New Dog Grooming Trend Excites Some & Outrages Others

A 25-year-old nail technician from California is causing quite the stir on social media. Maritza Rubalcava started her own reusable, press-on nail business in October of last year. She enjoys posting videos featuring them on TikTok. But after sharing multiple videos of her creating and applying “fake nails” to the paws of her five-year-old Chihuahua, Coco, she has received both backlash and a boom in business. Response on social media is divided between support and shock. Quite a few fans … Read more

Pile Of Kibble Laced With Metal Discovered In Popular Dog Walking Spot

Emma Pulford was out walking her two dogs on March 27 when one of her pups started pulling her toward a pile of dog food left on the side of the road. Pulford didn’t think anything of it — until she saw what was deliberately placed inside the pile of food.  A mix of screws and metal was scattered throughout the pile, horrifying Pulford, a dog lover and resident of Gateacre, England. If her rescue dog, Sooty, would have eaten … Read more

Outdated Breed Laws Leave Family With A Heartbreaking Choice: Their Dog Or Their Home

Last April, a distinctive black and white pooch named Lucy escaped her yard and found herself in the care of Leawood, Kansas Animal Control. This everyday incident set off a desperate legal battle that remains unresolved. Even though Lucy’s mom, Kristi Bond, rushed to pick her up the following day, a letter from the city of Leawood soon arrived. They had deemed Lucy a “dangerous animal” because she fit the “appearance and characteristics” of a Pit Bull. The Battle Begins … Read more

Police K-9 Separated From Partner After Video Surfaces Showing Abuse

WARNING: Pictures and video might be sensitive to some readers. The video is tough to watch for anyone with a heart, especially dog-lovers. A K-9 police officer in Salisbury, N.C., has been been “administratively separated” from his K-9 partner, Zuul, after a minute-long video surfaced of him yelling at the 4-year-old German Shepherd, choking him by his leash, then throwing the dog against a police vehicle before tossing him in the backseat and striking him with his hand. Police footage … Read more

Stock Market Vigilantes Help Desperate Man Pay For His Dog’s Surgery

There’s nothing we wouldn’t do for our dogs. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again and again: dogs are family. We see all kinds of amazing stories that both warm our hearts and break them at the same time. Stories of people so desperate to give their dogs what they need that they’re willing to do things like sell their cars, give up their dream weddings, or even give up their homes. We love to see … Read more

Should Scientists Be Allowed To Have Their Support Dogs In Labs?

A trained service dog can really change the lives of people living with disabilities and other illnesses. The dogs help people get around, perform day-to-day tasks, and provide assistance during medical emergencies. These special animals make it so all people can live the lives they deserve, without being held back. For scientists, researchers, and lab technicians, bringing a service dog to work or school is not so simple. In 2012, Joey Ramp was surprised to learn she couldn’t bring her … Read more

UPDATE: Decision Made In Fate Of Fake “Service Dog” After Owner Flees Scene Of Bite On Toddler

Note: iHeartDogs believes that there’s no such thing as a bad breed – just negligent owners. For that reason, we have kept the name of the owner out of this post. Click here to skip down to updates. January 9, 2021, was supposed to be a nice day for the Waldroup family. Three-year-old Ronin, her parents, and a family friend visited a popular shopping district just outside Houston, Texas, for lunch. But then their day took a turn for the … Read more

Man Loses Wife To Cancer & Now Must Go To Court To Keep Her Service Dog

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A grieving husband is not only feeling the pain of losing his wife, but her beloved service dog as well. His wife’s dying wish was that Tootsie would remain in their family after she passed, and Paul will do anything to make that wish a reality. Paul’s wife Britni struggled with a chronic and debilitating illness that made getting around extremely difficult. When researching ways to make her life a bit easier, she came across a wonderful solution; a service … Read more

Man Takes Battle To Court After Former Employer Demands Return Of Working Dog

When Barry Myrick began working for M & M Environmental, a pest-control company in Queens, New York he was assigned an unusual piece of equipment – a bedbug sniffing dog named Roxy. Over the past five years, Myrick and Roxy lived and worked together, forming a powerful bond of love and friendship. But in March something happened that changed everything. Myrick was laid off. A few months later he and his wife packed up Roxy and their other dog Robbie … Read more

Animal Control Wrongfully Euthanizes Beloved Pit Bull On Christmas Eve

Justice for Dada

December 28th was supposed to be a magical reunion for Monica Lopez and her Pit Bull mix Dada. Dada went missing not long before Christmas, and Lopez was grateful to hear that animal control had found him and kept him safe. They promised to return Dada when their office reopened after the holidays, so Lopez eagerly waited until then. But things quickly took a turn for the worse. Instead of seeing her furry friend again, she was told that he … Read more

Video Of Man Playing With Dog Causes Backlash From Girlfriend’s Followers

Boyfriend playing with dog

How our loved ones treat our furry friends is no joking matter. To some people, dogs are just animals, but to any true dog lover, they’re a part of the family. So, it’s important that our partners are on the same page in this regard. In fact, many dog lovers are quick to end relationships and friendships over someone disrespecting their dogs. So, when one girl posted a lighthearted video of her boyfriend playing with her dog on TikTok, her … Read more

Couple And Service Dog Recklessly Exit Moving Delta Flight

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Flights can be stressful, but it’s important for everyone to follow safety rules to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible. It’s rare for passengers to misbehave on flights, so when they do, it’s a big deal. Especially when innocent passengers, including one brave service dog, get involved. After panicking about the small space of the plane, Antonio Murdock and his girlfriend Brianna Greco took matters into their own hands. While the plane was moving on the runway, they … Read more

Man Charged After Killing His Neighbor’s Runaway Rescue Dog

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Kita the 5-year-old Siberian Husky was never the most well-behaved pup. She had a tendency to run off, and to her, it was all fun and games. However, her neighbor refused to put up with the pup’s antics. He grew so angry with her running loose that he took matters into his own hands. When given the opportunity, the cruel neighbor shot the rescue dog when she ran onto his property. Kita’s family was heartbroken when they found out the … Read more

Woman Dyes Her Dog Grinch Green In Ill-Advised “Prank”

Though a relatively new one, the “Elf on a Shelf” tradition is part of many families’ holidays. The original story came from a 2005 children’s book, and it describes how Santa will dispatch “scout elves” to spy on children before Christmas. The elves supposedly report back to Santa all the naughty and nice things they saw. Apparently, they also do some silly pranks around the house, definitively proving they are real. In a recent controversy, one parent may have taken … Read more

“Teen Mom 2” Star Accused Of Stealing Pregnant Pit Bull, But She Fights Back

Jenelle Evans Pit Bull

Ever since she starred on Teen Mom 2, Jenelle Evans has been surrounded by drama. She always has loyal supporters, but of course, there are also haters trying to bring her down after every post she makes. Yet, when she posted videos of a pregnant Pit Bull that she claimed to have rescued, fans grew confused. The information she shared about the dog just didn’t add up. So, did she save the dog from an unfortunate situation? Or did the dog … Read more

New “Petfished” Campaign Warns About “Christmas Puppy” Scams

The holidays are all about bringing joy, and nothing brings more joy to a person than a dog. It’s the reason puppies make such a popular Christmas gift. Sadly, something as well-intentioned as getting someone you love a new dog can have negative consequences. As online searches for “adopt a puppy” rise during the gift-giving season, experts have an important warning. Sadly, some people out there see this only as a means for profit, at the expense of dogs’ well-being. … Read more

Pet Parents Fight To Ban Fireworks After Dog Is Literally Scared To Death

What was meant to be a joyous annual holiday turned tragic for a dog dad in East Kilbride, Scotland. The man, who is battling cancer, lost his beloved dog Mikka last week when she was frightened to death by fireworks on the UK’s Bonfire Night. The 7-year-old Whippet’s heart stopped after a series of particularly loud booms. Claire Nicholson, a friend of Mikka’s dad who also runs a local lost pet Facebook group, shared the heartbreaking news with the Scottish … Read more

Searches For Pet-Friendly Rental Properties Skyrocket During Covid

As someone who rents their apartment, I understand all too well how difficult it can be to find one that allows animals. When having a dog or cat doesn’t increase your monthly rent, it’s outright forbidden. Renters argue this is unfair, while landlords worry about covering damage costs. The debate rages on. Recently, I wrote about a bill proposed in the UK that would benefit renters with animals. The bill, called “The Dogs and Domestic Animals (Accommodation and Protection) Bill,” pushes back against … Read more

Woman Seeks Justice After Beloved Dog Is Killed On Her Property

German Shepherd Loss

Accidents can happen, but this situation likely isn’t one of them. Belleann Maffessoli of Vernon, Connecticut, faced a terrible tragedy after her black German Shepherd named Karo vanished. She always let him out on her large property about the same time each day, but when he didn’t return or come when called, she knew something was wrong. Then, she heard a gunshot in the distance, and her heart froze. She spent several days searching for her missing pup, hoping that … Read more

Man Refuses To Pay Date Back After His Dog Destroys Her $1200 Shoes

Here’s the situation: a user who has since deleted his post recently took to Reddit, seeking confirmation that he made the right call. Apparently, his dog created a little bit of a situation between him and a Tinder date. When his date arrived at his house, the man asked her to remove her shoes, a pretty common in-home practice. “When she was leaving, we noticed one of her shoes was missing. We looked around and found my dog chewing on … Read more

90 Day Fiancé Star And Daughter Accused Of Dog Abuse In Live Video

90 Day Fiance Dog Abuse

WARNING: Topic and video might be sensitive to some readers. In many cases, people need to mind their own business when it comes to someone else’s life. Yet, when someone is put in danger, it might be worse not to get involved. So, when 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way star Deavan Clegg shared an Instagram live video that showed her daughter throwing their dog in the background, fans couldn’t keep quiet. When questioned about it, Clegg denied any harm … Read more

UPDATE: “Dangerous” Dog At Risk Of Euthanasia Sees A Glimmer Of Hope

Hope for Draco

Earlier this week, concerned dog parents began fighting to save a rescue dog named Draco. After Daniella Bizzoco rehomed the sweet dog when moving to New York, things suddenly changed for the worse. Draco’s new human, an 18-year-old man, had complications with the dog, which lead to him surrendering Draco to the shelter. The man claimed that Draco was dangerous, which automatically lead to the pup getting set to be euthanized. However, none of Draco’s former families had ever seen … Read more

196 Dogs Saved From Meat Farm That “Smelled Like Death”

The dog meat trade is notoriously cruel. Dogs are bred for their meat, never getting to experience the world outside their cage. Some dogs were once family pets, who were stolen from happy homes and sold to farms. In some cultures, people believe that fear makes the meat taste better, and dogs are viciously abused before slaughter for the sake of “flavor.” But the sentiment toward dog meat is changing. What was once thought of as a traditional food or … Read more

Family Fights To Stop Their Former Dog From Being Euthanized

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Luck has not been on Draco’s side for the first two years of his life. The Labrador Retriever mix has already found himself in three different homes in Fairfax County, Virginia. His first two families both said he was the sweetest, and they only rehomed him due to difficulties finding dog-friendly housing. But when Draco came to his third family, things changed. Suddenly, they returned him to the shelter and opened a dangerous dog case against him. But Draco’s former … Read more

Dog Mom Connects Adopters With Their Dog’s Previous Humans

Dog reconnected with human

Nearly every rescue dog parent has wondered about their dog’s past. While some shelters and rescues can tell you a dog’s whole story, others know very little about where some dogs came from. In some cases, it might be better not to know the truth, but for many curious dog parents, it would answer a lot of questions. So, a new website was made to do just that: reconnect dog adopters with their dog’s previous humans. That way, you can … Read more

Petco Bans Shock Collars To Encourage Humane Training Methods

Petco Stop the Shock

Petco is known for having everything you could ever imagine for your dog and your other animals. They have it all from food to toys, to grooming supplies. But now, there’s one product you’ll no longer be able to purchase at Petco stores: shock collars. Shock collars have long been a controversial training method for dogs. As Petco enters 2021, they strive to focus more on the health and wellbeing of their canine customers. So, they decided that shock collars … Read more

UPDATE: Man Rescues Dog After Woman Viciously Throws Helpless Puppy At Him

Scroll down for update. When everyone has a video-capable device on them at all times, we end up seeing a lot of insane things captured on film. It seems like every day someone goes on a public rant about receiving the wrong latte or a dispute between neighbors makes the internet rounds. Here’s one I’ve definitely never seen the likes of before. An upsetting video captured by Twitter and Instagram user @Mulaflare shows an angry, hardly coherent woman harassing him. … Read more

Angry Mob Swarms House Of Dog Abuser

In Bat Yam, Israel, a bitter ex-boyfriend unjustly took his anger out on an innocent Husky mix named Taylor. Footage of the abuse, which involved the man tying the dog’s legs and beating him, soon went viral. Naturally, citizens did not take well to seeing these horrifying acts. A mob of around 200 people formed outside of the abuser’s residence within hours. You can watch the footage here, but be warned that it’s extremely disturbing. Local police eventually had to … Read more

Man Takes To Reddit After Girlfriend Storms Out Of House When He Comforts His Dog With PTSD

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A US based Reddit user is struggling with what to do with a girlfriend that was not happy with the extra attention he was offering his anxious dog. After sleeping on the floor to ease his dog’s fear of loud noises, his girlfriend was left displeased. About a year ago, the Reddit user adopted a dog that spent time working in the military. Similar to humans that struggle with loud noises after their time spent in the field, this loveable … Read more

Dog Lovers Are Heated Over Dangerous Trending “Food Challenge”

The internet has introduced a large number of bizarre trends and video “challenges.” Most are just harmless, like a weird dance move or a prank you pull on your parents. One disturbing “food challenge” however, involves force-feeding dogs human foods on camera. A live-streamed video of a German Shepherd in China went viral for this upsetting reason. The person who put the video together set down a bowl of La Zi Ji, or Chongqing (Chili Chicken) in front of his … Read more