Couple Flying to Vegas Shocked to Find Their Chihuahua Hiding Inside Suitcase at Luggage Counter

Couple Flying to Vegas Shocked to Find Their Chihuahua Hiding Inside Suitcase at Luggage Counter

What started as a Texas couple’s getaway to Las Vegas led to a hilarious surprise at the Southwest Airlines luggage counter—when they opened up their bag and found a stowaway Chihuahua inside.“I told Kristi, I think this thing’s gonna be real close,” Jared told The Epoch Times.

Former CIA analyst shares adventures with guide dogs over 33-year career

Former CIA analyst shares adventures with guide dogs over 33-year career

Retired CIA analyst Joanne Callahan partnered with her eighth guide dog, Magnum, at a graduation ceremony hosted by the nonprofit Guiding Eyes for the Blind in June.

Last 9/11 search dog's legacy lives on in rescue work — and in a furry kid sister

Last 9/11 search dog's legacy lives on in rescue work — and in a furry kid sister

Even though she died in 2016 , the golden retriever remains one of the most recognizable symbols of the arduous search and rescue work done by dogs and their human handlers at disaster sites all over the world.Denise Corliss is pictured with her search dog Bretagne at ground zero in New York City in September 2001.

Woman shares hilarious adoption website for 'hellion' foster dog Hank

Woman shares hilarious adoption website for 'hellion' foster dog Hank

Courtesy Christine ClauderThe last pet in Clauder's family, a cat named Dorito, enjoys dogs but Hank has a hard time understanding that the cat isn't always in the mood to play.

Untrained pandemic pups present dilemma for Americans

Untrained pandemic pups present dilemma for Americans

Marissa Sunny, CPDT-KA, a certified professional dog trainer and dog behavior specialist for the nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society, said as things open back up, it’s important to prioritize training and socialization to help prevent an influx of untrained adult dogs in shelters.

Woman's Best Friend Project shows bond between dogs, women

Woman's Best Friend Project shows bond between dogs, women

Courtesy of Kristen Kidd PhotographyThe stories in Woman’s Best Friend Project are not just inspiring — they also help dogs.Courtesy of Kristen Kidd PhotographyThe Woman’s Best Friend Project has helped Kidd recognize the special bond she shares with her own rescue dogs, Hudson and Hermanito.

4 bonded dogs seek new home after owner and her father die of COVID-19

4 bonded dogs seek new home after owner and her father die of COVID-19

“When I spoke to him on the phone, he just wanted to make sure that his daughter was going to get her dogs back — her ‘babies,’ that’s what he called them,” Maria Mora, executive director of the Nassau County SPCA, told TODAY.

'Meant to be': Man finds loving home for senior rescue dog 3 days before dying

'Meant to be': Man finds loving home for senior rescue dog 3 days before dying

In the spring of 2019, Pawpaw needed a new home because his owner was dying.John Weston adopted Pawpaw from Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco.

How therapy animals brought comfort and joy in pandemic year

How therapy animals brought comfort and joy in pandemic year

Because therapy animal handlers believe so strongly in the healing power of pets, in pre-pandemic times they volunteer to take their dogs and cats to hospitals, schools, assisted living facilities, airports, funeral homes, dentist offices and other places where animals can help reduce stress and offer support.

Post-it ‘Picasso,’ a stroke survivor, draws pet portraits to help shelters

Post-it ‘Picasso,’ a stroke survivor, draws pet portraits to help shelters

Ed Attanasio tries to capture the whimsical personalities of the pets he draws, like Leo. Courtesy of Ed AttanasioAttanasio never trained as an artist, though his father was a painter.In his new life as an artist, Attanasio frequently donates artwork to charity auctions to raise money for pet rescue groups.

Dachshund dumped at shelter with a giant tumor bounces back

Dachshund dumped at shelter with a giant tumor bounces back

In addition to surgically removing the tumor, veterinarians spayed Boo Boo. About 90% of dogs who enter Muttville Senior Dog Rescue with mammary tumors have never been spayed or were spayed late in life.

Pets for the Elderly helps seniors adopt and keep pets amid pandemic

Pets for the Elderly helps seniors adopt and keep pets amid pandemic

The goal is to have at least one participating shelter in all 50 states by the time the expanded program officially launches on Jan. 1, 2021.She said Pets for the Elderly was founded by the late Avrum Katz to help seniors feel healthier and more connected through pets and to find shelter dogs and cats forever homes.

30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game

30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game

During Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets, the broadcast cut to 28 dogs and two kittens and their fosters filling virtual courtside seats, with an announcement that they were all “100% adoptable and 100% adorable” and a link to learn more about adopting them.

Jennie Garth rescued a dog named Fauci during COVID-19. Now, she has this message

Jennie Garth rescued a dog named Fauci during COVID-19. Now, she has this message

Jennie Garth is this year's spokesperson for Remember Me Thursday, a global campaign by the nonprofit Helen Woodward Animal Center that shines a light on the need for pet adoption.

Meredith Vieira's 16-year-old dog, Jasper, survives coyote attack

Meredith Vieira's 16-year-old dog, Jasper, survives coyote attack

Trending stories,celebrity news and all the best of TODAY.A veterinarian told Meredith that Jasper's injuries were most likely from a fight with a coyote and that the 16-year-old dog had suffered a broken jaw, two teeth ripped out and deep puncture wounds, which led to numerous staples in his abdomen.“He looks a little like Frankenstein,” she said to Rappaport.

Meet, 'rent' or adopt a dog through Zoom meetings

Meet, 'rent' or adopt a dog through Zoom meetings

Pedigree's Dogs on Zoom campaign helps shelters like Nashville Humane Association host virtual meet-and-greets with adoptable dogs, and sponsors adoption fees for pets adopted through the program.Michigan Animal Rescue League launched a videoconferencing fundraiser in which people can "rent" an adoptable dog, cat or kitten to appear in Zoom meetings.

Therapy dogs spread cheer through virtual volunteering

Therapy dogs spread cheer through virtual volunteering

Duke and Tiger Maynard-White visit residents at Harbor Village Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New London, Connecticut.Tiger Maynard-White "touches" a woman's hand on the other side of the window at a skilled nursing facility.

How a program where men walk dogs is helping mental health

How a program where men walk dogs is helping mental health

Rob Osman says dog Mali has helped him with both his mental and physical health.Courtesy of Rob OsmanOsman also hopes that "Dudes and Dogs" can help normalize mental health care for men.

Fiona the Hippo stars in new book 'A Very Fiona Christmas'

Fiona the Hippo stars in new book 'A Very Fiona Christmas'

Fiona the hippo weighed just 29 pounds when she was born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in January 2017.

Woman says her dog sniffed out ovarian cancer 4 times

Woman says her dog sniffed out ovarian cancer 4 times

Courtesy Stephanie HerfelA CT scan revealed that Herfel's cancer had spread to her liver this time.“She just changed from this really sweet pet to one that is a life-saving member of the family that is a little like a human,” she said.