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4 Aug

Loyal Dog Ran for Help After Bike Accident Left Man Paralyzed

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Yogi the dog is kind of a celebrity — a few years ago he saved his owner's life after a mountain biking accident, earning him all kinds of praise and accolades. Despite his fame he's still all about helping his family.

Paul Horton was out biking with Yogi in the trails near their Lake Travis, Texas, home in 2010 when he hit a bump and was thrown violently from his mountain bike. He woke up on the ground, coughing up blood, with Yogi standing over him.

Horton quickly realized he couldn't move at all — he had been paralyzed in the accident. Sending Yogi for help was his only chance to survive.

Yogi understood exactly what his dad needed him to do — he dashed back to the road, where he spotted some of the Hortons' neighbors. Yogi barked at them insistently until they followed him back to where Horton lay bleeding on the ground.

For his bravery and heroism, Yogi was awarded the Humane Society's Valor Dog of the Year award, and his smiling face appeared in news outlets across the country.

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4 Aug

Fed-Up Puppy Herds Cat into Carrier

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Well, these two definitely aren't going to be friends.

When this family brought their new Shih Tzu puppy, Thor, home to meet their cat, the little orange tabby apparently wasn't interested in playing with the new arrival. Or maybe he just didn't realize he was about to be part of the game.

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The cat, Simba, was busy checking out the new dog kennel when Thor snuck up from behind. The little pup began nudging the feline into the kennel, but that must not have been working fast enough.

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4 Aug

Puppy Left to Die in 140 Degree Car Goes Home With His Rescuer

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Things could have ended badly for a 5-month-old Chihuahua who was left alone in a hot car — instead, the little guy was rescued AND adopted … by the same guy!

Officer Jeff O'Rear was one of the officers who responded to an urgent call about a puppy left alone in a hot car parked outside a Kansas City, Missouri, shopping center last week. Surveillance footage showed that by the time police arrived, the puppy had been stuck in the sweltering car for an hour and 52 minutes, KCTV5 reports. 

"I've been on the job for 18 years," Officer O'Rear said, "That was one of the worst things I've seen."

When officers opened the car to save him, the puppy was passed out inside his crate, on his back with all four little legs in the air. The heat index that day was near 110 degrees, local outlet 41 Action News reports.

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4 Aug

Major U.S. City Now Requires Pet Stores to Only Sell Rescues

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Yet another major city has joined the charge to help shut down puppy mills ... for good.

Last week, Phoenix, Arizona, officially joined the list of U.S. cities passing legislation aimed at shutting down puppy mills by requiring pet stores to offer only adoptable rescues.

The city upheld a 2013 ordinance banning pet stores from selling puppies and kittens — requiring them instead to offer adoptions of shelter and rescue animals. Phoenix joins more than 59 cities and counties across the country that have passed similar legislation.

Puppy mills breed puppies for profit, at the expense of the health and well-being of both the puppies who are being sold and the older dogs used to breed them. The mothers and fathers of dogs sold by puppy mills often live their whole lives in cages, never knowing love or human affection.

A protest to end puppy mills, New York City, 2014 (Shutterstock)

The Humane Society of the United States, along with animal lovers and activists, celebrated the decision in Phoenix — but not everyone is cheering. Frank and Vicki Mineo, who own Puppies 'N Love pet stores, plan to appeal the ruling, complaining that the requirements will unfairly hurt their business, which buys from only "USDA licensed breeders."

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3 Aug

Loyal Dog Waits Days Outside Hospital for His Dying Owner

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

There are few expressions of love purer than the loyalty of a dog. Care staff at a hospital in Brazil recently witnessed that immense dedication firsthand.

Earlier this month in the city of Sidrolândia, an elderly woman with a life-threatening illness was rushed by ambulance to the local hospital. Perhaps sensing that she was unwell and unwilling to await her return, the patient's dog, who had been left alone at home, somehow managed to track his human down.

Paramedics suspect the dog may have followed one of the ailing woman's family members to the hospital door, G1 Globo News reports — but the most remarkable thing is what happened when he got there.

The dog waited. And waited. And waited.

For more than a week, the dog refused to budge from his spot outside the hospital doors.

"He looked inside like he was waiting for someone and would not leave," Olga Caroline Baldin, a receptionist at the hospital, told the local news outlet. "He stood at the ready, looking inside, waiting — it was impressive. There were times when people had to jump through the hospital entrance because he didn't move for anyone."

Sadly, the dog's long wait was in vain. Just a few days after being admitted, his dying owner passed away even as his vigil continued.

The dog's incredible loyalty, and incredible loss, wasn't lost on those who worked at the hospital. According to the facility's director, they've since arranged for him to stay with a foster until they can find him a permanent home:

"Many people want to adopt him, many people came to me to want to take the dog, I received many calls. Even a doctor of ours wanted to adopt." 

Here's footage of the dog, taken on the third day of his vigil.

There's a reason dogs are called a "mans best friend". Watch this touching clip from Pit Bulls and Parolees when two dogs were reunited with their owner, a war veteran who recently relocated to California. 

3 Aug

Dog Stuck in Shelter So Long They Changed His Name

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)
 
Sometimes the longer a pup is at a shelter, the less likely it feels he'll ever get adopted. One shelter decided to give an extra boost to a dog who has been particularly down on his luck.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi was troubled that a wonderful dog named Elmo hadn't found the right family for him. Elmo came to them, sickly and weak, from an overcrowded local shelter where he was on the euthanasia list.

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"He is such a great dog … he's a great size, he's got a great personality and he's breaking our hearts every day he stays in the shelter," the Humane Society of South Mississippi told The Dodo. "So, we decided to post just exactly how many days he has been here."

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3 Aug

Mange Covered Puppy is Unrecognizable

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 (Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

When Kristy was first pulled from an animal shelter by a rescue group, she had been homeless and suffered from a severe case of mange. Her skin was covered in pustules and she'd already lost so much hair, vets couldn't determine what breed of dog she was.

There seemed to be no hope of her being adopted, especially since the shelter didn't have the funds to get her the care she needed. Kristy was set to be euthanized when the folks at Vet Ranch Rescue, luckily, found her.

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2 Aug

Birds are Total Jerks to Dogs

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

We're not sure what birds have against man's best friend, but there's no doubt they can be giant jerks when they get around dogs. Don't believe us? Just watch these birds bullying these poor pups. Sometimes they even dive bomb from above. Poor guy can't catch a break in a public park.

It turns out birds can get very protective of their territories and their nests, which might explain why they try to keep dogs away.

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2 Aug

Kittenhood Accident Left Cat With Permanently Adorable Expression

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

Just like humans, all animals have their own distinctive looks, and some are even more distinct-looking than others. When he was just a kitten, Ozzy the cat had an accident that left him cross-eyed. He fell off of a window sill, and while he luckily survived, his eyes were never the same. Despite it all, he really couldn't be more adorable.

Ozzy's eyes are permanently crossed, but it doesn't seem to have affected his sweet demeanor. And, as some have pointed out, Ozzy also bears a resemblance to Bagheera, the panther who gets hypnotized in "The Jungle Book."

Due to his accident, Ozzy has impaired eyesight and can essentially see only in tunnel vision. Still, the cat seems like a fairly happy guy, with a loving family who supports him despite his differences. 

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1 Aug

Discovery Proves Cats Have Been Devious for Thousands of Years

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

Some things never change — like the passing of the seasons, the rise and fall of the ocean tide, or the wayward wanderings of one particular kind of pet.

An archeologist from the Gloucester City Museum in the U.K. recently discovered indisputable proof that cats' typically devious, casually destructive attitude has been around for millennia. While sorting through artifacts from a 2,000-year-old Ancient Roman construction, the researcher happened upon a roof tile bearing the imprints of a naughty feline's feet.

Lise Noakes, a member of the city council, told the Gloucester News Centre that such a find is very rare: "What a fascinating discovery." 

The careless kitty who created these paw prints is believed to have done so around the year 100 A.D. by strolling over the soft tile as it lay drying in the sun — forever securing her place in history, and reaffirming that even a boring old roof tile can be made infinitely more interesting thanks to the presence of a cat.

Get more devious cat action below, courtesy of My Cat From Hell.

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