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!

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)

Happy Friday! While I pawsomely enjoy writing about my friends every Friday who need "Forever Homes" and humans to love, I wish they were all already adopted and enjoying the barkingly or meowingly pawsome lives they are meant to live. Pawlease share my posts with friends and family and whoever else you may know who is looking to adopt a furry friend!

My pawsome friends at Homeless Animals Rescue Team brought by a meowingly pawsome cat for you to meet! Meet Antony!
Cat Adoption
Photo Credit: Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)
Creative: Allen Pearson

Antony is 6-years-old, he is friendly with dogs, cats and mini-humans! He is not declawed.

WOOFS, uh, purrs, Antony is quite the handsome fella! He is pawsomely affectionate too! He is looking for humans to love and a "Forever Home!"

Antony came to Homeless Animals Rescue Team after his human passed away and he needed a place to go.

Antony is looking to make another human's life pawsitively pawsome by becoming their fur-baby!

Meow, do you have questions about Antony? Pawlease contact Kim!

Interested in meeting Antony or applying to adopt him, pawlease complete the Homeless Animals Rescue Team Cat Adoption Application.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Dog Adoption: Honey’s Journey Home By Natalie Davis

Black Labrador Retriever
(C) Natalie Davis
It started on the streets of Corinth, Mississippi. Two dark fur balls just barely big enough to fit in the palm of your hand, shivering while trying to keep each other warm in the winter cold. Honey was just 4 weeks old when she was found in a ditch huddled next to her brother, Dijon, without any sign of their mother nearby. The puppies were so cold and malnourished, that a few more hours outside without their mother could have killed them.

In desperate need of help, the puppies were rushed to the only animal shelter in a six-county area of North Mississippi and West Tennessee, the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter. Thankfully, there was enough space to take in Honey and Dijon and bring them back to good health. But, as time went by and more dogs needed saving, there was no longer space for the puppies. If they did not find homes soon, the puppies were in danger of being euthanized and all the effort spent by Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter would be wasted as the newly healthy puppies faced death yet again.

In less populated areas that see more dogs going into shelters than coming out, the future was not bright. Even worse, this situation is not unique to the Mississippi shelter. Animal shelters across the country experience the same dilemma nearly every day. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year, and of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 48% are adopted and 20% are euthanized. 

That’s where the Wolf Trap Animal Rescue comes in. Wolf Trap partners with Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter to help combat pet overpopulation in the South by operating rescue transports to the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. Kim Pettit, co-founder of WTAR said they’ll get a call from the rescues down in Mississippi that say, “we’ve got 30 to 40 dogs, we’re busting at the seams. Can you guys come help us?” They’ll immediately drive down to Mississippi and bring the rescues back up North. The DMV area has less strays and more families able to adopt, so by moving the animals to more populated areas, shelters like Corinth-Alcorn are relieved from overcrowding issues without having to euthanize any healthy animals.
Black Labrador Retriever
(C) Natalie Davis

So off went Honey along with 30 other puppies and a few kittens to continue the journey to their forever home in Northern Virginia. Since the Wolf Trap Animal Rescue operates by remote location there is not an actual facility to house the adoptable dogs, instead they reside in foster homes for a few weeks until the adoption event is held at PetSmart locations. For Honey and the other puppies and kittens that meant it was not necessarily the last stop on their journey, but they would be in capable, loving hands the rest of the way. Advisory Manager, Jesse Simmons was particularly admirable of the Wolf Trap staff, volunteers and fosters saying that seeing everyone work together to change so many puppies and families lives in the process is really amazing and makes all the hard work worth it.

One bus packed with fur babies and twelve hours later, Honey finally arrived in Northern Virginia a complete nervous wreck, unsure of where she was or what was going to happen to her. Little did Honey know, she was minutes away from finding her forever home. And little did her foster mom know, she was about to gain a forever fur baby.

Honey’s foster mom turned out to be a 20-year-old animal lover and college student who just barely convinced her parents to let her foster a puppy for two weeks. It was agreed she could not adopt the puppy but the second she picked up that trembling, terrified little black fur ball, she knew that she would never let go. And she never did. Comforted by the warm hands that cradled her, Honey nuzzled her cold little nose in-between her new mom’s neck and shoulder, and for the first time stopped shaking. In that moment, Honey and her mom both knew the journey was over. Honey was home.

About the Author: Natalie Davis is a full time animal lover and college student. She studies Public Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University and aspires to use her PR skills to bring awareness to animals in need.

Black Labrador Retriever
(C) Natalie Davis

Friday, January 5, 2018

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

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue / Creative: Allen Pearson

Barkingly, I made another new friend this week when "Lab Lady" brought by one of her friends to meet you!  Meet Nick! He is a 3-year-old Black Labrador Retriever

Since Nick is from a rural area, he isn't used to the noises of traffic, groups of people or the city. He is looking for his "Forever Home" in a single-family house located in a rural or suburban area. He has no fence requirement. Barks!
Black Labrador Retriever
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue 
Allen Pearson

If you are looking for a relaxed laid-back dog, Nick is not the one for you. He is very energetic. He is the pawsomely pawfect dog for a family who has time to spend showering him with love and attention. He might be small, but he's mighty!

Nick has a pawsome personality and enjoys going for rides. Walks on a leash are new to him but he is willing to work on it with his human. Barks! He loves snuggling and is a complete love bug.

Nick is crate and house-trained. He will go into his crate, sleep through the night and even eat there!

A pawsome fella, Nick has been good with other dogs he's met bt has no history with cats or mini-humans. He is approved for mini-humans age 10 and older.

Nick posed and performed in video so you can see him playing. Watch him here: Nick Playing!

If you would like to learn about dog adoption, pawssibly meet or adopt Nick, pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application.

Black Labrador Retriever
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue  / Creative: Allen Pearson

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

Great Dane Adoption
Photo Credit: Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Creative: Allen Pearson

WOOF! Bark! My friend the "Great Dane Dame" came by this week with my friend Apollo! He is looking for a "Forever Home" and humans to love! Arf! 

Apollo had a pawsome Christmas- Santa was really good to him. He loves the deer antlers! 

Apollo is making great strides in his foster home. He is eating better and keeping the food down! He pawsitively loves bananas! WOOF! His foster parents want to share Avocados with him too. Barks. 

Apollo enjoys playing and running with his foster sister in the backyard. He loves to play tug-of-war and has chosen his foster Dad as his BFF!! WOOF!!  After playing, he loves snuggling with his human on the couch. 

Apollo has a barkingly pawsome playful nature and making silly faces. He is pawfully affectionate and shows his emotions on his hilarious face! Bark. 

If you think dogs can't understand English, don't tell Apollo! If he doesn't agree with your command, he will mumble back at you. Barkingly hard not to laugh! WOOF! He is very well trained but can be stubborn needing reminders from his human.

Apollo is house-broken and crate trained. He doesn't mind staying in a confined area when his humans go to work. 

Apollo loves his blanket.  He takes it everywhere he goes.  He does pawsome on walks and has been known to stop traffic with his handsome stride. 

Apollo still needs some training. He will have a training requirement as part of his adoption. Barks!

Apollo is good with mini-humans but not with cats.  He is good with medium to large dogs but not small ones! 

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption and pawssibly meet Apollo, pawlease visit Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Adoption Procedures

Great Dane Adoption
Photo Credit: Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Creative: Allen Pearson

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

900 Labrador Retrievers?

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of LR.C.P., Inc
Creative: Allen Pearson.

WOOF! When I received an email with titled "900 Labradors....," I have to admit I thought it was about something my human was dreaming about! He would love nothing more than to have a yard full of large dogs to call his own! WOOF!!

Barkingly, the email celebrates the 900th Labrador Retriever rescued by my friends at Lab Rescue in 2017! Belle is the 900th Labrador- we are pawsitively thrilled to read about that and the work the pawsome volunteers do to ensure that every Labrador needing a warm place has it! WOOF!

Belle is a pawfect example of how Lab Rescue adapts to meet the needs of dogs in the five states they serve! Over the past few years, Lab Rescue has seen a significant increase in the number of special needs Labs coming to the rescue for assistance. Barkingly, many times a simple surgery will give a Labrador life with a hopeful, happy, and healthy future! BARKS!

"Belle and Her Growth"
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue
Belle is one of those barkingly pawsome 5-year-old Black Labrador Retrievers who had a growth hanging from her belly.  The growth caused some humans at a shelter to believe she was not adoptable so her future was in jeopardy! Paws, the shelter contacted Lab Rescue hoping they could help!

And, BARK!!, they did! Belle was taken to one of Lab Rescue's Veterinarian Hospitals where she had a surgery to learn whether the huge growth was cancer cells or not. Due to its size, it was concerning that it had possibly metastasized to other parts of her body.

The surgery determined the growth to be a benign, fatty lipoma! WOOF!  She has been given a most deserved new chance at life and my pawnderful friends at Lab Rescue gave it to her! WOOF!!

Belle surgery expenses were paid by donations from pawsome dog lovers who want to see them become-all-the dog-they-can-be! WOOF! If you would like to donate to Belle's surgery expenses, pawlease visit Lab Rescue, Sponsor Belle.

Belle's beautiful smile along with the before and after photos of her tummy shows she is a most happy dog and Lab Rescue has made her life more comfortable! 

In a few weeks, Belle will be looking for her "Forever Home." She will be looking for a pawsome human being who can give her pawlenty of belly rubs! Maybe our friend "Lab Lady" will bring her by to be featured in my "Friday's Friend" column. 

Another pawsome fella who received assistance from Lab Rescue is Sarge! 

Sarge was a gift from a man to his girlfriend who suffered from neglect after the relationship ended. woof. He lived outside in a yard full of construction equipment and materials. 

Like most pawsome and curious 1-year-old Labradors, Sarge entertained himself and managed to cause a serious cut which his human allowed to fester.  Animal Control had to take him from his home and find a safe place for him. 

Sarge contacted Lab Rescue who said "yes" and got him the surgery he needed and treated his infection. 

Lab Rescue operates on donations given by donors. They can only say "YES" when they have the funds to meet the needs of these pawsome Labradors. 

Pawlease help Lab Rescue helps future dogs in need by donating to Help Lab Rescue! WOOF! 

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue Creative: Allen Pearson
 Donations to Lab Rescue are tax-deductible in the calendar year donation was made. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

(C) Allen Pearson

May you have a barkingly
pawsome 2018!

We are looking forward to a pawsome 2018
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