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Is My Dog Right- or Left-Pawed?

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    Did you know that, just like humans, dogs can have limb dominance or paw preference when doing simple tasks like walking or reaching for something? Many owners may observe their dogs starting a variety of activities without realizing that they have a limb preference. Just like when a human always takes their first...

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March 26th is Stand With Asians Day Embark stands with our AAPI teammates and community members today and always. We condemn the attacks against the AAPI community and we stand in solidarity with a commitment to #StopAAPIHate. At Embark, we endeavor to practice allyship through action. In support of this mission, Embark has raised $2,000 in...

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5 Questions with Wags & Whiskers’ Jill Arbogast

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Embark partnered with 16 MVP dogs from 16 shelters for our annual Mutt Madness event. We had the chance to sit down with the President of Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue of MN, Jill Arbogast, to discuss the volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization whose mission is to save the lives of homeless animals and educate...

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Embark’s Most Popular Dog Names of 2020

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The pandemic pet boom had some serious bark. Many pup parents joined Embark Vet to discover more about their new best friends, bringing us closer to realizing our goal of ending preventable disease in dogs.  We took a look at all the dogs we tested who were born in 2020 so we could share the...

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5 Questions with Stand With Me’s Francess McMahon

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Veterans Day is a federal holiday meant to honor those who have served in the military.  In celebration of Veterans Day, we sat down with Francess “Myrph” McMahon of Stand With Me, a nonprofit organization that places service dogs with veterans. Stand With Me takes a unique approach by teaching veterans to train their own...

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Embark Salutes Service Dogs for Veterans

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Every day, our brave service men and women stand ready to protect us. But for many, the hardest battle is the one they face after returning home: post traumatic stress (PTSD). When this happens, who stands ready to protect them? Often, it’s a service dog. Since June is National PTSD Awareness Month, we wanted to...

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Standing in Solidarity

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We at Embark recognize the hurt, anger, and sadness of our broader community. To our Black community members, we are here and we are listening. Acts of injustice against Black Americans — including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, and many others – call for change. There is no place for injustice in...

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A Genetic History of Dogs and Wolves in North America

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North American Grey Wolves were once always grey, but now some are black. Why? Dive into how the introduction of domestic dogs from Asia changed the makeup of wolves, forever. Dogs and wolves share much in common  Did you know that it’s because of dogs that some members of the American Gray Wolf population have...

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How One Illinois Dog Cheered Up a Neighborhood

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While everyone is self quarantining, families are looking for ways to spend quality time together inside. One such family is the Truszkowsks in Wilmette, Illinois, who fostered a pregnant dog and soon after, her litter of puppies. With a window for socially-distancing walk bys for puppy-viewing, they’ve become the delight of their neighborhood. We were...

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Shelter Spotlight: Our Pack Animal Rescue Inc.,

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Our Pack Animal Rescue Inc., was founded in August of 2019 and is based in and around New London, Wisconsin. This nonprofit animal rescue is a foster-based organization that focuses solely on dogs. The mission of Our Pack is to “rescue, rehabilitate, rehome, and repeat”. Even though they are a newer operation, they have proven...

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What is an Emotional Support Dog?

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Update: As of 5.21.20, we have edited this post based on feedback received from members of the service animal community. We have made the following edits to clearly convey what an emotional support animal is (and is not) and how they differ from a service animal: Any mention of “registration” has been removed to clarify...

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The Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League (WAMAL) has been serving Washing and Oregon State since 1998. WAMAL is a breed-specific rescue organization that  works closely with Malamutes and “Mal-enough-a-mute” mixes. These dogs have very specific traits and require homes that are prepared and educated about the breed.  One of the most common reasons owners surrender...

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