June 20, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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US Soldier Gets Dog Back After Sold on Craigslist by Ex

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THE TRAGEDY

While serving his country in Afghanistan, US soldier Robert Gabbert left his ex-girlfriend in charge of his dog, Baxter. However, instead of taking care of the adorable Shiba Inu, she sold him to another family on Craigslist.

That’s right – she sold a deployed soldier’s dog on Craigslist.

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And, as if that wasn’t enough, when the family that responded to the Craigslist ad was told about the underhanded circumstance surrounding the transaction, they resisted giving back the dog. To their defense, the people that adopted Baxter have two young children that quickly formed a bond with the dog. Very quickly, in fact, having only had the dog one week.

While it is sad that the children have to part with their new pal, the fact remains that the dog’s rightful owner did not want to sell his dog on Craigslist. Imagine if a babysitter put a child under their care up for adoption — the fact that the adoptive family got attached to the new baby isn’t grounds for them keeping it.

Thankfully for Robert, multiple news outlets and a large internet presence agreed.

THE TRIUMPH

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After the news went viral, a dedicated support group was formed, their sole purpose to ensure that Baxter find his way back to his rightful owner. Nancy Wallace, a member of the support group, told ABC News “We are not going to stop until we have the dog in our hands.”

And it worked! Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Robert’s support group, along with the assistance of The Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue, the adoptive family has agreed to give back Baxter. In return for their cooperation, the family received considerable monetary compensation and the assistance of the shelter to help find them a similar dog.

Now when Robert finally does make it home from Afghanistan, he will be greeted by EVERY member of his family.

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ABC News: Soldier in Afghanistan Fights for Dog His Ex Sold Away
The Washington Times: Deployed soldier to get dog Baxter back after ex-girlfriend sold him on Craigslist
All photos from Facebook

June 17, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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PET MIRACLE: Maltipoo Survives 15-Story Fall, No Major Injuries

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After plummeting 15 stories down an air vent, the fact that Susie – a 4-year-old Maltese/Poodle  mix (or Maltipoo) – survived is nothing short of a miracle. However, for a dog like Susie, one miracle simply is not enough. The fact that she fell over 100 feet without suffering any broken bones or internal bleeding is positively, by all accounts, unfathomable.

That’s right — Susie is quite possibly the luckiest unlucky dog on Earth.

THE TRAGEDY

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The incident occurred on Friday, when Elaine Caralis, Susie’s owner, took her over to a friend’s 16th floor high-rise apartment in Fort Lauderdale. After wandering off into a closet, Susie fell into an open exhaust shaft, falling down the narrow, dark chute. Eventually getting stuck after falling some 15 stories, first response “cut holes above and below the second floor to try to get (to her),” said Timothy Heiser of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

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At 68-years old with no kids,  Susie is — in many ways — Caralis’ baby. Throughout the ordeal, Caralis was inconsolable, thinking that her precious baby was dead. Luckily, the fire crew that responded to the call was able to act quickly and remove her dog before any serious damage was done. When they finally got Susie out of the wall, what the EMT’s saw was simply unbelievable.

THE MIRACLE

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After being freed from the wall, rescuers were shocked to see the condition Susie was in — or, more accurately, the lack of condition. Her attending veterinarian, who was expecting to see a dog in critical condition, was downright shocked with how minimal Susie’s injuries were. In fact, despite some  bruises, Susie is expected to make a full recovery.

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Both a story about the heroic efforts of the rescuing party, and the unbelievable luck of a dog that, by all accounts, should have been gravely injured, Susie’s tale will go down as one of the most unlikely outcomes to a potentially tragic situation.

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CNN – ‘Miracle’ Pooch Survives 15-Story Fall in Florida High-Rise

 

June 16, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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Ready for the World Cup? See Purin the Super Beagle Play Soccer!

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All photos courtesy of Facebook

In honor of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, we are proud to introduce you to Purin, the soccer playing Beagle. In an amazing display of athleticism, Purin not only manages to score a number of goals, but she is also a more than capable goalie! Add in the fact that she can do some seriously impressive handstands, and Purin is a true triple threat.

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Re: Impressive handstands

Don’t believe us? Watch the video!

Now isn’t that incredible?

Purin was adopted 9 years ago in Shibuya, Tokyo, and since then has learned a number of scene-stealing tricks. She has appeared in a few commercial spots, as well be the star of her own YouTube channel.

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Purin on a commercial shoot.

Have you ever seen a dog do anything like that before? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Purin playing with a beach ball

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The Dodo – Forget The World Cup, Lets Watch This Beagle Play Soccer Instead

June 12, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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GOING VIRAL: Pig is the Strangest Looking Dog You Will Ever See

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Image from Twitter

No, this is not photoshopped. This is Pig.

Born to a feral mother outside of Atlanta, Pig came into this world with some severe birth defects. It was thought that, because of her unusual shape, she was not long for this world. In fact, it was advised by a vet that she simply be put down because of how slim her chances of survival were.

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And yet, Pig is alive and well.

WATCH PIG FETCH

PIG’S STORY

Sure, the life of Pig has some unique struggles. She is missing a good portion of her spine and several ribs, some of her vertebrae are fused and twisted, her hips and joints rotate incorrectly, and her spinal cord splits in half near her neck. Because of her crowded chest cavity, she cannot eat a lot without it causing pressure on her lungs. She is also prone to choking, especially if she eats too quickly.  In fact, her caretaker has had to give her the Heimlich maneuver multiple times.

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Despite the sack of lemons that life has handed Pig, time and again, she has managed to find a way to make lemonade. And, just like the best lemonade, Pig makes hers with loads of sugar. A bright, vibrant, joyous dog, Pig loves to play fetch, wrestle, and take naps with the people she loves. Pig’s owner, Kim Dillenbeck, told AL.com that “Pig doesn’t know there’s anything wrong with her.”

While Pig has been making a big splash with people online, as well as at events like Do Dah Day and the Big Ice Cream Festival, unfortunately, her time may be short lived. At only eight months old, Pig’s condition will make growing up difficult. Dillenbeck said in an interview with AL.com that “she’s still gaining weight. At this point, she has the potential to gain another 20 pounds, and that would probably kill her,” because of the additional strain this weight would put on her already maxed out chest cavity.

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So, though Pig has drawn a tough lot in life, her positive outlook and upbeat attitude have made her an absolute treasure, as you can see in the video above. “Whatever time we get with her is our gift,” Dillenbeck told AL.com, “I’m the lucky one. She makes me laugh every day.”

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AL.com – It’s Pig! This unusual dog, a star at Do Dah Day, has found a home in Alabama
Huffington Post – Meet ‘Pig,’ The Dog Who’s Beating The Odds and Winning Hearts

June 11, 2014
by Sam Bourne
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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Adopt a 3-Legged Frenchie

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As if these two could get any more awesome, John Legend and his wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen, adopted a three-legged French Bulldog this weekend, thereby making their perfect life even better.

Is it possible for life to get better than perfect? Evidently.

Already the proud owners of two other pooches — Puddy and Pippa — Legend brought the little tripod named Penny back from a trip to South Carolina, much to his wife’s surprise and amusement. Teigen was so taken, in fact, that this past Sunday, she lit up Twitter with a series of jubilant messages about the precious new addition to their family.

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And if that isn’t enough, Legend and Teigen joined in on Instagram as well, posting a number of adorable pics of their sweet little pup in all her three-legged glory.

And don’t forget to watch this adorable video of Penny playing with a frisbee!

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Huffington Post – Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Adopt Three-Legged Dog