This blog is dedicated to both dogs and dog lovers, and it features the best articles, photos, videos, and news that we can find from around the world. We also write about the Orvis-Morris Animal Foundation Canine Cancer Campaign and our work supporting the dog-rescue efforts of the Petfinder Foundation.

Video: A Dog Serves as a Little Girl’s Lifeline


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Three-year-old Alida Knobloch has a rare disease that requires her to be constantly connected to a 6-pound oxygen tank. This could severely curtail a child’s mobility, but thankfully, Alida has Mr. Gibbs. A golden doodle trained to carry Alida’s oxygen bottle, he has enriched her life immeasurably.

But this was not as simple as it may sound. Most service dogs do not do well with kids under the age of five: . . .

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Pilots ‘n’ Paws Fulfills Dying Man’s Wish to be Reunited with His Dog


Written by: Phil Monahan


Rod Calvert is reunited with his beloved dog, Bailey, during his final
days, as his wife, Debbi, looks on.

photo via Pilots N Paws

Roger Calvert traveled from his home in Florida to his native Pittsburgh for a medical checkup, where he received tragic news: His cancer had returned, and he had just days to live. Calvert knew that his final days would be easier with his beloved dog, Bailey, by his side. But Bailey, a 7-year-old Labrador retriever, was back in Florida, more than 1,000 miles away.

Enter Pilots N Paws, a nonprofit organization that uses private pilots to transport dogs around the country, usually from a shelter to a new home. But since the distance required in this case was so much farther than the normal trip, getting bailey to Pennsylvania was. . .

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Photos: Big Dogs, Little Doors


Written by: Phil Monahan


“How come the cat gets its own door and I don’t?”

photo via reddit

After the video about Fiona (see last post), I figured something light was in order. These two photos turned up, completely independently of each other, on Reddit yesterday and made me laugh.

Click “Read More” to see the second photo.

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Video: A New Life for Fiona


Written by: Phil Monahan

This incredible video combines two other videos, from Hope for Paws‘ Eldad Hagar, which tell Fiona’s story. When Eldad and Audrey first find her, Fiona’s condition is shocking: filthy, flea-infested, blind, and despairing. But you’ve seen enough of these videos by know to know how it ends. No matter how many times we witness these transformations, they don’t get any less moving.

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Sammy the Hall-of-Famer


Written by: Phil Monahan

Sammy

A former stray found wandering the streets in an emaciated state, Sammy exudes calm,
and everyone who meets him agrees that there is something special about his touch.

photo courtesy NJVMA

Sammy is a Redtick-coonhound mix who has a very special gift. With the help of his owner—Nancy Turner of Somerset, NJ—he has gone from being a Mississippi stray to an award-winning therapy dog in just a few short years. One touch of his silky smooth coat leaves the young patients he visits feeling more at ease. Every year, the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) honors the. . .

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Service-Dog Training Program Helps Inmates


Written by: Phil Monahan

It’s obvious how a service dog can change the life of a disabled person by offering them increased freedom. But the process of training these dogs can also have profound impacts, as evidenced by a Washington program that uses prison inmates as dog trainers. As the video above shows, these men know that, in order to be eligible for the program, they have to change their ways, and then the experience of working with the dogs offers. . .

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Love of Dogs May Cause Wisconsin Couple to Lose Their House


Written by: Phil Monahan

When James and Melissa Lecker moved into a three-bedroom home in Wausau, Wisconsin, in January, it was the start of a new life. But they recently discovered that a city ordinance may turn that life upside down, forcing them to leave their new home if they want to keep their beloved dogs. You see, the Leckers have four dogs—two 13-year-old golden retrievers, a 3-year-old shih tzu, and a 1-year-old Yorkie—but a city ordinance dating back to 1989 limits. . .

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