The 17 Most Pawsitive News Stories of 2017

Forget negative news and dive into the most positive pet stories on the Internet!

By Catalina Barrios

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2017 went by too fast. It seems to me that as you get older time passes much faster than in the carefree days of youth. I remember spending the first day of Y2k or 2000 at Epcot Center and now, 18 years later, a lot has happened. In almost 20 years, I have traveled the world, lived in three countries and, of course, became a mom, which is the best thing that has happened to me.

So when I think back on the 2017 as a year of negative news stories, I’m a bit worried. We watch as our favorite celebrities get married and then promptly divorced. We read about politicians fighting and feel our freedoms being compromised in the process. We hear about hundreds of thousands of people who have been killed in conflicts or continue living in poverty. We see police killing unarmed black men. We sit back helplessly and watch as the world is devastated by natural disaster after seemingly endless natural disaster. As a mother who wants to leave this world a better place for my child, all of these factors can feel overwhelming.

But thanks to the Internet, and great readers like YOU, I have found seeds of hope in all the bad news. Many people like you have mobilized assistance or raised money and helped those in need. We all came together to make difference, which is what inspired me, as writer, to do my part in making a difference.

We don’t need to end this year with negative stories. Why not focus on all the good that has happened? Why not spread a little light, right?! As a first step toward living in a more positive world, and doing my part to get there with my little slice of the Internet, I have compiled a list of uplifting, inspiring and super cute pet stories of the year. These bits of news made the world a brighter place to live in 2017 and I’m sharing them with you in hopes that your world too becomes just that little bit brighter.

1. Dog Owners Have A Lower Risk Of Heart Attack

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According to a study published in the journal, Scientific Reports, owning a dog can help reduce the risks for cardiovascular disease and even death. This is definitely one of the many benefits of having a furry friend in your life and definitely some GREAT NEWS. #prouddogowner

2. Puppy Left At Airport Receives Love and Adoption Letters

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Credit: Facebook / Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue CMDR

This picture went viral after a puppy was left by her owner at the airport after leaving an abusive relationship. Staff from Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue, a dog shelter in Las Vegas, found Chewy in the airport bathroom. The response? After hundreds of received adoption letters, Chewy found a lovable forever home.

3. “Frida” The Dog Hero

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This adorable dog saved over 50 people during Mexico’s earthquake in September. She worked alongside of 14 other rescue dogs as well as human workers to locate victims of the 7.1-magnitude Mexico City earthquake.

4. Man Restores Faith In Humanity By Saving Rabbit From California Wildfires

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Oscar Gonzalez was deemed a hero after rescuing a rabbit from the California wildfires. On his way home to work he stopped and saw a rabbit running along Highway 1. He got out of his car and saved the animal despite official announcements stating that any attempts to save wild animals would be too dangerous for civilians. He is a real hero – way to go, Oscar!

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