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Host of My Big Fat Pet Makeover on Animal Planet shares training tips for chunky pets

We had so much fun talking to Travis Brorsen, host of Animal Planet’s My Big, Fat Pet Makeover, that he gave us some tips and tricks to understanding our pets and how to train them without tipping the scale. I love this picture from @AnimalPlanet of Gracie’s before and after. We...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 9:13pm

Another reason science rules: Those puppy dog eyes are just for you!

You know those people who try to tell you that your pet doesn’t really love you or only uses you for food? You know how you want to just tell them “shut up” because you know your fur-kid loves you? Now, you can tell them to “shut up” with science because a new study on...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 4:15pm

ASPCA wants to help you #FindYourFido

There is a dog on the loose in New York City this month. He goes by the name Fido, and he is a VIP (very important pup) with a very important job. Fido — who, by the way, is a life-size cardboard cutout of a dog — is the ASPCA’S handsome ambassador for the roughly 3.3 million...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 4:05pm

Canine Companions for Independence offers a new leash on life

Kevin Schmidt approaches the entrance to Canine Companions for Independence in his motorized chair. Before he can reach out to press the button to open the front door, his assistance dog Kip does it with his nose.  The nearly 4-year-old golden retriever/yellow Lab mix knows 40-odd commands,...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:02am

ASPCA brings 41 dogs displaced by Hurricane Harvey to NY, Conn.

The ASPCA on Monday relocated 41 shelter dogs that were displaced when Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast of Texas more than a week ago. Half of the pups were dropped off at the ASPCA Adoption Center on the Upper East Side, while the rest traveled on to the Connecticut Human Society in...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 3:57pm

For The Ark at JFK, every day is National Dog Day

Saturday may be National Dog Day, but at The Ark at JFK, it’s always dog day — and cat day and horse day and ... you get the idea. Since the world’s first privately owned animal terminal opened in January, it’s housed hundreds of critters, but dogs are the most common...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:46am

Meet Pender, Philadelphia’s newest (and most adorable) therapist

After a lifetime of wanting a dog of her own, Philadelphia recreation therapist Liz Decina not only just got her wish, she also gained a new coworker at the same exact time. Last week, Decina and 2-year-old black Lab-retriever mix Pender graduated from Canine Companions for Independence on New...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 5:00am

Your dog-sitting app is probably illegal

Talk about a ruff turn of events. The apps that many New Yorkers use to ensure their fur-kids are taken care of are actually illegal per an obscure city law, the New York Daily News reported. via GIPHY The law put in place by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene states that...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 1:35pm

'Lovable' malnourished dog rescued from Brooklyn dumpster

A construction worker throwing garbage in a Brooklyn dumpster made a horrible discovery Tuesday morning when he found a starving dog inside. The gray and white pup, whose ribs were completely visible, was spotted by Jose Lopez outside a Walgreens in Brownsville, according to the New York Post....

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 10:02am

Meet New York City's bedbug-sniffing dogs

Even if you weren't born here, you arguably might be a New Yorker if you are adept at “platforming,” are on a first-name basis with your corner bodega staff and can survive the inevitable bedbug infestation. Few things are as invasive, disgusting and heebie-jeebie inducing as...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 11:59am

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is throwing the adoption event of the summer

This Sunday, you could find the dog of your dreams, when Williamsburg-based animal rescue Badass Brooklyn hosts its annual Summer Fest, featuring more than a 100 adoptable puppers.  Held from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, the free street fair will take over President St. between 3rd...

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 3:44pm

Find the fur baby your life is missing at Union Square’s Adoptapalooza

If your New York apartment is missing the pitter-patter of a four-legged fur baby, or you’re someone who tries to make eye contact with every dog you see on the street in hopes you can pet it, you’re going to want to go to Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park on Sunday. The annual...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 5:03am

How BarkBox's dog comedy night (temporarily) relieved my human angst

Thursday was a garbage day, so I took myself and my pre-existing conditions — you know, I’m an anxious, depressive female of reproductive age — to a dog comedy night for some levity. Once a month, Bark & Co — the dogcentric start-up behind BarkBox, the monthly...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:08pm

NYC animal shelter leads nation in finding fur-ever homes for cats and dogs

Finding a new home can often be a nightmare for New Yorkers, but the process has become a little easier for four-legged residents thanks to Animal Care Centers of NYC. According to ACC’s first-quarter data that was released Wednesday, the center’s overall placement rate for adoptable...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:43am

What is a furry and why did a woman bring a real dog to a furry convention?

What happened when a woman mistakenly brought a real dog to a furry convention? The story — and the subsequent photos — thankfully went viral. Cheryl Wassus of Monroe, Michigan, took her 1-year-old Bernese mountain dog, Link, to the Motor City Furry Con in Novi on Saturday because this...

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 1:55pm

Philly cop accused of dumping starved dog in woods

It was a heartbreaking story of animal cruelty over the holidays. Just before Thanksgiving, a starving pit bull left in a garbage bag was found abandoned in the Wissahickon.Now, the PSPCA has announced that the person responsible was a Philadelphia police officer.Michael Long, 33, of the 8200 block...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:58am

Puppy with severe case of mange on the mend and in need of a home

When Sheba, a 4-month-old bulldog mix was found shivering on a Dorchester street on Feb. 22, she had a severe case of mange. It was so bad that all of her fur had been stripped away and her body was covered in painful sores. She was too weak to walk or even stand.Andrea Bessler, a veterinary...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4:51pm

WATCH: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund, the next great NHL goaltender?

Known as the “celebrity Dachshund,” Crusoe the wiener dog is known the internet over thanks to his viral videos and a-dog-able costumes that range from Minions to Batdog.But for his latest masterpiece, he donned Crusoe-sized hockey goalie gear to defend the pipes of a miniature net almost as cute...

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 11:42am

WATCH: This dog is literally you midweek

It’s Wednesday. You’re hungry. You’re tired. There’s still half a week to go at work. It’s. Just. SO. Much.Even Harley, a nearly 2-year-old golden retriever is like, “Whatever.”He just wants to eat his carrot chunks with as little effort as possible, without even getting up. He attempts a half-...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 10:17pm

Kennel renovation could spare the lives of sick and unwanted dogs

Philadelphia’s Animal Care & Control Team had a problem, but that might be good news for sick and unadoptable dogs that could face euthanization at the shelter.The shelter, known as ACCT Philly, was planning to replace its heating and ventilation system. But during that period, it would not be...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:27pm