Write A Killer Adoption Letter To Get The Dog of Your Dreams

Write A Killer Adoption Letter To Get The Dog of Your Dreams

Have you ever been turned down for an adoption by an animal rescue? Did you get beat out by someone that was faster, or who wrote a killer adoption letter? While there are still pockets of animal shelters and rescues that place animals with the first person who shows up, most reputable groups do a series of checks and balances to ensure a good, stable fit between adoptee and adopter. Almost sounds like a human baby adoption doesn’t it? Well, perhaps it should – it is intended to be a life-long commitment. Background Rescuing and placing animals is hard work. Annually 3.4M cats and 3.9M dogs are placed in shelters (read more: Animal Adoption Figures) – that’s M as in millions people! The volume of animals coming out of California alone is staggering. Animals brought to shelters have a specific number of days before being euthanized – but – fine print in the laws allow immediacy if the shelter is full. While the law may be 3 days, if the shelter has no room, an animal is considered lucky if it lives for one day… Dogs in an L.A. shelter have a 1 in 3 chance of living. This is where no-kill shelters and rescues come in by placing ‘pullers’ at or near shelters and they pull adoptable dogs/cats for rescue – in essence they save their lives. Why So Hard? You’d think with all of these animals that need saving, it would be easy to just adopt. A number of factors come into play that are geared toward helping the animal. Health and safety is a primary concern. Rescues ensure that the animals are in, or cared...
How To Tell If Your Dog Is Depressed

How To Tell If Your Dog Is Depressed

Doesn’t it seem that dogs are always happy? It certainly seems as though they are the poster child for happiness. Their little smiling faces always looking up at you. Of course I know that dogs can get cranky… Once, when we went on an 18-day camping trip, after we returned home and went to work the next day Mattie was so frustrated by not being with us (or perhaps in our camper) that he tore apart all of the toilet paper in our bathrooms. Cranky with a capital C! But I didn’t know that dogs could get depressed until a few years ago. Our Dog Depression Story I had heard that pets can get upset when another pet passes. We’d had dogs pass prior, with other dogs in the house. While there were speckles of confusion, akin to “where is Fido” moments, none of our dogs appeared to be too sad when one of their pack died…I think dogs have a better comprehension of the cycle of life. Until Spike and Kiki. Kiki, our only black and white Shih Tzu, and Spike, our little 4 pound Chihuahua, were bonded. Like a mother and child bond. Kiki was 6 years older than Spike, and when we got him as a pup, Spike fell in love with Kiki and she with him. At 12 Kiki developed cancer and, after a very brief battle, passed – her pain was clear, she wouldn’t eat and just wanted to be cuddled. I was worried about Spike and completely unprepared for what happened after Kiki’s passing. Spike wouldn’t eat, he would shiver, his eyes were always wet, dripping wet, and he...
10 Must Have Tools When Cooking For Your Dog

10 Must Have Tools When Cooking For Your Dog

We live in the Pacific Northwest. Often times when I say that, in my mind I hear the call of trumpets and envision fish jumping about in a glacial stream while glorious pine trees billow in the mountain wind. Yup, I’m in love with the beautiful PNW, truly an awe inspiring part of this glorious country. We value organic farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and ranchers are allowed to graze cattle in national forest land free of herbicides and pesticides – and our salmon are some of the best you’ll ever taste, fresh from ocean and rivers. The abundance of high-quality food is one of the reasons we cook for our dogs. Cooking for Your Dog The main source of protein for one of our dogs is fish. Lulu’s diet consists of a majority of fish protein if mixed with other sources. We often make her salmon or sardine-based meals and treats. Mookie on the other hand can eat any protein, including salmon, beef, lamb, buffalo, turkey, duck and chicken. We cook and un-cook meals for our dogs. Un-cook? Yup, raw. Our dogs eat a wide-variety of high-quality food that we cook and un-cook for them. The trick with raw food is proper handling techniques and to freeze it all, and safely thaw the portion you serve each day. Don’t save left overs in the fridge. Put them back in the freezer (only once) and serve what remains in a few days (again follow safe thawing protocol). Cooking for your dog is fairly simple: cook like you would for yourself, using dog-safe ingredients, and again freeze. Don’t give your dog cooked bones, period. It’s really not that complicated...
Can a Childless Mother Have Fuzzy Children?

Can a Childless Mother Have Fuzzy Children?

Ever since I was young I knew I didn’t want to have children. I never got that pang, that hormonal urge for the pitter patter of little baby feet. When my sister had her son, I was the go-to baby sitter – that all worked out well. No child was hurt in the making of my babysitting time. Well…there was that one time that I gave too much candy to my neighbor’s child. Kids can throw up…a lot. Think Linda Blair in ‘The Exorcist’ throw-up. In all honesty, seems I wasn’t cut out for children. Human children. But I’m definitely cut out to be a pet parent with fuzzy children. Some people are offended by the concept that I would call my dog my child. But in all honesty, I’m not taking anything away from anyone, and I’m not picketing for paid stay-at-home time whenever a dog is adopted. A child is a little one that needs nurturing, guidance, and love. My child happens to be fuzzy. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen fuzzy children. When one of my nephews was born he was a fuzzy little guy. But, unlike my nephew, my fuzzy children retain their fuzz. They also bark, chew things, require kind corrections, and need potty training. The first thing that made me think of my dog as my ‘child’ was the overwhelming feeling of love that came over me when he came into my life. Mattie was adopted from a local shelter. From the moment I got him I had this instant bond. He trusted me with his life. His life! That’s pretty big stuff for someone...
What in the Heck Makes My Dog’s Mouth Staink? #OrateneOralCare

What in the Heck Makes My Dog’s Mouth Staink? #OrateneOralCare

This post is sponsored by Oratene® and the BlogPawsTM Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to share information about Oratene brushless pet oral care products for Pet Dental Health Month! We only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Oratene is not responsible for the content of this article. You ever bent down to smooch your pooch, only to get a face full of funk? Staink….what in the heck is going on? My dogs eat organic raw or food that does not upset their tummies. So, I know that they are getting the best of everything to help with their nutrition, and ultimately their gum and teeth health. But what in the heck is all the teeth staink about? To be honest, I have not found staink with my raw eaters too much – that diet can help with pH balance of their tummies, so their breath smells decent. But, they can still get funky teeth. So what gives? Tartar! Yup, dog’s teeth are just like humans – tartar, build up, typical day-in-and-day-out eating, it’s all going to go into your dog’s daily tooth health and…well, you’ll want to make your dog’s mouth more of a wonderland! What Causes My Dog’s Mouth to Staink? Life…life has made your dog’s mouth a stainkland. But why? Just like your mouth, you can’t just go day-after-day, not brushing your teeth and think your breath won’t smell! Ultimately your dog, just like you, will develop gum disease. Tooth decay leads to a lot of diseases…heart disease to name one. And yup, dog’s develop heart disease. So whether your dog likes it or...

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