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A Christmas puppy?

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when you start hearing all of the cautions about not getting a puppy for Christmas. And that’s good advice. It’s hard to introduce a new pet into the household during the holidays. If you think this time of year is stressful for humans, just think how you would feel as a puppy coming into a new household.

Yet, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, 53 percent of American pets are acquired during the holidays. So, obviously, someone is ignoring the advice.

Before you bring that puppy home consider carefully:

Christmas Puppy * Puppies cost more than the purchase price. Even if you are getting a “free” puppy, your new pet will cost you in vet care, license fees, dog food, toys, and so many other ways. It is not cheap to keep a pet. Many pets are being surrendered to animal shelters right now because people can’t afford to keep them in this economy. Can you really afford to get a puppy right now?

* How about the rest of the family? Are they all on board with the idea of a new puppy? A puppy affects every single person in the family. When he eats your husband’s shoe, you will hear about it. Is everyone in favor of getting a puppy?

* Do you have the time to commit to a new puppy? Not only will your puppy live for the next 10, 12, maybe even 15 years, but for the first few months he will need an intense time commitment from you to learn housetraining and good manners. Otherwise he may develop behavioral problems. Do you have the time it takes to train a puppy?

While some shelters and organizations have said they will not adopt any pets during the holidays (which puts these animals at risk of being euthanized), Iams pet food has taken a more proactive approach. I suppose they figure that if people are going to get a pet during the holidays anyway, they should encourage them to adopt. Iams is sponsoring the Home 4 The Holidays http://www.iams.com/iams/en_US/data_root/html/Angel/home4theHolidaysLanding.html adoption event. They are hoping to help get one million pets adopted this holiday season.

Last year they helped get 491,612 animals adopted during this time, so they have raised their goal considerably, but it seems like a worthy project. There is information on their Web site about adopting a pet, donating to the program, volunteering, and for shelters.

So, if you still want that puppy for Christmas, and you are in a position to get one, financially, with your family, and time-wise, perhaps you should check out Home 4 The Holidays. Or, go down to your local shelter and see if they have a nice dog available that might suit you.

The most important thing is that you have thought through getting a puppy. No impulse decisions. You don’t want to get a sweet (or wild) puppy and have to take him back to the shelter in a few days or weeks. That’s not fair to the puppy. Consider carefully before you get that puppy for Christmas.

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December 24, 2008 Posted by | General | , , , | 1 Comment

New Dog for the White House

Election Means New Dog in the White House
by: Carlotta

Whatever your political persuasion and your feelings about this weeks election, one thing we can say about it with certainty: it’s over! We have a new president-elect and it’s time to get down to what’s really important. That means holding Barack Obama to his pre-election pledge — his promise to his daughters to get them a puppy after the election. He has already shown that he is mindful of this promise, declaring in his acceptance speech to his daughters, “Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine. And you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.”

(In fairness to McCain supporters, the McCain family is credited with having 24 pets, including at least seven dogs, so the country would have been in good hands, pet-wise, with either candidate.)

Now the search is on to figure out exactly what kind of puppy will be right for the Obamas. The AKC, the Humane Society of the United States and other animal groups are all eagerly trying to assist the family in choosing a pet. The AKC held a poll a few months ago and more than 42,000 people voted on what kind of dog they thought would be best for the Obamas. Since one of the Obama daughters has allergies, voters were given five hypoallergenic breeds from which to choose. The big winner was the Poodle, long considered an ideal family pet by many people. The Poodle is the eighth most popular breed in the country, based on 2007 registration statistics. Poodles are also extremely intelligent and devoted family members with great temperaments. They’re very smart on their own and capable of learning anything you want to teach them. They do require some coat maintenance but that shouldn’t be a problem for a dog who would be living in the White House with a staff to help take care of him.

Whether the Obamas will opt for a Poodle, or any purebred dog, or choose a dog from a pound or rescue, we don’t know. Michelle Obama has been reported as preferring to adopt a puppy, but with the family’s need for a dog that will be better for a child with allergies they will have to choose carefully. In that way they can set a good example for everyone since no one should obtain a dog on impulse.

Not to be outdone, vice president-elect Joe Biden reportedly has permission from his wife to get a “big dog” now that he’s won the election. No word yet about what kind of dog the Bidens will be seeking.

It’s nice to see our new leaders taking such an interest in getting dogs. You probably know the Harry Truman quote, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Maybe Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden will have some friends, at least for a while. But when things get tough they will have their family dogs for friendship.

November 7, 2008 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

Greenies –Not Just for Bad Breath Anymore…

Dog owners know what its like to be close to your pet after they have eaten a bowl full of dry food, ate one of your freshly planted flowers or sneaked into the bathroom to find a new water dish …ewww!
Since brushing your pet’s teeth is as easy as wrestling a small child into doing the same, a company called “Greenies” has made teeth protection and bad breath blues into a fun treat that your dog or cat will love!


But wait there’s more! Greenies recently launched a new product that will make giving your pets medication easy too. They are called “pill pockets” and are sure to be a hit with your dog or cat!

Click here for a free sample of original Greenies (dog or cat)
Click here for a free sample of greenies pill pockets (dog or cat)

dog and cat photo courtesy of flickr

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Articles | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thursday Adoptable, Meet Sam

Sam

  • Breed: Weimaraner
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large

From: Michigan Weimaraner Rescue Inc.

What a handsome boy Samson is, you would never know he is 7 yrs old by his playful puppy demeanor… if you want a canine partner to play fetch with, Sam’s your man!This pet is up to date with routine shots.This pet is up to date with routine shots.
This pet is already house trained.

This pet has been altered.

May 29, 2008 Posted by | Adoptables | , , , , | Leave a comment

Remember Nubs?

Nubs as his own website now. It is so wonderful to see and read how happy his life is now after such a rough start.

http://www.brianandnubs.com/Welcome.html

May 8, 2008 Posted by | A Good Read | , , | Leave a comment

Meet Osita!

Osita is a a 6 year old Black Russian Terrier mix that was finally bailed from the West LA Shelter. She is a very healthy girl who loves to go on walks and rides in the car.

She is house broken after all this time in the shelter and has had some basic training- her favorite thing to do is “Sit” on command and stare up at you with her sweet puppy eyes. She loves to play with other doggies and has a very calm and serene disposition. Osita sounds like such a good pup, you’ll never need tracking for her!

Read More about Osita…

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Adoptables | , , | Leave a comment

Get a Dog

If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him and never say it’s not quite as good as his mother made it…

Then get a dog.

If you want someone always willing to go out, at any hour, for as long and wherever you want .

Then get a dog.

If you want someone who will never touch the remote, doesn’t care about football, and can sit next to you as you watch romantic movies

Then get a dog.

If you want someone who is content to get up on your bed just to warm your feet and whom you can push off if he snores .

Then get a dog.

If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn’t care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to, and loves you unconditionally, perpetually .

Then get a dog.

But, on the other hand, if you want someone who will never come when you call, ignores you totally when you come home, leaves hair all over the place, walks all over you, runs around all night and only comes home to eat and sleep, and acts as if your entire existence is solely to ensure his happiness…

Then get a cat!

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Some Fun | , | Leave a comment

Meet Molly

 Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Size: Medium
Age: Young
Approx DOB: 8/24/06
Gender: Female
Molly1

Hi everyone!
My name is Molly
I am a 2 year old Staffordshire Terrier.

I have REALLY had a rough journey throughout life…I spent some time at the shelter and then in out of homes…it’s been hard. I REALLY am a sweet dog and just want to cuddle up with someone that loves me. I sometimes have a difficult time getting along with other dogs…I like to play with them outside…but when it comes time to be indoors I like MY space. I definitely have NO PROBLEM what-so-ever sharing my home with my human friends, and do AWESOME with kids, but I like to be the only dog in the family. I swear I’m not trying to be picky and self centered, but I LOVE my attention! Molly3
Molly2 Will someone PLEASE consider me for their home. I promise to be on my best behavior. I am crate trained and housebroken. I don’t chew, but only on my bones. And I have a 1 year old human brother (.he is definitely my best friend!) whom I play with everyday! I just need a home…a FOREVER home, a place where someone will love and understand me. I am not perfect, but I will LOVE YOU FOREVER! Please, give me a chance! I look forwarding to meeting you…

Lots of Kisses!
Molly

You can find more information about me at: 

 http://www.kalamazooanimalrescue.org/pets2.php?displaypet=3579

February 19, 2008 Posted by | Adoptables | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Meet Bones

Bones Bones is an adult male Terrier, Dachshund [Mix] and is not a large dog. He is up-to-date with his routine shots and has been neutered.

He is currently waiting at the West Alabama Animal Rescue for his forever home.

Bones was rescued from a shelter where he would have been euthanized because he was Heartworm positive and very skinny, hence the name Bones. He has now fattened up and been through his heartworm treatment and is to be retested on 11/13/07 and,if he test negative, is scheduled to be neutered on 11/15/07. He will be available for adoption after he is neutered. Bones is about 5 yrs old and a real sweetheart. He can be a little tempermental towards other dogs until he feels safe and secure around them. I believe while a stray he was probably wounded by another bigger dog. He is good around other cats and is very social and playful. He also liked to cuddle under the covers in the bed at night. He is crate trained and I think once he is neutered he will do well with his housetraining.

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Adoptables | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rex

Rex Rex, a cocker spaniel mix, was rescued last August and he has a sad story. He showed up at a farm home, they took him in, and chained him to a tree. This was his life for 8 years…Read more about Rex

January 4, 2008 Posted by | Adoptables | , , , | Leave a comment