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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 grief-stricken partner he left behind, and how this working dog—or perhaps more accurately, canine American—is rightfully honored along with other fallen heroes. Rest in peace, Sirius. — Global Animal

Portraits Honor 9/11 Search & Rescue Dogs

(DOG PICTURES/ANIMAL HEROES) Amid the chaos of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, nearly 100 search and rescue dogs were deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help find survivors at the World Trade Center and Pentagon sites. See the poignant photos of these four-legged 9/11 heroes and their stories below. What heroic faces! — Global Animal
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International Cat Day: Fun Facts Celebrating Our Favorite Felines

(CATS/PETS) Today, August 8 is International Cat Day! Founded by the International Fund of Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 2002, International Cat Day is dedicated to celebrating people's passion for their feline friends, while spreading awareness for cats in need. But today isn't the only day dedicated to cats. There's also also National Cat Day on October 29, Respect Your Cat Day on March 28, World Cat Day on February 17, and of course, every cat lover's favorite day of the week, Caturday! Read on for more on International Cat Day, and for other fun facts about our favorite felines. -- Global Animal

Hiking Tips For You & Your Dog

(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Former wilderness ranger Ceiridwen Terrill has trekked through the woods for pleasure and for work, and she's always done it with her two Shepherd mixes by her side. In the interview below, Terrill talks about safety, guidelines, and supplies while hiking with our four-legged friends. Although Terrill's two dogs have been hiking for years, she outlines the most important tips to protect you and your dog from anything and everything the wild offers. Read on to get all the facts from Terrill and to learn about a few hiking areas that are dog-friendly. — Global Animal

6 Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool During The Dog Days Of Summer

(DOGS/PET CARE) Summer days can be fun for pets and humans alike. The sun is shining, the sky is clear, and the park has never looked more inviting. But just as children and even adults can be negatively affected by excessive heat, animals are susceptible to those same dangers. Here are six tips to keep your beloved pet happy and healthy during this heat wave and throughout the summer season. — Global Animal

Memorial Day: Honoring The Animals Who Served

(MEMORIAL DAY) While many brave individuals have valiantly defended our country, countless animals have also served us in a variety of ways. Today, on Memorial Day, let's honor those who died in the line of duty as well as the sacrifices made by a surprising array of animals. From the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program's use of dolphins and sea lions to carrier pigeons during World War II, take a look at these courageous creatures who have answered the call of duty. -- Global Animal
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This Memorial Day, Remember Pet Safety!

(MEMORIAL DAY/PET CARE) Memorial Day Weekend is finally here, which means it's time to honor those who served. It also means traveling and spending time with friends, family, and Fido! But between high temperatures, road trips, and family BBQs, holiday weekends can be stressful and potentially dangerous for animals. Luckily, simply ensuring your pet(s) have a shady place to get out of the sun and checking that they're microchips and ID tags are up-to-date can significantly help prevent a Dog-Day disaster. Prevent Memorial Day mishaps with these helpful tips, courtesy of the ASPCA, below. -- Global Animal

Shell-ebrate World Turtle Day With These 7 Unique Travel Experiences

(ANIMAL TOURISM/WILDLIFE) Every year on May 23, World Turtle Day shines a light on the plight of sea turtles as they arrive to beaches all over the world to nest from mid-May to late-August. As more beachfront properties open around the world and nesting sea turtles are forced to share land with vacationing humans, a variety of hotels and cruises are doing their part to protect turtles and their nesting grounds while helping guests participate in conservation efforts. Lights, urban development, and even hunting have a significant impact on the survival of nesting turtles, but luckily many resorts are learning to be good neighbors and are even improving the odds for these threatened species. This World Turtle Day, check out these seven unique travel experiences that go above and beyond to protect nesting and hatchling sea turtles. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Strawberry Muffins

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Summer will be here before you know it, so why not celebrate early with these perfectly moist, vegan strawberry muffins? These dairy-free and egg-free delights are ideal as a fresh, seasonal breakfast pastry or daytime snack. Not only are they sweet and fluffy, but they're totally guilt-free (and gluten-free with almond flour)! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Spring Is In The Air & So Are Ticks

(PET CARE/DOG HEALTH) Are you having an active spring with your pup? While the spring weather is beautiful for long walks on the beach or in the park, it's important to remember to keep your dog free of ticks. Read on to learn about the symptoms of Lyme disease and how to keep your dog healthy and tick-free. — Global Animal

Flap Your Wings For World Penguin Day!

(PENGUINS/ANIMAL FACTS) Today, April 25 is World Penguin Day--not to be confused with Penguin Awareness Day, which takes place January 20th. Marking the start of the flightless birds' annual migration north, World Penguin Day is a great opportunity to learn about and celebrate one of the few natives of Antarctica, penguins! -- Global Animal

14 Ways To Go Green With Your Dog This Earth Day

(DOGS/GO GREEN) Ever wonder how you can help reduce your dog's carbon paw-print? Going green with your dog is actually really easy. Not only will you feel good about reducing your environmental impact, but it will make your dog healthier and happier while saving a ton of money in the process. Just in time for Earth Day, take a look at these 14 ways dog parents can "go green" with their dogs, courtesy of Ultimate Home Life. From buying organic dog food to choosing to adopt, and not shop, there are so many ways you can become a green pet parent.

What On Earth Is Earth Day?

(EARTH DAY/ENVIRONMENT) The 1960's brought about a ton of changes for the American people, including protecting our environment. Brought into effect by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day sparked a worldwide rally to appreciate, protect, and teach about the importance of a healthy environment. From compassionate efforts including park clean-ups, teach-ins, and tree-plating parties, to long-term commitments like caring for trees planted in honor of Earth Day, Senator Nelson has inspired people around the world to become involved with the environment—and in the U.S., the number has reached up to around 80 percent of the population. Read on for the true story behind Earth Day, and see what you can do to take part in this important day of the year. — Global Animal

Compassionate Treats For A Happy Vegan Easter!

(ANIMAL WELFARE/VEGAN EASTER) Easter is almost here, and what better way to enjoy this celebration of new life than to celebrate with compassion toward all life? After all, this lovely springtime holiday and the animal rights movement do share the same cotton-tailed mascot! Learn how easy and delicious it can be to have a happy vegan Easter with the following tips! — Global Animal

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