Mabel the Rescue Dog

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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I love camping! When Molly was in high school, we went camping with her family a lot. And now that we’re back in Wisconsin, we’ve started going again. Camping is exciting for any dog because of all the amazing smells and sounds. However, it can also be overwhelming for a dog who has never been before.

The campground I go to is on private land that Molly’s grandpa owns. So, we only camp around humans and dogs that we already know. This makes it much safer and more fun for me and the other dogs. Yet, I know that not all families can do this. So, how do you prepare to bring your dog on a camping trip?

Supplies to Prepare

Camping is like an outdoor vacation in a way, so you need to bring all the essentials. Whether you use a tent, cabin, or camper is up to you, but always make sure your dog has a comfortable place to sleep.

I sleep in a tent while I’m camping. It’s very comfortable, but I can easily hear the sounds outside while I sleep. This can be distracting at times, and I’m guilty of waking Molly up with my random barking. So, it’s definitely an adjustment for any dog.

Here are some supplies you should gather:

  • Dog Bed – Even if your dog curls up next to you at night, you should still bring their dog bed with you. This will give them something familiar to lay on at night and in the car. It should smell like home to them, which will make them more comfortable.
  • Leashes – All campgrounds have different rules when it comes to dogs, but even if they can be off-leash, you should still carry a leash with you just in case. You never know when your dog might get into trouble. A great purchase is a longer outdoor leash to allow your dog to have more space to move while tied up.
  • Dog Food – You don’t have to bring the entire bag of dog food, but at least make sure you bring a little extra just in case. I’ve had other dogs eat my food before and sometimes I’ve stayed longer than expected, so it’s always better to have more food rather than not enough. Also, make sure a water bowl is always available for your dog.
  • Treats – All dogs should get treats while camping. Even if they’re usually well-trained and well-behaved, they might act out in this unfamiliar setting. Use treats to help train them on how to behave at the campground and to reassure them that they’re doing a good job.
  • Toys – Camping isn’t just about you. Your dog should have fun things to keep them entertained too. If you bring toys along, it’s a good idea to make sure they won’t get dirty easily. Waterproof toys are perfect for dogs that love to jump in the water. So, try to choose a weather resistant toy instead of a plush one.
  • Flea and Tick Preventatives – Your dog should always use a flea and tick preventative during warm months, but it’s especially important during camping trips. If you don’t use an edible or topical preventative, you can try a flea and tick collar for the time being. But remember, your dog should be protected all summer, not just during outdoor adventures.
  • ID Tags and Microchip – Dogs often get lost when they visit unfamiliar places, so you should do everything you can to make sure they get home safely if they wander off. Make sure they wear identification tags with your number on them at all times. Also, they should have a microchip with your updated information in case your pup loses their collar somehow.
  • Fan – This is optional, but if you’re sleeping in a tent, then you might want a fan to drown out the background noises a bit. Taco and I love to bark at every bird chirping and leave rustling. However, when a fan is on, we can’t hear those little noises as easily.

Of course, these are just a few basic suggestions. Every dog has different needs, so you should create your packing list based on what your dog needs on a regular basis. Some other items you should probably get are life jackets for the water and seat belts for the car ride.

What to Expect

At first, your dog might be very confused and curious about camping. They’ll likely want to take in all the smells and explore as much as they can. This adventurous spirit could cause them to wander off without meaning to, so it’s a good idea to keep your dog leashed until they at least start to feel familiar with the space. For some dogs, this might take much longer than others.

You’ll want to work on training while at the campground. If you plan to take them off their leash, you’ll need to teach them where the boundaries are. Also, practice basic commands to make sure your dog will still listen even with distractions around.

If there are other dogs at the campsite, then make sure you’re careful. Not all dogs like to play, so don’t let your dog run up to unfamiliar dogs without permission. Even if your dog is friendly, there’s a chance that another dog might not like strange dogs. So, it’s safer for everyone if you control your dog regardless of how they feel about other dogs.

Before you go to sleep at night, make sure your dog spends some time in the tent, camper, cabin, or wherever they will be sleeping. After Molly sets up the tent, she usually sits inside it with me so I can feel comfortable in it. If your dog becomes familiar with where they’ll sleep, then they should be less restless at night.

The more you camp with your dog, the better behaved they should be. Camping is a new experience for them, so it will take some time for them to get the hang of it. Be patient with your dog and give them plenty of time to take in the new smells.

Finding a Campground

Molly and I have never had to search for a campground before because we always go to our family’s campsite. However, we understand that finding the perfect campsite can be tricky. Most campsites will allow dogs since it’s outdoor, but some might have more rules and restrictions than others. Make sure you do your research before just showing up.

I’ve heard that BringFido is a great resource for finding dog-friendly campsites. BringFido is a website that shows you all the fun places that you can go with your dog. So, if you’re not familiar with the campgrounds in your area, then I would recommend searching for dog-friendly places on this site.

Once Molly wrote an article about a campsite called 4 Paws Kingdom, which is made specifically for dogs. It has 8 dog parks, an agility course, a swimming pond, a dog bathhouse, and special events like dog campfire songs. It’s in North Carolina, and I think every dog should visit it at some point in their life (I still have to check it off my bucket list!).

I hope this information helped you on your future camping trips. Camping is the best type of vacation to bring your dog on because it’s all outdoors. I go camping often, so if you have any questions about camping with your dog, feel free to leave a comment!

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North Shore Animal League in New York is known as the world’s largest no-kill rescue. They work with over 2,000 different shelters around the world to make sure as many dogs find homes as possible. Their mission is: “Rescue. Nurture. Adopt. Educate.”

This organization has been around since 1994, and they have spent every day since then saving animals in need. They have saved over 1,000,000 animals so far!

Not only is North Shore doing their part to save as many animals as possible, but they’re also spreading the word. They are a leader in the no-kill movement, so they want the world to know about the importance of rescuing dogs, just like I do.

They take in as many animals in need as possible, and they give them the medical attention they deserve. Every year, they perform vet exams on about 85,000 animals to ensure that every dog is as healthy as can be.

Once a dog is healthy, they try to find the perfect home for them. Specifically, they make sure the dog finds a responsible, loving forever family. Each year, they find homes for about 18,000 animals! They also help with adoptions for many of their partnership organizations.

They even have a curriculum to educate others about the importance of what they do. They’ve visited thousands of different schools, libraries, and other locations to spread the word. So far, they’ve reached about 3 million people with this curriculum.

Are you looking for a furry friend near New York? Check out their adoptable animals to see if your future family member is there! Even if you can’t adopt at the moment, please consider donating. Every donation matters!

Also, if you purchase the song “Rescue Dog” by Train, a portion of these proceeds are also donated to this shelter!

Do you have a rescue dog of your own? If so, please contact me to get a story about them featured on my blog! Let’s encourage more dog lovers to adopt!

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Sadly, there are a lot of dogs at shelters. Too many people are buying puppies and not enough people are adopting. In many cases, the breeds of these dogs are somewhat random, and they’re all surrendered for different reasons. However, there seems to be a few breeds that are much easier to find at shelters than others.

Dog Breeds Commonly Found in Shelters

It’s heartbreaking to think that some breeds are abandoned more than others, especially when humans continue to surrender these breeds without thinking twice.

Of course, every shelter and rescue has different dogs. Different locations also have different dogs in their care, but overall, these ten dog breeds are often found in shelters more than others:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Chihuahua
  • American Bulldog
  • German Shepherd
  • Boxer
  • Beagle
  • Dachshund
  • Jack Russell Terrier

Why are These Dogs Often Looking for Homes?

There isn’t just one explanation for this. However, I can make some educated guesses. First of all, these breeds usually shed at least a little bit. I know it might seem like an insignificant thing to some, but many people find low shedding dogs like me more desirable. That’s why you’ll see dogs like Shih Tzus or Poodles get adopted much faster.

For some of these breeds, like the American Pit Bull Terrier and the German Shepherd, they get overlooked because of their reputations. Sadly, there are so many rumors about some breeds, which makes it harder for them to find homes. Oftentimes, these breeds are just as lovable as any other breed, but humans don’t give them a chance because of ridiculous stereotypes.

Then, for other breeds like the Labrador Retriever and Chihuahua, it could be due to popularity. Labs are one of the most popular breeds out there, yet they’re still up for adoption a lot. This is because their high demand causes humans to breed them more, which only adds to the dog overpopulation problem.

Sadly, less desirable coat colors, such as black instead of gold, causes dogs like Labs to get overlooked too. Also, many humans lose interest in their older dogs, which is unfortunately why senior Chihuahuas are often at shelters.

For other popular breeds like the Boxer and Jack Russell Terrier, it could be because the dogs weren’t what the families were expecting. Both of these breeds are usually lovable, but they have A LOT of energy. Some people choose a dog based on looks, but then when the dog misbehaves or acts too crazy, they turn their backs on them. The fact that anyone would treat a dog that way is horrifying!

Dogs are Lifelong Family Members

All of the above reasons are terrible reasons for giving up a dog. Yet, they’re still a reality. Many humans overlook dogs or give up on their dogs simply because things didn’t go as planned. However, this is never okay, and the breed of those dogs shouldn’t matter.

When you bring a new dog home, you’re bringing home a lifelong family member. That dog will be with you through every up and down in life, and nothing should be able to change that. So, if you’re not ready for that type of commitment, then you’re not ready to be a dog parent.

Yes, these breeds are commonly found in shelters, but they’re not the only ones. All dogs can be rescues, so please adopt, don’t shop. All dogs deserve love, so it’s important to take your time when choosing the perfect family member.

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Safety is important for everyone, especially dogs. Recently, more and more humans are rightfully caring about their dog’s safety, which is why pet products are constantly advancing. You might notice that many products, such as carriers, seat belts, and strollers contain an attached leash inside. But sadly, many dog parents are using them all wrong!

What is a Security Leash?

When I say a security leash, I’m referring to a special leash that clips onto your dog’s harness to keep them safe. A good example of this is a dog seat belt, which can buckle your dog into a car. Many dog carriers have them too in order to prevent your dog from falling out.

For many products, these leashes are essential. Many humans love to travel with their dogs, which means lots of car rides and dog carriers. If your dog is not secured properly during these trips, then they could easily be put at risk. The same is true if these security leashes aren’t used correctly.

Why Should You Never Clip These Leashes to a Collar?

I’ve seen lots of negative reviews for products with security leashes simply because the person felt that the leash wasn’t safe. They claimed that the leash would choke their dog if they fell. If the security leash was attached to your dog’s collar, then yes, your pup could definitely choke. That’s a scary thought!

However, no matter the reasoning, a security leash should always be hooked to your dog’s harness, not their collar. Even if the product says that it should be clipped to your dog’s collar, you should still clip it to their harness instead. After all, there’s nothing secure about putting extra pressure on your dog’s neck!

If you don’t have a harness for your dog, then I’d highly recommend getting one. Harnesses aren’t just for dogs that are hard to control and dogs that pull. They can actually benefit all dogs. Take me for example. I don’t pull hard on walks, but I feel safer and more comfortable in a harness. With a harness, you’ll never have to clip anything to your dog’s collar, which can help prevent choking.

Security leashes are great products, but they won’t do much for your dog if you’re not careful. Clipping the leash to their collar might seem more convenient, but it’s actually more dangerous. When in doubt, always use a harness for your dog.

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Hi everyone, it’s Mabel! I just wanted to share an update after my post about moving across the country. I am happily settled in my house in Wisconsin now, and I love it! I knew I would like the extra space and the fenced-in yard, but it’s even better than I could’ve dreamed of.

I’m not going to lie, the trip here was super long. We sat in the truck for nearly 20 hours. Of course, I didn’t have to drive since I’m a dog, but that was too much napping even for a lazy dog like me! Luckily, we stopped at a nice hotel along the way so I could stretch my legs and relax better.

Then, after two whole days we finally made it to our new house. Right away, it felt like home to me. I got to run around in my yard and curl up next to the window. It’s everything a dog could dream of. The neighbor dogs seem nice, but there’s one Goldendoodle that I always have a urge to bark at!

There have been a lot of new changes at this house. New car, new couch, new toys, but it’s all for the best. Taco is still just as clingy as usual, but I feel relaxed. I haven’t even been barking and whining when I’m left alone. So, while the trip was long, I’m glad to be here. I think this house is the perfect place for me and my family.

I also recently wrote an article about tips for moving with your dog. Feel free to check it out!

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It’s possible that you’ve heard the term “Wolf Dog” at some point in your life. However, even if you have, it’s likely that you don’t know exactly what a Wolf Dog is. Sure, they look cool, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them as a regular companion dog. So, what are these dogs?

What is a Wolf Dog?

A Wolf Dog is the term used for any hybrid of a dog and wolf. In most cases, these dogs look more like wolves than dogs, but they are sometimes kept as pets. Sometimes, these dogs can have the friendly nature of a domesticated dog, but they can also have the wild nature of a wolf. Therefore, people need to be cautious if you have one in their home.

These dogs are often bred with wolf-like dog breeds, such as the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and German Shepherd. But certain Wolf Dog breeds are mixes of different dog breeds.

Pros and Cons of Wolf Dogs

Unfortunately, I don’t know a lot about Wolf Dogs, but there’s a lot of controversy around them. Most humans that have owned a Wolf Dog say that they’re great companions. They’re usually great as working dogs. They can pull sleds and be great guard dogs. Therefore, as long as they’re given plenty of exercise, it’s possible that they’ll make good companions too.

However, some humans believe that Wolf Dogs are dangerous. Since they’re bred with a wild animal, they could be more unpredictable than a domesticated dog. I am unsure whether or not this is true since I’ve never met one of these dogs before, but I can understand the reason for concern. I think there’s still a lot that’s unknown about these breeds, which is why there’s so much controversy.

What to Be Aware of

If you have a Wolf Dog in your family, you need to be aware of the fact that they’re illegal to have in many places. The main reason for this is because a lot of places don’t allow hybrids to get rabies vaccinations, which could put other dogs at risk. Although, some places might ban them simply because they’re “dangerous”.

I just want to point out that the situation with these dogs is far different from Pit Bull breeds. Yes, Pit Bulls are banned in many areas, but they’re not bred with a wild animal. I’ve met many Pit Bulls and they’re often much kinder than most small dogs. So, it’s not okay to ban Pit Bulls, but Wolf Dogs is something that I’m still unsure of. Pit Bulls are banned because of incorrect stereotypes while Wolf Dogs are banned based on the fact that they’re bred with a wild animal.

Overall, I think it’s a good idea for humans to avoid breeding Wolf Dogs. There’s just so much that’s uncertain about them, and I’d hate to see someone lose their dog because of restrictions. Instead, try to find a domesticated dog that looks like a wolf, such as a Husky. Plus, I think it’s a bad idea to breed a dog with a wild animal when there are so many dogs dying in shelters.

This is just my opinion though, and I certainly don’t know a lot about the situation. I’m interested to know what other people think about these dogs though. So, do you think Wolf Dogs should be legal? Let me know in the comments!

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If you follow my blog frequently, you probably know that I recently moved 20 hours away from my old home. It was a big change, but it ended up being a great thing for me and my family. So, I wanted to give some tips to my fellow dogs out there that are scared of moving. And, of course, I have tips for all the dog parents out there too.

Signs Your Dog is Stressed About Moving

Some dogs get stressed an anxious very easily. My brother Taco is one of those dogs. Change can be scary for a dog because we have no control over new situations. Therefore, it’s common for a new move to stress out your dog.

Your dog might notice something is out of the ordinary as soon as you start packing. For me, this is always an indicator that something is about to happen. If your dog starts to get worried about the upcoming move, you might notice some of the following stress symptoms:

  • Trembling
  • Whining
  • Hiding
  • Tail between legs
  • Excessive licking
  • Excessive itching
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Your dog might also want to be near you as much as possible. They might get more anxious when you leave them alone and they could develop destructive behaviors. Every dog reacts differently to new situations, so it’s important to just keep an eye out for unusual behaviors in your dog.

How to Help Calm Them Down

If you’re moving to a place that’s nearby, it’s a good idea to let your dog visit the area beforehand. Walk them around their new neighborhood and let them take in all the new smells. That way, they’ll be familiar with the new place before they move.

However, if you move long distance like I did, then that’s not possible to do. Luckily, there are other things you can do to help.

Pack Slowly

Dogs can pick up on little changes. For example, whenever Molly pulls out her suitcase, I know we’re going somewhere. So, seeing you pack might scare your dog. Therefore, you should slowly ease your dog into the packing phase.

Start by pulling out some boxes and bags, and just leave them sitting there at first. Give your dog some time to sniff them on their own without any added stress. Then, slowly start packing a few things at a time. Allow your dog to sniff the boxes to help them feel more comfortable. If you rush and pack everything within a day, that might be too sudden for your dog.

Keep a Consistent Routine

Even though things might be changing in your routine as you prepare for your move, you should keep things consistent for your dog. Continue to feed them at their regular times and take them for regular walks as if nothing is different.The less change they have to experience, the better.

Provide Them Plenty of Entertainment

Dogs often worry more when they have nothing to keep them occupied. As you pack, make sure you still spend plenty of time playing, training, and exercising with your dog. Find ways to keep them busy so they don’t just sit around worrying. A great way to do this is to give them mental stimulation toys, such as toys with treats inside. These always keep Taco and I occupied for a while!

The Trip to Your New Home

If you’re moving long distance, the trip to your new home might be a tricky one, especially if your dog doesn’t like car rides. Before you leave on your trip, you should talk to your vet if you’re concerned about your dog. They might be able to recommend something to give your dog to help them relax.

Before you put your dog in the vehicle, make sure they had plenty of time to exercise first. Take them for a longer walk and make sure they’re given plenty of opportunities to use the bathroom. That way, they’ll likely nap during most of the trip.

When you get in the vehicle, whether you’re driving your regular car or a moving truck, you should make sure your dogs are secure in the vehicle. Keep them in a carrier or find a way to tether them inside. This can keep them safe in the event of an accident and it can prevent them from distracting you.

Make sure you have water accessible for your dogs throughout the trip and make sure they still get their regular meals. Also, make sure you make plenty of stops along the way to let your dogs relieve themselves and get a little exercise. Do whatever you can along the way to keep your dogs as comfortable as possible. Depending on the length of the trip, you might need to find a dog-friendly hotel along the way too.

How to Get Them Comfortable in Their New Home

Some dogs might be able to adjust to a new home right away, but others might need some time to get used to it. Here are some things you can do to help your dog learn to love their new home.

Continue Old Routines

The location might be different, but that doesn’t mean everything else has to be. Try to maintain a schedule that closely resembles your old one as soon as you move. That way, the new location won’t be too drastic of a transition for your dog.

Keep Old Supplies

A new house seems like the perfect excuse to buy new things too. However, when it comes to dog supplies, you might want to wait a bit. We love things that smell familiar because they’re more comforting for us. So, try to keep some of our favorite old supplies until we get used to our new home. Specifically, don’t get rid of your dog’s bed or favorite toys because those likely still smell like their old home.

Spend Lots of Time with Them

Being left alone is sad enough for any dog, but being left alone in an unfamiliar place is even scarier. If your dog has separation anxiety, then you should try not to leave them alone in the new house right away. Spend as much time with them as you can and show them lots of love. That way, they can recognize their new home as a positive place. Also, make sure they get plenty of time to explore the house to help them get used to it.

Moving to a new place is a big deal for anyone, especially for your dog. So, be patient and show your pup lots of love along the way. Knowing that you care about them is the best way to help a dog feel happier during unfamiliar times.

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Even though the saying is that “dogs are a man’s best friend”, many people assume that women are bigger dog lovers than men. As a dog, it’s hard for me to tell, but I can agree that most girls seem more “dog crazy” than boys. However, a recent study actually proved that this common assumption is wrong!

The Survey Results

A survey conducted by Volvo Car USA and the Harris Poll asked questions to find out who pampers their dog the most. The surprising results revealed that millennial men are the most likely to pamper their pups over everyone else surveyed! I was very surprised when I saw this.

The survey showed that 39% of men have bought a special food, such as organic food, for their dogs. Surprisingly, only 29% of millennial women would do the same. Then, only 27% of everyone surveyed said that they fed their dog special food.

Also, men are more likely to do other special things for their dogs too, such as take them to daycare or throw them parties. The poll results proved that yet again, millennial men scored the highest, revealing that 30% of them throw birthday parties for their dogs. Only 17% of millennial women admitted to doing the same.

While dog dads seemed to be the stars of dog pampering, there was one category that women scored much higher in. Millennial women were more than twice as likely to create an Instagram account for their dog than anyone else. It’s no surprise, considering how popular dog social media is these days.

Should Humans Spoil Their Dogs?

Over the years, dog pampering has become more and more normal. Back in 1996, Americans spent $21 billion a year on dogs. Today, they spend about $73 billion a year on dogs. I love when Molly buys stuff for me, but that number sounds a little too crazy!

For some dog supplies, it’s good to spend more money. For example, buying better quality food is a great way to pamper your pup. In fact, I don’t even think I’d call it pampering because giving your dog a healthy diet is an essential part of their care.

However, there are other things that dog parents probably spend a little too much money on. For example, dog clothes, personalized birthday cakes, and overly expensive beds can be a bit much. Like I said, I love special dog supplies, but I would be just as happy with a normal treat for my birthday than a special cake. I don’t need anything extravagant, and I’m sure most dogs would agree with me.

Normally, I wouldn’t care if people pamper their dogs. But the only problem is that humans are spending too much money on their own dogs while there are dogs out there without basic needs. Many dogs are dying in shelters because there aren’t enough donations, so it kind of puts it into perspective for me.

Why spend money on a fancy rain jacket for your dog when you could use that money to feed a shelter dog? Or you could save some money on party supplies to help a dog find a home. I have no problem with humans spoiling dogs, but maybe they should try to help the dogs who aren’t as fortunate first. It’s great that you love your dog, but you should also love ALL dogs.

So, next time you want to pamper your dog, please ask yourself if it’s necessary. If your dog would be just as content with a more reasonably priced product, then you should save the money and use it to help other dogs in need. There are so many dogs out there that need help, so humans can’t turn our backs on them.

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I’ve recently seen a lot of stories about people naming puppies in someone’s honor or getting a new dog to honor someone else. On the surface, these stories seem heartwarming. However, if you actually read into them, you’ll see that a lot of these people are buying puppies instead of adopting.

Saving a Dog vs. Buying a Dog

If someone has passed away or done something incredible for you, it only makes sense that you’d want to use a grand gesture to honor them. However, is buying a puppy from a pet store or breeder really the way to do that?

Honoring someone you love is supposed to be a kind gesture. Oftentimes, the best way to honor someone is to do something kind for someone else. So, adopting a dog would be a great way to do it because you’d be saving a dog’s life. Buying a puppy is not the same though.

If you buy a puppy to honor someone, all you’re doing is encouraging people to bring more dogs into this world. So, how is that an honor when lots of other dogs are dying in shelters? I understand that puppies are adorable, but puppies can come from shelters too.

So, the best way to honor a loved one is to make a difference in this world. If you think naming a dog after them is the best way to do it, then please save a dog’s life. The more dogs that are adopted, the more dogs that can be saved.

Making Sure You’re Ready

Another important part of getting a new dog is making sure you’re ready for them. A lot of humans will get an impulse to buy a new puppy just because they’re cute, but they will have nothing prepared for the puppy ahead of time. Getting a puppy is a big decision that should not be taken lightly.

Therefore, it’s also not an honor if you name a puppy after someone even though you’re not ready to have a puppy. Dogs take a lot of time, patience, and money, which is something that a lot of people don’t have. Plus, if you choose a puppy over an adult dog, that puppy will need almost constant attention.

My point is that you should never rush into getting a dog, even if that dog is a rescue. Dogs want forever families, not just families that get rid of them when the going gets tough. So, make sure you’re willing to keep that dog for the rest of their life before you bring them home.

If you have someone special in your life that you want to name a dog after, make sure it’s done reasonably. Dogs are a part of the family, so make sure you treat us with lots of love and respect.

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Most families are super excited to welcome a dog into their home. However, what many people don’t realize is that dogs completely change your life (in a good way, of course). We’re important family members, so you need to be prepared for a lot of new and exciting changes if you plan on adopting a dog.

Here are just some of the many ways that dogs change your life. Not all of them sound appealing from the surface, but anyone who has a dog knows that life wouldn’t be as great without them.

#1 – You’re Always Loved

Every time you come home, your dog is likely waiting for you with bursts of excitement. They’re always interested in what you’re doing, even if you’re not doing anything important. They always want to be by your side as much as possible.

It can be nice to have space sometimes, but it’s even nicer to have a dog to cuddle with. Even on bad days, your dog will be there to cheer you up. Knowing you’re loved by a dog is probably one of the best feelings in the world. I know this because the best feeling for a rescue dog like me is being loved by a human.

#2 – You Get More Exercise

When you have a dog, you have a responsibility to take them on regular walks. Your dog relies on you for bathroom breaks, so you have no choice but to stop what you’re doing and take them outside.

But extra exercise is actually a good thing. It might seem like a hassle now and then, but it’s a great way for you to get moving and get some fresh air. If it weren’t for your dog, you might not be getting as much regular exercise. Plus, you probably socialize with a lot more people when you’re out and about with your dog, which can be good for your health too.

#3 – You Smile More

Molly always tells me that I’m so cute. She smiles every time she says it, and usually, just looking at me is enough to make her grin from ear to ear. So, it seems that dogs make humans smile more. Even if you’re having a bad day, all you have to do is look at your dog and you’ll feel better in no time.

#4 – It’s Harder to Go on Vacation

Unfortunately, it’s harder to go on vacation when you have a dog, even if it’s only for a day or weekend. Dogs are like your furry children, so they can’t be left alone for too long. Therefore, you’ll always have to arrange for a dog sitter to watch your pup while you’re away.

However, just because it’s harder to do something doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. The reason you want to find the perfect sitter for your dog is because you care about them so much. You just want to make sure they’re safe while you’re away, which is heartwarming if you really think about it.

#5 – You’re in Charge of a Living Thing

The most important part of having a dog is that you’ll care for them like a child. After all, we’re living creatures. Our lives are in your hands. But it’s not as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, it should be a rewarding experience.

Having a dog means that you’re in charge of their health, wellbeing, and happiness. It’s a big responsibility, but you get to know that you helped give your dog the best life possible. Suddenly, their needs seem more important than anything else because they’re loving family members. Plus, if your dog was a rescue, you’ll feel even better knowing that you saved their life.

As I’m told, living with dogs is not always easy. I know we can act a little strange or annoying at times, but we make life so much better. And humans make our lives better too!

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