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11 Soldiers Welcomed Home by Very Happy Dogs

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For Veterans Day 2009, we posted a round-up of videos featuring soldiers being welcomed home by their dogs. In the last two years, YouTube's vast collection of doggy welcome home videos has continued to grow. Before we begin, you might want to grab some tissues.

1. Princess

This soldier gets a face-lickingly warm welcome home from Princess, the tiniest dog in our collection.

2. Emitt Thunderpaws

At the other end of the size spectrum is Emitt Thunderpaws, a Great Dane, who displays uncharacteristic behaviors as he welcomes home his soldier.

3. Thor

After a month and a half apart, Thor pees with excitement upon being reunited with his soldier. Imagine his reaction after a longer deployment!

4. Jade

When her soldier walks through the door, Jade begins to cry.

5. Sam

All poodle Sam wants is hugs when soldier Brian returns home. (Check out the cat's reaction in the background, too.)

6. Frightened Schnauzer

At first, Keith's schnauzer barks at the "intruder" in the house, but then the dog gets a good whiff of his old friend!

7. Two Dogs

These two dogs just want to play; the black dog manages to hang onto his rope toy through the whole joyous reunion.

8. Dachshunds

Both these dachshunds are pretty happy to see their soldier again, but the little one has more staying power.

9. Gracie

Gracie wiggles her way into her soldier's lap.

10. Foster

Foster is pretty slow and steady until he spots his soldier outside...

11. Patrick

The first female soldier in our post today is welcomed home by her enthusiastic puppy.

To all members of the military, we thank you for your service. Maybe not as enthusiastically as your doggies, but still.

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The Real Story Behind Frida, The Rescue Dog in Mexico Gaining Viral Fame

On Tuesday, September 19, a deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked the center of Mexico. Three days later, rescue workers are still searching for survivors, and among the humans digging through the rubble is a four-legged helper named Frida.

Frida the rescue dog, named after Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, has offered a ray of positivity to people around the world following the devastating news that’s come out of Mexico this week. As a starring member of the Mexican Navy’s Canine Unit, it’s her job to sniff out people trapped by natural disasters, all while wearing goggles, booties, and a harness to keep her safe from debris. The 7-year-old lab has detected 52 people throughout her career, 12 of whom were found alive and successfully rescued, according the Los Angeles Times.

Since the Mexican Navy shared a collage of the rescue dog last week on Twitter, Frida has been declared a hero by the internet. She’s been featured on numerous websites and was the subject of one tweet that has received more than 50,000 likes. But while Frida is doing important, life-saving work that’s every bit worthy of praise, some of the information surrounding her is inaccurate.

Several outlets have misreported that the rescue dog has saved 52 lives following Mexico's earthquake, while in reality 52 is the total number of people she has located, dead or alive.

Fortunately the viral confusion doesn’t make her story any less inspiring. Frida is an invaluable member of her team, often crawling into spaces that humans can’t reach. Like the rest of the rescue workers responding to this week’s earthquake, Frida is a hero to the victims and their loved ones.

For a closer look at how she’s able to pull off such incredible work, check her out in the canine training video below.

[h/t Los Angeles Times]

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CDC Traces Infectious Disease Outbreak in Seven States to Pet-Store Puppies
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Campylobacter bacteria have infected 39 people in seven states, and puppies sold at one chain of pet stores in Ohio are likely to blame. As NPR reports, a federal investigation is currently underway as to the exact cause of the outbreak of the intestinal infection.

The symptoms of Campylobacter include fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, and in rare cases it can lead to death in victims with weakened immune systems. About 1.3 million people fall ill to it each year, but the bacteria can also infect animals like dogs.

Of those hit by the latest outbreak, 12 are employees of the national chain Petland in four states, according to the CDC. The other 27 have either bought a puppy from a Petland store recently or live with or visited someone who has. Eighteen cases have been reported in Ohio, and the rest have appeared in Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. While no deaths have been reported, nine victims have been hospitalized.

Puppies, like humans babies, are more likely to get sick than full-grown dogs, which may explain how the Petland animals caught the illness in the first place. But even apparently healthy adult dogs may be harboring the bacteria and spreading it through their feces. To avoid catching it from your canine companion at home, the CDC recommends washing your hands whenever you make physical contact. This also applies when handling their food and especially when picking up and throwing away their poop (with disposable gloves of course).

For the small percentage of people who do contract the infection each year, the best course of action is to wait it out if you're healthy otherwise: Symptoms take about a week to clear up.

[h/t NPR]

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