That’s a big decision. And It’s gonna be one of the best things that ever happened to you… But like all good things they come with price. And that price is going to be a lot of your time, effort, money and parts of your sanity! ?
I feel like I keep saying this every time, but it’s really crucial that I kinda have to keep repeating myself..
The first couple of days are very stressful on our pets, and as a responsible dog companion, you should do your best to make sure you ease this transitional phase as much as you can on your new friend. And to do that, we have to do a lot of research and preparations beforehand.
Dogs are like toddlers… Except they never grow up!
The Ride Home: ?
Puppies who are not used to riding in cars can get anxious, and may get sick if the ride home is long. So take care and try to make it as stress free as you can.
Don’t bring the whole family. Too many people in the car will increase the dog’s stress level specially if you have excited toddlers with you. However, it’s always better to have someone calm with you in the car to help sooth the dog while you’re driving, and drive steady.
Preparing your home for your new dog is very important. Specially with puppies. Because puppies are toothing and it hurts, so they can be really destructive if you don’t plan your safety measurements ahead…
1. Dog-Proof your home:
Get on the floor, Checkout if there’s anything your dog may chew, swallow, pee or poop on, and put them away.
Dogs and specially puppies, LOVE chewing on things like; shoes, cloths, paper, electrical wires. Basically they chew on everything. But on the positive side, you can always replace these things with chew toys.
Remove any electrical wires, and buy those small outlet protectors, to protect your dog from electrocuting himself.
Remove anything that could be toxic to your dogs like; cleaners, detergents, pesticides, herbicides and all those chemical stuff. Put them away somewhere your dog can’t reach. And NEVER use them around your dogs.
Careful when cleaning your floors; some dogs enjoy licking the floor for different reasons, like finishing off food crumbs from the floor. And Harmful chemical residues from hard floor cleaners are toxic to dogs.
Sometimes the effect is instant and sometimes it could hurt them over time. So try switching to Non-Toxic, all natural cleaners, look at the ingredients before buying them, and be careful.
Some plants are toxic to dogs; so make sure you do your research and remove any dogs toxic plants, and make sure all your plants are pet friendly.
Remove any sharp objects; I know this may sound obvious, but honestly we all need little reminders for those little things.
Close your windows; Remember when we said that; dogs are like toddlers! Curiosity and over excitement can cause accidents.
2. Food, water and serving bowls:
Ask about your dog’s current diet;
It’s very important to ask the previous owner what kind of food was he feeding your dog?
Because a sudden change in diet could upset his/her stomach.
If you want to work on changing his diet; go slowly, and make small changes daily on a period of 2 weeks. Depending on your dog’s breed, age, and your budget. Make sure to do a lot of research, read and ask your vet to make sure you can give him the best nutritional value, and to know what to avoid, so he can be happy and healthy.
Have some Yummy treats
⚠️ Don’t depend on myths and word of mouth from inexperienced dog owners, or show-offs. Ask the right person, or better ask your trusted vet.
Food and water bowls; The best bowls material are; stainless steel ones. They’re durable, easy to clean, and safe for your dogs.
And avoid plastic bowls;
Because, your dog may end up chewing his bowl, and it’s very dangerous if he swallows the little pieces.
And plastic can accumulate harmful bacteria, which consequently hurts your dog.
Keep it clean; “If you don’t like eating in a dirty bowl… Then why should he?!”
Dirty plates accumulate germs and bacteria which can make your dog sick. So clean up the bowls, and give it a quick rinse after every meal, just as we would with our own plates.
Make sure to wash their water bowls and change their water regularly.
3. Get a safety gate, a crate or get Creative:
To avoid any house-training accidents, It’s very advisable to block a certain area in your home at the beginning, rather than letting him roam across the house, specially when you’re not around. And then gradually start giving him more and more space.
4. Stain Remover
Get a dog’s stain remover and keep it handy, or you can make your own natural recipe at home because, accidents may happen, and you’ll need to get that as quickly as possible.
Personally, I prefer going for the natural home recipe, because the less chemicals you use the healthier you and your dog will be. Needless to say, that it is defiantly the cheaper choice.
How to Create your own Home-made stain remover: You will need:
Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Water.
Mix Up 50% Water with 50% Vinegar in a spray bottle. and follow these steps;
Step 1: If he did a “No.2”, Get a plastic bag or scoop and instantly remove it. If he did a “No.1”, Get a paper towel, and leave it to soak…
Don’t Rub it or you’ll spread it, just leave it to soak for a couple of seconds.
Step 2: Now, Spray the area with the water and vinegar spray, that you prepared earlier, and leave it for a few minutes.
Step 3: While the area is still wet, spread some baking soda on it. And that helps absorbing any bad odor.
Step 4: Finally, after its dry, vacuum the area, and you have a clean, fresh smelling floor, carpet, or whatever surface area you are on.
Important Note: Don’t use this mixture if you have marble floors, because marble may react to the acidity in the vinegar, and cause some sort of discoloration in the area.
5. Give Him Toys… Or he’ll Claim your shoes!
Because puppies are teething, their teeth hurts and they really need to chew. So if you don’t want your walls, magazines, cables, remote control and your favorite shoes chewed on, you have to get them chewing-toys.
Look for high quality but cheaper versions, because they will get destructed and you will have to repurchase them again and again. However, if you want to save money and have some fun, then you can always go for the Home-Made versions. But make sure they are safe for your dog, that they don’t have any harmful chemicals, colors, small particles that your dog can swallow and the right safety measurements for your dog breed.
6. Grooming kit:
You will need:
Gentle dog shampoo, Nail clipper, the right brush for your dog’s coat, and hair trimmer
Or you can always go to a vet or a dog groomers to do it for you. But doing it at home, is much cheaper. But, if you are new with dogs, I advice you go to groomers at least the first couple of times, ask them all you need to ask, and then do it yourself when you think you are ready to do it without hurting your little guy.
Your dog needs a place to sleep. So you need to get him a comfortable bed, with the right material. Depending on the weather where you live, the breed and the size of your dog. Make sure you pick up the right size and material, so that your dog ends up actually using his bed.
8. Collar, Identification tag, and leash:
I guess you already know that, but dog collars and very important. Because they will allow you to have more control on your dog in
emergency situations, and If God forbids your dog ever runs away or gets lost, you are more likely to find him if he does have his collar and his ID on, with his name and your phone number printed on it.
And make sure you get the appropriate, comfortable Collar, leash’s size and material, for your specific dog.
Microchipping your dog will also help you find him in case you lost him or if he got stolen.
Put in mind that he needs some time and space to get used to his new environment, new people, new sounds, new smells and getting over his separation anxiety from his old life. So make sure that the house is calm, and that you have no guests coming for the first couple of days. And If you have kids, sit and talk to them on how to properly interact with the dog, to make sure everything goes right, to help your new dog settle in his new home.
Keep constant supervision on your dog, and give extra time and attention. Involve him and get him accustomed to your daily routine.
Make sure you establish your house rules and routines from day one. Take him out for potty, going for walks, and watch for the signs, and give him praise every time he goes potty in the right place.
If you have other pets, make sure to properly introduce them, so no accidents may occur.
Make sure to involve him in your daily routine, so he can get used to it.
Remember to; walk your dog everyday, give him lots of toys, love and attention. And try to keep him stimulated. The more you exercise your dog, the less he will embrace destructive habits.
“A Dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself” – Josh Billings
There’s no doubt that Dogs are still holding their place as man’s Best Friend. They come in as; the 3rd most popular pets world-wide, right after Fresh water Fish, and cats.
Dogs were able to hold their ranking because of their amazing personalities, unconditional love, incomparable loyalty, and amazing capabilities.
There are countless ways that dogs have helped and are still helping humans, and they keep surprising us more and more everyday.
Well, they sure earned their place in our hearts.
Did you know that! Service dogs are now trained to help diabetic patients, by detecting rapidly dropping or low blood sugar levels. And they were able to save a lot of people by warning them rapidly… Giving them just enough time to reach for help.
According to F.C.I registration statistics that was last made in 2013, these are the Top 10 Most Popular Dog breeds around the world:
Life span: 10 – 14 years. Origin: Newfoundland. Colors: Black, Chocolate, Yellow. Weight: Male: 29–36 kg, Female: 25–32 kg. Temperament: Outgoing, Intelligent, Agile, Gentle, Trusting, Even Tempered, Kind. Height: Male: 57–62 cm, Female: 55–60 cm.
Life span: 9 – 13 years. Origin: Germany. Colors: Black, Black & Tan, Black & Silver, Red & Black, Grey, Sable. Temperament: Obedient, Loyal, Intelligent, Courageous, Watchful, Curious, Alert, Confident. Height: Male: 60–65 cm, Female: 55–60 cm. Weight: Male: 30–40 kg, Female: 22–32 kg.
Poodle (All sizes):
Hypoallergenic: Yes. Life span: 12 – 15 years. Height: Toy Poodle: 24 – 28 cm. Miniature Poodle: 28 – 35 cm. Standard Poodle: 45 – 60 cm, Medium .Poodle: 35 – 45 cm. Temperament: Intelligent, Trainable, Faithful, Instinctual, Alert, Active. Colors: Apricot, Black, White, Black & Tan, Cream, Black & White, Red, Silver, Blue, Brown, Grey, Sable. Origin: Germany, France.
Hypoallergenic: No. Life span: 10 – 18 years. Origin: Mexico. Height: 15 – 23 cm. Mass: 1.5 – 3 kg. Temperament: Devoted, Lively, Courageous, Alert, Quick.
Life span: 10 – 12 years. Colors: Cream, Dark Golden, Light Golden, Golden. Temperament: Intelligent, Friendly, Reliable, Confident, Trustworthy, Kind. Height: Female: 51–56 cm, Male: 56–61 cm. Weight: Female: 25–32 kg, Male: 30–34 kg. Origin: United Kingdom, Scotland, England.
“As I was entering the show, felt like I was walking into dogs’ heaven..”
I was so excited to be surrounded by all these amazing dogs, to get to meet them all and talk to their human companions. I saw big dogs, small dogs and dogs dressed in the cutest little outfits.
One of the things I loved about this event, was that; they supported animal adoption. They had the dogs dressed in “Adopt Me” T-shirts. Naturally, I wanted to take them all home with me, but unfortunately, the plane on the fly home wouldn’t fit them all. ?
Every single dog that I met was amazing in his own special way.
“Disabilities” are nothing but ideas in our heads”
The Less fortunate…
Consequently, I started thinking about all those less fortunate animals that are mistreated and abandoned on the streets, and I wondered; why can’t these people see how amazing these creatures are? And why can’t we see that being stronger, doesn’t give us the right to control or hurt these animals?
You don’t even have to love them.. You just have to be kind enough…
While i was sitting there drowning in my thoughts, my eyes fell on one special dog, and then my heart just stopped for a second.
A three-legged dog, who we can call “Max”. Max was accompanied by another dog and their human friend.
Max… The Special Dog
At first I felt bad for the little guy.. But then surprisingly, the amount of life and energy he had, left me speechless.
Max did everything the rest of the dogs did, as a matter of fact, he was soo full of life and energy than most of the rest. He was doing tricks, goofing around, playing with the other dog and running around without a care in the world.. He just had an amazing spirit…
And, as I am watching him, I thought to myself; this dog has lost his leg.. Yet..he did not give a damn.
He didn’t sit around wondering why? He didn’t care… He didn’t focus on his flaws, or simply give up.
He refused to give up, act or feel different. He had fire in his eyes, and anyone could see it.
With a family who loved and supported him, Max was a Happy dog.
Let there be no Excuses
That dog that I don’t even know his real name, gave me a lesson i shall never forget.
Max taught me that; all our disabilities are just in our heads. And it’s not just the “physical” disabilities; but, our mental and psychological disabilities that drags us down so hard, leaving us too scared to even try…
All these limitations we think we have are nothing but walls we built in our minds to set us apart from what we should be doing most… To fulfill our dreams, what we believe in our hearts we were born to do.
All of these voices that were stored in the back of your mind when they told you; that you’re just not good enough, or that you can never be.. That your dreams were meaningless…
You are so much more than you think you are. You’ve got the FIRE… The Will that can turn it all around, that makes the Impossible, a bit more Possible.”
Let’s break down those walls… Disabilities are nothing but Ideas in our heads. Voices that we created so creatively to manipulate our minds into thinking that they are the real reasons why we can’t do more…
These struggles can give you “The FIRE” and the strength to be shameless, go out there, work harder than anybody else, stumble, stand up again and fight for it!
All these limitations mean absolutely nothing, and nothing is stopping us from doing whatever we want to do except these excuses we create.
We’re just too lazy and too scared to try, because we’re too scared to fail…
I may never see “Max” again… But I will never forget him…
“Because all dogs are amazing… Sometimes it’s had to just Pick one!”
Known to be man’s Best Friend; Because of their loyalty, affection, protective nature, the strong bond they create with their companions, and a million other amazing qualities. Dogs are ranked as one of the 2 most popular pets Worldwide. However, there are a couple of things you need to consider before getting your first dog, to find if a dog is the right choice of pet for you.
Did you know? According to science, dogs can make you happier!
Research, Learn… And then learn some more.
NEVER get a dog out of an impulse.
Raising a dog is very similar to raising a toddler, for an average of 10 years or more. So, to be a responsible dog companion, you need to take your time to learn everything you need to know beforehand.
Is a dog really the pet for you? Which breed best matches your lifestyle? Do you want a male or a female dog? Can you give him/her the Best Quality of life he/she deserves?
Make a list of your favorite dog breeds, and then look them up thoroughly; adult size, diet, fur shedding, likes and dislikes, energy level, training abilities, medical conditions, and every single details you could grasp so you can make an affirmative right decision.
So, why do you want to get a dog?
Are you looking for a dog to be your friend? A protector? Do you want a serving or an assistance dog? Do you have kids? Do you want a one-person dog or a family dog? Are you and elder or a younger person? Do you want to get a puppy or do you want an older dog? Do you have other pets?
Decide why you want to get a dog, and accordingly, start narrowing down your choices.
Where do you live?
Do you live in a small apartment? or a big house with a backyard? What about the weather conditions where you live? How much space do you have for your dog and his supplies?
Depending on where you live, you can choose the size of your dog, and how much barking can you and your neighbors tolerate?
Some dogs are really loud like; Rottweilers and Golden Retrievers. Whereas, others like; Afghan Hounds and Bull-mastiffs are more on the quieter side.
Some dogs like Siberian Huskies need a lot of space to run around, and can do much better in colder conditions. Moreover, they shed their fur like crazy… So you need to read as much as you can about the specific breeds of your interest, to find your perfect match.
What about your current economic situation?
Owning a dog can be really costly, and it varies from one breed to another. So if you don’t make a responsible decision, both you and your dog will have to suffer.
Adding to the expanses of buying the dog, you need to consider the costs of high quality food, supplies and medical care. If God forbids anything should happen to your dog, surgeries can be really costly. So how much you’re willing to spend on your dog is really important to determine which breed should you get, and wether it’s the right time to get a dog or not…
How much time and energy are you willing to spend?
What type of dogs matches your lifestyle?
Dogs are a huge part of our lives and families, but to dogs, we are their life.
I don’t need to tell you that you need to spend time with your dog, because well…that’s probably a given.
But don’t force your lifestyle on your dog, instead, get a dog that matches your lifestyle.
Some dogs can tolerate being alone more than others, and puppies need a lot more attention and care than older dogs.
Do you have enough time to walk, play, bath, bond with your dog, and clean after him? Can you afford a dog walker? Who would take care of your dog if you had to travel?
Don’t get an outdoor, active, hunter dog and expect him to bind by your own rules. If you have an active lifestyle, and you have enough time and space for your dog, get a high energy level dog, if not, you can always get a lower energy level dog like French Bulldogs for example.
So, ask yourself: How much time and energy are you willing to spend on your dog?
There are so many abandoned animals in shelters everywhere, so before buying a dog… consider adapting one, and help save a life..
If you’re reading this chances are; you’re thinking about getting your first pet..
Welcoming a new member to the family is very exciting, and pets can play a huge part in turning a house into a home.
It’s a responsibility that we chose to take, and the love and emotional support we get in return is just amazing. However, if it’s not planned right, it could turn into a real nightmare, and it’s our animals who pay the price.
⚠️ Never Buy a Pet out of an Impulse decision.
First, we need to go through some basic concepts:
Animals are not disposable, they are not another part of your collection, and they are definitely not ours to posses.
We do not “own” our animals.. As a matter of fact, if its anything, they are the ones who kinda own us ?. I mean, if you actually think about it; they take up your space, you prepare their meals, feed them, shower them, entertain them, and clean after them. Its kinda like having a toddler really.
Our pets are our companions, and we are their care takers, or as one of my favorite animal behaviorist “Jackson Galaxy”says; “We are their Guardians”.
Now let’s Find Your Perfect Match ?
Ask yourself these questions so you can make an informative, right decision:
1. Do they match your lifestyle?
Are you a morning or a night person? When is your free time?
Are you an outdoor person? or would you rather be indoors? Are you an Active person?
Animals have their own exotic wild nature, and its these behavioral, physical and mental differences that makes each specie amazing in its own unique way.
So you should always learn beforehand, respect and embrace their qualities. Don’t force your own lifestyle on them. For as, at he end, this would only lead to your and their frustration.
One of the worst things a pet owner could do is; buying a pet that doesn’t match their lifestyle, and then force their lifestyle and house rules on him/her ⚠
Animals’ lives should not be compromised to fit our world.
2. Do you have the time?
Do you have enough time to spend with your pet?
How much time do you spend at work?
Do you travel a lot?
Who can take care of your baby when you’re away?
Some pets are a bit independent and rather be left alone doing their own thing, while others are very social and need constant human interaction. They need to be around you all the time. And if that didn’t happen, they are subjected to depression which leads to so many behavioral problems. So you need to put that into consideration.
3. How long are you willing to commit?
Some animals have very short life spans, like Roborovski hamster who live around 3 years. While others can surpass our lives, like some parrots who can live up to 80 years, and tortoises who can live up to a 100 years if they are properly taken care of. So how long are you willing to commit to your pet friend?
4. Be prepared and understand the risks:
So whatever type of pet you decide to go for, there will always be risks. Because you’re dealing with a wild creature, even ones who have been domesticated for decades like cats and dogs. Animals are animals, and its the beauty of their wild nature that made us fall in love with them in the first place. Mistakes will happen among the most trained of all. Because even us as “Humans” we make mistakes.
So if you cannot deal with the mess, think again..
Do your homework, and be ready…
5. Where do you live?
Do you live in a house, a big apartment or a studio apartment? Do you have a backyard garden where your pets could hang out? Is your home pet friendly?
The sizes of animals vary and so does the space required. For example, if you live in a small apartment, and you get a cute little puppy, who grows up to be a really large dog, this could be a real issue. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot get one… you just need to be aware of every aspect so you know what you’re getting yourself into, what to expect, and how to prepare for it. Moreover, some animals are small, but they still need a large space for their enclosures and other stuff.
Nevertheless, Some pets could be really loud and vocal.. For example, if you are looking into larger parrots like Macaws; they can be REALLY LOUD, plus they do take a lot of space for their cage, toys and all that good stuff. Although you can train them not to scream, but they are recommended to people who live in a house, and not in an apartment.
So can you adapt to that? What about your neighbors?
6. Do you have kids? One-person Or a family pet?:
Some animals can get along well with children, while others are not recommended unless there is constant supervision.
Because, some animals like African Grey Parrots, are very phobic, they do not like sudden movements and they’re easily scared if they’re not properly socialized.
Moreover, some animals only bond with one-person who is probably their main care taker, and doesn’t really care about the rest. Whereas, there are others who are very social and can bond with the whole family.
7. Super cuddly, independent or somewhere in-between?
Do you want a pet that you can cuddle and kiss all the time, or would you rather have a pet who loves being around you doing his own business, while you’re doing your own. Every animal has his or her own personality even among the same breed.
So what kind of personality are you looking for?
For example, many cockatoo parrots owners give them up for adoption because they cannot keep up with their needs. Cockatoo parrots are one the most social and super cuddly breed among parrots, so people buy them out of an impulse. But then they have to let them go when they realize that they don’t have enough time to hold and cuddle them.. All Day Long.
8. Can you afford it?
This is really important to think about before you welcome your new baby home. Adding to the cost of the pet, you need to think about their living expanses; food, toys, vet visits, enclosure, etc…
And it really depends on the specie. You need to know if you are ready to take that responsibility, or if it’s not the right time yet.
9. Do you have any kind of allergies?
This is quite obvious but you really need to get checked for allergies beforehand, because if you have a serious allergy to cats for example, you don’t wanna be sneezing for almost 16 years, and you don’t wanna get attached to an animal, only to find out that you have to let him go.
10. Research your Local vets beforehand
Are there good vets in your area? Do they treat the animal of your choice?
Depending on where you live, you need to make sure that there are good reputable vets around. Because nobody likes bad news but believe me, if God forbids anything should happen to your little baby and you are not prepared, its gonna be too hard to watch your poor baby suffer.
11. Consider adoption…
So many pets are suffering in silence because, their owners had to let them go.
Whereas, some are sent to shelters, and some are brutally thrown on the streets.
Needless to say, these numbers represent the US. only. What about the rest of the world? The numbers are continuously growing and shelters are crying out for adoption. So consider adoption, and help save a life.
To sum up, there are endless numbers of animals, birds, fish and reptiles that you can choose from.
Take your time… Narrow down your list and start researching each one thoroughly, to find your perfect match ♡