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Back in November our book, “MattieDog Gets Adopted,’ was published. The book tells the story of pet adoption from a dog’s point of view. When we adopted Mattie two sad events came together to create a confluence of love. Mattie, a little one year old Shih Tzu, was somehow left on his own to make his way in this world…and he got pretty far – for about a week. I was recovering from a traumatic event, just beginning to feel less fragile. We met in an animal shelter, and I fell in love with Mattie…all 14 stinky, filthy, matted pounds of him! I’m sure I didn’t look too great to Mattie either…probably a bit shabby with my hair tucked under my baseball cap. But when you love a dog….these things don’t matter. Ain’t love grand when it’s fuzzy and one foot tall!
Back then I was a nervous, new pet parent – Mattie was our first adoption. Since then we’ve taken in many other dogs, everything from pup to senior, we’ve provided hospice care to dying dogs, trained deaf and blind dogs, and even adopted ex-show dogs. Through it all our dogs and us, we’ve learned together and we’ve loved every minute of it. We’ve got this ‘adopt a dog’ thing down! Being that we just celebrated National Love Your Pet Day, I thought I’d take a few minutes to share the ABC‘s of how to show your newly adopted dog that you love him each and every day:
A Healthy Pup
Adopting a pup, or any animal, takes a bit of learning at first. You won’t know where he’s been. Heck, with Mattie it was clear he had been out wandering the city streets for quite a few days. So, first things first, we took our little guy straight to the vets office to help us establish baseline lab values and to determine if he had any immediate healthcare needs. We are fortunate that we did this because Mattie was deathly ill – he required two months of continual care. Now every day we show our dogs love by giving each a massage, checking for lumps and bumps and being very aware of their health, as well as scheduling their regular check-ups! Tip One: Establish a primary veterinarian for your new pup.
Make sure that you gradually switch your pup to a good, healthy and nutritious diet. We have seen big benefits by rotating our dogs meals as well as proteins. They enjoy everything from raw to nutritious dry dog foods. Recently, we’ve been cooking for our dogs as well as rotating Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food. We like that Chicken Soup for the Soul is a grain free, premium, all natural pet food. Plus, all proceeds go to the Humpty Dumpty Institute to help shelter animals. We show our dogs love every day feeding them three small, nutritious meals and two homemade snacks (with fruits and vegetables in them) every single day, even when we go camping! Tip Two: Feed your pup, wholesome, nutritious and balanced meals – and always have fresh water available.
Create Play With Training
You’ll want to ensure a safe environment, whether it’s in your yard or basement, or any other area in your home, where you and your newly adopted love bug can get a little exercise. Make sure that you naturally imbed training in to your play time – remember that dogs tend to be food motivated, so use small positive treats to reward your pup for coming to you, sitting, and even going potty when you want him to. Try to break these training/play times in to bite size sessions, that way your dog will enjoy the positive rewards and learn to trust you over time. Every day, rain or shine, we get outside and play with our dogs – and we make training a part of their fun time! Tip Three: Exercise your pup and try clicker training as it helps your dog imprint the positive reward with the action taken.
These are just the basics, and if you’re a frequent visitor to my site you know you can find all sorts of good pet lifestyle information in my blog. Also, you’ll want to check out the New Pet Parent Guide that Chicken Soup for the Soul created to help you and your new pet acclimate to a new life together.
Love Is Grand When It’s Fuzzy and One Foot Tall #LoveYourPetEveryDay
Yup, when you adopt a dog in to your life there is an abundance of daily opportunities to show how much you love your new fuzzy one! Every day we wake up with all of the dogs surrounding us in our beds – yes, we’re those people. My husband and I crawl out of bed and take turns making coffee and fixing meals, while the other takes the dogs outside for ‘potty time,’ and then everyone settles in to the kitchen area for some yummy breakfast.
Like I mentioned, recently we’ve been trying out the Chicken Soup for the Soul dog food. The pups have been enjoying the beef and legume limited ingredient diet (LID) recipe. It’s grain free, with real beef and fish that deliver omega-6 and 3 fatty acids to naturally support healthy skin/fur, as well as fruits and veggies, and pre/probiotics for quality food absorption and maximum digestion – and absolutely no artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives. Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food packages even feature shelter pets from local shelters, and ones that have found their ‘forever homes.’ Just flip over the bag to read their story!
My Shelter Dog Is My World
When something dirty and matted and under a foot tall comes in to your life and rocks your world, you’ve got to sit up and take notice. Mattie did that for me – he changed me for the better! Every day, in every way, I show my love for my dogs – and we make it a point to give back to animal shelters. That’s why we donate all proceeds from our books to a variety of animal shelters throughout the United States and Canada. And that’s why we support Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food – they dig dogs, and they believe that dogs can be heroes…that’s why they are hosting a Hero Dog contest, where you could win a chance to be in their Hidden Heroes television show or featured in one of their upcoming books.
Do you have some great tips for adding a newly adopted pup in to your family? If so, share them with us in the comments below. Until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!
With lub, MattieDog, a little dog making a big impact in this world!®