Why I Don’t Feel Bad Buying a Dog From a Breeder

I will not be shamed for buying a dog. I bought a dog that is likely to fit well into my life, be able to do the activities I want to do, and has health clearances and a well-documented line of healthy dogs behind him to give me some confidence that he’ll have a long, healthy life. After nearly a decade working with rescue dogs and purebred pets, I have learned some things about buying vs adopting a pet, and some pros and cons for each. Here’s why nobody should be shamed for buying a dog, and why everyone should help rescue dogs. 

Research proves that dog day outs really do benefit shelter dogs

Have you ever thought about taking a shelter dog out for the day, for the weekend, or as a short-term foster, but felt horrible at the thought of having to bring them back to the shelter? If so, you're not alone. Many volunteers and potential fosters hesitate to take a dog out of the shelter … Continue reading Research proves that dog day outs really do benefit shelter dogs

Socialization and Exercise at the Dog Beach

How much exercise and socialization does a young, high-energy dog need? Watching the dogs play at Walton Rocks Dog Beach in Hutchinson Island, Florida, was a great reminder of just how much energy these dogs have.  One owner remarked that her dog could easily play fetch for four hours in the surf and sand. That … Continue reading Socialization and Exercise at the Dog Beach

Animal Shelter Quarantine: A Desperate Situation

Quarantine is an unfortunately common part of life for my local shelter. Ever since I became involved there have been quarantines, some brief and some long. During quarantines, animal shelters separate populations of dogs by creating physical barriers and making sure that staff and volunteers don’t spread disease between populations. Sometimes the quarantine is created … Continue reading Animal Shelter Quarantine: A Desperate Situation