Meet the comfort dogs, a team of five golden retrievers that are dispatched to different areas in the aftermath of a tragedy. They’re currently in Boston visiting victims of Monday’s marathon attack.
As someone who works with therapy dogs and their owners, I am always so impressed with their kindness, charity, and their willingness to share their time and love. THANK YOU, COMFORT DOGS and their people for all you do for our communities!
The second one looks just like my baby girl!!
therapy dogs are the best.
Dammit Neil Gaiman stop making me cry :(
Photo Series of the Day: From photographer Traer Scott’s Shelter Dogs — a photo book featuring black-and-white portraits of homeless and abandoned dogs living in shelters across America.
By documenting the undeniable expressions of emotion in the dogs encountered in her volunteer work, Scott raises awareness of animal rescue causes, and especially the need for more adoptive homes for abandoned dogs.
Scott donates a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each book to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
More photos here.
I’d just like to remind everyone at this time to spay and neuter their pets so there are fewer homeless animals out there.
In which CH defends pit bulls and condemns breed-specific prejudice. Complete with a super-cute drawing by NG.
(discussion originally sparked by fmylife)
Julie and I want a basset hound because they are adorable, short-legged couch potatoes, and this suits our lazy asses just fine. I particularly like the way basset hounds look when mixed with another breed such as shepherds or corgis.
It is non-negotiable that we meet and hang with the dog before adopting it. This could be a problem, as there seems to be a sort of underground railroad for dogs from southern states to the north, so many of the dogs listed on petfinder are actually in, say, Tennessee and won’t be trucked up north until we agree to adopt.
Well, now you have me looking at dogs on petfinder. So many cutie pies!
That’s weird, though. Why would they be listed as in your area if they weren’t actually there?
It squicks me out a little bit — why are Yankees adopting southern dogs? Is it a class issue? (Good Dog Rescue is an example of this model of organization.)
Apparently there’s just more of a dog overpopulation problem in the South. It makes sense that backyard breeders and such are more common where there’s warm weather, and strays wouldn’t be as likely to get frozen to death in the winter. For some reason, people in the South (according to one source) are less likely to spay and neuter. That part could very well be a class issue—alteration can be expensive.
I did find this article that talks about the importing practice, and it’s not too keen on the idea:
When participating shelters are asked why they would import dogs into areas that are just now turning the tide on a problem they’ve fought for decades, their first reply is that overpopulation is still a big problem. Next, they uniformly assert that they need small mixed breed dogs to increase adopter traffic. Simultaneously, they maintain that the small dogs do not displace any of their other dogs. In effect, they’re claiming that the foreign strays serve as loss leaders for their less desirable but still adoptable longer-term residents. This is not a compelling or convincing argument given the myriad responsible actions that could be taken locally to stir up interest in their current inventory. Moreover, it is disturbing to hear shelters justify importing strays because of the demand for small mixed breeds. When did it become the responsibility of humane societies and animal rights groups to fill consumer demands? If this continues, local humane societies may soon become the biggest pet stores in town.