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  • Dogs Are Changing The Way We Work And Play
    Dog lovers rejoice! A dog’s place in the world is changing. For many people, the days of dogs being a second-class citizen are a fast-fading memory. Our furry friends are becoming more and more welcome in every aspect of our lives. Restaurants, public transportation, parks, and even employers are wagging their tails in excitement and welcoming four-legged guests! The day we’ve all dreamed of is finally here. We never have to leave our BFFs home alone again! Corporate Canines Are On The Rise If you’ve ever dreamed of taking your dog to work (we know you have), it’s happening. And no, you don’t have to hide them in your desk. Some of the biggest names in business are making the workplace comfortable for humans and their dogs! Not just service dogs. Lazy dogs, cuddly dogs, slobbery dogs, and fast-paced dogs are being welcomed into the workplace! Uber The popular rideshare service totes around more than car riders. Uber offers their corporate employees unlimited paid time off to train their new puppies before bringing them into the office. Jealous? Us too. Airbnb The bigwigs at Airbnb know that nothing makes a house feel like home the way a dog does. ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-26
  • 11 Must-See Products Showcased At The 2020 Global Pet Expo
    Here at iHeartDogs, we want to make sure you have the best products for your furry friends. So, we recently sent a team to Orlando, Florida, to check out the 2020 Global Pet Expo. We went intending to find the most incredible new products, and of course, products that will make your dog’s life even better! We wanted to show you some of the amazing items that caught our eyes during our visit to Orlando. What’s the Global Pet Expo? If you’re not familiar with the Global Pet Expo, you’re probably wondering what it is and what’s so important about it. Global Pet Expo is the largest annual trade show for the pet industry! This event showcases all of the newest and most cutting edge products. While it’s not open to the general public, all pet industry professionals are welcome to attend. Over 1,000 companies get together for the Global Pet Expo, showcasing over 3,000 new products launched each year. It’s the perfect opportunity to see discover new products for your pup. Here are some of the best ew items that we came across. Awesome New Products & Services #1 – LeashLock It can often be tricky figuring ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-26
  • Helping to Feed Pets in Need
    The post Helping to Feed Pets in Need by Lauren Katims appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Have you ever opened a new bag of dog food, and your pup turns up her nose? It’s happened many times at my house — in fact, I’m convinced that my Chiweenie is the pickiest eater on the planet. If she only knew how lucky she is. After speaking to Eileen Lambert, executive director of Colorado Pet Pantry, a food bank for animals, I learned that many dogs don’t get the luxury of being picky eaters. They are lucky if they get a meal at all. “I have clients tell me they have to make a choice between paying rent and their utilities and buying pet food,” says Eileen, who started the Denver-based nonprofit in 2013 when, as a ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2020-02-26
  • Rescue Puppy Acts As Blind, Deaf Littermate’s Guiding Star
    Two uniquely bonded puppy siblings are ready to find their forever home together after being rescued from the streets of Louisiana. Star is deaf and nearly blind, but her brother, Denver proudly serves as her “guiding star”! The story of Denver and Star begins like so many others. They were dumped, along with their mother and six other littermates in the rural south. All were taken in by a loving family who fell in love with the mama dog. They reached out to a local rescue in hopes of placing the puppies.
    Photo via Helen Woodward Animal CenterThe eight Terrier mix pups soon embarked on a cross-country journey into the capable hands of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego, California — a 1,900 mile road trip!  Once there, the rescue team noticed that one of the pups — a female named Star — has special needs. The snow white puppy with a pink nose like chewed bubble gum is deaf and almost completely blind.
    Screenshot via Helen Woodward Animal CenterStar often finds herself left out while her 12-week-old littermates romp and frolic. All except one, that is. To the delight of their caretakers, Denver refuses to ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-26
  • Puppy And Pigeon Friendship Raises Money For Animal Rescue
    Dogs have been known to chase birds and other small animals for fun. But when the bird is bigger than the dog is, they might think twice! A Chihuahua puppy and a pigeon have formed an unlikely friendship, and they have inspired many people to help animals in need. Both of the animals have mobility issues, so they bonded as they recovered at The Mia Foundation. Plus, they’re just so cute together! Lundy is a 2-month-old Chihuahua puppy who can’t use his back legs. Herman is an adult pigeon who is unable to fly, likely due to a brain injury. Despite being two different species, they bonded unlike any other pair at the rescue.
    Image: @lundyandherman/InstagramThe Start of a Beautiful Friendship Since Herman can’t fly, Sue Rodgers with The Mia Foundation tries giving him a change in scenery from time to time. Herman has been at the rescue for about a year, and Lundy arrived only a few weeks ago.  Rodgers had a feeling that the two might get along. So, she let Herman share a fuzzy dog bed with Lundy. She thought they’d just relax near each other and take a nap, but it ended up being even ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-26
  • A Recent Study Set Out To Crack the Code On Dog People
    It’s official, you are not alone in your overwhelming urge to spoil your beloved companion. While you probably won’t be shocked by the results of this study if you’re a dedicated dog parent, you may think some of the results are pretty funny. Being a dog parent, you know just how much validity there is to the fact that we often treat our pups like family. Well, a recent Rover study set out to examine just how special the bond between human and dog is, and the lengths we’ll go to make them feel special in our home. Rover wanted to understand what exactly defines a dog person, and the efforts we’ll make just to keep our pups happy.
    Instagram/girlonahikeThis report included thousands of responses from dog lovers across the country, as well as scientific study to back their answers. At the end of their research, it was clear that dogs have surpassed simple ownership in our hearts, but have begun to instead represent family. There are currently more than 54 million households with a dog in the United States, and the number is skyrocketing as pet parents embrace the humanization of pets. As a result, dogs are now ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-26
  • Foster Dog Raises Two Needy Kittens With Her Own Litter
    The biological drive for a mother to nurture can be remarkably strong. Even stronger is the need for newborns to find a protector. These powerful natural forces led to the world’s cutest miracle in Evansville, Indiana this winter. A woman called It Takes A Village No-Kill Rescue in January hoping to hand off Sudie, a 5-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. She had gotten Sudie from a neighbor, not knowing the dog was pregnant. Tessa McCauley, an officer manager for ITV, gladly took the pup in to her already foster-friendly home. Sudie’s three puppies were born hours apart on February 5th. At the same time, McCauley heard about two newborn kittens whose mother was medically unable to nurse due to surgery. She didn’t think twice about taking them in too.
    @jessa.mccauley.3/FacebookMcCauley hoped the mothering dog would also provide nurture to the tiny kitties, but had no idea what would ultimately happen. Everything worked out like a dream. After gradual introduction, the kittens began snuggling up to Sudie, and she welcomed them into her little family. Just look at this picture!
    @itvrescue/FacebookThe fourth puppy is also a foster and not one of Sudie’s own babies. McCauley had previously been bottle feeding him. What a ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-26
  • No One Will Adopt This “Different” Looking Senior Dog
    You’d think dogs would be exempt from unfair standards of beauty, but tragically that’s not always the case. Dogs with unconventional appearances or physical disabilities often end up staying longer in shelters. They rarely get the chance to prove their hearts and devotion after quick first-impressions. 10-year-old Pit Bull Wally has now lived at Islip Animal Shelter in New York for over a year. He arrived there as a stray last January with a severe skin infection and blind in one eye. Clearly, the dog had a rough go of it out on the streets and had spent most of his life outside. When you’re in your senior doggie years, each day counts. Though he has food and care now, no more of Wally’s days should be spent living in a kennel. As the shelter wrote on Facebook, he’s so ready to live out the rest of his days in a home with someone to love. Sadly, his quirky look gives potential adopters pause. “He is a young 10 years old and has a lot of sloppy kisses left to give. He is short and stocky and loves everyone he meets. He is blind in one eye and his mouth is a ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-26
  • 12-Year-Old Boy Leaves Puppy Outside Shelter With A Devastating Note
    On February 13, the staff at the Xollin Animal Shelter in the Mexican state of Michoacan discovered a Pit Bull puppy in a cardboard box outside their facility. The injured pup was accompanied by a stuffed toy and a note from a broken-hearted boy. “My name is Andrés and I am 12 years old. My mom and I decided to leave my dog in your hands, hiding it from my dad because he is thinking about selling him. But he mistreats and kicks him. One day he kicked him so hard that he hurt his tail. I hope you can help and take care of him,” the letter read. “I left him a stuffed animal so he won’t forget me.” A sad face was drawn at the bottom in place of a signature.
    Photo via Facebook/XollinShelter workers shared Andrés’ devastating story on their Facebook page. Soon, they received hundreds of comments and well wishes for the boy, including this heartfelt message: “How I wish this little boy could know his baby is safe now and how brave and generous of him to think of the puppy first. I wish I could hug this little boy – and pray his ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-25
  • “Dog Is My Co-Pilot” – Mutts4Trucks Pairs Lonely Shelter Dogs and Truckers
    Truckers are indeed the backbone of America. Moving goods from coast to coast and everywhere in between. But with the job comes long, solitary hours on the road. But having a companion can make life on the road better. Less lonely. Fortunately, PEDIGREE and Mobil Delvac recognized this as an opportunity to help truckers and shelter dogs at the same time. So they created Mutts4Trucks, which brings truckers and shelter dogs together to live happily furever after. This fantastic program is proving to have a massive impact on the lives of both truckers and dogs alike.
    Image Mutts4TrucksThe Road is Less Lonely with a Co-Pilot Mutts4Trucks held its first adoption event last fall at a truck center in Nashville. The Nashville Humane Society brought adoptable dogs, and truckers had a chance to meet and greet with the feisty bunch. Mutts4Trucks offered incentives and freebies to truckers for adopting, including PEDIGREE dog food, a leash, a car harness, and more. Amber Carlton–Wise is a new long-haul driver. She decided to adopt a dog at the event to curb her feelings of loneliness on the road and at home. She told Mutts4Trucks, “I’m lonely, sometimes I get bored, or when ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-25
  • Meet Rampart — GMR Therapy Dog in Training
    The post Meet Rampart — GMR Therapy Dog in Training by Wendy Newell appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Rampart is only a puppy, but he already knows he has a very important job in his future. He is one of the newest members of the Global Medical Response (GMR) Therapy Dog Team. The dogs and their handlers are trained to help emergency personnel who experience trauma while in the field or on 911 calls. A group that started with just two pups has since grown to more than 20 and gone from a program at American Medical Response (AMR) to its parent company GMR, allowing it to reach out to more paramedics and EMTs. Photo: Courtesy Michael Romo An important job Rampart’s handler, Michael Romo, operations manager for the San ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2020-02-25
  • Use Google Chrome As Your Browser? This Free App Shows You Dog Pics Every Time You Open a Tab
    This new (free) app turns Google Chrome into a tool that helps save shelter dogs! If you’re like most internet users, you use Google Chrome as your default browser. Now there’s a fun way to help feed shelter dogs every time you do an internet search. This free Chrome browser extension was made in partnership with iHeartDogs. For every search you make, you help feed shelter pups through GreaterGood.org! Every time you open a new browser tab, you’re greeted with a new adorable dog picture! You can also customize the browser extension with your own dog’s picture or your favorite dog breed. You can choose from 12 popular dog breeds. The app will then rotate photos for that breed only. With every search, shelter dogs are fed! The app works by sharing a part of the Bing ad revenue with iHeartDogs which makes donations to feed shelter dogs through their partnership with GreaterGood.org. So far iHeartDogs has donated over 17 million meals to shelters and rescues. Install The Free Extension And start saving shelter dogs with every search!  Please note that the browser extension only works on your desktop computer, not on mobile devices. It can ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-25
  • Use Google Chrome? This Little Trick Will Donate to Animal Rescues Every Time You Do a Search
    This new (free) app turns Google Chrome into a tool that helps save shelter dogs! If you’re like most internet users, you use Google Chrome as your default browser. Now there’s a fun way to help feed shelter dogs every time you do an internet search. This free Chrome browser extension was made in partnership with iHeartDogs. For every search you make, you help feed shelter pups through GreaterGood.org! Every time you open a new browser tab, you’re greeted with a new adorable dog picture! You can also customize the browser extension with your own dog’s picture or your favorite dog breed. You can choose from 12 popular dog breeds. The app will then rotate photos for that breed only. With every search, shelter dogs are fed! The app works by sharing a part of the Bing ad revenue with iHeartDogs which makes donations to feed shelter dogs through their partnership with GreaterGood.org. So far iHeartDogs has donated over 17 million meals to shelters and rescues. Install The Free Extension And start saving shelter dogs with every search!  Please note that the browser extension only works on your desktop computer, not on mobile devices. It can ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-25
  • Parker The Snow Dog Becomes Honorary Mayor In Georgetown
    When it comes to politics, there are often many disagreements. No matter what the result of an election is, there’s always someone that will get upset. However, that might not be the case for Georgetown, Colorado’s new honorary mayor. This vote was chosen unanimously by the Town of Georgetown Selectmen. The reason this new mayor is so perfect is that he’s not a person at all, but instead, he’s a fluffy and lovable dog!
    Image: @officialsnowdog/InstagramThe Election The new mayor of Georgetown is Parker the Snow Dog! He’s a 2-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog that has stolen the hearts of many fans.  Parker is an icon in Colorado because he’s the Loveland Ski Area’s mascot and the therapy dog for the Rocky Mountain Village Easterseals. He’s helped so many people in the community, which is why everyone agreed that he would be the perfect mayor!
    Image: @officialsnowdog/Instagram“Our biggest project is Parker’s work with the Rocky Mountain Village Easterseals camp in Empire. It’s right in our backyard. It’s one of the best camps for disabled kids, and they’re doing great stuff out there,” said Dustin Schaefer, Parker’s dad. Schaefer created an Instagram page for Parker to help him gain more ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-25
  • Man Starts Dog Walking Group to Help Guys Cope with Depression
    Rob Osman has a long history of battling depression and anxiety. Over the years, he has worked hard to overcome his mental illness. He even pursued a degree in counseling and psychology. But of all the techniques he has used to feel better, the one that had the greatest impact was walking his dog, Mali. When he realized how therapeutic dog walking could be, he decided to help other men access those healing benefits. Dudes & Dogs was born.
    Image Dudes & Dogs/InstagramRob Realized That Dog Walking Had an Immediate Positive Effect No matter how low or worried Rob was feeling, taking Mali out for a walk had an immediate positive effect. On one particularly dreary day, the weather was completely in line with Rob’s mood. It was cold, damp, and crazy windy. He didn’t want to do much of anything at all, particularly if it involved going outside. Then he looked at Mali. She certainly didn’t care that the weather was awful. She was ready to get out there, breathe in the fresh air, and have some fun! Rob obliged. His body relaxed and the tension melted away. His mind cleared. And he felt better for it.
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    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2020-02-25
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