Year: 2015

  • Helping Service Dogs Help Us

    While many of the traditional jobs (hunting, sledding, herding) that dogs once performed are becoming increasingly rare in modern society, dogs are definitely in no danger of becoming unemployed. Demand for dogs and their special skills just keeps skyrocketing, including assistance dogs working in partnership with the disabled, police and military dogs helping keep our […]

  • Halloween Safety Tips!

    Halloween is a favorite holiday for many people! But most pets don’t necessarily enjoy fright night quite as much as we do, and there can be extra dangers lurking for them that we should help them avoid. Here are a few tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy on Halloween: Keep the candy bowl […]

  • Working farm dogs find new homes and a new life

    Many Australian farms have at least one working dog, be it a kelpie, a cattle dog or some other breed and while they are valued for their work, many are abandoned or put down each year.  Carey & Di Edwards began Australian Working Dog Rescue International (AWDRI) to save rescue dogs from council pounds and […]

  • Tui, the sniffer dog – helps to count tiny harvest mice

    A sniffer dog is being trained to detect the presence of harvest mice, one of Britain’s smallest and most elusive mammals, in a novel approach to conservation No one really knows how many harvest mice there are currently in the British countryside, but that could be about to change with the help of a flat-coated […]

  • Dogs snub people who are mean to their owners

    Most dog owners will tell you that their pets are loyal, socially intelligent animals. Scientists in Japan showed domestic dogs avoid people they have seen behave unhelpfully to their owners, using a cunning test. The experiment was designed to see whether dogs can evaluate humans interacting with one another over an object. The result showed […]

  • Dogs can tell if a person is untrustworthy

    Dogs may not seem terribly bright when they’re chasing their own tails, but in many ways they are clever creatures. In particular, they are very socially aware, both of humans and of each other. Many studies have reported that they can sense human emotions. Recent research has found that they can tell the difference between happy and angry faces, […]

  • Dogs: A medicine for mental health problems?

    Mental Health Service Dogs open doors for people with psychological disabilities Heeling Allies specializes in privately training Mental Health Service Dogs for qualified individuals with neurological disorders, mental illness, developmental disorders, intellectual disorders, and other psychological conditions that rise to the level of a disability.  Imagine having a dog that could help you become a part […]

  • Township Dog Training Initiative

    Funda Nenja is an NGO in Mpophomeni (outside Howick, KZN) that brings together 70 disadvantaged children and their dogs for training, every Friday after school, where they learn how to care for their animals. This remarkable project consists entirely of volunteers and has been in existence since 2009. As Yvonne Spain, one of the volunteers […]

  • Dogs for Cures

    Dogs for Cures is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals with type 1 diabetes by helping to provide trained medical service dogs to those who could not otherwise afford them. These dogs improve patient health by providing diagnostic support through their keen sense of smell, reducing complications by monitoring medical […]

  • The Koda Tales

    Since 1877, Berry Street has chosen to work with children, young people and families, with the most challenging and complex needs, including those for whom we are often the last resort. They believe all children should have good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future. At Berry Street (Melbourne, Australia) many of the children […]