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President Obama’s Dog is a Diplomat


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Obama’s dog, Bo, is a Portuguese water dog.

We all know how dogs can break down social barriers in our daily lives. Here is a story how one dog is helping to advance international diplomacy!

President Obama and Myanmar Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi apparently share a common bond: a love of dogs.

Obama called the pro-democracy leader from Air Force One as he traveled to Bali for a summit of East Asian nations, and outlined his plans to send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Myanmar next month to promote reforms there.

Senior administration officials said the two leaders had a “very substantive discussion” and then tossed reporters a bone: Suu Kyi asked Obama about Bo, his family’s beloved black-and-white Portuguese water dog.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Video of the Day: “We Saved Each Other”


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a wonderful film about an Iraq War veteran who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and anger issues. However, his life began to change when he received a dog from the organization Pets for Vets, which takes shelter dogs and trains them to be loving companions for veterans in need. It’s a win-win situation: the dog gets a second chance at. . .

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Stray dogs befriended by soldiers on duty in Afghanistan are flown thousands of miles to be reunited


Written by: Phil Monahan

US Soldiers have been reunited with their best friends thanks to a partnership wtih British charity Nowzad Dogs and US charity American Dog Rescue

We recently linked to a touching video on the bond that develops between US soldiers in Afghanistan and the stray dogs that befriend them in the field. Some of you commented that it owuld be nice to get them flown to the US to live with these soldiers when their tours of duty had ended. Thanks to a partnership between a Britsh charity and a US charity, many soldiers are being reunited with their best friends and by the looks of the picture above, everyone is pretty happy about it!

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Why Eric was late for work. (Hint: the puppy did it.)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Sophie

Sophie seems very proud of herself for learning how to operate the door locks on her owner’s car. Eric can do little more than snap a photo of his tormenter.

photo by Eric Green

Eric Green, one of our Web content specialists who sits about 20 feet from me, was about an hour late for work today, and you won’t believe his excuse: the dog did it. Here’s his version of the story:

This morning, as I set out for one last morning stroll around the yard with my 4 month old puppy, Sophie, I decided that it would a good time to warm up my car. Since I was on the passenger side of the car, I simply opened the door and reached across the seat to start the ignition. Unbeknownst to me, as I was doing this, Sophie had climbed into the car, expecting to spend the day at the Orvis Home Office, I guess. As I closed the door to focus my attention on wrangling up Sophie, I realized that she was actually in the car, and had stepped on the auto-lock button—leaving me locked out of the car and her locked in. Since my house was also locked, and the key was on the keychain in my car’s ignition, I was none too thrilled to find myself such a predicament.

Worried about Sophie’s well being (since all the windows were up), I quickly called the State Police for advice on whom to call about my situation. After receiving a referral to a local locksmith, I called them only to find out that they didn’t open until 8:30—a full 45 minutes after Sophie had stepped into the car. After several failed attempts to break into my own car, . . .

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Dog who survived gas chamber finds a new forever home


Written by: Phil Monahan

Daniel, the miracle beagle who survived an Alabama gas chamber, has found his forever home with a family in Nutley, New Jersey. When the diminutive walked out of the gas chamber last month, the only one of 18 dogs to survive the experience, employees at the Alabama animal-control shelter were stunned, and Daniel’s story became part of a national cause to end this method of euthanizing unwanted animals. For the whole story, watch this video and read the article on nj.com. I certainly don’t think that this is the last we’ll hear about this remarkable dog.

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