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Lisa Zidek and her husband are sitting on the couch, watching television, when they feel someone behind them, breathing on their necks. They aren’t alarmed. It’s just their dog, Buddy. He was about 4 months old when they adopted him. Now, just over a year later, “He has grown to …

Sarah Willis’s heart is in the right place. She knew that adult dogs stand less chance of being adopted than puppies, so that’s who she set out to adopt. “I used to work in a shelter and knew that any older dog in one was in urgent need of help,” …

Read Oscar’s Happy Tail in his adoptive mom’s own words. “Don’t buy a dog when you can adopt one from the shelter,” Amanda Burke told her mother, who was tempted by Dachshund puppies for sale at a flea market. Amanda’s mom was ready to bring a new pet into the …