Stories

Readers share their dog stories of rescue, companionship, friendship and more. Please send us yours and we would may just feature your story as well.

Adopt, Don’t Shop: A Phrase Worth Thousands of Lives

Dog in cage at shelter

Have you heard the latest catch-phrase, “Adopt, Don’t Shop?” If so, you might be wondering what it means. Adopt, Don’t Shop is a campaign slogan that a growing number of animal rights proponents are using to promote adopting pets from shelters, rather than buying them from pet stores. What’s behind the movement? Is it controversial? And how can you get involved? Read on for answers to all these questions and more…

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Celebrating Our 10th Birthday

Celebrating 10 Years of Content for Canine Journal

In 2007, I created a business to make custom dog collars and leashes for internet shoppers. As we celebrate ten years online, I could not be more proud of how Canine Journal has transformed and grown into this wonderful web community! And it is in no small part thanks to each and every one of you. Together we have made Canine Journal the premier resource for all things dog and have helped pet parents make better decisions that enhance the lives of their pets. To celebrate a decade of dog-related content, we asked our fans to submit photos of their dog to be featured on our site. The dog with the most votes wins a customized prize pack including a Tote Tails bag, a personalized pillow from LifeGoesPOP and an ASPCA gift pack…

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Top Dog Interview with Brussels Sprout

Brussels Sprout the dog in a denim jacket

There are a few things that our team members at Canine Journal can agree on – we all love dogs and brussels sprouts. So when we came across a dog with the name of one of our favorite vegetables, we were drooling with excitement. Sprout is an adorable Brussels Griffon pup who struts the streets in his hometown of New York City in style (complete with his own custom apparel). When not agility training or modeling, “Sproutie” can be found helping raise awareness and raising money for dogs in need. Read on to learn from his story, some funny advice and get some hot fashion tips in our latest Top Dog interview…

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Top Dog Interview: Baby Howard the Bulldog

Baby Howard the Bulldog at top of stairs

Our latest Top Dog interview is with Baby Howard the Bulldog. He was found at 6 weeks old wandering the streets of NYC and was turned into a shelter. He was so grateful when he was adopted. Now he devotes his time to spreading awareness for other homeless pets as a Rescue Ambassador and therapy dog. Along the way, he’s made his way into the spotlight by modeling for Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger ads and acting for HGTV’s Posh Pets, E’s Ice Loves Coco, and more. Learn more about this accomplished bulldog in our exclusive interview…

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Toast Meets World: Barks Out for Rescue Dogs

Toast Meets World with Sadie

Toast Meets World is the adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was rescued from a Puppy Mill in North Carolina by fashion model and publicist Katie Sturino. Toast’s mom helped launch her dog’s career and is helping Toast live up to her “meets world” name in NYC. She is using her celebrity dog status to raise awareness for pet adoption and rescue. We count ourselves so lucky to have had the pleasure of meeting Toast last month. We took the opportunity to ask a few questions for our latest Top Dog interview…

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Top Dog Interview: Ella Bean the Dog

Ella Bean the Dog at cafe

Our latest Top Dog interview is with Ella Bean the Dog. She comes to us from Brooklyn (by way of Florida). When not wandering the streets of the Big Apple looking oh so fashionable, Ella Bean can be found jet-setting around the world with her lady human. Ella Bean has been featured in the New York Post, PopSugar, Travel + Leisure and The Huffington Post (among others) and she has some great travel and photography tips to share with Canine Journal readers. We hope you enjoy reading this inspiring story…

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Bringing Sally Home: Our Dog Adoption Process

Sally the dog with pup parents Kimberly & Pat

My husband and I went to the local Humane Society on a Saturday morning, after waiting years for the right time to get a dog. In the past, we moved around a lot and just didn’t feel it was the right time for us to care for another living creature. After getting a permanent home for ourselves and also getting our schedules to slow down, we knew it was the perfect time to grow our family…

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Top Dog Interview: Lilly and Chicko

Group of Goldens on road in Germany

Our next Top Dog interview is with Lilly an adorable Golden Retriever and therapy dog living in Germany with his parents and brother Chicko, a rescue Golden. Learn what it’s like living in Europe, some of Lilly’s favorite pastimes (hint: it involves mud) and more about this sweet pup…

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Dangerous Dogs Act: What Breeds Are Covered?

Beware of Dog Sign

The dangerous dogs act was a law passed in the United Kingdom in 1991 aimed to try to reduce the number of dog attacks by specific breeds.Parliament stepped in to create this Act after a slew of incidences where serious injury or death resulted from dog attacks of a particularly aggressive breed that were uncontrolled. This legislative response was designed as a way to protect the people; however, over time many have come to see this Parliamentary Act as being discriminatory and ineffective. Let’s discuss some of the specifics regarding the dangerous dogs act and whether or not this was an effective response to a societal concern…

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Top Dog Interview: Bugsy Airstream Dog

Bugsy on top of mountain

Bugsy the Airstream dog loves adventure! That might come as a surprise to anyone who knew her when she was plucked from the winter streets and brought to the pound in 2015, terrified, starving, and sickly. When she first came home, she was scared of everything outside: loud bangs, people, cars, trains, bikes – basically anything that moved or made noise. Packing a skittish beastie into an Airstream and roaming around the country didn’t make complete sense, but in each new place, she relaxed and blossomed more, and soon became a confident, expert traveler. Get to know Bugsy in our latest Top Dog interview…

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