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3 Benefits of Adopting an Adult Dog

3 Benefits of Adopting an Adult Dog

When we set out to find a dog and wound up bringing home Roofus (aka Wisconsin Doggy), we did not have any set ideas about whether we were looking for a puppy or an older dog.  In fact, we came about *thisclose* to bringing home what we were told was a lab puppy (but turned out to be a Newfie!). Our experience would have been very different if he had come home with us! Not worse, just different.

Are you thinking about getting a new dog for your household? Maybe the kids are begging for a puppy or you are ready to add a new furbaby to your family. Before you buy a little puppy, think about the reasons that you might want to opt for an older dog. Here are 3 benefits of adopting an adult dog that you may want to consider.

Less yippee-yaps with age!

Sure, its fun to see a little puppy grow from a tiny teacup size to a full grown dog, but with little puppies you typically get all the youthful yips and yaps. Young pups are going to chew on everything and need to be trained about life. An older dog will typically be more settled and sedate for more of the day. Older dogs may not bark at the wind or howl at the moon like a little puppy. Think older dogs – think a little less noise. Of course, this does vary depending on the dog’s breed and temperament, so take those into consideration too.

Older dogs are already trained.

Most of the time an older dog will already be trained. They are already going to know where they are supposed to use the bathroom. A small puppy will need to be “potty trained”. One family adopted an older yorkie who would just spin around the backdoor when he needed to go outside. While Roofus came to us fully trained, we’ve been trying to teach him to ring a bell when he wants to go out. So far, no luck – I guess it IS harder to teach an older dog new tricks.

Older dogs need a forever home.

Many people immediately gravitate to the young puppies leaving the older dogs at the pound or kennel for longer time. These older adult dogs deserve a forever home where they can be loved and enjoy the comforts of a family in their later years. Adult dogs who are past the point of running around like little pups will appreciate the chance to live in an environment where they are cared for and loved.

When my friends adopted an adult dog they knew they would not have more than a few years to love their new pet, but it was worth it. The companionship that an adult dog can bring is a treasure that many people miss because they forget to consider the benefits.

Have you ever adopted an older dog? Got any stories to share? I’d love to hear!

4 Things to Consider when Traveling with a Dog

Traveling with a Dog

4 Things to Consider when Traveling with a Dog

Are you planning a mid-summer trip? Have you thought about what you are going to do with your dog? Will you let him stay in a dog hotel or kennel or will your family pet be joining you on vacation? If you have plans to do some summer traveling with a dog, then you need to plan ahead. Here are 4 things to consider when traveling with a dog.

Check hotels.

Don’t assume that all hotels will accept a dog. There are some hotels who will gladly allow you to bring your pets, but not all hotels are pet friendly. There are some hotels that not only accept pets, but cater to them. You can do a search at Pets Welcome to find the best hotels for your family and pets.

Plan for extra stops.

If you are traveling on the interstates, there are rest areas located at regular intervals. Most of these rest areas will have designated areas where you can walk your dog and let him take care of his business. Just be kind to other travelers and respect the pet free zones. If you are stopping at other gas stations and restaurants, then of course pick up after your pet when he takes care of business.

Crate or Free?

If you are going to be traveling with a pet, you will need to decide where the dog will ride. Will you crate him while you travel, carry his own bed and blanket or let the dog roam in the vehicle. (Consider using a special dog seatbelt both for his safety and yours.) Whatever you decide, do a local test run to make sure your dog is agreeable to the arrangement. The worst thing you want is a dog that is going to whine the whole time you are traveling.

Carry Food and Water

People like to eat snacks when they travel. Pets are no different. There are some great collapsable bowls that will help your dog be able to say hydrated and fed while on a road trip.

Do you travel with your pet? Got any tips for making a successful road trip with your dog? I’d love to hear!

 

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Want to avoid a trip to the doggy dentist???

Your dogs teeth need cleaningRoofus (aka Wisconsin Doggy) is an awesome dog – really, we totally lucked out when he picked us at the Humane Society.  He has not made messes around the house and his worst crime is probably being a little too over eager when greeting some of LJ’s friends at the door.  He is even good about letting me get tangles out of his fur and blow dry his coat after a bath.  But he is not really great at the whole tooth-brushing thing.  It’s not that he doesn’t like it, he just licks all of the toothpaste off and then chews the brush while I’m trying desperately to not hurt him in any way.  It’s not fun for either of us.

But, it is important (in fact, more than 80 percent of dogs develop periodontal disease by 3 years of age, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society) so I try to brush Roofus’ teeth on a semi-regular basis.  Since I am really not good about doing doing it every single day like the vet recommends, I like to keep my eyes open for tools and tricks that might make the whole doggy dental hygiene battle a little easier.  When Milk-Bone® offered to send over some new Brushing ChewsTM for Roofus to try, I gladly accepted.

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How do  Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM help keep your dog’s teeth cleaner?

  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM were developed to transform at-home dental care for dogs, so that now your dog to brush his own teeth every day – just like you!
  • When fed daily, Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are clinically proven to be as effective as brushing your dog’s teeth twice per week based on the reduction of tartar build-up and bad breath
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM feature a specially designed 75 degree twist that helps the brushing nubs reach down to the gum line, even cleaning hard-to-reach back teeth
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are clinically proven to reduce tartar build-up, as well as freshen your dog’s breath, bringing you and your dog closer together
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are so effective that they have earned the trusted Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance, similar to the American Dental Association (ADA) seal seen on human dental products

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But I know you want to try them for yourself, right?  Milk-Bone has been nice enough to offer one Wisconsin Mommy reader a $25 gift card and samples of Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM 

 

You can learn more about Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM 

at the following sites:

Milk-Bone® Website: http://bit.ly/1bWQW2v

Milk-Bone®  Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1fC9nhy

 Milk-Bone® Twitter Page: http://bit.ly/1aXjcHt

Milk-Bone®  Instagram: http://bit.ly/MTz57a

 Wisconsin Doggy received some Milk-Bone products and a small monetary gift (which he promptly spent on chew toys) to thank him for sitting still while Wisconsin Mommy took his picture.  All opinions are his own and not influenced by any treats, gifts, or toys.

Alcott Adventures Makes Travels with Wisconsin Doggy Safe and Fun! #dogsloveadventure

alcott textWe are coming up on our third summer with Roofus (aka Wisconsin Doggy).  One of the things we love to do with him once the weather warms up is taking him with us when we go geocaching.  We love that it combines the excitement of a scavenger hunt with the fun of a hike.  Most of the places we choose allow dogs and Roofus loves tagging along and exploring along with us.

I’ve always been careful to make sure we have emergency supplies for LJ and I – his inhaler in case of an asthma attack, benadryl in case I get stung by a bee – but what about Roofus? What items should we be bringing along to keep him safe?  Alcott Adventures specializes in products that help with just that dilemma!  I was thrilled to be asked to pick out a few items from their online catalog to review.

Since many of our adventures require a car ride to get to them, I chose the car safety belt first.  One end clips onto Roofus’ collar (like a leash) and the other clips into the seat belt buckle.  It’s quick and easy to hook up and it keeps me from worrying about Roofus roaming all over the car or jumping out when we make a stop.

Roofus now rides safely secured with his own belt.

Roofus now rides safely secured with his own belt.

Next, we choose the cooling bandana.  While it’s hard to imagine now, at some point it is going to get hot again.  I am always worried that Roofus will get overheated since he is a dog and not able to verbally tell us when he is getting too warm.  The cooling bandana allows Roofus to stay cooler during our warm hikes and looks pretty stylish as well!

The cooling bandana is functional and stylish.

The cooling bandana is functional and stylish.

The last item we chose was a first aid kit.  While I always have band-aids and other items that work well for little boys, I never really knew what items I should have on hand in case Roofus was injured.  Alcott’s first aid kit is chock full of everything you might need for your pet, your kids, or even yourself in the event of an injury.  The compact style of the kit makes it perfect for a backpack or car.

first aid kit for dogs

We hope you’ll come back and read more about our adventures in the upcoming weeks!  If you are planning some adventures for yourself and your furry friend, you’ll want to be sure and enter this giveaway for a $25 Alcott Adventures giftcard!

Christmas Present Ideas for Your Furry Friends at Walgreens #HappyAllTheWay #shop #CBias

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You probably already know that there are lots of great Christmas present ideas at Walgreens.  But I wonder if maybe you might have forgotten someone important while you were grabbing all of those awesome electronics and tasty treats…  What about your furry, four legged friends?  Does Walgreens have anything for them? Absolutely!

Last year was our first holiday season as dog owners.  We were concerned with how Roofus would interact with the Christmas tree.  Not having had a dog before, we wondered if he would try to eat the ornaments or mistake the tree for his favorite outside spot to relieve himself.  Luckily, he sniffed the tree a few times and moved on. His biggest issue was that the tree replaced his favorite sunbathing spot, but he quickly found a new one.  With all of our careful tree observation, we really didn’t think about including Roofus in the gift giving fun until LJ pointed out (on Christmas eve) that Roofus did not have a stocking.

Oops.

No worries about that this year!  Roofus apparently grabbed the Sunday paper while we were all sleeping in.  After carefully looking through the flyers, he brought over the Walgreens Holiday Catalog for us to look at.

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Sure enough, there was a whole page of items Roofus seemed pretty partial to.  Not having opposable thumbs, he wasn’t able to circle his favorites, so I figured I’d go take a look at the store and see what might be something he’d like.

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I headed out to Walgreens and easily found the aisle with the pet gifts.  Not having shopped in the pet supply aisle before, I was pleasantly surprised by all of the products I had to choose from!  Since Roofus can actually be a bit picky, I loved that I could create a unique gift that I knew he would love.

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They had a bunch of doggy “beauty products”.  Since Roofus has sensitive skin, I grabbed some itch relief shampoo and spray.  No more winter itches for my fur baby!!  There were sooo many treats to choose from – dog biscuits and the soft treats he loves.  I liked that where the treats were made was easily found on the packages.

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It was really hard not to over do it – everything looked so tempting!  After selecting a unique pairing of bath items, treats, and toys, I put everything into a gift basket (because Roofus is ALL about presentation!).  I think he will be pleasantly surprised, don’t you?  The best part is that I saved so much money, I was able to get more products to create a second basket for the shelter where we adopted Roofus!!

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And because I am a total sucker, I pulled out one of the toys for Roofus to play with now.  Our dog trainer clued us into the fact that Roofus was needing a bit more challenge in his life – and having food puzzles is a great way to achieve that.  Roofus loved his new toy! (Thanks Walgreens!!)

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