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Dog Ownership

Can Dogs Really Have Best Friends?

VetStreet | MIKKEL BECKER | Posted 07.20.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on VetStreet. The worst breakup of my life was devastating for me not because of the feelings of personal loss over ...

I've Become a Crazy Dog Lady, But I'm Okay With It

Jen Reeder | Posted 06.25.2014 | Good News
Jen Reeder

I didn't believe in love at first sight until July 25, 2010, when my husband and I walked into an animal shelter and met our first dog, Rio. He was a yellow Lab mix with a bite on his cheek and skin stretched thin over his ribcage.

LOOK: Where The Dog Lovers Live

Posted 11.11.2013 | Green

October is national dog adoption month, a campaign that helped boost adoption rates by an incredible 227 percent last year. Here are where the dog...

Please... Don't Get a Dog!

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

The average dog is in many ways like a child in the toddler stage. If you're familiar with the time, attention and energy a child between the ages of 12 and 30 months requires, that's about what you should expect to provide for your dog, for all the years of his life.

Do We Love Our Pets More Than Our Children?

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

So why do we love our pets so much? Let me answer as a dog owner, even though this list may attest to cats, birds, hamsters, snakes, horse, chickens or whatever other pet an owner may share his or her life with.

Why I'm So Glad To Be Rid Of My Yellow Lab

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

'How is Sophie?' a neighbor asked the other day, inquiring about our endearing Yellow Lab. Sophie, with her lively personality and satanic eyes (she had Horner's syndrome), was an important member of our family for a long time. We loved her. We lost her. And now life is pretty awesome.

On the Loss of a Furry Loved One

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Jenna Henry Hansen

I never wanted the responsibility of children, yet this min pin taught me much about being responsible and accountable, and I learned how to give and receive absolute unconditional love. Certainly, I underestimated the impact her presence would have on my life.

The Dog Question

Karin Kasdin | Posted 08.11.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Murphy the Portuguese Waterdog was my Marley, my Lassie and my Toto, except for one small thing. He wasn't a very good dog. Our nuclear family adored "The Murph," but outside of our home he wasn't about to win any Mr. Congeniality contests.

My Life With a Portuguese Water Dog: 10 Things I've Learned in the Eight Weeks Since Becoming a Puppy Owner

Myra Sideris | Posted 07.29.2012 | Green
Myra Sideris

Never ever having had a dog before, I was in for a real treat! it's been eight weeks now and there are the 10 things I've learned since becoming a puppy owner.

Ode to a Handsome Dog

Randi Miller | Posted 07.01.2012 | DC
Randi Miller

Jack has always surprised and delighted me, and every time I see a sticker that asks "who rescued whom?" I think the phrase "dog owner" is inaccurate. To call a dog one's "pet" is a disservice to the dog. Jack has been a remarkable friend.

Man's Best Friend -- With Benefits

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 09.12.2011 | Healthy Living

It's well known that dogs are "man's best friend" -- and now we have science to prove it. The emotional benefits of pet ownership can be equal to t...