U.S. swimmers using therapy dogs to relax before races

Jun 30, 2016

U.S. swimmers using therapy dogs to relax before races

Kacey Oberlander is missing her dogs back home, and she’s more than a little stressed competing in the high-pressure environment at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. That’s where Holly comes in. The adorable, 4-year-old Havanese is available for petting and furry hugs. “It just ...

Skies of blue: a Great Pyrenees named Cosette

| Jun 26, 2016

Skies of blue: a Great Pyrenees named Cosette

This fluffy white beauty is a Great Pyrenees, a gentle breed that is something of a giant when full-grown. Cosette is just over a year old and already 30 kg despite a tragic start. She had been abandoned, left to die along with other ...

Iran cracks down on culture of 'vulgar Western' dog ownership

Jun 25, 2016

Iran cracks down on culture of 'vulgar Western' dog ownership

Dog lovers in central Iran are in uproar after authorities began confiscating their pets in an apparent crackdown on the “vulgar Western culture” of canine ownership, Iranian media reported Saturday. One unnamed dog owner in Shahin Shahr, in Isfahan province, told Iran’s Shahrvand newspaper ...

How dogs became man's best friend — twice over

Jun 3, 2016

How dogs became man's best friend — twice over

Ancient humans made dogs their best friend not once but twice, by domesticating two separate populations of wolves far apart in Europe and Asia. Scientists on Thursday said present-day genomes reveal a deep internal split between dogs from opposite ends of the Eurasian continent. ...