While 2009 wasn’t the Year of the Dog (it was actually the Year of the Rat), many stories about our four-legged furiends shared the spotlight, such as the successful rehabilitation of Michael Vick’s dogs; Pet Airways, the first airline for dogs and cats; “First Dog” Bo Obama, and more.
Based on our readers’ visits to the i Love Dogs blog, these were our most popular stories of the year.
1. Geri Hernandez and Partner “Focus” on Agility World Championship – A profile of 2009 AKC Agility World Team members Geri Hernandez and Focus, her Border Collie.
2. Dogs and Humans Gear Up for 2009 FCI Agility World Championship – Both two- and four-legged members of the 2009 AKC Agility World Team prepare for the world championship.
3. Mario Lopez’s Hunt for the Pawfect Pup – The “Extra” host began a 5-month mission to find a pawfect furever friend.
4. Puppy Mill Awareness Day – Dog advocates observed this day in September to raise awareness about the dire condition in puppy mills.
5. Are You a Hero? Adopt a Dog and Become One! – During Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month in October, i Love Dogs featured an adoptable pooch every day (eight lucky dogs found furever homes).
6. Service Dogs Help War Veterans – Trained dogs like Sierra and Picazzo are helping injured war veterans gain independence.
7. AKC National Agility Championship 2009 – An insider’s behind-the-scenes look at this exciting event.
8. Sniffing Toward Early Cancer Detection – Dogs use their remarkable sense of smell to detect lung and breast cancer.
9. Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation on Evacuation Stand-by – The devastating Station Fire in August burned perilously close to this dog sanctuary.
10. Should the First Amendment Protect Animal Abuse Videos? – The Supreme Court is deciding whether the First Amendment should protect depictions of cruelty to animals.
Thank you for reading the i Love Dogs blog. In the new year (and decade), look for even more informative, thought-provoking stories. Happy New Year!
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