Choosing the right dog starts long before you head out the door to meet your options. "This little soul is going to be a member of your family for the next 10 to 18 years," reminded Mary Lukins, purebred-dog authority. Find your perfect dog by doing some homework before adopting.
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Based in Southern California, Lynette Arceneaux has worked as a writer and editor since 1995. Her works have appeared in anthologies, such as "From the Trenches" and "Black Box," in the magazine "Neo-opsis," and on numerous websites. Arceneaux, who holds a Master of Arts degree, currently focuses on the topics of health and wellness, lifestyle, family and pets.