Well long time no see! I’m taking a break from blogging regularly until this baby gets here and we get adjusted. Six more weeks to go and we’re so excited! The dogs can tell that something is up and Will loves talking about the baby and giving my belly kisses.
I couldn’t pass up telling you guys about these shirts at Forever 21 that benefit the ASPCA. They are super cute and are for a great cause. “Forever 21 is donating $1 of the purchase price of each item in the GIVE TO LOVE, LOVE TO GIVE Collection to The ASPCA® from December 9, 2011 – December 9, 2012 with a guaranteed contribution of $10,000.”
It’s not too late to buy one for the animal lover in your life!
This is a great article featured on Dogster that sums up something I get so frustrated about. I don’t understand why people who know about puppy mills and pet stores still support the very industry that they hate. I’m hoping this article will speak to you if you’re thinking about getting a puppy. Please pass it on to as many people as possible so we can begin to end the reign of puppy mills. If you are guilty of buying a dog at a pet store (as I was) don’t beat yourself up… just vow to never do it again (and follow through), educate people around you and consider donating to a shelter or rescue in your area. When you know better you should do better. -A.G.
By: Casey Lomonaco
“If you think that puppy mills are so horrible, why aren’t you buying these dogs and rescuing them from the awful situations they’re in? Why aren’t you encouraging your clients to buy them so they don’t end up in shelters or rescues?” This is a summary of a comment left on one of my previous Dogster posts about the behavioral effects of puppy mills.
It’s rare for me to respond to comments on the Dogster blogs I’ve written (time is a precious thing when you’re an entrepreneur like me!), but I felt this particular comment needed addressing, since it taps into what I find to be a very pervasive myth — that you are doing a good deed when you purchase a dog from a pet store or “rescuing” this dog from the puppy milling cycle.
Buying a puppy from a pet store is NOT “rescuing” the puppy from the mill cycle; it is making a cash contribution to the perpetuation of a cycle of greed which sees puppies as commodities. Puppies are big business to all millers, and like all businesses, puppy milling operates on the supply and demand principle. No business stays open without client support. Each pet store puppy purchased positively reinforces the pet store and miller for inappropriate breeding practices.
Of course, I hate seeing a single dog suffer for any reason. I really hate seeing millions of dogs suffer for a single reason — lining the wallets of individuals who prey on the pain of sentient beings.
It’s hard to see a 6-month-old puppy, too big for its crate, with its large, sad, brown eyes begging you to “please take me home. Get me out of here.” But essentially, taking that dog only frees up that crate for the next 6-month-old dog who has missed the opportunity to spend its critical stages of development with a family who will treat him well. Eventually, another well-intentioned dog lover will feel pity for him and take him home. The cycle continues, ad infinitum.
I hate the puppy mill industry on two levels. I hate it for the dogs — I hate that mill-breeding dogs are made to live in squalor their entire lives, never seeing a moment of compassion, never knowing what it’s like to feel grass on their feet, the fun of learning a new trick, the pleasure of a deep sigh on a warm bed after a great hiking adventure.
I hate that these dogs are given inadequate medical care and inappropriate nutrition and have substandard living conditions. I hate that puppies are taken from their litters too early, transported during critical fear periods, and are placed in environments which are dangerous to their physical and behavioral development. I hate that my new client’s Chihuahua mix, recently purchased from a local pet shop at 5 months old, is terrified of children and most adults, and has already learned that biting hard is a very effective strategy for creating space, already drawing blood daily, nearly every time someone tries to touch him.
I hate the industry for what it does to pet owners, too. The mill industry is a scam, and its employees are con artists — selling dog owners and their dogs a lifetime of frustration for exorbitant prices. My new client wanted a cute and wonderful puppy. She loves dogs. Her heart melted when she saw a puppy cowering and trembling in his crate, and she took him home. Now she’s afraid of her puppy, and her puppy is terrified of life. She didn’t get a pet, she got a behavior modification project; likely the result of a combination of poor genetics and extremely poor experiences during critical socialization periods. She wanted to take her new doggy to new places, new experiences, to give him all the opportunities he’d been denied in early puppyhood. She won’t be able to do that for some time, and is likely looking at an extensive training investment (financially and in terms of her time), plus a lifetime of careful management.
People who buy puppies from pet stores are not bad people. I would venture to say that virtually every person who purchases a puppy from a pet store a) doesn’t know about the mill industry or b) does know, falls in love, and honestly wants to help this one dog have a fantastic life with a loving family. But how we as pet owners invest our money is bigger than us, bigger than this one dog on this one day in this one pet shop.
Will the investment you make the next time you bring a dog into your home break or perpetuate the cycle?
Zoey is so cute when she sleeps… although what dog isn’t really? This is actually exactly how she was laying when I first saw her. She loves to cover her nose and sometimes her ear.
I always wonder if her nose is cold? She does this in the summer too, so I’m thinking no.
“Sheesh Mom… I’m trying to sleep here!”
Does your dog do anything cute or odd when they sleep?
Older dogs don’t get adopted as easily as younger dogs. It’s so sad to think of an older dog spending his last days/months/years without a forever home. If you’re thinking of rescuing a dog… consider an older dog. Kuddos to Bubby and Bean for this great illustration of the many attributes of an older dog.
Doppelganger: “Another person that is exactly like you, that isn’t you”
You’ve heard of this, right? It seems like people always use the word doppelganger to refer to one’s celebrity look-alike. Well a brilliant company out of New Zealand has created a technology that allows you to find your canine “doppelganger”… it’s aptly called the “Doggelganger” Even better, this technology isn’t just fun, it’s used to help match people with their doggy look-alike who needs a home!
Look at sweet Grace who is my doggelganger… The squinty eyes are a great match!
This Doggelganger project is part of Pedigree’s Adoption Drive, which encourages people to rescue a dog who needs a loving home. I want to see what your doggelganger looks like! Please post yours on the A.G. Out Loud Facebook page! And PLEASE… look into rescuing a wonderful dog who needs a home if you are looking to add to your canine family.
Hat tip: Pretty Fluffy
I have wanted to have a chinese crested for several years now. They are so uniquely adorable and full of personality. Imagine my pure joy when I discovered the Chini Project by Irina Werning. This is what she has to say about her inspiration, Chini:
“Chini is my friend’s Chinese Crested dog. She came into my life in London, 2008 when my friends asked me to look after their house and three dogs for a month while on holidays. I had never lived with dogs, I hardly even noticed their presence until one day I took Chini into a friend’s studio. I took some pictures of her and the following day, CHINI PROJECT began. For a year, I photographed her inside the little sets I would build for her where she was free to act our little human ways. Her photographic journey takes us into the very heart of the human comedy.”
Enjoy these crazy-cute pictures of Miss Chini!
Brrr! It’s getting cold outside! I have no complaints because I haven’t stopped sweating since May, thanks to good ole pregnancy. I love everything about fall. I love the fashion, the foods, the smells, and the football. The only thing is that this is when my dogs start to get a little chilly. In honor of the season change, I thought I’d find an array of cute dogs on scarves… Enjoy the cuteness!
Tags: dogs in scarves
I saw this Mr. Robot duvet from Molly Mutt when I was at our local Three Dog Bakery. I’ve been thinking of getting a third bed so that the dogs don’t have to share and this would be a great options because it’s inexpensive and eco-friendly. Who doesn’t have extra pillows, blankets or clothing that they could stuff into this duvet? I know we do!
Plus, how adorable are the robots?! I can see Will playing on this as much as the dogs sleep on it.
Let’s face it… if you have a dog, you will inevitably encounter some… um… messes. You know what I mean. Maybe it’s from potty training your new dog. Maybe it’s because your dog ate something that made his tummy not feel so good and then doggy goes BLAH. Or maybe you have a “phantom pisser” like my Leroy who marks here and there.
Side note… Leroy starting marking a TON in the last few months and my awesome vet was like, “duh… you’re pregnant. He’s sensing your hormonal change and possible competition so he wants to reestablish his territory”. Great… just great.
So how do you clean up these unsightly, embarrassing and down-right GROSS dog messes? Well, for us personally, it led to putting all hard surfaces in our main living area so that if a mess happens, we can easily clean and sanitize the area. We still have carpet in our bedrooms and low and behold, Miss Stella threw up in our closet… twice!
Luckily, the great people from OUT! Pet Products had sent me a bottle of their Stain and Odor Remover to try out. We LOVE their potty pads (I probably account for 2% of their sales each year), so I was excited to see if the stain remover would really work.
Here’s what the stain looked like before (After picking up the puke of course!):
Pretty good, right?! It smells good too. I even took the after picture several weeks after I cleaned it in case the stain “reappeared” like they sometimes do. I was very impressed and will be relying on the OUT! Stain and Odor Remover for future stains. Oh… and I really wish they’d send me a truck-load of their potty pads… pretty please??!!
So… it’s been awhile. I took off the whole summer because of something big going on in my life. If you follow us on Facebook, this is nothing new. For everyone else…we have news:
Will is going to be a big brother in Jan 2012! I’m pregnant and I just couldn’t bring myself to get much of anything done during my first trimester. We are thrilled to be adding to our family and can’t wait to meet the new little one!
During my hiatus, I started to feel really overwhelmed about continuing to blog. I struggled (and still am struggling) to decide if I wanted to keep blogging or let it go. I still haven’t made a total decision, but if I do continue, it won’t necessarily be a daily thing. (Which means I really need to get a new heading for my site so I can get rid of the whole “Daily Dog Blog” thing that always makes me feel guilty).
So thanks for sticking around and remembering us! We’ve had a wonderful summer and I hope to hear from you all about what you’ve been up to?