5 Tips for Managing Anxiety at a Multi-Dog Thanksgiving
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5 Tips for Managing Anxiety at a Multi-Dog Thanksgiving

In my family, the holiday season means lots of food, lots of grocery-store runs, and lots of dogs underfoot. For...
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Animal Ortho Care is Innovating Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices for Dogs
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Animal Ortho Care is Innovating Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices for Dogs

Derrick Campana makes animals whole. His prosthetic and orthotic devices have increased mobility for more than 20,000 pets since 2004,...
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4 Dog Breeds New to the American Kennel Club
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4 Dog Breeds New to the American Kennel Club

The four newest breeds to be recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) are an eclectic quartet of small dogs...
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9 Reasons to Meet the Happy-Go-Lucky Havanese
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9 Reasons to Meet the Happy-Go-Lucky Havanese

Few breeds have become as popular as quickly as the charming Havanese. He makes a wonderful city dog, always ready...
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How Adorable Are These Pet Accessories From Puff Puff Paws?
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How Adorable Are These Pet Accessories From Puff Puff Paws?

Who would think that a bed shaped like an intimidating underwater creature would make a cute sleeping spot (and perfect...
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6 Dog-Friendly Restaurant Chains That Have Treats for Your Pup
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6 Dog-Friendly Restaurant Chains That Have Treats for Your Pup

As the owner of a tiny rescue dog with a bladder the size of an almond, it’s tempting to eat...
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Have Tea with Your Dog at the Egerton House Hotel in London
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Have Tea with Your Dog at the Egerton House Hotel in London

I’m a big tea fan and stop at teahouses whenever I can. Sadly, my dogs have to stay home. However,...
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Chocolate Toxicity — Let’s Talk About Dogs and Chocolate
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Chocolate Toxicity — Let’s Talk About Dogs and Chocolate

Most of us have heard that chocolate is not good for dogs, but just how bad is it? And what...
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How Britt Went From Shelter Pup to Award-Winning Narcotics Dog
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How Britt Went From Shelter Pup to Award-Winning Narcotics Dog

There was something about that energetic dog in the second-to-last kennel at the shelter. Something special.  “Boy, she was just...
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Tested Dog Training Tips
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Tested Dog Training Tips

Dog Training is a primary responsibility of every dog owner. It will help to shape the dog's behavior for its...
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What Other Jobs Can Hunting Dogs Do?
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What Other Jobs Can Hunting Dogs Do?

Hunting dogs are versatile, intelligent animals. Their size and ability to learn makes them ideal for many tasks that help...
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Service Dogs Guide

Today, millions of people around the world suffer from a disability. These millions include many children suffering from neuromuscular disease...
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How To Fix A Dog Barking Problem
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How To Fix A Dog Barking Problem

Now that you have a dog, you know that there are many different problem behaviors that a dog may present;...
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The Best Guard Dogs – How To Care For Them
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The Best Guard Dogs – How To Care For Them

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Why I Believe In an Open Adoption — Not the Perfection Some Dog Rescue Groups Require
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Why I Believe In an Open Adoption — Not the Perfection Some Dog Rescue Groups Require

Adoption policies of rescue groups typically fall into one of two camps:

The rescue does everything in its power to make sure each animal goes to the perfect family, even if that means a lengthy delay in getting a dog into a forever home. The rescue believes that perfection is not necessary for a home to be loving. The faster an animal gets adopted, the better. Called “open” or “conversation-based” adoptions, a pet goes home with a family after consultation with an adoption counselor.

I am a strong supporter of open adoptions. In a previous article on the topic, my opinions sparked much debate. Feedback from foster families and my own personal experiences this year have made me more sympathetic to those who require perfection, but my mind hasn’t changed — I still think that open adoption is the best and most effective way to become a no-kill nation.

The luckiest mommy in all the world with the luckiest dog! Riggins and me. (Photo by Michelle Cramton.)

The luckiest mommy in all the world with the luckiest dog! Riggins and me. (Photo by Michelle Cramton)

I know many wonderful and loving pet parents who have taken other routes to get a companion animal, simply because adoption from a rescue group became too hard and/or hurtful of a process.

When you are told you aren’t fit to adopt a dog, it is heartbreaking. I know from experience — 11 years ago, I was told by more than one rescue that it would not consider letting me adopt a puppy. Reasons ran the gamut from me not being home 24/7 to not being married to my live-in boyfriend. It seemed impossible to find a group that would deem me a suitable dog mom. For those who know me and how I treat my baby boy, Riggins, this doesn’t just seem illogical, it seems wrong.

In the past few years, I’ve had more friends turned down for adoptions by well-meaning rescue groups.

Anne Beck, who has been a loving dog mom to a number of pups and turned down many times by rescue groups, and her darling boy Cooper. (Photo by Wendy Newell)

Anne, who has been a loving dog mom to a number of pups and turned down many times by rescue groups, and her darling boy Cooper. (Photo by Wendy Newell)

One of my girlfriends is a lovely and talented businesswoman, a single woman with disposable income that she is happy and willing to spend on her dogs. She owns a home with a backyard. With one of her fur babies facing a terminal illness, she made the decision to adopt another family member.

After much research, she found an adorable Lab she wanted to adopt through a rescue group. It all seemed to be going well, until the foster family found out my friend does not have a pool. Apparently, the pup enjoyed the foster family’s pool and they felt he should go to a home where he could continue his daily swimming routine.

This was a new one for me. Being refused a pup simply because you don’t have a pool?! Let’s be honest, I would like a pool, too. Nothing would make me happier than swimming laps in my own backyard instead of having to schlep down to the local recreation center, but that’s life. A POOL?! Come on!

My friend turned to a breeder. She now has an adorable Lab puppy who is learning to make the most of his cushy life with a new mom and doggie brother.

Coco a lab mix hangs out with her two human brothers whose family was considered unfit by one rescue group. (Photo by Annmarie Levitt.)

Coco, a Lab mix, hangs out with her two human brothers, whose family was considered unfit by one rescue group. (Photo by Annmarie Levitt)

Another girlfriend also was recently looking for a dog to add to her family. Her husband and two sons had a dog who had died a few years earlier from old age. Although her husband has a full-time job, my friend is a substitute teacher and home early each day, and all day when she isn’t working. Her older son is such a dog lover that he spent the summer volunteering for a local rescue group, taking the dogs out for walks and breaks from their kennels.

There was NO REASON not to see this family as perfect for a pup. Alas, that was not the case. They fell in love with a dog and went through a home check with the rescue group. The person who visited them said there would be no issues with the adoption moving forward. Imagine her surprise when she learned the foster mother had said “no” to her family. The reason? My friend worked sometimes and therefore wouldn’t be home all of the time.

I hear this over and over from people who have been refused adoption from an animal rescue group. WHO IS HOME ALL DAY? THE OWNER HAS TO WORK TO FEED THE DOG, DOESN’T HE/SHE? GRRR!

Terisa Carver, a wonderful dog mom, was turned down by 10 different rescue groups before finding sweet Monkey who has been part of her family for 3+ years now. (Photo by Wendy Newell.)

Terisa, a wonderful dog mom, was turned down by 10 different rescue groups before finding sweet Monkey, who has been part of her family for 3-plus years now. (Photo by Wendy Newell)

To be fair to foster families, they want the best for the dog they have come to love. That is totally understandable. Recently, I had to watch a dog who I had come to love and had taken care of go to a new family, one I didn’t feel was the best fit. I had an expectation in my mind, and his new family fell short. I wasn’t in a situation where I could veto the move, and if I had been, I have to be honest with myself and admit I would have denied the adoption. Does that make my a hypocrite? Perhaps it does.

Volunteers and staff of Best Friends Animal Society - Los Angeles, who use an policy, celebrate empty shelter kennels at an adoption event. (Photo courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society's Facebook Page.)

Volunteers and staff of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles, which uses a conversation-based adoption policy, celebrate empty shelter kennels at an adoption event. (Photo by Lori Fusaro/courtesy Best Friends Animal Society)

It really is an emotional and polarizing topic. In the past few years, open adoption and even “free” adoption policies have become more accepted by the rescue community. Part of the reason: Research has shown that a high enough percentage of animals placed by conversation-based adoption policies stay safely and happily with their adopted families (Maddies Fund at 93 percent and ASPCA at 96 percent are two such studies). If these numbers continue to remain high, open adoption is the right path toward becoming a no-kill nation, and isn’t that what we all want?

Let’s hear from you, readers. Share your thoughts on “open” adoptions in the comments.

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Dog laws pros and cons
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Dog laws pros and cons

California has now made it legal for people to break car windows in order to break a dog out of a hot car.

“As of August 2016, Vermont joined forces with Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio in passing laws to protect good Samaritans who assist dogs locked in hot cars.”

Palm Springs has made it illegal for people to leave their dogs in their cars.

Many people applaud these measures. Don’t get me wrong, dogs shouldn’t die in hot cars AND there are other issues about this to consider and SOLVE which these laws do NOT DO.

http://outwardhound.com/buzzwoof/barking-news/this-state-just-made-it-leagal-to-break-dogs-out-of-hot-cars

For instance, people like me who take their dogs on trips, who are single and alone and cannot leave their pooches in the motel, and must take their dogs with them wherever they go, sure, these laws are meant to save dog’s lives… but in Palm Springs it is illegal to keep your dog in a car, even if it is COOL weather or night, this goes TOO FAR. if dogs are not allowed in stores, there is NO PLACE FOR THEM TO BE. Where am I supposed to put CICI, tie her up outside a store ????

A woman called the police while I was shopping at Trader Joe’s one cool morning. I usually take Cici inside with me and did not know about the law. She was fine with the windows wide open. As I was at the cashier and leaving, the manager asked if that was my car and told me about the woman and the law.

 

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There are laws that DESERVE TO BE BROKEN or should never have been made to begin with in my humble opinion.  What do you think ?

 

Speaking of which, MONTREAL’s wrong minded response to an incident and just passed a really horrible BSL law that will put too many dogs lives at stake. Rescues are trying to get dogs out of Montreal ASAP as we speak but families are being torn apart and heartbroken for what ????? outlawing dogs for the WAY THEY LOOK IS JUST PLAIN INSANE and goes against EVERYTHING dog experts agree upon on how to COMBAT effectively dog bites and dog aggression. Breed Specific Legislation does NOTHING but waste taxpayer dollars and has proven to be completely ineffective at curbing dog bites. In fact, in some places, dog bites went up because BREED and dog’s looks have NOTHING TO DO WITH whether  a dog will bite or be aggressive or not.

There are 5 or  red flags that are PROVEN that can lead to a dog attacking or biting.

A dog who is or has been abused, a dog who is left alone in a yard, all day and night and is not socialized nor trained, a dog who is left to roam the streets, a mama with puppies, a dog who is sick and NEVER LEAVE A CHILD OF ANY AGE ALONE WITH A DOG, NO DOG, NONE. These are the RED FLAGS … AND APPLY TO ALL BREEDS of DOGS!!!!!!

“legislators voted in 37 to 23 favor of breed-specific legislation, effectively outlawing any dog that resembles a pit bull — unless owners meet a strict set of conditions.

“Under the ban — which loosely covers American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers — no dog considered a pit bull can be adopted from Montreal shelters.

“For dogs that don’t have an ‘owner’ on the day of the passing of the legislation, the way the legislation is drafted, the dogs have to be euthanized,” Alanna Devine, of the Montreal SPCA, told The Dodo last week.

“…The legislation was proposed after a spate of dog attacks in the city. Among them, the most notorious resulted in a woman being killed by a dog in her yard last June. But, even in that case, there’s doubt whether the dog that attacked her was even a pit bull.

“Under the law, people who own dogs deemed pit bulls have until March to undergo a criminal background check and pay $150 for a special permit. Their dog will have to be sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped —as well as muzzled and on a 4-foot leash at all times in public.”

https://www.thedodo.com/pit-bull-ban-montreal-passed-2019462088.html

 

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What you can do:

Sign the petition, write to the officials, speak out against BSL and adopt a dog from MONTREAL asap.

 

 

 

 


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November 2016 Monthly Dog Recap
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November 2016 Monthly Dog Recap

November has been a total blast with lots of outdoor fun as we got into the swing of my favorite time of year, fall! It’s the perfect time for hikes and adventures.

Before we get to my adventures though, let me give a shoutout to my special sponsors & affiliates! Thanks to them I’m able to bring you exciting posts, so make sure you give them some love and check out what great products they carry!

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And now it’s time for my November adventures…

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I shared my secret to having lots of adventures with my family.

Adventures with Pumpkins

I shared all the fun I had carving pumpkins with my sister.

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I got my sleep on again this month.

Adventures of Ammo + Baby P: Vol. 3

I shared how I’m documenting my sister’s growth each month.

Adventures in Petco

I took my sister to one of my favorite stores.

Cool Weather Hikes

I hit the trail and went off on a hike.

All Up In It

I got myself into some dirty business on the farm.

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I set off on an adventure for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The 5-in-1 Leash You'll Love + A Giveaway

I shared my cool new leash from HUND Denmark, and my giveaway with them is still going on!

Baby P's Christmas Wish List

Baby P and I shared what we are hoping ends up in Santa’s sleigh!

And that brings us to December! Time for warm blankets and snuggling up on the couch with mom and dad!

What was your favorite adventure of mine this month? Ammo the Dachshund // Blog Signature // Celebrity

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Holiday Gift Guides for Dog Lovers

Ammo the Dachshund Spends Christmas with his FamilyIf you’re like me, then you struggle as what to get your human(s) that you love so dearly. So I decided to help you out some with my holiday gift guide for dog lovers! (you can thank me later).

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Holiday Gift Guide for Dog Lovers

1. Belly Scratch T-Shirt

2. Dog Bookend

3. Dog Wall Hanging

4. Rescued Wine Candle

5. Texts from Dog 2017 Calendar

6. SnowDog Kit

7. Doodling for Dog People

8. Friendship Collar & Bracelet

9. Dog Mug

10. Custom Pet Ornament

If you have any more great ideas for pet lovers, post them in the comments below! Ammo the Dachshund // Blog Signature // Celebrity

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Once Abused, Emmet Overcomes His Past to Become a Confident, Happy Dog
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Once Abused, Emmet Overcomes His Past to Become a Confident, Happy Dog

The photos may be in color, but the transformation they capture is as black and white as the little dog’s fur. Now known to his Instagram friends as Emmett London, this Miniature Pinscher–Chihuahua–Poodle mix had no name and no smile when Janni Nilsson adopted him just over a year ago.

Emmett has gained a best friend, a home and a few pounds since his adoption in 2015. (All photos courtesy @soyemmett)

Emmett has gained a best friend, plenty of confidence, and a few pounds since his adoption in 2015. (Photo courtesy @soyemmett)

“He had this blank stare in his eyes, kind of like he wasn’t really there,” says Janni, who documented Emmett’s return to himself through social media. The evolution of her Instagram account has a lot in common with its subject — a bit shaky at first, but the pictures become clearer as Emmett stopped trembling.

The pair met in November 2015 after a photo of Emmett on Facebook caught Janni’s attention. Originally from Sweden but now living in Mexico, Janni wasn’t looking to adopt a dog, but the posting was only asking for a foster home for a former street dog who was having a hard time adjusting to shelter life. When Janni saw Emmett’s big ears and mohawk hair, she just couldn’t resist and offered to foster him.

“I never planned to adopt Emmett, but I met him, and he was one of the most traumatized, terrified, and broken little dogs that I had ever met, and I felt the need to see if perhaps I could help him,” she recalls.

Within a few months Emmett was a different dog.

Within a few months, Emmett was a different dog. (Photo courtesy @soyemmett)

At just a year and a half old, Emmett’s demeanor suggested he’d suffered a great deal in his short life. He didn’t walk as much as he crawled around in a perpetual state of fear. According to Janni, even the gentlest touch from a human would send Emmett into a screaming panic.

“It was clear that someone had been very mean to him. I don’t think he had just been ignored or neglected, I think he’d been severely abused,” she says.

Meeting Emmett was a turning point for Janni, who previously didn’t know if she would ever share her life with a dog again after Beily. Janni’s best friend for four years, Beily had been a birthday gift from a former roommate in Mexico City. When dog and human met, Beily was just a puppy, and Janni, a young international traveller.

Snow-loving Beily loves Sweden as much as Janni loves Mexico.

Snow-loving Beily loves Sweden as much as Janni loves Mexico. (Photo courtesy @soyemmett)

Although it was customary for people in her neighborhood to keep large-breed dogs outdoors, Janni didn’t want that kind of life for Beily (who grew to be 60 pounds). When the time came for Janni to leave Mexico, the pair road tripped up through the United States to Washington D.C. before flying to Sweden.

“She lived with me for another two years over there,” explains Janni, who never meant to stay in her home country for so long, but felt compelled to when she saw how happy her dog was there.

She delayed her own happiness for Beily’s, but eventually Janni could no longer put off returning to Mexico. She made the heartbreaking choice to leave Beily in the place she loves, with a human who could offer her an amazing life.

Because of her experience with Beily, Janni wasn’t looking for a long-term dog relationship when she offered to foster Emmett, but one year after shocking herself with the decision to adopt, she’s very pleased to be committed.

“As it has turned out, Emmett was the perfect addition to my life, and a perfect fit for my lifestyle,” she says.

Travel-sized Emmett at a Mexican airport during a layover.

Travel-sized Emmett at a Mexican airport during a layover. (Photo courtesy @soyemmett)

It didn’t happen overnight, but the 9-pound street mutt has blossomed in Janni’s care, and she says she can now see some depth behind his beautiful eyes.

“He spent the first couple of weeks hiding under my bed. If he ever came out, he ran straight back as soon as someone as much as moved,” she recalls. “With time though, he’s become an incredibly affectionate dog, very athletic, and above all, funny.”

Janni and her roommate call Emmett and Hugo "cousins".

Janni and her roommate call Emmett and Hugo “cousins” and are not above dressing them alike. (Photo courtesy @soyemmett)

Once timid Emmett will now approach human visitors for affection. He’s also very confident around other dogs, thanks in no small part to Janni’s roommate’s dog, Hugo the Pug, who moved in two months after Emmett. Janni is thrilled to see Emmett making friends, and considers herself privileged to be his person.

“I can’t explain how amazing it has been to see him develop into the dog that he is now. If a dog like Emmett can recover from a troublesome past, any dog can,” she says.

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How a Dog Named Spencer Got Cast in the Popular Web Series Heirloom

Dogs on movie and TV sets usually belong in one of two separate categories: actors’ dogs or dog actors. Spencer, the Golden Retriever–Labrador mix at the heart of the digital series Heirloom, is a little bit of both.

“He’s not trained to be a film dog,” explains Spencer’s human and co-creator of Heirloom, Paten Hughes, but “he’s almost qualified to be one.”

Paten describes her canine co-star as a super friendly “attention whore” who was born to play himself in the nine-episode series currently streaming on Vimeo.

It makes sense Spencer would be a part of the series inspired by Paten’s real-life experience as an actor turned tomato farmer. In the show, Paten’s character, Emily, takes up tomato farming in an even bigger way than she did in reality after inheriting some farm land.

Paten and Spencer in real life. (All photos courtesy Paten Hughes)

Paten and Spencer in real life. (Photo courtesy Paten Hughes)

Written by TV writer Bekah Brunstetter of NBC’s This Is Us, Heirloom follows Emily as she starts a new life after a series of disastrous auditions. The relationship between the woman and her dog was part of the original script for the series, but the condensed production schedule of a digital show meant there would be no time for dog do-overs on the fast-paced set. According to Paten, that’s why director Michael Melamedoff initially wanted to write Spencer out.

“Michael read the script and was like, ‘I love it, but we have to cut the dog.’ Even though we’re really good friends, he hadn’t met Spencer yet.”

Paten promised Spencer would be great, and the Golden-Lab was given a chance to prove that he could be a good boy on set. His naturally friendly, people-pleasing personality soon elevated the amateur actor to semi-pro status.

“He responds to commands really easily,” Paten explains. “Even if it’s not me, even if it’s a PA, he listens.”

Even when he’s not commanded to act cute, Spencer just is. His personality shines through the series, and his lack of on-set experience makes his character seem more genuine in a way.

“There were a lot of moments that were just priceless in terms of him just doing his own thing and having it work out pretty well,” says Paten.

The last scene of the season is a great example of that. An emotional conversation between Emily and another character is made even more compelling because of the dog at their feet.

“We were going to have Spencer run off camera, but he just plopped himself down and it made the scene so perfect because it’s like a little child in between the two parents,” Paten explains.

Listening skills and talent for improv aside, shooting with Spencer did present some challenges. Unlike trained Hollywood film dogs, Spencer doesn’t know how to hit a mark or stay in frame. Paten unconsciously toned down her physical interactions with her dog (which typically include two-minute-long face-licking, leg-chasing greetings) in order to keep them both in the shot. As a result, her character’s relationship with Spencer looks a bit different from her own.

Paten and Spencer share an affectionate moment. (All photos courtesy Paten Hughes)

Paten and Spencer share an affectionate moment. (Photo courtesy Paten Hughes)

“The first time I watched the cut with the director I was like ‘where are all the moments where I’m petting Spencer?’ I actually thought Emily was a little distant in terms of the sort of affection to Spencer,” she explains.

The duo isn’t as physically connected on screen as they are in real life, but the emotional connection is intense. According to Paten, Spencer is an important part of the show because he is the only character — besides Emily — on the series throughout season one.

“Emily talks to Spencer, thinks out loud, and asks him questions about life.” says Paten, whose real-life relationship with Spencer is less verbal (he prefers hikes and canoe trips to conversations).

“He’s the one kind of constant companion through the chunk of her life that we see.”

The real life Spencer poses with a bottle of the Spencer Cabernet, from Kinsella Estates which is named after him. (All photos courtesy Paten Hughes)

The real life Spencer poses with a bottle of Kinsella Estates Spencer Cabernet, which is named after him. (Photo courtesy Paten Hughes)

Paten says we can expect to see more of Spencer in Heirloom’s planned second season. The shows creators are working hard to move the story forward, and Paten says they intend to focus on Spencer a little bit more in future episodes.

“He’s just such a beautiful dog, especially the way our cinematographer shot the entire series. Maybe this is just because he’s my dog — but your heart kind of leaps when you see him.”

Heirloom is now streaming on Vimeo.

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In my family, the holiday season means lots of food, lots of grocery-store runs, and lots of dogs underfoot. For the last several years, we have celebrated the holidays at my sister’s place. She has two little dogs, a yappy (but adorable) old Bichon and a cranky (but adorable) old ...
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Animal Ortho Care is Innovating Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices for Dogs

Derrick Campana makes animals whole. His prosthetic and orthotic devices have increased mobility for more than 20,000 pets since 2004, when he founded Animal Ortho Care in Sterling, Virginia. Through education and innovation, Derrick aims to significantly increase that already impressive number. Animal Ortho Care’s work in action. Photography courtesy Animal ...
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4 Dog Breeds New to the American Kennel Club

The four newest breeds to be recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) are an eclectic quartet of small dogs with big names. Wrap your tongue around the Cirneco dell’Etna, the Pumi, the Lagotto Romagnolo and the Miniature American Shepherd. All four breeds boast colorful histories and important jobs. With ...
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9 Reasons to Meet the Happy-Go-Lucky Havanese

Few breeds have become as popular as quickly as the charming Havanese. He makes a wonderful city dog, always ready for the next adventure, whether by foot or carried in a fashionable shoulder bag. Here are nine fun facts about this high-energy breed. 1. The rich history behind the Havanese A ...
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How Adorable Are These Pet Accessories From Puff Puff Paws?

Who would think that a bed shaped like an intimidating underwater creature would make a cute sleeping spot (and perfect Instagram photo op)? The shark bed collection — which comes in traditional gray as well as blue, blue polka dot and pink — is just one of many cute accessories ...
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6 Dog-Friendly Restaurant Chains That Have Treats for Your Pup

As the owner of a tiny rescue dog with a bladder the size of an almond, it’s tempting to eat exclusively at restaurants that allow four-legged friends as dining companions. No need to set aside extra dog walking budgets for date night or running the risk of stepping in a ...
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Have Tea with Your Dog at the Egerton House Hotel in London

I’m a big tea fan and stop at teahouses whenever I can. Sadly, my dogs have to stay home. However, things are different at the Egerton House Hotel in London. The hotel is part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, whose Founder and President, Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, has a passion ...
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Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog. I Hope You Have Energy - You'll Need Lots for this Australian breed of dog! The Australian cattle dog, also known as the Blue Heeler, are popular working dogs and pets and are easily picked out by their high-energy enthusiasm and intelligence. This breed of dog is ...
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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is a dog that has characteristics that most of us will doubtlessly adore. It is highly intelligent, a superb family dog, trustworthy watchdog and fun playmate; adorable, diligent, and hardworking. In short, this companion is not merely something you can show off but something you can depend ...
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Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie

BEARDED COLLIE - THE HISTORY OF THE BEARDED COLLIE DOG The bearded collie is a breed which has evolved naturally over the centuries, not one that has been created in the relatively recent years, like those such as the Golden Retriever and the Doberman. The origin of the bearded collie ...
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Hound Group

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

Afghan hounds, also known as Tazi in their homeland, is a particularly beautiful breed of dog whose history dates back thousands of years. It is considered the national dog breed of Afghanistan and for many years, Afghan hounds were not permitted to leave the country. It is only within the ...
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American English Coonhound

American English Coonhound

The English Coonhound, also referred to as the American English Coonhound (by the American Kennel Club only) or the Redtick Coonhound, is a breed of dog. It is a type of coonhound that is typically bred in the Southern United States. It is descended from hunting hounds brought to America ...
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American Foxhound

American Foxhound

Overview The American foxhound descended from the French and English hounds. They were brought to America in 1650, and more than a hundred years later they were bred to a French hound. This dog was sent from Lafayette to George Washington as a gift. These dogs were used to seek ...
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Non-Sporting Group

American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog

I know that you find American Eskimo dog so irresistibly cute with all those fluffy hairs and stuffs. And he can be a real charmer too, American Eskimo dogs are naturally very friendly, playful and devoted, which no doubt you'll find a very pleasing trait for an incredibly cute dog ...
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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is an all-white, curly-furred lap dog that originated in the Mediterranean region. This breed is believed to be a mix of Barbet, poodle and generic white lap dog. The breed has an illustrious history. An early version, called the Barbichon, existed as early as 600 B.C. This ...
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Bulldog

Bulldog

Your Bulldog wants to be in your company and you should give your Bulldog a name that will be suitable for your intelligent canine friend and that you will feel comfortable using in a public area. According to Bulldog information, Bulldog puppies grow into intelligent adults. Knowing that the Bulldog ...
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Sporting Group

Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel

The Boykin Spaniel is a dog that is considered to be a truly American breed developed in South Carolina, using stock from such breeds as the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the Springer Spaniel, the Cocker Spaniel and the American Water Spaniel. The breed is indeed an "american invention" bred for a ...
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Brittany Spaniel

The Brittany Spaniel is of Brittany France origins and is recognized as one of the world's supreme gun dogs. It first appeared in the 19th century and was officially recognized in 1938. Originally used as a working dog, the Brittany Spaniel of today is short of many tasks but is ...
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Canadian Pointer

Canadian Pointer

The Canadian Pointer, a breed of gundog has a well muscled body and a short coarse coat. Despite the name, this breed that belongs to the HPR (hunting, pointing and retrieving) group was actually developed in United States and not in Canada. During the 1880s, English Pointers, Portuguese Pointers and ...
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RAT TERRIER

Rаt Terrier

Orіgіnаtіng іn England, thе Rаt Terrier wаѕ used аѕ rodent аnd small game hunters. Thеу were also treasured аѕ adoring, lоуаl реtѕ. When thеіr аѕtоnіѕhіng huntіng and kіllіng ѕkіllѕ on farms and rat іnfеѕtеd hоmеѕ were rесоgnіzеd, thеу were turned іntо pit dоgѕ. Gamblers could not rеѕіѕt uѕіng thеѕе rеmаrkаblе, ...
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Cesky Terrier

Cesky Terrier

by Petful.com The Cesky Terrier was founded by Frantisek Horak in the Czech Republic. The Cesky Terrier is also known as the Bohemian or Czech Terrier. This is a fairly new dog breed seeing that it was only developed in the last century. Many breeders felt that the Cesky Terrier ...
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Wire Fox Terrier

Fox Terrier

by AHLN Before the establishment of the perfect dog breed to accompany hunters during fox hunting, it was almost impossible to capture foxes that run back to their lairs. Even the Fox Hounds that are reliable and keen hunting companions were not courageous enough to chase after these preys in ...
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Toy Group

Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher

Once you have decided to adopt a dog into your family, you certainly have to learn a few general facts about its behavior and temperament. Get better acquainted with Affenpinscher standard traits, in order to see if it fits your family's needs and expectations. Before you start searching for authorized ...
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Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon was officially recognized by the AKC in 1910 and is a member of the AKC toy group. It was the 89th most popular breed in 2015. The Brussels Griffon is an alert, curious, and loyal pet. The Griffon Bruxellois or Brussels Griffon is a breed of toy ...
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This breed was named for the Cavalier King Charles, who ruled Great Britain in the 1700s. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is usually a pampered house dog that requires frequent and careful combing and brushing to prevent matting. It is an ideal house pet and family companion that socializes well ...
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Working Group

African Boerboel

The Boerboel has been successfully developed in South Africa, and the breed is still in the process of refinement. The origins of this breed are not entirely sure, but it can be traced back to ancient times. Many agree that the breed developed from the Bullenbijter which was brought to ...
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Akita

Akita

Akita Inu, also known simply as an Akita is the largest of the Spitz-type dogs that originated from Japan. With the trademark, curled tail that rests on its back, the Akita is known in Japan as a national monument. Small statues of this magnificent creature are sent to friends and ...
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Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is actually descended from the wolf. Today's breed has some very distinctive characteristics that remind us of that fact, though the Alaskan Malamute is typically a very calm, good-natured dog. Some people think the word "mute" in the name means the dog doesn't bark. While they tend ...
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Appenzeller Sennenhunde

Appenzeller Sennenhunde

Differences Between the Four Breeds of Sennenhunds There are very few differences between the four breeds of Sennenhunds. All four breeds are well known across Switzerland and Europe and comprise the following: • Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund - commonly known as The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog • Berner Sennenhund - commonly known as ...
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Catahoula Leopard Dog

"The Catahoula originated in North Central Louisiana in the geographic area around the Catahoula Lake from which it got its name. The word Catahoula is of Choctaw Indian origin and is translated into English as "sacred lake", just as the Choctaw word Choekahoula means "sacred home." It is believed that ...
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Central Aѕіаn Ovtcharka

Cеntrаl Aѕіаn Shерhеrd Dоg

It іѕ believed that thе Cеntrаl Aѕіаn Shерhеrd dоg has its оrіgіn frоm mаnу dіffеrеnt places throughout Central Asia. These places іnсludе Tіbеt, Irаn аnd аlѕо the vеrу old Sіlk Rоаd. Mаnу fееl that thе Central Aѕіаn Ovtcharka іѕ thе аnсеѕtоr оf all thе other dog breeds. Genetic еvіdеnсе аvаіlаblе ...
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Miscellaneous Class

Dogo Argentino

Argentino

The Dogo Argentino is a huge, white and well-muscled dog that, as the name suggests, originated in Argentina. It also goes by the names of Argentine Dogo and Argentinean Mastiff. This gigantic dog is popular as a big-game hunter as it hunts fierce and larger animals such as cougars and ...
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Azawakh

The Azawakh are originally from the Sahel region in Africa. They have been developed by the several nomadic tribes that live in the Southern Sahara, as hunting and guard dogs. These dogs' natural abilities are very good in areas such as the chase, guarding and companionship. The Azawakh is a ...
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BELGIAN LAEKENOIS

Bеlgіаn Lаеkеnоіѕ

Thіѕ mеdіum ѕіzеd brееd weighs bеtwееn 50-65 роundѕ and reaches bеtwееn 22" tо 26" іn height. Their nаmе іѕ pronounced LAK-in-wah. Thе Belgian Lаеkеnоіѕ іѕ the rаrеѕt оf fоur Belgian Sheepdogs. Bred tо hеrd sheep, thіѕ brееd rеmаіnѕ a working brееd tоdау. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa8jcvxl4rM Thе AKC rесоgnіzеѕ three оf thе Bеlgіаn ...
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