Top 5 Movie Hero Dogs and Why We Love Them

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Top 5 Movie Hero Dogs and Why We Love Them

When watching a movie or TV show it’s hard to keep your eyes from going to the adorable dog on the screen even if they’re not the focus of the scene. Dogs have a way of capturing our hearts and our attention. While all dogs are hard to take your eyes off of, these top 5 movie hero dogs are dogs we’ll never forget.

Lassie

Lassie, to no surprise, is at the top of the list. Everyone knows her name and beautiful face, but more importantly, they remember her unyielding bravery. She stole our hearts as she swooped in to save Timmy from danger time and time again. Her heart overflowed with love, and her bravery and selflessness made her a true iconic hero that both inspired us and made us love dogs even more. Trivia: “Lassie” was actually a laddie in real life.

Old Yeller

No one will ever forget Old Yeller or the tears we cried for him. His bravery was the stuff of legend as he took on threats that were far bigger and tougher than he appeared to be. However, time after time he protected his family, even when the price was his own safety and well-being. The love and bravery he showed and the sacrifice he made will make him a hero forever.

Dodger

While Dodger is a scoundrel and thief in Oliver and Company he’s a hero to Oliver, protecting him and looking out for the innocent, and sometimes naive, cat. He’s loyal to Fagin, the man who gave him a place to call home, willing to risk his safety to protect him when things turn dark. He might pretend to be a tough guy, but we see right through the outer shell to the heart of gold within.

Bolt

He might play a superhero on TV, but he turns out to be a hero in real life as well. While he doesn’t have laser eyes and chase down bombs, he’s extremely loyal to Penny, always in protective mode when she’s around. He braves smoke and flames to save her, staying by her side even when she urges him to leave for his own safety. Dog really is man’s best friend, and Bolt’s loyalty is nothing short of heroic.

Pongo and Perdita

The 101 Dalmatians showcased the love of parents and what they’re willing to do for their children. Pongo and Perdita brave the elements and a psychotic madwoman to get their kids back safe and sound, demonstrating the power of love and what it enables us to do, even when the odds are stacked against us.

These dogs showcase the very best love and loyalty has to offer, braving unspeakable odds with no regard for themselves. They are truly heroes and have touched our lives in ways we’ll never forget.

 

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Spay/Neuter If You Love Your Pet. Here’s Why

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Spay/Neuter If You Love Your Pet. Here’s Why

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and February 28th is World Spay Day so now is a good time to remind ourselves why the decision to spay/neuter your pet is a compassionate act that benefits your pet in many ways. Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s so important spay/neuter your pet:

Spay/Neuter Controls the Pet Population

There are between 6 and 8 million homeless pets entering shelters every year and nearly half are euthanized, usually due to lack of space or funds to take care of those who haven’t been adopted. There is no shortage of healthy and lovable adoptable pets available, so by spaying/neutering your pet you are helping to keep the pet population at a manageable level that will reduce the number of pet deaths every year by keeping homeless pets from becoming strays or ending up in overcrowded shelters.

spay neuter awareness

 

Spay/Neuter Improves Your Pet’s Behavior

Unaltered pets are prone to unwanted behaviors like territory marking, aggression, and excessive barking. By spaying or neutering your pet, they will have not have as strong of a desire to roam and will be less likely to engage in dominance-related behavior, both of which are contributing factors to reduced life span due to injury. The younger your pet is when you have them altered, the more likely it is that you will be able to prevent any negative behavior from becoming ingrained and most likely permanent. Spaying and neutering is a great way to ensure that you and your pet have a positive and stress-free relationship.

spay neuter awareness

Spay/Neuter Improves Your Pet’s Health

Spaying and neutering has been proven to prolong your pet’s life by several years, with males living 18% longer and females living 23% longer. It also helps to prevent the growth of tumors, cysts, uterine cancer in females, and testicular and

spay neuter awarenessprostate cancers in males. As with behavioral issues, pets will reap the most health benefits the younger they are at the time of spaying/neutering and can help you save significantly on the costs of veterinary bills over the duration of your pet’s lifetime.

 

Helpful Resources

By doing this service for your pet, you will not only have a healthy, happy companion for many years to come, but you will also benefit your community at large. February 28th is World Spay Day and both the Humane Society and the ASPCA offer useful search tools to help you find affordable spaying/neutering services in your area.

The Humane Society’s Pets for Life program also addresses the needs of pets and their owners in under-served areas who are not financially able to give their pets the care they require. Their studies have shown that 87% of pets living in these communities have not been spayed or neutered and their initiative helps people get their pets spayed, neutered, vaccinated, and offers free instruction on training, wellness, and provides supplies.

No matter where you live or what your financial situation, there is help available for you to make sure your pet will live a long life of good health and furry cuddles.

Here’s a link to a printable flyer from The Humane Association you can use to share!

Spay-Flyer-8.5×11.pdf

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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – Feb. 13 & 14, 2017

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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – Feb. 13 & 14, 2017

Dog lovers are already looking forward to the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show that is scheduled for February 13th and 14th this year at Madison Square Garden. Hundreds of the most extraordinary dogs from across the country will spend two full days competing for the honor of Best in Show and it attracts dog lovers by the thousands. If you’re new to the world of dog shows or are interested in attending this year, here is some background on the show, including its history and details on what to expect:

History of Westminster Club

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Courtesy Westminster Kennel Club

The Westminster Club originally formed in Manhattan as a group of gentlemen who liked to gather at The Westminster Hotel to share hunting stories over drinks. Eventually, they formed a club and purchased a kennel for housing and training their hunting dogs. In 1877, they decided to organize a dog show at Gilmore’s Garden (later to become Madison Square Garden) that had 1,201 dog entrants. It drew such a crowd– 8,000 attendees the first day and 20,000 each on the second and third days– that they extended the show for a fourth day to meet the public demand. The show continued to be hosted each year, growing in popularity and expanding to include more dogs and more breeds until it became the national platform for competing show dogs that it is today.

 

Quick Facts About the Westminster Kennel Club’s Dog Show

  • First Televised: The show was first aired on television in 1948 and it’s been televised every year since.
  • Full House: 2005 marked the first year that Madison Square Garden completely sold out for both days of the show. It was also the first year that the judging was broadcast live via streaming video on the Kennel Club’s website.
  • 2016’s Winner: CJ, the German Shorthaired Pointer took the title of Best in Show last year, with a Borzoi named Lucy taking Reserve Best in Show.
    Westminster Kennel Club

    CJ – 2016 Best in Show Courtesy Westminster Kennel Club

     

  • New Breeds Appearing This Year: It’s common for new breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club to make their debut at the dog show each year and 2017 will welcome three new breeds to the stage: the American Hairless Terrier, the Pumi (a Hungarian herding breed), and the Sloughi (a North African hound).

 

How to See the Show

Whether you want to curl up on the couch and watch the show with your favorite canine crew or get a front row view of all the breeds trotting along, there are plenty of ways to make sure you don’t miss out. If you are planning to attend, tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster via Madison Square Garden’s website and range from $40-$75. If you’d prefer to enjoy the show from the comfort of your home, you can join in with the millions of other dog enthusiasts who will watch the television broadcast or the live stream online. Whatever way you choose to watch, you’re sure to see hundreds of wonderful breeds at their best. May the Best in Show win!

And, as the perfect preparation for the Show, track down at Amazon the movie, Best In Show from the team that brought us This is Spinal Tap. It is a hilarious parody of a dog show much like Westminster and will provide a new point-of-view for watching the show!

 

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Expecting A New Baby? Tips to Help Your Pets Adjust

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Expecting A New Baby? Tips to Help Your Pets Adjust

A new baby is one of the most exciting gifts life has to offer, but pet owners may be worried about how their furry companion will react with a newborn child. However, there is no reason to add undue stress to your life; with a little bit of planning you can easily transition your pet from a baby-free house into a house with a small child that will be demanding of your time and attention.

Time Management for Pets

The thing that pet owners will have to get used to is that they will not have as much time and attention for their pet as they did before, but that doesn’t mean their relationship will fall into neglect. Let’s explore some of the things that you can expect when you’re expecting!

Make the Change Gradually

Your pet is not oblivious: they will notice that things are starting to change around the house, room changes, baby paraphernalia, etc. Help your pet get used to the oncoming change gradually. If you make these changes suddenly it will be very stressful for your pet and they won’t be likely to associate good things with the baby.

If you plan to allow your pet into the child’s room, then let the pet become familiar with the new room while you are pregnant. This is especially important for cat owners since cats like to jump on and into things. If you don’t want your cat jumping into the crib train your pet using an adhesive deterrent like Sticky Paws on the edges of the crib. Netting covers can also be an effective training method for your pet.

If your pet is not going to be allowed into the newborn’s bedroom, then safety gates or screen doors are a good route to go. These barriers allow your pet to see and hear what is going on in the room without admitting them in, which makes them feel less isolated and in turn makes your transition from a non-baby to baby household that much smoother for your pet.

Create a New Vibe

When the baby arrives, there is going to be a lot less time for your pets. Instead of this abrupt change, start getting them used to what your schedule and attention is going to be like once the baby is in the house. The daily schedule of the home as it relates to the pet should be pre-adjusted before the baby comes home. For example, if you are going to be walking your dog and pushing a stroller at the same time, bring a baby stroller and put a doll in the seat when you take the dog out for a walk. A number of vets and doctors alike recommend acclimating the dog to the presence of a newborn through the use of a surrogate doll.

Introduce the New Baby

Before bringing your new baby home with you, introduce your pet to the child via scent. Send a blanket or article of clothing home before you and the baby arrive so that your pet can investigate the scent and get used to it. When you do arrive home have someone else carry the baby and greet your pet in a calm manner. When it is finally time to make the introductions let your pet approach the baby. If your pet starts to get too excited or if things get out of control take your baby out of the room instead of banishing your cat or dog. Your attitude around your pet is going to be the most important thing during this transition period.

To get more information talk to your doctor, your veterinarian, or look for online support groups that can help you make the transition into having a baby at home as easy as possible for you and your pet.

 

 

Expecting A New Baby? Tips to Help Your Pets Adjust
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How You Can Celebrate National Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday

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How You Can Celebrate National Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday

January 29, 1929, Nashville, TN

It has been a long time since that first seeing eye dog school opened on the 29th of January back in 1929. Nashville, TN was home to that first school and seeing eye dogs are now being utilized all over the world.

Today, these amazing canines do much more than help the visually impaired. The versatility of these incredible dogs is evidenced by the various services they perform. These beautiful animals are used in such capacities as mobility assistance and PTSD dogs among many other things. seeing eye guide dog

A Historical Date for Man and Dog Alike

The seeing eye guide dog birthday reminds us that these animals have meant to so many.  In celebrating this milestone, we should take a moment to consider if we have something to contribute.

Many people choose to become volunteers. Training centers for guide dogs are non-profits which means they rely on donations and volunteers. Looking up the nearest seeing eye dog center in your area is the first step to finding out more about becoming involved and becoming a volunteer.

Getting Involved: A Rewarding Experience

There can’t be many things more rewarding than sharing in the growth and learning of puppy as it grows into a dog, only to watch that animal go on to become a lifeline for someone else. Simply knowing that you were part of giving a dog a real purpose in life while giving someone else a better life must be an awesome experience. These animals and in particular those dogs that serve others in so many ways deserve to be celebrated. Happy birthday to all those service dogs and thank you for being our best friend.

 

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How You Can Celebrate National Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday

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How You Can Celebrate National Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday

January 29, 1929, Nashville, TN

It has been a long time since that first seeing eye dog school opened on the 29th of January back in 1929. Nashville, TN was home to that first school and seeing eye dogs are now being utilized all over the world.

Today, these amazing canines do much more than help the visually impaired. The versatility of these incredible dogs is evidenced by the various services they perform. These beautiful animals are used in such capacities as mobility assistance and PTSD dogs among many other things. seeing eye guide dog

A Historical Date for Man and Dog Alike

The seeing eye guide dog birthday reminds us that these animals have meant to so many.  In celebrating this milestone, we should take a moment to consider if we have something to contribute.

Many people choose to become volunteers. Training centers for guide dogs are non-profits which means they rely on donations and volunteers. Looking up the nearest seeing eye dog center in your area is the first step to finding out more about becoming involved and becoming a volunteer.

Getting Involved: A Rewarding Experience

There can’t be many things more rewarding than sharing in the growth and learning of puppy as it grows into a dog, only to watch that animal go on to become a lifeline for someone else. Simply knowing that you were part of giving a dog a real purpose in life while giving someone else a better life must be an awesome experience. These animals and in particular those dogs that serve others in so many ways deserve to be celebrated. Happy birthday to all those service dogs and thank you for being our best friend.

 

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American Hero Dog of 2016: Hooch

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American Hero Dog of 2016: Hooch

For the past six years, the American Humane Association has selected the American Hero Dog of the year. The American Hero Dog of 2016 is Hooch.

Hooch is an orange French mastiff. He was badly mistreated by his former owners, probably to be trained as a bait dog for illegal dog fighting. His tongue was cut out, making it difficult for him to eat or drink, resulting in him being malnourished and dehydrated. Every rib was clearly visible. His tail was broken. His ears were cut off.

Yet with loving care, he has recovered much of his health and his gentle, patient spirit. He has been trained as a therapy dog. Hooch works with special needs children, especially abused children and children with autism.

 

Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, a California dog rescue non-profit organization, saved Hooch from an animal shelter. Hooch has to be hand-fed; he cannot chew his food. He regained his strength and joined the Miracle Mutts division of Marley’s Mutts. In addition to working with children at schools, libraries, and hospitals, he has become the mascot of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue.

His handler, Zach Skow, the director/founder of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, calls Hooch “resilience personified.” Hooch was the finalist in the Emerging Hero category, which honors ordinary dogs that do extraordinary things, and then won the American Hero Dog of 2016 Award.

“He is a hero,” said vet tech Andrea Bertolucci of San Joaquin Veterinary Hospital.  “He very much shows you that something horrible that has happened in the past doesn’t define who you are in the present.”

For information on how to nominate the American Hero Dog of 2017, contact the American Humane Association

American Hero Dog of 2016: Hooch
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