Iditarod Start Reignites Debate About Sled Dog Welfare

Iditarod Start Reignites Debate About Sled Dog Welfare

The Iditarod kicked off last weekend in Anchorage, Alaska, and as it does every year, it’s gotten sports enthusiasts and animal activists at odds. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race has been held annually since 1973 and covers 938 miles between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska. It’s said that the race is meant to commemorate the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which 20 mushers and 150 dogs responded to a call for help when a diphtheria outbreak overtook the settlement. Every March teams of 14 dogs, typically Siberian Huskies, and one musher each attempt…continue reading →
Scamming Oregon Rescue Still In Operation After Investigation By Authorities

Scamming Oregon Rescue Still In Operation After Investigation By Authorities

Warning – this story is frustrating, crazy, and 100% outrageously true. We recently found out that a rescue that has appeared on iHeartDogs.com before for some shady practices is in very, very hot water with the state of Oregon for a list of violations that is downright unbelievable. All Terrier Rescue (ATR) appeared in the news in late 2017 after refusing to return a dog who had gotten lost for a short time, claiming that the family who had adopted it was neglectful. It’s unclear if the family ever recovered their dog, but…continue reading →
Sham Rescue Accused of Animal Abuse, Money Scams, and Breeding Rescue Dogs

Sham Rescue Accused of Animal Abuse, Money Scams, and Breeding Rescue Dogs

Warning – this story is frustrating, crazy, and 100% outrageously true. We recently found out that a rescue that has appeared on iHeartDogs.com before for some shady practices is in very, very hot water with the state of Oregon for a list of violations that is downright unbelievable. All Terrier Rescue (ATR) appeared in the news in late 2017 after refusing to return a dog who had gotten lost for a short time, claiming that the family who had adopted it was neglectful. It’s unclear if the family ever recovered their dog, but…continue reading →
Science Explains How Your Dog REALLY Feels About You

Science Explains How Your Dog REALLY Feels About You

Attempting to understand the emotional lives of dogs has been a hot topic of scientific study for centuries. In the 1600s, the French philosopher, Rene Descartes compared animals to living machines, incapable of feeling pain or emotion. Thankfully, science has progressed a long way since the 1600s. These advances have allowed us to delve deeper into the mystery of canine consciousness. We now know that dogs possess all the same complex brain structures humans do – including those responsible for emotion. Their minds undergo the same chemical changes and are flooded with the…continue reading →
10 Easy Ways To Stop Your Dog From Begging

10 Easy Ways To Stop Your Dog From Begging

It’s a scene we’ve all been party to a million times or more. The table is set, the family is seated, and as you attempt to take that first bite of the delicious meal you’ve lovingly prepared, you become distracted by a most unwelcome site. Your beloved family dog is seated very nearby, eyeing your food longingly, perhaps with a long string of drool making its slow descent to the floor. Never does your dog sit so still or so quietly as when his gaze is focused squarely on that coveted prize of…continue reading →
Veteran’s Service Dog Attacked By Groomer – Tail Amputated

Veteran’s Service Dog Attacked By Groomer – Tail Amputated

My nightmare! And I know I’m not alone. I love getting my pups groomed. Shiny, brushed-out coats. The sweet smell of perfume…until they jump into the creek. Ugh! But I always worry when I drop them off at the groomer. Somewhere, in the back of my mind, I worry. Will the groomer be nice? Do they really love dogs like I do or is it just a job to pay bills? What if Sandy, my sassy little girl, doesn’t cooperate while they’re bathing her? Will they be sweet? Or mean? Maybe even hurtful.…continue reading →
Why Does Your Dog Eat Tissues?

Why Does Your Dog Eat Tissues?

Is your dog constantly performing an at-home dumpster dive for some less than appetizing snacks? Lest you think you have the weirdest dog around, fear not, for you are not alone. Eating tissues and all sorts of other non-food items is a fairly common condition called pica. Let’s look at why your dog does this and how you can curb this distasteful appetite. 4 Possible Reasons Your Dog Eats Tissues 1. It’s Just Plain Fun If your puppy is eating tissues or anything else she can wrap her muzzle around, it’s likely that…continue reading →
Let Science Uncover The Secret To Your Dog’s Ideal Diet – In His Poop!

Let Science Uncover The Secret To Your Dog’s Ideal Diet – In His Poop!

There is a vast army of microorganisms living inside your dog’s digestive system. These microbes convert food into energy, produce vitamins, and fight a never ending battle against germs. Together, the genes of all these microorganisms are known as the gut microbiome. Using modern sequencing techniques, scientists can “read” these microbial genes and reveal vital information about your dog’s health and dietary needs. What is the Gut Microbiome? The term “microbiome” refers to the combined genes of all the microorganisms within a specific habitat. Each species of microorganism has its own unique collection of genes.…continue reading →
5 Reasons Your Dog Needs a Friend

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs a Friend

Should you get another dog? People who have one pup may come up with a plethora of excuses for why they could never add a second. Either it’s too expensive. Two dogs would be way too much to handle. Maybe they worry that the dogs wouldn’t get along. However, studies have shown that it is actually better to have two dogs as opposed to just one. The cost difference is not significant. As long as you find another dog that gets along with your current furry friend, you can end up making both…continue reading →
5 Reasons Science Says Your Dog Should Sleep in Your Bed

5 Reasons Science Says Your Dog Should Sleep in Your Bed

It’s eleven o’clock at night. Do you know where your dog is? If you are anything like the group surveyed by the American Kennel Club, your dog is most likely snuggled into your bed. A survey conducted by the AKC  found that 45% of people with dogs allow their pup to sleep in their bed. If more than 60 million US households have a dog at home, that’s a lot of fur on the covers! There’s no need to be embarrassed by this sleeping arrangement. Not only is it common, but there are…continue reading →
Do Dogs Have A Concept Of Time?

Do Dogs Have A Concept Of Time?

“You’re good doggies. I’ll be back soon.” Ever said that? Those were my last words to my dogs this morning when I took my kids to school. Though I’d only be gone 20 minutes, I knew I’d return to whimpers and wagging tails as if I’d been gone for days. That made me wonder. Do dogs have a concept of time? We’ve all heard that one human year is like 7 dog years. Now, I’m no mathematician, but without breaking out my calculator that would mean my 20 minutes would feel like days…continue reading →
Volunteers Wanted: Must Want To Drink Wine And Feed Shelter Dogs

Volunteers Wanted: Must Want To Drink Wine And Feed Shelter Dogs

Love Dogs. Drink Wine. What could be more relaxing than spending some quality with your pup? Maybe adding a glass of wine and feeding shelter dogs. Great news! iHeartsDogs is excited to announce our new partnership with Winc (pronounced wink). What’s Winc, you ask? It’s just quite possibly the best way to enjoy a glass of wine without ever having to leave home. Plus, with your Winc order 25 meals will be donated to shelter dogs. Even better, Winc is offering a special discount exclusively for iHeartDogs fans. Here’s how it work: Discover…continue reading →
15 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

15 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or you’ve had dogs your entire life, there may be things about your dog that you don’t truly understand. How many of these things do you already know, and how many are new to you? Here are 15 things your dog wants to make sure you know. #1 – I’m incapable of experiencing guilt. Even though I look guilty when you scold me for doing something wrong, I’m just responding to the tone of your voice and your behavior. I understand that you’re upset, and I don’t want…continue reading →
What To Do If You See A Dog With A Yellow Ribbon

What To Do If You See A Dog With A Yellow Ribbon

Advertisement Have you ever walked past a dog with a yellow ribbon tied around its collar and wondered what it meant? The Yellow Dog Project is a movement to identify dogs that may be nervous about being approached. It’s a way to signal to other people that they should keep their kids, hands, and dogs away from the marked dog unless they ask the dog’s owner for permission to approach. From their website: “Yellow Dogs are dogs who need space – they are not necessarily aggressive dogs but more often are dogs who have…continue reading →
PETITION- Military Dog Families Destroyed By New United Flight Pet Regulations

PETITION- Military Dog Families Destroyed By New United Flight Pet Regulations

Advertisement Last May, iHeartDogs reported on the new PetSafe pet transportation policies set forth by United Airlines. After several incidents, the airline revamped their protocols and announced they would no longer accept reservations for “snub-nosed” or “strong-jawed” dog breeds. They also limited travel crates to a maximum height of 30 inches, effectively preventing large dogs of any breed from traveling with United. Photo via Change.org/Leo Mendoza Although the new regulations were created to keep pets safe, they caused unfortunate collateral damage. The brave men and women of our military, Department of Defense, and State Department…continue reading →
This Is How Your Dog Chooses Their Favorite Person

This Is How Your Dog Chooses Their Favorite Person

You would think that a dog’s favorite person would be whoever gives them the most food and attention, right? While that is often the case, it’s not always that simple. Advertisement Maybe you have a friend or family member that your dog loves so much they would knock you over to get to them. Why is that? It turns out that there are several factors that can influence your dog’s decision about who their favorite person is. Here are a few of them. 1. Who they socialize with early is a big factor…continue reading →
Labels Like Mutt And Mixed Breed Are Out, American Shelter Dog Is In

Labels Like Mutt And Mixed Breed Are Out, American Shelter Dog Is In

Advertisement For millions of shelter dogs across the country, labels matter. Dogs are labeled almost as soon as they walk through the shelter door. For a lucky few, labels like Labrador Retriever and Siberian Husky will work in their favor. They’ll be scooped up by adopters looking for purebred dogs before the dogs even know what’s happening. But for the majority of dogs in the shelter system, the idea of breed labeling won’t be as gratifying. Thanks to breed discrimination and stereotypes, labels can hurt a dog’s chances of being adopted. The word…continue reading →
Getting A Puppy For Christmas: Problem Or Opportunity For Animal Shelters?

Getting A Puppy For Christmas: Problem Or Opportunity For Animal Shelters?

Advertisement A muffled bark, the slight shaking of a suspicious-looking package—families everywhere will wake up Christmas day to a special Christmas puppy. Children will squeal with glee, and even adults won’t be able to resist the magic of a cute bow-wearing puppy scampering around the Christmas tree. It’s the kind of holiday scene fit for movies and commercials, but no one ever shows what happens once the bow comes off and the holiday season ends. Giving pets as presents is an issue the animal welfare community has been dealing with for generations. While…continue reading →
Why Do Veterinarians Take Your Dog To “The Back”?

Why Do Veterinarians Take Your Dog To “The Back”?

Advertisement Chances are your veterinarian has asked to take your dog to “the back” at one time or another. While having your beloved pup out of your sight is understandably stressful, there are several legitimate reasons your vet may choose to do this – and none of them are as scary as you may think! I worked as a veterinary technician for more than 15 years. In my experience, tending to a pet without the owner present is often safer and less traumatic for everyone involved, including your dog. What is “The Back”? The…continue reading →
What Florida’s Greyhound Racing Ban Means For The Dogs

What Florida’s Greyhound Racing Ban Means For The Dogs

Advertisement Amendment 13 to the Florida constitution passed 69-31 in Tuesday’s midterm elections, effectively banning greyhound racing throughout the state. While it is a victory for animal rights, many dog lovers are concerned about what will become of the nearly 15,000 greyhounds involved in the Florida racing industry. According to SBNation, rescue groups across the country are “working tirelessly” to ensure the dogs find forever homes by the time the law comes into effect in 2020. The problem is the sheer volume of animals that will be in need of placement in the coming years.…continue reading →
Can Dogs Forget The People They Love?

Can Dogs Forget The People They Love?

Advertisement When you have to leave home and your dog, or if your dog is lost for an extended period of time, you may be worried that he isn’t going to remember you when you’re together again. After missing your dog like crazy and counting the days until you can see him, it’d be a huge downer if he didn’t even recognize you. Gizmodo recently asked several experts in animal behavior and cognition: Do Dogs Forget Their People? Each expert took different factors into account to answer the question, but they all seem…continue reading →
Improve Your Dog’s Health And Get To Know Him Better Than Ever With Animo!

Improve Your Dog’s Health And Get To Know Him Better Than Ever With Animo!

The fitness tech game is continually changing the way many of us exercise, eat, and live. Being able to track our activity gives us an edge when it comes to our health and wellness, granting us the ability to tackle health goals and take better care of ourselves. With that being said, it’s about time there was a way for us to offer this powerful insight into the lives of our four-legged best friends! Tech trackers have the ability to grant us health and wellness like never before, our dogs should be able…continue reading →
Shelter Operator Who Opened Her Doors To Displaced Pets During Hurricane Florence Is Facing Charges For Her Good Deed

Shelter Operator Who Opened Her Doors To Displaced Pets During Hurricane Florence Is Facing Charges For Her Good Deed

Advertisement They say no good deed goes unpunished, and it looks like one of the heroes who stepped forward during Hurricane Florence is now seeing repercussions for her actions. As Hurricane Florence barreled towards North Carolina, those with pets scrambled to find shelter for them. Shelters and rescues offered boarding for those displaced by the storm. On September 12th, Tammie Hedges, owner of Crazy’s Claws and Paws, posted a Facebook message offering to board pets for those whose pets might otherwise be left behind. The Wayne County Animal Shelter also offered boarding for pets…continue reading →
8 Things You Should Know About Service Dog Etiquette

8 Things You Should Know About Service Dog Etiquette

Advertisement Service dogs are becoming a more common sight, which is great news for both dogs and the people who need them! More people with disabilites are finding friends to help make everyday tasks easier. And many dogs thrive when given a job to do. It’s a win-win! Do you know what to do when you see a service dog? Most of us know not to pet a service dog no matter how irrisistible he may be, but there’s other things you can do to help make his job easier.  1. Don’t Pet…continue reading →
The Healthiest Food Will Bring Your Pet A Thriving Life

The Healthiest Food Will Bring Your Pet A Thriving Life

What do you say when people ask you how your dog is doing? Do you shrug your shoulders and say “fine”? Or do you tell your friends and family that your dog is overjoyed, on top of the world, honest-to-goodness thriving?   Some people may be okay with knowing their dogs are doing “fine,” but others know that our dogs are capable of being so much more than just “fine” and won’t settle for less. How do you take your dog from fine to thrive? Start with his bowl. NomNomNow knows that so…continue reading →
Health Is Wealth, And The Same Can Be Said For Your Dog

Health Is Wealth, And The Same Can Be Said For Your Dog

Pet parents want their dogs to have the healthiest, longest life possible. Every year, we learn more about how healthy eating can affect a human’s mood, energy levels, and overall health – so it makes sense that the same would apply to dog food. NomNomNow has embarked on a journey to revolutionize pet health, starting with the #1 contributing factor to a healthy lifestyle: what they eat. Everybody knows by now how many health problems a lifetime of eating junk food can cause humans, but few people realize that many commercial dog foods…continue reading →
Mom Investigated By Child Services For Letting 8-Year-Old Walk The Dog Alone

Mom Investigated By Child Services For Letting 8-Year-Old Walk The Dog Alone

Advertisement This is not the kind of story iHeartDogs typically covers. In fact, it doesn’t have much to do with dogs at all. Rather, it is about society, families, and how something once considered mundane can now spark a legal battle. 8-year-old Dorothy Widen recently began taking her dog, Marshmallow for walks around the block in the upscale Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Illinois. Screenshot via CBS News Although Marshmallow is small enough for Dorothy to handle, and the pair walk in broad daylight, one neighbor was concerned enough to contact police and the…continue reading →

Do You Really Understand Your Dog? 15 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

Advertisement Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or you’ve had dogs your entire life, there may be things about your dog that you don’t truly understand. How many of these things do you already know, and how many are new to you? Here are 15 things your dog wants to make sure you know. #1 – I’m incapable of experiencing guilt. Even though I look guilty when you scold me for doing something wrong, I’m just responding to the tone of your voice and your behavior. I understand that you’re upset, and I don’t…continue reading →
Found Dog Is Claimed By Two Different Families — Who Should Take Her Home?

Found Dog Is Claimed By Two Different Families — Who Should Take Her Home?

Advertisement Five years ago, a dog named Molly went missing from her home in St. Louis, MO. Her owner, Jason Senseney, adopted her when she was a puppy, and he was devastated when weeks and months passed with no sign of his family dog. Eventually, he gave up hope and assumed he’d never see Molly again. But a few days ago, he received a surprising phone call. The call was from Avid, a company that manufactures and manages pet microchips, and they told him that after five years, Molly had been found. Not…continue reading →
Atlanta Airport Officials Explain $3.9 Million Price Tag For Dog Bathrooms

Atlanta Airport Officials Explain $3.9 Million Price Tag For Dog Bathrooms

Advertisement Atlanta’s Hartford-Jackson International Airport had some explaining to do to their city council when they handed over a bill for nearly 4 million dollars – for doggy bathrooms! The airport recently finished construction on 7 new bathrooms for dogs that it is required by federal law to have. The requirement only states that the airport have a place for service dogs to “relieve themselves,” but the area is pretty cute! Probably much swankier than the bushes your pup is used to peeing on. Probably nicer than some of the public people-bathrooms you’ve…continue reading →

Delta Airlines Bans Pit Bull Service & Support Dogs From All Flights

Advertisement Delta Airlines has announced they will limit passengers to one service or support animal per flight and ban “Pit Bull-type dogs” altogether effective July 10. According to the airline, the decision is part of a crackdown on fake emotional support animals as well as a safety precaution. “We must err on the side of safety,” Delta said in a statement Friday. “Most recently, two Delta employees were bit by a pit bull traveling as a support animal last week. We struggled with the decision to expand the ban to service animals, knowing…continue reading →
What Is “Fospice” & Why Should You Get Involved?

What Is “Fospice” & Why Should You Get Involved?

Advertisement Fostering an elderly or terminally ill dog is not a decision to be made lightly. It is often stressful, sometimes messy, and ultimately heart-wrenching. But it is also one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.  According to the ASPCA’s Comprehesive Animal Risk Database System, the adoption rate for senior dogs is lower than that of all other ages combined. Just 25% of senior shelter dogs find homes, and the odds are even worse for dogs with life-shortening health problems. To combat these harsh statistics, more shelters and rescue groups are…continue reading →
When A Couple Splits, Who Gets The Dog?

When A Couple Splits, Who Gets The Dog?

Advertisement When you’re happily in a relationship and facing the exciting milestone of adding a dog to the family, it’s hard to plan for the depressing “what if”: If you and your partner splits up, who gets the dog? But sadly, it’s a common reason for nasty pet custody battles, the same pets that were welcomed with open arms into a couple’s life while they were still happy. At best, the pooch gets to live with the human who can provide the most adequate care, but at worst, their world gets turned upside…continue reading →
Service Dog Who Gave Birth In Airport Raises Concerns Among Dog Lovers

Service Dog Who Gave Birth In Airport Raises Concerns Among Dog Lovers

Advertisement It’s likely that you’ve seen the story of a service dog who became a mother late last week in a Tampa airport. The video of Mom, Dad, and their eight new pups was posted to Twitter by first responders from Tampa Fire Rescue who assisted in the delivery. Since then it has been shared thousands of times over social media and covered by news outlets all over the world as people cooed over the adorable new pups. All done! #AirportPuppies @FlyTPA @CityofTampa pic.twitter.com/NIoXr0HCZW — Tampa Fire Rescue (@TampaFireRescue) May 25, 2018 But…continue reading →

City Passes Anti-Puppy Mill Law, But One Notorious Pet Store Isn’t Happy

Advertisement As lawmakers across the country start cracking down on puppy mills and those that support them, a business in Florida is fighting for the right to stay open. Puppy Collection Inc. in Broward County has a controversial reputation when it comes to animal welfare. They specialize in selling “teacup puppies” for thousands of dollars, and celebrities and socialites seem to be their target audience. At least, that’s what their website claims. The business’s slogan is, “Where celebrities buy their puppies,” and they list over 100 well-known names that have allegedly bought puppies…continue reading →
United Airlines Bans 25 Dog & Cat Breeds

United Airlines Bans 25 Dog & Cat Breeds

Advertisement In the wake of several unfortunate animal-related incidents, United Airlines temporarily banned all pets from their flights while they reevaluated their PetSafe travel policies. Yesterday the company released a list of 25 dog and cat breeds no longer approved for travel in the cargo hold starting June 18. The decision came after a French Bulldog named Kokito suffocated in an overhead bin on a flight from Houston to New York in March. The very next day, United accidentally sent a dog to Japan that was supposed to be destined for Kansas. Later that same week,…continue reading →
37 Dog-Friendly Store And Restaurant Chains

37 Dog-Friendly Store And Restaurant Chains

Advertisement It used to be that just about the only place of business you could take your dog was pet supply stores. These days, more and more stores – and even restaurants – are becoming dog-friendly. While health code regulations force all dogs (apart from service animals) to stay outside restaurants, many are starting to invite people to bring their dog into their patio seating areas, and stores are allowing well-behaved, leashed dogs into their stores. Keep in mind that each location may have local ownership, management, or regulations that don’t allow dogs in…continue reading →
Kentucky Neighborhood Bans 11 “Aggressive” Dog Breeds

Kentucky Neighborhood Bans 11 “Aggressive” Dog Breeds

Advertisement McConnell’s Trace in Lexington, Kentucky is an idyllic subdivision featuring a clubhouse with fitness center and tanning, and a large pool with a splash pad for the kids. Despite its attractive amenities, McConnell’s Trace now lacks one important feature: the freedom of its residents to choose their dog’s breed. Anderson Communities, the property’s developer, sent out letters to homeowners outlining a change in the existing dog restrictions. Previously, the policy referred only to “aggressive breeds,” but did not specify individual dogs. Now, 11 breeds including Huskies, St. Bernards and any pups that…continue reading →
Family & Rescue At Odds Over Lost Dog That’s Found Unspayed & Unvaccinated

Family & Rescue At Odds Over Lost Dog That’s Found Unspayed & Unvaccinated

Advertisement When a rescue group took a lost pup into their care and told her family she needed medical treatment before being released, the owners described it as a “hostage” situation. However, the Korean K9 Rescue says it was a matter of responsibility and following the law. The Cipia’s dog, a 4-year-old Shiba Inu named Lily, got loose and a pair of good Samaritans turned her in to the Korean K9 Rescue (KK9R) in Queens, New York. From there, the group posted the pooch’s photo on social media in hopes of finding the…continue reading →
Ohio May Join 12 Other States That Have A State Dog

Ohio May Join 12 Other States That Have A State Dog

Advertisement 12 states already have a state dog, and Ohio is trying to join them by adding the Labrador Retriever as theirs. Jeff Rezabek, the Republican representative who proposed House Bill 539, said he wanted to propose a fun bill in his last term. His family has owned Labrador Retrievers for many years and they have been named the most popular breed in the country for the last 26 years, according to the American Kennel Club . He told CNN: “I saw that the Labrador Retriever really embodied all of what Ohio was about. Ohio is the…continue reading →