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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.

Meet Baxter of Blind Dog Cafe

Baxter the blind dog

Baxter the blind dog is the mascot of The Blind Dog Cafe in Washington DC. His owner, Jonas Singer has been featured in the news including The Washington Post and PBS. But we were curious to get to know the dog who inspired the cafe. When not running around the cafe, Baxter and Singer can be found running their other venture, Union Kitchen. We sat down with Baxter to get to know the real deal behind the name of the coffee shop…

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Share Your Dog Rescue Stories

Rescue Dog

Over at the Canine Journal HQ, we have rescue puppies on the brain. Partially because, well, we have rescue puppies on the brain (we’d adopt ’em all if we could!) but also because one of our very own just welcomed a new fashionable hound into her home…

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Interview with Ricochet The Surf Dog

Ricochet surfing

We recently had the opportunity to hang ten with one cool pup: Rocochet the Surf Dog! She’s had a lot to say during our interview but first let’s find out more about her. Yes, she is in fact a surfing dog and she has even won surfing contests but her real claim to fame is that she SURFS WITH PURPOSE. While Ricochet can surf alone, she finds the most happiness when surfing with kids who have special needs, adults with disabilities, veterans and wounded warriors…

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Interview with Burger from Young House Love

Burger

Who better to kick off May’s spotlight than Burger from the Young House Love blog (view their book on Amazon: Young House Love). Burger was kind enough to take precious time away from hiding under the covers and roaming around his parent’s Sherry and Jon’s home improvements to share some insight into what it’s like being a top dog in Richmond, Virginia. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta be man’s (and woman’s) best friend…

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Interview with Chris P Bacon Pig on Wheels

Chris P Bacon under sofa

Yep, his name is Chris P. Bacon (pronounced Crispy Bacon!) and he’s a pig. So, why are we interviewing him here on Canine Journal you may be asking. Well, the answer is simple – pigs are animals too and they deserve some airtime for their awesomeness as well! Plus, he’s got an important message to share…

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Meet Frankie Wah the Twitter Sensation

Frankie Wah

Top Dog fans, you are in for a real treat this month, or should I say tweet! We interviewed the one, the only Frankie Wah of twitter fame and he had some interesting thoughts to share with you. @Frankie_Wah joined Twitter in June 2010 but the real-life Frankie is a big character in a little (chihuahua) body and pretty close to the jokes his (bad) behavior inspires. Find out why 96,000+ fans follow him and have added his dose of humor to their lives…

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Stopping Puppy Mills in California and How You Can Help

Sad Puppy

A puppy mill, also known as a puppy farm, is a large scale dog breeding facility. The treatment of animals at puppy mills is often called into question. Specifically, these commercial breeding farms are known for their lack of medical care, and providing a proper diet for their dogs. The pups often do not receive the exercise and socialization they require at such a young age. Unfortunately, these large-scale breeding facilities also exist for other animals. For example, for cats, a breeding farm is referred to as a kitty mill. Believe it or not, an estimated 4000 puppy mills exist across the United States, which breed over half a million puppies per year.

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Three Dog Rescue Stories: Building A Family

Life is better with two dogs. Or that is how our family functions best. My first dog when I graduated from college was a Dalmatian named Domino. I adopted him when he was nine months old and enjoyed his companionship until a ripe age of nearly 14 years old. He traveled with me across the U.S., through just about every state, four times but eventually we settled in North Carolina where I bought my first home. With new home ownership came a sense of settling down and my desire for a second dog grew stronger. So I set out to find a dog in need of a home through various local rescue groups and shelters. A little black lab mix with an adorable under bite found his way into our hearts. His name was Storm and he was about two years old. And this is where my love for the companionship of two dogs – for myself and for one another – grew into a must have in our house…

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Dog Rescue Story: First There Was Remington

Remington

Our first dog as a couple was a Golden Retriever named Remington. My husband was not allowed to have a dog while growing up so when our new neighbors moved in with a litter of Golden puppies, and Ken had to adopt one of them. Three-month-old Remington joined our family in early 1999 and quickly made Golden lovers of us. He was a huge part of our family until we lost him to liver cancer in July 2008. No warning, he just stopped eating and was gone within a month after the vet diagnosed his disease. We were devastated…

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Dog Rescue Story: Angie and Dana

Angie and Dana

I will never forget the day that we brought home our rescue pups, Angie and Dana. We had just bought our first house one month earlier. My husband, Brian, knew I wanted a dog but said that we needed to get settled first before adding to our long list of new responsibilities. That bright Saturday morning, I thought I was going on yet another house shopping trip with Brian, with a big grin on his face, turned into the pet store parking log where they were having an adoption fair. I just smiled at him and asked. Yes was the answer…

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