As Naja settles in, I start to see how the abuse has hurt him. Any quick movements make him jump; any attempts to pet his head cause him to flinch. I have my work cut out for me, as I want him to trust and feel secure.
Could today's children experience "sibling rivalry" -- with the family dog? As an increasing number of Americans consider their pets to be like children -- and themselves to be "pet parents" -- the concept of sibling rivalry is taking on a whole new dimension.
People use Craigslist and Facebook for just about anything nowadays, even giving away pets. Don't do this! Dog fighters scour Craigslist and Facebook all day looking for pets they can use as bait. Craigslist is a gold mine to animal abusers and dog fighters.
As a dog owner, I feel guilty leaving my hounds in their kennel for even a few hours. Dogs belong with their human companions; curled up by the fire, lounging on the couch, chilling by the fridge hoping to snag a piece of dropped cheese.
Wilma (a chocolate lab) and Betty (a black lab) were found together, dumped on the street. They are 10-plus years old and would love a comfy home to live their last few years in.
The pit bull was motionless in the middle lane of the parkway. One officer stayed in the car and maneuvered the car to keep their partner safe from traffic while walking towards the dog.
Kiss was born with a rare neurological condition that makes him unable to pull his tongue into his mouth. The more relaxed and happy he is, the floppier the tongue. Think of it as his unique, silly smile.
Two boys were praised for their efforts rescuing a puppy who was stuck between a fence and a concrete wall on a freezing Boston night.
The cat came across the baby boy, reportedly less than 12 weeks old, in a cardboard box on the streets of Russia. The cat climbed in to cuddle the baby and also meowed to get the attention of anyone who could hear.
Susie, a mutt, in 2009 was set on fire and left to die by her abusive, and completely evil owner in North Carolina. Susie suffered third-degree burn...
In an odd and somewhat twisted way, this experience has been good for me. It's taught me a little bit about letting go and a hell of a lot about patience. I know I can't rush things along. I realize that I am no longer on my schedule, but on the schedule of two little furry monsters that I love so much.
Honey Badger was a true labor of love. He wasn't a puppy, but his "delayed childhood" more than made up for any puppy stages he'd missed out on. He gnawed on everything he could find, including flat drywall.
I'm an English major, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and big fan of animal rescue, so my heart did cartwheels when I heard about "Poetic Dogs."
There may be endless things to do on the internet, but did you know you can play with shelter animals right thorough your browser? iPet Companion ...
Matt is a comic book creator, and animal activist from Rockaway, NY. He and his wife are dedicated animal rescuers who are fiercely passionate about giving abused dogs and cats a loving home.
A boy named Garret was riding his bike when he came across a seriously injured and abused mastiff in Washington state. The boy immediately abandoned his bike and carried the mastiff over a half a mile to his home.