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  • Happy National Mutt Day! Meet Four Healthy Paws Mutts

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Thursday July 31st, 2014 at 01:55 PM

    Today isNational Mutt Dayandto celebrate we asked our Healthy Paws fans on Facebook to submit pictures of the mutts in their lives and a few details about how they met. National Mutt Day was started to raise awareness for the many mixed breed dogs in shelters looking for forever homes. The largest percentage of dogs that are euthanized in shelters are medium to large mixed breed dogs even though we know that mutts are awesome. As any mutt owner can tell you, mutts are 100 percent unique,...

  • A Day in the Life of Manny the French Bulldog

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Wednesday July 30th, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Life can be pretty strenuous for one of the Internets best-known pets. With over 520,000 followers onInstagram, 219,000Facebook likes, his ownwebsiteandclothing line, andcountless celebrity appearancesto make, its hard to imagine Manny the three-year-old French Bulldog has any time left over for walks and naps. We spoke with Mannys proud parent Jon Huang, who gave us an inside look at a typical day for the Chicago-based, photogenic Frenchie (never fear: naps and playtime remain top priority):...

  • Confidence Creates Heroes: Q&A With Seeing Eye Dog Trainer Todd Jurek

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Tuesday July 29th, 2014 at 10:06 AM

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    Roselle and her owner, Michael Hingson. Image via Grand Fork Herald

    On September 11th, 2001, when the first plane struck the World Trade Center in New York City,one man and his guide dog Rosellesprang into action to lead around thirty of his coworkers down 78 flights of stairs to safety. How did they do it? According to Roselles trainer, Todd Jurek, training and class supervisor at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, Calif., what Roselle accomplished was an amazing feat. We spoke with...

  • The Unlikely Intersection of Dog Training and Computer Programming: Q&A With Dr. David Roberts

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Friday July 25th, 2014 at 06:00 AM

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    Image via NCSU

    Sure, your computer can fetch data, but is it as well-trained as Fido?Dr. David Robertsof NC Stateis the only computer scientist in the country working in the field of machine learning smart devices that learn through experience through the lens of dog training. A dog owner himself, Roberts believes that computer programming and dog training share surprisingly similar roots. We talked to Roberts about thermostats, treats and learning-by-demonstration.

    How did you make the...

  • Celebrate National Mutt Day with Healthy Paws on Facebook

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Thursday July 24th, 2014 at 06:30 AM

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    National Mutt Dayis July 31st, and were looking for your help to feature Americas best mutts to celebrate. Founded by animal welfare advocateColleen Paige,National Mutt Day was started to raise awareness for mixed breed dogs in shelters who are in need of adoption. Its also the perfect time to take a moment to appreciate all the things that make your adorable mutt 100 percent unique.

    Tag Healthy Paws in a Photo of Your Mutt on Facebook:

    We want to see photos of yourone-of-a-kind mutt and...

  • How Tucker the Facility Dog Offers Invaluable Support to Sick Children

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 at 03:37 PM

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    Countless studieshave confirmed something we tend to know instinctually: mans best friend is good for human health. Dogs can greatly reduce depression symptoms, decrease anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, and even detect poor health before symptoms surface. Thats one reason why many hospitals offer therapy dog programs for patients as of 2012 there were24,750 therapy dogs and handlersregistered with Therapy Dogs International but few hospitals have taken the next step to actually employ...

  • Maniac Magazine’s April Hubal on Her Favorite (Dog) Coworker

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 at 10:57 AM

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    Chloe at Maniac Magazines office.

    Everyone knows how stressful the office can be especially when youre running up on deadlines, as we often do at our fashion publication, Maniac Magazine. And when you consider how effectively dogs can reduce stress and bring happiness to the people around them,its no wonder that more and more offices are starting to adopt pet-friendly policies. Im incredibly lucky to have experienced these benefits firsthand, as myblue-eyed, brown-eyed shelter dog Chloe has...

  • 13 of Your Dog’s Biggest Pet Peeves

    from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation

    Monday July 21st, 2014 at 10:12 AM

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    Belly rubs, walks in the park and earning a treat are often the highlights of your dogs week. However, there are a few things that just get right under his skin. If we could survey a group of dogs to find out their pet peeves, were pretty sure that these 13 things would top the list:

    1. Human bakes cupcakes, doesnt save leftovers for dog.

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    2. His arch-nemesis: the vacuum.

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    3. Human furniture (who designed this stuff anyway?).

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    4. The cone of...

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