Category Archives: Best Friends Animal Society

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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One Dog at a Time

The other evening I was chatting with my sister-in-law about her kids and she was telling me about this incredible trip that her and just her older daughter (age 5) took to Paris together. And then she said the following: … Continue reading

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Will the Jerry Maguires of Animal Welfare please stand up?

With unforgettable quotes like “You complete me” and shots of a frazzled Tom Cruise exclaiming “Help me, help you” to a naked Cuba Gooding Jr., it’s easy to forget the opening scene that started it all in the 1996 romantic comedy, … Continue reading

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Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Animal Welfare: Three Examples of Exceptional Educators

In his 1985 presidential address to the American Educational Research Association, Lee Shulman proposed a new domain of teacher knowledge which has since become a cornerstone of research and practice in teacher education:  pedagogical content knowledge. Pedagogical content knowledge–known lovingly … Continue reading

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Workin’ Hard for the Money: Our Favorite Dog Food-Dispensing Toy

The first time I heard the phrase “Nothing in Life is Free” was during my first visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in 2009.  I was listening to a Dogtown caregiver tell the story about their visit to Louisiana following … Continue reading

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Obsession with breed: As troublesome as discrimination against it

In light of the current political context surrounding both the teaching profession and pit bull welfare right now, I thought this could use a repost.  This piece was originally posted in March of 2012. Most of my professional experience has … Continue reading

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Best Friends Animal Society Training Video: Feral Cat Trap-Neuter-Release

Best Friends just published a fantastic educational video on how to responsibly and safely perform TNR for feral and community cats.  The details provided in the video are exceptional and perfect examples of the expertise that this organization has developed … Continue reading

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