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Adopting a Dog

The Unexpected Companion I Never Knew I Needed

Cathy L. Mason | Posted 03.16.2017 | Fifty
Cathy L. Mason

I love quiet. I really, really love quiet. And cleanliness, and order ... all the things I didn't have much when we had kids at home. We loved raising our children but now we're in a different chapter and the quiet is pretty nice. And so, of course, I looked at the local shelter's Adoptable Dogs page.

Things to Consider When Your Child Asks for a Pet

Christine Escobar | Posted 09.17.2016 | Parents
Christine Escobar

Finding the right pet for your family shouldn't be a decision that is taken lightly. As a parent, I can relate to the seemingly endless barrage of requests for a cat, a dog, a goldfish, or bird. It can be really tempting to give in to these requests, especially when you encounter an adorable, but unwanted pet who really needs a home.

Rescue Pig Kisses Her Best Dog Friend Every Chance She Gets

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 07.15.2015 | Good News

Tuna the pig smooches Jack the dog all the time. "Tuna loves to groom Jack and give him piggy kisses," says Whitney Hanson, spokesperson for the Hu...

This Wonderful Dog Has Been Waiting 500 Days For A Home. He's Not Alone

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.01.2015 | Good News

Roscoe the doggie loves to hike and swim. He's affectionate and sweet. What's that -- you like to play fetch? No way, Roscoe loves it, too! This hands...

Shelter Dog Makeovers Prove Every Stray Is Handsome Underneath

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.11.2014 | Good News

When was the last time a widely publicized beauty makeover made the world a better place? The jury is still out on makeovers for people, but shelte...

Dog Shelter Offers Ice Cream And Adventures, Sadly Isn't Accepting Human Applications

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.20.2014 | Green

Lady the pit bull recently got a short furlough from the Northern Virginia animal shelter where she's been living for the last couple of months. As...

Rescue Me!

Myra Demeter | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

A few weeks ago, I brought home our newest family member, Kellie. He sleeps through the night, is toilet-trained and has a sweet disposition.

Is Your Dog Who You Thought He'd Be?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

They typically envision an affectionate dog who's fairly easy to train, won't make major demands on their lifestyle, and is friendly with the family and visitors. There's nothing wrong with that. I mean, really, who goes looking for a dog with baggage? Who wants a long-term project?

Remembering Tango

Pam Townsend | Posted 07.01.2013 | DC
Pam Townsend

Today would have been Tango's 14th birthday. I'd hoped to be celebrating; instead, I'm mourning his passing three weeks ago and reflecting on his life with us.

Thinking of Adopting a Pet for the Holidays?

Ruth Steinberger | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Ruth Steinberger

While we strategize ways to prevent the births of unwanted pets through targeted spay/neuter programs, this is a time during which many homes consider adding a four-legged family member to the household.

Annie Happened to Me

Liz Keller | Posted 01.28.2013 | Good News
Liz Keller

The vet left me alone in the room with Annie and I asked her, "Are you ready to go?" She kissed me as I spoke. She was tired. She lay in my arms, kissing my face so gently.

Linus's Heart Has Healed -- Now He Needs a Home

Phyllis Taiano | Posted 11.18.2012 | Green
Phyllis Taiano

I looked over at him and realized how brave he really is. He had no idea where he was heading and what he was about to endure, and yet he sat there trusting this human who he had barely known for three weeks.

How To Adopt A Purebred

Posted 05.31.2012 | Green

From Vetstreet's Kim Campbell Thornton: If you’re smitten with the idea of sharing your home with a purebred dog, chances are that there’s a br...

Dave the Dog vs. Dave the Husband

Ken White | Posted 04.04.2012 | San Francisco
Ken White

I recently heard from a woman seeking advice. It seems she and her husband had adopted a dog. The dog had arrived with the name Dave. He knows his name, and comes to it when called. The problem? So does her husband.

Overflowing New Mexico Animal Shelters Sending Dogs To Colo.

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.05.2011 | Denver

As a result of the New Mexico wildfires, animal shelters in the area have seen an influx of lost and stray animals. To open up more space for animal ...