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

Dad Loses Facebook Bet, Owes Kids a Cat

Never underestimate the power of cute kids, a mother’s ingenuity, cat lovers, and the Internet! Dan Urbano agreed to let son Remi, age 7, and daughter Evelyn, age 1, have a cat if they could get 1,000 “likes” on their mother’s Facebook page.

Marisa Urbano helped launch the social media campaign with the above photograph. They thought they could get a few likes from friends and family, but had no idea the idea would go viral. Within two hours of posting the photo, the kids won the bet, eventually getting 122,732 likes as of writing this (I was number 122,733.) 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

Pups Beware: Waste Can Now Be Traced!

It’s not a pleasant subject, but it’s one I felt I must address to my fellow canines. People are getting pretty upset about parks and public spaces being ruined with pet leavings. It’s such a big deal that a company called Poo Prints can DNA test our doggy doo and then trace it back to you! Continue reading