Four Years Later, This Sweet Dog Is Still Looking For The Perfect Home

Four Years Later, This Sweet Dog Is Still Looking For The Perfect Home

Advertisement It’s been four long years since sweet Ginger was first introduced to Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills. The no-kill animal shelter in Paris, Maine was built from the ground up by a small group of people dedicated to improving the lives of lost, abandoned, and stray animals in their community. They see several heartbreaking cases a year, but they never turn down an animal in need. In 2014, Ginger came to them as a stray. She needed a good meal and a safe place to sleep, and now all she wants…continue reading →
How To Teach Your Dog To Play Nice With Other Dogs

How To Teach Your Dog To Play Nice With Other Dogs

Advertisement The idyllic picture of dogs playing together at the park is something every pup parent wants. You can see the joy on your dog’s face as he makes new friends and stimulates his body and mind. That vision is shattered, however, at the first sign of rough play. Your dog growls, bites, tackles, and chases in a way other dogs don’t appreciate. Instead of making new friends, your dog tries to dominate his playmates. If his rough play hasn’t led to a fight yet, it probably will soon. You don’t want to…continue reading →
8 Weird Things Dogs Do When They Poop

8 Weird Things Dogs Do When They Poop

Advertisement Watching our pups poop is a big part of every dog parent’s life. The frequency, color, and consistency of their “offerings” tell us a great deal about their health, so we dutifully pay attention whenever our pooches assume the position. You may have noticed when dogs poop they often perform a number of behaviors that may seem weird to us. But rest assured, they actually serve an important purpose. 1. Holding Out for the Perfect Spot Does your dog search out the perfect poop spot the way a bloodhound tracks a missing…continue reading →
Atlanta Considers Bill To Ban Sale Of Pets From Puppy & Kitten Mills

Atlanta Considers Bill To Ban Sale Of Pets From Puppy & Kitten Mills

Advertisement This week, three Atlanta City Councilmembers introduced a bill to ban stores from selling animals from “puppy and kitten mills.” The legislation will move to the Public Safety Committee for consideration at the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Councilmember Amir Farokhi spearheaded the proposal, and it was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Carla Smith and Natalyn Archibong. Farokhi told First Coast News the ordinance is close to his heart. “Atlanta is a humane city and our policies toward animals should reflect that,” he said. “My wife and I own a rescued dog and two rescued cats. Our…continue reading →
Why Does My Dog Lick So Much?

Why Does My Dog Lick So Much?

Advertisement When your dog is the king (or queen) of kisses, you get used to wiping away slobber. He licks your face and arms, and some dogs pick up a habit of licking random objects like carpets, walls, and furniture. There’s also the chance you watch him lick his own fur for minutes on end. Either way, there comes a point when your dog’s licking goes from cute to concerning. If the pup in your life can’t seem to control his licker, it might be due to one of these reasons. #1 –…continue reading →
6-Year-Old Boy Sells Pumpkins To Raise Money For A Diabetic Alert Dog

6-Year-Old Boy Sells Pumpkins To Raise Money For A Diabetic Alert Dog

Advertisement 6-year-old Ian Unger has Type I Diabetes and relies on an insulin pump and a 24-hour glucose monitor. More than anything, he wants to ride the schoolbus with his fellow kindergarteners. Recently his condition prompted the school district to insist he have a personal aide with him if he is to ride the bus. However, when the family requested an aide be provided, their plea was denied. “Their plan was to put him on an empty bus by himself and take him to school after school starts,” Ian’s mother, Katrina Christensen told First…continue reading →
4 Things NOT To Do If Your Dog Gets Bitten By A Snake

4 Things NOT To Do If Your Dog Gets Bitten By A Snake

Advertisement There are venomous snakes out there and your dog is a nosy character. Let’s face it, he might just borrow some trouble and bug a snake. If you suspect that your dog has been bitten by a snake, here are some important things NOT to do.  #1. Never risk yourself. It is important to try to identify the snake, but not if it puts you in harm’s way. After all, who will take care of your dog if you are bitten too?  #2. Never place a tourniquet. In the old days, we…continue reading →

Grieving Family Warns The Public After Dog Dies From Eating Chewing Gum

Advertisement Canon was a gorgeous 3-year-old Husky that loved to eat, chase cats, and snuggle. His owner, Christy Figlio of Nashville, Tennessee, says he was perfectly healthy until Saturday night when he stopped eating and began drinking excessively. By Sunday afternoon, Canon was vomiting and unable to walk. Figlio rushed him to the local vet. “He started vomiting the water, and so, that kind of was the red flag that made us decide to take him to the hospital,” the dog mom told WMBF News. “They gave us some IV fluids, sent us…continue reading →
Shirtless Firefighters Pose With Pups For 2019 Australian Firefighters Calendar

Shirtless Firefighters Pose With Pups For 2019 Australian Firefighters Calendar

Advertisement What could be hotter than shirtless firefighters with dogs? Shirtless firefighters raising money for charity with dogs! The 2019 Australian Firefighters Dog Calendar is ready to grace your wall with 11 beefy firemen and their adorable, fuzzy, canine companions! Not only will you get 12 months of super cute canines and foxy firemen, but you’ll also be helping multiple charities that support cancer research and animals! Photo: Australian Firefighters Calendar 2019 marks the calendar’s 26th year in print, and it hasn’t lost it’s sizzle! Photo: Australian Firefighters Calendar And it’s not just…continue reading →

13 Things Humans Do That Dogs Dislike

Advertisement We love our pups so much that it hurts to think we could be doing something that our dogs dislike. Or that makes them uncomfortable, sad, or scared. They love us so much in return that sometimes, they don’t make it obvious when we’re doing something they hate. Since they can’t tell us, we’ve compiled a list of 13 things that humans do that dogs don’t actually like. But lucky for us, our favorite fuzzballs always find a way to forgive us–because that’s just who they are. 1. No Hugging (If They Feel Restrained) This is not to say…continue reading →
9 Myths About Dog Aggression

9 Myths About Dog Aggression

Advertisement There’s no denying the fact an aggressive dog is potentially dangerous. It’s a problem that requires attention from a professional dog behaviorist, but there’s a lot more to canine aggression than most people realize. Aggression is one of the most common behavioral issues seen in dogs, and it’s one of the top reasons why dogs are euthanized and surrendered to shelters. Coincidentally, it’s also one of the most misunderstood topics in the dog world. We’re here to clear the air and dispel these common myths about dog aggression. 1. A “good” dog…continue reading →
5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

Advertisement Dental health is one of the most neglected issues in dogs. Yet, neglected teeth can quickly lead to canine dental disease other serious–and often fatal–diseases. Dr. Kathryn Primm, owner of Apple Brook Animal Hospital, and Dr. Denise Petryk, Director of Veterinary Services at Trupanion, shared with us some of the illnesses that can result from poor dental hygiene. #1 – Heart Valve Infections Dr. Primm: “Mouth bacteria can travel and settle on the heart valves. Bacterial endocarditis (infection of the interior of the heart) is a problem of its own and can also…continue reading →

Science Says Your Dog Isn’t Exceptionally Smart – Internet Disagrees

Advertisement You’ve probably seen these questionable headlines flying around lately saying that our dogs aren’t as smart as we think they are. These lame, lame headlines. Screenshot: nytimes.com To be fair, the articles aren’t calling our dogs dumb, they’re just saying that our dogs aren’t exceptional. But even saying that much seems like an insult to our dogs, doesn’t it? Because we know our dogs are incredibly smart. Like this dog that can spell her name. Or all the service dogs that are trained to help their owners function in the world. Professor…continue reading →

Shelter Receives Heartbreaking Letter From Senior Dog’s Owner

Advertisement Taking in a senior pooch like Shell is not uncommon for the folks at Stray Rescue of St. Louis, but nothing could have prepared them for the heartwrenching note that came with her. “Dear Stray Rescue,” it begins. “I am writing you cause I need you to take my dog, Shell…I’ve been fighting cancer for a few months and if you’re reading this I lost my battle.” The letter goes on to explain that Shell was adopted from Stray Rescue in 2009 or 2010 by the unidentified author’s mother. When she passed…continue reading →
SC Groomer Offers Free Services To Dogs Displaced By Hurricane Florence

SC Groomer Offers Free Services To Dogs Displaced By Hurricane Florence

Advertisement Jennifer Ward is the owner and operator of RiverPaws Pet Spa in historic downtown Conway, SC. The beautiful, riverside city is one of many in the Carolinas devastated by Hurricane Florence. In order to lighten the load on local pet parents, Ward and her team are offering free grooming services for dogs displaced from their homes. The kindhearted business owner created a Facebook Fundraiser to help defray costs. At the time of this publishing, the fundraiser has collected $200 of a $1,000 goal. The post reads, in part: “As we get back…continue reading →
Tom Hardy Hangs With K9 At L.A. Premiere For Venom

Tom Hardy Hangs With K9 At L.A. Premiere For Venom

Advertisement The red carpet seems like a pretty busy place. With so many people crowding in, asking you for photos, autographs and interviews, it must be impossible to make time for everyone. But this weekend while at the Los Angeles premiere for his new Marvel movie, Venom, actor Tom Hardy made time for one very special pooch! Bomb-sniffing K9 Stark was on-duty at the premiere, and the actor couldn’t resist walking over and saying hello! Though it’s usually considered rude to interact with an on-duty working dog, Stark’s handler said that Hardy asked first.…continue reading →
New Dating App Helps Dog People Find Puppy Love

New Dating App Helps Dog People Find Puppy Love

Advertisement If “must love dogs” is a rule you apply to your romantic life, you may want to check out Dig, the dating app designed for dog people. According to sisters and co-founders, Leigh and Casey Isaacson, 55% of single adults in the U.S. are pet owners. Dig provides a safe, innovative way for those singles to meet and get to know one another. “Dig is a dating app for people who love dogs and have dogs,” Leigh said in an interview with Detroit’s Fox 2. “It’s a niche dating app but it’s a…continue reading →
California Law Will Give Pets More Status In Divorce Cases

California Law Will Give Pets More Status In Divorce Cases

Advertisement California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that will give pets more status in divorce cases starting next year. The law previously required judges to consider pets property, which had to be distributed equally between divorcing couples who couldn’t come to an agreement. This meant that multiple pets might be split between two homes, never to see each other again. Or that two people with history might be forced to meet periodically to pass a single pet between them. The bill seeks to give pets more consideration – elevating their status…continue reading →
Houston Astros Pitcher Pays For Stray Dog’s Surgery And Gives Her A Home

Houston Astros Pitcher Pays For Stray Dog’s Surgery And Gives Her A Home

Advertisement Abby was running late for work the day she spotted a black lab laying near the road. She stopped to check on the dog, and immediately realized that the pup couldn’t walk, and had likely been hit by a car. She was panting, crying, and clearly in an extreme amount of pain. Abby dropped everything to take the dog, now named Holly (for the bush near where she was found,) to the vet. They discovered that the dog was about two years old, and had a broken leg, punctured lung, and a…continue reading →
Head Pressing In Dogs: Why You Should Be Concerned

Head Pressing In Dogs: Why You Should Be Concerned

Advertisement Head pressing in dogs is a worrying symptom that may indicate your pup is suffering from a serious medical condition. Dogs that head press typically stand or sit with their head hung low facing a wall, corner, or piece of furniture. In most cases they forcefully push the top of their head against the hard surface, but some may just stand very close. If your dog appears to be head pressing, see your veterinarian right away! In the following video, Dr. Karen Becker of Mercola Healthy Pets explains the possible causes of head…continue reading →
Georgia Firefighter Remembers Late Dog Who Changed His Life, “She Was Everything To Me”

Georgia Firefighter Remembers Late Dog Who Changed His Life, “She Was Everything To Me”

Advertisement One dog can make a thousand happy memories. Dogs fill a few years with kisses, cuddles, happy greetings and wagging tails. People who have seen pets cross the rainbow bridge will often tell us that saying goodbye was worth the time they got to spend with their dog. Nothing will ever replace it. iHeartDogs recently came across a story shared by a Georgia firefighter, Aaron Salkill, about his late dog, Ember. Ember spent her few years here bringing joy to everyone she met, and Aaron was got to share her life with…continue reading →
Ice Skating Rescue Dog Hopes To Go Pro With NHL Team

Ice Skating Rescue Dog Hopes To Go Pro With NHL Team

Advertisement Cheryl Del Sangro is a retired ice skater and coach. When she adopted a bright, talented rescue dog named Benny, teaching him to skate was inevitable. The 6-year-old Yellow Labrador has become the world’s first ice skating dog and mastered more than 50 tricks during his time with Del Sangro. But life was not always so good. “He had spent six months in a kill shelter in Utah and eventually was put on the euthanasia list,” Del Sangro told PEOPLE. Photo c/o Rick Vierkandt of Bark Gallery Luckily, fate brought Benny to Las Vegas,…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 →
Blind Rescue Dog Has His Very Own Seeing Eye Dog

Blind Rescue Dog Has His Very Own Seeing Eye Dog

Advertisement When a Cocker Spaniel named Kimchi was found abandoned and afraid on a lonely street in the Philippines, he was already mostly blind. It was 2012, and no one knew what the ailing dog’s life had been like before rescuers took him in. What they did know, however, was that Kimchi deserved better. Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) was determined to change his life. All they needed was the perfect family to take him home. At a school event recently. Posted by Ginger and Kimchi on Friday, August 17, 2018 With his…continue reading →

Pit Bull Saved From Dog Fighting Is Training To Become A Police K9

Advertisement 3-year-old Dallas is one of 31 Pit Bull-type dogs rescued from a Canadian dog fighting ring. According to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, they were discovered chained to metal stakes with evidence of fighting – including schedules, muzzles, break sticks, steroids and suture kits – found on the property. But after a lengthy legal battle, Dallas has left that life far behind. He will graduate from a six week training program next month and begin serving the town of Honaker, Virginia as their first and only narcotics…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 →
Vets Urge Awareness As Seasonal Dog Disease Reaches Peak Season In UK

Vets Urge Awareness As Seasonal Dog Disease Reaches Peak Season In UK

Advertisement Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) becomes a threat to UK pets between August and November of each year.Veterinarians are urging owners to keep an eye out for symptoms after seeing a few cases reported this year. First reports of the disease date back to 2009, and so far very little is known about it. Dogs affected by Seasonal Canine Illness will begin vomiting, usually 72 hours after a walk through a woodland area. It’s often accompanied by diarrhea and lethargy. Symptoms become severe very quickly, and can become fatal. Veterinarians usually see cases…continue reading →
Wounded Soldier And Military Dog Reunite After Receiving Purple Hearts

Wounded Soldier And Military Dog Reunite After Receiving Purple Hearts

Advertisement Six months into his deployment to Afghanistan, Spc. Alec Alcoser grabbed his dog’s leash and left the barracks. It was a mission day, and Alcoser and his partner, a German Shepherd named Alex, were reporting to duty. They’d been working together for months and already had a close bond. They slept in the same bed, enjoyed their free time together, and always had each other’s backs. On that day six weeks ago, their friendship was put to the ultimate test. Exchange Wounded Soldier-DogArmy Spc. Alec Alcoser is reunited with his dog Alex…continue reading →
15 Signs Your Dog Has Anxiety And How To Help

15 Signs Your Dog Has Anxiety And How To Help

Advertisement Whether you have two legs or four, anxiety can be a miserable experience. Sadly, our fur kids are not immune to anxiety. Many dogs suffer from anxiety, whether it’s only during thunderstorms or a low level of continuous anxiety. How can you tell if your dog has anxiety? What can you do to help your dog if he is dealing with anxiety? Here are signs your dog has anxiety and ways you can help. Signs of anxiety in dogs -Aggression -Tucked tail -Peeing or pooping in the home -Drooling -Yawning -Panting -Licking…continue reading →
Dog Food Company Looking For Human Taste Tester

Dog Food Company Looking For Human Taste Tester

Advertisement Every devoted pup parent cares about what they feed their dog, but are you willing to take that commitment to the next level? A dog food brand specializing in home-cooked meals is looking for the “ultimate dog lover” for a special job. They say their dog food is good enough for humans, and they’re prepared to prove it. All they need is a dog person willing to serve as taste tester. Starting the week strong with a bowl of Butternut Beef Recipe, does it get any better? 😋 Did you know that…continue reading →
Reporter Interrupts Live Newscast To Help Rescue Dog From Hurricane Flood Waters

Reporter Interrupts Live Newscast To Help Rescue Dog From Hurricane Flood Waters

Advertisement Reporter, Julie Wilson was recording a Facebook Live video in the hurricane-ravaged town of New Bern, North Carolina on Friday when she found herself caught up in the rescue effort. As Wilson waded through knee-deep water, she came across a woman named Tasha who said her daughter’s injured therapy dog was still inside her flooding house. TO THE RESCUE: ABC station reporter interrupts live stream to rescue dog chest deep in the flooded streets of New Bern, North Carolina. After struggling to carry the big dog out at first, they all made it…continue reading →
People Pull Together To Help Pets In Hurricane Florence’s Path

People Pull Together To Help Pets In Hurricane Florence’s Path

Advertisement When faced with something as devastating and dangerous as a hurricane, people will come together in amazing ways to help each other through it. And pets are definitely not excluded. On the East Coast, people in areas affected by Hurricane Florence have come through for their shelters in a big way. Saving Grace NC had already taken in several dogs from coastal-area shelters that needed to be evacuated. But they didn’t want their pets to ride out the storm huddled alone in a kennel, so they took to social media to ask…continue reading →
House Passes Official Dog & Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act

House Passes Official Dog & Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act

Advertisement While countries including China, South Korea, and Thailand are notorious for slaughtering dogs and cats for the purpose of consumption, most Americans are surprised to learn the issue also hits close to home. There is evidence of an underground market for the sale and purchase of dog and cat meat in the U.S., and until recently, 44 states allowed individuals to kill pets and sell the meat as food. Thanks to a rare bipartisan cooperation, that practice is on its way to being illegal across the country. On Wednesday, the House passed…continue reading →
Woman Wakes Up To Strange ‘Dog’ In Her Bedroom

Woman Wakes Up To Strange ‘Dog’ In Her Bedroom

Advertisement Bonnie Moriarty recently had the shock of her life when she thought she heard her pets fighting in the middle of the night. She woke up ready to break up a fight between her cat and dog but came face-to-face with a coyote! Her cat, spooked by the creature, came running into her bedroom with a large shadow following it. At first, Bonnie thought it was her dog, but quickly realized what it was! She believes the coyote was lured into her home by the thought of making a meal out of…continue reading →
10 Dog Breeds That Make Great Therapy Dogs

10 Dog Breeds That Make Great Therapy Dogs

Advertisement Therapy dogs can perform a number of jobs – some visit the sick in hospitals, or the elderly in homes. Others sit quietly while being read to by children. But they all have something in common – they brighten the day of everyone they meet! We know any dog can put a smile on a human face, but therapy work requires more of a dog than to just be a dog. Therapy dogs must be able to be calm, affectionate, and well-trained. Dogs of any breed can be considered, but these 10…continue reading →
The Adorable “Snoot Challenge” May Benefit Your Pup

The Adorable “Snoot Challenge” May Benefit Your Pup

Advertisement If you’ve been on Instagram recently, you’ve probably seen adorable photos of dogs (and other animals) participating in the “snoot challenge.” The snoot challenge involves a dog poking their nose into a shape created by their human’s fingers. 12,000 dogs have participated in the challenge on Instagram. More than just cute, the snoot challenge may benefit dogs that are trained to do it. Dogs who are trained to do the snoot challenge learn to have their face handled. This can make vet visits and grooming appointments less stressful on your dog. The behavior…continue reading →

This Girl Brought Home A $5 Foot Long, It Wasn’t What Mom Was Expecting

Advertisement There’s always a measure of creativity that goes into caring for a dog, and 21-year-old Kelsey Johnstone needed to call on that creativity sooner than expected. Kelsey’s mom wasn’t exactly on board with the idea of adopting another dog. The family already had a beloved dog named Oliver, but Kelsey was determined to get Oliver a new furry sibling. All she needed was mom’s permission. When a sign outside an animal shelter gave her the perfect idea, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to expand her family. Posted by Dallas Animal Services…continue reading →

The End-Of-Life Option That All Pet Parents Should Consider

Advertisement Helping your pet cross the Rainbow Bridge is an excruciating experience that many people cannot even bear to think about until the moment arrives. Although it hurts, planning ahead can help alleviate some of the stress and allow you to make an informed decision when your head is clear. One important option to consider is whether you would like to schedule a home euthanasia. Some veterinarians offer house calls for their patients, but appointments can be hard to come by due to responsibilities at the clinic. Due to the increasing demand for home-based euthanasia…continue reading →
10 Ingredients You NEVER Want To See In Your Dog’s Food

10 Ingredients You NEVER Want To See In Your Dog’s Food

Advertisement Our dogs are important to us, and we want to make sure we keep them as healthy as possible. With so many foods to choose from, it can give you a headache trying to decide which one is the best for your canine companion! While there are many great foods out there and each dog is an individual with their own needs, there are some base ingredients you definitely want to avoid. Some may sound like they’re nutritious – but they aren’t. Take a look at our gallery to see what you…continue reading →
TSA Canine Meets The Son Of The 9/11 Hero He Was Named For

TSA Canine Meets The Son Of The 9/11 Hero He Was Named For

Advertisement September 11, 2001 brought the world some of the most tragic scenes in recent history. Many families were broken, and many heroes stepped forward, willing to lay down their lives to search for survivors. One of those heroes was George Howard, a Port Authority police officer who was off-duty when the World Trade Center North Tower was attacked. He immediately leaped into action as a volunteer firefighter – one of the first to arrive on the scene that day to help rescue the people trapped inside. This was actually the second time…continue reading →