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Good Samaritan rescues coonhound dog from frozen river


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Daring rescue saves beloved dog from icy death

When Bart the coonhound fell through fragile ice into the frigid waters of Michigan’s Huron River, Good Samaritan Lance Eicher waded in to pull the freezing dog to safety — heroically risking his own life.

Forced to choose between staying warm and watching a dog freeze in the icy waters of Michigan’s Huron River, Lance Eicher decided to play the hero.

Even when the good samaritan fell through the ice himself, his primary concern was keeping the dog warm.

“I just wasn't thinking,” Eicher told WDIV. “I just wanted to try to rescue the friend of the family.”

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Reading to dog most popular library program

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LUCASVILLE — The W. Gordon Ryan Public Library will host the 1-year anniversary party for the Therapy Dog named Beck for the Tail Waggin’ Tutoring program Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Beck’s owner Kathi Jo Zornes said she is excited about the upcoming celebration party for Beck.

Zornes said the children at the W. Gordon Ryan Public Library love Beck and the Tail Waggin’ Tutoring program has been acknowledged by the public library as one of their most popular programs.

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Budding Guide Dog puppies started their training over the holidays


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MANTECA -- A truck driver dressed as Santa Claus delivered 10 puppies to delighted families gathered Saturday at a shopping center in Manteca.

The pups are adorable gifts for the holiday season, but these volunteers will spend a year raising them to become guide dogs that help the blind live more independent lives.

Amber May, a pre-veterinary student at the University of California at Davis, got acquainted with Maybelle, a Labrador retriever that was soon licking her face. During winter break, she will potty train the dog at her parents' Modesto home before returning to school.

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UC Davis Veterinarians Safe Pets Holiday Tips


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Veterinarians at the University of California, Davis, offer some helpful tips to keep your pets safe this holiday season.

Items to watch out for:

  • Chocolate — Chocolate contains ingredients that can be toxic to pets. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. While dogs are the most susceptible, cats and other species may be affected, too. It is best to avoid letting any of your pets eat chocolate. If they have eaten chocolate and show signs of anxiety, agitation or vomiting, consult a veterinarian immediately.
  • Poinsettias and holly — These traditional holiday plants can cause mild irritation to a pet’s mouth and may cause minor drooling, decreased appetite or vomiting. Seek veterinary care if these signs progress.
  • Mistletoe — In small amounts, mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal irritation, possibly resulting in drooling, vomiting or diarrhea. Larger amounts could cause more severe harm. Consult veterinary care immediately if your pet has eaten any mistletoe.
  • Electrical cords — Pets can easily be electrocuted if they chew through holiday light cords, which are usually thin and not insulated. Respiratory distress is a sign of electrocution, as well as a burn mark across the lips or tongue. Consult veterinary care immediately if your pet has these signs.
  • Tinsel — While it makes a beautiful decoration, tinsel can be deadly to your pet if swallowed. It can easily cause an intestinal blockage and leakage of the consumed material into the abdomen. If you suspect your pet has eaten tinsel, and it has a loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, seek veterinary care.
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Vet's Great Dane saves canine patient with blood transfusion

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MISSOULA - Exactly one week ago, a Frenchtown family took their sick dog, Max, to the vet. He almost didn't make it, but the veterinarian used his own dog to save Max.

After several days of not feeling well, Ian and John brought their dog to the vet. The animal collapsed in the waiting room, turning what would have been a routine exam into an urgent situation.

"We had to do something or we could lose him," says Veterinarian, Scott Bovard.

Max needed blood and he needed it quickly. But there was a problem, there wasn't any at the blood bank.

That's when veterinarian Scott Bovard decided to get the biggest dog he knew, which happens to be his own Great Dane, Cedar, to give Max a blood transfusion.

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Puppystream digital dog park and new photo community

Dog lovers rejoice! Not only is it the most wonderful time of the year, it's the start of our holiday vacation, and around here that means lots of dog photos being shared between family and friends. We can't resist the cute!  What makes this winter even more exciting is we just discovered a virtual dog park called Puppystream. Drop the galoshes and snow shovel! is a fun new community for all the dog lovers out there who want to share photos of their dog, or see photos of other cute dogs, and we know they're out there! Did you know that there are over 12 million photos tagged #dog on Instagram? 


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Therapy dog Carly recovers from cancer is back to helping heal others


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OGDEN — Carly gets excited when it’s time to go visit the hospitals with her owner, Debbie McAllister.

The female golden retriever always responds happily when Debbie asks her if she wants to go visit the behavior, physical therapy and pediatrics units at McKay-Dee Hospital. She seems to know whenever she’s going.

Then, once the 10-year-old dog arrives, she is greeted with as much love as she gives — often with treats and generous petting and play.

But those visits nearly came to an abrupt end in 2010 when Debbie was rubbing Carly’s neck and felt some lumps. She immediately took Carly to the veterinarian and was referred to another veterinarian who could care for dogs with cancer.

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Portland-area hospital honors therapy dogs with calendar


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PORTLAND - Keeping track of the days of the new year can be fun for dog lovers.

A Portland-area hospital is out with a new calendar featuring a month by month salute to its four legged physicians.

“It’s absolute love and therapy,” said volunteer Marcy Lowy of what her dog Willie provides at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

Six days a week, you’ll find some of the nine dogs in the program greeting visitors or comforting patients.

“There are times when they want Willie to jump right up on the bed and then they just melt,” remarked volunteer Richard Lowy.

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Doggie Dental Care | Only the teeth you want to keep

Joyful-CleoAccording to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 75% of pets over the age of three will experience signs of periodontal disease. When we adopted our dog Cleo, she had a root canal within months of coming home. She was about three years old. Adopting an adult dog, we didn't know her background but since having Cleo is for keeps, it's been important for us to learn about doggie dental care.

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Kentucky veterinary clinic collecting care packages for military dogs in Afghanistan

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KENTUCKY -- A veterinary clinic in Kentucky is collecting care packages for a group of soldiers in Afghanistan that often gets nothing in exchange for its unique service to our country: the canine corp.

This is Pewee Valley Veterinary Center's first time collecting care packages, or what they call "blessings in a box". They will send the boxes all the way to Afghanistan to a group of military soldiers who give everything but often get nothing for their service.

"I thought that there would be people doing this all over the world, but there really are not," says Carolyne Tilford with PeWee Valley Veterinary Clinic. "There's one other place doing this that we found anywhere."

The center's goal is to collect supplies for the military's forgotten heroes. It’s often forgotten canine corps, which are posted on military bases world wide.

"Dogs have been used in the military since the Revolutionary War, and you know, they're forgotten a lot of times," says Tilford.

The public may not think of them, but their military comrades cannot do without them.

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Migaloo the rescue lab becomes first conservation dog

It always amazes me how a dog can be trained to want a ball more than a bone, even a bone that is thousands of years old.

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Since a canine nose is equipped with some 200 million more olfactory receptors than a human's, scientists are increasingly turning to dogs as field assistants to track and monitor populations of wild species.

Such "conservation dogs" can sniff out creatures as small as a lizard or as large as a gorilla, pinpoint where invasive plants are growing, and even guide marine biologists to fresh whale poop. (See pictures of scat research.) But can a dog smell the past?

Australian dog trainer Gary Jackson of Multinational K9 has trained a black lab mix named Migaloo as the world's first "archaeology dog," able to locate bones that are hundreds of years old. He spoke with National Geographic magazine's Amanda Fiegl.

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Chicago holistic pet care "fills the gap between vet visits"


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CHICAGO (CBS) — On any given day, a walker from Green Paws Chicago can likely be seen taking a trip around the block with a four-legged friend.

“A nice long walk really does wonders for their health and can really improve their quality of life,” said co-owner, John Wray.

Wray is one of dozens of walkers who take care of dogs and cats while their owners are away.

Robb Hendrickson says unlike many other services, Green Paws take a holistic approach to pet care. They take care of what he calls the gap between vet visits.

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GREENIES launches the holiday chuckles in new commercial

With Thanksgiving over, the tree trimmed and the first set of Christmas cards in the mail, our home is now in full holiday mode. As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm working on a holiday gift for Team Cleo and I'm pretty excited on how it's turning out!

Because I remember when Cleo could express her excitement in leaps and bounds, I have to share this cute new SEASON’S GREENIES® commercial for the popular dental chews. And Cleo may not be able to leap like the dog in this commercial, but she sure expresses her excitement with a louder woof!

Hohoho Woofs to one and all!




This post was written by a Nutro Knowledge Network Member and sponsored by the Nutro Company.

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