A little bulldog named Lilou obviously had a terrible start to her life. From her sad eyes to her hairless body, she had clearly been through quite the ordeal. At only seven months old, she was discovered wandering the streets in Southern California. She had a very advanced case of mange that was so bad her entire body was covered in scabs from head to toe. She also had a bad respiratory infection, which made it difficult for her to breathe. That’s when the Love Leo Rescue group came in, picking her up off the streets to get her the help she needed.
Lilou the bulldog was placed in an emergency foster home so she could be treated for her infections and terrible case of mange. After a few weeks in foster care, she was recovered enough to be sent to another foster through a group called Northwest Dog Project, also in the state of California. Lilou was treated with medicated baths and her body was rubbed with coconut oil to heal her skin. Her hair eventually fell out and she looked like a little piglet with pink and black polka dotted skin. But then something amazing happened: her fur grew back!
Once she was healed and had her fur again, it was time to find her a new home. A woman named Cara Frazer heard Lilou’s story and just knew she needed to meet her. Cara and her partner Carl decided to meet the little bulldog and introduce her to their two dogs to see if it would be a fit for them and their active lifestyle. It was love and first sight for everyone—dogs and humans alike. They decided to adopt Lilou and then added another dog to the mix, an American Staffordshire terrier named Hope whom she immediately bonded with. Lilou has been with Cara and her partner for two years now and is living a truly wonderful life!
For two dogs named Rigby and Rowdy, being together is very important. In the two years they have lived alongside one another, they have become inseparable. They do just about everything together, despite the fact that they have very different personalities. For them, it just works. Luke Swanberg, who owns the pair, says they each have a special approach to life. Rowdy, for example, is big on following the rules and is always there to wake up Luke when his alarm does not go off in the morning. On the other hand, Rigby is focused on love, enjoying snuggling, giving kisses, and of course playing with toys. And his favorite snuggle partner is his brother Rowdy.
The family purchased separate dog beds for Rigby and Rowdy, but they prefer to snuggle together in the same bed. They can often be found trying to squeeze themselves into a single bed that is far too small for them. Noticing how important it was for them to be together gave their dad Luke a great idea. He decided to build the two dogs bunk beds. He built them over the course of a weekend and was sure to include a set of stairs so they could easily get up and down from the top bunk. Once he was finished, Rigby and Rowdy were immediately excited.
In fact, both dogs immediately decided to use the beds and fell fast asleep. Of course, the two can often be found snuggling on the bottom bunk together because they do not always want to be apart. Luke says the dogs use them all the time, sometimes even preferring to stay there and sleep over greeting him when he comes home after work. While there is no designated spot for the two dogs, it is safe to say that the bottom bunk is their favorite place to hang out—together, of course.
Dog Leaves Home, Decides to Hitchhike Across Country
As it turns out, an Australian terrier named Rusty is quite the adventurer. His home continent of Australia is fairly large, but that did not hold Rusty back from exploring it all by himself. One day, he escaped from his home and hitched a ride with a truck driver in his home town of Goondiwindi, Queensland. The driver took him over 1,500 kilometers (that’s 930 miles!) to the southern part of the continent. It is certainly a far cry from his home, where the three year old dog has lived since he was a puppy. He typically lives on the family’s property with two other dogs and even some tiny human siblings. His owner, Laura Scudamore says he has been known to explore the property from time to time, but never has he ventured so far away.
Rusty once escaped the family property and ran to the nearby highway, where he caught a ride approximately two hours away. He actually spent the weekend with a family, who then realized he needed to be returned home. So, when Rusty’s family took a vacation recently, he decided it was time for another adventure. He again headed to the nearby highway and caught a ride with a truck driver and snuggled up for the long drive.
When his family returned from vacation, they tried to track him down and then received a call from a woman who had found Rusty in Snowtown, South Australia. He was nearly 17 hours away from home and getting him back was going to be tough—and expensive. So, his family got creative. They posted on Facebook that Rusty needed a ride home and he was looking for help. A pet courier service called Jetpets reached out and offered to help him home. His family is thrilled that he is now back with them, and is making sure he never goes on quite a long adventure again.
A little Maltese mix who weighs just five pounds is very lucky to be alive today. Her former owners came very close to killing the little dog when they decided to dye her fur purple—a move that is very dangerous to dogs. The dog, whose name is Violet, was rescued by Pinellas County Animal Services in Florida. She was actually picked up from the streets as a stray and was in truly terrible condition. Someone had used a chemical dye meant for humans on the dog in an attempt to color her fur purple. The dye did change the color of her fur, but it also caused very serious burns on her body and even caused one of her eyes to swell shut. Rescuers were not sure she could survive such a terrible incident, but they were going to do everything they could to give her a good fighting chance.
As soon as she arrived at the facility, medical staff got to work. They administered fluids to Violet the dog, gave her pain medication and attempted to wash off as much of the dye as possible. Then, she was bandaged to protect her wounds and went home with a veterinarian to hopefully heal. Miraculously, she survived the night and rescuers began to realize she could survive the ordeal. They began to shave down the little dog’s fur and then realized that her wounds and burns were even worse than they first thought.
It was certainly a long road, but with some medical care and TLC, Violet began to heal. Her sweet, loving personality began to emerge as she greeted staff at the veterinarian’s office and it became time to remove her bandages. Though she still has some remaining dye on her fur and scarring from the ordeal, Violet is thriving. She even found herself a new, loving home with a man who loves her just the way she is today.
For humans, flu season can be a terrible time of year. 2018 has seen many serious cases of influenza, and that is the case for both people and dogs. There have been quite a few instances of canine influenza, also commonly known as CI on both coasts of the United States. The dog influenza has also been reported in states like Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, California, Colorado, and Washington. This highly contagious viral infection actually can affect both dogs and cats, even though it is known as canine influenza. For this reason, it is very important to keep your dogs both safe and healthy through the winter months.
The primary way the canine influenza is passed from one animal to another is through what is known as “respiratory secretions.” This means that the virus is spread into the air when a dog sneezes, coughs, or even when they bark. Likewise, other objects can become contaminated and spread the virus. This includes items dogs commonly use like leashes, shoes, food, clothing, toys and even water bowls. For this reason, common areas where dogs congregate can turn into breeding grounds for the virus, such as boarding kennels, dog parks, or doggy day care.
Scarier yet, dogs that have been exposed to the virus may not even show symptoms right away. It has been documented that 80 percent of dogs will show symptoms within one to five days of exposure, while 20 percent will not show any symptoms at all. For this reason, it is important to monitor your dog and keep a close eye on your dog and their behavior after going to public places like a dog park, for example. The virus can live on a surface for up to 48 hours, and even live on clothing for 24 hours or hands for 12 hours. This is why it is important to wash items in warm water and disinfect them if possible. If your dog does contract the flu, odds are they will survive (it has a 10 percent mortality rate) but will be sick for a few weeks. There is no cure for the flu, so visit your veterinarian for more information on how to best care for your dog.
Greyhounds are an incredible dog breed. Known for their long, thin bodies and gracefulness (not to mention speed!) they are also wonderful pets. For one greyhound named Salty, being a fast breed dog and living in a fast paced city seems to be a match made in heaven. The white dog with black spotting is often found with her mom Lucy Percival in restaurants , pubs, and coffees shops in their home of Melbourne, Australia. Salty has truly adopted the city life, enjoying trips on the train and hanging out in the pub or even enjoying a nice “puppacino” with her mom at the coffee shop.
As a social dog who is often around other people, Salty gets plenty of attention. It is often because of her unique traits. When Salty is happy or content, she shows her teeth and her jaw will loudly chatter. While many people often think she is cold or sick, it’s quite the opposite: it means she is happy. You see, chattering or knitting or chittering as it is sometimes known, is very common in greyhounds. Much like a cat’s pur, a greyhound chattering its teeth means it is happy or content.
As a happy go lucky dog who loves to be around humans, Salty “chatters” her teeth quite loudly and quite often. This behavior also reveals something unique about her: she has very “human-like” front teeth. Salty’s lower jaw is a little shorter, which makes her top teeth more prominent than usual. Whether you call them buck teeth or human teeth, one thing is certain: they are adorable. In fact, Salty’s unique look is so popular with people that she has amassed quite the following on her Instagram account, run by her mom Lucy. You can follow along with Salty the greyhound and all her adventures (and her teeth) on her account, here: https://www.instagram.com/thesaltyhound/
Mercedes Trujilo was driving down the road one cold January evening in Utah when something ran out in front of her vehicle. She slammed on the breaks and managed to not hit the dark figure and immediately got out of the car to see what had happened. She realized it wasn’t a figure that ran out—it was a young dog that was very cold and very scared, too. So, Mercedes grabbed some food from inside her car and was able to coax the dog to hop inside. She drove straight home in the hopes of looking at the dog’s collar to figure out who it belonged to—only to realize something quite sad.
The dog had an engraved tag attached to its collar that said the following:
“My name is Lilly, if you found me please keep me. My family can’t and I need love.”
Mercedes realized there was no one out there looking for Lilly, as they had simply dumped her on the streets rather than taking her to a shelter or trying to find a new home for her. Rather than take the dog to one of those shelters, she decided to take Lilly in instead. After taking her to a veterinarian, it was discovered that the dog had frostbit on her paws, indicating she had been outside alone for quite some time. She was very thin too, after possibly months of having to fend for herself.
Lilly has had her behavioral issues too, with terrible separation anxiety and a clear dislike for men. So, Mercedes got special permission to bring Lilly to college with her and attend classes together so she could be exposed to new experiences on her terms—and hopefully heal from whatever she had gone through in her earlier life. The good news is she HAS healed and she loves her life now—exploring the world with her new owner, Mercedes.
Laura Forma saw something incredible out of the rearview mirror of her car recently: it was a large pit bull crossing the street. In that moment, she had every reason not to pull over and help the stray dog: she was driving away from him and she was already taking care of eight dogs, including her own six dogs and two foster dogs. But, she could not just leave the dog there. So she made a u-turn and headed back to a nearby strip shopping center in her home town of Houston, Texas. She waited around for a little while and then she spotted the dog between some parked cars. Laura called for the dog and he came straight to her with his tail wagging. It was cold and rainy outside and the dog, who she named Thor, was so happy to see her. It was as though he was just waiting for someone to come and rescue him.
He jumped right into her car, to be exact. Thor the dog had a roped tied around his neck, but otherwise had no tags or identifying information—and he looked quite sad. Not only that, but the dog had scars on his face and seemed to have been through a lot in his life. Laura did not want to take him to a shelter, particularly because he is a pit bull, but also because animal shelters in Texas are overcrowded. So, Laura brought Thor home with her and he’s been a perfect dog while he has been in her home.
Thor is fitting in nicely, and it seems he did have a home at one time because he is potty trained and is incredibly affectionate, too. While Laura grew attached to him, she knew the best place for Thor was with a rescue group, so he is now with Three Little Pitties, a rescue group for pit bulls in Houston. He is currently in a foster home and preparing to someday be a pet in a permanent home!
For Emma McGowan and her husband Michael, there was just one baby in their home: their dog Molly. She had their undivided attention every moment of the day, but the pair recently found out they have a baby on the way and worried their Molly would no longer be the star of the show. So, they decided it was time to give Molly her own special room in their home. Michael and Emma love their dog, and they wanted to show her in the best possible way. So, they began trying to figure out a way to use an existing space in their home to create a room for her. It took some time, but they finally found a good option: the space underneath their staircase. So, they cut a hole in the wall and hoped for the best.
As luck would have it, there was a space under the stairs and it was just perfect for little Molly, a West Highland terrier. So, he enlisted the help of contractors to frame out the opening to the room and run electricity in order to properly light the space. Then, it was on to figuring out the best finishes for Molly’s little room under the stairs. They found the perfect flooring, wallpaper and even paint color. Soon, things were really taking off and looking great, thanks to dog themed wallpaper and plank flooring.
It wasn’t just about creating the space; they wanted it to feel like home for her. They added a lamp, small table, and included plenty of photos of Molly and her friends inside. There was plenty of room for comfort too, so the pair found large cushions and beds for Molly and even a little sofa, too. Then, they added a welcome mat and plenty of toys and called it a finished product. And Molly loves her special room—and she loves her new human sister as well!
For members of a community located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, a very scared collie mix dog was a common fixture. She had been sitting alone in a local park in the chilly winter temperatures for many days and would not let any humans come near. She just sat and seemed to be waiting for something—or someone. So many people tried to help her, but she was just too scared. So, they contacted a woman named Janine Guido who owns a local rescue group known as Speranza Animal Rescue. To Janine, it seemed that the dog had been dumped in the park and was waiting for her family to return. Sadly, no one ever came. So, it was time to bring the help to her.
Janine started slowly with gaining the dog’s trust. First, she hand fed the dog but once she tried to slip a leash on her, she ran away and into the nearby woods. The dog was obviously very scared and ran from humans so she was difficult to track—but the community helped Janine track her movements. Then, the dog, who they began to call Carla, was nowhere to be found. Then, a call came in: Carla was found sleeping underneath the porch of a nearby home. Janine knew this was her opportunity to save her—and that’s just what she did.
Janine and a few other volunteers cornered Carla on a porch and were able to slip a leash around her neck. Finally, she was safe. Carla was taken to the vet right away, where it was determined that she was ten years old and was somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds underweight. She had no microchip and no one came forward to claim her, sadly. Carla the dog was exhausted from her ordeal, but she finally had a soft bed to rest and plenty of food so she could recover. She is now safe and recovering well and will be up for adoption soon!