Adoption & Purchasing
The 3-3-3 Rule: Setting Your Rescue Dog up for Success
What does it take for a newly adopted dog to join the pack? A simple 3-3-3. It’s a simple, but not easy, formula to help you know what to expect from the new pooch and how to help him or her fit in. Read on and learn about the 3-3-3 rule.
How to Successfully Adopt a Dog From a Rescue or a Shelter
Filling out a dog adoption application is the first thing you will do once you find a dog you would like to adopt. The tips in this article will ensure your application reflects an excellent home while also making sure you are ready to provide a loving home for a new dog.
From Shelter to Sofa: Helping Your Rescue Dog Transition
Most dogs end up in animal shelters through no fault of their own. They only know what we teach them. Rescue dogs may not be cute, fluffy puppies, but they have just as much to offer. With a few helpful hints and a lot of patience, your rescue dog will be an amazing companion in no time.
Holiday Puppies: Should You Get a Puppy for Christmas?
You've probably read that getting a puppy for Christmas is a bad idea. In many circumstances, that's true. But getting a puppy for Christmas isn't automatically a bad idea if you're ready for puppy and dog ownership.
New Puppy Checklist: All You'll Need When Getting a Puppy
Getting a puppy is surely a super exciting event in your life, but don't be caught unprepared! Make sure you have all you will need when getting a puppy with this helpful puppy checklist! The list includes all of the essentials to make life with your new puppy a breeze.
What to Expect When Adopting a Puppy Mill Rescue Dog
If you are considering adopting a puppy mill dog, it's important to know what to expect considering that puppy mill dogs are not the average dogs most people are accustomed to. Adopting a puppy mill dog can come with many challenges, but forewarned is forearmed.
How to Adopt a Retired Racing Greyhound and Give It a Forever Home
Learn why there are many greyhounds and some greyhound puppies in the rescue centers in need of a good home. If you are thinking of adopting a large dog, why not consider giving a retired racing Greyhound a home? Here's what you should know before adopting greyhounds.
The Complete Guide to Adopting Your First Shelter Dog
Rescue dogs are unforgettable—so much so, that most people who adopt a second-chance pet will return to a shelter when they are ready to get another dog.
Top 7 Reasons to Adopt a Pet (And My Adoption Story)
When looking for a pet, you can buy or you can adopt. Here are some reasons to choose adoption, including my story of adopting Love.
How to Help Animal Shelters (Volunteering, Adopting, and More)
Local shelters have a multitude of ongoing needs. The Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is a shelter where needs are being met in a variety of ways. It takes a village.
U.S. Cities Requiring Pet Stores to Sell Rescue Dogs Only
This is an informational article on U.S. cities that are hoping to stem inhumane breeding practices by making it mandatory for pet stores to sell only rescue dogs.
Coping With the Loss of Our Beloved Dog, and Adopting a New Rescue
The grief involved when you lose your dog is very hard to deal with. This article explains how we coped with the loss of our dog. No, he was not just a dog — he was our mate, friend, and companion.
How to Test Your Newly-Adopted Shelter Dog's Personality
Before making the final decision to adopt a dog, it is important that you make sure his personality will fit in with your family. Find out what you need to do.
How Community Support Saves the Lives of Shelter Animals
Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is enjoying increased community support for animals that are in need of forever homes. Awareness of needs is increasing for precious lives.
5 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Purebred Puppy From a Breeder
Do you know what you should look for when buying a puppy from a breeder? Dog expert Margaret H. Bonham explains what to watch out for when you are looking for a puppy from a breeder.
Why I Adopted a Senior Dog and Why You Should Too
Senior dogs are often overlooked at the shelter, but many of them make great pets and have years of love left to give. Older dogs are calmer and always ready for a snuggle. Here's a list of more reasons older dogs make great pets.
Things to Consider Before Fostering Dogs and My Experience as a Foster Mom
Being a dog foster mom can be very rewarding! Here are some things to consider before deciding to foster and some personal stories of dog fostering success.
Four Facts About Hybrid Dogs Unethical Breeders Don't Want You to Know
"Hybrid dogs are hypoallergenic! They get the best from both breeds! They benefit from hybrid vigor, so they're healthier than purebreds!" How true is all this? Let's debunk hybrid dog facts.
6 Types of People Who Should Not Own Dogs
Some people just shouldn't own dogs. Since anyone can get a dog, many people who should not own dogs end up acquiring them through various means. Sometimes they receive them as gifts. Here are 6 types of the many people out there that should not own dogs.
How to Choose a Pug Puppy: Male vs. Female Differences
Male vs. female pug puppies have some differences in terms of personality and other traits.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Adopting Older Dogs
This article considers the advantages and disadvantages of adopting an older dog and suggests where you might adopt an older dog from.
Tips for Successfully Adopting and Re-Homing a Dog
This article provides tips and advice for how to successfully bring a dog home with a smooth, happy transition.
Why You Shouldn't Remove Puppies From Their Littermates and Mom Too Early
At what age should you adopt your puppy and when is it too early to separate puppies from their mom and littermates? Learn why it is risky to adopt or purchase an underage puppy.
Small Dog or Large? Which Should New Owners Choose?
Things to consider about size when getting your very first dog, with a list of pros and cons for both large and small breeds.
Why Two Dogs Are Better Than One: Tips and Benefits
A few months after we lost our beloved dog Petra at the age of 16, our family decided to get a new dog. Instead, we got two. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we ever made. Both dogs are delightful family pets, and they keep each other company when no one else is home.