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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 […]

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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 […]

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Giving Thanks for Unicorns

I wanted to take a moment to praise a rare creature indeed. You might be one of them yourself, but you’d never know because you don’t think about it.

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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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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 […]

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Pupdate- March 8, 2014

Asher pup is doing great at his new home.

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Pupdate: February 21, 2014

Alright guys, this week is going to be the week of truth. Asher is meeting his prospective new mom on Sunday!

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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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10-Second Anecdotes That Reveal Too Much About Me

Quick! Here’s a few speedy stories to help you get to know me.

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Applying for a Dog: What They Really Want to Know

So, you’ve found a dog (or dogs) that you want to adopt on Petfinder, or at your local animal shelter. Now, chances are they are going  to give you a very lengthy application to fill out. Here’s why they do it, and what they are actually looking for.

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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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Dogs I Have Loved: Samantha

I’ve mentioned before that we successfully helped to place approximately 70 dogs who were confiscated from a hoarding situation, and I described the painstaking evaluation process we did to assess each dog.