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Lindsey Vonn Adopts a 'Rehab Buddy'
The popular skier finds a pup also recovering from a leg injury
There's nothing like a fuzzy puppy to cuddle up with when you're sick or an energetic dog to get you outside when you're depressed. After succumbing to a knee injury just weeks before the Winter Olympics, Lindsey Vonn has discovered the joys of rescuing a pup in need. The day after withdrawing from the Sochi games, the popular skier visited the Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic in Jupiter,...
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ASPCA Ends Law Enforcement Unit
The NYPD will take over animal cruelty cases in NYC.
The ASPCA has spent the last 147 years advocating for animals, finding homes for pets, providing medical care, and enforcing anti-cruelty laws. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh convinced state lawmakers to enact the nation's first anti-cruelty law. The organization then served as the primary law enforcement agency for animal abuse and neglect in New York City, a role that was the first of its...
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Snow Play
When the snow flies, it’s time to dust off your skis or snowshoes, pack your dog’s cold-weather gear and make tracks for wintertime fun.
The air is crystal-clear, the snow is fresh and white and the opportunities for fun are abundant. Don’t let the season’s colder temps keep you and your dog at home. With a little preparation and appropriate protective gear, both of you can enjoy the pleasures of the season at some very hot cool spots. For example … It’s hard to beat the dog-friendliness of Telluride, Colo., where canine residents...
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Staying Warm with the Pups
How are you keeping toasty during the historic freeze?
As the U.S. weathers a historic freeze, schools closed, people stayed home from work, and planes were grounded in much of the country. With the wind making it feel well below zero in many areas (-55 in International Falls, Minn.!), most people are opting to hole up at home. But us dog people know that no matter what Mother Nature brings, we still have to walk our pups.   It's weather like this...
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Operating Room Pup
Medical alert dog plays an important role during a girl's surgery
Kaelyn "KK" Krawczyk has had a severe form of mastocytosis since she was two months old. The rare disease can trigger an abnormal accumulation of mast cells on vital organs, which leads to allergic inflammation. For the 7-year old Apex, N.C. girl, these allergic reactions can quickly become fatal. And the worse part is that the triggers are hard to predict and can stem from simple, everyday...
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Are Our Pets a 'Luxury?'
Mexico to roll out pet food tax in January
Starting January 1st, Mexicans will face a 16 percent sales tax on pet food. Previously commercial animal diets were not taxed, along with fresh human foods. Now the Mexican government is desperate to raise money and has declared pet food a luxury item (food for horses and other livestock animals will be excluded from the tax). Protesters have been rallying outside of the Finance Ministry, but...
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Christmas Gift of Spaying
Georgia woman offers to spay all of the Macon's female dogs
Earlier this month, dog lover and pet foster parent Kerry Hatcher Fickling was inspired by what seemed like a particularly overwhelming week of strays and abandoned litters in Macon, Georgia. Kerry regularly donates time and money to local rescue groups, but this time she wanted to do something that would really get to the root cause of the city's overpopulation problem. So she posted a "...
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Are Sniffing Dogs Reliable?
Lawsuit questions the abilities of drug and bomb pups
A new lawsuit is questioning the abilities of drug and bomb sniffing dogs. The claim against Nevada's Metropolitan Police Department says that dogs were trained to respond to handler cues instead of freely searching for drugs. If the accusations are true, this would be a huge constitutional violation of the right to a lawful search.   The lawsuit also accuses the Department of animal abuse and...
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Tornado Dog Adopted Too Soon
A lost pup found a new home before his family could find him
Imagine coming home to find your home destroyed by a tornado and your beloved dog missing. That is the reality that the Robinson family went through in Mellott, Indiana last month. Except when they finally found their pup Rosco, he had been adopted by a new family who refused to give him back. After the twister, Rosco ended up at the Clinton County Humane Society, about 45 miles from home. The...
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Man and Guide Dog Fall in NYC Subway
Their story uncovers the many challenges of having a service dog
UPDATE: Orlando will be staying with Cecil! Andrew Piera, a New Jersey businessman and dog lover, volunteered to pay for all of Orlando's expenses for the rest of his life. I've also heard that Orlando's puppy raiser is willing to adopt the Labrador if having two dogs in Orlando's apartment doesn't work out. Cecil, who is still recovering at St. Luke's Hospital, urges those moved by his story to...

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