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Operation Paws for Homes (OPH) is a volunteer-powered organization that is different than your typical shelter or rescue. Molly occasionally volunteers to write dog bios for them to help the dogs find homes sooner. She’s personally seen what an amazing and kind group of humans they are!

This organization doesn’t have one physical location. Instead, they have foster homes throughout multiple states. They provide adoption services to families in Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania, and some neighboring states.

OPH is devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs that have had rough lives. They primarily rescue dogs from overcrowded shelters in the southern states. This amazing rescue is determined to give a second chance to all these dogs that were overlooked at their previous shelters.

The main goal of this organization is to find a loving home for every dog. Some dogs are with them much longer than others, but they always care for them as long as needed. They will do whatever it takes to make sure each dog finds the home they deserve.

Thanks to all the amazing volunteers with OPH, over a thousand dogs each year find their forever home. If they hadn’t been rescued by OPH, they might not even be alive today. So, it’s incredible to see people helping so many dogs simply out of the kindness of their hearts.

If you would like to see the adoptable dogs or donate to this incredible organization, please visit their website for more information! Help them create a better world for rescue dogs!

If you’ve had an amazing experience with a rescue or shelter, please visit my contact page to tell me all about it! I’d also love to hear the story of how you adopted your dog! Help me encourage dog lovers to adopt!

Images from @Operationpawsforhomes/Facebook

4 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)

Dog parents are often very opinionated about what others feed their dogs. There are just so many options to choose from, so how do you know what is best for your pup? At first, I thought there was only dry and wet food, but I quickly learned about raw dog food too. So, what exactly is raw dog food?

I don’t eat raw dog food, but I’ve heard a lot about it. Molly even said she might give it a try some day, but for now, I’ll just stick to the same tasty food that I usually have.

What is a Raw Diet?

Essentially, a raw diet is a more natural diet for your dog. It focuses specifically on food that is uncooked and unprocessed to better reflect a dog’s natural diet that they would eat in the wild.

Raw dog food can be purchased as a pre-made formula or it can be homemade. Either way, it is supposed to be a healthy and delicious meal for your dog.

Here are some types of food that are found in raw dog food diets:

  • Raw meat, such as muscle meat and organ meats
  • Bones, which are either ground up or whole
  • Raw eggs
  • Vegetables, such as broccoli
  • Fruits, such as apples

Some dog parents choose raw ingredients to make their own food for their furry friend. However, others find it easier to purchase a brand of raw food for their dog. Either way, it’s considered a raw diet for dogs.

Is Raw Dog Food Healthier?

Many dog parents switch to raw dog food because it provides a lot of health benefits that dry or wet dog foods don’t. Dry dog food might seem like the most common and most reasonable choice for dogs, but many of these brands are actually unhealthy and full of unnecessary ingredients.

It’s thought that raw diets can help better resemble a dog’s natural diet by only including real beneficial ingredients. So, it’s typically healthier for dogs, but it might not be the right choice for every dog.

Here are some health benefits to raw dog food:

  • Shinier coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Smaller stools
  • Higher energy levels
  • Cleaner teeth

Every type of raw dog food is slightly different, but these are the general benefits that raw diets usually have for dogs.

Are There Any Risks?

With any food, there are always small risks involved. So, raw food is no different. Here are some of the possible risks to be aware of:

  • Dogs and humans could get bacteria from the raw meat
  • Raw bones could be a choking hazard
  • It can be unhealthy for your dog if the meals are not nutritionally balanced

Like I said, there are risks with every type of diet, so don’t let these things scare you. If you plan to put your dog on a raw diet, make sure to do extra research on your diet options to make sure you choose one that’s best for your dog’s specific needs.

Raw Dog Food Brands

For those of you that want to get your dog started on a raw diet but don’t want to cook it yourself, then you’re in luck! Raw dog food has been getting more popular over the years, so there are lots of raw dog foods available for purchase.

Here are some popular raw dog food brands:

  • Answers
  • The Honest Kitchen
  • Primal
  • Stella and Chewy’s
  • Vital Essentials

Making it at Home

However, if you want to make your dog’s food yourself, you absolutely can! If you look up raw dog food recipes online, there are plenty of simple recipes to get you started.

That way, if you make your dog’s food, you know exactly what you’re feeding them. You don’t need to worry about any unnecessary fillers or unhealthy ingredients. With raw food, you’ll feel more comfortable knowing exactly what you’re feeding your dog.

If you decide to switch your dog’s food, it’s important to remember to do it in a slow transition though. This is not only true for raw food, but it’s true for any time you drastically change what your dog eats. Gradually transition them from one food to the other to make sure it doesn’t upset their stomach.

Now, I haven’t tried raw food, so I obviously can’t tell you too much about it. I hope you all consider what you’re feeding and make sure you’re choosing the healthiest possible meals for your furry friend. As long as your dog is happy and healthy, that’s what matters most!

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There are a lot of options when it comes to buying products for your dog. There are big chains such as Petco and PetSmart, and then there’s smaller, local pet stores like Woof Gang Bakery. You can find everything you need at pretty much any of these pet stores, but many humans prefer one over the other. So, what’s the difference?

(Also, just to be clear, I am NOT talking about pet stores that sell puppies such as Petland. I am only discussing pet stores that sell necessary supplies such as food and toys. Pet stores should never sell puppies, so you will never see me supporting those horrible places on my blog.)

What’s the Difference?

Every store is very different, so I can’t speak on behalf of every pet store in existence. But I have visited plenty of each type of pet store, so I’ll share with you what I have observed so far.

Chain pet stores are typically much larger with a wider variety of products. Not only do they supply the necessities for dogs and cats, but they often sell products for all kinds of small animals such as lizards and fish too.

Smaller pet stores don’t have as much space for that amount of variety, but that means that they can pick and choose their products more thoroughly. As a result, these local stores typically only sell the best quality dog supplies and they’re often more personable with their customers.

Again, these observations are not true for every store, they’re just my overall opinion. I’ve shopped at both of these store types on many occasions and I’m always happy to get awesome new toys and treats from both!

Pros and Cons of Chain Pet Stores

Chain pet stores typically have some of everything. They have so many good smells and so many treats, toys, and food to sniff. You can even find more obscure products such as airplane bags!

Pros:

  • They have a wide selection to choose from.
  • You can get all your pet’s needs in one place.
  • They’re generally cheaper.
  • They have supplies for more than just dogs and cats.

Cons:

  • The amount of options can be overwhelming.
  • Staff might not be as personable with customers.
  • Not everything they sell is healthy.

Pros and Cons of Smaller Pet Stores

Smaller pet stores often have less variety, but they stick to a few special products. If you can find a local pet store that sells exactly what you need, then that can be a great option to turn to, especially since most small pet supply stores only rely on the healthiest products for your dog.

Pros:

  • They usually only have high-quality products.
  • The staff are usually very knowledgeable.
  • They’re usually more personal with their customers.

Cons:

  • They don’t have as much variety.
  • They don’t usually have supplies for other small animals.
  • They’re often more expensive.

Which One is Best for Your Dog?

Where you decide to take your dog is completely up to you. Some people prefer the variety of a chain pet store while others would rather support a local business. As long as that store has what your dog needs, then that’s what matters.

If you do shop at a chain pet store though, always make sure to look closely at the labels on your food and treats. Since chain pet stores have such a wide selection of foods, some of their products will be unhealthy or contain unnecessary fillers in their ingredients. So, if you’re overwhelmed by a large number of brands, that can be the best way to find the healthiest choice for your pup.

I encourage everyone to check out all different pet stores. Dogs don’t get to go to a lot of places, so the pet store can be the perfect place for an adventure. Let us take in all the smells and don’t forget to buy us a present while you’re there!

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Mikey’s Chance Canine Rescue is another rescue that Molly and I learned about after seeing it on the news recently. This rescue is in Washington, but all the dogs are in individual foster homes in the area.

They focus specifically on saving high-risk dogs in Washington and Idaho. They typically look for dogs that have been at the shelter for a long time and dogs that are running out of time. They don’t turn their backs on any dogs. They are determined to find a home for each dog, no matter how difficult.

Mikey’s Chance has a goal to find the best possible match for dogs and humans. Every dog deserves to be with the family that’s perfectly suited for them, so this rescue works hard to make that goal come to life.

Because this rescue is so determined to give a good life to every dog, they recently gained popularity. Molly and I came across a story about a dog named Eddie who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was given only a few months to live, but this rescue knew that they could make those few months worth it.

Since then, the rescue has created a bucket list for Eddie. He has gone on many amazing adventures such as riding in a fire truck, having a spa day, and jumping into a pool of stuffed animals. He even got to become an honorary K9 officer for a day!

Other places might’ve given up on Eddie, but thanks to Mikey’s Chance, he is having the time of his life! Of course, it will be sad when his life comes to an end, but at least everyone will know that his last months were amazing for him.

Every shelter and rescue should treat dogs the way Mikey’s Chance does. Every dog deserves the perfect life just like Eddie. Hopefully, this will remind all humans to give their own dogs the best lives too!

If you want to help save dogs like Eddie, please donate to Mikey’s Chance Canine Rescue! You could help give a dog another chance at life!

Also, if you know of a dog, rescue, or shelter that you think should be featured on my blog, please visit my contact page to let me know! Let’s keep encouraging other to adopt in any way possible!

Images from @MikeysChanceCanineRescue/Facebook

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As much as we love our dogs, there are times when people can’t properly care for their pups. We are a part of the family, so we need to be fed, looked after, and loved just like your human family members are. Not every dog parent is able to fully commit to their dog, so sometimes tough decisions need to be made. It’s a sad thing to think about, but I feel like it has to be said.

If you can’t care for your dog, that’s okay! As long as you do what’s best for them, that’s what matters. However, there are so many humans that choose to get rid of their dogs in the worst ways possible, which needs to stop! So, what should you do if you have a dog you can’t take care of?

What’s the Right Thing to Do?

Just because you can’t properly care for your dog doesn’t mean that no one can. There are plenty of loving humans out there that would love to open their home to a dog in need. So, the right thing to do is to always make sure your dog is well-cared for. If you can’t provide for them, then help them find a new loving home that will give them the life they deserve.

If there’s someone close to you that’s looking for a new family member, that might be a good place to start. Someone that’s familiar with your dog could be the perfect new family for them. Of course, there’s no guarantee that someone you know will be able to adopt your dog, but it’s good to at least try.

However, if you can’t find someone you know to adopt your dog, don’t give up! You can still help them find a new home. Shelters and rescues are always willing to help dogs in need if they have the space for them.

These organizations are usually very understanding about these kinds of circumstances, so they won’t judge you for giving up your dog. It’s much better to be responsible and give your dog to someone that can help them instead of abandoning them or keeping them when you know you can’t provide for them.

What Should You NEVER Do?

NEVER abandon your dog no matter the circumstances. I have seen too many stories of dogs getting left on the side of the road or tied to a pole in the middle of nowhere. It’s heartbreaking and no dog deserves to go through that!

If you drop your dog off at a shelter, at least you know that they’re being cared for. They’ll have a roof over their head and food to eat. Plus, they have the chance to get adopted by an amazing new family.

If you abandon your dog, the chances of them living a happy life are very slim, especially if you leave them somewhere where no one can find them. No dog should live their last days wondering why their family left them alone and never returned.

Even if you’re not a huge dog lover like Molly, you still need to remember that dogs are living creatures. They have feelings and needs just like you do. Abandoning a dog is a form of animal cruelty that should never happen. Think about your dog’s future instead of just thinking about yourself.

Most dog parents are very loving and responsible when it comes to their furry friends, but clearly, that’s not the case for everyone. Always be responsible when it comes to your dog and never do something that could hurt them in the long run.

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Dogs can get bored just like people can. As much as we love sleeping and looking out the window, we know there’s so much more that we can do. So, please don’t leave us out of all your fun activities. Instead, try finding more dog-friendly activities that we can join in on!

Here are just some of the many exciting activities that dogs can be a part of! They might not be exciting for every dog, but it’s good for us to get out of the house from time to time.

Bike Rides

If you have a small dog, bike rides can be a fun new activity. Molly has a basket on the front of her bike that I fit in perfectly! I love just sitting there while she rides her bike around. However, if your dog doesn’t like to sit still, a bike ride might not be the best choice for them.

Boat Rides

Pontoon boats, canoes, and kayaks are all great adventures for a dog. I’ve been on lots of different kinds of boats, and they’re all very fun! I don’t like swimming, but I enjoy being near the water and looking at all the cool things nearby. If you have your own boat, you can easily bring your dog along, but if you’re renting or borrowing a boat, make sure to ask if dogs are allowed first.

Camping

Camping is the perfect dog-friendly vacation because it’s all outdoors. I have gone camping with Molly lots of time before and I love it! There are so many great smells, so it’s never boring. Sure, camping isn’t for everyone, but if you’re planning a weekend camping trip, don’t leave your dog behind!

Eating Outside

When the weather is nice, it can be fun to eat at restaurants that have outdoor seating. That way, your dog can come along and sit with you while you eat. I love coming to outdoor restaurants because it really makes me feel like part of the family. Plus, I love finding crumbs on the ground.

However, if it’s too cold to eat outside, that’s okay! If that’s the case, let your dog go for a car ride whenever you go through a drive thru. It might not be much, but at least they’ll get out of the house for a while.

Hang out with Friends

Hopefully your friends love dogs just as much as you do! So, whenever you hang out at a friends house, why not ask if you can bring your dog along? That way, your dog doesn’t have to be lonely while you’re away. I like hanging out at different places because everywhere is more fun with Molly around!

River Tubing

I recently went tubing on a river with Molly’s family. We tethered all our tubes together and relaxed on a calm river. It was really fun because they even had special tubes for dogs, so me and two of my doggy relatives got to have our own tubes during this trip! I wouldn’t recommend it if your dog is scared of going near the water, but I had a blast! I didn’t have to swim at all, but Molly got me an adorable Nemo lifejacket just in case!

Visiting Parks

One of the easiest things to do with your dog is to take them to nearby parks. I love walking around trails and smelling new things. Sure, dog parks are great, but oftentimes, exploring new trails is even better for me! So, consider exploring more dog-friendly parks near you!

There are so many exciting things that your dog can do with you, so don’t leave them out of your next adventure! We’re important members of the family, so don’t let your dogs get left behind!

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LoveyLoaves is different than your typical dog rescue, but when Molly and I heard about it, it touched our hearts so much. This amazing rescue specifically focuses on saving special needs dogs such as dogs with wheelchairs and dogs that are blind or deaf.

This amazing rescue is located in the Orlando, Florida area, but they work with a lot of fosters to make sure that all their residents are properly cared for. They are determined to make sure that all these dogs find the loving homes they deserve.

However, another reason that this rescue goes above and beyond the others is that they have an even bigger dream and goal for special needs dogs.

They want to create a sanctuary that will serve as a safe space for all these amazing dogs. It will include amazing amenities such as crate-free space for the dogs to roam, an aqua therapy pool, and a grooming salon. All of this sounds perfect for any dog, so I really hope their goals will come true!

As amazing as this dream is, it can’t come to life without the help and support of the community. If you want to donate, adopt, or even sponsor a dog, please visit their website. Every bit of help can make a difference!

If you know of an amazing rescue or shelter that you’d like me to write about or if you have a rescue dog with a story to share, please visit my contact page so I can write about it on one of my Rescue Saturday posts! Let’s encourage everyone to adopt!

Photos from @LoveyLoavesInc/Facebook