Sunday, January 21, 2018

Prayer Pups

© Prayer Pups, by Jeff Smith, Used by Written Permission

Jesus told him, 
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. 
No one can come to the Father except through me.”

 – John 14:6

I paw and bark my thanks to Prayer Pups for sharing their pawsome artistic talents with us.

All content and characters © 2016 Jeffrey Smith. All rights reserved.
Used by Permission, Prayer Pups by Jeffrey Smith

Monday, January 15, 2018

4 Steps to Success as a New Pet Parent

(C) Allen Pearson
It is always a great feeling to bring home a pet with whom we can grow and take care of. The pets teach us a lot of things about life that we sometimes fail to notice. It shows us what unconditional love feels like and how does it feel to be loved and how we can do the same for our pets and to our friends and family as well. It allows us to see the life from a whole different point of view. It makes us realize how does it feel when one whole life depends on you and you have to nurture and feed them to help them grow into a healthy living being.

We will be telling you about how you can be the best owner of your new pet. What practices you can adopt and what are the simple yet effective ways to ensure that your pet and your known ones believe you to be the best pet owner out there. Make sure to follow these 4 simple steps and you will be well on your way towards being the most loved and cherished owner ever.

1. Keep in touch with a vet and get to know everything about your pet and their body language at the very beginning
It is important to consult a vet regarding your new pet because there is no better person than a vet who knows the inside out of most of the animals. Ask them about when, where and how the pets need to be vaccinated and for what diseases. Check for any allergies or infection of the pet and consult them for designing the diet plan for the pet as well.
(C) Allen Pearson

All these small things matter a lot. Get an idea from them how you should bathe your pet and how frequently should it be done. Learn the body signals of the pets from the pets as they try to communicate a lot with their eyes and body gestures which can help us to understand them better and also develops the bond between you and the pet stronger. Mark it on the calendar, put a reminder, do anything but make sure that you bring your pet to the vet for an annual check-up at least.
Don't ever self-diagnose if you feel any irregularities in the behavior of your pet or you sense something. Take them to the vet immediately so that whatever has happened can be treated at an earlier stage itself.

2. Quality diet full of nutrients
Food is the most underrated thing related to pets and everyone usually tend to ignore it, always following what the masses follow. It is important to understand that each and every animal has its own taste and one must need to buy a lot of samples in order to determine what suits their pet the best.

The kibble size, the flavor, if they are wet or dry, there are a lot of things that go into deciding what type of food does your pet like. Dislikes and allergies of the pet are also needed to be taken into account. After you have successfully decided what food is best for your pet, make sure that it has sufficient nutrients in it along with other necessary elements like vitamins, minerals, fiber and other things. These things are necessary to be there in the diet of your pet because they help with the development of the muscles and bones in your pet and ensure that your pet grows to be a healthy one with lots of energy.

One can also provide treats for the pets as well to give them extra proteins and other necessary aspects of the diet. Treat can be a very effective way to let your pet know that you are happy with their behavior which will cause them to behave themselves according to the way you have been treating them.

3. Create the surrounding pet-friendly and make them acquainted with the family and the other pets
It is important to understand that you and your house, both are new to the pet and it will take some time to get them acquainted with all the surroundings and the ways. It is your duty to set your house in such a way that there is no imminent danger to your pet if they roam around and try to explore the house. This can be done by making sure that there is no open bottle or container of any chemical, oil, paint or anything like that lying around unattended. No random clothes should be thrown here and there as well, which can be taken in by the pet.

Make sure that all the cupboards are locked up and the pets can’t enter any of them and cause any damage to the furniture or to themselves. The next thing you must do if you live with your family is that let them feel comfortable with the presence of an animal in the house. Try to tell them and make them understand that everything is new with the pet in the starting and you need their help in order to get the pet feel your home as his own. They should not scare the pet away at any time, instead, play with them for some time and cuddle with them.

(C) Allen Pearson
Every pet demands nothing but attention and love from their owner and it is not very hard to give them that. The next and the last thing to do is to introduce your pet to any other pet that you have. Don't leave the newer pet with your older pet, instead make their meeting short and concise.
 Give them time to get comfortable with each other presence. Try to restrict one of them to an area and allow the other to roam free and then do vice versa. Gradually, they will come to terms with each other and will be comfortable as well with each others presence, often playing around together.

4.Create a schedule for their bathroom break and physical activities
It is a good practice to get your pet accustomed to different things with the help of a schedule. Fix a time at which they will eat and keep the food out for them at that time. The pet can eat it at their own pace, but make sure that you give them only a limited amount as prescribed by the vet.
Next comes the bathroom schedule. It usually depends on the age of the pet how many times are they going to use a bathroom break. Make them accustomed to a place where they need to defecate. It might be a problem at the start and the pets may defecate anywhere in the house, but it should be your duty not to make too much fuss about it and instead instruct your pet to the right spot.

You can give a treat to your pet if they go to for a bathroom break at the right place. This will encourage them to follow the same thing again and again. Last but not the least is to get some physical exercise for your dogs. Just make it a light run as you don’t want to put a lot of stress on them.

These are some of the ways that one can retort to in order to make sure that their pet loves them and grows into a healthy and loving pet. Always spend some quality time with your pet as it is the most important thing that will make your pet love you. It is important to create a bond between yourself and your pet.

Author Bio: Willie Mays is a housewife, good mother, pet lover and a blogger. Auxier is her dog and Mimo is the name of her cat. She loves them very much.  She is trying to help other pet owners by blogging and that’s why she wrote 4 Steps to Success as a New Pet Parent and at "from The Dog's Paw" as a guest author. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

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

Wire-Haired Terrier Adoption
"Sally Mae"
Photo Credit: Operation Paws for Homes Creative: Allen Pearson
Meet my friend Sally Mae from Operation Paws for Homes! She is a pawsome 2-year-old Wire-Haired Terrier sweetheart looking for her "Forever Home" and humans to love! WOOF!!

She's a wee bit shy but warms up with a few kind words and a gentle touch.  Once she does, she's your friend for life.

Barks, Sally Mae loves to snuggle and cuddle- sometimes she just can't get close enough to her human. She will take every oppawtunity to curl up in your lap too!
Wire-Haired Terrier Adoption
"Sally Mae"
Photo Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
Creative: Allen Pearson

Sally Mae has a very curious and inquisitive nature.  She loves exploring and investigating new things.

Though Miss Sally Mae is past the puppy stage, you may want to watch her around shoes- as they tend to be a little too tempting for this little darling! WOOF! Those moments are far and few between! BARKS!

Sally Mae does enjoy de-stuffing and squeaking toys! She loves chasing tennis balls and zoomies are a favorite past-time too.

Paws, Sally Mae will do best in a suburban or country setting as the noises, busy streets, traffic and other loud noises make her a bit nervous.

WOOF, Sally Mae has done well with most dogs she's met and prefers to be the top-dog leader of the pack.

Barkingly, if you would like to learn more about dog adoption, pawlease visit Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

WOOF, if you would like to apply to meet Sally Mae or pawssibly adopt her, pawlease complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application!

Wire-Haired Terrier Adoption
Sally Mae"
Photo Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
Creative: Allen Pearson

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

WOOF! "Lab Lady" arriving this week to share two incredibly beautiful and pawsomely talented Black Labrador Retrievers was almost more than my humans heart could take! WOOF! He thought his dream of having a yard full of large dogs was starting to come true! WOOF!

Meet my friends Boo and Roxy!

Black Labrador Retriever Adoption
"Boo and Roxy"
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. Creative: Allen Pearson
At 4-years-old, these pawsome Black Labrador Retrievers are looking for their "Forever Home" together in a suburban, rural or city single-family home. They have no fence requirement. Barkingly, yes, they are a pawsome bonded pair and must be adopted together!

The girls are easy to walk on a leash, ride beautifully in a care, very low maintenance and extremely affectionate! Neither girl has shown much interest in playing fetch.

Boo and Roxy do well in a crate- they want to be crated together. If not, Boo will try to get where his sister is crated! The two are house-trained!

Black Labrador Retriever Adoption
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. Creative: Allen Pearson
One thing for pawsitive, the two girls will avoid the vacuum cleaner- just don't like it. They'll leave the cleaning to the humans!

Boo and Roxy like to share a friendly "hello!" with other dogs on their walks! Barkingly, they get to go out around three times a day which seems to meet their exercise needs - totally pawsome!

The pair aren't demanding of attention, but barkingly appreciate all they can get.

Roxy and Boo love to play together too- Roxy will lie low for an ambush while Boo slowly walks closer to taunt her! WOOF!! Then, they both take off - the chase is on! Barkingly fun!

Roxy and Boo made their way to Lab Rescue when their human surrendered them because they didn't have time for them. 

Though they get along with other dogs, there is no cat history. There are recommended for mini-humans ages 10 and older.

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption and meet these two pawsomely beautiful sisters, pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application!

Black Labrador Retriever Adoption
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. Creative: Allen Pearson

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

"Baby Girl"
Photo Credit: PetConnect Rescue Creative: Allen Pearson

My pawsome friend "Cat Lady" of PetConnect Rescue brought by a cool meowster for you to meet this week, Baby Girl!

Baby Girl is almost 2-years-old. She was found abandoned with a rear broken leg. She's fully recovered and the injury doesn't slow her down one bit! BARKS! er, MEOWS!

Baby Girl gets along well with other cats and dogs.  She likes being near her humans too.

She loves looking out the windows at the great outdoors and hopes her new family will have a window or two for her to enjoy! MEOW!

Baby Girl would love to make your life pawsome! MEOWS!

A note from my pawsome friends at PetConnect Rescue: The adoption fee for Baby Girl is $135, which helps with the cost of routine vet care. The fee DOES NOT INCLUDE spay/neuter if the kitten is not already spayed/neutered. If the animal you are adopting is not already spayed/neutered, you will be required to sign a contract legally obligating you to have the animal altered. S $100 fee is collected to spay/neuter deposit to help ensure that the procedure gets done in a timely manner.

Please note that cats adopted through PetConnect Rescue must be indoor only, and may not be declawed (unless already declawed at the time of rescue).

Please note that the first step in approving adoption applicants is to complete a Veterinarian check. Vetting of current and past pets is very important so PetConnect Rescue will be speaking with the Veterinarian(s) listed on your application to ensure that your current and previous pet(s) are kept up to date on vaccines (including rabies), spayed or neutered and examined annually by a Veterinarian.

If you would like to learn more about cat adoption, pawlease visit the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Guide.

If you would like to meet Baby Girl or apply to adopt her, pawlease complete the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Adoption Application!  Once submitted, one of their Adoption Coordinators will contact you!

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

I had so much fun with my friend "Great Dane Dame" this week as she brought by a friend for you to meet who isn't bigger than her- at least at the moment! WOOF! Nor, bigger than me either! I love these Great Danes though - pawsomely magnificent animals to bark the truth.  

Meet Gwen! 
Great Dane
Photo Credit: Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Creative: Allen Pearson

Gwen is a barkingly sweet 1-year-old Great Dane! She is new to the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue after spendings six weeks confined to a kennel run at the Veterinarian's office. 

Gwen is slightly cow hocked as she didn't get the proper nutrition she needed when she was growing up and it caused some issues with her bones! Barkingly, this doesn't affect her ability to get around or to run- which she loves to do! BARKS! Though she does stand a bit crouched with an odd gate.  Paws, the Veterinarians said there is nothing to be done for it except good for and regular exercise.

Barkingly, while this sweetie is a bit underweight and a little shy at first, she is one very happy Great Dane!  She is busy learning potty-training and some basic commands! She has had some training in her previous home, so much of this is reminders! BARKS! She walks well on her leash and is getting used to car rides! She sleeps well through the night!

Gwen has gotten along with other dogs she's met- mostly mild and mellow dogs! She has no history with cats. She has gotten along with mini-humans! WOOF!

Interested in learning the process to adopt Gwen? Barkingly, pawlease visit our pawsome friends at Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League who can answer all your questions!