Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that infects cats/kittens. FeLV can be transmitted from infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved. If not defeated by the animal’s immune system, the virus can cause diseases which can be lethal. One disease caused by this virus is a form of cancer of the blood cells called Lymphoma.
The signs and symptoms of infection with feline leukemia virus are quite varied and include loss of appetite, poor coat condition, uneven pupils, infections of the skin, bladder and respiratory tract, oral disease, seizures, swollen lymph nodes, skin lesions, fatigue, fever, weight loss, gingivitis, litter box avoidance, recurring bacterial and viral illnesses, anemia, diarrhea and jaundice.
Asymptomatic carriers will show no signs of disease, often for many years.
The disease has a wide range of effects. The cat can fight off the infection and become totally immune, can become a healthy carrier that never gets sick itself but can infect other cats, or a mid-level case in which the cat has a compromised immune system. Nevertheless, the development of lymphomas is considered the final stage of the disease.
Once the virus has entered the cat, there are six stages to a FeLV infection:
· Stage One: The virus enters the cat, usually through the throat where it infects cells. These white blood cells then filter down to the lymph nodes and begin to replicate.
· Stage Two: The virus enters the blood stream and begins to distribute throughout the body.
· Stage Three: The lymphoid system (which produces antibodies to attack infected and cancerous cells) becomes infected, with further distribution throughout the body.
· Stage Four: The main point in the infection- where the virus can take over the body's immune system and cause infection to the bloodstream and intestines.
If the cat's immune system does not fight off the virus, then it progresses to:
What happens if a pet owner dies or becomes ill?
Some people have never considered what might happen to their beloved pets in the event they are no longer able to care for them. Some make arrangements with family members or friends, however anything in life can happen and usually it does. Life situations change and the ones we counted on might not be able to make the commitment when the time actually comes. Can you really depend on your family to love and care for your pets after you are gone? Have you made arrangements for long term care for your pets? If you want to ensure their happiness and well being after you are gone you’ll need to set this up ahead of time. Don’t leave it to chance.
Some people can depend on family and know this without any doubts, however it is always good to have a back-up plan in writing in the event your family or friends can’t. This should be a legal document included in your will and trust. You should have several reliable options for your family to choose from. In your will you should also elect someone to oversee your wishes and to insure the pet care provider is caring for your pets as you requested. Whoever handles your estate planning can help you with the proper documents. Make sure to keep the documents updated.
Things to consider:
What can I do now to prepare for the unexpected?
• Find at least two responsible friends or relatives who agree to serve as temporary emergency caregivers in the event that something unexpected happens to you. Provide them with keys to your home; feeding and care instructions; the name of your veterinarian; and information about the permanent care provisions you have made for your pet.
• Make sure your neighbors, friends, and relatives know how many pets you have and the names and contact numbers of the individuals who have agreed to serve as emergency caregivers. Emergency caregivers should also know how to contact each other.
• Carry a wallet “alert card” that lists the names and phone numbers of your emergency pet caregivers.
• Post removable “in case of emergency” notices on your doors or windows specifying how many and what types of pets you have. These notices will alert emergency-response personnel during a fire or other home emergency.
How can I ensure long-term or permanent care for my pet if I become seriously ill or die?
The best way to make sure your wishes are fulfilled is by making formal arrangements that specifically cover the care of your pet. It’s not enough that a friend verbally promises to take in your animal or even that you’ve decided to leave money to your friend for that purpose. Work with an attorney to draw up a special will, trust, or other document to provide for the care and ownership of your pet as well as the money necessary to care for them.
How do I choose a permanent caregiver?
First, decide whether you want all of your pets to go to one person, or whether different pets should go to different people. If possible, keep pets who have bonded with one another together. When selecting caregivers, consider partners, adult children, parents, brothers, sisters, and friends who have met your pet and have successfully cared for pets themselves.
Also name alternate caregivers in case your first choice becomes unable or unwilling to take your pet. Be sure to discuss your expectations with potential caregivers so they understand the large responsibility of caring for your pet. Remember, the new owner will have full discretion over the animal’s care—including veterinary treatment and euthanasia—so make sure you choose a person you trust implicitly and who will do what is in the best interests of your pet. Stay in touch with the designated caregivers and alternates. Over time, people’s circumstances and priorities change, and you want to make sure that the arrangements you have made continue to hold from the designated caregivers’ vantage points.
Can I entrust the care of my pet to an organization?
Most humane/rescue organizations do not have the space or funds to care for your pet indefinitely and cannot guarantee that someone will adopt your animal, although some may be able to board and care for your pet temporarily until he can be transferred to his designated caregiver. There are, however, a few organizations that specialize in long-term care of pets of deceased owners. For a fee or donation, these “pet retirement homes” or “sanctuaries” may agree to find your pet a new home or care for your pet until she dies. If you decide to entrust the care of your pet to an organization, choose a well-established organization that has a good record of finding responsible homes quickly.
The study of dog behavior and training is continuously evolving. Dog training looks different today than it did 10 or 15 years ago. As a pet parent, it is important for you to find a professional dog trainer you feel comfortable with, as well as one who has the necessary skills to meet the needs of you and your dog. Hiring a professional dog trainer is a necessary step for many pet parents. If you are seeking assistance teaching basic skills such as “come when called” and “loose leash walking”, you will want to consider these points:
The professional dog trainer checklist:
· Is a member of a professional organization such as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers or International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
· Carries the CPDT-KA or the CBCC-KA credential
· Can knowledgeably answer your questions regarding dog behavior
· Is patient and motivates both his/her clients and students
· Is open about his/her training methodology and encourages you to observe classes prior to enrolling
· Doesn’t use force-based methods when training new behaviors
Questions to ask before you hire a dog trainer:
· How long have you been training dogs?
· Are you a member of any professional organization(s)?
· Do you have any education or certification relevant to dog training?
· Can I observe a training class?
· Do you have experience training dogs of my breed?
· Have you worked with clients who have similar goals as mine?
· What training techniques do you employ?
Fleas Can Cause Health Problems For Pets
Fleas are a common problem for both cats and dogs. Fleas are a problem all year round. Some people think they should only be concerned in the warmer months but that is not true. Pet owners should use preventative measures all year long. Fleas can run rampant in your yard and bite your pet at any time if the yard has not been treated.
As if itchy flea bites weren't annoying enough, fleas can cause many other issues for your pet. Check out these 5 health problems that yucky fleas can cause.
Flea allergy dermatitis (skin allergies)
Most flea bites cause a little bump, but if your pet is allergic to the saliva of a flea, your pet will constantly scratch and cause swelling and welts on the skin. One of the best ways to stop your pet from being miserable with flea bites is to use a monthly flea preventative.
As if extremely itchy skin isn't a problem enough, constant scratching or chewing of the skin can create hot spots on your pet's skin. Cleaning your pet with a natural anti-bacterial shampoo with tea tree oil will help relieve pain and itching. To reduce itching and soothe skin, try using a hydrocortisone spray.
If your pet accidentally swallows a flea from licking or chewing his or her skin, your pet may develop a tapeworm. Tapeworms are parasites that live in your pet's intestinal tract, and rob him or her of vital nutrients. Watch for little tapeworm segments that look like grains of sand. Don't wait to treat pets infected with a tapeworm; try using an over-the-counter medication to get rid of tapeworms. There are different kinds available over-the-counter and you can get them from your veterinarian.
Fleas are blood-sucking parasites, which means your pet can become anemic from biting fleas. Symptoms like pale gums, lethargy and/or low body temp could be a sign on anemia. Anemia is especially concerning for puppies or sickly dogs, and if it's not caught soon enough, it can lead to other medical complications and even death. To help your pet with anemia, you must stop fleas from biting your pet immediately. Also, make sure your pet is getting the right nutrients by giving him or her daily vitamins.
A Bartonella infection can affect dogs, cats and even humans (usually called Cat Scratch Fever). Dogs and cats that become infected with Bartonella, are bitten by a flea that carries the parasite. Symptoms of a Bartonella infection include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and swelling of the lymph nodes. Therefore, you must stop fleas from biting your pet. Depending on where you live a Bartonella infection may be less common. However, Bartonella is very dangerous and you should take your pet to a vet at the first signs of the infection.
Does Grooming Really Make a Difference?
For some dog owners, it may seem pointless at first. You set aside time each week to groom your canine companion, carefully and lovingly brushing and cleaning his beautiful coat. But why do you do it? Yes, he may smell bad at times but there are many reasons for grooming. Let’s talk about grooming your dog.
First you pick up all the essentials… shampoo, comb, brush, nail trimmers, cologne spray, etc. Then you apply the comb & brush to ensure his coat is clean and void of mats, tangles, fleas and ticks. Finally your dog is ready for the bath but are you? Get ready for lots of water in all the wrong places...mainly on you!
Yet once your task is complete, your dog immediately commences undoing your efforts. He heads outdoors and locates mud and burrs, showing little appreciation for your grooming abilities and seemingly working every bit as hard to “ungroom” himself.
But before you become discouraged by this “game” you and your pooch play, this constant cycle of grooming-and-ungrooming, it’s important to recognize grooming’s true value. While we all prefer not to have a stinky companion, grooming is about much more than simply smelling and looking good – it’s about promoting your dog’s overall well-being.
Not only does regular grooming relax a dog and offer human-canine bonding time, but it also affords the owner an opportunity to inspect the dog for overall health. This type of inspection can address problems ranging from lumps and cuts, to ticks and skin conditions, and to dirty ears and eye health.
By the end of a your dog’s grooming session, both you and your dog should be feeling pretty good about the experience.
Grooming Your Dog
Although it’s often overlooked, grooming represents an essential component to your dog’s health program. Routine brushing and combing removes dead hair and dirt while preventing matting. Because it stimulates the blood supply to the skin, grooming also gives your canine a healthier and shinier coat.
Start regular grooming when you first bring your dog home and make it part of his daily or weekly routine. Purchase a quality brush and comb and get your dog used to being handled. Praise your dog when he holds still and soon he will come to enjoy the extra attention.
A proper grooming regimen should consist of:
· Brushing: Your dog’s skin and coat reflect his overall health and nutritional status. For most dogs, a good brushing once or twice a week is adequate.
· Bathing: Bathing your dog every month or two isn’t unreasonable, but some dogs will require more frequent cleanings. A good rule of thumb is to bathe your canine only when his coat gets dirty or begins to smell “doggy.”
· Nail Trimming: Ask your vet to show you the correct technique, then get started by getting your dog used to having his paws handled. Once you start using clippers, go slowly: Try clipping just a few nails in one sitting. Maintain a regular schedule and be persistent. Your canine will eventually learn to cooperate.
The holidays are a fun time to celebrate the joy of the season with your whole family, including your pets. Decorate with the pet in mind and you’ll keep the fur-kids in the family happy and safe.
Hazard Awareness and Prevention
Age, temperament, and your dog’s energy level all play a role in how much mischief she might find herself in. Even the most well behaved canine can succumb to the temptation of a Christmas tree and its trimmings. Short of 24/7 supervision, your next best defense to ensure her safety is to take precautions that minimize or eliminate the risks.
* Needles: Don’t let her chew or swallow fallen Christmas tree needles. They are not digestible and can be mildly toxic depending upon your dog’s size and how much she ingests. The fir tree oils can irritate your dog’s mouth and stomach and cause her to vomit or drool excessively. Tree needles also can obstruct or puncture her gastrointestinal tract.
* Water: Tree water can poison your dog. Preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers and other agents, such as aspirin, are commonly added to tree water to keep the tree fresh. Treated water can be harmful to a thirsty dog -so use a covered tree water dish to be safe.
* Lights: Don’t string the bottom of your tree with lights; some types can get very hot and burn your dog. Firmly tape cords to the wall or floor and check them regularly for chew marks or punctures. Dogs who gnaw on electrical cords and lights can receive electric shocks and mouth burns. Chewing on wire also can cause pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) which can be fatal.
* Ornaments: Avoid decorating your tree with edible or glass holiday ornaments. Your dog may knock over the tree trying to get to one, or injure itself trying to play with a broken one. Swallowing an ornament also can cause a gastrointestinal blockage. Some ornaments may be lethal depending upon the materials or chemicals used to create them.
* Hooks: Use ribbon, yarn or lightweight twine to hang your ornaments – not traditional wire hooks – which can snag an ear or swishing tail. If swallowed, they can lodge in your dog’s throat or intestines.
* Tinsel: Don’t trim your tree with tinsel. If swallowed, it can block her intestines causing decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and weight loss. Surgery is often necessary to remove the tinsel.
* Gifts: Keep the area around your tree free of discarded string, ribbon and small toys or toy pieces. These can be swallowed and cause a bowel obstruction.
Artificial Christmas trees are beautiful to behold, are the centerpieces to holiday decor and fill the home with Christmas spirit. However, they can be a danger for pets, as these large and colorful centerpieces are magnetic to the eyes, paws, noses and tongues of your four-legged friends. Be extra vigilant if you use an artificial tree, especially as it becomes more brittle with age. Small pieces of plastic or aluminum can break off and cause an intestinal blockage or mouth irritation if ingested by your dog.
Prevention is Key
If possible, put your Christmas tree in a room that can be closed off from the rest of the house. Another option is to install a baby gate in the doorway to prevent entry to the tree room, or put low-lattice fencing around the tree and secure it so she can’t knock it over. When you are not at home or unable to supervise her, confine your dog to her crate or a separate room to keep her out of mischief.
More Pet-proof Christmas tree tips:
Keep them away from the tree
Christmas trees and pets do not mix, and you may have to lock your tree or your pet away from one and the other. Very small pets, such as toy dogs and rabbits, may not need protection (but can be kept from the tree with small, foot-high barriers). Other pets may need barriers that they cannot climb on or topple over. Artificialtrees.com> suggests baby gates to keep your pet away from the tree. However, larger dogs and cats may need to be kept out of the room where the tree is kept, as they have a higher reach (cats love to climb) and will be able to jump over or bulldoze their way through gates with their strength.
Deter them with smells
Cats are known to hate citrus smells so have them liberally around your tree. Orange peels or orange air fresheners at the base of the tree are a good idea. Both cats and dogs are turned off with the smell of citronella oil, so use an atomizer to spray the oil diluted in a bit of water on pinecones or other ornaments that do not sustain water damage. They won’t approach a tree that irritates their strong sense of smell
Decorate your tree so it won’t be attractive to pets
Cats are attracted to tinsel and ribbon, so avoid these decorations to keep the feline in the house away. The life-like bark of artificial Christmas trees can also be very attractive to dogs who love to chew. Wrap your tree in fabric or paper at its base so Fido won’t be tempted to try it as a chew toy. Never decorate with edible items; if it smells like food to pets, they will try their best to reach it. (That means no peppermint canes, strung popcorn strings or cookie ornaments, especially chocolate items!)
Train them to stay away
Use a spray bottle or other training tools for pets and use them repeatedly when they approach the tree. Continued association with water or a jerk on a choke collar will eventually deter them from trying to conquer it on a daily basis.
Secure all items (including your tree)
Whether you use a rope or wire to secure the tree to the wall, make sure it is perfectly steady and fastened so it will not tip over. Avoid glass ornaments that might fall and break. Securely hang each decorative piece so it will not drop from the tree and be grabbed by an excited pet to taste. Hide electrical cords from pets that chew. Accidents can happen in a house with a pet, and preventative measures will ensure that there will not be accidental swallowing of plastic Santa Claus ornaments!
Pet-proofing your Christmas tree requires diligence and the knowledge of the personalities of your four-legged friends. Cater your pet-proofing technique to fit the needs of your family and pet so you that your tree and your beloved companions are safe this holiday season.
Cold weather is here…things to keep your pet warm.
During the winter season, many dogs feel the cold as much as their owners do, especially short haired dogs that are not used to being out in the cold. Keeping your dog warm through the winter months is important to maintaining top health, and it won't take you much extra effort to ensure winter coziness for your canine pal.
Understand your breed's particular susceptibility. Some dog breeds are more prone to the cold than others, while some breeds adapt extremely well to the cold: Dogs that are great in the cold include Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and Chow Chows. Dogs that find it harder include Dobermans, toy dogs, low hair or hairless dogs, and Greyhounds. Any shaven or excessively clipped dog will fall into this category as well because the thick winter coat is a dog's insulation.
Provide appropriate shelter. It is optimal if your dog can remain indoors throughout winter, going outside for exercise and bathroom breaks only. This will ensure that your dog doesn't get cold while you're out or asleep. Young puppies should not be left outside as they don't have the ability of older dogs to keep themselves warm outside.
· If you have an outside dog, ensure that he has access to a shelter and bedding inside the shelter. Fresh straw and pine shavings provide a suitable layer of insulation against the cold of the ground for an outside shelter; be sure to change it regularly
· An outdoor dog shelter should have a sloped roof, insulation and heating, especially for very cold climate locations. For rainy winters, ensure that the entrance way is protected so that rain cannot get into the shelter.
· Bring all outdoor dogs inside if the cold spell becomes exceptionally cold and long; even the barn is warmer than an outdoor dog shelter.
Ensure that the bedding is warm and well placed. Bedding is an important part of keeping a dog warm through winter. If your dog sleeps on the ground or near drafts, place the bed up off the floor. A custom-made bed with cushioned insert, blankets, and old clothing make good, warm bedding.
· For old and arthritic dogs, consider using a heated dog bed
. Clean and change bedding regularly to reduce fleas, germs, and mess.
Use canine clothing options for particular dogs and situations. Canine clothing can help to keep your dog warm through winter, especially for small or toy dogs, dogs without long hair, and old or sick dogs. One of the key signs of a cold dog is shivering, just like humans. Dog jackets, snuggies, and sweaters can be purchased or made (knit, sew, crochet, or quilt) for any sized dog. For wetter winters, you might like to attach a rainproof layer over the top but make sure that it is breathable.
Groom your dog well. Avoid trimming, shaving or cutting your dog's hair because a dog's full weight coat is his source of warmth during winter. It is important to maintain a good grooming regime through winter too, as matted hair is less efficient at keeping out the snow and cold rain, and does not insulate the dog as well.
· Only bathe indoors and make sure your dog is completely dried before letting him outside.
· Keep the hair around paw pads well trimmed. This will help prevent ice and snow balling up between footpads. After walks outside, check paw pads for cracks, cuts, and any foreign debris.
· If your dog won't wear dog booties, be sure to clean off the salt and snow removal chemicals after every walk; the chemicals can be toxic and the salt will become an irritant.
Take shorter walks when the weather is severely cold. Don't try to take your dog on the same length walks as during warmer weather. A shorter walk can still accomplish enough exercise and relief breaks without causing your dog (and you) to become too cold.
· Even if you are indoors, keep exercising. Play indoor games with your dog, such as fetch, tug-of-war, hiding toys, and if it's possible to let them run around inside, then do so. Run them up and down the stairs for agility practice. Keep in mind that if your dog has some joint or hip problems they may not be able to run, so just let them walk up and down the stairs.
· Always keep your dog on a leash when walking in winter.
Avoid overfeeding your dog. While it is important to eat regularly and well during colder months, in order to keep up energy and warmth, with an indoor dog there is no need to increase the food amounts. Doing so can risk creating an overweight dog.
· More food for a dog is only justifiable for dogs living outdoors all of the time and for dogs who are especially active during the winter months. Talk to your vet about your dog's particular energy needs.
· Be sure that your dog has constant access to clean, unfrozen water, indoors and outdoors. Heated bowls can be purchased for use outside.
Guard against canine winter illnesses. As with humans, dogs can fall ill during the colder months especially when cold or as a result of winter conditions, with respiratory infections in damp climates, frostbite, and consumption of toxic substances being some of the principal concerns.
· Keep your dog dry and warm. This will help to guard against respiratory infections, such as kennel cough .If your dog gets a respiratory infection, seek veterinary attention immediately.
· Frostbite can be a problem for some dogs, especially hairless varieties. Check the ear tips and tail tips in particular – if they look and feel cold, appear white, red or gray, and/or are dry and hard, then frostbite may have occurred. If you suspect frostbite, wrap your dog's extremities in blankets or towels to warm them gradually and see the vet immediately.
· Keep winter-time toxic items away from dogs. Anti-freeze tastes unusually sweet to dogs and they will lick it if they can access it. If your dog does ingest it, see a vet immediately as treatment needs to be given within hours to save your dog's life. Another toxic problem during winter is rat bait, used in greater amounts due to everyone living in close proximity over winter. Keep all toxic items well out of the reach of dogs and other pets and clean up any spills immediately.
· Your dog's arthritis and osteoarthritis can be exacerbated by cold weather. Talk to your vet about medication, treatment options, and ways to keep your arthritic dog fit and warm through winter.
DOs and Don’ts with the Leftover Holiday Foods:
All animals will beg for food. Whether you are having the traditional Holiday meal, a vegetarian Holiday meal or just eating junk for Thanksgiving, your dog will be by your side begging for some scraps. But stay strong! The best thing you can do is hoard all those leftovers for yourself because many veterinarians will tell you that unexpected food-related illnesses soar over the holiday season. From pancreatitis to gastroenteritis, dogs and cats are getting sick from your scraps, so try to resist those puppy dog eyes—here are some tips:
Remove Trash: DO
Take out the trash immediately to avoid your dog getting into it later.
Leftover Meat: DO
Scraps of turkey, prime rib, and even properly cooked ham are just fine to add to your dog’s food—although be sure to take into account how sensitive your dog’s stomach is. Also, try to avoid fat and gristle.
Cooked Bones: DON’T
You definitely do not want to let your dog chew on any cooked bones. The bone may splinter and the shards may pierce your dog’s digestive tract. There is also a choking hazard with cooked bones.
Green Beans: DO
Vegetables like green beans that are either raw or lightly steamed are a good addition to your dog’s diet. Avoid corn, though, because dogs have difficulty digesting it.
Grapes or Onions: DON’T
These common foods are often added to holiday dishes, so be sure that none make it into your dog’s bowl. Both can be very toxic.
Sweet Potatoes/White Potatoes: DO
Pure diced sweet potatoes with no added ingredients are great for regulating your dog’s digestive system. Skinned white potatoes in moderation are good as well. The skin of white potatoes is not healthy, so be sure to remove it.
Cranberries: DO / Cranberry Sauce: DON’T
One of the most common holiday side dishes can help your dog if they are in the right form. Whole cranberries are great for bladder health, but the added sugars in cranberry sauce are not ideal.
Pumpkin or Squash: DO
Cooked pumpkin or squash is great when it is blended and mixed with dry dog food and other meats. This helps create healthier bowel movements.
The complex carbohydrates in turkey stuffing and dressing can cause your dog’s liver to overproduce enzymes to digest and process that food. This can cause serious health problems later in life.
Plain Soup/Broth/Gravy: DO
As long as there are no onions or other dangerous foods in there, plain soups, broths, or gravies are a nice addition to your dog’s food. Think of it as their little holiday treat. You can just pour over the dry food and watch him lick the bowl.
For many dog caretakers this is common knowledge, but a little reminder always helps. The chemicals in chocolate and other holiday candies can be lethally toxic to dogs. Make sure your four-legged friends don’t get near this stuff.
Everything in Moderation:
The key to good canine nutrition is to make sure that you do not over indulge your pet. Just like humans, too much of anything can be a bad thing.
10 GOOD Reasons to Adopt A Dog:
· HAPPINESS - Dogs bring happiness wherever they go. A Dog will always be delighted in your company. He will wag his tail, skip about, go crazy when you come home and gladly eat all your leftovers. There's nothing brighter than a happy dog.
· WALKING - Studies have shown that people who walk 10,000 steps a day live longer, happier lives. With a dog you will never have to walk alone, and the walk will pass quickly and enjoyably. Just seeing your furry friend having so much fun, you'll look forward to getting your daily exercise together.
· SOCIALIZING - Walking your dog in the park is an excellent way to meet people. Neighbors walking their own dogs will start to chat with you, and kids will come over to pet your dog. You can even meet people outside your neighborhood by taking your dog to a dog park. In fact, adopting a dog can even lead to marriage, as many couples can attest who met because of their dogs.
· COMING HOME - With a dog you will always have someone to come home to, even if you live alone or your family is away on a trip. With the ecstatic greeting of a dog you will never feel lonely, and the house will never feel empty as you enter it.
· PROTECTION - A dog will make your home safer. Burglars will avoid a house if they hear barking, and a dog will wake you up at night if he hears strange noises. Adopt a dog and you will become the proud owner of an animated doorbell, which barks instead of chiming, to let you know people are coming up to the house.
· RESPONSIBILITY - Making a child responsible for a dog's welfare will give him a feeling of importance. The dog will depend on him, and the child will learn the value of responsibility. And if you're an adult thinking of having children, a dog can offer you a glimpse into having someone depend on you entirely.
· UNDYING LOVE - A dog will love you without reservation. It doesn't matter what you look like, how you dress, or what car you drive. To your dog you will always be Superman or Wonder Woman, that incredible human he wants to be with all the time.
· PAMPERING - Adopt a dog, and you will have an excuse for pampering someone with clothes, toys and other wonderful accessories. Invent new games to play together, new treats, new parks to explore. The fun never ends when you have a dog to share your life.
· HOLIDAYS AND BIRTHDAYS - What can be more wonderful than giving a dog to yourself as a gift? All the happiness and excitement that comes with adopting a dog will make the holiday or birthday even more special and memorable.
· ADOPT …Don’t Buy - All dogs are loving, but a rescued dog is even more so. Because his life was harsh before, a rescue dog will cling to you and love you deeply. You will be his savior, and your rescue dog will always cherish you for it. There is something wonderful about saving a soul in need, like being a knight in shining armor to a furry damsel, with bad breath and a tail. What could be better?
Joann with her husband Doug are the owners of TCAR. She takes in and loves every unwanted dog she can.