Teen’s Service Dog Gets Photo In Yearbook Because He’s A Very Good Boy

A high school in Fredericksburg, Virginia has done something truly paw-some.

Alpha, a 4-year-old service dog who attends school every day with his human, Andrew “A.J.” Schalk, had his own photo in Stafford High School’s 2017 yearbook.

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Alpha in the yearbook.

A.J., who has Type 1 diabetes, told HuffPost that Alpha’s job is to let him know when his blood sugar is getting too high or low by giving him a paw.

“Alpha alerts me through smell, 20 to 40 minutes sooner than I know anything is wrong,” the 16-year-old said. “He has saved my life multiple times, especially at night, when low blood sugar can be super dangerous.”

A.J. Schalk and Alpha.

Last year, A.J. began bringing Alpha to school with him. It became such a regular thing that the school issued the chocolate lab his own ID.

Alpha’s ID.

This school year, Alpha accompanied A.J. to school every day….

The Story Behind Our Home Fox Jay, And His Best Friend Dog

Everyone knows Juniper – a very nice fox and her dog friend. I love her as well.

Those are our pets, Jay the fox and Saimon

Jay is 2 years old. We took her from a fur farm and she became our best friend

I’ve been working from home that’s why I was always nearby

My husband loves Jay too, and they spent a lot of time together

She loves to sleep with us

I always find this nice muzzle like this in the morning

And we celebrate all holidays as a…

Dog Finds Missing Cat Hiding In the Floor 2 Months After House Fire

Christine Marr had become resigned to the fact that her cat Ringer probably perished in the family’s house fire two months ago – but thanks to her dog’s keen sense of smell, she learned that the cat had some of his nine lives left.

Christine and her husband took their dog Chloe to visit the remains of the charred home on Sunday. When they arrived, the pup began acting strangely.

For starters, Chloe was erratically sniffing all over the house’s framework. Then, she started dashing around the home and scratching at a certain spot on the floorboards.

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Bewildered, the couple tried to pull the dog away, but she kept returning to the same spot. Christine’s husband finally pulled the boards back and shined a…

Beware: Your Insurance May Not Cover These 8 Losses

You might think that you have enough insurance protection. After all, you have car, homeowners, life, health, and disability insurance coverage. What else could you possibly need?

Here’s an unsettling truth: Even if you’ve taken out all the insurance policies necessary to protect yourself and your family, you might still face coverage gaps. Review your policies regularly. And when you do, watch for these potential gaps in your coverage.

1. Life insurance

Many employers offer group life insurance to their workers as an important financial benefit. The American Council of Life Insurers said that at the end of 2015, group life insurance represented 44 percent of all life insurance policies issued in the United States.

Employees like this insurance because it is usually inexpensive. But there are some negatives: Most group life insurance policies end if you leave your employer, and the next company at which you work might not offer this coverage. Secondly, the payouts for group life policies tend to be smaller than for an individual life policy that you’d buy for yourself. Usually, the death benefit with a group life policy is one to two times your annual salary. That’s a nice bit of cash, but it’s certainly not enough to provide for your family long-term should you unexpectedly pass away.

That’s why you should use a group policy as a supplement, not a replacement, for an individual life insurance policy. Yes, an individual policy will cost more, but you’ll also receive a far larger death benefit. (See also: Why Your Group Life Insurance Is Not Enough)

2. Dog bites

According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability funds paid out in 2016. That equaled 18,123 claims, with the average cost for each claim coming out to $33,230.

The challenge with dog bites is that many insurance providers won’t insure homeowners who own certain breeds considered “dangerous.” Insurance companies vary on this, but many won’t insure pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, or Doberman pinschers. If you have a dog, check with your insurance company to make sure that it is covered. Paying for a dog bite without the help of your insurer can prove costly.

3. Transportation expenses

Your car insurance policy will cover the damages to your vehicle following an accident as part of its collision coverage. But what if you need to rent a car to get around while your vehicle is in the shop? That can be expensive.

Unfortunately, most auto policies don’t provide what is known as transportation expenses coverage. And when policies do provide it, the amount they’ll give you to rent a car — often as little as $20 a day — might not be enough to cover the whole cost.

Check your policy to determine if it will cover a rental car. If it does, make sure you know exactly how much you’ll be getting. If you’re not satisfied, it might be time to pay to boost this coverage.

4. Extra liabilities

What if a neighbor drowns while swimming in your pool? Will your homeowners insurance provide enough coverage if your neighbor’s family files a costly lawsuit against you?

Probably not — and that’s where an umbrella insurance policy comes in. An umbrella policy provides extra liability coverage above the limits of the coverage provided by your auto or homeowners insurance. Maybe your homeowners insurance policy provides liability coverage of up to $500,000. If someone sues you for $1 million, you then might be on the hook for the extra $500,000.

Dog Finds Missing Cat Hiding In Floor, 2 Months After House Fire

A missing cat that was believed to have perished in a house fire is being called a little “miracle” after being found beneath the fire-ravaged home’s floor, two months later.

Ringer the cat was found malnourished but alive thanks to the family’s pet dog, who sniffed him out during the canine’s first return to the property on Sunday, the owner told HuffPost.

“They’re buddies. They’ve been buddies since day one,” owner Christine Marr, told HuffPost of her two rescue pets ― Ringer, 4, and Chloe, 5, the dog.

Chloe was exploring the now-gutted South Haven home, which caught fire from a space heater. Then some casual sniffing led to some strange behavior, Marr said.

Ringer the cat and Chloe the dog are seen together after surviving the March house fire.

“She’s running around the house and she’s sniffing all the corners,” Marr described Chloe. “And then she went to another part of the house and she started licking the floor and scratching at it. I thought, OK, that’s weird.”

They pulled the dog away from the floor three times, but each time she returned. Realizing something was up, Marr said she got a flashlight and shined it into a hole near the floor, “and I heard a faint meow.”

“I figured it was a stray,” she said, as there were several outside the house that she had cared for.

She went to get cat food as bait and upon her return saw her husband petting and studying a bony black cat in total silence.

Chloe the dog and Ringer the cat are seen together again.

“I’m thinking nothing of it,” she said of her reaction, figuring that the cat was another all black stray. Then she…

This Woman Has Saved Hundreds of Dogs From ‘Dumping Ground’

Hundreds of injured and abandoned pups have been rescued from the side of the road – and it’s all thanks to one woman and a dog who she found seven years ago.

Judy Obregon Russell was driving past a well known “dog dumping ground” in Fort Worth, Texas in 2010 when she spotted Mercy – a pit bull with several fractures in her leg – lying on the side of the road.

Judy picked up the hurt…

Dog Meat Is Finally Banned From Yulin Festival In China

A huge victory for animal lovers around the world – dog meat has just been temporarily banned from the infamous Yulin Festival in China that has already taken the lives of thousands and thousands of innocent canines. The ban will come into effect on June 15 – that’s one week before the start of the festival. It will prohibit the sale of dog meat at restaurants, markets, and street vendors. Those who don’t obey will be facing a fine of up to 100,000 yuan (nearly $15,000) and arrest.

Contrary to popular belief, the festival is not some old tradition. It was invented back in 2010 as a way for dog meat traders to make more money. A lot of the dogs who are brought to the festival are stolen from their owners and still wear collars. The methods in which dogs (and cats) are killed are unparalleled in cruelty around the world.

Andrea Gung, executive director of Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project commented: “Even if this is a temporary ban, we hope this will have a domino effect, leading to the collapse of the…

Abused Dog Who Spent 8 Years Sleeping On Concrete Floor In Basement Gets All The Beds She Wants

Lola the doggie had spent 8 years chained up in a dark garage just lying on cold concrete floor, prior to being rescued by AMA Animal Rescue. For the last seven weeks she has been living with her new human mom, Charlène von Saher, in Manhattan. During that time, the abused doggie has already perfected the art or relaxation, taking the concept of ‘comfort’ to the next level.

“She figured out where her little beds were, and what was soft and what was comfortable for her,” von Saher told The Dodo. She has done it all – sleeping across two dog beds, stacking one dog bed on top of the other and even stealing von Saher’s pillow to put into her bed.

“She actually took a throw pillow off of my bed, and put it into her dog bed,” von Saher said. “When I came home, her head was on it — she literally made herself a little bed in her bed with my pillow. It was…

Meet The Woman Rehabilitating Dogs In Need

Every year, over 3 million dogs end up shelters and over half a million are euthanized. While it’s unfortunate that many dogs fall victim to homelessness, there are also many dogs who are given up for some unfair reason. Putting dogs in good homes is paramount to their survival.

Pet rescue is something we should all participate in. While it’s true that rescue animals need a little more love and care, they’ll come out better for it and so will you. We know it seems like hard work, but it’s worth it. If you don’t believe us, check out YouTuber and activist Rob Greenfield’s new spotlight video to see how easily you can change a…

What Dog Breed Matches your MBTI Personality?

Every dog is unique just as every human is! But the fun lies in discovering the similarities that are there beyond the fur and the species, of course! So our pet-crazy team started a fun project that resulted in this Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for dogs! This infographic is just a fun way to see what characteristics certain breeds may have in common with our personality types! So let’s answer the question which breed would best match your personality type.