Category Archives: dog rescue

Bostons By The Bay Holiday Cards

We received this email from Bostons By The Bay and thought we would share. Bostons By The Bay is selling holiday cards to benefit Miles, a Boston who has not had an easy go of it… Due to the continued … Continue reading

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Mill Mommas and Mistletoe

Everywhere you turn during the months approaching Christmas, you see signs saying things like, “Christmas is a time for giving.” Because this giving is regulated to happen every 12 months, it can easily become automatic, lacking profound thought. For me, … Continue reading

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Children’s Toys Are NOT Dog Toys!

I was just sent an alert by a Dachshund rescue friend regarding a dog who died after eating a stuffed animal. Please take note of this newsletter article, it could save your dog’s life: Last night at agility class, a … Continue reading

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More Craigslist Suggestions

Happy Tails Books published the Mill Dog Manifesto as a free ebook to help people learn about rescue and at the very least recognize the signs indicating that a puppy is coming from a mill and not a reputable breeder. To me, ensuring that people understand the dog breeding industry before acquiring a dog is both and animal rights and a consumer protection issue. 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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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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Always Learning

My goal is to deliver a memorable performance at high schools, colleges, churches, etc. across the country. Ultimately I expect the performance to inspire some to use their own special talents to assist with animal advocacy efforts (or whatever other causes they are passionate about). People should leave the performance also understanding the connection between puppy mills and pet/internet shops that sell animals, the difference between a reputable breeder and a puppy mill, and the important role shelters and private rescues play in helping our furry friends. 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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Our First Radio Show – recap

So… I spent an hour Thursday talking with my trainer, Mark Leon, during our first episode of “Trainer Talk” on Blogtalkradio.com. We covered various topics regarding fearful dogs, like socialization, introduction to your home, and leash walking. We were off … Continue reading

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