News & Events

  • Muttville benefit to bring 2nd chance to senior dogs

    Muttville benefit to bring 2nd chance to senior dogs

    Attention California Bay Area Animal Lovers and Party Animals: Looking for something causey and cocktaily to do next Saturday night? Get tickets to Moolah for the Mutts, benefitting Muttville Senior Dog Rescue (one of my all-time favorite rescue organizations). After years of devotion to their family, the sad reality is that senior dogs are commonly […]

  • Human fears and perceptions: not always logical when it comes to breeds

    Human fears and perceptions: not always logical when it comes to breeds

    Jessica Kohn was strolling down a busy shopping street in Portland, OR, on a spring morning, when she saw a person with a dog who looked like a Pit Bull coming toward her. In a moment of fear, she stepped off the curb to avoid the dog — and was hit by a car. Kohn’s […]

  • My 7th lesson: No Kill must cast a wider net; first step is a name change

    My 7th lesson: No Kill must cast a wider net; first step is a name change

    by Leslie Smith, editor March, 2011 On Thursday, a man brought a Heeler mix he called Jack to the front counter. The sight horrified those present, and the stench permeated the entire shelter grounds. Jack’s right front leg had been mutilated, and the injury was clearly not new. According to the man, the dog had […]

  • 2011 Petties Awards

    2011 Petties Awards

    Ice the champagne, roll out whatever color carpet best hides fur — the Petties are upon us! The Petties Awards are Dogtime’s annual celebration recognizing excellence among animal-loving bloggers of all stripes. The Petties are the only awards nominated by, voted for, and presented to individuals in the pet blogging community. How it works Between […]

  • My 6th lesson: Adoption is not the (best) answer

    My 6th lesson: Adoption is not the (best) answer

    by Leslie Smith, DogTime editor June, 2010 Down the road from the animal shelter sits Santa Fe’s only enclosed dog park. A huge expanse on several acres, it features a small gated holding pen which walkers must pass through before entering the main run. Monday morning, a friend of mine arrived at the park with […]

  • Readers respond: Responsible breeders exist

    Readers respond: Responsible breeders exist

    In my last No Kill installment, I asserted there’s no such thing as a “responsible” breeder. At least not now, with 10,000 dogs and cats facing lethal injection or the gas chamber every single day in shelters across the country. As expected, readers weighed in with dissenting opinions (I’ll get to those comments in a […]

  • “Pit Stops”: Michelle Sathe’s road trips with adoptable Pit Bulls

    “Pit Stops”: Michelle Sathe’s road trips with adoptable Pit Bulls

    This article made possible by StubbyDog.org. When journalist and animal welfare advocate Michelle Sathe turned 40, she hit the road with adoptable pit bull Loren to explore 29 states and examine the sad reality facing beleaguered “bully” breeds in America’s shelters. The resulting book, “Pit Stops,” is on sale now and Michelle is setting off […]

  • My 5th lesson: There are no responsible breeders

    My 5th lesson: There are no responsible breeders

    by Leslie Smith, DogTime editor March, 2011 Last week a tiny Chihuahua was left in the “after hours drop box” at our shelter. Many people are appalled that such thing as a drop box even exists, but our staff assures them it’s essential. For example, when a stray is found in the middle of the […]

  • Inside of a Dog: Interview with Alexandra Horowitz

    Inside of a Dog: Interview with Alexandra Horowitz

    DogTime editor Leslie Smith interviews Alexandra Horowitz, author of the New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know Despite its excellent reviews and months on the New York Times best-seller list, I wasn’t particularly excited to dig into Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, the […]