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  • How A Dog’s Smile Can Change Your Life

    from (dog)spired

    Thursday September 18th, 2014 at 04:43 AM


    There are moments in life in which you know you need to do something. And along the way, you discover that you actually love dogs when you have no idea that this was the case.

    This is exactly what happened just a few weeks ago. I was walking with a friend and in the middle of the road we saw a dog that seemed to be laughing. You know the type: the one that always wiggles his tail and seems to have a smile on his face even with a closed mouth.

    We stopped and we pet him for around 10 minutes. I...

  • How to Prepare Your Home for a New Dog

    from (dog)spired

    Friday September 12th, 2014 at 05:17 AM


    For many animal lovers, bringing home a new dog is akin to welcoming a new member into their family. They look forward to getting to know it, play with it, watch it perform playful antics, and generally enjoy its friendly company.

    When we welcomed our new mutt Junior home, I realized that keeping it healthy and happy would require the same kind of adjustments to life and living space as would bringing up a child.

    Just like you would baby-proof your home to keep your child out of harms way, you...

  • How Pico the Dog Changed Ryan Honick’s Life

    from (dog)spired

    Thursday September 11th, 2014 at 05:35 AM


    Ryan Honick wont hesitate to tell anyone who asks how wonderful life has become thanks to his service dog, Pico. Everywhere I go, I go with my best friend, he says.

    Before Pico, Ryan, who has cerebral palsy, had some difficulty getting around. The things most people take for granted, like picking up something that has fallen, can be challenging at times, he says.

    Ryan had a dog growing up, but his relationship with Pico is different. I spend every waking second next to him, and we work as a...

  • A Good Word, Food or Petting: Study Finds Out What Your Dog Really Wants

    from (dog)spired

    Wednesday September 10th, 2014 at 03:00 AM


    It turns out your furry friends will take a good ear scratching over a good boy said in a singsong voice any day.

    A study published in the journal Behavioral Processes, which analyzed dogs reactions to petting vs. vocal praise, found verbal affirmation had almost no impact on the pups.

    We focused here on dogs preference for petting and vocal praise, and the influence that familiarity (owner vs. stranger) has on that preference, the study authors wrote in the report that holds Shut up and pet...

  • Who rescues whom in this prison dog training program?

    from (dog)spired

    Monday September 8th, 2014 at 04:40 AM


    Inmates in jail and dogs about to be euthanized dont typically cross paths. But at the Atlanta Fulton County Jail, inmates and dogs, both destined for a difficult road ahead, are finding love and compassion in one another.

    These Atlanta inmates are participating in the Canine Cellmates program. Dogs are paired with inmates and are trained as service dogs, while the inmates get an important lesson in responsibility. The programs Executive Director Susan Jacobs Meadows says, The dogs actually...

  • Three-legged dog named Dorey inspires 5K

    from (dog)spired

    Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 at 04:12 AM


    The female pit bull mix with three legs needed another chance.

    Lauryn Haynie provided it, and now shes hoping others will follow.

    The dog, named Jill St. John by the staff at Richmond Animal Care and Control, sat at the agencys shelter for more than four months with no takers.

    Then one morning, Haynie looked on her Facebook news feed and saw that the caramel-colored pooch was scheduled to be euthanized.

    I left work completely on a whim to go pick up this dog, said Haynie, a property manager for...

  • Town’s favorite dog has 2 legs, 2 wheels

    from (dog)spired

    Monday August 25th, 2014 at 03:45 AM


    ALBANY, Minn. Technically the dog making its way down Forest Avenue is pure German Shorthaired Pointer. But youre forgiven if you conclude a bit of Walmart greeter slipped into River too.

    River is Albanys best known canine.

    Up more driveways than a meter reader, River never misses an opportunity to interact with humans while out on his frequent walks with Herby and Carol Mader.

    A lot of friends, says Leon Stueve after River stopped for the first two visits on a recent day. Hes a friendly dog.


  • How to Make Your Rescue Dog Feel at Home

    from (dog)spired

    Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at 03:00 AM


    Image source: pinterest.com/pin/106819822386527858/

    Kudos on bringing home a rescue dog! It certainly takes a lot of will and determination to rescue a dog from a pet shelter instead of purchasing one. You should be proud of yourself for taking the first step to saving a life despite knowing that you might not have a smooth road ahead.

    Some rescue dogs may have a behavioral problem. When we brought Collie home, we were well aware of this fact and as such, better prepared to help her adapt to...

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