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1 Aug

Dog is an Expert at Carrying His Tail Around With Him

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

You know the saying, "You'd lose your head if it wasn't attached?" Well, one dog has decided to take that saying very seriously, except not with his head — with his tail.

This pup is either so afraid he's going to lose his tail or he likes it so much that he insists on carrying it in his mouth around the house with him.

The pup was gotten so good at walking his tail that he's even mastered the art of turning corners ... sort of. 

A tail is an important part of a dog's identity, apparently, and this little guy is determined to keep an eye on his. You have to admire his dedication. Watching this dog play fetch would probably be the funniest thing ever.

Check out the full video of this cautious dog below!

Love goofy pups? There are five currently on APL!VE. Watch below.


Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

31 Jul

Stolen Puppy Jumps from Moving Truck to Escape His Kidnappers

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Little Jax was stolen right out of his family's Austin, Texas, home last week, but, thanks to his incredible bravery, the puppy managed to escape the thieves and get back to his loving parents.

Jordan Quick and his girlfriend were away from their apartment when dog-nappers broke in and stole the 12-week-old pit bull puppy.

A neighbor's surveillance camera caught some footage of the thieves, but without any leads, Quick was terrified he would never see his beloved Jax again. "He's very loyal," Quick told The Dodo. "He's definitely a daddy's boy.

Quick and his girlfriend set up a Facebook page with a desperate plea for information about their missing puppy. Little did they know, Jax was trying just as hard to get back to them.

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31 Jul

Senior Dog is Rescued After a Life on the Streets

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

When Eldad Hagar of rescue group Hope For Paws got a call about a homeless senior dog living on the side of a California freeway, he knew it wouldn't be an easy rescue.

Hagar and another rescuer found the dog, a big yellow guy they called Rudolph, sleeping in a sunny patch of grass by a highway off-ramp.

They slipped a leash on Rudolph while he was sleeping so he didn't run off into the highway traffic — but when he woke up to find strangers had put a lead on his neck, he was frightened and anxious.

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31 Jul

Dog Lost in Canyon for Six Weeks Comes Home Alive

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

When a 9-month-old husky mix named Banjo was caught in a fast moving current and swept away by the Poudre River, her panicked family worried they would never see her again.

Banjo was out on a hike with her human brother, Braeden Brooks, when they both slipped and fell into the river in Colorado's Poudre Canyon. The two were separated: Brooks made it out but a frightened Banjo was whisked away downstream.

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Brooks and Banjo's mom, Donna Hill, organized a search party and went back to the canyon day after day looking for the family's lost dog. But weeks went by with no sign of Banjo. Brooks had to return to school in Kentucky, but came home to Colorado every week to keep searching for Banjo … to no avail. 

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31 Jul

That Dog is Super Cute, but Can He Breathe?

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

With those perpetually pouty mugs, scrunched-up noses and hanging jowls, dogs with flat faces are undeniably cute. The problem is, breeding dogs to have flat faces causes numerous health problems that could easily be avoided.

Pug (Shutterstock)

Flat-faced or flat-nosed dog breeds, also known as brachycephalic breeds, are prone to a variety of conditions that affect their breathing and ability to live long, healthy lives. The conditions caused by the flat face are collectively known as brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS).

BOAS is sort of a blanket term referring to the various upper airway problems found in the these dogs. These breeds include English bulldogs, boxers, Pekingese, pugs and Shih Tzus, among others. Their shorter skulls and flat faces are the result of decades of selective breeding for what some consider "desirable" traits, and goes directly against the ancestral, natural shape of a dog's head. BOAS can occur in any breed that has a flat face or nose, though it's more common in certain breeds, like pugs, who all suffer from BOAS.

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31 Jul

Happy National Mutt Day!

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It's a good day to celebrate your favorite mixed breed! There's just something about these dogs that bring something special to our lives. However, according to the ASPCA, are approximately 3.9 millions dogs in shelters and only 35% of those dogs are adopted to their forever homes. 

So, check your local shelter when looking for your next canine companion. You just might find the dog of your dreams!

Already have the dog of your dreams? Then here are some ways the National Mutt Day web site says you can celebrate!

  1. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.
  2. Have a National Mutt Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!
  3. Take your mutt to the dog park for a romp.
  4. Microchip and I.D. tag your mutt so the shelter can locate you if he/she gets lost.

You can also check out Walk for a Dog, an app that will donate to your favorite shelter every time you walk your dog! Get some exercise AND donate to a good cause, what better way to celebrate this holiday?

Share your celebration with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments!

Celebrate the day with some time spent over at the Animal Planet LIVE Puppy Cam!


Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

Learn more about the benefits of adopting a mix breed here!

30 Jul

Police Officer Responds to a Call, Winds Up Rescuing a Dog Instead

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

When you're an animal lover, you can't help but notice when a creature is in need. Officer Kendra Drucker, of the Newport News Police Department in Virginia, arrived at a local mobile home park to respond to a call about an assault earlier this month — but while she was there she met Smokey.

Smokey, a big brown dog, was living in a filthy trailer. According to a Facebook post on the Newport News Police Department page, the conditions in his home were "deplorable" and he had "bugs crawling in his food." His owners were nowhere to be found.

Officer Drucker couldn't just leave without doing anything for Smokey, so she found a neighbor who was willing to take him in.

Then she drove straight out to a pet store and, using her own money, bought him "25 lb. bag of dog food, rawhide bones, treats and flea medicine for 'Smokey,'" according to the Facebook page. "She gave him a bath, applied the flea medicine and made sure he was fed."

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30 Jul

Seal Frolics With Friendly Dog, Boops His Nose

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from thedodo.com)

Seals and dogs are both notoriously friendly, so it's little surprise that they'd become friends upon meeting.

A recent video shows a curious seal and playful dog bonding over some shared beach playtime. The little seal glides through the breaking waves while the dog bounces in and out of the surf. At one point, the seal appears to "boop" the dog on the nose repeatedly with his flipper.

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Dogs and pinnipeds appear to have a special gift when it comes to crossing species barriers. Just last week we saw a dog try to befriend a pod of dolphins, and a sea lion trying to drown a group of divers in cuddles.

You can watch the full video below.

 

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30 Jul

Puppy Mill Dogs Feel Grass for the Very First Time

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Last Saturday, 93 furry lives were changed forever.

The little dogs were all different: Some were Shih Tzus, some were poodles, some had long matted hair and some had short coats. Some of the dogs lay quietly, while others paced nervously and whined in their crates. But, all the dogs had one thing in common — they had just been rescued from miserable lives in puppy mills.

North Shore Animal League

Nearly one hundred dogs arrived at the North Shore Animal League America from puppy mills all over Oklahoma. They had all been used for breeding, spending their lives locked in cages, forced to have litter after litter of puppies for sale in pet stores.

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30 Jul

The Latest from Instagram: Meet Tonkey the Sharpei, an Adorable Teddy Bear Look-Alike

After all the terrible animal news of recent, let us all take a moment to soothe our minds with a major cute overdose ... Enter, Tonkey.

Tonkey is an adorable 4-month-old bear-coat Sharpei, living in Alberta, Canada, with mom Christine Park. Park created an Instagram account for her new totally cute addition to the fam, only to amass over 150,000 followers in eight weeks.

She also has a big sister -- a 2-year-old border collie named Maxi, who is her total BFF and always looking out for her. 

Meet Tonkey: 

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