Simon the Cat and the Christmas Tree

My dog says there's nothing more fun for the family pet during the holiday season than playing with the Christmas tree! If you've ever had a cat in your life, this scene will probably ring true!

Pitbull Heroes Overcome Stereotypes

My dog says disliking a dog merely because of his or her genes is breedism! Unfortunately, breed discrimination is rampant and pitbulls are the most common victims.

Just like people, dogs are shaped by their experiences. You can have an aggressive poodle or a passive Rottweiler. It's not all about breed.

Check out these great stories of pit bull heroes. And, remember, don't judge a dog by its breed any more than you'd judge a person by his or her skin color. Discrimination stinks!

Katherine Heigl promotes neutering by hating balls

My dog says celebrities who use their fame to promote animal issues are ACES! Check out this great "Funny or Die" video from animal lover and actress Katherine Heigl (watch until the very end!). And be sure to check out the fun merchandise from I Hate Balls!

If you're viewing this post in a reader or email and the video isn't visible, please click the headline to watch it directly on My Dog Says.

It's Pitbull Awareness Day

My dog says if you've ever loved a pitbull, it breaks your heart a little when folks are scared of him or her. Any animal can be trained to be mean, even a poodle. Pitbulls are a victim of cruel humans who have no conscience. 

Has a pitbull ever stolen your heart? If so, Pit Bull Blues by John Shipe will probably hit close to home!

Stop Petlessness Today!

My dog says everything is better when you share it with a furry friend! Why not adopt your new best pal today?

Jack in the Box Kitty!

My dog says cats are a hoot! It's amazing what they'll do in their quest for world domination! We especially like the end when the grey kitty hits the white one on the back as if to say "good job" or "way to hang in there".

This video is a keeper!

Dying Dog Helps Dying Seniors

My dog says this video is a real tear jerker. Baxter is a therapy dog who is at the end of his life. He visits with people who are terminally ill and at the end of their lives, too. If you share your life with an animal, you'll understand and appreciate this amazing connection between humans and canines.

Get the tissues and enjoy this incredible story.

Liza: Hero Hen and Mother of the Year

My dog says heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and species. Meet Liza. A devoted mother who loves her babies just as much as any human mom ever could. This inspiring story is something for the history books. And well worth remembering next time you sit down to eat a bucket of chicken.

* Even when you hit the part in the video where you think this has a horrible ending, stick with it. You won't be disappointed. We promise!


It's Pitbull Appreciation Day!

My dog says today is Pitbull Appreciation Day! Yay yay, woof woof! On this special day, and on every day, remember to punish the deed and not the breed! Dogs are individuals with their own unique personalities, so please say no to breed specific legislation (BSL) if it comes to your city!

Check out these pitties with their families and tell me all pitbulls are bad! No can do! Oh, no, no, no!

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Dog needs legal help to stay with his family

Photo credit: Hollye Dexter
My dog says he hopes you'll support Stitch's family and their legal effort to keep him. Stitch, a French Bulldog, came from a neglectful home, yet was lucky enough to eventually find the love of a committed and loving family. Unfortunately, Stitch's new family has been fighting a legal battle to keep him. Read Stitch's story HERE (be sure to sign the petition!) and know that, sadly, animals are nothing more than property when it comes to the court system.

If you can, buy something from the Save Stitch web store where all proceeds go to Stitch's legal fund. You can also contribute directly by clicking HERE. Lastly, if you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, why not attend the Save Stitch concert on August 14th? Tickets are just $15 and go to a great cause! Oh, you can also "like" Stitch on Facebook so you can stay up to date on his court case.

If you love your companion animals, think how heartbroken you would be if someone tried to take away your furry family! Now, let's help Stitch keep the home he so rightly deserves!

Poolside Fun with Bulldogs!

My dog says it's time for something fun! This video has been making the rounds online, but if you haven't already seen it check it out.

This bulldog is a hoot. Watch his antics all the way to the end of the video. You won't be disappointed!

Can Dogs Ham it Up? Yes!

My dog says this video will lighten your mood for the day! It's hard not to think this is pretty cute. Watch as this dog plays with his friend and goes for the Academy Award for Best Actor!

Credit to Bob Angell who posted this on Google+! Woof! Thanks, Bob!

Comic Strip Writer Advocates for Animal Rights

My dog says if you care about animals (all of them, not just the furry ones who live in your house!), you should check out the comic strip, Bizarro! Written by Dan Piraro, a vegan who advocates for animals through his art, Bizarro helps raise awareness about animal issues that we should all know about.

Check out this great slide show of some of Dan's best comics! And, if you like what you see, vote for Dan in the Vegan 100 list on (note: as Dan moves up or down the list, the "vote" link may not go directly to Dan's profile)!

Could the Death of Bats Mean the End of our Crops?

My dog says it's important to remember that all life has a place in our delicate ecosystem. Even bats.

Apparently, hikers spread around a fungus that's killing bats at an alarming rate. Think that's not a problem? Well, bats eat bugs (100,000 tons a year!) and bugs eat crops. Without bats to keep the insect populations in check, humans don't have food from farms or those farms have to use even more pesticides on our foods. Either option is scary!

The lessons here are easy.
  1. Leave nature alone. It's believed humans spread this disease by going into bat caves. 
  2. All animal life is important and should be respected. 

Now, onto the story from CBS News:

Dumping and Abandoning a Dog is Demented

My dog says a companion animal is a lifetime commitment. If you can't be responsible enough to care for a pet for its lifetime, do whatever it takes to find him or her another home. Abandoning a pet is NEVER an option.

The Animal Protection League of Amsterdam offers this great reminder:

Cat Goes all Mohammad Ali on Unsuspecting Dog

My dog says this is one fierce cat! And, an incredibly tolerant dog!

We promise this video is worth your time.

Kitty has a Playdate with a Pod of Dolphins

My dog says people should get along even half as well as animals. Check out this amazing video of a cat interacting with some dolphins. Now, these people should be whacked in the head for letting their cat be on the edge of the boat, but this is still some incredible footage nonetheless.

The Amazing Devotion of Birds (great video!)

My dog says birds are amazing! These incredible creatures are such great parents, enduring so much to make sure their eggs hatch. Check out this amazing video and be sure you have your speakers on. Hopefully, it will give you a new respect for the birds you see and hear.

Robins - 4 Eggs, 4 Weeks from Fred Margulies on Vimeo.

Mother's Day is for Dogs, too!

My dog says Mother's Day is coming up and it's important to remember that dogs are moms, too! Sadly, many of those moms are forced to live in puppy mills where they stand in wire cages, receive no human love or contact, and are impregnated again and again--with their babies taken away from them. That's no way to treat a mother!

Check out this new PSA from country singer Colbie Caillat and never buy from a pet store or off the internet. If you don't know where the dog you get has come from, chances are you may be supporting a puppy mill!

* Click HERE to urge Congress to protect dogs in puppy mills. 

Russell Simmons speaks out against dog fighting in new video

My dog says hip hop mogul Russell Simmons' is a whole lot of wooftastic! He's vegan and he advocates for animals! What more could a dog like me hope for?

Check out Russell's new PSA to bring awareness to dog fighting and bait dogs. It's puppyrific when famous people use their celebrity to help animals. Go Russell!

More than a Feline! Cute Cat Clips!

My dog says kitties can be cute times two! Check out these great cat clips from The Ellen Degeneres show. The title of the motif says it all: More Than A Feline!

Dog goes to gravesite to say goodbye to family member

My dog says people frequently don't realize how smart canines really are! Dogs are devoted to a fault and can love their families just as much as any person can.

Check out this amazing story below about Friday, a loyal pup whose human dad passed away. Kudos to the mom for being sensitive to Friday's grief. Animals can feel an extreme sense of loss when family members die, too.

Click on the article if you need to make it bigger

Lots of Jerky Treat love to Gary Rocchio who sent this to us! Wooooof!

Provocative PSA promotes shelter animals

My dog says if you TRULY love animals, you have got to adopt! For every dog that is purchased at a pet store or through a breeder, a loving and deserving dog waiting at the shelter dies. It's that simple.

Adopt; never shop.

Labrador Retriever Keeps Lost Toddler Alive and Well

My dog says this is a wonderful example of the loyalty of a family pup! This dog followed a wayward toddler out into the woods to keep him safe and warm. Now, tell me that dogs don't RULE! Bow WOW!

Dog Living at Sea for Three Weeks Gets Rescued

My dog says this is some good video of a dog rescue in Japan. This pup was spotted on a massive collection of floating debris out at sea for three weeks, following the country's earthquake and tsunami. You can't see the dog until about :35 into the video, put you get a good look at what he was living on. Amazing that he could have survived for so long.

Despite all the devastation in Japan, this is one story with a happy ending.

Dog Chases Cat Starsky & Hutch Style!

My dog says he loves all the animal commercials that GEICO does! Now, this is the way dogs should be chasing cats. Kick it into cruise control, get a bag of Pupperoni, and go!

*Milk Bone love to Patricia Anderson Connors for sharing this with us!

New leash attachment provides greater safety during dog walks

My dog says he's discovered an effective way to make those darn retractable leashes safer for dogs. Thanks to Capability: Mom and the kind folks at Freehand Safety Strap, we were able to try out an attachment which provides a more secure connection between the hand and hard casing of the leash (you can see a demonstration in the video below).

Well, after testing it out, we were quite pleased with the strap. It provides peace of mind for the human and a safer walk for the dog. Win-win.

Let us know if you try it out. We give it two paws up!

Disclaimer: We won a free attachment and we wrote this review in hopes that people who use retractable leashes will be more aware of the safety issues that accompany them. No compensation has exchanged hands and this is not a paid advertisement.

A Look at Japan's Cat Island

My dog says he just learned that there's a place in Japan called Cat Island. Despite the country's quake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown, the residents of the remote isle are doing fine--but they need food (rescue groups are trying to get a helicopter to the island since the water is too full of debris to go by boat).

Apparently, Cat Island is a fishing village and the locals believe that the cats are good luck. Tourists, and animal lovers, even visit the island to experience it for themselves. Check out the news piece below with great footage of Cat Island (no translation was provided, unfortunately).  Oh, and it wouldn't be My Dog Says without a little reminder to spay and neuter your cats!

Devoted dog stays with injured friend after Japan's tsunami

My dog says there is no creature on Earth more loyal than a dog! This video captured in Japan shows just how amazing that sense of devotion is. In the wake of an earthquake and a tsunami, this dog refuses to leave his canine companion's side. And, rest assured, since this news footage was shot, both dogs have been rescued and taken to local clinics for veterinary care.

* Below the video is the transcript of the Japanese narration, courtesy of Toshiyuki Kitamura and Yahoo!. Oh, and to help Japan's animals in need, donate through World Vets or check out Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support on Facebook. 

We are in Arahama area. Looks like there is a dog. There is a dog. He looks tired and dirty. He must have been caught in the tsunami. He looks very dirty.

He has a collar. He must be someone's pet. He has a silver collar. He is shaking. He seems very afraid.

Oh, there is another dog. I wonder if he is dead.


Right there. There is another dog right next to the one sitting down. He is not moving. I wonder. I wonder if he is alright.

The dog is protecting him.

Yes. He is protecting the dog. That is why he did not want us to approach them. He was trying to keep us at bay.

I can't watch this. This is a very difficult to watch.

Oh. Look. He is moving. He is alive. I am so happy to see that he is alive.

Yes! Yes! He is alive.

He looks to be weakened. We need to them to be rescued soon. We really want them rescued soon.

Oh good. He's getting up.

It is amazing how they survived the tremendous earthquake and tsunami. It's just amazing that they survived through this all.

* Jerky Treats and Milk Bones to No Kill Nation who posted this video on their Facebook wall.

Fight PIGnorance!

My dog says he's met some wonderful pigs over the years. They are amazingly friendly, smart, and social animals. Check out this great video from Best Friends Animal Society about PIGnorance and learn a bit more about these incredible creatures! Oink!

Don't Judge a Shelter Dog by Her Fear or Matted Hair

My dog says if you open your heart--and your eyes--every dog out there makes for a wonderful companion. This video is a great reminder that the abused, the neglected, the dirty, and the unsightly just need a human to see them for who they are inside and extend a gentle and compassionate hand. Check out Edie's story. It's a moving account about how quickly a dog can be won over when a human just shows a little patience and kindness.

My sister met Brad Pitt (fun photo site)!

My dog says today is Monday Funday! We talk about a lot of serious stuff here, but this is just something totally fun. My sister Faith wants to share a star sighting! Check her out with her favorite movie actor, Brad Pitt!

Oh, and how could I forget? My cousin Violet met Ashton Kutcher at the Academy Awards!

Oh, and I couldn't resist. Look at me! I'm Mona Lisa! Woof!

To make a photo of your own, click HERE. It's bow wowrific!

Hat tip to Dog is God in Reverse where we saw photos made using this fun site!

How to properly bottle feed a homeless puppy

My dog says this is a great instructional video on how to bottle feed a puppy! The "instructor" works with Found Animals Foundation, an animal advocacy group that offers low cost spay and neuter programs, pet resources, and animal adoption.

This video is a great how-to if you'd like to become a foster parent to a pup who doesn't have a mom to feed from directly. We're all about spay and neuter at My Dog Says, so remember to say no to breeding! Woof!

Would YOU use the Poo Trap?

My dog says there's no shortage of crazy products out there! Personally, if anyone tried to strap this on me, I'd bite them!

What do you think of the Poo Trap?

How to keep your pet's teeth in tip top condition

My dog says it's Pet Dental Health Month! Woof!

Yep, just like people, dogs and cats need to keep their teeth healthy. Check out this video from the American Veterinary Medical Association which will show you how to clean your pet's teeth at home.

*Warning: Among other things, the video advocates using rawhide as a way to clean your dog's teeth. You should NEVER let your dog chew on rawhide. Not only can it become slimy and get stuck in your dog's throat (it happened to my doggie brother!), most rawhide is made in foreign countries and contains formaldehyde. Rawhide is not something you should ever give to your dog.

Milkbone love to Sara who tweeted the info on Pet Dental Health month!

18 great animal websites

My dog says he wants to share some of his favorite animal-related websites with you! We're big on animal adoption and protection around here, so you'll find some great resources here. Also, there a few useful sites that will help you incorporate your dog into your everyday living and good educational information about living with disabled pets.

Happy web surfing!  

Dog Friendly
Dogs Deserve Better
Blind Dogs
Deaf Dogs
Handicapped Pets
Pets with Disabilities
Dog Tipper
The Animal Rescue Site
Pets of the Homeless
Stop Killing Dogs
Dog Friendly
Pet Harbor
Twitter A Critter
Bring Fido
Pet Finder
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Justin Bieber speaks out in support of animal adoption

My dog says he's not a fan of teen music sensations. However, Justin Bieber just set himself apart from the rest of the pack by using his celebrity to advocate for animals. As part of a campaign to highlight animal adoption, instead of buying at pet stores, Justin shares his love of dogs and his compassion for our four-footed friends.

Check out his behind the scenes video interview at the PETA2 photo shoot.

Learn more about Justin Bieber at

Mixed martial arts pro talks about being a lifelong vegetarian

My dog says you should check out mixed martial arts fighter Jake Shields! He's been vegetarian his entire life and is expected to win the UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championship this year. Think you need to eat dead animals to be strong? Heck no!

Every animal deserves a kind touch from a human

My dog says he really likes this photo. No commentary on this one; the quote and cute piggy say it all.

Deer heads out to sea, but firefighters come to the rescue!

My dog says this is one lucky deer. She began floating out to sea on a piece of ice. Luckily, firefighters in Poland managed to save her. Check out the footage below. Happy ending included!

New rap song tries to stop dog fighting

My dog says he hopes this song reaches the right audience to help stop dog fighting. Lots of rappers preach violence, but K-Lethal Feat and Lady Bishop are using music to educate and advocate. Check out their music video and spread it around! The dogs need every one of us to help. Stop dog fighting!

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