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Animal Radio for January 30, 2016  

TV Bachelor Prince Lorenzo Borghese Finds True Love of a Different Breed

Prince Lorenzo Borghese and TitanPrince Lorenzo Borghese has returned for his second time on Animal Radio. While he never found love on ABC's The Bachelor, he did find a special love for the animals. He helps relocate homeless animals on death row in Georgia to new forever homes in Jersey.

It was the ninth season of The Bachelor when Lorenzo Borghese thought he found true love. But the hunky Italian businessman called it quits and walked away, with little hope of finding his soul mate... until now.

Just over nine years later, with Hollywood in his heart, Borghese found himself in what would be the most important rose ceremony of his life - right here in Los Angeles. During a Public Service Announcement that Borghese filmed to promote pet adoption, fifteen hopeful contestants begged for a chance to take home a rose and live happily ever after with this real-life prince charming! However, it is left to the imagination that he will be selecting a woman, but it was actually Titan, a male Pit Bull, who stole Borghese's heart, forever changing the course of their lives. To watch the dramatic ceremony, click here.

Borghese states that he wanted to promote Pit Bulls, because they are one of the most loving dogs in the United States. However, there are also the most common dogs to be euthanized in shelters and the most understood. They are not born to be aggressive and to fight. Borghese states that in over 90-percent of the cases when a Pit Bull bites, its owner has trained it to do so. He goes on to state that they are very smart and loyal dogs, who listen to their owners. So if their owner rewards the dog for biting, whether it is another dog or a human, it's positive reinforcement. Humans aren't that different either. If we are brought up with our parents telling us stealing's good, we believe them. So we steal, not because we want to, but because we want to make our parents proud. This is the way Pit Bulls react, because all they want to do is to please their owners. But according to Borghese, if you take a Pit Bull and raise it right, that dog will be the most lovable breed that you can find!

Los Angeles is full of other four-legged beauties just like Titan, longing for their chance to find true love. "Adopt Don't Shop," states Kim Sill, founder of Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Thousand Oaks who worked with Borghese on the Public Service Announcement promoting adoption. "There are thousands of homeless animals looking for love, and they are relying on us to adopt them."

Animal Aid Logo"All animals deserve to be loved," states Borghese, a longtime animal advocate and founder of Animal Aid USA. "A dog is a perfect companion, and a true testament to man's best friend."

Prince Borghese co-founded Animal Aid USA in 2012, which is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization providing education, awareness and resources to the public in an effort to empower positive change for shelter animals. Through monthly transports from high kill shelters to qualified rescues across the U.S., to its spay/neuter clinic providing free sterilization to low-income communities. Borghese's group drives from South New Jersey to Georgia once a month. They go to very high kill shelters in Georgia, where they save on average about 175 dogs month. They take pictures of the dogs and send to them rescues. If a rescue is interested, Animal Aid pays for their vaccinations and spay and neuter surgeries. The rescues then get a healthy dog ready for adoption. This benefits the shelter, as they can make money on the actual adoption fees. The dogs go to shelters in Florida all the way to New Hampshire. These dogs include purebreds, mutts and puppies. To date, they've saved over 11,000 animals.

Shelter Hope Pet Shop is a non-profit volunteer-based adoption center that showcases shelter animals in need. Its mission is to support local Los Angeles animal shelters, promote education, and raise awareness of homeless animals in the community. The Shelter Hope business model is the first of its kind, dedicated to eliminating puppy mill pet shops in malls by offering a friendly environment where the public can interact with homeless animals in need of adoption.

How Do Dogs Wear Pants?
Julie Korth, Mozzie's Pants

Julie Korth With DogsJulie Korth, owner of Mozzie's Pants, has been making pants for dogs long before it was cool! After losing her job in the corporate world, she decided to follow her dreams and make dog pants. So many questions. So little time.

Mozzie is Julie's rescue. She had made pants previously for her aging Boxers, Tilo and Thore. Thore was losing bladder control due to old age and the pants stopped the dribbles from reaching her carpets and furniture. Tilo was diagnosed with cancer and the steroids that he was on towards the end of his life caused him to dribble urine. They also had hot spots and Julie didn't want them to wear a cone. The pants also protected the floors and furniture from the urine!

Mozzie was homeless and living on the streets in Los Angeles when Julie adopted him. Mozzie had never had exposure to being indoors, as well as other challenges. Marking and potty training was a big problem. Julie made a pair of pants for him and when Mozzie would mark in the house, she would take the pants off and take him outside; let him smell the pants; go to the bathroom; give him a treat; tell him "good boy" and bring him back in where she would put on a clean pair of pants. Within five days, Mozzie was out of the crate and had stopped marking.

The next challenge was over the holidays, when they were going to visit people in their homes. Julie was very worried bout Mozzie marking in her mother-in-law's house. They ended up going to about three different houses over the holidays. Julie put the pants on Mozzie and he would mark just once, but after she went through the whole process, he never did it again.

Mozzie Wearing Mozzie's PantsA few weeks ago, there was a survey going around on Facebook about how do dogs were pants. Are they worn on just their back two legs or on all four? What would pants look like on a dog? Here at Animal Radio, we think that pants are on the back two legs covering their behinds, while tops go on the front two legs.

Julie states that they have several different types of pants for dogs. They have some that go on the back two legs with the elastic hitting right behind their front legs. They also have a walking pant that allows them to use the bathroom outdoors. These pant also cover wounds and hot spots. Their original pants were made for indoor use that deals with incontinence and submissive urination, as well as females in heat. They also make a t-shirt that covers the front legs of a dog and can be used for wound covering. They also keep the dirt and grime outdoors, so you no longer have to towel off your dog when they come back from a walk in inclement weather.

Mozzie's pants are more than just a fashion statement, they are also utilitarian. Of course, they are adorable and people would laugh and smile when they saw Julie's dog wearing them.

5 Winter Dangers For Your Pet
Robert Semrow, Animal Radio Listomania

It's Robert Semrow, your pet world insider here with this week's Animal Radio Listomania.

The weather outside is frightful and you need to take heed of these dangers that can seriously harm your pets this winter.

Dog in Snow#1 - If your pets are outside for long periods, give them a safe place to be comfortable and protected from the elements. They will need an area that is dry, draft free and provides shelter from the weather. Make sure it is elevated and large enough for them to lay down in. Also, provide them with a warm, dry blanket or bed to lay in. Check daily to see if the inside area or its contents have become wet or damaged. If they have, change it out to avoid other problems.

#2 - Any port in a storm is more than a saying, it's survival for some house pets and feral animals. Outdoor critters and pets may seek shelter under your car or on your warm car engine. It's important that you make some noise and alert anything under the hood or beneath the car that you are about to start the engine and get moving. For many feral cats a warm sheltered space is all too attractive. Be aware and make some noise to show that you care.

#3 - Rock salts and other snow and ice melters can be hazardous to your pets. It gets into their paws and on their stomachs during walks and playtime. As they self-groom afterwards, they can ingest it causing serious problems. So, when you return home it's always a good idea to clean their stomachs and paws. There are a number of paw cleaners designed to make the task of paw cleaning easy these days. Also, don't forget that Antifreeze is a silent and often deadly poison for our pets. Animals do not know that it isn't water or something safe for them to drink. So take care to watch your pets near any liquids that you have not given them yourself.

Cat with Candle#4 - Indoor heaters, candles and other warming devices can keep the area warm, but also are a concern for curious pets who can knock them over and/or be accidentally burned by them. Never leave a pet alone in a room with these items as they are looking for warmth as well and can accidentally cause a nightmare situation.

#5 - Be prepared for wild weather. Power outages, hazardous roads, blizzards, floods and more can mean that you are house bound for an extended period of time. Make sure that you have stocked up on any needed pet medicines, foods and other supplies that you may not have access to for several days in an emergency. Know where you will retreat to and how you will handle your pets in an emergency situation in case the worst happens. It's always better to have a plan and not need it, than not have a plan and need it.

Remember that your preparations and attention to your pets health and safety is a year round responsibility. Winter brings it's own challenges, but with a little planning and vigilance it can be a wonderful time of the year. So this winter, make your own list, check it twice and make sure your prepared for your pet's sake. Stay safe and share your winter preparedness tips with us on the Animal Radio Facebook Page.

Dr. Debbie WhiteDogs Get The Flu Too - Canine Influenza - Dr. Debbie

Can you give your dog the flu, or catch it from him? No way. But dogs can become infected with their own strain of canine influenza. With much attention on the tough human flu season, it's a good time to talk about the differences, and similarities, between human and canine influenza.

What is Dog Flu?
Canine Influenza, also known as H3N8, is a relatively new dog virus identified in 2004.The disease mutated from a strain of the equine influenza virus and was first detected in racing greyhounds. Canine influenza has migrated across the country, with heavy reports in recent years in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Colorado. However, some areas of the country have yet to report a single case of canine influenza.

Although the human flu peaks in winter seasons, canine influenza doesn't show seasonality; rather dogs can acquire canine influenza all year round.

The Illness
A dog sick with canine influenza develops respiratory infection signs similar to kennel cough that last three to four weeks. Symptoms include coughing, gagging, sneezing, runny nose and high fevers up to 104-106 degrees. Normal dog temperature ranges 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit.

Most dogs infected with canine influenza will get sick and recover. But like the human flu, fatalities can occur. Approximately 5-percent of canine influenza infected dogs may die, usually to secondary pneumonia. Older pets, pups, or those with chronic illness are more likely to develop pneumonia than the average healthy dog.

There isn't a specific treatment for dogs infected with canine influenza, but most dogs recover with supportive care including good nutrition, rest and maintaining adequate hydration. Severely ill pets with secondary bacterial pneumonia may be hospitalized and treated with IV fluids and antibiotics.

Ill DogDog Flu Transmission
Dog flu is similar to human flu in that it is spread by aerosol transmission as well as through contact with contaminated items. Since dogs don't cover their cough or sneezes, the virus is easily carried through respiratory droplets to other dogs and items in the immediate area. Any place that canines frequent, or spend time around, can become contaminated by infected dogs - that includes water bowls, surfaces and even human hands.

What do you do if you notice your dog's play pal is coughing, sneezing and has a runny nose? Separate your dog immediately and closely monitor your dog for symptoms for 7 days - the time it takes for symptoms to appear after exposure to the virus. If symptoms develop, call your veterinarian.

Pass that timeline and you are probably fine. But don't forget that 10 to 20-percent of infected dogs will shed the virus, but never show any symptoms of illness. These apparently healthy carriers can go on and spread the infection to other dogs without ever becoming ill.

Vaccination and Prevention Steps
A vaccine, produced by Merck, is available through veterinarians for canine influenza. But just like the human flu vaccine, it doesn't guarantee your dog CAN'T get sick. However the vaccine is helpful in decreasing the severity of infection and decreasing the spread of virus.

Vaccination for canine influenza isn't recommended for every dog at this time. Lifestyle and geographic location influence an individual dog's risk of acquiring canine influenza. Dogs that frequent high-density dog areas are at increased risk of canine influenza and are candidates for vaccination. So if your dog goes to areas like the dog park, trainer, groomer or boarding facility, ask your veterinarian if vaccination is a good idea.

Don't think you have to keep your dog locked in the house forever to hide from canine influenza. For most dogs, the risk of contracting canine influenza is quite small. Good sense and preventative steps are useful to avoid dog illness. These include quarantining new or sick dogs, using good hygiene through disinfection and hand washing and avoiding unnecessary contact with suspected infected dogs, especially if your dog is young, old, or has a compromised immune system.

What Should Pet Owners Do?
Flu awareness and preparedness makes good sense - for both people and pets. But remember that there are other causes of canine respiratory disease. So just because you hear a cough doesn't mean your dog has the flu. Ask your veterinarian about your pet's individualized risks for acquiring canine influenza.

For more information about canine influenza visit the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or Merck.

Featured veterinarian known as "Dr. Debbie" on national pet radio program, Animal Radio. Ebook author of "Yorkshire Terriers: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; "Pugs: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; "Mini Schnauzers: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; and "Shih Tzu: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend."

Shop at Businesses That Give Back to the Animals
Rick Rockhill, Lucy Pet Foundation

Lucy Pet Products Shampoos & Leave-In ConditionersHal Abrams' New Year Resolution is patronizing businesses that give back to the animals. One such company is Lucy Pet Products. They not only give back to the animals, they give 100-percent of their proceeds to the Lucy Pet Foundation, which is helping animals in the local community.

The Lucy Pet Foundation operates mobile spay and neuter clinics. They go into various communities and offer that service, but in addition, they do adoptions and assist with rescues. They also provide other low cost vet services, such as vaccinations.

They connect people with their shelter organization and make them aware that there are so many great animals in need of homes. Some people don't actually make it to their local shelters, so the Lucy Pet Foundation is able to bridge that gap that some people are afraid to cross on their own.

Rick Rockhill has spent about 20 years in the pet industry. He was with Petco for a number of years, as well as Natural Balance Pet Foods. He is a big pet lover, and he states that, "Its been a great ride!"

After so many years in the pet industry, Rick says he is at the sage of his life where he can think about what he does and how he can make a difference. He states that the Lucy Pet Foundation is an organization that is set out with a different purpose. He also stated that Lucy Pet Products were founded in 2015 specifically to give back.

You have a choice to buy products from many different places, so why not buy from a company that gives back. Rick also made this decision with his career - to give back with his time.

The Lucy Pet Foundation has been focusing on Southern California, Los Angeles in particular, and they have had a great response. They have a great outreach through their social media efforts and brand, and the Lucy Pet Products are being exported around the world. Rick states that it is nice to see so many people who care about animals, looking for the same message.

The Mission of The Lucy Pet Foundation is to reduce pet overpopulation by having mobile spay/neuter clinics across the country and to support causes that benefit animal welfare. The Lucy Pet Foundation currently has two buses that travel around Southern California focusing on spaying and neutering. These buses are state of the art surgery units. Their next focus is in generating more funds to expand the work of these buses and have more across the country.

Lucy Pet Foundation Mobile ClinicThe Lucy Pet Foundation not only offers free and reduced spays and neuters, they also do microchipping, vaccines and de-wormings. Spaying and neutering is not only great for pet population control, but it has been proven that an animal will live on an average of 40-percent longer after having this surgery.

Upcoming February Events

Free Spray & Neuter for Los Angeles City Residents! Here is a list of upcoming free or reduced fee mobile spay and neuter clinics in California:

Call for more information, questions and to reserve space to get on the list: (855) 499-5829

February 2, 9, 16, 23: West Valley Shelter, 20655 Plummer Street, Chatsworth, CA Spay/Neuter Clinic - 7:30 am; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

February 5, 6, 12, 19, 26: Hansom Dam Recreation Center, 11480 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Spay/Neuter Clinic - 7:30 am; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-TBA

February 11, 25: South Central (call for location 1-855-499-5829) Spay/Neuter Clinic - 7:30 am

February 21: Palmdale Development Services Parking Lot, 38250 Sierra Highway, Palmdale, CA Spay/Neuter Clinic - 7:30 am; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

Remember, you must get on a list to have your pet seen at these locations. Please call The Lucy Pet Foundation toll free at 1-855-499-5829 or Email: to schedule an appointment, or register at the events.

See the current list of clinics at

Joey VillaniThe Dogfather's Grooming Tip with Joey Villani

How To Give Your Pet A Professional Grooming At Home
A woman recently contacted Joey who has her pet regularly groomed in a professional salon. She wanted to know how they can make her dog look so much better than she can at home. You know how it is, even our own hair stylists can make our own hair look so much better than we can when we try to do it at home!

The first thing you need to recognize is that you probably don't have the right equipment. You don't have the high velocity dryers and the special tools required.

Whether you have a shorthaired dog or a longhaired dog, you need to do an ideal brushing before you bathe them. This will loosen up all of the dead hair that is stuck in there. Professional groomers don't need to do this, as they have high velocity dryers that will do that job for them.

Since you don't have that equipment at home, the dead hair gets trapped in there. When it dries, it is hard and overwhelming to remove. Brushing before a bath will remove the knots and stimulate the skin. This is almost like exfoliating your pet's skin so everything is working together.

Brushing a DogOn most bottles of pet shampoo, you will notice that it states to lather your pet up twice. Joey says this is nonsense. You need to bathe your pet until they are clean and there isn't any more dirt running off and the rinse water is clear. Also use a shampoo that is made just for pets.

Another trick is to buy a silicone based spray just for pets. However, use it sparingly, about once every six weeks or just when bathing your pet. Just spray it on while your dog is wet. Then, let your pet air-dry about 80-percent. Next, take a brush through the slightly damp hair and spray just a little more silicone. This will help the hair to lie down and will also help to pull out the hair.

If you have a shorthaired dog, use a rubber curry brush. If your dog has long hair, you are going to use a metal slicker brush.

When your dog is then about 100-percent dry, brush and comb them one more time.

When you are done, you will probably look at your pet and say to yourself, "Wow, I did a really good job, almost as good as my groomer!"

Tails Inc. Pet National Events for February 2016
Janice Gork, Tails Pet Media Group, Inc.

Tails Inc. LogoPassionate about rescue and adoption, Tails Pet Media Group, Inc. was founded in 2000 by Janice Brown. What started as a magazine, is now a mission! is an interactive website and online community committed to connecting the animal welfare community with the general pet-loving population. Tails Inc. features expert knowledge, advice, pet product reviews, local resource guides, community event news and monthly contests, in order to promote and encourage people to live responsibly with their pets.

Here is a list of upcoming February Events around the Country:

WHAT: Chariots of Fur Beach Run & Festival - a 5K run/walk, 1-mile Fun Run, booths, music, contests, food trucks, dog demos, dogs available for adoption, activities for kids, massages, raffle prizes and a silent auction.
WHO: North Beaches Pharmacy / St. Francis Animal Hospital
WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach, FL
COST: $25 - Proceeds benefit St. Francis Animal Hospital to provide medical care to family pets in need - souvenir tech t-shirt and race packet filled with goodies for people and pups
INFO: or 904.674.7223

WHAT: Sydnee's Winter Pooch Party: Puppy Bowl Party Fundraiser - compete in puppy bowl games and Enjoy prizes, kids crafts, a raffle, food from the InSlider Food Truck, craft beer and more!
WHO: California Labradors, Retrievers & More Rescue
WHEN: February 6, 1-4pm
WHERE: Camp Run A Mutt, 11468 Sorrento Valley Rd, Sorrento Valley, San Diego
COST: Free!
INFO: 858.272.6310 or

WHAT: Dog Bowl Superbowl 50 - watch the game on a big screen tv, enjoy the buffet of appetizers, dips and spreads, finger foods, sliders, chili, drinks, and more. Join in the football pool to win prizes, or hang out on the quiet patio area
WHEN: February 7, Noon-8pm
WHERE: Bone Yard Village, 721 Santiam Blvd NE, Mill City, Oregon
COST: $10 donation for local rescue groups
INFO: 503.910.0492 or

WHAT: 5th Annual My Furry Valentine Mega Adoption Event - hundreds of companion animals in one spot for you to find your special love on Valentine's weekend - plus: raffles, children's events, and animal-related vendors
WHO: PhoDOGrapher & Local rescues and the companion animals that need loving homes
WHEN: Sat Feb 13 & Sunday Feb 14, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Sharonville Convention Center
COST: Free (free parking)
INFO: or 513.235.1353

WHAT: Cupid and Canines Valentine's Day Benefit: Your dog can play in 6,000+ sq ft premier daycare in-door facility while you enjoy delicious wine & cheese samples, silent auction, heart shaped doggy cookies, Canine Lounge with holiday inspired pet paint designs and DIY lasting keepsakes of your pets' paw print
WHO: 1 FUR 1 Foundation - 100% of the proceeds benefit animal assisted service grants, providing free of charge service dog placement, animal assisted activity, and therapy visit to people in need.
WHEN: February 14, 3-7pm
WHERE: DoggieWorks, 2338 W. Nelson Street, Chicago,
COST: $20 Single Ticket, $40 Single+Dog, $50 Couple+Dog
INFO: 877.698.7222 or

Want to list your event for free? Click here. Please note that non-profit events (fundraisers, adoption events, etc.) will be listed for free and for-profit events will incur a fee. Please email the advertising team if you wish to advertise your for-profit event in their directory.

Tails has local focus, but national reach - with magazines in 10 different cities across the United States, and 150,000 issues printed per month, 12 times a year, and an ever-increasing audience of over 1 million people. Pet lovers can pick up their free magazine at pet-related businesses and vet offices, grocery stores, health clubs, bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, park districts, and other "mainstream" locations. Currently they are in over 10,000 individual locations.

To find out where you can get a copy of your own, email

Lori and FlobearAnimal Radio News - Lori Brooks

Dog Flu Spreading
There is a dangerous strain of dog flu spreading through the western US. Health officials in the Seattle area have confirmed tests showing the virus was found in dogs who stayed at a local kennel and doggie daycare facility where at least 80 dogs developed respiratory illness since December. The virus began spreading last spring in the Chicago area and sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest. Although most dogs recover, a handful of deaths were reported. It has since spread to about 25 states. Experts say this strain of the virus, called H 3 N 2, was first seen in Asia but only recently appeared in the U.S., so none of the American dogs have immunity to fight it off. This dog flu spreads the same way human flu does: through virus droplets in the air from a sneeze or cough, or by touching contaminated objects or surfaces. The virus can live in the environment for about two days and can linger on hands or clothing for up to 24 hours. The most common symptoms of dog flu are high fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes, sore throat and loss of appetite. Dogs who catch it usually feel lousy for about two weeks. In Asia, where the H 3 N 2 strain of canine influenza was first detected, it has also been reported to infect cats. But in the U.S., cases of cats developing dog flu are extremely rare. However, there is "some evidence" that pet guinea pigs and ferrets could also become infected.

Turkey on AirplaneEmotional Support Turkey Flies Delta Airlines
Did you see the photo of a turkey that took the Internet by storm after boarding a Delta Airlines passenger flight? It shows the bird sitting opened beaked while being hugged by its owner. Another photo was also shared online of the turkey being transported in a wheelchair. It is believed the turkey was given a seat on the plane as an "emotional support animal."

FBI Tracks Animal Abuse
This year, for the first time, the FBI has begun tracking animal abuse the same way it tracks other major crimes such as murder, arson, and assault. Animal cruelty is now a Class A felony with its own category. Previously, animal cruelty crimes were reported to the FBI as "other." The change will allows animal rights advocates to easily see whether abuse is going up or down and it could even alert authorities to criminals who might eventually turn to violent crime against people. The deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs' Association backed the change when he learned that many serial killers are animal abusers first. Collecting animal abuse data could help "flag" future violent offenders, as many as 70-percent of who may have abused animals first.

DemoConstruction Workers Give Dog Hope
A lonely dog from Hendersonville, North Carolina, had little chances of being noticed and rescued from the neglectful life he had been subjected to, but this all changed thanks to a group of construction workers who noticed him. The dog named Demo was living in a muddy outside pen, chained up on the property of a house that was vacant. The dog had no real shelter other than a plastic doghouse sunk in the mud. Turns out the owner was in jail and family members occasionally stopped by to check on the dog and all they did was literally toss food into the muddy pen. Just last month a report on the dog's situation went viral and city officials were able to persuade the prisoner's elderly father to give up custody of Demo, who is now called Noah. For Noah, the days spent alone, shivering in the mud and with no loving human touch is sight, are gone forever with several offers of adoption coming in from around the world.

Italy Requires Silent Fireworks for Animals
If you're a pet parent, there's probably a few days of the year you dread - like New Year's Eve or the Fourth of July. Fireworks wreak havoc on animals, especially dogs, with their sensitive hearing. Many even hurt themselves trying to escape or hide. They can bolt and risk getting lost, hit by cars and wind up in a shelter. Well, one town in Italy is taking a big step to reduce the fear of fireworks in their non-human population by making a new law that fireworks in their town must be silent as a way of reducing the stress that the loud noises cause to animals - not just pets, but wildlife too.

PirateDog's Owner Passes Away - Hospital Adopts Dog as Mascot
Three months ago a dog named Pirate and his owner arrived at a hospital in Argentina. The dog's owner went in for surgery and sadly passed away. Pirate never left the hospital and now roams the halls, hoping to meet again with his human and best friend. Hospital workers don't know the dog's real name, but they dubbed him Pirate because no matter how hard they try to keep the dog outside hospital walls, the pooch re-enters the health center and visits the last place he saw his owner alive, room 404. According to a local newspaper, when the pet owner died, the hospital's staff wanted the dog gone. However their feelings towards the pet changed when they realized how loyal the dog was. Now, Pirate is loved by all staff members and has been officially adopted as the hospital's mascot. Pirate now comes and goes as he pleases. No one really knows where to find Pirate during the day, but at night they can always find him comfortably sleeping outside room 404.

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