Mary Wolfe was reunited with Nahla on June 3, eight months after the dog disappeared.When Mary Wolfe, 24, was traveling from Alaska to Colorado last September with her dog, Nahla, she stopped in Seattle to visit friends. They brought her out to a pub, where Wolfe reluctantly tied Nahla up outside. (She was accustomed to bringing the dog into restaurants in Alaska.) Wolfe went out to check on Nahla every 10 to 15 minutes, often with a group of smokers who were at the bar. But a few minutes after the smokers left for the night, Wolfe went out and found that Nahla was gone.
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Wolfe spent the next 8 months trying to find her Husky-Australian Shepherd mix, often getting leads on her Help Find Nahla Facebook page, and says she ran into strong opposition whenever she tried to investigate the group of smokers. She says she was harassed via email, Facebook and Craigslist - until an investigator discovered that the harassing posts and false tips were coming from the same IP address.
Finally, Wolfe flew back to Washington to
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Mary Wolfe was reunited with Nahla on June 3, eight months after the dog disappeared.When Mary Wolfe, 24, was traveling from Alaska to Colorado last September with her dog, Nahla, she stopped in Seattle to visit friends. They brought her out to a pub, where Wolfe reluctantly tied Nahla up outside. (She was accustomed to bringing the dog into restaurants in Alaska.) Wolfe went out to check on Nahla every 10 to 15 minutes, often with a group of smokers who were at the bar. But a few minutes after the smokers left for the night, Wolfe went out and found that Nahla was gone.Read More »from Woman Finds Dog After Harrowing Search
Dog swimming in poolLiving with a dog has many perks, but one of the best has to be the impetus to get off the couch and out the door so you can both get some exercise. Exercise is as important for your dog as it is for you!
Exercise isn't just a nicety; it's a necessity for maintaining optimal physical and mental wellbeing. As with people, obesity is becoming a major health problem in today's dogs. Between 20 and 40 percent of all dogs seen by veterinarians in the United States are considered overweight, and many are clinically obese. Obesity prevents dogs from enjoying many physical activities; it also decreases speed and stamina and makes it more difficult for dogs to deal with heat. Obesity is also associated with certain medical problems, including arthritic changes in overly burdened joints, increased risk of torn ligaments, back problems, cardiac problems, difficulty breathing, increased surgical risks,Read More »from Why Exercise is so Important to Dogs
By Laura Cross
Summertime, and the living is easy - especially if you're a dog. For the next few glorious months, our canine friends will get to play on the beach, paddle in the water and bask in the sun without a care in the world.
To celebrate the start of longer days and warmer weather, we rounded up our favorite pups dressed up in summer attire. From hula skirts and board shorts to sunglasses and straw hats, we can't get enough of these chic (and adorable) canine outfits.
CarlyLight the tiki torches, don your leis and get ready to hula - Carly the Norwich Terrier is throwing a luau and she's inviting every pup in town. So bring your appetites for the best party of the summer.
PJPJ the German Shepherd puppy thinks that the beach towel wrapped around his head would be really fun to chew on. After all, he had a blast trying to devour flip-flops last week. He can't help it if the corner of the towel just happens to keep falling directly into his mouth. It's the wind'sRead More »from 10 Cute Canines Ready for the Dog Days of Summer
Pete Souza via TwitterWhen you come home from a tough day at work, do you regroup by taking a moment to greet your dog? In that case, you're no different from the President. Yes, that President.
On Tuesday, Official White House photographer Pete Souza shared a photo of First Dog Bo Obama waiting for a serious-looking president as he arrived at the Oval Office.
"Photo of Bo today," Souza Tweeted. "Oh yeah, Pres Obama is in the photo too!"
"POTUS greets Bo," Souza wrote. "Back by popular demand."
After dealing with a devastating natural disaster in Oklahoma and the recent controversies over surveillance programs and the IRS (among other things) we can't think of a better way for theRead More »from Bo Obama, Stress-Reliever-in-Chief
Carly should never eat onions and garlic.A number of human foods are dangerous to pets. Many of these foods may seem tasty to them but can prove deadly if eaten. We know it can be tempting to offer your favorite four-legged friends food from the table, but pets should not be given human food unless recommended by your veterinarian.
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If you suspect your pet may have eaten a dangerous food, contact your veterinarian immediately. In many cases, early recognition and treatment are critical.
1. & 2. Garlic and Onions
Garlic and onions contain chemicals that damage red blood cells in cats and dogs. Affected red blood cells can rupture or lose their ability to carry oxygen effectively. Cooking these foods does not reduce their potential toxicity. Fresh, cooked, and/or powdered garlic and/or onions are commonly found in baby food, which is sometimes given to animals when they are sick, so be sure to read food labelsRead More »from 8 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Pet
By Linda Lombardi | vetstreet.com
Firefly lighting it upMost people aren't fond of insects, but we make an exception for fireflies. All over the world their magical display inspires devotion, from entire Japanese towns that hold festivals to a solitary kid catching one to watch it glow in her hand.
Different species of fireflies have different flash patterns. In your own backyard you may be able to see that some flash once and some twice. There are species in Southeast Asia and in the Smoky Mountains where the males all gather and flash in unison, attracting tourists to see the show. But a subtler part of the signal is also very important to some of our native fireflies.
Fireflies use flash patterns to locate a mate of the same species, but looking for love can be risky. Two similarly named families of fireflies - the PhotuRIS and the PhotuNIS - have a particularly dangerous courting ritual. The femaleRead More »from Insects We Love: Fireflies
- vetstreet.com | Pets – Tue, Jun 11, 2013 8:03 AM EDT
Cats are among the hardest animals to place in new homes.My career as a veterinarian - and really, my entire life - has been all about celebrating what I call "The Bond," that amazing connection we have with our pets. But even as I've made a life's work out of The Bond, I am keenly aware that it sometimes breaks, landing pets in shelters where they hope for new homes.
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The good news is that progressive shelters are making tremendous leaps forward when it comes to re-homing pets in need. The success of Maddie's Pet Adoption Days - with almost 8,000 pets nationwide placed in forever homes over a single weekend - highlights the amazing work that the shelter and rescue communities are doing these days.
But despite this positive news about pet adoptions, cats are still among the hardest animals to place in new homes. Fortunately, there's good news for the felines too: The shelter community is studying the reasons cats are given up, with an eye to helping pet owners solve theRead More »from 5 Reasons Cats Are Given Up for Adoption — and How to Avoid These Problems
- vetstreet.com | Pets – Mon, Jun 10, 2013 8:48 AM EDT
Vincent, the French Bulldog, all tuckered out from traveling.As a veterinarian with 20-plus years of experience roaming the States with pets in tow, you'd think I'd have the traveling thing down. Yet every single time I take my pets anywhere outside my hometown in South Florida, I'm forced to confront some new (and often annoying) aspect of pet travel I'd somehow missed during the 50-plus trips that preceded it.
My last expedition serves as a perfect example:
I flew from Miami to Arizona with my French Bulldog, Vincent, for a speaking engagement.
After spending the night at a fancy pet-friendly resort, we flew to Washington, D.C., where Vincent and I met up with my significant other and our Belgian Malinois pup, Violet. They'd just driven up from Miami to help me enjoy three days of BlogPaws, a social media conference for the pet set. There we spent our nights in a ninth-floor hotel room (near the elevator, thank God) and our days in a conference booth promoting my Fat Dog Diet iPhone app.
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By Mikkel Becker
ThinkstockQ. My rescue dog is uncomfortable with eye contact. Why does eye contact make her act so skittish? How can I teach her that eye contact is an OK thing?
In many human cultures, eye contact is viewed as a way to make a connection and show interest, but for dogs, eye contact sends a different message. Seeing eye-to-eye is likely viewed by your dog as more of a threat than a measure of good will.
Depending on the socialization your dog received as a puppy, her genetic predisposition and her experience before you adopted her, eye contact may actually be perceived as a significant enough threat to spark aggression. Unless she is taught that eye contact is OK, it is possible that she could progress from simply being skittish to biting.
In the canine world, prolonged eye contact rarely occurs in friendly contexts; it is more commonly seen as a threat or challenge toRead More »from Why Won't My Dog Look Me in the Eye?
By Dr. Carrie La Jeunesse
Marking and memorializing pet lossWhen we lose a loved one, the stories of our lives change forever. Our connections to those beings are not gone, but are transformed as we move forward in time. The ways in which we choose to mark and honor seminal events such as marriages, births, important religious or spiritual milestones, life-stage transitions or deaths are steeped in the ancient tradition of ritual. Our life stories and who we are change through loss. Despite the pain, most people come to discover "positives" that, upon reflection, help us appreciate lessons learned and personal strengths or qualities that would not have been discovered without such powerful transitions. Marking these losses through rituals or other means of memorializing is a healthy first step toward moving through the tasks of mourning.
In the case of death, rituals serve many healthy purposes. On a personal level,Read More »from Rituals Can Help You Cope with Pet Loss