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Chilly the rescue dog nominated for national valor award!


MINERAL, VA—Dogs may be man's best friend, but for one Mineral woman, her four-legged friend is a bit more—she's a guardian angel. Now, this rescue dog is in the running for a national valor award, all for saving her owners life.

In September 2012, Heidi Parker went to the doctor for a routine allergy shot. It was a larger dose than usual, so she decided to take a nap on the couch when she got home.

"Chilly is normally a calm dog; she won't bother you when you're sleeping and she started jumping on my chest, licking my face just making sure she woke me up," Heidi Parker said of her bulldog-pitbull mix.

Unbeknownst to Parker, she went into anaphylactic shock while she slept. Luckily, Chilly knew something was wrong and woke Parker up.

Parker's throat was swollen shut, she was having trouble breathing, and she couldn't even talk to the dispatcher when she called 911.

"If she wouldn't have woke me up, I would have died in my sleep," Parker said.

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Joy, Furry Dogs & Why I Love Laundry Day

Today is laundry day. It's a big deal in my home because not only do I have laundry for my husband and I, but it means I'm tackling everything that has been used by a very large Siberian Husky and German Shepherd blended dog. She has multiple beds and bedding. She naps anywhere she can find a comfortable surface. She is blind and old. We have replaced bedding that was too thick for her to manage. Her dander manages to reach every surface no matter how high. You would be correct, if you guessed that cleaning and dusting days follow laundry day around here.

There are days when I clean out the dryer filter and find enough linty fur to build a bird's nest. I could make a lush Santa Claus beard from what I collect. How Cleo can generate so much fur and remain as fluffy as a plush toy is beyond me. She's also a dog with allergies and prone to hot spots. She balds under her chin annually, yet still manages to generate more replacement hair. Watch her walk down the hallway, and she "crop dusts" from one end of the house to the other.  

On the carpet with Cleo

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Sweet Senior Dog of the Week: Roxy

Photo Mar 15, 2013, 12:15 PM
Photo: Suszi Lurie McFadden

UPDATE: Great news, Roxy was adopted!

Introducing Roxy, all of 7 pounds! This little girl would be so comfortable in your arms!

What a doll she is, a quiet charmer! Roxy’s family gave her up when they moved, but despite that, she's very friendly with other dogs. She enjoys cuddling and playing with cats, too! Roxy is outgoing and is always the first at the door to say hi to visitors and shower them with love. As playful and active as she can be, she knows when it is time to be calm and mellow in the house. She loves to just curl up beside you on the couch or burying herself under blankets during quiet moments at home.

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Great Dane Sets Great Example For Future Therapy Dogs

Maisie went from a timid rescue dog to positively influencing people every week as a therapy dog.

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They say dogs are a man’s best friend – and nowhere else does this apply more than for Maisie the Great Dane, who selflessly served the vulnerable of Greater Manchester.

Maisie died last year aged seven, but in her short life she touched many hearts in her work as a therapy dog for the Bury-based branch of charity Pets as Therapy (PAT).

Assisting owner Marie Liley, a 60-year-old local government officer, said that Maisie would visit those who were ill or lonely to brighten their day – yet she came from troubled beginnings.

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It's Shiba Saturday! Avoid this post even on your lunch break

Don't click on the link below the Shiba photo unless you want to fall down a rabbit hole of cute dog moments. We posted on a Saturday because any weekday viewing could get you fired. You laugh, you smile, you scroll, and blink, hours flew by with no work done.'re asked to hand in your apron.

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This image and the series of Shiba images came from Buzzfeed

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Special Giveaway! Pair of Canine Carnival Tickets

Step Right Up! The carnival is coming to town!! A CANINE carnival on the roof top of Wag Hotel in San Francisco!

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Do you love dogs? Do you have kids who love dogs? Do you love dogs in costumes?

Today is your lucky day!

One lucky reader will score a pair of tickets (up to $50 value if you paid at the door!) to the June 22nd Canine Carnival on the roof top of Wag Hotel in San Francisco! Bring the family for fun and games including a costume contest for best "Petting Zoo" dog. 

Bonus! This is a benefit for Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving, nurturing and supporting the human animal bond for those most vulnerable in the community. 

This giveaway is open to anyone. Winner should leave a valid email address for notification, and to confirm that you'll be able to pick up the tickets at the door. The winner will get one pair of tickets and will be selected at random by Rafflecopter using This giveaway ends at 12:00am ET on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Good luck!


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Beach Baby Beach Baby Give Me Your Paw..

Summer is around the corner and this video brings back memories of our dog Cleo when she romped on the beach. Today her romps are bouncing off the two of us for a few minutes, while we fluff her fur, jiggle her butt and lightly thump her sides.

I've found the perfect tune from my childhood to go with this beach video. Anyone else remember this seventies song ??


Here are some of the lyrics...

Beach baby, Beach Baby give me your hand
Give me somethin' that I can remember
Just like before we can walk by the shore in the moonlight
Beach baby, Beach baby there on the sand
From July 'till the end of September
Surfin' was fun, we'd be out in the sun every day

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Do you love a wet dog?

I kind of love a wet dog. I've taken the bus during a wet and rainy commute downtown, and strangers socks and wool sweaters smelled worse than my dog. Have you been in close quarters with damp strangers, at seven in the morning, in an overheated bus driving down a sixty percent grade steep hill? You are smooshed together at every abrupt stop or sharp turn.

You pray no one steps on your feet, pokes you with a wet umbrella or slams you into a seated elderly or pregnant passenger. You try to pay enough attention to the driver's driving so you can anticipate the bus braking before you let go of the bar or strap to head toward the door. The steam from hot breath makes it impossible to see outside. Heavy rain ensures no one opens a window so you crowd discreetly by the back or front doors in order to get a breath of fresh air at every stop. 

If dogs could call animal welfare services, this one might..

So yeah. I kind of love a wet dog because it means we're outside, chasing our dog until she is too tired to protest a bath. It means we are in the spare bathroom trying to corral a donkey that was formerly our dog. Our dog has magically transformed into a crazed beast whose butt weighs a thousand pounds, and is stuck on the floor unable to move an inch.

We use every trick to get said donkey into the tub. We line the bath tub edge furthest away from her mouth with cookies in the hopes she'll climb in after the liver treats. She is definitely food motivated. Why now she turns her nose up, we don't know. Wherever we bathe her, the moment it's over I always laugh at her prison break joy. Her leaps and maniacal racing around the yard give you the impression that she'd been locked up for hours if not years. 

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You Are Not Alone, Experiencing Pet Loss Today

You Are Not Alone - Experiencing Loss Today (via

From The Magazine | Sharon Castellanos All Photos are from Loss Sessions by Jennifer Hague of Fix Your Images. For more information on Jennifer's loss sessions, visit Pets Going With Grace (page 1 of 2)   The loss of a companion is inevitable, but today, going through the grief process no longer means…

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