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Everyone knows shelter dogs get a bad rap – people assume they are dangerous, aggressive, sickly, or covered in fleas before even stopping in for a visit! Dogs from “the pound” are seen as damaged goods by far too many people. If you have been to your local shelter, you probably know – it’s simply not true! There are dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and personalities at the pound. There are infinite great reasons to head to your local shelter if you’re thinking of looking for the perfect dog for you!  First of all, there is a huge overcrowding...

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The canine brain is not all that different from the human one. Dogs, like people, experience REM, and non-REM sleep, both of which include a phase of dreaming. It has not conclusively been proven that dogs do dream, most owners have seen their pups kicking, jerking, growling, and barking in their sleep. Evidence points to the fact that dogs do indeed dream! Generally, about 20 minutes into the sleep cycle, a medium to large-sized dog will begin what seems to be dreaming, indicated by shallow, quick breathing and rapid eye movement. Smaller dogs tend to enter the dream state more...

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The ocean is a wonderful and mysterious place. There are over 1 million identified and named species living in our global oceans – not to mention what scientists estimate to be 9 million undiscovered ones! Earth’s oceans are still largely unexplored, despite covering roughly 72% of the planet (Discovery). Considering how vast and deep they are, it’s no wonder the five largest mammals on earth lurk in the deep parts of the sea. In fifth place, the colossal squid is on average between 39 and 42 ft. long and weighs around 1600 lbs. It certainly lives up to its name:...

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There are so many breeds and temperaments of dogs, it’s easy to choose a dog to fit perfectly into your lifestyle. Energy levels and the need for exercise vary greatly between dogs. If you’ve been thinking about adding a pet to your family, consider what you do on a daily basis before heading to the shelter. If you’ve got a few hours (at least) to set aside daily and think you can offer a good home for a dog, all you have to do is find the right breed for you and your family! Maybe you’re a busy person with...

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