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Starving dog goes back for puppies

February 7th, 2013
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A stray border collie went looking for help and, when she found it, she went back for her puppies.

~ Courtesy of CNN

It’s Puppy Bowl day

February 3rd, 2013
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Check out this short behind-the-scenes video of Puppy Bowl IX.

~ Courtesy of Parade Magazine

Rescue dog: Albie takes to the snow with vigor and confusion

January 13th, 2013
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My wife Judy and I generally don’t cotton to winter in Massachusetts, but this year we were actually looking forward to the first significant snowfall. We were eager to see how Albie, the half golden retriever, half yellow Lab we adopted in July, was going to react, seeing as how he came to us from Louisiana where snow is as rare as bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

He didn’t disappoint. There’s nothing quite as amusing as watching an 80-pound dog bounce straight up in the air, all four feet well off the ground, rotate 180 degrees before landing, repeat the maneuver a half dozen times in rapid succession then plow his snout into a snow pile, roll over on his back, writhe around like Elvis for 60 seconds, pop up and then tear off like Secretariat across the nearby golf course. Yes, that first day or so was magic in a bottle. It was even about 30 degrees – not beach weather, but not “we need to go south now” weather, either. Tolerable, even pleasant, if you had a direct bead on the sun.

Now the reality of winter with a dog as energetic outside the house as he is mellow inside it is settling in. On a recent day, at about 8 a.m., when I wasn’t feeling well, it was time to take Albie out for his morning constitutional. A year ago I’d have pulled the covers tight and closed my eyes for, say, another two days. Not an option anymore.

Before the snow came, Albie and I would cover five or six holes out on the golf course, explore three sand traps and two water hazards before heading home, but it was about 12 degrees when we went out that morning. We’d barely “played” one hole when I lost feeling in the tips of my fingers despite wearing the new gloves I got for my birthday. It didn’t help that the snow had covered the ground to a depth of about 8-10 inches because Albie, who prefers to poop in leaves or pine needles or on a downed branch, no longer had the cues, visual or olfactory, to guide him. Consequently, he seemed at a loss and it took him an awfully long time to decide on the perfect spot for a deposit. I used to think time stood still while waiting for my kids to fall asleep when they were little, but at least I could wait where it was warm. When it’s 12 degrees and there’s a stiff wind blowing from the north, time and water both freeze.

When we’d finally concluded the morning’s business, we started trudging back up the hill toward home and for a brief moment I considered the perplexing impulses of Admiral Byrd and other polar explorers, wondering how they endured week after week of numbing cold when they obviously had the leisure to be exploring, say, Polynesia. Eyes fixed straight ahead, with Albie on his leash a few strides behind, I sensed something odd was happening. I turned and saw Albie on an ice patch walking normally but losing a little bit of ground with each step. I can’t imagine what he makes of ice and how it undermines his sure-footedness.

Albie has his winter coat now, a much plusher, thicker version of the one he arrived with in July. Apparently, changes in the coat are triggered by hours of daylight, ensuring a light coat in summer and the rich, satiny soft one in winter. My question is whether he’s going to be too hot when we drive somewhere south of the 28th parallel to spend next winter chasing sandpipers instead of snowflakes.

~ Courtesy of Peter Zheutlin writing for the Christian Science Monitor

Driving dog gets your weekend started

January 11th, 2013
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Have we seen dogs driving before? Sure. But does it ever get old? I should think not! And, seriously, what better way to say the weekend has arrived than a dog riding a power wheel car. This is Rogue, a year-old Australian Cattle Dog.

Seriously, Rogue, you are simply way too cute!

~ Courtesy of CBS News

Wheelchair keeps dog mobile

January 9th, 2013
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We sacrifice a lot for our pets, but realize it is worth it when the cat or dog puts us in a better mood or relieves workday stress. We found one Heartland dog who doesn’t move too well, but his story may move you.

Buckley is a special dog. Greg and Shannon Engberg  rescued him from the shelter as a companion for their other dog. Hip dysphasia and seizures have racked Buckley’s body and robbed him of his mobility. So the Engbergs made “Bugs,” as he is known, his own wheelchair and Buckley is mobile again.

Life is a daily struggle for Buckley. Getting around on his own was impossible until Greg and Sharron fashioned a wheelchair out of PVC pipe, a couple of wheels and duct tape.

“We have to do what we can,” says Greg. “We went and got him and rescued him so it is better to do this than just put him to sleep or something. If he can live a descent life, as long as we can give it to him, that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

While other dogs run and play in the snow, it slows Bugs down. His wheels don’t turn in the slush and ice and his struggle becomes almost hopeless. Almost.

“We bought a pair of old skis and we going to try and cut off the tips of them and have about a foot of ski on the front so at least in this type of environment, the snow, that he can get around a little bit easier,” says Greg.

Bugs will never get back to the way he was when Greg and Sharron brought him home to be Odin’s companion, but with the wheelchair they can still enjoy time together. “He’s got to get out of there, we’ve got to socialize him and he’s got to get out of the house and try to live as normal a life as we can give him,” says Greg.

Normal, except Buckley has the coolest wheelchair in the dog park.

Greg says he chose the duct tape with flames on it so Bugs would feel a little better about having to use a wheelchair. He feels it gives the appearance the wheelchair is moving fast.

~ Courtesy of WOWT Channel 6 Nebraska