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Service Dog Transforms the Life of 65-Year-Old Vietnam Vet

Service Dog Transforms the Life of 65-Year-Old Vietnam Vet

Originally posted 05/22/2015 03:30PM

"There's things I remember. There's things I don't remember," Mike Gervell told the Alaska Dispatch News. "There's things I remember that I don't want to remember."

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Michigan Town Lifts Pit Bull Ban After Hero Dog Saves Domestic Abuse Victim

Originally posted 05/14/2015 11:35AM

We've teamed up with one of our favorite sites, BarkPost, to bring you and your four-legged friends even more adorable pet videos, photos and must-see stories. Check back every week for new furry fun from BarkPost!

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Filed Under: Dogs, Hero Pets

Dog Who Protected Teen Owner from Coyotes After Car Crash Joins Animal Hall of Fame

Originally posted 05/08/2015 09:35AM

Joseph Phillips-Garcia of Kanaka Bar, British Columbia, knows Sako is a hero, and now the rest of Canada knows too.

The 4-year-old king shepherd joined Purina's Animal Hall of Fame on Monday for his amazing actions, reports the Huffington Post. Sako was one of several animals honored in the event that recognized Canadian pets who have saved lives.

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Filed Under: Dogs, Hero Pets

UpdatePosted 04/20/2015 11:20AM

Parrot's Cries Bring Firefighters, Save House from Flames

Originally posted 04/20/2015 10:35AM

Parrots usually get short shrift in the "heroic pet" category, but there's at least one bird in Idaho who's gunning for the title.

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Thousands of Goldfish Have Seized Teller Lake in Colorado (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/08/2015 06:30PM

Boulder, Colorado's Teller Lake is fighting a losing battle. The enemy? Goldfish. Thousands of goldfish, believed to have been dumped into the lake a few years ago, who have spawned into an occupying force.

"These are domestic fish actually. These are fish from a store I imagine. They can out-compete the native fish," Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Jennifer Churchill told local NBC affiliate 9 News.

The fish have outgrown their domestic origins. Unconstrained by a bowl, they reach much larger sizes than you'd usual see.

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UpdatePosted 03/20/2015 06:30AM

Hero Dog Saves Her Puppies from a Forest Fire in Most Creative Way Possible

Originally posted 03/19/2015 12:30PM



She was a mom on a mission.

When fire tore through a forest in Chile over the weekend, this devoted dog mama dug a hole for her newborn babies to hide in.

According to 9News, the hero dog, who has been named Blacky, created a makeshift shelter for the pups with her paws under a metal container. As firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, residents said they saw a dog leading puppies away from the blaze and then burying them in the dirt.

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Rescuers Trying to Save One Dog Accidentally Save 12, Thanks to Selfless Stray

Originally posted 03/17/2015 04:15PM

We've teamed up with one of our favorite sites, BarkPost, to bring you and your four-legged friends even more adorable pet videos, photos and must-see stories. Check back every week for new furry fun from BarkPost!

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Filed Under: Dogs, Hero Pets, Good Deeds

Dog Tells Robber, "Get Your Paws Off My Dad!" And Saves The Day

Originally posted 03/05/2015 06:15PM

We've teamed up with one of our favorite sites, BarkPost, to bring you and your four-legged friends even more adorable pet videos, photos and must-see stories. Check back every week for new furry fun from BarkPost!

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NBC's Jill Rappaport Shares Her Mission to Save Rescue Dogs

NBC's Jill Rappaport Shares Her Mission to Save Rescue Dogs

Originally posted 02/20/2015 08:35AM

Long before Jill Rappaport became know for her animal advocacy, the NBC correspondent was already saving the lives of pets in need.

"I always had rescue dogs growing up," she tells PEOPLE. "I was the kid that would come home with a stray, even if it was a little mouse."

Now an award-winning animal advocate and author, Rappaport is teaming up with celebs including Betty White, Lindsey Vonn and Emmylou Harris for her new special Best in Shelter, which aims to raise awareness for homeless animals and to help them find their forever homes.

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Credit: Contra Costa Animal Services
The Daily Treat: Hero Dog Saves 5-Week-Old Puppies Abandoned in Garbage Bag

The Daily Treat: Hero Dog Saves 5-Week-Old Puppies Abandoned in Garbage Bag

Originally posted 01/23/2015 06:50AM

A six-year-old Australian shepherd named Sausage is being credited for saving the life of three puppies that were discovered inside a garbage bag in Pleasant Hill, California.

"It is one of the feel good stories of the year," Rick Golphin, deputy director of Contra Costa County Animal Services, tells PEOPLE.

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