Blind Senior Dog Gets His Own “Seeing-Eye Puppy”

Blind Senior Dog Gets His Own “Seeing-Eye Puppy”

Charlie is an 11-year-old Golden Retriever who lost his eyes to glaucoma. His new disability didn’t change his happy-go-lucky personality, but Charlie’s parents say he began to move more slowly and stopped playing as much. But that all changed when Maverick came along! This gorgeous Golden fuzzball is Charlie’s baby brother, best friend, and seeing-eye-pup. “Charlie has definitely been more playful and puppy-like since Maverick came around,” The dogs’ owner Chelsea Stipe told The Dodo. “We’d buy him toys and he wouldn’t think about playing with them. Now, they’re just constantly playing with…continue reading →

Maui Humane Society Hosts Their First Shelter Slumber Party!

Have you ever really considered what it must be like to sleep in a shelter? Volunteers at the Maui Humane Society got to experience it for just one night when they snuggled up to shelter dogs at the MHS’s first ever Shelter Slumber Party! Director of Development & Community Outreach for MHS, Nancy Willis tells iHeartDogs that their inspiration came from another rescue. Maui Humane Society“I actually heard about another shelter in the Midwest that did it last year. It was a fundraising event however there definitely seemed to be an ‘emotional’ component…continue reading →
Special Needs Pup and Her Senior Friend Get to Take Home Everything They Touch on Shopping Spree!

Special Needs Pup and Her Senior Friend Get to Take Home Everything They Touch on Shopping Spree!

It’s said that “every dog has their day,” and Rocky Kanaka is making sure that they do! Rocky Kanaka’s Dogs Day Out is one of our favorite series. In each episode, Rocky takes one lucky pup out of the shelter to have the best day of their life. That means special treats, trips to the beach, ball pits, kissing booths – whatever it takes to make them happy! Not only does Rocky put a smile on these faces, he’s boosting their confidence and helping get the word out that these dogs need homes!…continue reading →
200 Dogs Rescued From South Korean Meat Farm Are On To Better Lives

200 Dogs Rescued From South Korean Meat Farm Are On To Better Lives

Humane Society International is working to save dogs across Asia from theft, illegal transport, and slaughter. Since 2015, they have shut down 14 South Korean dog meat farms by transitioning the “farmers” to more humane professions. The hundreds of dogs liberated from each location go on to loving homes in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. In their most recent rescue, HSI saved nearly 200 dogs and puppies! This particular facility doubled as a puppy mill, with the dogs being sold as pets or for slaughter – whichever brought the highest price. As a result, most…continue reading →

Stray Dog Pulls Woman Out Of Wrecked Car And Drags Her To Safety

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Even animals can be heroes too! Dogs have proven themselves time and time again that they can be brave heroes and they can do so much more to help us humans. One example is that dog who saved a 14-month-old boy from drowning. The little boy accidentally fell in the pool, and the family’s Labrador Retriever sprang into action and saved the poor boy. Now here’s another canine hero who did something amazing! A woman named Shannon Lorio crashed her car on a rural road, then…continue reading →
Dad Trains Family Dog to Supervise His Sister’s Homework

Dad Trains Family Dog to Supervise His Sister’s Homework

Add one more task to a dog’s resume: homework enforcer. A father in South West China was fed up with his daughter using her smartphone instead of doing her homework, so he came up with a creative solution to keep her on track. The dad trained the family dog to supervise the girl while she attended to her studies. Image via Pear VideoA dog did what? A video depicts the hilarious and adorable relationship between one white dog and his sister. A family in Guiyang City, China, captured this memory on film. The…continue reading →

Dog Stays On Snowy Train Tracks To Care For Injured Friend Until Help Arrives

Ukraine’s winters are harsh, especially if you’re a lost dog. Worse than being lost, though, is being injured. When two dogs named Lucy and Panda got loose from their home in Uhzgorod, Ukraine, the odds were already stacked against them. Lucy was injured and unable to walk, so she was stuck lying on train tracks in the snow. Not only was it below-freezing, she was trapped on an active track with trains coming and going. Despite the danger, Panda refused to leave her side. Rescuers were taken aback by the emotional connection between the…continue reading →

Dog Who Spent His Entire Life In Chains Visits The Ocean For The First Time

Herschel spent the first five years of his life chained in a lonely backyard. His teeth were worn down from attempting to chew himself free. After his rescue, the gorgeous German Shepherd was adopted twice, but returned both times. It seems his heartbreaking start to life left behind some emotional damage. Luckily, things were about to turn around for Herschel in a big way!   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Teddy Bear Herschel (@teddybearherschel) on Jul 4, 2018 at 10:00am PDT Rocky Kanaka, passionate dog rescuer and creator…continue reading →
Abandoned 130-Pound Saint Bernard Finally Finds Forever Home

Abandoned 130-Pound Saint Bernard Finally Finds Forever Home

Gather round for a heartwarming tale of a dog who started with a tough lot in life and ended up with his happily ever after. This is the story of a 130-pound Saint Bernard finally finding his forever home. Source: YouTube screen captureHumble beginnings Cosmo the Saint Bernard was born in Nebraska in a breeder’s home. For unknown reasons, the breeder gave Cosmo away to the Hearts United for Animals shelter. (We’re shocked too. Who could resist Cosmo’s face? He’s an absolute doll). Even though Cosmo was confused about his new surroundings, the shelter…continue reading →
Formerly Abused Dog Gets A New Home & A Job With Florida Sheriff’s Office

Formerly Abused Dog Gets A New Home & A Job With Florida Sheriff’s Office

iHeartDogs initially passed on bringing you the story of Chance, a Florida Cur Dog found with his muzzle taped shut. The images were graphic and the story was infuriating. But just a few short days after his rescue, Chance’s future is looking bright! He is recovering from his injuries, and has found his forever home with one of his rescuers, Deputy Richard Castellon of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Not only will Chance accompany his new dad to work, he has also been deputized and will serve as the official “Pets on Patrol…continue reading →
Dog-Loving Little Girl Fighting Brain Tumor Gets a Visit from Almost 40 Police K9s!

Dog-Loving Little Girl Fighting Brain Tumor Gets a Visit from Almost 40 Police K9s!

We recently shared the story of Emma Mertens – a small girl in Wisconsin who is fighting cancer with the help of #TeamEmma. Emma absolutely LOVES dogs, and though she doesn’t have one of her own, she enjoys dog sitting for neighbors and spending time with pups whenever she can. When Emma became sick her parents asked neighbors to send letters from their dogs to put a smile on her face, and word spread quickly across social media. The outpouring of support from dogs (with the help of their owners) was overwhelmingly wonderful,…continue reading →
Artist’s Breathtaking Pics Remind Us To Appreciate The Little Moments With Our Dogs

Artist’s Breathtaking Pics Remind Us To Appreciate The Little Moments With Our Dogs

It can be difficult to put into words just how much you love your dog. The pure joy they inject into our lives can elevate even the most everyday moments into something worth telling everybody about. Los Angeles based artist Yaoyao Ma Van As tells the story of her and her beloved pooch in incredible illustrations on Instagram. The cute, colorful pictures are guaranteed to give you warm, fuzzy feelings when you see yourself and your favorite companion in the totally relatable day-to-day situations Ma Van As illustrates. Ma Van As and Parker…continue reading →
Artist’s Drawings Remind Us To Appreciate The Little Moments With Our Dogs

Artist’s Drawings Remind Us To Appreciate The Little Moments With Our Dogs

It can be difficult to put into words just how much you love your dog. The pure joy they inject into our lives can elevate even the most everyday moments into something worth telling everybody about. Los Angeles based artist Yaoyao Ma Van As tells the story of her and her beloved pooch in incredible illustrations on Instagram. The cute, colorful pictures are guaranteed to give you warm, fuzzy feelings when you see yourself and your favorite companion in the totally relatable day-to-day situations Ma Van As illustrates. Ma Van As and Parker…continue reading →
Heartwarming Photos Capture Dog’s Love-Filled Final Days

Heartwarming Photos Capture Dog’s Love-Filled Final Days

There are so many things about losing a beloved dog that makes the process so incredibly difficult. Knowing that the time is coming and being unable to stop it can leave you feeling totally helpless. The extreme pressure of making such a big decision for your pet. And most of all, knowing you’ll never get to see their face again. It all adds up into one of the most heartbreaking events in a dog lover’s life. Sarah Beth Ernhart understands what it means to love a pet. She’s lived her whole life with…continue reading →
Photographer’s “Joy Sessions” Celebrate Life When Losing A Pet

Photographer’s “Joy Sessions” Celebrate Life When Losing A Pet

There are so many things about losing a beloved dog that makes the process so incredibly difficult. Knowing that the time is coming and being unable to stop it can leave you feeling totally helpless. The extreme pressure of making such a big decision for your pet. And most of all, knowing you’ll never get to see their face again. It all adds up into one of the most heartbreaking events in a dog lover’s life. Sarah Beth Ernhart understands what it means to love a pet. She’s lived her whole life with…continue reading →

Deaf, Blind Dog’s Incredible Spirit Inspires Children Who Are “Different”

John Gray is well known for his work in broadcasting. As a news anchor he’s covered some of the biggest stories of our time and won several awards for his work in television. Now he and his special pal, Keller, are winning hearts together. While volunteering at his local shelter when he met Keller, a 4-month-old double merle Australian Shepherd. Like other double merle dogs Keller is completely blind and deaf. He was abandoned near a railroad track and left to fend for himself. Courtesy John GrayWhen he arrived at the shelter staff…continue reading →
Athlete Thanks Dog Who Saved Her Life By Training Pup For Service

Athlete Thanks Dog Who Saved Her Life By Training Pup For Service

What do you do to show your gratitude to the dog who saved your life and gave you back your confidence? What gesture could ever be enough? Sgt. Christy Gardener didn’t know how to pay it all back to her dog – so she decided to pay it forward. Christy lost both her legs while serving overseas with the U.S. Army. Like many of our servicemen and women, Christy faced extreme mental anguish when she returned home, and often considered ending her life. However, she didn’t have to face the darkness alone. Moxie,…continue reading →
Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets

Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets

Get your tissues ready. You won’t be able to read this story and without a tear coming to your eye. This is the tale of a young woman in Argentina who rescued a starving dog left to die on the streets. If you are heartbroken at the thought of a dog going hungry, have no fear, this story has a happy ending. The Hero of Our Story Meet Hercules. This picture was taken before his journey of rehabilitation began.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Hercules (@herculesysubanda) on…continue reading →
Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets

Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets

Get your tissues ready. You won’t be able to read this story and without a tear coming to your eye. This is the tale of a young woman in Argentina who rescued a starving dog left to die on the streets. If you are heartbroken at the thought of a dog going hungry, have no fear, this story has a happy ending. The Hero of Our Story Meet Hercules. This picture was taken before his journey of rehabilitation began.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Hercules (@herculesysubanda) on…continue reading →
7-Year-Old Girl Fighting Brain Tumor Asks For Letters From Dogs

7-Year-Old Girl Fighting Brain Tumor Asks For Letters From Dogs

The Mertens family is going through a rough time, but they’re getting by with a little help from their furriest friends from all over the world! Emma Mertens is 7-years-old, and is described as a kind, big-hearted girl. She’s playful, happy, loves her family, and she loves, loves, LOVES dogs! The Mertens family doesn’t have a dog in their home, but Emma enjoys dog-sitting for friends and neighbors. via GoFundMeIn late January Emma was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an aggressive brain tumor also known as DIPG. “…she was having a normal…continue reading →
Enthusiastic Dog Hysterically Fails His Service Dog Training Test

Enthusiastic Dog Hysterically Fails His Service Dog Training Test

For some pups, service work is too good to be true. Enter Ryker, a German Shepard who thinks service training is as thrilling as Christmas morning. A viral video from the Double H Canine Training Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, shows the enthusiastic dog failing his training test in a hilarious way. The video description pretty much says it all, “Every dog has a purpose 🙂. Clearly, Ryker’s purpose is not to be a service dog. Check out this video documenting his good-hearted attempt 😳. Disclaimer: This Training was attempted by trained professionals 😳do…continue reading →
Senior Rescue Dog Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Fights for Her Life

Senior Rescue Dog Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Fights for Her Life

After spending a lifetime in a puppy mill, Chloe was finally rescued. Tragedy struck again, however, when Julia Arney’s vet recommended she euthanize Chloe, her senior Maltese, due to a brain tumor. But Julia was determined to give her beloved pet a fresh start, and Chloe was ready to fight! “Every day is a gift. We were supposed to lose her so long ago.” In September 2017, Julia Arney’s vet recommended she euthanize her senior Maltese, Chloe. Julia was heartbroken – but she wasn’t ready to say goodbye or give up without a fight.…continue reading →
Puppy Born With “Upside Down Paws” Will Soon Walk For The First Time

Puppy Born With “Upside Down Paws” Will Soon Walk For The First Time

Advertisement Milo has been through more in his first three months than most pups go through in a lifetime. The Treeing Walker Coonhound was born with a rare congenital defect in which both elbows are luxated, forcing his paw pads to turn upwards. Milo’s disability was more than his breeder could handle. When he was 5-weeks-old, she reached out to Jennie Hays, founder of Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary. Hays agreed to take him in, not yet realizing the extent of Milo’s disability. “Initially, they sent me a small video and the quality…continue reading →

Woman Sleeps Outside In The Freezing Cold To Earn The Trust Of A Stray Senior Dog

Advertisement How much would you sacrifice to save a stray dog? This amazing woman braved several freezing cold nights to save a stray dog in Manhattan’s Highland Park in New York City. Her name is Denise Lauffer, a 40-year-old woman who built a makeshift shelter for an elderly stray dog she named Charlie, and slept beside him for two nights just to earn the dog’s trust. Charlie has been in the park for 10 years. When Denise moved to the area just a few years ago, she immediately took notice of Charlie. Denise…continue reading →
Little Girl Mails A Letter To God After Her Dog Passes Away. What She Gets In Return Is SO Special!

Little Girl Mails A Letter To God After Her Dog Passes Away. What She Gets In Return Is SO Special!

When Meredith was a just a baby, her parents got her a dog. Now, Abbey wasn’t just any dog. She was Meredith’s protector, playmate and friend. For years, they were inseparable with Abbey always following wherever Meredith would go. Like all dogs, Abbey got a little older…a little slower, but she was always there right by her best friend’s side. So it was only fitting that when Abbey passed away recently, Meredith was right there with her…by her side. Advertisement The loss of Abbey was devastating to little Meredith, but she knew Abbey…continue reading →
That Moment When a Dog Is Rescued from Their Abuser [12 POWERFUL PICS]

That Moment When a Dog Is Rescued from Their Abuser [12 POWERFUL PICS]

These dogs are getting a second chance – and it started exactly when these photos were taken. These pictures capture the incredible moment in time where a sad story came to an end and a better, brighter future began. For a dog who has had to endure a life of abuse, a rescuer is a hero, a savior, and a best friend all rolled into one. Breaking the chains – Source Yesterday’s sad dog chained up and laying in the dirt will have a warm blanket and fresh water tomorrow. Thank you for…continue reading →
Bucket List Pup Hopes To Hug 100 People Before Passing On

Bucket List Pup Hopes To Hug 100 People Before Passing On

Advertisement Logan is described as “playful and spunky.” He’s a 9-month-old foster pup with big ears and beautiful, expressive eyes. Logan came to Rescued Hearts Northwest just before Christmas. They knew that Logan wouldn’t grow to see adulthood – he was born with Pulmonic Valve Dysplasia, a heart condition that will probably only allow him a few more months to live. The foster who took him in understood that she would be fostering him for the rest of his life. Ideally, his condition would improve and he would live a full, happy life…continue reading →
10 Dog Breeds That Have The CUTEST Puppies

10 Dog Breeds That Have The CUTEST Puppies

Advertisement All puppies are cute, but some breeds have that extra “je ne sais quoi” that makes them irresistible. For this reason, some of these breeds are popular in greeting cards, commercials and other marketing materials. #1 – English Bulldog There is something about these wrinkly, tubby, squat puppies that just make humans melt. Bulldog puppies literally make people stop in their tracks. It’s why they are so popular on greeting cards and print advertisements. Image source: @VivianChen via Flickr Click page 2 below for the next breed! Do you want a healthier &…continue reading →
Deputy’s Small Act Of Kindness Makes A Difference For Injured Dog

Deputy’s Small Act Of Kindness Makes A Difference For Injured Dog

Advertisement A small act of kindness can go a long way. This particular act of kindness has traveled around the world via internet since the photo went viral last month. Florida resident Carlos Irizzary was walking his dog when he spotted an Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy sitting on the ground next to an injured pup. The dog was struck by a car and left by the roadside when Deputy Josh Fiorelli found her. She was scraped up, had a dislocated leg, and couldn’t move much. Even in Florida the weather becomes cold in…continue reading →
Trucker Drives 2,300 Miles To Reunite 8-Year-Old Cancer Patient With His Dog

Trucker Drives 2,300 Miles To Reunite 8-Year-Old Cancer Patient With His Dog

Advertisement 8-year-old Perryn Miller of Wilmington, NC was in Utah enjoying the holidays when the nagging headaches he’d been suffering grew worse. A trip to the E.R. revealed the devastating truth: Perryn has stage 4 glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Surgery was performed to remove the tumor, but doctors say he will also need several months of chemotherapy and radiation. The Miller family – who also lost their home to Hurricane Florence last year – decided to stay in Utah for Perryn’s treatment. While family, friends and total strangers have gone…continue reading →
The 10 Most Cuddly Dog Breeds

The 10 Most Cuddly Dog Breeds

Advertisement While we all love to cuddle our dogs, there are some who are more receptive to it than others – and some that just put up with it because they know it makes us happy! Then there are certain breeds whose crazy soft fur, sweet personalities, and snuggable faces are just irresistible when it comes to giving hugs. Whether they love to give cuddles, take cuddles, or both, these pups have that “it” factor when it comes to cuddling. So if you’ve ever wondered what dogs breeds like to cuddle most, read…continue reading →

89-Year-Old Woman Has Knitted 450 Blankets & Sweaters For Shelter Dogs

Advertisement Shelter volunteers come in many forms. Some walk dogs, others help match adopters with the perfect pet, and some – like Maisie Green – use their talents to provide a little extra comfort to animals in need. At 89-years-young, Maisie has managed to knit approximately 450 cozy blankets and sweaters for the pups awaiting forever homes at the Dogs Trust Basildon shelter. “I love knitting and I love dogs, so this combines both wonderfully,” Maisie told the Basildon Standard. “It takes me three days to knit a blanket and one day to…continue reading →
Baristas Shower Customer With Heartfelt Letters & Gifts After Dog’s Death

Baristas Shower Customer With Heartfelt Letters & Gifts After Dog’s Death

On December 11, Margo Waldrop pulled up to her local Starbucks drive thru window just as she has every day since the store opened. As always, the baristas greeted Waldrop and her dogs enthusiastically. Advertisement But this day was different from the rest. Sadly, it was dog, Lily’s last day on Earth. She had cancer, and was scheduled to be euthanized later that day. When Waldrop broke the news to the coffee shop employees, they treated the pooch to a Puppuccino and comforted the grieving dog mom. Upon pulling up to the window…continue reading →
Shelter Dog and His Unlikely Best Friend Go Home Together

Shelter Dog and His Unlikely Best Friend Go Home Together

Advertisement It was obvious that these two were meant to be, and thanks to their new family, they’ll never have to be apart! 3-month-old kitten Coco (formerly Muffin) was a stray suffering from sarcoptic mange.  She was taken to the Royal Palm Beach Animal Control Center, and later rescued by Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, who treated her skin condition and showed her love. There, she met 6-month-old Shih-Tzu pup Chico (formerly Rustle) who was taken out of an abusive home. The people caring for him noticed an odor to his face,…continue reading →
Man Takes Terminally Ill Dog On Cross-Country Road Trip To Visit Her Birthplace

Man Takes Terminally Ill Dog On Cross-Country Road Trip To Visit Her Birthplace

Advertisement Mura has been the constant companion of Paul Heroux ever since she was a tiny pup. She was even by Heroux’s side as he campaigned for – and won – the role of mayor in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Together, they visit schools and nursing homes, walk in local parades, and shake paws at city hall. Sadly, the 11-year-old Japanese wolf dog was diagnosed with a terminal form of blood cancer in September. “She’s my best friend and she’s been with me at the best and worst parts of my life,” Heroux told CBS News. The…continue reading →
Former President’s Service Dog Moves On To New Assignment Now That His Mission Is Complete

Former President’s Service Dog Moves On To New Assignment Now That His Mission Is Complete

Advertisement Politics may be a sore subject for most people, but whether you vote red, blue, or purple, we can all agree that dogs are amazing. A photo went viral recently of former president George H.W. Bush’s service dog, Sully, curled up in front of his best friend’s flag-draped casket. The photo was originally shared to Sully’s Instagram account with the short caption, “Mission complete.” Sully was named for Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, an airline captain who was declared a national hero in 2009 after the U.S. Airways flight he was piloting hit…continue reading →
Best Mom Ever Sends Son A Picture Of His Dog Every Day For A Year While Overseas

Best Mom Ever Sends Son A Picture Of His Dog Every Day For A Year While Overseas

Advertisement Imgur user and World’s Best Mom Baja29reallyiam2 knew that when her son went away to school overseas for a year that he would be missing his dog terribly. She wasn’t going to just let the year go by while her boy’s heart broke, so every day for that year she sent him a photo of their family’s dog! Dog ownership was hard earned for the young man. As part of a deal he made with his father, he agreed to walk around the block twice a day with just a leash to…continue reading →

Man Joyously Reunites With Dog Feared Dead In CA Camp Fire

Advertisement On the morning of November 8, Michael Frey and his dog, Taxi were safely out of range when the deadly Northern California Camp Fire struck. Frey’s other pooch, Maggie was not so lucky. She was at home in the fire’s direct path. The worried dog dad called a neighbor to break in and save Maggie, but she became frightened and bolted. Frey knew the chances of seeing her alive again were slim. Hoping for the best, but fearing the worst, he took to the internet – and spotted a photo of Maggie!…continue reading →

Italian IKEA Store Invites Stray Dogs In From The Cold

Advertisement IKEA is getting some very positive publicity from dog lovers. The massive Swedish furniture and homegoods chain has locations all over the globe, including Catania, Italy where this story takes place. Shopper Martine Taccia recently visited the store on a rainy afternoon. As she perused the displays she came upon two stray dogs lounging on the rugs. It seems the staff have taken to inviting the pups inside to stay warm and dry. Taccia quickly pulled out her phone to record the heartwarming scene. Her mother uploaded the video to Facebook last week…continue reading →

Disabled Young Man & His Service Dog Bring Comfort To Hospice Patients

Advertisement The residents at Saline Memorial Hospital’s Hospice House always look forward to Sundays. That’s when TJ and his trusty service dog, Corey come for their weekly visits. TJ was born with cerebral palsey and tardive dyskinesia, a condition that affects the nervous system and causes uncontrollable jerky movements. Despite his challenges, the young man makes the time to visit hospice patients and share Corey’s healing energy. “Everybody loves TJ and Corey,” said Janice Mooney, Volunteer Coordinator at Hospice House. “Corey will go around and TJ will go around and that really brightens up…continue reading →