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Younger is not better!

Younger is Not Better! Why it is critical for puppies to stay with their moms and littermates until they are at least 8 weeks of age!   First of all, let’s make this incredibly clear… AHEM… In Pennsylvania (and many other states) it is “unlawful” to buy or sell

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Unlikely Allies–responsible breeders and rescuers

Unlikely Allies How responsible rescue and responsible breeders could work together to improve the state of dogs and the shelter system   Go ahead and get your gasps, shouts of “blasphemy,” and freak outs out of the way, I’ll wait… … … … Okay, now that that’s

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The Strained Shelter and Rescue System

The Strained Shelter and Rescue System

Fixing the Strained Shelter System Before we can begin to address the strains on the shelter/rescue system, we have to identify what is contributing to it (if not directly causing it). Before trying to identify contributing factors or causes, it’s important do define what the problem really

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I Hate Extra Warm Days in Winter

I Hate Extra Warm Days in Winter This past Friday and Saturday, Pittsburgh was gifted with a slight respite from the deep freeze also known as our winter.   Nearly everyone in Pittsburgh rejoiced as we hit the 45 degree mark–I won’t lie, I saw at least

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Home Alone, It’s Not Always Fun and Games

Home Alone, It’s Not Always Fun and Games

Home Alone, It’s Not Always Fun and Games I share my home with Shayne, Rio, Bandit (my mom’s dog), Panther, Monty, and Jefferson–plus the occasional foster dog.  It can be a bit much in terms of the number of critters that share the space but I am

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Throwback Thursday–V-E-T is Not an Abbreviation For Trainer

V-E-T is not an abbreviation for trainer–Throwback Thursday Originally posted 4/22/11 (has some updates/modifications from the previous version)   I love my vet, while we may not always agree, nutrition-wise, he respects my choices and never gives me a hard time about it.  He is at the

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Throwback Thursday–Social Pressures for Perfection…

Throwback Thursday–Social Pressures for Perfection…

Social Pressures for Perfection…throwback thursday Originally posted 8/28/12 Who would have thunk that peer pressure would have such a drastic effect on dogs. No, I’m not talking about dog-dog peer pressure, I’m talking about the pressure that GUARDIANS feel from society. Friends, family members, strangers on the

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Throwback Thursday–My Best Advice…

Best Advice I can Possibly Give… “Be your dog’s advocate.” That is, I think, the best advice I can give to people with dogs. “Be your dog’s advocate!” That is, I think, the best advice I can give to people who are handling dogs with a variety of

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How Much Snarking Is Okay?

How Much Snarking Is Okay? I will be pretty honest and say that I have quite the structured and well managed house, in terms of my pets. Nearly all of my critters have some sort of special need that requires some management or structure to mitigate and

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How to effectively Ditch The Food Bowl

How to effectively Ditch The Food Bowl I’ve written before about ditching your food bowl a few different times over the last few years but I’ve never focused an entire post on the subject (or not a detailed informational post).  I have mentioned my use of toys

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