Jill Karnicki was watching local news on a Saturday morning when she first learned about Ginger, a 14-year-old shepherd mix. Each week, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brings an adoptable pet to a local TV station to highlight as the "Pet of the Week." The group brought Ginger with the hope of finding the older pet a home. Karnicki already cared for two other dogs and had only been tempted to look for a shelter pet once before, but Ginger's age struck her.
Fastening your seatbelt when you get in the car is a no-brainer for humans. But pets can't buckle up on their own, and should always travel in a safe crate or carrier. During a crash, or if you slam on the brakes, pets can act as projectiles if they are not properly secured. And they can also distract drivers from keeping their eyes on the road.
One of Dr. Ian Kupkee's colleagues took her dog, Finn, out in mid-June when it suddenly sprinted into the backyard. The South Florida veterinarian's co-worker noticed the 4-month-old Australian Shepherd was eyeing a toad and started smacking its lips. Within minutes, the dog started showing signs of "being drugged," Kupkee said, so she rushed it to the animal clinic. During the car ride, the pet began having seizures.
An animal care center in Arizona says all of its dogs up for adoption are special, but Drew is particularly unique. This adorable bandanna-wearing pooch actually says hello (or that's what it sounds like). As one woman is heard saying in the video, "Oh my goodness, a dog that says hello, I've never seen that." (Credit: Maricopa County Animal Care & Control)