The 2015 Hero Dog Awards seek to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways. Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories: Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Law Enforcement Dogs, Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, and Guide/Hearing Dogs.
The Service Dog category includes animals that assist people with disabilities other than sight and hearing. Most have received special training.
The Emerging Hero category honors the partnership that often develops between human and dog. Some of these animals are trained in such areas as detection of diseases such as cancer, others are just pets who, without any special training, instinctively assist their human companions, and some are overcomers who have triumphed over adversity in an extraordinary way.
The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America, but it's important to remember that the safety of our family is the most important consideration. If your family includes a pet, it's up to you to keep them safe to enjoy all the family celebrations for years to come.
Keeping your best friend safe in a disaster is easier if you plan ahead. Put together a kit with all the important supplies, then make sure you take your four-footed companion and get out of harm's way in plenty of time to keep you both safe.
This puppy looks cute and sweet, and not at all vicious. He is an American Bull Terrier, often called a "Pit Bull". If he is raised with love and gentleness he will be a great family pet. If he is taught to be mean and aggressive, people will be afraid of him. Part of preventing dog bites is in how the animals are raised and trained.
Nowadays, we can buy pet costumes for Halloween, take our dog or cat out in a pet stroller, board them at pet daycare, even buy veterinary health insurance for them. We can even adopt (as opposed to "buy") them from our local animal shelter. Legally they may be considered property, but humans are treating their furry companions as part of the family!
Be Kind to Animals Week is a great time to celebrate the unique bond between humans and animals. Whether you focus on taking proper care of pets, or compassion for the plight of animals in need, or simply the enjoyment of the beauty animals add to our world, our lives are enriched - especially so by the ones we call our best friends!
Pet owners should know how to recognize the signs of heat stroke in their furry friend, and how to respond. It's also good to know the proper way to wrap and dress a wound, and maybe even how to perform CPR on an animal. (CPR is different for dogs and cats.) A little know-how could help your pet survive in an emergency
Free admission, free dog wash, fun, games, contests, all in a great dog park created for humans and their canine friends to enjoy. Just be sure your pet is at least four months old and on a leash (for your best friend's safety).
How much do you know about caring for rabbits? Take this little quiz to see if you really might want a rabbit as a pet because, like it or not, that cute baby Easter bunny will be a full-grown rabbit before you know it!
Puppies and kittens are so cute, and so plentiful in the Spring - too plentiful. in fact. If you are considering adopting a new pet, this is the perfect time of year because so many are available and looking for a home!
On the Isle of Man, the home of origin for the Manx cat, some folks still use the term "stubbin" to refer to the felines without a tail. Throughout their history they have been valued as rodent hunters, but today they are prized as great pets!
If you want to help reduce the problem of pet overpopulation, begin by having your own pet spayed or neutered . Once you have done that, perhaps you might be willing to support efforts in your community to spay and neuter strays and feral animals.