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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Quiz: Is Your Pup Therapy Dog Material?

Quiz: Is Your Pup Therapy Dog Material?


Your pup is basically your own private therapy dog, comforting you when you’re down (how did he know your Tinder date totally ghosted you?), and keeping you calm when you’re feeling anxious (which is pretty much all the time, let’s be honest). Maybe you’ve even thought he could be a legit therapy dog — but these hard-working

Is Aromatherapy Safe for Dogs?

Is Aromatherapy Safe for Dogs?


Like so many health trends that become popular among humans first (coconut oil, anyone?), aromatherapy is the latest craze for dogs. Walk into any pet store (or do a search online), and you’ll find an assortment of “therapeutic” dog toys and bandanas in scents like lavender and chamomile, as well as stress-relieving sprays and mists featuring ingredients like bergamot,

What's the Deal with Plastic Surgery for Pups?

What's the Deal with Plastic Surgery for Pups?


Tummy tucks, facelifts, and nose jobs…for dogs? It may sound like a commercial for a bad reality TV show—Extreme Makeover: Doggie Edition—but it’s not as far-fetched as you might think. Plastic surgery for pups is a thing. And while some pet parents take unnecessary measures (like getting testicular implants for a dog who has been neutered)

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