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The AHA has proven that pets, especially dogs, are good for your health.

Why Dogs Are Good For Your Heart

(PETS/DOGS) An animal companion may not just warm your heart, but also help you maintain a healthy heart. In a press release from the American Heart Association, pets—particularly dogs—are associated with lowering blood pressure, stress, cholesterol levels, and incidence of obesity. So, the next time your buddy is nudging you for a walk around the […]

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<p>The dog run is located in the former Pumphouse Plaza on the roof of an underground pumping station. Photo Credit:</p>

NYC Dog Park Honors K-9 Killed On 9/11

(ANIMAL HEROES/POLICE DOGS) New York’s Sirius Dog Run is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the only police K-9, Sirius, killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Like many other heroic animals, Sirius performed his duties flawlessly until his final day, and was rightfully honored along with all the other fallen heroes. […]

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<p>Rescue teams search through the rubble for survivors. Photo credit: Barcroft Media</p>

Portraits Honor 9/11 Search & Rescue Dogs

(DOG PICTURES/ANIMAL HEROES) Nearly 100 search and rescue dogs were deployed to help find survivors at the World Trade Center and Pentagon sites following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Photographer Charlotte Dumas located 15 of these now senior-aged heroes and has commemorated them in a touching series of portraits entitled “Retrieved.” Traveling to 12 different […]

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<p>Sirius Dog Run honors the only canine victim from the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. </p>

In Memory Of Sirius, Police Dog Killed On 9/11

(SEPTEMBER 11TH/ANIMAL HEROES/POLICE DOGS) NEW YORK — Today is the anniversary of that fateful day of terror. Not all first responder victims were of the two-legged kind. Sirius, a Port Authority Police Department K-9, was killed when the Second Tower collapsed. Read on about the only police dog killed in the attacks that day, the […]

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<p>Solo Circumnavigator. Photo Credit:</p>

Hedgehogs Hard At Work (GALLERY)

(CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES/PETS) These Hedgehogs, while providing love and joy to their companions, are also moonlighting in secret jobs that their companions thankfully documented. Some hedgehogs enjoy sailing while others enjoy playing piano and ruling kingdoms. Scroll through the gallery to learn more about these cute, working critters. — Global Animal

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<p>Shelters find that black animals are often ignored for reasons ranging from superstitions to logistics. Photo Credit: AP</p>

Superstition Leaves Black Pets Homeless

(PET ADOPTION) Black Dog and Black Cat Syndrome are real, but these phenomenons have more to do with screwy superstition than any overt ‘racism.’ Read why black pets are less likely to be adopted–and maybe buck the trend yourself with the next animal you adopt into your family. – Global Animal

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