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German Shepherd becomes internet star after sticking her face in security camera

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When Joe Corsi got an alert from his home security camera, he had no idea his dog was about to become an internet sensation.

After checking the footage, he was relieved to find that no one was breaking into his home. Corsi was also incredibly amused by what he saw: his dog Sasha sticking her face directly into the camera.

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According to Corsi, this is the first time something like this has happened. “She’s never set it off,” he told Fox News. “We had to move the camera because she gets curious. The way she set off the motion, she must have bumped the camera with her snout.”

“So when I got the alert I began to view the camera live to make sure no one was trying to break in or anything,” he continued. “What happened next, explains everything!”

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Corsi posted the hilarious footage to a Facebook group named “German Shepherd Owners” with the caption, “When your security cameras pick up motion, you watch the live feed to see what’s going on.” Then what happens next is…”

Since posting it, the footage has been shared over 58 thousand times.

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When asked how Sasha is handling her newfound fame, Corsi said, “Currently she is comfortably hanging out in the cold AC on a hot day in Rhode Island. She is loving all the attention she is getting on Instagram! She loves meeting new people!”

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German Shepherd becomes internet star after sticking her face in security camera

Westlake Legal Group german-shepherd German Shepherd becomes internet star after sticking her face in security camera Michael Hollan fox-news/lifestyle/pets fox news fnc/lifestyle fnc article 16edb268-5f1b-50aa-b17a-3f0c509160bd

When Joe Corsi got an alert from his home security camera, he had no idea his dog was about to become an internet sensation.

After checking the footage, he was relieved to find that no one was breaking into his home. Corsi was also incredibly amused by what he saw: his dog Sasha sticking her face directly into the camera.

COURAGEOUS DOG CHASES BEAR FROM NEW JERSEY BACKYARD IN WILD VIDEO

According to Corsi, this is the first time something like this has happened. “She’s never set it off,” he told Fox News. “We had to move the camera because she gets curious. The way she set off the motion, she must have bumped the camera with her snout.”

“So when I got the alert I began to view the camera live to make sure no one was trying to break in or anything,” he continued. “What happened next, explains everything!”

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Corsi posted the hilarious footage to a Facebook group named “German Shepherd Owners” with the caption, “When your security cameras pick up motion, you watch the live feed to see what’s going on.” Then what happens next is…”

Since posting it, the footage has been shared over 58 thousand times.

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When asked how Sasha is handling her newfound fame, Corsi said, “Currently she is comfortably hanging out in the cold AC on a hot day in Rhode Island. She is loving all the attention she is getting on Instagram! She loves meeting new people!”

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Volunteers rush to transport shelter animals threatened by Barry out of storm’s path

A multistate rescue effort helped secure and transport more than 120 cats and dogs to safety on Friday, removing them from shelters in Louisiana in anticipation of Tropical Storm Barry.

The D.C. based Humane Rescue Alliance teamed up with St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey to rescue the animals from two Louisiana shelters, St. Landry Animal Care and Control and St. Martin Animal Shelter, which are located in the path of the storm.

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Both Lousiana shelters house their animals outdoors, creating an even greater potential for danger and the rescue efforts were intended to free up local shelters to deal with anticipated structural damage and an influx of displaced animals in the state as a result of the storm that is expected to bring 70 mph winds and dangerous storm surge throughout the weekend.

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The animals were flown to Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia where they were then distributed to local animal shelters.

“We are proud to assist our fellow shelters in Louisiana and provide a safe haven for the animals as the region prepares for potentially devastating storms,” Lisa LaFontaine, president and CEO of HRA said in a statement. “As we head into hurricane season, the Humane Rescue Alliance and St. Hubert’s stand ready to take in homeless animals in the path of natural disasters with open arms and find loving homes for them in the region.”

The animals were flown to Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia where they were then distributed to local animal shelters including the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, Angels of Assisi, Humane Rescue Alliance, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA and Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

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The D.C. based Humane Rescue Alliance teamed up with St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey to rescue the animals from two Louisiana shelters, St Landry Animal Care and Control and St. Martin Animal Shelter, which are located in the path of the storm.

Other animals were flown to shelters in New Jersey, Georgia and North Carolina as well to find adoptive homes.

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The rescue mission was the first since the D.C. rescue group and the New Jersey-based animal center merged on Tuesday with the specific mission of furthering the St. Hubert’s WayStation program, an animal transport program that cares for homeless or displaced animals, particularly during natural disasters, according to the Humane Society.

“By enriching the organizations on both ends of animal transports, we can weave a safety net for animals in every corner of the country,” LaFontaine said in a statement Tuesday.

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This common sugar substitute can be deadly for dogs, FDA warns

You should always be careful about what you let your dog eat — case in point, a common sugar substitute found in everything from chewing gum to peanut butter can be deadly for man’s best friend, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This week, the FDA warned pet owners about the dangers of xylitol, a type of sugar alcohol that is sometimes found in sugar-free foods. Although the substance is safe for humans, it can be poisonous for dogs. Over the last several years, the agency has received reports of dogs being poisoned by eating foods that contain xylitol.

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Many of the poisonings occurred when dogs ate sugar-free gum, the FDA said. But xylitol can also be found in other food or consumer products, including sugar-free candy, breath mints, baked goods, sugar-free (or “skinny”) ice cream, toothpaste, cough syrup, and some peanut and nut butters. [These 7 Foods Cause the Most Pet Deaths]

When dogs eat xylitol, it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and causes a rapid release of insulin, the hormone that helps sugar enter cells. This insulin spike may cause dogs’ blood sugar levels to plummet to life-threatening levels, a condition known as hypoglycemia, the FDA said. In humans, xylitol isn’t dangerous, because it does not stimulate the release of insulin.

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Signs of xylitol poisoning in dogs — including vomiting, weakness, difficulty walking or standing, seizures, and coma — typically occur within 15 to 30 minutes of consumption, and deaths have occurred in as little as 1 hour, the FDA said.

To protect your dog, the FDA recommends checking food labels for xylitol, particularly if the product is advertised as sugar-free or low sugar, said Martine Hartogensis, a veterinarian at the FDA. “If a product does contain xylitol, make sure your pet can’t get to it,” Hartogensis said in a statement.

This also applies to products you might not think of as food, such as toothpaste, which your dog might still attempt to eat.

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And if you give your dog peanut or nut butters as a treat or vehicle for pills, you should also check the label to make sure the product doesn’t contain xylitol, the agency said.

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Originally published on Live Science.

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The Daily Spike: Spike goes off to ‘college’ less than a month, so it’s time to make every day count

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In a short 28 days from today, Spike, the best boy ever who has constantly been by my side for 17 months, will be moving on. I will give him back to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) so he can go to “college,” where professional trainers will teach him everything else he needs to become a highly trained service dog. And, if he passes, he’ll then go on to be the life partner of someone with a disability, or brighten many lives in a facility for adults or children with special needs.

I’m always asked, “How can you give him up?” The answer is easy — there are those that need him a lot more than I do. But even thought it’s true, it’s still difficult, and I want to make every day count.

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A couple of weeks ago, Spike accidentally took his first international trip when my boyfriend Chris and I made a wrong turn driving around Buffalo, N.Y., and ended up in the “CANADA ONLY” lane to Niagara Falls, which had no option for a U-turn. I was frustrated at first about our accidental detour, as we didn’t have our passports. But after pleading our case with Canadian officials and convincing them we weren’t convicted felons, they let us enter Canada.

Chris had never been to Niagara Falls and neither had Spike, so we decided to make the best of the situation and head to the Falls. It was the quickest trip — we had a flight to catch in a couple of hours, but it was totally worth it. It was a beautiful day out, and if you’re close enough, you can feel the mist from the Falls on your face.

I’m not sure Spike truly understood the wonder of this falling water, but I wouldn’t change our detour for anything.

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The following week was a trip to Boston and New Hampshire, for a girls’ weekend with some of my college friends. Spike has been a bit apprehensive about swimming in pools, as he hasn’t figured out how to get in and out yet. Luckily, my freshman-year roommate Tricia has two energetic labrador retrievers – Forest and Jackson – and a pool. They both jumped in without hesitation as Spike watched anxiously from the side.

You could see he wanted to jump in too. We kept throwing sticks in the pool for Forest and Jackson, and finally Spike found the steps and started swimming. A few minutes later, Spike was jumping right in after his friends without hesitation. (Learning how to jump into a pool is not a requirement of Canine Companion dogs but it’s always good that they aren’t fearful in any situation.)

We also visited a classmate who has ALS, a degenerative disease with no cure. We all spent the afternoon reminiscing about the past and talking about the future. Spike got to practice some of his commands with her in her motorized wheelchair, bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

It was a special day, yet a bittersweet reminder of the need to make every day count.

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And then, just last week, another trip to Canada – this time on purpose – for a beautiful Fourth of July weekend at Lake of the Woods. Spike had his first boat ride and caught (or helped to catch) his first fish, a walleye. Very tasty, at least for me — Spike is only allowed to eat his kibble.

The adventure continued with our 6-plus-hour drive back to Minneapolis from Ontario. About an hour into the drive, Delta alerted us to significant delays in our flight, so we took the opportunity to explore a set of large roadside statues that are peppered throughout northern Minnesota. There’s a giant fish statue in Baudette, which is on the border of Canada, named ‘Willie the Walleye.’ Next up, we stopped at a giant flying black duck in the town of Black Duck. Our last stop was the most famous statue of all — Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji, at the origin of the Mississippi River. And Spike capped off his day with a quick, cool swim in the Mississippi. It was quite an unexpected and fun road trip for Spike, Chris and I.

It was a long day, and we were all exhausted when we finally got on the plane. And then, the sweetest thing happened.

Our Delta flight attendant, Chelsea, was wonderful and cheerful in spite of irritable passengers after the long delay. And she asked about Spike, remarking on what a good boy he is. (He is a very good boy, in case that’s not clear). When I told her I was giving him back to Canine Companions in a month to finish his training, I got a little teary. As the day gets closer, it all just gets a little harder.

Right before we landed, Chelsea came back with a gift: an (unused) air-sickness bag with some cocktail napkins acting as tissue paper, and underneath was a bottle of wine. Chelsea wrote on the bag, “Enjoy the rest of your time with Spike. Whoever gets him will be so lucky!”

I could not agree more,

So go out there and make every day count, whether you are raising a service dog or not. Life is short, people, so make the most of it.

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Visit CCI.org to learn more about Canine Companions for Independence.

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The Daily Spike: Spike goes off to ‘college’ less than a month, so it’s time to make every day count

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In a short 28 days from today, Spike, the best boy ever who has constantly been by my side for 17 months, will be moving on. I will give him back to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) so he can go to “college,” where professional trainers will teach him everything else he needs to become a highly trained service dog. And, if he passes, he’ll then go on to be the life partner of someone with a disability, or brighten many lives in a facility for adults or children with special needs.

I’m always asked, “How can you give him up?” The answer is easy — there are those that need him a lot more than I do. But even thought it’s true, it’s still difficult, and I want to make every day count.

HOW CANINE COMPANIONS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A VETERAN

A couple of weeks ago, Spike accidentally took his first international trip when my boyfriend Chris and I made a wrong turn driving around Buffalo, N.Y., and ended up in the “CANADA ONLY” lane to Niagara Falls, which had no option for a U-turn. I was frustrated at first about our accidental detour, as we didn’t have our passports. But after pleading our case with Canadian officials and convincing them we weren’t convicted felons, they let us enter Canada.

Chris had never been to Niagara Falls and neither had Spike, so we decided to make the best of the situation and head to the Falls. It was the quickest trip — we had a flight to catch in a couple of hours, but it was totally worth it. It was a beautiful day out, and if you’re close enough, you can feel the mist from the Falls on your face.

I’m not sure Spike truly understood the wonder of this falling water, but I wouldn’t change our detour for anything.

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The following week was a trip to Boston and New Hampshire, for a girls’ weekend with some of my college friends. Spike has been a bit apprehensive about swimming in pools, as he hasn’t figured out how to get in and out yet. Luckily, my freshman-year roommate Tricia has two energetic labrador retrievers – Forest and Jackson – and a pool. They both jumped in without hesitation as Spike watched anxiously from the side.

You could see he wanted to jump in too. We kept throwing sticks in the pool for Forest and Jackson, and finally Spike found the steps and started swimming. A few minutes later, Spike was jumping right in after his friends without hesitation. (Learning how to jump into a pool is not a requirement of Canine Companion dogs but it’s always good that they aren’t fearful in any situation.)

We also visited a classmate who has ALS, a degenerative disease with no cure. We all spent the afternoon reminiscing about the past and talking about the future. Spike got to practice some of his commands with her in her motorized wheelchair, bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

It was a special day, yet a bittersweet reminder of the need to make every day count.

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And then, just last week, another trip to Canada – this time on purpose – for a beautiful Fourth of July weekend at Lake of the Woods. Spike had his first boat ride and caught (or helped to catch) his first fish, a walleye. Very tasty, at least for me — Spike is only allowed to eat his kibble.

The adventure continued with our 6-plus-hour drive back to Minneapolis from Ontario. About an hour into the drive, Delta alerted us to significant delays in our flight, so we took the opportunity to explore a set of large roadside statues that are peppered throughout northern Minnesota. There’s a giant fish statue in Baudette, which is on the border of Canada, named ‘Willie the Walleye.’ Next up, we stopped at a giant flying black duck in the town of Black Duck. Our last stop was the most famous statue of all — Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji, at the origin of the Mississippi River. And Spike capped off his day with a quick, cool swim in the Mississippi. It was quite an unexpected and fun road trip for Spike, Chris and I.

It was a long day, and we were all exhausted when we finally got on the plane. And then, the sweetest thing happened.

Our Delta flight attendant, Chelsea, was wonderful and cheerful in spite of irritable passengers after the long delay. And she asked about Spike, remarking on what a good boy he is. (He is a very good boy, in case that’s not clear). When I told her I was giving him back to Canine Companions in a month to finish his training, I got a little teary. As the day gets closer, it all just gets a little harder.

Right before we landed, Chelsea came back with a gift: an (unused) air-sickness bag with some cocktail napkins acting as tissue paper, and underneath was a bottle of wine. Chelsea wrote on the bag, “Enjoy the rest of your time with Spike. Whoever gets him will be so lucky!”

I could not agree more,

So go out there and make every day count, whether you are raising a service dog or not. Life is short, people, so make the most of it.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Visit CCI.org to learn more about Canine Companions for Independence.

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Overweight cat gets sent to fat camp

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This fat cat went to fat camp and now she’s a star, but it doesn’t look like she had a good time doing it.

Laila is a cat from Gainesville, Fla., that is apparently obsessed with food. A rescue, she was reportedly found close to starvation. Since then, she’s developed a healthy appetite.

At her heaviest, Laila weighed in at 23 pounds, Fox 35 reports. According to her owners, she couldn’t “jump on anything.” Obviously, this is a problem that needed to be fixed. Her owners took her to a vet, who came up with a surprising solution.

Once a week, Laila visits ‘fat camp’ at the University of Florida. There, she goes through a series of workouts specifically designed to help her lose weight. These include running on the treadmill and even going for a swim. Of course, being a cat, Laila doesn’t look too thrilled with either of these, especially the water exercises.

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Fortunately, as time went on, Laila grew to enjoy the exercises, her owners’ claim. “She loves swimming,” they told Fox 35.

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Laila is the only cat at the ‘fat camp,’ and has dropped 2 pounds so far.

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Large exotic cat mauls mom, child in Illinois, report

An Illinois woman and her child were hospitalized Sunday after they were attacked by a caracal, which is a large exotic cat that is often compared to a lynx, reports said.

Neither the mother or child were identified, but the attack occurred at about 11 a.m. in Bloomington, WMBD.com reported. The cat apparently escaped from a nearby home and was killed by police after it lunged at animal control officers, the report said.

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The woman and her child were reportedly walking on the sidewalk when the animal lunged at the child. The mother intervened and both suffered scratches and puncture wounds, the report said.

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The report said that caracals are often referred to as the desert lynx and were once trained in places like India and Iran to hunt and kill birds.

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2 French bulldogs stolen in Arizona are found in California 18 months later, report says

Two of five French bulldogs stolen last year in Arizona reportedly were found in California 18 months later.

Chris Kriaris told Fox 10 in Phoenix his dog was stolen on Jan. 10, 2018, when the animal was just a puppy. Surveillance video from that day showed two men leaving a mall in Tempe, about a 15-minute drive from Phoenix. The men stole five French bulldog puppies from Animal Kingdom Pet Store using a big trash can, according to Tempe police.

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The Tempe Police Department posted pictures of the stolen puppies on the department’s Facebook page last year, shortly after they were snatched.

Kriaris told Fox 10 he bought one of the puppies named “Goat” shortly before the dog was stolen but the pup was not allowed to leave the store at the time of purchase because it was on a 14-day hold while medicated.

“It was a horrible thing to go through,” Kriaris told the television station. “Days went into weeks [and] weeks went into months – and you do lose hope.”

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Last week a woman in the northern California city of Antioch, about an hour’s drive from San Francisco, found two of the five stolen dogs running in the street. Goat and Bruiser’s microchips reportedly flagged them as stolen and Kriaris’ wife got the surprise phone call that the dogs had been located.

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They decided they would take both dogs. “My wife says, ‘We’ll go pick them up right now,’” Kriaris said.

He told the media outlet he and his wife took a road trip the next day from Arizona to northern California and two-and-a-half days later they came back with Goat and Bruiser.

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“I noticed when we first got to them that these two were inseparable and to break them apart is not an option,” Kriaris said.

The three other stolen French bulldogs remained missing.

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Paul Batura: Every child needs a pet, because every family needs an optimist

Pet Appreciation Week kicks off Sunday, an annual celebration designed to recognize the oversized role our favorite animals play in our lives.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 57 percent percent of households own a pet. Pet ownership is highest in Wyoming (72 percent) and lowest in Rhode Island (45 percent). Horses, birds, fish, hamsters and other creatures round out the common array of household companions.

The subject of pets is a bit like the debate over Daylight Savings Time. Everybody has an opinion. Of course, there are dog people. And then there are cat people. Usually those who have either or both often can’t imagine life without one — or maybe two. More people have dogs than cats, and just fewer than 10 percent have both.

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If you’re personally opposed to an animal inside your home, you probably have your reasons and there’s little anyone can say to change your mind.

But that doesn’t stop us zealots from trying.

As a child, I never knew life without a pet. With four older siblings, I was born into a family with a little beagle named Snoopy. At first, I wondered why Charles Schulz’s version slept on top of his doghouse while ours comfortably convalesced in the kitchen.

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Our Snoopy was less flamboyant than the comic strip character. He didn’t wear a pilgrim hat on Thanksgiving or play on our backyard baseball team. Sweet and mellowed by age, she liked to sit under the kitchen table and stare out at the hustle and bustle of our seven-person family. Fifty years later, you can still see the evidence — small gnaw marks on the table legs and bench.

On a chilly October day when I was seven, I remember my oldest brother Jim scooping Snoopy up in his arms and announcing he was taking her to the vet. Nobody told me, and I’m glad they didn’t, but she was in the final hours of her life. When he returned empty-handed from Dr. Sussman’s office, tears were streaming down his face. He broke the sad news. I retreated to our side porch and cried along with my sister.

Something seemed to be missing from our house that next week — no wagging tail greeting us after school or a dog begging for scraps beneath the table. A strange silence permeated each room.

So we were thrilled the next weekend when my dad announced plans for us to go to the North Shore Animal League to look for a new dog. We picked Daisy out of a large cardboard box, a small black and white shepherd mix puppy. We selected her because she had sort of selected us, jumping up in our direction while the others in the litter seemed content to lie quietly along the side.

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Daisy as a puppy

Daisy grew up to be a terrific family dog, the kind you remember and talk about at family reunions decades later. Every kid needs a friend to play with and when my neighborhood pals weren’t around, she was always available and eager to oblige. She loved to play fetch in the backyard and the first toss of the tennis ball was always as exciting to her as the last.

I’m convinced pets are part of God’s perfect plan, a gift that keeps giving long after they fade from the scene though never from our memories.

Incredibly, Daisy was also empathetic and could sense emotion, particularly anxiety or sadness. When my mother received a call notifying her of our grandmother’s death, Daisy sat by her side the entire 30 minutes, her head lying gently in my mom’s lap.

Daisy was also tough. We were burglarized when I was in the 7th grade and the thief or thieves shoved the poor mutt down the basement stairs. We found her in a heap under a kitchen. Yet by the next day she was back running after balls and chasing squirrels.

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Daisy wearing a hat

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Daisy in her prime

Of all the many positive benefits to having a family pet, though, their seemingly eternal optimism and good cheer strikes me as the most endearing. They’re always happy to see you, are usually pretty easy to please, never talk back — and rarely hold a grudge. They keep you company, encourage you to exercise and are quick to make you laugh.

In fact, there are days when I might even agree with the late curmudgeonly CBS newsman Andy Rooney who once observed that the average dog is nicer than the average person.

At the same time, I’ve had people tell me they’d never get another dog or cat because of how painful it was to put their last one down.

I know what they’re talking about because I’ve been there several times, once late at night, holding in my arms the Great Dane who saved our son’s life. But he was old and paralyzed from a fall. I cried all the way home. But if you ask me, this might be one of the most important of all reasons why a child should have a pet. Learning to love and then let go and deal with loss is a critical part of growing up. You’re not doing a young person any favors by shielding them from every hurt or heartache.

In fact, Alfred Lord Tennyson’s oft-quoted poetic words, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” takes on new meaning to a child who says goodbye to a favorite family pet.

Daisy lived almost 13 years and on the last day of her life, I took her for a drive down to the beach, just the two of us. We stopped for a bagel and ate it together looking out over the sand and rolling surf of Jones Beach’s Field 6.

It wasn’t lost on me that I was just a young boy when we brought her home and now I was all grown up myself, a young man with my own car, holding a dying dog with a gray muzzle — and knowing the awful task of putting her out of her misery lie ahead. We had grown up together, a boy and his dog, months and years of memories and now the time had come to say goodbye.

We buried Daisy in the backyard, beneath a towering maple tree in the area where she loved to play fetch. We planted daisies over the spot and each year the flowers bloomed bright, reviving and rekindling the memories all over again.

“Don’t focus on the sadness of losing her,” my mom had told me. “Be grateful for all the joy she brought us.”

I don’t think you ever forget the pet of your childhood, the kind companion who unconditionally accepted and loved you at the very time you were still gaining confidence and trying to figure out where you fit in.

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And because of that and for a million reasons more, I’m convinced pets are part of God’s perfect plan, a gift that keeps giving long after they fade from the scene though never from our memories.

So three cheers to all the pets who add color and happiness to our lives, allowing us to sing with gusto the familiar refrain, “All things bright and beautiful; All creatures great and small; All things wise and wonderful: The Lord made them all.”

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