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Happy Tail: Great Dane plays lots of family roles

Happy Tail: Great Dane plays lots of family roles

ZOOTOO  Thu, Aug 14

The Great Dane was a sad case. She came to Doberman & Rottweiler Rescue in Paris, IL, with such a bad case of mange that walking across carpeting made the pads on her feet crack and bleed. She was so malnourished that, though she was about a year old, she was about the size of a 7-month-old. She also had an immune disorder that required expensive medication. Lucy likes to sleep cuddled up with Thalia, 5. Her rescuers had to have wondered who would take on such a dog as they ...

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Tips for Owning a Big Dog in a Small Apartment

Tips for Owning a Big Dog in a Small Apartment

ZOOTOO  Wed, Aug 13

By Niccole Schreck - Rent.com   I've heard it many times before: You have a large dog in an apartment? That's just cruel! But I have some good news, renters--it's not cruel to have a big dog in an apartment, if you do it the right way. In fact, some large dog breeds make excellent apartment pets! Ensure rental bliss for you and your overgrown furry friend with these tips. Find the Right Neighborhood Some neighborhoods are more dog-friendly than others. Before you start your ...

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Happy Tail: Scooter is on an incredible journey

Happy Tail: Scooter is on an incredible journey

ZOOTOO  Tue, Aug 12

Scooter, a French bulldog, lived in a puppy mill for the first three years of his life. He was malnourished because his food had been mixed with sawdust to make it go farther. Many of his teeth were rotten and had to be removed after he was rescued by Tri State Yorkie and Small Breed Rescue in Indiana. Scooter gives a big smile for the camera. A Hoboken, NJ, woman saw his listing on Petfinder . “I’m a believer in that gut feeling that tells you when to make a move,” ...

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I Pull, You Pull

I Pull, You Pull

ZOOTOO  Thu, Aug 7

By Eric Gillaspy CPDT-KA When a dog pulls on the leash, we pull back.  This is known as "Opposition Reflex."  It’s just a natural reaction to the pulling.  I see my clients pull on the leash a lot, sometimes they pull before their pup pulls which can cause a little bit of a problem. It sounds strange, but the best way to teach your dog not to pull is not to pull yourself.  I call this the "loose leash" walk.  The loose leash walk is probably the most challenging behavior ...

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American Authors / Petfinder "I'm a Believer" Contest

American Authors / Petfinder "I'm a Believer" Contest

ZOOTOO  Thu, Aug 7

Is your pet destined for stardom?  Well now is your chance to share them with the world!  Petfinder has partnered with the hot new band American Authors in coordination with National Dog Day to bring you the “I’m a Believer” Photo Contest. Contest Details First, a little back story.  The band’s passion for pet adoption led them to create a unique, dog-themed, version of their hit single “ Best Day of My Life “.  It’s a must see. Check it ...

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Happy Tail: Third time's a charm for Min Pin

Happy Tail: Third time's a charm for Min Pin

ZOOTOO  Thu, Aug 7

Over on the dog bed, there’s a lot of loud snorting going on. You see Lilo, a nearly 2-year-old Miniature Pinscher squirming around amid her blanket, jerking the cover this way and that, getting it just right before she settles in for the night. It’s standard procedure, says Tiziana Bianchi, who looks on with pleasure. After a rocky start, Lilo is now sitting pretty . Lilo, spotted on Petfinder and adopted from Muskoka Animal Rescue Volunteer Group in Emsdale, ON, is ...

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Happy Tail: Brady is a gift for all

Happy Tail: Brady is a gift for all

ZOOTOO  Tue, Aug 5

A family found Brady wandering the streets in Carrollton, TX, took him home and put him in the backyard, planning to keep him as a pet. His persistent barking caused them to change their minds, and they surrendered him to Carrollton Animal Adoption Center . He probably just wanted to be let in — and now he has found his way in — into the hearts of Melissa Knott and her son, Seth. Brady greets visitors at Melissa’s work. “Once I saw his picture on Petfinder , I ...

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Shelter Pets Help Children Learn to Read

Shelter Pets Help Children Learn to Read

ZOOTOO  Fri, Aug 1

Sean Rodriguez is a 10-year-old 5th grader who struggled with reading. His mother, Kristi, Program Coordinator at the Animal Rescue League in Pennsylvania, decided to bring him in to read to cats to refine his skills in a nonjudgmental environment. It went so well that he started asking to come back and read more! His regular visits back to the shelter led to remarkable improvement in his reading. From that single idea, the Book Buddies Program was born. The program aims to "help ...

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Happy Tail: Four cats make a full house

Happy Tail: Four cats make a full house

ZOOTOO  Thu, Jul 31

Callie had been in the custody of Solano County Animal Care for about two months when Lori and Jim Franks of Fairfield, CA, adopted her in 2008. She was about a year old. At the time, the couple had a senior cat named Gato, and the two cats became good friends. “She tried to play hide-and-seek with him,” Lori says, “but at his age he really wasn’t interested.” Callie shows she’s in a playful mood. About eight months after adopting Callie, Gato ...

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Happy Tail: A Pit Bull mix gets a new start

Happy Tail: A Pit Bull mix gets a new start

ZOOTOO  Tue, Jul 29

A car accident left Dawn Greene-Bublitz a quadriplegic, and a long hospital and nursing home stay necessitated that she find foster care for her dogs. By the time she emerged, they no longer knew her, and she opted to leave them where they were rather than uproot them again. Hope is not just a couch potato. As time went by, she realized she missed having a four-legged companion. “First I decided to adopt a cat which I found on Petfinder through Tabby Town USA in Westby, WI,&# ...

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