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Most Popular Dog Breeds By State

(DOGS/DOG BREEDS) Did you know there are an estimated 90 million dogs living in U.S. households today? These breeds vary from large outdoor dogs like Labradors and Huskies, to smaller "apartment" dogs like Chihuahuas and Dachshunds. View the infographic below to see the most popular dog breeds by state--the results might surprise you! -- Global Animal

Love Your Pet Day: Furry Friends Steal The Show

(PETS/PET LOVERS) Did you know February 20 is Love Your Pet Day--aka every "fur child's" favorite holiday? Today is a day dedicated to the special relationship we share with our beloved pets, so be sure to set aside some time to give your pets some extra TLC. Read on to see how pet lovers everywhere are celebrating National Love Your Pet Day, and don't forget to be extra generous with belly rubs, walks, treats, and playtime--not just today, but everyday! -- Global Animal

In Dogs We Trust: Presidents & Their Pets

(FAMOUS PETS/DOGS) As we celebrate Presidents' Day, it just doesn't seem right to leave out those who gave their unconditional love to many of America's leaders. That can be a tall order. Of course, we're speaking about the First Pets. Read on for more about the many beloved animals throughout history—dogs, cats, horses, parrots, and others—who supported our nation's presidents. — Global Animal

Sweet Tooth? Here’s Why Dogs Shouldn’t Eat Chocolate

(PET HEALTH/DOGS) You've likely been told to keep your pooch away from chocolate, but why exactly is it so bad for them? Read on to find out why experts say chocolate is not good for dogs, and see what to do if your pup accidentally ingests any cocoa products. — Global Animal

Tips To Welcome Your Newly Adopted Dog Into Your Home

(DOGS/PET ADOPTION) You’re finally ready to adopt a dog, but perhaps you’re a bit worried about how to properly welcome them into your home? Check out these four useful tips on how to make that happen, and welcome your new furry friend into your home like a true pro! -- Global Animal

20 Greyhounds Bundled Up For Winter (GALLERY)

(DOG PICTURES) It may be cold outside, but these Greyhounds know a thing or two about staying warm. And somehow they still rock turtlenecks better than most humans. — Global Animal

Grrr-inchmas: Dogs Who Are Over The Holidays (GALLERY)

(FUNNY PETS/DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) It's beginning to look a lot like Grrr-inchmas for these scruffy Scrooges. These festive four-legged friends simply cannot wait for the holidays to be over. But don't worry, pups! The holiday cheer will soon be so last year. — Global Animal

Don’t Judge A Pup By Its Color

(PET ADOPTION/BLACK DOGS) U.S. animal shelters are taking strides to combat 'Black Dog Syndrome,' a phenomenon in which black dogs and cats are often less likely to be adopted and first to be euthanized due to their dark coloring. Shelters are not only providing black pets with colorful bandanas and collars, but they are also beginning to use professional photography and lower adoption fees. Read on for more on how animal shelters are promoting black pet adoption. — Global Animal

This Is Howl-oween: Cute Costume Ideas For Your Dog

(HALLOWEEN PETS) Halloween is supposed to be scary, but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy a chuckle, too. Check out this fun gallery of pet costumes and you decide – wrong or wonderful, freaky or fabulous? — Global Animal

Living With A Dog: Everyday Tips For Keeping Your Home Clean

(PETS) Dogs are warm, fluffy creatures full of love and exuberance. They’re kind of like kids, in a sense that, while they’re an absolute joy to have around, they don’t always have the same attitude towards messiness that we typically do. They’ll tread happily over your new carpet and leave muddy paw prints behind. There's going to be fur all over your furniture. And on a few occasions, it’s likely you’ll come home to them digging through the trashcan because they smelled something interesting. To live with a dog means you'll deal with a bit of mess from time to time, but luckily this doesn’t have to affect the overall cleanliness of your home. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your living space is fresh and tidy every day. -- Global Animal

Superstition Leaves Black Pets Homeless

(SHELTER ANIMALS/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

How Hurricane Maria Turned Puerto Rico Into “An Island Of Strays” – A Personal...

(STRAY ANIMALS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a new, definitive study determined nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the wake of the storm--a drastically higher total than the previous official death toll of 64. Without electricity, internet, and even running water for several weeks, the country transformed into "an island of strays," as one resident describes. Puerto Rico's high number of stray dogs and cats was already an issue prior to the catastrophic storm, but given its long-term impacts, an estimated 300,000 people moved away, with many leaving their pets behind. Read on to learn how one man's personal account of living through a catastrophic storm like Hurricane Maria has given him new insight into the lives of stray animals--proving that all it takes is one person to save a life. -- 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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