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Blog: Karen B. London
Dog Helps Elderly Man With Alzheimer’s
Speech returns in presence of dog
The man in this video has Alzhemier’s, and according to the daughter who posted it, he has lost almost all of his speech. However, when he is with the dog, he talks in a clear voice and makes perfect sense. It’s not clear why his speech abilities return in the presence of the dog, but it’s well known that dogs are helpful to people with dementia. The benefits go beyond the usual health benefits...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Canine World Cup
Wildlife photographer celebrates dog diversity and soccer
With the World Cup coming up next month, wildlife photographer Eric Isselée decided to combine his profession with his love of soccer by creating images of national dog breeds wearing their country's jerseys. One of my favorite parts about watching world agility competitions is seeing the diversity of dog breeds, so these portraits are a fun way to celebrate the upcoming sporting event, while...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Puppy Shower for Homeless Dogs
Mo. animal shelter holds an event to increase adoptions and gather donations
This spring, the Cascades Humane Society in Jackson, Mo. found themselves with 21 puppies on their hands. First a pregnant Husky mix gave birth to seven puppies, just days after being abandoned at the shelter. Then three Border Collie mix puppies were brought in, so undernourished and weak that they went straight to a foster home to be nurtured back to health. Next 11 more three week old puppies...
Blog: Karen B. London
Baby Named After Dog Who Saved Her Life
Jade found the abandoned baby in a park
When Jade the German Shepherd sprinted into the bushes during a walk, lay down and refused to return to her guardian, her behavior was literally life-saving. When Roger Wilday came over to his dog, he discovered that Jade was lying next to an abandoned newborn baby. According to doctors, she would not have survived more than a couple of hours longer on her own. The baby, who hospital workers...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Generosity in a Time of Need
A N.J. couple leaves a $1,000 tip towards a large vet bill.
Pets are amazing conversation starters and give people a common passion that creates an instant connection. Last weekend, Christina Summitt's paw print tattoo led to an act of generosity that she could have never imagined.   Christina's wrist tattoo often leads to conversations with strangers about her love of animals. Despite working three jobs and managing a family of three kids and one dog,...
Blog: Karen B. London
Dog Waits Outside Hospital For 8 Days
Reunion with homeless guardian worth it
Lauri da Costa, a homeless man in Brazil who stumbled to the hospital after being hit in the face by a rock, has a priceless friend in his dog Seco. When da Costa went inside the hospital, neither he nor his dog could have known that it would be more than a week before he came out again. Luckily, the injuries from the attack were not incredibly serious. However, during the exam, doctors...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Service Dogs for Boston Marathon Victims
Assistance pup helps Jessica Kensky navigate a new reality
On the surface, Boston looks like a city that has fully recovered from the tragedy and fear surrounding last year's marathon bombing. Nearly 9,000 additional runners are participating in today's race, bringing the number of participants up to over 35,755.  And officials are expecting one million spectators, double last year's turnout. But for many of the victims, the journey towards recovery is...
Blog: Karen B. London
Dogs Comfort in Boston
Therapy dogs attend marathon festivities
After the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, therapy dogs from the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries were there within 24 hours. The group consists of 70 therapy dogs (all Golden Retrievers) from 10 states. Small groups of the dogs visit churches, schools, hospitals and disaster areas, offering the soothing, healing presence that only dogs can provide. Many survivors and...
Blog: Karen B. London
Quality Time Without Other Dogs
Dogs benefit, sometimes in unexpected ways
“He doesn’t really play with toys,” his guardian said as he dropped the dog off for an afternoon visit with us. Their realtor didn’t want dogs at home during their open house, not even resting contentedly in their crates, and work schedules meant they needed a little help. We were taking one of their dogs and his brother was going to watch the other. Though we were not expecting Moose to play...
Blog: Editors
Foster Mom Reconnects with Rescue Dog
The Little Miracles of Social Media
At its best, social media can spark connections one only dreams about. Such was the case involving a series of photographs we posted recently on Facebook. Last week we blogged a new series of photos by Bark contributor Grace Chon, showing her 10-month-old son Jasper and 7-year-old dog Zoey in matching apparel. The photos are adorable and our followers agreed, “liking” and sharing the pix with...

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