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Tracey L. Kelley

After loving 19 cats, 11 dogs, and a canary, Tracey married someone allergic to all those creatures. Thankfully, she receives oodles of animal goodness sharing stories on Daily Paws! When not traveling, teaching yoga, or doing voiceover projects, she's an editorial strategist and developer for print, digital, and multimedia platforms.

Whether you have a great Australian dog breed or just love shrimp on the barbie, these names are bonzer (good)!
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Elegant but playful, sweet but a tad cheeky, you really won’t go wrong with any one of these sighthounds—but you might want all three!
These captivating creatures show us how beautiful the world is when we come together in spite of our differences.
These three bulldog breeds are perfect for folks who just can't get enough of those wrinkly faces.
Who says wee dogs are the only pups to dress up? Get your mongo doggo’s tail wagging with these high-spirited ideas!
This exploratory study suggests emotional benefits for children include increased empathy and decreased separation anxiety.
Feline chin acne is rather uncommon, but our veterinary expert explains why it sometimes happens, home remedies to try, and when to see a professional.
When our country was in peril, brave four-legged responders quickly answered the call of duty, even as the scent of anguish still lingered in the air. Intent in their purpose, more than 300 search and rescue (SAR) dogs led 9/11 disaster emergency personnel into towering crannies of fiery ruins and fields of scattered debris, hoping for any sign of life. Mere days after the attacks, SAR trainer Ann Wichmann (left) arrived on the scene of the World Trade Center in New York City with Jenner, her 9-year-old black Labrador retriever. The site was still burning. "It was 12 to 15 stories high of rubble and twisted steel. My first thought was, 'I can't send Jenner into that—there's no way','' she tells Daily Paws. "They staged us at the high end near the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church so we could just kind of sit there and watch it for a while and see how it was being managed and how it might work." When the fire chief asked if she'd be willing to have Jenner search, she said yes, but was grateful for that orientation time. "Jenner was taking in the sights, smells, and energy as much as I was." Wichmann recalls the experience as a "compendium of emotions, thoughts, and skills" to navigate the hazards of the pile, trying to find safe pathways for Jenner. "It's really similar to a parent's panic. At one point, he disappeared down a hole under the rubble and I was like, 'uggggg!' Such a heart-stopping moment for me," she says. "But you have to acquire the patience and the trust in his being and training. And he did a safe and good job."
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Don't let these wee wonders fool you—their bodies may be tiny, but their hearts are as big as they come.
Who knew a lip-syncing cockatiel could amuse millions of viewers so much?
Loyalty is more than a word for these fine doggos—it’s a way of life.
The professional skier is celebrating National Dog Day by raising awareness about animal adoption, and we couldn't love him more.
Always clever and tremendously fast, these sharp pups know how to think on their paws.
All it takes is a wave of a favorite toy from their encouraging pet parent and they’re off!
She’s the only COVID-19 scent detection dog currently working in a U.S. hospital. Now there’s a good girl!
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From the puggle to the bagel, these scampering beagle crossbreeds have much more to offer than just good looks and charming personalities!
Truffles main message? “Love, acceptance … and fashionable eyewear!”
These charismatic, energetic, and talkative Arctic wonders immediately form a bond with their favorite humans that’s hard to resist!
Boxer
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  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, prone to health issues, low prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, fawn
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Muscular, athletic boxers are fun, cuddly, loyal dogs that love being part of an active family. They thrive in social environments and can be ideal companions. Learn whether these playful pups are the right fit for your lifestyle.
Inspired by the incredible story of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, players spend quality time with virtual dogs and maybe help real ones, too.
Updating cat and dog microchip registration greatly increases the odds your lost furbaby will make it home to you.
This cat and dog dynamic duo use their special powers for so much good!
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Doggos romping outside with their pup pals can sometimes pick up nasty hitchhikers. Our veterinary expert provides tips on how to spot and get rid of them.
These pesky parasites could be a problem for outdoor cats—but there are preventative measures you can take.
One man’s DIY creative outlet becomes two cats’ leaping, hiding, snuggling, and spying pet paradise.