April 15, 2014
by Sam Bourne

Hero Dog Horrifically Burned Saving Family from Fire, Makes Amazing Recovery


Photo from Kali’s Fund on Facebook

Meet Kali.

Last year, Kali found herself trapped inside a burning shed. The result of a heat lamp toppling over and causing the shed to ignite, Kali’s barking alerted her parents to the situation, allowing for them to contain the fire to just the shed and sparing their house from any destruction. However, Kali was not quite so lucky, sustaining deep tissue burns on over half of her body.


Photo from Kali’s Fund on Facebook

Unable to afford what were sure to become enormous medical expenses, Kali’s family had to make the difficult decision to leave her in the care of the vet techs at the Clermont Veterinary Hospital, praying that they could find a way to save their baby.

When she first arrived at the hospital, Kali was in critical condition. Her veterinarians were calling her burns “horrific,” saying that “they’ll probably never see a case like this again.” But thanks to the expert care provided her, along with tons of TLC, Kali is finally on track to make a full recovery — minus a few patches of hair.


Photo from Kali’s Fund on Facebook

To many, Kali’s story has been a wellspring of inspiration. Her tenacity and will to survive has touched the lives of thousands of people. “Her desire to live is what helped with the healing process,” said Kimberly Hayes, Kali’s caretaker at the Hospital.

A Facebook group was set up in order to help raise funds for Kali’s medical bills, and the response has been outstanding. People from all across America (and even a few people across the pond) came out to lend their support, whether it was a prayer or a few bucks. Thanks to their generosity, Kali is now just a hop, skip, and a jump away from a being back up and running.

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Photo from Kali’s Fund on Facebook

If you are interested in following Kali’s story, join the group on Facebook.


Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/01/hero-dog-to-recover-from-burns_n_3188738.html

April 14, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Devoted Dog Waits for Days Outside Hospital for Sick Owner


Proving that wealth can be measured in a number of  ways, homeless man Lauri da Costa happens to be exceptionally well off in terms of the love and affection of his loyal dog, Seco.

After being struck in the face with a rock, da Costa checked in to the local hospital to have the wound looked at, while Seco sat outside. However, what was supposed to be a quick trip for a couple of stitches turned into an extended stay when doctors discovered that da Costa had melanoma on his face.

Time passed as da Costa awaited his surgery date, and Seco waited patiently out in front of the hospital. Eventually, the staff took notice, providing food and water for the loyal companion.

After Lauri’s surgery the doctor’s allowed da Costa’s loyal pup to visit him.  Watch their reunion in the video below.

Now, if that isn’t love, we don’t know what is.

While Lauri is still in recovery and not ready to be discharged just yet, local sources say that Seco remains the ever vigilant gatekeeper, waiting just outside the hospital doors for his owner’s eventual return.


April 11, 2014
by Emily Pope
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PetCareRx Cares About Your Pet’s Heart!


Heartworm disease is a common and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries and lungs of dogs, cats, and in rare cases, humans. It has been reported in all 50 states, but is particularly prevalent in the warmer parts of the country, as it is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes. 

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Virtually 100% of unprotected dogs that are exposed to heartworm microfilariae (or eggs) become infected, and the worms can live up to 7 years in your dogs heart — and the stats aren’t much better for cats, either. This may sound scary, but the good news is that heartworm disease is preventable.

3 Simple Steps to Preventing Heartworm

  1. Get your pet tested for heartworm once a year
  2. Use preventative heartworm medication on your dog or cat year round
  3. Share this message to help us prevent the spread of heartworm disease. Click this link, then click big red  ”share button,” to share this campaign with friends
    For every share we will donate 25 cents to the American Heartworm Society.


April 10, 2014
by Sam Bourne

Service Dogs Help Children with Autism


For parents living with a child with Autism, a new source for support is just a bark away.

Service dogs have been found to help many children with Autism come out of their shell, as well as provide them with the kind of guidance and companionship that they so often require.

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Affecting 1 in 88 children, Autism has become one of the most prevailing conditions on Earth, and for parents coping with an Autistic child, it can mean serious changes to their life. For many parents, any chance to help their child regain some sense of independence is worth a shot.


First and foremost, these service dogs help keep their children safe. With a heightened sense of curiosity and a diminished awareness of danger, children with Autism often find themselves in potentially life-threatening situations. In a similar fashion to how they lead the blind, a service dog can help prevent children with Autism from walking out into busy streets or wandering off on their own.

RELATED STORY: How to Get Therapy Dog Certification for Your Dog

Beyond keeping them safe, service dogs can help in a number of other ways.

Children with Autism often display certain behaviors which, if left unchecked, can end up intensifying and becoming further ingrained. “Stimming,” or repetitive forms of self-stimulation (i.e., clapping, hand-biting, hooting), are a commonly used outlet for children with Autism, and one many parents would like to see their children stop using. Service dogs can be trained to help gently interrupt these kid’s stimming patterns.

“Bryant will try to run in never-ending circles,” says Cindy Council, mother of a child with Autism. “[Our service dog] Imme voluntarily intercepts him with a figure-8 pattern. Her persistent interruption hinders Bryant from fading into his own world.”

Also, as anyone who has ever had a dog will attest, dogs can provide a great kind of unconditional love. For children with Autism, forming emotional bonds is often a hurdle that can be tough to overcome. Oftentimes, the bond formed between child and dog can help inform these kids on how to better connect with others.

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While this type of relationship seems like it would be incredibly effective, it is not the most widely talked about therapy. If you know family that could benefit from a service dog, tell them that this option exists. Also, you can support organizations that are training these special dogs by fostering a puppy, hosting an event, or by making a donation. For more information, get in touch with the DFA here.


April 8, 2014
by Sam Bourne

VIRAL: See Jumpy – the Smartest, Most Athletic Dog EVER!


Image from Facebook

Dogs can certainly surprise us with what they are capable of, but this dog takes the cake.

His name is Jumpy, he is an Australian Cattle dog, and he is hands down the most well trained dog you will ever see. Not wanting to give too much away, lets just say that Jumpy’s skills are sure to amaze.

(A hint: at one point he does a backflipand that is just scratching the surface!)

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Thanks to his trainer, Omar Muller, Jumpy has become one of the world’s most obedient, athletic, and all around incredible animals. Watch this video and get ready to have your whole world flipped upside down!

Seriously, you need to see this amazing dog.

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