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October 6, 2008 by Karin
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Rose is all dressed up with somewhere to go - a Fall weekend getaway to the country!

A smart bucket hat in Collegiate plaid by Barking Baby, $36. barkingbaby.com 

Cozy in a hand knit SoHo Cable sweater by Style Hounds. stylehoundshandknits.com

October 6, 2008 by Connie Wilson
 

An important part of Modern Dog's mandate is to support the efforts of those who devote time and money helping animals in need. We uphold this mandate through donations, participation and publicity. For instance, we created the Modern Dog Donation Program to help rescue organizations raise funds; through sponsorships we get involved in rescue events throughout North America; and, in each issue of Modern Dog we shine the spotlight on rescue-minded individuals or organizations, bringing

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For years I couldn’t pass by a pet store that was selling animals without strolling in. I’d start loudly commenting about puppy mills and the horrors of mass pet production. It stopped people in their tracks as they were cuddling the merchandise.

I always left before I caused too much commotion, so I don’t know if my messages really sank in or had any impact on the day’s sales.

I finally stopped the practice when I had a humbling experience in Southern California. I was at

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October 3, 2008 by Karin
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Sherlock "Esther" Holmes tracks down treats in her cashmere plaid coat by Dolores Piscotta.

Taffeta lining and buttons for adjustability, $79. Matching cashmere scarf for humans available! dolorespiscotta.com

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It’s common for animals to be dumped at the shelter at eight to ten months of age, once their novelty and cute baby animal factor has worn thin. The responsibilities of animal stewardship set in, and the promise of lifelong commitment evaporates.

Having outgrown their adorably clumsy, big-pawed stage of puppyhood, doggie teenagers are much harder to adopt than their tiny counterparts. Untrained and out of control, their young bodies not even fully grown and filled out yet,

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October 2, 2008 by Karin
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Mr. Big can still run laps around us in the rain in his waterproof tracksuit by Monkey Daze.

Crystal skull on back for fun; reflective stripes on legs and removable fleece liner for function. $60, monkeydaze.com. Available at

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Last week, I stopped to pet a Terrier tied to a pole outside a Toronto cafe. A man on the street slowed down to talk about the Terriers he used to breed, trying to convince me that his behavior was responsible as long as the puppies he put into the world "all found good homes."

Considering the fact that most animals won't find forever homes, his ability to track where all his dogs ended up was doubtful. 

Citizens who want their family pets to experience the joy of

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October 1, 2008 by Karin
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Esther is fancy-free and dreaming of strolling down The Left Bank in her Dirty Little Dog "Paris Forever" tee.

Handmade and hand-printed in Paris, France, 32 Euro. dirtylittledog.com

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Most open-admission animal shelters house a population segment that the public never sees -- the custody dogs being confined by court order.

Seized as a result of cruelty or neglect cases, or dog aggression, they aren’t up for adoption.  Dependent on a judge’s decree, they languish in kennels under court order without the benefit of human interaction or even the opportunity to breathe fresh air and put their paws in the grass.

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October 1, 2008 by Connie Wilson

If you're considering adding a canine companion to the household mix, I hope you will consider a shelter dog. There are millions of dogs languishing in shelters, waiting for their forever homes, often-times given up not because they were bad dogs, but simply because their humans didn't realize the responsibility required in keeping them. And don't let the excuse of wanting a specific breed stop you from choosing a rescue, simply Google the breed you're looking for and add "rescue" to the

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