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Do You Know a Hero Dog?

2020 Uniformed Service K-9 Awardee, Stella.  Photo:  AKC Humane Fund
2020 Uniformed Service K-9 Awardee, Stella. Photo: AKC Humane Fund

From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: To celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in the service of humankind, the AKC Humane Fund is seeking YOUR nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Nominations are open now through July 31st and winners will be announced in late 2021. The 2021 Awards for Canine Excellence will be covered on

Each year, the AKC Humane Fund honors five dedicated, hardworking dogs for making significant contributions to an individual or entire community. Since its creation in 2000, 105 ACE awards have been presented. Former ACE recipients have included a Flat-Coated Retriever that excels at dock diving despite missing a paw and a family pet who fought for his life protecting a seven-year-old from a rattlesnake, among dozens of other remarkable dogs.

“There are countless dogs that touch the hearts of people every day,” said Doug Ljungren, President of the AKC Humane Fund. “These incredible canines impact the lives of individuals and communities across the nation and so many deserve to be recognized with these awards. We are proud to honor five of these canine heroes each year with an ACE Award in recognition of their contributions.” Continue reading Do You Know a Hero Dog?

Nerd Out Piece About Sled Dog Feet


I know many people worry about the health and welfare of sled dogs during long races like the Iditarod. Here’s an interesting (if you’re a nerd like me) article about how these dogs’ feet can withstand being in snow and ice for nine days, written by the Iditarod’s veterinarians.

A penguin, a sled dog, and a manatee walk into a diner…

Well, maybe not. But even if they don’t frequent the same restaurants, they do share similar adaptations that help them overcome the challenges of life in cold environments. Continue reading Nerd Out Piece About Sled Dog Feet

Shelter Sunday: Anemone / Hope Animal Rescue / Maxwell, IA

Anemone IA

Meet Anemone! She is said to be good with kids, cats, and other dogs. Here’s what her rescuers have to say about her:Anemone is a sweet little 8 week old girl. She is still learning the ropes on potty training, she just isn’t too sure of this Iowa snow! She and her sister Amaryllis love to snuggle up on the couch with the other pups in the house and take long naps. If you’re looking for a cuddle buddy Anemone would be your girl!


Anemone and Amaryllis are two female terrier mix puppies rescued from Oklahoma high kill shelters. They were born in Nov’20 and working on potty training.

Anemone is currently a guest at Hope Animal Rescue in Maxwell, Iowa. If you’re lucky enough to be nearby, why not contact the shelter to find out more about Anemone and all of her friends. I may have to move to Des Moines so I can get her in her cute little PJs! If you beat me to it, you can send an email to [email protected] or fill out an online application.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: COVID detection dogs


The Miami Heat announced they’d be using COVID detection dogs to screen fans as they enter the arena. In theory, I think it sounds like a good idea, but I have questions about what happens if a person shows up as positive. Is there follow-up? Do they get reimbursed for their ticket? What do you think?

What would you think of being sniffed by a Covid detection dog?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Abandoned Puppy Found by Rumpke Driver

Photo:  Rumpke
Photo: Rumpke

News from my hometown of Cincinnati: A Rumpke Waste & Recycling driver is a hero after saving a puppy Wednesday morning in Colerain Township just outside Cincinnati.

Rumpke Driver Aaron Kinsel was servicing customers when he noticed a discarded backpack along the roadway. After additional observation, he noticed the bag was moving, so he got out of the truck to investigate. Inside the bag he found a distraught 10-week old puppy.

The female, Boxer-mix is being treated at a local veterinarian’s office. She is suffering from dehydration and a broken leg. Continue reading Abandoned Puppy Found by Rumpke Driver

I was wrong!

I told you a few days ago that I was following The First Dogs on Twitter, which I thought was some sort of official account set up for Champ and Major. I should have known that the people in the White House had better things to do than to curate a Twitter account about the dogs. There is no ‘official” account for the dogs or for the coming First Cat at this time. Everything you see on Twitter currently (and there are several accounts) are fan pages.

It does appear that @FLOTUS will ocassionally tweet about the dogs.

I regret spreading misinformation.

The Dog Lady