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 →

British Veteran & The Dog He Rescued In Syria Reunite After 7 Months Apart

Advertisement Sean Laidlaw was more than happy to leave war-torn Syria behind when his contract as an independent bomb disposal expert was cancelled in April. The hardest part was saying goodbye to the puppy he rescued and fell in love with during his service. Now, thanks to a military charity devoted to helping dogs living in Middle Eastern war zones, the pair have been reunited. On Friday, they visited the set of This Morning where Laidlaw told the remarkable story of the pooch he named Barrie. [embedded content] Laidlaw is a veteran of…continue reading →

Local Shelter Helps Broken-Hearted Disabled Man Find A New Best Friend

Advertisement Six months ago, Pete Cole lost his Pug, Gizmo to cancer. He recently decided to open his heart to a new dog, but fell victim to an elaborate puppy-selling scheme instead. Cole was out $500 and ready to give up when the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland reached out to help him find his new best friend. The shelter learned of Cole’s plight after local news station, WGME exposed the scam. With the help of shelter staff and WGME’s investigation team, Cole met and fell in love with an adorable 3-year-old Corgi…continue reading →
Wilson’s Estate Donates Over $30,000 In Luxury Jewelry To Philadelphia Rescue!

Wilson’s Estate Donates Over $30,000 In Luxury Jewelry To Philadelphia Rescue!

Advertisement It’s been said that dogs are man’s best friend, and diamonds are a woman’s – but why not have both? Wilson’s Estate Jewelry loves diamonds and dogs – and they’re showing their love in a big way! They’re donating 12 pieces of fine jewelry to a worthy rescue in Philadelphia! Street Tails Animal Rescue will receive 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the jewelry. And we’re not talking about stick-on earrings and costume jewelry. The pieces are set with sapphires, diamonds and pearls and made with precious metals. Every piece…continue reading →

Terminally Ill Pooch Becomes An Honorary Police Dog For A Day

Advertisement On October 1, the Miller family of Wilmington, NC received heartbreaking news. Their beloved 14-year-old Parson Russell Terrier, Jack has terminal cancer. But until his final day comes, the Millers have vowed to fill Jack’s days with fun and adventure. This weekend they checked a big item off his Bucket List with a ride in a police car – plus plenty of extras courtesy of the Wilmington PD! In addition to his exciting ride in Sergeant Lisa Kittrell’s police cruiser, Jack accompanied the officer on foot patrol through a local park, meeting…continue reading →
Photographer Finds His Calling In Nature With His Canine Companion

Photographer Finds His Calling In Nature With His Canine Companion

Advertisement Czech photographer Jan Řeháček took a winding, bumpy road to find his passion – and coincidentally, it happened to be off the beaten path, with a dog by his side. Řeháček, known to his over 2 million Instagram followers as @Kopernikk, studied business and held a few jobs, but never settled into a career he loved. He worked in insurance sales, and then retail, but had little light in life. On top of his job woes, he also dealt with stress stemming from mental, physical, and financial issues as well as cardiac…continue reading →
Special Needs Golden Retriever Puppy Has His Own Day Out While Waiting For His Forever Home

Special Needs Golden Retriever Puppy Has His Own Day Out While Waiting For His Forever Home

Advertisement Jalapeno is 5 months old and all Golden Retriever! He has a happy-go-lucky personality, a big smile, beautiful brown eyes and is smart as a whip – he has it all! But believe it or not, this lovable little guy has yet to find a forever home. Sweet little Jalapeno was born as a product of breeding, and as often happens with commercial breeding, he was born with a birth defect. A family bought him but quickly realized something was different and surrendered him to Marley’s Mutts. Jalapeno’s condition requires him to…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 →
Shelter Volunteer Falls In Love With Dog’s Unusual Smile

Shelter Volunteer Falls In Love With Dog’s Unusual Smile

Advertisement We’ve seen how love can transform a dog, but this dog was changed both inside and out thanks to one shelter volunteer. Clefford’s story starts on the streets. According to TheDodo, Clefford’s original family was homeless, and unable to care for his medical needs. His cleft palate caused him pain when he ate regular kibble, and though surgery could repair the issue, his family was unable to afford it. They made a tough decision, and surrendered Clefford to the care of Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston with the hope of giving…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 →
Doctor Grants Patient’s Dying Wish To See Her Dog One More Time

Doctor Grants Patient’s Dying Wish To See Her Dog One More Time

Advertisement Herman is an 11-year-old Rat Terrier. When his elderly owner, Mary was hospitalized with respiratory failure, State Line Animal Hospital in Leawood, Kansas took him in. Sadly, Mary’s condition proved to be terminal. But before she passed away, her physician, Dr. Ryan Sears promised to grant her final wish – to see her beloved Herman one last time. “The instant that she saw him, she was wanting to pet on him, and you could see the change in her face that she was so happy to see her dog,” Dr. Sears told Fox 43.…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 →

Dog Raised For Meat Loses All 4 Paws But Wins Big At Hero Dog Awards

Advertisement If you are a longtime follower of iHeartDogs, you’ve probably read about the amazing Chi Chi once or twice. She was rescued outside a South Korean meat market with severe injuries and infections to all four paws. In order to save her life, she underwent a radical quadruple amputation. Despite her ordeal, Chi Chi never lost hope. Once healed, she was brought to the United States and adopted by the Howell family of Phoenix, Arizona. With their love and support, Chi Chi learned to walk – and run and play! – with…continue reading →
Blind Shelter Dog Plays In The Ocean For The First Time On His Day Out

Blind Shelter Dog Plays In The Ocean For The First Time On His Day Out

Advertisement Dog’s Day Out is an online series created by Rocky Kanaka. Rocky plans a whole day full of fun and excitement for one lucky shelter dog, who gets to experience the love a human can give. That special dog is also shown off to potential adopters who might be willing to give him a home. The goal is to get the often overlooked dogs out of the shelter and into someone’s arms. This time, Rocky chose to spend the day with Garbanzo, a sweet pup who is losing his eyesight at a…continue reading →

Wheelchair Bound Frenchie Wins A Spot In Worldwide Pet Calendar Contest

Advertisement Kardi, an 8-year-old French Bulldog, was rescued from a puppy mill six years ago. Sadly, she suffers from Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), a condition that causes the cushioning pads between the bones of the spine to deteriorate. When she was just four, Kardi became paralyzed in her hind end. But the fun-loving Frenchie refuses to let her disability get her down! Her latest achievement is being selected from 240 applicants in 26 countries to appear in the 2019 Walkin’ Pets calendar! Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com is an e-commerce company devoted to improving and extending…continue reading →
Disabled Rescue Dog Helps Injured Pastor Heal His Body & Soul

Disabled Rescue Dog Helps Injured Pastor Heal His Body & Soul

Advertisement On the morning of June 2, Pastor Jon Cavnar was in a head-on collision on his way to work. His injuries were extensive, landing the once-active father in a wheelchair. Like many survivors, Cavnar began to suffer from depression. Doctors were unsure whether or not they could save his leg and he found himself facing an uncertain future. That’s when his wife, Alexis suggested bringing a dog into the family. Enter Tankerbelle – a very special rescue pooch from the San Francisco SPCA! The adorable English Bulldog mix is living with spina…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 →
Pregnant Foster Dog Is Treated To A Beautiful Maternity Photo Shoot

Pregnant Foster Dog Is Treated To A Beautiful Maternity Photo Shoot

Advertisement Ima is a 3-year-old Hound mix from North Carolina. After being abandoned by her owner, a kind neighbor took her in, but the stressed-out pooch ran away. When she returned a month later, she was pregnant. Soon after, Ima found herself in the shelter system, eventually being placed in a wonderful foster home where she is expected to deliver her pups any day now. Photo c/o Sarah Freeman Her doting foster mom, Sarah Freeman, told PEOPLE Pets: “The neighbor knew she couldn’t afford to take care of Ima and her puppies properly so…continue reading →
Grateful Owner Is Still Thanking Homeless Man Who Reunited Him With Lost Dog

Grateful Owner Is Still Thanking Homeless Man Who Reunited Him With Lost Dog

Advertisement A loving owner’s gratitude knows no bounds when it comes to the return of a lost dog. The relief you feel when someone returns your pet can’t be expressed in words and a cash reward – no matter how big – doesn’t compare to the joy you feel when you get to hold your dog again. So we totally understand why Rick Darge is raising money for James, the man who returned his beloved rat terrier. Rick’s dog, Maya, went missing for a short period of time this summer, and Rick went…continue reading →
Boy’s Lemonade Stand Raises Over $1,500 To Adopt A Pup

Boy’s Lemonade Stand Raises Over $1,500 To Adopt A Pup

Advertisement 11-year-old Nick was determined not just to get a dog, but to earn the money to adopt one himself. So the young entrepreneur set up a Lemonade Stand near his home in Spokane, Washington with a realistic goal of making $20 – $30 and earning the rest gradually mowing lawns, but by the end of the weekend he had more than enough for a new pet and to pay the security deposit necessary to keep a dog in his family’s rental home! In an incredible show of support, neighbors, friends, and even…continue reading →

Dog & Abandoned Baby Moose Become “Fast Friends”

Advertisement It’s not every day you find a moose in your backyard. But Shannon Lugdon, who lives in northern Maine, is one of the few people who can say it happened to her! Now, anyone who knows anything about these majestic animals knows that they’re big, and can get aggressive if they’re feeling threatened. That’s why, when she discovered a 6-day-old, 27-pound baby moose, her initial instinct was to leave her alone and call the wildlife wardens. Lugdon explained on a Facebook post: “So this happened! Miss Maggie Moose was heard calling for her…continue reading →
With The Help Of 20 Strangers, This Hitchhiking Hound Trekked 2,000 Miles To Get Back Home

With The Help Of 20 Strangers, This Hitchhiking Hound Trekked 2,000 Miles To Get Back Home

It was just another day walking his dogs in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania when Adam Herbaugh spotted a lonely Coonhound wandering along his route. He took the hound to a veterinarian where his chip was scanned, and an incredible discovery was made. Although he was in good health, this pup was long way from home — 2,000 miles to be exact — and the story of how he returned from Pennsylvania to Arizona is making headlines! Once Jake’s microchip was scanned and his identity revealed, his family was contacted to pick him up. But…continue reading →
9-Year-Old Boy Takes A Picture With Every Dog He Pets

9-Year-Old Boy Takes A Picture With Every Dog He Pets

Advertisement It doesn’t matter whether they’re big, small, fluffy, young, or old—Gideon Kidd loves dogs. The nine-year-old loves their different personalities and the way they roll over on their backs for belly rubs. He even loves it when they lick his face. Gideon has one dog at home named Walter (along with three cats and two gerbils), but his love for furry friends extends to the entire canine kingdom. All he wants to do is pet dogs, and while he’s at it, he’s spreading an important message. Regardless of the kind of day…continue reading →
Senior Dog Rescue Helps 104-Year-Old Man Find “Puppy” Love Again

Senior Dog Rescue Helps 104-Year-Old Man Find “Puppy” Love Again

When asked if dogs are the secret to a long life, Milt Lessner tells Jen Reeder with BBC News, “I’d like to think so.” At 104 years old, he probably knows better than anyone. Milt grew up with dogs and had dogs in his home his entire life, until his wife and pets died several years ago. Once a psychiatrist (now retired), Milt would bring his dogs to work with him to help his patients relax. Even though he had excellent references, lots of experience with dogs, and had even previously volunteered with…continue reading →
Adorable Spotted Puppy Wears His Heart On His… Nose!

Adorable Spotted Puppy Wears His Heart On His… Nose!

Advertisement Every dog is special, and some pups show their uniqueness through incredible markings – like Wiley the Dalmatian puppy! Wiley has tons of love to give, and it’s not only evident by his playful, outgoing nature. This adorable pooch wears his heart on his nose, where it’s on display for all to see. As soon as she brought him home, mom Lexi Smith noticed the strategically placed spots. They were so perfect, and he was so little, she thought they might separate as he grew. “I wasn’t sure if it was going…continue reading →

Woman Falls In Love, Gives Home To Dog With Unusual Face

Advertisement Jamie Hulit is a dedicated animal lover in Texas. She works with and fosters for several rescues in the Austin and San Antonio areas, including the Heart of Texas Lab Rescue, Animal Care Services in San Antonio, and a few others. Keeping in touch with other rescuers and fosters through social media, Jamie’s “Dog Rescue World” casts a wide net, and brought to her attention a poor, deformed dog who desperately needed love. Beaux’s first day home Beaux Tox was born with a facial deformity, and for a pup at a breeding…continue reading →
Hikers Are Surprised When A Friendly Dog Follows Them… But His Tag Explains Everything!

Hikers Are Surprised When A Friendly Dog Follows Them… But His Tag Explains Everything!

Advertisement When Scott Brown, his wife, and their hiking group decided to hike Teneriffe Falls in Washington State last week, they were surprised to meet a new friend along the way — a four-legged one, that is! As they embarked on the trail, the hikers noticed a large black dog and assumed he was the pet of someone in the nearby neighborhood. The pup soon joined the group on their adventure, even leading the way to the waterfall. Brown told iHeartDogs: “It was funny, when he stayed with us for half mile or…continue reading →

Photographer Captures The Heart & Soul Of “Perfectly Imperfect” Dogs

Advertisement Growing up in the South Australia outback, Alex Cearns learned to love and care for all creatures great and small. Aside from her family’s own dogs, rabbits, horses, guinea pigs and sheep, she also helped her mother care for orphaned and injured wildlife. As an adult, Cearns was inspired to combine her passion for animals with her love of photography. Alex with one of her rescue dogs, Pixel. She left her job as a police officer in 2010 to focus on photography full-time and started Houndstooth Studio, helping adoring pet parents capture the true…continue reading →
DNA Test Reunites Littermates Displaced By Hurricane Harvey

DNA Test Reunites Littermates Displaced By Hurricane Harvey

Advertisement DNA testing is all the rage these days. With a simple cheek swab, curious humans can learn all about their own cultural heritage or unlock their beloved mutt’s unique blend of breeds. When two families living nearly 1,000 miles apart submitted DNA tests to Embark Veterinary, they expected to learn the genetic makeup of the rescue pups they adopted in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. They had no idea they would discover their dogs’ long-lost littermate in the process! Ollie was discovered tied to a stop sign by Hurricane Harvey disaster responders and…continue reading →
Picasso, The “Perfectly Imperfect” Celebrity Dog, Is Being Honored For His Courage

Picasso, The “Perfectly Imperfect” Celebrity Dog, Is Being Honored For His Courage

Advertisement One year ago, a crooked-faced pooch named Picasso was rescued from a kill shelter along with his brother, Pablo. Liesl Wilhardt, the executive director of Luvable Dog Rescue in Oregon, welcomed the bonded pair with the intention of finding them the perfect adoptive family. But when tragedy touched both Wilhardt and Picasso, the veteran rescuer realized that Picasso was already home. Check out our original story on Picasso! Last week, The Oregon Humane Society’s Diamond Collar Hero Awards honored the pooch with the signature toothy grin for his message of hope and ability to overcome incredible…continue reading →
Scared Shelter Dog Blossoms When She’s Shown Love On Her Big Day Out

Scared Shelter Dog Blossoms When She’s Shown Love On Her Big Day Out

Advertisement Ever wish you could give every shelter dog just one day to feel as loved as they possibly can? Rocky Kanaka is living that dream. You might recognize Rocky from the CW show Save Our Shelter, where he and his crew travelled around the country giving animal shelters much needed makeovers to help boost their adoption rates and make shelter life more tolerable for pets and staff. He also shares his love of good, healthy food with dogs through his company, The Dog Bakery, creating and selling delicious, dog-safe cakes and treats.…continue reading →
Comfy Chairs Give Shelter Dogs A Taste Of Home While They Await Adoption

Comfy Chairs Give Shelter Dogs A Taste Of Home While They Await Adoption

Advertisement The homeless dogs at Knox County Humane Society are enjoying the best seats at the shelter thanks to a creative idea and generous donors. The staff at this no-kill Illinois shelter have always gone above and beyond to provide for their rescued residents. They make sure every dog gets personalized attention and the best opportunities for adoption. But despite all they do, they know life in the shelter is tough. Dogs live in their kennels and spend months without knowing a family. To make life a little more comfortable, shelter staff got…continue reading →
The Cure For This Dog’s “Mystery Condition” May Be His New Forever Home

The Cure For This Dog’s “Mystery Condition” May Be His New Forever Home

Advertisement When Fritos was found living alone on the streets, his skin was itchy and irritated, and he was missing patches of fur. Luckily, the loving folks at the San Antonio Humane Society took him in, and immediately went about trying to treat him. A year and multiple tests later, poor Fritos is still living with this itchy “mystery condition,” even though vets have ruled out lots of potential causes for his symptoms. Image Source: San Antonio Humane Society According to the San Antonio Humane Society: “Initial tests for mites returned negative. Mange, negative.…continue reading →

Man “Pup-proses” To Girlfriend At Animal Shelter With Ring-Bearing Rescue Dog

Advertisement When Lizzie the dog first arrived at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa she was suffering with itchy skin, oozing sores, and painful infections in both ears. Her lovely tan and white coat was patchy with hair loss. Thanks to the ARL team and a pup-loving couple named Conner and Alison, Lizzie’s life has been completely transformed! Just a few short weeks after she was abandoned at the shelter, she served as “ring-bearer” during Conner’s proposal and became their new forever fur-kid! According to the ARL Facebook page, the couple had been discussing…continue reading →

Innocent Man Exonerated After 38 Years Goes Home With Dog He Raised In Prison

Advertisement Can you imagine being imprisoned for nearly 40 years for a crime you didn’t commit? That’s exactly what happened to Malcolm Alexander, a Louisiana man who was given a life sentence for rape when he was 21 years old in 1980. According to Today, Alexander was assisted by The Innocence Project, a non-profit organization that helps wrongfully accused prisoners prove their innocence. With the help of DNA evidence, the now-58-year-old was finally found not guilty after four long decades behind bars. “I want to eat something home-cooked [a slice of beignet-type fried…continue reading →

Boy Pens The Sweetest Sympathy Card To Teacher Mourning The Loss Of Her Dog

Advertisement Mrs. Dunne, a teacher in Glasgow, Scotland, often shared photos and stories of her beloved Golden Retriever, Charlie with her young students. When the dog unexpectedly passed away due to an inoperable tumor pressing on his heart, she dreaded telling the children. Dunne decided to share the heartbreaking news first thing in the morning. At the end of the day, a compassionate little boy named Callum presented her with the sweetest sympathy card to show his support. “Callum had asked for paper in class on Monday, and wrote her the note without…continue reading →
Lonely Dog Finally Gets His Wish After His Photos Go Viral

Lonely Dog Finally Gets His Wish After His Photos Go Viral

Advertisement White Bear Lake Library’s “Paws to Read” program allows kids ages 4 – 8 to practice their reading with a therapy dog, an audience who is happy to snuggle up for a story and won’t judge them if they misread a word. Sting is one of the therapy dogs who looks forward to being read to by children, but last Wednesday, Sting sat alone with no kids and no story time. His owner, John Mullner, snapped a few pictures of Sting, laying alone in the library with a long face and puppy…continue reading →
Thousands Of Facebook Users Step Up To Help Dying Man Rehome His Dog

Thousands Of Facebook Users Step Up To Help Dying Man Rehome His Dog

Advertisement This summer Walter Hollier received the devastating news that he has terminal liver cancer. Given an estimated three to six months to live, he began making final arrangements. The most heartbreaking of those tasks was finding new homes for his cherished dogs, Doc and Diego. Hollier knew that Doc would make a wonderful family pet, but was panic stricken about what might become of Diego. [embedded content] On Friday, Hollier took to Facebook in search of a single kind-hearted soul. Instead, he found thousands. His post was shared more than 80,000 times…continue reading →
Dog With Heartbreaking Message On Name Tag Gets Rescued, Then Returns The Favor

Dog With Heartbreaking Message On Name Tag Gets Rescued, Then Returns The Favor

Advertisement Two years ago, Mercedes Trujillo was at college in Utah when she got a text from her stepmom about a dog that her sister had nearly run over. The pup was wearing a name tag that read: “My name is Lilly. If you found me, pls keep me. My fam can’t & I need love” The heartbreaking photos of a scared dog with a tag on her collar resonated with Mercedes, and she had the feeling that this dog was the one she had been looking for. The next day, Mercedes made the…continue reading →