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  • Gus Kenworthy Literally Flips for Pet Adoption at Petco Park

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    Thursday July 31st, 2014 at 08:19 AM

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    Olympic silver medalist, Gus Kenworthy, literally flipped out tonight trying to raise awareness for pet adoption at the San Diego Padres game. Gus was in San Diego to throw out the first pitch along side Tucker, an adorable pup up for adoption from the San Diego Humane Society. And he flipped out! Not only did he nail the first pitch, but he wowed the crowd with an on-field back flip after a successful throw.

    It was all part of Petcos annual Dog Days of Summer event, where Petco invited 500...

  • Service dog helps injured veteran find balance

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    Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 at 03:08 AM

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    A Jefferson County veteran, who lost both his legs to a bomb blast in Iraq, has a new friend to lean on.

    Smoky Mountain Service Dogs spent two years training Bella, a golden retriever, to be a mobility assistance service dog.

    On Thursday they held a Passing of the Leash ceremony at Tellico Village Community Church in Loudon.

    Smoky Mountain Service Dogs matched Bella with Sgt. Bradley Walker, a U.S. Marine veteran. In 2006, Walker lost both his legs in an IED blast in Iraq. He now uses prosthetic...

  • Family dog leads cops to hiding break-in suspect

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    Monday July 21st, 2014 at 03:05 AM

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    Like something out of a 1970s TV show, a persistent family dog led Niagara-area police to a hiding suspect police say broke into the familys home.

    The dog, a five-year-old German shepherd named Kaylee, led police to a wooded area at the rear of the home where their suspect was trying to hide.

    Without the family dog, we wouldnt have found the guy without a doubt, said Const. Derek Watson of the Niagara Regional Police.

    The family was at a funeral their alarm company alerted them to the break-in....

  • Dog uses surfing skills as form of therapy for people

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    Monday July 7th, 2014 at 03:03 AM

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    A dog with a bizarre love of surfing uses her skills as a form of therapy.

    Golden retriever Ricochet goes surfing with war veterans, children and the disabled to help cheer them up.

    She was originally turned down as a guide dog, as she kept chasing birds, so owner Judy Fridono tried to find another way she could help people.

    Judy took her to the beach near their Del Mar, Calif., home where Ricochet opted to do more than just doggy paddle.

    After proving to be a natural on a board, Judy decided to...

  • Rescue dog now helping others as therapy dog

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    Wednesday June 25th, 2014 at 03:00 AM

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    WAUSAU, WIS. She doesnt receive a paycheck, Social Security or vacation time, but Phoebe is a valued member of the therapy team at Compass Counseling Wausau.

    Phoebes story is compelling, but she has to rely on others to tell it.

    Phoebe is a certified therapy dog at the outpatient mental health and alcohol and other drug abuse clinic. Her calm disposition helps her owner, counselor Andy Cameron, work with his clients.

    But life wasnt always chew toys and treats for Phoebe.

    In July 2012, the shih...

  • Therapy dogs keep patients happy and help aid recovery

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    Tuesday June 24th, 2014 at 03:00 AM

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    Darla Reed and her dog, Galant, pay visits to dozens of patients at Rady Childrens Hospital in San Diego, Calif. Reed and her dog are one of 33 canine volunteer teams for the program, which launched in 1990.

    Spencer Kerr is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. The 14-year-old says a visit from Galant is powerful medicine.

    Its definitely the best part of the day is when a dog comes, Kerr told CBS News Teri Okita. They make me feel better.

    In the past three decades, pet therapy programs have made...

  • 10 of the most unusual breeds of dog

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    Monday June 23rd, 2014 at 03:00 AM

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    Dogs are without a doubt one of the most popular pets on the planet, and as theyre mans best friend youll definitely find a lifelong pal in your dog. Whether youre thinking about getting your first puppy in the near future or you already count yourself as a dog lover, theres always something new to learn about these animals.

    Most people will be aware of the common breeds of dog, such as German Shepherd, Pug, Greyhound, Border Collie or Terrier, but what about the more uncommon ones? While you...

  • Nok-Out Packs A Punch

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    Thursday June 12th, 2014 at 03:00 AM

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    Accidents happen, and in a home that includes the family pet, those accidents can include pet messes and odors. Nok-Out Odor Eliminator and Nok-Out Carpet Cleaner are pet-friendly, non-toxic deodorizers and disinfectants that will clean and sanitize your home whether youre dealing with urine odors, a run in with a skunk, or just need to air out the family pets favorite sleeping spot.

    Nok-Out is easy to use because both the Odor Eliminator spray and the Carpet Cleaner are already at full...

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