The No-BS Ultimate Guide to Finding a Dog Breeder

The subject of this Guide is how to find a good dog breeder when you’re thinking about adding a puppy to your family. There is a lot of debate among dog lovers as to whether rescuing a dog or buying one from a breeder is the better choice. We believe that the decision is a personal one. No one would argue against the beauty of giving a second chance to a rescued dog who needs a loving home. On the other hand, buying a purebred puppy from a breeder (when done thoughtfully) increases the chance that you will choose the right dog for your lifestyle. That in turn decreases the chance that the dog will eventually end up in a shelter or rescue. We are in no way advocating for buying over adopting in this Guide. In fact, on this site, we offer information on how to find both breeders and rescue organizations for each breed.

Are Cats Nocturnal?

As anyone who has ever been owned by a cat can tell you, cats sleep a lot. After all, the word “catnap” was created especially for them. Cats do seem to lie around a lot. But are they really sleeping all of that time? Are they just “chilling,” or are they storing energy during the day so they can tear up the house after dark? And do indoor cats have different sleep patterns than outdoor cats? We did some research to find out if cats truly are nocturnal. Our conclusion? The answer is...not really. Cats Aren’t Nocturnal Animals? Not exactly. Cats are hard-wired to be more nocturnal (most active at night), than diurnal (most active in the daytime). But they are more accurately described as “crepuscular,” meaning their most active time occurs at dusk—or twilight—and dawn, just before the sun rises. There is a good biological reason for this pattern. If we look at the domestic cat’s big cat relatives, we find that a crepuscular hunting pattern is beneficial to them. ​

The Stunning Russian Blue

Overview The Russian Blue is a dignified and somewhat rare short-haired cat best known for its gorgeous shimmering blue coat and emerald green eyes. It has an elegant, slender shape and a beautiful face with an expression that’s often referred to as smiling. Many refer to it as a “Mona Lisa smile.” But this glamorous stunner is no diva. The Russian Blue makes a great pet that’s suitable for most households. Their personalities are engaging and lively. They are easy to care for and easy to get along with. But that doesn’t mean they’re pushovers! You will want to keep the upper hand with these beauties, or they will end up training you. The Russian Blue is what scientists call a naturally occurring breed. This means that it’s a breed that was created through natural selection (think Darwin) rather than artificial selection (selective cross-breeding done by humans).