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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.


Top 5 Tips for Adopting a New Dog

The prospect of adopting a new dog is exciting. Here are five things to think about before and during the adoption process.


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.


German Shepherd Puppy Guide

Do you plan on getting a German Shepherd puppy or already have a new friend at home? Here we provide a guide on how to handle the first couple of months.


8 Steps to Prepare You For Your New Rescue Dog

Read about different steps you can take to prepare yourself and your home for a new rescue 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.


German Shepherd Rescue and Adoption

Are you thinking about buying a German Shepherd puppy? You should definitely consider a rescue before going to a breeder. There are too many great dogs that need a nice family home.


Is a Rescue Dog Right for You?

So many dogs out there are in need of being rescued. Ask yourself these questions to decide if you are ready to take on a rescue pet.


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.


The Pros and Cons of Adopting a Dog

Giving a new opportunity in life to an animal is a unique and rewarding experience, but not a perfect one. If you are still on the fence about adoption, here are some things that might help you make up your mind.


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.


Must-Have Items When Getting a Puppy

A checklist of everything you need when welcoming a new woofer into the family!


How to Buy a Bull Terrier and Not Get Scammed

Puppy scams are rife. Frankly, they apply to any purebred puppy, kitten, and even other species. The popularity and priceyness of the Bull Terrier make this breed a natural target.


How to Rescue Animals

Animal rescue is one of the most important secret movements. It's more than likely going on in your own backyard, and you may not have any idea. Here's a closer look.


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.


What to Know Before Getting a New Dog

A quick guide with things to consider before getting a new dog. Having a dog is awesome, but it's a long-term responsibility!


Do Rescue Dogs Make Better Pets?

Do dogs adopted from the shelter become more loyal pets than puppies bought from the pet store?


What to Know Before Bringing a New Puppy Home

There are a few things that you can do to get your home and family ready for a new puppy. Use this checklist to make sure you are ready for your new pet.


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.


Kids and Dogs

Dogs make affectionate and attentive pets and can provide children with a sense of discipline and empathy, but they require a great deal of attention and training.


10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Get a Puppy

Not every home is fit for a new puppy. Discover 10 reasons why you may decide to wait or pass on welcoming a new puppy into your home.


Pit Bulls Are Individuals, Not a Breed

Pit bulls are not a distinct breed. Education is necessary to protect these dogs and give families the privilege of owning a pittie.


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 Ways to Ensure a Successful Dog Adoption

Make sure your dog adoption goes smoothly by following six tips that will reduce the likelihood of a difficult transition. Most newly adopted dogs do well with patience and planning.


Why You Should Adopt a Purebred From a Rescue

If you're looking to get a purebred dog, consider rescuing one from the shelter or a purebred rescue. Not only will you save a life, but you may get the dog you've always wanted.


6 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

Older dogs can be wonderful pets if you give them a chance. They're generally calm and well-behaved and they make great pets for first-time owners. Best of all, they're usually already housetrained!


8 Tips to Find a Reputable Dog Breeder

An AKC Breeder of Merit's guide to finding a reputable dog breeder for your new family member, with tips on where to look, red flags to watch out for, and typical breeder and puppy buyer obligations.


The Best Places to Find a Really Cheap Puppy

Are you searching for a puppy? If you are looking for an affordable dog, then be sure to check these recommendations out. We'll also talk about which places you should stay away from.


How to Choose a Shelter Dog

Learn how to pick a shelter dog using these tips and advice from someone who worked in a dog shelter. You'll find out what to look for and what questions to ask to help you pick the best dog or puppy for you, your family and your lifestyle.


How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Get a Dog

All kids should be allowed to have a dog, so make it easy for your parents to say yes. Find out five things you should do, and take a look at a bunch of great puppy pictures!


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.


Common Dog Breeds Available in a Shelter

A visit to any animal shelter will be spent watching the Chihuahuas in the small dog cages and the Labrador crosses in the dog runs. Why are these breeds so prevalent?


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.


What to Expect When Bringing Home a New Puppy

Raising a puppy can be one of the most joyful, rewarding experiences short of raising an actual child. But it isn't all fun and games, and it's important to be realistic about what to expect when bringing a new puppy home.


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.


Pros and Cons of Raising Two Littermate Puppies

Learn the pros and cons of raising littermate puppies. Important puppy training guidelines and problems you may encounter when raising sibling puppies.