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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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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Susie’s Hope Film: A Rescue Story

Susies Hope

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and we’re not the only dog lovers with canine rescue stories and animal humane treatment on the brain. RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC seems to have an interest in canine rescue, too. At their 2013 festival, RiverRun will be screening Susie’s Hope, a film, based on true events, that tells the story of Donna Lawrence and her adoption of a Pit Bull-mix puppy — a puppy that someone had set on fire and left for dead — just months after surviving a horrific Pit Bull attack herself…

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House Training An Older Dog

Dog sleeping on side (caption: House Training An Older Dog)

Bringing home an adult dog is an unusually large undertaking for any family. Whether this is your first or fiftieth dog coming into your home, there are a few things that you should always keep in mind. A unique and unexpected challenge that we often see in rescue cases is the necessity of house training an older dog…

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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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