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April 5, 2020

During the COVID-19 outbreak, many on the front lines work tireless hours. It makes it very difficult to get pets their full attention at home. Now, one luxury pet resort and doggy day care is saying “Thank you” by offering some relief. “We know that the first responders, the nurses and the healthcare workers are […]

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Justice for Puppy Beaten to Death With a Hammer by Abuser

April 5, 2020

It’s always difficult to understand how someone can just be cruel to animals. But some animal abuse cases are just nearly impossible to believe. That’s the case with an 11-month-old puppy named Izzy who was brutally murdered by his owner who lied about it until she finally confessed. Justina Robinson was supposedly training Izzy to become a […]

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NETFLIX FEATURES THE HEALING POWER OF DUDE AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOG

April 5, 2020

Nothing better than a rainy night and a good binge-worthy show, personally I’m always on the lookout for a show the whole fam can watch together. Throw in a healthy dose of feel-good moments and teachable lessons, and you’ve got a winner. Which is why I was intrigued and cautiously optimistic when I heard about […]

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N.J. ATTORNEY GENERAL FINE LANDLORD FOR NOT ALLOWING EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS

April 5, 2020

A New Jersey woman with an emotional disability and lives at an apartment complex in Vineland, N.J., wanted to get a Yorkshire terrier puppy as an emotional support dog and followed Federal Law and obtained an emotional support animal letter of recommendation touting the benefit, but the property had a “no pets” policy and denied her request. Another New […]

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Dog Food Delivered to Western Alaska Amid Virus Concerns

April 4, 2020

Hundreds of dogs living in largely Alaska Native villages in southwest Alaska won’t go hungry this spring after more than 8,000 pounds (3,629 kg) of dog food were delivered, a humanitarian effort coordinated by two of the nation’s largest animal welfare groups in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 242, 30-pound (13.6-kg) bags arrived in […]

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Pet-owner unity through respite, training

April 3, 2020

A group of women with passion and compassion for dogs is at the heart of Tucson’s Sol Dog Lodge and Training Center, a nonprofit organization. The community has recognized their dedication: they have garnered the annual Arizona Daily Star’s Readers’ Choice Award for best dog daycare/boarding for the past four consecutive years. Sol Dog does […]

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Difference Between Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

April 3, 2020

You’ve probably encountered an emotional support animal or service animal before and if you don’t know the difference between the two, you are not alone. While there can be a tendency to use the names “emotional support animal” and “service animal” interchangeably, the two serve very different purposes with specific legal differences. Check out what […]

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Emotional support animals for first responders

April 3, 2020

Not all superheroes wear capes as our local heroes wear scrubs, badges and aprons, said Santa Barbara County Second District Supervisor Gregg Hart. “It’s important we all take steps to protect ourselves and loves ones and perhaps save a life,” Hart said during the press briefing Thursday afternoon. Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg said there has been an […]

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Cats can catch and spread COVID-19 if exposed to high levels

April 3, 2020

A newly-hatched study out of China, so raw that it’s not yet been peer-reviewed, has some disturbing news for cat lovers. Our furry feline friends appear to be susceptible to catching COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Even worse, the cats in the study were able to infect each other, although they […]

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Saying goodbye to ‘a gentle giant

April 3, 2020

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary lost one of its retired members recently with the passing of police service dog Biff. The beloved German shepherd, who passed away March 17, was 10 years old. Biff’s policing career began in 2011 after he and his handler Const. Jody Ryan completed the Police Service Dog Training Program in Alberta. […]

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Help find this family’s daughter’s service dog

April 3, 2020

For many, pets are just like members of the family, and losing one of them can be traumatic. But when someone steals a very special member of the family right out of the front yard, it hurts even moreso. Four-year-old Savannah likes playing with her brothers and sister, but bedtime for this little girl is […]

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Veterans organizations are making a difference and you can help, too

April 3, 2020

According to U.S. Census data, Dallas County is home to more than 95,000 U.S. military veterans. And, nearly 109,000 veterans live in Tarrant County. Many of these men and women suffer the effects of their sacrifice to such an extent that they have great difficulty being with their families, holding jobs or even finding places […]

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Texas veterans unite with service dogs

April 3, 2020

In October 2008, Army Captain Alli LaCombe was just two weeks away from coming home to Keller, Texas, from her second deployment in Iraq when her life changed in an instant. Her unit was in the countryside preparing a space for incoming American troops when insurgents broke through the perimeter of the site and a […]

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Working dog

April 2, 2020

He wasn’t hired only for his fabulous hair, or even for his ability to stay cool under pressure. Rocket was handpicked to be the first-ever facility dog at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital because of his advanced, specialized training from Canine Assistants, a Georgia-based service dog organization. Since the two-year-old golden […]

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If you cats get coronavirus, experts say it is nothing to worry about

April 2, 2020

A newly-hatched study out of China, so raw that it’s not yet been peer-reviewed, has some disturbing news for cat lovers. Our furry feline friends appear to be susceptible to catching Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Even worse, the cats in the study were able to infect each other, although they […]

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18,000 pounds of dog food donated to shelter & food bank

April 2, 2020

Service Dogs Inc. had scheduled its annual fundraiser The Mighty Texas Dog Walk to support the training of service dogs for March 28. It had to postpone it, picking a new date of Oct. 31. Purina already had shipped 18,000 pounds of dog food to the Austin American-Statesman, where the dog walk was supposed to […]

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Finding something to do

April 2, 2020

There is nothing I love better than to delve into a good book. Food for the mind and balm for the soul. Now into the second or third week of the self-quarantine restrictions, it seems that the big bag of books I had previously checked out of the library … have all been read. Now, […]

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Owner is ‘winding down’ business, Dogs were not abandoned

April 2, 2020

SINGAPORE: The dogs at breeding facility The Animal Lodge have not been abandoned, said the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) on Thursday (Apr 2), after messages circulating on WhatsApp claimed that 120 dogs were found at an abandoned dog farm. “We received feedback that dogs in a dog breeding facility were allegedly abandoned and commenced […]

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For Veterans loneliness can be deadly.

April 2, 2020

Legislation already exists to get our service members the help they need through animal companions. We must make sure it passes and soon. While implementing social distancing and self-isolation are exactly the right steps if the United States is to slow the quickly increasing spread of COVID-19, we need to worry about the impact these new […]

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Homewood resident paired with life-changing service dog

April 2, 2020

For most of her life, 15-year-old Homewood resident Rachel Smolin has been under constant watch. She has epilepsy, so being alone for even five minutes could mean that a seizure goes unnoticed for too long. But with the help of Trixie, a golden retriever service dog, Rachel could eventually live a safe, independent life. Rachel […]

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