Category Archives: Bonding

What is Pet Adoption and is Adopting an Older Dog a Good Idea?

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San Francisco SPCA spokeswoman Jennifer Lu says that her organization also has trouble finding homes for special-needs dogs, even if those needs are minimal. “Any factor adding a layer of responsibility may change the commitment level, with people concerned about the financial commitment,” explains Lu.   Stephen Musso, executive vice president of the ASPCA, says […]

How Some Popular Dog Breeds Got Their Names

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Alaskan Malamutes, the strongest sled dog breed, aren’t named after a country but an Innuit tribe, the Malimiuts, in Alaska. The Chukchi people of Siberia first bred Siberian Huskies.   How Did the Rottweiler Get Its Name? Rottweilers weren’t named after a country; they got their name from a town, Rottweil, in Western Germany. It’s […]

Dog Friendships that Defy Nature

Animal shelters often try to adopt out “bonded pairs,” dogs that have been living together or have a strong connection. But the Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) in California didn’t quite know how to handle an unusual twosome that ended up in its care recently. Mama, a 7-year-old Shetland sheep dog mix, and her […]