How to save a life

Our shelter has been empty since the end of March, but we are still saving dogs. Since April 1, eighty dogs have found their forever homes through CHN. Every year, CHN rescues more and more pups from dismal situations. Sometimes they just need TLC, and other times...

Six benefits of staying at home with your dog

I write this blog post from my home, where my family and I have been self-isolating for eighteen days. You are most likely also at home, perhaps wearing your day pajamas until 8:00 pm, when it’s time to change into your nighttime pajamas. The current pandemic has...

The better to smell you with, my dear

When I walk in the house after being at the rescue, my dogs are all over me. They sniff my pants from ankle to hip, noses vibrating with excitement. And why not? So many other pups to smell!  But sometimes when I come home after being nowhere near another dog,...
What IS Socialization? Part 1

What IS Socialization? Part 1

Part 1 As an adopter of several reactive shelter dogs (dogs that “react” to other dogs, wildlife, or people by barking, lunging, or growling), I am passionate about getting the word out about properly socializing puppies. Unfortunately, while “socialization” is a word...

Gifts that give back

Don’t let holiday shopping stress you out…we’re here to help! As you go through your gift list this season, consider purchasing from small businesses that give back to rescue organizations. Here are a few suggestions, but simply google “gifts...

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole croon through my car radio, my inbox is chock full of pre-Black Friday offers, and I can almost smell the pumpkin pie. Sure, my lawn is still covered in leaves and the leftover Halloween candy is calling my name, but time stands still...

Senior dogs need rescuing too

I’ve written before about how black dogs are often the ones left unadopted in shelters. But it’s not just the color of a coat that can have a negative impact on adoptions; senior dogs (age seven and older) are frequently left languishing while waiting for a family to...

Keeping dogs safe on Halloween

As a child of the seventies and eighties, I loved Halloween. I put on my plastic mask that obstructed my vision, grabbed my orange plastic Jack ‘o Lantern candy holder, and hit the streets without a parent or a cell phone. I came home and sorted my candy,...

Dogs like pumpkin too!

It starts showing up on grocery store shelves and coffee shops in early September. You are either giddy with excitement, disinterested, or completely grossed out.  Tis the season for all things pumpkin. Latte, coffee, tea, muffins, cupcakes,...

Pit bulls: The myths and the truth

Most people know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but at CHN, we also celebrate Pit Bull Awareness Month. A rescue group Bless the Bullys established Pit Bull Awareness Day in 2007, “as an opportunity to educate, change minds, and bring...