Stories

Readers share their dog stories of rescue, companionship, friendship and more. Please send us yours and we would may just feature your story as well.

K9s For Warriors: Saving Veterans And Dogs

Group of vets with dogs (caption: K9s For Warriors: Saving Veterans And Dogs)

K9s For Warriors is a Florida-based assistance dog nonprofit. They rescue dogs from shelters across the United States and pair them with disabled veterans. To date, they have saved almost 1,200 dogs from a life of abandonment or euthanasia. K9s For Warriors’ motto is “we rescue the dog, and the dog rescues the veteran (from severe PTSD and suicide).” We love their success story and got the chance to chat with their Manager of Programs Greg Wells about all the incredible work they are doing. Learn more in our latest Top Dog interview…

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How To Adopt A Dog Guide (And Our Experience)

Girl at animal shelter with dog in cage (caption: How To Adopt A Dog)

You’re considering adopting a dog! And you are taking the time to research how to care for it before you’ve even adopted – way to go! We couldn’t be more pleased with your decision. There are many dogs in shelters just waiting for great homes like yours to call their own. Dog adoption is a fun experience but you also have many things to consider, like the age of dog you’re going to adopt. We’ll tell you what to expect for each age group to help you make your dog adoption experience a successful one full of love and joy…

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Adopt, Don’t Shop: A Phrase Worth Thousands Of Lives

Dog in cage at shelter

Have you heard the latest catch-phrase, “Adopt, Don’t Shop?” If so, you might be wondering what it means. Adopt, Don’t Shop is a campaign slogan that a growing number of animal rights proponents are using to promote adopting pets from shelters, rather than buying them from pet stores. What’s behind the movement? Is it controversial? And how can you get involved? Read on for answers to all these questions and more…

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Get To Know Izzy The Chow And We The Dogs

Izzy The Chow And Amber Of We The Dogs DC

Izzy isn’t just any adorable chow. She’s a rescue pup and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Fluff on a mission to help other pups. Her mom Amber was one of the co-founders of We The Dogs DC, a nonprofit which aims to connect local dog owners and advocates to support animal rescue organizations…

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Animal Cruelty Facts: Laws, Stats And How To Report A Concern

Animal Cruelty Laws

When people think about animal cruelty, their minds usually start with an image of a dog chained up outside in the cold without any food, or some dog fighting ring where pit bulls are raised to attack one another viciously. However, there are millions of animals being abused by people who don’t intend to do the wrong thing. What can you do to help an animal in need?

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Top Dog: Jack The Jumping DockDog Lab

Jack The Jumping DockDog Lab

Jack is a black lab who has an inspiring story of fighting and winning against cancer while competing in sporting competitions. He is a fun-loving, dock-diving team competitor and his mom is a childhood friend of Canine Journal’s co-founder, Michelle. We recently had the chance to chat with Jack about his advice for being a DockDog. He also shared his incredible comeback from cancer through his holistic treatments and lifestyle…

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Top Dog Interview: American Ninja Warrior’s K9 Ninja, Roo Yori

Top Dog Interview: Roo Yori, American Ninja Warrior and rescue pit bull

Roo Yori competes on the hit NBC TV show American Ninja Warrior as the K9 Ninja to raise awareness for homeless dogs. His rescue pit bull Wallace became a World Champion frisbee dog and he adopted Hector, another pit bull, from the Michael Vick dogfighting case. Roo continues to build quite an impressive resume. Learn about his inspiring story and what led him down the path from rescue advocate to American Ninja Warrior in our exclusive interview…

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How Your Pet Shelter Donations Can Help Pets In Need

2 dogs in cage at shelter

Most pet shelters operate using donations from the community. Often, the number of resources the shelters have don’t even come close to the amount of need they face. Unfortunately, while pet shelter donations are something that many people think about, they rarely seem to make them. While you may think that money is the only way you can help, there are actually many things you can do to aid your local animal shelter. Whether you donate your time or items that can either be used, sold or auctioned, you can make a huge difference in the lives of many pets in just a few simple steps…

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Meet Henri The English Bulldog, Cadbury’s New Easter Mascot

Top Dog Henri The English Bulldog & Cadbury Bunny being interviewed

America’s next top… Bunny Dog? Yep, Henri, the self-proclaimed Super Stud English Bulldog, is an aspiring actor and dog model from North Carolina who recently got his first big break as the new “spokes dog” for Cadbury, winning its first ever “bunny tryouts” competition in early 2019. Despite his busy schedule, we were lucky enough to sit down with Henry for this exclusive interview. Get to know this pudgy pup and what it was like behind the scenes as a TV star…

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