October is the American Humane Society’s Adopt-A-Dog Month. It is also the ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. These two pillars in animal welfare have made October into a rallying point for animal lovers all over the U.S.

Millions of animals are surrendered to shelters every year and many of them never get to experience a forever home. One way that we can help is by celebrating Adopt-A-Dog Month! Here’s how.

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Adopt a Dog

If this is the right time for you to adopt, there are over 3,500 animal shelters in the United States- you can almost certainly find a shelter near you! As a bonus, the ASPCA is spreading awareness of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by offering lowered adoption fees for dogs over 40 pounds all month.

If you’re not sure if you should adopt a dog, for whatever reason, there are plenty of great articles available that cover the ins-and-outs of dog adoption. Do some research and address your concerns.

But remember to adopt! Especially this month, give a rescue or shelter dog a chance, …

Many of us take for granted what our furry friends are capable of. We see them struggling with a stubborn toy or surprised by a filled bowl of food, and it’s easy to look down on them. Every once in a while, however, we’ll hear a story about a dog that defies our expectations. A story that really reminds us that long ago dogs weren’t just pets to humans; they were an active contributor to our community. We hunted together, we journeyed together and we survived together.

It’s funny nowadays, then, when our dogs don’t need us, but instead we need them. Here are five stories of amazing canine companions proving that they’re more than just our friends – they’re heroes.

Unshakable Loyalty

There are few times in our recent history when we were more in need than on September 11, 2001. Most of us remember where we were that day, but for Omar Rivera and Michael Hingson, it was a personal experience.

Omar and Michael worked in the World Trade Center and, though they didn’t know each other, they shared one other trait: both …

While most of us would find ourselves drawn to the Labrador (as I look at Vince, my black lab), a surprising amount of dog owners choose the beagle. For the last 10 years in the United States, the beagle has placed in the top 5 most popular dog breeds, and while this could be blamed on Snoopy, I’m here to hopefully encourage our readers to reconsider before it’s too late.

Nose First

The beagle belongs to the group of dog breeds labeled hounds, which are bred for their abilities to track and assist in hunting prey. Their nose is so sensitive it can be used to detect termite infestations or follow even the most elusive hare when the iconic king of tracking, the blood hound, would fail! As such, the beagle will commonly find itself distracted by new and interesting smells. Many problems owners will run into, therefore, are when the beagle’s attention is caught by a new smell. At this point it can be almost impossible to get their attention until their curiosity is sated. Be prepared for lots of walks and for …

Those of you who subscribe to our newsletter are privy to our monthly breed spotlights. We realized that our blog readers are missing out, so we decided to adapt that feature for the web at large. Our first Breed Spotlight is on the Bulldog!

The broad term “Bulldog” is generally recognized as referring to the English Bulldog. However, there are many types of Bulldogs and many related breeds that make up a family of some of the most iconic and beloved dogs in the world.

English Bulldog

History of the Bulldog

The term “Bulldog” comes from the breed’s historical use in bull-baiting. The goal of bull-baiting was to have a dog dart in towards an angry (and usually restrained) bull to try to bite its nose. Due to the need for strength and speed, the breed was developed to be muscular and tough. The distinctive strong lower jaw (sometimes exaggerated enough to be called an under-bite) in the quintessential Bulldog was bred in to help the dogs achieve a grip on the bull once they got close.

Thankfully, the barbaric blood sport of bull-baiting …

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