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We'd say our pets are just like humans, but honestly, we know they'd take offense. (You know the drill: It's our dogs' world, and we're just living in it.)

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The Daily Treat: The Most Brutally Honest Adoption Ad We've Ever Read

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Meet 'Eddie the Terrible': Is This the Best Adoption Ad Ever?

Update 12/16/2014 08:25 AM Originally posted 12/15/2014 04:00 PM

We have a bit of a reputation for shedding a tear or two (or more) when we're reading about pets looking for forever homes.

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Abused Pup Rescued from Sealed Trash Bag

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Abused Pup Rescued from Sealed Trash Bag

Originally posted 12/14/2014 12:50 PM

Just a few weeks ago, she was dumped by the side of the road like trash.

Now, that same neglected dog named Gladys is on the road to recovery – and her story is sure to inspire many this holiday season.

Two days before Thanksgiving, Karen Herrera was out for a morning walk in Fontana, California, and discovered the unimaginable: a little dog in need of serious medical attention, left for dead in a tied-up trash bag.

"She was there inside the bag. She was scared and cold," Herrera told KTLA News. "I patted her on the back of her spine and she started, she was bleeding."

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Justin Bieber's Dog Sammy Dies

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Justin Bieber's Dog Sammy Dies

Originally posted 12/12/2014 07:15 PM

Justin Bieber has lost a friend.

The singer shared on Instagram Thursday that his beloved dog, Sammy, had passed away.

"R.I.P Sammy you were the best puppy ever," he wrote, with a picture of his much younger, shaggy-haired self holding the small pooch in his lap.

Canada's CTV News reported that the pup, who lived with Bieber's grandparents, was a comfort to the star when he moved in 2009.

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Pope Francis Says All Dogs Go to Heaven – and Cats, Too

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Pope Francis Says All Dogs Go to Heaven – and Cats, Too

Update 12/12/2014 03:00 PM Originally posted 12/12/2014 02:05 PM

Pope Francis says you should be ready to meet your late pets at the pearly gates.

Continuing to show his more open approach to toward Catholicism, Francis recently told a young boy that all dogs go to heaven, according to USA Today.

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Adopt Me! Humphrey Needs a Loving Place to Retire

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Adopt Me! Humphrey Needs a Loving Place to Retire

Originally posted 12/12/2014 10:15 AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Humphrey, a senior pup living at the Mitchell Animal Rescue in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Earlier this year, Humphrey was abandoned at a pound and headed for death row. The Mitchell Animal Rescue scooped him up, cleaned him up, and is now working to find the pup a forever home in which he can spend his golden years. Don't let his looks fool you – Humphrey still has lots of energy. If you're not paying attention, he's been known to swipe good food off of a countertop.

"He is healthy and is still a silly, playful puppy," says spokeswoman Megan Luther. "He is housetrained, loves kids and dogs. He is a big, gentle boy, who loves to be with people."

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The Daily Treat: See How Pop Culture Affected 2014's Most Popular Dog Names

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What Were 2014's Most Popular Dog Names?

Originally posted 12/11/2014 03:00 PM

What's in a name?

Well, if you're a dog, apparently a lot of pop culture references. Rover.com, the Airbnb for dogs, recently pulled doggie data from 287,412 members to come up with 2014's most popular pooch names.

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Dog Dies in Fire After Saving 7 Lives

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Dog Dies in Fire After Saving 7 Lives

Originally posted 12/11/2014 07:30 AM

Man's best friend indeed.

When a fire started brewing in the Indianapolis home of Johnny Walker around midnight on Tuesday, his shih tzu/poodle mix Bogey barked furiously to wake him up – ultimately saving the lives of Walker and several others.

According to New York's Daily News, the pup was the first to notice the fire, which was sparked by two unattended space heaters.

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Iran's Unwelcome Dogs Find Care at Rare Shelter

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Iran's Unwelcome Dogs Find Care at Rare Shelter

Update 12/10/2014 08:15 PM Originally posted 12/10/2014 12:30 PM

Man's best friend is seen as anything but in Iran, where city workers gun down strays and conservatives view pet dogs as a corrupting Western influence.

Islamic tradition holds cats in high esteem, and in much of the Muslim world people leave food out for feral felines. Stray dogs, on the other hand, are often seen as a public nuisance – overgrown rats with wagging tails.

In Iran's Islamic republic, dog ownership is seen as a pernicious Western import, and conservative lawmakers have called for it to be banned or at least heavily restricted, in line with other regulations governing Western music and fashion.

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Clever Dog Raids the Fridge Like a Champ

Originally posted 12/10/2014 06:50 AM

If we had to guess what our dogs dream about, we'd say either Ryan Gosling or opening up our refrigerators and consuming everything inside.

The latter is most certainly true for Allie, a 12-year-old yellow Labrador retriever who was busted by her family for raiding the kitchen when they're not home.

San Luis Obispo, California, radio personality Adam Montiel said he noticed his dog was getting into the fridge and freezer. "We couldn't figure out how she was doing it, so I hooked up a GoPro to find out," he writes on YouTube.

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