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Project Pit Bull – The Breed (Part 2)

For the first installment of Project Pit Bull I figured it would be appropriate to get some historical context. To properly understand where these dogs come from, you first have to consider dogs are direct descendants and share 99% of their DNA with the Grey Wolf. The Grey Wolf shares 99% of the DNA with all K9’sPhoto Credit: Flickr user Dallidee Creation A statue of

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Babies and Doggies

My family dog Casper relaxing with our neighbour Andrea. Read my blog post about Casper. One of the ways dogs come into TAGS is as surrenders. When I originally began volunteering, I would look down on the surrendering families with disdain. However, I have come to really appreciate the people who surrender their dog to be rehomed. After a few years of volunteering, my attitude

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Project Pit Bull (part 1)

Not so long ago, I wrote a post about my dream of owning a pit bull. Without rehashing the article too much, the reason I have an infatuation with pit bulls is that they are the antonym of what people consider a friendly, lovable, cuddly sidekick. I hope one day to be able to adopt a pit bull type of dog and to prove that these

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Puppy Mill Dogs

It is an unfortunate reality in our society that puppy mills exist. Puppy mill dogs are typically kept in extremely harsh conditions, and receive very little, if any, human interaction, resulting in a mix of poor health and socialization / behaviour issues. Due to their lack of human contact, they are usually quite wary of all humans—not just the bigger more intimidating humans, but

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All Dogs Are Working Dogs

Libby When I was speaking with my sister recently about her Yorkie, Libby, who is almost two years old, she was telling me how she finds Libby’s typically fearless terrier behaviour endearing. I got a sense that she believed it was just Libby specifically who has this “attitude,” so I thought I would make her aware of the background of Yorkshire terribles terriers. My

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Why I Volunteer: Nick

And Why You Should Too. Without a doubt, animal rescue is a morally righteous hobby. It is hard to disagree when you look at the state of animal welfare in our society, from general overpopulation, punitive training techniques, to puppy mills. But everyone finds their way into activities in different ways, and mine was purely self-serving. I grew up with a family dog. After

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

For those who are not involved in rescue, some of the policies and practices of a rescue group may seem odd. While many of the policies are put in place due to past experiences, the decisions rescue groups make can sometimes be more puzzling.  When I originally got involved in rescue, I was preparing myself for some really difficult situations. Many of the reactions

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I Wanna Pit Bull

Now that I’ve been volunteering in rescue for a few years, I am finally ready to start considering what type of dog I would get in a perfect world. For the record, I am not yet ready / able to give a dog what it needs; I am merely daydreaming. I’ve come to the conclusion that my dream dog would be the biggest, baddest,

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