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It’s National Pet Day!

Today is dedicated as National Pet Day to remind us all to give some extra love, and a hug to our pets. It’s amazing how much joy they bring to our lives.

Therapy Dogs are pets that bring comfort and peace to others whether they are in hospital, senior residences, or even libraries for children to read with. Read about the special work that Joyce Akers does with her Shetland Charity at St. Anthony’s Family Center in comforting families in need.

Set aside some time today to give an extra treat or snuggle to a pet who brings you comfort.

Snuggling in the electric blanket

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Teeny Treats, New Toy, and Ready To Run!

This week a lot of great things happened. 

I was reading on Lapdog Creations of the ASPCA Virtual 5k and, in an effort to stay active, signed up. I’m looking forward to training early in the mornings. This summer ended up being rainy and miserable so I’m optimistic this fall will be nice.

Registration included a numbered bib, a finishers medal for me, and I opted for finishers medal for Dexter. 

The 5k doesn’t have to be done on a specific time or date, and because Dexter gets fairly winded after 1.5 miles, we’ll break up the walk into two sessions. Our team page is here, and our goal is to raise $100 for the work the ASPCA does for animals across the country. Look for pictures when the registration package arrives and when we complete the walk!
Today was grocery day and while at Wegmans shopping picked up some fun things: more Buddy Biscuits, some Bag Balm for Dexter’s foot, and a new toy: a blinking chewy toy.

Buddy Biscuits come in two sizes (regular and Teeny Treats). The Buddies come in two flavors Roasted Chicken, and Peanut Butter, Grilled Beef, and Bacon and Cheese. All of the flavors have limited ingredients, and are equally addictive!

Buddy Biscuits regular size and Tiny Treats

I use the Teeny Treats in a puzzle toy. They fit great and are a huge motivator!

Both dogs at home are chewers. We can’t seem to keep enough to in the house! This fun made by Nerf feels durable, about 7-inches long, and has flashing lights in each end. There package doesn’t give any indication that the batteries are replaceable, and there aren’t any places to access a battery- which is probably a good thing!

Lastly, Bag Balm is a petrolium jelly great got chafed skin, and minor scrapes. Will out on a walk, Dexter got excited and pulled on the leash which ended up in him scraping one of his pads on the asphalt, causing a scrape he was tendering. Bag Balm is useful for people hands and dog (and cat) paws. 

As I’m writing this, a Slow Cook Pork Carnitas rost is cooking away and the house is smelling great! The dogs are going crazy begging for some. Super easy and hard to wait for!

2016 UK National Service Dog Awards

In the 20th installment of this British ceremony, 20 nominees were considered for several categories including outstanding contribution of Bravery, Outstanding Achievement and Dedication to Duty made by uniformed working dog sections/teams and individuals from the Armed Forces, Police, Customs, Prison, Fire Service.

The complete list is located at the K9 Working Heroes website.

Two of the nominees are:

Two West Midlands Police officers and their canine partners. The two dogs are being commended for tracking suspects through dangerous conditions, and their prior service as bomb-sniffing dogs in battle.

Also, John Ball & Search Dog Darcy have been nominated. They were profiled in this K9 Working Heroes series.

The awards ceremony was April 16 to honor the recipients.

Mwd accepting awards at national bravery award's

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Eukanuba Friends For Life hero award

Eukanuba Friends For Life Award 2016

The Eukanuba Friends For Life awards was presented at Crufts today, March 13; the closing day of the worlds largest dog show in Birmingham, UK.

Before the ceremony started, a member of the West Midlands Police Display Team came to the field as the announcer recognized the work police dogs and their handlers do, and remembered police dog Diesel who was killed in the 2015 Paris terrorist attack and subsequently awarded the Dickin medal for his brave acts at a time of conflict.

This is the twelfth year of the Friends for Life awards. Videos of the finalists were available on the Crufts website where viewers could watch and vote. The four finalists were:

Cohen and dog Azerly helping him cope with Autism
Louise and emotional support dog Teddy Bear
Rosie and dog Boo supporting her through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sophie and diabetic alert dog Scooby.

Managing Director of Eukanuba UK, Annaliese Reekie said: “They are all amazing dogs and that’s why the Eukenuba Friends For Life competition sis so important to us at Eukanuba. It really showcases how extraordinary dogs are and the important role they play in our lives; and in the case of these amazing four finalists, they truly have transformed their lives.”

Watch a summary of the finalist videos and the presentation ceremony below:

The four-day event has been live streaming on the Crufts YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialCrufts where clips of the entire event can be viewed as well.

Check out more hero dog stories by following @amazingdogstory

 

American Humane Association Pawscar Awards logo

And The Pawscar Award Goes To…

This year was the seventh annual Pawscar Awards from the American Humane Association. The award celebrates the top animal stars in film and television.

This year, hosts Pauley Perrette (CSI) and Lou Wegner (The Pledge, A Christmas Tree Miracle) presented awards in eight categories plus three more voted by the public. The list of categories and winners is below.

During the ceremony, from Perette’s house, she and Lou gave facts about the AHA and what was involved in the recording of iconic scenes from each movie. Did you know that in the rain scenes of The Hunger Games, Buttercup the cat, was covered in warm water. When the scenes were over, the cats were towel-dried and moved to a warming tent.

 

Best Family Dog Love the Coopers
Best Moving Performance The Hateful Eight
Best Hitchcockian Hound The Gift
Best Rodeo Romance The Longest Ride
Best Bribe Daddy’s Home
Best Repurring Cat Performance The Hunger Games Series
Best Ensemble Performance Cinderella
Best Hero Dog Max
Favorite Animal Buddy Movie of All Time Turner and Hooch
Favorite Animal Drama of All Time Seabiscuit
Favorite Animal Movie of All Time Old Yeller

For more than 75 years, American Humane Association’s “No Animals Were Harmed®” program has acted as the only official film-industry sanctioned group ensuring the humane protection, safety and welfare of animal actors on the sets of movies, television shows, and commercial shoots. Each year the program oversees the protection of more than 100,000 animal actors on more than 1,000 sets in the U.S. and around the globe.

Check out the “No Animals Were Harmed” program detials and guidelines at: www.humanehollywood.org 

Article picture credit: screenshot AHA Youtube channel.

Winners of the CW Network “The World Dog Awards”

Celebrities and their famous canine companions honored man’s best friend at THE WORLD DOG AWARDS hosted by George Lopez.

The CW published a complete list of winners including these below. Be sure to visit their website for a complete recap of the show!

 

Full list of winners from THE WORLD DOG AWARDS:

  •  Dog of the Year: Gabe, therapy dog to wounded U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford
  •  Top Movie Dog: Carlos as “Max” (from the film “Max)
  •  Top TV Dog: Scruffy as “Whoopty Woo” (television series “Empire”)
  •  A-List Dog: Amanda Seyfried and Finn
  •  Pawpular: Manny The Frenchie (@manny_the_frenchie on Instagram)
  •  Supporting Actor to a Dog: Jason Schwartzman in the film “7 Chinese Brothers”
  •  Best Dressed: Doug The Pug
  •  Most Amazing Journey: Sissy
  •  Top Spot: “Mastery” / Chase (a commercial that featured a dog)
  •  Celebrity Dog Selfie: Joey Graceffa and Wolf
  •  Top Trick: Norman, the Bike Riding Dog
  •  Happiest Reunion: Calla and Wrigley and Army E-5 SGT Krista Coey
  •  Hot Dog: Dally, the Horserider
  •  Most Dog-Like Animal: Amy Trotter, the Pig
  •  My New Puppy: iJustine and Matt
  •  Pop Dog: “All of Me” (Charity) – John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Puddy and Pippa
  •  Performing Pups: Nathan
  •  Best Rescue: Joel Silverman and Duchess
  •  Top Video Game Dog: River as “Dogmeat” from “Fallout 4”

HONORARY CATEGORIES:

  •  Underdog: Khalessi
  •  The Dog’s Life Achievement: Toto (from “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Wiz”)
  •  Subaru Pet Hall of Fame: JJ
  •  Award of Loyalty: Saint and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Harbaugh

The awards are presented by IAMS brand and SUBARU.

Source: Winners of “The World Dog Awards”