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A Eulogy for Mishka

Michael Neill | Posted 03.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Neill

While we waited for the medicine to take effect, we held her paws and stroked her head and speculated on what Mishka's heaven would look like -- a beautiful park with her old friend Abby waiting for her, unlimited belly rubs, and Christmas trees with untended boxes of candy and defrosting steaks just waiting for her to steal.

10 Stress-Relief Strategies When You Have Five Minutes or Less

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

The way we work is broken when scores of talented people can't attend to their basic human needs. Until the larger systemic issues are fixed, these and other stories continue to push me to create stress-relief strategies that can actually be incorporated in your super-hectic day. Here are 10 such strategies to try when you have five minutes or less.

No Amount Is Too Much to Save Abused Cat 'Bruce Almighty'

Rescue Idiot | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Rescue Idiot

Homeowners in Regina, Saskatchewan, discovered Bruce Almighty on March 18. He was found with black electrical tape wrapped so tightly around his legs that severe tissue damage was causing infection.

Better Than Bunnies This Easter

Amanda Gregory | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Amanda Gregory

What does it say about love, caring and responsibility if you abandon your new pet to a shelter within a year? Living creatures are not disposable.

Bunnies Don't Belong in Easter Baskets (Unless They're Made of Chocolate)

Katie Li | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Katie Li

When the novelty of a cute bunny on Easter morning wears of and the reality of long-term care sets in, these pets are surrendered to shelters, given away on Craigslist or released into nature where a tamed house rabbit is incapable of fending for itself like its wild-born brethren.

Jacqueline Howard

The Untold Story Of How Dogs Became Our Best Friends | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.25.2015 | Science

Dogs and humans have been BFFs for a very long time -- at least 10,000 years. No surprise there. But have you ever wondered just how dogs and ...

Here's What May Have Turned Dogs Into Man's Best Friend

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.23.2015 | Science

We shower them with affection and provide all their necessities. They love and protect us in return--even run to our side when we call and cuddle on c...

What My Dog Thinks About My Sanity

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 03.17.2015 | Fifty
Janet Eve Josselyn

To be fair, though, Nigel is scared of many things, including the vacuum cleaner, coffee grinder, leaf blower, lawn mower and just basically anything that makes noise. All of that makes sense, but he also becomes unnerved when I talk on the phone.

Homeless Dog Leads People to 10 Sick Puppies and Mom

Rescue Idiot | Posted 03.16.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

A homeless dog is now a hero -- literally, as he has been renamed with this fitting moniker after using his bark persistently to lead individuals walking by to an exhausted mother and her 10 newborn, sick puppies.

11 Reasons Your Crazy Cat Obsession Makes You Happier And Healthier

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.15.2015 | Healthy Living

Feline fans, rejoice: Your cat isn't just a cute and cuddly ball of fluff -- he's also incredibly good for your health. Even pet owners who prefer ...

What I Learned from Going to the Dogs

Tracey Conway | Posted 03.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Tracey Conway

This winter when the Arctic Blast took New England by storm - literally - a dream at the top of my Bucket List was achieved. With a speaking job booke...

ER funds for Momma Daffodil, Marlin and Ben and Claudine

Rescue Idiot | Posted 03.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rescue Idiot

Second Chance Rescue NYC is currently trying to raise funds for Sweet Daffodil who just had her babies just over a week ago and is now at the ER Vet f...

Dennis The Dachshund Loses 44 Pounds, Doesn't Eat Burgers And Pizza Anymore

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.13.2015 | Good News

Dennis the dachshund is a new dog. Less than two years ago, the little dog weighed 56 pounds. He was on a diet of White Castle burgers and pizza, a...

These Demanding Cats Have Mastered The Art Of Collecting Some TLC

The Huffington Post | Oliver Noble | Posted 03.12.2015 | Good News

Everyone knows humans can be obstinate, slow-to-learn animals. However, under the strict tutelage of benevolent feline overloads, we can be taught to ...

Things That Will Get You Kicked off Amtrak

Map Happy | Posted 03.11.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

Recently, I was riding Amtrak from Boston to New York after spending the week at my parents' in Massachusetts. Traveling with me was my elderly pet gerbil Eloise because... well, she just was. I've often brought her on trains and buses.

Pet on the Move? 7 Questions to Ask a Pet Sitter and Dog Walker

Laura McHolm | Posted 03.11.2015 | HuffPost Home
Laura McHolm

Just moved into your new home? Starting a new job? Ready to take on the exciting new chapter? Well, before you step out the door, think about your four-legged housemate.

'Furever' Young: 5 Tips for Caring for Older Dogs

Sean Conlon | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Sean Conlon

It's easy to add happiness, health, and years of life to your aging pup. Here are five ways to care for your older dogs.

The 10 Most Hilarious Dogs on Instagram

Huntgram | Posted 03.09.2015 | Comedy

They are loving, funny, and above all, adorable. They are the most famous and spoiled dogs in the Instagram community. Nevertheless, a huge doubt rema...

Woman Denied Insurance Claim for Owning Pit Bull

Rescue Idiot | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Rescue Idiot

A woman from East Rockaway is saying her insurance company is refusing to pay her fire claim because she owns a pit bull.

Respect Your Elders

Rescue Idiot | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Rescue Idiot

Most people instantly feel some form of sadness when they walk into a diner and see an elderly person sitting alone; I often wonder why these emotions don't carry over universally towards senior animals. There are so many great reasons to consider adopting an older dog

Dog Rescued After Being Shot and Tied to Train Tracks

Rescue Idiot | Posted 03.06.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

The dog had bullet wounds in its neck and shoulder. The police immediately alerted trains to stop so that they could get the dog off the tracks where it was tied down. Police rushed the dog to the vet. Although the dog lost a leg due to her injuries, her life was saved.

A Heartfelt Goodbye

Alyson Herzig | Posted 03.05.2015 | Women
Alyson Herzig

Today, I said goodbye to my Big Girl Lexi, my Bernese Mountain Dog. She was only 7, turning 8 in May, but by her breed standards she was well into her golden years.

Dogs and Cats Are Being Killed in Maryland. This Law Would Protect Them. PETA Is Trying to Block It.

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

Preventing PETA from killing pets in its home state of Virginia will be a major triumph, but it is only the first step. The animals they kill personally -- tens of thousands -- are simply a fraction of those that they cause to be killed nationwide.

23 Photos Of People With Their Pets That Will Melt Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Damon Scheleur and Yagana Shah | Posted 03.03.2015 | Fifty

Studies that link pet ownership with better health aren't new. Not only do pets decrease blood pressure and feelings of loneliness, they also increase...

Fur Is Simply Bad Design

Joshua Katcher | Posted 03.02.2015 | Style
Joshua Katcher

The beauty of fashion objects often stand in harsh contrast to the ugliness of how they're made. And that ugliness is avidly avoided, intentionally hidden beneath layers of expensive marketing, or -- in the case of something like fur -- transformed into a transgressive indulgence.