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How to Choose a Shelter Dog

You've been thinking about getting a dog for a while, and you know you want to do the right thing and rescue a dog from a shelter, but that may be as far as you've thought things through. You've never adopted a dog before, and you're not sure what steps to take. It's OK; PawNation is here to help. Follow our 10 steps for adopting…

12 Reasons to Adopt a Mutt

July 31 is Mutt Day, an unofficial holiday set aside to recognize how much fun and joy mixed-breed dogs bring into our lives. Purebred dogs are fine, of course, but mixed-breed owners know there’s nothing less special about their cuddly, loyal mutts. If you don’t have a dog, but you’re thinking of…

Dr. Patrick Mahaney Debunks Common Breed Myths

Just like humans, dogs have their own set of stereotypes. Since they can’t defend themselves against these common breed myths, our friend Dr. Patrick Mahaney is here to clear the air on their behalf and tell you whether or not these beliefs are fact or fiction. See what he had to say about some of the most commonly…

How to Give Your Mutt a Cut

The cost of getting regular trims for your pup can end up piling up. But you can easily give your dog a cut of your own instead, or even in-between visits. Here's how you can save some serious cash with a DIY cut. (While you're at it, learn How to Clean Up Your Canine to save even more.) Step 1 Fetch a tool. Invest in doggie shears. We like the Conair Canine FX Flexi-Groom Professional Cord/Cordless Trimmer because it charges and cleans quickly ($50, amazon.com). Never use "people" clippers. They're not designed for dog hair; they may overheat, or even hurt Fido. Related: 10 Best Dog Tools You Need Step 2 Brush Fido's fur. Comb your dog's coat thoroughly with a slicker brush (find one at...

Pam Vojtas "After 125 years, American Kennel Club opens competitions to mutts," reports the Washington Post. Not all events of course -- your mixed-breed pooch won't be sharing the show ring during the beauty competitions, but your mutt can prove what he's made of in the skill contests. The American Kennel Club, which has been celebrating the best of purebred canines since 1884, has relaxed its standards a bit, creating a new option for owners of mixed breed dogs called AKC Canine Partners. Paw Nation got the scoop on the new program which allows dogs, regardless of fancy pedigree (or lack thereof), to participate in AKC Rally, Agility and Obedience competitions. We talked with Pam Vojtas,...

Duke and a camera-shy Dash. Emily Anna and I are in her hometown of Birmingham, Ala. this week, and we've been talking to her family about how they met their dogs. Anna's sister Emily, and her fiance, Dave, have a couple of rescue dogs -- Duke and Dash -- of whom they are enamored. Shortly after moving into his house in suburban Birmingham, Dave saw a picture of his eventual best friend, Duke, online. He fell for the 3-year-old mutt immediately, then trekked to Arab, Ala. and got to know him in person. Duke was a little gruff at first, as he'd been abandoned by his original owners when they moved out of their trailer and left him tied up with a tight choke collar around his neck....