Myths and Truths About Puppyhood

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In honor of National Puppy Day, we thought we’d give a little insight to the realities of puppyhood. Are puppies downright adorable? Yes, so much so that it seems like it should be illegal to hold that much cuteness in one body. Are they tiny whirlwinds of pure havoc and chaos? No doubt. Read on and see if you can … Read More

A Cure for the Dreaded Time Change

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It’s Daylight Savings time – in other words, the time of the year when we all get a little crankier, but also feel a small twinge of delight. It’s staying lighter later into the day (great) and feels like summer’s coming (double great). But there’s that dreaded lost hour of sleep, which makes us feel something like this: Don’t wake … Read More

The Ron Swanson of HSSV

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Ever met someone that’s a little…standoffish at first? That’s Whiskey. He doesn’t tend to make a great first impression. He can be grumpy, and would prefer not to be bothered with your petty issues. But he does have a softer side. After a while, he starts to open up – in his way, of course. He reserves his best side … Read More

Naked Nuggets Descend in Droves!

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They came, regal and hairless, like a band of naked mole rats with only slightly more dignity. Excuse me? Dignity is my middle name.   This group of nude canines needed to make a point. Yes, tell them.   Their message? Bald is Beautiful.   Nailed it.    In all seriousness, these bare babes came from a hoarding case. We … Read More

The Most Interesting Dog in the World

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He could disarm you with his looks…or his paws. I call this my “blue steel.” He has inside jokes with complete strangers. The jokes! You’re killin’ me! I’m killin’ me!   He once ran a marathon because it was “on his way.”  What can I say? I’m an opportunist.   Marcel is the most interesting dog in the world.  He’s … Read More

The Official Sarah Armes Cute-O-Meter.

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This is Sarah. She works in our Development Department as a Campaign Manager. Ruth Vader Ginsburg. She usually doesn’t dress like this but, you know, Halloween was this week. So there you go. Yes, there we go. And make Halloween stay gone until next year.  Anyhoo, as you might have noticed we tell a lot of stories here at HSSV. … Read More

Suns Out, Buns Out!

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We know, you’re not a bunny person. We had to lead with the super sensational headline to get you guys to open this at all. After all, if you never had a rabbit why would you open it? Folks tend to think they know everything there is to know about pet rabbits but as a famous TV show once said… … Read More

Chis Make Great Pets. Cheese, Not So Much.

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We get a lot of chihuahuas and mixes. So many that they even have their own verbal shorthand: chis. Chi generally means anything small, usually tan and having some traits in common with a chihuahua, which constitute the majority of their lineage. As a group, chis and chi mixes dominate shelter populations in California. So we talk about them a … Read More

Kittehs, Like Shoes, Go Better In Pairs.

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Kittens will be kittens. They’re super adorable… Cup o’ kitteh Super playful…. Gimmee.. Super loving… Cuddle puddle! But can also be…. Hooman! I scale you like tree! You WILL play!! Demons. It’s not their fault – they’re just wee little things. With youth comes boundless energy and an insatiable need for attention but it can lead to a conundrum. What … Read More

Unrepentant Booger Cat Seeks Very Special Home.

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Oh Phil. Phil Phil Phil. What are we going to do with you? I have no idea what you’re talking about.  Don’t give us that face. You’re a booger and you know it. Phil is one of those cats that one special person is going to find and be like “I found the coolest, most ridiculous, awesome, hysterical, fantastic cat … Read More