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I <3 Dogs Blog Tour Week 6: Favorite Dog/Pet Stores in your area

For those who travel, who are new to different cities, and those who don’t spend too much time scouring for local fare for the animals this week is all about favorite dog/pet stores in your area. From the doggie bakery hiding on the square to the cute little sweaters sold in boutiques. If you’ve got a favorite store we want to hear about it. Don’t limit yourself either, the best things can sometimes be online. So for those with a favorite online shopping spot for their pets tells us about it (free shipping, great selection, etc.) Don’t forget to share the links/locations.

Other Participating Blogs:

Going From Nobody to Somebody – Thurs. (3/29)

Confessions of an Animal Junkie– Tues. (3/27) & Guests Posts Thurs. (3/29)

Prizes up for grabs this week: A copy of Hajar’s Hidden Legacy by Maisey Yates or a copy of A Night To Surrender by Tessa Dare. All you have to do for a chance to win is comment on any of the posts this week here on Small Town Rescue or our participating blogs between 3/26/12- 4/1/12.

She’s a mother, a romance lover, and a U.S. Bestselling Author. Who you ask? Maisey Yates, that’s who! She’s awesome and one of the most friendly romance author’s you’ll ever meet. 14 books in her backlist and growing, this gal knows how to write. She hangs out on twitter, and is usually lurking with a cookie in hand. Check out Maisey’s website: www.maisyyates.com for her complete backlist.

Tessa Dare is the USA Today bestselling author of eight historical romance novels and two novellas. She has twice been awarded the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award, and has twice been a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award. Her books have been contracted for translation in ten languages. Recently, Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance.” The first Spindle Cove book, A Night to Surrender, received critical acclaim, including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. The digital-only release Once Upon a Winter’s Eve: A Spindle Cove Novella spent four weeks on the USA Today bestseller list. The next Spindle Cove installment, A Week to be Wicked, will be available March 27, 2012 from Avon Books. www.tessadare.com

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I <3 Dogs Week 3: Favorite Animal related book, movie, song, etc.

When I think about dogs the movies Turner & Hooch, Homeward Bound, and Old Yeller come to mind. My kids are more enraptured by the Buddy movies, the offspring of the loveable Golden Retriever that was featured in about 3-4 Disney films in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. There’s books like Shiloh, and The Red Fern Grows. This week that’s what we’re talking about. Our favorite animal or dog related movies, books, songs, and any other type of media that relates to animals that touch your heart. And I don’t mean that YouTube video about the Honey Badger. 🙂 So share your favorites and you can click on the links to visit our participating blogs and see what some of their favorites are.

Other Participating Blogs:

Going From Nobody to Somebody – Thurs. (3/8)

Confessions of an Animal Junkie– Tues. (3/6) & Guest Posts Thurs. (3/8)

Prizes up for grabs this week: A copy of Katharine Ashe’s newest historical romance When a Scot Loves a Lady or a $15 Starbucks Giftcard. All you have to do is comment on any of our posts, or the participating blog’s posts this week (3/5-3/11). Winner will be announced next Monday (3/12).

Booklist named Katharine Ashe among it’s “New Stars of Historical Romance” and her Captured by a Rogue Lord is a nominee for “Best Historical Adventure” in the Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Awards. Find her at http://www.KatharineAshe.com .

In When a Scot Loves a Lady, a spinster fleeing society and a roguish lord bent on seduction find themselves trapped in a tiny snowbound village. A perfectly delectable scandal is in the making! But things aren’t always what they seem…

*Last week’s prize winners will be announced later today!

Black Dog Syndrome

It exists, and it’s real. It’s very scary. Confessions of an Animal Junkie blog owner Phoenix Sullivan posted a YouTube video on her blog right before Thanksgiving featuring pictures of some gorgeous dogs and giving stats on rescue work. That organization, Black Dog Rescue Project, is commited to help these cute and sweet animals that get overlooked to find their forever home. Their mission is to raise awareness about Black Dog Syndrome, and Pawsibilities feels the same way.

“Why?” you wonder.  Why does a certain coat color make these dogs near invisible to potential adopting families or prevent them from getting the same attention as a white, brindle, or tan dog? On Black Dog Rescue Project’s website they feature several different reasons as to why this syndrome is occurring, here are a couple:

Poor Pictures– Suprisingly the color black doesn’t show up as well on colors in photos. Meaning a black dog’s features are not as predominant in photographs, unless in a super light background. This photo difficulty means that black dogs are really used in advertising or commercials as much as other dogs; if at all. Plus photos posted on sites may not show the dog clearly and reduce the chance that potential owners will even see a face to love.

Superstition and Perception– Black dogs are symbolized in books, moveis, etc. as evil and aggressive. Ever seen a hell hound that wasn’t a black dog (partcularily doberman or pitty) bent on attack? Plus the old myths of black dogs, and continuous usage of the name ‘The Black Dog’ in conjunction with depressing or evil denotations. There’s even a passing rumor that a black dog crossing in front of a trucker means doom.

As far as personal experience Pawsbilities can agree with Black Dog Rescue Project’s statement of fact that black dogs are the last to get adopted. Next to dogs with special needs or severe behavioral issues, black dogs have less success in finding a forever home. Our rescue encountered the situation in 2011 when 2 black, lab puppies came to us. We tried for months, and puppies are usually what I call a ‘quick in/quick out’; we typically adopt puppies within 1 month or sometimes less. These sweet little guys were the acception and were transported to a black lab rescue that specializes in placing black labrodors with loving families.

So yes, Black Dog Syndrome does exist. Next time you’re planning to adopt take a look at these sweet ones first. Give them a chance and you can be sure there’s one that will warm your heart.

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