Pickup trucks are a popular vehicle in the United States. Unfortunately, many models are not equipped with a backseat. Even with four-door models, dogs are often put in the truck bed to protect the vehicle from shedding and dog dirt– and to give Fido some fresh air.
Putting your dog in a truck bed, even for a short ride, is a HORRIBLE idea. In fact, American Humane reports more than 100,000 dogs die each year from truck bed accidents.
Some of the issues are obvious: Dogs are not protected while on a truck bed. They are not secured by a doggy seat belt nor protected from other vehicles, flying debris, or short stops.
Not only are dogs vulnerable to what humans can control, they are also DOGS. Even well-trained dogs are still naturally curious and have been known to jump out of truck beds to investigate whatever has piqued their interest. Also, naturally calm, well-adjusted dogs can still get spooked and jump out causing catastrophic results.
There are reports of dogs being fatally injured from jumping out of truck beds– and humans in other cars trying to avoid them with devastating consequences themselves.
Most kids love puppies. So, it takes a lot of maturity and selflessness for a kid to realize when he needs to let a puppy go and find her a safe home. That is what this kid did when he found a puppy but knew he couldn’t take care of her and needed to help find her a home.
So he did the most heartbreaking thing. He left the puppy in a box outside a school’s front door, knocked loudly on the door and ran away before anyone could question him. The janitor who was cleaning inside heard the knock and opened to door. He saw the boy running away, and looked down to discover the pup in the box.
But the pup wasn’t the only thing there. The little boy had left a heartbreaking note with the puppy. When the janitor read the note, he realized how much it must have hurt the boy to have to part with the dog, all for the dog’s own good.
This is what the note said:
“Sorry it didn’t have a home and it was cold so we were going to give it to you. Please do let it go find a nice home.”
Touched by the note, the janitor took the puppy to a dog-loving school teacher and the teacher immediately decided to foster the pup. The pup’s now named Snowflake. The teacher took Snowflake to a local rescue group, Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, and had her checked up and vaccinated.
Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue soon helped find Snowflake a new home before Christmas! She now lives with her new family and has a big doggie sister to look up to, all thanks to the little boy who knew he had to do something to help this puppy!
Click the video below to watch Snowflake’s emotional Christmas rescue.
When Kathryn Sinske came across Claire’s photo on Facebook, there was something in the pregnant Chihuahua’s eyes that immediately caught her attention. Whether it was pain or fear in Claire’s expression, Sinske stopped scrolling and decided to take action.
“When I saw her on social media my heart just broke for her,” Sinske told The Dodo. “She was listed as an older pregnant female ready to give birth any day. She looked terrified and confused in her shelter picture.”
Animal control had picked up Claire in San Bernardino, California, and her swollen belly made clear that the officers had found her just in time. Days after her arrival at the shelter, Claire went into labor alone in the early hours of the morning. “She was placed in isolation and given a blanket to have her babies,” Sinske said. “She had four puppies but, sadly, one did not make it.”
As soon as Sinske learned of the puppies’ arrival, she rushed down to the shelter to break the little family out of confinement. Sinske could see that the nervous new mother was filthy and covered in ticks.
“They handed her to me in a carrier and I could tell she was super scared,” Sinske said. “I even had to sign a waiver because she was listed as fearful.”
Sinske promised to do everything in her power to help the little family survive — a job that became more difficult the next day when Claire’s health plummeted. Claire was found to be anemic and suffering from a fever of 105 degrees, so Sinske had to step in as mom for both the sick dog and her babies.
After a week of visits to the vet and hand-feeding both Claire and her babies, Sinske was overjoyed to see the little dog’s temperature return to normal. And while Claire has proven to be a picky eater, Sinske is happy to indulge her whims.
“After everything she’s been through I have no problem making sure she gets what she wants,” Sinske said. “She is so sweet, loves to get lots of love and sit in my lap.”
Once the puppies are weaned and Claire is given a clean bill of health, the entire family will begin their search for a forever home.
But after a hard life, Claire is happy to finally be safe and able to give her babies everything they need, Sinske noted: “She’s a great mama.”
Introducing a newborn human to your pet for the first time can be extremely nerve-wracking. Some dogs might get jealous of the new addition and the lack of attention may not sit well with them. Some dogs might become protective over their new little siblings, while others may be indifferent.
Yvonne and Eddie Walsh, of Dublin, Ireland, were excited to bring their newborn baby, Nicholas, home, but they weren’t sure how their Chihuahua, Quica, would react to him.
Not knowing what to expect, Yvonne decided to capture this moment on video. She said that Quica had been very protective of her pregnant stomach the last nine months. But they never expected what Quica would do next.
In the video below, you’ll see Eddie lowering four-day-old Nicholas toward Quica, who instantly submitted to him. She rolled right onto her back, showing everyone that Nicholas will be the new boss around here.
The couple couldn’t stop smiling at Quica’s reaction. While lying on her back, Quica takes a few good sniffs of Nicholas. It’s obvious that she and Nicholas are going to be best buds.
The Walsh’s say that Quica stands by Nicholas’ crib and watches over him and alerts them whenever he makes a sound or cries. While she is always around him, she knows to be very gentle with him and still submits in his presense.
One of the worst nightmares most dog parents can ever experience is having their dog go missing. For one family in Las Vegas, this nightmare recently came true. Their sweet doggo, Butters, dug a hole under their fence and escaped. The family also has a reason they feel the dog did this.
The family went on a trip from Las Vegas to California, leaving Butters behind. A family member was scheduled to pick the dog up later that night. While the dog was alone, he managed to dig that hole, get out, and took off. The family believes that because the dog has such bad anxiety, he took off to look for them.
When they found out the news that Butters went missing, they drove back home the following day. From putting up lost dog fliers to calling shelters and vets, they looked everywhere. Finally, two weeks later, a lost dog app alerted them of a pooch that could be Butters. At 3 AM, one of the family members went looking and driving all around to find the dog. Finally, he was discovered laying on someone’s doorstep on a dead end street.
The woman called to Butters and he hopped into her car. Now for the most amazing part of the story: The dad’s reaction to having his lost dog back home. Watch as the man runs as fast as he can, tears in his eyes, and hugs his precious pooch. We bet this is one dog who will never get out of their sight again!
"We had just left to go out of town and my sister was supposed to pick up our dog, Butters, later on that night. Butters gets bad anxiety when we are gone and apparently, he decided to dig a hole under the fence soon after we left; (I can only assume) to try and find us. We were relatively new to the neighborhood and did not know our neighbors very well yet. Our neighbors tried to catch Butters, but he took off running. The next day, we drove back from California to our home in Las Vegas to immediately start looking for him. We put up fliers, called local vets, checked the pound daily, and drove countless hours looking for him. Finally, we got a message from one of the local lost dog apps saying that they had seen a dog who looked like ours running down the 215 freeway in Las Vegas at around 3 AM. My husband left and spent all morning looking in that area. Finally, my husband came back home and I immediately left to keep looking. Normally, we never drive down dead-end streets because we we can see down them… But, something told me to go down this specific one—and I saw Butters laying at someone's doorstep! I called Butters name and he immediately took off running towards me. Butters means the world to all of us and we never gave up! We'd still be looking if we had not found him. It was a very emotional reunion!"#LoveWhatMattersA Love What Matters Original StorySubmitted by A. Vargas
PHOENIX, AZ — A Phoenix dog is being hailed as a “hero” for jumping in front of his owner and taking a venomous rattlesnake bite to the face. Paula Godwin, of Anthem, told Patch she took her two dogs hiking on a trailhead near North Seventh Avenue and West Carefree Highway around 7 a.m. Friday. As they strolled down the hill, her curious 6-month-old golden retriever, Todd, jolted toward her foot.
“I didn’t see the snake and I am so careful when it comes to these things,” Godwin said, noting she’s lived her whole life in the area and knows of the dangers. “That dang rattlesnake was so camouflaged I did not see that thing.”
The snake, an adult with a grayish color and white speckles, didn’t make a sound until it was too late.
“I think the snake was sleeping because I didn’t even hear a rattle. It was super quiet,” said Godwin.
Todd put his nose down close to the ground to see what was on the trail. The snake immediately bit him on the nose and cheek area.
“Right when he struck he started to rattle,” she said.
What some people will do in the name of being vindictive and hurtful is downright sickening. There are awful people on this planet who do terrible things to innocent animals. Elizabeth Lena James of South Carolina is a despicable human being who took her anger and revenge out on an innocent puppy. Now, loving dog owners are barking back.
It all started when James’ boyfriend broke up with her. He took his belongings, left her behind, but also left his 16-month-old mixed Mastiff puppy, too. The ex-girlfriend did something unthinkable: she starved Champ out of spite. That’s right, the innocent dog was starving to death, but authorities stepped in just in the nick of time.
When found, he weighed less than half of his normal weight, was covered in maggots, and all his bones were visible.
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC took the sweet dog in and never gave up on him. He went from chained up and starving to the road to recovery.
He has his own Facebook page, Justice for Champ, and he recently was placed in his forever, loving home. What a happy ending for this dog who faced what no animal ever should. Thank you to all who helped in his care!
One of the most common forms of animals abuse and cruelty is leaving your pets outside in the freezing cold.animal cruelty agencies and the police investigate this form of abuse more than any other form of animal abuse.
But dogs in Pennsylvania will now have stronger protection thanks to a new law that makes it a felony for residents to leave their dogs outside in the cold.
Dog owners who leave a dog outside in extremely cold weather for too long could now face felony animal cruelty charges of up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
Libre’s Law (or Pennsylvania, House Bill 1238) was signed into law recently, and specifies that dogs cannot be left outside in temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 30 minutes at a time.
A personality test based on your choice from the eyes below. According to this analysis that went viral on social media, choosing one of these eyes may determine if you’re a sociopath or a social butterfly. BetterMe brings you this exam as a social experiment.
This is what you have to do: Pick an eye, any eye, don’t tell us which one you chose. Then scroll down to find your personality type. Just be relaxed and a psychological test will help you uncover your inner secrets. Hundreds of our subscribers have passed it and it really works.
And now prepare… Sit comfortably in your chair, clear your head of your thoughts, concentrate. Are you ready? No cheating! ….Go!
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You are an extrovert who loves people.
You see only the good and believe everyone deserves to be treated lovingly. You are forever helping someone out of a jam. You never burden others with your woes.