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Help pups 2018 calendars

Help pups with these 2018 calendars

You can help pups by purchasing a 2018 calendar from one of the organizations below.  The calendars help rescue or service dogs, have cute puppy and other pictures, and make a nice gift. The Grey Muzzle wall calendar features photos of senior dogs. All proceeds from the calendar support the Grey Muzzle Organization. This non-profit, […]

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The three amingos: Milani, Fisher and Gretzky

This Thanksgiving we are especially thankful for the 13 years we had with Sweet Gretzky

This Thanksgiving we are especially thankful for the 13 years we had with Sweet Gretzky and his wonderful G littermates. Gretzky crossed the Rainbow Bridge earlier this summer. He trained to be a service dog for a person with a disability. Right at the end of his training, Gretzky shut down and didn’t want to […]

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In honor of Veterans Day – a salute to veterans and the service dogs who help them

In honor of Veterans Day – a salute to veterans and the service dogs who help them Charlie stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. “When I was injured, I had been in the best shape of my life. Then I ended up in a hospital bed for over a year. My wife had […]

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Joanne George wrote a book about Smiley and the journey the two of them took.

Smiley the blind therapy dog known worldwide died Saturday

Smiley the blind therapy dog died Saturday. He spent 12 years visiting hospitals, schools and nursing homes putting a smile on the face of children and adults. Smiley was born at a puppy mill. He was caged in a barn packed with 100 other dogs being raised to sell. Smiley was blind at birth and […]

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Via American Pit Bull Foundation Facebook page

Run or walk to help hero vets and rescue pups

The RescueMe 5K Run/Walk is this Saturday, October 14th. Money raised goes to a program called Operation Sidekick, which trains and provides rescued pit bulls to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Operation Sidekick is run by the American Pit Bull Foundation (APBF). It says more than 3,000 pit bulls are euthanized each day. On […]

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Via UNC-Chapel Hill and

Retriever is a home run for UNC baseball

Everyone wins with Remington on the team. The golden retriever is part of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill baseball team. “Remi,” as his teammate call him, is with players in the dugout during games, takes balls and water to umpires, and will fist or paw bump players when there’s something to celebrate. He’s even […]

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These former working dogs in training are now faithful, furry, full-time friends.

Let’s celebrate working dogs

May Day celebrates workers of the world. Dogs are some of the best workers around. “Give a dog a job” is part of the message of Canine Companions for Independence. CCI dogs are partnered with a child or adult with disabilities and “work” for their human. They know more than 40 commands to help with […]

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Smiley via his Facebook page

These “throw-away” dogs are still going strong

The little Chihuahua was old and sick. She had been surrendered to the Asheville Humane Society and spent her days trembling and cowering under her bed. Heather Hayes, who works at the Humane Society, doubted the senior dog would ever be adopted because she was so ill. The shelter thought she was dying. Heather wanted […]

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Hollen as a puppy with her CCI cape

A Service Dog Love Story: Hollen and Dana

I’m re-posting this story because it’s almost Valentine’s Day and a good time to remember Hollen, a special dog who touched the lives of  many people. On Valentine’s Day 1998, Linda and I watched Hollen, a puppy we raised for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), graduate and become a full-fledged service dog. Hollen went to […]

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