See pets dressed as superheroes If you’re heading down to Comic-Con International early, there’s one event you shouldn’t miss: PAWmicon. The fifth annual event put on by the Helen Woodward Animal Center will take place earlier than usual this year from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 15 instead of coinciding with the mega convention. The family-friendly event will include a pet costume contest, carnival games for pets and their humans alike, arts and crafts, snacks — including dog-friendly goodies — and more. More….
Prosthetic limbs offering pets a new ‘leash’ on life A 7-year-old German shepherd dog named Star has some new pep in her step. She lost part of her right hind leg at birth, leaving her unable to walk comfortably. Then two months ago she was fitted with a customized prosthetic leg. Star’s owner, Elaine Diasparra, says the difference has been drastic. “She’s amazing and she can actually go for walks now,” she said. More….
Dog ownership lowers early death risk, study finds Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found. The team analysed national registries for people aged 40 to 80, and compared them to dog ownership registers. They found there was a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in owners of dogs, particularly of hunting breeds. More….
Americans are pet obsessed, spending over $69 billion a year Americans’ pet addiction has been skyrocketing by the billions for nearly two decades, with early estimates saying U.S. spending statistics on pet food, gear, and vet visits could reach over $69 billion this year, according the American Pet Products Association (APPA). More….
Hundreds give tearful farewell to heroic war dog Hundreds turned out to say goodbye to the hero dog whose Marine veteran partner put together a bucket list for him after he was diagnosed with bone cancer. Cena, a black lab who served three tours in Afghanistan as a bomb-sniffer with the Marines, lived his final years with Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, as his service dog. More….
Animal lovers emphasize adopting rescue pets Looking for a new furry friend? Folks at PetSmart set out dozens of rescued animals today in hopes people would adopt them. Hundreds of people gathered to look at dogs, cats, and even rabbits. Animal lovers say it is all too common for people to abandon or surrender their animals. More….
Hundreds of people dressed as cats break world record People who love cats, really love cats… and they aren’t afraid to show it. Like Susie from accounting who sports the cat ear headband trend – yeah it’s a thing. Well, it looks like a group of cat costume wearing kids teens and adults in Malaysia recently upped Susie’s game. Whiskers ears tail and all. More….
GUEST VIEW: Adopting a pet will save a life The debate goes on: whether to buy a new pet or rescue one. Rescuing a pet has numerous ethical, practical, and monetary benefits. Buying a pet, however, can cost a small fortune and lead to considerable heartache down the road. More….