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Chow Chows Are Too Much Dog for You, So Move On

The first dog I ever had was a Chow Chow. It was a stupid, stupid move on my part. I did a search on Petfinder for medium-sized male dogs in my area, and his was among the first pictures I saw. I knew nothing about Chow Chows, and did a little research, and thought that […]

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Basset Hounds: The WYSIWYG Dogs

I often write about dog breeds and highlight the surprising things about them. I’m not going to do that for Basset Hounds, because really, if you’ve been around a Basset Hound for more than five minutes, you have probably gathered exactly what you are dealing with.

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Corgis, Destroyers of Worlds, and Their Devoted Human Companions

If you  have ever read this column, you know I’m an ardent supporter of adopting, rather than buying, pets. The bottom line is that there are animals who die because people “commission” one. I’ve already told myself that the only way I’m going to get another Chow Chow is if one appears in rescue. It […]

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Vive le Blab!

I remember at one point, early in rescue, seeing a dog who came into rescue who was a lot like our dog, Gingerella Fitzgerald. Gingerella was a great dog — shameless, affectionate, tough-minded — so it was funny to see her doppleganger show up looking for a home. When I talked to her twin’s foster, I found […]

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A Guide to Labradors and the People They Have

The Labrador, according to the many videos and news reports we see of them, is the dog that does it all: after a long day of detecting bombs and drugs, pulling a victim from a collapsed building, helping a man with epilepsy detect his seizures, and comforting grief-stricken children, the Labrador Retriever returns home to […]