Monthly Archives: January 2011

Get your “Face” out there!

2010 was a year that many rescues and shelters dabbled in social media with varying amounts of success. For those who haven’t created a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, YouTube, or any of the other myriad social media portals, … Continue reading

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Where Did your Purebred Come From?

Purebred dogs come from a variety of sources. At one end, there are breeders that are working to better a specific breed and eliminate or curtail genetic traits and health issues that the breed might have. Each breed has genetic … Continue reading

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A Tribute to the “Spirit” of Shelter Dogs

I got a call last week, asking if I wanted a chance to say good bye.  Spirit’s health was failing and his mom had tearfully decided that is was his “time”. I thought back to the day I’d first said … Continue reading

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The Lay Off

With a recent lay off in my family, I started thinking about how similar a lay off is to getting rid of a family pet. Initially the pet is “hired” with high expectations of how he will benefit the company, … Continue reading

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Propagation is a Big Fancy Word

Sometimes it’s easy to look at a topic like Spay and Neuter and think that if you have taken care of your own animals then you have done your part.  And yes, you have done the responsible thing for your … Continue reading

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The Faces That Are Helped

George and Elaine (names changed) adopted Klondike from a local shelter 5 years ago. They are regulars at a dog park I frequent with my dogs. Klondike is a bouncy happy wolfy type dog that runs up to greet all … Continue reading

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How did she end up in a shelter?

I got an email from a local shelter recently, noting that they had just taken in a purebred 8 week old boxer puppy that had been tied to a pole outside of their offices that morning. They asked if the … Continue reading

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I think I’d like a do-over with Cocoa

When I was a kid, we had a little apricot colored poodle named Cocoa.  I don’t remember a lot about Cocoa except that I decided pretty early on that I didn’t like male dogs or poodles. I still don’t particularly … Continue reading

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Pocket’s Life is the Gift Beyond Money

I remember when I saw Pocket’s photo on a mailing that went around from the shelter to local rescues asking if someone could take the tiny being.  All of about 5 pounds and unknown medical conditions swirling about her, my … Continue reading

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Raisin Junkie

I have to say that raisins might be the most expensive commodity in my home this past couple of months. The problem is that I haven’t had the pleasure of consuming them for the $600 I’ve spent. A number of … Continue reading

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