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Published: Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 6:01 PM
Updated: Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 6:01 PM
DALLAS, Texas — A Dallas man says his dog Franky, a Scottish terrier, licked him until he regained consciousness after a mugging in Dallas last week.
Although Franky was also injured, with bruises that indicated possible kicking, he woke Barfield up and urged him home.
Both Barfield and Franky are recovering.
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Published: Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 7:07 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:30 AM
— For over a decade, outbreaks of the dog flu have been reported across the country. Each year, dog owners report cases of the illness in their canines.
Barkpost breaks down the dog flu outbreak by responding to the most common questions pet owners have.
What is dog flu?
Dog flu, also known as canine influenza, causes primarily respiratory issues. Most dogs contract a mild form of the virus and only require supportive care to recover.
Is it contagious?
Yes, just like with human influenza, dog flu can be spread by close contact.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms, which may take up to 10 days to appear, include coughing, sneezing, fever, nasal discharge, lethargy and loss of appetite.
Can dog flu be prevented?
To reduce your dog’s risk of getting dog flu, consider the dog flu vaccine. It does not eliminate the risk of your dog getting canine influenza entirely, but like with the human flu vaccine, can reduce illness length and severity. Make sure to keep your dog away from other dogs who appear ill and do the same if your dog shows any signs of illness. If there is an outbreak of dog flu in your community, steer clear of public areas like dog parks.
Can other pets or humans catch the dog flu?
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
— A new study says that most dog owners would rather spend time with their pup than their friends.
Fox News reported that a study of 2,000 dog owners conducted by smart dog collar company Link AKC says more than half prefer their pet over pals. Owners said they sometimes skip out on social events to be with their dog.
Eighty-one percent of those surveyed said they spoke to their dog like they would a friend. Single dog owners were twice as likely to talk to their pet about relationship problems. Eighty percent of owners said it’s a deal breaker if their partner didn’t like their dog.
The study found that six in 10 pet owners said their dog takes care of them in some way, with many saying their pet helped them get through a breakup or death of a loved one.
Sixty-two percent of the pet owners surveyed said their dogs helped get them out the house at least twice a day for a walk and more than two-thirds said their dog helps them exercise more regularly.
“The physical benefits of dog ownership are often the first that come to mind, but we’ve found the emotional and mental health benefits of having a furry companion are just as impactful,” Link AKC chief marketing officer Herbie Calves told Fox News. “People consider their dogs members of their family and are looking for ways to connect and interact with them on a deeper level.”
The survey supports Calves’ claim. Fifty-five percent say unconditional love and constant companionship is among the biggest benefit of dog ownership.
Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 2:06 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 06, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
— A kitten born with two faces has died.
Bettie Bee was born Dec. 12 in South Africa with a rare congenital condition called craniofacial duplication, The Dodo reported. The kitten was born with two noses, two mouths and three eyes. While Bettie Bee received special care and was initially thriving, she died 16 days after birth after developing pneumonia.
Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 4:08 PM
ATLANTA — George, a black shepherd-lab mix with a white chest and brindle paws, slipped his leash and took off during a walk with a dog sitter on Christmas 2015 in Atlanta.
Owners Julianne Green and Matt Furniss were informed of the news while visiting New York for the holidays. Devastated, they cut their trip short so they could begin searching.
Nearly 17 months later, they can finally stop.
A microchip company called the couple last week to tell them George had been picked up in Atlanta’s Oakland City neighborhood — about six miles from their Reynoldstown neighborhood — and was scanned in at Fulton County Animal Services.
They raced to the shelter. Green was expecting George to be sick, injured or aggressive. But then they saw him.
“He came right up to us and was so lovey and happy,” she said Tuesday. “And it was like he wasn’t gone for one and a half years.”
Green and Furniss were thrilled, but so were hundreds of others.
George had gained a following since the couple posted about his disappearance on Nextdoor in December 2015. Many missing-animal posts are on the online forum, but George was a special case. Neighbors helped put up flyers, checked in and posted any time there was a suspected sighting.
Eventually, the sightings slowed. A naysayer on Nextdoor said the dog couldn’t have survived the winter and advised people to stop posting about him. The couple donated George’s belongings, but remained hopeful.
Green thinks people became invested in George’s story because he went missing on Christmas and because he kept darting between neighborhoods. Despite the occasional sightings, the then-2-year-old dog was skittish and didn’t recognize his name being called.
The couple — who adopted George from the Humane Society in Atlanta after a bad flood hit South Carolina — had only owned him for two months.
When Green shared the news that George had been found to Nextdoor, the post got more than 230 “thanks” and more than 100 comments in less than a week.
Since his return, the couple has since found out their dog is heartworm positive, and have started a GoFundMe to raise money for George’s treatment. Over $1,000 has been raised toward its $3,000 goal.
“He has become a local celebrity,” the fundraising page says. “Chances are when we meet a new neighbor, they have already heard a piece of his journey.”
The couple said they’re “eternally grateful” for the neighborhood’s support.