Can you imagine being left from the one most important person in the world to you? Then locked up in a cold cage to sleep on the concrete. If you ever had a dog, than you know how hard that would be. The post I found today is so awesome because it simply shows the happiness a dog feels when it’s with loving people after such a difficult situation. These happy and appreciated faces are dogs from the local pet shelter as they enter the car with their new owner. Check out this article to see the rest. Dogs leaving the shelter Great post, it will make your day, promise!
Want to stay healthy? Get a dog! It goes without saying that there a plenty of benefits to owning a dog. But did you know that a dog could make you healthier? Well there is an increasing amount of research which seems to suggest that is the case. For anyone that has owned a young pup, and knows only too well the exertion involved, this probably comes as no surprise! We probably all have anecdotal evidence of dogs helping to make healthier, more fulfilling lives, but here is a quick review of academic research which seems to support that view. Keeping you fit and active If you own a dog then you need to give it exercise. And research seems to suggest that this increase in regular exercise is enough to have noticeable effects. The American Journal of Cardiology conducted a study which followed major heart surgery patients for the year after their operations. Survival rates were much higher for those patients that owned a dog. The University of Victoria, Canada, attempted to quantify just how much more exercise dog owners took on average when compared to non-dog owners. They found that, on average, dog owners walked for 300 minutes […]
Fiona Apple’s recent decision to postpone her South American tour to stay home with her elderly and ailing dog may have caused some upset among her fans, but she’s won a whole pack of new ones who thoroughly support and understand that decision all too well. I am one of them. Mordred told us when it was time for him to go. I’d always heard that a suffering animal would do that, but he was my first dog, and I was thoroughly unprepared for how clear and desperate that message would be. “Mordred” was a massive name for a mammoth dog, the Irish Wolfhound my now-husband owned when I met him. He became mine also, and I his — so fiercely that he escorted me down the aisle when Douglas and I wed a year and half later. We were not always so gracefully aligned. The night I met Mordred, he tried to kill me. I tried not to take it personally, as he was being a good dog protecting his Dad from the strange lady who’d apparently come over to eat his face. It was our second date, and I was deeply enamored of the notion that in New […]
About 100 miles north of Los Angeles, 19 wolf dogs from Alaska are learning how to walk and run, without being tethered to a post. “They all have a little bit of a limp, walking up and down the hillside,” said Dr. Lorin Lindner, who runs the Lockwood Valley Animal Rescue Center. “They are walking on different terrains, walking on rocks. Their (paw) pads will stiffen up pretty quick though.” The wolf dogs had been on display at an Anchorage-area roadside attraction, spinning in circles on their 10-foot-long chains. Rumors swirled like snow drifts that the wolf dogs might have to be destroyed because of a criminal investigation into Wolf Park U.S.A., which charged $5 for visitors to walk alongside the animals and take pictures. Alaska has severe restrictions on owning wolves, and the 19 captive wolf dogs’ fate was up in the air. Wolf Park U.S.A. told CNN the wolf dogs were well treated and no laws were broken. “Once we learned that there were 29 wolves in jeopardy, we knew we had to take action,’ said Lindner, who runs the animal sanctuary with her husband, Matt Simmons. The couple raised money, including a generous donation from animal activist […]
The news footage of the Joplin, Missouri, tornado has been heartbreaking. I can’t even bring myself to watch the stories of pet owners desperately searching through the wreckage for their lost animals. It’s just too sad. But I’m feeling hopeful again, thanks to this story about a dog from Alabama. Mason, a terrier, disappeared in a twister last month, only to turn up two and-a-half weeks later on the front porch of his house (or what was left of it) — with two broken legs. That’s right, Mason spent days crawling his way back home with two broken legs. No doubt Mason’s owners were crying tears of joy when they found him at last. You have to figure at that point they’d given up all hope, and then suddenly … ! And on the front porch of their demolished house, no less! If I saw this happen in a movie I’d call it a classic Hollywood ending; too perfect to be true. The fact that this dog actually did survive his journey home against all odds proves that, at the risk of sounding trite, miracles do happen. Vets at his local animal shelter say Mason is doing well after having […]