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3 Things You Might Not Know About Service Dogs



OK, so dogs might just be the fluffiest and friendliest animals on the planet, but they also serve both an incredible and extremely important purpose to people with disabilities around the world.

More than just a pretty face, it’s important for people to resist the urge to play with these intelligent creatures; they offer much more than a cutesy cuddle and a walk in the park. Service dogs offer people with disabilities a world of independence. From helping with mobility, offering companionship, and guiding blind and partially sighted people, service dogs essential in society.

There’s probably a lot you don’t know about them either, which is why we’ve compiled a list of 3 things you should learn about these wise and wonderful creatures:

1)   They Undergo A Program to Decipher Who They Will Match With Best 

When applying for a service dog, it’s extremely important that once they are fully trained up, they are placed with the right person.

For example, when it comes to matching a blind or visually impaired person with the correct guide dog, a great deal of thought and meticulous planning goes into every step of the process.

Each person undergoes an interview and screening process whereby they detail their exact needs and are then paired with a canine who suits their own personal requirements.

There are different types of service dogs too, ranging from seizure assistant dogs to hearing dogs. Making sure that each animal can attend to a specific person’s mobility, lifestyle, personality, and physical needs is imperative for a successful match. 

2)   There Are Different Breeds of Service Dogs

Service dog breeds are chosen primarily for their temperament and ability to be trained meticulously. 

Breeds such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds are often the main breeds that service animal facilities opt for, with them offering willing and gentle temperaments, a history of good health, and a great size range. 

Sometimes crosses of these breeds are used too, with canines such as Labradoodles, and Golden Retriever/Labrador types proving quite popular. The most popular breed for any service dog, however, is the Labrador Retriever. 

Just because these breeds are calm and cuddly, however, does not mean that you should interfere and interrupt their work. 

3)   They Positively Impact the Health And Wellbeing Of Their Owner

Not only do these animals provide a service for the people who need them the most, but they improve both the physical and mental health of their owners.

Service dogs have the ability to provide their owners with confidence, security, and good old companionship, which has been shown to reduce: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Isolation
  • Loneliness

The reduced stress that comes with owning a service dog has also been shown to improve cardiovascular health. Not only do they provide relief and reduce stress, but the independence these animals give their owners also makes it easier for them to get around, resulting in much more exercise, especially from a guide dog perspective. 

When it comes down to it, service dogs make the best of friends for the people who need them. As both a loyal companion and a working animal, service dogs make the lives of thousands of people across the world that much easier. From positively impacting the mental and physical health of their owners, to providing people with more independence and a sense of freedom, these dogs and the people who train them are a credit to themselves.

Hopefully you’re more educated on the life and work of a service dog and why these dogs are beneficial to the community in more ways than one!


Countdown to Christmas: Feed a Kitty



Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions. is excited to announce that your purchases now help provide food to shelters across the United States! With each purchase of a product on our website, you’ll be providing a certain number of daily meals to shelter cats through our partnership with Rescue Bank®.

Rescue Bank® supports freight-paid deliveries to smaller, less visible non-profits that have limited access to resources. They operate on the national food bank model, accepting food donations from many manufacturers, distributors or retailers. Rescue Bank® then schedules and pays for the freight to deliver the donation to a regional distribution center where it is picked up by pre-qualified non-profit groups.

For each product you purchase in the store, your purchase will fund the delivery of food for shelter cats! The following table shows how each product makes an impact.

Here are some of the great gifts.

Higgins $9.99  

Rescue Report ID: 21449631
Age: 6 Years, 3 Months
Likes: Literature   Dislikes: Dogs—Utterly Barbaric
  Naughty     Nice

Hi, My name is Higgins! I used to have a home. I thought it was a forever home, but sadly, my mum passed away. Shortly thereafter, some nice chaps came and took me to a new home. Hardly a home, I should say. Cats and dogs. All in cages…all so lonely. It was dreadful. But I have never given up hope that one day I would again find a cozy place to call my furever home.

New for the 2021 holiday season, the A ‘Christmas Miracle’ Cat Artisan Tree Topper $24.99 will warm your heart and brighten your home with the glow of her golden angel wings! Plus, this kitty angel helps shelter cats know the joy of a holiday feast and the comfort of a full belly.  

New for the 2021 holiday season, the  A ‘Christmas Miracle’ Golden Angel Dog Artisan Tree Topper $29.99 will warm your heart and brighten your home with the glow of her golden angel wings! Plus, this sweet angel helps shelter cats & dogs know the joy of a holiday feast and the comfort of a full belly.  

Check out there other gifts. This is one cool animal lover site.

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17 Fun Things You and Your Dog Can Do Together




If you’re like most dog owners, your furry friend is more than just a pet, they’re a member of the family. And just like any other family member, you want to find ways to spend quality time together. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 17 fun things you and your dog can do together.

  1. Go for a walk or run. This one is pretty obvious, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s such a great way to bond with your pup while getting some exercise at the same time. Plus, it’s an activity that can be done no matter what the weather is like outside.

  1. Play fetch. A classic game of fetch is the perfect way to keep your dog entertained and it doesn’t require much effort on your part either.

  1. Have a picnic in the park. Swap out your usual lunch spot for a picnic blanket in the park instead. Most parks have designated areas where dogs are allowed off-leash, so your pup can explore while you enjoy your meal in peace. Just be sure to clean up after yourself when you’re done.

  1. Go swimming. Dogs love water just as much as humans do, so hit the pool or beach with your pup on a hot day for some fun in the sun. Just be sure to keep an eye on them at all times and never leave them unsupervised around water.

  1. Take a trip to the dog park. The dog park is the perfect place to socialize shy pups or tire out hyperactive ones. And bonus, you might even make some new friends yourself.

  1. Bath your dog. This one might not sound like fun, but your dog will love getting clean (and you’ll love the ensuing cuddles). Just be sure to use dog-specific shampoo and avoid getting any water in their ears.

  1. Go hiking. If you and your dog are the outdoor types, consider going for a hike together. There are plenty of trails across the country that are dog-friendly, so you can explore to your heart’s content. Just be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for both of you.

  1. Have a movie night. Curl up on the couch with your furry friend and enjoy a movie night. Pop some popcorn, grab some blankets, and snuggle up for a cozy evening.

  1. Make homemade dog treats. Dogs love treats, so why not make your own? There are tons of easy recipes online that use healthy ingredients so you can feel good about giving them to your pup. Plus, they’ll love the extra attention.

  1. Go on a road trip. Road trips are even more fun when you have a furry friend along for the ride. Plan out some dog-friendly stops along the way and enjoy quality time together in the car. For long adventures remember to utilize a dog carrier for added comfort during transport.

  1. Visit a dog-friendly brewery or winery. More and more breweries and wineries are becoming pet-friendly, so take advantage of it and bring your pup along for a taste test. Just be sure to keep them well-behaved and on a leash at all times.

  1. Attend a dog show or other pet-friendly event. There are all sorts of events that welcome dogs, from agility competitions to obedience trials. And even if you’re not interested in participating, it’s still fun to watch.

  1. Go camping. Camping is a great way to bond with your dog and connect with nature. Just be sure to do your research beforehand to find a dog-friendly campground and pack everything you need for a comfortable trip.

  1. Have a photo shoot. Dress up your pup in their favorite outfit and have a mini photo shoot right in your backyard. You can even turn it into a fun game of fetch by using their favorite toy as bait. They’ll love the attention and you’ll end up with some adorable pictures.

  1. Enroll in a dog training class. Learning new tricks is a great way to bond with your dog and keep its mind active. It’s also a good way to socialize shy pups or those who need to work on their obedience.

  1. Go geocaching. Geocaching is like a real-life treasure hunt, and it’s a great way to explore your city with your dog by your side. There are even dog-specific geocaches that are designed to be easy for them to find.

  1. Visit a petting zoo. Petting zoos are a fun and unique way to spend time with your dog. They’ll get to meet all sorts of different animals as well as smells to experience. Just be sure to wash your hands afterward (and maybe your dog too).

From exploring new trails to attending dog-friendly events, there’s something for every pup (and their owner) on this list. No matter what you choose to do, spending time with your dog is guaranteed to be fun. So get out there and enjoy quality time together. Your pup will love you for it.

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Rappaport To The Rescue! The Big Apple Circus has just gone to the dogs – The Rescue dogs that is!!



Photo’s by Jennifer Harrison
Award-winning animal advocate, Jill Rappaport, created and hosted the first animal adoption extravaganza.  .

Jill Rappaport was the amazing Ring Master of ceremonies for these loving rescue dogs as these pooches paraded in hopes of getting a forever loving home under the Big Top.

Errol Rappaport and Nicole Tumilowicz  Photo by RebeccaJMichelson for @BigAppleCircus

The Long Island Bulldog Rescue were the first group to show.  – was led by Executive Director, Laurette Richi They have been helping , healing and him English Bulldogs since 1999.

Bideawee – One of the oldest no-kill animal shelters in the country, showed second. Ellen DeLisle, Senior Manage of Adoptions of Bidewee.
The Southampton animal shelter foundation is a nonprofit, no kill, open admission shelter located in Hampton Bays. Nicole Tumilowicz director of development and marketing led the way with some beautiful adoptees. 
Little shelter animal rescue and adoption center was represented by David Cell, Executive Director. Little Shelter is the First Humane Society in Suffolk County, Long Island and has reached its 95th Anniversary this Year.
Nassau county SPCA rescues and protects animals from abuse and neglect. Contact Maria MORA, Executive Director, to inquire about adopting. https://Nassau county
SPCA Westchester to apply for adoption contact Lisa Bonanno 
SECOND CHANCE RESCUE is a foster-based nonprofit animal rescue dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating critical injured and neglected animals and working to reduce shelter overpopulation. Kate McEntee, Director of Partnerships was there to lead the way.
YORKIE911 Rescue’s mission is to rescue and ultimately find the best adoptive homes for the small breed of dogs in their care. Represented by Heidi Walker, Executive Director..

Jennifer Harrison, Marty LaSalle, Nicole Tumilowicz, Errol Rappaport Photo by RebeccaJMichelson for @BigAppleCircus

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