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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

Understanding How Pets Grieve: Tips To Help Pets Cope With Loss

(PETS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Grief is a complicated emotion that everyone processes differently. Not only do humans experience loss, but our furry friends do, as well. When...

Pet Obesity: A Growing Problem

(PETS) Over 100 million dogs and cats in the U.S. are currently classified as overweight or obese--up from 80 million five years ago. While an estimated 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs are considered above the average weight, many would argue that dog and cat obesity in the U.S. is mirroring the human obesity epidemic. But there's not as much stigma with animals being overweight as with people. The worst part? Many pet parents find their pets' weight gain of little concern, or even "cute." It's safe to say the public is more tolerant of overweight pets than they are of thin ones. But the truth is pet obesity can bring on a number of health problems including diabetes, arthritis, liver and kidney diseases, high blood pressure, heart failure, and even some cancers. Read on to learn more on what's contributing to the pet obesity epidemic and how to stop it. -- 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 these furry friends, while spreading awareness for cats in need. But today isn't the only holiday 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

K9s For Warriors: Lending A Helping Paw To America’s Heroes

(SERVICE DOGS) K9s For Warriors is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit veterans service organization that specializes in providing service dogs to veterans suffering with PTSD, brain injury, or other trauma resulting from military service post-9/11. The dogs are trained to help ease symptoms related to war trauma such as anxiety, isolation, depression, and nightmares. Ultimately, the organization's goal is to empower soldiers to return to civilian life with a sense of dignity and independence. As of July 2018, K9s For Warriors has rescued 880 dogs and 458 disabled veterans since 2011. Read on to learn more about this life-changing organization and its amazing success stories. -- Global Animal

Developing A Spiritual Connection With Your Pet

(PETS/HUMAN ANIMAL CONNECTION) You love your pet, but are you connected spiritually? Read how you can become connected, and learn how pets help people create better connections with each other. -– Global Animal

Animals Say ‘Happy Birthday, USA!’ (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES) It's the 4th of July, and even animals are celebrating Independence Day with a birthday party! Check out the adorable photos of these patriotic pets. And a very happy birthday to You-S-A! — Global Animal

Young Han & Chewie: May The Force Of Cuteness Be With You

(DOG PICTURES/PETS) Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! Photographer Rocio Preciado takes us back to a galaxy far, far away, when Han was just a boy and his fateful companion Chewie was just a young Dachshund. If the original Star Wars trilogy is ever remade, at least we now know who should get the roles of Han and Chewie; this adorable little kid and his equally adorable pooch. See more of young Han and Chewie in the gallery below and be sure to see more of Preciado's work at Cuije.com. — Global Animal

A Pinky Promise: Imprisoned Pup Finally Freed

(DOGS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Fighting for animal rights is one of the best ways to help our furry friends. When Pinky, a mixed breed pit bull made a mistake, her punishment was unusually cruel. Luckily, animal welfare activist Diane Helmers stumbled upon Pinky's story and knew she had a duty to save this dog from “bureaucratic purgatory.” Read on to find out more about Pinky's story and how the love for one animal can start a movement. -- Global Animal

Hooch For Pooches? Using Pot To Ease Pet Pain

(PETS/ANIMAL WELFARE/MEDICINE) We love our animals and will do anything to stop their pain, but what if your beloved dog or cat was diagnosed with cancer and the vet’s medicine wasn’t enough? What would you do? Now with the growing acceptance of medical marijuana, many pet guardians are using the drug to ease their furry friends’ suffering. There are many stories of animals including dogs, cats, and even horses who have had their health restored by marijuana treatment, but since marijuana is classified as an illicit drug, veterinarians aren't legally allowed to prescribe cannabis to our pets. As a result, research on the the medical benefits of marijuana for animals is non-existent. With many states now legalizing the use of medical marijuana for humans, the question remains: should veterinarians also be allowed to legally prescribe marijuana to our pets? Read on for more about this controversial subject, and let us know what you think in the comments’ section below. — Global Animal
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Dog’s Last Day On Earth Will Bring You To Tears (GALLERY)

(DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) The Roberts family knew it was time to put down their beloved black lab named Duke after cancer began to take over his body. But first, they gave him the best last day on Earth a dog could ask for. The day was filled with love, family, friends and all of Duke's favorite activities. Relive Duke's last day in the moving photographs below. Tissue alert! — Global Animal

Why We Must Let Dogs Be Dogs

(DOGS/PETS) Have you ever noticed that dogs rarely get to be dogs? Think about it. In movies, they're often cast as furry human replacements who can talk (Cats & Dogs, Homeward Bound, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and excel at human activities like professional sports (Karate Dog, Soccer Dog, and Air Bud). Whereas in GIFs and memes shared across the Internet, they're dressed in clothes, ascribed human emotions and desires, and posed as if they're taking a phone call or eating at the dinner table. In the article below, Alexandra Horowitz, a dog behavior and cognition researcher, examines how dogs are largely misrepresented and overly anthropomorphized. Continue reading to learn more on how we often diminish these complex creatures into objects of our imagination by transplanting our human story onto them. -- Global Animal
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Bunny Fever! 9 Questions Before You Take The Hop

(PETS/EASTER/BUNNY RABBITS) Easter is just around the corner, and pet stores are filled with rabbits just waiting to hop into your Easter basket. So you and your children-–especially your children-–may be hoping for a bunny. But like the rush to buy a dalmatian after 101 Dalmatians was a big hit, it can be a different story when the rabbits (or chicks) come home to roost. Unfortunately, 90 percent of rabbits brought into American households for the spring holiday end up euthanized. Want to be part of the solution instead of creating a problem? Adopt a rabbit instead of buying. And before you do anything, read what the experts at 3 Bunnies Rabbit Rescue say you should consider before bringing home a bunny. – Global Animal

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