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  • 4th of July and other pet hazards

    4th of July and other pet hazards

    I used to look forward to the annual day off from work and the get-togethers it inspires. Now, I dread the 4th of July. It was the wedding anniversary of my grandparents, married 67 years, but both are gone now. It’s also the time of year when animal shelters see the greatest influx of strays. […]

  • 9/11, search and rescue, and shelter dogs as heroes

    9/11, search and rescue, and shelter dogs as heroes

    After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, hundreds of rescue dogs helped at the rubble of Ground Zero; 13 of those animals were taken from shelters and trained.

  • The truth about dogs (and cats)

    The truth about dogs (and cats)

    “That dog is wagging his tail so he must be happy...” Not so fast: The speed it’s wagging at could mean different things; this and other dog myths debunked.

  • Florida lawmakers push to protect racing dogs

    Florida lawmakers push to protect racing dogs

    Forty-three U.S. states have banned Greyhound racing, and only 24 tracks are operational in the country — 13 of which are in the Sunshine State of Florida.

  • Dog news

    Dog news

    Events that affect dogs and their respective community occur at any time, and DogTime keeps people informed with our news feed. Here you will find stories about important events, legislation, medical breakthroughs, good samatarians, acts of kindness, and more.

  • Mike Vick takes his dog to training class. Noteworthy?

    Mike Vick takes his dog to training class. Noteworthy?

    A few months ago, the world learned Michael Vick legally owns a dog. As of yesterday, we know she’s a female Belgian Malinois named Angel. And thanks to a website called Crossing Broad, we have photographic proof that Vick and his family are taking her to training classes at a New Jersey PetSmart. For the […]

  • Personality vs. looks: can you really find both?

    Personality vs. looks: can you really find both?

    I admit, I’m attracted to looks. So it’s a struggle sometimes to write about my favorite dogs at the shelter without sounding like I’m attending a beauty pageant. With Cali, it’s especially difficult — she’s just so dang gorgeous. The bigger problem is that she’s not the only one. There’s Jojo — another Total My […]

  • What’s the Public’s responsibility in pet homelessness?

    What’s the Public’s responsibility in pet homelessness?

    The first lines of this blog post, about robbing banks, caught my eye. Intrigued, I went on to read the entire entry. The crux of the post: The No Kill movement does and should focus on shelter reform because shelters are the ones killing innocent animals. The writer makes several great points, one of the […]

  • Five more signs your dog loves you

    Five more signs your dog loves you

    How do you know when it's puppy love vs. the real thing? With Valentine's Day swiftly approaching, we bring you 5 more signs your dog truly adores you.

  • The No Kill newsletter: Pet overpopulation is a myth

    The No Kill newsletter: Pet overpopulation is a myth

    While I like the idea that there are enough of the right homes out there for all the companion animals who need them, I’m a bit of a skeptic. So I subscribe to the No Kill Advocacy Center newsletter and try to learn as much as I can about how to reduce the number of […]

  • 13 best animal rescue and advocacy campaigns for 2013

    13 best animal rescue and advocacy campaigns for 2013

    Welcome to the first year of the rest of your life. And their lives. Here at DogTime, we’re committed to making the world a better place for companion animals. So for 2013, we’re spotlighting 13 successes of the sheltering world and the folks behind them. Our hope is that those who care about dogs and […]

  • This Winter: can one dog impact thousands?

    This Winter: can one dog impact thousands?

    I think the Universe is trying to tell me to tell you something. Honestly, I’m not much of a Universe listener (even having lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for four years), but this “coincidence” caught my eye and I decided to pay attention. The blurb from the Espanola Valley shelter timeline, which appeared in […]

  • In rescue, happiness sells (but other tactics work too)

    In rescue, happiness sells (but other tactics work too)

    I’ve heard it too many times and from too many people to not believe it: When it comes to adoption, happiness sells. That should mean good news for Jojo. As my friend Renee would say, that dog’s got a jolly soul. It’s nearly impossible to catch him when he’s not waggling away at the front […]

  • Mama Bear: Full of life, out of time

    Mama Bear: Full of life, out of time

    UPDATE: January 11, 2013: Mama Bear is currently in a warm and happy temporary foster home! On January 30th, Home at Last Rescue will be sponsoring a stay at Elite Dogs (a boarding/training facility) in Sacramento for Mama Bear. The hope is that Mama Bear finds a longer-term foster or permanent home before January 30th, […]

  • Taking animal protection into your own hands

    Taking animal protection into your own hands

    Debbie Swenerton was arrested outside Albuqurque, New Mexico, a few weeks ago for alleged dog-napping. According to most reports, the woman truly believed she was springing dogs from what she deemed abusive situations. I admit: Upon first hearing of the case, I was intrigued. Early accounts suggested Swenerton was “rescuing” dogs who lived outside year […]

  • Pit Bulls in holiday advertising and branding

    Pit Bulls in holiday advertising and branding

    When you write for a national website about dog-related issues, Pit Bull advocacy, and animal welfare in general, you take your responsibility seriously. It’s not a personal bragging platform or an opportunity to talk endlessly about your own beautiful dog(s). And you don’t treat it as such. So if your Pit Bull were chosen — […]

  • Who to save? Paralyzed in the season of giving.

    Who to save? Paralyzed in the season of giving.

    My friend Martha is very good at saving dogs. Particularly those “less adoptable” types whose breed or health status or energy level is seen as undesirable. The effort requires hearty doses of both compassion and strategy, and Martha seems to have landed precisely the right ratio. She knows where to network, how to use social […]

  • Giving thanks for…my dogs (what did you expect?)

    Giving thanks for…my dogs (what did you expect?)

    Does your dog adore leftovers? Love how you smell after a jog? Pretend not to notice the zit on your nose? Check out our list of reasons to be thankful for your pup this season.

  • I’m not having kids — adopt a senior dog!

    I’m not having kids — adopt a senior dog!

    Over the weekend, I toured the new digs for one of my all-time favorite animal organizations. Muttville, a rescue created expressly for senior dogs, is moving from the home of founder, Sherri Franklin, to its own facility near the San Francisco SPCA. “I’m getting new floors,” Franklin quipped after she thanked the crowd Saturday night, […]

  • Lou Hays: winner of DogTime’s Unsung Hero award

    Lou Hays: winner of DogTime’s Unsung Hero award

    At 65, Lou Hays has earned the right to finally take it easy. Instead, he works 40 hours a week in an environment that can be both physically and emotionally draining — and takes home no paycheck. Hays is a volunteer for the Humane Society of Cherokee County (HSCC) in Oklahoma, a community about 70 […]

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