A little corgi named Cora was rescued just a few days before her eighth birthday. Throughout her life, she had given birth to numerous litters of puppies over the years and after giving birth to a final litter, her days breeding were over. She had many health problems and was simply in need of a new home where she could be loved. Enter a woman named Madison Palm. She was going to foster Cora the corgi, but after only a few weeks together, she knew that she had to adopt the little dog. Despite her bad history, Cora loves everyone she meets and is such a people person that Madison decided to have her become a trained therapy dog.
By nature, Cora is just a sweet, gentle dog. She loves to sit in people’s laps and will nuzzle any nearby hand that isn’t petting her or giving her a scratch behind the ear. It is not uncommon to find Cora approaching strangers everywhere she goes with Madison, that is just how much she loves people. So, when Madison and Cora were recently stranded in an airport, Cora loved being around so many people. But fate was at play that day, and Cora found a man who needed her more than anyone else in the entire airport. The pair headed to a seating area near their gate and Madison let go of Cora’s leash when the dog fell asleep. Before she knew it, Cora had jumped up and found her way to the feet of a man sitting nearby.
As the man pet Cora, Madison worried he was being bothered by the dog. With tears in his eyes, the man said she was not bothering him; he was happy to give her a scratch behind the ear and even take a photo of her with his cellphone. You see, the man had just lost his dog the night before and Cora was just what he needed to feel better. It was like Cora just knew what he needed.
When they were just a few weeks old, two little puppies named Pablo and Penny were placed inside a bag, then brought to a residential neighborhood at 9:00 at night. Then, the man who held the bag dumped it over a wall and into someone’s garden. It was a cold and rainy night, and thankfully someone heard the cries of those little pups and rescued them around 3:00 a.m. The puppies were then taken in by the RSPCA rescue group. Sally Bamforth, who works for the group, said CCTV footage showed the man walking with a carrier and then dumping it over a wall and walking away. She says it is a true miracle that the pair of puppies survived the ordeal, considering how cold it was outside at the time.
Once the puppies were rescued and taken to get medical care, things got worse. The little puppies were in terrible condition, eventhough they were just a few weeks old. They were missing a good deal of fur from their bodies and needed specialized care so they could regrow their fur and get back on their feet again. After plenty of rest and TLC, the pair did just that. Pablo and Penny were given a second chance at life and it was as though the dogs did not forget it as they worked to heal and get ready for their forever homes.
Penny was fostered by someone who works for the RSPCA and quickly became a treasured member of the family and she decided to adopt her into her home permanently. Pablo has also found a forever home and was also adopted. Both dogs are now in great health and are finally safe after the terrible ordeal they endured as very young puppies. Unfortunately, the man who dumped the two puppies has not been identified or caught, but Pablo and Penny have such a great life now!
A sweet dog named Kermit typically resides in the area of Austin, Texas in the United States. It is his favorite job and his duty to comfort people as they work through the stages of grief. However, as fate would have it, Kermit the dog and his owner Melissa Unfred found themselves in Florida when a shooting occurred recently in Parkland, Florida. The incident took the lives of seventeen people. Melissa adopted Kermit as a therapy dog for herself a few years ago, to help her deal with her full time job as a mortician. However, she knew it was no coincidence that she and Kermit were in the state of Florida when the tragedy occurred—and they knew just what to do. They decided to travel to the community to see if they could provide some hope and comfort to people in the area.
Wearing his special vest that says, “THERAPY DOG. PLEASE PET ME.” Kermit and Melissa arrived in Parkland Florida and headed straight to the area’s community center. Students who survived the tragedy were able to approach Kermit and pet him and even give him his favorite: belly rubs. Kermit, who is a border collie, loves to interact with people and it turns out people love him right back. Many of the students gathered around to pet him or even hold his face in their hands for a closer greeting.
Melissa says there is much sadness in the community after the tragedy that claimed so many lives, but she was happy that Kermit could be there to provide some comfort during such a terrible time. She also said there were many people gathered to meet with Kermit including first responders, students, and even parents who were touched by the Parkland, Florida tragedy. Great job Kermit and Melissa!
For a dog named Ty, life was just one thing: spent inside of a wire crate. He rarely was given an opportunity to get out of his crate and it all began simply enough. Ty, who was just a young pup at the time, began destroying things in the family home. So, they did not know what to do about it so they just locked him in a crate. Eventually, the family realized that was no life for a dog so they contacted the RSPCA in the hopes that they could find a better home for the dog. A representative from the organization traveled to pick up Ty the dog and bring him to the organization’s shelter.
It was clear from the beginning that Ty had quite a bit of energy. Some might even say the dog was hyper active or even stir crazy from being in a crate for so long. So rather than taking Ty directly to a pen in the shelter, the rep decided to let him have some fun first before going to the shelter. Cara Gibbon, the representative from RSPCA, took him to a local park and let him off of his leash to run around in an enclosed dog run in the park. Ty was beyond excited to be free and to finally have some room to run around and play outdoors. He ran all over the enclosure, jumping in the leaves and smelling the grass. He even had some toys to play with, which he rarely had in his previous home.
Ty is just seven years old now, and he is looking for a new home that can give him plenty of love and lots of exercise outdoors so he can be a new dog again. He’s doing very well at the shelter and is ready for his permanent home!
A woman named Annie Shi recently moved away from home to attend college. Since then, things just have not been the same in her family’s home; she is sorely missed by her parents. However, that pales in comparison to how much her dog Tara misses her. You see, Tara and Annie were the very best of friends, spending nearly every moment together and even sleeping in the same bed each night. When Tara left for school, she asked her parents to give her regular updates on Tara so she knew how she was doing and that is when she discovered that Tara was having trouble without her best friend.
Tara misses Annie so much, in fact, that she sits in front of her bedroom door and cries until the door is opened for her. Then, when she goes inside and realizes Annie is not there, she sadly walks away. Annie obviously loves Tara’s room, but without Tara there to be with her, she seemed so lost. So, Annie’s dad came up with the sweetest solution to the problem. Her dad has begun using his daughter’s bedroom as his office so that Tara the dog can spend time in her favorite place. The little dog loves to sleep and rest on Annie’s bed while he works, just like old times.
While Annie is definitely Tara’s favorite person, it seems the dog has really bonded with her dad since she’s been gone. Their daily tradition of working and sleeping in Annie’s bedroom has strengthened the bond between dog and man to be certain. Best of all, Annie does not live too far away from the family home and takes a short three hour train ride home as often as she can so she can visit with Tara. It’s safe to say the dog is always happy to see her!
The story of a little dog who was reunited with her owners after being missing for eleven years begins back in 2006. That is when a woman named Iris Candelaria was not necessarily looking for a pet dog, but she found little Bebe anyway. It was love at first sight for the pair, with the little dog that looked like a stuffed animal and his owner. The Maltese-Yorkie mix was a big hit with Iris’ daughter as well, who immediately bonded with the little dog. The dog was a constant companion for Iris and her girls, following them around the house and taking any opportunity to jump in their laps for a snuggle. Even then, they wanted to keep Bebe the dog safe, so they brought him to the veterinarian to be microchipped to ensure he could be found if he should ever find his way out of their home.
Unfortunately, it was only a year and a half later that the unthinkable happened: Bebe escaped from the family’s fenced yard. Iris and her girls were devastated and spent days posting lost dog flyers and contacting all the local shelters in the hopes of finding their sweet dog. Sadly, he was never found. Iris and her daughters did not know where Bebe was, but they could only hope he was being cared for wherever he found himself. After years of grieving him, Iris eventually decided it was time to move on and find a new dog for her family. She adopted two pit bulls, named Sir Fatty and Mia, and a terrier mix named Croissant.
Then, one day, something amazing happened: someone contacted her on Facebook and asked if she had ever owned a Maltese-Yorkie mix. A little dog that looked like Bebe had found his way to a veterinarian’s office and her information came up when they scanned his microchip. He was in terrible shape and had spent a lot of time outdoors and had been neglected. But after a few days in the vet’s office, he was ready to be returned to Iris. The moment he was placed in her arms, he remembered her: it was good to be home again.
Despite many people trying their hardest, it seems it was nearly impossible to catch a little stray dog. For several days, perhaps even weeks, a little terrier mix ran around a parking lot that was located near a church and school in Monrovia, California. She was often spotting running around, dodging cars on the busy road located near the buildings. Many people were concerned about her well being, but no one could catch him to get him the help he needed. That is, until a woman named Piper Wood from the organization Hand in Paw stepped in. She founded the rescue group in Los Angeles, California, and made it her personal mission to rescue the little dog.
There had been plenty of sightings of the dog, including some of her hiding in the bushes. So, when Piper arrived on the scene to rescue her, she wasn’t sure where the dog—now named Matilda—would be hiding. She found her cowering in a corner near the school. She was terrified, sitting in a pile of her own feces and urine because she was simply too terrified to move. She even had tar hanging from her chin and stuck to her paws, which was causing her pain. Matilda the dog needed help and she needed it quickly.
The dog actually let Piper pick her up and though she fought at first, once they reached her car Matilda just melted into her lap and snuggled up to her rescuer. It was as though she knew she was finally, after all this time, safe. Matilda was given a bath to remove the tar from her fur and once she was tucked into a dog bed, she fell fast asleep. As time has gone on, Matilda is becoming more confident and happy, but what she needs now is a forever home—which Piper doesn’t think will take very long for this sweet pup!
A dog named Floyd, who is an enormous Great Dane, has a serious addiction. His indulgence of choice is not dog treats or even peanut butter; it’s something just a bit more cozy. The obsession began when Floyd was just one year old. It was then that he realized how much he really loved blankets. Floyd’s family kept a large throw blanket on the back of their couch and he became fixated on it. In fact, he kept trying to steal the blanket for himself. So, the family decided he just needed his own blanket to keep. That’s when his fixation and obsession with blankets truly began.
Floyd, who is now two years old, does not go anywhere these days without a blanket in his mouth. The large black and white Great Dane is quite the sight, toting his blanket around. His enormous size means it is common for Floyd to accidentally tear blankets when he drags them around, so the family makes sure they always have plenty of spare blankets for him. Being without a blanket is simply not an option for Floyd.
So Floyd’s owner, a woman named Emily, makes sure there are plenty of blankets available for Floyd. He has one blanket in Emily’s home, another one in her car, and even has one at her boyfriend’s house. However, there are limitations to where Floyd can take his blanket. Emily has taught him that taking the blanket outside with him is his limit, so she’s trained to drop the blanket at the door and then head outside and get his blanket back when he comes in.
It is not exactly clear why Floyd the Great Dane loves blankets so much, but one thing is certain: he just can’t go anywhere without them. Emily says just like the blankets, Floyd is sweet, soft, and very cuddly—just like a Great Dane is!
The 2018 Olympic Winter Games are in full swing in PyeongChang, South Korea. Millions of viewers are tuning in to watch athletes perform on such a major stage, but some athletes are using their spare time to make a difference in the world. One such athlete is a woman named Meagan Duhamel. She is a two time world champion skater and will be returning to her home country of Canada with a gold medal this year. However, that is only the beginning of her incredible accomplishments. She is actively working to raise awareness of the cruel dog meat industry in South Korea after adopting a dog named Moo-tae from the country last year.
The little dog, who is a dachshund mix, wants nothing more than to be held at all times. He also loves to quietly sit next to Meagan when she meditates in her home each morning. She suspects he might have picked up on this while he spent time living with Buddhist nuns. Whether he was trained to do this or not, we’ll never know, but one thing is certain: he loves this quiet time. Meagan actively works to save other dogs from a terrible fate in the meat industry, working as a flight volunteer when traveling to South Korea. She helps to transport dogs from the country to her home country of Canada. She plans to gather as many dogs as possible while in South Korea for the Olympics so she can rescue them.
The dog meat industry is getting more attention but it is estimated there are still approximately 2.5 million dogs that are killed for their meat each year in South Korea. There are 196 registered dog farms in the country, based on a belief that dog meat has “medicinal” benefits. While this is a long standing belief it is becoming more taboo and Meagan and other organizations hope to eliminate it in the not so distant future.
For a man named Patrick Peifer, Oliver the dog is a welcome addition to his home. The little dog was recently rescued from a terrible situation and he lives with Patrick and his wife and children. After all he has been through, the family does all they can to make Oliver feel safe and at home with them. He had a terrible past, but he has a truly wonderful life now. The family does all they can to make him happy, but sometimes dogs need to do things they may not necessarily enjoy. For Oliver the dog, getting his nails clipped is one of those activities.
When Patrick and his family knew it was time to clip Oliver’s nails, the routine experience turned into quite the ordeal. Oliver was so upset about the nail clipping that it took one person to hold him still and another to carefully trim his nails. Oliver gets upset about being physically restrained, so the family knew they needed a new solution to keep him calm during nail clippings. Patrick, in particular, came up with a genius idea. He wanted something to limit Oliver’s movement but not make him feel restrained in any way. So, he headed to the local Goodwill for a women’s handbag.
So, he went to his local store and found the perfect bag for just eight dollars. Then, he used an X-Acto knife to cut holes in the bottom of the bag for Oliver’s legs. Then, he suspended the purse from some exercise equipment installed on a door frame so he would be up in the air with his legs hanging down. This creation, which Patrick calls a “dog soft taco” was the perfect solution: Oliver was calm during the nail trimming. However, he still got his favorite treat for being such a good boy: string cheese.