

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

The fossilized remains of a canine found in the 1970s in southern Siberia’s Altay Mountains (see map) is the earliest well-preserved pet dog, new research shows.

Dogs—the oldest domesticated animals—are common in the fossil record up to 14,000 years ago. But specimens from before about 26,500 years ago are very rare. This is likely due to the onset of the last glacial maximum, when the ice sheets are at their farthest extent during an ice age.

With such a sparse historical record, scientists have been mostly in the dark as to how and when wolves evolved into dogs, a process that could have happened in about 50 to a hundred years.

“That’s why our find is very important—we have a very lucky case,” said study co-author Yaroslav Kuzmin, a scientist at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk.

In the case of the Russian specimen, the animal was just on the cusp of becoming a fully domesticated dog when its breed died out.

(See dog-evolution pictures.)

Dogs Arose at Multiple Sites?

Kuzmin and colleagues recently used radiocarbon dating to examine the skull and jaw of the Russian dog in three independent laboratories. Each lab confirmed the fossil’s age at around 33,000 years old.

Burnt twigs also found at the site, known as Razboinichya Cave, suggest that hunter-gatherers used the space for something, and it’s likely the dog was their pet before its death from unknown causes, Kuzmin said.

Cold temperatures and nonacidic soil in the cave likely kept the dog’s remains from completely decaying, he added.

The team compared the Russian dog fossils with the bones of wild wolves, modern wolves, domesticated dogs, and early doglike canids that lived before 26,500 years ago.

The results showed that the dog—which probably looked like a modern-daySamoyed—most closely resembled fully domesticated dogs from Greenland in size and shape. That’s not to say the two dog types are related, though, since the new study didn’t run DNA analysis… story taken from National read full story…


Can dogs sniff out lung cancer?

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

“Dogs can be trained to identify the scent of lung cancer long before symptoms develop,” the Daily Mail has today reported. The newspaper said that “sniffer dogs can be relied upon to find the unique smell of the disease in seven out of 10 sufferers”.

The claim is based on a study that had trained four dogs to detect breath samples from people with lung cancer among those taken from healthy people and people with the lung condition COPD. The researchers determined that when three out of the four dogs agreed on which samples indicated lung cancer then this consensus could correctly detect a cancer sample 72% of the time. The dogs could also correctly rule out cancer in healthy samples 94% of the time.

However, the researchers point out that the dogs may have been detecting the medication used by the cancer patients rather than substances indicating the disease itself. This casts doubt on how well the technique might detect undiagnosed cancer. The accuracy of the test is unlikely to be the same in an unselected group from the general population. Therefore further testing will be needed.

As it stands, it is not possible to say whether dogs will be useful to sniff out early lung cancer in a sample outside of a research setting, such as a random selection from the general population or from high-risk groups. Although a novel idea, researchers must see whether cancer-specific compounds are actually released when a tumour is present, and assess the practicalities of using the technique outside of a research setting… story taken from… Yorkshire Evening Post.. read story…



Woman’s dog gets stolen at her garage sale

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

(Memphis 8/22/2011) When a Raleigh woman held a yard sale over the weekend she didn’t know some visitors would think it was “free for all.”

Not only did some bargain hunters walk off without paying, but she believes they also left the family dog.

“I’ve had her for five years,” said Jacqueline Reed.

Reed says she realized her dog, Bianca was missing after she ran after a customers who picked up some items, but didn’t pay.

“She was loading the stuff and we just told her you didn’t pay us. She said oh, I paid somebody. We said no you did not pay us,” said Reed.

She says the woman finally paid and left with her family, but believes she also drove off with her dog.

She says she even saw a man in the vehicle holding down her pet.

“I thought he was intoxicated cause he was slumped over. Either he was holding her down or he was holding her with his foot,” said Reed.

She said just minutes earlier their children had been playing with the dog. She says she never imagined anyone would just walk off with Bianca.

“Not only did you try to take my stuff you took my dog, too? You gonna take my dog too,” said Reed.

Last month we told you about a 10-year-old-boy who had a puppy stolen from his back yard in the Berclair area.

His family believes whoever took the dog planned to sell it.

Reed is afraid the same thing is going to happen to her Bichon Frise and is asking for the public’s help.

“If you lurky about buying a dog look into it before you purchase a dog because these dogs are designer dogs they are expensive. nobody is going to just sell a dog,” said Reed.

Reed says while the ordeal has shaken her faith in humanity, she’s now relying on strangers to bring her dog home.

Reed says the family of four left in a tan or beige..newer, Chevy SUV.

I you know anything about the dog call 901-303-9353…. story taken from … News Channel 3 Memphis… read story, see video of dog…,0,7997703.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wreg-news+%28WREG+-+News%29

Dogs help people with disabilities

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

These dogs don’t just fetch.

They turn on light switches, drag laundry baskets, pull wheelchairs and give autistic children the confidence to visit the dentist.

But before Canine Companions for Independence dogs can fulfill their destiny of becoming service animals to people with disabilities, they need the right start in life. At 8 weeks old, the dogs go from a breeder to a carefully screened volunteer “puppy raiser,” said Melanie Dutcher, president of the national organization’s Utah chapter, Wasatch Companions.

“They are in an important developmental phase,” she said. “If handled properly, you get a confident and safe dog.”

Wasatch Companions has about 100 volunteers, and on Friday, one of those volunteers inspired a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo. The bank presented a check to the organization through its Volunteer Service Award program at a fundraiser golf tournament in Midway.

That volunteer is Riverton resident Barbara Kronenberg, a property manager with Wells Fargo Corporate Property Group. Last October, after a screening that including an hour-long phone interview and home visit, she began raising a black Labrador and golden retriever mix named Balsa.

It’s a fitting tribute to the dog that became the “office princess,” as Kronenberg put it, as she came into work with her temporary owner every day to help her socialization process. Kronenberg has also taken Balsa into grocery stores, restaurants and ballparks.

“Her favorite thing is to visit with kids,” Kronenberg said. Becoming accustomed to different people, places and sounds without fear is essential to becoming a good service dog, she said…. story taken from… The Salt Lake Tribune… read full story…


Abandoned dog finds new home

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

A PET dog abandoned at a railway station by an owner who could not afford to care for it has been placed with a loving family thanks to a Maybury rescue centre.

Tyler was facing an uncertain future when he was left tied up at Surbiton station last month with just a bag full of his belongings and a hastily scrawled note.

Anna Read, who works with SOS Dog Rescue in Windsor Way, explained the chain of events that led to Tyler finding a happy home in Woking.

She said: “Tyler found his way to me via a desperate email from a lovely dog groomer.

“She received a call from a person who discovered this dog tied up at a railway station with a bag of his belongings and a handwritten note pleading for help to find him a good home.

“It seems the owner had become homeless and could no longer afford to feed him or care for him properly.”

The handwritten letter, written in broken English, pleaded with onlookers: “Please take my dog, I’m homeless and have nowhere for him or money to feed him. Please help him!”

Anna, who also runs the Guildford dog centre The Dog House, added: “This dog has obviously been very well cared for as he is in fabulous condition, well socialised, has been neutered and vaccinations and parasite control are all up to date.

“I found it extremely emotional to think that his desperate owner felt he had no other choice but to tie his best friend up in a busy location and stand back and hope.”… story taken from…… read full story…


Save-A-Dog Scheme Inc

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Australia. Save-A-Dog Scheme Inc is a non-profit organisation that exists to save dogs of good temperament from being killed when their time has expired at dog pounds and animal shelters. Help today!…

Therapy dogs bring smiles to people in need

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Hospitalized for severe depression, Gayle F. looked forward to spending time with her “therapists,” who coaxed her back to health with non-judgmental support, frisky good humor and occasional wet kisses.

For Rocket, bringing smiles to people in need is her job as a therapy dog.

Owned by Patricia DeMeo of Wellesley, the bright-eyed mini-pinscher is one of 37 dogs providing “therapy on a leash” in MetroWest Medical Center’s pet therapy program.

Discharged from the hospital a week ago, Gayle F., a 30-ish MetroWest resident who asked not to be identified, described those several-times-a-week, half-hour sessions with Rocket, Katie Bear and a giant Great Dane nicknamed Libby as “bright spots that provided light during a really tough time.”

“I was very sick. I felt I was fighting for my life. Just sitting on the floor playing with Rocket and the others was the highlight of my week. I can’t describe how valuable it was to getting back on my feet. Spending time with therapy dogs was instrumental in my ability to pull through,” she said.

About three years ago, DeMeo enrolled Rocket as as a therapy dog at the hospital as a way to return the kindness and support her late parents received at a cancer hospice.

She said therapy dogs must learn at least a dozen task-specific commands, such as leaving treats or potentially dangerous objects they might encounter in a hospital, and moving carefully around patients using walkers or wheelchairs without being startled by sharp noises like dropping bedpans.

Throughout about 200 visits to the hospital and area nursing homes, DeMeo said Rocket has demonstrated an intuitive understanding of patients’ varied needs.

“Dogs sense things humans don’t. One patient might want Rocket to sit in her lap. Someone else might want kisses. Someone else might just want to touch her or talk about the dogs they used to own. Everyone wants something different. But Rocket just seems to know what they need,” she said.

Sherri Hebert, administrative assistant in the behavioral medicine department who coordinates the pet therapy program, said the hospital has been using therapy dogs since 2002 to boost patients’ spirits, encourage interaction and reduce stress.

Accompanied by an owner, therapy dogs visit the hospital’s child development unit and behavioral medicine department, which includes geriatric and adult units. A dog owner who’s enrolled her Pembroke Welsh corgi, Katie Bear, in the program, Hebert said individual dogs might make 30-minute visits to different units four to eight times a week, including weekends and evenings.

Director of Behavioral Medicine Mary Mullany said anecdotal evidence suggests spending time with therapy dogs can elevate patients’ moods, lower blood pressure and relieve stress among patients and staff.

“We’ve seen patients with dementia calm down, and a man, almost immobilized by depression for several years, begin to communicate. With geriatric patients, I think spending time with therapy dogs can promote verbal skills. When therapy dogs come into a hospital setting, it’s a time patients can laugh and enjoy themselves,” she said.

That’s no surprise to Susan Piraino, whose 135-pound Great Dane Liberty – nicknamed Libby – visits several hospital units, cheering up children as well as older patients who have diminishing communication skills.

The Ashland resident is convinced Libby “absolutely senses” the different needs of children, elderly and emotionally troubled patients.

And while Libby reaches her waist, Piraino said her personality is so placid she never snaps with roughhousing children or gets startled by unexpected noises.

Like several other owners, she said Libby becomes excited by the prospect of a hospital visit, signified when a special bandanna is wrapped around her neck. “She’s ecstatic when she gets in the car to come here,” said Piraino.

For several years, Pat Gipp has been bringing Penny, an alert Australian shepherd, to the hospital and hospice where patients nearing the ends of their lives seem comforted by stroking her coat.

The Holliston resident said Penny has entertained young patients by accepting high-fives and playing soccer with them.

Her voice turning serious, she recalled being asked to bring Penny to an area hospice where a dying patient had slipped into a coma. Without prompting, Penny laid next to him.

Three other dog owners nodded.

Stroking her Great Dane, Piraino said, “Love is the best medicine you can give.”…. story taken from… Norwich Bulletin.. read story…

Stowaway dog survives the heat

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga — This is a story of survival. A dog spent two days in the back of a tractor trailer in temperatures well above 100 degrees. No one saw her get on the truck until she jumped off in a warehouse in Lawrenceville. She was sickly and barely alive.

Gwinnett County Animal Control said the dog is now thriving and waiting for a new home. “The veterinary clinic took it upon them to nurse the dog back to health,” said Cpl. Jake Smith.

On July 19, a tractor trailer backed up the loading dock at the Masonite Door Corporation in Lawrenceville. When the driver opened the back door, the dog ran out and into a corner of the warehouse where it cowered in fear. “When the dog ran out, everyone in the receiving department went to try to round it up and see if it needed help,” said plant manager David Toll.

Veterinarians at a clinic in Lawrenceville who nursed the dog back to health did not want to be identified. They named the dog “Carolina.” Carolina is a 4-year-old shepherd mix and should be healthy enough to be adopted in another week or two.

“That’s fantastic news,” Toll said, adding that when animal control picked the dog up at the warehouse, he thought she was too sick to survive. “The animal control officer thought that they might put her to sleep, which we were pretty upset about. I’m really glad to hear that something good might come out of this after all.”… story taken from… News… read full story…


Animal cruelty – man faces fine and prison – dog survives

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Police informed the Great Falls Tribune that neighbors returned a Jack Russell Terrier after it got out. As they were leaving, the neighbors heard the dog yelp and discovered the owner, 49-year-old David Boyken, in the process of cutting the dog’s throat. All the animals you are about to see are happy and healthy. Police say the injured dog suffered serious cuts requiring stitches.

The good news is that the Jack Russell Terrier is expected to make a full recovery. Sgt. John Schaffer says he received an email from the Great Falls Animal shelter stating the dog is in good spirits and being treated with antibiotics.

Boyken is facing up to a $1,000 fine and one year in prison on misdemeanor animal cruelty. Sgt. Schaffer explains the animal cruelty statue is, “any type of mistreatment, torture, mutilation, killing of an animal, other than for humane purposes”. Aggravated animal cruelty is when a person kills or inflicts cruelty to an animal with the intent of terrifying, torturing, or mutilating the animal or if the cruelty is done to a group of animals. A second animal cruelty offense becomes a felony.

Veterinary Michelle Lague with Central West Animal Clinic has not seen many animal cruelty cases in Great Falls since she moved here 11 years ago. However one that has always stayed with her was an owner that admitted to kicking his Pug, breaking its thigh bone. Lague says, “I called the authorities to try and get this guy prosecuted and I actually got nowhere. No one wanted to listen to me. No one wanted to pay attention to me”.

In the last 10 years she believes animal cruelty laws have changed for the better. However, she does feel that the law fails to take into account the severity of abuse. For example, an animal left without food and water is the same animal cruelty offense as someone using a weapon on the animal. Lague says, “I hope we once again look at that law and see if we think we need to tweak it a little bit”…. story  taken from…… read full story…

Reading to dogs may have benefits for children

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

What’s on your dog’s summer reading list?

A small pilot study by researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University provides preliminary, but suggestive evidence that reading aloud to man’s best friend can have positive effects on children’s desire and ability to read.

“The benefit of the dog is they’re not judgmental, and they are great listeners,” said Lisa Freeman, a professor in the department of clinical sciences at Tufts, who said the study was spurred by observations that having a canine audience seemed to increase children’s engagement with reading. “It really builds their confidence.”

The health effects of pet ownership have been the subject of a number of small studies, which have been far from definitive. Some research suggests that pet ownership provides a wellness boost — one study found that dog owners who walked their dogs were 34 percent more likely to get 150 minutes of walking exercise per week compared with non-dog owners. But others have found pet ownership correlated with negative health outcomes, like a study of 424 patients admitted to the hospital with acute coronary syndrome, which found that pet owners, especially cat owners, were more likely to die or be hospitalized again.

For years, Freeman said, she had observed what appeared to be the beneficial effects of a reading program that paired children with canine listeners. But there was no evidence to support the anecdotal observations. So the Tufts researchers designed a simple study.

Over a five-week period last summer, 18 second-graders at the Grafton Public Library were randomly divided into two groups: for 30 minutes each week, half read aloud to a dog and half read to a person.

The children were allowed to choose whatever books they wanted, and read to the same dog each week, settling in on a large dog bed with their canine companion. Freeman noted that children seemed to prefer to read books about animals, seeming to want to choose stories the dogs could relate to…. story taken from… Boston Daily Dose… read full story…


Research reveals canines cognitive potential

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

WASHINGTON – Don’t underestimate the mind of a mutt — at least when the canine in question is one of the smartest breeds and her trainer has painstakingly taught her to identify more than 1,000 objects.

The dog of this day is Chaser, a 7-year-old Border collie who can also distinguish between nouns and verbs. She’s a featured player at the American Psychological Association‘s annual meeting here, where her owner and trainer — retired psychology professor John Pilley today let Chaser bask in the attention at the first of several weekend demonstrations planned.

From the moment this popular pooch entered the room, she was clearly the star, with cameras flashing and people maneuvering for shots of the brainy dog.

“One of the things we learned from our research is that the world loves dogs,” Pilley told the more than 300 attendees at the session.

During Pilley’s presentation, Chaser reclined on the stage. Pilley spoke about the research he co-authored, but mostly he let Chaser demonstrate just how smart a dog can be, with video clips of her perfectly following his directions and illustrating her abilities.

Pilley said he and his wife got Chaser when she was 8 weeks old.

Chaser understands that a noun refers to an object, and is correct 95% of the time; she can also accurately react to random pairings of verbs and nouns, such as “fetch the sock,” according to research co-authored by Pilley, retired from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

The research, published earlier this year in the journal Behavioral Processes, adds to a growing body of evidence that dogs are “smart” or at least possess the kinds of skills that can be likened to human intelligence. The study included four experiments that showed how three years of intensive training under controlled conditions allowed Chaser to learn the names of the 1,022 toys piled up in big blue bins at their home. Most are stuffed animals, although some are plastic toys. Each has a distinct name written in marker on the toy, such as Inky (a bright green octopus), Chimp, Circus Bear, Dutch Boy, Sugar and many more…. story taken from… USA Today, Your Life… read full story…


Burglar bitten and chased off by family dog

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

TWO burglars bit off more than they could chew when they were met a householder’s angry dog.

Daisy chased after the criminals, biting one of them on his legs as he tried to steal her owner’s mountain bike.

“We believe the burglar will still bear bite marks from Daisy and would urge anyone who can help identify him to get in touch with police.”

Detective Constable Nev Price

The incident happened as the victim, a woman in her mid-30s who does not want to be identified, returned to her home in Lewes Road, Darlington, with her daughter and the family’s two pet dogs.

She spotted two youths in the lane behind her home and saw that one was carrying a man’s silver and red mountain bike over his shoulder, which she recognised as her own.

She shouted at them to stop and they ran off, one of them still carrying the bike.

Daisy then chased after the youth with the bike and bit him on the upper left of his leg and then on his right calf.

The thief then turned, threw the bike at the dog, before also swinging a kick at her, before making his escape.

Daisy was unhurt.

On returning to her home, the victim discovered she had been burgled, with the thieves taking money, mobile phones, cash and cigarettes.

Detective Constable Nev Price, of Darlington CID said: “Due to Daisy’s intervention, the victim got her bike back, but, unfortunately, when she returned to her home it had been burgled, and money, mobile phones, cash and cigarettes had been taken.

“We believe the burglar will still bear bite marks from Daisy and would urge anyone who can help identify him to get in touch with police.”… story taken from… The Advertiser… read full story…


Dog missing after car crash heading home

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Clio — After a year of dealing with a gut-wrenching tragedy, four children and their mother finally got some good news: The family dog is coming home.

Monica Benson, 30, was riding with her husband, Gary, their five children and dog Caesar on June 15, 2010, on a remote stretch of Interstate 40 near Tucumcari, N.M., when their 2001 Chevrolet minivan overturned.

Gary Benson and daughter Emily died from injuries in the crash. Son Benjamin suffered serious injuries and was placed in intensive care at Amarillo Hospital.

Caesar, a white Maltese, was nowhere to be found.

“The dog was probably thrown from the car,” said Monica Benson’s father, Lee Harris. “The accident happened out in the desert; there’s nothing out there but wilderness.”

Then, Friday, they got a call they never expected: Caesar was located at a New Mexico animal shelter.

“I called Monica, and when I told her the dog was still alive, she started crying,” Harris said Wednesday. “She told the kids the next day, and they were so happy.”

Long before the call, little Caesar figured into then-18-month-old Benjamin’s recovery.

“While Benjamin was in the ICU, we placed pictures of him and Caesar on the walls,” Benson said. “When he woke up, he would point at the pictures and say, ‘Caesar.'”

The family returned to the accident site and tried to find Caesar, to no avail.

“We figured he must’ve ran away,” said Harris, one of those who rushed to New Mexico after the accident.

“I went to the hospital and some lady called and said she found the dog,” Harris said. “So she brought this dog to the hospital, but it wasn’t Caesar. She tried to give it to us anyway, but we had too much going on to take on a dog that wasn’t Caesar.”

After Benjamin recovered, the family returned home, resigned to never seeing their dog again.

On Friday, a volunteer for the Tucumcari Animal Rescue Group was looking for adoptable dogs at the local animal shelter and spotted a furry white Maltese. It was among seven dogs that were taken to the veterinarian’s office to be scanned for a microchip, which Caesar had.

The volunteer, Christina Flemming, called the chip company and was given a Michigan phone number, but the number was disconnected. Benson had moved and changed phone numbers, her father said.

But Flemming didn’t give up. She looked online and found a newspaper article about a family from Clio, north of Flint, who had lost a dog during a fatal car crash.”She got a hold of the funeral home in Grand Blanc where the funerals were held, and they were able to get a hold of me,” Harris said.

The dog is en route by plane and auto, and will likely come home Saturday, Harris said.

“The kids are really excited and looking forward to seeing their dog again,” Harris said. “It’s been a really long year, so it’s nice to see them so happy.”

Harris marveled at the dog’s determination.

“It’s just a little Maltese; it’s so small … to survive where it’s been the past year is really an amazing thing,” he said. “It was out in the desert, in the middle of nowhere, and it somehow made its way out.

“That little dog must’ve been really determined to get back to Monica and the children.”…. story taken from… The Detroit News… read story…

Rescued With Love INC

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Rescued With Love Inc. is a fully registered, not for profit organization.  We are a group of foster carers who help rescue unwanted dogs from Pounds and Shelters. We have all their vet work done and then care for them in our homes, and teach them how to be a loved well mannered pet.  We then find the best possible home suitable for their needs. Dogs need a home today!… go to site…

Missing for 34 days, dog gets second chance at life

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

There are lucky dogs and then there are really lucky dogs.

Count Billie, a 7-year-old boxer-pit bull mix, among the latter. Lost for 34 days, she was little more than skin and bones when a Palo Alto Animal Services officer rescued her in the wilds of Los Altos Hills on June 25.

Billie’s normally 65-pound frame had shrunk to 35, owner Angella Tai said Thursday.

“I actually couldn’t hold her,” said Tai, 32, recalling her joyful reunion with Billie, who is a healthy 57 pounds now and climbing. “I was scared I was going to hurt her.”

Billie’s ordeal began on May 23, when painters working at Tai’s home in Los Altos opened a door to the garage the pup was left in for the day. The workers needed to use an outlet in the garage and the sound of noisy equipment firing up sent the typically skittish Billie running.

“I get home at 4:30 and I ask the painters, ‘Where’s my dog?'” Tai said. “They said, ‘She ran away.’ What do you do at that point? Get angry or accept it?”

While Tai and her girlfriend of two years, Lillian Jungleib, 25, accepted the explanation, they were far from ready to write Billie off. The pair canvassed Los Altos, made hundreds of fliers and visited every shelter from San Mateo to San Martin…. story taken from…. Mercury News … read full story…


Dogs and yoga equals Doga

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - When yoga goes to the dogs, they call it doga.

And while doga may not measure up, fitness-wise, to a game of fetch or a run on the beach, experts say practicing yoga with your pet can soothe the not-so-savage breasts of both person and pooch.

“I consider it partner yoga,” said Suzi Teitelman, a Florida-based instructor who has been teaching doga to man, woman and beast since 2002. “It’s my lifelong passion.”

Teitelman stumbled upon doga because her dog liked to lie under her while she practiced.

“When you feel good, they feel good,” she said. “They want to be around your goodness.”

Classes, DVDs and a training manual followed. Teitelman said she’s trained more than 100 people around the world in doga, some from as far away as China and Japan.

Disco yoga, kid yoga, beach yoga, spin yoga and yogalites are but a few of the trendy hybrids saluting the sun at fitness centers these days, all takeoffs on the 5,0000-year-old practice that coordinates movement and breath.

But Teitelman insists she teaches a traditional yoga class, even if the downward facing dog is flesh and blood.

“We chant together to feel the vibrations, then we start moving into twists and turns,” she said.

Traditional poses such as warriors, triangles and backbends follow, possibly enhanced by a little dog balanced at the belly or waist.

“The person takes dog deeper into a stretch, and the dog takes the person deeper,” she said. “If you have a dog on your arm in a standing posture it helps balance and strength.”

Teitelman believes the rewards of yoga accrue to human and animal alike… story taken from… The Baltimore Sun… read full story…,0,1003754.story

Dog stuck in hole released with quake devices

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

A dog stuck down a hole in Hampshire was freed with equipment used to rescue victims of the Japan and New Zealand earthquakes.

Ivy, a four-month-old cocker spaniel, was found trapped deep in a fox hole in woods near Well Street, Burghclere.

Hampshire Fire Service’s urban search and rescue (USAR) team used its flexible search camera and listening devices during her rescue.

Ivy was found by a member of the public after going missing from her home in Burghclere four days earlier.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Crews set to work to dig Ivy out but it was very important to be able to monitor her whilst the digging continued to ensure she was not injured by the tools.

“After about two hours the crews were able to expose Ivy’s face.”

He said watch manager Buster Brown then gave Ivy some water and slowly cut away at the soil to release her on Thursday.

Ivy with watch manager Brown as she is given waterIvy was put on a drip as she was dehydrated and needed fluid replacement

“Ivy had been trapped in the tight tunnel by her hips and her front legs were underneath her chest, making it impossible for her to claw her way forwards,” he added.

“Once out of the tunnel, she was handed to the RSPCA who took her to a local vet.

“She was kept in overnight on a drip, having been trapped for four days she was dehydrated and needed fluid replacement.

“She is now making a full recovery at home.” … story taken from… News Hampshire & Isle of Wight… read story…


Film review: Red Dog

Saturday, August 6th, 2011


A MAJORITY of Australian feelgood films are inevitably doomed to fail.

The same reasons are always to blame. The filmmakers played it too safe, too dumb, or never had a clear idea of what they were playing at in the first place.

Then there’s Red Dog. This superb all-ages picture gets everything right: from the all-important combo of casting and scripting, right through to its unfailing ability to please a crowd every which way.

The film is based on a true story, irresistibly embellished by many an outback myth that grew around it. There’s a fair bit of the popular book by British writer Louis de Bernieres in there too.

The start point is one which has launched many a yarn along similar lines: this guy walks into a bar.

It is late at night, more than 30 years ago, in the small West Australian mining outpost of Dampier. A long-haul trucker (Luke Ford) has just lobbed in town, and has a thirst to be quenched.

However, the atmosphere is not so convivial down at the pub. The weary traveller has arrived amid a crisis that has cast a pall across the whole of Dampier.

Red Dog is crook. Really crook. Someone has badly baited the little copper-hued kelpie cross, a legitimate living legend of the entire Pilbara region.

The worried look on the face of the publican (Noah Taylor) says it all. The poisoned pooch may not make it through the night.

In the hours that follow, people flock to the hotel from far and wide. All have a tale to tell about how they came to know Red Dog.

It is lucky that truckie is a good listener. For the mighty Red Dog has crammed a lot of living into his 10 years as an itinerant resident of Dampier.

And herein lies the simple charm of the film. With the narration torch continually passed around the front bar, the unique character and noble spirit of Red Dog (played in remarkably expressive fashion by a talented canine named Koko) burns brightly throughout.

In spite of a bitsy, episodic structure, everything about this classy affair flows beautifully and coherently.

The movie is funny when it should be (keep an eye peeled for Red Dog’s infamous nemesis, Red Cat), poignant when least expected (courtesy of the muttly hero’s friendship with John, a nomadic American played by Josh Lucas) and a pleasure to watch at all times.

Director Kriv Stenders is to be applauded for the exacting eye he has applied to Red Dog… story taken from… The Herald Sun… read story…


Pet dogs can sense toxic compounds

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Pet dogs could serve as ‘biosentinels’ for monitoring human exposure to toxic compounds present in shared households.

Marta Venier and Ronald Hites environmental scientists from theIndiana University believe pet dogs could help sense these compounds, thanks to the presence of chemical flame retardants in their blood at concentrations five to 10 times higher than in humans, but lower than levels found in a previous study of cats.

Dogs may be better proxies than cats, they say, because a dog’s metabolism is better equipped to break down the chemicals, reports the journal Environmental Science & Technology…. story taken from… The Times of India…


Pit bull alerts family to rattlesnake

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Layla, a pit bull in southern Colorado may have saved her 3-year-old human brother’s life this week. While playing unattended with the family dogs in the backyard, the toddler saw Layla rush to the fence and start digging. Then he heard a noise that sent him inside to get his dad. That noise turned our to be a rattlesnake.

Although rattlesnake bites are rarely fatal (less than 1% according to the American International Rattlesnake Museum), they can be incredibly dangerous, especially to young children. While the child was unharmed, Layla, as well as 2 of the families German Shepherds were bitten. They were taken to an emergency veterinarian and are recovering well…. story taken from…… read full story…