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27 Aug

Puppy Left for Dead in Cardboard Box Gets a New Lease on Life

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Rain seeped into the cardboard box where she lay: alone, abandoned and on the brink of death.

When workers arrived at Animal Care Center in New York one dreary April morning in 2014, they found this box on the Manhattan sidewalk with a crying, nameless puppy inside. She was about 8 weeks old and in dire need of immediate medical attention. They called Second Chance Rescue (SCR), an NYC organization that responds to cases of severe abuse and neglect.

"She wasn't moving, but occasionally she'd let out a cute little breath," SCR volunteer Denise Diaz told the Dodo. Diaz borrowed her sister's car in order to race this young puppy to the animal emergency center. "She was in extreme pain and had the worst case of mange I've ever seen," said Diaz, also noting how the stench the dog's dying skin "lingered in my car for weeks. … I could smell it in my mouth and in my stomach."

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Peach's fight back from the brink

Bumper-to-bumper traffic along the FDR Drive slowed the car down to snail's pace for 40 minutes. Whenever the car came to a stop, Diaz peeked into the cardboard box, hoping to see the puppy still breathing. 

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27 Aug

Stolen Pug Can't Contain Her Excitement When Reunited with Owner

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

An incredibly wiggly pug was recently reunited with her owner after she was stolen and she just can't contain herself.

Lola went missing from her home after a potential home burglary. She was recovered during another police investigation.

Lola the pug was waiting patiently with police from the Essex Police Department in the U.K., when she heard her human, Kate Witham, call out to her.

Lola whips her head around and instantly goes careening toward Kate. 

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27 Aug

You Too Can Make Yourself Look Like a Siberian Husky

We have to applaud Ilana, a YouTuber who shares makeup and special effects tutorials on her channel, for this stunning tutorial on how to do makeup to look like a Siberian Husky. If you're a committed animal lover, this would be a great look for Halloween!

Look at how much detail goes into making the eyes look just right:

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27 Aug

Two-Legged Dog Gets Around Just Like a Kangaroo

Nimby is a 10-month-old Jack Russell terrier mix who is missing his two front legs, but in no way is he missing his spirit and zest for life.

The Fuzzy Pet Foundation 

Nimby was recently given up by his family because, as they told the shelter, they couldn't handle him being different. The Fuzzy Pet Foundation, the rescue organization that took Nimby in, told The Dodo in a press release that Nimby was likely born this way, and has therefore had plenty of time to adapt to his two-legged way of life. Instead of moving around like a typical dog, Nimby channels another animal — a kangaroo.

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26 Aug

Good Samaritans Help Dog Tied to Post in Pouring Rain

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

A couple strolling down the street in torrential rain suddenly stopped and took off their rain gear.

People at the bingo hall Gala Bingo in Dover, UK, spotted the man and woman out the window. They watched as the woman took the man's jacket and held it over a dog they found tied to a lamppost.

The couple stood by the dog, getting soaked as they kept the stranded dog dry.

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26 Aug

The Best Pool Parties Include Corgis (VIDEO)

Summer days may be dwindling, but there's still time for one final pool party. We suggest adding corgis, as the people in the above video do.

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26 Aug

Newlyweds Give Their Dying Dog the Trip of a Lifetime

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

When Cassidy Williams found out her beloved golden retriever, Dood, had terminal cancer, she knew exactly what she wanted to do for him.

Williams and her fiancé, Mattijs, were supposed to be married in August — and the arrangements had been for Dood to stay behind in Utah. But after finding out the 5-year-old dog might not have much time left, Williams changed the plan.

Williams decided that Dood would serve as the official ring bearer at her Oregon coast wedding, which would also give him a chance to see the ocean. She even gave the photographer special instructions about Dood.

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26 Aug

Dog Knows Exactly What to Do When Her Owner has a Seizure

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

A woman named Shannon was alerted by her alert dog, Poppy, that she was going to be having a seizure.

Typically, alert dogs like Poppy usually notify their humans about 10 to 20 minutes before the seizure occurs. It's not very often that we get to see these amazing dogs in action, however.

Poppy laid down next to Shannon to wait with her. As soon as Shannon showed any sign of erratic movement, Poppy became instantly alert. 

When Shannon began to seize, Poppy rolled her onto her side, which prevents the person seizing from choking on their own saliva or vomit. 

 

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25 Aug

Orphaned Puppies Find an Unusual New Mother

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

The orphaned puppies who show up at the doors of the Rocky Ridge Refuge all find themselves with a gentle, but unlikely, new mom: Cheesecake, a resident capybara, who adopts all the needy litters as they come through.

And she gives them the kind of love only a sweet, gigantic rodent can give. 

The refuge, an Arkansas animal rescue, takes in lots of abandoned litters and pregnant dogs, which means there are always new puppies to care for. 

 

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25 Aug

Garbage Bag Tossed from Car Held Heartbreaking Surprise

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

True dog lovers know that our furry friends only get better with age — but some terrible person decided that Teddy, an aging pug, should be tossed out like trash.

Twelve-year-old Malory Steiner, of Royalton, New York, was outside of her family's home when she saw an SUV drive by and toss a garbage bag out onto the street.

"The bag started walking down the road. I saw that it was starting to rip and it was around his neck," Malory told local station WKBW.

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Inside the bag was Teddy — a senior pug with a graying muzzle, whose owners had clearly decided that they were going to toss him out like trash.

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