Tuna the Instagram dog star is still melting hearts

 

It’s a canine rags to riches, really.  Homeless dog found on the side of the road. Foster parent and dog fall in love and they live happily ever after.  But…not so fast.

The dog is named Tuna, and his pet parent Courtney Dasher saw something in this Chihuahua/ Dachshund that many likely would’ve likely walked passed in a shelter.  Guess Tuna gets the last laugh because not only is the little guy an internet star, (1.9 million followers) internet meme, author, and world traveler but he also spreads a very important message.

We chatted with them to see..How This Pet Lives!

 

 

 

Adorable (New) Commercial: Pet Adoption

It gets us every time!  Hot guy and a cute dog who needs a home.  Add in a tear jerker storyline, and you have an adorable new commercial from realty giant Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

The cuteness does serve an important purpose about pet adoption.  The company just started a three year campaign called “Homes for the Dogs Project,” and they’ve partnered with Adopt-a-Pet.com.  We’re told the successful partnership has found homes for more than 20,000 dogs!

Oh, and the adorable dog actor, Scout, you’ll see in the ad was homeless once!  So go out and adopt a dog or cat and grab me a Kleenex.

How My Pet Lives Visits Today Show’s Wrangler

Courtesy/Today Show

Courtesy/Today Show

So, we’re hitting the road again.  Our next stop is New York!

We’ll be busy shooting several segments, including a stop at 50 Rockefeller Center and the Today Show.  There, we’ll hang out with Wrangler!  Yes, he’s one of the most popular pups out there.  On this Giving Tuesday, Wrangler is the epitome of giving back.

Wrangler started out as the Puppy With a Purpose on the Today Show last year.  The show teamed up with Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  A New York non-profit which raises and trains pups to become guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired, at no cost to the recipient.  Most recently, they created the Wrangler Scholarship Fund.  The goal is to raise $400,000 which will help partner 8 people with a guide dog and undoubtedly change and enhance their lives.

The delightful Yellow Lab will soon be finished with his internship and will soon help enhance and change the life of an individual. We’re thrilled to meet Wrangler, and also visit the wonderful people at Guiding Eyes!

Be sure to follow our journey through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

French Police Dog Killed in Raid Hailed as Hero

@Police Nationale/Facebook

@Police Nationale/Facebook

“It was death for France”, “We respect your courage”, “RIP, brave police dog” – messages of sadness filled Twitter after French police said one of their bravest combat dogs, Diesel, was killed by extremists during anti-terrorist operation in Saint-Denis.

Diesel, a seven-year-old Belgian Shepherd police dog from RAID, has been killed by the terrorists during the ongoing operation,” said a statement by the French national Police, which really broke the hearts of thousands of social media users.

According to French media, the elite forces dog was killed at the very beginning of the operation, which later led to arrests and the deaths of terror suspects.

 

Originally appeared: rt.com

(Video) Dogs Can Actually Share (even if it’s ice cream)

So, who doesn’t love ice-cream?!  Yep, dogs do too.  Lori sent us this video of her two German Shepherds, fresh from a hike, with an ice cream cone as their treat.  Lori Kelling says, “They are good sharers.” We agree! Sarge is the big dog, and Shadow is the pup.  Send us your funny pet videos or pics, but you’ve gotta make us laugh until our stomachs seriously hurt.

Donkey Who Doesn’t Think He’s a Donkey

I know, I know this picture may seem unbelievable to many of you.  The concept to me took a while to grasp.  A donkey who actually lives with a family?  It is true.  I know that I will have many, many cool and unique experiences as my crew and I explore the country and world discovering how pets live.  The word “pet” is starkly different for people around the world.

To discover there’s a donkey who lives on an alpaca farm with a menagerie of animals doesn’t sound out of the ordinary.  However to discover this donkey, named Joplin, roams free inside the home as his little hooves make that clippity clop sound that echoes throughout their beautiful home–well that’s a different story!  Going into the story I had one thought, and leaving their farm I had quite a different opinion.

Be sure to check out “How My Pet Lives,”  Episode 2 next Tuesday, November 17th!

Joplin the donkey with the family cat and dog.

Joplin, the house donkey, with the family cat and dog.

Royal Canin Paws on the Pavement

What a great way to enjoy the fall weather, get some exercise with your pooch and help a wonderful cause.

Over the weekend, Royal Canin hosted Paws on the Pavement 5K/1 mile fun run.  The event  benefitted CHAMP Assistance Dogs in St. Louis.  If you’re not familiar with CHAMP, it’s a great organization and one that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  CHAMP Assistance Dogs provide companionship for people with physical and cognitive disabilities, and get this, the canine helpers  are placed at no charge.  So imagine how important it is to have fundraising events like this!

Royal Canin, whose U.S. base is in St. Charles, MO, is also sponsor of How My Pet Lives.  A big shout out to them!  Enjoy some of the photos from the race.

 

 

(Photos) Ruff Monday? This Former Shelter Dog Will Melt Your Heart

Yes, most of us have that Monday hum drum feeling.  The weekend is over, we have five long days until the weekend again, and maybe your co-workers are working your nerves.

Otis to the rescue!  This adorable Mastiff/Saint Bernard puppy doesn’t know it’s Monday!  (Actually every day is a weekend for pets)  Otis Noah Ludwig was just adopted over the weekend after a short stay at the Animal Protective Association of Missouri.  This adorable pup didn’t skip a beat, and immediately hit the social scene.  From attending a birthday party at the APA,  yappy hour, and just being so darn cute for the camera…he made our day today. Check out the photo gallery.  Thank you Otis!  Now get back to work.

5 Most Popular Halloween-Themed Pet Names

The spookiest time of year is approaching, and many dog and cat owners enjoy including their four-legged family members in Halloween fun. Some pet owners even keep the holiday thrills going year-round by giving their animals Halloween-inspired names. Ranging from adorable to spine-tingling, several Halloween-related names have become especially popular.

In an effort to highlight this new tradition, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC  has gathered the most common Halloween-themed dog and cat names from its database of insured pets across the U.S. The top Halloween-themed names, in order of popularity, include:

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Candy
  3. Boo
  4. Spooky
  5. Monster

These aren’t the only Halloween-inspired names that stand out. Pets Best has also identified a number of other creepy monikers from its pet database that deserve honorable mentions. These include:

          Cujo

          Hannibal

          Wolfie

          Moonshadows

          Dracula

          Witch Baby

          Boogyman

          Demon

          Goblin

          Buffy the Vampire Slayer

          Gravedigger

          Zombie

If new or prospective pet owners are considering a Halloween-related name for their dogs and cats, Pets Best suggests identifying holiday treats, monsters and decorations that fit their animals’ personalities or looks. It also doesn’t hurt to simply pick something fun about the holiday that people love.

Source: https://www.petsbest.com

Pumpkin the Raccoon Thinks She’s a Dog

She’s not your average picking-through-the-trash raccoon.  No, you can’t tell Pumpkin anything, and you certainly can’t tell her she’s not a dog.

Late last year, a very unusual bundle fell out of a tree in Rosie Kemp’s backyard: a month-old raccoon.

She was very weak, and had broken her back leg. Kemp waited, but when the raccoon’s mother didn’t return she decided to take her in.

Kemp lives in Nassau, Bahamas, where there are no raccoon rescues and it’s legal to own them. Determined to give the tiny cub her best possible chance, Kemp and her daughter, Laura Young, raised the little raccoon just like one of their own. They fed the cub, whom they named Pumpkin, every few hours round the clock and kept her warm and toasty, just like her mom would have.

“Raising her was (and still is) a full-time job,” Young told The Dodo. “They are so unbelievably intelligent, very aware, and I would say they are even able to express emotions.”

Now Pumpkin lives with Young, her husband, William, and their two rescue dogs, and appears to be as happy as can be. Her adventures are chronicled on her Instagram account, where Young and her friends post photos of Pumpkin’s daily life.

Pumpkin knows how to use a toilet,  and also happens to think she is one of the family’s pet dogs.

Note: Raccoons do not usually make good pets and are illegal or restricted in much of the U.S. While rabies is not considered a threat to land animals in the Bahamas, raccoons in the U.S. are major rabies carriers, and if they bite someone will almost always be put down for rabies testing (which makes human contact dangerous for them). They are also extremely active, curious and destructive animals and, as with any wild species, do best in the wild whenever possible. If you do find an injured or baby raccoon in the U.S., please contact your local wildlife rescue for help.

Source: https://www.thedodo.com/