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 →
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 →
Woman Wakes Up To Strange ‘Dog’ In Her Bedroom

Woman Wakes Up To Strange ‘Dog’ In Her Bedroom

Advertisement Bonnie Moriarty recently had the shock of her life when she thought she heard her pets fighting in the middle of the night. She woke up ready to break up a fight between her cat and dog but came face-to-face with a coyote! Her cat, spooked by the creature, came running into her bedroom with a large shadow following it. At first, Bonnie thought it was her dog, but quickly realized what it was! She believes the coyote was lured into her home by the thought of making a meal out of…continue reading →
The Adorable “Snoot Challenge” May Benefit Your Pup

The Adorable “Snoot Challenge” May Benefit Your Pup

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

Superpower Dogs Showcases The Hardest Working Canines With Uplifting Documentary

Advertisement Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and even species. They don’t all walk on two legs, and some of the bravest heroes in the world have four paws, tails, and unyielding determination to help people. Dogs from countless countries work every day to make the world a better place. Superpower Dogs is the documentary that’s going to showcase all that they do. An IMAX original film, Superpower Dogs follows a few of the world’s most hardworking canines. There’s Ricochet, an emotional support dog that loves to surf, and a Newfoundland named Reef…continue reading →

Want To Train Your Dog To Come When Called? We’re Here To Show You How

Advertisement You’ve probably seen us discuss why it’s important to teach your dog a strong recall. And you may have rolled your eyes at us because even after begging… …and pleading… …and calling his name until you’re hoarse, your dog is still anywhere that you aren’t. Across the street. Across the park. He could be across an ocean, because that’s how much attention he’s giving you when you call him. It may seem impossible, but don’t lose hope! iHeartDogs’ Master Trainer Jesse Ciletti and her lovely assistant, Abby show that it CAN BE DONE! Check…continue reading →
Stray Dog Made Famous By Greek Wildfires Finds His Forever Home

Stray Dog Made Famous By Greek Wildfires Finds His Forever Home

Advertisement On July 23, the seaside resort town of Mati, Greece was overcome by the country’s deadliest wildfire in decades. Along with approximately 90 human casualties, the fires claimed the lives of hundreds of pets and strays. One little survivor named Loukoumakis has become the poster-pooch for the rescue effort after surviving the blaze by hiding in an outdoor oven. Artemis Kyriakopoulou, a volunteer for local rescue organization, Dogs’ Voice captured the following video of the 4-year-old Poodle mix. She discovered him cowering inside a charred home’s large brick oven, his white fur singed yellow. He has…continue reading →
Found Dog Is Claimed By Two Different Families — Who Should Take Her Home?

Found Dog Is Claimed By Two Different Families — Who Should Take Her Home?

Advertisement Five years ago, a dog named Molly went missing from her home in St. Louis, MO. Her owner, Jason Senseney, adopted her when she was a puppy, and he was devastated when weeks and months passed with no sign of his family dog. Eventually, he gave up hope and assumed he’d never see Molly again. But a few days ago, he received a surprising phone call. The call was from Avid, a company that manufactures and manages pet microchips, and they told him that after five years, Molly had been found. Not…continue reading →

Singing Dog Gets Standing Ovation From Simon Cowell On ‘America’s Got Talent’

Advertisement From sniffing out explosives to performing challenging acrobatics, dogs are known for pulling off impressive tricks. They learn a lot more than the basic “sit” and “stay,” and a three-year-old dog named Oscar took his talent to a well-known stage. Accompanied by his person, Pam, Oscar was a contestant on “America’s Got Talent.” He had an opportunity thousands of people can only wish for—to sing in front of famed critic Simon Cowell. He didn’t let his time in the spotlight go to waste. [embedded content] According to Pam, who also provides Oscar’s…continue reading →

Retired Bomb-Sniffing Dog Adopted By Former Marine 7 Years After Serving Together

Advertisement Seven years of separation have done nothing to weaken the relationship former Marine Nick Montez has with his bomb-sniffing dog named Mally. Their bond was forged on the battlefield, but back on the home-front, they’re happy to finally be family once again. When Montez first met Mally, he had never had a dog before. It didn’t take long, however, for him to realize Mally was going to be a significant part of his life. The duo was eventually deployed to Afghanistan and were responsible for detecting IEDs. Their job was to keep…continue reading →
Short Film Gives A New, Unique Look At The Land Of The Strays

Short Film Gives A New, Unique Look At The Land Of The Strays

Advertisement If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Territorio de Zaguates: the amazing “Land of the Strays” in Costa Rica. Lya Battle and husband Alvaro Saumet Martinez are living every dog lover’s ultimate dream – to rescue every dog in need that they see! iHeartDogs has featured their sanctuary before, and we are big fans of the work they do! The 375 acre farm is home to over 1,000 dogs, and looks like paradise. Who wouldn’t want to live surrounded by dogs, playing and caring for these sweet creatures…continue reading →
Indie Film SEARCHDOG Captures Real Bond Between Humans and Dogs

Indie Film SEARCHDOG Captures Real Bond Between Humans and Dogs

Advertisement There are no movies like dog movies, but there’s a definite difference when you’re watching a real bond between human and dog, not a scripted one. We found out when we watched SEARCHDOG, an indy film produced and directed by filmmaker Mary Healey Jamiel. SEARCHDOG is unlike any “dog movie” you may have seen before. The film follows K9 Search & Rescue team Matt Zarella and Maximus. We get to watch Matt and Max teach other humans and dogs to work together, and learn how they came to be in this unique…continue reading →

If You’ve Ever Bought a Toy from iHeartDogs, YOU Helped Give This Abandoned Dog An Unforgettable Day!

If you haven’t been watching Dog’s Day Out, you’ve been missing something really incredible! In each episode, Rocky Kanaka takes a shelter dog out to spend one day doing some of the things they love to do most, and showing people that these dogs have so much to offer a new family. In this episode, Rocky took out Wade, an adorable Frenchie at Marley’s Mutts who is being treated for Valley Fever, and has a long road to recovery ahead. When Wade’s former family found out that he was sick, they abandoned him…continue reading →
Shelter Worker Dedicates Her Life To Saving Hundreds Of Parvo Puppies

Shelter Worker Dedicates Her Life To Saving Hundreds Of Parvo Puppies

Advertisement KC Pet Project in Kansas City, Missouri takes in about 30 rescued animals every day. There are dogs and cats ready to find new homes right away, and then there are the dogs that come in needing serious help. Many of them are diagnosed with parvovirus. Parvovirus is a serious viral disease that starts in a dog’s intestinal tract and attacks the white blood cells before doing damage to the heart. It’s highly contagious, and many puppies and adult dogs don’t survive. Treatment involves a long hospital stay with aggressive supportive care,…continue reading →
Pit Bull Alerts Family To House Fire & Begins Dragging The Baby To Safety

Pit Bull Alerts Family To House Fire & Begins Dragging The Baby To Safety

Advertisement Sasha the Pit Bull and baby Masailah have a very special bond. Born just days apart, the pair have spent the past eight months growing up together. So when Sasha sensed impending danger in the form of a rapidly spreading house fire, it’s no wonder her top priority was saving her best friend. [embedded content] Sasha was in the backyard of the Chai family’s Stockton, California home when the frightening scene began to unfold. The neighboring house was engulfed in flame and the fire was spreading their way. Latana Chai, Masailah’s mother,…continue reading →
Army Veteran Reunited With His Retired Bomb-Sniffing Dog After 6 Months Of Separation

Army Veteran Reunited With His Retired Bomb-Sniffing Dog After 6 Months Of Separation

Advertisement When Ali, a bomb-sniffing Dutch Shepherd, was forced to retire due to his age back in December, his handler, Troy Sutton, was still in Iraq and worried that he would never see Ali again. Luckily, K-9 Hero Haven stepped in and helped Ali transition into retired life while Sutton finished his time in Iraq. Sutton had served in the United States Army for 24 years but now works for American K-9 Detection Services, where he works with dogs to sniff out bombs in Iraq. Sutton had worked with Ali for about 5 years and…continue reading →

How Your Relationship With Your Dog Affects Your Mind & Body

Advertisement You probably don’t need a scientist to tell you that your dog makes you feel happier and more relaxed, but did you know that your mind and body actually have physical responses to being around your four-legged best friend? In the Business Insider video below, author Meg Olmert, who wrote Made For Each Other: the Biology of the Human-Animal Bond, discusses how dogs and humans have developed a symbiotic relationship. As a matter of fact, she notes that pups who are loved by their humans are even more generous with the love…continue reading →
Devoted Foster Mom Has Cared For More Than 500 Puppies

Devoted Foster Mom Has Cared For More Than 500 Puppies

Advertisement Sharon Oiler of Houston, Texas has had several jobs including IT salesperson, business owner, and P.E. coach, but her most rewarding career to-date is fostering puppies as they await adoption. Over the past 15 years, Oiler estimates she has cared for roughly 500 rescue pups. [embedded content] Oiler is part of the foster program for the Rescued Pets Movement, a non-profit organization that rehabilitates and transports homeless dogs and cats to communities throughout the country where they have a greater chance of adoption. “They help you every step of the way. They provide…continue reading →
3 Best Ideas In Animal Welfare Will Compete In The Innovation Showdown

3 Best Ideas In Animal Welfare Will Compete In The Innovation Showdown

Advertisement When the nation’s top animal welfare experts announced they were looking for the best ideas on how to save more animal lives, over 200 animal shelters, rescue organizations, and animal welfare charities jumped into action. Whether they had an idea they once wrote down on the back of a napkin or something they’ve been thinking about for years, the 2018 Innovation Showdown is giving them the opportunity to bring it all together. Known as the “Shark Tank” of animal welfare, the Innovation Showdown was started in 2017 as a way to get…continue reading →
Family Of Dog With Cancer Searches For Sibling For Potentially Life-Saving Treatment

Family Of Dog With Cancer Searches For Sibling For Potentially Life-Saving Treatment

Advertisement For people who love their pets like family, there’s no limit to what they’ll do to save their dog’s life. This is the case for the Fields family, whose dog is fighting aggressive stage-four lymphoma. Koda, a 10-year-old Lab mix, has been undergoing chemotherapy and seeing canine cancer specialists for months. But despite their efforts, his prognosis isn’t good; that is, unless they can find one of his siblings to donate some stem cells. According to a story by KATU, a stem cell or bone marrow transplant could improve his chances of…continue reading →

Woman Discovers Her Dog’s Strange Behavior Is From Meth & Cocaine Poisoning

Advertisement Seeing your dog suffer is every pet parent’s worst nightmare, but what if you found out that their symptoms were the result of ingesting meth and cocaine? That’s what happened to Jen O’Brien’s 2-year-old Boxer, named Allie, who hadn’t left the house or yard that day. When Allie started acting strangely, her parents rushed her to the vet, where a urine analysis determined that she had toxic levels of meth, cocaine and amphetamines in her system. Puzzled as to where the substances could have come from, O’Brien can only assume that someone left the drugs on…continue reading →
Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Pen Children’s Book About Their Service Dog

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Pen Children’s Book About Their Service Dog

Advertisement The afternoon of April 15, 2013 was perfect for a run or a romantic walk through the park. Boston newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were enjoying the latter when they found themselves on Boylston Street, near the finish line of the city’s 117th annual Marathon. The couple made the fateful decision to stop and cheer for the runners. At 2:49 P.M. two bombs detonated 12 seconds and 210 yards apart, claiming three lives and injuring more than 260 runners and onlookers. Kensky and Downes each lost the lower part of their…continue reading →
Tiny Dog Has A Surprising Reaction To Meeting Newborn Baby Brother

Tiny Dog Has A Surprising Reaction To Meeting Newborn Baby Brother

Advertisement Ready for a double dose of cuteness? A family in Dublin, Ireland recorded their Chihuahua, Quica meeting their newborn son, Nicholas, the day that they brought him home. Watching the video, it may seem like Quica is just trying to get a few belly rubs from dad, but according to Nicholas’ mother, that isn’t the case at all: “When I was pregnant my chihuahua Quica was very protective of my bump. Whenever my husband would attempt to rub my belly or touch my bump Quica would instinctively react and snap at my…continue reading →
Sweet Chained Pit Bull Saved From Horrific Life In Basement

Sweet Chained Pit Bull Saved From Horrific Life In Basement

Advertisement People expect to find issues when they buy a new home – broken plumbing, holes in walls, bad wiring, etc. But nobody expects a house they just bought to already have a resident. A new homeowner in St. Louis was shocked when he opened the door to the basement of the house he just bought and saw two big brown eyes gazing up the stairs at back at him. Living in the basement of his new home was a Pit Bull, apparently abandoned and chained on the level below. He wasn’t certain…continue reading →
Senior Shelter Pit Bull Waits For Fairytale Ending

Senior Shelter Pit Bull Waits For Fairytale Ending

Advertisement Once upon a time, in a shelter not so far away… That’s how many shelter stories start for dogs waiting for their forever home – this one is no different. This pretty princess is Jada. She’s a nine year old pit bull at Good Karma Dog Rescue in River Vale, New Jersey. Like most princesses in fairy tales, Jada has had her share of hardship, but she remains the same sweet, kindhearted girl she has always been. For the first seven years of her life she lived with a family, and though…continue reading →
Massive Therapy Dog Wears A Stethoscope & Tie To See His “Patients”

Massive Therapy Dog Wears A Stethoscope & Tie To See His “Patients”

Advertisement Dr. Quincy March had to earn his title just like every other professional healer. As an 8-week-old puppy, his owner, Karen could already sense something special in him. Quincy had a calming effect on everyone he met. With lots of training and hard work, he earned his certification from Therapy Dogs International just two days after his first birthday! From that point on, Quincy has devoted himself to brightening the lives of hospital patients and nursing home residents, as well as comforting medical staff and helping children learn to read. Quincy and…continue reading →

Man Who Tortured Dog Sentenced To 8-10 Years Prison, Deportation

Advertisement Polish national Radoslaw Czerkawski, who was convicted of abusing “Puppy Doe” – a Pit Bull mix named Kiyah – was sentenced to 8-10 years in prison and deportation for the torture of the dog, who was forced to be euthanized due to the horrific extent of her injuries. He was also sentenced to two years of probation and forbidden from ever having contact with, much less owning, another animal. Once he has completed his prison sentence, he will be deported back to Poland. “Puppy Doe” was found Aug. 31, 2013, near a playground…continue reading →
Dog Walker Watch Programs Are Helping Keep An Eye On Crime

Dog Walker Watch Programs Are Helping Keep An Eye On Crime

Advertisement There are more than 75 million people who own dogs in the United States, according to the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA. Most of those people walk their dogs on a regular basis. Therefore, they probably know their neighborhoods better than most and are more apt to notice when something – or someone – is out of place and potentially causing a problem. That’s the idea behind Dog Walker Watch programs that are springing up around the country. About a thousand communities around the country have signed up…continue reading →
Hear What Bill Murray Has To Say About His New Animated Movie, “Isle of Dogs”

Hear What Bill Murray Has To Say About His New Animated Movie, “Isle of Dogs”

Advertisement If you love legendary actor Bill Murray, and you love dogs (well, of course you do!) then the new animated movie, Isle of Dogs, is a must-see! It poses a question that makes us shudder: what would life be like without dogs? The film is about a crooked mayor who banishes all the dogs in the city to an island full of garbage. Refusing to abandon his best friend, one brave boy sets out to bring his best friend back! In the interview below, the much-loved Bill Murray discusses the movie — and some…continue reading →

Delta Mixes Up Puppies Shipped By Breeder More Than Halfway Across The U.S.

Advertisement Another mix-up in canine “cargo” occurred this week, but luckily, these pups are alright. Still, they had one heck of a journey – one that was likely stressful, uncomfortable, and terrifying. A breeder from Virginia shipped two puppies via a plane headed for Idaho. There was supposed to be a layover in Minneapolis, but instead, the flight landed in Detroit for the night. Meanwhile, Josh Schlaich, one of the pups’ new owners, got a call from Delta saying the flight would be delayed and he’d have to get his puppy the next day. But when Schlaich…continue reading →

Activists Gather At La Guardia, Demanding “Justice For Kokito”

Advertisement Animal rights activists gathered at La Guardia on Sunday in order to express their concerns over animal safety in airports. The protesters had a message —  “Justice for Kokito” — referring to the French Bulldog puppy that died on a United Airlines flight last week.  The death occurred after the passenger was told by a flight attendant to put the pup (in his carrier) in the overhead bin, where he likely suffocated. United Airlines defended the flight attendant by saying she either didn’t hear or understand the passenger telling her there…continue reading →

United Faces Another Dog Dilemma After Dog Placed On Wrong Flight

Advertisement A United Airlines flight was diverted from its intended destination of St. Louis, Missouri to Akron, Ohio when it was discovered that a dog in cargo had been loaded onto the wrong plane. Flight 3996 left from Newark, New Jersey on its way to St. Louis when the airline discovered there was a canine passenger aboard who was not bound for St. Louis, but was intended to be on a flight to Akron, Ohio instead. The airline decided that the best course of action, after the bad week of publicity they have had, was…continue reading →

Dog Is Stolen From Shelter Moments Before Being Adopted

Advertisement Brad, a 5-pound Yorkie, was stolen right out of his kennel at PAWS Atlanta while his hopeful future mom was signing his adoption paperwork. He had only been at the shelter for a week and had already had several people inquire about him. Kay Kenimer had seen Brad’s picture online and had her heart set on adopting him. She’d just lost her 14-year-old Maltese earlier this month and was ready for a new companion. As she was paying the fee and filling out the adoption paperwork for Brad, somebody snuck into the back…continue reading →
Family Risks Their Lives To Save Dog From Mountain Lion Attack

Family Risks Their Lives To Save Dog From Mountain Lion Attack

Advertisement A Colorado family is grateful to have their dog by their side after a traumatic encounter with a mountain lion put her life in danger. Charlie Allen let his three-year-old Boxer/Labrador mix named Maeby outside after dark like he does most nights. Only a few seconds after he closed the door, he heard the sound of his dog in trouble. There were yelps and snarls, and he and his family didn’t hesitate to take action. The family’s surveillance camera caught the dramatic incident and shows what happened when Maeby left the safety…continue reading →

Rescue Dog Lost During Tragic Car Accident Gets Reunited With His Family

Advertisement In Orange County, Florida, the Shaw family got a small ray of sunshine following a heart-wrenching tragedy earlier this week. Nineteen-year-old Sam Shaw was driving in his jeep with Taz, the family’s rescue dog, when he lost control and crashed the car — losing his life. The terrified pup fled the scene, and was nowhere to be found when the family got the terrible news. Sam’s two older brothers printed out fliers and took to social media to spread word of the pup’s disappearance, and family and friends searched the area for…continue reading →
iHD Training: Invisible Line Game

iHD Training: Invisible Line Game

Advertisement “Stay” is one of those cues that may not seem all that important – until you need it. A strong “stay” can keep your dog from bolting outside when the door opens. It can also keep him out of a room you prefer he keep away from, like the bathroom when you need some privacy, or a baby’s room if your little one is having a nap. Although useful, “stay” can be difficult to teach, but making a game of it and having a pocketful of treats can make training much easier!…continue reading →
iHD Training: Leash Walking Tips

iHD Training: Leash Walking Tips

Advertisement Walking your dog should be a fun, relaxing activity you get to enjoy with your pup. But it’s not uncommon to feel embarrassed if it’s your dog taking you for a walk instead of the other way around. If you feel jealous watching your neighbors walk their well-behaved pups while yours pulls you any way he pleases, then this video is perfect for you. Good leash walking etiquette not only makes your walks with your pup more pleasant, it also keeps you and your dog safe. If you allow an excited dog to lead…continue reading →
iHD Training: Greeting On Leash

iHD Training: Greeting On Leash

Advertisement The running. The barking. The tail wagging. The jumping. It’s amazing what one little knock at the door can do to our dogs! Dogs have been known to lose it at the first sign of newcomers. Whether they’re excited to meet them or protective of your home, you should be able to receive guests without having to worry about your friends and family being greeted with a barrage of barks. It’s not very polite, and it can be hard to convince people that your dog is gentle when you’re holding him back…continue reading →
Meet Marley, The Sheep Who Thinks He’s A Dog

Meet Marley, The Sheep Who Thinks He’s A Dog

Advertisement Marley has led quite a sheltered life for a sheep. Orphaned as a newborn, he was adopted by Ali Vaughan and her family when he was just a month old. The shaggy Valais Blacknose Valley sheep developed a joint infection soon after and required daily care. As he recovered in the Vaughan’s kitchen, Marley learned that indoor life suited him quite nicely. He also bonded with the family’s black lab, Jess, and began to pick up some distinctly canine behaviors! Marley is now 6-months-old, and although he dislikes cold weather (plus wind,…continue reading →

Dog Sisters Unexpectedly Reunite & Their Reaction Is Priceless

Advertisement These two Golden Retrievers were from the same litter and had shared a flight as puppies from Russia to Seattle, WA in order to be adopted last May – and hadn’t seen each other since. But they noticed each other across the crowded Pike Place Market and played as if not a day had passed since their separation. Pam Corwin caught their adorable reunion on video and posted it to Facebook. In her post, she said: “O.M.G.!!!! I witnessed the coolest thing today! I was at my booth at Pike Place Market and…continue reading →