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Are you a good candidate to adopt a dog?

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So, let’s talk about adopting a dog.  One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that rescues and shelters will just adopt out to any willing body.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  When I am working a pet adoption site we do have to tell people from time to time that they are not a good fit to adopt a pet at this point in their life.  If your idea of giving a dog a good home is to just leave it in the backyard all day and all night.  Justifying it by saying well I go out there to feed him and play with him for a little while… “He’s getting fed and has shelter”.  I really need to communicate this to all the folks out there that really believe that….dogs are domesticated animals.  Which simply means they can live as humans do and are similar in needing to be social.  They are not cows or goats that graze all day and are content doing so.  Dogs need human stimulation.  So if you don’t want the responsibility of raising a dog in the house or dealing with its shedding etc. than you are probably not a good candidate.  And that is fine.  You are being honest.  We like that!   

We also get a lot of pregnant couples that want to adopt a dog.  Why would you want to bring another life to take care of when you are going to be consumed with the life you just created?  I know this from first hand experience.  Don’t bring that kind of stress on to yourself and the adopted pooch.  Or, well I want to adopt a dog so my child can learn responsibility.  A child cannot raise another child.  Because that pet is a child itself that needs a parent to raise and nurture.  If you are not ready to make a pet an equal extension of you or your family than you shouldn’t adopt.  I realize this thought comes very natural to me because I have always had a better connection with animals than people.  I have very few people that I truly let into my life but any animal is always welcome. :)  But trust me I have made my share of mistakes in adopting a pooch when I had no place in doing so!  You live and you learn.

Another reason a person may not be a good fit is obvious.  If you are out of your house more than you are in it, yes you  are not a good fit.  Once again dogs are social animals.  Probably the most social.  So they are unhappy when you leave them alone all day and nights in the house.  Once in a while is okay but not all the time.  I have a lot of college students that want to adopt, the last thing a college student needs is a living four legged creature to take of!  If they are anything like I was in school my day consisted of ….classes in the day,  which party am I going to tonight or who am I hanging out with and what do I wear!  And doing it all over again the next day.  Since I had such a love of animals, I really wanted a dog when I was finally on my own in school.  I am a Miami native and we always had dogs growing up in my house.  They even went out on the boat with us on the ocean.  So, I yearned for that same kind of companionship.  How selfish was I??  Basically, I wanted a dog around when I was home because I couldn’t find anything else to do.  So I just wanted companionship on my terms which is wrong on every level.  For that matter we are also guilty of doing that with people also.  In saying this, yes I should have never even thought about taking in a life to take care of when I was so self-absorbed with my own life.  I thought well I can help out my friend and adopt her puppy since she isn’t around much to do it.  Wrong!  Really?  Why did I think I can do it when I was with her every time we went out and got home late.  Just because you get to college doesn’t make you smart! :)  I realize there are exceptions to every rule.  So I am sure there are college students that are responsible pet owners.  

I know most of us come from a very good place and want to adopt and help.  But just remember you are taking in a living creature, making a commitment to always give love, medical care, companionship and finally make sacrifices because that living thing cannot live without you.  So you really have to be in a very unselfish place in your life because taking care of another living thing is just as important as taking care of yourself.   Ummm….come to think of it….it’s a lot like when I was pregnant with my baby girl and I had to make a lot of lifestyle changes, sacrifices and get in a very unselfish place in my life! :)

XOXO,

PLG
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How do I love thee… let me count the ways

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So, let’s talk about the different behaviors of a dog that show us love. You may be surprised at some of them!  If you are a dog lover or an animal lover in general than you know by now they possess feelings and emotions in their own sort of way.  Believe it or not dogs have been our constant companion for thousands of years.  The dog is probably the most social and that’s why no other animal has a closer relationship to humans.  We call them man’s best friend or woman’s best friend for good reason!

1) If there’s one thing you can count on your dog is that you can count on your dog! Dogs are the most loyal creatures on earth. Dogs are a descendant of wolves. Loyalty comes from wolves. Despite the term “alpha male” implying that a male wolf rules over his pack, the fact is that wolves mate for life, and mating pairs share responsibility in running their packs offspring. Living as part of a nuclear family unit is built into your dog’s instincts, which is what makes them so loyal and such terrific pets.

2) We think a tail wagging is a sign of friendliness or happiness.  Not all the time.  A dog’s tail wagging tells us a lot about emotions.  Such as fear, tension, happiness etc.  Usually, if your pooch is happy she will wag her tail with her whole butt back and forth or in circles.  The more relaxed the tail wagging, the more relaxed she is and happy.  

3) How about when a dog follows you around everywhere you go, it’s just his social thing.  They are pack animals.  They don’t like to be alone. It doesn’t really occur to your dog to seek out “alone time.” It doesn’t cross his mind to want to be apart from you. His devotion means that wherever you are, that’s where he wants to be.  Awww!  In saying that get a dog instead of a significant other!  Lot less grief! :)

3) Licking your face….dogs lick people’s faces for a few different reasons, but in most cases it’s a sign of love and affection.  A dog may also lick you in a submissive way, to let you know that he is not a threat. And of course, your licking dog may also simply be grooming you. Dogs groom each other as a gesture of intimacy when a solid bond is in place, so you can definitely take grooming as a sign of love from your pooch!  Either that or he thinks you need to take a bath!

4) Jumping up on you is a sign of it’s affection also.  As annoying as it is and we all want to train the dog to stop, especially when you are wearing your favorite black dress!  It is instinct to them.  As a puppy, a dog learns to lick its mother’s face and eyes. That’s why your dog jumps on you. It wants to lick your face because it recognizes you as its “parent.”

5) A bit of roughhousing is your dog’s natural way of playing and showing affection. It’s healthy, but also a necessary part of your dog’s social development.  It plays a role in forming a bond between your dog and you. Sometimes roughhousing can go too far, so teach your dog that playing around shouldn’t be too rough: no barking, biting or swiping. Let him be aware that you are not a dog like him.

6) As I said, dogs are a descendant of wolves. Wolves, are social creatures that live in family packs. Dogs are wired to be social also. When the important role you play in your dog’s life quickly becomes apparent to him, you become his “pack leader.” You are the most important individual your dog has, and he looks to you for guidance, approval, companionship and love.  He wants you to be his pack leader, that is true love to a dog.  

7) In the wild, wolves in packs sleep curled up together, since the wolf is an ancestor of dogs their behavior is the same to curl up with each other.  You are your dog’s best friend and family, it’s only natural that she expects to be able to hop up on the bed and sleep up against you.  I have a 110 lb lab that has been sleeping with me since he was 6 weeks old.  Well I decided to get a dog bed for him….he just looked at me as if to say “You sleep in that dog bed lady!  Needless to say he is still in my bed but on the upside he is the best snuggler! :)  What can I say…I sleep with dogs!  If you want your dog to sleep in a dog bed than don’t even think about letting him up on the bed.  Because to him it is natural to sleep beside you.   

8) Does your dog lean against you?  In your dog’s mind it’s a sign of affection. It’s a way of both showing you attention and asking for your attention. So, just take a moment to sit down and let her know you love her back.  We all need some reassurance sometimes! :)

Hopefully, this gave you a little more insight about your best friend.  Just remember when the going gets tough…your pooch will always be there for you!

XOXO,

PLG Team
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