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Stamford’s Pet Leadership Council launches Be Dog Smart initiative

The Pet Leadership Council, a Stamford-based nonprofit, has rolled out the Be Dog Smart educational initiative to help people make intelligent decisions when acquiring a dog.

The central focus of the Be Dog Smart initiative is a user-guided website that provides a

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checklist of considerations for those bringing a canine companion into a new forever home. Among the considerations are whether to buy a puppy or adult dog, making sure children will be responsible for the dog’s wellness, determining the best resource for the dog acquisition and training the new family member.

In a press release, the council said it developed the website “in partnership with industry experts from a variety of backgrounds, including those involved in responsible breeding, shelter and rescues, animal welfare, academia and others who work to assure the best care and well-being of companion animals.”

“Whether consumers choose to ‘adopt or shop’, we want to help assure the dog or puppy they bring into their home was raised under high standards of pet care,” said Bob Vetere, executive director of the council. “Be Dog Smart will educate consumers, so they know what to look for when adding a dog to their family.”

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.


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