Sometimes a story comes along that's so beautiful and so special that you have to fight past the tightness in your chest and remind yourself to breathe. That's what happened when I encountered three nuns who went out of their way to adopt Remy, a 9-year-old pit bull who had been languishing at a shelter for months.
Recent explorations into the field of canine genetics are changing the way we think about man’s best friend—“man's best parasite” may be more like it—and could help us repair the damage done by a century of inbreeding.
Dogs may be man's best friend, but Ingo the shepherd dog's special buddy is Poldi, a little owl who loves to pose for pictures and cozy up to his canine pal. Germany-based animal photographer and collage artist Tanja Brandt documents their unlikely friendship in heartwarming portraits that show the closeness of their bond.
While Lassie and Lady and the Tramp are fun to watch, they’re probably not the best way to choose the family dog. Instead, choose the breed by its disposition, temperament, size, and energy level -- all of which should suit your family's lifestyle. Just remember, always meet the dog and ask the breeder or shelter worker lots of questions before making such an important decision.
Are humans committing a "genocide" against pit bulls? Cesar Millan says we are.
"Our ignorance level is growing way too out of proportion, to the point that we believe that getting rid of a breed is a solution," this country's most famous dog trainer recently said to HuffPost. "Genocide. It's a genocide."