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Your love for dogs may be in your DNA

If you had a dog growing up, there’s a good chance you’ll own one as an adult — but is that because of your experience or your genetic makeup? A team of Swedish and British scientists studied 35,035 sets of…

A fire marshal comforts a dog who refuses to leave his trapped owner's side

More than 50 emergency workers descended on a nightmare in Kentucky last week. There were firefighters, police officers, transport supervisors, road workers and even an air crew. At the heart of the chaos, rescuers worked frantically to free passengers trapped…

What it's like to foster a feisty, cute puppy who also happens to be blind and deaf

Meet Whibbles Magoo. He’s amazing and incorrigible, sweet and feisty. My new foster puppy is an Australian shepherd who is ridiculously brilliant, unbelievably fluffy and always on hyperdrive. He also happens to be blind and deaf. Whibbles is a double…

'Grumpy Cat' wasn't so cranky after all

The cat that launched a thousand memes has died. Her family posted a note this week that the unforgettable feline passed away on May 14, the result of complications from a urinary tract infection. “Besides being our baby and a…

After 7 years in a shelter, Brad the dog finally has a home

Brad was brought into the Oahu SPCA in Hawaii when he was about 3 months old. An Australian cattle dog mix, the puppy was very energetic and smart. And of course, very cute. Brad was adopted … but then he…

Why we should remember Doris Day as an animal advocate

[embedded content] Honey-voiced singer and actress Doris Day was certainly famous for her big band performances and her popular film musicals. But the wholesome blonde with the girl-next-door reputation was also a powerful advocate for animal welfare who created a…

Chipper the dog sets a high bar for recycling

Not long after Katie Pollak adopted Chipper in Mesa, Arizona, the puppy showed an interest in bettering the environment. Actually, he just liked playing with plastic bottles when he found them on walks. “He was always eager to pick them…

Sanctuaries provide safety net for senior dogs

Check the residents at any animal shelter or rescue and you’ll see that puppies and young, healthy dogs typically move in and out relatively quickly. But senior dogs tend to linger, often overlooked by people looking to give a pet…

Your dog can hear you, even when it's noisy

Sometimes I call my dog’s name when he’s hanging out on the couch or nearby in the yard and he doesn’t even turn his head. I’m not sure if he doesn’t hear me, isn’t listening or is just being ……

Would you wear a sweater made out of your dog's hair?

Every time Jeannie Sanke would brush her chow chow, Buster, she thought, “What a waste,” as she ran her fingers through the tufts of soft hair she pulled out of the brush. Growing up with Labradors and shepherds, she remembers…