In order to raise money for charity in the U.K., dogs of the Newfoundland breed were recruited to help pull Christmas Trees to the cars of the customers at Dalby Forest.  The Aqua Nova Waters Bears club, a group dedicated to Newfoundlands, helped out with this event. Proceeds were donated to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and Scarbrough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue. These great dogs will also be there this weekend. Judging from this picture, these dogs are powerful, yet cuddly animals. Click here for the full story from the Mirror.

In order to raise money for charity in the U.K., dogs of the Newfoundland breed were recruited to help pull Christmas Trees to the cars of the customers at Dalby Forest.  The Aqua Nova Waters Bears club, a group dedicated to Newfoundlands, helped out with this event. Proceeds were donated to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and Scarbrough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue. These great dogs will also be there this weekend. Judging from this picture, these dogs are powerful, yet cuddly animals. Click here for the full story from the Mirror.

If you are looking for an alternative to watching football this Thanksgiving, check out the National Dog Show.  The Dog Journal loves all dogs, but we have a special place in our hearts for the miniature schnauzer.  But good luck to all the dog contestants!  Click here for more information.

Found this video of ten dogs frozen in place, eagerly waiting to catch a frisbee.  Enjoy!

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Download a Free Book About Rescue Dogs

The dog rescue organization Hope for Paws has a free book for download or online reading.  Please read the book, reblog, and share to help raise awareness for dogs in need of rescue.  Click here to download the book, called “Our Lives Have Gone to the Dogs.”  The book has many inspiring stories about dogs who were rescued from a hard life on the streets and given a second chance at life. Please share

Check out this photo essay by Rebecca Frankel at foreignpolicy.com which features dogs in the military.  Here’s the description:

Dogs have been fighting alongside U.S. soldiers for more than 100 years, seeing combat in the Civil War and World War I. But their service was informal; only in 1942 were canines officially inducted into the U.S. Army. Today, they’re a central part of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan — as of early 2010 the U.S. Army had 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed (the largest canine contingent in the world). And these numbers will continue to growas these dogs become an ever-more-vital military asset.

These dogs are placed in exteme situations, yet perform with courage and enthusiasm.  Click here for the second photo essay for even more war dogs. Yet another reason why dogs rock.

Check out this photo essay by Rebecca Frankel at foreignpolicy.com which features dogs in the military.  Here’s the description:

Dogs have been fighting alongside U.S. soldiers for more than 100 years, seeing combat in the Civil War and World War I. But their service was informal; only in 1942 were canines officially inducted into the U.S. Army. Today, they’re a central part of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan — as of early 2010 the U.S. Army had 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed (the largest canine contingent in the world). And these numbers will continue to growas these dogs become an ever-more-vital military asset.

These dogs are placed in exteme situations, yet perform with courage and enthusiasm.  Click here for the second photo essay for even more war dogs. Yet another reason why dogs rock.

Pit Bulls were celebrated this past weekend in New York, as this article from the New York Daily describes:

Nearly 200 pups pranced through the snow on Sunday at Crotona Park for the Best Friends Animal Society event, celebrating a breed of dog that is popular in the Bronx, though it gets a bad rap.
Pit Bulls were the guests of honor among the 250 visitors who came to learn about the breed.
Spay and neuter services were offered, and 22 dogs’ owners took advantage of the surgery that costs around $200. Sponsors distributed hundreds of vaccinations, microchips, toys, leashes, colorful dog sweaters, collars and packs of treats.
Last year, a pair of pit bulls attacked a couple outside Crotona Park, on Prospect Ave., after escaping a nearby home, sending fear through the borough.
But Sunday’s event was aimed at diminishing those “stereotypical” images, said Ledy Vankavage, the senior legislative attorney for Best Friends.
“There’s a lot of factors that could have gone wrong [when an animal turns violent\],” Vankavage said. “How was it housed? Was it a family pet or a resident dog used for guarding or breeding?,” she asked. “We see this in a lot of abuse and neglect cases and the simple truth is that breed is not a factor in bites.”

It’s great to see events which spread awareness about dogs and that give people the opportunity to interact with these great dogs.  Click here for the full article and more pictures.

Pit Bulls were celebrated this past weekend in New York, as this article from the New York Daily describes:

Nearly 200 pups pranced through the snow on Sunday at Crotona Park for the Best Friends Animal Society event, celebrating a breed of dog that is popular in the Bronx, though it gets a bad rap.

Pit Bulls were the guests of honor among the 250 visitors who came to learn about the breed.

Spay and neuter services were offered, and 22 dogs’ owners took advantage of the surgery that costs around $200. Sponsors distributed hundreds of vaccinations, microchips, toys, leashes, colorful dog sweaters, collars and packs of treats.

Last year, a pair of pit bulls attacked a couple outside Crotona Park, on Prospect Ave., after escaping a nearby home, sending fear through the borough.

But Sunday’s event was aimed at diminishing those “stereotypical” images, said Ledy Vankavage, the senior legislative attorney for Best Friends.

“There’s a lot of factors that could have gone wrong [when an animal turns violent\],” Vankavage said. “How was it housed? Was it a family pet or a resident dog used for guarding or breeding?,” she asked. “We see this in a lot of abuse and neglect cases and the simple truth is that breed is not a factor in bites.”

It’s great to see events which spread awareness about dogs and that give people the opportunity to interact with these great dogs.  Click here for the full article and more pictures.

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After over seven years of service, a police dog named Axe is retiring from the Bullard Police Department in Texas.  Axe is a German Shepherd who came to the U.S. in 2004 from Germany.  Here’s the full story from the bullardnews.com:

Axe was shipped from Germany as a puppy on March 4, 2004 and arrived in the United States on March 8.
 On July 27, 2004, after discussion, Chief Gary Don Lewis allowed the department to assemble a K-9 unit.
 On Aug. 3, 2004, former BPD officer Curtis Dinger picked up Axe from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and he has been helping solve crimes ever since.
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After Axe fades into retirement, he will take residence with BPD Secretary Mary Dautreiul. She describes Axe as “loyal, dedicated and always ready to work.”..“To me, he’s a miracle dog. Dogs don’t normally live from that. He is an awesome dog, and we all miss him around here. He has to stay home now, and he doesn’t like that. You just touch his leash and he is up and ready to work. The excitement he gets when you get his leash is amazing. He has such drive to do his job. ”
 At the retirement party, a plaque will be presented to Axe and hung in the BPD halls in his honor.
 “He is able to retire, and in such a dangerous job, that’s not always the case for police dogs,” she said. “ It’s important to have a celebration where the people get to say goodbye to him. We want to thank the city for allowing us to have him. Job well done, Axe.”

Congratulations to Axe and hopefully he will enjoy his well-deserved retirement from a life of fighting crime.

After over seven years of service, a police dog named Axe is retiring from the Bullard Police Department in Texas.  Axe is a German Shepherd who came to the U.S. in 2004 from Germany.  Here’s the full story from the bullardnews.com:

Axe was shipped from Germany as a puppy on March 4, 2004 and arrived in the United States on March 8.

 On July 27, 2004, after discussion, Chief Gary Don Lewis allowed the department to assemble a K-9 unit.

 On Aug. 3, 2004, former BPD officer Curtis Dinger picked up Axe from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and he has been helping solve crimes ever since.

 ***

After Axe fades into retirement, he will take residence with BPD Secretary Mary Dautreiul. She describes Axe as “loyal, dedicated and always ready to work.”..“To me, he’s a miracle dog. Dogs don’t normally live from that. He is an awesome dog, and we all miss him around here. He has to stay home now, and he doesn’t like that. You just touch his leash and he is up and ready to work. The excitement he gets when you get his leash is amazing. He has such drive to do his job. ”

 At the retirement party, a plaque will be presented to Axe and hung in the BPD halls in his honor.

 “He is able to retire, and in such a dangerous job, that’s not always the case for police dogs,” she said. “ It’s important to have a celebration where the people get to say goodbye to him. We want to thank the city for allowing us to have him. Job well done, Axe.”

Congratulations to Axe and hopefully he will enjoy his well-deserved retirement from a life of fighting crime.

The White House released an official photo of Bo, the First Canine.  (BTW The Dog Journal doesn’t care about politics, we just care about dogs). 

The White House released an official photo of Bo, the First Canine.  (BTW The Dog Journal doesn’t care about politics, we just care about dogs). 

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Here’s a video with a bunch of helpful tips for photographing dogs.  When I take photos of my dog there are a lot of unusable shots for every good shot I happen to catch.  I find that having treats in my pocket helps!

Here’s a video of a dog angrily barking at a UPS truck.  What is it with dogs and delivery trucks?  My dog does the same thing. 

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Some shelters report a “Black Dog Syndrome,” where dogs with black fur are adopted at a lower rate than other dogs.  It’s a strange phenomenon that unfairly prevents beautiful dogs from being adopted.  Here’s the article from msnbc:

 
LOS ANGELES — Animal shelter workers in the United States call it the “Black Dog Syndrome”: Black dogs and cats are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized.
There are no statistics, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence and many possible explanations, ranging from superstitions like the notion that black cats are bad luck, to a simple logistical problem: Black animals are hard to photograph well, and are therefore hard to advertise. To combat the problem, shelters have come up with a variety of creative measures, from reducing adoption fees to improving the quality of the photos.
"Overwhelmingly, we hear from the shelter and rescue groups that black dogs, especially the big black dogs, and black cats take longer to get adopted," said Kim Saunders, vice president of shelter outreach for Petfinder.com, the country’s largest online pet adoption database.

In order to make black dogs more appealing, it looks like shelters are getting more creative in terms of photography and presentation.  Hopefully, people will give these dogs a chance, even if their photographs aren’t the best. Click here for the full story.

Some shelters report a “Black Dog Syndrome,” where dogs with black fur are adopted at a lower rate than other dogs.  It’s a strange phenomenon that unfairly prevents beautiful dogs from being adopted.  Here’s the article from msnbc:

Animal shelter workers in the United States call it the “Black Dog Syndrome”: Black dogs and cats are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized.

There are no statistics, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence and many possible explanations, ranging from superstitions like the notion that black cats are bad luck, to a simple logistical problem: Black animals are hard to photograph well, and are therefore hard to advertise. To combat the problem, shelters have come up with a variety of creative measures, from reducing adoption fees to improving the quality of the photos.

"Overwhelmingly, we hear from the shelter and rescue groups that black dogs, especially the big black dogs, and black cats take longer to get adopted," said Kim Saunders, vice president of shelter outreach for Petfinder.com, the country’s largest online pet adoption database.

In order to make black dogs more appealing, it looks like shelters are getting more creative in terms of photography and presentation.  Hopefully, people will give these dogs a chance, even if their photographs aren’t the best. Click here for the full story.

For one day this pool is for dogs only.  Looks like a lot of fun!

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Photographing Shelter Animals for Adoption

A professional photographer in Texas named Teresa Berg has been taking professional-type shots of dogs to make them more adoptable.  Many of the pictures used at shelter websites show the dogs behind bars or otherwise are not the best photos.  Berg photographs these shelter dogs and makes them look more beautiful.  It’s part of her Focus on Rescue program.  Apparently, her efforts paid off because adoptions at one shelter went up 100%.  Here is her official website:

FOCUS ON RESCUE is a free photo clinic for animal rescue volunteers. Over the years we have had a lot of success helping homeless animals by photographing them for local rescue groups. Better pictures mean more public attention and more people adopting! If you’re a rescue volunteer and would like to learn how to take better photographs for Petfinder and other online listing services that help animals, sign up for our free photo clinic. We’ll teach you to make better photographs using the camera and equipment you already have —even if it’s only a cell phone! Classes are small and seats are limited - so if you sign up, please show up! Just email us via the contact page of this website or call the studio at 972-250-2415. We’ll help you, help the animals.  

Sounds like a great deal for these dogs.  Click here for a news story about Focus on Rescue on CBS. What a unique way to help shelter dogs.  I never really thought about how changing their photos would increase their chances of adoption.

13 dogs jumping rope.  Awesome.

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rescuerbrit:

Please reblog!

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