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 Bear, a wire-haired German shepherd whose life was turned upside down when his elderly owner passed away last year.
When the 8-year-old pooch first arrived at Oreo's Animal Rescue in Dickinson, N.D., seven months ago, he was frightened. The quiet life he once knew was suddenly gone, replaced by the noisy interruptions of other dogs and cats.
It's not just the journalists who are having a hard time of it in Sochi, Russia.
The country's government has authorized a pest removal company to rid the city of hundreds of stray dogs before Friday's Olympic opening ceremony, believing them to be too dangerous to be left roaming around. To combat the move, which has been met with outrage from animal lovers, Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska has funded a rescue effort in conjunction with his charity organization Volnoe Delo.
“We were told, 'Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,'" Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort, told The New York Times.
Fighting like cats and dogs? Not for Ichimi and Ponzu!
Tabby kitten Ichimi and golden retriever Ponzu are proof that we can all just get along. After she was rejected by her mother, Ichimi was rescued by Twitter user Jessiepon, already a pet parent to Ponzu. The animal lover has since been capturing the pair's growing friendship on her Instagram account, which has amassed more than 95,000 followers.
So what's so special about these two? Their cuddliness, for one. Ichimi and Ponzu love dozing off on or near each other.
Tired of seeing cute dogs pop up on your Instagram feed? Yeah, we didn't think so.
Meet Jiff the Pomeranian. You may remember him from this past summer, when his video of amazing tricks went viral. A lot has happened since then – he's even taken his talent to the big screen – so we think it's about time we caught up with Jiff.
Here's our favorites, but if you need more (and you know you do!), follow @jiffpom on Instagram.
Pulling out of the Winter Olympics was devastating for skiing champion Lindsey Vonn – but, thankfully, the slow recovery from her knee injury hasn't been too ruff.
"I get to spend time with my new dog," she told PEOPLE at DirecTV's Super Saturday Concert Event over the weekend. "He's keeping me happy."
The boxer-retriever mix named Leo – whom Vonn adopted from a shelter on Christmas Eve – has made a difficult turn of events so much easier for the athlete, especially since he knows exactly what she's going through.
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, we'd like you to meet Sapphire, a baby blue nose pit bull who was abandoned outside a Los Angeles Petco store when she was just a few weeks old.
Thankfully, the adorable puppy was scooped up quickly by the L.A.-based Tails of the City Animal Rescue. Now 5-months-old, Sapphire's currently being fostered by a volunteer in an apartment with two dachshunds.
After realizing one day that he was ready to come out, Ivan Cruz knew what he had to do; he just didn't know how to do it.
That's where Thor, his dog, came in.
Turning to his best friend for inspiration, Cruz created a YouTube video from the perspective of his beloved dachshund. In it, Thor shares his undying devotion to his human and ponders what it means to be gay after a pit bull at a dog park uses the word to identify his best friend.
There's probably nothing dogs love more than a good game of fetch with their owner – but what if the person throwing the ball is two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning?
Lucky for Chester, the King Charles Cavalier who calls Manning dad, there's no reason to be intimidated about his performance as a receiver.
"He's good at fetch and we do a lot of that," Manning told PEOPLE Wednesday in New York while participating in Purina Pro Plan's MANning vs. DOG Challenge. "He's pretty good. He can find it and he can go get it. He's got good speed and good agility."
Well, this story will warm your heart.
While out dog-walking five pooches on Sunday, an N.Y.C. woman jumped into freezing waters to rescue one of the pooches who had gotten away from her, reports the New York Post.
The woman was walking in Central Park when one of the dogs under her care dove into the Harlem Meer, a small lake. Despite low temperatures and warning signs around the body of water, the woman immediately waded in after her dog, said cops.
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