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  • St. Paul Cops Shoot Dog in Wrong-Door Raid, Force Handcuffed Kids to Sit Near the Corpse

    08/10/2012 7:25:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 54 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | |Aug. 10, 2012 | Mike Riggs
    police officers who conducted a wrong-door raid on their home shot their dog, and then forced their three handcuffed children to sit near the dead pet while officers ransacked the home. The lawsuit, which names Ramsey County, the Dakota County Drug Task Force, and the DEA, and asks for $30 million in civil rights violations and punitive damages after a wrong-door raid, also claims that the officers kicked the children and deprived one of them of her diabetes medication. The suit also alleges that one of the lead officers with the task force "provided false information" in order to get...
  • VANITY-USMC IDD Dogs for adoption

    08/08/2012 9:18:16 AM PDT · by momtothree · 28 replies
    USMC IDD Adoption site ^ | 08-08-2012 | momtothree
    I am a complete novice to posting a vanity so please forgive me for any and all mistakes. Veteran IDDs (Improvised Explosive Device Dogs) have served our Country and Marine Corps honorably. Due to the reduction in forces in Afghanistan, many of these wonderful dogs are eligible for retirement and adoption. The majority of the dogs are 3-7 year old pure breed Labrador Retrievers that are black, yellow, or chocolate. Spaying and neutering has already been done. They are highly trained, healthy, happy, and will make terrific pets or hunting buddies. The adoption process is not quick but the dog's...
  • Bristol man who shot neighbor's dog charged with felony animal cruelty

    08/01/2012 6:29:04 PM PDT · by AlmaKing · 91 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | 8-1-12 | Dan Seufert
    BRISTOL – A 5-year-old dog is recovering from a gunshot wound above his right eye and a local man is being charged with felony animal cruelty after shooting the dog on its owner's lawn last week, police said. Michael Nelson, 36, a resident of Pike's Point Road, has been charged with cruelty to animals, a Class B felony punishable by 3˝ to 7 years in jail, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, for shooting named Australian shepherd mix named Tucker. Tucker, who is owned by Michael and Lynne Furey, Pasadena, Md., and who were staying at their summer cottage several houses...
  • Pit bull honored as a hero after saving master’s life for a second time

    07/28/2012 12:05:32 PM PDT · by grundle · 60 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Jul 27, 2012 | Jeff Stacklin
    A pit bull from Lawrenceville, Ga., is being celebrated as a hero after he saved his master's wife--not once, but twice. John Benton was headed out to work one day in July 2011 when the 6-year-old dog, Titan, started behaving strangely. "He was barking and growling and then ran down the steps and got between me and the door," Benton told Fox5 in Atlanta. Benton turned around and went upstairs. There he found his wife, Gloria, had a brain aneurysm, and had fallen and suffered what turned out to be a skull fracture. "The doctors said that if it had...
  • Two Bexar County K-9s dead after night left inside hot cruiser

    07/26/2012 6:19:18 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 46 replies
    KENS5.com ^ | July 26, 2012 | Brian New
    SAN ANTONIO -- The Bexar County Sheriff's Department says two of its K-9s have died after they were left inside a patrol vehicle overnight. According to a statement from the Sheriff's Office, the dogs were "inadvertently" left inside the vehicle overnight and died from apparent heat exposure.
  • Disabled veteran says United Airlines staff kicked his service dog and asked if he was retarded...

    07/22/2012 12:39:18 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 91 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 21 July 2012 | Laura Cox
    A disabled veteran and his service dog were abused by United Airlines staff, he has claimed. Jim Stanek, a three-tour Iraq veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, said employees of the airline kicked his dog, Sarge, and asked him if he was retarded. In a YouTube video the Paws and Stripes founder describes his ordeal which began on July 16 at Dulles International Airport in Washington.
  • Police Respond to Vicious Dog in Baltimore City

    07/17/2012 11:57:58 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 28 replies
    ModifiedK9.com ^ | May 20, 2012 | unknown
    Hey, I'm a Police Officer in Baltimore City. I am originally from Wilkes-Barre, and I am a fan of your organization and Pit Bulls. Today I received a call while on duty about a vicious dog chasing kids. When I came on the scene, I noticed people yelling out their windows at the dog. I followed the dog into an ally to see how it was acting. Going on my own approach, being a dog lover, I got out of my car and called the "vicious dog" over to me. The dog came over with it's tail between it's legs...
  • Dog 'crates' are just tiny, harmful cages

    07/15/2012 2:58:02 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 55 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | July 14, 2012 | Karen Porreca [PETA]
    What if, at your local pet-supply store, you could purchase a dog-training tool that would make your dog weaker, klutzier and less intelligent? And what if this tool increased your dog's frustration and fearfulness about the world and made him or her less likely to bond with you? Would you buy it? Of course not! Yet, millions of these "tools" are sold every year to unsuspecting dog lovers who want the absolute best for their dogs. The tool is a "crate," which is just a euphemism for a cage. In fact, dog crates are even smaller than most cages that...
  • The moment brave cat lands knockout left hook on shocked Pomeranian

    07/12/2012 5:54:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 12, 2012 | Graham Smith
    The look on his face is one of complete surprise. In a case of David versus Goliath, this is the moment a Pomeranian is shocked to be on the receiving end of a left hook from a feline nemesis. For centuries, the traditional foes have been locked in battle with one another, with dogs normally having the upper hand. But this freeze frame captures the exact moment that status quo is shattered as a Siamese cat takes his revenge.
  • Bay area man reunited with lost dog, makes new friend (stranger saves drowning blind dog)

    07/07/2012 8:31:44 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    My Fox ^ | July 7, 2012 | Anthony Miller
    The 15-year-old canine, which is blind and partly deaf, is believed to have escaped and run to a dock along the Alafia River with the help of another one of Carter's dogs. That's where Brian Peterson enters the story. He was jet skiing on the river on July 4th when a woman alerted him to a dog in the water. "Elsie was drowning," Peterson recalled. "I got on my jet ski, went over and jumped out and saved her." "We took her home with us and started the process of putting found dog [fliers] out there," he said. "We had...
  • Military dogs euthanized as 'equipment' under cruel law

    06/30/2012 2:23:02 AM PDT · by shibumi · 142 replies
    msn.com ^ | 6/30/2012 | Staff
    If roadside bombs and other hazards of war don't kill military dogs, senseless government regulations and red tape might. The United States is breeding 100 puppies a year to train for bomb sniffing and other soldierly duties, but many aren't making it back to happy homes because an obscure federal law classifies them as "equipment" rather than personnel -- and makes adopting them a financial and bureaucratic nightmare. A bill to require that the military ship the heroic dogs home and ease potential veterinarian costs for adopting families is currently bogged down in Congress, as dogs continue to be euthanized....
  • World's Ugliest Dog crowned in Petaluma

    06/23/2012 9:21:44 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 46 replies
    AP via SFGate.com ^ | June 23, 2012
    Petaluma -- A Chinese crested's short snout, beady eyes and white whiskers earned it the title of World's Ugliest Dog at the annual contest in Petaluma. Competing for fame, $1,000 and a year's worth of dog cookies, Mugly won the honor Friday by beating out 28 other ugly dogs from around the world. The 8-year-old rescue dog from Britain will also be invited for a photo shoot and will receive a VIP stay at the local Sheraton. "I couldn't speak when they announced Mugly's name," said Bev Nicholson, the dog's owner. "I didn't know which way to look. I was...
  • Puppies paired with panhandlers in S.F. to curb homelessness

    06/16/2012 8:39:11 PM PDT · by Innovative · 86 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 14, 2012 | Maria L. LaGanga
    A new program in San Francisco will pair carefully selected dogs from shelters with panhandlers in an effort to steer the latter away from asking for money on the streets and keep the animals from being euthanized. The temporary guardians (the words "pet" and "owner" are frowned upon in San Francisco) will receive weekly stipends of $50 to $75 and must agree to jettison their cardboard signs in the pilot project believed to be the first of its kind in the country. The program, scheduled to start in August, is called WOOF, short for Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos....
  • Weird pet behavior: Racist dogs and rolling cats

    06/15/2012 2:34:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    wtop.com ^ | June 15, 2012 | Amy Hunter
    WASHINGTON - When it comes to weird canine behavior, this one may take the cake: A racist dog. But according to Dr. Katy Nelson, an Alexandria veterinarian who answered questions during a live chat on Thursday, the behavior is not all that uncommon. "Every time [my dog] is around my friend who is African American, she freaks out," wrote Kathrine, a commenter during the chat. "She is usually docile and friendly. Anything I can do about this? It's embarrassing." Nelson says she isn't sure the reasoning behind the matter, but she "hears it all the time." "The only thing I...
  • Dog with head stuck in container saved after its photo was posted to Facebook

    06/04/2012 6:23:25 PM PDT · by murron · 13 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 4, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Dog lovers in Memphis, Tennessee, came to the rescue after a picture posted to Facebook showed a helpless pup with its head stuck inside a plastic container.
  • More Regulations: NJ Drivers Can Be Ticketed $1,000 for Not ‘Restraining’ Animals in the Car

    06/04/2012 4:33:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 4, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    Following on the heels of Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on certain sugary drinks in New York City restaurants, a wave of absurd regulations has seemingly begun emanating outwards. In neighboring New Jersey, drivers can be fined up to $1000 for driving with “unrestrained” animals in the car, and the Mayor of Berkeley, California is looking to ban sitting on sidewalks. According to CBS in Philadelphia, police and animal control officers will be authorized to ticket New Jersey drivers between $250 and $1,000 if they have “unrestrained” animals in the front seat of their car, on the driver’s lap, partially out the...
  • Free-Roaming N.M. Dog Has a Lawyer

    06/01/2012 7:15:22 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 31, 2012 | Jeri Clausing/AP
    Blue the dog doesn’t have a home. But the blue-eyed Australian cattle dog has $1,800 in savings, a Facebook page and an air-conditioned dog house. He also has a lawyer, who is working to get him an exemption from local leash laws so he can continue his free-wheeling lifestyle in southern New Mexico’s lakeside community of Elephant Butte, where he was abandoned as a puppy a decade ago.
  • Prospect Park’s ‘Ghost Dog’ finally captured after four years of feral survival

    05/27/2012 12:46:52 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 31 replies
    NYP ^ | May 27, 2012 | SARA STEWART
    ’Tis no legend — the beast is real! For four years, a hulking brown and black mastiff has been living on the lam in the woods of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, regularly glimpsed by visitors, but melting away whenever officials were called — earning him the nickname “Ghost Dog.” Until now. Sean Casey, owner of a Kensington animal shelter, finally apprehended the gentle giant this month: “I think he was ready to come in,” he says, adding that Ghost Dog had been acting differently over the past two weeks, limping noticeably and lying down out in the open. Until that point,...
  • A Salute to War Dogs

    05/28/2012 2:34:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    Today, as we remember our fallen military members who valiantly gave their lives to protect our freedom, let’s also commemorate our four-legged force and their handlers that have done the same. Officially, “military working dogs,” these canines have saved countless lives by sniffing out IEDs and weapon caches in Iraq and Afghanistan, and alerting to danger along the way in Vietnam. Since the dogs first entered military service in 1942, they have acted with the same levels of courage, dedication and loyalty as their human counterparts.   Designated as “equipment” by the military (although this is being challenged), they are...
  • Chinese Pet Treats Linked to 900 Dog Deaths, Illnesses

    05/24/2012 11:26:46 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 87 replies
    ABC The Blotter ^ | May 23, 2012 | CINDY GALLI
    Just six months after issuing its latest warning about chicken jerky dog treats made in China, the Food and Drug Administration confirms it has logged more than 900 complaints from pet owners who say their dogs either were sickened or died after eating the treats. The number of complaints has nearly doubled since the story was first reported by ABC News in March. The FDA says its investigation is ongoing and that it continues to test samples of the popular treats, which dog owners across the country say have caused kidney failure in their pets, resulting in severe illness or...
  • In City Where Dogs Outnumber Children, Finding a Way for Coyotes to Coexist

    05/16/2012 8:10:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    ny times ^ | May 14, 2012 | NORIMITSU ONISHI
    SAN FRANCISCO — Dogs outnumber children here, making already assertive dog owners an even more formidable political force. But the emergence in recent years of coyotes in the city’s parks, and sometimes in its expensive backyards and picturesque streets, has raised doubts about whether that founding legacy can survive. Will the two animal worlds — the domesticated and the wild — be able to coexist? Might they even, as many in this liberal city hope, ultimately complement each other? Taking no chances, city officials recently cordoned off trails and barricaded a restroom in an area of Golden Gate Park where...
  • Pit bull attacks 2-year-old in East Bay

    05/08/2012 9:24:17 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 27 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 5-7-2012 | Jennifer Modenessi
    CONCORD -- A 2-year-old girl was in stable condition at Children's Hospital Oakland after being bitten by a dog Monday afternoon, authorities said. The incident occurred about 5 p.m. in the 4300 block of Rose Lane, authorities said, and the girl was rushed to a nearby park, from where she was flown to the hospital. The girl was bitten on her face, head and right leg, according to fire officials at the scene.
  • Doggy daydreams: brain scans reveal Fido's thoughts

    05/08/2012 1:28:34 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/8/12 | Jeanna Bryner
    dog-brains-scanned Callie wears ear protection as she prepares to enter the scanner. The research team includes, from left, Andrew Brooks, Gregory Berns and Mark Spivak. (Bryan Meltz, Emory University) Fido's expressive face, including those longing puppy-dog eyes, may lead owners to wonder what exactly is going on in that doggy's head. Scientists decided to find out, using brain scans to explore the minds of our canine friends. The researchers, who detailed their findings May 2 in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, were interested in understanding the human-dog relationship from the four-legged perspective. "When we saw those first [brain] images, it...
  • Major Brand Pet Foods Recalled Due To Salmonella

    05/08/2012 9:50:07 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 88 replies
    May 7, 2012 9:23:00 AMOn May 4, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods expanded a pet food recall due to possible salmonella contamination.  More than a dozen people in several states may have been infected due to contact with contaminated pet food.   Affected foods include specific lots of dry dog and cat food branded as:Diamond Pet Food Kirkland Signature (Costco brand) Natural Balance Wellness (WelPet LLC)Canidae Apex Pet Foods These foods were widely distributed in the U.S. and Canada. You can check your pet food to see if it has been recalled.  Affected bags of food have best-before dates between December...
  • Salmonella in dog food sickens 14 people in US

    05/05/2012 9:13:43 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 81 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/5/12 | AP
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fourteen people in at least nine states have been sickened by salmonella after handling tainted dog food from a South Carolina plant that a few years ago produced food contaminated by toxic mold that killed dozens of dogs, federal officials said Friday. At least five people were hospitalized because of the dog food, which was made by Diamond Pet Foods at its plant in Gaston, S.C., the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. No pets were sickened, according to the Meta, Mo.-based company. "People who became ill, the thing that was common among them was...
  • Maryland Court Rules Pit Bull Dogs Are "Inherently Dangerous"

    05/03/2012 1:22:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 151 replies
    KWQC.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | David Nelson and MSNBC.com
    A new ruling makes it easier for anyone attacked by a pit bull or pit bull mix in Maryland to take legal action against the dog's owner. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruling declares pit bulls as a breed are "inherently dangerous," and the owner of a pit bull or a cross-bred pit that attacks is strictly liable for damages, as is any landlord who rents to a pit bull owner. The Maryland SPCA, which arranges adoptions for dogs that need homes, currently has three pit bulls under its care: a five-month-old Brutus is scheduled to be adopted this week,...
  • Baby's first birthday party turns to tragedy when he is killed by family's mastiff dog

    05/01/2012 4:32:59 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 134 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-29-2012 | Laura Pullman
    A baby boy has died after he was attacked by his family’s mastiff dog during his first birthday party. A day after turning one, Jeremiah Eshew-Shahan was at his grandmother’s house in Las Vegas when he crawled over to the dog – a mastiff-rhodesian mix weighing about 120 pounds – and started to pet him. The dog then attacked the baby, sinking his teeth into Jeremiah’s head and shaking him...
  • Should Your Dog Be Watching TV?

    04/27/2012 7:51:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 25, 2012 | DOUGLAS QUENQUA
    Plenty of things will grab a dog’s attention: squirrels, tennis balls, funny smells, other dogs. But a TV channel? Absolutely, say the makers of DogTV, the first cable network to deliver 24-hour programming for dogs. The idea, they say, is that flipping on the channel while you go out for the day will keep your pet stimulated, entertained and relaxed. Call it “Sesame Street” for those who will never learn their ABCs. The shows on DogTV are actually three- to six-minute segments featuring grassy fields, bouncing balls and humans rubbing dog tummies. There are also segments featuring noiseless vacuum cleaners...
  • Dog interrupts live news bulletin with impromptu TV appearance [w/video]

    04/28/2012 1:00:28 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 4/23/12 | Mark Molloy
    Residents sitting down to watch the news in Toronto received a surprise when a small dog interrupted a live bulletin with an impromptu TV appearance. As newsreader Leslie Roberts began to introduce a news story, Storm the weather dog popped his head up from beneath the table - much to everyone's surprise. After finishing off the news item with the minimum of fuss, the unruffled news anchor said: 'People may have noticed a few minutes ago I was reading the news when a dog suddenly popped up.' He then referred the audience to the dog's owner, weather man Anthony Farnell,...
  • Cactus Patch Puppy Rescued and Adopted

    04/27/2012 12:00:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 26, 2012 | Matthew Rosenbaum
    Cactus Jack was then transported to Arizona Humane Society’s Second Chance Animal Hospital, where the rest of the spines were removed. According to Britta Nelson, the society’s public relations manager, the dog’s “good disposition never wavered,” and, “his tail never stopped wagging.” Despite the spines all over his face, Cactus Jack’s eyes were not damaged and after a course of antibiotics he was returned to the Humane Society with a clean bill of health. The brave, if unfortunate Yorkie/terrier mix was adopted today at Arizona Humane Society Sunnyslope, where he repaid his rescuers in spades. The amount of attention brought...
  • Okla. Blind Dog Gets New Life with Canine Pal [w/video]

    04/27/2012 1:19:30 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 27, 2012 | Katie Kindelan
    -snip- Blair is a 1-year-old black Labrador mix brought to the Woodland West Animal Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., after she was shot while living on the streets. After he recovered from his wounds, Blair remained at the clinic, a timid and nervous pup whose difficult history made her hard to place with an adopted family, the hospital’s director, Dr. Mike Jones, told ABCNews.com. Then there was Tanner, a two-year-old Golden Retriever puppy who was born blind and with a seizure disorder so severe he was sent to Woodland Hospital as a last resort after his first owner died and the...
  • Dog 'flipping' could be a concern for pet owners

    04/26/2012 11:17:35 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 40 replies
    CBSAtlanta ^ | April 26, 2012 | Craig Bell
    ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) - A Smyrna family is heartbroken after giving their dog away, only to find out the new owner is now trying to "flip" the pooch. Dog flipping is when a new owner receives a dog or animal for free and then immediately tries to sell the pet for a profit. After posting the ad on Craigslist.com, Divina Mims thought she found the perfect home for her Chihuahua, Munchie. "I just wanted him to go to a good home and money was not something I was trying to get for him," Mims said.
  • Dog Reunited With Its Owner After 6 Years

    04/22/2012 5:15:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CBS) ^ | April 21, 2012 10:39 PM | Rachel Kim
    POMONA (CBS) — April Cooper fell in love with Princess — her Bichon Frise puppy — the moment she laid eyes on her in a pet store six years ago. “She was this beautiful, little, sweet little puff ball,” said Cooper. “We just fell in love with her. She had so much personality.” After bringing the little pup home to Pomona, Princess settled in with her new family. She loved getting rubbed all over. And she loved to romp in the backyard. She liked to romp maybe a little too much. Princess dug a hole under a fence and escaped....
  • Slain Marine's service dog dies.. Sad Story..

    04/20/2012 8:26:49 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 19 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 4-20-12 | cakid1
    Lex a bomb-sniffing military dog " that made national headlines when he was adopted by a fallen Marine's family has died of cancer." Back in 2007 " .. a rocket explosion in Iraq killed Cpl. Dustin Lee and injured his canine partner, Lex. The German shepherd, struck with shrapnel and whimpering from his own injuries, stayed by Lee's side on the battlefield. Medics had to pull Lex away" from the body of Lee. According to AP.. " Lee and Lex had worked closely together, scouring roads for explosives and sleeping together at night. When Lee died, his family spent months...
  • Blind Dog Living in a Trash Pile Gets Rescued

    04/16/2012 8:36:21 PM PDT · by kanawa · 14 replies
    godvine.com ^ | 03/20/2012 | n/a
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  • Public outrage builds over police officer who fatally shot dog (Austin, Texas)

    04/17/2012 8:27:51 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 108 replies
    KVUE.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | SHELTON GREEN
    AUSTIN – The fatal shooting of a pet dog by an Austin Police Department officer over the weekend is sparking outrage near and far. As of Monday evening, close to 22,000 people had hit the "Like" button on a Facebook page called “Justice for Cisco,” the name of Austinite Michael Paxton's dog, which was killed by an officer.
  • Video Shows Dog Braving Traffic on Southern CA Road to Stay by Fatally Struck Canine Pal

    04/14/2012 10:08:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, April 14
    Los Angeles county animal control officials are heralding the loyalty of a black Labrador retriever that braved traffic to stay by another dog that was fatally struck by a car. A motorist who saw the dogs on a La Puente street Wednesday morning put down traffic cones to alert other drivers and shot video of the dogs. The video released Saturday showed the female Labrador lying next to a motionless, yellow Labrador as vehicles pass dangerously close to them. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control says the 2-year-old dog, who animal shelter staff and volunteers have...
  • Imagine taking him for walkies! George the Great Dane is 7ft long . . . [reduced for space]

    04/15/2012 7:02:37 AM PDT · by libstripper · 41 replies
    U. K. Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2012 & July 23, 2011 | Dave Nasser
    "Imagine taking him for walkies! George the Great Dane is 7ft long, weighs 18st and is the world's biggest dog... but he's terrified of chihuahuas" (Full Title) The first time we saw George, our beloved Great Dane, he was no more than a tiny, cowering ball of fuzzy fur. As my wife Christie opened the door of the crate he’d travelled in, he teetered to a standing position and looked out at us, moving his head slowly from side to side, taking in the wonder of it all. Finally, as if weighing us up and deciding we were acceptable, he...
  • Retired Marine Finally Reunited With Her Old Service Dog

    04/09/2012 11:30:39 AM PDT · by khelus · 4 replies
    A retired Marine has finally been reunited with her old military service dog after a six-year bureaucratic battle to adopt him. Cpl. Megan Leavey, 28, served with her four-legged German shepherd partner Sgt. Rex through two tours in Iraq, completing hundreds of missions searching for roadside bombs until an insurgent explosion took them both out of service in 2006. . . Rex was diagnosed with a kind of nerve paralysis earlier this year, permanently taking him out of service and prompting Leavey to take up a new adoption campaign. It became a race against the clock to get final approval...
  • Marine Handler Takes Her Faithful Dog Home (my title)

    04/07/2012 3:11:11 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 16 replies
    MailOnline UK ^ | April 7,2012 | Laura Cox
    After years of administrative battle a military dog handler was finally reunited with her loyal friend. Former Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey was told in March that she would be allowed to give a home to Sgt. Rex, the german shepherd she spent two military tours serving with. On Friday night the two were brought back together again in an emotional ceremony at Camp Pendleton’s K-9 Unit which marked the end of Rex's ten-year service.
  • Diamond Naturals dog food variety recalled

    04/06/2012 9:08:40 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/06/2012 | AP unattributed
    ATLANTA (AP) — Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food because it may be contaminated with salmonella. A statement from the company Friday said no illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond products are affected. Pets that eat the food or people who handle it could become infected with salmonella. Healthy people infected with salmonella should watch for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Pets with salmonella may have decreased appetite fever and abdominal pain. The product was distributed to customers in 12...
  • (Vanity) German Shepherd Needs Good Home Quickly (Help a FReeper out -Mod)

    03/30/2012 7:26:44 PM PDT · by pops88 · 197 replies
    Self | 3/30/12 | Pops88
    I just sent the following to someone involved with animal rescue, and wanted to share with Freepers. It's been a very hard day here : I found out last night my family has to move overseas in the next 5 days because of my husband's job. I have a highly intelligent, well trained, well behaved, 4 year old German Shepherd. If I can't find a foster or permanent home, he will have to be euthanized. I've worked with him extensively. He's obedient and knows many commands, but he's not been able to be socialized to other people or animals. From...
  • Court: Possibility a dog might eat pot evidence doesn't OK warrantless search

    03/30/2012 4:46:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Network World ^ | 3/5/2012
    Court: Possibility a dog might eat pot evidence doesn't OK warrantless search A variation of an old excuse 'the dog ate my homework' was used by a cop -- the dog might eat the marijuana -- to enter a house without a warrant. The Ohio Court of Appeals said no that's a Fourth Amendment violation. By Ms. Smith on Mon, 03/05/12 - 1:27pm. 1 Comment Print . What's this? Perhaps nowadays students might attempt to say their emailed homework disappeared into a Internet black hole, but long ago, kids in school may have attempted to use the excuse 'the dog...
  • The Most Excited Dog Ever Welcomes Daddy Home

    03/27/2012 3:55:46 PM PDT · by Altariel · 35 replies
    Godvine.com ^ | March 24, 2012 | Unknown
    When daddy comes over after 8 months in Afghanistan, this dog is so excited that he can't even contain himself. We've never seen an animal go THIS crazy - it's absolutely adorable!
  • Tasha the Lost Lab Is Back With Her Owner (NM - Update)

    03/23/2012 7:21:13 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 10 replies · 2+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 23, 2012 | Joline Gutierrez Krueger
    It happened last week, legally, tearfully, like the orchestrated handoff of a child between warring parents through a surrogate. The “child,” in this case, was a yellow Lab named Tasha. Or Tess, depending on whose side you’re on in this acrimonious dog dispute. And, boy, did you all take sides (though mostly the same one). Since the column was published Feb. 22, Tasha’s tale has received some of the most impassioned responses I’ve seen in weeks. Today’s update, I suspect, will make most of you happy. But first, let’s tell the uninitiated among you about Tasha, the friendly 7-year-old Labrador...
  • Girl's best friend is dog who carries her oxygen

    03/21/2012 11:19:15 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    Today Health ^ | 3/21/12 | Linda Carroll
    Two years ago Aaron and Debbie Knobloch learned that their baby daughter Alida was suffering from a rare lung disease and that she would need a portable oxygen tank to help her breathe. The good news was that the oxygen tank would make their little girl healthy. The bad news was that she’d have to be tethered to the 6-pound tank most of the time. The Knoblochs struggled to find a way to give Alida a normal life. Aaron built a walker with a pocket for the oxygen tank so she wouldn’t always have to be tied to one of...
  • The Big Picture: News stories in photographs -- Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race 2012 (29 pics)

    03/18/2012 7:07:43 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    boston.com ^ | 3/16/12
    The 40th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race came to an end earlier this week in Nome, Alaska. Dallas Seavey, 25, bested both his father and his grandfather with his team of nine dogs, becoming the youngest musher ever to win the nearly 1,000-mile race across the Alaskan wilderness. His winnings included $50,000 and a new truck. Gathered here are images from the Iditarod and other events from around the globe.(29 photos total)
  • Searching for secrets within the Alaska sled dog

    03/18/2012 2:06:43 PM PDT · by Altariel · 10 replies
    Newsminer.com ^ | March 18, 2012 | Ned Rozell
    FAIRBANKS - Mike Davis lives in Oklahoma, but he travels to Alaska all the time to work with our greatest athletes. “I’m up here about once a month, about half around Anchorage and half around Fairbanks,” the Oklahoma State University veterinarian and exercise physiologist said on the phone from Wasilla. “If I could settle on a single address, I could get a Permanent Fund dividend.” Davis was in Wasilla for the start of the Iditarod. There, he cheered on Aliy Zirkle, Martin Buser, Jake Berkowitz, Rick Swenson and other mushers who over the years have entrusted Davis to take blood...
  • Why We Love Our Dogs So Much

    03/18/2012 2:05:06 PM PDT · by Altariel · 140 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 18, 2012 | Josh Dean
    When people hear that I spent more than a year wandering the aisles of America’s dog shows while working on a book about the culture, the first question they inevitably ask is: Why? Why do otherwise normal humans with decent jobs and sound minds spend all of their free time and much of their disposable income on what seems like such a frivolous pursuit—primping and preparing their dogs to be judged in the show ring? It’s really quite simple: because people really, really love dogs—almost as much as they love their children. Sometimes, even more. That said, there are probably...
  • Dogs dead after 'eating poisoned pork'

    03/17/2012 8:21:02 AM PDT · by WXRGina · 41 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | March 16, 2012 | Hannah Furness
    The pets, which belonged to two different households on the same road in Knottingley, West Yorks, suffered fits which left them foaming at the mouth. It is believed they had eaten slabs of blackened meat deliberately left for them, after tests revealed them to be poisoned. Owners Georgina Wetherall, 34, and Emma McGuire, 27, who live just eight doors apart, now fear more dogs in the road could be targeted and police are warning neighbours to be vigilant. Mrs Wetherall said the deaths had left her so distraught she was now planning to move out of the road, where she...