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Dogs & Cats in the News

Looking for current resources to use in your Mutt-i-grees lessons? Dogs & Cats in the News provides a compilation of news stories featuring dogs and cats that may inspire students to put empathy into action.

Dog Saves Boy from Swarm of Bees

An Oregon family says their pit bull is a hero after the dog saved the life of an 8-year-old boy. Freshly home from the hospital, 8-year-old Jesse-Cole Shaver hugs his dog Hades a little tighter. He was with his sisters and other neighborhood kids behind their Oregon City apartment complex, when one of the kids stepped into a rotten long, unleashing a swarm of bees. Read more:

Three-legged dog named Dorey inspires 5K

The female pit bull mix with three legs needed another chance. Lauryn Haynie provided it, and now she’s hoping others will follow. The dog, named Jill St. John by the staff at Richmond Animal Care and Control, sat at the agency’s shelter for more than four months with no takers. Then one morning, Haynie looked on her Facebook news feed and saw that the caramel-colored pooch was scheduled to be euthanized. Read more:

Dog Saves Owner’s Life Just Weeks After Being Rescued

Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that destroyed the house that Jacob Martin was working to restore, but thanks to his best friend, Buddy, no one was hurt. “I was asleep. My dog started barking,” said Martin. “I woke up and everything was glowing.” Buddy woke up Martin just in time to save his life, but it turns out that Buddy was actually returning a favor he just got a few weeks ago. Read more:

What’s in a Name?

Each of the dogs in Canine Assistants' latest graduating class has a story, but the name and story behind a certain dog is one that touched people across the country. Watch now:

The Fastest on Two Paws

The Pomeranian from Los Angeles has entered the Guinness World Book of Records for fastest two-paw walking speed. How fast? In a jiffy. Read more: