Kelly O’connell, met Charlie Bear when he was just 12 weeks old.
When O’connell first met Charlie – a black lab abandoned in a shopping cart outside a groccery store, in an animal shelter where she worked, she decided to take him home. “He came in, and I was like, ‘Yup. I’m taking this puppy home.'”
Charlie became Kelly’s best friend.
The two of them grew up together and moved from New York to Colorado.
For the past 12 years, a Chesapeake-Lab mix named Bruno has been regularly walking four miles (eight miles round trip) to downtown Longville from his country home to socialize, collect treats, and hang around. His almost daily commute has made Bruno a beloved town legend.
“Everybody knows Bruno,” resident Sharon Rouse told KARE11 News. “[You] may not know the people, but you’ll know Bruno.”
The pup belongs to Larry and Debbie LaVallee, who took Bruno in after he appeared in a box on their driveway over a decade ago. They tried to keep him tied up, but the dog’s desire to roam was too great, and he started making his way to town every day.
Now, he’s somewhat of a celebrity, with regular stops at city hall, the ice cream shop, and the back door of a local grocery store, where employees help Bruno fuel up with deli counter scraps. People know and greet Bruno, sometimes to the surprise of the LaVallees, who only know a fraction of their dog’s many admirers. His wandering has even earned him the title of “Town Dog and Ambassador,” which is set in literal stone in a Longville statue.
I Died Today. By Duke Roberts.
And I ate a lot of hamburgers. We had a party. Note: This wasn’t my dog or situation; I thought it was worth sharing though. The photos and captions on this post have been reproduced as they originally appeared on photographer Robyn Arouty’s blog. http://www.robynarouty.com/
And I laughed.
The community of Lawrenceville, Georgia is in mourning after the loss of their beloved K9 partner. Eiko, the eight year old German shepherd, lost his short but treacherous battle with cancer on July 14, 2016.
Eiko had been diagnosed with terminal cancer just one week before his funeral. The Lawrenceville Police Department held a memorial service for Eiko, to honor their fallen comrade. Friends and family of Eiko’s handler, K-9 Officer Shawn Humphreys, attended the service in order to pay their respects to the beloved hero.
Officer Humphreys and Eiko worked together for five years before his passing, and the two had formed an inseparable bond. Shawn Humphreys, who was devastated bay Eiko’s passing, spoke of him fondly at his memorial service at the Oak Rest Pet Gardens.
He was one of the truest forms of a real police officer.
A California high school cross country team decided to change things up during summer workouts and, in doing so, they let the dogs out.
The St. Joseph High School Cross-Country Team in Santa Barbara, California, partnered with the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter to get shelter dogs out of their enclosures and onto the trails and running paths where the team trains.
The team was able to give around 12 dogs a reprieve from being in the shelter by taking them on their morning run August 4. The dogs seemed to enjoy being out as well, although one pooped pooch had to be carried part of the way.
“I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun… the dogs or the kids,” Luis Escobar, former coach of the cross country team, posted on his Facebook page. “Either way, it was a great time and I am sure we will do it again sometime soon.”
If you live near Santa Barbara, California, and want to adopt a dog, contact Stacy Silva at (805) 934-6981. You can also visit the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter-Santa Maria Facebook page.