Celebrate the 4th, but keep your #dog safe with these helpful tips from #Petfinder

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Protect your dog from summertime danger!

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Today is the first day of summer in the United States and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere and  even with all of the fun that summer offers with outstretched paws, it also presents a plethora of dangers for our dogs.

Here is a helpful infographic from Petfinder featuring  the:

6 Common Summer dangers for dogs:

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#Petfinder wants to prepare pet parents for #Hurricane season

We have heard reports that this year the Hurricane Season is expected to be a particularly bad one. It is our pleasure to share this Hurricane preparedness graphic that Petfinder has prepared for everyone!

To visit PetFinder click on Infographic

To visit PetFinder click on Infographic

 

Stay safe out there!

Barks and licks and love, 

Dakota

 

 

It’s National Pet Month in the U.S.!

National Pet Month is a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to our lives and vice versa! In the UK it is celebrated in April, in the U.S. it is celebrated in May.

caren and the boys!!

National Pet Month’s aims are to:

Promote the benefits of pet ownership

Support Pet Adoption

You can do this by visiting websites such as Petfinder,  where you can find over 300,000 adoptable pets from over 13,000 adoption groups!

Make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets!

When you own a pet they can help ease depression and  lower blood pressure! To see more ways owning a pet can help you, watch the slideshow here

National Pet Month also hopes to:

Increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals

Raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals.

Fairfax Pets On Wheels connects pets with people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. (The Sheltie in the video looks like Dakota, but it isn’t him!)

More information: http://www.fpow.org/

My life would not be complete without the love of my pets

 and I am sure that you feel the same!

 

DAKOTA’S DAD UPDATE: Thank you to those who emailed and/or left comments  offering support and good wishes. Dakota’s Dad is doing well!  Thank you so much for the power of positive thinking! Dakota and I love you all!

“Yappy” National Dog Day!!

Since Mom was late on getting a post together for National Dog Day, here is a video she found from 2011….

In honor of National Dog Day, Mom and I have installed PetFinder widgets on our side bar, that way, people can search for adoptable dogs ANY day of the year!

Want some ideas about how YOU can help?

Click HERE:

“YAPPY” NATIONAL DOG DAY!!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

International Homeless Animals’ Day® 2012-SHELTIE RESCUE

You can read about International Homeless Animals’ Day® here

This video is around 5 minutes long and worth every second

 To Help a Sheltie find a home, visit:

Click on photo to visit their website

 

For those in the U.S.,  you can find listings of Sheltie Rescues by State  by clicking  here

Or visit Petfinder.com

Shelties everywhere thank you!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

 

Bloggers Unite For Dog Rescue!! Promote Dog Adoption On July 23!

Blog the Change

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota, and this is my first time participating in Blog the Change for animals. Normally, my brother Cody from Cat Chat participates, but this time he passed it on to me. Why? Because I am here to tell you about a special event coming up on July 23rd.

Many of you are probably shaking your head wondering why a pure breed dog would be promoting Dog Rescue.  I’ll tell you why. If my parents had a Sheltie rescue near their home, that is where they would have gotten me. Not that they regret having me, NEVER! It’s just that when they wanted to get a Sheltie, my Mom wasn’t blogging, she didn’t know that there are pet transport services such as Pilots N Paws that could have flown a Sheltie to HER!!

All my parents knew then, was that the Sheltie rescues that they searched online for were much too far for them to visit. They do not regret purchasing me from a RESPONSIBLE breeder at all. Mom and Dad love the breeder where I came from and still keep in touch with her. It is just their first choice would have been to help a dog in need.

Why?

One important reason is from http://btc4animals.com

“Millions of dogs are euthanized each year because not enough people are adopting dogs through local rescue groups and shelters.  Instead, many people purchase from pet stores not knowing that most come from puppy mills – read more at: http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/puppy-mills/puppy-scams-cons.aspx:  Additionally, many people underestimate the time and dedication it takes to become a responsible pet owner, and surrender their dogs, or worse.”

So, on July 23rd we are going to be joining other dog bloggers in helping to spread the word about Dog Rescue. 

How can YOU help?

  • You can blog  about a Dog Rescue related topic on July 23rd, 2012
  • Adopting a companion: http://theshelterpetproject.org/
  • Donating to a local dog rescue organization
  • Fostering a dog
  • Volunteering at a local shelter or rescue organization
  • Sharing this post across all forms of social media and encourage others to participate!

Be sure to join us and all of our dog blogging buddies on July 23rd and help us to spread the word about the importance of

DOG RESCUE!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

October Is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

Let me begin by saying I am not a Shelter Dog. Nope, I’m not.  In my case fate just didn’t work that way.

Before I came to live with my Mom and Dad they DID search shelters on PetFinder looking for a Sheltie to adopt. At that time there were none close enough to our home for my Mom and Dad to adopt.  But things could have been different.

What if another family had brought me to live with them and it didn’t work out? There are a number of reasons why maybe it wouldn’t. Maybe I wouldn’t be a good fit for their family? Maybe they would fall on hard economic times and wouldn’t be able to care for me any longer  and be forced to bring me to a shelter? These things happen every day.

Shelter dogs aren’t just mutts. There are many pure breed dogs there too who for a variety of reasons have now become Shelter dogs.  Whatever type of dog you are looking for I bet you can find at your local shelter.

Times are tough in our country which has caused shelters to have a glut of both dogs and cats, (for the record, my brother Cody WAS  a shelter cat!)

When possible always try to ADOPT FIRST!

How can you help if you aren’t able to adopt?

There are many things that you can do.  You can read about them here on Petfinder.com

Here is an adorable Sheltie boy that Mom and I found on Petfinder, can you help spread the word?

Max

Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie: An adoptable dog in Livonia, MI

Max is a pure bred Shetland Sheepdog. He is around 2 years old and a small boy , He seems to be very sweet and a little timid,

More about Max

Pet ID: D110619 • Spayed/Neutered • Primary color: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White) • Coat length: Long

Max’s Contact Info

Last Day Dog Rescue, Livonia, MI

We hope that Max finds his “furever” home soon!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota