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Dogs & Cats in the News Archive

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.

Dogs Helping Family Resource Center at D.C. Moore School

Youngsters in the four year-old program at the Family Resource Center (FRC) at D.C. Moore School are building their social and emotional skills courtesy of Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum that uses dogs to help promote social and emotional learning.

Obesity Epidemic

We knew about childhood obesity and its implications for the health and well being of increasingly younger children. But obese dogs? The Wall Street Journal reported recently that not only dogs, but cats as well are getting fatter. As with kids, experts recommend more exercise: at least 30 to 60 minutes of play each day or a 2 to 3 mile daily walk for large dogs.

Vocabulary Building

Although most dogs can learn numerous words and commands, the world’s smartest dog has been recently highlighted for knowing over 1,000 words! See more at

Operation Heroes And Hounds Matches War Veterans With Death Row Dogs

New Directions, an organization advocating for and providing programs for veterans, is giving a new lease on life to shelter dogs: they match dogs that are facing euthanasia because they are deemed unadoptable, with war veterans who have difficulties adjusting to civilian life. The war vets help acclimate the dogs who come to them nervous and untrained. The dogs, in turn, enrich the lives of the vets, some of whom go on to develop a career training and caring for shelter pets.

For Law Students With Everything, Dog Therapy for Stress

At the Yale Law School Library, students now have the option to check out a therapy dog along with the library’s collection of legal and other books. Reported in the New York Times (, the program features an 11 year old border terrier mix – a Mutt-i-gree – named Monty. He is helping students deal with stress. Yale Law School is among several other universities (the University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, and Western Kentucky University are few examples) and many elementary and secondary schools using therapy dogs to help increase calmness and overall emotional well-being.