TOP 5 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Not Shop

As many of you already know, breeding dogs has become extremely popular because people want the “top of the line” purebred dogs.  However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with adopting a pup from a shelter, in fact, I advocate for this!  So here is my TOP 5 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Not Shop:

1.You are SAVING A LIFE! Every pet deserves a second chance at life.

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2. You will get an AWESOME pet! Most animal shelter pets are happy and healthy.  Most of the time shelter animals are there because of a human decision to put them there.

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3.You pay less money.  When adopting a pet, a lot of times their vaccinations, spaying/neutering surgeries, etc. are already including in the original payment of your new furry family member!

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4.You can encourage other people to do the same.  Once other people see how amazing your adopted pet is, they will be so impressed that they will want to do the same!

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5.You will be changing a homeless animal’s entire world! What could possibly be better than that?

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Dogs and their Rainbow Bridge

Losing a pet is a devastating experience.  You grow up and grow old with them.  You share countless memories together.  They’re there for you when you need a friend.  They’re there for you when you need a hug or even just someone to talk to.  They make you laugh, they make you cry, they make you scream.  Your dog is a vital member of the family.

For being only 21 years old, I have experienced some extremely tragic losses with my furry best friends.  And they never get easier.  There’s no other words to describe it besides it’s just not fair.  Dogs are the most kind hearted beings this world has and it is truly a shame to see them go.

After unfortunately putting one of my dogs down, my vet sent my family and I a condolence card and within it was the sweetest and most reassuring little poem about what happens to dogs after death.  I want to share this poem with you so that your tough times can be a little more comforted.

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The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author unknown.

 

Happy Earth Day! AKA another hole in the yard, compliments of my dog

I think that almost every dog goes through this phase and some dogs might never leave this phase–digging holes.  Considering that today is Earth Day, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about some funny experiences I’ve had when it comes to my pup digging holes in the yard and also give you some tips and tricks that worked for me to help prevent it from happening!

An important thing to remember is that all dogs dig for a different reason.  Some dogs may dig because they are trying to keep cool, some may do it because they see you gardening and doing yard work and want to join in, some may be doing it to hide a bone or a treat.  In my case, my dog Emma does it to be sassy.  She’s typically pretty good at just listening when we tell her to stop digging. BUT sometimes she’ll just give us that “yeah right” look and keep going because she is stubborn.  Other times when she wants our attention, she’ll dig because she knows she isn’t supposed to and that we’ll give her attention since she’s doing it.  So it’s just all about finding the cause of the initial digging process!

Here are a few tips that I have found helpful and I hope they help you:

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Emma playing with her Chuckit! flying squirrel toy

Making sure there are plenty of toys to play with in the yard.  It’s important that your dog has something else to occupy his or her time with.  Putting a few balls and bones in the backyard can make a huge difference!  Emma is a fan of her Chuckit! Flying Squirrel toy, which is basically like a soft but durable frisbee.

To protect your plants, try landscaping with rocks.  Now you don’t have to go crazy and overload with rocks everywhere, but adding a few bigger rocks in a certain section or even using little stones to section off a particular area could be helpful!

Stay consistent on your consequences.  Make sure that you keep up on the consequences so that your dog knows that the need to stop the digging.  Use something that they don’t like, such as a loud noise or a little squirt of water.

If you have any other suggestions that have helped, please don’t hesitate to let me know!  The more help the better!(:

TOP 5 AWESOME DOGS WITH DISABILITIES

Probably like most people reading this, I am a huge Internet junkie.  Always looking up new things, watching videos…and let’s face it creeping on other people (ADMIT IT! WE ALL DO IT!).  But recently I have been stumbling upon some really amazing dogs that are becoming Internet famous.  The reason behind their amazement: they each have a unique disability that they’ve learned to overcome to help bring happiness to others!  So here is my list of the TOP 5 AWESOME DOGS WITH DISABILITIES:

1. SMILEY, a blind therapy dog

You may recognize Smiley from his famous Facebook and Instagram pages, but he is much more than just a cute puppy face.  Smiley is a 12-year-old golden retriever that was born with a condition linked to dwarfism that caused him to be born with no eyes and physical disproportions.  With his eye sockets, which were sewn shut to prevent infection, and his oversized teeth, Smiley looks like he has a constant smile on his face–hence his name!  He was born in a crowded barn with over 100 other dogs, which made it hard for him to survive because of his disabilities.

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Smiley, the blind therapy dog

After being rescued in 2004 from a puppy mill by Joanne George, Smiley has a happy home and has become a therapy dog, who works mostly with children.  Smiley attends funerals to provide comfort to children that who have experienced a death of someone close to them;  he visits the local library to sit with children who have autism; he even goes to classrooms for students with special needs.

 

2.  Marnie the Dog

Another Internet famous dog that you might already know and love!  Marnie was originally found by Animal Control on the streets of Connecticut in 2012.  She was smelly and matted and therefore was named “Stinky”at the shelter she was placed at.  Just a few months after being in the shelter, Stinky was adopted by a woman named Shirley and renamed Marnie.  She currently lives in NYC and is a celebrity herself!  She is loved by many people and has been photographed with tons of people to help brighten their days!

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Marnie posing with Betty White

Marnie has suffered from an illness called Vestibular Syndrome, which owners mistakenly think that their dog is dying or having a stroke, when they indeed just have this illness.  Most of the time dogs continue to live a happy and healthy life, however, having a head tilt is a side effect that Marnie has from this illness.  She also has an abnormally long tongue that is constantly hanging out of her mouth!

 

3.  Chi Chi, the golden retriever mix that lost all 4 paws

Chi Chi was discovered in a garbage bag, outside of a rural meat market in Southern Korea, with all 4 of her limbs tied up and badly injured.  The head of a local animal shelter believes that her injuries indicate that she had been bound by her limbs and when her captors discovered that her wounds were infected they discarded her.  Chi Chi spent over 2 months in Seoul veterinary clinic and had to get her paws amputated off because of how bad the infections were.  But through all the pain and trauma, Chi Chi never stopped wagging her tail!

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Chi Chi having fun in recovery playing with a ball

She was adopted by Richard, Elizabeth, and Megan Howell, who have adopted other rescue dogs, so they knew they could provide a safe and loving environment for Chi Chi. She was flown out to her new home in Phoenix, Arizona and has been adjusting great to her new situation.  Because she has kept a gentle and loving attitude throughout this entire process, after she becomes fully healed Chi Chi’s owners are planning on training her to be a therapy dog for children and veterans who have lost limbs!

 

4.  Lucca, the military dog

Lucca is half german shepherd and Belgian Malinois, who joined the US Marine Corps in 2006.  Prior to March 2013, she had led more than 400 patrols, discovered countless explosive devices, and was directly involved with the apprehension of 4 insurgents determined to be Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) manufacturers that supported many terrorist cells in Iraq and Afghanistan.  On Lucca’s final mission, on March 23rd, 2013, she was out with her handler and many other marines when she walked ahead of them and an IED went off causing severe burns to her chest and injuring her front left leg.  However, her first response was to run back to her handler and the other marines and protect them.  They airlifted her to a hospital and she was stabilized.

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Lucca with a fellow marine

She had to get her leg amputated and went through physical rehab to help her work without only 3 legs.  She now lives with her first handler and his family and enjoys a life of love, pampering, and gratitude from them!

 

5.  Tuna, the chi-weenie

Tuna is a 5-year-old Chihuahua Dachshund mix.  He has a huge overbite, recessed jawline, and super wrinkly neck.  He was rescued by Courtney Dasher in December 2010 at a farmers market in Los Angeles and after a year together, she created an Instagram page for him that now has 1.7 million followers!  His pictures provide people with joy because of his endearing qualities.

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A Tuna selfie

He has become an ambassador for animal rescue and because of his loyal followers embracing his physical differences, he advocates and inspires a message–that true beauty comes in all forms and radiates from within!

 

Mischievous Pups on April Fool’s Day

Just in case you weren’t aware, today is April Fool’s Day!!  Today is supposed to be a day filled with fun pranks to trick your friends and family!  I’ve learned that dogs are also very good at being quite mischievous when it comes to pulling pranks of their own and it can be very entertaining!  In honor of being a mischievous person today, here is a hilarious minute and a half video of dogs pranking humans!  It’s awesome, check it out and I guarantee it will brighten your day (or at least get you to crack a smile)!! Enjoy(:

Important Facts to Know About Dog Treats

With Easter on it’s way, you might be wondering what are the best treats to fill your pup’s Easter basket with.  Well I am here to inform you all the best and healthiest treats to give to your dog!  I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday!

This short video is very informative and may shock you (I know it shocked me) with some of the ingredients that are added into some of the most well-known dog treats in the game!

5 Treats You Should NEVER Buy

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After knowing the treats that are bad for your dogs, this link has a list of healthy ingredients that you should look out for when buying treats for your pup!

7 Best Healthy Dog Treats

Here are 12 snacks that are healthy for dogs that you might already have laying around in your kitchen!  No cooking is necessary!

12 Single-Ingredient Healthy Dog Treats

If you like to cook and bake, these recipes are fun and healthy for your dog!  They have recipes that include: vegetarian and vet approved, wheat-sensitive, gluten free, and of course bacon!

9 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

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With a holiday season underway–St. Patrick’s day recently passed and Easter is almost here–families and friends are gathering to celebrate.  If you are the one hosting a party, it always seems like the check list goes on and on with getting the invites out, the food prepared, and the entertainment ready.  And of course, you can’t you forget about your four legged pal!  Some pups absolutely LOVE the extra company…that means more pets for them!  On the other hand, some dogs are not necessarily fond of having a bunch of people in their house.  Like people, our furry friends have certain mannerisms when it comes to being social, but I do know one thing for sure–dogs sure as hell know how to party!

From my personal experience with owning dogs, I’ve had two dogs, Trixie and Cinnamon (both are unfortunately in doggy heaven now), who were on opposite sides of the spectrum.  Trixie was very protective of our immediate family and did not like guests in the house, while Cinnamon loved when people came over solely because she liked to torture the guests in every way possible!  I’m going to fill you in on my two favorite party stories for each dog:

Cinnamon’s Story

Cinnamon was a female golden retriever who was super mischievous.  Her motto at parties was basically the more people the more fun she was going to have.  Her favorite type of people to pick on were the senior citizens of the family, especially my late great grandmother.  Those two always had at it during every single family gathering!  Cinnamon loved to steal and she was WAY too good at it!  While everyone was seated at the table eating their meals, Cinnamon would walk under the table and reach onto my great grandmother’s lap, steal her napkin right off her lap, and just keep going!  She conquered this in one foul swoop, as if it didn’t even phase her!  She was so slick about it that my grandmother wouldn’t even realize it until she went to actually use her napkin.  Then you would just see Cinnamon standing there with the napkin next her, just smirking.  It was hysterical!

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Cinnamon as a puppy looking mischievous.

Trixie’s Story

Trixie was also a female but she was a mutt.  We aren’t quite sure what combination of breeds she was but, if we had to guess, we think that she had part pitbull and dalmation in her.  We adopted her from the animal shelter when she was just a little puppy!  She was a very gentle and sweet girl but she just wasn’t very comfortable when other people came to the house.  For some unknown reason, Trixie had a hatred for my uncle.  The weirdest part about it was that he is a huge dog lover and has dogs of his own.  This hatred went on for years–she just would walk away when he tried to pet her or just give a little growl if he was too close to her.  She would never snap at him or bite him, but just enough to tell him to back away.  So every single time my uncle would come to the house he would bring her dog treats.  At first she would be hesitant about taking it from him, but after a while she ended up liking him.  They became best friends!  I think this is mainly because she associate him with getting treats!

Dogs can be very peculiar when it comes to their behaviors at parties but they always end up having a good time.  Dogs are full of energy and love and they have their likes and dislikes,  which makes them our best friends.  Dogs are like us, they have their unique and individual personalities that make them who they are.  If anybody has any of your own personal stories about funny holiday occurrences with your dog, I would love to hear them! I want to know how your pups are full of swag! (: