Meghan Lodge

About Meghan Lodge: Fits the Aquarius definition to a fault, loves animals, and is always pushing for change. Loves ink, whether it's in tattoos, books, or writing on that pretty sheet of blank paper. Proud parent of Toby, Odin, Deuce (cats) and Axle (dog). I'm a former quiet nerd who's turned bubbly animal-obsessed advocate.

At The Tucker Farm, Kids and Dogs Pose Beautifully Together

Ever wonder how some people get such great photos of their dogs, particularly multiple pups posing together? And how about when there are kids and pets? Well, behind all of those cute pictures is a lot of work. We recently talked to Elizabeth LaBauve of Internet sensation The Tucker Farm to hear how she got started and to get some helpful tips.

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Behaviorist Lisa Matthews Helps Dogs Manage Their Anxiety

Dog trainer Lisa Matthews recently added new credentials to her professional name. The owner and operator of Pawsitive Practice near Atlanta became an internationally certified dog behavior consultant (ICDBC) with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). As one of only three such consultants in the area, she joins an elite group dedicated to strengthening the human/canine

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Shorty Rossi Gives an Inspiring Speech at BarkWorld Expo

I recently attended BarkWorld Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, along with several of my Dogster colleagues. One of the keynote speakers was Luigi “Shorty” Rossi of Animal Planet’s Pit Boss fame. He brought along his service dog, Hercules, and gave an impassioned speech about Pit Bulls, rescues, and respect. Shorty’s love for animals, particularly bully breeds, can be traced all

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My Nana Wanted to Adopt “Anything But a Chihuahua,” But a Sweet Chi Mix Changed Her Mind

I recently helped my grandmother say goodbye to her furry companion of nearly 16 years. Harley, a Toy Fox Terrier, was the first dog that was ever truly hers. Harley was 1 year old when she came to live with my nana, and the two were inseparable. Around her 16th birthday, Harley was diagnosed with cancer.

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We Chat With Emmylou Harris About Her “Shelter Me” Episode on PBS

Shelter Me has been melting hearts since its premiere on PBS in 2012. Partners for Life, the latest installment in the documentary series about shelter pets, focuses on 12-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris and the work she does through her dog rescue, Bonaparte’s Retreat. She is currently on tour, but we caught up with Harris to get the inside scoop

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Meet the Blueboys: Two Adorable “Pit Bulls” in Pajamas

Unless you’re on a hiatus from social media, you’ve probably seen the pictures of two Pit Bull-type dogs in pajamas. Their Instagram account, @the_blueboys, boasts more than 100,000 followers and describes them as “Darren & Phillip, two very silly English Staffies from Brisbane, Australia. Best friends. Best cuddlers. Pyjama wearing blanket hoggers. Lovers of life.” As I perused

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Actor Jon Bernthal Joins Fellow Pit Bull Advocates in a New PSA for Animal Farm Foundation

Former “Walking Dead” actor Jon Bernthal may be busy prepping for his new role as The Punisher on “Daredevil,” Marvel’s comic book turned TV show for Netflix, but he always makes time to be a superhero to Pit Bulls. His most recent effort for the breed? Starring in a just-released PSA for Animal Farm Foundation.

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How To Explain the Importance of Spaying & Neutering Dogs to People Who Just Don’t Get It?

A contractor visiting our office recently walked by my desk and stopped to admire the (many) pictures of my dog, Axle. “Ooo, you’ve got a Pit Bull?!” she exclaimed. “When’s he going to have puppies? I need a new one. My dog, she’s fixed and lazy. I need one that’s going to make me some

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The Positive Pit Bull Works to Change Perceptions About the Breed

After adopting her own Pit Bulls in 2008, certified dog trainer Paige Burris experienced firsthand the daily discrimination they face on. In 2009, she founded The Positive Pit Bull, Inc., a group dedicated to educating the public about the dogs and debunking myths surrounding the breed. Using social media, The Positive Pit Bull strives to

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Why Are Responsible Pit Bull Breeders So Hard to Find?

I’m a major supporter of shelters, rescues, and spay/neuter. However, I recognize the importance in supporting responsible breeders, as well. Sound like an oxymoron? Not quite. Responsible breeders follow a strict code of ethics and take lifetime responsibility for the animals they produce. Responsible breeders produce healthy, well-tempered dogs and educate potential owners about the

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