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PTSD Dog Saves Veteran in Many Ways
Axel helped Jason Haag reclaim his life and family
When Purple Heart recipient Captain Jason Haag came home after three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he faced a much tougher battle at home--post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Jason suffered from nightmares, panic attacks, and thoughts of suicide. He spent a year and a half locked up in his basement with the windows blacked out, turning to a heavy use of alcohol and two dozen types of...
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Stricter Reporting for Shipping Animals
More airlines will be required to track injuries, losses, and deaths.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently passed a new rule that will require more airlines to report incidents involving animals. Although all airlines must report when a pet is hurt, gets lost, or dies on a U.S. flight, the law only applies to animals kept in a family household. Currently only 14 airlines are required to report incidents involving any animal, but as of January 1,...
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New Potential Cancer Treatment for Dogs
Vienna Scientists are applying immunotherapy to canines
The last time my Sheltie, Nemo, needed a complicated surgery, I was in awe of the advancements in veterinary technology. Our pets benefit from many life saving procedures brought over from human medicine, but cancer immunotherapy has never been one of them. This treatment has been used successfully in people for about 20 years and uses antibodies to inhibit tumor growth and even trigger the...
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Dog Coughs Up Ring Six Years Later
A Wisconsin woman's dog carried a lost ring for years
When Lois Matykowski lost her wedding ring six years ago, she was devastated. Lois and her husband were married for 20 years and just upgraded the ring, without insurance. She checked all over the house and, because she had a Rottweiler mix prone to eating things, she even monitored Tucker's poop for weeks. After many unsuccessful searches, Lois figured the ring was gone for good. Little did she...
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Andy Murray Saves Dog En Route to Wimbledon
The Scottish tennis player stops traffic to rescue a runaway pup.
Andy Murray and one of his Border Terriers.
On Sunday morning, Olympic Gold Medal tennis player, Andy Murray, was supposed to be focusing on defending his Wimbledon title, but instead he was busy with something more important--saving a dog. Andy was on his way to the All England Club for pre-Wimbledon practice when he spotted a Labradoodle running down the road towards oncoming traffic. Andy put all competition thoughts aside and pulled...
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Police Officer Adopts Abused Dog
Cleveland pup is adopted by his rescuer.
  Last week Cleveland police officers responded to a call for a man beating a dog in the middle of the street. Upon arrival they found the Pit Bull mix with a witness who saw the abuse and convinced the man to stop. The injured pup was then brought to a nearby vet hospital to be treated for injuries on his face, legs, and paws, but not before one police officer made a special connection wtih the...
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Canine Retirement Home
Japan debuts long term care facility for pets
Japan has one of the highest average life expectancies and one of the largest pet populations in the world. So it probably comes as no surprise that the country is opening their first canine retirement home outside of Tokyo. Although long term pet care facilities exist elsewhere in the world, Aeonpet, the company behind Japan's retirement home, is hoping to establish an industry standard and...
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Police Officer Jumps in Lake to Save Pup
A dog is saved after his family's car ends up submerged
Last month Debra Titus accidentally drove her pickup truck into a lake near a retirement community in Carver, Mass. She was able to escape with one of her dogs, Stitch, but her Chihuahua, Moochie, was trapped in the submerged vehicle. When the police arrived on the scene, Officer David Harriman knew there was only one thing to do when he learned Moochie was still under water. The police officer...
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Graduation Goes to the Dogs
19 pups become official bomb sniffers in New York City.
Service dogs have recently been honored in high school graduations and yearbooks, but last week a group of pups had their own graduation ceremony in New York City's Grand Central Terminal. The 19 bomb-sniffing German Shepherds went through an intense 12-week training program, making up the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's largest class to date. Instead of a diploma, the each dog received...
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Almost Missed Connection
Shelter nearly didn't reunite a family and their pup.
A Maryland shelter missed two opportunities to reunite a family with their pup, nearly resulting in the dog being euthanized. Last month, the Turner family was devastated when their dog, Shayla, escaped from their Owings Mills, Maryland backyard and search efforts and calls to local animal shelters were unsuccessful. Determined to find Shayla, Helen Turner, made a last ditch effort and posted a...

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