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Welcome, Happy Tails Books Visitors!

If you came here from the Happy Tails Books newsletter today, thanks for playing my game! (If you didn’t, the game was that if people come here and email me the topic of this blog, I’ll enter them in a … 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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Puppy Mill Resources

Puppy mills are commercial dog breeding facilities notorious for substandard care. Here are some resources to learn more about them. Continue reading

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Shouldn’t It Be Fun?

Upon more carefully considering what would draw people in, I started thinking about my history as a pet owner, and I realized that I was guilty of the same irresponsible practices for which I’m always admonishing others. As a teen, I bought all sorts of exotic animals at pet shops (an iguana, a chinchilla, etc.) and then when the honeymoon wore off, I dumped them on my mom. How terrible! Not only that I bought animals at a pet shop, animals that shouldn’t be pets to begin with, but then I abandoned them. This is exactly what others have done to the dogs I foster now. How ignorant I was! Continue reading

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Up For Pups! Goals

If I do 25 presentations a year for an average of 100 people per presentation, and 50% of those people tell three people what they have learned, the presentation will have touched 37,500 people in one year! Maybe those people would go on to tell more people, and well… Change will have to follow. 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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