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Portraits of Failed Shelter Pups
Florida artist is raising awareness for the thousands of rescue pets killed each day.
When Florida artist Mark Barone was looking to adopt a rescue pup, he learned just how overwhelming the situation is at animal shelters across the country. Inspired to raise awareness, he decided to take action through his art. Mark started painting portraits of pets who never made it out of the shelter system alive. He set a goal to paint 5,500 pieces to represent the approximate number of dogs...
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Bucket List for Dying Shelter Dog
Senior pup with cancer spends his last days loved and appreciated.
Senior dogs are hard enough to adopt out when they're healthy, so the Animal Ark Rescue in Georgia knew it would be no easy task to find someone to care for Chester, a 14-year old pup suffering from terminal cancer. The elderly dog had a huge tumor on his head and was rescued in April from a high kill shelter to live out his final days in peace. Fortunately Nicole Elliot happened to be browsing...
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Dog Rescued From Utah Mountain
Firefighters save a runaway pup scared from holiday fireworks.
The Fourth of July is considered the scariest holiday for dogs, as thousands of pets go missing each year due to noisy fireworks. This past weekend, a frightened puppy from Salt Lake City had quite the adventure, first running away to the mountains and then being rescued by firefighters. Rue, a one year old Vizsla, was spooked by fireworks on Saturday and bolted into the nearby mountains. The...
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Legalizing Pets in Our Final Resting Place
Mass. considers allowing pet burials in human cemeteries.
Cemeteries serve as a final resting place for families, so it's only natural that people would want that family to include their pets. However, it's not easy to include animals in traditional burial plans. Most states don't allow pets to be buried in human cemeteries and, a few years ago, New York temporarily banned the spreading of human ashes in pet cemeteries. It's apparently a controversial...
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World's Ugliest Dog Crowned
Is this annual contest a good or bad thing?
Last week a new dog was crowned the world's ugliest dog. This year the title went to Quasi Modo, a Pit Bull-Dutch Shepherd mix from Florida. Quasi Modo has multiple birth defects to her spine, which made her back abnormally short. However she is still able to run and play. Quasi Modo took the award from a pool of 27 other pups at the Sonoma-Marin Fair's annual contest in Petaluma, California....
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Therapy dogs Visit Charleston, South Carolina
Comfort canines bring relief and hope to a city struck by tragedy.
As animal lovers, we hardly need a reminder of the healing ability that our dogs have. Following last week's church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, therapy pets have been playing an important role in bringing relief to the community. But simply seeing pictures and stories of therapy dogs can be equally as important for breaking up all of the negativity we see on the news. Many of us...
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Dogs Dislike Those Mean to Their Owners
A study finds that canines will refuse food from people unwilling to help out.
I think that my dogs would take food from just about anyone. But a new study from Kyoto University found that canines don't like when people are not kind to their owners. And even a bribe won't change their mind! The study, led by comparative cognition professor Kazuo Fujita, put three groups of 18 dogs through role plays in which their owners needed to open a box. The owner was accompanied by...
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Live from Brooklyn: Canine Improv
The play I was watching was just 10 minutes in when a black Labrador jumped up next to me and settled in for a nap. This was going to be no ordinary theater experience. I was at JACK, a performing-arts space in Brooklyn, N.Y., to see Comfort Dogs: Live from the Pink House, the latest experimental play written and directed by William Burke. The Labrador, Gypsy, along with mixed-breed pups Bronco...
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Comfort Dogs at Funeral Homes
Funeral directors are starting to see the benefit of animals at work.
Therapy dogs have become common visitors at hospitals, college campuses, and nursing homes, but now these pups are adding a new workplace to the list--funeral homes. Dogs have the ability to lighten the mood at wakes and funeral services, which can run the emotional gamut. Having a pet present can make the room feel more homey and comfortable, or even simply give people something else to focus...
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DNA Testing for Breed Bans
NYC co-op tightens their pet policy in a questionable way.
Unfortunately breed bans are popping up everywhere, from apartment buildings to entire cities. But one Manhattan luxury co-op is taking their restriction to the next level. The Upper West Side building put a new rule in place that requires residents to prove that their pet is not one of the co-op's 27 banned breeds. Going forward, a veterinarian must sign off on every dog's pedigree. For mixed...

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