Firemen rushed to a house in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, after a home caught on fire in the middle of the afternoon when a heat lamp inside a dog house caused the flames.
While the Ford family was not home at the time of the incident, the family’s seven pets were all in danger, according to Nashville NBC affiliate, WSMV. The firemen assessed the situation and got to work ensuring all of the animals got out safely, much to the gratitude of the Ford family.
"Our family couldn’t be replaced. Our animals couldn’t be replaced," homeowner Carla Ford told the news provider.
According to the Daily News Journal, even a Federal Express worker saw there was trouble and managed to pull one of the pets to safety.
The four dogs and three cats are all said to be in good pet health, and are under the care of neighbors as the Ford’s try to put their lives back together. The Red Cross is currently assisting the family with finding a place to stay.
In some cases with family pets, there can be a sense of protection and companionship between the animals. Although the stereotype of cats and dogs is that they mix like oil and water, some animals are proving that this notion is a fallacy.
A pug named Chloe and a cat named Willow are the beloved pets of the Bjelland family from Billings, Montana. The two recently demonstrated how much they care for one another when Willow fell through ice into a fish pond and could not escape, according to the Missoulian.
Chloe quickly sprung into action and began barking at the Bjellands’ door. Amanda Bjelland was confused as to why the dog would not stop barking and followed as the pup led her to the koi pond where Willow was trapped.
Bjelland was able to rescue Willow and quickly took her back to the house so she could warm up. The event does not appear to have severely impacted her cat health.
In an effort to ensure fewer animals are lost, Olar, South Carolina, is enacting a pet care rule that will require all pet owners to purchase a tag for their animal so they can be returned if they’re picked up by animal control officers.
Councilman Dickie Dickert, who also volunteers his time as the town’s dogcatcher, was in favor of the motion, as it would make it easier for animal control officials to differentiate strays from pets, according to The Times and Democrat.
"We have a lot of problems with dogs," Dickert said during the meeting. "One person has been bit, and several others can’t go in their yard without being chased."
Owners would be subjected to a fine if they had a pet without a tag, however, the amount is yet to be determined. The fee for tags would be $5 a year per pet.
Several organizations throughout the country have pushed for a law that mandates pets have a microchip implanted under their skin so it can be easier to track down the owners.
After months of searching for the perfect canine companion, Mario Lopez recently found the dog of his dreams in a French Bulldog, whose full name is Julio Cesar Chavez Lopez.
Starting his search in September, Lopez called upon his famous friends for advice – including Oprah, who suggested the breed may be a good fit for the Extra host – according to PeoplePets.com.
Lopez seemed to agree with Oprah’s suggestion, telling the news provider that he finally came to that conclusion after months of consulting with pet experts and animal shelters.
"I am so excited to have [him] in my life," Lopez said. "After months on the hunt, I’ve realized that a French Bulldog is the right dog for me."
Lopez may find that his newfound friend will provide as much attention to him as he bestows. According to PetWave, the dogs are typically a gentle breed who enjoy spending time with their owners. Lopez may also want to make sure to provide lots of training and pet care to Julio as the dogs are known for sometimes being stubborn.
Nate, a Sheltie from New Jersey, was recently inducted into the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association’s Hall of Fame for losing weight and returning to normal dog health.
When Charles Blackford’s mother asked her son to take in her beloved Sheltie as her dying wish, he knew he had his work cut out for him, as the dog was extremely overweight, according to CBS 13.
"My mom would, of course, over the weekend make him ham and eggs and English muffins," Blackford told the news source. "What that did was just add the pounds on him."
His mother was also not able to provide Nate with a lot of exercise, as her own health kept her from taking him for lots of walks.
When Blackford took over as caregiver, he put Nate on a healthy diet that resulted in him dropping nearly 40 pounds.
According to the Humane Society, in order to provide the proper nutrition to ensure your canine stays in good dog health, you should consult with your veterinarian regarding what to incorporate into their diets and how often your pet should be fed.