Tips For Adopting a Shelter Dog

Many of you know that I came from an animal shelter… I know, can you believe it? Me! Yup, even me – perfectly awesome animals come from animal shelters. That’s why I wrote this little booklet: Tips for Adopting a Shelter Dog, to help people work through their next fuzzy family member-based adoption. Knowing that there are so many great animals in shelters just waiting to be adopted, I thought it would be helpful if I gave you some helpful tips. Here’s a great, free e-book designed to help you and your friends with things to consider and plan for when adopting a shelter dog. I hope you take a moment to read my little ebook, share with your friends, family, and animal rescue groups – and help get the word out about adopting a shelter dog! With lub, MattieDog Tweet me on Twitter – Like Me on Facebook Get My Newsletter! For Email Marketing you can trust. Share Some...
Tips For Choosing a Good Veterinarian

Tips For Choosing a Good Veterinarian

I often get asked how to choose a veterinarian, how to pick a good vet and how talk about furry family members when you make office visits. So, I thought it would be good to get some good advice to share with my readers – I went to my friend Dina, who is a vet tech, and a freelance writer (like me!), to get some good information  and she agreed to share her knowledge with all of you in “Tips For Choosing a Good Veterinarian.” Our pets count on us to be their voice, and there is no more important time to speak on their behalf than at their annual vet visit.  From choosing the perfect doctor, to getting the most from every moment of your appointment, it is up to you to be your pet’s advocate.  The following steps will guide you through making an informed decision on which veterinarian to choose, and how to ensure that your visit is as beneficial as possible for you and your pet! Choosing a Veterinarian Choose Relevance Over Convenience: Deciding on a veterinary practice based solely on its proximity to your home or work may be convenient, but there are other factors to consider.  Vets, like doctors, tend to have a specialty.  Choosing a vet who specializes in caring for race horses may not be the best choice for your Chihuahua.  Spend some time searching local veterinarians on the internet and see what you can learn about their practices.  Web content, core beliefs, mission statements and photos can give you a good idea as to whether your priorities line up with those...
Animal Rescue, No Kill and All Lub

Animal Rescue, No Kill and All Lub

When you’re young, like I was as a pup, you think things should be fair. You are born with and raised to have a sense of fairness. If you do right, right things will happen. When you are good, good things will come your way.  Most of the time, this is true. Some of the time, it is not. Sometimes, things aren’t fair. But why? Since we are born with a sense of fairness, a wiliness to strive toward equitable for all, why do we see injustice and let it pass? Is it too hard. Does it not impact us and thus we don’t get involved? I’ve been pondering this as I lay in my big bay window, with the warmth of the sunlight beams softly dancing across my body. Getting involved really takes so little. It’s the difference between sympathy and empathy. Sympathy is more akin to feeling something, empathy aligns with doing something. When I see something that isn’t right I bark. “Bark!” There, that’s how it’s done! I just saw the mailman reaching his hand through my mail slot to drop off some mail…’bark!’ that wasn’t right and he knows it! Well, you get what I mean. I do what I can to keep things equal. To reach that ideal state that everyone has all that he or she needs. Sometimes when momma and I do our volunteer work at our local no kill animal rescue I can tell the balance of right and wrong is a little out of whack. The volumes of the animals entering the system exceed those leaving the rescue. We have to count...

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