The Most Popular Dog Breeds By U.S. Region

The Most Popular Dog Breeds By U.S. Region

It’s National Dog Week!  In honor of our furry companions, Trupanion looked at their database to identify each region’s signature breeds—that is, the breeds that are more frequent in their respective region than the rest of the US. Mixed breeds top the list as the most popular dogs in the US—followed closely by the Labrador Retriever. These trusty sidekicks show up as the most popular dogs in many major cities across the country. However, when looking at particular regions, Trupanion, a company that offers medical insurance for cats and dogs, found that each part of the country…continue reading →
Adopt a Super Cute Sidekick at Wallis Annenberg PetSpace!

Adopt a Super Cute Sidekick at Wallis Annenberg PetSpace!

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is the incredibly cozy, hi-tech pet facility in Los Angeles that is changing the way that people think about shelters. They’re so excited about National Puppy Day (March 23) that they’ve decided to celebrate it all month! This week they’ll be unveiling their brand new Paws Lounge – a room that will be used for meet-and-greets with PetSpace residents as well as fun events, and activities. But for the moment, it’s home to five super-special, super-cute pups with super names! Wallis Annenberg PetSpaceCaptain Marvel, Thor, Daredevil, Phoenix and Storm are…continue reading →
First Blind Man To Complete NYC Half Marathon Finishes Race With The Help Of 3 Guide Dogs

First Blind Man To Complete NYC Half Marathon Finishes Race With The Help Of 3 Guide Dogs

Here’s proof that anything is possible if you have a dog by your side. Thomas Panek is 48 years old, and president and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which provides trained service dogs for the blind. He made history by becoming the first blind man to complete the New York City Half-Marathon. Panek was able to finish the race with the help of three guide dogs: Gus, Waffle, and Westley. The New York Half Marathon runs 13.1 miles starting at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, runs along FDR drive, and ends in…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 →
Our Picks for The 7 Best Dog Treats

Our Picks for The 7 Best Dog Treats

There are so many dog treats out there, it’s a hard to know where to spend your money. Not only are they expensive, but you want to make sure your dog will like them that they have good ingredients, and won’t make your dog sick. This makes the treat shopping more complicated than it used to be. I have three dogs, all different life stages, some with allergies, and one who is very picky. I went on a “binge” picking out treats and trying them out. The Taste Testers: Skye, 10 years old,…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 →
Tesla Announces First Safety Feature Meant For Your Dog

Tesla Announces First Safety Feature Meant For Your Dog

Good news, dog lovers! Your love for your dog is changing the world for the better. Accommodating pets is no longer limited to pet stores and parks. Restaurants, shops, and other businesses big and small are realizing that making it easier to take your dog everywhere is the key to our hearts – and wallets! Tesla has announced that it’s Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles will come equipped with a feature called “dog mode,” which will allow pets to stay comfortable while their humans run errands. This genius idea (and…continue reading →
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 →

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 →
German Debt Collector Sells Family’s Beloved Pug on eBay

German Debt Collector Sells Family’s Beloved Pug on eBay

What would you do if someone attempted to sell your dog on eBay? What would you do if they succeeded? This may sound like an episode of the Twilight Zone, but one German family lived through this trying ordeal. You read that right. When they fell behind on their debts, a German official collected and then sold the family’s beloved Pug on eBay. Tell Me More The story takes place in Ahlen, a northwestern German city. When a family fell behind on their bills (including the city’s $90 annual dog tax), a debt collector came…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 →
Service Dog Sully Meets Hero Pilot Captain Sully

Service Dog Sully Meets Hero Pilot Captain Sully

Sully the service dog has been a busy boy since his last assignment ended. Sully came into the service of former President George H.W. Bush shortly after the passing of his wife and first lady, Barbara Bush. Sully was trained by America’s Vet Dogs and spent the last few months of H.W.’s life with him. It’s said that he and the former president were very closely bonded. When his friend died, a photo of Sully resting near the flag-draped casket went viral, and people all over the world fell in love with him.…continue reading →
Warning For Small Dog Owners After Bird Of Prey Attacks Pup

Warning For Small Dog Owners After Bird Of Prey Attacks Pup

A small-dog owner is warning others after her tiny Yorkie experienced a scary close-call with a large bird last week. It may seem like the kind of strange event that is unlikely to happen to you and your dog, but that’s exactly why she wants to warn others to remain vigilant. Cecilia Celis has two Yorkies, both were outside on her family’s gated patio one day last week while she was indoors preparing a meal. The two were noisy, barking, but weren’t making any noises that would cause alarm. Cecilia said she figured…continue reading →
Luke Bryan Adopts Senior Shelter Dog

Luke Bryan Adopts Senior Shelter Dog

Seniors have it hard in shelters. The chances of finding a home aren’t good for older dogs. At some facilities, it’s the end of the road, but not at Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue. Proverbs 12:10 is named for the biblical verse stating, “The righteous care for the needs of their animals.” They are dedicated to giving a second chance to pets in shelters where they are at risk for euthanasia. They don’t hesitate to take in those who are sick, old, or just need a second chance. Poochie was already an old boy,…continue reading →
UPDATE: Luke Bryan Adopts Senior Shelter Dog

UPDATE: Luke Bryan Adopts Senior Shelter Dog

UPDATE: We are so sad to have heard the news, but Poochie, the dog that was recently rescued by Luke Bryan and family has taken his final walk across the Rainbow Bridge. His final days were spent on the Bryan’s farm. No doubt enjoying the love of family and exploring the Bryan’s farm. Luke’s wife, Caroline, posted the sad news on Instagram this morning. We imagine Poochie enjoyed some of the happiest days of his life, and we’re so thankful for all those who open their arms to all dogs, giving them a…continue reading →
Dog Snugglers Needed at Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Dog Snugglers Needed at Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Help Wanted: dedicated worker with big heart, kind hands, and time for snuggles. Must love dogs. If this sounds like you and you’re in the Tampa Bay area, your dream job is waiting for you! The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is seriously seeking volunteers to snuggle their shelter pets! There’s a shortage of snuggles going around now that many of their student volunteers have gone back to their studies after the winter break. Dogs – especially those who may be confused or scared after surgery – need you! Love is just as…continue reading →
Shelter Throws Wedding For Bonded Senior Sweethearts!

Shelter Throws Wedding For Bonded Senior Sweethearts!

Jack and Diane found wandering the East Cemetery in Chelsea, Maine with their leashes tied together. In August they were taken in by the Kennebec Valley Humane Society where it was quickly decided that no matter what, they needed to be adopted together. They share a bond stronger than just the leashes that tethered them – Kennebec Valley Humane Society believes that the two are in love, and threw them their own wedding ceremony! The shelter says that the two behave like an old married couple anyway, so they figured it was about…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 →
Runner Rescues Puppy During Marathon Then Carries Her 19 Miles To The Finish Line

Runner Rescues Puppy During Marathon Then Carries Her 19 Miles To The Finish Line

Advertisement Marathon runners train for months or even years to prepare their bodies and minds for the arduous 26.2 mile trek. Khemjira Klongsanun of Bangkok, Thailand is no exception. But when she came across a tiny puppy along the roadside about 7 miles into the race, she dropped everything to rescue her. Klongsanun went on to finish the marathon, running 19 miles with the pup cradled in her arms! The pooch contentedly bobbed along with her rescuer, happy to join the event! Rather than handing the little hitchhiker off to a spectator or taking…continue reading →
PACT Act Will Make Animal Cruelty A Federal Crime

PACT Act Will Make Animal Cruelty A Federal Crime

Advertisement It’s hard to imagine that some people don’t love their dogs like family. Unfortunately animal cruelty continues to be a huge problem all over the world. In 2010 the House passed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which made it illegal to create videos of animals being ““intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury.” However, the law only applies to those who make videos of their sick acts. The actual harm and torture of animals is not prohibited by the law. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and…continue reading →
New Research Shows That Petting Dogs Is Like A Drug For Our Brains

New Research Shows That Petting Dogs Is Like A Drug For Our Brains

We’ve already talked about how dogs can help improve depression and your overall health, but new research is showing exactly how petting a dog affects our brains, and it’s just one more way that dogs make our lives better. Here’s how petting a dog impacts your brain, along with other ways dogs improve our lives. Advertisement How petting a dog impacts your brain You might think that our brains process all the things we touch in the same way, but it turns out that isn’t true. The brain divides things that touch our skin into three…continue reading →
City Introduces Programs To Make Life Better For Street Dogs

City Introduces Programs To Make Life Better For Street Dogs

Advertisement The city of Soledad de Graciano Sanchez, Mexico is taking steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of it’s animals in 2019. And not just the pets kept in homes, but the strays that wander its streets, too! According to local officials, there are an estimated 300,000 stray dogs roaming the city that are in need of basic care. Instead of looking the other way, the city government is working hand-in-hand with it’s dog-loving citizens to provide for these homeless dogs. One of the first initiatives taken by the city this year…continue reading →
Watch This Dog Rescue Try To Spend $10,000 In 10 Minutes!

Watch This Dog Rescue Try To Spend $10,000 In 10 Minutes!

Rocky Kanaka does an awesome job raising awareness for dog rescue. We’re especially big fans of his Dog’s Day Out series, which features “less adoptable” dogs with the hopes of finding them someone to love them forever. Rocky’s work with dogs and dog rescues is making the world a better place for all dogs, even if it’s sometimes just one dog at a time! In this video – which you’ll love if you were a fan of Supermarket Sweep – Rocky gives one lucky rescue an unexpected surprise! Marley’s Mutts has cared for…continue reading →
Senior St. Bernard Survives 17 Days Lost In Frigid Minnesota Winter

Senior St. Bernard Survives 17 Days Lost In Frigid Minnesota Winter

Advertisement After a life spent in a puppy mill, it’s understandable that Old Lady would be more than just a little skittish. The senior Saint Bernard had recently been rescued from a bad situation in Wisconsin and taken to Ruff Start Rescue in Minnesota to begin a new life. She was picked up by a foster and off to her new life when things took a sharp turn. Old Lady didn’t get a chance to set foot inside her warm new home. Instead, the sound of crunching snow under her foster’s feet sent…continue reading →
Dogs Found At Chernobyl Arrive In U.S. For Adoption

Dogs Found At Chernobyl Arrive In U.S. For Adoption

Advertisement 14 puppies from the site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant disaster arrived in New York to be adopted. They are the first dogs from the Chernobyl evacuation zone to come to the U.S. since the plant’s explosion in 1986. For more than 30 years, the region has been mostly deserted. However, hundreds of dogs – descendants of those abandoned during the initial evacuation – still wander the exclusion site. These pups are dependant on the remaining locals and power plant workers to feed them and care for them throughout the harsh Ukranian winters.…continue reading →
Stray Becomes An Internet Star After Crashing Fashion Show

Stray Becomes An Internet Star After Crashing Fashion Show

Advertisement Indian fashion designer Rohit Bal has held fashion shows in cities like London, Paris, and New York, but it was this weekend’s fashion show in Mumbai that really has people talking! Rohit Bal’s high-fashion Gul-Dastra collection was showcased this weekend at Mumbai’s 2019 Blender’s Pride Fashion Tour. His designs were modeled by fashion professionals, including Indian actors Sidharth Malhotra and Diana Penty. However, the real star of the show crashed the runway and walked among the models while wagging her tail! A dog crashed the catwalk of a #RohitBal fashion show in…continue reading →
Heroic UPS Driver Rescues Drowning Dog From Frozen Pond

Heroic UPS Driver Rescues Drowning Dog From Frozen Pond

Advertisement Not all heroes wear capes. This hero wears a brown uniform and drives a big brown truck. Ryan Arens, a UPS delivery driver, was making deliveries along his route last month when he heard a dog in distress and leapt into action. “I heard a dog just screaming bloody murder. It sounded like she was in a bad, bad place.” (KRTV.com) “I could see the dog trapped about 10 to 15 feet off of shore, with ice all around it.” (greatfallstribune.com) Sadie / Photo: Ryan Arens On a nearby pond was Sadie,…continue reading →

Halle Berry Had A Hand In Training Her Canine Co-Stars For John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Advertisement The John Wick movies have been very popular since the first film was released in 2014. Many of us sympathize with the title character who seeks to avenge his pup – though, few of us would take it to the extremes Keanu Reeves does! If you haven’t seen the movies, you can get the general idea by watching the first trailer here, though, I prefer this version, where the dog takes revenge for his dead owner. (Warning: lots of CGI blood, but the dog is totally fine, and that’s what matters in…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 →
Sheriff’s Office Employees Adopt Pets They Helped Rescue From Tragic Hoarding Situation

Sheriff’s Office Employees Adopt Pets They Helped Rescue From Tragic Hoarding Situation

Advertisement Florida authorities were recently tasked with handling an extremely tragic hoarding case in Highlands County. A former animal control officer is being charged with 72 counts of animal cruelty after several pets were found in unsafe, unhealthy conditions in her home. The animals have been removed, and those that were healthy enough to be adopted have already found new homes! A few of the dogs have even found families with the rescuers who helped save them from their nightmare. Highlands County Sheriff’s Office employees have adopted a few of the pets and…continue reading →
Can’t Pay for Your Pet’s Care? These 12 Programs Can Help

Can’t Pay for Your Pet’s Care? These 12 Programs Can Help

Advertisement We all want the best for our pets, but life sometimes gets in the way. When there is a sudden illness or accident, it can leave us facing large vet bills we were not expecting. A job loss can make it hard to feed ourselves and our beloved pets, and relocating can leave you wondering how you’re going to be able to take your pets with you. Luckily, there are resources out there to help you through hard times. #1 – IMOM This all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity helps people cover vet bills when…continue reading →
3 Ways To Take Advantage Of “National Train Your Dog” Month This January

3 Ways To Take Advantage Of “National Train Your Dog” Month This January

Advertisement In 2010 the Association of Professional Dog Trainers named January National Train Your Dog Month. The campaign is designed to bring awareness to the importance of dog socialization and training. The APDT selected January because of the large number of puppies purchased and adopted at the holidays. The New Year is also an excellent time for those with older dogs to make training a priority. For 2019, the APDT is focusing on everyday manners with their Canine Life and Social Skills program. Interested dog parents can get involved by taking advantage of:  1. Free Webinars…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 →
“Cuddlegrams” Give Your Valentine A Visit From A Furry Bundle Of Love!

“Cuddlegrams” Give Your Valentine A Visit From A Furry Bundle Of Love!

Advertisement Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if you’re looking for a unique gift you know your partner will love, we found it for you! Some shelters give their pets a break from the noisy kennel environment by offering “cuddlegrams” on Valentine’s Day! You can book a sweet cuddle session for your special someone with a shelter pet who would like nothing more than to be loved on! Of course there are those who think that it’s mean to take a pet out of the shelter only to return him, but programs like…continue reading →
Canine Star Of “A Dog’s Way Home” Was Hand-Picked From A Tennessee Shelter

Canine Star Of “A Dog’s Way Home” Was Hand-Picked From A Tennessee Shelter

Advertisement The filmmakers of A Dog’s Way Home had two very specific requirements for their canine star. She had to be a Pit Bull mix as in the novel by W. Bruce Cameron, and she had to be a rescue pup. Cameron and his wife discovered the perfect pooch in a Tennessee shelter. Despite her rough start, 2-year-old Shelby had everything they were looking for to play the lead role of “Bella”. “Shelby is absolutely extraordinary in our movie,” Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, who lends her voice to “Bella,” tells USA Today. “But her…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 →
Estimated 450 German Shepherds Rescued From Nightmare Hoarding Situation

Estimated 450 German Shepherds Rescued From Nightmare Hoarding Situation

Advertisement Hundreds of German Shepherd dogs are being pulled from an extreme hoarding and puppy mill situation in Southern Georgia. Animal advocate groups in Montgomery County, Georgia have been calling for action against the owner of these properties for some time. They accused the breeder of keeping over 200 dogs in deplorable conditions on her land in Higgstown, Georgia. But when she began moving dogs to another property in Candler County, neighbors began to complain about the constant barking, yelping, and poor conditions. State investigators had visited the locations before, but said they…continue reading →