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Puppy Shower for Homeless Dogs
Mo. animal shelter holds an event to increase adoptions and gather donations
This spring, the Cascades Humane Society in Jackson, Mo. found themselves with 21 puppies on their hands. First a pregnant Husky mix gave birth to seven puppies, just days after being abandoned at the shelter. Then three Border Collie mix puppies were brought in, so undernourished and weak that they went straight to a foster home to be nurtured back to health. Next 11 more three week old puppies...
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Generosity in a Time of Need
A N.J. couple leaves a $1,000 tip towards a large vet bill.
Pets are amazing conversation starters and give people a common passion that creates an instant connection. Last weekend, Christina Summitt's paw print tattoo led to an act of generosity that she could have never imagined.   Christina's wrist tattoo often leads to conversations with strangers about her love of animals. Despite working three jobs and managing a family of three kids and one dog,...
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Service Dogs for Boston Marathon Victims
Assistance pup helps Jessica Kensky navigate a new reality
On the surface, Boston looks like a city that has fully recovered from the tragedy and fear surrounding last year's marathon bombing. Nearly 9,000 additional runners are participating in today's race, bringing the number of participants up to over 35,755.  And officials are expecting one million spectators, double last year's turnout. But for many of the victims, the journey towards recovery is...
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Canine Revenge
Tire puncturing culprit is caught on tape
After a six month manhunt, police have finally caught the mysterious car vandal puncturing car tires in the small village of Brampton, England. It turns out the culprit was not a man at all, but a Border Collie named Jess. The wayward pup was captured on video by Anne Taylor who set up surveillance after having to replace 12 tires on her vehicle. Apparently Jess was involved in a car accident...
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Dying Woman's Last Wish
Patricia Cudd is looking for the perfect home for her dog
Patricia & Sherlock - Photo by V. Richard Haro/The Coloradoan.
Patricia Cudd was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and was given just six months to live last August. While others in her shoes would be checking items off their bucket list, Patricia has only one wish—that her five year old Pit Bull mix, Sherlock, finds a loving home. Patricia adopted Sherlock four years ago from the Longmont Humane Society in Colorado. Like many rescue pups, Sherlock...
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Kennel State of Mind
Study finds kenneled dogs show signs associated with mental illness
Dog in a Cage
I think all of us would agree that dogs shouldn't live in a cage all day, but the reality is that many pups, working canines in particular, do spend the night in a kennel. Although these canines have an active life, a new study found that these dogs showed signs of distress often associated with mental illness. Researchers at University of Bristol's Anthrozoology Institute looked at the behavior...
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Guide Dog Double Date
Inseparable pups help their people find true love
Two guide dogs at a wedding
There's no question that guide dogs are invaluable. These working pups help their people navigate the world and hold onto their independence. In 2012, two guide dogs in England went beyond the call of duty and helped their handlers find something incredible—true love. Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey met two years ago at a training class for guide dogs. Mark has been blind since birth and Claire...
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Bandannas for Pups
A color coded system alerts people on how to approach dogs
When Brigitte Blais' Bull Mastiff, Diesel, was recovering from surgery, he wasn't tolerating other dogs very well (understandably). But when they went on walks, other people would routinely let their pups run up to Diesel, leaving Brigitte to frantically pacify the situation. Brigitte wished there was a way to let others know that Diesel was not reliably dog friendly. Brigitte then started D.E.W...
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Pondering the Past
Is it better not to know your rescue pup's history?
Who could say no to this pup?!
If you could learn more about your dog's past, would you? Even if it was bad? Recently a friend had the opportunity to find out more about her rescue pup's former life, but was unsure if she really wanted the information. The adoption had taken place years ago and she was afraid the truth wouldn't be pretty. Some friends said it would be useful to know any available information, while others...
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Less is Sometimes More
Dogs make quick decisions similar to humans and other primates
People always say, 'less is more,' and according to a new study, that mantra is sometimes true for canines. A study at the University of Kentucky looked at a group of dogs that willingly ate both cheese and baby carrots, but showed a preference for the cheese (like most pups I know!). When given a choice between one slice of cheese or the cheese together with a piece of carrot, nine out of ten...

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