Ready for a Lifetime of Devotion?
Adopt a Dog!
Are you struggling whether to adopt a dog? Are your kids hounding you (pardon the pun!)? I think it took me about nine years to finally make the decision! My youngest daughter started asking for a dog as soon as she could talk. She was the type of kid whose eyes lit up with excitement every time she saw a dog. I understood that feeling, having loved animals my whole life. As a child, we always had a dog. How could I possibly deprive my own children of that experience?
Choosing to adopt a dog is a big decision, one that can't be taken lightly. After all, this animal will be with you for the next eight to 15 years. So you're making a lifetime commitment; the dog's lifetime, anyway.
I want to help you choose the right dog for you, your family, and your lifestyle. There's lots to think about. To name a few:
- Do you want a mixed-breed or a purebred?
- Do you want a puppy or a mature dog?
- Do you want a big dog or a small dog? Consider your living space. Do you rent a home or apartment? Will your landlord allow you to have a dog? If you own a home, do you have a fenced yard?
- Do you want an active dog, maybe to accompany you on your morning run, or are you looking for a relatively mellow dog?
- Do you have children under the age of 12? Some breeds are better with young children.
- Are you looking for a dog that's protective, or just one to snuggle?
- Do you work full time, or will someone be at home with the dog during the day?
- Do you have other pets that you need to consider? Is your new dog going to make your cat miserable?
- Does anyone in your house have allergies? You might want a less furry friend!
- Are you ready to commit to taking care of a dog for its entire life; to feeding, exercising, providing vaccinations or paying for unexpected illnesses or injuries?
These are some of the things you need to consider. When you adopt a dog, you want it to be a good fit for both you and the animal.
I got lucky when I adopted my dog. She's brought a ton of joy to my life. When we first adopted her, she didn't know how to play, if you can believe that. (Amazingly, it doesn't come natural to a dog). Her former owners got rid of her when she was two-and-a-half because she was too big. I often wonder why they got her in the first place. She's part Lab, part Newfoundland. She was going to be big!
That's her above looking cute and here she is smiling - a very happy adopted dog!
Adopting a dog is a wonderful journey if you choose the right dog. I highly recommend it! I'm going to share my journey with you and help you with one very big decision. If I had my way,
everyone would adopt a dog. But I want you to choose the right dog, one that will give you years of joy. In return, all you need to do is love and care for a pet that gives you unconditional love and loyalty for a lifetime!
- Adopt the Right Dog Blog
- Adopting a dog is a big commitment. Find out what you need to know about before you choose a dog so you are sure to adopt the right dog.
- Choosing a Dog
- Choosing a dog to adopt is all about choosing the right dog. It's important to both you and your new dog being happy and content for the dog's entire life.
- Choose the Right Breed
- Choose the right breed of dog to adopt and your dog will give you years of pleasure. Purebred, mixed, or mutt. Do you know the difference?
- Choose the Right Breed - part 2
- Choose the right breed by learning more aobut The AKC recognized 163 breeds, divided into 7 groups with distinct traits; for years of happiness.
- Puppy Adoption
- Puppy adoption: Are you ready? Lots of fun, but lots of work; don't let that cute face fool you!
- Dog Foster Care
- Did you know that there's a great need for dog foster care? Find out if dog fostering is right for you. What does it take and how can you get started?
- Basic Dog Care
- Your dog deserves more than just basic dog care. She needs love and attention, grooming and medical care, training and exercise. Give your dog all of these and reap the rewards a happy dog gives back.
- Dog Adoption Centers
- Dog adoption centers are numerous in every major city throughout the country. Animal welfare organizations and animal shelters house thousands of adoptable dogs from purebred to adorable mutts.
- Working Dogs
- Working dogs are a specific breed and also a specific type of dog. They are not just pets, but animals that assist the military and police and those with disabilities.
- Service Dogs
- Brave and precious service dogs that have provided care for the disabled or rescue and police services need to be adopted once they've been retired.
- Prison Dogs
- Prison dogs is an innovative program that uses inmates to train shelter dogs in obedience as well as therapy and assistance dogs.
- Free Dog Adoptions
- Are there really free dog adoptions? Where can you get a free dog? What are the advantages and disadvantages of free dog adoption?
- Dog Photos
- Share your cute dog photos and the story of your adopted dog.
- Resources and Links
- Directory of dog resources and links, information and blogs.
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