Mortgages going to the dogs: Millennials buying homes for their pooches

Millennials are now leading the “pack” of home buyers and mortgages; and guess what is motivating many of them to make that decision? According to a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll for Sun Trust Mortgage, 33 percent of millennial home buyers (ages 18 -36) were driven towards that nesting call because of their dogs.

“Millennials have strong bonds with their dogs, so it makes sense that their furry family members are driving home-buying decisions,” said Dorinda Smith, SunTrust Mortgage President and CEO. “For those with dogs, renting can be more expensive and a hassle; home ownership takes some of the stress off by providing a better living situation.”

Dogs ranked higher than marriages and birth of a child as prime motivating factors for purchasing a home. For those millennials who have not adopted a dog but are planning to find a canine companion in the future, 42% have stated that is a key factor for home ownership.

For animal lovers, the news is certainly not surprising, and presents a good barometer for real estate professionals honing in on a market of sophisticated and discerning young home buyers. With so many rental restrictions affecting the breed of dogs, the size of dogs, additional fees and just the dissatisfaction of no space to run around, pet people need a different and friendlier solution. So why not purchase a home with a yard? Better yet if there are dog parks and pet friendly neighbors, people make more friends. Dog parents have less restrictions in their own homes. So many times, while showing a home, future buyers with dogs hold the backyard space as a priority – even over closet space and modernizing the kitchen.

We now can expect to see more dog friendly amenities in newer neighborhood construction, including more dog parks, walking trails, doggy disposal bag stations and perhaps a cool running water fountain – one for the humans and one below for convenient doggy reach. And as a parent of a millennial, who has grown up in a world of rescuing dogs, cats and horses and more aware of environment and a compassionate world for all animals, is it any wonder this next generation shows more respect for their pets than just the obligatory junkyard dog chained to a doghouse 24/7? Few dogs in the past generations were treated as respectfully as Lassie.

And then there’s always another consideration for the doggy boom with millennials. No matter how many creature comforts this generation lavishes on their dogs, the expenses are nowhere near the expenses of having a child. Perhaps the loyalty and love from Gotham the dog provides that too – or at least for awhile?

We do need to warn prospective homeowners however that those purchasing a townhouse, a condo or an apartment, Home Ownership Associations can present as many restrictions as renting. Make sure to carefully check out requirements from the HOA and even disclose pertinent information on home insurance policies as to the breed of the dog. All in all, there’s nothing like having a dog.

Please note the survey was conducted online from June 28-30, 2017, among 412 U.S. adults ages 18-36, among whom 248 purchased their first home and 135 have never purchased a home. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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Woman desperately searching to find her lost pet bobcat

In Arnold, Missouri, a Jefferson County family is desperately searching the area to find their pet bobcat named Artemis. The 35-pound treasured feline escaped a few weeks ago, and the woman posted an ad on Craigslist hoping someone has spotted her.

“I miss my girl terribly,” the owner told media News4, “If anyone spots her please call of text me. If she is seen, it will be easy to tell she is not a local, wild bobcat.”

Artemis has been a family pet for more than six years and was purchased from a breeder in Montana. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, it is legal to keep a bobcat as a pet with certain provisions. An owner must have a permission to have one; either with a breeding or a hobby permit. There are different requirements, but both require the animal to be kept in a confined area. According to Missouri code, a bobcat is not allowed to freely roam in a home.

The code also specifies the area where the wild animal is kept must be inspected once a year by the Department of Conservation. At this time, investigators are trying to determine if the owners have a permit.

“She is not a danger to people or pets, but she is very skittish,” the owner stated. “She has been raised around dogs and cats, but if she is cornered by an aggressive dog or person, she may try to bite.”

Artemis has been declawed, and investigators ask anyone who spots the animal just call the conservation agents at 314.954.5697 or the police department at 636.296.3204. Saving St. Louis Pets on Facebook is also trying to help out, and warns people there are many bobcats in the area and not to approach any of them – please call for assistance.

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UPDATE: Famous 2-legged dog missing in Idaho after family hit bison


Statement from family:

“Again, DUNCAN IS SAFE & back home. Our family is complete. Our family is also extremely, unfathomably fortunate. We will need time to process the last 24 hours, physically heal our wounds & likely a lot more time to psychologically heal from what we just went through. I’m not even sure how to tackle these thoughts, fears, feelings zooming through me as a mom who was certain mid-3rd roll that we were all going to parish. We are spending quality time together, supporting one another. This entire ordeal has been traumatic on many levels. When we are ready, we will share more details surrounding the accident. For now, I can tell you that we have a lot of emotions…”

A desperate search is underway in Island Park for a 2-legged dog named Duncan, after a fun vacation turned into a nightmare when the Washington family hit a bison with their truck and their beloved dog was ejected from the vehicle.

According to East Idaho News and Panda Paws Rescue, Gary Walters, his fiancee, Amanda Giese and her two children had been visiting Yellowstone National Park and had been on their way to Island Park when a bison popped out on U.S. Highway 20 at marker 403 near Idaho Highway 87. Walters’ vehicle rolled over several times and  two  of their three dogs were ejected from the truck; two were found underneath the truck, but Duncan remains missing.

“Tonight our family was involved in a rollover car accident & two of our three dogs were ejected from the vehicle through a window. We have found two of the three but we’re still missing Duncan (aka Dubbies). The accident occurred at mile marker 403 on highway 87 & US 20 between Island Park, ID & West Yellowstone. Duncan is very easy to identify as he ONLY HAS HIS TWO FRONT LEGS! He DOES walk/run on two legs & we’re hoping that when he was thrown from the vehicle that he got scared & ran somewhere to hide. He’s VERY friendly. We are still currently searching for him & will continue.”

The bison survived the injury but was severely injured. A passerby who arrived at the scene shortly after the accident occurred shot the mortally wounded animal.

For anyone not familiar with the famous two-legged dog’s story, Duncan was born with his rear legs fused in an erratic pattern. His legs were amputated because they were causing Duncan’s spine to twist and were of no use to him. Duncan is one of the most famous dogs helped by Panda Paws Rescue.

“We’ve had Duncan for four years and he’s just a really special dog,” Walters stated. “He’s part of our family and we need him back.”

The family and volunteers have spent all night searching for the dog, and it is suspected he could not have wandered too far. They are afraid he might be injured and in pain. The family is asking for volunteers to help.

“Our hearts are shattered right now & I don’t have the words to describe how terrified we are at the thought of losing him. IF FOUND PLEASE CALL 360-609-7416 or 541-690-6968 IMMEDIATELY!

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Investigators in tears as victims of dog cruelty case rescued in horror house

Investigators were reduced to tears in a dog cruelty case on Tuesday and had to return to their vehicles to regain their composure, as they removed dogs from one of the worst cases of animal abuse and neglect they had ever witnessed. In an ongoing investigation in middle Georgia, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were asked to take two of the dogs – victims of a prolonged period of starvation. On Tuesday morning, two emaciated dogs who had been lying chained in the hot sun, with no food or water were to be released:

“They were finally able to be released despite an ongoing investigation, and we were taking Peaches and another in similar condition – Sasha,” Jackie told Pet Rescue Report.  “Sadly, we received word this morning that Sasha passed away over night. There are really no adequate words at times like this. We are sad, sickened, too angry for words and heartbroken. This did not need to happen. This is sadistic torture. These dogs were denied food and trapped outside on chains. They were prisoners; dying a slow and agonizing death day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute.”


As volunteers and animal advocates mourned the loss of Sasha, Peaches  arrived at the emergency  veterinarian hospital and continues to fight for her life.  At this time she is too weak to stand or walk, and if she survives, she has a long road back. Blood work has been completed, and she is currently on intravenous fluids receiving a plasma transfusion. Sadly, the dog is loaded with parasites, making her fight to survive even more challenging.


Update: On Wednesday morning, Peaches is responding. Let’s hope she continues her long road to recovery.

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Tattoo artist under fire after inking pattern onto leg of tiny kitten

A tattoo artist is currently under fire from animal advocates throughout the world after inking a pattern onto the leg of a tiny kitten and posting the video to social media. The man has since apologized, and the four-month-old kitten has been sent to an animal rescue organization.

According to People’s Daily Online, the man who goes by the nickname of “Qiangzi,” has owned and operated a tattoo shop in Jining, China’s Shandong Province for the last seven years.  The video had photos of the tattoo including the Chinese character “endurance” tattooed to its right foreleg. Qiangzi stated he gave the kitten anesthesia after he shaved off the fur on her leg, and that he had used a semi-permanent ink on an eyebrow brush that was plant based and would not harm the kitten.

In the report from the Daily Mail, Qiangzi stated the tattoss will fade out as the kitten’s skin changes over time. He also alleged to using precise doses of anesthesia as per a veterinarian’s standard and was very careful as an overdose could have killed the animal.

After posting the video on Weibo (equivalent to Facebook in the US), the comments criticized the artist repeatedly asking if the kitten gave him permission to pen her with a tattoo? Qiangzi has since deleted his account and apologized, however screenshots of the tattoos on the kitten have continued to circulate throughout social media – few trying to protect the artist’s feelings and decisions.

The kitten is now in the care of the Zhangying Stray Animal Rescue and is receiving care until she is adopted. Her wounds are fading as her fur grows back. She is a lucky little kitten with everyone  knowing her life will be better from now on.

(Photos of tattoo artist inking kitten via Zhangying Stray Animal Rescue via Daily Mail)


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Former Gambino mafia family enforcer now becomes the ‘Dogfather’ to save animals

A former enforcer of one of the most infamous Mafia families in the country has turned in his penchant for crime in exchange for caring for Brooklyn’s abused and neglected animals. Meet James Giuliani,  the “Dogfather,”who previously worked for the Gambino crime family (Gotti faction); they parted ways a long time ago.

According to the Daily News, “Dogfella,” as Giuliani is also affectionately called, has returned to the Bensonhurst district he used to call home, and instead of hijacking vehicles, robbing homes, businesses and kidnapping, dedicates his life to searching and saving animals in need of rescue. He’s not all legal however – by taking in wildlife at his operation, he’s violating city regulations.

“The Health Department regulates shelters to ensure animal safety,” a spokesperson for the department stated. “We will look into this.”

The current population at Keno’s Animal Sanctuary is 52 animals which includes dogs, cats, lizards, tortoises, birds, squirrels and whatever other animals are needing help. As a former drug user and teenage heavy drinker, Giuliani believes rescuing animals are his real calling in life, and with his partner Lena and a host of volunteers, care for wildlife that are kept in the basement while the dogs wander free upstairs; it’s a no-cage facility. And though he never denies he has done a few stints in prison for past crimes, it wasn’t until he realized helping the animals, which grew up like him without a chance, is the reason why he does this now:

“But now I have an addictive personality toward my passion. You gotta find something in your life. You gotta love it. If I don’t love do this, nobody will,” stated Giuliani as posted in the Daily Mail. “I rescue, no joke, 60 to 100 raccoons a year, About 30 to 60 possums.”

And for the workaholic who hasn’t taken a day off in 1,160 days and sleeps just three hours a night, his shelter boasts a 94% re homing and return to nature rate for the animals he takes into his facility. In addition, Giuliani also owns a grooming salon and pet store that help to pay the bills.

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(Photos of Dogfather and related animal photos via Facebook)

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Severely injured dog left to suffer on concrete floor in rural North Carolina shelter

In a rural shelter in Columbus County, North Carolina, a severely injured dog  suffered all weekend. Brought to the shelter’s veterinarian when first found as a stray, the young dog was administered emergency care and given medication. When brought back to the shelter, he was left lying on a cement floor – no rescue organizations came to his aid; poor Linus barely moved – his gums were pale white as maggots moved in and around his face and infected ears. Tragically, like so many other county shelters, there is little funding available for veterinarian care. All they can do is help with emergency care, alert local rescuers and beg for help. Although advocates had no idea how Linus survived the weekend, no one was going to give up on the stray who only wanted to be loved.

On Monday morning, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were notified about the dog’s precarious situation. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization immediately jumped into action. Linus was soon to be on his way to the organization’s partner veterinarian for life-saving care. This latest 911 victim of abuse and neglect would be given a second chance:

“Linus is suffering from severe ear infections which have been attacked by maggots,” began Stacey on the group’s Facebook page as she posted the heartbreaking photos and videos of a dog fighting for his life. “He has no front teeth and when found and brought to the shelter, a tooth had been dangling in his mouth and fell out – leaving a huge gaping hole on the inside of his mouth.”

Linus spent the night at the emergency veterinarian.  At this time, his prognosis is unknown, but at the very least the sweet dog has been made comfortable and is receiving the best of care. No matter what happens, Linus will never suffer from neglect or abuse again.

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Photos and video courtesy of severely injured Linus via Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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Video – No dog should feel this kind of pain:




Six-pound Astro found as stray after having been dumped in a cemetery

Little six-pound Astro didn’t have much to celebrate on the 4th of July weekend. A Good Samaritan found him wandering aimlessly in a New York City cemetery; the little dog suffered an injury to his eye. When Astro was brought to the New York City Animal Care Center, staff members called Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for assistance. Little Astro had already won the hearts of shelter workers and volunteers; as frightened as he was, he allowed the counselors to pick him up, examine him and rush him back to the medical section of the shelter.

As Rescue Dogs Rock NYC made immediate arrangements for Astro to be transferred to their partner veterinarian, the tiny dog with the huge personality would have to come face to face with a fight for his life:

“DVM Intake Exam (Estimated age: 5-7)
Subjective: severe periphral lymphadenopathy, SMLN, prescap, popliteal, inguinal and random LN along thorax. OS>OD infiltrative process. OS eye is opaque, OD aqueous flare/ hyphema present”

Sadly, Astro has been diagnosed with lymphoma, but veterinarians want to give him a chance, and he will be starting chemotherapy next week. What is most needed now is a volunteer in the Brooklyn area to foster Astro and bring him weekly to the veterinarian hospital. All expenses for his treatment will be paid by the rescue. If interested, please contact Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. 

To help with Astro’s medical expenses, PayPal: or website: or mail:
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Puppy abandoned at airport with heartbreaking note highlighting domestic violence

A three-month-old puppy was abandoned in a Las Vegas airport bathroom this weekend along with a heartbreaking note from her owner. The miniature Chihuahua was left beside a heartbreaking note telling a frightening story of domestic violence and the puppy owner’s plight to escape from her abusive partner.

According to News3LV, the handwritten note read:

“Hi! I’m Chewy! My owner was in an abusive relationship and couldn’t afford me to get on the flight. She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart but she has NO other option. My 3e-boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting and he has a big knot on his head. he probably needs a vet. I love Chewy sooo much – please love and take care of him.”

A Good Samaritan found Chewy, and the pup has since been turned over to Connor & Millie’s Dog Rescue where he is reported to be doing better.

“This one really got to me,” stated Darlene Blair of the rescue organization. “You could tell by the way the note was written that the woman was in dire stress and she didn’t want to give him up and she couldn’t take him with her.”

On Sunday morning the rescue group thanked everyone for their attention, but are asking interested families to check out the other dogs with stories just as sad as Chewy’s:

“There has been tremendous interest in little Chewy !!!  We are compiling all the interest forms and will be going through them all. CMDR would like to say Thank you for all the offers of a loving home.

However, there is but 1 Chewy and he can go but to 1 home.

Please consider the hundreds if not thousands of “Chewys” loaded with love that are desperately seeking homes in shelters which are at max capacity, rescues are full! Please consider adopting another wonderful companion in his honor !

They too were a Chewy : they’ve lost their home through no fault of their own. Life is tenuous in a shelter, lonely and the days seem endless in a cage. It’s the 4 th of July. The day the single worst day for shelter animals for lost or surrendered.

Not everyone can have Chewy himself but they sure can save another just like him and gift that furbaby a life !”

Be a hero and adopt your new best friend. Do it for Chewy!

No further information has been released concerning the dog’s owner. We hope she is able  to pull her life together. Still it is illegal to abandon a pet. What she should have done is the hand the puppy over to airport personnel. Luckily Chewy was rescued safely; what could have happened to this puppy is frightening.

(Photo of puppy and owner victim of domestic violence screenshot via News3LV)

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Florida rescue shelter trying to find homes for 25 kittens

We’ve all heard the term “it’s kitten season;” however, do we ever stop to think about how many unwanted kittens are being born into this world and where they end up?

According to a post in the Animals Abused and Abandoned newsletter :

“Each day 10,000 humans are born in the US and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. That represents one human to 15 dogs/45 cats. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all these animals.

One cat has five kittens three times a year – these kittens reach maturity, have kittens of their own. From one pairing, 420,000 cats can be born in seven years.”

Unfortunately, so many people do not realize it is cheaper to spay or neuter a cat or dog than it is to raise a puppy or a kitten. That is why the number of animals entering shelters each year is 8-12 million per a Humane Society of the United States estimate. According to the ASPCA, 5-9 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters across the US simply because there is no one to adopt them.  Tragically, many of these animals are young and healthy.

Dawn Marie, founder of the rescue group Breezy’s Legacy located in Seminole County Florida is best known for rescuing and rehabilitating injured, orphaned or displaced wildlife and unwanted exotic pets.

Dawn Marie tries very hard to keep as many dogs and cats out of the county high kill shelters as possible.  She does not turn any animal away and no animal is too sick or too small to be taken in.

Because of her dedication to rescuing animals and her inability to turn any homeless animals away; Dawn Marie currently has twenty-five kittens in her care, all from various stray mama cats. These twenty-five kittens are all ready to be adopted.

Dawn Marie is looking for adopters for the kittens so she can be freed up to rescue other cats or kittens needing a safe haven to go to other than the county shelter.

To see all the kittens available for adoption please visit the Breezy’s Legacy website at or their Facebook page.

If you are unable to give a kitten a home but want to help Breezy’s Legacy you can donate via their website or by sending money through Paypal to

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
– Ernest Hemingway