Aromatherapy for Dogs: Dog Fashion Spa Launches Essential Calming Oils for Traveling and Anxious Dogs to Celebrate Global Pet Expo

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Dog Fashion Spa launches essential calming oils for dog relaxation developed to naturally relax and calm dogs who are uneasy or nervous when traveling and dogs who are anxious or fearful. The new product for dogs is being introduced to pet stores, pet professionals and dog parents on March 12, 2014, at Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida: http://ow.ly/tW4qi.

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Essential Calming Oils for Dog Relaxation

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 26, 2014

Essential Calming Oils for Dog Relaxation by Dog Fashion Spa

Dog Fashion Spa's newest creation, Essential Calming Oils for dog relaxation, is now available as a 100% natural way to help relax nervous dogs through aromatherapy and deliver Quality Life For Dogs®. The new product for dogs is essential for pets who travel and get uneasy in cars or on airplanes, as well as dogs who have anxiety and fear issues, including separation anxiety or fear of thunderstorms.

Dog Fashion Spa dog relaxation blend features pure essential oils of bergamot and tangerine peel, lavender flower, ginger root, rose geranium, ylang ylang flower, and marjoram leaf mixed with liquid coconut oil.

Dog Fashion CEO Elena Volnova commented, "Dog Fashion Spa essential calming oils have been developed by leading experts in canine aromatherapy to help dogs that are anxious or uneasy. Dog owners can also use the essential oils to improve traveling experiences for their dogs who have to spend time in cars and on airplanes or to create a relaxing spa day for any dog."

Aromatherapy is the century-old practice of using essential oils to support overall health and well-being, which is now available for canines. Dog Fashion Spa essential calming oils for dog relaxation features ingredients that are known for their calming and relaxation effects on dogs. Bergamot and tangerine peel oils ease stress, tension, and fears; lavender flowers have instant calming and relaxation effects on canines; ginger root soothes a nervous dog's upset stomach; rose geranium promotes stability and balance; ylang ylang flowers temper dog's fear and anger; while marjoram leaf cools down the sensations and relieves dog anxiety and tension.

Dog parents are advised to apply Dog Fashion Spa's essential calming oils to their fingers and gently massage the dog's ears. The product can also be used on humans to relax both the dog parent and the dog.

Dog Fashion Spa co-founder Domenico Ponti added, "There are dog owners and there are dog parents. This new product is for dog parents who care about their dog's well-being and are looking for a 100% natural way to make their dog comfortable, especially when traveling."

Dog Fashion Spa will officially introduce their line of dog grooming and personal care products to the $56 billion pet industry on March 12, 2014, at Global Pet Expo in Orlando. Dog Fashion Spa products will be featured in New Product Showcase, including signature dog coat care products, the company's iconic dog fragrancesnon-toxic nail care, and dog daily essentials like gentle eye pads and paw and nose moisturizer.

Pet product buyers will have an opportunity to experience and buy the Dog Fashion Spa line and take advantage of Global Pet Expo show specials, including a chance to win an iPad mini for any wholesale order over $100. Other show specials include 10% off wholesale prices on orders over $100, free shipping on orders over $300, and complimentary fixtures for pet stores and retailers with qualified orders. In addition, buyers who place orders for 10 shampoos, conditioners or gentle eye pads will receive two more for free.

CEO Elena Volnova commented, "We cannot wait to show Dog Fashion Spa products at Global Pet Expo. We invite pet industry professionals to stop by our booth #4259 in the What's New section and discover Quality Life for Dogs®. We have created show specials that will last during the show days only and one lucky buyer will receive an iPad mini. We are also a proud supporter of members of WIPIN, Women in the Pet Industry Network, who are recognized with special deals on Dog Fashion Spa products."

About Dog Fashion Spa

Dog Fashion Spa, owned by a NYC-based startup Dog Fashion, is a refined line of all natural personal care products for dogs made in the U.S.A. and designed to provide Quality Life for Dogs®.

Discover a variety of dog grooming products, from coat care, featuring signature dog shampoo, conditioner and two dog lotions, to paw and eye care that include eyes pads for dog eyes and moisturizer for dog paws. The brand is known for developing upscale fragrances for dogs and promoting dog birthday and holiday gifts. Dog Fashion Spa products are available online at http://www.dogfashionspa.com and at select pet stores, dog grooming salons, and doggy daycare.

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Dogs Are Heroes Following Boston Marathon Bombing

Boston Police officers take a break from patroling the streets to pet K-9 Comfort Dogs.With both myself and co-founder, Melissa, living and working close to Boston, the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings really hit close to home. As countless news reports and first-hand accounts have shown however, out of the tragedy rose the goodness of human nature. It was as if the entire city of Boston were one big family, each person treating the person standing next to them with kindness and equality. Everyone had one mission - to see the successful capture of the second brother that was on the run.

Specially-trained K9 dogs were crucial partners in the outcome of the manhunt that ended with the apprehension of suspect #2 on Friday night. Between bomb-sniffing dogs that continue to investigate whether any more devices were deployed to harm the city of Boston, and K9 tactical teams that swooped in to ensure the suspect did not escape from his hiding place, dogs were heroes too that day.

This pup greeted folks at the bag pickup location following the Marathon. His presence eased tension and gave folks a warm, fluffy companion to help their stress.The unspeakable evil left many scars for hundreds of victims, but some very special therapy dogs are playing a major role in the healing process. K-9 Comfort Dogs, a segment of the Lutheran Church Charities, were deployed with their dedicated handlers to Boston on Tuesday, one day after the horrific bombings, to help survivors and first responders cope with sadness and stress. 

These amazing dogs are trained specifically to deal with high-stress situations, with each of the organization's retrievers going through at least 8 months of training prior to being deployed.

The pups have been located at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, several blocks away from the Boston Marathon finish line location, with visiting hours posted on their personal Facebook pages and here.

Two of the visiting pups, Addie and Maggie, served Newtown CT following the Sandy Hook tragedy. Isaiah, Luther and Ruthie are also present.

Kudos to all those who helped bring justice to the city of Boston and everyone affected by this senseless act, and to the dedicated and superbly-trained K-9 Comfort Dogs for helping bring peace to the to those affected.

The Connection Between Your Dog's Health and Their Food

puppy eating foodA new report is circulating the internet today that Purina's Beneful dog food brand is making dogs deathly ill and even leading to many deaths, yet no recall has been ordered by the FDA.

If you research the Consumer Affairs website, you will see that to date, there have been 325 complaints filed regarding this brand. Complaints range from reports of kidney failure to throwing up.

I'm sure some will disagree about the value of these reports, but there is something to be said about the relationship between your dog's health and overall well-being and what they eat.

We've suggested to our friends and followers before to utilize www.dogfoodanalysis.com to research the food they are feeding their fuzzy friends. (Read our previous blog on this topic here.) Dog food brands are notoriously good at exaggerating the nutritional value of their food by using words like "all natural" and "holistic." But unless you read the ingredients and truly understand the nutritional needs of your pet, these trendy words are meaningless.

Dog foods that use a lot of "filler" ingredients, such as corn and any by-products that have no nutritional value can actually harm your pet. These lower quality foods can be found everywhere from grocery stores to Petco, making them an easy fix for pet owners. But that does not make them the best choice for your dog's well-being.

Start by heading over to www.dogfoodanalysis.com and finding your dog's food. Read the review thoroughly and you'll better understand how to best feed your pet. And remember, just because a high-quality food may be slightly more expensive than a low-quality food, your cost will be lessened by the fact that your dog will inevitably need to eat less of the high-quality food to feel full and happy. Following the feeding instructions based on the size and weight of your dog is another important step to ensuring a healthy weight.

High-quality foods keep your dog satisfied and at a happy weight. It also helps with the health of your dog's coat and keeps diseases and the onset of arthritis at bay. Just as people are more healthy when they eat well, dogs are too. With so many benefits to feeding your beloved dog a high-quality diet, why not research your dog's food and make educated decisions for their well-being?

Recent Pet Ownership Statistics

Every 5 years the American Veterinary Medical Association conducts a survey regarding pet ownership and related topics. Their findings are published in their U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook.

Some interesting statistics were released in the latest study:

  • In 2011, six-out-of-ten pet owners, or 63.2%, considered their pets to be family members.
  • There are approximately 70 million pet dogs in the U.S. and 74.1 million pet cats.
  • The average veterinary expenditure per household for all pets was $375 in 2011.

I wish that the percentage of pet owners who consider their pets part of their family were higher, but I guess it's a starting point. Hopefully efforts such as the Daily Dog Blog can help make a difference in that statistic 5-years from now!

I was also surprised to learn that the average veterinary expenditure per household was only $375. I suppose this could be because I know I personally spend a lot more than that per year, but then again, my dog is a diabetic and has special health needs. So I suppose the low amount could be a good indication that fortunately most pets are well-cared for and live health lives. At least I hope that's the case!

Did any of these stats surprise you? Let us know in our comment section below!

Newspaper Feature on Pup-a-Razzi Fundraiser

We wanted to share an article published in our local newspaper, The Standard Times, about our fundraiser that is coming up this weekend. So here it is!

Four-legged Photo Shoot to Benefit Forever Paws

By
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
September 04, 2012 12:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD — Dogs are natural fashion models, but now they have a chance to be model citizens, as well.

DailyDogBlog.org and Iris Images have teamed up for Pup-a-Razzi, a photo-op fundraiser at Buttonwood Park to benefit Forever Paws Animal Shelter in Fall River. Forever Paws is the contracted facility for New Bedford and Westport for lost or abandoned animals.

There will be two photo sessions: 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Elizabeth Cincotta, co-creator of DailyDogBlog with fellow New Bedford High School alum Melissa Cusson, is a former volunteer with Forever Paws. "We wanted the beneficiary to be a local shelter — definitely one that is no-kill," she said.

Cincotta and Cusson started the website in January 2012 over their mutual love of pets. The website features everything from health and safety tips to adoption information and general pet news.

"Melissa and I always used to talk about our pets in high school, and last year we got back in touch because she adopted a new dog similar to my Gadget," said Cincotta.

Vanessa Machado, New Bedford resident and owner of Iris Images, was recruited by DailyDogBlog to photograph pets to feature on the website. Because she wanted to expand her pet photography portfolio, Machado — who named her business after her first dog — came up with the idea of hosting a photo shoot event.

"I've always been passionate about animals," said Machado, who started her wedding photography business a year ago. Her website is facebook.com/IrisImagesPhotography.

For $10, dog owners will choose from a variety of photo themes and receive five digital images of their pet; $5 from each shoot will go to Forever Paws. Images will be posted to Shutterfly.com or emailed to the pet owner. The dogs will also receive a special treat to bring home. Participants may also bring their own costumes and props and will assemble near the Warming House to ensure the dogs remain leashed.

Gail Furtado, president of the Forever Paws Board of Directors, knows exactly where the money will go.

"We have seven puppies that were taken during a drug raid. They were emaciated and covered with mange," Furtado said. "This money will be spent on their medical care to prepare them for a future adoption." The puppies were rescued last month in New Bedford.

Pre-registration is suggested. To request a time slot, email Machado at vanessa.machado@facebook.com. Walk-ups are also welcome. For more information, visit www.dailydogblog.org.

Bring Pets Inside During Aerial Mosquito Spraying

A number of cities and towns local to me have begun aerial spraying to combat the threat of EEE and West Nile Virus that mosquitoes bring. While this is a great thing, there are precautions that officials warn you take during the spraying, and some of them affect pets.mosquito spraying

During spraying, people are urged to:

  • Close windows
  • Shut off air conditioning
  • Bring pets inside

It is also suggested that you wash any items left outside during spraying before using them again. This includes patio furniture, fruits and vegetables, pet bowls and pet toys.

Keep an eye on your local news station, newspaper or city website and be sure to keep your family and your pets safe during aerial spraying.

Lennox is Poster Dog for Why Breed-Specific Legislation is Not Logical

Lennox in his prison in BelfastAnyone reading this blog has probably at least heard mention of the plight of Lennox, a 7-year-old dog from Northern Ireland who was seized from his loving family two years ago as a breed banned under the UK's Dangerous Dogs Act. If this is the first you are hearing of it, you have only to do a quick Google search or look it up on Facebook to see the countless stories, articles, petitions etc.

Lennox is a prime example of why I completely disagree with breed-specific legislation. This dog was living an innocent life with his family, when he got taken away and stowed in horrid conditions all because he "looked like a possible pit-bull type," per the Belfast City Council. He had never bit anymore or even snapped at anyone in the 7 years of his life. Why then did he deserve this to happen to him? How can humans, who are supposed to be the intelligent species capable of reason and logic, rationalize what they have done to this dog and to the family that loved him? Who gave us the right to determine what creature lives and which ones don't belong among us based purely upon what they look like?

The Barnes family, who own Lennox, have been campaigning tirelessly for his release. They've spent countless hours in legal battles and discussions with the Belfast City Council, even asking them to allow Lennox to be re-homed to a family located in the U.S. to spare his life. The campaign to spare Lennox has gained so much attention that Victoria Stilwell of the popular series, It's Me or the Dog, has visited Belfast and offered to pay all expenses related to Lennox's release and re-homing to the U.S.Lennox as a puppy

There's even been speculation as to whether Lennox is even truly alive. Apparently no one has actually seen the dog in months and the Belfast Council ignores requests for proof of life.

From the information that is being offered, this whole case seems completely wrong to me. Personally I do not feel that the Belfast City Council has satisfied their burden of proof in showing why Lennox should be considered dangerous.

So far the word is still that Lennox is scheduled to be euthanized tomorrow. The Belfast Council has also reportedly told the family that they cannot be with Lennox while they put him to sleep, and that they'd only later receive "a little of his ashes in the mail."

The people responsible for this decision should truly be ashamed of themselves, and I only hope that reason wins over the Belfast City Council and that Lennox is given a chance at life.

Please visit the official Save Lennox Facebook page and show your support to the family during this difficult time. There is also an official petition on his behalf on the Save Lennox website.

Please join animal lovers worldwide in voicing that this is not acceptable and that change is needed!

Disaster Preparedness Includes Your Pets

dogs at animal shelterWorking full-time as the head of marketing for an insurance agency, I am constantly reminding people how to prepare for severe weather, creating disaster plans, etc.

But seeing this feature story on Accuweather about how animal shelters are filling to capacity following the spat of severe weather the nation has been experiencing made me realize that people also need to be reminded to include their pets in their disaster plans.

Your pet is a member of your family. Please do not leave them behind should severe weather strike your community. Instead, plan ahead of time.

Always make sure that your pet has some form of identification on them -- whether it be in the form of a collar with a traditional name tag (always include an updated phone number) or a microchip. Personally I would rather be safe than sorry and would have both! Should something happen to your pet's collar, you have peace of mind that your pet is still identifiable by the microchip that any shelter or veterinarian should be able to scan.dogs in shelter

Severe weather is almost always reported prior to its arrival. Talk with friends or family member who live at least 25 miles away from your community (since their home may not be affected by a storm that hits your home) and discuss possibilities for watching your pets while you sort out the details of damage done to your home, etc.

Evacuation orders are possible in times of dangerous weather. Prepare ahead of time by knowing an animal-friendly home, hotel or shelter that you can travel to. Your pet is a living, breathing thing and does not belong left behind.

As you can see in this Accuweather video, animal shelters quickly become overwhelmed with animals following severe storms. This puts a strain on staff, resources, and of course, the animals. Not to mention, your animal could end up in a kill shelter! And if that happens and you do not locate your pet quickly enough, how will you live with that guilt?

Prepare you and your family before severe weather hits.

Shooting of Family Dogs Shocks Community

Woody the Golden Retriever was shot and killedRIP Woody : (As a lifelong resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts, I've always known the city had its rough areas just like every other city in this country. But I was appalled when I learned that on February 13th, a pedestrian out walking in the New Bedford Industrial Park area came across the bodies of two dead dogs.

Those dogs turned out to be family pets that were reported missing a few weeks earlier -- a beloved Chihuahua and a Golden Retriever. Veterinarian Gerald Pietsch of the Anchor Animal Hospital in Dartmouth examined the poor animals' bodies and determined that they had both been shot "execution style," from behind.

The Golden Retriever was a 12-year old family pet named Woody. Woody's owner, Eric Nelson, has told reporters that the last time he had seen his pet was on the night of January 18th, when he let Woody outside. The dog did not return as he usually did, and Nelson proceeded to hang "Missing Dog" flyers in his neighborhood and contact local animal shelters and groups.

Sadly, Nelson was told by an Animal Control officer on February 13th that Woody's body was found next to the Chihuahua in the Industrial Park.

Who could do such a thing? What kind of coward makes the decision to shoot two poor, innocent animals to death? And from behind? Could the monster not look into the sweet eyes of the little dogs while they shot them? And did they steal these dogs as well? The entire story makes me sick.

The MSPCA is desperately seeking information that leads to the arrest of the sub-human responsible for the shooting death of these dogs. They began by offering a $1,000 reward for any information that helps their case, but due to the overwhelming support of the community and outpourings of financial assistance, that reward has been increased to $6,000.

Anyone with any information related to this case is strongly urged to call the MSPCA hotline at 1-800-628-5808.

Dog Beaten with a Hammer Now Living THE Life

During a walk through an Atlanta park 4 years ago, Robert Kennedy caught site of a blue towel that appeared to be covering something. What the 60-year-old man found under the towel, changed his life forever.Murphy is now doing great!

Barely alive and severely beaten, a 9-year-old Australian Shepard mix, was shivering underneath the towel. Kennedy scooped up the poor animal and brought him to the closest veterinarian's office and urged him to do whatever he could to save the dog.

Stephen Pope, the medical director at VCA Pets Are People Too in Dunwoody, described the dog as thin, clearly in shock from the trauma, and unresponsive.

Murphy, as the dog became known as, was immediately rushed into surgery to repair his severely damaged skull and jaw and to remove his damaged left eye. He was then placed on a variety of medications and placed under careful watch while he recuperated.

The dog not only recovered, he was a medical marvel to those who knew his plight. Murphy was sent home on just the eighth day of his stay at the vet.

“I hope if I ever have any challenges, I can recover like him,” Kennedy says Murphy. “I take my cues from Murphy, and he has forgotten all about it.”

Luckily, Murphy suffers from no serious neurological damage following his beating.

The veterinarian states that much of Murphy's recovery has to do with the $10,000 worth of care and twice-daily visits from Mr. Kennedy. This caring man has truly brought out the best in a dog who truly deserved love.

Kennedy also treated Murphy for other lingering health problems, such as being underweight and battling a skin condition. Under Kennedy’s care, Murphy has plumped up from 38 pounds to a healthy 53 pounds. His once-bald tail and patchy fur now gleam from daily fish oil treatments and regular brushing.

The caring man was overwhelmed by how many people responded to Murphy’s case. He set up a trust fund for the dog’s care after offers to help poured in from 30 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. He raised $38,000 — money that will last throughout Murphy’s life and then go to nonprofit pet rescue groups.

But Kennedy isn't doing any of this for attention. After setting up the trust fund, he has rejected numerous offers from TV stations and shows, including the "Ellen DeGeneres show."

An investigation proved that Atlanta resident, Joe Waters, decided to bash his dog, then named Austin, twice in the head with a sledgehammer and then abandon him in the park.

The jury convicted Waters of a felony and two misdemeanors in what he described as a mercy attack when he mistakenly thought his pet had been poisoned.

Just moments before the judge sentenced Waters to one year in jail, a prosecutor presented Kennedy with notarized papers. Murphy was now officially his!

Happy endings can happen!

Elderly Woman Credits Her Mini Schnauzer With Saving Her Life

Bethe Bennett of Glendale, Arizona is now recuperating in a hospital bed after falling in her home last Friday and breaking her femur. But if it weren't for her dog, Danny, she might still be lying on that floor waiting for help to come, or worse.

After her brutal fall, Bethe passed out from the pain. When she woke, it was because Danny was licking her face. Her faithful companion, who is a trained service dog, listened while she instructed him to go get her the phone.

According to the report, Danny had not been an active service dog in quite some time, but Danny still figured out what his owner was asking him to do. He marched down the hall, jumped on the couch and then grabbed the phone with his teeth.

Bethe credits her dog with saving her life.

“I would still be there,” she told reporters. “Nobody was coming to check on me until Monday or Tuesday.”

Did you know that you can influence animal welfare legislation?

If you ever thought "I wish I could do more to help..." or "I'm too busy to volunteer but I want to make an impact", then I encourage you to think about sharing your passion with others pursuing justice for our pets and animals by getting the law on their side.

Currently, there is a Senate Bill (S. 1033) that needs your support! Here's a quick overview of what the Bill hopes to achieve (thanks MSPCA for this summary): 

  • helping to fund spay/neuter efforts to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs; 
  • ensuring animal control officers are trained, which will result in greater licensing compliance and stronger enforcement of dangerous dog laws;
  • improving dangerous dog laws to ensure they are effective (without being breed-specific);
  • authorizing specific humane means for euthanasia of stray cats and dogs (and outlawing the use of gas).

In order to keep the Bill alive, please tell your Senator that you support this Bill. Supporting it is very easy. MSPCA created this great form that creates a letter that you can automatically send to your Senator stating your support. 

Click here to fill out the form and send your support -- our animals will thank you.

If you do not live in Massachusetts, please contact your Senator or local SPCA or Humane Society to find out how you can help!

Shelter Dog Finds His Calling Helping Sick Boy

Lucas Hembree kisses his dog JunoFour-year-old Lucas Hembree suffers from Sanfilippo syndrome, an inherited, metabolic disease caused by the absence or malfunctioning of an enzyme needed to break down long sugar molecules.

The Hembree family was devastated to learn that their little boy would lose the ability to speak, walk and eat. The disease also causes severe neurological damage that leads to aggressive behavior, hyperactivity and seizures.

Worst of all, there is currently no cure of even treatment for the disease.

This poor little boy isn't expected to live past the age of 15, and doctors expect he will be in a vegetative state by the time he is just 8 years old.

Realizing that every single second is important and is a cherished moment with their son, Chester and Jennifer Hembree decided to look into getting a service dog for their son. Chester was optimistic that a service dog could help keep Lucas steady as he walked and would help keep him calm when he became agitated.

The father was told that it would cost at least $15,000 to get a service dog for his son and that Lucas was not "a good candidate" for a service dog because of his deteriorating health.

Feeling defeated, Chester made one last effort to get a dog for Lucas and began looking into shelter dogs he thought he might be able to train. That is when he found Juno.

Juno was a Belgian Malinois who was surrendered to a high-kill shelter in Tennessee because her former owner did not understand her breed and did not want the responsiblity of owning her anymore.

Chester Hembree told reporters, “I came across a posting about her on a rescue group’s website. I had the feeling in my gut that I had to go see this dog.”

The whole family made the 2-hour trip to meet Juno, and it was a good thing they did because Juno was just days away from being euthanized.

Chester was confident that Juno would make the perfect companion for his son - especially since he had experience training the breed. Chester had trained Belgian Malinois during his work in law enforcement years earlier.

Fortunately for Juno and Lucas, Juno passed all of Chester's tests with flying colors. The father needed to make sure the dog would be a suitable pet for his ailing son, so he put her on a leash to see if she pulled and she did not. Next came the Lucas test, and the pair took to each other immediately.

The Hembrees brought Juno home and she took to her role as Lucas' guardian immediately.

One day, Chester noticed Juno circling Lucas while he was in his wheelchair. “She was whining and nudging him with her nose,” Chester says. “I checked his oxygen levels and they were very low.” After giving him oxygen, Lucas returned to normal and Juno greeted him with licks and affection.

Juno can know sense when Lucas is in trouble, saving his life on several occasions. She can sense when the child is about to have a seizure or when his oxygen levels are dangerously low.Juno sitting on Lucas Hembree's bed

Chester Hembree set up a Facebook page in honor of Lucas and his dog Juno. Just before Christmas in 2011, there was an outpouring of support for Lucas and his amazing dog, and people all over the world were sharing their story and mailing them Christmas cards filled with words of support and kindness. The pair received more than 6,000 cards.

There is something about shelter animals that make them extra special. Perhaps it's that they know they have been given a second chance at life. But whatever it is, there is no denying the benefits of adopting a shelter animal and the joy one can bring to your life. Lucas and Juno are an extraordinary example of this.

Adopt. Don't shop.

Dog Rescues Owner After Fall into Ravine

Maurice Holder kneels next to his dog MontyThree cheers for Monty the Labradoodle!

Monty is being credited for not only standing guard over his seriously injured human, Maurice Holder, 73, after the pair fell down a 40-foot ravine in England, but also for leading the shaken up man to safety.

Holder was enjoying a peaceful walk along a river with his 11 year old dog, Monty, when the ground collapsed beneath them, sending the pair plummeting to the bottom of a ravine.

Holder was knocked unconscious by the fall. When he awoke, his faithful companion Monty was standing nearby, carefully standing guard until his owner awoke.

At this point, water from the rising river was dangerously close to Holder. The injured man was able to stand up with the support of Monty, who then lead his human back up to safety.

At the top of the ravine, Holder laid down to rest and Monty took off. But he was not running away from his owner. Monty ran to a nearby pub to seek assistance for his owner! This amazing dog barked at the pub patrons until they sensed he was alerting them to some trouble and eventually followed Monty back to the site. The rescuers brought Holder to the nearby hospital where he was treated for 6 broken ribs and a concussion, but the man is beyond thankful for his loyal companion - Monty.

Later, Mr. Holder told reporters for the Metro newspaper in England, "I have been back a couple of times and when I saw where it happened and how far I fell I couldn't believe it. Monty is absolutely the perfect pet. I wouldn't say he is always the best behaved but he is loyal and that is what matters – man's best friend."

For more on this story, view the original article here.