Posts tagged with: Animal Advocacy

I recently wrote a blog entry addressing the fallout caused by the absence of regulatory controls and licensing requirements in the dog training industry. It was hardly the first to highlight the glaring discrepancy between fact-based information from learned animal...
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My whole life, I’ve been about fighting for the underdog. I have very personal reasons for that, and though you don’t need to know the details- you should know this about me. I tend to not deal with BS very...
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It does not take an advanced degree or high IQ to realize that social media is full of trolls, bad opinions, bullies, and folks who are just mean. It has, however, become the major marketing tool for animal shelters and...
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I work in an animal shelter. An open access animal shelter. I see a lot of stuff. Lots of stuff I’d rather not see and even more stuff that makes me proud of where I work, the people I work...
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Imagine this. A young, talented artist moves to New Orleans with her stubby little short-stack doggie named Bauer. She adores this guy. Her world revolves around him. He is her everything. But in this new, denser setting (with heavily-trafficked streets...
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by Kelly Cottrell *This is a repost of an article originally written for StubbyDog in August, 2013.* Ever heard that a penny dropped from the Empire State Building will kill someone if it lands on his or her head? Or that Albert...
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I used to spend a good amount of time debating method choices in dog training on social media. I was very impassioned. I viewed punitive collars and training techniques as abusive and unethical. And I never missed an opportunity to...
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by Emily Douglas All learning complicates our thinking in some way. Which is why learning is a process, not a product. Learning means stopping to consider things we’ve always taken for granted. It means examining the unexamined. It means asking...
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According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of empathy is as follows: “the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions : the ability to share someone else’s feelings.” When Paul and I first met Hazel, the feeling we...
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Have you ever been asked a question that stuck with you for weeks, maybe even months, after? A question that seeped deep into your brain, and seemed to marinate there, imbuing all of your thoughts going forward with its profundity?...
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