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Avalanche Rescue Dogs: The Search for Survivors

January 11, 2018

Imagine being swept into a thundering, fast-moving avalanche. You’re catapulted downhill in a rumble of snow, then buried in darkness. The snowpack surrounds you like concrete, so you can’t free your arms to dig out. You’re not even sure which way is up. Your only choice now is to stay calm and hope someone finds …

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What Do Pets Really Want This Holiday? Hint: Keep It Simple.

December 21, 2017

This season, the stores are rife with over-the-top pet gifts. From ruby-studded collars and high-end kitty condos to luxury doghouses (sometimes complete with chandeliers) and gold-plated food bowls, there’s no limit to what you can spend on your four-legged family members. But if you could ask dogs and cats what they really want this holiday, …

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Sled Dogs: Answering the Call of the Wintry Wild

December 14, 2017

For sled dogs, few things spark more yips and leaps of enthusiasm than the sight of their sleds. The sight of those harnesses and runners means they’re about to go bounding through the drifts, setting snow swirling with their churning paws. While sled dogs today mostly compete in races like the Iditarod or provide tourists …

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The Revealing Science Behind Pet Adoption Choices

December 7, 2017

When choosing a pet to adopt, what makes you more drawn to one dog or cat over another? Obviously, you may have a preference for certain breeds, coats or activity levels. But what else influences our adoption choices? It probably comes as no surprise that puppies and kittens have a better chance of finding a …

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Need Therapy? The Cat Will See You Now

November 30, 2017

When it comes to helping people, dogs get all the glory. It’s not hard to find awwww-inspiring photos of dogs helping vision-impaired people across the street, warning owners of an upcoming seizure or dutifully carrying the newspaper to the disabled. But what about therapy cats? Do cats just lack the altruism gene? Did their reputation …

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Thanksgiving Foods You Can Share With Your Pets

November 23, 2017

The holiday dedicated to overeating is upon us. So who can blame you for wanting to indulge your furry family members when feeding your own face? For many people, moderation is the only thing off the table on Thanksgiving. But there are good reasons why you should be a little more careful with your pets. …

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What Happens to Military Dogs When They Retire?

November 16, 2017

For decades, dogs have served side-by-side in combat with U.S. soldiers. They detect explosives and weapons and even root out enemy forces. In fact, one canine hero even participated in the raid of Osama bin Laden’s home in Pakistan. Military dogs assist on patrols, leap out of helicopters with Navy SEALs and save countless lives. …

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What Happened to Pets in the Path of the 2017 Hurricanes?

November 9, 2017

This summer, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Marie and Nate hurled their way into the southern coasts one after another. For a single hurricane season, it was the greatest number of storms to make U.S. landfall in more than a decade. Thousands of people were displaced, and many temporary housing facilities simply couldn’t accommodate the pets of …

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