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6 Jul

Danger: It's Mosquito Season

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Humidity, warmth, and the dampness of summer bring along an annoying pest: the mosquito. The heat from the summer paired with the dampness of the recent rainfall make perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes, as they are very attracted to warm and wet areas.

Mosquitoes are one of the most dangerous insects in the world due to a variety of diseases they can transfer, such as Malaria, Dog Heart Worm, and the West-Nile Virus.


You can try to prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing any standing water around your home. Mosquitoes can lay about 300 eggs in even small volumes of water, so removing moisture is a key method in trying to get rid of them. There are also several repellents to keep these insects away.

For more information about how to control mosquitoes and prevent diseases, check out this article on our website.

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2 Jul

World's Ugliest Dog Gets A Celebrity Make-Over

Quasi Modo

Last weekend the World's Ugliest Dog was crowned in Petaluma, California. Quasi Modo, a pit bull-Dutch Shepherd mix, beat out 26 other dogs to take home the title, and its' $1,500 prize. Since then, the deformed dog, who is missing a couple vertebrae, has gained some fame. 

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1 Jul

Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets: Fireworks, Sunburn and More

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, people across the country are preparing with patriotic decorations, food, and fireworks. However, this can be an especially stressful time for pet owners since the loud explosions from fireworks can cause distress in our furry friends. Couple that with extreme heat, a plethora of thunderstorms, and vacation travel, the ease of summer may not be so easy for our pets.

Sadly, dogs have been known to run away from home after being spooked by fireworks. To avoid this from happening, the best thing to do is be prepared. 

Many owners have tried getting their dogs used to the sounds of fireworks by playing sounds of fireworks in the background every so often, months before the Fourth. If you find yourself in a crunch for time, the best way to prepare is to keep your dog inside, and to have a safe space for them if they get spooked. This includes having a traveling crate nearby that the dog can hide in. Additionally, communicating with your pet is a great way to soothe them. 

You can also try playing white noise in the background the drown out some of the noise of fireworks or diverting your dogs attention through play, cuddling, and being a nearby support.

If you find it necessary, for those dogs whose stress levels are high, vets can prescribe you medication to sedate your dog during this stressful time. This should ultimately be a last-resort effort.

There are also several clothing options for your that will fit your dog tightly to make them feel safe and secure; these include ThunderShirt and Anxiety Wrap.

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1 Jul

UPDATE: Abused Pit Bull Caitlyn is Coming Back in a Big Way

A few weeks ago we wrote a blog about Caitlyn, a 15-month-old Pit Bull who was harshly abused when her muzzle was taped shut.

Today, with great delight, she is doing well and back in the news, only this time for a good cause. Her road to recovery has recently made a stop in modeling... with shirtless firefighters. 


The Charleston Firefighters recently asked Caitlyn to model with them for their 2016 calendar. After what she has been through, Caitlyn needs major love and attention, and who better to get it from then the brave men who fight fires to keep us all safe?

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30 Jun

Illinois Could Allow Dogs to Comfort Courtroom Witnesses

Screengrab via the Daily Herald video.

A bill that would allow facility dogs to accompany witnesses 18 or younger to the stand in certain instances for cases involving abuse or exploitation has been approved by the Legislature, and sits on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's desk ready to sign, reports Illinois-based Daily Herald.

The bill would require that dogs be facility dogs with proper credentials. Unlike service or therapy dogs, facility dogs must meet national standards and come from an organization accredited by Assistant Dogs International.

Animals have been used periodically on a contract basis by prosecutors to comfort young crime victims during interviews, but it is believed the Lake County state's attorney's office is the only one in Illinois with a full time facility dog; his name is Mitchell and he is a two-year-old Labrador retriever donated by St. Louis-based Support Dogs Inc.

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30 Jun

Woman Exposed to Flesh-Eating Bacteria During Mud Run Loses Sight in One Eye

Participants in an unrelated mud run. Photo: Tjeerd Boolj/Flickr

A Texas woman is now blind in one eye after being exposed to a flesh-eating bacteria during a mud run, reports the New York Daily News. The bacterial infection, necrotizing fasciitis, spreads quickly and kills the body's soft tissue, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

According to a Go-Fund-Me page established for Brittany Williams, she suffered from pain and vision loss in her left eye after participating in a mud run with her fiancé. ER doctors originally believed she was experiencing what looked like a chemical burn, however, a few days later, her cornea rapidly deteriorated.

Williams is currently being treated with antibiotics, but is struggling under the cost of care since she does not have health insurance.

Learn more about necrotizing fasciitis in the Monsters Inside Me clip below:

30 Jun

Python Dies After Eating Porcupine

One massive African rock python bit off more than it could chew after falling victim to its last meal.

A few days after being photographed in South Africa’s Lake Eland Game Reserve, the python turned up dead. It turns out the prey it devoured was a porcupine, with quills that were lodged inside the snake’s digestive track, according to the game reserve’s Facebook page.

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Not quite the impala calf or warthog the game reserve initially thought.

26 Jun

Don't Dread the Office: It's Take Your Dog to Work Day

Today is Take Your Dog To Work Day! And not only that, it's the seventeenth year Pet Sitters International has celebrated dogs as not only loyal, lovable pets, but also as an extension of your family. 

According to the National Pet Owners Survey of the American Pet Products Association, eight percent of current pet owners say that their work places allow pets.

Many argue that bringing your pet to work can relieve major stress and make the work place more enjoyable. However, if you do plan on bringing your pet, there are some dos and don'ts to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.


  • Communicate with nearby co-workers that your furry friend will be accompanying you, as well as what kind of treats and commands they respond to.
  • Many dogs have dietary restrictions, be sure to keep an eye on your dog and make sure they aren't eating anything they shouldn't be.
  • Come prepared with treats and toys that your dog can enjoy while you're working
  • Make sure your pooch plays well with others and they it doesn't get anxiety from a cubicle environment.

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25 Jun

Man Rides Moose, Could Face Canadian Animal Harassment Charges (VIDEO)

British Columbia conservation officials are searching for a man shown jumping on and riding a moose swimming next to his motorboat in a video posted to YouTube Saturday. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, there is law against the harassment of wildlife in Canada and the man dubbed as the "moose rider" could face charges.

"You can see that the moose is struggling with that fellow on her back. You can see the fright in her eyes," David Vince, a conservation officer with the B.C. Ministry of the Environment, told CBC News.

Officials believe that the video was taken last summer and was first posted to Facebook, but then taken down before it surfaced on YouTube.

According to Newsweek, two men in northwest Ontario were charged with animal harassment and fined $2,500 in 2013 after they circled their boat around a swimming moose, preventing it from reaching shore. They eventually jumped on its back.

Check out this daring moose rescue from North Woods Law:

25 Jun

South Dakota Man Saves Animals from Apartment Fire, Captures it on Camera (VIDEO)

YouTube user Spencer Butler just happened to be playing around with his GoPro when he and his friend came upon an apartment fire in Rapid City, S.D.

His GoPro was on as they rushed onto the scene, and with the help of a few strangers broke down doors in an attempt to find and save people. What they ended up finding instead were dogs, three of them, which were all saved.


According to the video description, no one was killed in the fire, but the final minutes of the GoPro footage show just how ruthless the fire was and how quickly it spread. It's a good thing these guys were at the right place at the right time to lend a hand and save these dogs.

To see more dogs being saved check out Pit Bulls and Parolee videos online.



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