Golden Retrievers Sent to Comfort Newtown, CT Survivors

goldensnewtonBaxterBoo friends understand the comfort that a pet can bring through times of difficulty and times of joy, so learning about a team of Golden Retrievers making the 800-mile trip from Chicago to assist in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting is a bright spot in this horrible tragedy. Continue reading

Dog Trained to Sniff Out Deadly Disease

C diff CliffIt’s no mystery that dogs can sense things about humans, their moods, character, and more. When I have an ill child, or one of us is having a rough day, our dogs and, even the cat, take note and snuggle up close. But now dogs have been trained to use their sense of smell to detect disease, specifically the highly transmittable Clostridium difficile, (C. difficile, C. diff) a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, affecting an estimated 14,000 people in the U.S. annually. Continue reading

Rare Wild Dog Caught on Camera for the First Time in 23 Years

new-guinea-singing-dog-3-510x600There have been no verified sightings of the New Guinea Singing Dog in Papua New Guinea since the 1970s, so they were considered either rare or possibly extinct in the wild until an explorer to the remote mountainous regions photographed one in August 2012. In fact, a team spent nearly a month searching unsuccessfully for one to breed in the mid 1990’s.

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Driving Dogs Learn New Tricks for a Good Cause

190623-dogs-driving-carsThese mutts are on a mission! The SPCA of Auckland, NZ has a goal of making the public aware that dogs in shelters are highly intelligent, capable companions and decided to teach three adoptable dogs how to drive a car.

Mark Vette, the trainer, who has worked on numerous movie sets, had his doubts about being able to execute the project, even if it was for a good cause. The vehicles had to be modified to be operable by dogs, but all the controls would be done by the dogs: starting, the pedals, steering, and stopping! Continue reading

Hero Dog Stays by Missing 2-year-old’s Side, Alerts Rescuers

AshapooPrecocious 2-year-olds are a handful, to be certain. But Peyton Myrick isn’t too much for the faithful family dog, Ashapoo, a black and white Australian Shepherd, to keep track of. Usually herding dogs have to work cattle all day, so what’s a single toddler for a few hours? Continue reading

National Dog Show Has Surprise Winner, Strange Contenders, and New Breeds

For the first time in 40 years, the same breed has taken the top award two years in a row in a major competition. Sky, is this year’s top dog and the second Wire Fox Terrier to win the National Dog Show. The English Springer Spaniel is the only other dog to accomplish this distinguished honor of winning a back-to-back awards, which was at Westminster Dog Show back in 1971 and 1972.

Sky’s beautiful coat, build, and stunning personality made her shine. This was no easy feat as there were over 1,500 other contestants and 160 breeds. Then she had to compete against six other group winners to come out on top. Continue reading

Dachshund’s Miracle Therapy Lets Him Walk Again, Gives Hope for Humans

A 10-year-old Dachshund named Jasper was paralyzed after having a slipped disk, a condition Dachshund’s are prone to with their long bodies. He had to wheeled around in a stroller to get out and about. It was heartbreaking to watch him try to move, according to his family. But thanks to a groundbreaking treatment, Jasper has been given a new lease on life. Continue reading

Prison Inmates and Hard-to-Adopt Shelter Dogs a Perfect Match

Everyone makes mistakes. A rough background and stress can make people and pups react poorly in a moment or learn bad habits over time that can be hard to break. Perhaps that’s why there seems to be such an affinity and even a tenderness between inmates and shelter dogs that are paired with each other in programs designed to teach both humans and animals valuable tools for living in society with improved socialization and marketable skills. Continue reading

Small But Mighty: Meet a Contender for the World’s Smallest Dog!

An adorable tiny Yorkshire Terrier the size of a can of soda is vying to be named the world’s smallest dog. Little Meysi was one of 5 puppies born in a litter in Jarocin, Poland. During delivery, she was so small that her owner mistook her for a bit of placenta and nearly discarded the tissue before noticing it moving. So far, at three months old, she is 7cm tall (2.75″), 12cm long (about 4.75″) and weighs just 150g – about the same as a hamster.

It’s clear on this video that Meysi is a healthy girl with the typical terrier feisty attitude. Continue reading

Pawsitive Program Lets Teen Train Guide Dog

For those concerned about the self absorption of the average suburban teen, my coworker that works with girls as a volleyball coach confirms that sometimes it’s tough working with today’s  young people that are sometimes over indulged. But she was happy to share this story of a young woman in their volleyball program, Melissa Petrick, a Junior in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Melissa’s  constant companion is Flynn, an attentive, handsome boy that came from a good family, that any mother would approve of. He’s so adorable that Melissa’s classmates might be a little jealous, especially since the normal school rules of PDA (Public Display of Affection) have been waived in their relationship. Continue reading