Shannan Rouss

Shannan Rouss

Part-time writer, full-time dog mom to Zooey. Avid follower of all animal rescue groups on Facebook.

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Be the Most Well-Behaved Human at the Dog Park

Be the Most Well-Behaved Human at the Dog Park


Dog parks can be a little like the middle school cafeteria — cliques are common, the new kid might get pestered a bit, and a scuffle could break out at any moment (and that’s just among the humans!). But as fraught as they can be, dog parks are also a great way for your pup to get exercise and make

4 Awesome Ways Companies Are Becoming More Pup-Friendly

4 Awesome Ways Companies Are Becoming More Pup-Friendly

You probably know about the growing list of employers—from major Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups—that let you bring your pup to work. Heck, earlier this year, even the Department of the Interior got in on the pet-friendly trend with its pilot “Doggy Days" program. But some progressive workplaces are getting ahead of the pack, offering special benefits

5 Things You Need to Know Before Adopting a Pup

5 Things You Need to Know Before Adopting a Pup

So you’ve been spending hours on pet adoption and rescue sites, clicking through images of adorable pups that pull on your human heartstrings—and you’re ready to make your home their forever one. To help prepare you for the adoption process, we asked Sarah Brasky, founder of Foster Dogs NYC and The Dog Matchmaker, to share her insights

The Surprising Health Benefits of Testing Your Dog’s DNA

The Surprising Health Benefits of Testing Your Dog’s DNA

If you’re the proud owner of a rescue dog, then chances are you were probably told your pup is some kind of wacky-sounding hyphenate. Maybe a pitsky-chow-huahua? Or you could have zero clue which breeds make up your lovable mutt. While a doggie DNA test could answer that question, the latest versions do more than satisfy your curiosity—they

Does Your Dog Really Like to be Hugged?

Does Your Dog Really Like to be Hugged?


To say that you love your dog is an understatement. But giving your pup an big old bear hug may not be the best way to show your affection (as much as you want to throw your arms around their neck and squeeze!) After examining 250 photos of dogs being hugged by humans, Stanley Coren Ph.D., author of The