Susie the therapy dogIt’s often said that dogs live in the moment. For several years now, most moments have been great for a therapy dog named Susie — but this weekend, they were magnificent. Bedecked in a pearls and a purple tutu, Susie received a standing ovation at a black-tie gala in Beverly Hills, where she was named the American Humane Association’s 2014 American Hero Dog.

Diego and two other cats

There are cat people, there are dog people and there are both kinds of people. I’m both kinds. I share a home with a huge 13-year-old cat named Diego and two huge older dogs named Frida and Manny, and we rarely leave each other’s sight. With all this close companionship, I’ve learned some things — especially about that most elusive and mysterious of creatures, the domesticated cat.

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Denise Corliss and Bretagne the search dog

Some heroes boast muscle and brawn. Others possess steely nerves and impeccable timing. But this hero is a little different. This one has feathery fur, a sunny smile, a calm nature and — for a dog — an uncanny ability to zero in on the people who need her most. She’s a 15-year-old golden retriever named Bretagne, and she’s one of the last surviving search dogs who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Finalists for Hero Dog Awards

Dogs are adored the world over for being friends, allies and trusty dispensers of unconditional love. But sometimes they do even more, saving humans’ lives and helping them in other profound ways.

Jiff the Pomeranian

Sure, greyhounds are fast. Whippets are speedy, too. But by one measure, a cuddly Pomeranian named Jiff has got them all beat.

Robin Williams and Koko the gorilla

Robin Williams could make anyone laugh — even a gorilla. In fact, the actor forged such a bond with one gorilla named Koko that she’s said to be mourning over the death of her pal.

Cassidy Stay and J.K. Rowling

Sometimes, even in the darkest moments, something magical can happen. Cassidy Stay, 15, was the sole survivor of the murder of her parents and four siblings in her family’s suburban Houston home on July 9. As part of her eulogy, Stay quoted from a “Harry Potter” novel. Many people took notice of Stay’s remarks that day — including “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.

Blake Beckford

Blake Beckford had to have his colon removed — and he doesn’t care that you know about it. In fact, he wants you to know about it. The British body builder and model recently posed shirtless and displayed his ileostomy bag as prominently as his abs and pecs.

Tank the dog with Jack Doss

At just the right moment, a dog named Tank gave a boy named Jack the motivation he needed to get moving again.

Baby boy doll

For decades, baby dolls have been famous for their vagueness. Are they girl babies? Are they boy babies? Really, without their pink or blue outfits, who could say? Well, one doll on store shelves is leaving little to the imagination.

Tags | dolls | body | boys | girls | toys | parents | parenting |
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