There are so many interesting news stories out there about pets and other animals, veterinary medicine or other animal related topics!  Each week we’ll be gathering some stories that might be interesting to you, so keep posted each week for new stories!  Hopefully you’ll find the information is some of these articles useful and interesting!  Since this week is International Assistance Dog Week, all of these recent stories about dogs that have been an assistance dog in one way or another.

These are Dog Days at the Post Office” – Legendary postal service dog gets his own stamp

Learn about why “Owney” the dog is getting his own Forever Stamp with the U.S. Postal Service.  He was one of several dogs that carried letters and packages in the days of the Old American West.

Canines Trained to Help People with Diabetes” – Canines get new lease on life as diabetic-alert dogs

The nonprofit CARES, or Canine Assisted Rehabilitation and Education Services, is a relatively new organization that trains dogs to act as alert systems for people with diabetes. These dogs are able to smell when their human partner has low blood-sugar levels, before those humans know.

The Human-Canine Bond: Can Play Cure PTSD in Dogs

Just as people can get PTSD from traumatic situations dogs put through situations like war zones, violent crime scenes and abusive homes can suffer from a similar condition.  Just as pets have been shown to help people get through, so have humans been shown to help dogs get through.

Dogs Get Chance at New Life” – 2 rescued dogs win spots in police-dog training program

Two lucky dogs have been chosen from the Franklin County Humane Society to be dogs in training candidates for a Virginia Police Dog program.

Honey, Stop the Car: Monuments that Move” – Smokey the Terrier

Smokey was a Yorkshire Terrier that was a hero of World War II.  His help kept American soldiers from being put in danger.

Military Dogs Enjoy Brighter Future After Service” – There’s New Life After War For Military Dogs

Military working dogs were once euthanized after their service was over, but now their handlers are putting pressure on the military to adopt them when their duties are over.