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Flying High!

Flying High!

Story and photos by Nancy Schuessler Several times a year, Al Johnson boards his blue and white Cessna airplane and flies from Marana Regional Airport to Deming, New Mexico and back. His cargo? A homeless dog. His mission? To help it find a family. “It starts with a...

WOOFstock Cover Dog Contest Winners 2021

WOOFstock Cover Dog Contest Winners 2021

Story by Rebecca West     Photos courtesy of dog parents Another year has passed and another WOOFstock cover dog photo contest has taken place. This year, our three winners couldn’t look any less alike, but together they share some amazingly...

The Benefits of Dogs for kids

The Benefits of Dogs for kids

The bond between canines and humans is well established. Dogs are our best buds, faithful companions, and loyal protectors. They bring us joy, make us laugh, and ease our sorrows. They’re even responsible for the increased longevity of us upright bipeds and recognized...

Welcome, Zelda!

Welcome, Zelda!

Story and photos by Emily Dieckman After years of writing for the Tucson Dog, staff writer gets dog of her own, and finds joy and connection during the pandemic. My boyfriend and I have been talking about getting a dog since before we moved in together 3.5 years ago....

Holiday Cover Dog Contest Winners

Holiday Cover Dog Contest Winners

Story by Rebeca West Here they are, the fabulous winners of our 2nd Annual Holiday Cover Dog Contest! This year’s participation level was phenomenal, with 50 contestants entered, and we couldn’t have been more excited with the amazing turnout and fantastic images...

Online Learning’s Newest Additions

Online Learning’s Newest Additions

Story by Bella Wexler Any student or teacher who started classes again this Fall would agree, school looks quite different than it has in the past. With so many districts using some form of online learning, we’ve gotten used to our bedrooms becoming our classrooms....

Cody’s Friends In Need of Holiday Donations

Cody’s Friends In Need of Holiday Donations

Story by Rebecca West Photos by Amber Allen A constant convoy of food banks, rescue groups, and people in need — not to mention burning through as many as 8,000 1-gallon baggies for packaging pet food each month — is pretty much the norm for Cody’s Friends these days....

How Our Community Fosters Love

How Our Community Fosters Love

Story by Bella Wexler Photos by Candice Eaton It’s not easy to open your home to a stranger, especially during a global pandemic. But these days, many are finding it harder to resist—at least when those strangers walk in on four legs with wagging tails and soulful,...

True or False, Is Animal Fostering for You?

True or False, Is Animal Fostering for You?

Story by Rebecca West Photos by Candice Eaton Have you considered animal fostering but you’re not quite sure if it’s suitable for your particular circumstances? There are a lot of inaccuracies and misconceptions when it comes to the subject, so we’ve put together a...

Fostering: Volunteers Saving Lives

Fostering: Volunteers Saving Lives

Story by Brian Pettepiece Photos by Stacy Vandyke It’s an unfortunate reality that there are a lot of homeless dogs out there. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the work of local volunteers, dogs in need of homes all around Tucson are getting the break they...

Maggie and Dahlia: Training Together

Maggie and Dahlia: Training Together

Story by Bella Wexler Photos courtesy of Maggie Aladdin is a Disney story beloved by many, including local high school student Maggie Behzadi. Knowing that Dahlia is the name of Jasmine’s loyal friend and servant in the tale, finding a dog at Pima Animal Care Center...

From ‘Scaredy Cat’ to Queen of the House

From ‘Scaredy Cat’ to Queen of the House

An FIV-positive cat makes a transformation and finds her forever home after 1,405 days in the shelter. Story by Emily Dieckman Photos Courtesy of The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter Amid the coronavirus pandemic of the last few months, many people have expressed feeling...

Third Grade Students for Four Legged Friends

Third Grade Students for Four Legged Friends

Story by Bella Wexler, Photos by Julie Farbarik At Catalina Foothills School District’s Canyon View Elementary, the love for animals runs deep. This is proven by the school’s third grade students both within and beyond the classroom. On March 10, they filed into their...

Pilots to the Rescue: When Pets Fly

Pilots to the Rescue: When Pets Fly

Story by Bella Wexler, Photos by “The Dogist” None have the privilege of choosing the circumstances into which they are born. Oftentimes, animals bear the brunt end of this reality, especially when they are born with severe medical conditions or are being housed in an...

Kitty Korner: The Reality of Owning Exotic Cats

Kitty Korner: The Reality of Owning Exotic Cats

Story and Photos by Rebecca West For a lot of folks, the idea of owning an exotic feline rather than an ordinary house cat is hugely appealing. The call of the wild may not extend to the depths displayed in the recent Netflix hit “Tiger King,” but owning an exotic on...

Must Love Animals & Exercise: Comforting Goat Yoga

Must Love Animals & Exercise: Comforting Goat Yoga

Story and photos by Rebecca West Into physical fitness and new experiences? Ready to try something completely different that involves hanging with the furry bleating set, complete with scraggly beards and cloven hooves? (Sound of brakes screeching) Err, wait. Say...

Kitty Korner: Paying it Forward with Professor X

Kitty Korner: Paying it Forward with Professor X

Story by Emily Dieckman, Photos Courtesy Clara Lee Arnold In the wake of her husband’s passing, longtime animal welfare advocate finds joy in providing pet therapy with her cat. Clara Lee Arnold and her certified therapy cat, Professor X, both have an aura of...

Training: Dog Parks and Socialization

Training: Dog Parks and Socialization

Story by Jeremy Brown, The Complete Canine In theory, the dog park can be a great place to bring our canine friends for many reasons, such as socialization and exercise. In fact, in larger cities it is the only time that some dogs get off the leash, chase a ball, and...

Come Cuddle with Cats!

Come Cuddle with Cats!

Tucson’s first cat lounge has three stories, 20 cats and enough joy to turn even the worst day around. Story and photos by Emily Dieckman For devoted cat lovers, a three-story building where nearly two dozen cats roam freely through a yoga studio, a movie-viewing room...

Happy Endings

Happy Endings

624 Days in the Shelter and 1 Perfect Home: Local dog finds forever family after nearly two years at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Story by Emily Dieckman Photos courtesy of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona Sometimes good things take time. Even the...

National Adopt a Senior Pet Month – Sadie and Family

National Adopt a Senior Pet Month – Sadie and Family

Story by Bella Wexler - Photos Courtesy of Kathie Newton November is the month to recognize beloved pets adopted as seniors like Sadie, a gentle dog adopted at age sixteen by the Newton/Mong family. Kathie Newton is no stranger to animal rescue, either, having adopted...

Pet Therapy Provides a Wet Nose in a Difficult Time

Pet Therapy Provides a Wet Nose in a Difficult Time

Story by Emily Dieckman Cheryl Purvis first got her shepherd mix, Buddy, in 2015. She’d recently lost one of her two dogs, so he came at a perfect time. When she started volunteering with Casa de la Luz Hospice, she decided Buddy’s calm, friendly nature might make him...

Old Tucson Studios Hosts Dog Dock Diving Event

Old Tucson Studios Hosts Dog Dock Diving Event

Story and photos by Colleen Keefe Old Tucson Studios said Goodbye to the Dog Days of Summer with their 3rd annual Dock Dogs diving event. The spectacular, that was held over the Labor Day Weekend, attracted dogs, owners, and onlookers from Tucson and across the...