If your dog has a problem, take care of it immediately!
Whether he has problems with other dogs, people, children, plays too rough, chews the furniture, destroys your shoes, climbs the fence, etc etc etc, I just cannot comprehend why people ignore the issue until it actually becomes a serious problem. If your dog growls when you come near his food, work on food aggression before he bites your kid! If your dog is nervous around strangers, socialize him before he bites your new neighbor!
I really just don’t understand. Ignoring an issue does not make it go away, it makes it worse.
Which reminds me, teach your kids how to act around dogs! Just because they can climb all over their own dog and get right in his face doesn’t mean another dog is going to tolerate that behavior. Teach them the proper way to approach a new dogs and things to avoid doing around dogs.
The cute puppy and kitten faces peering out from Los Angeles malls and storefronts could soon all be rescues. The LA City Council Tuesday voted 11-1 in favor of banning stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits that are not rescues.
Councilman Paul Koretz, who sponsored the motion, explained to The Huffington Post that the measure is in large part in response to the problems caused by puppy and kitten mills. “Puppy mill dogs are kept in horrible, inhumane conditions. Puppies and kittens, in the case of kitten mills, often end up with severe health problems and sometimes behavioral problems,” he said. “They also make worse the problem of an overabundance of animals and the euthanasia of hundreds of thousands of animals,” he added…..
I’m horrified. She’s a cutie and I hope she finds a home ASAP but, WTF? REALLY? Not only am I so OVER the ‘purebred’ designer breed bullshit, but this crosses the line. These poor dogs! The world doesn’t need anymore mutts. Plenty in shelters already
Right?! Not to mention, a lot of these “breeders” are putting the dogs into super small cages until they mate. Most are at least smart enough to breed a female pit and male doxie so the pups aren’t too large for mama to safely deliver, but a female in heat does not want to be trapped with another dog. And if it’s a fight between a 50 lb dog and a 15 lb dog, well, who do you think is going to win?
Backyard breeding is NEVER okay, no matter if they’re creating “pure” dogs or mutts. There should be a law (that is actually enforced!) that requires an expensive license and inspection before someone can breed any type of animal.
i'm working at starting a volunteer program at the shelter i work at, what do you think is most important to volunteers? any tips in creating the program? LOVE your blog :)
That’s actually a really tough question. Honestly, I think the most important thing is to make your volunteers feel welcome and needed. When a volunteer feels like they’re in the way or aren’t doing much to help, they’re not going to come back. There’s been a few times that we’ve had a youth group come to an event to help- while it’s great that they’re so willing to help and clearly have fun, other new volunteers who show up that day often don’t have such a great time because there just isn’t much to do. It’s really important to stay organized and make sure everyone has something to do, and to make sure that the task is appropriate for the volunteer- someone who has little experience with dogs shouldn’t be walking an 80 lb pit mix who isn’t used to being on a leash.
As far as finding volunteers, Facebook has worked wonders for us lately! While it does have its downfalls (people who post unwarranted negative comments or even slander), it’s incredible how much networking can do. We’ve had numerous volunteers, donors, and even adoptive families find us through our facebook page or posts that others have shared. You might also think about having fliers made to post in local pet stores, doggie day cares, and vets.
He came back, we talked, we agreed to keep trying on certain conditions. Ash, I haven’t seen you in forever. I feel like I have a lot to catch you up on. I’ll be home a few days the next couple of weeks, and then I’m in Oregon from the 29th to the 6th, but after that I fully expect to see you. Like a lot.
I’m so sorry about your boyfriend. I recently went through a terrible break up. My dogs were my rock.
Thanks. Unfortunately, my dogs live with my parents while I’m at school, otherwise I’d be loving on them like no other right now, and I only see the rescue dogs on Saturdays. And I guess he’s decided that he’s coming over to talk, so we’ll see.