Welcome everyone, to the #AtoZChallenge Blogging Extravaganza, where hundreds of bloggers publish 26 posts in 30 days, one for each letter of the alphabet, covering a myriad of topics! “Dog Breeds & Anecdotes” is my theme. Click HERE to see all posts and HERE to view the participants. Please support our efforts by visiting, sharing and commenting. We have all worked long and hard on this project. Have fun and thanks for reading! ♥
(to ask yourself)
Many people, often inspired by children’s pleas, movies or other media decide they want to get a dog, despite having no prior experience and without considering all the ramifications. This can lead to neglect, abandonment or worse.
Before plunging into dog ownership, please keep in mind these are living, loving beings who require life-long commitment and should never, ever be “disposable”. Think of them as four-legged children and ask yourselves the following questions:
Do I genuinely desire a dog, or is this an impulse reaction to external stimuli?
Do I understand the costs involved?
(the dog itself, veterinary care including spay/neuter procedures,
food, dishes, treats, beds, toys, grooming, training, holiday boarding, work day walking, etc.)
Do I have the time, energy and patience to train a puppy?
(requires constant vigilance, daily repetition and consistency)
Should I get an older dog?
(May have bad habits; harder to train)
What breed (or crossbreed) fits my lifestyle the best?
It’s so important to research the characteristics, health concerns, exercise and grooming requirements of the dog you want. Many dogs end up in shelters because their owners weren’t prepared and didn’t know what to expect.
Where should I go to look for a dog?
(Shelters, rescue organizations, reputable breeders; NOT pet stores; they use puppy mills.)
May you find the perfect dog and have many wonderful years together!
Need someone to take care of your pets in your absence? Here’s an excerpt from my article
“How to Choose a Good Pet Sitter / Dog Walker”
published in the Pet Center News:
You wouldn’t trust your babies to just anyone, so, it’s important to find someone experienced, conscientious and reliable. Word of mouth is the BEST recommendation, but, if that’s not available, then always ask for references and make sure you contact them.
Just because someone is bonded and insured, does not necessarily mean they are good. I remember watching a van pull up to a house one day, with the name of a large, well-known pet sitting service written on the side. The person went into the house, came back out about 5 minutes later and drove off!
Observe carefully how the person interacts with your pets during the initial meeting. You will be able to tell right away whether or not they have an affinity for animals. Too many people go into this line of work, thinking it’s a quick and easy way to make money and they aren’t fully committed to the clients! Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their background, experience, etc. When making house calls, I always left a note for each visit. If they don’t offer to do this, it’s a good idea to ask for it.
Do you have any dog-related questions you’d like to ask me?
Looking forward to your comments!