Aug 26, 2021 - News
National Dog Day: The inspiring stories of Des Moines-area pups
A gif of Axios Des Moines readers' dogs
Just a few of the cuties you sent us this week in celebration of National Dog Day. (And, yeah, Minerva the cat made the list. She likes to play fetch and go for car rides. Owner Matthew Gibbs says she deserves dog status.) Photos courtesy of you

It's National Dog Day and we're declaring Des Moines-area pooches the best and cutest creatures e-v-e-r.

  • Three Axios Des Moines readers sent us stories this week that gave us a bit of inspiration. We think they're worthy of your time.
A photo of a Doberman donating blood at a vet's office.
Rockefeller the Doberman sits in the vet's office. Photo courtesy of Kelley Frary

Rockefeller: A Doberman show dog owned by Kelley Frary of DSM.

  • He's a donor for the Canine Blood Bank of Central Iowa and saves three or four doggy lives with each donation, Frary told us.
  • Chasing lures (fake rabbits) at Water Works Park is one of his favorite activities.
  • Skateboards scare him. (He's working on that with regular visits to the new Lauridsen Skatepark.)
Mia the dog smiles during a car ride.
Mia during a car ride. Photo courtesy of Tyler Weig

Mia: A smiley 14-year-old adopted by Tyler Weig of DSM seven years ago.

  • An Animal Rescue League donor paid for her to have cataract surgery soon after Weig adopted her.
  • "Without that gift I know her cataracts would have taken over her entire vision," Weig told us.
Charlie the dog takes a nap on a rug.
Charlie takes a snooze. Photo courtesy of Sara Ennis Henderson

Charlie: Owned by Sara Ennis Henderson of DSM, and named after Ray Charles.

  • She was born blind, but she still loves to play ball.
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