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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Many dogs are looking for that special person - consider adopting one

By Emily Metts

People in Cache Valley love dogs. Every time that you go up to the mountains, or even just take a walk outside you will see one of these furry creatures.

I never paid a lot of attention to where they come from until a recent encounter really got me thinking. I was driving and almost swerved off the road when I saw a tiny chihuahua standing in the middle of the road. He looked skinny, dirty, and I didn't see a collar so I assumed he was a stray. I pulled over, picked him up, and brought him home where I quickly called animal control. An officer soon pulled up and informed me that the dog would be taken to Cache County Humane Society.

After the dog left I really started to think about pet adoption. In the short time that this dog was at my house I became attached to him. All he needed was a good home. I wondered how many other dogs were in his same situation but were simply forgotten about. Most people buy their dogs from a pet store or a private owner, but most people overlook the dogs that are in their local shelter.

I began to wonder why not very many people considered adoption so I asked around to some of the local dog owners. Ashley, a student at Utah State University, said, "when I bought my dog I wanted to buy a puppy, not an older dog."

I could understand her point of view so I brought her concern to Michelle Cordova from Cache County Humane Society.

Cordova said, "Most of the dogs we have in our shelter are 2 years old or younger and are already trained. Most people don't realize the frustration that puppy training can bring to your life, but when you adopt one of our dogs you know exactly what you are getting, they are housed trained and respond to most commands." They can also tell you the activity level of the dog that you are adopting. Puppies are usually really hyper and may be hard to handle.

Another concern came from another local dog owner named Casey who said, "I wanted to make sure that I knew the breed of the dog that I was buying."

"When you adopt one of our dogs we can tell you their breed," Cordova said. "You also know how big they are going to be, something that is hard to tell when you buy a puppy from a pet store or private owner."

If you're thinking about getting a dog, consider adoption. Once you take a look at the dogs at Four Paws Rescue or Petfinder you will be convinced that adopting a dog is the right choice for you.

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