June is National Microchipping Month. I am a huge believer in microchips. All of my pets, including every single kitten that comes through rescue, are microchipped. While I’m thankful they have never been necessary, you can never be too safe. Even with the utmost care and vigilance, our beloved pets can sometimes go missing or get lost. That’s why microchipping is crucial in safeguarding their safety and well-being. Here’s how this simple procedure can be a lifesaver in reuniting lost pets with their owners.[Read more…] about June is National Microchipping Month
Buy a Bag, Give a Meal with PetSmart
Yesterday, PetSmart® announced the launch of its new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program in celebration of its 30th anniversary. From March 1, 2017 to December 31st, for every bag of food purchased online or in-store (locations across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico), PetSmart will donate a meal to a pet in need. During the campaign, PetSmart expects to donate more than 60 million meals.
We are proud to team up with PetSmart on this important philanthropic initiative in celebration of its 30 years in business. These food donations are key to helping animal welfare organizations free up precious resources so they can continue their life-saving work, as well as deliver pet food as an option at food banks and pantries. We look forward to seeing the impact this significant pet food donation will make to close the gap on this critical and essential need in animal welfare. – David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities
For the past 30 years, PetSmart has teamed up with its nonprofit partner, PetSmart Charities® to save more than 7.3 million pets’ lives. If it seems like a lot, it is. PetSmart and PetSmart Charities have helped foster more adoptions than any other brick-and-mortar organization. Even more, PetSmart Charities is the leading funder of animal welfare in North America with over $300 million in support.
A recent PetSmart Charities survey found that of their 1,800 animal welfare partners across North America, only 20% received pet food donations and only 8% are contracted to received subsidized pet food. Furthermore, one in seven Americans rely solely on food banks and pantries. With pet food being a rare find at these human food bank programs, many will sacrifice their own food to ensure their pet has something to eat.
Every pet lover is always looking for ways to helps the pets who don’t have homes. Unfortunately, it’s not always financially possible to donate, which is why the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program is so awesome. Simply ensure you’re buying your pet’s food at PetSmart and you’ll be feeding other pets in need – how simple is that?
We already do most of our food shopping for the fluffies at PetSmart, but we are going to ensure we are spending our dollars there for the rest of the year to support pets in need! If you don’t already purchase your pet’s food at PetSmart, will you be adjusting your purchasing habits for the rest of 2017?
For more information on Buy a Bag, Give a Meal, read the PetSmart press release here!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PetSmart. The opinions and text are all mine.
My Training Inspiration
I had half of this post written thinking I knew who my training inspiration was. I wrote about Mauja and Atka and how their pyr nature pushed me to be a better trainer. I wrote how they forced me to learn new techniques, change my habits, and get creative. I went on and on about them until it hit me: they weren’t my first training inspiration.
If you’ve been around here awhile, you know a bit about Kaeto. Kaeto was the first dog my husband and I got together – he’s what truly made us a family. After moving across the country and away from family, we knew we couldn’t be without a dog. So, we headed to the local shelters and immediately fell in love with Kaeto.
His different colored eyes, his freckles, and his half floppy ears – I couldn’t resist that face. He was extremely malnourished and had obviously had zero training. At about a year of age, he didn’t know how to sit or even his own name. He came home with us later that day.
Over the next few weeks, we slowly started to realize the extent of his “issues”. While the shelter told us he wasn’t leash-reactive, he definitely was. They also told us he was great with other dogs, which he wasn’t. He was far too excited and didn’t know how to handle his emotions, which often turned into aggression. He also had terrible separation anxiety and chewed his way through a metal crate in less than a half hour.
I quickly realized why he was relinquished by not one, but two families. However, I knew he wasn’t going anywhere. He was ours and ours to stay.
Since we had just moved and were only supposed to be in that location for 5 months, I didn’t get a job. This gave me ample time to work with Kaeto. I knew how to teach basic commands, but Kaeto’s needs went far past that. I can’t even remember the number of books I read and hours I spent online researching and learning.
We were out and about every day. Kaeto taught me how to exercise a dog on a bike and just how much energy a dog can have. He taught me how to be patient. He taught me how to get out of my comfort zone. He taught me more than I can possibly say.
Kaeto lived with us for less than a year before he very unexpectedly passed away. I still remember that day like it happened in slow motion and am tearing up as I write this.
Thanks to Kaeto, I learned how to work on so many skills, including leash-reactivity, over-excitement, separation anxiety, and overall socialization. He pushed me to my limits and there were days I cried and cried because I was so overwhelmed.
But thanks to Kaeto, I now have the confidence to take on “tough cases”. I’ve built a foundation for dealing with difficult behavioral issues. I can help save more dogs.
So, here’s to Kaeto – my true training inspiration. We miss you every day <3
Passion is a wonderful thing when working with animals.
I’m an extremely passionate person and have very strong beliefs, especially when it comes to animals. I know I’m not the only one.
The problem occurs when our passions don’t line up. [Read more…] about The Change for Animals: Collaboration
Fads are everywhere. From diets to clothing and everywhere in between, something in the media triggered the trend. We can never be sure how long a trend will last, but we do know that those in the trending market will earn a huge profit.
The majority of the time, a fad isn’t a huge deal. Maybe you’ll have to look at a style you don’t particularly like or hear a music artist over and over. Perhaps your co-workers will try and get you hooked on the new weight loss or exercise plan. Kind of annoying, but really no big deal.
When a particular breed of dog becomes a fad, it IS a big deal. [Read more…] about Great Pyrenees in the Media
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get pet products from a variety of companies directly to your door each month? Wouldn’t it be better if purchasing those products benefited homeless pets? [Read more…] about Spoil Your Dog with PetBox
Have you been following the Spring Naturals Best of Breeds Campaign?
Each month they are featuring a different breed and October was all about the Great Pyrenees! Mauja and Atka were featured all month long and so were their fluffy furiends at the Great Pyrenees Rescue of Wisconsin. Have you seen the adorable fluff balls they have available for adoption? [Read more…] about #BestofBreeds Giveaway!
Differentiating your treat company from the pack can be quite a daunting task these days. When Paula Etchison created High Hopes for Pets, she had more than creating a tasty and nutritious treat in mind. She wanted to help pets in need. That’s why 3.5% of every sale goes to the High Hopes for Pets Foundation. The foundation then distributes grants to different shelters and rescues. [Read more…] about High Hopes for Pets
This past weekend, our local shelter had a fundraiser to help with their adoptable animals by hosting a “dog show”. Now, this wasn’t your typical dog show; it was all fun activities! The shelter set up several different classes for the dogs to enter, such as Best Costume, Dog-Owner Look Alike, Best Trick, Best Vocal, Musical Sit and so on.