Pet Articles

Preparing to Adopt a Pet

Activity level:  Do you have a lifestyle that allows for a very active and driven pet?  It's important to walk any dog but some dogs require much more than just a leisurely stroll around the block to ensure that they are balanced and happy.  Also, remember that just because a dog is small doesn't mean it will be content as...Read More

What's a PoundWish?

A PoundWish represents a medical need that afflicts a homeless cat or dog. Our animal rescue and shelter partners portray this need through our dynamic platform using a combination of images and by illustrating the pet’s story. The dedicated followers who visit our site respond to the need with donations and by sharing the story with...Read More

4 Surprising Tips for Doggy Apartment Living

Living in an apartment with your four legged friend can be a real challenge sometimes! Small spaces, community doggy toilets, limited exercise options, barking, etc. An apartment lifestyle requires you and your best friend to have good manners and take a few extra steps to ensure a happy and healthy relationship. Here are the top 4 tips to help...Read More

Benefits of Walking Your Dog

Did you know that a lot of your dog’s unwanted behaviors may be stemming from pent-up energy?  You can contribute to a calmer and more well mannered companion by going a simple walk. Taking your dog outside for a nice walk in the fresh air is a great way to burn some energy help hime get some exercise.

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog

There are many reasons why you should adopt a dog.  It's estimated that over 2.5 million healthy shelter pets go unadopted each year and only about 25 to 30 percent of pets in homes came from rescue organizations and shelters.  So why are so many amazing animals still in shelters waiting for their special someone?  Are you...Read More

14 Surprising Things You May Doing Wrong with Your Dog

Everything we do sends a message to our pet. Did you know that giving your dog affection at the wrong time can send the wrong message and worsen unwanted behavior? Giving affection during desired behaviors is an important thing to remember.

Top 4 Dog Walking Mistakes

#1. Follow the LeaderAllowing your dog to lead the way on a walk can send a message that they are in charge and can affect other aspects of your relationship. Don’t allow your dog to walk you, instead be the one to set the pace and lead the way.#2. Oops He Did it AgainWhen he’s got to go… he's got to go and sometimes the...Read More

10 Most Misunderstood Dog Breeds

#1 BullmastiffThis large breed was developed in the mid-1800s as a cross between the Old English Bulldog and English Mastiff. Bred to guard English estates and game preserves, they soon became known as the Gamekeeper's Night Dog. Bullmastiffs are known to be kind, intelligent, and loyal, rarely barking except as an alert, and are particularly...Read More

10 Reasons Your Dog Might Bite You

#1 PossessivenessAll dogs are equipped with some level of possessiveness, whether it be of food, a toy, or their human. Any action that is perceived to take away the object of their desire can provoke a defensive reaction that could result in biting. Be extremely mindful when approaching any animal that is feeding or interacting with an object,...Read More

Top 20 Strangest Dog Breeds

#20 BarbetThe name “Barbet” comes from the french word “Barbe”, meaning beard. As one of the original water dogs they excel in flushing game out of watery vegetation. The breed has made an impressive recovery from near extinction.

15 Foods You Should Never Give Your Dog

#1 Onions & GarlicWhile not harmful in smaller doses, ingestion of large quantities of these vegetables can result in damage to red blood cells as well as gastrointestinal distress. Signs of ingestion include panting, loose stool, high heart rate, and blood in urine. Store onions and garlic out of the reach of dogs to prevent allowing for a...Read More

10 Most Frequently Stolen Dog Breeds

#10 Labrador RetrieverAs the most common breed of dog in the U.S., Labs are stolen mostly due to their ease of resale to an unsuspecting public. Thieves benefit from this breed’s easygoing nature and willingness to follow commands. Like other dogs of larger size, they are commonly taken from yards or kennels by small gangs under the cover of...Read More

Top 10 Cities For Dog Lovers

#10 Boston, MAIt is wicked cool to have Bean Town kickoff our list of top cities. As home to the American Revolution, it is no surprise to find that Boston was the first major city to allow dogs on their subway. Even cruises of historic Boston Harbor aren’t off limits to our furry friends, which include a stop at an uninhabited island for...Read More

How to Start an Animal Rescue

Thinking of starting up an animal shelter? Doing so is one of the most commendable and compassionate things anyone can do, and you will find that the experience could be quite a rewarding one on a personal level besides. Apart from reducing the number of unwanted animals in the community, you will also facilitate the process of bringing one into a...Read More

How To Adopt a Dog

With more and more people opting to adopt pets from animal shelters and dog pounds instead of buying them from pet stores and dog breeders, the question of how to adopt a dog is one that comes up with increasing frequency. In most cases, adopting a dog from a shelter or a dog pound is actually a more humane and more compassionate option than...Read More

Eau De Mange

Some women like the smell of Chanel No. 5.  I like the smell of mange. Admittedly, any future ex-husbands may not find it so alluring, but if you're in rescue, it kind of comes with the territory. Especially when dealing with bulldogs. Many that come from the shelter have Demodectic Mange of varying degrees. It's caused by...Read More

The True Meaning of Rescue

Recently, I've had the opportunity to meet a few pet owners that know I am part of a rescue program. They have proudly shared with me that they too ‘rescued’ their pet. When I ask more about their rescue experience, I am saddened to learn that they do not fully understand what it means to rescue an animal. This lack of...Read More


There is no question, with the advent of social media and drastic increase in online purchasing and usage, how donors give has and will continue to be impacted. Are online only campaigns successful? The short answer is yes, they can. How organizations are successful depends on the organization being proactive in their fundraising...Read More

The Dirty Words of Rescue - Adoption Fee

If there are two words that are bound to get people's knickers in a twist around rescue, it's Adoption Fees. What is the right amount to ask? My answer: there isn't one.  So, go by what is fair. The problem, of course, is that 'fairness'  lies in the wallet of the beholder.  Road Dogs is primarily breed...Read More

Dealing with Death in Rescue

Not to be a Debbie Downer but let's talk about death. It's a tough word even to say, which is why when it comes to animals, we usually refer to the Rainbow Bridge. It sounds much shinier and happier. Less final.Aside from the animals who die in shelters, rescuers deal with death a lot. Hubert, one of my seniors popped his clogs a.k.a....Read More

A Day in the Life: The Reality of Rescue

Wake up. Smell the air to see if there is a whiff of poop.When you foster puppies, that can often be the first thing you are greeted with in the morning. If not, I do some social media. No, I am not posting selfies but as a one-woman rescue, Instagram and Facebook have been instrumental in helping Road Dogs reach a wider audience.Social...Read More

5 Tips For a Healthy Holiday with Your Cat and Dog

Our beloved pets are more likely to visit an emergency center over the holiday season than any other time of the year. There’s just a fascination and an irresistible urge for pets to amuse themselves with the many seasonal objects that can mesmerize, cause blockages and even poison our cherished cats and dogs. If tradition insists on a...Read More

Home Alone For the Holidays- Tips and Hazards of Leaving Your Cat

Cats have often been the pet of choice for many people who are called away on business with short notice and those that want the freedom for short weekend travel.  The key is to prepare in advance and always look for new ways to keep your cats “staycation” fun with things that bring out a cats natural curiosity. There...Read More

Ring in the New Year with Tips From a Cat Expert

The tradition of New Year’s Resolutions goes back through history in both the western and eastern hemisphere and is found in religious origins dating back to the time of the Babylonians vowing to change to please their Gods. I believe making New Year’s resolutions is a great tradition! The New Year is a good time to wipe the slate...Read More

Why Foster a Dog?

“Fostering a dog is not a lifetime commitment, it is a commitment to saving a life.”This is the watchword of rescue groups everywhere. To foster a dog is, quite simply, to save that dog’s life. A foster home provides that same dog with a safe, temporary place of refuge until he is ultimately placed in a permanent, adoptive...Read More

The Perfect Pet Pic

As a rescuer, I am constantly nagging fosters (and myself) to take a decent photo. If the 'Pick Me' pic is dark and blurry, a dog's chances of getting noticed and adopted go way down. I certainly won't be scoring any Nat Geo gigs, but since I am always posting rescue dogs, I do have some standards! So, let's start...Read More

10 Reasons You May Be in the Doghouse This Valentine’s Day

One holiday season is over and red and pink hearts have begun to fill the storefronts. While everyday should be filled with love, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful chance to dote on your special someone. Besides the traditional candy and flowers, avoiding typical pitfalls can help to make your holiday a little...Read More

5 Reasons to Help a Stray Cat

Looking ahead to the upcoming kitten season, it’s important to take action to help stray and feral cats. Taking steps to contain a nomadic cat may help reunite a lost cat with his family, alert a cat’s owner that didn’t know the animal’s roaming tendencies, or prevent a stray from birthing kittens in a backyard....Read More

Life Lessons Pets Can Teach Us

It's no surprise our pets teach us many things. They love without judgment and are unabashed about their feelings, thoughts, and personality. After bringing an animal companion into the family, everyday become a learning experience. Patience and determination are tested early on, but once routine sets in- the sky is the limit. These...Read More