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Marijuana Treats for Dogs Are Now a Thing

A sticker is seen on a dog's back during
Yuri Cortez—AFP/Getty Images A sticker is seen on a dog's back during a demo in support of the legalization of marijuana in Mexico City on May 5, 2012.

Pet owners are using them to treat sickly animals or animals in pain

Medical marijuana has been known to help humans stave off the eye disease glaucoma, treat nausea induced by chemotherapy and ease the inflammation associated with arthritis.

But does the same go for dogs? Well, it just may.

Medical marijuana dispensaries have already begun concocting cannabis-laced treats for canines.

According to Quartz, the burgeoning pet-pot market is straddling a legal gray area. Enterprises hoping to market cannabis-derived products to animals are entering virgin territory in the absences of industry guidelines and sufficient scientific evidence.

However, that’s not stopping pet owners from giving their ailing animals edibles to ease chronic pain and illnesses.

Read more at Quartz

TIME Exercise/Fitness

17 Dos and Don’ts of Running With Your Dog

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Working out together can help both you and your furry friend stay healthy and happy

Your dog may be the ultimate exercise partner. Think about it: dogs are always eager to spend more time with you, they have plenty of excess energy to burn, and temptation to skip a scheduled sweat session melts away when your furry friend stands at the front door, leash in mouth, ready to log a few miles with you.

Before you hit the pavement, though, you’ll need to train your pooch to run with you. Here’s how to make your run enjoyable and rewarding for both you and your best (furry) friend.

Do: Give it a try

Just like humans, dogs need daily exercise for their health and happiness. And again, just like humans, American pets have a pudge problem: an estimated 52% of dogs are overweight or obese. Walking or running with your dog on a leash is one way to get you both moving more. Not all dogs are cut out to log multiple miles at once (more on that later), but many can learn to be great running partners. “Even if you think your dog is too hyper or too poorly behaved to jog alongside you, he may just need some training and some time to get used to it,” says Angi Aramburu, owner of Go Fetch Run, a group exercise class for owners and their dogs in New York City.

Don’t: Assume your dog’s a runner

Before you hit the road, consider your dog’s health, build, and breed. Older pups may have joint problems that can slow them down or make running uncomfortable. Dogs with short legs may not be able to keep up with the pace you’d like to maintain, while larger breeds are prone to hip dysplasia, an abnormal formation of the hip socket that can lead to arthritis, says Arumburu. Then, if your furry friend is a chihuahua, bulldog, pug, or other snort-nosed, flat-faced breed (also known as brachycephalic), running may simply require too much exertion. Their squished faces are cute, but they tend to have narrowed nostrils and partially obstructed airways, which make breathing difficult when they work too hard.

Read more: 15 Best Dog Breeds for Active People

Do: Check in with your vet

If you aren’t sure whether your dog’s fit to run, check with your veterinarian. “A vet can let you know if there are any red flags, and can provide advice about what’s safe and healthy for your individual dog in your individual surroundings,” says Aramburu. Even if you’re certain your pup will be fine, give your vet a heads up. The doc may recommend dietary adjustments to go along with the uptick in exercise, for example.

Don’t: Start them too young

Running on hard surfaces can damage a puppy’s joints and bones that haven’t fully formed yet. “You really should wait until a young dog’s growth plates [areas of cartilage near the ends of bones] have started to close, and that time frame really varies by breed and size of dog,” says Sharon Wirant, an animal behaviorist with the ASPCA. “A much smaller dog like a Jack Russell Terrier could probably start going on regular runs earlier than a larger dog, like a Great Dane, whose growth plates will take longer to seal up,” she says. If your puppy is still growing or hasn’t started running with you yet, ask your vet about when it’s safe to start.

Do: Start out slow

“A sedentary person can’t just jump off the couch one day and run 5 miles, and neither can a sedentary dog,” says Aramburu. “Too much too soon increases your dog’s risk of injury, just as it would a human’s.” Find a beginner 5K training plan that will let you and your pooch progress at a safe, healthy pace. Many of these plans combine intervals of walking and jogging, so there’s plenty of time for active recovery and catching your breath.

Read more: 10 Rules for Raising a Healthy Dog

Don’t: Skip your warm up

Before you pick up your pace for any workout, be sure you’ve given yourself—and your dog—at least a few minutes of walking or slow jogging. “Warming up those muscles is a great idea for both you and your dog, and can protect you both against injuries” says Wirant. Another warm-up ritual to make a habit: giving your furball a chance to sniff around and do his business. That means fewer stops for pee and poop breaks once you get moving.

Do: Head for the trails

Running on dirt trails will be easier on your pup’s joins and paws than running on asphalt, says Aramburu. (The same goes for your own joints!) Plus, your dog will enjoy the natural sights, smells, and sounds—perhaps more so than the sidewalk in your neighborhood. Be sure to check at the park entrance or trailhead that dogs are allowed, either on- or off-leash. And before you let your dog off-leash, check into what types of wildlife roam the park. Deer and foxes can both seriously injure or even kill your beloved pet.

Don’t: Forget tick protection

Spending time outdoors with your dog—especially if you’re tackling the trail—may put you both at risk for picking up ticks along the way. Protect yourself by wearing bug spray and long socks, and check with your vet to be sure your pet is up-to-date on tick medication. Then, after any run through woods or long grass, inspect both yourself and your dog for ticks that may have hitched a ride home, and promptly remove any that you find. If you do realize your dog’s been bitten, call your vet for next steps.

Read more: 10 Rules for Raising a Healthy Dog

Do: Teach basic commands

A dog that misbehaves on walks probably isn’t ready to run, says Wirant. “You want to teach them to walk nicely on leash, and break the behaviors of stopping to sniff or marking every tree, or racing ahead and pulling you.”

It’s also important to teach a “Leave It” command, so that your dog will ignore or walk away from tempting items (like trash, roadkill, or sticks) they might come across on a path. Teaching them to “Sit” and “Stay” is also helpful, especially at traffic crossings. If you have trouble training your dog any of these commands, consider an obedience class or dog trainer.

Don’t: Let them pull you

Use a 4- to 6-foot leash; anything longer than that can spell trouble on the jogging path, since you want to train Fido to stay by your side. “Their nose should be even with your knee, and your arm should be straight down and holding their leash right by their collar, at least while they’re getting used to running with you,” says Aramburu. During the teaching stage, it can be helpful to maintain this position during walks as well. “Normally you want to give them more freedom while you’re walking, but it’s fine to keep them really close for a few minutes at a time and then praise them and let the leash out so they get a reward for being good.”

Do: Take water breaks

“Dogs can’t really tell us when they’re thirsty, so I tend to be over cautious with the water,” says Aramburu. She recommends stopping every 10 minutes, at least until you have an idea of how much water your dog needs—and especially in sunny or hot weather. You’ll want to carry a container that your dog can drink from, like a collapsible bowl or a bottle with a special spout for dogs. (And while we’re on the subject: Don’t share your Gatorade!)

Watch: 7 Easy Ways to Drink More Water

Don’t: Run when it’s too hot

Dogs overheat more easily than humans, since they have heavy fur coats and they don’t sweat. So it’s important to be careful when it’s warm out, and to avoid running in midday heat. Longhaired pooches may feel cooler in the summertime after a haircut—but don’t go too short, since that coat also protects against sunburn.

Run in the shade, when possible, and avoid hot blacktop, asphalt, or sand, which can burn dogs’ paws. To test a surface’s temperature, Banfield Pet Hospital recommends placing your hand or a bare foot on it for 10 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet.

Do: Watch out for their paws

Check your dog’s paws when you get back from a run to make sure they haven’t suffered any cuts or injuries, says Winart. Take extra care in the heat, since their feet are susceptible to burns, and when you’re on the trail, where you’ll come across more rocks, sticks, and uneven terrain.

If you run in the snow, try to avoid roads that have been treated with salt, which can sting dogs’ feet—and then upset their stomachs if they lick their paws once they’re inside. Canine booties or disposable latex boots can shield paws from irritants; if your dog won’t tolerate them, you can also apply petroleum jelly or Musher’s Secret wax to their pads to provide some protection.

Don’t: Ignore warning signs

During and after your run, watch your dog for signs of heatstroke or overexertion, like lethargy, weakness, drooling and dark red gums, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, or panting to the point that he can’t catch his breath. If your dog stops and refuses to continue, don’t force him.

Any time your dog seems overheated, find shade and give him cool or air-temperature water; you may even want to dump some on his head or body. Just don’t let your dog gulp too much water during or after exercise. When they’re hot and thirsty, it is possible for dogs to drink too much, says Wirant, and suffer from potentially fatal water toxicity or from bloat, a dangerous condition in which they swallow a lot of air.

Read more: 14 Surprising Pet Poisoning Dangers

Do: Have a poop plan

As a dog owner you probably know better than to leave puppy poop behind, but still—it’s easy to forget to take waste bags with you when you head out for a run. Not only should you be prepared to pick up after your dog while you’re exercising, you should also know where you’re going to dispose of it, even if that means holding onto it until you find a trash can.

Giving your dog time to “go” before and after your run will reduce your chances of having to make a mid-workout pit stop. “With time, you can absolutely train your dog to urinate and defecate on demand by taking them to the place where they usually go and using a verbal cue,” says Wirant.

Don’t: Give treats too soon

When you finish a tough run and you’re still panting and sweating, you probably wouldn’t have a snack—you’d get sick to your stomach. Same goes for your dog, so hold off on treats until you’ve both calmed down a bit, says Wirant. (Watch out for ice cubes and ice water, too: The extreme temperature change could cause vomiting.) In the meantime, reward your dog by praising him, petting him, and giving him lots of attention. And before you head inside, let him have a few minutes to run around and explore, and to go to the bathroom once more.

Do: Have fun!

Once your dog has mastered the art of running on a leash, you’ll have yourself an always-willing, always-excited exercise partner. Just be sure your dog seems happy. A good sign: he wags his tail and barks when he sees you take out his running leash. Leave him home for a few sweat sessions if he seems stiff or uncomfortable after exercise.

In the long run, working out with your dog can keep unwanted pounds off, extend your life, and help you stay healthy and happy—and same goes for your furry friend. Keep it up!

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

TIME celebrities

Justin Bieber Introduces New Puppy on Instagram

The photo features a small black and brown dog cradled in his lap

Justin Bieber is recovering from his Comedy Central roast with a little puppy love.

The singer, 21, introduced his latest four-legged pal Sunday night on Instagram.

“Say hello to the newest member of the bieber family #Esther,” he wrote in the post, which features a photo of a small black and brown dog cradled in his lap.

Today is randomly national puppy day

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Speaking of laps, Bieber was recently spotted getting cuddly with model Ashley Moore at a basketball game, but it appears Esther is the only confirmed love in the star’s life right now.

This is Bieber’s first furry addition following the passing of his family dog Sammy in December. In a throwback Instagram post remembering Sammy, Bieber called the dog “the best puppy ever.”

R.i.p Sammy 😪😢😢 you were the best puppy ever

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

MONEY Weird News

Your Dog Needs This $30,000 Hot Tub Palace

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Samsung’s one-off Dream Doghouse also features a treadmill and snack dispenser.

If you’ve ever attended or watched one of the any international dog shows, you’ll surely see dozens of pets that are treated with the kind of opulence most humans will never get to experience. But only one lucky canine is the proud owner of Samsung’s Dream Doghouse, a $30,000 pooch pad that features an AstroTurf-covered treadmill, hydrotherapy pool, entertainment wall, and paw-controlled snack dispenser.

As the International Business Times reports, a team of 12 designers and builders collaborated on the project, which took six weeks to complete. On top of the treadmill and hot tub, the tiny home has a vinyl wall that can be covered with photos of the owner’s choosing, while the opposite wall features a Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet, for whatever the dog feels like doing online.

“The Samsung Dream Doghouse looks sleek and modern, featuring the kind of tech the discerning dog of the future will need,” Andy Griffiths, president of Samsung Electronics U.K. and Ireland, said in a press release. “From dogs who have social media profiles, to owners who use video calling to check on their pet while away, technology is fast becoming an integral part of everyday life.”

And no, Griffiths isn’t just doing this for laughs. The company surveyed 1500 dog owners and found that a quarter of them wanted their pets to have their own treadmill, as well as a tablet or TV. Of the dog owners surveyed, 64% believed their pets would benefit from more technology and gadgets, and 18% said they’d like their furry companion to have its own hot tub.

Samsung only made one of the Dream houses and gave it away via a social media contest that ran until March 2nd. In the meantime, the house will be on display at the Crufts Dog Show, which runs March 5-8 at Birmingham, England’s National Exhibition Centre.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com.

TIME animals

Quiz: Is Your Dog Crazy?

Take this quiz and find out

A dog’s brain and your brain have very similar chemistry and many similar structures. It stands to reason they work in more or less the same way—and break down the same way too. More and more, behavioral veterinarians are diagnosing problems as diverse as depression, anger, dementia and post-traumatic stress disorder in dogs. As with humans, treatment involves behavioral therapy and sometimes even drugs. But first you have to know if a problem exists at all. Here are some of the symptoms veterinarians consider in making a diagnosis.

 

MONEY Pets

How to Turn Your Dog into a Cash Cow

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Virginamerica/Rex Features—AP Boo the Pomeranian, named the "cutest dog in the world."

Social media can be big business for pets, too.

Your dog may never make it like the beagle Miss P, winner of the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club’s best in show award, but he or she may still have a shot at becoming a YouTube star or nabbing a modeling contract based on an Instagram photo.

It happened for Tuna, a Chiweenie mix of Chihuahua and dachshund. This unlikely Internet star, found as a stray at a California farmer’s market, has more than a million followers on Instagram because of his cartoonish overbite. A book, The Underdog with the Overbite, goes on sale in two weeks with a list price of $14.95.

At the pinnacle is a dog named Boo, a Pomeranian with 17 million fans on Facebook, multiple books and a line of toys. He even got a deal from Virgin America Inc to be its official “pet liaison.”

To bring in money, you need more than a random clip of your dog doing something funny. It takes an orchestrated campaign to gain enough popularity to merit offers from corporate sponsors, get product placement deals, and move merchandise.

“People who have over half a million followers are getting serious money,” says Katie Sturino, who owns Toast, a King Charles pup with no teeth and a tongue that hangs from her mouth. “The ones who have really broken out are getting a lot.”

Rescued from a puppy mill, Toast has 168,000 followers on Instagram. Sturino says she has been working with companies looking for product placement or endorsements.

Going Viral

What captivates a mass audience and goes viral usually is not a fluke, says Jonah Berger, a marketing professor at the Wharton School of Business and author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On. You need a good story to get started, and then you need a savvy strategy.

“We often look at these videos and think they must be luck or by chance,” Berger says. “Can you guarantee that something will go viral and get millions and millions of page views? No, but you can guarantee it will do better.”

Animal advocate and author Wendy Diamond says the biggest influencers are those who have a following and a personality.

“Your dog either has to have a deformity or a disability or a well-connected parent,” Diamond says.

Boo’s connection is clear. His owner, Irene Ahn, is an executive at Facebook Inc, although she has stayed out of the limelight during her dog’s climb.

But there are other routes to the top.

Jon Huang and his girlfriend, Amber Chavez, got Manny, a French bulldog who was the unwanted runt of the litter, at a half-price discount four years ago.

What started as a way to share photos and videos of their puppy with friends and family exploded in the past couple of years to following of about 796,000 on Facebook and 643,000 on Instagram.

“Basically, I just started posting unique pictures,” says Huang, 37.

After photos of Manny sleeping in a sink went viral, the dog’s popularity started to swell. As the monetary potential became clear, Huang says they made charity a big part of the Manny craze. Team Manny has raised more than $100,000 in the past year.

Manny has deals with Evanger’s Dog Food and Zico Coconut Water, among others. With all the merchandising, fundraising, deals, appearances and travels (a 15-city tour that goes from coast-to-coast), Chavez now is working full-time with Manny.

“There would be no way to manage all the stuff without her quitting her job,” says Huang. “We didn’t expect any of this. It happened so fast.”

TIME Pets

Westminster Dog Show Names Best in Show Winner

Miss P, a 15-in. Beagle, won the 'best in show' of the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 17, 2015
Andrew Burton—Getty Images Miss P, a 15-in. Beagle, won the 'best in show' of the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 17, 2015

“There are seven beautiful dogs. It was a tough lineup,” said handler William Alexander

We thought they were all equally adorable – insert awww – but there could only be one top dog at Westminster.

Congrats, Miss P!

The beagle from the hound group ran off with the prestigious Best in Show title Tuesday at the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Miss P (formal name: Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble) beat out six other fierce furballs: the Patty Hearst co-owned Rocket (toy group), Flame (non-sporting group), Swagger (herding group), Liz (sporting group), Matisse (working group) and Charlie (terrier group).

Miss P has 19 U.S. best in shows under her belt. As if she could get any more impressive: She’s only the second of her breed to win at Westminster.

“There are seven beautiful dogs. It was a tough lineup,” handler William Alexander said post-win. “I’m speechless.”

It runs in the family, after all, for Miss P, who’s a grandniece to 2008 champ Uno.

Next up? She’s ready to retire and have some pups of her own, said Alexander.

Charlie earned honors for Reserve Best in Show.

More than 2,700 dogs entered the annual show, which came to a close at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Best in Show of the 139th #Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble the Beagle, also known as "Miss P!" #WKCDogShow

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This article originally appeared on People.com

MONEY Pets

It’s Not Just Westminster Dog Owners Who Spend Crazy Amounts of Money on Their Pups

An Irish Setter is prepped backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 17, 2015 in New York City.
Spencer Platt—Getty Images An Irish Setter is prepped backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 17, 2015 in New York City. The show, which is in its 139th year and is called the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the United States, includes 192 dog breeds and draws nearly 3,000 global competitors. This year's event began on Monday and will conclude with the awarding of 'Best of Show' on Tuesday night.

This year Americans are on track to spend some $60 billion on their animal companions.

More than 3,000 pampered pooches will take over Manhattan (and your television) Tuesday night for the final day of judging at Westminster Kennel Club’s 139th annual all-breed dog show.

While dogs from 192 different breeds and varieties will compete for Best in Show, to be a serious contender a dog needs to have first run a successful campaign—or “an exhausting, time-consuming, and very expensive gantlet of dog show wins, buttressed by ads in publications like Dog News and The Canine Chronicle,” the New York Times reported in 2010.

Yes, ads: Some competitors said they spent as much as $100,000 annually to showcase a dog’s recent victories—and cute face—in the hopes of swaying future judges. Add in the cost for a professional handler, plane tickets, and other expenses for traveling to roughly 150 shows a year, and campaigning for a top dog can easily break into the hundreds of thousands.

Of course, most dogs, even those with $300,000 budgets, rarely win the title after only a single year of competing. Because it takes time to build a dog’s reputation, these campaigns typically last a few years. One handler whose pup won best in show at Westminster in 2006 told the Times that the three-year runup to the victory cost around $700,000.

That kind of travel purse has top Manhattan hotels rolling out the plastic turf, padded armchairs, dog treadmills, and canine treats to attract Westminsterites, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Think that’s over the top? Well, while most of us don’t shell out a small fortune to raise award-winning pets, we still lavish quite a bit on Fido all the same.

In 2013, Americans spent a record $55.7 billion, or about the equivalent of Croatia’s gross domestic product, on puppy chow, cat litter, grooming, toys, vet visits, and all other matter of indulgences, according to the American Pet Products Association. The estimates for 2014 reach even higher: $58.51 billion, keeping pace with the industry’s steady 4% to 6% growth a year since record-keeping started in 1996.

Two decades ago, Americans’ total spending on pets was $31.1 billion, adjusted for inflation. Last year, Americans spent an estimated $22.6 billion just on pet food.

Those figures break down to each U.S. household spending a little more than $500 a year on their pets. That’s more than we spend annually on alcohol ($456) or mens’ clothing ($404) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So clearly, owners of dog show stars aren’t the only ones willing to make sacrifices for their pets.

TIME Pets

An Essential Guide to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Timothy A. Clary—AFP/Getty Images A Bichon Frise in the judging area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City on the first day of competition at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 16, 2015

Yes, it’s that time of year again.

The Oscars of canine competitions – the Westminster Kennel Club‘s 139th Annual Dog Show – is upon us, and are being held in N.Y.C. Monday and Tuesday.

“It’s the only place all year where all the great dogs are in the same place at the same time,” Westminster Kennel Club spokesman David Frei tells PEOPLE.

This year, 192 different breeds and varieties will be competing for the top title of Best in Show. Says Frei: “We surely have something in there for everyone.”

The longtime co-host of the show breaks down the ins and outs of the pooch pageant for PEOPLE:

What’s New This Year?
Frei admits not much changes year-to-year.

“We judge them, first at the breed level, then the group level, then the group winner stands in there, and one of them goes Best in Show,” he says.

Still, there is one switch up this year: Two new breeds will be available to compete.

First, there’s the Coton de Tulear: “They look a little bit like a cotton swab out there,” says Frei of the Madagascar-originating breed. “They’re kind of the royal dog of Madagascar – cute, little, long-white-haired dogs.”

The next new breed in the competition is the Wirehaired Vizsla, originally from Hungary. “It’s a beautiful sporting dog that looks like the Vizsla … [They] have this wonderful temperament and personality.”

What Judges Are Looking For
Cuteness doesn’t cut it in the big leagues – judges have specific characteristics they look for in competition, from structure (neck length, snout length) to cosmetic features like eye and coat color.

“Every breed has a standard, which is the written description of the ideal specimen of that breed, and, subsequently, how the dog comes together,” says Frei, adding it’s also about relating form to function and a look at “what the dog was originally bred to do.”

For example, “You don’t get to see a Siberian Husky pulling a sled, but you’d have to, as a judge, imagine them as a great, athletic, strong and fast dog that can do that.”

Still, there’s some room for subjectivity.

“When it comes down to the end, we feel we’ve always had seven great dogs standing in there that are probably all great specimens of their breed,” says Frei. “So it comes down to other things, like showmanship, charisma and personality.”

Dog Handling is Serious Business
While they’re not exactly brawling backstage, dog handlers can be an aggressive and passionate bunch. “It’s very competitive,” Frei says.

But, “At the same time, the people you’re competing with are the same people you see every weekend, and they become your social circle, too,” Frei adds. “They become your best friends, and you have this great interest in common: You both love your dogs and want to have the next great beagle or whatever.”

That sense of community translates outside the ring, too. Handlers banded together to create Take the Lead, a charity that raises money for people in the sport who are struggling with life-threatening or terminal illness.

Winning Can Take a Dog Anywhere – Even the White House!
The furry friend named top dog gets more than bragging rights and rich breeding potential – it can launch a whole career for a pooch, too.

Frei’s personal favorite best in show winner was Uno, the first beagle to come away with top honors in 2008 and a fan-favorite because “he was sort of an everyman’s dog.”

Upon winning, Uno went everywhere from L.A. to D.C. once he started getting appearance requests across the country.

He threw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game (“Actually, I threw the pitch; he ran and got it and brought it back!” says Frei), walked the red carpet with A-listers at Hollywood premieres, appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and was the only winner to ever visit the White House.

The top dog was even famous enough to get his own seat on airplanes.

“The computer selected him for additional screening one time, so we took him over and TSA patted him down. You don’t see those TSA guys smiling all that often, but they saw the humor in it,” Frei says, joking: “It’s really great to know that the world is safe from terrorist beagles.”

It wasn’t just fun and games for Uno, though. He went on to do charity work, as well. “He became a registered therapy dog, and we would visit Ronald McDonald houses all over the country,” says Frei.

The dog show will begin broadcasting on CNBC from 8 to 11 p.m. ET Monday. On Tuesday, the sporting, working and terrier groups (and the final event, Best in Show) will be broadcast on the USA Network from 8 to 11 p.m ET.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

TIME animals

Most Loyal Dog Walks 20 Blocks to See Owner Who Is in the Hospital

The pup was caught on hospital surveillance cameras

Nancy Franck of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had been in the hospital for two weeks receiving treatment for cancer when she got an unexpected visitor: her dog, Sissy. But Sissy was not smuggled into Franck’s hospital room by her family. She had walked to Mercy Medical Center by herself.

The miniature Schnauzer apparently took it upon herself to walk the twenty blocks to the hospital, even though she had never been there before. The devoted pet was caught on video cameras in the hospital lobby, trying to figure out how to find her owner.

“She was on a mission that night to see her mom,” Dale Franck, who had been caring for Sissy while his wife was in the hospital, told ABC News, “but she couldn’t find the right elevator to take.”

Franck noticed Sissy was missing around 1:30 a.m. and was hunting for the dog until hospital security called him. “She found my number and house address from her tag on her collar,” he said. “I was so relieved, and I asked my daughter go and pick her up.”

Franck’s daughter went to fetch Sissy and was able to secure permission to bring the devoted dog up to see her mom in her hospital room.

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