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PEDIGREE Recalls 3 Varieties of their Weight Management canned food

Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited range of three varieties of their PEDIGREE® weight management canned food products due to a potential choking risk. The issue has been identified and corrected at their manufacturing facility. Please note, no other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of wet food, dry dog food, or dog treats.

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The full press release with information about the three canned food products affected and information on how pet owners can check to see if their can is one of the products in voluntary recall is available at www.pedigree.com/update. Pet owners can also call 1-877-720-3335.

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Witness the mysterious power of dogs

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JACKSON, MI – Something about dogs cheers people who are sick, old or tired. It’s difficult to explain but obvious to observe.

To see for myself, I met about 10 dogs and their owners outside Faith Haven Senior Care Centre of Jackson. They belong to a volunteer group called Fleet's Therapy Dogs, and they were out on a regular mission to make strangers feel better.

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10 Valuable Life Lessons From Two and Three-Legged Dogs

Domenick Scudera shares ten inspirational lessons he's learned from his pair of canine buddies. I especially love number five. Do you have any you would add? Please share in the comments.

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Two special guys are in my life: my dogs, Festus and Cyrus. Festus is a three-legged pit bull/Rottweiler. Cyrus is a tiny terrier born without front legs. Both dogs have been trained and certified as therapy dogs, and they volunteer and visit patients in hospitals each week. These dogs are my greatest teachers. Here are some of the simple lessons that I have learned from them:

Be Yourself. Festus has an unusual gait. Cyrus uses a wheeled cart to walk. People stare and point at them wherever they go, as if they were freaks in a circus. But being different is not something that the dogs recognize or care about. If someone gawks, it does not affect them in any way. These dogs are perfect as they are. They do not care what other people think of them.

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Wheelchair Height Bernese Mountain Dog Brings Joy to Rehabilitation

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — If it's Tuesday, therapy dog Maggie is bringing smiles to the faces of residents of Williamstown Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

iBerkshires tagged along when Maggie visited residents on June 5.

A 98-pound Bernese Mountain dog, Maggie is too big to cuddle in the lap, but her size makes it easy for residents to pet her.

"They don't have to bend down. She is wheelchair height," said Janice Paquette, activity director of Williamstown Commons.

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Senior dogs make us better kids: Why old dogs are the best dogs

This essay "The last word: Why old dogs are the best dogs" was written in 2008 by the Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten. I've read it several times, and for me, it still rings true.

Cleo

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog." - Sidney Jeanne Seward 

I used to worry that Cleo wouldn't come to trust me, or bond with me. She was already an adult dog when we met and adopted her. I worried that I would not be able to set her up for success, and would do everything wrong. Today, as an old dog, she wears her heart on her "sleeve" or furry leg. She is my number one super fan.

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Pet hospice eases heartache for animal lovers

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SEATTLE -- Cats and dogs usually don't mix. But Cat – Cat Ritzinger – and her dog, Vita, were inseparable.

"Suddenly one day, she developed a limp,” said Ritzinger.

A vet found a tumor. It was bone cancer. For Ritzinger, it brought heartache and the feeling of helplessness.

"That's when I thought I needed support,” said Ritzinger.

Ritzinger called in Michelle Nichols, an animal hospice consultant.

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Florida pilot transports 1,000th animal for Pilots N Paws

One of our favorite groups Pilots N Paws has a Florida pilot, Jeff Bennett, who just transported his 1,000th animal. We tip our paw to Jeff for donating his time, plane and transportation costs to this wonderful organization founded by Deborah Boies. Read our May 2011 Influence Positively Interview with the group’s president and co-founder.

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GREENVILLE, Ala. — On a recent June day, Jeff Bennett flew his four-seat plane from the mangrove-dotted Florida Keys, past some angry thunder clouds to the fertile hills of Greenville, Ala. His mission: to save 23 dogs destined for death row.

Bennett, a 53-year-old retired businessman, donates his time, fuel and plane to Pilots N Paws, a South Carolina-based charity that enlists small plane pilots to transport animals from overcrowded shelters that have high euthanasia rates to foster homes, rescue groups and less-crowded shelters that don’t kill the animals.

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Influence Positively Interview - Kevin Kosik

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Kevin Kosik joined PAWS as President/CEO in September 2011. With a background in corporate banking and more than 20 years of non-profit experience, Kevin brings expertise in fundraising, volunteer management and leadership development to his role overseeing organizational effectiveness and resource development at PAWS.  A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Kevin has devised and implemented annual fund, major donor, institutional and capital development programs and projects. He has held senior leadership positions at large non-profit organizations including serving as the Vice President & Chief Development Officer at the YMCA of the Central Bay Area, the Deputy Chief Development Officer & Director of Operations for SIERRA Magazine at the Sierra Club. He has served on the Board of Directors for The Emerging Artists Project, The Crucible and the Contra Costa Humane Society.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? I just came back from a long overdue vacation, so I’d have to say that perfect happiness is sitting on the beach, watching the waves and sharing quality time with family and friends. You have to make your own happiness and that means it can be found almost anywhere. We all need a little more happiness in our lives. I start with keeping the people I love close.

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New Research: Dogs at home may protect you from asthma

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A new study released this week is sure to cause cat owners everywhere to bristle with envy. As it turns out, Man’s Best Friend may be able to do more than fetch and protect your family from intruders. Having a dog in the house could also protect your family against respiratory infection linked to asthma, as well as lessen your chances of catching the common cold.

It’s not so much the dogs themselves which protect against these microbial attacks, simply their presence in the house. New research from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) suggests house dust from homes with dogs can work to protect against these infections. The research was presented at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

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More Hospitals Allow Patients' Own Dogs to Visit

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Madison Fleaks had been in Texas Children's Hospital in Houston for over six months waiting for a heart transplant. She was born with a congenital heart condition.

Not yet two years old, she may have forgotten much of her life at home. But she still remembered her two dogs; their photograph sat framed next to her hospital bed.

"If you said anything about the dogs, she would point and want to kiss the picture," said her mother, Tabitha Fleaks. Madison has been in and out of hospitals, she said, enduring multiple surgeries.

"She has been sick her whole life. All she knows is me, her dad, and the two dogs."

So when her dog Kodiak showed up in her hospital room one day, Madison was thrilled.

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Mondays | Who couldn't use a Bowser Beer for Dogs

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Bowser Beer is a special micro-brew crafted and bottled just for dogs. The Minnesota-based company behind the beer, 3 Busy Dogs, was started by Jenny Brown who concocted the malty brew in 2007. The beer is safe for dogs, as it contains no alcohol, carbonation or harmful hops.

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Therapy dogs help foster kids' love of reading

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Seven-year-old Ella Frisby sits on the floor in the children's book area of the Gillis Library reading "Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record" with great enthusiasm.

Ollie listens intently and Zoey falls asleep.

That's what dogs do.

This pair of pooches, part of the local Tail Waggin' Tutors brigade operated through the local chapter of Therapy Dogs International, helps young readers develop their skills by giving them one-on-one time with a patient listener. Children who may be shy reading in front of peers often will read to a friendly dog. Once they start reading, the child builds confidence and that makes reading fun.

Ella's mom, Chris Frisby, has seen the canine tutoring work with her daughter, who has read to the dogs for three years.

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Elementary school students donate 14 pet oxygen masks

via www.mapleridgenews.com

Maple Ridge firefighters are now some of the best equipped in Canada to save a pet’s life.

Three years ago, students at Albion elementary started fundraising to help purchase pet oxygen masks.

With help from Invisible Fence of British Columbia’s Project Breathe and the Maple Ridge Fire Department, 14 pet oxygen mask kits were donated earlier this month. That’s enough to equip every fire truck in Maple Ridge.

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Therapy Dog Buster the Pekingese Bolognese helping patients

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Woodruff - Research is showing Therapy Dogs are an important part of patient recovery and moral in hospitals.

One Northwoods program is gaining paw-pularity quickly.

Buster is a one and a half year old Pekingese Bolognese mix with only a few months of therapy dog work under his collar.

His owner, Marilyn Bolgioni describes him as, "A happy dog, he loves everyone. He loves older people, younger people, children, other dogs and he seems to know the people that like dogs. He likes that too."

We all know that a hospital can be a stressful area and sometimes, if you're waiting for a procedure, it can even be a dreary day. But when you have somebody like Buster come and visit your room, a therapy dog, he can brighten you up with his soft fur and friendly smile and make everything better.

Bogioni says,"Another woman had had a stroke and she hadn't responded at all until Buster came in the room. She started talking and she probably went on for a half an hour. That was very emotional."

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