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It seems that we’re apologizing a lot for our lack of updates, so this time we won’t. Life has been full of changes in recent months. Losses, gains and adventures abound. With everything going on it has been difficult to keep up with things in real life, let alone catching up on internet things. But we’ll try to as we’re able. Thank you to those who have stuck around. Even in our absence we are still showing that plenty of readers are stopping by.

Not long after our previous post we lost Jack, Dani’s beloved old gentleman cat. His loss affected everyone in the house but none more so than his best friends Bailey, Dani and Dani’s husband as Jack was his first cat. He was an old, wise soul that will not be forgotten.

After that, there was the surprise loss of a family member. But best to not dwell on that at the moment or this entry won’t get finished.

Shortly, very shortly after their passing we had a new surprise family member added to the household. A new puppy.

There had been no plans of another addition of a dog to the household at least for another year, there is much to be done this year as it was. However, due to irresponsible owners and my own husbands big heart we ended up with a tiny brown and white bundle of sass.

Meet the tiny demon.

Meet the tiny demon.

She came home with us at a very early age, 6 weeks, because on top of already not spaying or neutering their current dogs, they deemed puppies too much hassle and were threatening to throw them out in the cold. Or send them to the shelter, whichever caught their fancy first. We had already agreed to take her at 8 weeks but at this point we just wanted her out of dangerous hands so I demanded that she be brought to me the very night that I was told of such threats. So she was and the rest was as they say, history.

Except that it wasn’t. I couldn’t get her other siblings out of my head. I very briefly considering bringing the last 2 unclaimed puppies home with me until I could find them good homes myself. However, after a few nights with one 6 week old puppy, I realized that I would lose my damn mind with three. This did not help stem my worry. I kept in constant contact with a girl that was also trying to help find them homes. Through networking with my friends who are also into rescue we were able to get the one remaining sibling to a rescue group.

When I picked up the sister to drive to another town to meet with the rescue people, she was much in the same condition as our puppy was when we first brought her home. Tear stains down her face and reeking of urine and feces. They were being kept in a bathroom that apparently, wasn’t being cleaned. I was also informed that when I picked her up, it was the first time she’d ever felt grass on her feet. Despite such rough beginnings, the puppies were healthy and their tear stains ceased in a few days of clean environment.

Dropping her sister off to the rescue group.

Dropping her sister off to the rescue group.

We named our new family member, Samus. I thought house breaking would be a breeze because it was with Ozzy however she ended up having a urinary tract infection due to her previous living conditions so it took quite a bit longer than expected. It took Ozzy about a week to warm up to her and now they’re practically inseparable. She is 3/4 Australian Shepherd and 1/4 Rottweiler and 100% energy. She can’t control her licker either. But she is damn cute and expect to see a lot more of her.

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Valentine’s Day is a time to spend with the ones we love, and that includes our fuzziest and loyalist companions! Our pets are there for us year round, providing an unconditional kind of love that can brighten our spirits on the gloomiest of days. If you’re stumped on ideas for your pets, or even on what to get a significant other that loves animals, we might just have some ideas you’d like. 🙂

How cute are these "bichon bars" from Three Dog Bakery

How cute are these “bichon bars” from Three Dog Bakery?

Three Dog Bakery's "Boxer Brownies" look good enough for people to eat!

Three Dog Bakery’s “Boxer Brownies” look good enough for people to eat!

Check out this "pet-it-four" they make as well.

Check out this “pet-it-four” they make as well.

Bakeries all over the place are going to the dogs, literally! Bakeries catering specifically to our four-legged friends are sprouting up everywhere, making freshly baked doggy-friendly cupcakes, cookies, and more. Even some regular bakeries are getting in on the action, like Cupcake Station in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their adorable “pup-cakes”! Three Dog Bakery in the Partridge Creek Mall of Clinton Township, Michigan is the kind of place you can find such delectable treats as “Boston Terrier Cream Pies”, “Boxer Brownies”, “Pupcakes”, and “Bulldog Bars”.

http://www.threedogatthecreek.com/products.asp?cat=76

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Stumped on what to get your significant other this year? A wonderful type of gift that has been gaining in popularity are donations. This Valentine’s Day why not make a donation to a rescue or shelter in your special someone’s name? Roses wilt, cards often get discarded or lost, and chocolates (while delicious) are soon gobbled up and gone; a donation that goes toward helping save animals is one that will have a lasting impact. There are plenty of places out there that could put your donation to good use, but one specifically is the Michigan Humane Society. Thursday, February 13th is the Michigan Humane Society’s annual Valentine’s Telethon. Donations are tax-deductible and help the good people at the humane society continue to provide the much-needed care to homeless, abused, and neglected animals in need. You can find more information on how to donate right on the Michigan Humane Society’s web page, here:

http://www.michiganhumane.org/site/PageNavigator/telethon.html

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Have a heart, and be a Rescue-Dog or Rescue-Cat’s Valentine! Please just remember that if you plan on getting a pet for someone for Valentine’s Day, to make 100% sure that they are ready for the commitment that comes along with it. Sometimes the best intentions just aren’t enough to make something work, and no one wants to see a pet come so close to having their forever home, only to have it taken away from them. It just isn’t fair to the animal involved. So make sure the person is on board fully, find out for sure if the place they live even allows pets (and if they do, that there are no restrictions that would apply to the critter you’re adopting), and please adopt. There are already so many animals out there in need of love, and they could truly use a good home.

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Most importantly, the best Valentine’s Day gift you can give your pet, is the same one you give them everyday: Your love. We are our pets best friends, and there is nothing you could buy them that could ever measure up to your time. Whether you’re just snuggling on the couch, scratching that one spot that makes their back leg go crazy, or playing a game of tug-of-war or fetch, it will mean the world to your pet. They may not be able to go out and buy you flowers or write you any love poems, but who needs that when you’ve got a dog happily wagging his tail, or a cat purring in your lap?

November isn’t just about the turkeys. It’s also Adopt a Senior Pet Month!

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They may have a little gray around their muzzle, but senior pets have just as much love to give as any other animal, and they’re eager to prove it!

You can walk into just about any shelter or animal rescue and you’re bound to find several older pets waiting for that special person to come give them what they want most: a loving home.

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When getting ready to adopt, a lot of people automatically picture themselves bringing home a cute little puppy or kitten, but older pets need love too!

Here are some things to consider when thinking about adopting a senior pet:

  • They’re a lot less work than their younger counterparts. Think about the housebreaking, the teething, the training. Puppies are a lot of work, they’re basically like having a furry little baby and that requires a lot of work and attention. Older dogs often know the ropes already and require far less training. This goes for cats as well, seeing as they’re most likely already litter trained, have learned what is acceptable to pull their claws on (and more importantly, what isn’t).
  • What you see is what you get. Senior dogs are already grown, so you won’t have any surprises when that cute little lapdog you wanted suddenly ends up taking up the entire couch. They also already have their own personality, habits, and quirks; to sum it up, they have a lot of character!
  • You can literally save a life. Sadly, seniors are often overlooked and are the last choice for adoption, leaving them as the first in line to be euthanized.

Both of us have had senior animals, and can both agree that they are just as loving, just as affectionate, and just as amazing as younger pets. Just because they are old, does not make them some sort of defect that should be overlooked. Animals don’t judge us for wrinkles or gray hairs, and we shouldn’t judge them for theirs either! Think of it like having grandparents. They may be old, but they’re awesome!  🙂

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June 1st officially marks the beginning of National Pet Adoption Month!

If you’ve been thinking about bringing a new pet into your home, what better way than to adopt one from a shelter or rescue? Finding a pet is made even more convenient these days with sites like petfinder.com or adoptapet.com where you can find tons of pets in your area right from home. You’ll find even more than just dogs and cats too, including animals like ferrets, chinchillas, rats, birds, and plenty of other little critters.

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The two different groups offer very different adopting experiences. To help you in your decision on where to adopt from, we will do our best to describe the advantages and dis advantages of each.

Rescues

Rescues are usually non-profit organizations, run by private owners with the help of volunteers. When you adopt an animal from a rescue, a great many things have already been taken care of for you. Spay/neuter, vaccinations, any other medical needs, varying degrees of training, a background of the animal, and microchipping. (If you’re adopting a cat or dog. Smaller animals aren’t generally microchipped.) For this reason, the adoption fees are higher than those of shelters. If you call your local vet and price out all the above things, you will most likely end up saving money adopting from a rescue.

Rescues tend to know their animals more intimately because the people and volunteers handle them daily. They can tell you whether; they get along with other animals, have a bite history, or dislike children. Many times their animals have been living in foster care and are housebroken.
The main disadvantage of a rescue (and this is opinionated based on each individual’s views) is that there is an adoption process. This involves filling out an application to review. Once and if, you are approved there may or may not be a home check. This seems to be the area that people get shy. They think it’s too invasive. What you need to remember is that these animals have already had tough lives. The rescues only concern is that the animal is going to a safe environment. So what’s one extra guest over for the day if it means you get to keep the warm ball of fur (or feathers) you’ve been dreaming of?

Shelters

Shelters are generally county run and funded by tax dollars. They work off of strict budgets, donations, limited employees, and volunteers. Because of this, many are what are known as “kill shelters”. They see a surplus of animals dropped off or picked up as strays. The animals only have so many days to be adopted before they are euthanized to make room for more animals. Shelter life is much like jail and only the basics are met. Veterinary care is minimal. Anyone with a valid ID can adopt from here, with no home inspections.

As depressing as this all sounds, adopting from a shelter can still be rewarding. When you adopt an animal from a shelter you are literally saving someone from death row. Yes, the vet bills can get high if you have an ill animal but this also brings you closer to your new found friend. As cheesy as some people think it sounds, you can tell an animal is thankful when you save their life. Perhaps only people who have been through this process can understand what that means. But wouldn’t you like to find out?

In conclusion, no matter which route you decide to go, there are ups and downs to each adoption process. All you need to do, is decide which is the right path for you and your future friend. Please feel free to post any experiences you may have had in adopting an animal in the comment section!