All posts tagged: dogsitter

Dog’s name and age: Papa, 9 years

Nicknames: Papa Bear, Papa-san, Umpapa

Adoption Story: It had been 6 months since my fur companion, Sundance Kid, passed. I was cruising the NorCal Boxer Rescue adoptable dog site and Papa immediately stood out because a former (and favorite) manager’s last name is Papa. It felt like a cosmic sign that Papa was the companion for me. I support and volunteer for , this picture of Papa was taken while strutting for for NCBR at the annual Best Friends San Francisco SYM Fundraiser.

A rare genetic mutation could result in dogs being exposed to dangerously high levels of anesthetic agents.

If not identified before surgery, a rare genetic mutation could result in your dog being exposed to dangerously high levels of anesthetic agents.

Scientists at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine initially discovered the mutation in greyhounds and more recently in other common dog breeds.

The research group, a member of the Program in Individualized Medicine (PrIMe), published its findings last week  in Scientific Reports.

Pets Sitters in Paradise

After the family dog died of old age and their two sons started careers, Gregg and Amber Russell faced a quandary common among retirees: Should they look for a new dog and enjoy the fun and companionship dogs offer? Or should they remain pet-free so they could travel wherever and whenever they choose?

Lucky for them, they found a way to do both: as pet sitters for the well-to-do in places as various as Hawaii, southern Spain, the Caribbean islands, British Columbia, New York City and more.

The Russells don’t get paid for pet sitting, nor are they reimbursed for airfare, but they do live in style in interesting locations, usually with the use of the family car and, sometimes, maid service. “We feel like we hit the jackpot,” says Amber.


A black Chilean dog wearing a red bandana made his mark during the New York City subway protests beginning in November 2019.

The protests were ignited by videos documenting police assaults on black and brown youth in the subways. For example, in one, an officer punches a 15-year-old unarmed African American teenager in the face.

Stickers bearing the dog’s image jumping a turnstile appeared on subway walls and trains. They also surfaced in social media illustrations announcing his arrival in New York City.

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.

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.


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.


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.

Two Dalmations Running Dog Park Play Time

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.