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Getting Ready for Baby

If your dog isn’t housebroken, don’t get pregnant. If your dog is protective, fearful, or neurotic, don’t have a baby. If your dog is not child-ready, don’t have a child in your home. In an ideal world, the things in the preceding paragraph would be considered logical and not insulting. However, life isn’t logical, and […]

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread is Helping Puppies

I’m training to volunteer with an animal rescue.

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Pets

Editorial: Why “Companion Animal” is Necessary and Important

One of the things that I noticed in rescue is how poignantly it illustrates the concept of distancing language. When people would get in touch with me about giving up their family pet, it was always the same. In the initial email, people would use their pet’s name to describe her. After a few weeks, […]

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Bad Humans, Good Dogs

I thought it might be interesting to see why rescuers often ended up hating humans, so I thought I’d share a few stories that explained why. I also thought it would be a nice holiday gift for those of you who enjoy feeling a little righteous anger and adolescent-level scorn now and then. You could […]

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Why People Hate Animal Rescue

I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit straight away that animal rescue has some serious image problems, and that these problems are merited. Not all animal rescues are bad news, of course, but enough of them are that chances are good that you know someone who has had a terrible experience.

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Perspectives

The Toxic Good Cause

Years ago, I volunteered for an animal rescue. I adopted my dog from them, they asked for help, and I just fell into it. It was rewarding to help the animals, and I was new to that world. After a while, though, it wasn’t fun.

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Pets

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.

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Coonhounds, Man

This article is a joint effort by Moretta and Laura. This article refers only to coonhounds, a group that includes blueticks, redticks, black & tans, redbones and their honorary member, the Plott hound. It doesn’t include Treeing Walker coonhounds, foxhounds or bloodhounds.

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Dogs I Have Loved: Pip

[Non-trigger warning: This is NOT a sad story, just a dramatic one.]

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Dogs I Have Loved: Betty

We were still very new to rescue when I received an email from a rural shelter that was infamous for its mismanagement and its capricious use of euthanasia. Seeing that our rescue had the word “hound” in its name, they wanted to see if we could take a beagle who might be pregnant. I replied […]

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Pets

A Guide to Chihuahuas and Their Champions

The Chihuahua is one of the most recognizable breeds, and often one of the most misunderstood. The smallest breed recognized by most kennel clubs, the Chihuahua has a distinctive look: apple-shaped head, pointed ears, buggy eyes, and, of course a tiny body, often weighing six pounds or less. The Chihuahua’s diminutive stature and sometimes adorable, […]

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Adopting a Dog: Ways You Can Get One

So, you are ready to have a dog. The next step is deciding how to get one. Not surprisingly, there are many ways people go about getting a dog. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, except for pet stores (just don’t).

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Dogs I Have Loved: Jack

It was a tough time for our rescue. We were in the middle of dealing with another hoarder, had tons of owner giveups (which rip your heart out for reasons I will explain in another column someday), and some dogs who looked like they might take months to place. I had arranged to go out […]

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Pets

Don’t Be Afraid To Help

While I don’t foster dogs regularly, because my husband lives here, and sadly, gets a vote, it seems like fall is my season to pick up strays off the side of the road. Last year, it was Daisy, an emaciated, sick mom with 8 very healthy puppies. This year, it’s Asher. The vet suspects that […]

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Translating Petfinder Listings and Rescue-Speak

“Communication is the key to any successful relationship.” True enough, but speaking the same language will help a lot. Here’s a guide to understanding what rescues mean when they describe dogs that are up for adoption.