Lucky shelter dog saved from tragic end in Asia, again in NY

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 1:28 PM

A shelter dog, similar to the one pictured above, is a 'true miracle dog,' according to Animal Haven shelter. The dog was rescued twice from a tragic end.
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A shelter dog, similar to the one pictured above, is a 'true miracle dog,' according to Animal Haven shelter. The dog was rescued twice from a tragic end.(David Silverman/Getty Images)

 

A lucky New York shelter dog named Pandy seems to have almost as many lives as a cat.

Pandy was saved from a meat market in Thailand and taken to the Animal Haven shelter in New York. 

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“She was rescued from the dog meat trade in Asia — the illegal dog meat trade,” shelter executive director Tiffany Lacey told CBS New York.

Then, as a snowstorm stuck the city on Tuesday, the 4-year-old pooch got spooked and ran off while she was being walked in SoHo by a volunteer.

The frightened dog ran 40 blocks through Manhattan in freezing temperatures all the way to the Lincoln Tunnel, where officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey managed to grab her leash when she was halfway through the tunnel.

The officers took the cold and wet dog with bloody paws to the ASPCA to have her microchip scanned, ABC7NY.com reported.

Animal Haven was relieved and happy to have Pandy back.

“PURE JOY,” the shelter said in a post on its Facebook page.

“We can’t even begin to tell you how grateful we are for the army of animal lovers who helped her find her way back … She is a true miracle dog.” 

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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.

Posted by Daytona Beach Police Department on Thursday, February 8, 2018

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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5 things to know about dog flu

Published: Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 7:07 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Dog Flu Fast Facts

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.

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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?

Cats and potentially other animals can become infected with the newer strain H3N2. Humans cannot catch dog flu. 

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Study says people would rather hang out with their dogs than friends

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

What Your Dog Is Really Trying To Tell You With Those Heart-Melting Eyes

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.

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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. 

One study says many dog owners will sometimes skip on social outings with friends to be with their pet.(Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for PetHero)

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.

“Dog ownership is a great responsibility but also comes with great physical, emotional and mental benefits,” Calves said.

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