Monthly Archives: July 2015

Choosing a Rescue Dog

Before I begin, let me explain why I wrote this and let people know this was emotionally taxing. This was possibly the most difficult piece for me to write to date. I realize this will anger people. I expect hate … Continue reading

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Electric Fences – the shocking reality

Rocco was a young adult retriever. He used to be out of control, but friendly. Now he was out of control and aggressive. As a puppy, Rocco was taught to grab people and pull them over. It was how a … Continue reading

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Bomb-proof Dogs

I was called to evaluate a situation concerning a “Bomb-proof” dog that snapped at a 4-year-old child. Bomb proof is often used to define a dog that nothing appears to bother. The rescue groups said this Bomb-proof dog would be … Continue reading

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The Best Pet for Children

Forget what you see in movies, on TV, what a veterinarian or trainer or rescue or even a breeder tells you, there is no perfect pet for a child. I cringe when I hear people getting a pet for a … Continue reading

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I Found a Lost Pet – Now What?

Social media abounds with pictures and posts of lost and found pets.  What should you do if you find a pet? First, never assume a skittish or ragged looking animal was abused, neglected or abandoned and therefore must not be … Continue reading

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Thunderstorms, Fireworks and Life Near a Military Base (scary sounds)

Thunder, fireworks, training at Quantico Marine Corps Base (or any military base where weapon and munitions training is done): the sounds produced are terrifying for many dogs.  I live just a few miles as the crow flies from Quantico.  There … Continue reading

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