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Middle Island Maremma Project has operated as a community partnership between Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare, Warrnambool City Council, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and Deakin University. Middle Island is located just off the Warrnambool Breakwater. Middle Island went from an approx penguin breeding population of 800 penguins in 1999, to less than 10 identified birds in the 2005 breeding season. This decline was primarily through fox attacks – the largest attack resulted in 380 birds (penguins and Shearwaters).

Something had to change – and it did.

In 2006, maremma dogs were trialled to protect the penguins by living on the island through the summer breeding season. Since this time, after a lot of hard work by all the partners, no penguins have been lost to fox encroachment since. The population is now estimated to be 150 Little penguin. Take a look at this clip that details the history of the project.

This has turned into the best crowdfunding campaign in the history of the planet.

Peter Abbott’s current dogs ( Eudy and Tula ) are now 8 years old and its time to start planning their retirement. This funding campaign will allow us to purchase two maremma pups and then train them over two summer breeding seasons. Eudy and Tula will become ambassador dogs to the project, which likely would be looking awesome and generating media attention like this blog.If they raise more than $25,000 they can further train the dogs, create new housing for them both on and off island and also provide funding for Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare to coordinate the volunteers that monitor penguin breeding and evening arrivals.

This project is so unique that it has been turned into a new Australian Movie – Oddball.

So go here and give a few dollars and let’s do something great for that community.

Giving deserving pups the best day of their lives, one incredible story at a time.

Meet Bretagne: the last known living search and rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero.

As members of Texas Task Force 1, Bretagne and her mom/handler Denise Corliss had an intense first deployment They joined nearly 100 other search and rescue dogs to find and save people trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11. They’ve had an unshakable bond ever since.

After hearing Bretagne’s story and learning that her 16th birthday was coming up, there was no question in our minds that she deserved a Dog’s Best Day for the ages.

To celebrate her birthday and thank her for her incredible service, we were honored to team up with the dog-lovers at 1 Hotels to bring this New York City hero and her mom back to the city for the ultimate Dog’s Best Day.

A reporter found himself being upstaged when a lamb decided to relieve itself while he was filming a piece to camera. BBC News NI’s Agriculture and Environment Correspondent Conor Macauley was reporting on how Button had been adopted by a couple from Moira, when the lamb urinated. Keep a stiff upper lip, and all…