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Dogs and Kids Bond Over Shared Experiences
Best Friends Bash unites pets and children overcoming health challenges.
Kids often struggle with feeling different, so you can imagine the additional challenges of growing up with a craniofacial disorder. To help these children feel less isolated, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Vet teamed up to introduce these kids to therapy dogs who have similar health challenges. Best Friends Bash has been so successful that this is the event's third year. This...
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Rescue Dog Sniffs Out Incriminating Thumb Drives
A Black Labrador plays a key role in the arrest of Jared Fogle.
Former Subway celebrity Jared Fogle made waves when he was arrested earlier this month on child pornography charges. The team responsible for finding the incriminating evidence had a special MVP--a Black Labrador named Bear. The two year old pup sniffed out a hidden thumb drive that human searchers overlooked in Jared's house. The drive turned out to be a key part in the case. Bear is one of...
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Emergency Shelter for Pets
Animals get their own sanctuary from the Washington state wildfires.
The wildfires in Washington state have grown so large that specialized firefighting crews have come from as far as New Zealand to join the battle. Now considered the largest wildfire in state history, the disaster has been steadily destroying homes and displacing thousands of people. In order to help the affected families, the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) has set up a shelter...
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Adopting her Canine Rescuer
A British woman brings home the dog who saved her on vacation.
This summer Georgia Bradley was vacationing in Greece and went for a walk alone on the beach. Two men began harassing her and started to become aggressive, when a small black dog ran over and scared them away. The pup then followed Georgia back to her rental apartment. Georgia took the dog to a local animal shelter and vet, but was turned away by both. During the rest of the vacation, Georgia...
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Helping the Homeless and their Pets
The summer brings unique challenges to people and pups on the street.
In the summer, I always have to be mindful about walking my pups over hot pavement. It can be easy to forget about their sensitive paw pads when you have the protection of shoes. Fortunately I have many grassy areas to bring my dogs, and can always quickly usher them back into our air conditioned house, but it never occurred to me that this can be an inescapable dilemma for homeless people and...
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Grassroots Social Media Effort Reunites Pets
An Indiana Facebook group has had a big impact on lost animals and the local shelter.
When Melody Heintzelman created the Facebook group South Bend Lost and Found Pets, she simply wanted to help reunite people with their pups. But in the last three years, Melody's social media creation has become so much more than what she initially thought was possible. With over 4,500 members, there's always a network of people looking out for wayward animals in the north Indiana city. Since...
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Dangerous Fur Styling
Viral trend #DogBun is potentially harmful to canine ears.
I've seen people use non-toxic coloring to dye their dogs' tails and paint their pups' nails, however the latest canine styling trend is not only slightly bizarre, but also harmful (albeit unintentionally). The dog bun involves styling fur and ears together on the top of a pup's head, typically using an elastic hair tie. The fur style has been growing in popularity with over 2,000 pictures on...
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Care Packages for Military Dogs
Non-profit sends goodies and supplies to war pups and their handlers.
According to the United States War Dog Association, over 1,000 military working dogs are on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. When these pups are in action, explosive detection rate jumps to as high as 80 percent. General David H. Petraeus once said that military working dogs outperform any other asset in the Army's inventory. These brave and courageous pups are valued members of our country's...
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Fighting Those Who Don't Scoop Poop
NYC apartment complex resorts to DNA testing.
I'm always mystified as to why people refuse to clean up after their pets. We fight hard for dog friendly places, but in order to keep these privileges, we have to be courteous and respectful. One Brooklyn Bridge Park, an apartment complex in New York City, is one of the most dog friendly buildings in the area. 175 dogs of different breeds and sizes live among the 440 units, and the ground floor...
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Quanto's Law
Canada institutes new penalties for killing a police dog or service animal.
Last year a Canadian police dog named Quanto was killed while trying to apprehend a suspect fleeing from police. As a result, Joseph Vukmanich, who stabbed the German Shepherd multiple times, was sentenced to 26 months in prison for animal cruelty, among other charges. In response to the tragedy, a new federal law called Quanto's Law was created to institute a maximum jail sentence of five years...

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