Name and age: Bella, 12 years

Adoption Story: Bella was at an adoption event outside of PetSmart. Although we already had two rescue dogs, and were not looking for another one, Bella was a beauty and we had a connection. We decided to adopt her on the condition that all the dogs got along. We took her home and it was like she had always been with us. There was never any jealousy, no bad behaviors, she became a part of our pack immediately.

Since bringing her home, she has always been loving and tolerant of the fosters I bring in. She’s just so happy to be with us and part of a family. She is the best.

I wish more people would realize there are really great dogs in shelters that need homes!

Dog’s name and age: Juno, 2 years

Adoption Story: I fostered her mother who was a shelter dog who had nine beautiful puppies and I decided to keep one of the pups and chose Juno. She turned out to be such a sweet natured dog who gets along with everyone. Juno has been very instrumental in working with other shelter dogs. She helps by testing the the temperament of the other dogs at the shelter and we also take shelter dogs out for the day as part of a program called Doggy Day Out.

Juno’s balance, confidence, and spirit almost always have a very positive effect on the shelter dogs. She been the perfect role model for the shelter dogs I introduce to her. I also foster and Juno had been great bonding with foster dogs and modeling positive canine behavior. She’s been great at assisting other shelter dogs as part of their own adoption process.

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A new breed of facility dog supports first responders

When Delray runs—ears waving like wings and jowls flying—you wouldn’t guess he’s the first of his kind in North America: an Emergency Medical Services professional peer-support dog. Purpose-bred, highly trained and heavily invested in, the big black Lab has an important job: help the helpers we rely on when catastrophes happen.

Imagine you’re a first responder. You’re routinely present for the worst moments of a person’s life, and far too many deaths. While part of the honor and reward of this high-impact profession, this also puts you at risk for psychological injury. The suicide rate among first responders (paramedics, firefighters and police) is tragically high, and services available for prevention and treatment of occupational stress injuries are still catching up.

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About 1.5 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year because they weren’t adopted or had health problems that concerned potential owners.

Agencies often use “Adopt, Don’t Shop!” campaigns to encourage people to adopt from or donate to shelters, but their effectiveness can be limited . How can adoption agencies persuade people to rescue pets who need a home?

In a paper published on Dec. 26 , I investigated the pet adoption problem using advertisements from the online database Petfinder . The paper quantified the language patterns of nearly 680,000 adopted and unadopted pet ads.

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As does a painting of a French Poodle by Gustave Caillebotte

One of the more intriguing year-end lists is one titled “The 10 Most Expensive Art Works Sold in 2019.” It’s a reminder of the haves and have not’s, documenting the rarified air of the blue chip art market and auction house records from the previous 12 months. The top price getter was a painting by French Impressionist Claude Monet, with one of his iconic haystack paintings fetching $110,474,000. In fifth place at slightly less than half that amount is a work by Pablo Picasso, titled Femme Au Chien from 1962.

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Does calling your dog cause trouble?

He called his dog to come over and over again after the Lab mix jumped out of the truck and began to run. The man sounded pretty alarmed because he was worried his dog would run into the woods and be really hard to track down. So, all the people in the hot springs closest to the parking lot were treated to the loud bellows of a man in distress shouting, “Bear! Bear! Bear!” The trouble was that they were in Alaska in an area where bears can pose a serious threat to people’s safety. Nobody realized he was calling a dog, and instead thought that he was warning them about a grizzly bear approaching. The resulting panic is easy to picture, but was hard to set right.

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A neighborhood comes to the rescue, sort of.

People swarm like ants to the “estate sale” at Anna Mott’s house halfway down the block.

Three days running I hadn’t seen Anna push her walker past my house to the corner and back, and I suspected the worst. After her husband died last summer, their home began to look shabby and sad, the shrubs overgrown, the draperies drawn day and night.

Now I’m the only widow left on our quiet, leafy street. I push that thought away and enjoy this bright February morning—brisk and cool even with sunlight streaming down. This kind of morning is why people flock to Southern California. And I’m alive to enjoy it, still able to wheel my own trash barrel out to the curb—it’s collection day.

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Business plans could help more animal shelters save more dogs

It’s not that people don’t care, it’s that they don’t know. That was the mantra I had been chanting ever since returning from a tour of animal shelters in the rural south. I’d met remarkable people working tirelessly to save as many dogs as they could, but many times coming up short. Too many adoptable dogs were not just dying, but living for weeks or months in animals shelters under stressful conditions without basics like flea/ tick or heartworm preventives, bedding, toys, treats, regular exercise or human contact.

Some of the animal shelters I visited had no budget for spay/neuter, so even when dogs were adopted, their puppies would show up at the shelter a few months later. With so many dogs, there was little time and not enough volunteers for daily play time or walks, enrichment, or simply a few good butt scratches. The stress of life in an animal shelter broke down the hardiest of dogs.

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Improving ourselves for the sake of our best friends

It’s easy to want to improve ourselves and yet hard to do so. If our motivation comes from making our dogs’ lives better, changing things for the better in the new year can be just a little bit easier. Here are eleven of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and the ways in which a canine twist on them can make life better for you and your best friend.

Travel to a new place. Travel can be expensive and daunting. Luckily, when it comes to dogs, there’s no need to go to Paris or Singapore. Any place with new things to smell is an exciting adventure. Whether it’s a new park, a new trail or even a new neighborhood, going someplace new—even if it’s not very far away— will be a great joy for most dogs.