Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Backyard Winter Wonderland

Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Our Backyard Winter Wonderland

After having been stranded inside during Chicago’s bitter cold weather that accompanied the past week’s massive snowstorms, little Tuffy finally ventured outside today to explore the Arctic and see what “Chiberia” was really like. Amazing…the backyard had been transformed into a snowy winter wonderland!

Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Our Backyard Winter Wonderland

Caught This Little Guy Playing With Himself!!

Caught This Little Guy Playing With Himself!!

Don’t worry folks, my Little Tuffy has an owner. He wasn’t homeless. For those wondering, this was taken on a hot summer day at the Belmont Harbor Beach in Chicago. Tuffy had just discovered a new part of the Wall at the beach, exploring it and wondering if he could muster the courage to jump from it all the way down into the lake water.

Caught This Little Guy Playing With Himself!!

Little Tuffy Goes Swimming at the Beach!

Little Tuffy Goes Swimming at the Beach!

It was a hot early summer day in Chicago, and Tuffy went swimming in Lake Michigan at the doggie beach at the North Side’s Belmont Harbor. At first little Tuffy was quite puzzled by some new construction at the doggie beach, but ended up having himself a swimmingly fun time!

Little Tuffy Goes Swimming at the Beach!

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Last Minutes with Oden: A Powerful Elegy on Love, Loss and Grief

Last Minutes with Oden: A Powerful Elegy on Love, Loss and Grief

Last Minutes with Oden is a deeply engaging, extremely heart-wrenching 6-minute documentary short film directed and edited by Eliot Rausch, in association with PhosPictures and Uber Content. The film was named Best Documentary and Best Video at the 2010 Vimeo Awards, chosen from over 6500 film and video submissions.

Last Minutes with Oden tells a story about Jason Wood (Woody), an ex-convict who is saying a final farewell to his best friend, of the man’s last minutes with his dog before he has to have it euthanized for health reasons. The documentary is a beautiful elegy that calls attention to certain heartbreaking moments most of us experience, which is an incredibly powerful reminder of the importance of family and friendships in all our lives.

The 2010 Vimeo Awards site can be viewed here.

Last Minutes with Oden: A Powerful Elegy on Love, Loss and Grief

5 Hours with Woody: Three years before “Last Minutes with Oden”

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The Road to Recovery: A Rescue Puppy Learns to Trust Again

The Road to Recovery: A Rescue Puppy Learns to Trust Again

Road to Recovery is a heartwarming short film about a puppy who wouldn’t let anyone near her, learning to trust humans again. The film captures the moment when a rescue puppy so terrified of people she would snarl and snap at anyone who came near her, finally learns to trust again.

Janie came in to a Los Angeles animal shelter with a broken back after being hit by a car, and was so frightened of people touching her that she had to be sedated before a vet could take a look at her. Most puppies like Janie are euthanized, because shelters simply do not have the funding and resources to care for them. But Janie was given a second chance by a dog rescue organization determined to give her a second chance.

The Bill Foundation, named after founders Jo and Peter Forman’s first rescue pup, paid for Janie’s spinal surgery and set to work helping Janie trust humans again.

The Road to Recovery: A Rescue Puppy Learns to Trust Again

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Heroic Naki’o: Every Path Has Its Puddle….

Heroic Naki’o: Every Path Has Its Puddle….

Naki’o is a heart-warming documentary short film directed by Aaron Pendergast in association with New District Productions, which tells the heroic story of a courageous abandoned puppy. When Naki’o was a small puppy, he was deserted during a frigid Nebraska winter in the basement of a foreclosed home along with his mother. The drastically low winter temperatures and starvation took the mother’s life; but Naki’o, despite being frozen in a puddle of ice water, miraculously survived. His survival, however, came at a tragic cost: by the time he was rescued by Colorado’s All Aboard Animal Rescue, Naki’o had lost all four paws and the tip of his tail to frostbite.

As soon as Christie Pace, a veterinary technician who lives in Colorado Springs, saw Naki’o’s picture, she knew that she had fallen in love with him. “When I got him he was 8 weeks, 4 pounds, and he was missing patches of fur because he had mange. But, he was just such a happy guy,” Pace said. While she knew Naki’o was missing all four paws, as well as part of his tail and nose, she also believed that she would be able to find a solution down the road.

Thanks to Pace, the wounds healed into stumps. Although his lack of paws did not seem too much of a hurdle when Naki’o was just a small puppy, trouble began as he grew bigger and Naki’o found himself unable to support his own weight with his stumps. Pace raised money to pay for prosthetic devices for Naki’o by organizing fundraisers. She then contacted OrthoPets, a US company that specializes in customizing artificial limbs and orthotic braces for animals, to create prosthetics for Naki’o. When they saw Naki’o, however, the animal hospital decided to treat him for free.

Two prosthetic devices were attached to his hind legs. Some months later, prosthetic legs were similarly fitted to his front stumps. Although Naki’o’s life began in a state of heart-wrenching tragedy, he’s now a happy, high-spirited dog, who is able to run, jump, play games and even go swimming.

The World’s First Bionic Dog Steps Up to the Challenge

Heroic Naki’o: Every Path Has Its Puddle….

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Springtime in Chicago: Little Tuffy Frolics with the Big Guys

Springtime in Chicago: Little Tuffy Frolics with the Big Guys

Well, springtime has finally arrived in Chicago, and Little Tuffy gets to frolic with his big bestie, Miss Olive, at the Wiggly Field doggie park in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. And when some of the other big guys think about picking on Little Tuffy, he’s up for a little bit of play-fighting that teaches them not to mess around with the little guys!!

Springtime Frolics: Little Tuffy and Big Miss Olive

Springtime Frolics: Little Tuffy Takes on the Big Guys

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