06/26/2017 04:34 PM
Why Is My Dog Obese? Causes of Obesity in Dogs
Many people don’t think of animals as being obese, but just like humans, animals can become so overweight that it negatively impacts their health and even shortens their life span. Dogs, like all other animals, are also susceptible to obesity. In fact, according to, 25-30% of the canine population is obese, with 40-45% of… Continue reading Why Is My Dog Obese? Causes of Obesity in Dogs
06/26/2017 04:29 PM
Old times
J.K. Rowling’s first book was published 20 years ago today. Did it create better readers, or just more of them? via Harry Potter and the Long-Term Global Impact — Longreads
06/24/2017 02:47 PM
Search and Rescue

Mia’s long sleek body arcs over Switchgrass
and Side Oats, Antelope Horns and Butterfly Weed.
Her nose and flews quiver to pull in scent—feral
hogs and gunpowder, cat piss and deer scat.
But more: she tracks the disruption my body
has left in its wake, the displaced molecules
as they swirl through her neural scrollwork,
the air regrouping behind me, the erasure
of shape that still trails my trace
as I wait to be found.


06/23/2017 03:46 PM
Crazy Dog Laws
Surprising legislation about our best friends

There are some crazy laws related to dogs throughout the United States. In most cases, it is not clear how they are enforced or why people believed there was a need for such a law. It is obvious, however, that dogs play a large enough role in our communities to warrant a lot of legislation about them.

In Illinois, it is against the law to give a dog whiskey. It is also a violation of the law to give a dog a lighted cigar. There is nothing on the books about whether the dog may light the cigar on his own.

International Falls, Minnesota passed a law making it illegal for a cat to chase a dog up a telephone pole. Hopefully, there is no victim blaming if a dog does get chased up a pole by a cat.

For a dog to mate in a legal manner in Ventura, California, a permit is required. Presumably, there are many violations of this law, as is often the case with forbidden behavior.

06/23/2017 02:32 PM

the dog sprawls in a different room
every two hours and I wonder if
each is a small vacation for her, bones
in Barcelona this morning chasing
birds in Istanbul in the afternoon
then digging a hole in Montana to
surface in time for dinner in Shanghai


06/23/2017 07:38 AM
Smiling Dog: Scout

Dog's name and age: Scout, 10 years old

Adoption Story:

I first spotted Scout and his brother on a bike ride in South Texas; they were puppies abandoned in a ditch on the side of the road. I went back to look for them in my car after my ride and spotted Scout bravely exploring his surroundings while his brother was laying low. I figured I'd just drop them off at the local shelter. When I saw the condition they were in up close, I knew they wouldn't have a chance in the city shelter due to severe overcrowding our area was facing. I decided get them checked by a vet, get them healthy and find homes for them myself. Scout never made it out of my house. The name Scout just seemed like the right name for a bold puppy!

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06/23/2017 12:49 AM
First Full-Service Airport Veterinary Hospital
New York's JFK airport unveils comprehensive veterinary services on the tarmac.
This month the first-ever full-service airport veterinary hospital opened at New York City's JFK airport. AirHeart Pet Hospital, inspired by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, is part of another first--The ARK, the world's first privately owned, 24-hour animal terminal and airport quarantine center. The ARK’s 65 million dollar facility is located right on the tarmac at JFK, spanning 14 acres.

The hospital will provide veterinary services for travelers, military personnel, employees of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, JFK airport employees, and area residents. At the moment AirHeart provides primary and urgent care, with plans to add 24-hour emergency care.

As many as 15,000 animals, including 4,000 horses, pass through JFK each year. There also are about 2,000 working canines with the military and government agencies who may also need care.


06/21/2017 04:00 PM
Best Practices for a Canine-Friendly Workplace
Whistle (and bark) while you work

This Friday marks the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day—created by Pet Sitters International to celebrate the great companionship dogs offer and promote their adoption. Since its inception in 1999, TYDTWDay® has brought awareness to dogs in the workplace and help encouraged the practice. Today, being able to bring one’s dog to work is a bonafide perk—right up there with great health benefits and a gourmet lunchroom. In speaking to companies who welcome dogs, some best practices jump out. If your company is considering instituting a dog-friendly policy or looking to tweak their existing program, take note …

06/21/2017 02:01 PM
The Art of Roy De Forest
This dog-loving artist’s first full career retrospective.
Roy De Forest, Country Dog Gentlemen, 1972; polymer on canvas, 66.75 x 97 in. (169.55 cm x 246.38 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of the Hamilton-Wells Collection; © Estate of Roy De Forest/Licensed by VAGA, New York
Roy De Forest with Ratu and Dido, Port Costa Studio, California, 1980.

Roy De Forest’s paintings, drawings and sculptures invite the viewer into mythical terrains of mountainous vistas and overgrown foliage. Set within those landscapes are mysterious figures, boats, planes and animals, particularly dogs. With titles that often suggest a journey or a quest, De Forest’s works are densely composed, complex mélanges of textures, colors and shapes … phantasmagorical universes where humans and animals wander in awe.

The artist, who died in 2007 at the age of 77, had a long and successful career. His visionary creations drew comparisons to folk and aboriginal art, and to the fantastical works of Henri Rousseau and H. C. Westermann. A life-long dog-lover, De Forest favored squat working types, particularly the hearty Australian Cattle Dogs who shared his life (along with his wife, Gloria, and their children) in Northern California.


06/20/2017 06:34 PM
It Matters Where Your Dog Came From
Puppy mill dogs have more behavioral problems

“We found that across all behaviour categories, including trainability, dogs from less responsible breeders had significantly less favourable behaviour and temperament scores than puppies from responsible breeders.”

The above statement by researcher Catherine Douglas sums up the study “Do puppies from ‘puppy farms’ [puppy mills] show more temperament and behavioural problems than if acquired from other sources?” More extensive results were presented at the annual conference of the British Society of Animal Science.

06/20/2017 01:39 PM
Book Review: The Dogs of Avalon
The Race to Save Animals in Peril
The Dogs of Avalon

Laura Schenone, author of The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril, was not always a dog person. Afraid of most animals, she couldn’t understand those who devoted themselves to animal welfare causes, especially in light of the number of people who needed “saving.”

But then proded by her sons and a chance meeting with a dog rescuer, she adopted a Lurcher from Ireland and was inspired to learn more about sighthounds—in particular, Greyhounds and their mixed-breed relatives. In exploring Greyhound rescue, she has written a work that merits high praise and appreciation.

06/20/2017 01:15 PM
Greyhounds of Avalon
Amazing activists who are fighting to save Greyhounds worldwide.
Saving Greyhounds

Set against Ireland’s green and rocky beauty and its harsh economic realities, The Dogs of Avalon is the story of a determined group of women who fight for the well being of ex-racing Greyhounds. Marion Fitzgibbon helped to found the County Galway sanctuary she named Avalon, is a model of compassion in action, and author Laura Schenone journeyed to Ireland to learn more about her work and what motivates her to do it.

The next day, Marion picked me up in the rain. On the way out of town, as we sat at a traffic light, I saw a monstrosity by the side of the road, an ugly conglomeration of cement and steel which was evidently a huge construction project abandoned before it was even halfway built. I asked Marion about it.

“Isn’t it terrible? It was going to be a shopping mall, but they ran out of money.”

06/26/2017 02:39 PM The Humane Solution to Pet Fencing
June 26, 2017


Most dog owners agree that their pets need ample backyard space to play and burn off energy. As a pet owner, we fear that our pets may wander off, get lost or stolen; so, our first instinct is to install an invisible dog fence that will teach the dog not to leave the property line. The problem with shock collars and electric dog fences are that they are inhumane and have negative consequences on the dog both psychologically and physically. Because we care about the safety and wellness of all animals, only carries humane solutions to dog fencing systems.

  There are numerous reasons for why pet owners should consider installing a dog fence from For starters, the dog fences are easy, do-it-yourself projects that can be done without the help from professional installers. provides fence installation videos and written instructions to guide pet owners with building the fence. Additionally, carries both plastic and metal dog fence options that are suitable for all breed types regardless of pet activity level. The plastic dog fence kits and rolls are best suited for smaller, calmer dogs and puppies that are not chewers or diggers. These fences are made from a durable poly fence material that is built to last up to 15 years in all-weather environments. For larger dogs that like to chew or dig, carries two types of metal dog fencing – available in steel hex web and galvanized welded wire materials. Unlike traditional dog fences and chain-link fences that often corrode, dog fences appear virtually invisible from a short distance; so, homeowners can still enjoy their landscape and surroundings. In addition to being PVC-coated to protect the fencing from wear-and-tear from the weather, steel dog fences are chew-proof, dig-proof and will last up to 30 years in the field. 

  Not only will fences keep pets safely enclosed, but it will keep out feral cats and wild animals that may attempt to harm the pup from outside the fence. Dog fencing gives pets the chance to interact with each other in a harm-free atmosphere while getting the 30 minutes of daily activity they need to maintain healthy bones and joints. New pet owners will appreciate the space to train domestic animals while seasoned pet owners will find peace of mind knowing their pet is behind a non-electric pet enclosure. Find the right pet fence on!

06/26/2017 01:24 PM
Protecting Your Pet From the Summer Heat
Mon, 06/26/2017 - 09:45
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University

Whether your pet lives primarily indoors or outdoors, it is important to protect your pet from the heat this summer season.

Summer in Texas means more time to play outside, go swimming, and soak up the sun. However, warmer temperatures also mean that pets may be more susceptible to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. To help pet owners avoid these risks, Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offered some insight.

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06/23/2017 05:47 PM
Join North Shore Animal League America's Pet Sponsor Program
June 23, 2017


At North Shore Animal League America, we make every effort to find the best home for those special-needs dogs and cats in our care. Sadly, some of the pets that arrive here have been abused, neglected, injured or suffer from chronic illnesses.

As a sponsor, your monthly gift will help care for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. And our Sponsor Program also helps pregnant animal mothers and their newborn puppies and kittens in our Nursery. 


Your monthly support will:

  • Help fund major operations and provide ongoing medical care for as long as your chosen pet needs it.
  • Ensure that animals who were abused neglected, or abandoned receive love and attention at our no-kill rescue facility
  • Make you an essential part of a grateful pet’s life!

When you join our Sponsor Program, you’ll also receive a personalized certificate and color photo of your chosen pet, a letter of appreciation, and quarterly updates on the wellbeing of all of our special-needs animals.

Help us to help them. Choose a special pet to sponsor today at: or call us at 877.BE.MY.PAL



North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue shelter in the world and a registered 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization

06/20/2017 04:10 PM
Tips For Protecting Your Dog On the Road — And In the Heat — This Summer
June 20, 2017

For many of us the summer months signifies long road-trips and extended vacation time. With the heat settling in across the country, our crew here sees more and more requests about how to travel with your best furry friend – so much so that we decided to turn to the experts, who can give us a look at how you can best enjoy the next few months with your dog.

We’ve known about Gunner Kennels for a bit now – as a leading manufacturer of pet crates, their inaugural product (with strength-rated straps) made waves when it earned the distinction as The Center For Pet Safety’s first “5 Star Crash Test Rating” for a pet travel crate. Since then they’ve put their kennels to the test in all kinds of situations (see the crazy crash videos here) and won the trust of dedicated dog owners all over the country.

So, without further ado – check out their simple steps you can take to shield your dog from overheating this season… plus how the G1™ works for your dog in the heat.  

Tips For Traveling With Your Pet This Summer

By Gunner Kennels

Man’s Best Friend is embedded into everything we do at Gunner Kennels – if we’re hitting the road, we’re taking our dogs with us.

The idea for Gunner Kennels was inspired by a labrador retriever named Gunner, after one road trip nearly went awry. Owner Addison Edmonds had always felt uneasy traveling with him in traditional plastic crates – and that day convinced him to make a commitment to design the safest, most durable crate possible for his best friend.

Since that morning, Gunner Kennels has helped keep thousands of pets safe on the road – because every detail of this crate is designed and tested in real conditions, for the invested dog owner.

Below are a few of our tips for keeping your dog safe during the summer – and how our G1™ crate works for your dog in the heat, even on the road.

10 Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool(er) This Summer

1.     Obviously, the number one rule is to keep your dog hydrated with water.  It’s a no brainer, but we had to say it. On road trips stop regularly to make sure your pet has enough water. And make sure it’s clean – some dogs won’t drink something that’s been stagnant for long.

2.     We never recommend leaving your dog inside the car without proper airflow during the summer months. Even in the shade a car can be 10, 20, even 30 degrees hotter than it is outside.

3.     If you’re leaving your dog outside, always make sure you provide shade for your dog, and show your dog where his/her (non-glass) water bowl is in that shade. Please don’t tie your dog up anywhere in the blazing sun.

4.     There was information flying around a few years ago that ice is bad for your dog. Not true. Adding a few cubes (being mindful of the size) only helps cool your pet down. On road trips, a couple frozen water bottles in the crate isn’t a bad idea either.

5.     Applying rubbing alcohol on your dog's pads is said to help bring their temperature down. It cools as it evaporates, acting as a body cooling agent. Ice packs under the armpits also works.

6.     Exercise your dog in the early morning or evening hours. Dogs cool off primarily through panting, not perspiring, so it takes longer to bring their temperature down than it does yours.

7.     If your dog has the capability to swim, it’s the best way to exercise in the heat.

8.     Watch out for hot pavement. In the summer months, it can badly burn your dog's paw pads, and it’s a heightened source of heat. If you can’t leave your bare foot on the asphalt for longer than 10 seconds, consider taking the dog out when it’s cooler.

9.     Check with your trainer or your vet before shaving your dog. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, cutting their coat down may be worth it. But coats can also offer a barrier between biting bugs, mosquitos and the sun – plus the undercoat of double-coated dogs actually helps with airflow across their skin. That’s why keeping your dog groomed and unmatted can help its natural cooling system.

10. Finally, monitor your dog's’ temperature if you are worried. A good rule of thumb when measuring your dog's temperature is that it shouldn’t be allowed to get over 104 degrees. See heatstroke signs to watch for here.

5 Ways Gunner Kennels® Protects In Heat

●     The G1™ series features 10 side windows, a vented door, and three rear windows. The crates allow for ample airflow, and proper ventilation was a major consideration for both designs. More on that here.

●     The G1™ kennel is double-wall rotomolded, and that extra layer of material is proven to better guard against UV rays and humidity. 

●     The rubber feet on the G1™ crate not only stabilizes it, it also raises it off the ground – limiting heat transmission from hot surfaces.

●     Purchasing the Seadek Kennel Pad accessory – originally designed for marine boats – adds an additional layer of protection, helping bring temps down inside the crate.

●     Gunner Kennels conducted temperature tests on a hot day last summer using the G1™ kennel, and other crates in the market. See how what the results looked like here (note: you definitely want to check these out).

●     In Summer 2017, Gunner Kennels is releasing a high-powered fan that will substantially increase airflow within the crate. 

Finally, the most important consideration when traveling with your dog should always be safety. And for that – well we’ve got you covered.

To learn more about Gunner Kennels and their game-changing pet safety products, go to

06/20/2017 01:50 PM
Fly Your Love for Your Dog on a Custom Photo Flag
June 20, 2017

If you’re looking for a special way to show off your adorable dog photos, look no further than dog photo flags! Whether you have a friendly Golden Retriever, a photogenic German Shepard, a playful Corgi, or a mixed breed dog like no other, at you can create a custom photo flag that is just as unique as your special pup! is the perfect way to “Put your heart on your flag.”  After working for 20 years in the decorative flag industry, Susan, our founder, was inspired to create a line of custom photo flags by her love for Bella, a tiny rescue mutt with a big personality. Bella resembles a small billy goat, and no standard decorative flag could begin to illustrate her unique beauty.

Soon, all of Susan’s friends wanted a flag featuring their pet, and our company was born! Since then, Flagology has grown to offer hundreds of customizable flags and doormats so that you can add a personal touch to your outdoor decor! The flags are printed to order in the US,                                                    on a high quality outdoor fabric you will love.

Creating a personalized photo flag featuring your own gorgeous dog is easy. To get started, simply select a personalized dog flag design you would like to accent your photo, or choose a photo only flag if you prefer to let the picture speak for itself. In the online flag designer, you will be able to upload your photo and add personal touches like your dog’s name or a fun quote. The entire process takes minutes, and the flags arrive in your mailbox in 10 business days or less.

There are hundreds of ways to personalize your cherished photos with seasonal designs on, and new designs are added constantly. Bookmark these personalized dog flags, which make great gifts for every single celebration or special occasion!

06/20/2017 01:09 PM
Get An Instant Pet Door with Balcony Pets!
June 20, 2017

There is a great new pet door on the market!  Take a look at the Balcony Pets Apartment Pet Door.  It’s a lightweight ‘instant’ pet door for apartments, homes, and travelers with pets.  It goes up without tools, adjusts for sliding glass doors 76” to 96” tall, and the flap fits most small to medium size pets.  It only weighs 6 ½ pounds and is so easy to use, even a child could put it up.  It’s a ‘use it when you need it, take it out when you don’t’ kind of pet door.  Awesome!


Meet Bear- he’s really happy with his new Balcony Pets Apartment Pet Door!  Here’s the story: His human brother had a problem with bees- he is allergic to bees.  Leaving the sliding glass door open caused a trip to the emergency room after a bee bite. The Balcony Pets team made a special pet door for Bear and now everyone is happy!  These lightweight ‘instant’ pet doors are so easy to use- no tools are required and they adjust to fit sliding glass doors that are 76” to 96” tall.  Bear is having so much fun with his new pet door- you have to smile just watching this!



06/14/2017 01:33 PM
What Kind of Dog Was Snoopy?
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:34
The breeds of famous dogs in pop culture

Snoopy, Scooby Doo, Old Yeller... we knows these dogs by name and by sight. But what kinds of breed are they based on, and what would they look like in real life? - ERM

Snoopy, Scooby Doo, Old Yeller... we knows these dogs by name and by sight. But what kinds of breed are they based on, and what would they look like in real life? - ERM


1) "Lady" from Lady and the Tramp:

Cocker Spaniel

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05/24/2017 01:16 PM
The 14 Largest Dog Breeds
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 09:06
Is bigger better? Where dogs are concerned, for some people the answer is a resounding yes. Get to know the 14 largest dog breeds, their AKC-mandated personality traits, and their average weight!

Is bigger better? Where dogs are concerned, for some people the answer is a resounding yes. Get to know the 14 largest dog breeds, their AKC-mandated personality traits, and their average weight!

Tibetan Mastiff

Mellow and calm around the house; devoted to family, reserved and territorial with strangers.

Average weight: 100-170 lbs.


Neapolitan Mastiff

Watchful and dignified. Sweet, steady, and loyal with loved ones, Neapolitan Mastiffs are calm but wary with strangers.

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06/13/2017 06:43 PM
Find Your Breed Match
Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:57
Is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier or the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel right for you?

Is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier or the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel right for you?


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Brave, playful, and clever

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06/13/2017 06:58 PM
Spoil Your Dog (but not too much!) With PureBites Jerky
June 13, 2017

Pure Treats Inc. is announcing the introduction of two NEW Pure Dog Treats. PureBites® Bacon Style Pork Jerky Made with 1 Ingredient; 100% Pure USA Sourced Pork Cartilage & PureBites® Chicken Jerky & Sweet Potato Made with only 2 Ingredients; 100% Pure USA Sourced Chicken Jerky & Canadian Farmed Sweet Potato.

“Go ahead, turn the bag around and look at our natural & pure ingredients. We’ve been preaching these words for 12 years now” says Andrea Bourne Marketing Manager for PureBites®. “PureBites® offers pet parents the peace of mind knowing that they are buying treats made with ingredient labels that have 1-3 Ingredients and that are easy to read & understand.”

“We are bringing two new innovative dog treats to pet stores nationwide this year. PureBites® Bacon Style Pork Jerky is made with 100% Pure Pork Cartilage and has the savory bacon taste dogs can’t resist! We are also introducing PureBites® Chicken Jerky & Sweet Potato made with 100% Pure USA Sourced Chicken Breast & Canadian Farmed Sweet Potato. We don’t add any preservatives like glycerin or salt; only the natural ingredients that are on the ingredient label.“    

“All PureBites® treats are made using a delicate process to ensure only the fewest pure whole ingredients are included. Dogs love PureBites® because our treats are gently dried to lock in the aroma, texture and freshness they crave. Dog parents love PureBites® because our treats are 100% pure and rich in nutrients for a happy and healthy life. PureBites® are the ideal treat for dogs with health issues or pets that are overweight, diabetic, have allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, or are on a restricted diet (low carb, low sodium, low calorie, no grain or raw)."

PureBites® Bacon Jerky & Chicken Jerky & Sweet Potato join a growing family of 1-3 ingredient treats for dogs that now include 10 different RAW freeze dried flavours & 3 different jerky flavours.

PureBites® are available at the finest pet specialty retail stores nationwide and are available in different sizes ranging from a Suggested Retail Price of $5.99 to $36.99.

For additional information on PureBites®, please visit or call 1-888-388-PURE (7873).

About Pure Treats Inc. 

Founded in 2005, Pure Treats is a leader in natural dog & cat treats with the PureBites® brand. Focused on its core principle of asking pet parents to turn the bag around and look at our natural & pure ingredients, Pure Treats is building a loyal following of furry loved ones who are crazy about PureBites® nutrient rich treats. PureBites® dog & cat treats are available throughout leading North American pet specialty chains like Petco, PetSmart, Pet Valu & Pet Supplies Plus as well as thousands of neighborhood pet stores in over 10 countries.

06/26/2017 04:35 PM
Woman Heroically Smashes the Window of a Mercedes With a Car Jack to Save a Roasting Dog
“I was trying with all my might to get to this poor dog, but I couldn’t physically break the window. My hands were bleeding and I was beginning to fear the worst.” <
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06/26/2017 10:01 AM
When You’re Totally NOT Jealous, but You Totally Are at the Same Time…
To be fair, that ear rubdown that dog was getting did look REALLY great, and we'd be a bit jealous, too!
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06/24/2017 12:10 AM
Ugly Puplings: “Gassy” Neopolitan Mastiff Named Martha Wins World’s Ugliest Dog
In the famous annual contest that celebrates inner beauty, a winner has emerged!
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06/23/2017 05:10 PM
When All You Need Is Your Woobie & A Calm Ocean
Sometimes you just want to take your teddy bear into the pool and drift away from all your troubles.
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06/23/2017 04:44 PM
WARNING! This Video Contains So Many Pit Bull Kisses, You Might Want a Towel Nearby…
The surgeon general states that this video contains pit bull kisses, a substance know by the state of New York to cause smiles and giddy laughter in humans!
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06/23/2017 04:17 PM
Reunion! Marine Vet Visits The Morale-Boosting Dog Who Kept Him Safe in Afghanistan
They hadn't seen one another in six years, but Kash immediately recognized his former wartime partner.
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06/23/2017 03:28 PM
Lucy, The Dog With The Self-Portrait On Her Ear, Has A Happy Forever Home
A little update on the pup we told you about back in February. Lucy and her mini-me markings have moved on to a very happy home.
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06/23/2017 02:05 PM
App Helps Julia Roberts Reunite With Her Lost Pooch
When movie star Julia Roberts' dog went on a solo beach excursion, a good Samaritan neighbor took to the Web to reunite pooch and owner. <3
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06/23/2017 01:38 PM
Mobile Dog Gym Helps AZ Shelter Dogs Get Exercise Despite Heat
While these Arizona adoptables are waiting for their forever homes, shelter staff, and an enterprising dog trainer, are seeing they get the exercise they need.
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06/23/2017 01:10 PM
Dog Rouses Owner from Induced Coma Three Days Early
When it was time to rouse Andy Szasz from his medically induced coma, his best friend, Teddy decided to speed up the process. So touching!
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