Did you know there are over 380 registered dog breeds? This month we're celebrating one of them in a big way- the St. Bernard! Although it's not one of the highest ranking breeds, it's certainly one of the most beloved and famous ones! Who doesn't remember Beethoven? Let's find out why the St. Bernard steals our hearts, drool and all.
Did you know there are two kinds of Cocker Spaniels, English and American? (The English ones bark with an English accent! No, not really.) We are celebrating the American Cocker Spaniel, a close cousin to their English line, but a distinct and separate AKC breed. The American CS is the smallest of the 'sporting breeds', it stands up to about 15 inches tall, and about 30lbs. They have a happy dispostion, and are often referred to as 'Merry Dogs'! Let's learn more about this sweet and smart breed!
Meet the Aussie! The Australian Shepherd, the cowboy’s herding dog of choice, is a medium sized worker with a keen, penetrating gaze in the eye. Aussie coats offer many different looks, including merle in different color combinations. Aussies exhibit an irresistible impulse to herd, anything: birds, dogs, cattle, children etc. This strong work drive can make Aussies too much dog for a sedentary pet owner. Aussies are remarkably intelligent, quite capable of hoodwinking an unsuspecting novice pet owner. In short, this is not an ideal breed for everyone, but if you’re seeking a brainy, tireless, and trainable partner for work or sport, your search may end here.
Meet the Maltese! This elegant toy dog breed is famed for the silky white hair covering its body. Straight and thick, the coat falls all the way to the floor. They stay small and compact and should weigh no more than seven pounds at maturity. Many years ago, Maltese came in many colors, but these days they are always white. Because they do not have an undercoat, Maltese shed very little, and many people consider the breed to be hypoallergenic. Maltese are sweet, intelligent dogs who are devoted to their people. As one of the smallest of the toy breeds, they are well suited to apartment or condo living. Despite their delicate appearance, they can have a lot of energy, but are also very responsive to training when rewarded.
What’s not to love about a French Bulldog? They have large bat like ears, big googly eyes, and thoroughly enjoy a good snuggle. That’s what makes this breed one of the most popular companion dogs in the world today. The French Bulldog is small (less than 30lbs) but substantial in build with a powerful muscular body. They have a short, easy to care for coat that accompanies and easy going personality, which makes them ideal for first time pet parents. These compact dogs do not need a lot of space, so they are also good candidates for apartment living.
For dogs and other pets, toys are not just luxury, but a necessity. Toys are important to your dog’s well-being. Toys help fight boredom when you have to leave your dogs at home, and provide comfort when they’re feeling nervous. Toys can even help prevent your dog from developing certain problem behaviors. During the holidays, its natural for us to want to spoil our fur babies with plenty of new toys and treats, but not all toys and treats are safe for them.
With the holidays just around the corner, a lot of people entertain the idea of getting a new pet during this time of year. And while the idea of a new puppy or kitten is exciting, consider being a hero this November and rehoming a senior pet from a shelter! It’s a sad reality that these wonderful senior babies are often the last to be adopted from shelters. However, November is nation Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month and we hope, with your help, to improve the adoption rate for older pets by spreading awareness.
Be a Hero and Adopt a Dog in Need of a Forever Home!
Be a hero, and adopt a dog this month!
Dogs are our friends, companions, and often our heroes. That is why October is such a special month, it’s a chance to pay it forward to our canine friends. Since 1981, American Humane Association has encouraged animal lovers to repay the favor by adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group during the annual “Adopt-a-Dog-Month.” It is that time of the year again, and it’s a chance for you to be a hero and adopt a dog in need of a forever home.
Sadly, an estimated 3 to 4 million dogs wait in shelters every year hoping for the loving, forever home they deserve. And each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized because they have no family to take them in. In 2016 alone, 56% of dogs in U.S. shelters were euthanized. These tragic statistics could become even more harrowing given the current coronavirus crisis. Many families are struggling financially and had no choice but to relinquish their beloved family pet to a shelter, meanwhile many shelters are becoming overpopulated.
Be a hero, and adopt a dog this month!
You’ll be saving his/her life, while also providing a space at the shelter for another animal in need! These are strange times, and having a furry companion during these periods of isolation can be very positive for mental health. As well as physical health being improved from more walking and other outings with your pet. Acanine companion could be just the thing to lift spirits until life resumes normalcy. And what better time as many of us continue to work or attend school remotely.
Not ready to adopt? There are other ways you can help!
Aside from adopting a dog, there are also a few other ways to celebrate adopt a dog month: -Spay or neuter your dog It is very important to make sure your pet is spayed or neutered. This prevents the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted puppies. Spayed and neutered pets have been show to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been fixed.
-ID your pet Having proper identification for your pet is also a great way to be sure your pet is returned to you on the chance you guys get separated. Having both a microchip and i.d. tag on the collar helps ensure your pet doesn’t wind up for adoption or worse.
-Support your local shelter Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating supplies, money, or even time! Most shelters or groups are always in need of extra supplies like leashes, pet food, bowls, beds and toys. Call your local shelter or rescue group to see how you can help!