Tag Archives: rescue dogs

The Best Kind of “Gold Digger”

Posted on: March 10, 2015 - No Comments

As a "gold digger" in the animal welfare field, you have to see past the top layer of every animal to find the heart and soul, the true essence of the animal, what makes them as precious as gold.

When Good Rescue Groups Make Bad Dog Training Decisions

Posted on: October 18, 2014 - 6 Comments

Dog is abused, abandoned, neglected. Dog is rescued. Dog has behavioral issues stemming from a difficult past. Rescue group calls in a trainer, who puts a shock collar on the dog to "fix" him and make him adoptable. While the above scenario may be oversimplified, it happens all too often in the rescue world. I worked on Read More

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society – A Model Shelter and a Great Fundraiser

Posted on: August 20, 2014 - No Comments

I had the pleasure of visiting the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society in Cashiers, NC, and was also the featured presenter at their annual fundraising event, "A Celebration of Humane Heroes." I was so impressed by the facility itself, the incredible staff and volunteers, and especially their commitment to serving the needs of the surrounding community. I have been Read More

Inmates as Dog Walkers–What’s Your Take?

Posted on: June 11, 2014 - 2 Comments

Inmates as dog walkers--is this the next great animal shelter idea? I recently read a story out of Florida about a local sheriff's department that will be using inmates to help the dogs at the county's animal control receive daily walks. The issue was brought to the Brevard County Commission after a volunteer at the Read More

‘All American Dogs’ at the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Posted on: April 27, 2014 - No Comments

As reporter on the happenings at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for five years running, I look forward to wearing all my best winter clothes during my time in New York City for the series of events (business networking, attending dog fashion shows, and more) surrounding Westminster. This year I had the privilege of Read More

Are Black-Coated Dogs Harder to Adopt?

Posted on: April 17, 2014 - 2 Comments

There have been some studies out lately that have come to the conclusion that the color of a dog’s coat doesn’t matter to people who are looking for a dog to adopt. They state that the old theory that black-coated dogs are more difficult to adopt than lighter color dogs is not true. The ASPCA Read More

Two-Legged Boxer’s Run on the Beach Will Melt Your Heart

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Duncan is a beautiful boxer who was rescued by and eventually adopted by Amanda Geise, the founder of Panda Paws Rescue. As Duncan came to Amanda with two severely deformed back legs, she was faced with the choice of either euthanizing him or amputating both of his back legs. It's a decision that neither Amanda Read More

Mixed Breeds Join the Westminster Dog Show

Posted on: January 20, 2014 - No Comments

The Westminster Dog Show isn't just for purebred dogs anymore. For the first time since the famous dog show began almost 140 years ago, the Westminster Dog Show will opening its doors to mixed breed dogs. The First Masters Agility Championship will include purebred and mixed breed participants. This agility trial will be a skills-based Read More

Shelter Dogs Shine with Celebrity Names

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What's in a name? Potentially a life! Animal shelters all over the country are using a clever new tactic to help facilitate adoptions and increase the bond between animals and potential adopters--they're naming the animals after celebrities. This new marketing strategy helps potential adopters empathize with the homeless animals and hopefully see them in a different Read More

Adopt for the Holidays! Give a Forever Home

Posted on: November 28, 2010 - 2 Comments

Adopt for the Holidays!  Wherever I travel, I visit the dogs. I’ve toured numerous humane societies, shelter facilities, and wolf rescue sanctuaries. In Beverly Hills, Rancho Santa Fe, and online worldwide, dog adoption is becoming not only the humanitarian but also the fashionable thing to do. Celebrities often have “pet projects”. Why not start a Read More