Welcome to America! Displaced Sochi Pups Get New Life

Posted By elaine on March 28, 2014

A stray dog from Sochi, Russia, gets acclimated to its "doggie den" after arriving at the Washington Animal Rescue League shelter on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The league partnered with Humane Society International to bring 10 rescued dogs from Sochi, who were displaced during the Winter Olympics, and to find homes for the animals in the United States.(Photo: Getty)

A stray dog from Sochi, Russia, gets acclimated to its "doggie den" after arriving at the Washington Animal Rescue League shelter on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The league partnered with Humane Society International to bring 10 rescued dogs from Sochi, who were displaced during the Winter Olympics, and to find homes for the animals in the United States.(Photo: Getty)

From the streets of Sochi to a new home in the United States, 10 lovable stray dogs arrived in Washington, D.C., on Thursday for adoption thanks to the efforts of rescue organizations and athletes like U.S. Olympian Gus Kenworthy.

Miles Gray carries a dog rescued from Sochi to its den. (Photo: NBC/Getty)

Miles Gray carries a dog rescued from Sochi to its den. (Photo: NBC/Getty)

Humane Society International worked with organizations in Sochi to help bring the dogs to America after they were vaccinated and documented.

The dogs are currently being housed at facilities run by the Washington Animal Rescue League and are expected to be available for adoption in a few weeks after medical evaluations.

Washington Animal Rescue League intake director Maureen Sosa visits with a stray from Sochi, Russia on Thursday. The league partnered with Humane Society International to bring 10 dogs to the U.S.(Photo: NBC News/Getty)

Washington Animal Rescue League intake director Maureen Sosa visits with a stray from Sochi, Russia on Thursday. The league partnered with Humane Society International to bring 10 dogs to the U.S.(Photo: NBC News/Getty)

The shelter received more than 100 phone calls inquiring about adoption after the dogs arrived on Thursday.

During his time in Russia, Kenworthy was vocal on Twitter and Facebook about the plight of the hundreds of Sochi strays, raising awareness while working to adopt some.

Gus Kenworthy made international news when he posted this pictures of puppies on Twitter and Facebook.  He ended up bringing the pups and their mother home.

Gus Kenworthy made international news when he posted this pictures of puppies on Twitter and Facebook. He ended up bringing the pups and their mother home.

“We’ve had people come up to the both of us, and tell us that they’ve either donated to the Humane Society, or they went and adopted a dog here or whatever, so that’s awesome to see,” Kenworthy said on TODAY. “I think that we’re really just kind of hoping to bring awareness to the plight of the dogs in Russia and hopefully set up some shelters and stuff there so that in future World Cups and different events, there will be a better system in place.”

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Charity “Puppy Bowl” tonight at Bass Pro

Posted By elaine on February 13, 2014

bowlingTonight there will be a “puppy bowl” at the Bass Pro Shop.

People and their pets can hit the allies as part of a charity event to benefit Angel Service Dogs. The non-profit helps families of children with life threatening allergies get dogs trained to find and alert if allergens are present.

Activities start at 6:30pm Thursday and will include bowling, shoes, a fun dance, pizza and drinks for $5.00.

The Bass Pro is located at 13012 Bass Pro Drive in Colorado Springs.

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Local dogs take on New York City

Posted By elaine on February 13, 2014

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The 2014 Best In Show Trophy was awarded to "GCH Afterall Painting The Sky" a.k.a. "Sky," a Wire Fox Terrier. (Photo: AP)

It is the biggest prize in the dog show world, the Westminster Kennel Club “Best in Show” .

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Pueblo Pharaoh Hound Osiris Cowboy Casanova, known to his owners as "Farley" wins best of breed . (Photo: WKC)

Three Southern Colorado dogs made it to the group rings at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York this week, which is a pretty big deal for folks in the dog show world.laura

Group rings are kind of like a semi-finals. The finals is the best in show ring. Before a dog can get into the group ring they have to first win “best of breed” in their respective breeds.

A Pharaoh Hound from Pueblo, Osiris Cowboy Casanova, known to his owners as “Farley” made it to the hound group ring and two Colorado Springs dogs competed in the herding group ring.

Those two herding dogs were smooth Collie, Bit O’Heavens Sorceress, aka “Tegan” and “Swagger”, an Old English Sheepdog with the registered name, Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect. You may remember that Swagger, just missed top dog honors at last year’s competition, for which he was named reserve best in show behind the overall winner, an Affenpinscher named Banana Joe.

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Colorado Springs' "Swagger", a.k.a Bugaboo's Picture Perfect tried a second time to come away with the top prize. He settled for fourth in the herding group. (Photo: WKC)

Sadly none of the local dogs moved on to the coveted best in show competition this year.

If you watched the show and want to check out one in person, you’re in luck. The Denver Dog Show starts Thursday and runs through Monday (February 13-17) at the National Western Complex in Denver. Thousands of dogs will be on hand competing in one of the largest dog shows in country. It is a great place to check out dogs, dog shops, and events, and maybe even find a breed that is perfect for you and your family!

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Olympic skier finds some furry friends in Sochi

Posted By elaine on February 12, 2014

sochipupsOlympic freeskier, Gus Kenworthy is showing he has a case of “puppy love”.

In between training runs Kenworthy met some special friends in Sochi, some stray pups.

The stray dogs around Sochi have been quite the topic of late.

The 22-year-old, Great Britain-born freeskier is considered a medal contender in his sport’s Olympic debut

Posing with his newest entourage, Kenworthy tweeted “puppy love is real to puppies.”

According to his Facebook page, Kenworthy spent all afternoon with the puppies and plans to continue visiting them and brought them some food. He may even bring them home.

Kenworthy makes his Olympic debut Feb. 13 at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, in Sochi, Russia.

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Blind sled dog thrives with brothers help

Posted By elaine on January 25, 2013

Sled dogs Poncho, left, and his blind brother Gonzo are hooked up for a run at the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in Jefferson, N.H., on Jan. 17, 2013. Poncho has taken to helping his blind brother on regular runs. (Photo:Jim Cole / AP

Sled dogs Poncho, left, and his blind brother Gonzo are hooked up for a run at the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in Jefferson, N.H., on Jan. 17, 2013. Poncho has taken to helping his blind brother on regular runs. (Photo:Jim Cole / AP)

JEFFERSON, N.H. – When Gonzo started tripping over his food dish three years ago, no one could explain or stop the Alaskan husky’s quickly advancing blindness. But a veterinarian offered some simple advice: “Run this dog.”

Gonzo, one of 120 dogs at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel, was happy to comply. With help from his brother, Poncho, he soon resumed his place pulling a sled all over New Hampshire’s North Country to the delight of tourists and his caretakers, who quickly realized that if Gonzo didn’t treat his blindness like an obstacle, neither would they. Given the dog’s obvious eagerness, he was allowed to continue on as usual.

“Even though he’s blind, he still knows when hook-ups are happening. He’s still very aware,” said kennel manager Ben Morehouse. “When you have a dog such as Gonzo, with such a want and a drive and a desire … you try it, you hook up, you see what happens.”

Some dogs at the kennel, including Gonzo and Poncho, were born there. But it’s also home to what kennel owner Neil Beaulieu calls “second-chance” dogs — former professional sled dogs a bit past their prime — as well as dogs rescued from bad situations.

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Ben Morehouse guides a team of sled dogs, including Gonzo and Poncho, through a field below the Presidential Range in the White Mountains in Jefferson, N.H.(Photo:Jim Cole / AP)

The barking continues as the dogs pull away from the kennel onto a snow-packed trail. Within a few minutes, however, they settle into a nearly silent rhythm, the sled’s runners skimming through the woods. While the other dogs look straight ahead, Gonzo often lifts his head up and to the right, using his hearing and sense of smell, said Karen Tolin, who has worked her way up from volunteer “poop scooper” to business partner in the years since she first came to Muddy Paw.

When Gonzo first went blind, Poncho didn’t treat him any different, she said. But then he realized his brother needed help.

“At first, he’d be a little bit nervous when Gonzo would lean into him. And then somehow — I don’t know how dogs communicate — he learned that he was utilizing him to determine where the turns are and how fast they were going. And he would let him do that — he wouldn’t get as grumbly as he did in the beginning.”

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Sled dogs at the Muddy Paw Sled dog Kennel in Jefferson, N.H. The kennel takes in rescues and "second-chance" dogs. (Photo: Jim Cole / AP)

Usually if a dog trips, the others just keep going, Morehouse said.

I’ve never seen it with any other dog,” he said. “There’s definitely a bond there and communication beyond what we do with the two dogs, between the two of them themselves.”

Beaulieu describes a spring day when he took the pair for a ride on a trail known for its deep snow, and Gonzo strayed to the edge of the trial and stumbled. With the team still moving forward, Poncho reached over, dug his head in the snow and pulled his brother out, grabbing his harness with his teeth.

“He essentially picked him out of the powder … threw him back on the trail and never skipped a beat,” Beaulieu said. “I’ve run dogs in a lot of places, all over the country, and it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen sled dogs do.”

Beaulieu, a high school teacher, was living in Alaska 10 years ago when he volunteered to help out with the famed 1,000-mile Iditarod dog sled race. He was taking care of a team of dogs after their owner dropped out of the race, and somehow got talked into giving them a permanent home after the woman told him she never wanted to see a sled dog again.

Beaulieu grew up in Maine and had worked as a registered Maine Guide for more than a dozen years before heading to Alaska to teach. He knew nothing about sled dogs when he acquired his first team, but ended up starting his own business after moving to New Hampshire and helping a friend who ran tours from a local hotel.

“I had fun with it. I didn’t think I would, but I did,” he said. “And the dogs absolutely loved all the socialization and belly rubs and meeting all kinds of new people.”

Sled tours range from 20-minute trips from the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods to a 50-mile overnighter billed as the “Longest Dog Sled Ride in the Northeast.” Money from the tours help support what Beaulieu says has become a main focus — finding loving homes for dogs that might otherwise be killed.

“It’s become much more than just a sled dog kennel,” Beaulieu said. “A lot of shelters deem sled dogs unadoptable, and they put them down. For myself and the entire crew here, we know that’s false. They are very adoptable.”

Sled dogs do best with active families, he said, but that could mean regular hikes and long walks — not necessarily full-throttle running adventures. The kennel staff offers training in running, skiing and biking while hitched to a dog. Adoptive families are given phone and email support.

“Every time I run these dogs, whether it’s Gonzo or anybody, I’m still in awe of the ability of these animals,” Beaulieu said. “It’s just amazing.”

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Police officers save injured Dog

Posted By elaine on January 22, 2013

lapddogEarlier this month, three Los Angeles police officers stopped to help a 2-year-old Pit Bull mix who’d been struck by a car. Officers Jennifer Cohen, Cindy Herrera and Valerie Lancaster drove the dog to a veterinarian, and where the injured dog had emergency surgery on a broken front leg and two fractured ribs.   During the surgery, doctors found a microchip, but when the officers tracked down the dog’s owner, she made it clear she didn’t want him back.

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Photo: Facebook

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Photo: Facebook

The officers, who named the dog Philly for an LAPD sergeant, agreed to raise funds to pay for his surgery. In just a week, 740 people have donated more than $20,000 on Chipin.    Meanwhile, the officers are taking turns caring for Philly.

“We’re his foster mommies now, basically,”Cohen said. “We trade off every couple of days, so he’ll be in different homes. He’s great around kids, and we give him different environments so he is ready to go to his forever home.”

Philly has quite a following now.  His Facebook page has over 7-thousands fans and over 20-thousand dollars has been donated on his “Chip In” page to cover his medical and care costs.

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Sheep fits in just fine with his new “pack”

Posted By elaine on November 15, 2012

Wolfgang Grensens goes for a walk with his lamb Wally and his three Australian shepherds in Luebeck, northern Germany. (Photo:Ulrich Perrey / AFP - Getty Images )

Wolfgang Grensens goes for a walk with his lamb Wally and his three Australian shepherds in Luebeck, northern Germany. (Photo:Ulrich Perrey / AFP - Getty Images )

Remember the Sesame Street song; One of these things is not like the others,One of these things just doesn’t belong..

Wolfgang Grensens bottle feeds his lamb Wally as his Australian shepherds play in Luebeck.(Ulrich Perrey / AFP - Getty Images )

Wolfgang Grensens bottle feeds his lamb Wally as his Australian shepherds play in Luebeck.(Ulrich Perrey / AFP - Getty Images )

Well that is what I think when I see these pictures.

German hobby shepherd Wolfgang Grensens bottle feeds his lamb, Wally, in Luebeck, northern Germany. (Photo:Ulrich Perrey / AFP - Getty Images )

German hobby shepherd Wolfgang Grensens bottle feeds his lamb,Wally, in Luebeck, northern Germany. (Photo:Ulrich Perrey/AFP - Getty Images )

Wolfgang Grensens goes for a walk with his lamb Wally and his three Australian shepherds in Luebeck, northern Germany. Hobby shepherd, Grensens, decided to raise Wally, a six-week-old East-Prussian Skudde lamb, after its mother died. This story has been very popular in Europe.

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Firefighter killed by her own dog

Posted By elaine on November 15, 2012

firefighterdeadA suburban firefighter and paramedic from the Chicago area was found dead in her home.  Investigators say she died as a result of an attack by her own dog, a Mastiff.

Dawn Brown, 44, of the 400 block of Jefferson Street in Big Rock, was found dead by her husband at the bottom of the stairs in her home Monday afternoon. The paramedics who responded were her co-workers.

“Brown and her husband had three dogs: a mastiff, boxer and pit bull mix breed. It was the 140-pound mastiff who attacked her, officials said.It’s just heartbreaking,” said neighbor Mark Hake. “We would see them walking their dogs through town. [They were] very nice people.”

It’s not known what provoked the animal to attack, but Kane County Animal Control now has all three dogs in their custody. The mastiff was new to the home and was given to the couple by a family member about a week ago.

Brown was a full-time firefighter/paramedic for the Bristol Kendal Fire Protection District and a part-time paramedic for the Big Rock Fire Protection District. Her colleagues at Big Rock were too distraught to speak publicly about Brown on Wednesday.

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Dogs blessed during Nepali festival

Posted By elaine on November 13, 2012

 Police officers garland their dogs after applying vermillion to their foreheads on the occasion of the Tihar festival in Kathmandu on November 13, 2012.(Prakash Mathema / AFP - Getty Images

Police officers garland their dogs after applying vermillion to their foreheads on the occasion of the Tihar festival in Kathmandu on November 13, 2012.(Prakash Mathema / AFP - Getty Images

Policemen apply vermillion powder and perform rituals on a dog during the Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Kathmandu, Nepal.

This police dog doesn't seem to get what is going on during a festival in India.  (Photo:Niranjan Shrestha / AP)

This police dog doesn't seem to get what is going on during a festival in Nepal. (Photo:Niranjan Shrestha / AP)

Dogs are worshipped to acknowledge their role in providing security during the Tihar festival, one of the most important Hindu festivals dedicated to the worship of the Goddess of wealth Laxmi.

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Puppy refuses to leave dead mother

Posted By elaine on November 13, 2012

puppymom_phixrA picture of a little puppy sitting by a corpse is becoming an web sensation.  Photos taken by a Reuters photographer appeared on the NBC News websites showing a sad pup by the remains of a dog who local residents say is its mother.

puppymom1_phixrThey told the photographer that the mother was killed in an area burned in violence at East Pikesake ward in Kyaukphyu, Myanmar. The exact circumstances of the dog’s death are unknown, but the pictures tell a story all by themselves.

Update: Many readers wondered about the fate of the puppy. NBC contacted Reuters and they informed us that after the pictures were taken the puppy was taken to a nearby monastery.

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