Black Dog Syndrome Has a Heroine: Meet Amanda Leonard

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Black Dog Syndrome is a scary fact of life in every animal shelter in the country.  What it means for dogs and cats that have fantastic temperaments - animals that would be wonderful pets for families - is that they "get passed over" for adoption because their black fur makes them invisible to families that come to shelters looking for an animal to adopt. That black fur also makes it difficult for people to understand an animal's behavior. Combine these two things and look hard at the kill … [Read more...]

Start Out With Nuthin’. End Up With Something.

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Some days the words come as easy as Tessa's nose sorts and catalogs the ba-zillion scents that layer the backyard. Other days, it's like stepping into a vacuum of nothingness. Unlike Tessa, whose nose is in a constant state of wonder and overload, sometimes I feel like I'm grasping for ideas that are teasingly outside my reach. Just when I think I'm getting close - POOF! There's nothing there. So, I dig in and try again.  If that doesn't work, I Breathe Deeply.  Check on the laundry … [Read more...]