The Dog Blog

  1. Achilles: A Companion Through the Darkness

    Our animal companions impact us in profound ways. Whether it’s because of the company they provide, their endearing personalities, their unconditional love or all of the above, our pets mean the world to us, just as we mean the world to them. Companions in Crisis For Ashley Shoemaker, her animal companion came into her life […]

  2. Getting​ ​in​ ​Front​ ​of​ ​It​ ​with​ ​Quen:​ ​How​ ​One​ ​Dog​ ​Changed​ ​Me​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Best

    Excerpts from an essay by former Pen Pals coordinator, Sarah Hornberger:   After 10 years of working and volunteering with shelter pets, many cats, dogs, and even snakes have significantly affected my life and contributed to who I have become as an animal advocate. I have worked to bottle-feed orphaned kittens, socialize hoarded dogs, and ensure […]

  3. Pudgie the Pug

    It’s love at first site when it comes to Pudgie, the 12-year-old male pug. Everyone who meets him can agree that his sweet face will make any day seem a little brighter. His parents, Erin and Daniel Mackay, dote on him like all pet parents should, and lovingly refer to him as Pudgie the Pugtato, […]

  4. Timmy the Cat’s Story of Survival

    Michelle Raiszadeh has been involved in animal rescue since 2004, focusing on trap-neuter-return, rehab and fostering of homeless cats and kittens. She also is heavily involved in wildlife rescue and rehab. But Michelle’s involvement in animal care doesn’t stop there. She was recently accepted into an accelerated veterinary program at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) […]

  5. Answer to Cancer May Be the Family Dog

    Researchers hope studying dogs with cancer may help in the treatment of children with similar cancers. Veterinary oncologist Dr. Chand Kanna treats pets who have cancer at Oncology Services in Springfield, Virginia. He also spent years at the National Cancer Institute researching the potential links between some cancers which afflict both dogs and children. “So […]