Therapy Dog Kevin The Greyt Proves Everyone Should Adopt A Retired Greyhound

Therapy Dog Kevin The Greyt Proves Everyone Should Adopt A Retired Greyhound

Advertisement During his two years as a Florida racing dog, Kevin the Greyt averaged 37 miles-per-hour and finished in the top three in at least half of his races. However, this is not how he earned the regal title at the end of his name. That was bestowed upon him by his adoptive mom, Alex Russell when he became the University of Central Oklahoma’s first on-campus therapy dog. “I knew he was destined for greatness once he started working at UCO and I saw him interact with students,” Russell told iHeartDogs. Photo c/o…continue reading →
Petco To Stop Selling Dog & Cat Food With Artificial Ingredients

Petco To Stop Selling Dog & Cat Food With Artificial Ingredients

Advertisement In a huge leap toward better pet care, Petco announced they’re turning their backs on dog and cat foods that include artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. The pet supply franchise is upping their standards when it comes to pet nutrition, and they’re the first national pet specialty retailer to fully support all-natural diets for dogs and cats. The pet food aisles in all 1,500 store locations in the U.S., Mexico, and Puerto Rico will soon go through a major transformation. Starting today, we’re setting a bold new standard for pet nutrition –…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 →
Dog Recieves Kidney From One Of Her Pups In Rare Transplant Surgery

Dog Recieves Kidney From One Of Her Pups In Rare Transplant Surgery

Advertisement Star was rescued from a plywood box along with 9 surviving puppies in the middle of a hot Missouri summer three years ago. By the time she was found she was dehydrated, malnourished, and near death from kidney failure. She was taken to Murphy Animal Hospital in High Ridge, Missouri, where veterinarians stayed by her side and nursed her and her puppies back to health. Miraculously, Star pulled through, and was adopted by the owner of the animal hospital, Dr. Shannon Flegle, DVM. Her pups went to good homes around the St.…continue reading →

Celebrities Affected By Wildfires Lend Their Voices To California’s Pets – And You Can Help, Too.

Advertisement 2018 has been a terrible year for California. The state has suffered 56 wild fires since February, with five still burning. The Camp fire has been called the deadliest in history, with a death toll at 42, and over 7,000 structures destroyed – mostly homes. South of the Camp fire, the Woolsey wildfire has already consumed 91,572 acres in California, destroying over 300 structures as it spread. As firefighters from around the country join the fight against the Woolsey wildfire in California, others are doing what they can to help the people feeling…continue reading →
The Largest Dog Hotel In The World Is Everything Your Dog Dreams Of

The Largest Dog Hotel In The World Is Everything Your Dog Dreams Of

Advertisement Complete with private rooms, comfy beds, a swimming pool, and a 24/7 live feed, the AtFrits Pet Hotel and Daycare Centre in Cape Town, South Africa is unlike any pet boarding facility in the world. Gone are the days of chain-link kennels and sad dogs pining for their owners. This all-animal hotel has 56 dog rooms and 32 cat rooms. It’s thought to be the largest pet facility in the world, and pet people are lining up for a chance to take advantage of its surprisingly affordable services. Posted by AtFrits Pet…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 →
Annual Festival In Nepal Celebrates The Sacred Bond Between Humans & Dogs

Annual Festival In Nepal Celebrates The Sacred Bond Between Humans & Dogs

Advertisement Each year, the canines of Nepal are celebrated during the festival of Tihar. The lucky pups are presented with food offerings, draped in flower garlands, and blessed with sacred markings.  Pets, police dogs, and strays are honored equally as devoted friends and guardians of humanity. While the festival lasts five days and honors several sacred species, the second day is dedicated entirely to dogs. The celebration is called Kukur Tihar or Kukur Puja, which literally means “worship of dogs.” [embedded content] Why are dogs honored during the Tihar Festival? The Hindu cultures of Nepal…continue reading →
Dog Camera Company Tracks “Bark Alerts” To Determine Naughtiest And Nicest Breeds

Dog Camera Company Tracks “Bark Alerts” To Determine Naughtiest And Nicest Breeds

Advertisement The makers of a popular treat-dispensing dog camera, Furbo, made a list, and you know they checked it twice. Whether or not they pass on their findings to the big guy up north is yet to be determined, but their data collectors have put together a list of the naughtiest and nicest dog breeds. Which list does your dog belong on? The naughty and nice lists were made based on how often each dog breed barks when their families aren’t at home. It’s all thanks to a Furbo dog camera feature that…continue reading →
What Florida’s Greyhound Racing Ban Means For The Dogs

What Florida’s Greyhound Racing Ban Means For The Dogs

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

“Every Dog Day” On November 15th Seeks To Change Breed Stereotypes

Advertisement Countless shelter dogs are overlooked because of situations beyond their control, and animal rescues are overwhelmed fighting for their welfare. The day when animal shelters have only empty kennels is a long way off, but the online pet adoption community called Get Your Pet is determined to make a difference. This year, Get Your Pet has designated November 15 as “Every Dog Day” to show that all dogs—regardless of breed or background—deserve to be loved. They’re having a photo contest and spreading the word about how every dog deserves a chance. [embedded…continue reading →
Shelter Dog With Cancer Finally Finds The Perfect Home

Shelter Dog With Cancer Finally Finds The Perfect Home

Advertisement Since August, a little Beagle named Pistachio has gone through a whirlwind of life changes. Everything was turned upside down when he was dropped off at an animal shelter in Ohio, and he’s experienced both highs and lows on his journey to find a family. He was diagnosed with cancer, but that hasn’t stopped the sweet pup from making the most out of life. He’s become a local celebrity and has learned there are a lot of perks to being a national super star. The best perk of all, however, didn’t come…continue reading →
Florida Family Has Heartwarming Reunion After Losing Home To Hurricane Michael

Florida Family Has Heartwarming Reunion After Losing Home To Hurricane Michael

Advertisement When Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle, thousands of people and pets lost their homes. The winds tore away roofs while pounding rain sent floodwaters rushing through neighborhoods. People had to pack what they could to find safety, and amidst the chaos, many were separated from loved ones. For Patrick Burns and his family, Hurricane Michael almost ripped them apart. For days, they didn’t know what happened to their beloved dog, Quinn, but a kind stranger and diligent animal rescuers came through for them in the best way. Before Hurricane Michael showed…continue reading →
Dream Job Alert: Make $100 An Hour “Petting Puppies”

Dream Job Alert: Make $100 An Hour “Petting Puppies”

Advertisement Is your current job boring, uninspiring, and devoid of dogs? Well then, you may want to apply for the new “Pup-tern” position at MUTTS Canine Cantina’s newest location in Fort Worth, Texas! Responsibilities include petting dogs and…that’s it! MUTTS shared a post via Instagram earlier this week asking interested applicants to post a video showing their “puppy petting skills” by November 12. The chosen applicant will be paid an astounding $100 an hour to entertain MUTTS members’ dogs in the park area while the humans enjoy the restaurant and bar! Applicants must…continue reading →
Scent Detection Dogs Are The Newest Technology In Stopping The Spread Of Malaria

Scent Detection Dogs Are The Newest Technology In Stopping The Spread Of Malaria

Advertisement Thanks to a Labrador named Sally, a Labrador-Golden mix named Lexi, and a Springer Spaniel named Freya, how the world manages disease prevention might soon change. It’s no secret a dog’s nose is powerful, and scent detection dogs are already trained to detect everything from fruits and vegetables to low blood sugar in humans. Sally, Lexi, and Freya won’t tell you when someone is smuggling illegal ivory, but they’ve been trained to help with a worldwide health issue. They’re proving dogs may be instrumental in stopping the spread of malaria and in…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 →
New Netflix Series Celebrates The Bond Between Humans And Dogs

New Netflix Series Celebrates The Bond Between Humans And Dogs

Advertisement Humans have bonded with dogs in ways that we have not with any other animal. Some might argue that cats and horses and other creatures are similar – but we’ve reached an entirely new level of love and understanding with dogs. Netflix is bringing us a new series that explores some of the truly unique relationships some people have built with their pups. We all enjoy a certain bond with our dogs, but these are pairs that have gone through trials most of us will never experience. One episode follows a Syrian…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 →
Researchers Hope To Identify Successful Working Dogs Through Cognitive Testing

Researchers Hope To Identify Successful Working Dogs Through Cognitive Testing

Advertisement There are a wide variety of working roles available to dogs. From detecting drugs, bombs and bedbugs, to guiding the blind and sniffing out signs of illness, there are more jobs than there are qualified dogs to fill them. Although many dogs are specifically bred to perform these assistance roles, Science Daily reports only about 50% successfully complete their training. The rest go on to be loving family pets while people in need wait up to two years for qualified service dogs. In order to help organizations better predict which dogs to invest…continue reading →

Conductor Stops Train To Rescue Lost Dog From Tracks

Advertisement A New Jersey Transit conductor is being hailed a hero after stopping train traffic and taking off in pursuit of a lost dog on the tracks. Howard Kempton says he was simply “in the right place at the right time,” but the dog’s family and thousands of social media users insist his actions were far more valiant. “This past weekend, NJ TRANSIT Conductor Howard Kempton halted train traffic to sprint after a lost dog on the tracks, then forfeited his tie to make her a leash,” reads the NJ Transit Facebook update…continue reading →
The Color Of Your Labrador’s Coat Could Help Predict His Lifespan

The Color Of Your Labrador’s Coat Could Help Predict His Lifespan

Advertisement A recent study published in the journal, Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, has worrying news for a third of the world’s lab lovers. Researchers at the University of Sydney found that chocolate labs have significantly shorter lifespans than their black and yellow brothers and sisters. Labrador Retrievers (of all coat colors) are the long-standing favorite breed in the United States and Australia. The researchers collected and analyzed electronic patient data from more than 33,000 black, yellow and chocolate labradors in the U.K. They found that black and yellow labs live an average of 12.1 years,…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 →
Study Suggests Letting Dogs Sleep In Bed Is Good For Chronic Pain Sufferers

Study Suggests Letting Dogs Sleep In Bed Is Good For Chronic Pain Sufferers

Advertisement Healthcare providers often recommend removing pets from the bedroom in order to improve a patient’s sleep quality. While dogs can certainly be disruptive bed hogs, a study conducted by the University of Alberta suggests their presence may be “overwhelmingly positive” for pet parents suffering with chronic pain. “When you ask people to remove an animal they are in the habit of co-sleeping with, it could have consequences the health-care provider hasn’t considered,” says Cary Brown of UA’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. “For some people with chronic pain, their relationship with their pet…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 →

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 →

Trendy Dog “Beer” Is Both Delicious & Nutritious

Advertisement Megan and Steve Long are dog lovers, but they had no idea their passion for pups would lead them to open one of the country’s first canine breweries. It all started when their Rottweiler mix, Rocky began having digestive issues. In order to ease his symptoms, Megan began experimenting with his diet and searching online for ideas. Soon she found herself brewing non-alcoholic “beer” to pour over Rocky’s food. One year and a good deal of experimentation later, Good Boy Dog Beer was born! The Houston-based company currently offers three different “beers” in…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 →
Rugged Dog Lifestyle Brand Is Searching For 5 Canine Models

Rugged Dog Lifestyle Brand Is Searching For 5 Canine Models

Advertisement The International sportswear brand, Trespass specializes in camping gear, skiwear, fleece, and trail boots. Since no outdoor adventure is complete without a canine sidekick, they also offer a dog lifestyle brand, Trespaws. Earlier this month, Trespaws’ social media pages announced a global search for five pups to model their line of collars, leashes, coats, equipment and accessories. “Attention all pups, great, small, far and wide!” the post reads. “Trespaws is looking for 5 new dog accounts to become our newest models. *All models will receive free product on a monthly basis and…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 →
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 →

Boy With Autism Meets Taylor Swift After She Helped Him Get A Service Dog

Advertisement Jacob Hill has autism. He also has a famous new friend thanks to his devoted family! Two years ago, Jacob’s sister and cousin made a video to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” They changed the lyrics, hoping to garner donations towards an autism service dog. Little did they know, the video would make its way to T-Swizzle herself! Swift gifted the family $10,000, allowing them to purchase Reid, the perfect dog for Jacob. As if this weren’t enough, Swift remembered the Hill family when her current concert tour brought her…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 →
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 →
Veterinarians Suggest Your Phone Could Be Causing Your Dog To Disconnect From You

Veterinarians Suggest Your Phone Could Be Causing Your Dog To Disconnect From You

Advertisement Dogs let us know in different ways that they need more attention. You might get a nudge, or a whine. Some dogs who aren’t familiar with the concept of “personal space” might just jump right into your lap. Other clever pooches will even go so far as to fake an illness to get you to pay attention. Are you giving your dog your enough attention? He doesn’t really need it 24/7, even if he acts like it, but veterinarians suggest that dogs can become depressed if we’re spending more time looking at…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 →
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 →
Simon Cowell Helps Rescue 200+ Dogs From South Korean Meat Farm

Simon Cowell Helps Rescue 200+ Dogs From South Korean Meat Farm

Advertisement Simon Cowell is known for his stern demeanor and brutally honest critiques. What many do not realize is that the music mogul is a devoted dog lover and a longtime supporter of Humane Society International. The group announced this week that Cowell agreed to match public donations up to £25,000 ($32,575) to shut down a dog meat farm in South Korea. His contribution will enable the organization to save more than 200 dogs from certain death. While the dog meat industry is declining in South Korea, HSI reports “thousands of dog factory farms still…continue reading →