Meet the Breed: The Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian_Coban_Kopegi_fawn_black_maskThe Anatolian Shepherd Dog is an imposing dog traditionally used for guarding flocks, though are not herding dogs. This ancient breed originates from Anatolia which, in modern times, is Turkey. Read on to see how this dog is a surprising partner in big cat conservation, and to determine if this breed might be for you. 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

Playful Blind Cat Wins $15,000 for Viral Video

Life is what you make it! Meet Oskar, a beautiful tabby barn cat born blind from a rare disorder that caused his eyes not to develop. His family, the Szdlowskis, decided to take a chance and adopt him when he was 8 weeks old. They weren’t sure how he would fare and wondered if he could find the cat box and if their other cat would like him. 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