Thinking of Giving Up Your Pet? My Wish. Your Reality.

My kitty sits on the new cat tree we bought her recently. This one is placed in front of our large window in the living room, so that she can look out, and see what’s happening in the “real-world.” Her world is safe – she has no fears, and no worries. Her biggest worry each day is if she’s going to get her Bonito Flakes for desert. She deserves to have a good life, just as much as any human does.

So many animals are abandoned, given up, or sold on Craigslist each day. How can people be so heartless? How can you give up on a living being that completely and utterly depends on you?

  • Perhaps they peed on your bed… because you never show them love.
  • Perhaps it’s because they shed too much… and you claim to have “allergies.”
  • Perhaps it’s because they have energy… and you don’t. Or because you moved to a small apartment, AFTER you got your large Labrador Retriever.
  • Perhaps it’s because they’re not what you were hoping for… but truth be told, you have a new boyfriend, or girlfriend, and you’ve forgotten all about them.

Any of this sound familiar? It should because The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized because of poor excuses like this every. single. day.

My only hope is that people not give up so easily. Find ways to make things work. Animals bring so much joy to lives – see the positive and stop focusing on the negative.  I wish people would look beyond their selfishness, and see the truth – face reality… and that is, there is no such thing as perfection, and you cannot expect that from your pet.

Stop making excuses. Stop giving up so easily. Be a responsible pet owner. Be a respectful human being.

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My Experience Fostering a Little Pug Named, Lucy.

My husband and I had been thinking about fostering a dog for quite some time, but there were always several factors holding us back; not enough time to provide the care they need, having to be selfless, adjusting our shy kitty to the new lifestyle, but what scared me most was developing a bond that I couldn’t let go of.

We do some volunteer work with the Seattle Pug Rescue, and often get emails asking for volunteers to open up their homes for fostering. I would continually delete them thinking it just wasn’t the right time, but always felt so guilty because we have a loving home and big hearts, and if we just opened them up to a dog in need, we could change a life forever.

One day we received an email from the Pug Rescue stating they were in desperate need of foster homes. That is when we put all of our uncertainties, doubts and anxieties aside and just let it happen. Not knowing what we were getting ourselves into, we stopped by the Pug Rescue to pick out a pug. They did their best to match us up with a pug that would be a good fit for our situation.

Out walked a little pug named Maria. She was shaking, tail between her legs, head and eyes faced down toward the ground, not interested in being anywhere else, but a dark corner of a room, where no one would bother her. She approached us, not knowing what to do. We crouched down to her level and let her sniff our hands. She let us pet her head and her tiny ears. Her big brown eyes slowly softened. I do believe, at that point, she knew we were going to change her life.

Right away, we decided she needed a new name, one she would be proud of and one she could take with her to her forever home, knowing it’s a new beginning… so we named her, Lucy. During the several weeks we had Lucy, we gave her all of the love we could possibly give. We showered her with affection, and gifts, and long walks, and belly rubs. We showed her what life was really about. In return she gave us constant companionship, unconditional love, never-ending laughter, and reminded us every day to take things in stride and live each day to its’ fullest.

Lucy blossomed into a happy, energetic, playful little girl. This is when we knew she was ready to find her forever home. It was a sad day for my husband and I, and there were certainly moments where I couldn’t hold back my tears, but knowing we changed Lucy’s life, and got her ready for her forever home, makes it all worth it. Watching her come back to life was an incredible experience.

Too many animals are killed each year because there is just not enough room in shelters. For each family that fosters, a new space becomes available for another animal in need. Fostering also helps animals adjust to home life making it a smoother transition when they find their forever home.

Fostering is taking a pet in need, guiding them in a positive light and showing them how to live and love again. If you are in the right situation, and have the opportunity to foster, it will be well-worth your time – one of the most rewarding things you’ve ever done. I guarantee it.

Thinking About Adopting a Pet? Patience is a Virtue.

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I adopted my kitty, Gracie, 7 years ago. Before we found each other, she was given up for adoption several times, passed-on from home to home. Because these families gave up on her, I was lucky enough to find her.

Why was she given up for adoption each time you ask? When I first adopted Gracie, she had a serious insecurity issue, and due to this insecurity, she would leave me “not so nice” gifts on the bed. Why was she so insecure? Because everyone gave up on her – she had no one in her life that she could trust, and leaving messes on the bed was her way of dealing with her confusion. It took a lot of patience, understanding, and unconditional love on my part, to get her through that stage. Now-a-days, she meow’s a little to get her favorite treat, but that’s as bad as it gets. She has not had an inappropriate incident for 6 years now. Patience is a virtue.

Adopting is a serious, time-consuming matter. Before adopting, ask yourself these questions –

  • Are you truly ready to adopt? Are you honestly, genuinely ready? Obviously many families or individuals think they’re ready until they adopt, and find out it’s not at all what they wanted. Really think about it before going down that path. It’s not fair to the animals, or other potential adopters (that are ready), as it can lead to many negative issues, that are hard to reverse.
  • If you happen to get a pet with health issues or behavioral problems, are you willing and able to take the time to care for them or train them? Behavioral problems is one of the most common reasons adopters return pets to shelters. This is a matter to be taken very seriously, and thought about completely.
  • Will having a pet fit into your lifestyle? What kind of pet do you want to adopt? Dogs are a huge commitment. They need several walks a day, a regular feeding schedule and require a lot of attention. Do you work all day, but you still want a furry companion? Perhaps a kitty is better suited for your lifestyle. You are not just taking care of yourself anymore, you are taking care of another living being.
  • Can you afford to care for an animal? Between veterinarian bills, basic training, and household needs, including food, beds, leashes, etc, pets can get expensive. If you can barely afford to keep yourself going, don’t bring a pet into the situation.
If you do not feel you’re in the perfect situation to adopt, don’t adopt.
 
If you decide to adopt, you absolutely need to have patience –
  • Both you and your new pet are trying to adjust to the situation. Who knows what their past was like, but they could be trying to recover from an abusive situation, or abandonment. If you have patience, they’ll come around. Most importantly, do not give up on them!!! It would be them suffering, because you, as a human being, did not genuinely consider your situation prior to adopting. It shouldn’t be them that suffers.

Me Time.

Quick Tip: Do you give yourself “me time?”

Finding the right balance between busy life and quiet moments, can determine your happiness and effect your energy and mood. Give yourself 30 minutes a day to relax and do something you enjoy.

Ever wonder what your kitty does all day? He meditates.

Adopting a New Furry Friend? Looking for a Particular Breed? Check Out These Rescue Groups!

Are you thinking about adopting a fur baby, and are in search of a particular breed?

Many people don’t realize you can actually adopt a specific breed from animal rescue organizations. As a matter of fact, most well-known breeds have rescue organizations dedicated to them.

This is extremely important to understand so you don’t go on a hunt for your new addition in pet stores, where they often get their pets from Puppy Mills.

Most reputable rescue organizations make sure their animals are; vet-checked, vaccinated, dewormed, and spayed/neutered before adopting out. While no one can guarantee the long-term health of any animal, most do take the time and incur the expense to get basic healthcare and assessments done before the pets go to permanent homes. Ever wonder why these organizations are always in need of supplies and donations?? This is why.

Another benefit of adopting from a rescue organization – they always have a good idea of how each of their animals behave in the real world. They usually know if a dog is housebroken, good with other dogs, good with cats, appropriate for children or not, high energy, mellow, etc.

Here’s just a small list of some purebred animal rescue organizations in the Pacific Northwest…