Welcome to America! Displaced Sochi pups get new life

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A Washington, D.C., shelter partnered with Humane Society International to bring 10 stray dogs from Sochi and to find them homes in the U.S.

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9/11 ‘hero dog’ saved woman trapped in rubble for 27 hours

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On Sept. 11, 2001, Genelle Guzman-McMillan was working in her office in the World Trade Center when she heard a terrible noise outside. As she raced down the stairs, she felt the building collapse around her.

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Teen’s invention lets you remotely chat with your dog — and give it treats

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If you’re a dog owner and have ever felt bad about leaving Fido, Otis or Buster at home alone, here’s a new technology just for you.

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Bo gets a buddy at the White House

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A new member of the first family arrived at the White House on Monday — a puppy named Sunny.

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Beijing’s ban on ‘big & vicious’ dogs keeps canines on the run

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A local law has put some Beijing residents on the run, as they fight to keep their best friends alive and well. 

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Hang glider takes best friend on paw-sitively thrilling ride

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Dan McManus is a professional paragliding and hang gliding instructor in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been flying for about 37 years and he can be found most days catching the breeze at the flight park on a mountain ridge at the south end of the Salt Lake Valley.

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‘No dog should die alone’: Photographer promotes senior pet adoption

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Lori Fusaro is crazy about dogs. She’s lived with them for as long as she can remember, and she photographs them for a living. But until about a year ago, the idea of adopting an older dog made her squirm with uneasiness.

“I thought it would just be too sad and painful,” said Fusaro, 44, of Los Angeles. “I didn’t think my heart could take it, so I wasn’t willing to open myself up.”

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Shock and awwwww: Military members’ emotional reunions with their dogs

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When members of the U.S. military return home after being deployed overseas, being greeted by man’s best friend is often just as emotional as hugging their human friends.

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Grad accepts diploma with cap-and-gown clad service dog

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Service dog Hero goes everywhere with his owner Bridget Evans, from classrooms, to movie theaters, to doctor’s appointments. He’s been there for moments of joy and sadness both. And he was by her side on Saturday, clad in his own royal blue cap and gown, when Evans made her way across the podium to accept her diploma from graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Obese no more, Obie helps other dogs shape up

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After months of surgery, diet and exercise, Obie the obese dachshund is on the move again, traveling around Portland, Ore. and teaching students how to keep their pets in shape — and how they can stay healthy themselves in the process.

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Xena the Warrior Puppy, rescued from abuse, helps 8-year-old boy with autism

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For most of his life, Jonny Hickey was quiet and withdrawn — but not anymore. Here is the story of how a mistreated dog and a misunderstood boy found, and rescued, each other.

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Saving abandoned animals, one ride at a time

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For former trucker Sue Wiese, obstacles don’t get in the way of her drive to save pets’ lives.  

The 69-year-old Texas grandmother is the founder of Operation Roger, a group of volunteer truck drivers who transport animals from kill shelters and rescue groups to families willing to adopt them.  

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'A distraction from reality': Comfort dogs bring peace to Boston victims 

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Of all the traits that make dogs special, here’s one of the best: They don’t judge you when you cry.

For that reason, specially trained therapy dogs deployed by Lutheran Church Charities are making bedside visits to dozens of hospitalized victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Many patients are responding mightily to the one-on-one doses of canine comfort.

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Therapy dogs to offer comfort after Boston bombings

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Tales of hope abound in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, and even four-legged workers are pitching in to provide relief (and cuddles) to those in need. Throughout the week, the Boston community can count on canine comfort from five specially-trained golden retrievers deployed by Lutheran Church Charities in Addison, Ill.

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