May 14, 2015
by admin

Finding Homes for Rescues, One Pet at a Time – PetPlus Pups

Cooper-BlogAmerica’s shelters are brimming with perfectly lovely dogs waiting to find a family to take them home. Sadly, however, every 13 seconds a pet is put down in a shelter. That has to change.

Because of that, PetPlus has started the “PetPlus Pups” program. They sponsor a dog, paying for all their costs up until the dog is adopted. Also, the sponsored dog comes with a lifetime membership to PetPlus, in hopes of that helping to get the dog adopted.

Their current PetPlus Pup is Cooper – a pit bull terrier mix at Philadelphia Animal Wellfare Society (PAWS). Cooper was picked up on the streets when he was a puppy, so he has never known life in a loving home. He is a playful pooch that loves a game of tug or fetch. He also loves a good snuggle and belly rub.

If you want to see more Cooper, check out the video below:


May 5, 2015
by Sam Bourne

Superdog Shot 5 Times and Lives to Bark About It

In an amazing display of canine fortitude, an 8-month-old stray dog not only survived being shot 5 times, but managed to be upbeat and friendly while reeling from his life-threatening injuries.

The dog, now being called Frank after St. Francis of Assisi (patron saint of animals), was discovered nursing his myriads injuries on April 23rd in Chester, PA. The police were in the area responding to a report of shots fired. When they arrived on the scene, they noticed a trail of blood leading up to the porch where Frank was recuperating.

Frank-3Visibly injured, the police approached Frank with caution. However, their concerns were quickly nullified. “He wagged his tail and licked my hands, the friendliest dog in the world,” said officer Nolan.

As nice as Frank was, the officers were still very worried about getting him to a vet in time. Frank was escorted to a 24-hour emergency vet by a local animal advocate and member of Justice Rescue, Russell Wayne Harper – better known as Wolf. “Wolf always comes out, no matter the time,” said Nolan.

“When I first saw him, I didn’t think he was going to make it through the night,” said Wolf. And he wasn’t far off the mark. When they arrived at the hospital, Frank was immediately rushed into the OR where he underwent an hours’ long surgery. It was only then that the full extent of Frank’s injuries were uncovered – a ruptured stomach, perforated intestines, and a shattered paw.


One of the bullets removed from Frank

To make matters worse, during the surgery, it was discovered that at least one of the bullets was a .40 caliber, meaning that Frank was shot by at least two guns.

Based on the crime scene, the event likely went down like this:

Frank was walking down the sidewalk when he was shot multiple times. He then walked up to a number of homes, trying to take refuge. Eventually, he found shelter on the porch where the police found him.

While the shooters are still at large, a $1,000 reward has been issued for anyone who can provide useful information regarding the coward, or cowards, who shot this sweet, defenseless dog and left him to die. If you have any information regarding the shooting, please contact the Chester police at 610-447-7908.

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April 29, 2015
by Sam Bourne

FDA Recalls One Lot of Nylabone Puppy Chew Toys


The FDA issued a recall against famous dog toy manufacturer Nylabone for one lot of their popular puppy chew toys due to a risk of Salmonella.

What: The package being recalled is the Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit, which includes 3 different chewing bones. Only one lot of the chews is being recalled:

Lot No. 21935 exp. 3/22/2018

To find the lot number, look on the back of the package (see image above).

If you are in possession of toys that belong to the aforementioned lot, dispose of them right away. If your pet has come into contact with the toys, please contact your veterinarian right away.

Why: Salmonella is a very serious bacterial infection that attacks weak cells in the sufferer. Patients with Salmonella often exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Blood in stool

Although it is most commonly contracted from eating raw or under cooked meat, it can live on surfaces that have come into contact with the bacteria (like a dog toy).

Threat Level: Low. Since it is only one lot of the product, the contamination is fairly low in its scope, and has been contained quickly. That said, if you have any Nylabone Puppy Chews in your home, it may be best to play it safe and dispose of them.

What Can I Do?: Check the packaging. If you don’t have the packaging, play it safe, assume that it is contaminated, and dispose of it accordingly. Contact your vet and tell them about your concerns.

Some Alternate Toys: If you do end up having to throw away some toys because of the recall, these are some similar chew toys that are not at risk of being contaminated.

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April 24, 2015
by admin

Blueberry and Dog B.O.N.E.S Show How We All Got Pit Bulls Wrong

When you hear the words “therapy dog,” what do you picture?


Odds are it isn’t a pit bull.  As it happens, pit bulls are becoming an increasingly popular choice for offering canine comfort to the sick or disabled. That is because, despite the stigma surrounding them, according to the American Temperament Test Society, pit bulls are one of the most amiable and gentle breeds, second only behind the Labrador Retriever. Surprised?

Meet Blueberry


Now one of the most in-demand service dogs in the greater Boston area, Blueberry is the prime example of how sweet pit bulls can be. However, like pit bulls all across America, Blueberry wasn’t exactly accepted into the service dog community with open arms. In fact, the first therapy center her handler applied to – a program for developmentally delayed adults – rejected Blueberry based purely on the fact that they did not want a pit bull in their program.

“I was like, you would never want anyone to judge your students based on how they look, but you’re doing that to my dog,” said a dismayed Maura Porter, Blueberry’s handler.


But Maura was not about to let one rejection keep her down. Blueberry had too much love to give. So they kept looking until they happened upon Dog B.O.N.E.S – a therapy dog service. Since joining the ranks at Dog B.O.N.E.S, Blueberry has become a staple at hospitals in the area, working with the terminally ill and infirm while dispelling negative myths about pit bulls.

Her Facebook page, aptly titled “Blueberry the pit bull therapy dog changing minds one visit at a time,” is riddled with accounts of patients who, although initially hesitant of interacting with a pit bull, end up requesting Blueberry return, as well as become outspoken advocates for pitties.

Here is one example of a typical Blueberry interaction:


And Blueberry is not alone. A number of pit bull therapy dogs are out there, proving day after day that these dogs are so much more than the way they are perceived. There are even organizations like Pits for Patriots that specialize in pairing people in need of a service dog with a specially trained pit bull.


Sadly, regardless of how much progress is made by dogs like Blueberry, the overwhelming belief is that these dogs are inherently violent and unruly. It is for that reason that shelters across America are full to the rafters with these lovable pups – people just don’t trust them. And that is 100% wrong.

If you would like to help us dispel these harmful beliefs, share this article with your friends. And if you are looking to adopt a new friend, don’t let yourself fall victim to their stigma – pit bulls are just as sweet, smart, and well behaved as any other breed.




April 20, 2015
by Kuba Kierlanczyk
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Do Dogs Love Us Back? New Study Might Surprise You


Uncovering the science of the bond between you and your pet

We’ve all looked into our dogs’ eyes and wondered what they’re thinking. Are they happy? Sad? Hungry? Are they even really thinking anything at all? Regardless of what we may feel our dogs may be thinking, it seems like they love us no matter what. They lick our faces, bark and wag their tails when we come home, and take any chance they can to be by our sides. That has to be love, right?

Well as it turns out, it is! A report published last week in the journal Science suggests that there definitely is a strong love fueled bond between us and our dogs. The study asked dog owners to stare into their dog’s eyes for an extended period of time with scientists measuring levels of oxytocin in both owner and dog’s eyes before and after the experiment. Oxytocin is the hormone typically associated with trust, social bonds, and emotional connection. Therefor, when the scientists found higher oxytocin levels in both owners’ and dogs’ after the eye-contact experiment, it suggests that our dogs really do love us back!

It looks like a dog really is man’s best friend and now we have the science to prove it.

Want to show your dog that you love them back? Sign up for PetPlus!