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Happy Birthday Broadway Barks Co-Founder Bernadette Peters!

 

 

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Bernadette Peters and Stella (photo credit: broadway.com)

Tip of the top hat today for Ms. Peters on her birthday! How does she look younger every year? Is it the singing and dancing? Having a dog? Whatever it is, we salute Ms. Peters and wish her loads of birthday wishes! 

Learn more about Broadway Barks, see great images from last year's event (LIFE+DOG was a media sponsor), and read this cute interview where we learn which famous person Stella looks like.

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Therapy Dogs Help Military Kids With Special Needs

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Via KPBS.org

Military children with special needs in the San Diego area recently got the chance to read to an adoring audience - therapy dogs.

The non-profit group Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc. brought pups of all sizes to MCAS Miramar last week to participate in the "Ruff Readers" program.

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Therapy dog Serena brightens special needs kids life

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Via Aiken Standard

Steve Briggs and his therapy dog, Serena, may both be getting a little grayer, but that hasn’t slowed them down.

Briggs and Serena were recently featured in the documentary “Paw Prints: Serena’s Story” that premiered last year. It was produced over the span of one week in 2010 and followed the pair as they made therapy visits throughout North Augusta and Aiken.

“Mr. Briggs is a special person to our classroom in more ways than I can count. When he visits with Serena, the children’s eyes light up,” said Uyen Griffis, a special needs teacher at Hammond Hill Elementary. “Serena comes in with such calmness and patience. Our children are able to talk, some using gestures and picture symbols, to Serena, pat her gently on the head, and show the teacher her ears, eyes and nose. She allows the children to walk with her and always has a gentle kiss for anyone. Mr. Briggs talks with the children about their day and what they are learning. This helps improve their communication skills and interaction with adults.”

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"She saved our lives" Pit bull saves alabama family from fire

She said it’s unlikely they would have woken up in time to get out safely had Boots not bitten McDonald on the arm.

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Via Times Daily

SHEFFIELD — While there’s a lot of uncertainty in their future, Brandon McDonald and his fiance might not be facing a future at all if not for his dog, Boots.

McDonald and April Kinsley were asleep in their Park Boulevard apartment early Saturday, unaware that the complex was on fire.

The blaze ultimately destroyed the nine-unit complex, leaving 18 people homeless.

The 9-month-old Blue Gotti, a type of pit bulldog, barked some more and finally bit McDonald on the arm.

“She didn’t bite me hard, just enough to let me know to get up,” McDonald said. “I was going to get up in a little bit because she’d never bit me before.”

McDonald said he smelled smoke. When he got up, he told Kinsley to get Boots and get out of the upstairs apartment.

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Oregon house bill would help veterans with PTSD get service dogs

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The Oregon House veterans affairs committee is scheduled to take up a bill today that would establish a two-year pilot program to pair service dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD, and to study the effectiveness of the dogs.

Last year the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decided it would no longer pay for service dogs to help veterans with nonphysical injuries. The department reasoned research was insufficient to continue paying for mental health service dogs.

The department, however, said it would continue to pay for guide dogs for veterans with physical disabilities. House Bill 2159 would establish a Therapy and Service Dog Pilot Program Fund for a two-year test period. The program would need $75,000 from the general fund to cover the cost of at least five dogs.

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Started after 9/11 San Jose Airport Uses Therapy Dogs to Soothe Passengers

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Via San Jose Mercury News

Kyra Hubis, a retired critical care nurse for 30 years, runs the therapy dog program as a volunteer. She finds that many passengers are in need of a dog's wagging tail, wet nose and unconditional love. "Traveling is a stressful experience," said Rosemary Barnes, the airport's public information manager.

"You may be going to a job interview. You may have lost a loved one. There are so many reasons that people come to airports." The program began after 9/11, when an airport pastor brought in her own dog to help soothe stressed and frightened passengers.

The effort has since grown to include 11 volunteers who walk their therapy dogs -- including a German shepherd, miniature schnauzer and Bordeaux mastiff -- up and down the terminals a few hours a week.

The program runs on donations, which pay for the uniforms of the furry counselors: red vests covered in patches embroidered with slogans like "Pet me I'm friendly."

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Tibetan terrier warns pub landlords minutes before smoke alarm rings saves lunchtime crowd

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Via Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

Pub landlords Mark and Harriet Jenkinson have praised their dog for raising the alarm after a fire broke out in their upstairs flat.

Jasmine, a 14-month-old Tibetan terrier, broke down a stair gate and ran down the stairs at The George Inn, Sandy Lane.

The pub was packed with more than 50 customers during the lunchtime service on Saturday, January 26, including a 90th birthday celebration.

Mrs Jenkinson, 37, went from the bar to find out why Jasmine was barking and within a minute the smoke detector went off.

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"We can't be stressed out around puppies" Therapy dogs ease midterm stress

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Via the Daily Northwestern

Mary Beth Napier, a volunteer for Rainbow AAT at the event, said dog therapy has been scientifically proven to help relieve stress. She was particularly excited about coming to Northwestern as a community provider for Counseling and Psychological Services and a practicing psychologist.

"I see a lot of Northwestern students and I know this is a stressful time for students, so I was thrilled when I found out Tiffany contacted Rainbow," she said. "We'd be happy to host other events on campus as well."

The turnout for the therapy dogs session was better than it had been for other programs sponsored by the Foster-Walker staff, Gonzales said. Most students attending the event expressed excitement about interacting with pets on campus.

"This is such a good idea, because we can not be stressed out around puppies," said Megan Barstead, a McCormick senior. "I wish they would do this more often and not just at Plex."

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Retriever detects testicular cancer in 19-year-old best buddy

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LAKE OF EGYPT -- Dogs are often called man's best friend, and that certainly proved true for 19-year-old Ricky Hatfield. The Lake of Egypt teen says he owes his life to his 2-year-old retriever, Maverick. 

The pair share a close bond which was strengthened earlier this year when the well-trained K-9 acted out of the ordinary. 

"He headbutted me right in the groin," said Hatfield. "That is something he would never do, but he put his head down and hit me and then backed off and then looked at me for a minute, and I was down on the ground for a little while."

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Tiny Kiwi Dog Saves Kids From Fire

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Via NZ Herald News

Bella the dog is tiny and and only 11 months old, but her insistent urgent bark on Monday night saved a family of four from tragedy.

Bella is a Cavalier King Charles cross with Griffen and Maltese, and is trusting and loving and ready for a pat and tummy rub.

Jo Conroy, Bella's owner says she cannot bear to think about a different outcome from the fire that gutted her children's bedroom.

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