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Eight in an 8-part series
Therapy Dogs Category – Susie
Category: Therapy Dogs
Location: High Point, NC
Charity Partner: Paws & Effect
A puppy that was set on fire and a woman who suffered a brutal dog attack became a dedicated team that eventually changed North Carolina animal-cruelty laws. Susie the Pit Bull mix began life with terror and pain when she was beaten, burned, and abandoned. Susie and her owner both triumphed over pain and fear to become voices for abused animals that have no voice. They visit hospitals, schools, and nursing homes to inspire people never to give up.
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Guide/Hearing Dogs Category – XXon
Category: Guide/Hearing Dogs
Location: Bloomfield, CT
Charity Partner: Fidelco
In January 2010, an explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan left Air Force Sergeant Michael Malarsie blind and killed four of his fellow servicemen, including his best friend. Though he lost his sight, Sgt. Malarsie was soon partnered with XXon, and they became the only active duty guide dog team in the Air Force. Now retired, Sgt. Malarsie continues to work with XXon every day as the dog helps get him safely to wherever he needs to be.
An American Humane Association 2014 Hero Dog
JJ the dog can detect whether a little girl named KK is about to have a life-threatening reaction.
Workers with the group Eyes Ears Nose and Paws saw potential in a shelter puppy named JJ — and sure enough, JJ’s nose had special talents. JJ got paired with a 5-year-old North Carolina girl named Kaelyn Krawczyk, also known as KK, who has a rare disorder called mastocytosis. Ordinary activities can trigger sudden and potentially life-threatening reactions in KK — but if JJ is nearby, the dog can sniff out trouble and alert KK’s parents that their daughter is about to have a reaction.
JJ is so good at detecting the presence of mast cells in KK that doctors are as eager to rely on the dog as the girl’s parents. When KK needed surgery in December, JJ stood by in the operating room and helped monitor her. JJ also makes it possible to attend school and participate in other activities with kids her age.
NBC News: Dog Days of Winter: Rescuers Save Pups from Icy Waters in Michigan, Massachusetts
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Coast Guard crews rescued a dog from an icy Michigan recently, after the dog jumped into a channel and fell through a sheet of ice. Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, fire officials rescued a black Labrador puppy who also fell into frigid waters Tuesday afternoon.
Luckily for the Michigan lab, she took the plunge near a Coast Guard station.
Members of the Coast Guard Station at Frankfort, Michigan, were having a meeting Tuesday morning when one of them spotted the dog in the icy waters of Betsie Lake.
“The dog went straight down and was in the water,” Tim Putnam, a boatswain mate third class, told NBC News. “We knew he wasn’t getting out himself.”
The Coast Guard crew rushed to the lake, with Putnam swimming out about 200 feet into the channel that was covered in loose ice, he said.
“I had to push a lot of the ice out of the way, it was pretty exhausting,” he said. Putnam said he could see the dog was shivering, but the pooch attempted to swim towards him as he got closer.
“It was almost like he knew it was his last chance. Luckily we got him out in time, it didn’t look like he had too much left in him.”
Putnam grabbed the dog and his crew helped pull them safely to shore. Once out of the water, Putnam and his crew took the lab to the Benzie County Animal Shelter in Beulah, Michigan.
And despite the Coast Guard crew believing the dog to be male, animal control officers told NBC News the Labrador is in fact a female between three and five years old and with a clean bill of health.
The shelter is currently looking for the dog’s owner as she was found with no identification and did not have a microchip.
Putnam said he hopes the owner comes forward, but if not he and his wife are considering adopting the animal he rescued.
“Maybe it was just meant to be,” he said.
Edwin Carter, an animal control officer at the shelter, said Putnam has first dibs to adopting the dog. If no owner comes forward by Feb. 10, Carter said they would put her up for adoption under the name “Betsie,” after the lake she was saved from.
Firefighters in Arlington, Massachusetts, also saved a dog recently from the icy waters of the Mystic River.
Massachusetts State Police said that a woman and her two daughters were walking along the river with their dog, Lucy, when she spotted swans in the middle of the river, broke away, and ran out onto the ice.
The ice then gave way, causing Lucy to fall into the river, unable to get herself out, they said. Firefighters who arrived on the scene then donned “warm suits” and headed out to the ice to retrieve the dog — who was brought back safe and sound to dry land after a bit of a struggle.
by Kimberly Gauthier
by Kimberly Gauthier
There’s nothing like coming home to a bowl of hearty chicken soup on a cold day. I love a big mug of hot chocolate with a little too much whipped cream when I’m binge watching one of my favorite programs.
Given that mindset, it doesn’t take me long to wonder if our dogs would enjoy a warm treat too, which inspired me to spend the long New Years weekend cooking for our dogs.
Lamb Bone Broth
Bone broth is a nutrient rich meal that is great for dogs. It’s mainly suggested for dogs that are recovering from an illness, aren’t eating, or have digestive upset. I make bone broth in the summer and freeze for cool treats and in the winter to poor over our dogs’ meals for a warm treat.
If you feed a kibble diet, bone broth is a great way to pack more nutritional punch in your dog’s kibble meal while making it easier to digest.
>> Read more about bone broth
– 3 lamb neck bones (beef soup bones, turkey bones, pork bones)
– 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
– 1/2 bundle of kale
– 1 tbsp minced garlic
– 1 chopped carrot
– 1/2 pound fresh green beans
*I use enough bones to fill our slow cooker; the type of vegetables are optional, I choose a selection that are safe for dogs. The garlic in this recipe isn’t toxic in the amount noted, but you’re welcome to leave it out if you’re uncomfortable feeding garlic to your dog.
The above ingredients yield 14 cups of bone broth in our slow cooker.
Load up your slow cooker with the ingredients and fill it with enough water to cover the bones. Set to cook for 20-24 hours. Let cool. I remove the gelatin that forms at the top, but some people leave it on.
Strain the bone broth to make it easier to remove the bones if you’re making the broth from lamb or poultry. Leave the meat and vegetables in the broth.
I ladle and serve at room temperature over our dogs meal.
Turkey, Oats and Veggies
I love this recipe, because it smells so good, but without all the seasonings humans add, the taste is kind of bland for us.
>> Read about the benefits of organic oats for dogs
– 3 pounds ground turkey
– 2 cups organic oats
– 2 chopped carrots
– 1/2 pound green beans
– 1/2 bundle kale
– 1/2 bundle parsley
– 2 tbsp oregano
– 2 cored and chopped apples
*The type of vegetables are optional, I choose a selection that are safe for dogs. The above ingredients yield 16 or more cups of dog food in our slow cooker.
Brown the ground turkey in a skillet or pot.
Add all of the ingredients and 4 cups of water (this varies depending upon your ingredients and your slow cooker) and set to cook for 4 hours.
Allow to cool then serve over your dog’s meal or as a separate meal or cold day treat.
Winter is officially here. Treat your dog to a healthy, warm meal when you come in from the falling temperatures.
6. Law Enforcement Dogs — Kota
(A 10-part series; Installment six)
Location: Winchester, VA
Charity Partner: K9s4COPs
A member of the Winchester, Virginia police force, this dog was injured by an eight-foot fall while responding to a burglary in progress. Undeterred, he helped his fellow officers finish the call, fighting with a severely fractured limb to ensure their safety.
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A Ten-Part Series; Installment 5
5. Arson Dogs Category – Kai
Location: San Antonio, TX
Charity Partner: Project Paws Alive
The San Antonio Fire Department’s six-year-old black Lab was rescued from a shelter and given a second chance. Now she helps keep others safe by investigating arson cases. In her four-year career she has taken part in more than 200 investigations and helps educate children on fire safety.
A 10-Part Series; Installment 4
Search and Rescue Dogs Category – Bretagne
Location: Cypress, TX
Charity Partner: Penn Vet Working Dog Center
Over her long career, Bretagne has made a significant contribution to the search and rescue community through her many deployments including the World Trade Center after 9/11, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and Hurricane Rita in 2005. She now continues as an ambassador for search and rescue dogs as she visits elementary schools where she helps first graders learn to read.
(10-Part Series; Installment 3)
Emerging Hero Dogs Category – Xena
Location: Johns Creek, GA
Charity Partner: Sheltie Rescue of Utah
This pit bull was knocking on death’s door when she was brought into a Georgia shelter outside Atlanta. Emaciated and dehydrated, she was given just a one percent chance at survival. Unbelievably, she defied the odds, made a full recovery and was adopted by a family with a little boy with autism. Before, the child had closed himself off to the world, but the arrival of Xena sparked something in the child, and now he went from once silent to constantly singing to and chatting with Xena the Warrior Puppy.
( 10-Part Series; Installment 2)
Military Dogs Category – Chaney
Location: Waverly, IA
Charity Partner: America’s VetDogs
This eight-year-old lab retired from the Marines in 2013 after multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as an IED detection dog. While deployed, Chaney not only saved countless lives by locating IEDs, he also served as a great morale booster for everyone in his squad. Since retiring, Chaney was adopted by one of his handlers and they now spend many hours volunteering around the Midwest for a nonprofit organization called Retrieving Freedom, Inc., which trains service dogs for disabled veterans and children with autism.