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Willow Brings Joy To Students

June 4, 2020

A 1-year-old black Labradoodle named Willow helped brighten the lives of St. Marys Catholic Elementary School students this year, and is still doing so for some during the coronavirus closure. Kim Sloff, inclusion coordinator at the school, is an avid animal lover. Her son was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old, and the family […]

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RCMP Service Dog

June 4, 2020

RCMP say they were conducting a training session with a service dog before an officer shot an “aggressive” dog that was off-leash in the downtown area of Yellowknife. In a news release Thursday, RCMP say around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, the police force’s Police Dog Services — which included a police service dog named Hoss and his […]

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RCMP Investigation Update

June 4, 2020

Today (Thursday, June 4th) Yellowknife RCMP released an update on the investigation into the incident yesterday where a police officer discharged his firearm at an aggressive dog. The release says NT RCMP has initiated an Independent Officer Review (IOR) of the incident to determine if the RCMP’s policies and procedures were followed in the given […]

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RCMP Police Dog

June 4, 2020

In a statement that amended some earlier information and contained new detail, RCMP said both an officer and a police dog were injured before any shot was fired. The RCMP account of what took place contradicted several elements of the account provided by Lawrence Mantla and Lori Dashney, who own Rocko, the pitbull shot in the […]

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Let’s Love Our Pets

June 4, 2020

When spring semester started, I headed home to Las Vegas for a semester-long school project for my parent’s pet harness business. Because of the business, I get to see all kinds of dogs, cats, pigs— I kid you not — goats, guinea pigs and more wearing my parent’s product. I also see the smiles on […]

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Medical Services Dog

June 4, 2020

Are you a veteran or do you know someone who is a veteran and would be interested in a medical service dog? Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is working with the community to help pair medical service dogs with vterans experiencing PTSD, mobility issues, seizure disorders, and/or diabetes. Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs mission is […]

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Police Dog Service

June 4, 2020

An Albertan was arrested and facing several criminal charges after police from in Revelstoke, Sicamous, Salmon Arm and Vernon teamed up June 3. At around 1 p.m. Wednesday, an officer with Trans Canada East Traffic Services (TCETS), based in Revelstoke, failed to stop a vehicle for speeding on Highway 1 near Malakwa. The lone occupant […]

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Paws Puppies

June 4, 2020

 We could all use something to smile about right now and puppies well, they just seem to be an instant cure all. 13 On Your Side partnering once again with Paws With A cause. This time we’re sponsoring a litter of golden retriever puppies and you get to watch all their adventures as they train to […]

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Why This Service Dog Stays Home

June 4, 2020

Like many people with disabilities, I have been in isolation since the outbreak began. Shortly after, an interesting topic came up among service dog handlers: Is it safe to use service dogs during this time? After scouring the latest research and assessing my situation, I decided to pull my service dog from public access. It […]

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The Impact ESA Make On People

June 4, 2020

A dog in the grocery store; a cat in the cabin of an airplane; a bird in a coffee shop – companion creatures labelled as Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are showing up more and more in places previously understood to be animal-free. It’s part of a growing trend which includes “certifying” animals to provide emotional […]

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Companion Canines

June 4, 2020

Caroline Delaney finds out how rescue charities are coping after Covid-19 pressed paws on adoptions When Dave Fleming got ‘matched’ with his dream dog from a rescue charity he was thrilled. There was just one hitch though — the logistics of getting Bumble on the 150k journey to his ‘forever home’ with Covid-19 restrictions limiting non-essential travel […]

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Dispatch’s Emotional Support Dog

June 4, 2020

Bella is a 6-year-old British bulldog that was found abandoned in a car after her previous owner fled the scene of a crash. The city of Webster’s dispatch center adopted Bella as an emotional support dog in late 2019. Most days at the City of Webster’s dispatch center are chaotic, according to Assistant Chief of […]

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Life Is Better With An Animal

June 4, 2020

Mental illness is a prevalent struggle in many people’s lives, myself included. To deal with anxiety and depression, I rely on my dog, Maui, to make it better. He’s just like any other dog upon first glance: goofy, loyal, loving, and unapologetically cute. But one thing separates him from your average pet: he’s my emotional […]

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Dog Comforts Protesters

June 4, 2020

A woman brought her dog to the Peaceful demonstration at the Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota Monday, where the dog helped comfort many grieving people during the sit-in. Approximately 2,000 people gathered for Monday’s peaceful protest, calling for more aggressive charges the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day. […]

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A Veteran’s Service Dog

June 4, 2020

Port Charlotte Navy veteran Thomas Andrews says his dog, Chief, helps him get through the day. “I’m one hundred percent on disability. I’ve got PTSD through the military so he’s actually a comfort dog to me,” he said. So when his usually playful pup stopped moving around over the weekend, fear set in. “He wasn’t […]

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Lifesaving Dog

June 4, 2020

Craig Hodgkins and his medical service dog Foxy have been together just a few days, but the Pittsburgh man said he already feels like it’s been a life-changing experience. And a life-saving one. “This was my last hope … She looks in my eyes and I feel relief,” he said. Thursday at Memorial Park in […]

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Attorney’s Office Gets ESA

June 4, 2020

An emotional-support dog is joining the staff at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Barrett joined the office in late December and is its first emotional-support animal, the office said in a news release. “Having an emotional-support animal like Barrett in our office will provide much-needed stress and anxiety relief to our staff members, as well […]

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Hero German Shepherd

June 4, 2020

A mom’s reaction to being reunited with her lost child – found by Küsse, a German Shepherd rescue dog – was to smother both with kisses and hugs. Indeed, the name Kusse – German for “kisses” – fits Corey Speegle’s rescue dog to a “T.” With her innate ability to find lost people, Küsse has earned […]

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2020 Therapy Dogs

June 4, 2020

  Graduation is being celebrated by many, but one special group hasn’t been able to show Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Seniors how much they mean to them– until now. Therapy dogs have had a large presence on campus since the horrific tragedy on February 14, 2018. The four organizations assisting the school are Canine […]

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Puppy Love

June 4, 2020

They started out in rough circumstances, some born in the dirt under a truck, with most of their littermates dying in their infancy. But three little Labrador retriever pups have flown into a future where they are going to make a difference in the lives of people who need their help. About nine weeks ago, […]

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