Considering Dog Adoption? Check These AVMA Tips

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Selecting the right dog to adopt is no easy choice. Like selecting a life partner, it’s a decision that you’ll live with in the long term, through thick and through thin. Unlike selecting a mate, though, you don’t get a long courtship to make that decision! We know firsthand from our own adoptions of Tiki […]

Finding the Right Dog Breed for Your Family

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When it comes to finding the right dog breed for your family, it is imperative that you do your research. While Dalmatians might be cute, they come with temperamental issues that can be hard on some dog owners. Adopting a dog is a major responsibility. It is important that you know what you are getting […]

Ask Paris: My Newly Adopted Dog Wakes Us At Night!

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My husband and I adopted our dog Chewey three weeks ago. We’re having a little problem and don’t know where to go to get answers. Then I stumbled upon your page and was hoping you can give me advice. Chewey is about three years old. He’s a Lhasa Mix, not sure with what. He’s VERY […]

Is an Adult Dog or Puppy Right for You?

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When you are thinking about adding a canine friend to the family, you may be deciding whether you should buy a puppy or adopt an adult dog. Puppies and older dogs provide very different experiences as pets. Here are five questions to consider before making the trip to the breeder or dog shelter: 1.     How […]

Saving Yourself–By Saving a Dog

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Everyone who has ever adopted an animal knows that they receive so much in return for the simple act of adoption, from the wonderful feeling of knowing they saved an animal’s life to the joy of a devoted companion. The benefits reach much further, though, including mental and physical benefits. We just received this infographic […]

Adopting a Shelter Dog: Questions to Ask

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As our regular readers know, both of our dogs came from shelters and three of our four cats are from shelters (the fourth, Coco, was found as a stray). With an estimated five to seven million animals in shelters across the US, there is no shortage of great pets looking for a forever home so […]

Helping Petfinder Foundation

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Four years ago yesterday, we adopted Irie. We’d visited her shelter because we’d seen an Australian cattle dog on Petfinder, but once we arrived at the shelter we realized the cattle dog was just too energetic to be a companion to our then 15-year-old Yoda. While we were at the shelter, we recognized another dog […]

Ask Dr. Diane: Adopting a Mom and Her Pup?

Dear Dr. Diane, My husband and I and our three children are looking to adopt a puppy. We found a loving mom pup who is one year old and her four puppies. We are thinking about adopting the mom and one of her female pups. Would this be a good idea? I think it is […]

Honoring Our Soldiers With Pets

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Pets for Patriots, a 501(c)(3) organization that connects at-risk shelter pets with service and veteran members of the United States military, came to our attention because of our recent affiliation with SurfPet, a company that sells products for dog lovers. SurfPet donates 5% of all purchases to this organization whenever buyers use Coupon Code PFP5 […]

Using Petfinder

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Yesterday we wrote about how you can use Petfinder to locate rescues close to you as well as adoption events in your area, all part of our coverage for #AdoptTheInternet Day, a celebration of Petfinder’s 15th anniversary. Today we wanted to look at how to find your next furry friend using Petfinder’s main search engine. […]

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