Archive For October, 2015

6 Things You Should Know Before Adopting a Pit Bull

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

We love a good chance to talk about how much we love this breed. While pit bulls are no doubt the center of much controversy, they are also the center of hearts all around the country. There can never be enough positive awareness spread in regards to this breed, as there are far too many pit bulls left homeless and living in shelters, waiting for someone to give them a second chance at life. Here are some things that you should know before adopting a pit bull.

The Stereotype Is Just That – A Stereotype

Everyone in America knows the stereotype that surrounds the pit bull terrier. The problem is, not enough people know that, in the right hands, a pit bull can be the most loving pet you will ever own. The whole “viscous pit bull” stereotype is a shallow concept, just as most stereotypes are. We teach our kids to not give into stereotypes, so why do so many people conform to this particular stereotype regarding pit bulls? Every dog, regardless of breed, has its own story that shapes their temperament and mentality, so don’t give in to the stereotype.

Get Ready for Love and Affection Overload

Pit bulls are wiggly, cuddly, affectionate dogs. If you don’t like dog kisses then you might want to consider another breed. Pit bulls are not aloof – they like to remind you regularly of how they feel about you, so get ready for a lot of love and affection to come your way.

Four pit pulls with the text happiness is being loved by a pit bull

Cuddling is NOT optional

This is a public service announcement: If you do not like the warm and fuzzy feeling that accompanies cuddling with your dog, do not adopt a pit bull! Whether you are in bed or on the couch, you are never safe from escaping a spontaneous cuddle session. You have been warned. Seriously though, pit bulls are cuddling machines. I think that one of their main goals in life is actually to see how close they can snuggle into your body.

I Hope You Like Healthy, Easy-Going Dogs

Yes, pit bulls require a reasonable amount of attention. However, they do not need a whole lot of maintenance care. They have short coats and are moderate shedders. They don’t tend to have genetic disorders like some other breeds and as long as your exercise them regularly, they are generally happy living in any size home.

Contrary to Popular Belief – Pit Bulls Love People

Although this breed frequently gets a bad rap, if you have ever met a pit bull that was raised by a loving family then you have seen first-hand how much pit bulls like to be around people. It is always so gratifying to see people’s reaction to meeting such a loveable pit bull. You can always see the shock and surprise on their face when your pit bull behaves better than other breeds of dogs that they have encountered.

Your Pit Bull Will Thank You Every Day for the Rest of Their Life

Your life will be forever changed the day that you adopt your pit bull. Because of the stereotype that surrounds this breed, there are far too many pit bulls left homeless in shelters all across America. And it’s almost like these dogs know that they have less of a chance of being adopted, because from the moment that you rescue your pit bull the tables will start to turn. You may have been the one doing the rescuing on that particular day, but from that day on your pit bull will spend the rest of his life rescuing you in return.

Now is the perfect chance for you to give one of these dogs a second chance at life. But even if you aren’t in the position to adopt, take this opportunity to spread the pit bull love. Awareness and education is the key to saving the lives of these loving animals.

Happy dog putting his face in the son with the text it's our day

6 Fun Fall Activities to Enjoy with Your Pet

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

September 23rd is officially the first day of fall! What’s not to love about this time of year? The weather is nice, the colorful leaves are falling and the holidays are right around the corner! You’re not the only one looking forward to this time of year – this can be a fun time of year for your pets as well. Let’s talk about some fun activities to enjoy with your pets during the fall months.

Take a Hike

The fall is the perfect time to explore some of your favorite hikes, trails, and national parks, so leash up your buddy and get ready for some fun! You and your dog are bound to enjoy the pretty fall foliage and all the great fall scents. Just make sure that your dog is properly treated for ticks and fleas before heading out, and you are on your way to a fun, safe hike!

Dog and owner sitting on a mountaintop looking at the view

Have a Doggy Play Date

Depending on where you live, fall can be a bit too chilly at times to enjoy the outdoors. Your dog still needs to get the proper amount of exercise and physical activity on those chilly days. Why not invite a friend to bring their dog over for a little play date action? This can be a lot of fun for both you and your dog and will provide them with a good amount of exercise!

Two dobermans in fall

Toss around the Football

We can’t speak for everyone, but for some people fall means FOOTBALL! So, get in the spirit and toss a football around with your dog in the park or the backyard. Sure, he can’t throw it back or score a touchdown, but he surely will love being on the receiving end. For smaller dogs you can even throw a small, plush football around instead.

golden retriever puppy playing football

Head to the Pumpkin Patch

Fall means pumpkin everything, right? Head to a pumpkin patch in your area and bring your dog along with you {as long as it is dog-friendly}. Let your dog help you pick out the perfect pumpkins to adorn your house with. This would also be a good time to snap some cute fall photos of your dog posing beside the prettiest pumpkin of the patch! Did you know that many dogs actually enjoy the taste of pumpkin? It’s even safe for them to eat! Give them a scoop with their next meal and see how they like it.

Two border collies in a pumpkin patch

Camping Trip

A camping trip is like a dog’s dream come true, and fall is one of the best times of year to do it. Find a dog-friendly camping ground near you and plan a trip. Your dog will love spending quality time with you in the outdoors and you can enjoy unplugging and getting away for the weekend.

three dogs peeking out of a tent

Halloween Fun

There are always plenty of pet-friendly community events happening around Halloween. These events are a great opportunity for your dog to get some social interaction and even for you to meet other dog lovers in your community. Start planning early and {if your dog doesn’t mind} find the perfect Halloween costume for both you and your dog to wear to join in on all of the fun!

two bulldogs in costume

Fall is such a great time of year to plan fun activities with your pet. We couldn’t possibly list all of the pet-friendly activities for you to enjoy. The important thing is to get out and spend some quality time with your pet and let them enjoy this time of year as much as the rest of us do. Happy Fall!