Dogs love donated chairs at shelter

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

Dogs Get Cozy After Chairs Donated to Shelter

The dogs awaiting adoption at one Illinois animal shelter no longer have to sleep on a cold floor.

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The Knox County Humane Society posted a Facebook video Monday of their adoptable dogs lounging comfortably in donated chairs. Goober, Mickey, Tango and Buster Brown are seen making themselves at home on the chairs until they find their forever home.


The Knox County Humane Society wrote on Facebook, "The shelter pets absolutely love their chairs! If anyone has any older chairs they no longer want, please think of the shelter pets!"

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Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:39 AM

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The weather in some parts of the country is not helping people with allergies, and your pets could also be feeling the effects of the high pollen (and other allergens) count. 

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Pets are often sniffling grass, other pets and the ground. They are also much closer to where the allergens can sit, so they could be more exposed to more allergens, such as pollen. 

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Just like humans, dogs and cats can sneeze, get watery eyes and runny noses. Allergies can make these symptoms worse. According to the Humane Society, dogs often express pollen allergy symptoms by itching. The pollen gets on their fur, makes its way down to their skin and irritates it. 

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Here are some ways to help your pet cope with seasonal allergies:

  • Consult your veterinarian to make sure the irritation on the skin is not something worse. Your veterinarian can prescribe allergy medicine if needed. 
  • Try to limit activities outdoors, especially in the morning, when pollen levels are the highest.
  • After a walk, wash or wipe your pet's face and paws a wet towel. Just like in humans, the pollen can be washed out. 
  • When you bathe your pets, use warm water when applying shampoo and cool water to wash it off. Cold water helps with the itching. 
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WATCH: Police officers rescue freezing puppy found under Florida bridge

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 2:39 AM

WATCH: Freezing Pup Rescued From Under Bridge

Police in Daytona Beach, Florida, released video of two animal control officers rescuing a pit bull puppy who was left under a bridge in freezing temperatures.

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River's Rescue

For the last couple of weeks we've been telling you about River the Frozen Puppy.

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In the video posted on the Daytona Beach Police Department’s Facebook page, you can see the puppy shaking uncontrollably because she was so cold. The animal control officers did everything they could to warm her up.

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A passer-by called police after seeing the puppy in the cold water.

The animal control officers found her under the Seabreeze Bridge in mid-January when the temperatures had fallen to below freezing.

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One of the Daytona Beach police officers adopted the puppy, now named River, and she is safe and in a loving home.

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Internet cat community mourns death of Oskar the Blind Cat

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16:  Oskar the Blind Cat attends the
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: Oskar the Blind Cat attends the "Cat Summer" video launch party at Bleecker Street Records on July 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)(Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Oskar the Blind Cat, who touched and entertained people around the world, has died. He was six years old.

Oskar’s death was sudden, his owners reported Monday on their social media channels. The cause of death was likely heart failure. Oskar showed no signs of illness before his death. 

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Oskar was born in May 2011 on a farm in Iowa. He was born with a severe form of microphthalmia, a genetic condition which prevented his eyes from fully developing. Oskar was adopted the same year by Mick and Bethany Szydlowski, a couple in Nebraska who began to chronicle life with a blind cat on social media. The couple have another cat, Klaus, a former stray who quickly became Oskar's sidekick. A YouTube video of Oskar playing with the air from a hair dryer went viral, launching him into internet stardom.

In addition to sharing the antics of Oskar and Klaus, the Szydlowskis use social media to promote adoptions of special needs animals across the country. The couple and both cats moved to Seattle in 2012.

An outpouring of condolences from other internet cat celebrities and their owners followed the news of his death.

It’s impossible to write this without crying. Our amazing inspirational and loving friend, Oskar, has passed over the rainbow bridge and we are so sad. Not only did his wonderful family lose their furkid, but the world also lost one of the biggest and brightest advocators for special needs animals and special needs children. Thank you so much, Oskar, for making every blind child feel special and cool. Thank you for making adults smile every day and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for advocating for special needs cats and for showing that you don’t need eyesight to see and feel happiness and love in your life. We will never ever forget you! Purrs to heaven and many hugs to your family. 💜 Love, Monty, Mikala and Michael. #OskarForever #OskarTheBlindCat

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7 things you didn't know you could do with your pet

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 12:47 PM

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Man's best friend is full of life, but are you and your dog living life to the fullest?

There are adventures and fulfilling volunteer opportunities you can take together that go far beyond the walks and nighttime treats of the typical dog/owner relationship.

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Here are seven suggestions for things to do with your pet, whether laid-back or wild adventures − even pursuits that could help you and your pup find a higher purpose in life:

A dog walks with people in the 5K walk during the 2018 Komen South Florida Race for the Cure in downtown West Palm Beach Saturday, January 27, 2018. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post(Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post/Palm Beach Post)

Train for an Iron Doggy race.

If you're itching to enter your first 5K, or even if you're a veteran road racer, you can bring Bowser in on the action. The Iron Doggy website features a bountiful list of dog-friendly runs each calendar year in three countries and most states. Bonus: many of them, like the New Balance Jacksonville Chariots of Fur Beach Run & Festival, benefit local nonprofit animal rescues or dog parks.

Kids read, your pup listens. If your dog loves kids and is calm, consider giving her a volunteer opportunity. Read-to-dog programs are available in numerous libraries and schools, and data backs up the value of children reading to dogs. In 2010, the University of California-Davis completed a study that found kids who read to dogs once a week for 10 weeks improved their reading skills and reported a greater enjoyment of reading than kids who didn't get to read aloud to pups. To get started, tap Therapy Dogs United to see if there's a program already in action in your area. If not, Tails of Joy,Library Dogs and Paws for Healing offer suggestions for ways to begin and fund read-to-dog programs.

Offer comfort in the courthouse.

One of the first dogs to aid young victims as they experienced the courtroom experience was a German shepherd named Vachss, used by the Children's Advocacy Center in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1990s. Now the website lists numerous locations throughout the country where trained dogs volunteer as legally neutral companions in prosecutor's offices, child advocacy centers and family courts. These sweet dogs are there to provide calm and support for kids during stressful legal proceedings. To learn more about how dogs become courtroom comforters and the benefits of their presence, read "Dogs in the Courtroom" by Idaho lawyer Rebecca Wallick.

Do some doggy yoga.

Yep, combine "dog" and "yoga" and it becomes "doga," a new trend across the nation. Some classes use the dogs more like a prop while others involve them more directly in the movements. According to PetCare RX, the end game is including your dog in your yoga routine for more bonding and good health for the two of you. "Doga is great for people new to yoga, who might be a bit shy about starting classes," the veterinary blog added. "Classes are slightly less formal, involve a bit more laughter, and are a good intro to the practice." Doga also helps your pet grow accustomed to being touched all over, which can benefit grooming and training when you're back at home.

Skijoring is a cross between dog sledding and cross-country skiing. Owners and pups are linked by a bungee cord.(Contributed by the AJC)

Skijor together.

That odd word merely means a combo of cross-country skiing and sled dog racing, according to High Country Dogs. And boy, is it fun! This is a great activity for the outdoorsy dog-dog parent pairs, but you don't have to be ridiculously fit to participate and neither does your pup. "A rule of thumb is that any healthy dog over 30 pounds who likes to pull can skijor," HCD noted. Owners should be an intermediate level cross-country skier.

"Be sure that your dog is in good health, has plenty of water and that their joints are also in good health. Whether or not your dog is fast or slow, the ultimate goal is to become a team that enjoys this sport together." In areas with skiing, there are workshops and more advanced classes.

Have an at-home spa day.

While spa services for pets are all the rage, you don't necessarily have to leave the house to enjoy a spa day with Fifi and Fred. According to, at-home pet spa therapy can include the following:

  • Give your dog a warm bath with dog-formulated shampoos and conditioners
  • Dry your pet with a towel instead of a blow dryer
  • Scent your pup with a bit of doggie cologne
  • Finish up with a nice, gentle back rub, using a light, fluid, soft stroke. Stay on the muscle and go around the bone, using just the pressure of the natural weight of your hand.
Don't miss this year's Splish Splash Doggie Bash at Piedmont Park on Oct. 1-2.(Bill Greenblatt / Stringer / Getty Images)

Wallow in water therapy.

Hey, dogs love the wonders of the water, too, whether for joint pain or relaxation, just like humans. With a little research, you can find practitioners of water therapy for your pup, beginning with the Association of Canine Water Therapy


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