2022 Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season, dog lovers! 

My first dog as an adult was born right before Christmas.  Even though he wasn’t old enough to bring home at Christmas, I was ready and waiting for his homecoming to my house with many dog-errific gifts.  Finding the perfect gift for your dog and dog-obsessed friends and family can be tricky. But it’s so worth it to see their huge smile when they unwrap that awesome present!

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Let’s Make a Difference for the Animals:


I believe that you don’t have to do much to make a big difference. A small kindness, word or gift can have a huge impact, not only on those you’re giving to, but on those who share your care. A donation to an animal organization not only helps the pets but also impacts the community and makes them feel less alone.

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Happiness is working with dog rescues

I can’t tell you how many times I hear people say “Oh, that’s great that you work with dog rescue…but I couldn’t do it, it would be heartbreaking.” I sit there and think, that couldn’t be further from the truth. How can you be be heartbroken when your day is filled with licks and kisses.

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Pit Bull mixes that stole my heart

It is a shame how Pit Bull’s have a bad reputation. 95% of pit bull’s I have encountered are loving, affectionate and goofy. The other 5% came from unknown circumstances or were from abuse cases that affected them. Working with rescues we often encounter abandoned, loose pit bull mixes that are in need of homes. Here are a few that stole my heart.

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Rescue Dogs of Central New York

rescue dog

Why should you adopt? You save a life. You may benefit your own life. pets can keep you healthy. It may help combat puppy mills. Many rescues give you a chance to get to know the dog to ensure they are a good fit for your house and lifestyle.

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Second Chances

Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter was started in 2015 for a way to help give inmates and dogs a second chance at life. It has been run by Onondaga County and groups of volunteers. Local dogs are pulled from the City of Syracuse shelter and then brought up to the shelter which is on the…

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On High

There are many shooting angles you can use when taking photos of your pets.  Today, my focus is getting high and shooting down at your pet.  I often use this method for small dogs.  It enables you to capture the pet from head to tail.  It is also a great tool to use to just…

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National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is National Adopt a shelter dog month.  Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter continues to be committed to finding homes for abandoned dogs despite having to slightly change the process related to Covid 19.  The Center is currently not open related to Covid but volunteers continue to foster dogs and you can schedule appointments to…

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