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Dog Fancy Magazine Cover

I made the cover of the October issue of Dog Fancy magazine. I’ve been a freelance contributor to Dog Fancy for a number of years but I’ve never had an image chosen for the cover until now. The dog I photographed belongs to a good friend and professional dog trainer Dee Hoult. In the photo Dee had directed him to do a “bow”. You should start to see it on the newsstands sometime in September (they usually start selling the issues a little earlier than the date on the magazine).

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Dade County Jail Dog Program

Dee Hoult of Applause Your Paws, Inc. dog training was able to help launch Miami’s first and only program where shelter dogs available for adoption through Miami Dade Animal Services are getting a second chance by learning the skills necessary to pass their Canine Good Citizen exam! Ruckus is a young shepherd mix, and Gino is an adult terrier lab mix. Both dogs will leave the jail program with all the foundations of obedience: sit, down, stay, come, go to your place, sit politely for petting, walk nicely on a leash, accept grooming and touch, and no jumping up on people. Both dogs are social towards other dogs and are up-to-date on all vaccines as well as neutered. With just a few weeks before these dogs graduate with their Canine Good Citizen certificates, they are looking for their forever home. Email training@applauseyourpaws.com if you or someone you know is interested in adopting either Ruckus or Gino.
Hopefully the program will be expanded to include more dogs in the future.

 

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This is Ruckus. He is a couple weeks away from getting his Canine Good Citizen certificate and is looking for his forever home. Email training@applauseyourpaws.com if you or someone you know is interested in adopting him.

This is Ruckus. He is a couple weeks away from getting his Canine Good Citizen certificate and is looking for his forever home. Email training@applauseyourpaws.com if you or someone you know is interested in adopting him.

This is Gino. He is a couple weeks away from getting his Canine Good Citizen certificate and is looking for his forever home. Email training@applauseyourpaws.com if you or someone you know is interested in adopting him.

This is Gino. He is a couple weeks away from getting his Canine Good Citizen certificate and is looking for his forever home. Email training@applauseyourpaws.com if you or someone you know is interested in adopting him.

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Adoptable Dogs at Miami-Dade Animal Services

These are some dogs currently available for adoption at MDAS. Visit http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/adopt-a-pet.asp to learn more about how to adopt these guys. FYI, MDAS is a kill-shelter so these dogs do not have a lot of time.

JONY - ID#A1637045 I am a male, brown brindle and white American Bulldog mix. The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old I have been at the shelter since Aug 18, 2014.

JONY – ID#A1637045
I am a male, brown brindle and white American Bulldog mix.
The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old
I have been at the shelter since Aug 18, 2014.

BRODY - ID#A1638623 I am a male, white and brown brindle American Bulldog. The shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 1 month old I have been at the shelter since Aug 25, 2014.

BRODY – ID#A1638623
I am a male, white and brown brindle American Bulldog.
The shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 1 month old
I have been at the shelter since Aug 25, 2014.

GYSPY - ID#A1641122 I am a female, brown and black German Shepherd Dog. The shelter staff think I am about 8 years old I have been at the shelter since Sep 04, 2014.

GYSPY – ID#A1641122
I am a female, brown and black German Shepherd Dog.
The shelter staff think I am about 8 years old
I have been at the shelter since Sep 04, 2014.

ALEX - ID#A1639837 I am a female, brown brindle and white American Bulldog. The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old I have been at the shelter since Aug 29, 2014.

ALEX – ID#A1639837
I am a female, brown brindle and white American Bulldog.
The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old
I have been at the shelter since Aug 29, 2014.

MATHILDA - ID#A1641514 I am a female, brown brindle English Bulldog. The shelter staff think I am about 4 years old I have been at the shelter since Sep 05, 2014.

MATHILDA – ID#A1641514
I am a female, brown brindle English Bulldog.
The shelter staff think I am about 4 years old
I have been at the shelter since Sep 05, 2014.

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Happy Tails #6 | Penny Lane

Here’s the sixth installment in the “Happy Tails” feature. The intent is to showcase dogs (and sometimes cats) living the good life after they were adopted from Miami-Dade Animal Services. There are a lot of people who work very hard to help save as many animals as possible from MDAS so hopefully some of them will get to see what all their hard work is for – finding loving, permanent homes for the homeless dogs and cats that wind up at the shelter.

Meet Penny Lane! This adorable little girl was adopted from MDAS in August of 2007. I asked her owner, Laurie, some questions about her –

What made you decide to adopt a dog from a shelter?
I decided to adopt from a shelter because I volunteered at MDAS a couple of times and I knew at that moment that I would ALWAYS adopt from a shelter. I might have saved her life, but she saved mine.

What made you pick this particular dog?
I went with the intention of getting a scruffy-looking dog, the one that would be passed up by all, but my Penny Lane was shy and curled up in the corner and scared, yet adorable, and I wanted to save her the moment I laid eyes on her.

How was the transition period when your dog was adjusting to their new home?
She fit right in at home. I had a Basset Hound, Aloysius, at home and he couldn’t care less that she was there, and I think the feeling was mutual. They really didn’t interact with each other. But she curled up on my lap the first evening and she does every night since.

What was the most fun thing you learned about your new dog after you brought them home?
I learned that Penny Lane is quite the spunky dog! She definitely has some character. If I would have waited for her personality to come out, I would have named her “Punky Brewster”

What is your dog’s favorite thing to do?
When it’s cool outside, Penny Lane, all 15 pounds, likes to go running with me. We run about 2 miles and she keeps up! She loves car rides, long walks and playing with little kids.

Would you adopt again from a shelter or recommend it to others?
I will ALWAYS adopt. I love a rescue dog, they are, to me, more loving and grateful. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I’m sure she would agree.

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