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The Dog in the Hospital

Great story from The Boston Globe which shows dogs are medicine for the soul.  In this article (linked below), read about Mike Hurley and his therapy dog, Dexter.  This pair worked behind the scenes with Boston bombing victims and their families and continue to spread cheer amongst patients at the Center.

Photo by Suzanne Kreiter, Boston Globe

Photo by Suzanne Kreiter, Boston Globe

The Dog in the Hospital – Metro – The Boston Globe.

Dog walks in place of graduate

Sometimes, I just have to share stories that bring a tear to the eye.

Josh Kelly’s service dog, Cletis, would accompany him to classes in Geology at Idaho State University.  The young man, who suffered from seizures, was due to graduate this year.  Sadly, he passed away in February.

However, Cletis attended the graduation ceremony for Josh.  Cletis is a Pit Bull, by the way!

Helping Mom with the Domestic Chores at Run A Muck Ranch

DoggyMom.com:

I love this story! When I change the sheets at home, Daisy looks at me in disgust until all of the covers are restored. What does your dog think of sheet-changing day?

Originally posted on Adventures at Run A Muck Ranch:

I got off early from work today.

So, what does that mean?

Laundry and housecleaning!  Yeah me!

I had just removed the comforter from the bed, put it in the washing machine, grabbed the finished load in the dryer and went into the bedroom to put the laundry away.

This is what I found when I returned to the bedroom.

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No worries reader!  I was very careful to be quiet as I carried out my domestic chores.  Wouldn’t want to disturb the kids from their naps now, would we?

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How one dog inspired a rescue network

This is Lily.  She was the inspiration behind National Mill Dog Rescue, which is based in Peyton, Colorado.  I love to find stories, sad and otherwise, which show how special dog inspire their owners to do new things.

LilyLily’s story is told eloquently by Rich Strader on the National Mill Dog Rescue website:

Lily was born, raised and perhaps had 13 litters of puppies at the Reedgate Kennels before we were able to buy her at auction. Her time there was spent in a wire cage with a board to sleep on and a rabbit water bottle to drink from. While in the mill she received little or no vet care and because of this she lost all her teeth and her lower jaw rotted off, which is not unusual for the smaller breeds in the puppy mills. Everything that was precious to her was taken away (her puppies). The human hand brought only  misery.

When she came to me I took her to work everyday and she slept in the warmth of my Irish Wolfhound’s stomach. She slowly learned to trust and in seven months she would come to me to get on my lap! She now loves all humans as no one will ever hurt her again.

Lily with Irish WolfhoundLily is my inspiration. She can teach anyone about love, courage and the ability to forgive. Unfortunately the cancer she acquired through years of neglect is now close to ending her life. I have promised her she will never be alone again and I will be with her at the end. To date she is responsible for saving over 7700  dogs as she is the inspiration and founder of MDRN.

Lily died in my arms May 13, 2008. She will be missed.

You can find out more about National Mill Dog Rescue on their website and I encourage you to read Theresa Strader’s Letter to Lily’s Breeder to fully understand the scale of suffering by irresponsible breeders.

And to update the numbers…to date, National Mill Dog Rescue has saved 8,184 dogs … and still counting!

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Wordless Wednesday, part 2

Wallace the Pit Bull (Wordless Wednesday)

Professional dog walkers in Washington DC

Washington, DC is full of attractions like memorials, museums and other events.  Today, I also came across a group of three professional dog walkers…

Professional dog walker

Professional dog walkers _ near bus shelter

Each of the dogs is tethered to the handler with a hands-free clip

Each of the dogs is tethered to the handler with a hands-free clip

… and when we got to the front of the line, they happily posed for a picture.  How many breeds can you identify?  There’s one little dog wearing a dress and another wearing a thundershirt for anxiety.  The German Shepherd was the largest in the group.

Professional dog walkers _ front view

Sargeant Stubby – a WWI tribute

Tomorrow is Anzac Day, a public holiday throughout New Zealand and Australia.  Last year, I wrote about Caesar the Anzac Dog.  This year, it is Sergeant Stubby.  Although not from New Zealand or Australia, this dog embodies the spirit and companionship that were hallmarks of WWI.

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Thousands of young Americans answered a call to arms in 1917.  In New Haven, Connecticut, a four-legged volunteer (a bull terrier mix) wandered into a local training camp for the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division and befriended a young private named J. Robert Conroy. Lacking official papers, Conroy smuggled his canine friend aboard the troop ship Minnesota.

Stubby, as he was named (for his short tail), became New England’s most decorated canine war hero.

By February 1918, Stubby was experiencing the battlegrounds of France.  He would leave the trenches and go into the dangerous “no man’s land” of exploding mines, barbed wire and bomb craters to find, comfort and lead rescuers to missing or wounded soldiers.   Once he experienced mustard gas, he was a keen gas detector and warned his fellow soldiers when gas attacks were imminent.

During the Battle of the Argonne, he helped to capture an enemy spy. Official accounts note that Stubby leaped from the safety of the trench, bit a previously undetected intruder on the seat of his pants and held him there until the alarmed German was disarmed.

Grateful residents sewed Stubby a chamois blanket that became his uniform. On it were embroidered the flags of The Allies, three chevrons indicating the rank of sergeant and a fourth “wounded chevron” which he received for injuries suffered in a grenade attack. Service medals for action at Verdun, St. Mihiel and Chateau Theirry and Meuse-Argonne were later pinned to his blanket. It now sits with his stuffed remains at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Stubby, including his coat, are on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Stubby, including his coat, are on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Stubby survived the war and returned to the United States with Robert Conroy.  When Conroy enrolled at Georgetown University to study law, Stubby became a mascot to the local team, the Hoyas.  The pair also visited the White House and were featured in numerous parades.  When he died in 1926,  Stubby’s obituary was published in many newspapers.