Your Puppy Will Grow Up

Normally, when people remind you that your puppy will grow up, they’re talking about the fact that your dog won’t be an adorable three-month-old forever. This post is all about the in-between stage. Your dog is still mentally a puppy, but he’s close to his adult size and full of doofy energy and enthusiasm for destruction. You think he’s going to be like this forever, but he’s not.  Read More Your Puppy Will Grow Up

Consider These Dogs When You Are Adopting, Part I: The Big Four

Back when I was in charge of deciding which dogs our rescue would take, I’d be approached by people with all sorts of dogs who needed help. Some of these were abuse and neglect cases. After a while, I noticed a pattern: certain breeds seemed to be magnets for people who horrifically abused them or neglected them. Ever since then, I’ve always felt a special fondness for people who adopted these breeds, because they are at so much more risk than some of their peers. Read More Consider These Dogs When You Are Adopting, Part I: The Big Four

The Easy Keeper: How to Adopt a Nice Dog

There are going to be times in your life when you need an easygoing, lower-trouble dog. Don’t feel guilty about it. Those dogs need good homes, too, and you aren’t obliged to adopt only project dogs. Read More The Easy Keeper: How to Adopt a Nice Dog

Large Dogs: Some Inconvenient Truths

I’m definitely not one to discourage large dog ownership; I love large breed dogs. My smallest dog is 65 lbs and I tend to think of him as tiny. That said, there are some inconvenient facts about large dogs that their admirers tend to gloss over, and these can sometimes result in the wrong people adopting them. Read More Large Dogs: Some Inconvenient Truths

When You Know a Dog Is in Danger

This is an issue so many animal lovers face, and it’s a tough one. What if someone you know well, are related to, or see every day doesn’t treat their dog the way they should? Here is a step-by-step guide to evaluating the situation. Read More When You Know a Dog Is in Danger

You Can’t Save Them All, and You Shouldn’t Want To

Trigger warning for animal attacks resulting in death and child death.

I blame people for the vast majority of dog bites. People are the ones who don’t supervise their dogs. People are the ones who allow their dogs to develop dangerous behaviors. People are the ones who don’t supervise their children. Read More You Can’t Save Them All, and You Shouldn’t Want To

Here’s to the All-Time Greats

Victoria and I had been working with a rural shelter that had contacted us about a hound who was running out of time. He was a young adult, medium-sized, and had a good personality. We had space, and we liked the way this woman stated her case.

We arranged a transport to get Joey to Victoria’s house, and then into his foster home. As always, I was excited to hear about the new arrival, so I called Victoria soon after Joey arrived. She told me, reluctantly, that Joey wasn’t quite as advertised. He was upwards of 70 pounds and 7 years old if he was a day. Worst of all, he had a leg that had been broken and wasn’t ever set, so it was shorter than the other three. That wasn’t a cosmetic defect. It meant that Joey was set up to have bad joint pains and arthritis, and he was probably already living in some discomfort. In other words, this shelter had completely screwed us over. We thought we were getting a dog we could place in a month or two, but now we had one who might take twice or three times that. Read More Here’s to the All-Time Greats