- Sarah D. Bunting | Animal Nation | Mon, Sep 10, 2012 1:25 PM EDT | Comments
going on a major diet to try to slim down.Cue up the "pig in a blanket" jokes – a 70-pound wiener dog, a Dachshund named Obie, is
The average Dachshund has a maximum weight of 32 pounds; five-year-old Obie (who used to be called AJ; we assume the "Obie" nickname is short for "obese" – aw, poor guy) weighs more than twice that, topping out at 77 pounds when new owner Nora Vanatta met him last month. (That's seven times what a Miniature Dachshund would weigh.)
His previous owners, an older couple, had to give Obie up because of their own declining health, but thanks to what must have been expert begging by the dog, they'd managed to feed him almost to death in the meantime.
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Vanatta first heard about Obie because she follows Oregon Dachshund Rescue on Facebook, but when she read his weight, she assumed they'd gotten confused about the breed. Nope: he's a purebred. He's also really lucky; Vanatta already owns a couple
- Bridget Marquardt | Animal Nation | Fri, Sep 14, 2012 6:29 PM EDT | Comments
A misbehaving dog can be exhausting and frustrating. And since it always helps to understand why your dog may not be on his or her best behavior, we brought back board certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Rachel Malamed to give us some tips on what to do if your dog exhibits "problem behavior".
If you're interested in hearing more from Dr. Rachel, you can check out her website here.
- Vetstreet.com | Animal Nation | Tue, Sep 11, 2012 9:52 AM EDT | Comments
By Liz Ozaist | vetstreet.comAs the nation prepares to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many Americans are reflecting on the lives lost and the brave individuals who risked their lives to help out in the aftermath.
9/11 Search-and Rescue Dogs
Amid the many selfless heroes exists a group of often unsung and overlooked saviors - dogs. These four-footed troopers not only scoured the wreckage at Ground Zero alongside human handlers, but they also sprung into action as trained therapy animals and comforting companions in living rooms across the United States. Here's a look at some of the country's canine 9/11 heroes.Search-and-Rescue Dogs
More than 300 canines descended on the rubble that was Ground Zero, searching for survivors and victims in the days following the tragedy. Some of the trained dogs belonged to volunteers, while others were part of professional teams. Regardless of their official capacity, the animals were inva...Read More »
- Sarah D. Bunting | Animal Nation | Thu, Sep 6, 2012 11:53 AM EDT | Comments
Pumpkin the kitten used up at least three of her nine lives last month, when she traveled 100 miles' worth of bumpy upstate-NY roads wedged between the bumper and the front end of a Jeep. But after nearly a full day trapped in the chassis and some understandable injuries, Pumpkin got a much-deserved happy ending – the Jeep's owner, Stacey Pulsifer, decided to adopt the kitten.Talk about hair-raising:
How did Pumpkin end up on this involuntary road trip? Pulsifer doesn't know how Pumpkin got into this predicament, but she does know where. "I saw her on my porch on a Friday evening after work," Pulsifer tells Yahoo! Shine Pets. The next day, a Saturday, Pulsifer was on the road for her friend Kellie Briquer's wedding, driving from Plattsburgh, NY to Elizabethtown, to Peru, and then back home. She had no idea she had a tiny feline baby on board until she stopped at a McDonald's drive-through for coffee, where she thought heard meowing. She then drove home and inspected the car for hidde...Read More »
- Babble.com | Animal Nation | Mon, Sep 10, 2012 4:46 PM EDT | Comments
Blind, rescued Dachshund's artwork helps other rescue dogs
Artist Dee Dee Murry was saddened when her beloved pet lost her sight. Hallie, a rescued long-haired dachshund, has turned her challenges into an opportunity to help other rescued animals.
Ms. Murry, herself an artist, had already taught Hallie how to hold a brush in her mouth before Hallie lost her vision. The dog took to painting right away.
"Within a few days she was picking the brush up out of the paint cup, going over to the paper and making strokes and dabs," Ms. Murry wrote on her website. "She would never want to stop, if I set the brush down and told her how good she was and it was time to stop, she would quickly grab the brush back and start painting again."Related: 12 hilarious photos of dogs in strange places
Hallie's vision loss came on suddenly, Ms. Murry told ABC News affiliate KOMO.
"It came on really fast-overnight," Ms. Murry said. "It probably happened within 2 or 3 days. She was seeing fine and then suddenly she was walking into walls." Hallie was di...Read More »
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