Hi, welcome to Not In The Dog House.
This is a site dedicated to all dog lovers. You will be able to find all bit of dog related information here. Shelly started this website in 2003 to share her life experience and dog related tips. It is our dream to eradicate abuse and abandonment of these affectionate and loyal animals.
You know what they say about dogs: “A dog is a man’s best friend”. Not In The Dog House is all about how to treat your dog like your best friend. From selecting a breed to dog training tips, we have you covered! If you’re looking for a place to start, look at the articles we have on different dog breeds.
If you’re the kind of person that want’s a lap dog, we’ve broken down the best 10 breeds to get. Boston Terriers, Chihuahuas, and French Bulldogs are all on the list. For apartment living and first time dog owners, a small dog is the perfect way to go.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have a detailed list of the largest dog breeds, including the Irish wolfhound and the Great Dane. For more experienced dog owners with a lot of room, large dogs make great companions!
For current dog owners, we’re constantly working to bring you the latest news on dog training. As you know, every breed trains a little differently. Our goal is to be your go to resource for experienced and inexperienced trainers alike.
For the health of your dog, we discuss health problems that certain breeds could experience. It’s important to be aware of symptoms so you can proactively nurse your dog back to health. We even have a section on dog insurance to help you learn more about this money saving product!
For owners who rescued their precious pet, we have resources available to help you find out the age of your dog. There are multiple tests that veterinarians can perform to help you determine the age. It’s also easy to determine age by looking at the condition of a dog’s teeth. As a general rule of thumb, the whiter the teeth, the younger the dog.
Thanks for taking a look at Not In The Dog House – we hope you enjoy your time here!
– Shelly Hawkins
About The Author
They will chase their tails, droll incessantly, sulk when not given attention and shower you with the world’s affection. Yes, we are talking about our four-legged companions – dogs. Shelley Hawkins – a renowned dog enthusiast and carer loves them dearly. She cannot imagine her life without them.
Shelly recalls her childhood companion with fondness and tears up at the mention of his name. She says, “Dido was pampered and fussed over like me and my siblings. He was never treated differently and moreover no one referred to him as a dog.” She can still vividly recall the day Dido saved the family from a terrible tragedy. “It was a little past 3:00 am and Dido started barking frantically and running from our bedroom to my parents. When my parents got out of bed to see what all the commotion was about, Dido led them straight to the kitchen where they could sense something was wrong. My siblings and I were rushed out of the house and later we found out that there was a carbon monoxide leak and we could have all died that night! I shudder to think what would have happened had he not been there.”
She is passionately fond of dogs and her connection with them is plainly visible. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood in Great Barrington, MA. She was known for her compassion towards dogs and would go often save her lunch money so she could feed the street dogs. She would often volunteer at the local doggie-day care or as a dog-walker and found immense satisfaction and solace in these lovable animals. The other kids would often make fun of her and say she had ‘doggie cooties’, but that in no way deterred her love for them.
She was determined to do something for them and has not looked back ever since. Once she completed Veterinary Science she started her own shelter called the “Paws”, where she takes on dogs abandoned by their owners. Shelly has come a long way since she had ‘doggie cooties’. Now she is a mother to beautiful twin girls and juggles between caring for her family and her extended family – the dogs. She often takes time out to educate and run workshops on how to care for these helpless little beings and better understand them. She takes pride in the Shelly Hawkins Foundation and intends on spreading the word globally to on rehabilitation and adoption of dogs.
I hope I can inspire the younger generation to take time out to realize that we are the only ones that can make a change and help these wonderful little animals.
Shelly, as of now cares for over 78 abandoned dogs. She says, “It is extremely heartbreaking the condition in which these dogs come in to my shelter. I often wonder why would people take home a dog and then abandon them. Which is why I started the ‘Live with me’ program, where we give the dogs and owners a chance for a week to bond with a dog and find out if they want to keep it. If they don’t we take it back to the shelter. That way no one gets hurt.”
Her dream is to eradicate abuse and abandonment of these affectionate and loyal animals. “I hope I can inspire the younger generation to take time out to realize that we are the only ones that can make a change and help these wonderful little animals.” As she sits in her garden surrounded by her daughters and her two pooches we become conscious of her love for them and her innate connection with them.