Pandemic Rescue Dog Stories: Who Saved Who During COVID-19?

Rescue dogs (caption: Pandemic Rescue Dog Stories)

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in pet adoptions across the world. As people quarantined at home, they’ve looked to furry family members to fill their life with joy and companionship. Studies show that pets help people cope with anxiety and loneliness. Read these uplifting stories from readers who rescued dogs during the COVID-19 lockdown…

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K9s For Warriors: Saving Veterans And Dogs

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K9s For Warriors is a Florida-based assistance dog nonprofit. They rescue dogs from shelters across the United States and pair them with disabled veterans. To date, they have saved almost 1,200 dogs from a life of abandonment or euthanasia. K9s For Warriors’ motto is “we rescue the dog, and the dog rescues the veteran (from severe PTSD and suicide).” We love their success story and got the chance to chat with their Manager of Programs Greg Wells about all the incredible work they are doing. Learn more in our latest Top Dog interview…

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How To Find A Reputable Dog Breeder

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Congratulations! Adding a new dog to your family is exciting, but you’ll want to know who you should avoid when searching for the perfect dog for you. Finding a breeder who has the best interests of the dog and you is absolutely crucial…

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How To Avoid An Online Puppy Scam

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Buying a puppy online can quickly turn into you spending hundreds (or thousands) of dollars but still being dogless. How? Because con artists are running puppy scams and getting away with it. Follow our suggestions to avoid being their next victim…

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How To Become A Foster Dog Parent

Dog with foster parent

The stigma that shelter dogs are bad dogs is a stereotype that is completely untrue. Unfortunately, too many dogs are in shelters, and people are scared to adopt them because they think there must be some reason that they were sent to the shelter to begin with. Read on to learn the real deal about shelter dogs and what you can do to help…

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

Dog in cage at shelter (Caption: Adopt Don't Shop)

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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How To Bond With Your Rescue Dog Or New Puppy

Dog bonding with mom (Caption: Dog and owner on patio with drink)

When we adopted our dog, Sally, from the shelter, we were so excited. We could tell she was a bit nervous/anxious on the car ride home. We kept her on a leash while we walked her through the house at first, then after a couple of minutes, we let her have free reign. She explored her new home, and shortly after, we found ourselves cuddled up on the couch with her. We could tell she was exhausted after an eventful day, so we decided to calm her and give her some affection that first evening at home with us. I think this was the best thing we could’ve done for her at that time. Let’s discuss how to bond with your rescue dog after you bring her home (learn more about the rescue process) and why bonding with your dog is so important.

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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: 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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