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Happy Tail: Older dog is a treasure

Happy Tail: Older dog is a treasure

ZOOTOO  Thu, Nov 20

A year ago, Mandy was homeless. It’s early, and Alice Chambers and her husband, Martin, would like a bit more sleep. But Mandy, their adopted dog, is up with the sun, pawing at the side of the bed and whining.Time to get up, she seems to say. Or maybe she’s just saying it’s time to eat breakfast. In either case, Alice rouses long enough to let Mandy out and fetch her a bite to eat, and then she returns to bed to catch a few more Zs. Soon Mandy pads back to the bedroom ...

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Happy Tail: Frisco gets another new start

Happy Tail: Frisco gets another new start

ZOOTOO  Tue, Nov 18

Frisco gets a third chance. For five sweltering days, the dog lay beside the road. People passed by, presuming him to be dead. Eventually someone stopped and found that the dog was alive, but barely. Three bullets had pierced his body and open sores riddled his skin. Luckily, he ended up at HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) in Cincinnati, who got him vet care and nurtured him through a long recovery. Six months after he was rescued, he was ready to be adopted. Two years later, HART ...

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Happy Tail: This dog's work makes things "Rosie"

Happy Tail: This dog's work makes things "Rosie"

ZOOTOO  Thu, Nov 13

Rosie Lee was given another chance. Just days before an old gentleman at a skilled nursing facility passed away, Rosie Lee, a registered therapy dog, lay on his bed, nestled next to him. He reached out and petted her. Her visits had highlighted his time there; he even kept a photo of her in his wallet. A year or so ago, no one would have imagined the dog would be providing comfort to an old man in his last days. She was in an open-admission shelter in Alabama and stood a strong chance ...

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November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month

ZOOTOO  Tue, Nov 11

In a recent  petfinder.com survey , our shelter and rescue group members reported that older pets have the hardest time finding homes.  It's a sad reality that these great animals are often the last to be adopted from shelters.  However, November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month and we hope, with your help, to improve the adoption rate for older pets by spreading awareness about how great senior pets can be. There are numerous reasons that make older pets a great option for families ...

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Happy Tail: Patter of little paws is back

Happy Tail: Patter of little paws is back

ZOOTOO  Tue, Nov 11

Life without a dog was miserable, says Sue Beriau of Forest Dale, VT. She and her husband had had dogs for 20 years – first Gyp, then Bobby and Zoe. When the last of them passed away, the couple was bereft. Sue had a trip to Europe planned, but as soon as she got home, she began checking Petfinder , determined to fill the void in their home. Maddie Rose getting some love from Sue’s granddaughter Sue saw several dogs she was interested in, but she kept coming back to ...

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Happy Tail: Help comes in a tiny package

Happy Tail: Help comes in a tiny package

ZOOTOO  Tue, Nov 4

Katie Laribee was at rock bottom. “I had moved to Tennessee, moved here with a husband and a whole bunch of dreams, and then my marriage came to an end,” she says.  Old friends and family were over 12 hours away. “I was alone and lower than I had ever been before. I decided I needed a reason to get up in the morning,” she says. Adopting a pet seemed to offer a solution. Rod Stuart weathers colder temperatures in his bright little shirt. Katie is allergic to ...

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Happy Tail: A dog fetches it forward

Happy Tail: A dog fetches it forward

ZOOTOO  Thu, Oct 30

Some dogs are camera shy, but not Jeffrey. “He’s a real ham,” says Rebecca Pepin, who, with her husband, adopted the dog about seven years ago. “He’ll just be hanging out, and I’ll notice some pretty scenery and how handsome he looks – out comes the camera and Jeffrey starts posing! One day while he was standing on a snow bank and I pulled out the camera, it was literally like a model photo shoot. He was turning this way and that and tucking his head ...

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How to Prep Your Dog for Trick-or-Treaters

How to Prep Your Dog for Trick-or-Treaters

ZOOTOO  Wed, Oct 29

By Niccole Schreck, Rent.com You may love watching neighborhood kids dressed up as their favorite characters, but your dog may not. Seeing all those trick-or-treaters could stress your dog out. Not to mention, Halloween is full of candy that’s definitely not part of your pet’s diet. Before the ghosts and ghouls of All Hallow’s Eve begin their haunt, take some time to come up with dog-friendly ideas to keep your pooch happy. Put Up a Gate Consider putting a doorway ...

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Happy Tail: What a difference a home makes

Happy Tail: What a difference a home makes

ZOOTOO  Tue, Oct 28

When Jacqui and Mark Vandagriff of Pearland, TX, met Bailey, a dog they had seen on Petfinder , at Pasadena Animal Rescue and Assistance in Pasadena, TX, she was rather lethargic and distant. Mark, with whom dogs usually showed an instant affinity, was hesitant. But when Jaqui picked Bailey up and held her to her cheek, the dog pressed right back. “I melted and told them I wanted to adopt her,” Jacqui says. Mark urged his wife to think carefully about the decision: Bailey ...

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Happy Tail: This dog is evidence of failure

Happy Tail: This dog is evidence of failure

ZOOTOO  Thu, Oct 23

Anyone who has a pet knows it's a big responsibility, and Kristen Goodall had grown up with one. She knew they took lots of time and care. So when she was on her own and began thinking about adopting one, she was nervous. Could she take care of a dog by herself? Nona looks as if she would really like a treat just about now. The Pacific, WA, woman began looking on Petfinder , hoping she would know when she spotted the perfect dog."One night I saw [a listing that said] emergency foster ...

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