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A big top pops up in a Chicago park. Following dazzling performances by acrobats and artists, it’s time for the main event. No, it’s not lions, tigers or elephants: it’s rescue dogs. Chicago’s Midnight Circus in the Parks, which started in 2006 as a way to raise money for the city’s parks department, is the
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As assistance animals and animal-assisted therapy become increasingly popular and visible in our communities, these amazing and helpful pets are spreading their wings, paws and hooves into new therapeutic modalities. One example is the use of these loving agents of comfort in the treatment of patients battling eating disorders. Shannon Kopp, author of Pound for
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Pet obesity is a big problem. Well-meaning owners across the country often show their love for their pets through food, leaving countless animals overweight with numerous health risks. Animal Planet’s My Big Fat Pet Makeover is here to help. The new show, which premieres Sept. 30, helps obese pets slim down and helps owners banish
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Eric Stonestreet is a man in love! In August, PEOPLE exclusively revealed that the actor is dating pediatric nurse Lindsay Schweitzer — and during an appearance on Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Modern Family star opened up about the blossoming romance. “Your girlfriend is lovely — I met her backstage,” said Ellen DeGeneres. “She’s a nurse. That’s a good thing
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Herding Height: 15–19 inches Weight: 15–30 pounds Life Expectancy: Around 15 years The Pyrenean shepherd is a small herding dog who can run pretty dang fast. The breed is named after the Pyrenees Mountains from which they come. Their heads are triangular in shape, and their eyes are almond-shaped and a dark shade
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Toy Height: 10–12.5 inches Weight: 8–10 pounds Life Expectancy: 12–14 years or longer The miniature pinscher, aka min pin, are small, square-shaped dogs who look like miniature Doberman pinschers. They have dark, oval eyes; high-set ears that stand erect if cropped; small feet with toes similar to those of
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On Thursday night, Tori Spelling revealed that two of her dogs were attacked — and one almost killed — by a coyote. “We’re on the prowl for coyotes,” Spelling, 44, said during an Instagram Live from her backyard. “Because coyotes got into our yard and dragged out … well, attacked one of our dogs, only
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Terrier Height: 9–11 inches Weight: 13–22 pounds Life Expectancy: 13–15 years or longer The West Highland white terrier, often referred to as the Westie, is a small, strongly built dog and one of the most popular terriers. They have black noses and almond-shaped, wide-set, black-rimmed dark brown eyes and
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Herding Height: 24–27.5 inches Weight: 70–110 pounds Life Expectancy: 10–12 years or longer Old working dogs developed in France, beaucerons have a black nose; dark brown, slightly oval-shaped eyes; ears, either cropped or natural, that are set high on the head; and a fringed tail covered with hair that
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Non-Sporting Height: 17–20 inches Weight: 40–70 pounds Life Expectancy: Around 15 years The chow chow is a medium-to-large, muscular and powerful dog of Chinese origin. The head is large and can be flanked by long hair, which sometimes makes the dog appear similar to a lion. The large nose
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Toy Height: 9–10 inches Weight: 8–11 pounds Life Expectancy: 12–15 years Silky terriers are small, loving dogs with Australian roots. The eyes are almond-shaped and dark in color. The small ears are triangular and stand up on the head. The feet are small and — funny enough — resemble
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We have reached the peak of human progress. We live in a time where sweatsuits and workout clothes are now not only socially acceptable to wear outside of the home, but FASHIONABLE. In case you didn’t already know, it’s called athleisure. Thankfully, we also live in a time where there are companies that make clothes
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Herding Height: 20–22 inches Weight: 40–60 pounds Life Expectancy: 12–15 years Bearded collies are one of the oldest British dog breeds. They are medium-sized herding dogs with long bodies and agile movement. Their large nose is black, and their medium ears are covered with hair. The eye color typically depends
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Retirement is treating military working dog Rick right. After faithfully dedicating six years of his life to sniffing out explosive devices and protecting our troops in South Korea, the German Shepherd is enjoying a well-deserved break, and he started his R&R time with an emotional reunion. On Tuesday, Rick reunited with his former handler, U.S.
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Only a few months after Simon the rabbit, destined to be the world’s largest rabbit, died in the cargo hold of a United Airlines flight, a Houston, Texas, family is claiming that their dog died while flying with the airline. According to KTRK, who first reported the story, the family says their 5-year-old King Charles
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1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Terrier Height: 10 inches Weight: 18–22 pounds Life Expectancy: 15 years Scottish terriers, a.k.a. Scotties, are small, playful terriers with short legs. They are the most popular breed in the White House, being in the White House with 3 U.S. presidents: Roosevelt, Eisenhower and George W. Bush. These small terriers
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It looks like a scene out of 101 Dalmatians, even if it’s really only seven border collie puppies. The adorably precarious situation unfolded on July 22 and a video was posted to Facebook by Jon Ashe of Sussex in the U.K. The post was also shared to the Sainsbury grocery store’s Facebook page, where it
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Kelly Moffatt didn’t even consider changing the name of the English Black Labrador Retriever who came to live with her in 2012. “He was already named Bandit and I liked the name,” said Moffatt, a psychosocial counselor at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL). “Bandit is an outlaw who doesn’t follow the rules. I
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