Dog Stays Loyal to Fallen Navy Seal

Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson was one of 38 killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6 when a rocket-propelled grenade took out a U.S. Chinook helicopter.  He was mourned at a service in Rockford, Iowa, attended by 1,500 family members and friends, and Tumilson’s loyal canine companion named Hawkeye. Your owner’s tour is over now, Hawkeye. Stand […]

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Our Favorite Dog Photos

Our Favorite Dog Photos

As time goes on, we find that pets are just like people….some good and some bad. Our dogs fill our most basic of needs with affection and love. We care for them as if they are our children, many times preferring them over human company or as social training tools for our own children. Here are our favorite photos and the stories they have accompanied on Way Cool Dogs and some that haven’t. Enjoy!

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A Dog Story: Boysie, the rescued German Shepherd

A Dog Story: Boysie, the rescued German Shepherd

You’d think if you were driving a car it would be hard not to see a very large german shepherd in the road. Maybe whoever hit Boysie did it deliberately – we will never know – but he was brought in by a kind taxi driver who saw that he was badly injured and not able to move. But Boysie turned out to have a tremendous will to live. There were some who wanted him put down right away but thankfully the others prevailed; he was given pain medication and antibiotics, and we watched and waited.

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Zoopharmacognosy, Animal Self-medication Health Field

Zoopharmacognosy, Animal Self-medication Health Field

Modern medicine for our dogs and pets originated from early humans who observed animals’ instinctive use of plants for healing. Bear medicine evolved from Indians watching the wild bears roll around in “Ligusticum porteri,” a plant that is known today for its healing antimicrobial properties. Zoopharmacognosy is a growing new science field where researchers study how animals use plants to heal themselves.

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A Dog Story: Coco, My Cage Buddy

A Dog Story: Coco, My Cage Buddy

Coco reminded me of that line in the wonderful movie Seabiscuit – ‘Just because he’s bashed up a bit doesn’t mean he’s no use’.  Seabiscuit went on to be a huge winner in horse racing in the US. Coco’s eyes were full of green guck.  He rasped loudly and painfully through clogged lungs, he was nearly […]

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Questions About Pet Health

Questions About Pet Health

Since starting Way Cool Dogs about two years ago this past March, we have been asked many questions about pet health and researched even more of the major pet health issues for Way Cool Dogs…cheap pet health insurance rates, pet insurance for older pets, best joint supplement pet health, and a pet health certificate for travel.

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Harmful Breeding Affecting the Health of Pedigree Dogs

One of the top documented films on the health of pedigree dogs is “Pedigree Dogs Exposed,” a series of BBC One investigative documentary films about how harmful breeding practices affect the health of dogs, exposed in the United Kingdom and United States. Figuratively speaking, the film showed how these high-priced dogs are being bred to […]

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A Dog Story: Little Reba of a Different Color

A Dog Story: Little Reba of a Different Color

I noticed her first because of her yelp – well, it was more of a yip than a yelp. I would pass the cage (one of the darker ones, so if a dark coloured dog was in residence it was not easy to make him out) and this little, hopeful sound would issue forth. When I opened up and peered inside, a charming, earnest little face looked up, and I could swear she smiled at me. I was hooked.

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Professional Dogs Bred for Illegal Fighting

Professional Dogs Bred for Illegal Fighting

Considered one of the most common of the blood sports, professional dog fighting involves dogs fighting to the death…or having their throats cut if they lose and tossed in the corner. Dogs bred for fighting professionally in dog rings co-exist in a world of drugs, prostitution, sex trafficking, human slavery and stealing smaller puppies and adult dogs out of homes for bait dogs in training rings.

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VacciCheck for Dogs: Reducing Over-Vaccination

VacciCheck for Dogs: Reducing Over-Vaccination

A titer test in dogs is a laboratory test that measures the amount of antibodies in blood as a response to vaccination or from disease. Therefore if a dog after core vaccination has a high enough level of antibodies after vaccination, it does not need to be automatically revaccinated each year.
In order to carry a titer test, a blood sample is taken from a dog. The VacciCheck is a titer test that checks for the amount of antibodies present in a dog’s blood. The three antibodies that are tested for are for the core vaccine Hepatitis, Parvo and Distemper virus.

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Finding a Stray Dog in the Middle of the Summer

Finding a Stray Dog in the Middle of the Summer

Finding a stray dog in the middle of summer bring about all kind of problems…a stray dog, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, unknown behaviors, and finding out who the dog is and where they live. On a heat index day of 115 degrees in the middle of the day, we had found a little white fuzzy […]

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A Dog Story: Snuffles, a Happy Ending

A Dog Story: Snuffles, a Happy Ending

Snuffles was given up by owners who said they could no longer look after him properly. Never a truer word has been said. He was very dirty, and badly matted, but amazingly good-tempered and eager to play, so it was hard to get him to keep still enough for me to work on his coat. […]

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Dangerous Foods for Dogs: Avoiding the Worst of the Worst

Dangerous Foods for Dogs: Avoiding the Worst of the Worst

Just like humans, dogs also have allergies and an intolerance to foods that could not only hurt them, but eventually lead to serious problems. By keeping an eye on what you feed your pet, you can ensure that your beloved furry friend will not end up at the veterinarian’s office after ingesting something that seems harmless at the beginning. After all, you don’t want to place a claim on the Pets at Home insurance for something easily avoided.

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Hot-Pavement and Burnt Paws on Obese Dogs

Hot-Pavement and Burnt Paws on Obese Dogs

The heavier a dog is, the more weight is placed on its paws…causing an awkward ‘spraddle-legged” kind of look. Excessive weight bearing down on scorching asphalt can burn the pads of a dog’s feet. An average dog will overheat quicker than a person does and cool down slower, able to cool down only through panting […]

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Death for Canine Victims of Black Dog Syndrome

Death for Canine Victims of Black Dog Syndrome

Dog owners who relinquish their black dogs, handing them over to a shelter or turning them loose on the streets, may be signing a death warrant due to Black Dog Syndrome.
Unfortunately, black dogs are euthanized more than any other color according to rescues and shelters across the country. Black dogs have been considered the underdog of all homeless dogs for many years, their lives ending with two counts against them. One is their size and the second is their color. For this reason, the black dog is almost always the first to be euthanized and the last to be adopted out to a forever home.

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A Pit-bull by Any Other Name

A Pit-bull by Any Other Name

Pit bulls are considered one of the more high-risk breeds of dog, whether it concerns the medical field, insurance companies, property owners, new landlords or the city’s dog laws. That same dog when listed as an American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit bull, American…..or even a mastiff…the picture changes entirely.

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Dog Story: A Great Pyrenee named Houdini

Dog Story: A Great Pyrenee named Houdini

When my wife Cheria retired from her job a few years back she decided to volunteer a few days each week at our local animal shelter. Her task is a simple one: take photos of the dogs and cats that are brought in and place their profiles and pictures on the PetFinder website in order to help […]

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