Roundup 21 – Favorite Dog Articles, Deals, & Videos
Oh boy – today’s the day. I’ve been trying to prepare Laika for fireworks with desensitization, tonight we’ll find out how well it worked. I’m pretty sure my plan of jamming out to some David Bowie after a long day of exercise will do the trick, but we’ll see.
Since this holiday tends to stress a lot of us pet owners the Onion’s article “Nation’s Dogs Vow to Keep Their Sh*t Together During 4th of July Fireworks” provided a much needed laugh. If I could give an award to best headline of the year I’m pretty sure that would be it.
It’s easy to become distracted by the stress and forget what the holidays are all about. So all noise phobias aside I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.
From debating retractable leashes to mailing in your dogs poop for science, here are my favorite dog articles, deals, and videos of the week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Favorite Dog Articles of the Week
Should Animal Adoption be Restricted by Income?
This debate comes up quite often – and it tends to bring out some pretty strong opinions. What is the real cost of pet ownership? Why are we so quick to judge those who have limited financial as being unable to properly care for their pets?
Mail Your Dogs Poop, For Citizen Science
I love being a part of citizen science projects – and this is a great list of 19 canine related ones. From filling out surveys about your dogs behavior to mailing in samples of their poo there’s quite a variety to choose from.
How I Lost My Best Friend & Found a New One All in One Day
You can probably imagine what this article is about – so yes it might bring tears – both happy and sad. It’s such a beautiful (and bittersweet) story.
Older Adults Who Might Benefit From Pet Ownership Often Face Barriers
Researchers recently took a look at the obstacles the elderly face when it comes to pet ownership. They found that while there are financial burdens it often comes down to their own perception of disability – many older people feel they’re unable to care for a pet.
The researchers suggest that health professionals and shelter professionals could work together and encourage pet adoption and even “prescribe” the right pet for the right issue – for example, to address isolation, grief or depression. Animal shelters could also set up and test programs whereby older adults could adopt pets on a trial basis, they note.
Another Take on Retractable Leashes
Retractable leashes are often cited as being bad idea due to the lack of control they provide. But some experts have been debating whether or not they can be beneficial for certain dogs. Behaviorists state that while some dogs aren’t good candidates for dog parks they might benefit from the extra mental stimulation that a retractable leash can provide.
What’s In a Name? For Shelter Dogs It Could Mean Everything
Technically this was published back in April – I missed it back then but it’s too good not to share. Another article highlighting the issues shelter dogs faced when being labeled.
Remember Caitlyn – the dog who was found with her muzzle taped shut back in late May? After extensive reconstructive surgery to repair her cheeks, lips, and tongue she’s made a wonderful recovery. She’s currently in a foster home as she continues to heal.
In her spare time Caitlyn can be be found posing adorably with shirtless firefighters. These lovely photos will be part of the the 2016 Charleston Firefighter Calendar. All proceeds from the calendar will go to Toby’s Fund – the Charleston Animal Society’s Medical Fund that helps care for abused & neglected animals.
Best Dog Deals of the Week
- 50% Off Kong Rubber Ball Extreme Black – Amazon
- 37% Off Chuckit! Launchers – Amazon
- Save 20% on Collars & Leashes w/code SUN20 thru 07/05 – Muttropolis
- Save 15% Sitewide w/code JULY4 thru 07/05 – Entirely Pets
- Save 20% on Treats & Chews thru 07/06 – Only Natural Pets
Favorite Dog Videos of the Week
Check out Kilo’s sweet moves (and it’s for a great cause):
Crows are pretty much all jerks.
What a smart doggie.
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