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How to Start Your Puppy Off Right



Getting a new puppy is such a thrilling experience! The cuteness, the clumsiness – it’s all so exciting!

However, it’s important to remember that the first few weeks with your puppy will set his/her habits and relationship to you for the rest of his/her life.

No pressure, right?

Don’t worry! I know all of the Pinterest articles and online guides can be overwhelming but I’ve laid out the main pieces that you need to pay attention to when you’re bringing your new pup home.

Putting in the effort to be prepared and  intentional about how you interact with and train your puppy can make all the difference between a loyal, well-behaved dog and a yappy, jumpy dog for years to come.

So let’s get started!

Develop a routine and be consistent

Preparing a schedule or routine for your puppy prior to him/her coming home is essential because it will help your puppy’s body clock adjust and will provide structure for his/her life.

You’ll want to take a look at your family’s schedule and make a realistic routine that takes potty training, crate training, command training, and socialising into account. Remember that your new pup will need a potty break approximately every 30-60 minutes and that he/she shouldn’t be left in the crate for long periods of time.

Don’t forget that all members of the household (including kids!) need to be following the puppy’s routine in order for it to be effective. If Mom is being adamant about ignoring  puppy’s whining but Dad is giving puppy attention whenever he/she makes a peep, puppy is going to have a hard time learning right from wrong!

Be the pack leader

Along the same lines of consistent schedule, you want puppy to learn his/her place in the family. Dogs are natural pack animals and will automatically follow the person who is dominant, stable, and consistent. Although it will be incredibly tempting to turn into mush around your new puppy, you must demonstrate a strong air of confidence so that your puppy learns to respect you. If he/she feels that you are a pushover, you’re in for some bad chewing, barking, and jumping habits for years to come.

So how do you become the pack leader? Use a firm voice when giving commands, ignore unwanted behaviours, use strong body language, and be consistent with feedings and training.

A major mistake that many owners make is thinking that leader = discipline. You should not be disciplining your puppy for unwanted behaviours or mistakes with shouting, saying “no”, or physical force. This will only result in him/her fearing you.

Instead, ignore your puppy when he/she behaves incorrectly and praise and reward him/her when he/she behaves correctly. If you’re consistent, your pup will quickly learn the difference and become motivated to perform correct behaviours to please you.

Start your puppy off right

Your puppy’s habits start developing the moment they enter their new home. The first thing you should do is bring your puppy directly to his/her outdoor potty spot. This will establish an understanding right from the beginning that this area is where he/she is supposed to go potty and minimise potential distractions.

Next, put your pup in an enclosed area (such as a puppy-proofed room or crate) and have people come in and say hello. Allowing your new pup to have free roam of the house will not only overwhelm him/her, but also diminish future boundaries.

After your pup has had a chance to explore his/her space a little bit and meet his/her new family, he/she is likely to be exhausted. Give your puppy some quiet, resting time in the crate but don’t go too far or else your puppy will think you have abandoned him/her!

Crate train

Having a crate is an important way that your puppy will learn boundaries and develop a positive association with his/her space. Crates are convenient and will keep your pup safe and your stuff from being chewed. Anytime you cannot directly supervise your pup, have him/her confined to the crate or an enclosed, puppy-proofed space.

For at least the first few days, you’ll want to keep puppy’s crate in your bedroom, especially at night. Otherwise, your puppy will feel lonely and scared in his/her new, unfamiliar surroundings.

If you hope to keep your puppy’s crate in another room long-term, move it incrementally. Have your pup sleep in his/her crate near your bed for the first few days and then each night, begin to move the crate closer to the bedroom door, then out in the hallway, and then closer to the desired area. This will allow your puppy to adjust to sleeping away from you without the shock of you suddenly being gone one night.

When your pup cries at night, simply take him/her out of his/her crate, directly to the potty spot, and then directly back in the crate. You do not want your puppy to learn that making noises will get your attention and affection during the night time (or anytime, really!). It will be difficult, but ignoring the urge to cuddle your puppy to sleep will be better for him/her (and your ability to sleep!) in the long run.

Potty train

Another essential piece you’ll want to start working on right away is potty training. As I mentioned above, you’ll want to immediately establish a potty spot the moment your pup gets home.

After that, following a consistent schedule to set your dog’s body clock is key. Puppy’s typically need to be let out every 30-60 minutes and you’ll want to take him/her out immediately after eating or drinking to avoid accidents.

When accidents do happen (and they will!), do not punish your pup. If you’re able, stop your pup mid-potty and bring him/her directly to the potty spot to finish up. If you’re not able, simply clean it up and make sure you praise and reward your puppy each time he/she does potty correctly.


After a few days of being home, you’ll want to start socialising your pup. Don’t worry about this during the first few days as your puppy will likely be overwhelmed and will also need to get his/her vaccinations.

But after that, make it a habit to walk your pup in busy areas, take him/her to the dog park, and have him/her socialise with a variety of animals and humans. Socialisation is particularly important in developing your dog’s confidence and friendliness and in preventing anxiety later in life.

Focus on teaching basic commands

It’s never too early to start command training but you can certainly wait a few days until your pup has had a chance to settle in and get comfortable.

Start by  focusing on developing your pup’s understanding and proficiency in basic commands like “sit”, “stay” and “here” and work on proper leash training.

You can spend as much time as you would like on command training, but around 30 minutes a day is typically recommended. Be sure to break up your training sessions into 5-10 minute increments to prevent you and your pup from getting bored and frustrated.

Most importantly, be consistent. Reward and praise wanted behaviours and ignore unwanted behaviours. Keep that rule in mind and you can’t go wrong!

And there ya have it! The basics for starting your new puppy off right.

Work on these 7 areas and your pup is bound to develop healthy lifelong habits. Good luck!

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How to Choose the Best Dog Bed




With so many dog beds on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Selecting the
right dog bed for the buddy in your life is an important decision – and one which shouldn’t be taken

A great dog bed will last a lifetime, and can hugely improve your dog’s quality of life. But the truth is
that not all dog beds are created equal.

In this post, we will share our top tips for choosing a dog bed that will stand the test of time, support
your dog’s health, and provide a cozy resting place that they’ll just love.

So, let’s get started …


Just like humans, dogs need a comfortable place to rest and sleep. Here are some pointers to help you choose a bed that’s comfortable – and will stay that way:

Match the bed to your dog’s size – Before buying a bed, measure your dog from nose to tail with a tape measure to ensure they’ll have plenty of space to stretch out. For dogs that prefer to curl up, you may want to choose a bed with raised and cushioned edges that cradle your dog and provide security.

Choose a bed constructed from high-quality materials – A good bed should provide adequate cushioning that protects your dog from the hard floor. High-quality modern fabrics retain their shape, preventing the bed from flattening down after regular use.

Consider your dog’s individual needs – If you live in a colder climate, or own a dog that chills easily, a partially enclosed bed will help keep them warm. Many dogs – especially long-haired breeds – have the opposite problem. They tend to overheat, so choose a bed that’s open and made of a material that stays cool, even in summer.


Proper support is very important to your dog’s health. Bigger dogs in particular can suffer from
painful arthritis and joint problems that can shorten their lifespan if left untreated.

As dogs age they become susceptible to joint problems and stiffness in their limbs. The best way to
avoid this is by providing a bed that offers excellent support as early on in your dog’s life as possible.

That’s why orthopedic beds are such a great solution for all canine companions. They’re designed to
support the joints, back, and overall body, keeping your dog fit and healthy. It is important to note that Orthopedic or memory foam dog beds are not just for old dogs. All dogs can benefit from having a pressure free support and it is a great proactive measure since most dogs will end up with joint problems.

The highest quality modern dog beds are made from real visco elastic memory foam which conforms
to your pet’s body and redistributes their weight evenly across the bed. With standard memory
foam, the weight of the animal’s body causes them to sink too far into the bed, causing pressure
points and overheating.

A truly orthopedic bed should provide the following:

  • Excellent support for the whole body
  • Straight spinal alignment
  • Soothing pressure relief


As we mentioned earlier, a high-quality bed will last throughout your dog’s lifetime. Look for top
quality materials that are resistant to abrasion and chewing. Smaller details such as tough stitching
and hidden zippers are signs of craftsmanship and durability.

Cheap dog beds can stain easily and become smelly. When selecting a dog bed, choose a material
that’s resistant to stains and odors. Antibacterial fabrics can considerably extend the lifespan of the
bed. They also help keep your dog safe from allergens and harmful canine skin diseases caused by
mold and bacterial growth.

Other Premium Features to Consider

Waterproof Material – Waterproof material increases the durability and longevity of a dog bed and makes cleaning up easy when accidents happen.
Removable Covers – A high-quality dog bed will rarely need washing, but when you do need to freshen up your dog’s bed, a removable cover will make the job a whole lot easier!

The BuddyRest Difference

BuddyRest orthopedic dog beds are carefully designed and manufactured with the principles of
comfort, support, and durability in mind. We believe they’re the very best orthopedic dog beds
available anywhere, and we’re sure your dog will agree!

But don’t just take our word for it. Visit our homepage to read real verified reviews from some of our
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11 Cute Dog Breeds We Can’t Get Enough Of




  • 01The Cutest Pooches ,There’s really no denying it: We humans don’t deserve doggos. Not only do our furry family members love us unconditionally, but they’re incredibly loyal and affectionate, and their adorable doggy antics can turn a boring, old Monday into the best Monday ever. And, to top it all off, dogs are downright freaking adorable. In honor of our pupper friends, we’ve rounded up the 25 cutest and cuddliest dog breeds out there—from teeny, tiny teacup Pomeranians, to massive Great Pyrenees. Whether you’re having a humdrum workday or just want to add some cute to your day, read on to peep the most adorable dog breeds—and learn some interesting facts about them.
A French Bulldog puppy looking at the camera.
  • 02Pembroke Corgis , White and the entire internet as we know it aren’t the only ones who love Corgis; according to Welsh legend, the fairies and elves residing in Wales loved them, too. Stories of Pembroke Corgispulling fairy coaches, herding fairy cattle and carrying fairy warriors into battle abound in Wales. Don’t believe the tall tales? Check out a Pembroke Corgi’s shoulders the next time you see one. Some say you can still see the marks of a fairy’s saddle around the shoulders of a Pembroke Corgi’s coat. 
A Pembroke Welsch Corgi running in the grass.
  • 03 Golden Retrievers ,Golden Retrievers were originally bred as working dogs, so it should come as no surprise that they absolutely love to have jobs! Because Goldens are hardworking, extremely intelligent, and quick learners, they’re often used as hunting dogs, rescue dogs, and even therapy dogs in hospitals and care facilities. In addition to their admirable work ethics, Golden Retrievers’ incredibly sweet personalities make them the perfect pick for therapy or comfort dogs. They can bring some much needed comfort (and cuddles) to those who have experienced traumatic events or people living in medical care facilities. 
A Golden Retriever wearing a plaid bandana
  • 04 Bernese Mountain ,What’s better than a big, cuddly doggo? A big, cuddly doggo who delivers fresh cheese and bread. Enter: The Bernese Mountain dog. Back in the 1850s, cheese plants started to pop up all over Switzerland, and producers wanted an affordable, easy way to deliver fresh batches. Bernese Mountain dogs, who are known for their incredible strength and intelligence, would pull carts of fresh cheese and bread to buyers at different shops and farms—oftentimes navigating their route entirely on their own. 
  • 05 Siberian Huskies ,Grab your lab coat and get ready for some fascinating biology about Siberian Huskies. These gorgeous canines can run for hours upon hours without stopping or food and without tapping into their bodies’ carbohydrate or fat stores. So, how can they burn so many calories without replenishing? Huskies regulate their metabolisms for extreme performance. Huskies were bred to run long distances in cold, harsh conditions, so it makes sense that their bodies were built for performance. But it’s still pretty amazing, right?
A Siberian Husky with blue eyes.
  • 06 Beagles ,It’s common knowledge that Beagles are A+ hunting dogs, but did you know that their ears can actually improve the performance of their noses? Beagles’ long ears catch scent particles and keep them close to their noses, so they can process as much information as possible while on the hunt. 
A Beagle looking into the camera.
  • 07 Great Pyrenees,Thanks to their massive size but incredibly gentle, nurturing natures, Great Pyrenees were originally used as guard dogs for flocks of sheep. While the shepherd slept, the Great Pyrenees would stand guard overnight. Because Great Pyrenees took the night shift, they’re naturally nocturnal—even today. Many Great Pyrenees puppy parents might find that their dog is most active at night.
A Great Pyrenees puppy.
  • 08 Pomeranians,Today’s Pomeranians have a somewhat “prissy” reputation, but early Pomeranians were originally herding dogs that pulled massive sleds over rough, snowy terrain—if you can believe it. Back then, Pomeranians weighed about 30 pounds and were packed with muscle—a major contrast to today’s petite pooches. Pomeranians were bred to a smaller, lap dog size some time during the 19th century. 
A teacup Pomeranian.
  • 09 Australian Shepherds,Despite their name, Australian Shepherds do not hail from Australia. In fact, it’s commonly believed that they originated in the Basque region of the Pyrenees Mountains, a massive mountain range bordering Spain and France. Because the Basque region of the Pyrenees Mountains is so small, it’s said that shepherds traveled the globe, with their herding dogs in tow, to find more work. They eventually landed in the United States and Australia, hence the name Australian Shepherds!
An Australian Shepherd looking into the camera.
  • 10 Miniature Dachshunds,There’s much debate on the history of hot dogs (yes, really), but some believe they were originally called dachshund sausages—a loving homage to the German Dachshunds. German butchers often kept Dachshunds in their shops, so the theory makes sense, right?
A miniature Dachshund looking into the camera.
  • 11 Samoyeds,Known for their sweet smiles (otherwise referred to as “Sammy smiles”) and massive, fluffy coats, these gorgeous, marshmallow-y dogs aren’t all just good looks—they’re incredibly hardworking, too.Samoyeds were originally bred by the Samoyede people of Persia to pull sleds across harsh, snowy terrain on long hunting expeditions. But according to some historians, Samoyeds were loved by their owners, too—and treated like members of the Samoyede family. 
The profile of a Samoyed dog.
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24 Celebs Who Literally Came To The Rescue For Their Pups




It’s quite common to see our favorite celebrities walking around town with their beloved four-legged BFFs. But did you know that a lot of these celebrities are avid rescuers? Here’s a solid round-up of celebrities that shunned “buying” pups so they could rescue and adopt!

1. Selena Gomez and Baylor

Although Gomez adopted Baylor with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber, Baylor is now all Gomez’s pup. In fact, Gomez is quite the rescuer–Baylor is her 6th rescue!

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2. Charlize Theron and Tucker

Theron is a huge animal advocate and has been very active in that arena. Theron’s also adopted three other dogs; Tucker is actually her fourth rescue.

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3. Hilary Swank and Karoo and Rumi

Swank is a longtime animal advocate. In fact, she told Petfinder: “I am a really big advocate for speaking up for animals that need to be adopted, and when you think about the statistics, to me, there is no other option but to adopt.” Swank is never without her furbabies and is often seen traveling with her pups to shoot locations.

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4. Jake Gyllenhaal and Boo Radley and Atticus

Both of Gyllenhaal’s dogs are rescues and named after Harper Lee’s iconic characters in To Kill A Mocking Bird. In an interview with Movies Online, Gyllenhaal said that he had a rather distant relationship with animals growing up, but after Brokeback Mountain, he felt like he was ready for a dog.

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5. Zooey Deschanel and Dot and Zelda

As soon as she met Dot, Zooey fell in love with her. When she found out that Dot had a sister, she adopted the sibling as well because she couldn’t bear to separate this sweet sibling pair. Watch Zooey share her awwwdoption story here.

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6. Rachel Bilson and Thurman Murman

Bilson’s famous for adopting multiple dogs throughout the years. (Remember her pup Penny Lane that she adopted with her O.C. co-star/then-boyfriend Adam Brody?) Though Brody and Bilson eventually broke up, (boo!) she continued to share a strong bond with Penny. She also has her current rescue pup Thurman Murman, a grumpy grandog extraordinaire!

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7. Ryan Reynolds and Baxter

Reynolds says he was looking for a pooch for his friend when he quite awwdorably “fell in love” with his now pup. In an interview with ABC News Reynolds said, “I saw this big, dumb-looking Retriever staring up at me…I whispered to him, ‘Hey, let’s get the hell out of here.’ And he jumped up, like he spoke English fluently. He came with me, he jumped in the car, and we’ve been best buddies ever since.”

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8. Jane Lynch and Olivia and Francis

“When I met my dog at an adoption fair, I said ‘Olivia’ and she gave me this look that said, ‘Yeah, whatever lady, just get me out of here!’” Lynch recounted in an interview for Cesar’s Way. Her other dog Francis was an unplanned adoption. While playing with the dogs and cats at a Kinder4Rescue.Org adoption event she came across (what looks like) a Catahoula mix pup. She left without adopting–but then she came right back for him!

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9. Kellan Lutz and Kola and Kevin

This scorching hot guy from Twilight also happens to be a huge animal lover and adoption advocate! (We’re swooning here.) In an exclusive interview with PETA, Lutz recalled the day he met Kola: “I touched her toe and said, ‘Hey, what’s your name?’” He also said, “She spoke to me.” Kevin, his Chihuahua, is also a rescue.

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10. Jon Hamm and Cora

Hamm adopted Cora with his long-time girlfriend Jennifer Westdfeldt. In an interview with Animal Fair, Hamm said, “We went and saw her and fell in love, she’s been in our lives for eight years.”

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11. Emma Stone + Andrew Garfield and Ren

Stone already had a dog when she decided to get Ren with her boyfriend, Andrew Garfield. According to People Pets, they initially fostered the Golden Retriever before falling completely in love and adopting her.

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12. Kristen Bell and Lola and Mr. Shakes

We ALL know how much Bell loves sloths. (Remember that time her husband gifted her a sloth for her birthday and she cried and cried?). Well she absolutely loves dogs as well! Both her dogs are adopted. She even saved her pup Mr. Shakes from being euthanized! You can watch her sweet adoption story here.

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13. Orlando Bloom and Sidi

Bloom rescued Sidi from Morocco when he was filming Kingdom of Heaven in Africa. His Saluki mix pup goes everywhere with Bloom! Watch him talk about his BFF and the meaning behind his pup’s name here.

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14. Simon Cowell and Squiddly and Diddly

Cowell adopted his cute Terriers in late 2013. Turns out he’s quite the animal ruver. I mean, can you even picture Simon freakin’ Cowell talking all things doge and coo-ing over his pups? If you can’t, let me help you a little. You can watch him go all goo goo ga ga on The Ellen Show.

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15. Anne Hathaway and Kenobi

In July of this year, Hathaway added Terrier mix rescue Kenobi to her family. She also has a beautiful Chocolate Lab named Esmerelda.

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16. Bradley Cooper and Samson and Charlotte

Cooper rescued Samson when he saw the German Short-Haired Pointer on a kill-shelter site. He fell in love with 7-year-old Charlotte at an adoption drive. He shared his animal ruv on People Pets: “I lucked out, I got two great rescues…I’m sort of a hybrid of both my dogs. Samson is stoic and makes me earn it and Charlotte loves me undyingly. They’re my kids.” Watch him talk about his pups here.

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17. Miranda Lambert and her SIX Rescues

Lambert rescued three of her dogs from a shelter and found the other three in various places. That’s some true doge love.

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18. Josh Hutcherson and Driver

If he didn’t already melt your heart as Peeta in The Hunger Games, this is going to turn it into one soppy pile of mush. Hutcherson didn’t just rescue any pup, he rescued a Pit Bull puppy that was at the shelter for a 110 days! Talk about a whole lot of heart. Driver was dropped off at a shelter with two toes missing and a broken leg, but was able to get surgery right in time for Hutcherson to take him home. Puppily ever after indeed.

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19. Kaley Cuoco and Shirley, Norman and Ruby.

Cuoco has THREE rescue Pit Bulls as well as her most recent adopted pooch, Ruby. Watch her share stories about her wonderful dogs and their quirks here.

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20. George Clooney and Einstein

Silver fox, actor, humanitarian and all-around movie star, Clooney rescued his dog from a shelter in early 2010. He came across Einstein online. In an interview with Esquire,Clooney recalled, “So I go online and see Einstein. They had a whole film about him. It was actually really sweet. You see him all beat up and shit in the shelter, and they show how they cleaned him up. God, I love this dog. So I called and said, ‘I like Einstein!’”

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21. Amanda Seyfried and Finn

The relationship between Seyfried and her Australian Shepherd rescue is seriously one of the sweetest ones out there (as evidenced by the picture is above). In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres Seyfried said, “He cuddles with me and he listens to me, and he loves me and he looks at me all the time.” He’s also is the quite literally the most famous celebrity pet with his own posse of Twitter followers.

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22. Sandra Bullock and Poppy and Ruby

Bullock actually has three dogs who are all rescues and who all happen to be special needs pooches! Poppy is a tripod, Ruby is a bipod, and Bebe (not pictured) is a Chihuahua with a missing eye. We’re seriously impressed with Miss Congeniality here.

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23. Jennifer Aniston and Dolly and Sophie

Aniston rescued white German Shepherd Dolly in 2006. And she recently rescued a Pit Bull with her fiancé Justin Theroux whom they named Sophie. And in an interview Aniston said, ““We were there (at the shelter) for three hours, and I’m telling you, I…almost [walked] out with three puppies. It’s so hard. That’s why we named her Sophie, because it was Sophie’s Choice. I was crying – it was so hard.” Aniston’s love of dogs is very well known. After all, when Norman (the ruv of her life) passed away in 2011, she got a tattoo of his name in his honor. That’s proof enough that Aniston’s pup love runs deep and strong.

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24. Kelly Clarkson and her Band of Rescue Pups

Besides Clarkson’s pup Joplin (who passed away in 2013) and her other furbabies Bear and Wyatt, Clarkson also cares for around 30 rescue dogs. And that’s not including the horses and pigs and other animals she has essentially adopted. She’s a glowing example of kindness as she used her huge ranch home to help all these animals. In an interview with NME Magazine Clarkson said, “It’s like a rescue ranch now. We have 30 dogs, 14 horses. We still only have three ponies and four minis, but we have goats now, two pigs we rescued called Miss Daisy and Boss Hog, I gave those to my brother.”

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This list was hard to cut short, because there are so many more celebrities doing amazing things for shelter animals. So, while we didn’t include them in the list, we’d like to tip our hats to them for being pawesome!

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