Category Archives: dog rescue

A dog’s life well-lived to the end

Mac came into the shelter in very good condition. He hadn’t been tied to a chain, made to guard a junkyard, abused or otherwise neglected. He was given up by a sobbing owner no longer able to care for him.  This was 2007, and … Continue reading

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Disfunctional dog behavior

Dogs have their own personalities (dogonalities?), likes and dislikes, but as their owners and constant companions, we have great influence over them.  Sometimes the behavior we think is cute is actually disfunctional. A potential client called me while I was making dinner to … Continue reading

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How I met my ‘Mac’- more stories from 20 years of dog training

My lovely shepherd mix, ‘Bella’, had left us over six months earlier at the age of eight. Her illness progressed and we had to say good-bye. The hefty emotional toll numbed us for some time, but gradually I got the … Continue reading

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It’s Alarming- more stories from 20 years of dog training

The early years of my dog training career were filled with activity. I was extremely careful with my furry charges, and opted for state-of-the-art burglar and fire alarms. I lived about five blocks away and figured I could sprint there … Continue reading

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Tough times? You need your dog more than ever.

The emails come in daily. ‘Owner lost job, dog needs new home’ or ‘family downsizing due to economy, dog needs new home’. These are newer pleas that can be added to ‘owner moving, dog needs new home’ or my personal … Continue reading

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Hurricane Katrina Pet Rescue 5 years ago

At midnight in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 900 exhausted dogs, cats, horses and the occasional goat and pig slept close together in their outdoor shelters. The quiet was erie, interrupted only by a whimper or sigh from one of the 700 dogs … Continue reading

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