This blog is dedicated to both dogs and dog lovers, and it features the best articles, photos, videos, and news that we can find from around the world. We also write about the Orvis-Morris Animal Foundation Canine Cancer Campaign and our work supporting the dog-rescue efforts of the Petfinder Foundation.

Hero Dog Protects Missing Two-Year-Old Boy Lost on a Frigid Night


Written by: Phil Monahan

WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Dogs have an amazing ability to detect when children are in trouble. Earlier this month, a dog in Australia was credited with protecting a toddler lost in the bush, and on Tuesday night, an Australian shepherd in South Carolina did the same for two-year-old Peyton Myrick. Although the boy’s parents were terrified when he could not be found, Rich Myrick was heartened by the knowledge that. . .

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New Ways to Care for Older Dogs


Written by: Kathleen Moore


Dempsey, a 14-year-old blonde Labrador retriever, rests on his special bed.

photo via Boston.com

We posted a story recently about musician Fiona Apple’s decision to cancel her tour so that she could stay home with her beloved elderly pit bull. Now an article in the Boston Globe points out that many of us can relate as owners of aging doggies. When we take pups in for the first time, even if they’re not puppies, they are at their most vulnerable. There’s nothing like the experience of raising these “furry children,” but when they start to slow down, it can be an emotional experience.

“It’s so hard to live with an elderly dog because it’s like a roller coaster, up and down all the time,” says Dr. Lisa Moses, chief of the Pain Medicine Service at Angell Animal Medical Center. The subject is personal for Moses. She has a 16-year-old pit bull, Dora. “What they used to be able to do, what their life used to be like, it’s really hard to set that aside.”

Indeed, as dogs’ lifespans increase as a result of advances in veterinary care, better food, and heightened owner awareness, the market for products catering to senior canines is burgeoning. Orvis’ Jon Comeau, Product Development Specialist for Pets, explains:

“We see it in the sales figures that come through” … “Ten years ago, we were selling products to keep dogs off the couch. Now we’re selling products to keep them on the couch.”
Beds are big sellers for elderly dogs with creaky joints. “We have several versions of Tempur-Pedic and regular memory-foam beds,” says Comeau, who touts the advantages of rectangular beds for stiff dogs who won’t curl up because of the pain

However you comfort your aging friend, the sad truth is “no product will make an old dog live forever.” Even after they leave us though, I doubt any of us would trade the years of companionship, fun, and laughter for anything. Read the full story here the Do you have advice for those caring for older dogs? Let us know in the comments.

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Ohio Tries Again to Regulate Dog Breeders


Written by: Phil Monahan


Commercial dog breeders in Ohio will be subject to standards of care and other
regulations for the first time. But dog lovers will continue to fight for more action.

photo via cleveland.com

Throughout last spring and summer, we posted about attempts by lawmakers to ban dog auctions in Ohio. Things looked good for awhile, but then the bill died in June. It seemed as if Ohio might never drum up the political will for reform.

However, there is new hope: On Tuesday, the state House and Senate agreed on a final version of a bill that willsubject Ohio dog breeders to. . .

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Teen Kicked Out of Restaurant Because of Service Dog


Written by: Phil Monahan

Teen kicked out because of service dog?

We’ve posted many times about customers with service dog who were denied entry or service at restaurants and businesses. Here’s a case from Florida that seems to highlight the problems with how service dogs, and the rights of their owners, are regulated. Danielle Woodson and her friends were. . .

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Video of the Day: Dogs Making a Difference


Written by: Phil Monahan

Doggies Making A Difference from HealthyState.org on Vimeo.

Here’s a great video from HealthyState.org about the good works that dogs do in hospitals, especially with children. It focuses on Charlie, a four-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who is part of the Therapy Dog program at Tampa’s St. Joseph Hospital. The same calming affects that dogs have on patients living in a sometimes stressful environment is one reason they make us feel better at home, as well.

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Huge Florida Dog-Fighting Ring Uncovered


Written by: Phil Monahan

For the second time this week, we have a heartbreaking story of dogs held in nightmarish conditions and forced to fight to the death. Investigators in Seffner, Florida—just east of Tampa—discovered what they say is one of the largest dog-fighting rings in recent years, and it seems to have been running for more than two decades. To add further insult, . . .

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Top 5 Breeds That Used to be More Popular


Written by: Phil Monahan

Seamus

Seamus looks incredulous that his breed’s popularity is waning.

photo by Melanie, Meridian

Here’s a story from Vetstreet.com about dog breeds that seem to be suffering from declining popularity. It’s written by a veterinarian who says she simply doesn’t see many of these dogs in her office, and it hit home for me because the first two breeds listed represent the two dogs of my childhood. Hilda, a Scottish terrier was the first dog I remember, and she. . .

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Video of the Day: “We Saved Each Other”


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a wonderful film about an Iraq War veteran who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and anger issues. However, his life began to change when he received a dog from the organization Pets for Vets, which takes shelter dogs and trains them to be loving companions for veterans in need. It’s a win-win situation: the dog gets a second chance at. . .

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