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This Hero Dog-Lover Keeps Seniors and Their Pets Together With ‘Peace of Mind’

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A dog rescue program specialized to help the dogs of the elderly has allowed hundreds of dogs to stay with their owners who could no longer physically take care of them.

The program also takes in and finds homes for dogs who have to be put up for adoption in the case that an elderly person has to enter a care home or hospice.

This often heart-breaking, more often heart-fortifying work is done by Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, and has so far helped find new permanent homes and families for 3,000 dogs, each with their own little stories of life alongside a senior citizen.

The heart-brain-child of dog rescue worker Carie Broecker, Peace of Mind was started when a woman with impaired movements had needed Broecker to walk her dog Savannah, but eventually was forced to part with the canine entirely.

“I said I promise I will make sure that Savannah finds a good home,” Broecker said. “She was so relieved that I could make that promise to her.”

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Check Out ‘Zeus’ the World’s Tallest Dog – Everything’s Bigger in Texas

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The two-year-old Great Dane officially achieved the title on March 22, 2022, after his record-breaking height was measured and confirmed by his vet.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted a Great Dane named Zeus,” said Brittany Davis. Her dream became reality when her brother gifted eight-week-old Zeus to the Davis family.

She said, “At first, we were nervous about having such a large dog, but we fell in love with him and here we are!”

Zeus shares his home with three miniature Australian shepherds, as well as a cat. While he reportedly loves all his siblings, his best friend is the miniature Australian shepherd, Zeb.

Nothing, not even their vast height difference gets in the way of their playtime and bonding.

According to Guinness World Records, “Zeus loves walking with his human brother and sleeping by his window in his chair.

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Former soldier talks life after the military, self-training husky as PTSD service dog

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WATERTOWN — On a quiet spring afternoon, Shawn M. Rafferty sat behind the counter at the 315 Artisan Market in the Salmon Run Mall, greeting customers and letting them know he’s available should they have questions about the products in the store. Periodically moving from behind the counter with her handler to keep an eye on things was his service dog, or Luna Marie Rafferty on the rare occasion her full name needs to be used.

The 3½-year-old canine, a trained PTSD service dog, has been attached to Mr. Rafferty, who served in the military for 19 years, since he brought her home.

“She picked me at the breeders, there was no denying that,” Mr. Rafferty said. “She picked me at 5 weeks old; 8 weeks old I was able to bring her home, and 9 weeks old I had a little ‘in training’ vest for her and had her out with me everywhere right from go.”

Mr. Rafferty acquired Luna, a purebred husky, in 2018 from a private breeder that was American Kennel Club certified. He knew that he wanted to train her as his service dog, though husky service dogs aren’t very common because they tend to have high-energy personalities. He said he took a lot of criticism and even had one trainer tell him she’d be happy to train Luna but would fail her because she’s a husky and “there was no way a husky would pass as a service dog.”

Determined to continue with his plan to train Luna as a service dog, Mr. Rafferty and Luna started going to Walmart a few times a day to get her socialized. He also brought as many kids around her as possible, figuring that if anything could break her calm, it would be them. But she proved able to handle whatever challenges were presented to her.

Early on, Mr. Rafferty researched how to train a service dog for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“The basic service dog stuff is kind of obvious, there’s certain ways that a service dog would be expected to act in public, so that part was easy,” he said. “The problem was I found that there’s no training program for a PTSD service dog because everybody’s triggers are different; there’s no way to write a training protocol.”

He eventually found a Facebook group of people who self-taught their service dogs and said it all comes down to the fact that the dog has to understand the human. He also found his way back to the Americans with Disabilities Act guidance, which says dogs trained by their owners can be recognized as service dogs after they’ve been evaluated.

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80-Year-old Man Reunited With His Long Lost Brother and Sister – Thanks to His Beloved Pet Dog

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A pensioner has been reunited with his long lost brother and sister after more than 20 years apart—thanks to his dog.

80-year-old Alfie Kitson and five-year-old Millie hit the headlines just before Christmas due to his pet’s ability to tidy up rubbish and put it in the bin.

Kitson and his Spanish Podenco have become a familiar sight on the streets of Hereford ever since they moved back to Britain from Spain 18 months ago.

It was during one of these regular rounds that Alfie was spotted by his sister’s husband as Millie was helping clean up the streets.

And when Millie shot to fame with her litter-picking antics, the family were then able to track down Alfie to the village of Ulingswick, where he now lives with wife Judy.

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Prime Peke! Wasabi the Pekingese wins Westminster dog show

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TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The flavor of the year at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show: Wasabi.

A Pekingese named Wasabi won best in show Sunday night, notching a fifth-ever win for the unmistakable toy breed. A whippet named Bourbon repeated as runner-up.

Waddling through a small-but-mighty turn in the ring, Wasabi nabbed U.S. dogdom’s most prestigious prize after winning the big American Kennel Club National Championship in 2019.

“He has showmanship. He fits the breed standard. He has that little extra something, that sparkle, that sets a dog apart,” said Wasabi’s handler, breeder and co-owner, David Fitzpatrick. Show judge Patricia Trotter said simply: “What’s not to like about this dog? … He stood there as though he was a lion.”

Fitzpatrick, of East Berlin, Pennsylvania, guided the Peke’s grandfather Malachy to the Westminster title in 2012. Still, he said, “I just don’t always think lightning is going to strike twice.”

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