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We’ve always been taught that dogs age differently than humans. We learned when we were young little dog lovers that multiplying our dogs’ ages by seven would tell us how old they were in “human years.” It was a fun game, but it wasn’t exactly accurate. New research on how canine age compares to human age indicates we should be using an entirely different formula. I’ve never been a fan of math, but thankfully, there’s a handy new dog age calculator to help us out. To come up with the formula, researchers analyzed genomes of 104 Labrador Retrievers of varying…

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There are some things you only see in Florida, like a dog driving a car and doing donuts. Neighbors in this otherwise quiet Port St. Lucie cul-de-sac were in for a show when a mischievous black lab got behind the wheel of his family’s car. The joy riding pup was alone in the silver sedan when neighbor Ann Sabol saw the vehicle do some “interesting” maneuvers in front of her house. She told WESH2, “First I thought I saw somebodey backing up, but then they kept going and I’m like, OK, what are they doing? The cops came and I’m…

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I don’t care who you are, puppies are downright adorable. The way that they follow you around the house, stare up at you with those oh-so-precious eyes, that puppy breath, those tiny teeth, okay, okay, you get it. Imagine this for a moment. You found a Peter Pan puppy that never really grew old? Well, for one German Shepherd puppy named Ranger, he lives with a condition known as pituitary dwarfism which is extremely rare and results in him looking as if he’s a forever puppy. While obviously Ranger has grown in maturity mentally now that he’s roughly two years…

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The rescue dogs at Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter spend every day waiting to be adopted. Shelter staff and volunteers work hard to provide love and care to every rescue animal, but the truth is, living in a shelter is not fun. Dogs need one-on-one attention to keep them happy and comfortable. For many, the shelter environment is overwhelming, scary, and sad. They struggle with stress and anxiety, and symptoms of those emotions can make it harder to attract the right forever families. It’s a problem that shelters face on a daily basis, but Ingham County Animal Control and…

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Nothing says forever like ink if you ask me. If you’re a dog lover, then chances are you wear it proudly like a badge of honor. For obsessed pup parents, showing off your love for the canine kind just comes naturally. There are many people who rock cattoos—AKA cat tattoos—but dogs deserve all the love, too! We’ve rounded up some of the best of the best dog tattoos for you to enjoy, and if you have some forever ink dedicated to your canine companion, or just dogs in general, don’t forget to share it with us—we’d love to see it!…

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A small living space shouldn’t stop you from being a pup parent. Apartment living means no lawn care to worry about and less square-footage to clean, but those perks also come with a few disadvantages. Sharing a wall with a loud neighbor isn’t fun, and there’s also the fact that less living space and no yard doesn’t exactly scream “dog’s dream home.” There are some dog breeds that absolutely need an outdoor space where they can run and be free. If they don’t, say goodbye to your couch cushions and your sanity. But fear not, dog-loving apartment dwellers. There are…

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Hatty is ready to do a world of good for victims of sexual assault. Cook County State’s Attorney Office in Illinois recently swore in their newest member. Hatty, a two-year-old black Labrador Retriever, was welcomed during an official ceremony in Chicago. The working dog stood on her hind legs and placed a paw over a law book as officials recognized her as the office’s first therapy dog and newest employee. Her job will be to help children and other victims of assault stand up to their abusers. The swearing-in ceremony has been a long time coming. Hatty was trained in…

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Scammers have once again proven that some people just don’t deserve dogs. We all fell in love with Narwhal, a puppy with a tail growing out of his face, the second his picture went online. The unique rescue puppy captured the world’s attention in a matter of days. Mac’s Mission Animal Rescue, the organization that rescued and is caring for Narwhal, was thrilled that the attention was also highlighting other rescue animals. Narwhal’s story was doing a lot of good to promote animal adoption, but then scammers got an idea. Mac’s Mission recently discovered people are trying to profit off…

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We know your phone is full of nothing but dog pictures. Your dog’s face is on your lock screen, your home screen, and your Instagram is basically dedicated to their extreme cuteness. The world might not deserve your dog’s soulful eyes and extremely boop-worthy snoot, but that doesn’t stop you from showing off every dog picture you’ve ever taken—and that’s a lot of pictures. So whether you’ve turned your obsession for dog photography into your pup’s own Instagram account or simply want a decent picture for that online photo contest you know your dog could win, taking the perfect dog…

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Stella is an 18-month-old pup with an impressive skill—she can talk! Communication is a constant struggle between humans and dogs. We don’t speak the same language, and discerning a dog’s needs isn’t easy when you’re interpreting tail wags, whines, and barks. Most of us do our best to learn canine body language, but 26-year-old Christina Hunger has come up with a seriously impressive method to communicate with her dog. Christina is a proud dog mom to 18-month-old Stella. She’s also a speech pathologist. The San Diego native combined those two passions to create an incredible way to communicate with her…

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