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Exclusive Look: See How Dogs of War Helps Veterans and Canines Form Amazing Bonds

Originally posted 11/11/2014 06:20PM

Veterans Day is an important moment for the nation, a time to remember the priceless sacrifices fellow citizens have made to protect their country.

Unfortunately, the scarifies servicemen make don't always end after they leave active duty. Numerous veterans return home not only with physical wounds, but with mental scars that can make it hard to cope in the normal world.

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Adopt Me! Vaughn the Pointer Mix Is a People Pup

Adopt Me! Vaughn the Pointer Mix Is a People Pup

Originally posted 10/31/2014 09:00AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, as the month comes to a close, meet Vaughn, a 1-year-old pointer mix who came to the SPCA of Texas in Dallas on Oct. 11.

The 52-lb. pup was given up because his previous owners didn't have proper housing for him. He lived outside 24/7, which was torture for him because "he's a guy who wants to be with his people," reads the dog's biography.

"If you're looking for a loving and laid-back guy, Vaughn is your boy," Stephanie Knight, communications specialist at the SPCA of Texas, added.

The playful and energetic pooch is great with kids and other dogs, even though he sometimes has a tendency to be quite shy when you first try to pet him. But give him a chance and he'll show you his sweet side. "He's a sweetheart who loves kisses and lap cuddles," his bio says. "He is quiet and fun, and he'll be a great dog for someone."

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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A Cop's Best Friend: Dog Helps Police Bust Owner on Drug Charges

A Cop's Best Friend: Dog Helps Police Bust Owner on Drug Charges

Originally posted 10/30/2014 01:45PM

Police in central Alabama say a man's own dog helped officers bust him on drug charges.

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Filed Under: Crime & Courts, Dogs
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Former Michael Vick Dog Turned Therapy Pup Dies

UpdatePosted 10/29/2014 10:00PM

RIP, Hector: Former Michael Vick Dog Turned Therapy Pup Dies

Originally posted 10/29/2014 12:30PM

Hector's last days were great ones. And his very last day is a memory his adoptive parents Roo and Clara Yori will hold tight in their hearts forever.

"The sun was shining, the frogs were out for me to chase at the pond, and I had Roo and Clara to carry me off the trail when my legs just couldn't go any further," reads a Facebook post about the former Michael Vick dog's last day on earth, which his owners wrote on his behalf.

"I called shotgun to assume my co-pilot position on the way to the vet, where I passed away surrounded by people who love me. I think my past life caught up with me and caused my time to come a little early. However, I can proudly say that I gave it everything I had all the way until the end."

Hector's new beginning began at about 3 years old when he was plucked from football quarterback Michael Vick's dogfighting ring (Vick served 21 months in prison). Luckily for the pooch the timing was right and the Yoris were in the market for a new pup. They took the gentle giant home from the Bad Rap shelter in San Francisco in 2008.

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Credit: Courtesy Animal Care & Control of New York City
Adopt Me! Castle Is Ready to Be Queen of Your Heart

Adopt Me! Castle Is Ready to Be Queen of Your Heart

Originally posted 10/24/2014 11:00AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, meet Castle, an adorable pit bull who is approximately 1 year old.

Here's a way to really celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day on Oct. 25: adopt this regal lady, who came to Animal Care & Control of N.Y.C. (AC&C) as a stray found in Queens.

Communications associate Alexandra Silver tells PEOPLE that the black-and-white cutie is very social and pleasantly greets every single person she meets. "She isn't just friendly with humans; she also seems to enjoy the company of other dogs," Silver says.

The young, energetic pup would do great with an owner who has as much pep as she does. Want to go for an impromptu run in the park? Count Castle in. And, if you'd like to curl up on the couch and watch Game of Thrones afterward, she's happy to oblige.

In honor of Pit Bull Awareness Day, anyone who adopts a pit bull or pit mix from AC&C will receive a free New York Pit Bull Appreciation Society BarkBox, a package containing toys and treats for big dogs. Proud adopters will also get New York Pit Bull Appreciation Society pins.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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The Daily Treat: Dachshund's Creek Is Dawson's Creek with Dachshunds, of Course (VIDEO)

Originally posted 10/22/2014 12:30PM

What can we say? A genius idea is a genius idea. It's just surprising that it took anyone this long to realize that Dachshund's Creek is the Dawson's Creek parody the world deserves.

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Sarah Hyland: My Dog Is My 'Significant Other' | Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland: My Dog Is My 'Significant Other'

Originally posted 10/22/2014 11:45AM

She's not talking about her messy split from ex-boyfriend Matt Prokop, but Sarah Hyland is open to discussing the messy circumstances involving the main man in her life right now: her dog, Barkley Bixby.

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Tom Brady's New UGG Commercial Features His Dog ... Is It Rude to Stare? | Tom Brady

UpdatePosted 10/22/2014 06:30AM

The Daily Treat: Tom Brady's Dog Steals the Scene (& Our Hearts!) in New UGG Commercial

Originally posted 10/21/2014 04:30PM

Clearly, fashion is a family affair for the Bündchen-Brady clan.

Lua, the pit bull mix of football star Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bündchen, costars with her dapper dad in his new marketing campaign for UGG Australia, and the dog is definitely bringing fashion forward in the cutest way possible.

In the video titled "Down Time," the third in the series, Lua plays fetch with the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback on a deserted beach. (Brady's parents, Tom and Galynn, starred in the previous installments.)

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Internet Celeb Dog Courageously Stares Down Zombie Attack (VIDEO)

Originally posted 10/21/2014 02:30PM

Lesson learned: Zombies do not faze Maymo the Lemon Beagle.

Perhaps you've heard of Maymo. This dog gained online fame for videos showing his big reactions to mundane things – the lemon that gave him his nickname, for example, or a head of cabbage that he decided was the most precious thing ever.

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Adopt Me! Rascal & Jersey Are a Duo to Adore

Adopt Me! Rascal & Jersey Are a Duo to Adore

Originally posted 10/17/2014 10:35AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, meet Rascal and Jersey, two pups who prove that two is definitely better than one.

The Australian shepherd mixes were surrendered together to the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee because their former owner couldn't find a place that would allow them both. The shelter can't bear to split these two, who are the best of friends, so they are hoping to place them in a loving home where they can spend forever together.

"Both adore attention and their personalities perfectly complement one another," says Angela Speed, vice president of communications for the shelter. "Rascal is adventurous and outgoing, while Jersey is sweet, submissive and exceedingly affectionate. When offered treats, Rascal executes his tricks with precision and focus, while Jersey drops to the ground and attempts to become the cutest sweetheart she can imagine – and she always succeeds!"

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs

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