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.

Police Officer Dives into River to Rescue Dog Trapped Under Tree


Written by: Phil Monahan

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

When officer Mark Smythe arrived at the banks of the Schuylkill River after receiving a call about a trapped dog, he knew he had just moments to react. Even though he had no idea how deep or cold the water was, he jumped in to free the 12-year-old Shepherd mix, who had become. . .

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After Eight Years on His Own, “Ditch Dog” Decides to Come in From the Cold


Written by: Kathleen Moore


The dog known as D.D. (short for Ditch Dog) is finally safe, thanks to Rachelle Cavanaugh.

photo via KansasCity.com

Is there anything better than a story about a dog learning to trust again? D.D.’s journey was a long and painful one, but thanks to help and support from the community of Buhler, Kansas and the love and patience of Rachelle Cavanaugh, he is now in a safe “forever home” after spending eight years on his own.

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The Global Dog Economy


Written by: Kathleen Moore


Dog ownership can be seen as an economic indicator

photo via TheAtlantic.com

Did you know that India boasts the world’s fastest-growing dog population, or that Norway spends the most on dog food? According to The Atlantic, dog ownership can be seen as an economic indicator. To those of us who spend a percentage of our income making sure our pets are healthy and happy, this should not come as a surprise…

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Saved from a Kill Shelter, Zeus Makes Wobbly Steps Toward Recovery


Written by: Phil Monahan

A few months ago, Zeus lay in a high-kill shelter in Oklahoma, where his severe health issues made him a surefire candidate for euthanization. But rescuers from Illinois found him a foster home, and now several volunteers work with him regularly. As a result of lots of love and attention, 10-month-old Zeus seems to be. . .

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Rescued Michael Vick Dogs Reunited 5 Years Later


Written by: Phil Monahan


Look at the happy faces on these dogs, who were once trained to fight to the death.

photo via abcnews.go.com

It’s an incredible story how many of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s notorious dog-fighting operation have found loving homes and are now happy pets. A couple weeks ago, seven of these dogs were reunited in California:


Five years ago they had scars, some physical, all emotional. They wore bandannas at their reunion celebration, surrounded by. . .

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Long-Running Russian Study Helps to Explain How Dogs Evolved from Wolves


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a fascinating video about a study by Russian scientists that has been going on for more than 50 years, in an attempt to learn more about how dogs evolved from wild wolves:

At the time, biologists were puzzled as to how dogs evolved to have different coats than wolves, since they couldn’t figure out how the dogs could have inherited those genes from their ancestors. [Soviet scientist Dmitri] Belyaev saw silver foxes as a perfect opportunity to find out how this. . .

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