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MEET “NOVA STAR” THE MALTESE via forceofconviction
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He’s a purebred Maltese, just turned 3 in March. His name is Nova Star and I’ve had him since he was 2 months old. He is the most affectionate and playful little dog and I adore him to bits.
Saber is a PetSmart graduate!
TRANSIT WORKERS STOP TRAIN TO SAVE DOG - “But instead of ignoring the plight of yet another stray dog, they stopped the train, got out and rescued him.”
An American Eskimo dog named Sparky somehow escaped from his elderly owner and was wandering around on train tracks in New Jersey. Transit workers saw Sparky, stopped the train, and rescued him. Fortunately Sparky has been safely returned home. Read more from ABC News:
Sparky’s adventure began when he accidentally got out of his house in Garfield and ran away.
Lost and confused, a collar-less Sparky made his way to the Garfield train station, wandering the tracks during rush hour.
That’s when the crew on train 1254 heading to Hoboken saw him cowering.
But instead of ignoring the plight of yet another stray dog, they stopped the train, got out and rescued him.
They then took Sparky on the train and brought him to Hoboken.
“I met the train when it came into Hoboken Depot,” said NJ Senior Train Master Sean Kushnir. “I secured the dog. Immediately the dog was a big hit, all the passengers were waiting with their cell phones taking pictures.”
Sounds like Sparky was rescued by a great group of guys. Click here for the full story and a news video. (Photo from NJ Transit Facebook page)
SUBMISSION REQUEST - As a “thank you” to longtime followers and a “hello” to new followers, I’d love to see some recent photos of your dog(s). Some background info would be great too (name, breed, how you got he/she, etc.) Anything would be great, really.
Thanks, and looking forward to seeing some great pictures!
VOLUNTEERS CREATE DOG QUILT TO AID HUMANE SOCIETY - “At least 35 quilters responded, and the result is two large quilts, one for cat lovers titled “Forever Home,” measuring 57 1/2 inches by 75 inches, and another with a canine theme titled “Happy Tails,” 64 1/2 inches by 79 1/2 inches.”
A group of volunteers from the Sunset Slope Quilters in Colorado contributed quilted panels of dogs to raise money for the Roice-Hurst Humane Society. The quilt was the collaboration of about 35 people. In addition to the dog quilt, a cat quilt and three other large quilts will be also be available. Read more from The Daily Sentinel:
It’s not often that cats and dogs come together to celebrate a momentous occasion.
But, that is exactly what’s happening as a group of quilters helps Roice-Hurst Humane Society commemorate 50 years of service to the Grand Valley.
Two pet lovers, who happen to be members of Sunset Slope Quilters in Grand Junction, spearheaded a project through their quilt group to benefit the humane society. They are Jackie Aguilar and Judy Boyce, both members and supporters of the no-kill animal shelter and adoption center at 326 28 Road. They asked members of Sunset Slope Quilters to make fabric blocks featuring either a dog or a cat that would be sewn into quilts.
Raffle tickets are available for $5 each on either of the quilts. Winners will be drawn Dec. 16, with all proceeds going to the humane society’s needs.
These quilts truly seem like labors of love. Click here for the full story and here for more about the Roice-Hurst Humane Society. (Photo from RHHS website)
POODLE GIVEN OXYGEN AND IV AFTER HOUSE FIRE - “A paramedic administered oxygen therapy through a mask and monitored the dog…Two other medics assisted as the dog struggled to regain consciousness. The three medics started an IV line with fluids.”
The Indianapolis Fire Department saved a six-year-old Poodle named Mandy from a house fire earlier today. After administering oxygen and IV fluids for approximately 20 minutes, they were able to revive her. The specially designed oxygen mask was donated by Invisible Fence. Hopefully Mandy recovers soon from her injuries. Click here for the full story from theindychannel.com.
KADE THE PIT BULL WAITS TO BE ADOPTED AT THE LEWIS AND CLARK HUMANE SOCIETY - “When potential adopters come into the back kennel they continuously pass me by. I’m grateful that the Lewis and Clark Humane Society provides a safe place to land while we look for our forever families – but I’m ready to go home.”
The Lewis and Clark Humane Society in Helena, Montana, recently posted this picture of Kade the Pit Bull. He and other dogs are waiting to be adopted. Here’s more from the LCHS Facebook page:
Times are hard, especially for Pit Bulls. You see, “Pit Bull” is a very generic term for a variety of breeds. A term that has been used to discriminate against us often resulting in us becoming homeless. We’re overbred and are currently accounting for 33% of the intake population in shelters nationally. Only 1 out of 600 Pit Bulls in the United States will ever find a forever home. None of this is our fault and I’m living proof. I may be homeless, but I’m not broken. I am a friendly guy and I go for hikes and learn tricks with the volunteers. I’m often chosen to go out in the community and be an LCHS ambassador.
If you’d like to break down the negative Pit Bull stereotype together, we can meet at Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run at Pioneer-heritage Park (aka Anchor Park) on Saturday from 10:30-12. Some of my shelter friends will also be at Petco on Saturday from 11-1.
Let’s hope Kade and other dogs like him find permanent homes soon. Click here for more about the Lewis and Clark Humane Society.
Here is Off The Leash’s most popular cartoon of 2012 - Spread Out, Spread Out! had 49,500 shares on Facebook!
Check out Off The Leash, a great dog-themed cartoon created by Rupert Fawcett!
OWNING A DOG IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART - “[T]here are plausible psychological, sociological and physiological reasons to believe that pet ownership might actually have a causal role in decreasing cardiovascular risk.”
According to a recent study by the American Heart Association, people who own a dog may be at a lower risk for heart disease. While the results are somewhat open to interpretation, there are indicators which link dog ownership and good health. Here’s more from the New York Times:
The unusual message was contained in a scientific statement published on Thursday by the American Heart Association, which convened a panel of experts to review years of data on the cardiovascular benefits of owning a pet. The group concluded that owning a dog, in particular, was “probably associated” with a reduced risk of heart disease.
People who own dogs certainly have more reason to get outside and take walks, and studies show that most owners form such close bonds with their pets that being in their presence blunts the owners’ reactions to stress and lowers their heart rate, said Dr. Glenn N. Levine, the head of the committee that wrote the statement.
But nearly all of the other studies included in the report were correlational, meaning they could not prove cause and effect. And the research also strongly suggested that among dog owners, there was a sharp contrast between those who walked their dogs themselves and those who did not….Dr. Levine said that he and his colleagues were not recommending that people adopt pets for any reason other than to give them a good home.
These results may not be definitive, but I find that having my dog nearby gives me great comfort. Click here for the full story. (Photo by Karsten Moran)