Category Archives: Animal Welfare

April showers bring … indoor playtime with adorable adoptables

Despite otherwise warmer and encouraging weather recently, last Thursday and Friday were cold, icy, rainy and grey here in the Mitten. So we brought our outdoor time indoors at the shelter on Friday, which provided the perfect opportunity to learn a … Continue reading

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Spring in the air, shelter dogs everywhere

I wore sandals in my yard this afternoon. S-A-N-D-A-L-S. It was 60 degrees and there is officially more ground showing than snow now. Hasta la vista, Polar Vortex. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way … Continue reading

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The Romance of Rescue

I must say, we humans love a good rescue story, fact or fiction. The princess in the castle tower. The baby in the well. Old Yeller saving Travis from the wild boars, and he in turn saving Old Yeller from … Continue reading

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At the Black and White Ball

I’ve had four or five different blog posts raging inside my head for the last couple weeks, which typically results in a deafening silence and tangible pause for published posts. So I thought I’d fill the void with some favorite photos … Continue reading

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Questions that matter: A repost

The following is a guest post I wrote for Your Pit Bull & You last week. And because of the importance of the topic, I think it warrants reposting here. This is a “stop and think” post. Per the title, … Continue reading

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Can your “protection dog” protect you from a dog bite lawsuit?

In 2007, my husband and I moved back to the Los Angeles area and into a tiny duplex on the border of Inglewood and Westchester, a stone’s throw from LAX airport. A 6-foot fence was all that separated our back … Continue reading

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Yin-Yang Unleashed: Our love for the off-leash dog

Last month I was wandering around Literati–one of Ann Arbor’s fabulous new independent bookstores–and came across Mary Oliver’s book of poems, Dog Songs. In it was a short poem titled “If You Are Holding This Book” which ends with the … Continue reading

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