A busy few days and a bit of a stomach bug have kept the blog quiet lately, but I can’t help but stop in for National Dog Day! Below is a collection of links and images to celebrate man’s best friend. Extra kisses and treats to all the pups today!
It was a quiet morning at the shelter, but I got to play with these two sweeties!
Bambi & Dakota are both new to the shelter and aren’t listed on the website yet, but there are plenty of other sweet pups looking for homes at PAWS Philadelphia.
In other wonderful news, #ClearTheShelters day was a huge success nationwide! More than 9,000 pets in the Philadelphia region alone found homes. PAWS set a new shelter record of over 60 adoptions (plus more awaiting approvals)! Congrats to all the adoptive families on your amazing new additions.
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Today I wanted to share a cool new promotion I heard about on the news recently.
NBC10 has partnered with local animal shelters to waive pet adoption fees for Clear the Shelters Day, this Saturday, August 15th.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million animals (3.9 million dogs) enter shelters nationwide each year. While 2.7 million of those animals are adopted, the same amount are sadly euthanized.
Spread the word about Clear the Shelters Day using #ClearTheShelters on social media.
Hey guys! Yesterday I spent some time at PAWS Philadelphia playing with some of the adoptable puppies. I wish I could take every single one home with me, but sadly that isn’t possible. Hopefully sharing some of my snaps of these pups will help to find them their forever homes!
Hi all! Hope you’re having an amazing and relaxing weekend. After baking my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins last week, I had a lot of leftover canned pumpkin in the fridge. I decided to share the pumpkin love and whip up some special treats for my main squeeze.
Did you know pumpkin is great for your furry pal? Regularly adding a tablespoon or two to your dog’s meals can help promote digestive health.
These healthy treats are made from only 4 pronounceable and healthful ingredients – even the healthy store-bought dog treats probably contain 3 or 4 times as many ingredients and artificial add-ins!
Be sure to choose natural peanut butter (the only ingredient should be peanuts) and canned pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie which contains sugar and spices). Checking the ingredients and food labels for your dog’s foods is just as important as checking for yourself!
Pumpkin Pup Treats
Yields: Approximately 3 dozen, depending on size
3/4 cup oat flour
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, combine 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp warm water. Stir and let sit for a few minutes.
Combine all ingredients and stir until well mixed.
Drop batter onto lined cookie sheet in small tablespoon sized spoonfuls. Flatten with the back of a fork. You can spray fork with a bit of coconut oil to avoid sticking.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. Edges of biscuits will be slightly browned. Treats will stay soft as they cool, and can be stored in a air-tight container for a few days, or in the freezer for approximately 2 months.
A few recipe notes…
Make your own oat flour by grinding old fashioned oats in a food processor. You can also substitute brown rice flour or whole wheat flour.
If you don’t have ground flax or do not want to use the flax egg, you can use a regular egg in its place, or omit completely. Note that any changes will alter the texture of the finished treat.
Remember that there are no leavens in these treats, so biscuit shape will remain pretty much the same after baking! If you’d like to use a cookie cutter to shape the treats, I suggest omitting the flax egg and rolling dough out to 1/4-1/2 an inch thick.
You can adjust the size of the treats to better fit the size of your dog, but be sure to adjust bake time to accommodate.
Always check with your vet before giving your dog new foods, especially if he or she has any health concerns.
While the summer days seem to be slipping away quickly, the thermostat is only rising as we stretch on into what is affectionately known as the season’s “dog days”.
Fun fact: Dog days of summer is actually a reference to the period of heat believed to be caused by the appearance of a star constellation known as Canis Major, or “great dog” constellation.
Despite what the name might imply, this time of year is tough for dogs. Far too many pups have health issues due to overheating, and a devastating amount are left in sweltering cars where they struggle to breathe.
There are a few simple ways to make sure your furry friends stay healthy and happy this summer.
Keep your pets indoors in cool areas during the day.
Always be sure your dog has access to fresh, cool water.
Keep walks short and shady when possible! Try to stay in the grass or on cooler surfaces as pavement can sometimes burn paws.
Watch for signs of heatstroke, including heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, dizziness, vomiting, and unconsciousness.
Never, ever, for any period of time, leave your dog unattended in a parked car.
There are also easy ways to make the season more fun for you and your furry friend.
Take your furball to the groomer for a fresh summer cut!
When I first decided I was ready to adopt a dog, I knew that a puppy would not be realistic. I worked full-time and was just embarking on a part-time graduate program. I lived with 3 other girls in a rented Philadelphia row-home with a tiny back patio and no grass or yard to speak of. Though I knew a puppy was not the ideal choice, I began my search expecting to find a perfectly trained, fully housebroken, 2 year old dog waiting for me. That’s not exactly how things worked out.
After hours of online searching and some applications that were more complicated than those that got me into college, I was introduced to Cooper. A 7 year old dog with some “behavioral issues”. I originally dismissed the idea, but the rescue group encouraged me to meet him. Cooper’s foster family drove us over to the dog park, and on the short ride back he snuggled up in my lap and looked up at me with big, hopeful eyes. It was all over.
Even though an “older dog” (I use that term loosely, because 1. Cooper and I have a deal that he’s going to live to be 100 and 2. Cooper is more “middle-aged” for dogs his size) was not what I had in mind, it turned out to be the best choice. Here’s a few reasons why “older dogs” are the best:
You know what to expect. Cooper had some past issues with kids that weren’t so nice to him, so it was recommended he go to a family without any little ones around. For me, that was no problem. Additionally, I knew that he had separation anxiety, and I was willing to give him all the love and security he needed. In fact, my separation anxiety is now probably worse than his. With an older dog, you may already know some aspects about their personality (temperamental, hyper, needy, loving) that you are or are not prepared to handle. Rather than rolling the dice with a puppy who is ever-changing, you can select a dog with a personality that already compliments your lifestyle.
Some of the work is already done for you. Many older shelter dogs are already partially or fully housebroken, and may even have a few tricks up their sleeve. Cooper has never had an accident in my home, and came eager to please with his “sit” and “stay” tricks. And that old theory about not being able to teach old dogs new tricks? Either my pup is the complete exception or it’s totally false, because Cooper’s favorite thing to do is learn silly new crowd pleasers.
Your shoes aren’t in danger. Puppies chew everything. There’s no getting around it! An older, well-behaved dog won’t chew your things or destroy your house while you’re at work.
They’re less needy. Other than your love and care, most senior dogs don’t need quite as much attention or training as puppies. One or two good walks a day and some play and cuddle time are all that Cooper really needs to be happy and healthy. He easily adapts to my crazy schedule and is always waiting to greet me at the door after a long day of work.
But they need you the most. Let’s be honest – there are obvious reasons why some people want a younger pet. But regardless of the reasons that their previous owners gave them up, every dog deserves a chance at a happy ending. You are literally saving their lives by adopting them, and they will repay you with undying love and devotion.
Check out the below reasons to adopt a more experienced pup, as well as resources to help you find your perfect match.