Ziggy knows every day is National Dog Day

Why does Ziggy the senior English Bull Dog know every day is National Dog Day when she's around? Because everywhere this adopted dog goes she gets a lot of love, from her family to strangers sitting next to her on a bench.

Senior dog adoption celebrate national dog day

As a confirmed dog lover, I think every day is National Dog Day too. And until we're ready to adopt again, I'm celebrating the hell out of this holiday with as many dogs, especially the older senior sweethearts, as I can!

If you don't have a dog, consider marking this day by adopting or fostering a dog in your area.

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Italian Baywatch? Meet the heroic canine lifeguards of Italy!

These Newfoundlands are doing serious work to save lives along the many miles of coastline in Italy, but I'd still watch if they were on a canine edition of BayWatch.

Meet the canine lifeguards of the Italian Coastguard [click here for the photo series]:

image from www.onegreenplanet.org

I once was friends with a Newfoundland named Chewbacca. When he sprawled on the floor, he was the size and texture of a large bathtub mat. Playing around with him one day I found he had webbed feet, no wonder the Italians created a water patrol using Newfs.

Bravo Italia! 

Using their duck paws, Newfs are natural swimmers, and with their immense strength and thick double coat, these giant dogs make the perfect lifeguards. Let me say that if I saw one of these guys lumbering by me on the beach, or cruising by in a boat, I'd definitely feel safer.  

If you were on vacation in Italy, or anywhere boating or swimming, wouldn't seeing these canine lifeguards help you relax and enjoy yourself more?

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#DOGood | Photos play a big part in dog adoptions

Taking good pictures isn't easy, ask any dog person how hard it is to get a photo of their furry buddy that isn't blurred or poorly lit. And that's when the dog is sleeping. Imagine what it must be like for shelter dogs. These are dogs who lives can change overnight when a stranger falls in love with their cute mug on a shelter's website, or Facebook page.

Having a cute photo to share online and across social media can have a big impact on dog adoption successes. From MNN.com:

The study found that some of the most important traits of a photo that lead to an adoption include:

  • the dog making direct eye contact with the camera
  • the dog standing up
  • the dog posing in an outdoor location
  • the sharpness and overall quality of the image

Interestingly, the aspects that seemed like they would make a dog appear more friendly, such as a dog wearing a bandana, having a toy, or having an open mouth with a visible tongue, didn't seem to sway people who were looking to adopt.

 

image from www.mnn.com

 

Read more about the tricks to taking a photo that will help increase a dog's adoption chances.

Did you fall in love with your dog's photo before you met?

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Glimpse what makes Goldens so special, check out Dog Camp!

Sure dog lovers say this about every dog but there is something special about Golden Retrievers. Goldstock is described as "the most fun you can have with your dog, and your dog with you." 

What makes this more than your average Labor Day weekend? This event is about promoting animal rescue, and raising money. It's about hundreds of Golden Retrievers teaching you a few life lessons.

 

From CSMonitor.com

Goldstock, which brings together hundreds of golden retrievers and their owners, is a yearly gathering that benefits and celebrates rescue dogs. The event was started in 1998 by Gail Lustig, a New York City dog-walker whose father built the camp in the 1950s.

Since then, Goldstock has grown from its humble beginnings of 60 attendees to include campers and rescue groups from all over the world. Roughly 400 dogs and nearly 30 different rescue groups participated in Goldstock 2014, as well as many dog-less attendees who showed up to support the cause.

This is better than any band camp, because dogs! What a wonderful event to close out summer with, and I can't wait to see Dog Camp in the fall!

Learn more

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This Dr. Seuss fan and dog lover will pass

On Tuesday, a new Dr. Seuss book called What Pet Should I Get? was released, and according to Time

The book centers around a brother and sister who set out to a local pet store in search of a furry friend to call their own.

Attitudes towards dogs as pets and companions have changed a lot over the past fifty years. We are seeing more people understand the joy a senior dog can bring to your life. Thanks to many animal welfare organizations we are closer than ever to becoming a no-kill nation.

I'll be honest, I grew up reading and enjoying Dr. Seuss books. However I know how little things can influence a child's mind, and in this book it bothers me that a pet store is the focus of where they might find their new furry friend

I'd rather have them learn why adoption is a better option than buying a pet [SF/SPCA]

There are classic kid-friendly dog books already out there like Go, Dog. Go! and Harry the Dirty Dog. Do you think this new Dr. Seuss compares?

 

image from time.com

 

Would you buy the book to use as a way to teach children about why adoption is a great option? I'd love to read your comments on this.

 

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Dogs are a healthy and positive influence on relationships | New Study

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Another study is out proving how dogs are a positive influence on our life. This time the data shows that we are more likely to develop friendships and have healthy social interaction, thanks to our dog. 

From Oregon Alive:

The type of relationship they may develop ranges from a brief social interaction to the development of new friendships. Interestingly, the U.S. dog owners were much more likely than owners of other species to consider people they met through their dog as a friend.

People were even more likely to meet each other through pets than via their children's school, according to the research results, and walking your dog is among the top five best ways to meet new people.

Many of the pet owners also said their pets helped them establish relationships that led to tangible forms of social support in both practical and emotionally supportive ways.

Read more about how dogs positively influence us

Mine sure did! Tell me, has your dog helped you make friends or be more social? 

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Show compassion towards homeless animals... pass it on

I believe in the power of the human animal bond. I've seen how stray dogs respond to a soft voice, and a loving touch from a stranger. Offering a compassionate response to a lost or stray dog is something you will always feel good about. 

Hope For Paws

Via ABC 13 and Hope For Paws

A heartwarming video of a homeless dog being rescued shows how quickly an animal's demeanor can shift from panic to happiness with just a compassionate touch. Watch her incredible transformation before and after the rescue.

Find out more about the work being done for homeless dogs by the animal rescue team at Hope For Paws

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Maryland house, volunteers with big hearts, create sanctuary for senior dogs

In the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, you learn that every time you hear a bell ring, an angel gets its wings. Wouldn't it be nice to believe that every time a person or group chooses to help homeless dogs, especially senior dogs, that it is also a sign of something wonderful happening? Their compassion is a sign that the world at large, that humanity, is choosing to do the right thing, not because they are coerced but because it is the right thing to do. They are proof that not everyone is consumed by greed or narcissism, as much of the media would have you believe.

There are people and groups who understand that the compassion we show towards senior dogs will have a positive influence on the world. Watch this video about a Maryland retirement home for senior dogs, and be inspired:

 

 

 Via National Geographic

Nearly two-dozen dogs are spending their golden years at House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary. Sher Polvinale and a team of volunteers at this Gaithersburg, Maryland, home spare no expense and care for the dogs' every need—from washing and feeding to medications and vet visits.

Click here to learn more about House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary:
 
 

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Why our senior dogs need our compassionate response

Our older dogs need us to show compassion as they age. Moving through their golden years their vocabulary changes. Unlike a puppy, if they have an accident in the house, our senior dog could simply have forgotten to go outside or is dealing with something more serious. 

It's up to us to listen to what our senior dogs are saying, and respond with compassion. 

image from www.mnn.com

Here are seven things your senior dog would like to tell you, via Mother Nature Network

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July 4 Special Dog Adoption Day in San Diego for Military Families and Seniors

This July 4th a very special dog adoption event for military families and senior people is being held at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego County. The Wags for Warriors and Sizzling Seniors Adoption Day Event offers approved military families and Seniors (55+) adopting Senior pets (5+) the chance to have a portion of their adoption fees covered by a very special donor! In addition, between 10:00am and 12:00pm there will be fun kids crafts, a FREE shaved ice, and a ticket for enter-to-win raffle prizes. 

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Generous Helen Woodward Animal Center Donor Spreads Joy to Military Families and Senior Animal-Lovers with Sponsored Adoptions on the 4th of July!

WAGS FOR WARRIORS AND SIZZLING SENIORS ADOPTION DAY 

Rancho Santa Fe, CA (June 22, 2015) – On the 4th of July, as celebratory fireworks fly through the air, celebratory cuddling will be taking place in homes across the city. That’s because, despite the “Independence” day holiday, Helen Woodward Animal Center knows that the 4th is all about uniting family - human and furry alike. Military families and more mature members of our community (aged 55+) are encouraged to find their forever friend at the Wags for Warriors and Sizzling Senior Adoption Event. The special day has been arranged thanks to Jim Kuden a longtime supporter of the Center, animal-lover and patriot. Kuden, who believes uniting these special groups with orphan pets can make a uniquely positive impact on the lives of both the animals and their new families, will help to sponsor adoption fees of approved military families adopting any pet and/or seniors adopting a senior pet on Saturday, July 4th, 2015. The Center will celebrate the fun with family activities, raffle prizes, kids crafts, and shaved ice between 10:00am and noon that day.

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Fundraiser and Pet Adoption Event! "Sleepover at a Shelter" starts today!

“Sleepover at the Shelter” is an event to increase adoptions at animal shelters and to raise money to provide free spay-neuter to underserved communities.

Friday and Saturday, June 12-13

The Sleepover begins on Friday morning and the big adoption event is on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Reduced Adoption Fees

Free Goody Bags for Adopters

Face Painters

Food Trucks

How You Can Help:

A group of volunteers will be spending time at the Downey Animal Care Center over a 24-hour period to celebrate all the pets that are waiting to be adopted. Sponsor the time that they are staying at the shelter.

Be a volunteer and get people to sponsor you! Make a difference while spending quality time with great animals that just want to love.

Donate: 

Help them reach their $30,000 goal, which will help pay for 400 Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Learn more! Visit: Sleepover at the Shelter

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Coco the Pit Bull offers the best medicine for her truck driver papa

What's wrong with Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)? Because if Coco the Pit Bull and her papa and BFF Chris had not found themselves in Kansas City, Missouri when Chris collapsed, their story could have had a very different, and tragic ending.

image from www.huffingtonpost.com

From the Huffington Post:

Truck driver Chis Price was worried about more than just his health when he collapsed in Kansas City, Missouri, while out on a haul last month. 

Price, whose home is in Tennessee, was even more concerned about his driving buddy: a sweet white pit bull named Coco -- who'd been with him all over, nonstop, for seven years, and who was taken away by animal control as Price himself was carted off in an ambulance.

There was good reason to be nervous. An estimated 3,000 pit bulls are killed in animal shelters across the country each day.

Read the rest of their amazing story 

Visit Kansas City Pet Project on Facebook.

Coco and Chris' story is a good example of why we need to end breed specific legislation. It does more harm than good.

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Fun and easy ways for dog lovers to celebrate Earth Day

We love our dogs and we love our planet. When thinking about how to celebrate Earth Day with your dog, there are lots of fun and easy ways your family can become eco-friendly and go green!

First stop, the cute department. Consider having dog bedding that is eco-friendly such as one from the Little Green Dog, or reuse your old soft clothing inside a Molly Mutt dog bed. Four years ago we tried this and our dog loved the results! [Easy Dog Bed Project]

image from twitter.com

What are other easy ways for you and your dog to be more green?

Try natural cleaning products for your home

Use biodegradable poop bags, or if possible and safe, flush or bury your dog's poop

Consider switching to a holistic dog grooming line

Try out a Molly Mutt sustainable and green dog bed

These just scratch the surface of how easy it is to go green with your dog. What's missing?

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