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Positively’s Pet Blogs to Watch

Posted on: March 4, 2015 21 Comments -

At Positively, we're lucky to have some really incredible contributors who share their amazing stories and insight with us. Many of them have their own blogs dedicated to training, nutrition, or just how to enjoy life with pets.

Shelter Dog Gets New Lease on Life As Search and Rescue Dog

Posted on: February 17, 2015 1 Comment -

One rescue dog is having the special chance to "pay it forward" and become a rescuer himself.

Merseyside’s “Dangerous Dog” Roundup Ruled Unlawful

Posted on: December 9, 2014 3 Comments -

A judicial review by High Court judges in Manchester today ruled that Merseyside Police acted unlawfully, and did not have the legal power to have those dogs euthanized without court permission.

Ebola Survivor Reunited with Dog

Posted on: November 3, 2014 No Comments -

Dallas nurse Nina Pham was released from quarantine after surviving the potentially deadly Ebola virus, and was able to be reunited with her beloved dog, Bentley.

How a Dog Saved a Dying Man

Posted on: October 20, 2014 No Comments -

The bond between man and dog is undeniable, and the story of James Wathen and his dog Bubba is no exception. James was hospitalized over a month ago, and his health deteriorated quickly. The 73-year-old stopped eating, and hospital staff weren't sure how much longer he would be able to live. They soon discovered that James Read More

Despite Public Outcry, Ebola Patient’s Dog Euthanized

Posted on: October 10, 2014 1 Comment -

Despite a social media campaign that spread worldwide, Spanish authorities seized and euthanized the 12-year-old mixed-breed dog that belonged to Teresa Romero Ramos, a Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola after caring for a Spanish priest who died of the disease.

Science Shows Similar Love Between Moms and Their Babies, Dogs

Posted on: October 6, 2014 4 Comments -

Many people describe their dogs as their 'kids.' But a new scientific study out of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Comparative Medicine showed early signs that mothers feel a similar bond with their dogs as the bond they feel with their babies.

2 Years and 1,000 Miles Later, Microchip Reunites Dog and Owner

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It took 2 years, 1,000 miles, a dash of fate--and a microchip--to reunite a lost fox terrier named Nika with her owner.

DogTV Lands Celebrity Composer

Posted on: September 29, 2014 No Comments -

Andrew Dost is a multi-instrumentalist for the band 'fun.', a rock trio that has topped the charts with songs like 'We are Young' and 'Some Nights'. The Grammy winner is now performing and composing music specially created for DogTV.

Pet Hospice Eases Pain for Pets, Owners

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There's nothing easy about losing a pet, especially when your pet is experiencing pain and discomfort in their final weeks or months. But a new branch of pet care services, pet hospice, is helping ease pets' suffering and provide their owners with a sense of peace and comfort.

Introducing the 2014 American Hero Dog!

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All eight of the finalists for the award are truly all hero dogs, and all were incredibly deserving of the award. But the winning dog's story will blow you away.

Courthouse Dogs Offer Comfort to Victims

Posted on: September 23, 2014 No Comments -

Therapy dogs are seen in all kinds of places--hospitals, nursing homes, and schools are some of the most common. But a new kind of therapy dog is sweeping America: the courthouse dog.

FBI to Track Animal Cruelty Crimes

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In a move that could have tremendous impact on animal law and the prosecution of animal cruelty offenders, the FBI has revealed that it will soon begin tracking crimes related to animal cruelty.

Every Dog Owner Should Know About This New Shock Collar Study

Posted on: September 16, 2014 55 Comments -

A new study has found that the use of shock collars (also known as electronic collars or e-collars) can cause symptoms of distress in dogs, even if used according to industry guidelines.

Hero Dog Nominee – Kota

Posted on: September 3, 2014 No Comments -

Kota is a nominee for the 2014 American Hero Dog Award, presented by the American Humane Association. A heroic police dog with a wild story to tell, Kota saved the lives of his human partners when they faced a dangerous suspect. CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE 2014 AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARD! Here's Kota's story: "On January 3, Read More

Pit Bull Stabbed at GA Adoption Event

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An adoption event in Newnan, GA went horribly wrong last weekend. A pit bull named Clara was stabbed to death in a horrific incident at a PetSmart adoption event. Clara, an adoptable dog with the Newnan-Coweta Humane Society, slipped out of her collar during the event, and reportedly got into a scuffle with a West Highland Read More

Hero Dog Nominee – Xena

Posted on: September 2, 2014 No Comments -

Xena is a nominee for the 2014 American Hero Dog Award, presented by the American Humane Association. Xena has made headlines as a dog that was found near death, and who is now the best friend of Jonny, her human sibling. Together, Xena and Jonny are raising awareness about animal cruelty, the kindness and gentleness of pit bulls, Read More

Hero Dog Nominee – JJ

Posted on: August 27, 2014 No Comments -

JJ is a nominee for the 2014 American Hero Dog Award, presented by the American Humane Association. JJ is entered in the service dog category through Freedom Service Dogs. JJ was rescued from a shelter as a puppy, and now he's paying it forward as a life-saving service dog for a little girl named KK. Read More

A Behind-the Scenes Interview with ‘Arson Dogs’ Handler Roman Ray

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In episode 3 of 'Arson Dogs,' we learn more about Roman Ray, Arson Investigator with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office. Roman was paired with black labrador 'Billy,' and the pair had an instant connection that was captured on camera. Find out what Roman and Billy are up to today, and find out how Roman Read More

Hero Dog Nominee – Kai

Posted on: August 25, 2014 No Comments -

Kai is a nominee for the 2014 American Hero Dog Award. She was rescued from a shelter and was a perfect fit for the State Farm Arson Dog Program. She is now an arson dog with the San Antonio Fire Department, and also educates children about fire safety and prevention. CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE 2014 AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION Read More

Do You Look Like Your Dog?

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Have you ever been told that you look like your dog? While it might seem like an insult in the moment, new research is showing that this might not be an entirely fabricated phenomenon. Researchers out of Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan set out to unravel the mystery of why people are able to match strangers with Read More

Hero Dog Nominee: Xxon

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Xxon is a nominee for the 2014 American Hero Dog Award. Xxon is a Fidelco Guide Dog who has helped retired Air Force SSgt. Michael Malarsie lead a normal life despite life-changing injuries. CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE 2014 AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARD! Here's Xxon's story: "'Because of Xxon, I’m part of society again. He’s my Read More

Service Dog Carries on Boy’s Legacy

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An extraordinary Canine Assistants service dog named Casper had to say goodbye to his best friend, a little boy named Creed. But Creed's legacy will live on as his beloved dog goes on to help another child in need. Casper and Creed spent countless hours at the hospital together, where Casper visited as a service dog. Read More

Hero Dog Nominee: Chaney

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Chaney is a nominee for the 2014 American Hero Dog Award. As is a former IED detection dog, Chaney saved the lives of countless soldiers in war. Now in his retirement years, he was adopted by one of his handlers and educates people about PTSD and how dogs can benefit veterans. CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE 2014 Read More

Hero Dog Nominee: Bretagne

Posted on: August 19, 2014 No Comments -

Bretagne is a nominee for the 2014 American Hero Dog Award. As a former search and rescue dog in Cypress, Texas, Bretagne worked through several tragedies and now serves as an ambassador for search and rescue dogs. CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE 2014 AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARD! Here's Bretagne's story: "Over her long career, Bretagne has Read More

Hero Dog Nominee: Susie

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Susie is one of the four-legged nominees for this year's Hero Dog Awards. She's a therapy dog out of High Point, North Carolina, and she and her owner have an extraordinary story to tell. CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE 2014 AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARD! This is their story: "In 2008, I was mauled by an Read More

An Interview with ‘Arson Dogs’ Star John Galaska

Posted on: August 18, 2014 No Comments -

We sat down with 'Arson Dogs' star, Delaware fire marshall John Galaska, for an interview about the series and how things have been going with his new arson dog, Tanya. What was the your biggest challenge during the arson dog training program? My biggest challenge during the Arson Dog program, other than missing my family, Read More