Check Out These Dogs Surfing in Ocean City for a Good Cause

A New Jersey-based nonprofit that offers free surfing and skateboarding lessons to families affected by autism and/or other special needs received some help this past weekend from a couple of unlikely volunteers.

Two registered surf dogs caught some waves on Ocean City’s 57th Street Beach on Saturday to help kick off Heart of Surfing’s fourth summer in operation and bring some joy to people in need. With paws planted firmly on their boards, Booker D. Surfdog and Onyx Shorepound Surfdog helped participants learn how to surf and feel at ease while hanging ten: Read more »

Dog Found in Trash Bag Gets Wheels

Dog with wheels

Photo via Pennsylvania SPCA

A dog found in the trash in the Summerdale section of Philadelphia recently got a new pair of wheels.

The Pennsylvania SPCA reports that Frances, the dachshund found in a trash bag last month, went to Penn Vet for a doggy wheelchair. When the puppy was found, she had a broken spine — necessitating a wheelchair for her to get around. Read more »

How HUP’s Pups Help Hospital Patients, Caregivers

Tugger, a dog with HUP’s Pups, rests while dressed as Frosty the Snowman

Image courtesy Penn Medicine

It’s not fun to be in the hospital on a holiday. But there are some four-legged friends who are helping to boost everyone’s mood this Christmas.

In truth, the therapy dogs at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania work year-round, but Tugger (the dog in the image above) dressed up as a snowman for the winter holiday season earlier this month. So cute! Read more »

Ocean City May Allow Dogs on Its Beaches

dog in the ocean with a tennis ball

Photo by Tim Buss (license)

Ocean City, the town with a history of restrictive laws, could be loosening its leash a little. City Councilman Keith Hartzell has proposed a law that would allow dogs on beaches between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Hartzell told Ocean City Daily the success of his plan would rely on most dog owners picking up their dogs’ poop, which he believes would happen. His proposal, still in the planning stages, would impose a $500 fine on owners who don’t.

“Obviously, it’s something people have to self-police,” he told the publication. “You have to be responsible.” Read more »

Grab a Pint (or Two) At The Dog Wash

DogWash-2016This weekend grab a drink with your true best friend, your dog. The Trestle Inn and Philly Pet Hotel are pairing up to host the “At The Dog Wash” event for the third year.

From 2 to 7 p.m., this Saturday, July 30th, stop by the corner of 11th and Callowhill Street to get a drink and a bath for your dog. Bombay Local Food Truck and a DJ will be there. And plenty of pet-based fun will be happening.

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Pets: I Hate Your Dog

Illustration by James Boyle

Illustration by James Boyle

It was one of the first warm Saturdays of spring, and I couldn’t wait to get outside for a run. As is always the case when good weather finally sets in, the city was a beehive of activity; a palpable feeling of neighborliness hung in the air. It was one of those perfect Philly days when you can’t imagine living anywhere else.

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Philly One of Worst Cities for Dog Attacks, Says U.S. Postal Service

iStockphoto.com | SVPhilon

iStockphoto.com | SVPhilon

Though most of us have only seen a dog biting or otherwise attacking a letter carrier in the movies, the fact is that these things happen more frequently than you might think: Last year across the country, some 6,549 postal workers were attacked by dogs. The United States Postal Service just released its annual ranking of dog attack incidents by city, and Philadelphia lands in the top 10. Read more »

11 Things You Might Not Know About the Founding Fathers’ Dogs

Admiral Penn from Violet Oakley's mural series at the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Photo used courtesy of the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee and Brian Hunt

Admiral Penn from Violet Oakley’s mural series at the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Photo used courtesy of the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee and Brian Hunt

Today is National Puppy Day, which is proof, we guess, that every dog has its day, seeing as every dog in the world was once a puppy. We hope you have a pup with which to celebrate. If not, you should adopt one! Meantime, here are stories — some shaggier than others — about our founding fathers and their faithful canine friends. Read more »

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