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Lost Dog Was 2-Days From Being Put Down, But He Still Hoped Owner Would Save Him

When animal control officers picked up a sad-looking “abandoned” Pit Bull, they knew there wasn’t much hope for this senior baby.

The Pit Bull was named Hank and put up for adoption. But even after behavior and socialization training, Hank didn’t “act” the way the adopters wanted. The poor dog was deemed a “failure” and put on the kill list.

However, a miracle happened when one of the shelter workers found a “missing dog” photo that looked quite similar to Hank. The missing dog, Titan, was stolen about a year ago and his heartbroken owner, Barry Gearhart, had been hunting through various avenues looking for his beloved dog ever since.

Just 2 days before Hank’s scheduled euthanization, the workers informed Barry about Hank. The desperate man came running to the shelter and anxiously raced to the kennel. It barely took a second for Barry to recognize his dog, and the man broke down in tears as he reached out to his forlorn dog. Seeing the Pit Bull’s emotional reaction for the first time, the workers had no doubt that he was indeed Titan!

Thanks to this lucky turn of events, Titan is back home in the safe arms of his dad. Titan has been with Barry ever since he was a puppy, which explains why he was reluctant to warm up to any other person. What a rare and beautiful happy ending!

Click the video below to watch Titan and Barry’s tearful reunion at the shelter after one year of separation!

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10 Common Dog Health Problems

Some health problems are specific to certain breeds, such as breathing complications for flat-faced dogs. But several other canine health issues can affect any dog. Here are 10 typical health conditions you need to watch out for in your four-legged best friend:

Top 10 Common Dog Health Problems

Skin Problems

One of the most obvious signs that your dog has a skin condition is itching. Other symptoms that may suggest that your dog has a skin problem include rashes, redness, dry skin, lumps, bumps, skin sores, dandruff, and hair loss.

Ear Diseases

Approximately 20 percent of dogs suffer from ear disease. It’s particularly common in breeds with floppy ears like cocker spaniels and basset hounds. It’s common to see wax buildup or discharge in their ear canal. But others may experience pain, itchiness, redness, swelling, and crusting in the ears.

Urinary Tract Infections

Simply known as UTI, this condition can make it uncomfortable for your beloved companion to pass urine. Signs of urinary tract infection include drinking water more than usual and passing urine more often than usual. Your dog may also only pass a small amount or lose bladder control. Additionally, you may see blood in their urine or notice a strong smell to it.


There are countless reasons why your pet may throw up. You don’t need to visit the vet each time your dog vomits. But it’s also not something you can just ignore. Don’t try to guess. If the vomiting persists or occurs with other symptoms like diarrhea or lethargy, you need to rush to the vet. It could be a sign of severe health problems, such as poisoning or gastrointestinal blockage.


This symptom may occur on its own or be accompanied by vomiting. Its potential causes are similar to vomiting. One or two episodes of diarrhea may not be a pet emergency. But recurring diarrhea can result in dehydration.


At some point in their lives, your pet may have to deal with discomfort due to internal or external parasites. Symptoms of parasites generally vary, depending on a few factors. These include the kind of parasite that has plagued your pet, where it lives, and how severe its infestation is.

Dental Issues

Like us, your dog can develop canine dental diseases due to high levels of plaque buildup. Several signs indicate that your pet may have dental disease. These include difficulty eating, bleeding of the gums or teeth, loose teeth, and bad breath.


Nearly 30 percent of the general dog population is considered obese. Several factors contribute to a pet’s risk. These include age, genetic predisposition, lack of exercise, and overfeeding, among others.


This joint problem can restrict your dog’s mobility. Bring Fido to the vet if you see your dog slow down or limp before and after walks. Other signs include licking or chewing on tender areas and behavioral changes.


Symptoms of dog poisoning vary widely, depending on the kind of toxin a pet has been exposed to. The signs can range from vomiting to drooling, breathing difficulties, seizures, or worse, coma. Some of the most common poisonous substances are human foods like chocolates, grapes, raisins, onions, and caffeine. Other known culprits are human medications, household cleaning products, pesticides, and some plants.

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