Video: Rescuing Bethany – by Hope for Paws

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Hope For Paws rescued Bethany recently from a city sidewalk. She had severe sick problems and infections. But thanks to some great and compassionate rescuers, Bethany is much better and is ready to be adopted by a loving family.

PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion - teamed with Science and Logic

From our furry family to yours ….

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As my wife and I and our band of rescues get in some pre-meal snacking and watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade together, it’s time to wish everyone a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.

We’ve lost several of our older dogs and a cat to various ailments over the last couple of years and at this time of year the feelings can be bitter-sweet. But we are grateful that can we spend time together as a vary diverse family. And we’re thankful that we have been able to adopt two more homeless pets this year.

For Murphy (a lab) and Tillie (a basset/yellow lab mix) it will be their first Thanksgiving with us.

We hope your holidays are filled with hugs, snuggles, family time, great food and maybe a few slobbery licks to the face.

News Pack for July 30: Topics – transporting rescues, puppy mill regulations, roadside sales

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A bunch of stuff going on in the news. Here’s a start –

In Massachusetts, dog rescuers are howling a bit at new regulations which they say are making it more difficult to bring dogs into the state that are in need of new homes. The new rules are designed to keep sick dogs from coming into the state.

But, for example, in the case of greyhounds, it is important that the regulations don’t go too far. Let’s make sure science takes the lead on this one. There are too many homeless dogs who desperately need a new home and sometimes that means moving across state lines.

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Interesting article on designer-breed dogs

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Bloomberg Businessweek has an interesting article out on designer breeding versus the AKC types.

It seems the more traditional (if we can call it that) breeders are coming up against those who are selling mixes such as the labradoodle and others.

It is somewhat disturbing to read that the designer breeders have grown from about 40 in the US a decade ago to thousands today, who are feeding what the article suggests is a “growing demand.”

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Sunday Commentary: The mutt is the greatest breed – and after all, they’re all mutts

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Some people are still being been led to believe that they have to purchase a “purebred” dog or cat. They believe that to “know what you’re getting” you must buy an AKC registered dog or you be able to trace a bloodline or follow some championship pedigree. Wrong.

This topic slipped back to the forefront with Whoopi Goldberg’s recent comments. Of course in her case, her arguement was hugely flawed because she wants to purchase puppy mill puppies.

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