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Lockdown Bringing Owners Closer To Pets

June 3, 2020

If you have a beloved cat, dog, or other pet, chances are you’ve been seeing a whole lot more of them over the past few months. We’ve all been spending more time at home because of COVID-19, and a new survey of 1,000 dog and cat owners finds that quarantining together has brought many owners […]

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Emotional Support Animals Help Students

June 3, 2020

Macy Garrison lives off campus with her emotional support dog, Stella, that helps her ease depression. “I have always been someone who has struggled to make friends, and I knew that coming here would be hard for me to adapt, ” Garrison said. “Struggling with depression, I needed something to keep my mind off of […]

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Stay-At-Home Orders Affect Pets

June 3, 2020

There’s that saying, “You don’t really know someone until you travel.” (From personal experience, I have found this to be true.) Flip “travel” with its opposing counterpart, and the following can be equally true: “You don’t really know someone until you’ve experienced extended stay-at-home orders together.” These experiences, however, need not be negative—and need not […]

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Raising Money For A Service Dog

June 3, 2020

Last year we introduced you to Mason Bowling and his family. They were asking the community to help them raise money for a cause close their hearts: an autism service dog to help Mason with every aspect of daily life. Now 6 years old, Mason proudly graduated from kindergarten this year, alongside his new best […]

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Vermont’s Police Dog

June 3, 2020

The Williston Police Department has a new addition to the force and he’s definitely a rookie. Meet Duke– an 8-week-old English lab. He will be trained as a therapy dog. His new partner, Ofc. Matthew Cohen, says when Duke is trained, he will be the first of his kind for a police department in Vermont. […]

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Canine Companions

June 3, 2020

Right now, we’re all looking to find as much good news as possible. All the better if that good news comes in the form of sweet, adorable puppies. Well, dear readers, today’s your lucky day if you’re looking for some adorable puppy photos and to learn some inspiring news about man and woman’s best friend. […]

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This Dog Is A Lifesaver

June 3, 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. On Thursday at Memorial Park […]

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Service Dog Training

June 3, 2020

In the service dog world, Odin, a 5-year-old Siberian Husky, is an outlier. Perceptive, intelligent, social and the foundation of Above the Clouds Siberian Service Dogs, Odin is trained to quash the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. “We had no idea he was going to be a good service dog,” said Barrett T. Leary-Stensgaard who, […]

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County Animal Services

June 3, 2020

Thanks to a partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, pet food and microchips will be donated and distributed free to the public at 9 a.m. at the Animal Services headquarters at 1250 Indian Lake Road in Daytona Beach. This is the first event of its kind in Volusia County. “We’re […]

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Adopting A Pet Can Be Comforting

June 3, 2020

As many across the country shelter at home during the coronavirus, it can be especially trying for those going it alone. The challenges of living and working in isolation with little outside social contact begin to weigh heavily. While businesses and organizations open back up, animal shelters too are resuming in-person adoptions for dogs and […]

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Military Dog

June 2, 2020

Even after receiving a purple heart for his service in Afghanistan, Loki, a 12-year-old Boxer/Rottweiler mix was not ready to stop working. He may be done using his nose to sniff out bombs, but his keen instincts led him to his retirement in Crete. Tina Rockenbach and family got Loki from Loki’s military handler/partner at […]

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Veteran Adopts Dog

June 2, 2020

A black Labrador retriever named Blue has saved Byung “BK” Kang’s life so many times, he’s lost count. The two served on more than 300 combat missions while serving together in the United States Marine Corps on a deployment to Afghanistan from 2011-2012. Blue, a military dog trained to detect bombs called improvised explosive devices, […]

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Dog Trainer Services

June 2, 2020

A local dog training company is embarking on a cutting-edge program in an effort to train dogs to detect active COVID-19 virus on humans. Lori and Jack Grigg, owners and trainers at Paradise Dog Training in Tyrone Township, are eager to begin this new project. However, they will need volunteers to donate gloves or socks […]

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Paws In Court

June 2, 2020

Participants in Howard Superior II’s veterans court program soon will get extra assistance from a four-legged friend. Recently, a grant program allowed Howard Superior II to procure Kadence, a 6-month-old labradoodle, who soon will undergo training to work as a post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety support dog. Kadence, or K-D for short, will […]

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Saving Animals Lives

June 2, 2020

Since many fire departments are only equipped with emergency supplies to save human lives, a Scottsdale-based nonprofit is providing local firefighters with tools to help save animal lives. The Fetch Foundation has developed a Fido Bag — a specialized breathing apparatus that is formed to fit across pet’s mouth. This cone-shaped oxygen mask allows for […]

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Top Dogs

June 2, 2020

After 16 years as ‘Top Dog’ of Assistance Dogs Australia and seven years as President of Assistance Dogs International the global accreditation agency, the Sutherland Shire’s Richard Lord has set himself a new challenge to educate a puppy for the organisation. Richard said his two Golden Retriever ambassador dogs had sadly passed away recently so […]

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K9 Police Teams

June 2, 2020

The Delaware State Police and municipal K9 teams throughout the state received national certifications by the National Police Canine Association. Both single and dual purpose K9 teams participated in the certification event. During the week of May 11, K9 teams completed the patrol and explosives certifications through the NPCA. The K9 teams consisted of 14 […]

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Think Pawsitive

June 2, 2020

Anxiety and cabin fever can stem from the stay-at-home orders impacting American lives for the past few weeks. But for nearly 85 million U.S. families, their households offer something that can reduce their feelings of angst and isolation. And it doesn’t come from the fridge. This popular attitude-enhancer offers a sense of connection and can […]

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Service Puppies Start Their Training

June 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has brought many aspects of life as we know it to a grinding halt, including air travel, which affects not just ordinary travelers, but those for whom getting to another location is crucial for their jobs. Canine Companions for Independence provides service dogs to people with disabilities free of charge, and the organization […]

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Rescue Dogs Companionship

June 1, 2020

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 to 2, and then 5k. Bumble was being well looked after in Kerry but […]

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