Despite Sandy’s Devastation, One Family Finds Joy

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The Vaillancourts spent the duration of Sandy worried about their runaway dog Dewey.
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Starving Dallas Dog Recovering after Coffee Can Collar Removal

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Olivia, once called Java, has had a coffee can successfully removed from her neck. During treatment it was determined that she gave birth to a litter while enmeshed in the can.
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Hundreds of Evacuation Shelters Welcome Pets During Sandy’s Surge

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Evacuation shelters opened their doors wide for pets – no family members were to be left behind.
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A new product is helping blind dogs get around

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Dogs have made a huge impact on visually-impaired people as guide dogs. Unfortunately there are many visually-impaired dogs that also need help. Two women in Georgia have created the “Halo Vest” to help dogs who are blind and need help getting around.
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Dogs and their owners are becoming good citizens with Dog Scouts of America

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All over the country chapters of the Dog Scouts of America are helping dogs become well-trained scouts, while also teaching their owners to become responsible pet owners. The Dog Scouts of America’s mission is “To improve the lives of dogs, their owners, and society through humane education, positive training and community involvement.”
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After missing for 7 months a chance meeting brings Tinkerbell back home

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It was over 7 months ago when Tinkerbell, a 13-year-old ailing dog, went missing from her home in Boones Mill, Virginia. Her owner Terry Gusler searched daily and never gave up hope on her. A chance meeting led to Gusler’s daughter Kelli to find Tinkerbell this past weekend.
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Military Working Dogs will be honored with new national monument

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It is perhaps long overdue, but soon a national monument will show much we value the contribution and sacrifice of all military working dogs. Thanks to the efforts of John Burnam who started the campaign in 2004, on January 1st the monument will be unveiled in California.
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Fiona is named ASPCA Dog of the Year

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Remember Fiona, the 11 year old poodle mix who was found matted and dirty, infested with fleas, as well as blind in both eyes back in March? Well, thanks to the help of thousands of compassionate supporters she is doing well and has just been named the ASPCA’s “Dog of the Year”.
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Operation Freedom Paws Founder is Finalist for CNN Hero of the Year

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Mary Cortani helps US soldiers suffering from PTSD while giving dogs from shelters and rescues loving homes and a new purpose in life.
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Loyal friend stayed by abused dog’s side until they were rescued

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Thanks to a good samaritan, a badly abused dog is being given a chance to survive after being found in a dumpster in Dallas. The dog, who has been named Java, was emaciated and strangely had a metal can around it’s neck.
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Dog survives bite from lethal snake

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A Cape Town dog narrowly escaped death last week after he was bitten by a poisonous snake. Sparky, the 7 year old fox terrier was up to his usual antics, playing happily with other dogs while out on a walk. That’s when he came upon the the puff adder, a venomous snake species found in Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula.
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Only a few months after being homeless Jake becomes a service dog

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Jake, a yellow Lab mix, spends his days tending to three-year-old Kaitlin Abner who suffers from a degenerative brain disease known as Methachormatic Leukodystrophy. Jake is living an important life as a service dog, but not too long ago he was a homeless stray.
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A new phone app hopes to help find lost dogs

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Losing a pet is a scary and upsetting occurrence. A new app has been launched that hopes to help pet owners find their lost dogs with the help of their local community. The app called, Lost Petz, acts as an Amber Alert system for dogs.
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Hurricane Sandy is an important reminder to make sure you have an emergency plan for your dog

A woman and her dog walking along the beach in Maryland on Saturday. The surf was already churning days before the storm is set to arrive there.

Hurricane Sandy is being called a “superstorm”. It is expected to make landfall in New Jersey early Tuesday morning. Destructive winds, heavy rainfall, flooding and even heavy, wet snow are expected to impact a large majority of the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. In preparing for a major storm like this one it is important to also include emergency preparations for your dog.
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Courtroom victory for dogs as abuser is handed stiff sentence

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It is a big victory for animals everywhere, as a Quebec man was sentenced to 6 months in jail for stabbing his two dogs. Geoffrey LaBerge pleaded guilty to 5 counts of animal cruelty related to the incident which took place in August 2011.
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Diesel: From death’s row to certified search and rescue dog

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He was on death’s doorstep last January, one week away from being euthanized due to having been labeled an “aggressive dog” by the Missouri German Shepherd Rescue. His name was Koda, and he was believed to be unfit to be in public. Then Monroe City Search and Rescue stepped in and rescued the 3 year old, and nothing has been the same since.
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TV Host Alan Titchmarsh Grills Controversial Dog Trainer Cesar Millan

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The TV host called Millan’s methods barbaric, then let his guest respond in a defense that left many Britons unconvinced.
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A disabled veteran gets a boost from his new service dog

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Many know the value a dog can bring to someone’s life, but the contribution a service dog makes is priceless. Retired Marine Cpl. Nathan Peck came home from Iraq in 2009 after 2 serious injuries left him with lower back injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Devoted dog comes to the aid of her owner by calling 911

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Dorothy Davidson is very fortunate to have Spirit, a golden retriever cross, by her side. Davidson suffers from lateral sclerosis, a disease in the same family as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and requires her to use a walker to get around. When she fell down andbecame stuck, it was Spirit who came to her rescue by going to the special phone Davidson has for her and tapping the button to call for help.
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After a long career, MWD Fara is back home where she belongs

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There’s nothing like a reunion of dear friends, especially when they have been through a lot of challenges together. So, when MA2 Logan McMichael and his dog Fara were reunited yesterday, it was an especially sweet moment.
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