“How Lucky I Am” by KARIN HACKETT

How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to. Goodbyes are hard. Especially when you’ve grown to love someone, or a group of someones, or some pup. Especially when you’ve made friends and been a part of a family. You see, CPR is a family. Just like any family, we’ve got all kinds of volunteers – serious, funny, crazy. We don’t always all agree, but we always wind up laughing and taking care…

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“New Pup in the Pack” by KATE ROCKEFELLER

Best Practices for Introducing a New Pup to Your Pack As a CPR volunteer and foster mom, one question I hear a lot is “How do I introduce my new pup to other pets in the house”? With just a little preparation and consideration, bringing that new fuzzy buddy home can be an awesome experience for everyone. Day 1 That first day your new pup comes home can be an extremely stressful one for them and for any pets you…

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“8 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool (and Safe) This Summer!” by LINDSAY SACCO

If you’re an East Coast resident, you have had your winter coats, gloves, hats, boots and wool sweaters in your closets for way too long. Finally, after a long winter, the sun is shining, the flip-flops are coming out, and you actually want to be outside! While some dogs love frolicking in the snow, my dog would rather hide under a blanket. He takes one look outside, turns to me with that “Are you kidding me?” look, and runs back…

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“Lost & Found” by LIZ SENIFF

A few weeks ago, my CPR alum dogs Jordyn & Maggie went missing. The morning started off like any other, where I let them out to do their business after breakfast. I continued to get ready, realizing after some time it was oddly quiet. I went outside, called their names, and heard nothing. Walking around the yard, I realized they had both escaped our invisible fence and were gone. The panic began. What do I do next? Luckily, within a few short hours I…

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“The Smell of Dog” by Lisa Marsico

The smell of freshly cut grass, the smell of the open sea that you get at the beach, the smell of fresh baked cookies… of forget it! I love the smell of dog. That’s right, forget perfumes, soaps, or potpourri, I love the smell of dog, I even love the smell of wet dog, so there. I love Thursdays, I love when the transport truck pulls in and we all wait outside until the door is finally cracked open. At…

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“Good Boy” by JENELLE NEWCOMB

They found me by the road today; Why I was in a box they could not say.  They took me in and cleaned me up, Fed me until I was plump.  They tell me that I’m safe now, But it is getting dark and I’m afraid.  I’ve lost my mom, my siblings too.  I’m all alone.  I don’t know what to do.  The sun is out now and it is bright. They come to get me, I see them smile; …

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“Why I Volunteer” by LINDSAY SACCO

I don’t know about you, but for a long time, I could not figure out my passion; the one thing that brings me joy and drives me to work hard everyday. About 3 years ago, my husband and I brought a dog into our home. We had been talking about it for months, and after much debate, we settled on a Boston Terrier. From that moment he came into our home and pooped everywhere, and I knew he was ours…

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“To Puppy or Not to Puppy – THAT is the Question” by LIZ SENIFF

  As a CPR volunteer, one of the first questions I ask potential adopters at an event is “What kind of dog are you looking for?” And while there is always a lot of interest in our puppies – the good news is CPR has a wide variety of dogs to choose from depending on what’s most important to you. Puppies are undeniably adorable, but need a LOT of care and attention.  Here’s a quick guide to things to consider…

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“The CPR Family” by JENNI MARLOW

Companion Pet Rescue partners with rural animal shelters like the one I volunteer with to help us meet the needs of our community. We are a small organization made up primarily of volunteers and a few people who are really so poorly paid they are practically volunteers, and our entire operating budget comes from donations and fundraisers.  We are bombarded daily with animals that are a victim of circumstance. They happened to be born in the rural south where altering…

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“Who Rescued Who” by KELLY TYRRELL

I never understood the term “who rescued who” when it came to the magnets & stickers that were plastered all over pet lovers cars. To me it just sounded cliche. Sure I had adopted a rescue dog, but I was in a happy committed relationship at the time & life was grand.  Flash forward three years & that happy committed relationship came to a streaking halt. I was left trying to pick up the pieces & all the while my faithful…

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