Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Are Dogs The Alternative to Having Children?

Getting engaged or married to a person you love is one thing; having children is another entirely. Societal rules do encourage one following the other naturally, but few consider that there may be couples out there who would go ballistic when asked if they are planning to have children. However, the interesting thing is even as they say they are not ready for to have kids, they may not necessarily disapprove of the idea or reject it outright either.

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Caught up in the never-ending fear of having or not having kids? You see, most such people end up adopting a dog! Is it a trend? Or are dogs really – swiftly – becoming your alternative to children? Is singing songs to dogs, dressing them, talking to them, asking questions, and snuggling together as a family to watch your favorite TV show the same as what you would experience with your own baby? Or is different and referring to your husband “dad” while talking to your pet an embarrassing scenario?

Dogs are identical to toddlers
That is the theory, favored by the following points:

  • You have to bear with the stench from the mess they created in your house; teaching them repeatedly about it doesn’t help
  • You will still have to take time out to feed them
  • You are going to be picking up after they have played with their toys and left them scattered all over the place
  • You can’t help avoid the fact that they bite people, that they don’t know table etiquettes, that they are curious, have a general aversion to being given a bath and to medicine, and that if they are awake, there is no way you are getting any sleep

Understanding the logic behind
According to one pediatric neuropsychologist, this is because the digital age of today has left individuals in an increasingly isolated environment. Young adults, fixated with Twitter and Facebook, are the ones particularly victimized. And to them, dogs fill in the loneliness, provide the social and emotional comfort, and respond to the nurturing and love showered in the same way as a child would. Besides that, reasons like walking your dog facilitates real socialization and sticking to a productive routine cannot be ignored either. Thus, the strong bonding dogs share with such owners is thought akin to the one children share with their parents so much so that they even have their own health insurance.
Unlike the few similarities pointed out to above, there are too many differences between them to render any comparison between a child and dog in their relationships to a parent or a childfree person respectively unreasonable. Some of these (married) individuals, childless by choice or otherwise and parents to dogs, do maintain that they are not real children even if all their plans, including vacations, are made keeping them in mind. The comparison and preference stems from their need to channel their affections, especially if the companion can fit in more easily with their lifestyle. So where a child would always have to come first, the dogs too afford a similar sense of purpose to lonely people.
What is your opinion about it?

About the Author:
Info provided by Alex from Spoilt Rotten Dogs, a boutique dog care centre in Sydney. Alex is a passionate dog carer who have worked with equally passionate dog professionals from groomers to vets. At home, you can find Alex either playing with his three adorable dogs or writing another helpful guide for dog owners.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Washington Humane Society

WOOF!! My friends at the Washington Humane Society brought by a cool dog for you to meet this week- His name ins Doodlebug and he's a two-year-old Terrier/Shar-Pei mix!

He has had a bit of a scary time lately- can you image being lost, alone, scared and roaming the streets of Washington D.C., or any huge city, trying to find where your family went?  Or, trying to find your next meal or a place to sleep- that's what happened to Doodlebug.  I was a stray in the backhills, I can't image being lost in the city.   WOOF!!!

Paws to meet Doodlebug!

(C) Washington Humane Society

Paws To You!!!- Washington Humane Society’s Animal Control Officers who found Doodlebug earlier this year!! Fortunately for him, they were able to get Doodlebug into the adoption center where staff and volunteers immediately fell in love with him!!

Pawsingly, kennel life isn't what they had in mind for his future, so they are helping Doodlebug find a "Forever Home" with a loving human!

Doodlebug is a medium-energy dog looking for a dog- and kid- free home to relax and enjoy life.
(C) Washington Humane Society

A member of the Washington Humane Society's "P.A.C.K. (People and Animal Cardio Klub)", he goes on jogging and hiking outings with volunteers. WOOF!!! Barkingly pawsome for him and the humans!

One of the volunteers at the Washington Humane Society told me “Doodlebug is one of the easier dogs to handle on a leash, he’s a good running buddy (he can go for miles) and is also a happy hiker. He’s curious about squirrels and birds, but doesn’t have a high prey drive, so he just watches them live their life. After he’s gotten some energy out from a run or walk, he’s also a cute cuddler. Then he wants some more exercise so he’ll let you know when it’s time to get up and go. This is great for someone who is looking for a coach or cheerleader who’ll encourage them to keep moving!”

Doodlebug is part of the Hidden Gem program where he gets personal training with Washington Humane Society's staff to make sure he’s ready to quickly settle into his new home.

Barkingly pawsome is the waiving of the adoption fee for a long-term resident though the standard adoption procedures apply.

Interested in meeting Doodlebug and learning about dog adoption, please visit Washington Humane Society- Adopt!

Not ready to adopt? Consider sponsoring an animal!

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

Happy Weekend!! WOOF! A barkingly pawsomely grand 3 - day weekend!!! PAWTY!! with my humans!! And, a great time to adopt a friend to enjoy the fall season with!

My friend "Miss J" from Operation Paws for Homes came to visit this week with her buddy, Patton, a 70 lbs., 3 year old, Black Labrador Retriever- arf?  WOOF!

(C) Operation Paws for Homes
An extra-large, goofy, intelligent, well-mannered, fun loving, loves to love, eager to please guy is looking for a human to love unconditionally!

And, pawsingly, that's just the beginning of Patton's pawcellent qualities! Patton is crate trained and house trained.  He loves to curl up with his humans while they enjoy TV. 

Patton is good with children of all ages, he has hung out with as young as 5 years and loves everyone.  An pawsome pup for a high energy single, family, couple or family.

The outdoors and car rides are two activities he loves and wants to do with his new humans.  

Patton gets along with other dogs, even the small ones, and is cat approved as he has stayed in a home with one!  WOOF!!

He is one ready dog to find his "Forever Home" and make you one happy human!  WOOF!!!!

Note from Operation Paws for Homes: Patton's leash manners are a work in progress that will require you to stay on top of. His foster mom is more than happy to go over his progress and next step with you!

Interested in meeting Patton, complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application.

Interested in learning about dog adoption? Please visit, Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.

Happy Friday! Or "LABBY FRIDAY"  since my friend, "Lab Lady" brought me two Yellow Labrador Retrievers for you to meet!  WOOF!!!!!!

At first, I have to paw, that I thought I was seeing double- got some bad water or something- WOOF!!   These two are brothers-  they don't have to be adopted together though each would need to go to a home with another dog!

Paws to introduce, Smokey and Simon!

"The Boys"
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These two guys come from the country with no exposure to big cities- lucky dogs- so they are looking for "Forever Homes" in a single family setting.

Smokey and Simon are enjoying life out of the kennel and in their foster home- THANK YOU FOSTERS!!!  WOOF!!!!  They are friendly and love to be around humans getting all the pets they can get!!!!

Smokey and Simon guys are fun as they seem to play off each other-  Smokey is more interested in playing with toys than his brother Simon.  Smokey likes to retrieve while Simon will do it to terrorize him - WOOF!!!!!!  That would be fun!  WOOF!

House trained?  Not totally perfect, but are doing great considering having lived in a kennel for most of the last three months.  They haven't been crated, though are crated trained, while staying with their foster but are confined to a large room during the night and work day.

Smokey and Simon do pretty good on walks- one person can handle them easily with harnesses because they don't really pull, but take turns checking out the sniffs!  WOOF!!!

The boys have learned the "sit" command but will have a training addendum so they can keep learning all they can to please their humans.

Want to see them play, check out this video, Smokey and Simon.
Up to date on vaccinations. No experience with cats and approved for children over 10 years of age.

Interested in meeting Smokey and Simon or just Smokey or just Simon- or barkingly learn about dog adoption, please visit my friends at Lab Rescue

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, Animal Welfare League of Arlington

WOOF!! My new friends from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington have introduced me to a really cool cat you've got to meet and she's got a purrfect name to match!

Meet Tee!

(C) Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Pawsingly, here is how they came up with her name!

T is for terrific cat
E is for exceptional beauty
E is for extremely playful

A 2 year old, 13lbs., Tuxedo cat, she's a kitty that loves playing with a wand toy or chasing a ball down the hall, Tee is one pawesome girl.  She gives 100% into playing!

Purring, she will give 100% to being a most pawsome cat for you- she will add fun to your life with all her antics!!!

Want to meet this pawderful kitty?  A generous human has sponsored her, so her adoption fee has been waved.  

Adoption details and application can be found at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington!  

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Animal Welfare League of Arlington

WOOF! WOOF!! WOOF!!!  Happy Friday!  I'm barkingly excited because I made a new friend over the past two weeks that I am pleased to have join "Friday's Friend!"  A four PAWS TO YOU welcome to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

My friends from the Animal Welfare League of  Arlington from this sweetheart of a lady by for you to meet this week!  Meet Molly!

"Pawleased to Meet You -Molly"
(C) Animal Welfare League of Arlington
A beautiful, 9 years old, purebred, 128 lbs., White and Black Harlequin Great Dane!  She is such a pleasure to meet!

A properly composed older housebroken gal with the pawfect ladylike manners, Molly has never met a stranger! A goal she has in life is to be pet by every human she meets along life's journey.

Molly paws to be with her humans, she will keep you in her sight and follow you from room to room- after all, she loves her human!

Molly is a special needs dog and is looking for a human adopter who has experience with giant breeds and where she can be the only pet in the home- not too much to ask for such a sweet girl!  BARK!!!!!!

Molly is recommended for families with teenaged children and above. Molly's adoption fee has been sponsored by one of her friend's.

Interested in meeting sweet Molly?  Please visit the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.  
(C) Animal Welfare League of Arlington

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

WOOF!! WOOF!!!! Happy weekend!!  My friend Big Bruno stopped by today to introduce me to his friend Jack!

Jack is looking for a human to love and his "Forever Home!"

(C) PetConnect Rescue

Jack is a 3 year old, 30 lbs., Beagle/Lab mix.  The right home for Jack will be one with a human there during the day- though Jack does alright home alone! He looking to give and get lots of lovin's and attention!

An intellectually stimulating character, Jack is the kind of dog who is deep but easy going- he will sit and listen to you chat and help you solve all the world's problems!  WOOF! WOOF!!!

Jack loves to explore backyards, you know, the fenced in kind.  He likes other dogs but in small doses.

Potty-trained and crate trained, Jack's a regular homebody.  Jack thinks kids are just fine, but sometimes kids keep families too busy outside the household too much.

A walk in the park with his human is a dream of Jacks!

Jack is neutered, up-to-date on vaccines and preventatives, microchipped and eager to find a family to love!

Interested in meeting Jack?  Please complete the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Application, then email Tammy at TMathis@petconnectrescue.org.

Interested in learning about dog adoption, please visit PetConnect Rescue Adoption Guide.