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Don’t Shop: Adopt! Wonderful, loving pets across America are in need of good homes!

Mackenzie Freeman

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Around 6.5 million companion pets across the country – 3.3 dogs and 3.2 cats – are currently in animal shelters, eagerly awaiting their future families and ultimately their forever homes. Shelters are hosting programs and hosting functions centered entirely around pet adoption. Sadly, some may never see the day when they are taken from the crowded facilities to a loving home with their very own human family. The most rewarding option for all involved would be to adopt them from the shelter when your family is ready to take that leap.

The benefits for adopting from shelters versus using other methods are many. You’ll be saving a life as well as saving money. You’ll also be helping to fight against the dangerous and unfair practices of puppy mills. And don’t forget the bragging rights involved: who doesn’t want to announce to the world of social media that they just rescued an amazing pup or cat from a local shelter?

Although they typically tend to get a bad rep, dogs and cats that are adopted from shelters have cuddliness and personality to spare. Many were discarded for reasons beyond their control. Common reasons include a family moving to a place that doesn’t allow pets, getting rid of a dog because the owners have a baby on the way, or getting rid of a cat because someone in the home is allergic. Although understandable at times, the decision can still be heart-breaking. And with the recent passing of the Christmas holiday, it’s important to address another major issue in the world of pet adoption: gifting a loved one with a pet.

When the term “forever home” is used, it is not to be taken lightly. For some families, it has become a trend to adopt pets as Christmas presents just to return them to the shelter after the first of the year. Pets should never be seen as presents and then discarded when the excitement disappears. We can do better as a society to abolish this increasingly common practice. Make sure that your family can handle the responsibility of caring for a pet.

It is a fact that if 10% of families looking to add one or more pets to their homes chose to adopt, the shelters would be empty in no time and millions of shelter pets will have finally found their forever homes, which is something that every pet needs and deserves. If you or someone you know is interested in adding a pet to your family, the first thing you need to do is make sure that your family is prepared; make sure your home is physically ready for an added inhabitant. Then contact local shelters, where they will guide you through the process. Adopting a new pet is quick, easy, and cheap and will lead you and your pet to the adventure of a lifetime.

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These Incredible Hybrid Dog Breeds Will Have You Ready To Adopt!

Lea Lomas

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If you are considering adding a new pet to your family, you have quite a few options available to you! While some families like purebred pups, and who can blame them, there are so many other breeds to consider. Today, we are going to introduce you to several fascinating hybrid breeds that make great family pets. By the end of our discussion today, you’ll be ready to adopt them all!

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Owner Returns from 6 Months Overseas to the Delight of Adorable Dog

Sherry Rucherman

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Many people have seen the heartwarming videos that get posted of soldiers returning from a tour of duty overseas to the delight of their loving children. These videos are enough to bring tears to the eyes of nearly everyone. In addition to these fantastic videos, the same principle is true with pets as well. Recently, a video was published showing that dogs truly are a man’s best friend. A video was posted recently of a young lieutenant who has stationed overseas in South Korea. When he left, he left behind his wife as well as their young dog. One of this young soldier’s biggest fears was that when he returned, his dog would not remember him. Even though people love their dogs and their dogs are obviously happy to see them, it can be a challenge to get inside the mind of a dog.

This is why this young soldier made time in his busy military schedule to connect with his dog. When the young soldier would FaceTime his wife, he made sure that his dog was around as well. The dog clearly recognized his face and his voice when the dog ran over to the phone. This provided for some heartwarming moments during what was surely a stressful time overseas.

Recently, the young soldier returned home to his family located in Austin, TX. His heart was pounding as he stepped off the plane and rejoined his family. Of course, his wife was waiting with open arms and was excited to see him. Fortunately, there was someone else who was waiting to see him as well. When he started talking, his dog heard his voice. The dog leaped out from around the corner and clearly could not contain his excitement at his owner returning home from more than six months overseas. 

He could be seen jumping up and down because he was so excited to greet this young soldier as he returned home. IN fact, the young soldier ended up being tackled to the floor. The dog spun around in circles. He kept barking. His tail was wagging back and forth as quickly as it possibly could. It was obvious this dog could not believe that his owner had come home. Clearly, they are best friends. Even though the young soldier was unsure of whether or not his dog would remember him, the wife stated that she never had any doubt. It was obvious the dog recognized his owner during the FaceTime videos. Therefore, he would recognize him in-person again as well.

This story serves to highlight the connection that truly exists between dogs and people. Many people think that dogs are just animals; however, there is a true connection there. The love that dogs provide is unconditional. They are very smart creatures with great hearing and a strong sense of smell. They are able to connect with people instantly and do not forget people just because they go away for a few months at a time. The way this dog responded to his owner when he returned home from overseas is evidence of that.

Perhaps this is why people say dogs are a man’s best friend. Perhaps this is why people get so upset when a dog gets hurt, sick, or passes away. People view dogs as members of their family. It was clear that the dog was every bit as excited to see this young soldier return home from his tour of duty as his wife was. It is moments like these that make people appreciate dogs even more.

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Jack- the One-Eyed K-9 Dog for a Day

Mackenzie Freeman

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A 14-year-old unique Parson Russel Terrier named Jack has captured the heart of people everywhere after his story became known online. The one-eyed dog was able to enjoy what may be his final months doing something he always wanted. Jack got to check off another item off of his bucket list, and it was all due to the big hearts and caring hands of the Wilmington Police Department in North Carolina.

A few months ago, Jack, who is showing visible signs of his advanced age, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer in his jaw. Due to his advanced age, the location of the cancer, and the aggressiveness of the disease, surgery or other treatments were not an option. Jeremy Miller and his wife, Jack’s owners.

Understandably were very upset by the news and were devastated at the thought of losing their furry friend. Especially Jeremy as he had adopted Jack when the pooch was just a pup at two years of age.  Jack had lived a long and happy life with the Miller family, and his owners wanted to do all that they could to make sure he lived out the rest of his life in comfort and enjoying every day he had with them. So the couple talked and they decided to create a bucket list for the terminally ill Jack.

In an interview with Inside Edition Jeremey said “We decided to celebrate his life rather than be depressed waiting for him to pass away because of all the years of joy and happiness he’s given us. He’s proving that despite looking down this loaded barrel we call cancer that he too can go out happy and positive rather than sad and scared.”

It did not take long for the local Wilmington Police Department to hear of Jack’s story. In no time at all they decided that they wanted to help Jack and his owners celebrate his long and happy life. They were going to grant one of the bucket list wishes: get to be a K-9 officer for the day. Some of the K-9 officers talked about how touched they were by Jack’s story and how much it made them think back and remember the times with their canine companions as well.  When someone pulled up the actual bucket list, they were excited that there was an easy and special way they could help make Jack’s final days special and memorable.

Jeremy often referred to Jack as his best friend and his wife always told her husband that the tiny dog was his “mini-me”. Jack is now gone but his final months and days were filled with fun and adventure and love. He was a fearless dog despite his size. He never backed down from a challenge, even facing cancer at the end of a long well-lived life. His fight and his story and his courage were a testament to his spirit and continue to serve and inspiration for those who are going through difficult times themselves.

Though Jack is gone, Jeremy and his wife continue to rescue dogs and advocate for dogs who are looking for their fur-ever homes.

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