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8:45 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Hero Dog Awards 2013, Part 1

Hero Dog Awards 2013
Credit American Humane Association

The 2013 Hero Dog Awards seeks 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, Search and Rescue Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.

The Service Dog category includes animals that assist people with disabilities other than sight and hearing.  Most have received special training.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Missing Rufus

Rufus
Credit Mindy Norton


When a family member dies, people grieve, even when that family member is a pet.  But humans are not the only ones in the family who grieve the loss.


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 27, 2013

T-N-R

Feral Cats
Credit Don DeBold (donjd2 - Flickr)

Usually the spay-neuter message is aimed at people who need to have their pets surgically altered.  But often the cats that we see clearly do not have owners.  Volunteers and organizations are using an approach that solves several issues at the same time.


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Heatstroke and Your Pet

It sure is hot today!
Credit OakleyOriginals

Even as hot as it is now in the summertime, your pet still wants to play!  Be careful, because your furry friend may become overheated - and that could lead to tragic consequences.

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Summertime heat can pose a serious health risk for our pets. It’s usually a combination of the temperature and the humidity in the air that creates the danger, because of the way a pet’s body rids itself of excess heat.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 13, 2013

The Dog House

So - fix it up or just start over?
Credit Tejas Prints (Cassandra Gallegos-Moore)

Summer is a good time to take a close look at your outdoor pet's dog house, to see if it is really an adequate shelter for your pet to get some relief from the elements.


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Freedom for Pets

Patriotic Dog
Credit Randy Son of Robert (Randy Robertson)

What does freedom mean for our pets?  Even for humans, freedom does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want.  For the animals that share our lives, we can give them freedom to enjoy their lives in safety and comfort, as our best friends and loyal companions.  And that's something worth celebrating!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Heartworms in Cats and Dogs

Just hanging out with my best friend
Credit Mindy Norton

Heartworms can be life-threatening for pets.  Most pet owners know they can give their dogs a preventative periodically to protect them from heartworms.  But cats are also at risk and need to be protected, as well.

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Heartworms? In cats?? Most people think heartworms are a dog problem, not a cat problem. Unfortunately, that’s just not so. Cats can get heartworms; and as with dogs, it can be fatal to our feline friends as well.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Summer's Heating Up!

Ooh, the grass feels so good on tender feet!
Credit Gareth Williams

A little planning and a little common sense - that's all it takes to keep your pet safe and healthy during the hot summertime!



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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Adopt-a-Cat Checklist

Pick me! Pick me!
Credit Gail Frederick (gailf548 - flikr)

More cats and kittens are surrendered to animal shelters during June than during any other month of the year.  Whether you want a kitten or an older cat, you'll find lots to choose from right now at your local animal shelter. 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Storm Planning

Lost in the storm
Credit julesagogo (flickr)

By the time the storm rolls in, you might start scrambling to locate everything you need for you and your pet.  Having a plan that includes supplies already set aside can help you not only weather the storm successfully but do it together.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Car Safety for Your Pet

Lots of fun, but not good for your pet!
Credit waterboard (flickr)

The wind in your face, your ears blowing back, all those smells coming at once - riding in a car with its head out the window is so much fun for your dog, but such a BAD idea! 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Tornado Aftermath

Relieved owner cried happy tears to have her dog back; Sadie was found stuck in a tree after the tornado. The Central Oklahoma Humane Society posted her picture online to find her owner.
Credit Moore Oklahoma Tornado Lost and Found Animals Facebook page

Stories of loss and sadness and devastation mix with stories of happiness and relief as loved ones are reunited in the aftermath of the tornado.  That includes reunions between humans and their animal companions, many thanks to online postings by organizations and individuals helping to make happy endings possible.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Socrates, pre-surgery (After surgery, he moves too fast to get a good picture!)
Credit Susan Snowden

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, a time for  pet owners to be aware of the threat of cancer in their furry friends and ways they can minimize the risk.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 4, 2013

K-9 Comfort Dogs

K-9 Comfort Dog in Waco, Texas
Credit Lutheran Church Charities

Have you ever hugged your pet, buried your face in its fur, and found comfort and acceptance there?  If so, then you can appreciate the mission of these special dogs - trained to be hugged and petted, to comfort and console humans who are struggling to cope with their emotional reactions in the aftermath of a disaster.


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Rescuing Animals After the Explosion

Fire and Devastation in West, TX
Credit The Bay Area's News Station

In many disasters, there are both human and animal victims.  After the fertilizer plant exploded in the town of West, Texas, people and organizations came from near and far to help those who were affected, whether they walked on two legs or four.


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