There’s A Real ‘Rainbow Bridge’ Hidden In The North Carolina Mountains

There’s a very special place hidden in the North Carolina mountains that can help ease the aching heart of anyone grieving the loss of a beloved furry family member. Losing the unconditional love, comforting companionship, and lifelong loyalty of our canine companions leaves us shattered when they pass away.  Which is exactly what motivated artist, Amy Wald to create such a special space.  While we are all painfully aware of the fact that we will most likely outlive our furry … Read more

Veteran’s Service Dog With Untreatable Cancer Honored On Her Final Flight

A German Shepherd named Kaya was more than just an adorable face. She was the loyal service dog of Marine veteran Cole Lyle. She was a crucial part of helping Lyle deal with his post-traumatic stress, but training her wasn’t cheap. So, Lyle and Kaya worked together to pass the PAWS Act to help other veterans get service dogs. Sadly, this heroic and beloved service dog was recently diagnosed with untreatable cancer. Many people came together to give her a … Read more

Woman Breaks Into Animal Shelter To Save Her Dog From Euthanasia

Woman breaks into shelter

No matter what happens, dogs are a part of the family. We can always see the good in our furry friends, which is why most dog parents strive to work on training their pups. Yet, the world doesn’t always see our dogs as the angels we know and love. And when it comes to Pit Bulls, many people assume the worst faster than they would for any other dog. Toya Stewart’s Pit Bull Hazel had some aggression problems toward strangers, … Read more

Social Media Sensation ‘Noodle The Pug’ Has Crossed The Rainbow Bridge At 14

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The internet is mourning the loss of “Noodle the Pug,” who, after bringing joy to millions of people with his “Bones” or “No Bones” videos, has died. Noodle’s dad, Jonathan, shared the heartbreaking news with his devoted fans via a video posted to his social media accounts over the weekend. The pair had been best friends for seven beautiful years, though no amount of time is ever quite long enough. “I’m so sorry to have to share this, but Noodle … Read more

Family Gives Senior Staffy A Special Send-Off Before She Crosses The Rainbow Bridge


It was incredibly hard for Emmie to hear that her beloved best friend, Molly, who she has had since she was a puppy, had developed cancer. But because she has treasured every moment of her time with Molly, it was easy for her to decide to plan a memorable last day, filled with all of her four-legged best-friend’s favorite things.  Emmie shared her emotional video of their last adventures, and it’s already amassed over 350,000 likes. Two months ago, Emmie … Read more

Life-Saving Search And Rescue Dog Frida Passes Away A Hero

Frida passes away

Frida, the search and rescue dog, became famous following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit Mexico City in 2017. The earthquake left the city in shambles, with hundreds dead and thousands injured. Frida didn’t find bodies immediately after this natural disaster, but she went on to have a very successful career. She had lots of humans cheering her on because of her adorable goggles and booties. During her career, Frida saved the lives of 12 humans and located 43 bodies. … Read more

Rescue Dog Tragically Electrocuted After Touching Light Pole

Pole electrocutes dog

Walking around the neighborhood is a daily routine for most dogs. They can enjoy all the smells and get the exercise they need. Most dogs are safe in their own neighborhoods, but sadly, a Milwaukee man named Erich Gross soon learned that wasn’t always the case. Within seconds, Gross’s rescue dog named Ted was electrocuted after touching a city light pole. The electric shock came out of nowhere, and it was too much for the little dog to handle. Now, … Read more

Dog Dad Pens Emotional Poem From His Late Dog’s Perspective

Man writes poem for dog

Dogs are more than just pets. They’re companions, family members, and loved ones. Many people spend more time going on adventures with their dogs than they do with many of the humans in their life, so losing a furry friend is more heartbreaking than we could ever anticipate. Alec Longhurst had a special connection with his Border Terrier named Ted. The two would go on walks at some of the most beautiful places in England, including The Leasowes park in … Read more

“Oldest Living Dog” Passes Away Only Months After Earning Title

Oldest living dog passes away

In May 2022, Pebbles the Toy Fox Terrier won the Guinness World Record for “World’s Oldest Living Dog.” Only two weeks before, a 21-year-old Chihuahua named TobyKeith won the award. When Pebble’s family saw that, they applied since she was 22 years old. Pebbles was born on March 28th, 2000. So, once her family showed proof of her age, the 4-pound pup won the record. Sadly, Pebbles’ status was short-lived because less than six months later, the senior dog passed … Read more

UPDATE: Rescue Says Goodbye, Remembers Shelter Dog Who Lived Happily Ever After

Mugzy’s story is a perfect example of how one little kindness can change a life for the better. He’s what we mean when we say that a dog lived “happily ever after.” In the summer of 2017 Kelly Duer was participating in a study on foster care sponsored by Maddie’s Fund. As part of her study, she would take a dog out of his kennel for a nice day away from the shelter, and an overnight stay at a hotel. … Read more

“Together forever.” Beloved Frenchie Unexpectedly Passes Away 15 Minutes After Dog Dad Loses Battle with Cancer

Stuart Hutchison of Alloa, Scotland died peacefully at home on August 11th. He was just 25 years old and had battled an aggressive form of brain cancer since he was a teen. Stuart had a two-year-old French Bulldog, Nero, that he was inseparable with. There was also four-year-old Nala and then Amelia, but though Stuart had three dogs, Nero was always the one by his side. The Battle Continued The family was told in March that Stuart was responding well … Read more

Woman Writes Touching Obituary For “Dog Legends Are Made Of”

It’s traditional to say a few words for our loved ones when we suffer a loss. With obituaries, epitaphs and eulogies, we have a number of ways to say farewell to our human friends and family. We’ve discussed before how losing a pet can be even harder than losing a friend or relative for a number of reasons. We don’t often get to mourn them the way we ought to, and our pets don’t always get the goodbyes they deserve … Read more

Photographer Hopes To Document Her Dog’s Recovery–But Captures Her Hardest Goodbye

When Jasmina Lozar Povše first saw Lilly in a shelter on a dog rescue mission in Croatia, she didn’t think she was ready to bring home a new dog. Jasmina had been suffering from debilitating asthma and allergies, barely able to get outside at times. She felt she couldn’t offer a quality life for Lilly. But when her friend returned to the shelter two weeks later and saw Lilly still there, Jasmina knew she had to take her home. Lilly … Read more

Dog Mom Details Her Dog’s Eventful Last Day Alive In Achingly Emotional Video

An unfortunate aspect of being a pet parent is that, more than likely, you will outlive them. The day we have to say goodbye is a day we all dread. But why not make it the best day possible, for both you and your pup, by doing all of your favorite things together one last time?  That’s exactly what Baxter’s mom did, and her video documenting their last day together has gone viral.  If you’ve ever had a dog that’s … Read more

Grieving Dad Takes Senior Dog With Cancer On One Last Walk To Vet

No one ever wants to have to say goodbye forever to their best friend. But when given the chance, many would prefer to let their beloved dogs go peacefully instead of painfully succumbing to disease. That dreaded moment of acceptance is one that sticks with you for a long time. On Twitter, Toronto resident Dale Thompson shared a glimpse of his own heartbreaking farewell moment with his 14-year-old dog Murphy. Murphy had been battling cancer for a while now. “This … Read more

A Pet’s Farewell Letter: A Video For Anyone Who Has Lost A Beloved Pet

Our dogs are more than just pets to us. They are our best friends, they are part of the family. That is why we give them everything they need to make them happy and to make their lives comfortable. We make sure that they feel our love and that they get the utmost care when they get sick. But dogs’ lives are short, and unfortunately for us, the time will come when we have to say good bye to them. … Read more

Pet Resort “Can’t Find” Dog, But Family Spots Him Dead In Kennel

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A family from Tucson, Arizona, said they made the biggest mistake of their lives after leaving their dogs at Buhrke’s Pet Resort. They dropped off their two healthy dogs thinking they would be in good hands, but the family was only able to take home one of them alive. The family is accusing the pet resort of neglecting the dog, but the owner of the resort refuses to admit he did anything wrong. Now, dog lovers are supporting the family … Read more

Man Warns Others After “Britain’s Most Dangerous Plant” Kills Curious Dog

Giant hogweed kills dog

A curious Staffordshire Bull Terrier died tragically because there was no cure for her wound. She had a blister that kept getting bigger and bigger until she had to be put down. The only thing that led to this heartbreaking fate was touching a plant at a park. Now, the deceased dog’s human is warning others to beware of the plant known as “Britain’s Most Dangerous Plant.” While it’s rare to come across this invasive weed, all it takes is … Read more

“Missing” Dog’s Remains Found Buried At Pet Resort

Dog buried at pet resort

On June 29th, 2022, a family was told their dog went missing while staying at a pet resort in Spicewood, Texas. They spent days searching for him only to find out he wasn’t missing at all. Instead, his dead body was buried on the property of the dog daycare. No one knows exactly what happened to the “missing” canine, but the family is devastated. They spent a week searching for him when he wasn’t even on the loose. Officers are … Read more

Why Losing A Dog Can Be Even More Painful Than The Death Of A Loved One

Has a friend ever confided in you that the loss of their dog caused more grief than the death of a close relative? Have you ever felt this way yourself? Society has conditioned us to feel ashamed of such emotions, but research suggests we are more than justified when we deeply mourn the loss of a furry friend. When our first family dog, Spike passed away, my father suffered terribly. He would come home from work and just sit in … Read more

Fans Mourn The Tragic Loss Of “Chopper The Biker Dog”

Chopper the Biker Dog passes away

“Chopper the Biker Dog” was a local celebrity in San Diego his whole life. The adorable Boston Terrier was a therapy dog that visited hospitals, hospice care, and homeless shelters to bring smiles to people’s faces. He often arrived at his destinations on a dog-sized motorcycle wearing a biker outfit. But after many years of bringing love to the community, Chopper’s career came to a heartbreaking end. After battling many health concerns, Chopper passed away at 12 years old. He … Read more

Heroic Pit Bull Dies Saving Kids From Mountain Lion Attack

Dog dies saving kids

Lady, a 2-year-old Pit Bull/Chihuahua mix, loved her family more than anything. Whenever the family’s four kids would play outside, Lady wouldn’t be far behind. Until recently, playtime was relaxing and fun, but when a mountain lion approached the yard, Lady’s protective side kicked in. In a horrific showdown, Lady fought the massive mountain lion to make sure it stayed away from her young family members. At first, she walked away from the fight, but she didn’t live much longer. … Read more

Woman Tries To Return Deceased Dog’s Food, But Receives Surprise Instead

Returning late dog's food

When rescue dog Gus passed away unexpectedly, his mom Anna Brose was left with an empty heart and a full bag of dog food. Many people shared their condolences with Brose and her husband, but nothing seemed to cheer her up. Despite her sorrows, Brose knew she had to do something about the unopened bag of prescription dog food she had purchased. So, she reached out to to see if she could return it for a refund. Their unexpected … Read more

Brazilian Traveler Dies Alongside His Beloved Dog In Tragic Accident

A Brazilian man and his faithful canine travel companion died tragically in a car accident just days before completing the road trip of a lifetime. Jesse Kozechen, an Instagram influencer and self-proclaimed wanderer, was 29 years old at the time of the accident. He and his Golden Retriever, Shurastey, died immediately on impact. The adventurous duo was nearing the completion of a lifelong dream: to travel, by car, across the United States, from Brazil to Alaska. At the time of … Read more

Chicago Fire Cast And Crew Mourn The Loss Of Their Famous Dalmatian Costar

Tuesday Dalmatian passes away

A Dalmatian named Tuesday was a famous actor in the show Chicago Fire. She made occasional appearances on the series as a dog with the same name as herself, and she quickly grew a fanbase. But sadly, after many years with the show, Tuesday had to say goodbye without much warning. Now, Chicago Fire‘s cast and crew are mourning the loss of their furry friend. Fans of the show are devastated that Tuesday won’t be appearing in episodes anymore, but they’re grateful … Read more

Man Grieves Over Late Dog By Writing A Beautiful Story From Benny’s Perspective

Warning: grab the tissues.  When musician John Pointer wrote and shared an essay about the day his beloved Boxer Benny passed away–from Benny’s point of view–he did it to process his own grief. But little did he know that the story would be circulated world-wide, being translated into multiple languages. When asked what sparked the idea for the essay, John told iHeartDogs: It just didn’t make sense. [Benny] was the Energizer Benny. Nothing stopped him. I couldn’t comprehend it. And I was devastated. I … Read more

Last Living Search Dog From 9/11 Is Given A Heartfelt Goodbye

The last known surviving search dog following the attacks of 9/11 was given the good-bye of a hero as she was laid to rest. Bretagne, a Golden Retriever, had lived an impressive 16 years–almost 17, as her birthday was in August. This brave yet gentle soul will always be known for the heroism she displayed in the aftermath of disasters, including the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and more. As she grew older, she began working with children to … Read more

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt Shares Emotional Tribute To His Beloved Dog Otis

Sports fans will surely recognize Scott Van Pelt from ESPN’s SportsCenter and his work as a golf correspondent. Those with a keen eye may also recognize his beloved dog Otis from Van Pelt’s Covid-era live casts. The Rhodesian Ridgeback was a constant presence in the host’s home office, visible on screen just over Van Pelt’s right shoulder in his favorite leather chair. The Van Pelt family said their final goodbyes to Otis last week after what the sportscaster indicated was … Read more

Hundreds Gather During Memorial For “Max The Miracle Dog”

Memorial walk for Max

“Max the Miracle Dog” was a famous Springer Spaniel who documented his adventurous walks on social media. He and his canine siblings, Paddy and Harry, raised thousands of dollars for charity throughout Max’s life. Even in his senior years, Max was happy and optimistic about his famous walks. But sadly, the 14-year-old pup recently slowed down to a point where he wouldn’t get better. His humans were devastated, but they had to say goodbye. A few weeks after his death, … Read more

Golden Retriever’s Tribute To Late Best Friend Will Bring You To Tears

Hugging Golden Retrievers

Death is a difficult situation for anyone to cope with, but sometimes, dogs take it even harder than we do. They don’t understand where their loved ones went, so they sometimes suffer from sudden behavioral changes. Thus, finding ways to comfort them during loss is crucial. Two Golden Retrievers named Watson and Kiko were inseparable for many years. Despite being younger, Watson always looked out for Kiko and gave him hugs to cheer him up. Now that Kiko has passed … Read more

Famous Therapy Dog & Inspirational Abuse Survivor Aladdin Has Passed Away

The world has lost a beautiful canine soul. Aladdin, 2017 American Humane Hero Dog award winner, State Farm’s “Kindness is Powerful” ambassador, and beloved therapy dog, passed away this week. Laddy was all these things and so much more. He was a survivor, a hero, and most of all, a friend to all who knew him. Aladdin overcame a life of abuse and neglect to become a source of inspiration both in-person and online to his 34,000 Aladdin Nation followers. … Read more

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