– Funny Pets Pictures and Amazing News Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:29:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Retired Police Dog Leads Firefighters to Toddlers Trapped in Burning Home Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:29:00 +0000

They say a dog’s work is never done, and that goes doubly so for a police dog.  A family’s German shepherd, a retired K-9 named Maxx, led firefighters through heavy smoke to the two small children that were trapped inside their blazing home, saving their lives.

“We were outside with my telescope, looking at Jupiter with my next door neighbor,” neighbor Chip Dover told TODAY Parents. “We were getting ready to come in when we heard a big explosion, and the house just blew up. We ran over there immediately and it was burning like crazy, and then we realized the family was still inside.”

Using furniture on the porch, they broke the front windows of the Longwood, Florida home belonging to military veterans Margo and Brent Feaser.

“One of the neighbors saw an occupant in one of the rooms and picked up a table and smashed through the window, all the windows acutally, and pulled the woman to safety,” Seminole Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma told News 13.

“The employee [Margo, an auto theft investigator], when she initially came out, her primary concern was to get back inside and rescue her children. She is an absolute trouper. She is a hero within our organization, and her actions tonight demonstrated that behavior.”

Firefighters arrived moments later and pulled Brent to safety.  But his four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter were still inside, along with Maxx.  The heroic dog led firefighters through the smothering smoke to the children’s bedroom.

All of the family members, including Maxx, were taken to various hospitals for treatment of their serious to critical conditions, but all are expected to recover.

“We are grateful to the neighbors who jumped into action, and we especially thank the firefighters who selflessly entered the burning structure and risked their lives for the Feaser family,” said Sheriff Don Eslinger.

“There is a long road of recovery and rebuilding ahead, but our Sheriff’s Office family will be with Margo and her family every step of the way. We know our community is behind them too, and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of support the family has received.”

A fundraiser has been set up to help the Feaser family cover their medical costs and find a new home.  If you would like to donate, please click here.

Checks and money orders may be made out to “Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Employee Benevolent Fund” and sent to 100 Bush Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773, attention: “Feaser Family Fund.” Anyone with questions is asked to call 407-665-6880.

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UPDATE: Abused Dog Gets Special Plush Toy Made in His Image, Scars and All Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:15:00 +0000

When little Justice was found, he was lying in a field in Ontario, Canada with his mouth and legs tightly bound with electrical tape.  The people that were supposed to take care of him gave someone $60 to take him to a shelter, but that is not at all what happened.  He pocketed the money, and dumped Justice in a field where he was found.

The horrible person that had done that to Justice was sent to federal prison for two years, and thankfully someone got to Justice before anything worse happened to him.  He was taken in by the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society.  It took quite a long time, but he eventually healed up, but was left with a scar on his snout.

This past June, the family that was supposed to be fostering him ended up adopting him.  Yes, another wonderful foster failure as they are sometimes called.  His new family promised to love him and keep him safe forever.

While he was at the shelter, Justice became a bit of a poster dog for animal abuse and cruelty.  The staff at the shelter thought that he would be an excellent spokesdog, and he’s been helping raise money to aid other animals in his former position – in need of rescue and love.

This holiday season, the shelter decided to turn little Justice into a plush toy.  The stuffies are an exact replica of Justice, including the little stripe on his nose that was left by the tape used to bind him up.  Each toy is $30, and all of the proceeds go to helping investigate and put an end to animal abuse.

If you would like to buy a Justice plush toy, you can click here to visit the shelter’s website for more information.  A special thank you to The Dodo for sharing Justice’s update!

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The Internet Is Rallying to Help Hector Get a Face-Lift to Save His Sight Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:09:00 +0000

Hector is a dog that was rescued in the UK by Halfway Home Dog Rescue out of Collingham.  He had been abandoned, and they stepped in to stop him from being put down because no one claimed him.  Now, the rescue is asking for help from anyone willing, as his skin is rubbing into his eyes, and without a surgery, he will go blind.

It may sound a little bit silly, but what Hector needs is a face-lift.  As is common in the Shar-pei breed, and one of the reasons they’re loved so much, Hector has a wrinkly face with lots of extra skin.  Due to neglect and an overgrowth of the skin on his face, it’s now rubbing into his eyes and could cause him to go blind.  The rescue needs between £1,500 and £3,500 (between $1,900 and $4,500 roughly), and are very grateful for all of the help they can get.

“He came off death row in a Northern pound after he had been picked up as a stray and [was] unclaimed by an owner,” Valerie Hosegood, founder of the rescue.  “He came to us in a very poor state weighing a third of his [ideal] bodyweight and suffering hair loss.”

Here is the Facebook post the rescue put out for Hector:

“The skin is the main problem,” Hosegood said.  “Shar-Pei are bred to have these wrinkly faces, but in Hector’s case the folds are rubbing on his eyes and if not fixed he will go blind.”

We know that we have the best readers out there, and that you guys and gals help out every chance you can.  So, we’re asking that if you can, please consider clicking here to contribute to Hector’s surgery fund.  Thank you so much in advance!

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Amazon UK Bans the Sale of Prong Collars Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:06:00 +0000

Petitioners and Facebook fans lobbied Amazon UK to cease the sale of prong or pinch collars, and on April 3rd, the site listened and removed all listings.

Many dog owners claim they work marvels on otherwise unruly big dogs that aren’t well-behaved on walks.  They aren’t meant to be work all the time, just during training and walks.  Some say their dogs “respond better.”  Some dogs “respond better” with a kick to the head, but that hardly makes it right.

Opponents of the medieval torture devices argue that positive reinforcement is the best way to train dogs (credible psychologists and dog trainers will agree), and that prong collars are for lazy or irresponsible owners.

Using positive punishment (positive meaning something is added to the equation – in this case, spikes and pain) is far less effective than positive reinforcement (treats, attention).  The punishment only temporarily curbs the unwanted behavior – it does not teach dogs the new, correct behavior you desire them to have.

So perhaps these collars do work for some dogs.  However, there are many people out there who don’t understand that some dogs find the benefit of pulling on the leash to far outweigh the risk of being jabbed in the throat, and cause themselves to become injured.  Then there are other owners who have no problem keeping their dogs in pain so they will learn.

Dogs who repeatedly pull while wearing the collar and injure themselves clearly aren’t learning, so why should they continue to wear the collar?  In addition to superficial injuries, repeated strain on the throat can cause internal damage that affects dogs’ abilities to breathe and swallow as well as damage to the vertebrae.

To the people who say, “My dog has never been hurt on this, and it’s the only way he can learn self-control,” answer this question:  would you use a prong collar on your children to teach them self-control?  Probably not.

If you would like to sign a petition asking Amazon to stop the sale of prong collars in the US, please click here.

For more information, including alternative training techniques, check out the Facebook page Ban the Use of Prong Collars, Shock Collars and Choke Chains.

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Special Holiday Message from A Dog’s Life Comic Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:25:00 +0000 Chris Otto, author of A Dog’s Life Comic has sent a special holiday message for Life With Dogs! Chris creates many such comics originally about a very smart and cute chocolate Labrador named Hunter S. Thompson. Hunter was rescued and adopted, so he is the perfect character for encouraging adoption.

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Puppy Given Weeks to Live Now Thriving Under Continued Care Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:25:00 +0000

Thomas soon after arrival

On Easter weekend, Vancouver Island Dogs Rescue Society received a call about a very sick puppy that urgently needed help.

When Thomas entered their care, he was brought immediately to a veterinarian. He had only 20% of his fur left on his sore body due to a severe case of Demodectic mange that had ravaged his skin. Open sores were oozing all over and his vision was poor due to the infection. Even his ears and nose were feeling the itch and burn of the bacterial infections that had riddled his sickly body!

On top of the skin infections, parasites were found all through his digestive system, he was dehydrated and he was severely underweight. Basically, the vet estimated that he had two to three weeks to live.

It has now been one month since Thomas arrived. He has received a month’s worth of love and care from his amazing foster mom; one month of scrubs in the bath with the incredible Kimberley Matalas “Feel Better” pet products, and one month of incredible veterinary care that he has received from Chase River Veterinary Hospital.

Thomas after beginning treatment

It is only because of the incredibly generous donations of time, products and support that Little Thomas can even be introduced to you!

Though he is much happier and well on his way to recovery, his first few weeks were no walk in the park. Thomas was in a lot of discomfort and, due to his suppressed immune system, was forced to live in an isolated world.  Even though he has made it over many hurdles, it will still be many months before he is strong enough to even receive shots.

Thomas will continue to have medicated baths every other day as his skin heals. The amount that he has already progressed has stunned the veterinarian.

Though his first month at Vancouver Island Dogs Rescue Society has been one of discomfort, through it all he has kept a very loving personality. He is his foster mom’s shadow, happy and content to have his ball thrown to play fetch and a total cuddle bum!

After the first few weeks of isolation, he also now has energy to burn playing with his foster brothers and sisters.

As you can imagine, Thomas’s veterinary care has been very costly and it is only thanks to generous supporters that he has reached this point and will continue to recover.

A healthier, happier Thomas

If you are interested in supporting Thomas or other dogs like him, feel free to visit Vancouver Island Dogs’ website, attend events or subscribe to Modern Dog Magazine in their name. All funds go straight to the dogs!


Vancouver Island Dogs Rescue Society works to: rescue dogs in need; rehabilitate, foster, train, put up for adoption and find homes for rescued dogs;  provide pet ownership education; and provide support for new dog owners and foster dog parents.

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Rescue Dog Helps Apprehend Neighborhood Thief Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:52:00 +0000 A neighborhood in Boulder, Col., is a lot safer today thanks to Squid, a weimaraner-pointer mix, who helped apprehend a neighborhood thief after alerting his owner about the robber outside her door.

Tina Fuller, Squid’s owner, was fast asleep in her room with her pet, when she was suddenly woken up by Squid’s growls.

“[In the ] middle of the night, about three, 3:30 in the morning, Squid just sits up in his bed, [and] started to growl,” Fuller told THV 11. “That’s pretty unusual for him to do.”

Fuller looked out her window and saw two men dressed in all black trying to break into her car. She immediately called 911 and moments later, police officers were outside her door chasing down the thieves.

Fuller’s neighborhood had been recently hit with multiple thefts, and when police received the tip of the on-going break-in, they acted quickly. Authorities were able to capture one of the thieves, the second man got away.

Thanks to Squid, a dog Fuller had recently adopted, Fuller’s and other neighbors’ belongings were retrieved.

On our book Squid is not only a great rescue dog and house pet, but he is also an awesome police detective.

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It Was “Love at First Sight” for a Family Who Saved a Death Row Pit Bull Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:59:00 +0000 This story comes from The Animal Rescue Site, which in addition to featuring fan-submitted rescue stories, offers a wide selection of clothing, décor, pet supplies and other gifts.  For each purchase made, a food donation is given to shelter pets in need.  And now is the perfect time to buy gifts for the fellow animal lovers in your life!

It was love at first sight.

We really didn’t need another dog. We had rescued three pit bull mixes, and through a lot of patience and love had achieved a calm and peaceful household. Then it happened.

On a Facebook page we saw an 11-month-old puppy that had been found on the streets of Manhattan. She was about to be put on the dreaded “list.”  We kept checking the post, certain that someone would snatch her up.

After two anxious days we inquired about her status. We just couldn’t get that face out of our minds. The rescue contacted us within five minutes. They were desperate for someone to adopt her.

Before we knew it, we were meeting Jenna in a parking lot two hours from home. It was very evident she had not had any boundaries or training. Our other dogs were very patient and tolerated her high energy and crazy antics.

Patience and consistent training has transformed this little girl into a treasured member of the family. Even though we didn’t need another dog, we believe it was meant to be.

Submitted to The Animal Rescue Site by Donna of Cobleskill, NY

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“I think he saved my life…” Hero Pit Bull Prevents Sexual Assault on Teen Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:52:00 +0000

Maya Fairweather with her boyfriend’s 5-month-old pit bull, Apollo. Photo: Brigitte Stelzer


A young Brooklyn woman is safe today, many believe because of the heroic actions of her boyfriend’s 5-month-old pit bull pup, Apollo.

Maya Fairweather, was at her boyfriend’s apartment Monday evening when she decided to take his new, high-energy puppy for a walk in the Red Hook Recreation Area park. It was about 10 p.m.

She put her headphones on and let Apollo off the leash to get some exercise in the park.

“I felt someone pull my headphones,” she told the New York Post. “I thought it was my boyfriend grabbing me, so I turned around and smiled — but it wasn’t my boyfriend.”

The man, a stranger, used her jacket to push her to the ground. He then tried to wrest off her pants.

“I fell down on my hands,” Fairweather said. “I just closed my eyes because they say that if you see their face, they will kill you. I froze. I was really scared.”

Fairweather, who had the dog’s leash in her pocket, assumes her attacker was unaware she was out with a dog. He found out soon enough that she wasn’t alone.

“Apollo helped me; he came and bit him in the leg,” she said. So hard, in fact, that the man struggled to break free from the chomp.

“I heard him say, ‘F–k!’ and I was able to run away. I ran across the street,” Fairweather said.

Apollo finally let go and the attacker fled.

“He was protective,” Fairweather said of the hero puppy. “I think it would’ve been a lot worse. I wouldn’t have been so lucky. He is a sweet dog. I never thought he would bite anyone. He never bit anyone before. He’s usually very friendly and just jumps on everyone.”

Fairweather ran back to the apartment, where her boyfriend’s sister, Destiny Guzman, 20, took her to the file a police report.
Law-enforcement sources said officers are searching for the attacker.

“I wasn’t there, but I know that that dog saved her life,” Guzman told The Post. “If it wasn’t for that dog, things would be a lot worse. [Fairweather is] tiny.”

Her boyfriend’s mother, Sonia Valcarcel, didn’t want her son to have a dog at the outset, but now, Apollo is winning her over.

“The dog is a hero, he protected her,” she admitted. “I’m sad she had to go through that, but at least, because of the dog, she was able to escape.”

“He’s a good boy. I think he saved my life,” said Fairweather.

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Fashion Show to Benefit Senior Dogs Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:30:00 +0000

Sherri Franklin of Muttville

In three days, the third annual canine couture catwalk event, Haute Dog SF 3, will be held in San Francisco to benefit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. This premier event will bring together leaders in both the fashion world and rescue world in a unique way.

Haute Dog SF 3 will take place on Friday, February 7th, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the San Francisco Design Center, Galleria Atrium, 101 Henry Adams Street in San Francisco’s Showplace Square.

Some of the Bay area’s most prominent interior designers will create outfits for the doggie models to wear down the runway, using fabrics provided by showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC), a sponsor of the event, along with the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco, Interiors California and San Francisco magazine.

Haute Dog SF 3 will be hosted by local fashion icon and clothier Mr. Wilkes Bashford and will also offer drinks, bites and raffles from Bay Area hospitality sponsors, as well as Posh Pup Lane, a shopping emporium of doggie delights featuring unique pet products, services, specialties and gifts.

Marketing Director, Rhonda Hirata, remarked on the event:

“Our local design community really knows how to ‘put on the dog’-especially a good cause. It’s fascinating to see how the interior designers and SFDC showrooms collaborate to create designer attire for San Francisco’s most stylish of dogs, and highlight this one-of-a kind event to build awareness of the plight of many senior dogs.”

Previous events have been extremely successful, with last year’s event having been sold out! In fact, last year saw more than 700 dog, design and fashion fans show up and more than $40,000 was raised for charity.

This year, the beneficiary of such money will be Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs through rescue, foster, adoption and community. The organization’s founder and director, Sherri Franklin, describes their mission as “to change the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs (aged seven years and older), and create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice.”

***For further details or to order tickets, visit

***For Life with Dog’s previous story about Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and Sherri Franklin’s work, see Senior Dogs Get a Second Chance at California Rescue


Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is a San Francisco-based nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs through foster, adoption, education, and community. Sherri Franklin, a longtime animal advocate and rescue worker, started Muttville in 2007. On a local level, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes or gives them hospice. On a global level, Muttville provides information about caring for older dogs and support for people who do. Through associations with shelters and other animal organizations, Muttville finds senior dogs that have been given up and are not likely to find adopted homes. Through outreach and networking, Muttville has rescued more than 2000 senior dogs.

San Francisco Design Center (SFDC) is the West’s best destination for fine home furnishings and accessories. Sitting at the heart of the San Francisco’s Design District (known as Showplace Square), the SFDC is comprised of three buildings; the Showplace, Galleria, and Garden Court. Together they house over 100 beautifully curated showrooms representing over 2,000 manufacturers including the best name brands in furnishings, accessories, flooring, wall coverings, fabric, lighting, kitchens, baths, closets, fine art and antiques. SFDC is a member of Design Centers International, the Decorative Furnishings Council, and the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

The Luxury Marketing Council, a business organization of CEOs and senior sales and marketing practitioners, is considered the global leader in the rapidly-growing arena of luxury marketing and the “Gold Standard” for the intelligent exploration of best marketing practices and trends in the luxury marketplace. Council brings together San Francisco’s smartest and most innovative marketers of luxury products and services to explore best practices, critical issues and trends. The result is a “spontaneous combustion that provides Council members with a unique platform for growing revenue, share-of-wallet and loyalty of the luxury market’s best customers…the 4 + million individuals in the U.S. with liquid portfolios of $1,000,000 or more.

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