Banksy and Hamilton were best canine companions, doing everything together until Hamilton passed away. Banksy was deeply affected by the loss of his best friend. His owners became very concerned, as Banksy became depressed and spent most of his time sleeping.
They decided that adding a new dog to the family might be the answer. Enter Mochi, an adorable fluffball from Jindo Love Rescue, an organization that saves and adopts out dogs from the Korean dog meat trade.
Mochi also just happens to look like a miniature version of Hamilton! After a successful introduction, Banksy and Mochi have become inseparable, sharing everything from toys to walks to Puppuccino drinks side by side.
Watch the adorable video from The Dodo below. You can also follow the adventures of Banksy and Mochi (with their new friend Bowie) on their Instagram account!
The American Pet Products Association recently released its latest pet industry spending numbers and reports that we spent a record-breaking $72.56 billion on our pets in 2018, up $3 billion from the 2017 figures.
The survey found that millennial pet owners are driving the spending, with their willingness to pay more than previous generations for quality pet products and services.
Here are a few key spending figures from the APPA survey:
Food: $30.32 billion
Supplies and over the counter medications: $16.01 billion
Veterinary care: $18.11 billion
Live animal purchases: $2.01 billion (this is down 4.3% from 2017)
Other services (boarding, grooming, etc.): $6.11 billion
Premium brand pet foods and treats continue to be a driving factor in pet industry growth. Other areas of growth include nutritional supplements and digital pet-related technologies.
The APPA also notes that Americans, especially millennials, are acquiring greater numbers of pets through shelters and rescues, which may account for the decrease in live animal sales.
Check out the statistics, including spending estimates for 2019, on the APPA website HERE.
Maisie is an adorable and active dog who also happened to be born both deaf and blind. Maisie is known as a double merle dog, the result of breeding two blue merle dogs together (generally regarded as poor breeding practice).
Double merles are prone to both eye and ear abnormalities that can lead to blindness and deafness, as was the case with Maisie.
Maisie was a rescue puppy when mom Haley adopted her after fostering her for just a few months. Haley developed a successful training routine for Maisie that incorporated touch.
Haley and Maisie work together to raise awareness about the health risks of breeding double merle dogs. Check out the heartwarming story of Haley and Maisie from The Dodo:
This Easter marks the first year a new California animal welfare law designed to protect rabbits goes into effect. California is the first state in the US to ban live rabbit sales at pet stores—an effort to cut back on the number of rabbits that are either abandoned, surrendered to shelters, or euthanized after Easter.
This is the same law that also bans the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores. Pet stores can still house adoptable dogs, cats, and rabbits from local animal shelters.
According to an article from Reuters, animal shelters see a spike in rabbit intakes one to three months after Easter. The House Rabbit Society notes that thousands of rabbits, many still under one year old, are surrendered to California shelters.
Under the new law, rabbits will still be available for adoption from animal shelters and rescue groups, so California rabbit fans have the opportunity to provide a new forever home for rabbits in need!
April 11th is National Pet Day, a great time to celebrate our pets…and to raise awareness about the many dogs, cats, and other animals waiting for their new forever families in shelters right now!
Pictured above is recent FACE Success Story Pup, a 9 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). Pup received life-saving spinal surgery with the help of a FACE grant and is now doing well!