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Younger dog people are expecting and willing to pay for more services

Sure, people with money have always expected to get whatever they want for their furry companions but today, millennials are expecting more canine services, and are willing to pay for them.

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From the New York Post:

Many urbanites use prepared-meal delivery services these days, so it’s no surprise that the trend has spread to the furry set. Ollie, a 4-month-old company based in the city, delivers fresh food made with fit-for-humans-grade ingredients, such as beef, blueberries, spinach and chia seeds. Delivery costs $20 to $50 per week. “It mirrors the way [New York humans] want to eat,’’ said co-founder Gabby Slome, 30.

 

According the American Pet Products Association, billions are spent on pet food, the most of any category they track. I expect that given how more young people are growing up with dogs treated, and seen, as beloved members of their family, they will continue that vision when they start their own household.

Treating our companion animals with compassion is never a bad thing, but it's important to try as hard as you can to embrace a dog's essential "doggieness" rather than treating them like miniature humans with human diets or desires. By all means, give your dog the healthiest food you can afford but remember, meals don't need to be complicated to be well-balanced and healthy.

Love your dog, spend time with your dog playing, and engaging with them in meaningful ways. They are with us for such a brief amount of time. Worry less about trends and more about the quality of your time together. Your memories together of hanging out, going on walks, naps on the couch, even making breakfast or dinner together will be what you care about most when they are gone.

Trying to embrace my dog in all her glory is what I am grateful for when I think back to my fluffy girl. I'm so glad I realized somewhat early in our relationship to stop worrying about making any mistakes with my caregiving, and to focus more on being in the moment with her. 

Do you have advice for millennials getting their first dogs?

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Leon!

How adorable is Leon!? He loves cuddle piles! This sweet chi comes to Muttville from Oakland where he was found as a stray.

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We don’t know anything about his previous life, but Leon is sweet and loves everyone he meets.

He is still getting used to his new surroundings but has already shown himself to be people-oriented, cuddly, and sweet as can be.

Leon does great with other dogs and would love to be your new BFF!

Leon is about 7 years young and weighs 6 pounds.

Find him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Animal shelter rescued by Portugal native Cristiano Ronaldo with donation

Sometimes it's a simple gesture to help an animal rescue, or animal welfare organization that makes the biggest difference. In this case, it was a donation by famous footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The Cantinho da Lili shelter in Gouveia in northern Portugal was set for closure but the Madeira native stepped in to help raise funds to keep it open.

Ronaldo donated an autographed jersey which will be auctioned to keep the kennels in business, with it currently finding it difficult to stay afloat due to the expensive treatments undertaken at the centre.

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Whether it's volunteering your time, or if you're a superstar athlete and can donate a jersey, we can all contribute in our own way to helping make a difference in the lives of animals. 

What a wonderful gesture by Cristiano. Given his global status, I hope he inspires others in Portugal and elsewhere.

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Senior Dog Spotlight: City of Elderly Love Rescue

There is something special about older dogs. Is it that having lived beyond the spazzy puppy period, their calm demeanor can lower our blood pressure? When I volunteer at my local senior dog rescue in San Francisco, the adoptable pups there are cuddle bugs and it's a joy spending time with them every week.

Experiencing the warmth and affection these old dogs offer is why I am so happy to shine a light on a new rescue focused on giving older dogs a second chance. City of Elderly Love Rescue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is "dedicated to saving Philly's vintage pets" and in a few years have re-homed over 400 animals.

Since they co-founded the rescue in 2014, Erin Lewis and Samantha Holbrook have saved more than 400 animals.

Erin adds, "We always say that quality is greater than quantity we don't really care how long they'll be with us as long as they have amazing lives and they can make some families really happy during that time."

Erin's own senior dog, Gemma, was the inspiration.

"I call her my soul dog because she was just that amazing and I like to think that every senior pet we rescue could be someone else's Gemma," said Erin.

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If you haven't experienced the love of a senior dog yet, consider visiting this rescue or go to one of their adoption events. Discovering why senior dogs rule will change your life for the better!

 

Adopt     Foster     Donate

WebsiteCity of Elder Love

Twitter: @SaveASeniorPet

 

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San Francisco SPCA Launches Pop-Up Adoption Center at Embarcadero Center!

Need a quick snuggle during an afternoon coffee run? Thinking about adding to your family with an adopted dog or cat? Maybe a bunny? If you live or work downtown the San Francisco SPCA has a pop-up adoption center in Two Embarcadero for the month of February!

They had me at "coffee cuddles"

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February 1, 2017 – The San Francisco SPCA, in partnership with Embarcadero Center, has launched a Pop-Up Adoption Center at Two Embarcadero Center. Visitors will meet adorable, adoptable animals and participate in fun events designed to introduce potential adopters to their new best friend. The Pop-Up Adoption Center will be open weekdays February 1 – 28, 2017 from 11am to 7pm, with the exception of Presidents’ Day on February 20.

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