Dani, abandoned and pregnant, wandered to a family’s home in West Virginia. Unable to care for Dani, the family reached out to their local rescue. They took Dani in, and there she had three beautiful puppies. Her journey, however, was just beginning.
Dani made her way to Tales of Courage in Danbury. It was apparent to everyone who met her that she was a special dog. Dani’s vibrant personality won over everyone she met. Tales of Courage spoke with Rachael, one of the trainers at Pets for Vets and ROAR (Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue) about Dani being a possible candidate for their program. Dani was evaluated for temperament and taken the veterinarian for a full medical exam.
The president of Tales of Courage put Dani on hold for during this process. They easily could have adopted Dani to a local family but felt she could enrich a veteran’s life. And that she has!
Photo: Pets For Vets
ROAR adopted Dani and then placed her with Lori Mazzola, one of Pets for Vets wonderful foster families. After a clean bill of health and training, Dani immediately became a part of Earl Renner’s life along with his wife, Bella Marie. Dani has quickly made friends with their cat and won the love of their children and grandchildren. Most importantly, she is a constant companion to Earl, helping him stay healthy – emotionally and physically.
Your purchases through the iHeartDogs store can help bring together veterans with pets in need! When you buy anything from our Pets & Vets collection, we give 20% of the proceeds to GreaterGood.org to pair shelter or service dogs with veterans!
Helps pair a veteran with a shelter or service dog!
Part of each sale through the iHeartDogs store is donated to Greater Good, which helps support various charities. Thanks to customers like you, happy endings, like the one below, are made possible.
“We rescued this litter of seven four-week-old puppies (Florence, Amanda, Potato, Bulldozer, Barry, Trex, and Sophie) in a makeshift shelter in South Carolina following Hurricane Florence in September 2018. The owner was threatening to shoot the puppies, so a neighbor took them to safety.
“The puppies were too young to eat solid food, and would need to eat gruel. We mixed puppy food we received from GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank program with formula, and now the puppies have grown up to be healthy and happy.
“All seven of the puppies have been adopted by wonderful families, and they are thriving! Being taken from their mom at such a young age could have been tragic, but instead, these puppies are happy and healthy.
“Rescue Bank has helped us feed thousands of dogs and cats over the years. We would not be able to save as many homeless pets without Rescue Bank.” – Heavenly Paws of Michigan
Part of each sale through the iHeartDogs store is donated to Greater Good, which helps support various charities. Thanks to customers like you, happy endings, like the one below, are made possible.
“Teamwork makes the dream work. Both the Rescue Rebuild (RR) and Nashville Humane Association (NHA) teams got together to help another local animal shelter nearby. The team had a fun-filled two days working side by side with both NHA and Cheatham County Animal Control (CCAC).
RR learned that the staff at both of these shelters sure know how to work hard and get the job done. CCCA is just west of Nashville and has had new leadership and works tirelessly and exhausts all means for the benefit of the animals. However, this shelter was in desperate need of a few quick fixes to their building that would dramatically make the lives of both the staff and the shelter dogs that much better.
“CCAC was facing many issues with both their indoor and outdoor kennels. It was getting bad to the point where the dogs were able to push the gate latches open. They would chew through the old chain link and then get loose on the shelter grounds. The chain link and the gate latches can only take so much, and will give with enough strength and persistence. The team made repairs to nearly 30 chain link kennels. This included new latches, replacing or fixing damaged chain link and fresh wire ties to keep everything tight.
“Indoor kennels, check! Now to the outdoor kennels. RR installed guillotines on nine outdoor runs and added metal roofing for visual barriers on each side of the 18 kennels. CCAC can now successfully rotate an entire room of dogs outside to safe and secure outdoor kennels, while they are cleaning the indoor kennels. This is something that they have never been able to do before.
“Both RR and NHA pride themselves on partnerships, as together they are saving as many lives as possible. With just a few physical changes to Cheatham’s building, they were able to improve the quality of care for their animals vastly.”
Our company was founded on one simple principle, the belief that “every dog matters.”
As you complete your holiday gift shopping, we were hoping you’d consider partnering with us this week to help make the wishes of hundreds of shelter dogs come true.
Ultimately, these pups are wishing for a forever home. We’re partnering with shelters & rescues to help provide these pups with desperately needed supplies & enrichment, which boost their chances of adoption.
You can help by providing the following 4 essentials through your iHeartDogs purchases:
Blankets: When you purchase one of our new Give Warmth blankets, we’ll donate one to a shelter dog in need. At this time of year, shelters’ and rescues’ #1 request is for quality blankets to keep their dogs warm.
Rescue Transportation: The purchase of every Second Chance Movement product helps fund life-saving rescue miles in the form of donations to groups dedicated to moving pets out of overcrowded kill shelters and to areas where shelter populations are low and families are waiting to adopt.
Toys: For each toy you purchase for your dog, we’ll donate one to a shelter dog in need. Toys can greatly increase the chances of a dog finding their forever home, since playful pups are perceived as more adoptable.
Meals: Every shelter dog deserves a full belly. Help us donate quality food to shelters & rescues. This helps keep their costs down so they can focus on caring for these dogs and finding them homes.
We can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done this year to help shelter pets. Thank you for partnering with us in the belief that every dog matters!
K9 Cinemas just opened in Plano, Texas so that people can take their best friend with them to the movies. Owner Erik Lankford wanted a place where people could enjoy a movie and be with their dogs. As someone who wants to spend time with his dog, Lankford felt that such an opportunity was lacking in his community.
There are guidelines designed to keep the theater safe and fun for humans and canines alike. Three rules are non-negotiable: 1) Clean up after your dog. 2) Bring proof that your dog’s vaccinations are current. 3) No more than two dogs per humans are allowed.
As dog lovers, it’s natural to applaud the opportunity to spend more time with them, and it’s easy to ask “What could possibly go wrong?” in a movie theater that welcomes dogs. Unfortunately, and at the risk of sounding like a grump, it’s also easy to answer that question.
This whole dog thing started because of a story Verna used to tell over and over again. It was a very sad story and I can’t bear to repeat it, but it had to do with leaving behind her much-loved dog when she moved to Cleveland from Pennsylvania decades earlier.
I used to drive Verna to church, and whenever she saw someone walking a dog, she would repeat that story, much to my dismay, and end by saying she loved dogs and wished she could have a dog in her Shaker Heights apartment. Even when she became unsteady on her feet, Verna would insist she’d like to have a black Lab, her favorite breed. A Lab could have knocked Verna over just by breathing on her, but that was the kind of dog she hankered for.
You’ve made your list and you’ve checked it twice, now it’s time to get busy and spoil your dog this holiday season. There might have been a few incidents involving a chewed up pair of shoes or a midnight howling session, but your pup is still very much on the nice list. To show him how much you care, now is the perfect time to treat him to fun new toys and yummy snacks. iHeartDogs has spent all year looking for the perfect presents to put under your tree. There’s something for dogs that like to sniff, tug, and fetch, and we didn’t forget our furry friends that love a good snack. Start and finish your holiday dog shopping with this list.
When you buy this cute fleece blanket for your dog, you also help iHeartDogs in our campaign to Give Warmth to shelter dogs across the country. One blanket sold means one blanket donated to a dog in need. It’s the perfect gift for getting cozy with your favorite pooch.
Does your dog love to rip apart his toys? If yes, he needs a Destroy-A-Saurus. This fun, heavy-duty toy has reattachable limbs so your dog can pull and rip to his heart’s content. All you do is reattach the legs, and the fun starts all over again. Through Project Play, the purchase of this toy donates another toy to a shelter dog.
Dogs need mental exercise just as much as they need to go on walks and play fetch. This Raccoon Hide and Hunt plush toy is guaranteed to get your dog thinking. He’ll have fun figuring out how to get his little furry “friends” to come out and play. It’s a brain game that plays on your dog’s natural instinct to hunt.
What better way to spoil your dog this holiday than with a brand new bed? Your dog will be living in luxury with a Faux Fur Memory Foam Bed from PACK&DEN. With stabilizing orthopedic foam layers, this bed is ideal for senior dogs and dogs that love nothing more than a nice long nap. Your dog will sleep easy, and you’ll love how this bed also doubles as stylish home decor.
People that don’t let dogs on the furniture must not know about the Faux Llama Throws With Odor Control from PACK&DEN. These babies are crazy comfortable, and they come with an Odor Trapper bag featuring odor eliminating activated coconut charcoal, and an aromatherapy felt heart insert to use with your favorite essential oils. Not only will your dog be allowed on the couch, he’ll also be lulled to sleep with the calming scent of aromatherapy.
Don’t be fooled, dog dental sticks are NOT the canine equivalent of getting socks for Christmas. These triple action dog treats fight plaque, control tartar, and freshen breath. Above all, they taste great. Your dog’s tail will start wagging every time you bring out the bag. It’s the gift that spoils your dog and protects his health all at the same time.
One of the best ways to spoil your dog this holiday season is to supply him with all his favorite chews. If he hasn’t tried single-ingredient dog chews like beef trachea, lamb pizzle sticks, or lamb ears, he’s missing out. With no preservatives or artificial ingredients, these treats are packed full of vital nutrients, and most important to your dog, they’re delicious!
The Sniff Diggy Nose Work Mat looks like some kind of weird shag rug, but it’s actually hours of fun for your super sniffing dog. All you have to do is sprinkle some treats in the fabric. Your pup will go nuts sniffing and snuffling to find every crumb. It’s a great game for when bad weather keeps you inside or you need to exercise your dog’s brain.
Bones are okay (as long as you know which ones are safe), and treats like bully sticks are all right, but these Golden Yak Himalayan Chews will be your dog’s new favorite. They’re made from yak and cow’s milk that is first made into cheese and then sun dried until it’s hard. Unlike other kinds of dog chews, these hardened cheese sticks can last for days. They’re safer than bones, and the chewing action is great for cleaning your dog’s teeth.
Nothing says spoiled like being toted around in your own personal cocoon of coziness. That’s exactly what these Aromatherapy Dog Carrier Slings are all about. Your pup will feel happy and comfortable cuddled up against his favorite person, and with a felt heart insert to be used with pet-safe essential oils, he’ll feel more calm and relaxed than ever before. The slings come in several different fabric designs so you can pick one that matches your pup’s unique personality.
Toy shredders of the world raise your paws! For one reason or another, dogs love the feeling of ripping out a plush toy’s “guts” and spreading the carnage through the house. It’s great fun for your dog, but not so much for the person who has to keep buying the toys. With this Shredder Surprise toy, your dog gets all the fun of disembowelment without the mess. Inside this duck, there’s another duck! Two toys in one for hours of fun.
It’s a mushroom, it’s a tennis ball, no it’s a Portoballo! This odd-looking little ball is exactly how you’re going to spoil your dog this holiday. It’s a reinvention of the ball, and it’s taking over toy bins everywhere. There’s a space in the bottom where you can stuff in treats to make it even more fun. The abnormal shape makes this thing bounce in unpredictable ways, and your dog will burn plenty of energy trying to track it down.
The gift of good oral hygiene is always best given in the form of a fun new toy. The Flossy Tossy dog toy will help keep your pup’s chompers nice and clean, but he’ll be more interested in all the chewing and tugging he’s bound to do with his new toy. The all-natural cotton rope acts like floss to scrape plaque out of those hard to reach areas in your dog’s mouth. And the non-toxic rubber is textured so it cleans your dog’s teeth while he chews and plays. Best yet, every Flossy Tossy purchase donates a toy to a shelter dog in need.
The holidays are a great excuse to shower your pooch with gifts. Our faithful friends may not understand the significance of the season, but they deserve the best no matter what day it is! If you really want to spoil your senior dog this holiday, focus on presents that serve a purpose. Health, comfort, and mental stimulation are gifts that will keep on giving all year long!
According to the National Sleep Foundation, dogs spend 80% of their time lying down or sleeping. If your senior sweetie is going to be in bed more than 19 hours a day, shouldn’t that bed be top of the line? Faux fur memory foam beds from PACK&DEN support and protect delicate joints, allowing pups to sleep more soundly and awake refreshed. They also offer special features to spoil your senior dog, including a waterproof lining, easy to wash cozy fur cover, and a zippered opening to hold a reusable Odor Trapper bag.
*iHeartDogs and PACK&DEN proudly pay it forward by providing a warm blanket to a shelter dog awaiting adoption for each PACK&DEN item sold!
As our dogs age, they often experience more anxiety. This is sometimes associated with declining physical health or canine cognitive dysfunction. In addition to interactive brain games and a healthy diet rich in Omega Fatty Acids, your senior may benefit from calming essential oils. Adorable and stylish in multiple patterns, each bandana has a hidden pocket where you can place the included an aromatherapy felt heart, infused with your own pet-safe essential oil.
Canine arthritis affects dogs of all sizes and breeds, especially those in their senior years. Project Paws® Hypoallergenic Hip and Joint soft chews support normal joint function, flexibility, and healthy joint cartilage. They are also grain-free, gluten-free and soy-free for pups with food sensitivities. Spoil your senior dog this holiday with the wonderful gift of pain relief.
Your dog doesn’t have to be young and spry to enjoy playing games. The innovative Doggie Dice from Project Play is the toy that’s also a bonding game. Doggie Dice is special because there are endless ways to play. It can be tossed, fetched and squeaked like a regular toy, or simply used as an excuse to spoil your senior dog. Each of the die’s six sides features a different activity for you to share together. There’s “Belly Rub,” “Treat,” “Hugs,” and “#Selfie.” Your dog will love all the extra attention!
Like all Project Play toys, each Doggie Dice purchase provides a toy to a shelter dog in need.
These soft, luxurious throws protect your furniture while surrounding your senior dog in warmth and comfort. Just like the PACK&DEN memory foam beds, faux fur throws from PACK&DEN are easy to clean. They also come with an odor eliminating activated coconut charcoal bag to neutralize pupper odors and keep your home smelling fresh. The throws are designed for dogs, but stylish enough to blend with any decor!
Your senior dog’s bladder is just as old as the rest of him, meaning more frequent potty breaks. The Nite Dawg LED Collar Cover provides an extra level of safety when letting your pooch out after dark. It easily straps onto most collars so you – and others – can spot your pooch during nighttime walks and play sessions.
Senior dogs sometimes experience a decline in appetite. Without adequate nutrition, they become listless and unable to fight off illness. Bone broth is a delicious way to boost vital nutrients, but it can take endless hours to prepare. Premium Grade Bone Broth Powder from Project Paws is a highly digestible whole food multivitamin that lets you spoil your senior dog without slaving over the stove!
Put your pup’s brain to work with the Raccoon Hide & Hunt Plush Toy. The adorable mini plush dumpster hides three secret squeaky masked bandits. Senior cuties sharpen their cognitive skills as they paw, nose, and rummage to pull them loose!
Nutrition is important at every life stage, but especially for senior dogs. Not only are they less active and more likely to gain weight, seniors are also more susceptible to illness. Unfortunately, many of the treats at your local pet store are loaded with fat, sweeteners, fillers, artificial colors, and preservatives. That’s why our Single Ingredient Treats contain only one high-quality ingredient: 100% raw, freeze dried meat. Your senior dogs are sure to love them – I know mine do!
Every container of treats you buy feeds 14 shelter dogs!
Everyone loves a good fleece blanket, and this one is designed for you and your pooch to share. Cuddle up together on the couch for a holiday movie marathon or leave behind your soothing scent when you hit the party scene. Each blanket features high quality polar fleece with reinforced binding for pups that love to dig their blanky into the perfect nest-like shape.
Once again, for every blanket purchased, iHeartDogs will donate another to help a shelter dog stay warm and snuggly this holiday season!
All dogs love treats. Make your senior work for their rewards by hiding them amidst the nooks and folds of the Sniff Diggy Nose Work Mat. Designed to engage and develop their vital sense of smell, these mats also help strengthen senior dogs’ mental acuity.
These healthy, all-natural chews are made from a generations-old Nepalese recipe. As your dog chews, plague is scraped off and the saliva produced acts as a natural defense against gum disease while the calcium in the cheese helps put minerals back into their teeth. Not only will you spoil your senior dog, you’ll provide a highly-digestible alternative to potentially dangerous dog bones.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional.
Not only did the Washington Capitals win the coveted Stanley Cup in 2018, the professional ice hockey team also won the admiration of dog lovers as the players once again championed the cause of pet adoption with their annual Caps Canine Calendar! For the fifth consecutive year the players have teamed up to offer … Read More about 2019 Washington Capitals Pet Calendar Helps Dogs in Need
Have you ever looked at your dog and thought, “You’re so cute, I could just squeeze you!”? You certainly aren’t alone! The desire to pinch a baby’s cheeks or bite an adorable pup’s ear are examples of a phenomenon known as cute aggression. Recent research suggests this desire for rough lovin’ is not only normal, it may serve an evolutionary purpose.
Katherine Stavropoulos, a licensed clinical psychologist with a background in neuroscience, first heard the term “cute aggression” when she read a research report from a team of Yale University psychologists in 2015.
“The Yale researchers initially found that people reported feeling cute aggression more in response to baby animals versus adult animals,” Stavropoulos said. “But even beyond that, people reported feeling cute aggression more in response to picture of human babies that had been digitally enhanced to appear more infantile, and therefore ‘more cute,’ by enlarging features like their eyes, cheeks, and foreheads.”
She began to wonder if there was a neural component to the phenomenon. Could there be a pattern of activity in the brain causing people to experience urges to squeeze, crush, or bite adorable creatures? And if so, what possible purpose could it serve?
Stavropoulos recruited 54 study participants and fitted them with electrode caps. They were then shown four blocks of 32 photographs divided into categories:
Cute (enhanced) babies
Less cute (non-enhanced) babies
Cute (baby) animals
Less cute (adult) animals
The participants viewed each block, then rated how much they agreed with a set of statements from a scale of 1 to 10. They also rated how overwhelmed they felt after seeing the photos (“I can’t handle it!” and “I can’t stand it!”) and whether they wanted to “take care of” the dogs/babies (“I want to hold it!” and “I want to protect it!”).
Based on their neural activity, Stavropoulos concluded that both the brain’s reward system and emotion system are involved when we experience cute aggression.
“There was an especially strong correlation between ratings of cute aggression experienced toward cute animals and the reward response in the brain toward cute animals,” Stavropoulos said. “This is an exciting finding, as it confirms our original hypothesis that the reward system is involved in people’s experiences of cute aggression.”
The brain’s reward system deals with motivation, such as feelings of wanting and pleasure. In addition, the level of cute aggression a person feels seems to be tied to how overwhelmed they are feeling.
“Essentially, for people who tend to experience the feeling of ‘not being able to take how cute something is,’ cute aggression happens,” Stavropoulos said. “Our study seems to underscore the idea that cute aggression is the brain’s way of ‘bringing us back down’ by mediating our feelings of being overwhelmed.”
Oddly enough, this may be an evolutionary adaptation to ensure people are able to care for ridiculously cute creatures such as their own offspring.
“For example, if you find yourself incapacitated by how cute a baby is — so much so that you simply can’t take care of it — that baby is going to starve,” Stavropoulos said. “Cute aggression may serve as a tempering mechanism that allows us to function and actually take care of something we might first perceive as overwhelmingly cute.”
In the future, Stavropoulos hopes to explore cute aggression in groups such as mothers with postpartum depression, people with autism spectrum disorder, and participants with and without babies or pets.
“I think if you have a child and you’re looking at pictures of cute babies, you might exhibit more cute aggression and stronger neural reactions,” she said. “The same could be true for people who have pets and are looking pictures of cute puppies or other small animals.”