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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

Rarest Cat in the World Lost His Nose but not His Spirit

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

There are only two white servals in the world and one of them continues to beat the odds.

Tonga, an 18-year-old white serval who lives at Big Cat Rescue (BCR) in Tampa, Florida, has beaten cancer by living without a nose.

This handsome fella was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma back in 2012, most likely from overexposure to the sun. As most cat lovers know, felines love soaking up the rays, but Tonga had an added risk due to his white fur — a trait likely picked up from inbreeding.

Volunteers discovered a scab on Tonga's nose but thought little of it at first. With some treatment it went away in time. Seven months later, however, it returned. Again, employees used antibiotics to help it disappear, but they were concerned when the spot popped up once again. They decided it was time for a full work-up to see what was wrong, which is when Tonga received the terrifying diagnosis.

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3 Aug

Brave Little Jaguar Cub Immediately Regrets Leaping Into Pool

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

Black jaguars are known to be quite capable swimmers — but even they have to start somewhere.

Here's an adventurous cub named Cielo who seems to have somewhat overestimated her inborn aquatic abilities. While hanging out poolside with her caretakers from the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation, Cielo summoned the blind confidence to take a big bold leap into the water — only to discover that staying afloat isn't as easy as it looks.

But hey, who hasn't been there?

 

Funny as it is, this sweet scene of Cielo's humbling swim lesson nearly never happened. Prior to being rescued by the foundation, she was destined for a life of exploitation:

The original people who 'cared' for her at birth planned to sell her to a pet shop owner whose mission was to drug her to take photos with the public for profit. We were so lucky to have intercepted her from a life (if one could call it that) in confinement. She was our first baby and the cornerstone of the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation. Cielo is a force of nature to be dealt with and she loves to exhibit her power, beauty, and grace whenever possible.

Thankfully, Cielo has since grown up to be as beautiful as an adult than she was cute as a cub.

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2 Aug

Baby Sloth Clings to His Special Surrogate Mom

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

A baby sloth named Edward is making waves just for being so heart-meltingly adorable. The little 7-week-old two-toed sloth, born in captivity at the London Zoo, has the extra-cute habit of snuggling a teddy bear … but he's not just doing it for fun.

Edward, named for Johnny Depp's character in "Edward Scissorhands," was born to a sloth named Marilyn. But when Marilyn stopped producing enough milk to feed little Edward, caretakers stepped in to help him out, and give him an artificial mom.

 

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31 Jul

Stolen Puppy Jumps from Moving Truck to Escape His Kidnappers

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(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

Dog Lost in Canyon for Six Weeks Comes Home Alive

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(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?

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(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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30 Jul

Puppy Mill Dogs Feel Grass for the Very First Time

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(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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29 Jul

Fat Cat Pounds Makes Amazing Transformation

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

Many times when we see pleasantly chubby cats and dogs we think, eh, no big deal. Some animals, however, just aren't meant to be that big.

A cat named Skinny was adopted by a member of the Dallas-based veterinary clinic, Heal Veterinary. Dr. Brittney Barton adopted Skinny in 2012 — when she first brought him home, he weighed a whopping 42 pounds.

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While that's definitely a LOT of weight for a cat, with a little love (and free reign of the veterinary clinic), Skinny was able to lose a little weight — about 21 pounds to be exact.

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Indeed, Skinny's transformation is pretty amazing. The kitty is practically unrecognizable, and he could definitely win any "before and after contest" he fancies to enter.

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28 Jul

Patient Shelter Dog Waited 721 Days to Feel the Love of a Family

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

The shelter staff at the Humane Society of Forsyth County didn't understand why no one wanted to adopt Tara.

The 4-year-old boxer mix was impeccably behaved, loved to play with other dogs and her adoption fee had already been paid for by a sponsor — but despite everything she had going for her, Tara had been waiting for a family to adopt her for almost two years.

 

TARA WAS ADOPTED! !!Iron will. 719 days determined......to stay happy and keep her spirits high...... as she waits. ...

Posted by Humane Society of Forsyth County, GA on Friday, July 24, 2015

On Friday, the Humane Society of Forsyth County, in Cumming, Georgia, posted a photo of Tara on its Facebook page, showing the sweet brown dog posing next to a sign that read, "How much longer? I have been waiting patiently 719 days … Please just come see me!!"

The picture was quickly shared over 9,000 times on Facebook. Something about Tara's deep brown eyes quickly caught the attention of Shana and David Brittain of Normandy, Tennessee — they fell in love with Tara even before they met her in person.

On Sunday, after Tara had waited for 721 days in the shelter, the Brittains adopted her. The shelter posted the incredible news on its Facebook page along with some photos of an overjoyed Tara snuggling with her new parents.

"Tara. Is. Adopted. Shana and David Brittain knocked the HSFC on their rear ends today......by loving a dog even before they met her."

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