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9 Jul

Missing Dog Walks 9 Days And 37 Miles, Right Through Her Doggy Door

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Georgia, a bouncy, 8-year-old shar-pei mix, was out on a hike with her family when she ran off after a rabbit and disappeared into the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve outside of San Diego. Her desperate family searched for hours, but, when night fell, they had to drive home without her, the San Diego Union Tribunereports.

Heartbroken, Georgia's mom Kris Anderson returned to the park day after day to search for her beloved dog, but park rangers warned her that it was unlikely a dog could survive so many nights alone in the canyon.

Anderson began to lose hope. "I never thought I'd see her again, and she is really special to me," she told CBS8 San Diego.

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8 Jul

Abandoned Blind Terrier and His Seeing-Eye Dog Meet Their New Family

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Glenn and Buzz, the blind terrier and his guide dog who made headlines last month after their adorable relationship went viral, have some happy news to share with their many fans: the two just went home with their brand new forever family.

The two older dudes, who are about 9 or 10 years old, were in the care of U.K. rescue organization Stray Aid. Glenn is completely blind and relies on Buzz to help him on walks, nudge him around furniture and lead him to their food and water dishes … so obviously the rescue group needed to find them a home together. 

After Buzz and Glenn's story went viral, the dynamic duo appeared in the news and on television both in the U.K. and abroad, and Stray Aid was flooded with offers from potential adopters.

"Many of you have contacted us asking for updates on whether the boys have been rehomed. We have received enquiries and offers from around the globe, including the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe! Your compassion is amazing," Stray Aid posted on its Facebook page in June.

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6 Jul

Woofstock: The Road to Puppy Bowl Gets Feet Moving and Tails Wagging

Two weeks ago, our team traveled to Chicago for the first ever Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl! Over 3,000 people attended the all-day festival celebrating pet adoptions and man’s best friend while enjoying live music and perfect weather.

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Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl was the grand finale for Road to Puppy Bowl, a series of fee-waived adoption events in 17 cities around the country. In just five months, we were able to help find forever homes to more than 2,000 animals! But the June 27th event wasn’t just about celebrating adoptions; it was also about finding families for even more pups. PAWS Chicago brought dogs along and 61 were adopted on-site.

Throughout the day, animal lovers joined our Animal Planet stars on stage to participate in trivia and compete in dog bone stacking and Chicago hot dog eating contests. Face painters gave dog and cat inspired makeovers while other activities were brought by our friends at the ASPCA, PAWS Chicago, DogVacay, and AT&T. Food trucks and a Lagunitas beer garden were also on-site serving up fresh grub and cold drinks. The fun wasn’t just for people, though. With obstacle courses, Puppy Bowl Kiss Cam, photo ops and dog treats, four legged friends had their share of excitement.

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3 Jul

Pit Bull Learns To Jump On The Bed, Has Best Time Ever

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

These two little girls were having a blast jumping all over the bed — and their sweet pit bull wanted to join in on the fun too!

"WOAH how did I just do that?!"

He was apprehensive at first, but his little humans got so excited when he started to jump, so what else could he do? He clearly loves his humans!

"Is this what I've been missing out on all this time?!"

Every time he stopped jumping, his girls cheered him on and he would start again. He loves making them smile, and these little girls are the ultimate cheerleaders!

"This is kind of scary but also fun? Fun scary? Is that a thing?"

He didn't want to jump too much while the girls were on the bed with him though — he'd rather they were safe and happy. Pit bulls are simply the best

You keep jumping on the bed, girls, and you, too, Mr. Pit Bull! After all, if the monkey's can do it, then so can the pit bulls!

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 Want more pit bulls? Check out some highlights from season six of "Pit Bulls & Parolees!"

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. 

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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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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.

 

 

11 Jun

Terminally Ill Dog Goes on Bucket List Road Trip

When Thomas Neil Rodriguez, a New York DJ, returned home from a tour in Asia, he found out his dog, Poh, was terminally ill. Vets found tumors on Poh's liver and kidneys and told Rodriguez that Poh may only have a few days left. According to Today.com, it was then that Rodriguez decided he wanted to make the most out of those last "days" and give his beloved dog an adventure he will never forget.

"What started as a single stop in Phoenix, AZ, turned into a 35-city, seven week tour of the United States," Rodriguez, who chronicled the adventures on Poh's own Instagram, told TODAY. Poh's account now has more then 90,000 followers along for his adventure.

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9 Apr

Stray Dogs Attend a Stray Care-Giver's Funeral Unannounced

After dedicating years of her life to taking care of strays, dogs and cats alike, 71-year-old Margarita Suárez, received an unexpected honor at her funeral.

Even though she was transported 830 miles from her home town, strays in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, gathered to express their condolences. 

The workers at the funeral home hadn't seen anything like this before. 

Her daughter Patricia Urrutia said her "mom has always been good with all animals and people... Always fed the dogs on her block and the 20 stray cats that lived there." She even carried around bags of food for the strays she met. 

Maybe the food and love she gave to the strays around her home was the talk of the stray community all over Mexico? Who knows! Canine friends just wanted to come to pay respects and mourn the loss of this generous woman. 

"They stayed with my mother all day, and then at night they all stayed- but In the morning all the dogs vanished but one, but one hour before we brought my mom to be cremated the dogs came back and grouped around as if to say goodbye," Urrutia told ABC News. "I swear by God that it was beautiful, marvelous."

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2 Apr

April is National Dog Fighting Awareness Month

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Well, dog-gone! Who knew? Organized dog fights still take place in many parts of the country, even though it's a felony offense across all 50 states.

So, the ASPCA is asking animal advocates to #GetTough on this cruel and barbaric practice by speaking out and creating a social movement by using its hashtag and spreading the word throughout the month of April, and especially on National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) on Wednesday, April 8. 

"In recent decades, fights have become informal street corner and playground activities. Many people who participate in these fights lack even a semblance of respect for the animals, often starving and beating them to encourage aggressive behavior," the ASPCA said. 

It's crazy to think that even the dog owners involved come from every community and all backgrounds, with audiences including lawyers, judges and teachers and other upstanding community leaders.

The main reason people participate is because of the financial benefits, sometimes bringing home sums of $20,000 to $30,000 from dog fights. Using breeds like the Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, Tosa Inu, Presa Canario and the American Pit Bull Terrier, to carry out the brutal blood sport. 

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30 Mar

Pit Bull Comforts Frightened Deer (VIDEO)

Anyone that sees pit bulls as menaces to society hasn’t met Gotti the Pit Bull.

Don’t let the name fool you—Gotti has a sweet side that came out when a deer became stuck in his family’s garden fence in Greenville, NY. According to the YouTube user that uploaded the video, Gotti stayed by the deer’s side, licking its face and comforting the frightened creature, until animal rescue officials arrived.

Watch and let your heart turn to mush:

See what sweet and loving dogs pit bulls really are and watch heartwarming moments from Pit Bulls and Parolees, only on AnimalPlanet.com.

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