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Adopt an Older Dog & Help Him Fight Depression with Pawstruck – Bully Sticks

When it comes to adopting dogs, there is often a mad dash to obtain puppies—just like any other search for furry companions. We’re here to discuss why adopting an older or senior dog is actually a rather good idea.

For a dog to be considered to be an older dog, they generally have to be over seven years of age. In a world as unforgiving as ours, we generally look toward younger generations in order to enjoy their youth and their exuberance. There is very little thought that is given toward the older set of dogs that find their way to a dog shelter.

These dogs are often ones that have been abandoned by previous owners or have been rescued because of maltreatment. If you’re not quite sure what would be so good about them, allow us to give you a few good reasons:

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They Follow Your Schedule

Older dogs are a bit more settled in their routines and can adjust fairly well towards new situations. Puppies and younger dogs tend to have rather erratic schedules and it will be the owner who will have to adjust.

After all, puppies don’t know any better, right? An older dog would be more than happy to follow whatever your schedule is. They don’t particularly demand that you go out to exercise with them and if you’re more inclined towards settling in for a nap, they’ll be happy to follow you.

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They Make Good Companions

Older dogs are often touted for their ability to be stalwart companions. Many have expressed that sometimes you can see a depth of understanding in the eyes of an old dog. They tend to weather ups and down pretty well and often maintain a good nature while they’re at it as well.

Dogs which have years on them do know about loneliness and seeks to assuage theirs through your company. So they’re a pretty good match when it comes to needing and obtaining companionship.

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You Can Save a Life & Make Them Happier

While there are shelters that try their hardest to be no-kill ones, there are those that aren’t at all opposed to the idea (like PETA). Since the general desire of people who are looking to adopt animals would be to go for younger dogs or full on puppies, there are a lot of older dogs that are ignored. If you adopt a senior dog, you could quite literally be saving their lives.

Senior dogs are also most likely to suffer from depression. You’d know when a dog is feeling under the weather. They will have changes in their appetite (loss of interest in food). They will be sleeping most of the time and don’t have an interest in things that you’d think a dog would be excited over.

Another sign is excessive chewing, biting and licking of body parts. This is painful for them! Aside from giving them all the hugs in the world, it’s a good idea to give them chew treats. We recommend treats from Pawstruck – bully sticks in particular. These chew treats are well-loved by dogs everywhere and would most likely perk your furkid up!

So as you can see, there are a plethora of good reasons why adopting an older dog would be a good idea. There are several of us that embraced this truth and are now reaping the rewards for it. What are your thoughts about adopting older dogs? Is this something that you may consider doing yourself?

Post Author: Avelina Taylor

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Growing Your Heart: 3 Benefits of Volunteering at a Dog Shelter

We’ve mentioned time and time again about how a majority of dog shelters keep their doors open because of the tireless efforts of their volunteers. Today, we want to address you directly regarding the benefits of volunteering at a dog shelter near you.

Volunteering can be tough at times. There can be a heap of work and a lot of people do not understand what the point of it all is—especially if there is no sort of monetary gain to be obtained from this. However, there are things that are worth more than money that can be obtained from volunteering. Here are some of them:

Meet Like-Minded People

People who like to volunteer often find it difficult to move about in circles of society where cynicism and snarky repartee is the order of the day. They only time they really get to know people who have the same tastes and pursuits would be in the midst of doing an activity that they both like: volunteering.

Volunteering at an animal shelter or a dog shelter provides you with the opportunity to come across people who are of the same mind as you are. After all, it is not every day that you come across people who like doing the same altruistic things that you do.

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Spend Time with Animals

If you’re an animal lover, you will know right away that one of the best things about an animal shelter is that you get to work with animals. You get to see them on a fairly regular basis and watch their progress. Several of our writers volunteer at their local shelters.

They claim that there is nothing quite like the obtaining of trust of a dog whose trust has been broken before. Seeing these dogs bloom under their guidance and care and carefully installed into their new homes is a sight that one cannot get tired of.

Learn New Things

Not every case is the same. There are certain dogs that have been rescued that may need more care than most. There are those that may come with specialized needs. With every new dog, you will have the opportunity to learn more about how to care for them, what they need for long-term—as well as short-term—and the good that dog shelters accomplish.

It is through volunteering at dog shelters that you obtain knowledge that you do not get from books. This is why those who are aspiring to be vets clock in a lot of major volunteer hours at their chosen shelters.

So as you can see, there are some pretty good reasons why volunteering at a dog shelter would be a pretty good idea. There are a lot of other benefits to be had beyond the three that we have mentioned here today. What are your thoughts regarding this? What sort of benefits do you personally stand to gain from volunteering at a dog shelter?

Post Author: Avelina Taylor

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Clearing the Air: Common Misconceptions about Dog Shelters

Dog shelters carry a certain stigma about them that is rather hard to shake off. It’s a tad silly but we hope that with today’s discussion, we help to clear the air regarding common misconceptions about dog shelters.

There are quite a number of them so we believe it is important to do away with them for good. It isn’t helping anyone to allow the misconceptions to continue in its circulation. Before we adopted our own dogs from shelters, we all experienced the misconceptions that continue to stain dog shelters to this day. Here are some of the biggest ones:

Dog Shelters are for profit

People often find the concept of altruism highly puzzling. They tend to believe that if they, personally, wouldn’t want to spend hours upon hours of their time doing something for nothing, then others wouldn’t be so inclined to do so as well.

Therefore, the belief is that dog shelters are predominantly maintained for profit. This is highly false. Some of the largest dog shelters are maintained by nonprofit organizations. They are kept alive through the efforts of their volunteers. Patrons and local civilians help out by donating cash or supplies such as pet food, treats like kibbles, animal chews and bully sticks, grooming stuff, blankets and more.

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Dog Shelters only have older dogs

There is a belief that dog shelters are predominantly for those that are unloved and unwelcome. Ergo, nothing as cute as a puppy would be found there. Instead, the picture that dominates most people’s minds is of sad old dogs that no one wants to love.

This is highly false. Dog shelters are the temporary homes of dogs of various breeds and various ages. There is certainly a lot to choose from when it comes to dogs that are available for adoption. So regardless of your preferences, there will be a lot of dogs who are waiting to be loved.

Dog Shelters only have diseased dogs

There is this belief that shelters are only for those who have been maltreated and abandoned. People believe that dog shelters are the homes of highly diseased dogs which will be put down within a fortnight. This is hardly the case.

Dog shelters have, as part of their staff, veterinarians who are either in study or in practice. One of the shared goals of a majority of shelters would be to have healthy and rehabilitated dogs. As such, many of the dogs that are in shelters get to enjoy vaccinations, healthy meals, and exercise.

 So as you can see, there is very little truth regarding the misconceptions that have been quite persistent through the years. We hope that we’ve helped you better understand the good that dog shelters do. What are your thoughts regarding dog shelters and the misconceptions about them?

Post Author: Avelina Taylor

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Discovering Treasure: What Sorts of Dog Breeds Can You See at a Shelter?

When it comes to the idea of dog shelters, there are a lot of ideas thrown around regarding the sorts of dogs that are available for adoption there. Today, we look at some of the breeds that can be found there.

What a lot of people do not seem to realize is the fact that there are full-on purebred dogs that are available for adoption through shelters. Here are some of the more common breeds that are found in such places:

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Boxers

Boxers are a rather popular dog breed that often finds its home in dog shelters. There are a lot of misconceptions about them regarding their suitability for families. The truth is, if you look beyond their high energy, you will obtain a highly trainable animal that is quite gentle once they sort out their excess energy.

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Beagles

Beagles are a highly popular breed of dog. As such, there is quite a surplus of them that can be found in a lot of shelters. It seems that a lot of Beagle owners are swept away by their love for this dog breed that before they realize it, they have puppies. The puppies are often sold at high prices so no one buys them in the end. They end up landing in dog shelters, sadly.

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Labrador Retrievers

If there was any dog that came highly useful, it would be a Labrador Retriever. They are smart, compassionate, and highly trainable animals. There is always a demand for them as service animals. While there are those that do professionally breed them, they still manage to find their way in dog shelters.

So as you can see, you are not limited to mixed dog breeds when you go through a dog shelter. If you’re ever aiming to adopt a pet from a shelter, be assured in the knowledge that there will be a great many purebred dogs waiting there to find their homes. What are your ideas regarding the breeds that are found in a shelter?

Post Author: Avelina Taylor

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Before You Shop: Why Is It a Good Idea to Adopt a Dog?

Once you’ve decided to add a furry new member to your family that can be a rather exciting time. When that time comes, it is good to ask yourself: why would it be a good idea to adopt a dog? Back in the day, the only ways you get a dog is when:

  • You buy one or someone buys it for you
  • Someone you know has extra puppies they want to give away

Either way, it was all reliant on funds and timing. In today’s world, there are more avenues that people can pursue. We’ve had our own experiences with adopting dogs and here are some good reasons why it’s a good idea:

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It’ll Cost You Less

Depending on the sort of breed that you buy, it can easily cost you upwards of $500 for all the paperwork, initial vaccinations, and the other things that your new dog may need. This is by going through a pet shop that needs to pay utilities and staff.

A shelter which usually hosts adoptions is usually nonprofit organizations and is run by volunteers. They make sure that their dogs are up to date on their vaccinations. So you do end up paying less overall. All you have to really pay for would be the processing fee which isn’t much.

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You’ll Obtain a Different Sort of Loyalty

Dogs which are from shelters usually have been abandoned by previous owners or have never experienced having an owner before. They are usually hungry for love and affection. Should you choose to adopt a dog, you’ll get to experience a love, gratitude, and a loyalty that isn’t like anything else.

So as you can see, there are some pretty good reasons why you should adopt a dog. What are your ideas about adopting a dog from a shelter?

Post Author: Avelina Taylor