Category Archives: dog adoption

Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet

This week is Petfinder.com’s “Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet” campaign. To aid in the effort, I’d like to share a story that brings to light the Black Dog Syndrome (this applies to cats, too). It was featured in Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories About Great Danes: Continue reading

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A Four-Week-Old Puppy Crosses the Country Alone

After six weeks of medication, the dog recovered, and I received his paperwork from the pet store. It turned out he was born in Arkansas, and taken from his mom at four weeks of age (way too young to be weaned). He was transported to Missouri, where he sat at a puppy mill stacked in a crate for a week. Then he was transported across the country to Massachusetts, where he was dumped off at a truck stop with other dogs before being distributed to the pet store. This was all by the time he was six weeks old. This was my second wake-up call regarding the trade of pets. For the first time I began to understand the horror of puppy mills. Continue reading

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Dogs: The Great Friend-makers

I was standing on my dad’s front lawn the other day, tossing some balls for my foster dog and chatting with a neighbor, when a guy walked up with a dog we recognized. This guy, however, wasn’t the dog’s parent. … Continue reading

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Partners with Paws – Canine Service Dogs

Linda Port is the program and training director at Canine Partners of the Rockies. We met because of Happy Tails Books’ upcoming book, Partners With Paws, which highlights the importance of assistance dogs in the lives of those with disabilities and the joy people derive from volunteering with assistance dog training and placement organizations. My interview with Linda below really opened my eyes to how the development process works, and as I read through the stories I’ve received to be considered for our upcoming book, I’ve been blown away by how talented these dogs truly are. Continue reading

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An Insider’s Perspective on Beagles

Rescuers really get to see the difference you can make, hands-on, for both the dog and it’s new family! Continue reading

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In Memoriam Linnea

As you may know, in addition to putting together the Up For Pups! humane education program, I’m the editor of Happy Tails Books. We publish books full of stories from people who have fostered and adopted, and the money we raise goes back to animal rescue and humane education efforts. One of our contributors, Jackie Gleason, sent me this short story about a Lab named Linnea, and I want to share it here because it shows the dedication of rescue volunteers. Continue reading

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A Humane Revolution

This month, to honor our founding fathers, please take some time to consider how you can create positive change. Simple acts of just speaking up for our “best friends” and educating others about how to end neglect and abuse will create waves. With enough waves we can create a tsunami of compassion that ensures a future without chicken wire cages for breeding companion animals. If you need some ideas or inspiration regarding taking the first step forward, please download Happy Tails Books’ free Mill Dog Manifesto eBook. Continue reading

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Trainer Tip: Crate Training Calamity

At Happy Tails Books we’ve got some great training resources, and by golly, I’m going to use them! That means that you, our reader, can send in training questions through our website, and we’ll post answers for you here. Look … Continue reading

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Rescue…chocolate? Yum!

I was so excited to come across the Rescue Chocolate website because I saw so many similarities between founder Sarah Gross’ vision for her business and my own for Happy Tails Books. Learn all about her sweet idea in my … Continue reading

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An Alternative Heartworm Treatment

My poor little foster, Max, has more problems than any other dog I’ve seen in a while, but despite his issues, his personality lights up a room. He’s confined to a crate right now because he’s going through the traditional … Continue reading

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