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This Week in Review: 3 New Recalls, Beneful Lawsuit, Lifesaving DNA, Gearing up for Westminster, Hugging Dogs & More!

From inspiring stories, breaking news, advice for dog moms and dads, and tips for training your furriest family members, a lot happens in a week! Here are the top dog stories from this past week, all in one easy-to-read article!

This week saw THREE new dog food recalls! They are:

RECALL ALERT: Evanger’s ‘Hunk of Beef’ Dog Food Recalled Due to Presence of Pentobarbital

RECALL ALERT: Grreat Choice Canned Dog Food Recalled Due to Metal Contamination

RECALL ALERT: Giant Food Stores Recall Companion Canned Dog Food

Click each headline above for important details about this week’s dog food recalls.

Despite Dog Deaths, Illnesses, Judge Sides with Beneful in Class Action Suit

Despite upwards of tens of thousands of consumer complaints and two prior lawsuits filed against the Nestle Purina Petcare Company’s Beneful brand of dog food, California federal judge, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen ruled in favor of the dog food giant, citing failure to prove the product was unsafe and that allegations heavily relied on a veterinarian’s inadmissible opinions.…Continue reading

Prescription Pet Foods: Medically Necessary or a Marketing Con?

As pet owners, we want what’s best for our beloved companions. Many of us will spare no expense to ensure our animals are given everything they need to live a long, healthy, happy life. Is it so far-fetched, then, that major pet food manufacturer, retail, and veterinary conglomerates could be capitalizing on our passion for animals in order to line their own pockets?…Continue reading

Dog Dies of Heat Exhaustion Locked Inside Parked Car

It doesn’t have to be a scorching summer day for a dog to die of heat exhaustion trapped inside a locked, parked car. A Palm Springs, California dog owner was arrested Sunday when his dog died after being left alone in a parked car for three hours without any water or opened windows.…Continue reading

The Rich & Colorful History of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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The 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will continue to add to its legacy as the greatest dog show in the world, persisting as the second longest continuously held sporting event in this country (just one year behind the Kentucky Derby).…Continue reading

Which of America’s Favorite Breeds Have Never Won at Westminster?

With prized pups from around the nation coming to Madison Square Garden to compete for Best in Show, “America’s Dog Show” has yet to award some of America’s favorite breeds with the top prize. In 140 years of competing, these 8 breeds, all ranking in the Top 20 of America’s favorite, most popular dogs, have never won Westminster.…Continue reading

Ask the Trainer: Should I Use an Electric or Invisible Fence for my Dog?

“Hi Steve, I was thinking of an electric fence for my yard.  My neighbor has one for her dog, what do you think?” Lisa P. The topic of electric fences are very much an individualistic choice.  Like anything else, they have their pros and cons.  Some people swear by them and others prefer not to use them.…Continue reading

Two Dogs Dead After Arizona Dog Sitter Neglected to Feed & Water for a Week

Tiffany Andrea Fajardo. Via Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

A Gilbert, Arizona returned home to find two of their four dogs dead after a Tempe dog sitter they hired failed to feed the animals for almost a week. The Arizona family left their four dogs, two Airedale Terriers named Sampson and Piper, a Chihuahua named Waffles, and a Schnauzer named Darwin, under the care of Tempe student Tiffany Fajaro from October 8 through October 15 while they were out of town and Fajaro was on break from school.…Continue reading

Loubie the Hugging Dog Gives Hugs to Strangers on the Streets of NYC

It has been said that there is nothing truer in this world than the love of a good dog. One NYC dog is certainly spreading the love! Louboutina, or “Loubie” for short, is a 5-year old Golden retriever who spends much of her time alongside her human dad, Cesar, on streets of New York City, ready and ever-so-eager to give a little love to anyone who wants it – and who wouldn’t!?…Continue reading

DNA Proves Innocence of Service Dog on Death Row

Jeb, a Belgian Malinois service dog for an elderly Michigan man, was accused of killing another dog and sentenced to die, until a simple cheek swab proved his innocence and saved his life.…Continue reading

Stray Dog Leads Long-Haul Trucker to Injured Rabbit Along Florida Highway

Image via Humane Society of Summit County/Facebook

An Ohio truck driver passing through Florida stopped to rescue a stray dog alongside the highway and ended up saving an unlikely pair of animal companions! When long-haul trucker Dan O’Grady spotted a lost dog along the highway in Jacksonville, Florida, the kind-hearted animal lover couldn’t just keep driving. He pulled his semi-truck to the side of the road and went to help the Jack Russell terrier – but every time he got close, the little dog would bark and run away.…Continue reading

K9 Officer Disrupts Portrait Attempt with Adorable Show of Affection

DNR officer Levi Knach and K-9 Kenobi. Via Indiana DNR.

It’s hard to sit still for a serious portrait when you’re just so full of love for the guy next to you. It’s equally hard to maintain composure when you’re being licked and snuggled by an exuberant pooch! Such was the case when Indiana Department of Natural Resources District 2 Officer Levi Knach and his K9 parter, Kenobi sat for a serious portrait session.…Continue reading

Dog Wick: The ‘John Wick’ Alternate Reality Where the Dog is the Assassin

What if there was an alternate movie reality in which super assassin John Wick had died and his dog had lived? Would John Wick’s dog seek vengeance against those that took the life of his human the way the film’s lead took on those that killed his best buddy, Daisy?…Continue reading

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